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New Era Newspaper Thursday February 15, 2018

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4 NEWS Thursday, February 15 2018 | NEW ERA Councillor warns against civil strife over land Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop The contentious issue of land if not addressed properly has the potential to bring civil unrest in the country and thus it is up to every Namibian to ensure this does not come to that. This is according to Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor Elias !Kharuxab, who said the land issue is sensitive in the country and the constituency in particular, and that if not tackled well can bring unrest in the country, and this he said should be avoided at all costs by working together to reach consensus on the land issue that was central to the liberation struggle. The constituency has had its fair share of land issues especially last year when residents of the area expressed anger over what they perceived unfair allocation of resettlement farms, especially to people from other regions, while they remain landless, with some invading a government farm saying they have waited long to be resettled. But !Kharuxab says while the land issue remains a challenge, extreme care should be taken by everyone country, and he urged everyone to work together to “We should thus hold hands in the spirit of Ha- The councillor who was addressing residents of the constituency during his second state of the constituency address at Aroab, also spoke of other challenges facing the constituency, such as lack of housing and sanitation, and high crime and high unemployment rates. employment rate, saying the constituency is one of the poorest, and while this can be linked to the historical background due to land ownership, many still remain without land and thus are not economically productive. “Eighty percent of our inhabitants are unemployed with the youth topping the list, and the economy in this area in terms of fertile land and farming units still remains in the hands of a few, while the majority are employed as farm workers but paid low salaries He also spoke proudly of the achievements of the constituency, with the tarring of 8.5 kilometres of 70 low-cost residential plots at Aroab as some of the achievements. NOTICE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT Healthy Earth Environmental Consultants CC (HEEC) hereby gives notice to all potentially Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of the Environmental Management Act (No 7 of 2007) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (GN 30 of 6 February 2012) for the following: PROJECT NAME: Establishment and mining of dimension stones on mining claims 68714, 68715, 68716, 68717 & 68718 at Otjohorongo Reserve, Omaruru District. PROJECT LOCATION: Otjohorongo Reserve, Erongo Region. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project involves conducting an EIA for the establishment and mining of dimension stones, on mining claims 68714, 68715, 68716, 68717& 68718 at Otjohorongo Reserve, Omaruru District. The proponent intends to mine dimension stones on mining claims at Otjohorongo Reserve located about 3 km from the D3712 gravel road from Omatjete to Otjohorongo. PROJECT INVOLVEMENT: Proponent: Mr Augustinius Kazarako Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP): Healthy Earth Environmental Consultants CC (HEEC) REGISTRATION OF I&APs AND SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS: In line with Namibia’s Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and EIA regulations (GN 30 of 6 February 2012), all I&APs are hereby invited to register and submit their comments, concerns or questions in writing via: Email: on or before Friday 21 February 2018. Meeting venue: Otjohorongo Reserve Date: Saturday, 17 February 2018 Time: 1130 hours Mobile: 081 20 50902 Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek commitment to strengthen democracy in order to ensure transparency, accountability and good governance as parliament Tuesday. In his welcoming remarks, Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi reiterated parliament’s dedication to the task of continuing to serve and improve the standard of people by “We are gathered here to rededicate ourselves to the task of continuing to Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva The renaming of Ondangwa Airport to Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo as directed by President Hage Geingob will take a while as it requires Namibian Airport Company (NAC) and cabinet approval. Last year at a memorial service for Ya Toivo, Geingob approved the renaming of the airport in honour of the fallen struggle icon. The revered former Robben Island prisoner died at the age of 92 on June 9 last year, bringing the curtain down on one of the most celebrated Namibian prisoners who was renowned for his humility. WINDHOEK The Ministry of Health and Social Services has urged people living in northern Namibia or those travelling to the area to take the necessary malaria prevention precautions. In an interview with Nampa Wednesday, the ministry’s director of special programmes, Anne-Marie Nitschke said there has been an increase in the number of malaria cases reported in the Ohangwena, Kavango West, Oshikoto and Zambezi regions. “However, while there has been an increase in malaria cases, there was a Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi decrease in malaria deaths in January this Six deaths due to malaria were recorded in January 2018 compared to 15 deaths recorded in the same month last year. Nitschke said malaria has been on the increase across the southern Africa sub-region in recent years and Namibia has observed similar increases in 2015 and 2018 in some regions. She said the ministry conducted a spraying campaign in malariaaffected regions from September until mid-December 2017. “For personal protection, communities are advised to use repellents, clear Photo: Emmency Nuukala Speaker expounds on virtues of good governance serve and improve our nation by ensuring The parliamentary theme for this year is, “Enhancing Partnerships to Strengthen Katjavivi noted the theme was chosen to signify parliament deepening engagement with the other two organs of state, namely the judiciary and executive in promoting democracy and good governance. Katjavivi said for parliament to strengthen its democracy, there is a need to network with strategic partners at the national and international levels so as to benchmark and learn from good global practices. He therefore pointed out the development of technical and human capacity as well as assessing the impact of legislation passed since independence as among the parliamentary targets for this year. He also used the podium to acknowledge President Hage Geingob’s hands-on and proactive role in promoting good governance, both at home and abroad. “This was recently evidenced by the role you played behind the scenes in dealing with some of the critical issues in our region. We are also cognisant of your efforts to place the continent on an important footing on the international stage, by advocating for Africa and the African Union in the United Nations and Ondangwa Airport still unnamed to Ya Toivo He died of a suspected heart attack at his home in Klein Windhoek. Geingob’s approval followed a call from the public and politicians includ- Pohamba to have the airport renamed after Ya Toivo. kelo Amupadhi said it is still premature to determine the exact time frame of the renaming. “It is hard to determine an exact time frame as one cannot determine when these resolutions will be tabled and how long they take to pass at both the board and Amupadhi did also not give an indication when NAC would make a resolution on the proposed name-change. Amupadhi added that NAC agreed in principle that it would be an honour to rename the airport after the fallen icon. “NAC in consultation with stakeholders will look into the renaming of Ondangwa said Amupadhi. Amupadhi added that the airport would continue to be known as Ondangwa Airport in the meantime. From a marketing perspective, all future materials will be rebranded to the new name, said Amupadhi. At the moment NAC cannot really estimate the cost to rebrand as there was no study done to determine the exact amount. Northern Namibia experiences rise in malaria cases standing water around households to prevent mosquito breeding and wear long-sleeved clothing to protect she said. Malaria symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, chills, sweating, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Nitschke said people who experience such signs and symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. “The ministry has secured enough anti-malaria medicines and all facilities are well stocked to be able to test and she said. - Nampa

Thursday, February 15 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Meatco board chairperson Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun Meatco to appoint new CEO soon Some HIV patients trash ARVs Selma Ikela Windhoek Some people living with HIV and AIDS are a hinderance to government efforts to contain the spread of the virus as they are apparently in the habit of throwing away their antiretroviral therapy tablets. Government spends millions of dollars on providing ARVs for free. A community member from Okahandja Park informal settlement Cornelia Hangula came across a single dose of tablets, including vitamins, wrapped in a plastic bag discarded close to municipal bins yesterday. Hangula said this is not unusual as some people are known to dump their ARVs. Hangula, who serves as a HIV community activist as she herself lives with the HIV virus, said people living with HIV who throw away ARVs do so because they have no food to eat at home or they have started a new relationship and are ashamed to take their medication. Hangula said the tablets give people an appetite and it hard for those who don’t have food all the time to take their medication. “If you drink these tablets, you just want to eat all the time. I think this medication is prescribed to be taken at night,” she said Hangula added most organisations which fought and supported people with HIV and AIDS no longer exist as they closed shop because funds from donors dried up, hence some people have stopped getting free food. Hangula noted that some living with where free food parcels are handed out. The Ministry of Health and Social Service could not be reached for comment to share its views on how this discarding of ARVs could hamper HIV virus. Canaan toilet project grinds to a halt GOBABIS Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Namibia’s meat production company Meatco that has been without a CEO since last year is set to appoint its new chief by the end of March, its chairperson Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun has revealed. Speaking to New Era on the sidelines of the sendingoff of former Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa in the capital yesterday, Namundjebo- Tilahun said the company last year appointed a human resource consultant and the process of appointing the CEO is ongoing. “We should have a new CEO by the end of next month – I can assure you that the process is free, fair and transparent,” Namundjebo-Tilahun refused to divulge who the favourite candidate might be to take over at the meat production company. Last week Meatco announced in a statement that it has appointed Jannie Breytenbach as the new acting CEO. Breytenbach replaces Ingo Schneider who was acting in that position since the suspension of Advocate Vekuii Rukoro in May last year. The board in May last year sent Rukoro on forced leave interest by being the Ovaherero paramount chief while he was the CEO. Rukoro then through his lawyer Jeff Tjitemisa threatened to take Meatco to court for defamation, but Meatco later agreed to pay Rukoro N million to avoid being dragged to court for defamation of character. CoW warns against con artists WINDHOEK toilets in Gobabis’ Canaan informal settlement has hit a snag, as the local town council scramble for ways to get the project off the ground. The toilets, whose construction was due to start last year, were expected to alleviate sanitation problems often faced by residents at the informal settlement. Prolonged red tape appears to have brought the project to its knees, as the Gobabis Town Council struggles to enacted Government Procurement Act. Gobabis Municipality’s Public Relations Officer, Frederick to Nampa on Wednesday. According to Ueitele, tender allocations for the project were made but construction had to be postponed after certain companies lodged complaints with regards to the tender award process. He said some companies felt that the company that won the tender was “The matter is now being handled by a review panel, which will decide the way forward. It is very unfortunate, but the new Procurement Act has certain rules that cannot be broken and need adherence to,” he said. Ueitele said while the municipality Necessity… This illustrative photo of toilets that were recently donated to the disabled. did everything above board with regard to the awarding of the tender, the aggrieved companies have the right to lodge complaints against it – which they did. The new toilets will replace the outdated dry toilets which are currently installed in parts of the informal settlement. The Office of the President has allocated N million to the development, after President Hage Geingob on a tour of the informal settlement some years ago expressed disgust at the state of the dry toilets. Although he could not provide the number of toilets to be constructed, Ueitele said the process will cover the entire Canaan informal settlement, albeit at different stages. The local municipality has on from residents on the state of sanitation at the informal settlement due to an absence of proper toilets. The situation has resulted in residents using bushes and open pits when nature calls, which is unsafe, especially for women and children at night. - Nampa The City of Windhoek has warned the public to be vigilant against con artists posing as representatives of the municipality. In a media statement on Wednesday, the CoW said there are numerous unauthorised individuals and agencies going around claiming to represent the City in land transactions. Such people would allegedly collect money from the public, purportedly for the allocation of land. “The public should be warned not to pay any monies to individuals or such agencies, as the City of Windhoek did not task anyone to negotiate or collect any monies from the public on our behalf,” the CoW statement said. According to the statement, payment for land transactions may only be done at the City of Windhoek The CoW did not provide details on the modus operandi of the con artists, but nonetheless appealed to residents to be on the lookout for such schemes. - Nampa VACANCY The Road Fund Administration invites applications for the following vacancies: Manager: Corporate Services (PATTERSON JOB GRADE D4) Communications and Marketing Officer (PATTERSON JOB GRADE C3) Interested candidates are invited to visit the RFA website for more information. To apply, follow the registration and application guidelines on the following link: https: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Closing date: Friday, 2 nd March 2018 Road Fund Administration, 21 Feld Street | Private Bag 13372 Windhoek Website: Email:

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