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2 NEWS Thursday, February 1 2018 | NEW ERA GEINGOB From page 1 Foreign trips are said to be a drain on the national treasury in terms of the pricey tickets and the hefty travel claims made by senior government The pundit says this is in light of the fact that the government is education, health, defence and other When you are leaving Namibia then you are taking money to other Niikondo, deputy vice-chancellor at the Namibia University of Science and Technology, (NUST) reacted to Niikondo explained in order for the President to give such a comes to expenditure pertaining to He said the President cannot government is spending a lot of “He has to take stock to see action of that nature in order to curb much of the money is going,” he has led by example on containing only undertaking absolutely critical The most recent actions have included him foregoing the use of his December 2017 vacation and the recent AU Summit held in Addis The President instead chose to use proved to be more cost-effective for Geingob is imposing such a foreign announcement to Cabinet ministers, permanent secretaries and governors that no outbound travel requests by time in order for them to focus on During that year, the President did At the time, Geingob had said only Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo NPTH From page 1 Mobile, a subsidiary of Telecom Namibia, has entered into a market in coming months - to expand Telecom Namibia for a three-year by Namibia Competition Commission This is because, NPTH says, in the mobile market depends on enticing existing customers from the existing mobile operators, and not Trade and SME Development, given the notice for public comment to obtain 34 percent shareholding in NPTH, “on grounds that the proposed merger is likely to substantially prevent or lessen competition in the NaCC says NPTH “is unlikely to have an incentive to push Telecom Namibia and MTC to compete detriment that is likely to result from NPTH argues that by assuming control of the 34 percent in MTC, currently held by Samba DutchCo achieving a greater private sector publicly listed on the Namibian Stock Cabinet has already approved, in principle, that a portion of MTC exchange, and that a substantial investor in the form of Government brought on board so government only conditions that may be imposed to ensure that the business of Telecom Namibia/TN Mobile and that of MTC continue to be kept separate as Further, NPTH says it is “not to reasonable conditions imposed to ensure that the proposed restructuring shareholding by the private sector, and listing on NSX, are complied investor could be afforded the right to on the MTC board, thereby in effect exercising control over MTC until the proposed listing of its shares on the NPTH outlines its predicament crucial appointments on the executive for the position of commercial, operational, information technology, financial and administrative Further, the business plan and the annual budget of MTC, and crucial board decisions have to receive approval from the minority The NPTH has hoped to bypass this arrangement by either acquiring 66 percent of MTC, via the state- shares belonged to Portugal Telecom through its former African subsidiary 2016 the shares had belonged to company received the shareholding NAC From page 1 in the acting position until the executive for corporate governance and has been acting in the CEO position since outstanding service to NAC over challenging times and has no act in the best interest of NAC in his substantive position as Strategic Executive for Corporate The CEO position at the troubled parastatal became last year, on full pay, pending investigations into alleged tender Since his suspension, Strategic Josephine Soroses acted in the position before being replaced CHOLERA From page 1 This is 63 more from the 490 Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 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Thursday, February 1 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Litigation contributed to non-completion of Neckartal WINDHOEK The government, which has pushed for the completion of the multibillion Neckartal dam in the south – the envisaged completion date was supposed to be around December 2017 – failed to meet the deadline due to court challenges. Several court challenges were experienced in the initial stages of the project. Percy Misika, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry said this when responding to New Era queries on how far the project has come, when will Namibians reap its fruits and why is the project still not completed. He explained that work on the dam was supposed to be completed in March 2017, but was initially postponed to December 2017 before the completion date was further extended to June this year or latest by October. According to him, the delays in completing the construction of the dam was mainly caused by court challenges at the start of the project, delays in payments due to budgetary constraints and weather conditions that hampered work during the rainy season. He said that after the completion of Phase II of the project more fruits would come from irrigation schemes and its associated social “Those will only be realized after the irrigation scheme is developed. Preparatory work in that regard has started towards design of the scheme. The December target could not be met and it is not always easy to be spot on with the dates for large projects such as Neckartal dam,” he told New Era this week. In 2013, the government was dealt a severe blow when it lost a legal court challenge on the award of the Neckartal construction tender to Salini Costruttori S.p.A. The unsuccessful bidder – CSC Joint Venture, which is a joint venture between Italian, South African and Kuwaiti dam construction companies – managed to have the Windhoek High Court order the government to completely stop implementation of the awarded tender. A bench comprising High Court Judge President Petrus Damaseb and judges Dave Smuts and Taking shape… Neckartal dam of the applicants and ordered the government to stop implementation of the tender it awarded to Costruttori S.p.A. The government was also ordered to foot the legal bill of CSC Joint Venture. Late last year, Misika said that the government still had to pay N.6 billion towards the construction bill of the dam, despite work on the dam being 92 percent complete. Misika noted the cost of the dam had over time almost doubled, and that the government still needed to pay N.6 billion to the Italian contractor, Salini Construttori S.p.A. He explained that the initial cost of the dam was set at N.02 billion, for both the main contractor and the engineering consultant. “Due to delays and cost escalations, the estimated total cost of the dam now stands at N.7 billion, of which N.121 billion has been paid, thus leaving a shortfall of N.6 billion.” However, he said the government is committed to honouring its dues. Namibia loses ranking for reducing malaria Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek The ignorance among communities that are refusing to open their doors to health of- the spread of malaria, might be among the reasons that resulted in Namibia losing its ranking in combating the disease, at the recent continental awards. Although Namibia was among the countries that received the same award in 2016, this year the country failed to make it to the podium at the 30th African Union Summit in Ethiopia on Sunday at an awards ceremony that celebrates the reduction in the prevalence of malaria across the African continent. The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard on the shoulders of members of communities who bar health officials from their homes their houses with anti-mosquito chemicals. African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) honoured six African countries during the 30th African Union Summit in Ethiopia on Sunday for exemplary leadership in reducing malaria, as the continent is endeavouring towards a malariafree Africa by 2030. ALMA is a coalition of 49 African heads of state and government working across country and regional borders to achieve near-zero malaria deaths in Africa by 2030. The institution Scorecard for Accountability and Action tracks progress and drives action on malaria control and elimination, and is chosen by an independent committee of experts in health, academia and the private sector. The 2018 ALMA Awards for Excellence recipients are Madagascar, Gambia, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Algeria and Comoros. According to the statement provided by ALMA, Madagascar, Gambia, Senegal and Zimbabwe were awarded for reducing malaria cases by more than 20 percent from 2015 to 2016, while Algeria and Comoros were honoured for being on track to achieve a more than 40 percent drop in cases by 2020. ALMA indicated the criteria for this year’s award focused on the impact in reducing malaria incidence and also the progress towards meeting the 2020 milestone of the World Health Organization (WHO) Malaria Global Technical Strategy (GTS). cern about communities, especially in Zambezi Region, that refuse to have their houses sprayed with mosquito insecticide, the chemical that kills mosquitoes and reduces the further spread of malaria. ““In order for Namibia to win the war against malaria, communities need to comply with measures put in place such as the use of mosquito nets and The ALMA Awards for Excellence come just two months after the World Malaria Report revealed that progress was fragile and uneven in 2016. According to the statement provided by ALMA, more than 40 countries are on track to meet global elimination goals, yet cases went up by more than 20 percent in 25 countries, indicating a reversal in progress, including eight in the African region. Some 90 percent of all malaria cases and deaths still occur in Africa. Witvlei endures high unemployment and poverty Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Residents of the sleepy village of Witvlei plan to petition Omaheke Governor Festus Ueitele to get government intervention in the increasing poverty rates in the area due to unemployment. Community activist Crooks protest, saying they are currently mobilising more people for the march to take place next Wednesday. According to Ngangane, so far over 1,000 youth in surrounding areas have agreed to partake in the planned march for jobs. Ngangane said he could not reveal in details what the petition entails but it includes a variety of issues ranging from unemployment to education. He said the community has tried to engage Ueitele via letters but they haven’t got any response from him. “Since his appointment as the governor, we haven’t seen him here,” stressed Ngangane. “Currently we are just waiting for police approval for the planned march,” he added. According to Ngangane, the closure of Witvlei abattoir in 2015 – the facility regarded as vital to the livelihoods of hundreds of people in the one-street village – has left people at the village and its surroundings in a state of hopelessness. Ngangane says the abattoir employed over 200 people and its closure has let many without anything to eat. Nampa last week reported that the lack of employment opportunities for residents, especially the youth, at Witvlei, which is in Omaheke Region, continues to haunt the close-knit community. In separate interviews with Nampa on Monday, the residents said the situation has become so bad that many young people are often forced by circumstances into committing petty crime. Piet Titus, an elderly resident of Witvlei, said the situation at home has driven his children out of the house to fend for themselves as he is unable to feed them on his meagre old-age pension. He said while most of his children dropped out of school at primary level, it was disheartening to see them going in and out of jail for the petty crimes they often commit. Desperate times… Former workers at Witvlei Meat pictured during a meeting at the village in 2015. Photo: Nampa “It is not easy for a parent to see your children going to jail, but it starving in front of you,” he said. The over 20 shebeens in the small community do not make the situation any easier. “Alcohol seems to be the only thing that is freely available at this town. No wonder our children are drunk almost any given day and time,” another elderly resident, Albertina Cloete, said. Other issues rife in the community, according to residents, include a high rate of teenage pregnancies and school dropouts. Many children drop out of school because parents cannot afford to send them to high schools elsewhere. As a result, most children drop out of school after Grade 7. Omaheke, as provided by the of- remains a huge problem at Witvlei, Leonardville, Otjinene and Gobabis. At the end of April 2017, a total of for social grants in Omaheke. A old-age pensions, and 1,792 are registered for a disability grant. – Additional reporting Nampa

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