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New Era Newspaper Thursday February 8, 2018

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4 NEWS Thursday, February 8 2018 | NEW ERA //Kharas governor praises show society Keetmanshoop Show Society president Charles Jossop Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop resignation of former president Leon Jossop and his team, but Basson said people together. September 12-15, bigger and better. She the president and his team to make this all stakeholders can be proud of, adding entrepreneurial culture in the southern region. small and medium sized enterprises, and international entrepreneurs. The KSS donated school bags and Government has not been a good shareholder - Jooste WINDHOEK not appointed competent boards, and Public Enterprises Minister Leon Speaking at a breakfast meeting good shareholder. professional shareholder for our public To back these claims, he said: “It is the shareholder that appoints the commercial entities. The bailout To address these shortcomings, to challenge business plans of SOEs that are not feasible. He pointed to cash-strapped national airline Air Namibia as a Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste business plan. not something the shareholder should The minister added that the performance culture is non-existent in most parastatals, hence the need added. enterprises. in parliament during this month. - Nampa Ndeitunga calls for productive police Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, has made an impassioned plea out their duties. billions of dollars into the police force, some the expectations of citizens. matters. longer be tolerated. Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga

Thursday, February 8 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Heavy workload burdens defence lawyers Roland Routh Windhoek During his annual legal year opening speech, Chief Justice Peter Shivute yesterday said the overbooking of defence lawyers for trials in the High Court is a worrying trend as fewer new criminal cases are previous years. According to him this has caused the Judge President to initiate consultations with the Legal Aid Directorate and the Law Society of Namibia to address this problem for which a lasting solution must be found in the interest of the administration of justice. He however praised the new reforms at the civil stream, judicial case management, mediation and e-justice as having contributed cases and reducing litigation costs. The Chief Justice announced the success rate of matters referred to mediation improved from 60.4 percent in 2016 to 68 percent in 2017. With regard to the Supreme Court, he said repeated admonitions in judgments handed down had the desired effect and less and less time is wasted on applications for condonation for non-compliance with the rules of the court. Chief Justice Shivute however said he is pleased the admonitions handed down through judgments had the effect that judges are able to deal with the merits of the appeals without being side-tracked by procedural skirmishes and added of the administration of justice. He took the opportunity to remind all legal practitioners that the new rules of the Supreme Court came into force on November 15 last year and that legal practitio- ners intending to practice in the Supreme Court must make an effort to study the rules to avoid unnecessary applications for condonation and reinstatement of appeals. He said that the Supreme Court’s performance continues to be impressive with a full comple- and three ad hoc or acting judges of appeal. He attributed that to the fact that more cases are being set down each year and the waiting time for allocation of hearing dates Chief Justice Peter Shivute has been shortened remarkably. In 2017, the Chief Justice said, the Supreme Court registered a total of 93 cases (including appeals, 46 were enrolled for hearing and 45 judgments delivered. Twenty of the appeals lapsed nalised, Chief Justice Shivute said. He also announced that the magistrates courts registered a total of 38,435 cases during the period January to September 2017 and amounts to 50 percent of cases completed. “This is of great concern to me because at this rate we are building up a backlog of cases in the magistrates courts,” the judge said and continued: “The inadequacy of courtrooms, the malfunctioning and not enough recording equipment, and the shortage of support staff have been cited by the magistracy as the reasons for the less than satisfactory statistics that I have just described”. He went on to say the judiciary is looking into ways to arrest this trend, and as far as infrastructure is concerned, they have begun to acquire, and more generally deploy ready-to-use structures to serve as courtrooms. This he said is done of Justice which is responsible for capital projects. The Chief Justice concluded by saying that the Judiciary of Namibia is committed to playing its part in nation building by strengthening the rule of law through the delivery of quality and timely justice. disaster risk communication strategy WINDHOEK - workshop aimed at drawing up a disaster risk communication strategy for Namibia. The one-day workshop was a joint of Information and Communication Technology and discussed the design and establishment of coordinated information, education and communication system for disaster risk preparedness, response, prevention and mitigation. Speaking at the opening, the direc- line on procedures to follow before, during and after a disaster from administration to grassroots level. He explained that the hosting of the workshop follows a request tions to assist with the conducting of an assessment on how the government is implementing the Act No. 10 of 2012, which stipulates the development of public information and education on national disasters or emergency preparedness, response, prevention and mitigation in the country. is a gap in information sharing from the government to grassroots level, which are the members of the community, hence a need for this workshop to come up with a better awareness communication strategy during disasters,” said Iitenge. The assessment was conducted in June 2016 and the report was presented to the national risk management committee in February 2017. “The workshop will allow different stakeholders to give their input on the draft, in order to will be developed during the The workshop was amongst others attended by representatives of the Nations; non-governmental organ- Water and Forestry. – Nampa Coming in July 2018! Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) The PGDM is a specialised qualification at NQF level 8, designed to take managers and aspiring managers to the next level of professional and personal growth. Each module of this one-year programme contains the required building blocks to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage self and others, as well as organisational resources and the environment. 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