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New Era Newspaper Thursday July 20, 2017

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14 WOEMA Thursday, July 20 2017 | NEW ERA Allan and Maretha win 1000 Dunes Swakop Rally Donna Collins Swakopmund A cold and windy Swakopmund was the stomping ground for the first action-packed rally last Saturday, in which Walvis Bay driver Allan Martin and his pint-sized lady navigator Maretha Olivier from Windhoek, shot into first place with a wide lead. From the early stages Allan and Maretha – driving a VW Polo S2000 ‘bullet’ – set a blistering pace ahead of their closest competitors to clinch the winning spot, whilst scoring a triumphant two-minute lead at the finish. This puts the team into a favourable position on the club championship scoreboard. The Swakopmund-based Oswaldo Mendes and Cecil Koorts also drove their Subaru like a ‘bat out of hell’, enjoying a top performance to secure a well-deserved second place. Driving the second Subaru in the line-up, was seasoned Windhoek driver Willem Hugo and his 13-year-old navigator Mandi Hugo, who kept a cool head as they shot into third place. Hanre Myburgh and Dawie Hartzenberg secured fourth place in their VW Polo 1600, with Pieter Greef and Uween Lourens snatching fifth place in a Toyota Corolla. The 1000 Dunes Swakop Rally attracted a total of 17 entries from around the country, who competed in their individual classes, with 11 vehicles making it to the end. The event marked the first Walvis Bay Motor Club rally, with Steckels Toyota as the main sponsor and headquarters for the start and finish of the event. Amongst the new entries, was 17-year-old Zachary Martin with navigator Michael Strydom in their VW Golf 1600. Francois Louw and Freddy Smith in a VW Polo 2.0 with Pieter Karsten and Eugene Koen behind the wheel of a Toyota Hilux 2.7 bakkie. Commenting on the rally afterwards, Allan said he didn’t expect to win, as he drove with clutch problems from the first stage, and had his work cut out for him to keep his rivals from taking the lead. He said the rally was organised by WBMC committee in an effort to boost the spirit of rallying, as it had reached an all-time low. “It was a great event with really challenging stages, and action-packed spectator points,” he explained. The rally route covered a total distance of 153 kilometres, of which 98.9 km consisted of seven fast and testing special stages through sandy, desert terrain. The next rally will be in Walvis Bay on October 15. Allan Martin and his pint-sized female navigator Maretha Olivier clinched first place during Saturday’s 1000 Dunes Swakop Rally. Donna Collins Swakopmund Coupled with the many challenges long distance truck drivers face, one of them is the lack of truckport facilities in Namibia, where drivers are sometimes expected to wait for days – even weeks – in limbo conditions, before they are able to do a turnaround trip. And with the growing cargo truck industry and expanding Walvis Bay port facilities increasing trade to and from Namibia, the amplified truck traffic from neighbouring countries has not been met with improved facilities at major towns for these weary drivers, in particular the coast. Even though new and improved sleeping bunks come standard with all trucks on the road these days, the sad reality is that once long distance drivers have reached their destination, finding adequate parking facilities for their very costly truck, a washroom, and affordable cooked food and sometimes even safety, is questionable. Last week New Era spoke to a group of Zambian truckers, who found themselves at the mercy of a delayed cargo delivery from a salt works company, which resulted in them parking their cargo trucks at an open lot near the Ocean View Shell service station on the Henties Bay road. They had nowhere else to park their trucks whilst they waited, and had to both wash and cook on site next to their vehicles. All seven drivers who had travelled from thousands of kilometres from Zambia to Swakopmund in convey three weeks ago, and represented three different Zambian companies, were stuck on the side of the road for nearly ten days, while waiting to fetch their consignment. Whilst sleeping in their trucks is all part of the job when they are on the road, the repeated dilemma these drivers face of having no proper ablution or washing facilities is a problem. With most of the drivers aged Teaming up… Members of ATA International Namibia and of the Automobile Association of Namibia at the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the two entities. ATA International and AA Namibia work together Staff Reporter The ATA International Namibia and the Automobile Association (AA) of Namibia have signed a memorandum of understanding through which they could jointly offer their services to the public. ATA International is the preferred service and training provider in Occupational Health and Safety, Emergency Medicine, Industrial Fire Fighting and First Aid for many companies and private person in Namibia and beyond. The Automobile Association of Namibia is affiliated to motoring organizations in 230 countries worldwide under the mother body, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The main objective of the company is to provide motoring amenities and facilities to its members as a social service. Through this agreement, the two entities would now offer their services at all branches of the AA Namibia and ATA International. “This will give the between 35 to over 50 years, all of them were seasoned drivers, having notched up decades of experience behind the wheel. They said the discomfort of not having a proper facility that caters for truck drivers is something that should be addressed by the industry, as grown and responsible men such as they are should not have to be compromised in such a manner. “We are not boys, and mostly family men, whose jobs as long distance drivers make us accountable for valuable trucks and cargo, yet we don’t feel treated this way,” said one. “It is uncomfortable to not be able to wash for several days, or have nowhere to park your truck, because you are chased away as it client a country wide network and service delivery,” the two companies said in a joint statement. “Our service delivery towards the client is number one for both companies and both give service delivery high priority,” says the general manager of AA Namibia Hileni Tjivikua. “We are very excited about this joined venture and together we will promote road safety and Health & Safety,” said Fabian Martens, Managing Member of ATA International Namibia. With national and international accreditations from the Ministry of Labour, HPCNA, University of Johannesburg and British Safety Council and with branches in Windhoek, Ondangwa and Walvis Bay as well as a Mobile Service Unit, ATA International is the number one service provider in its field in Namibia. AA Namibia offers 24-Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Membership packages, Driving School, Technical Vehicle Inspection Service, International Driving Permits, as well as advocating for road safety on our Namibian roads. Zambian truck drivers plead for better trucker facilities Stranded… Zambian truck drivers Nelson, Teddy, Mulenga and Vincent were part of the group of long distance truck drivers stranded on the side of the road with their trucks for nearly two weeks in Swakopmund due to a cargo delivery delay. has become [the norm] in Walvis Bay because of overcrowding. “Truck drivers are not being appreciated for the job they are doing or the service they are delivering,” he added. “Apart from driving long hours on busy roads often with long delays at the borders, being away from your families, we feel there should be better equipped provisions by the trucking industry to accommodate our basic needs at the end of the day.” Oswaldo Mendes, the owner Ocean View Shell, said he granted permission for the Zambian truck drivers to park on the premises, as he feels really sorry for the guys, and made sure they had fresh water every day to wash, as well as making available to them the toilets on site. “I have submitted a request to the municipality to acquire a piece of land to build a properly equipped truck port facility in Swakopmund, because the need is growing daily, and these truck drivers have nowhere to park their trucks with no decent facilities,” he said.

Thursday, July 20 2017 | NEW ERA ADVERT 15 Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry MEDIA RELEASE 17 July 2017 ONDINGWANYAMA VILLAGE DECLARED AS THE FIRST OPEN DEFECATION FREE VILLAGE IN NAMIBIA The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Namibia Red Cross Society and the Society for Family Health will celebrate the first ever Open Defecation Free (ODF) achievement at Ondingwanyama village in the Ohangwena Region on the 25th July 2017. The Ondingwanyama village is one of the five (5) communities to implement the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in 2015/2016. The village has been declared Open Defecation Free. Ondingwanyama becomes the first village in Namibia to achieve this status, which was verified and certified based on the Open Defecation Free protocol. All the 68 households in Ondingwanyama village have constructed their own sanitation and hand washing facilities using local materials in an effort to eliminate the practice of Open Defecation and poor hygiene practices among the village’s inhabitants. The objectives of the celebration are: • To advocate amongst policy makers and opinion leaders for the promotion and support towards activities aimed at eliminating Open Defecation practices throughout Namibia as well as full compliance with the ODF protocol. • To acknowledge, recognise and reward the village for all its efforts in achieving the ODF status. • To show that the Elimination of Open Defecation is possible with communities taking a leading role as well as to create a community platform for learning and sharing experiences thus enhancing sanitation ownership and trans-generational behavioural change within the communities and the whole country. Access to sanitation services is among the essential services for basic human needs and one of the targets for measuring poverty reduction worldwide and in adherence to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No.6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”. There is a need to strengthen political will at national and regional levels, by putting sanitation and hygiene on the National Agenda at all times. For more information contact the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Public Relations Officer Ms. Regina Valombola, at: 061 208 7719 / 081 156 4210 a proud media partner.

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