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New Era Newspaper Thursday July 27, 2017

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6 NEWS Thursday, July 27 2017 | NEW ERA Security guard allegedly steals GRN car NOTICE TO POTENTIAL SUPPLIERS REQUEST FOR THE SUBMISSION OF COMPANY PROFILES FOR THE PROVISION OF GOODS, WORKS AND SERVICES TO THE NAMIBIAN STANDARDS INSTITUTION HEAD OFFICE AND ITS THREE (3) BRANCHES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PURPOSE: To obtain company profiles from suppliers interested in conducting business with the Namibian Standards Institution in respect of the supplying of goods, works and services to be procured throughout the 2017/2018 Financial year. Companies are requested to submit the relevant document and clearly indicate the types of goods, works and services which they are rendering and should correspond with the nature of business stated in their founding statement or as amended. The needs of the NSI for 2017/2018 financial year are as follows, but not limited to: GOODS: • Stationery/general office supplies • Cleaning materials • Computer equipment e.g. laptops, (desktops, monitors, printers, projectors etc.) • Data and communication network and related equipment • Supply of equipment, tools and materials • Supply of cell phones and other telecommunication devices and accessories • Supply of Lab equipment and spare parts • Supply of lab consumables and stock items • Supply of office furniture • Protective clothing and lab coats • Supply refreshments • Supply of security equipment related supplies • Supply of promotional items such as diaries, calendars, posters, banners, etc. • Supply of corporate wear • Supply and refill of gas cylinders • Supply of laboratory grade mice • Supply of printer cartridges • Supply of Vehicles • Supply of vehicle tyres and batteries • Laboratory chemicals and consumables • Medical goods (first aid kits) • Fuel, oil and related products • Supply of firefighting equipment • Supply of gardening equipment • Supply of electrical, plumbing and carpentry replacement parts • Trophies for the National Quality Awards Competition WORKS: • Operational equipment and office equipment • Cleaning Service • Gardening Services • Maintenance of motor vehicles • Panel beating and spray painting • Maintenance of air conditioners • Service and maintenance of central air conditioning system • Maintenance of laboratory equipment • Maintenance of scales • Calibration of equipment • Renovation and maintenance of building • Plumbing and fitting maintenance • Carpentry services • Electrical, data and electronic systems maintenance • Service and maintenance of generator • Service and maintenance of Reverse Osmosis water plant and water storage plan • Roof cleaning and maintenance services • Stainless steel fabricators • Lift Maintenance • Service and maintenance of chiller and freezer rooms • Service of firefighting equipment CONSULTANCY SERVICES: • Audit Services (incl. System and technical laboratory audits) • Training Services • Network infrastructure • Car hire services • Insurance services • Branding, marketing and advertising services • Writing, editing and design of Integrated Annual Report • Website hosting and development services • Provision of market research services NON-CONSULTANCY SERVICES: • Air tickets • Accommodation • Car Rentals • Catering Services • Courier Services • Hiring of décor, halls, tents, chairs and tables • Customs clearance services • Licence and computer software/hardware • Pest control services • Rental of photocopy machines • Provision and maintenance of network equipment including wireless equipment • Corporate photos • Car wash services • Venue for Workshops/seminars/meetings • Proficiency testing services • Accreditation services • Metrology/calibration services The documents outline below are mandatory in order to be eligible to participate: • A valid Company Registration Certificate • An original valid Good Standing Social Security Certificate • An original valid Good Standing Tax Certificate • A valid affirmative Action Compliance, proof from employment equity commissioner that bidder is not a relevant employer, or exemption issued in terms of section 42 of the Affirmative Action Act, 1998 • A written undertaking as contemplated in section 138 (2) of the Labour Act, 2007; and • If a small business, a valid certificate indicating SME status NB! The Namibian Standards Institution shall have the rights to: Ask for clarification from the potential supplier (s) on any matter which in the opinion of the NSI requires such clarification and Reserve the right to reject to all company profile which does not adhere to the above mentioned. Closing date for submission: 20 th August 2017 Time: 12h00 NB: Profiles are to be submitted in sealed envelopes and should be submitted at the NSI head office, Channel Life Tower, M1 Post Street Mall, Windhoek Enquiries: Mrs. Hanna Ambunda Tel: +264 61 386 400 ONGWEDIVA The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region have arrested a security guard for motor vehicle theft. In the crime report issued Tuesday, NamPol crime investigating coordinator for the Oshikoto Region, Deputy Commissioner Naomi Katjiua, said the security guard employed by Welaco Security Company allegedly committed the offence between Monday 20h00 and Tuesday 09h00. The sedan with registration number GRN 86215 belongs to the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation office in Tsumeb. Police at Grootfontein recovered the vehicle and arrested the security guard. “There are no damages to the motor vehicle; only the clutch plate is burnt,” Katjiua noted. The vehicle was parked at the ministry’s office, where its keys were locked away. The 20-year-old security officer allegedly entered the building through a small window, removed the key and drove the vehicle away. The suspect’s details could not be disclosed, as he was yet to appear before court. In a separate incident, NamPol in Oshikoto also on Tuesday arrested a 30-year-old man from Amukulungundju village in Omuntele Constituency, suspected of a fatal hit-and-run. He allegedly hit a pedestrian walking from the cuca shops along the road at Onamavo village in the Omuntele area at about 19h00 on Monday. The deceased was identified as 28-year-old Nikanor Namundjembo Iyambo from Ontinda village in Oshana Region. A learner discovered his body on Tuesday at about 07h00. “An investigation was launched and the vehicle was found at Amukulungundju village, 25km from the scene, parked under a tree outside the suspect’s house,” said Katjiua. The suspect now faces charges of culpable homicide, failure to render assistance to an injured person and failure to report the accident. His identity is withheld until his appearance in court. Iyambo’s next of kin are informed and police investigations in both matters continue. - Nampa Kavango East police concerned about drug use by teens RUNDU Police in the Kavango East Region have urged parents and teachers to be on the lookout for unusual behaviour in their children and learners as illegal substances are being used in schools in the region. Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Kavango East crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Bob Kanyetu, told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday that prohibited substances such as marijuana are increasingly being used by children of school-going age. Kanyetu referred to a recent case where a learner was found smoking cannabis when police searched a school in Rundu. He said teachers should also note any changes in behaviour as the children are using these prohibited substances during school hours. Community members should inform the police if they have any information on the people who sell drugs to children, said Kanyetu. “We want to ensure the safety of the children and keep them away from these dangerous substances,” he said. Kanyetu said an operation is underway where police officers will be visiting schools to search for illegal substances and weapons. He could however not say which schools they would visit. - Nampa Namibian Standards Institution Tel: +26461 386 400, Fax: +26461 386 454 PO Box 26364, M1 Channel Life Tower Post Street Mall

Thursday, July 27 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 Hard at work… A diamond polisher processing Namibian diamonds. Photos: Nampa Philippe Alfroy Oranjemund A vast mechanical monster rises from the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Namibia, leaving a huge swell in its wake as seawater pours off its surface. The 285-tonne giant, dubbed “the butcher” by its operators, is diamond miner De Beers’ hi-tech tool to collect the precious stones. After several hours of maintenance, the deep-sea vacuum is lowered again into the water on steel cables from the Mafuta vessel. It dredges the ocean bed, sucking thousands of tonnes of silt and sediment onto the ship to be sifted for diamonds. Diminishing returns from its mines in the arid Namib desert prompted De Beers to plot an off-shore future. A flotilla of five vessels armed with undersea suction devices have been scouring the Atlantic seabed for more than 10 years in pursuit of stones washed out to sea by Namibia’s Oranje river. Their initial haul of deepsea diamonds was a world first, and surprised even the experts leading the project. Last year Debmarine Namibia, a joint-venture half-owned by De Beers and by the Namibian government, produced 1.2 million Offshore Namibia, an underwater diamond harvest carats-worth of diamonds – two-thirds of Namibia’s total haul. “Onshore operations are at a crossroads,” said De Beers Namibia resident director Daniel Kali. “We believe there’s still value in diamonds to be extracted onshore but it will require massive capital investments. Offshore I think there’s definitely a long future ahead.” The Mafuta diamond mining vessel can be reached with a short helicopter ride from the Oranjenmund mining hub on Namibia’s southern tip. The vessel is 170-metres long, 33-metres high and has a crew of 98. “It’s the largest marine diamonds mining vessel in the world,” said Mafuta captain Justin Barrett. “The Mafuta produces almost 50 percent of Debmarine Namibia’s annual production.” One hundred metres below the Mafuta, “the butcher” slowly trawls the seabed at a rate of one kilometre an hour. A pipe carries the sediment to the boat where it is sifted, Girl’s best friend… A model poses with a high-value diamond cleaned and returned to the sea. Only possible diamond deposits, identified by X-ray, are taken deeper into the boat for processing. The diamonds are then held under tight security while they are cleaned and sorted into storage tins. Everything is so automated that no human hand need ever touch the valuable haul. To fight the risk of piracy on the high seas, the Mafuta’s cargo is transferred to the Namibian capital Windhoek three times weekly. Debmarine Namibia has so far only touched 10 percent of its 6,000 square kilometre sub-Atlantic concession, but De Beers is confident that it has struck a rich seam of underground value. The diamonds it dredges up are high quality and fetch up to 0 per carat, more than twice what diamonds from De Beers Botswana can command. “It’s the richest marine diamond deposit known in the world,” said Jan Nel, Debmarine’s operations manager. “It should take us about 50 years to mine it out.” But the long-term extraction plan has alarmed environmentalists. “The principal impact is disturbance of seabed sediments,” said Saul Roux, of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), adding the top 20 centimetres of sediment and seabed wildlife are “unavoidably destroyed”. The CER has called for a moratorium on underwater mining while independent scientific studies into its impact are completed, but for Captain Barrett, the environmental impact is acceptable and reversible. “There is disturbance, but the natural events around us are far in excess, and the rehabilitation period is fairly short,” he said. As the environmental arguments continue, nothing is likely to upset the partnership between Namibia and De Beers, which has just been renewed for ten years. De Beers is Namibia’s largest source of tax receipts, paying a bill of 3 million in 2016 alone. As part of the deal, Namibia is able to sell a 15 percent share of the diamonds produced directly to consumers. “It’s true, you lose an element of your sovereignty over your strategic resources,” said Kennedy Hamutenya, the chief executive of Namdia, which sells the stones for the Namibian government. “(But) De Beers is a company doing amazing research in mining technology, onshore research and technology, it’s the biggest leader globally. We can’t just remove them and replace them overnight.” Hamutenya has a plan to help Namibia strengthen its independence from De Beers. “We want to create a very strong brand (so) when the people are wearing it, they know this comes from Namdia.” – Nampa/AFP

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