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New Era Newspaper Thursday March 1, 2018

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4 NEWS Thursday, March 1 2018 | NEW ERA Simataa wants contracts for principals Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Th e n e w l y - a p p o i n t e d Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, has called for a speedy implementation of school principals’ contracts. Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Simataa said in his years as a native of the country’s education system, he has seen the performance fortunes of many schools turned around by merely changing the head of the institution. Simataa, himself a former principal, feels the long-mooted appointment of principals on contracts, whose extension will be contingent on performance, as is the case with all Namibians, must “Persistent fears that have been expressed by teacher unions over the years in terms of this development must be addressed,” he said. “We must change the current debilitating culture that permeates the civil service that people are entitled to be employed forever, or that we are entitled to our salaries because it is end of the month, regardless of whether we have achieved the expected deliverables,” he added. “We must resurrect the culture of delivery across the public service! The performance management system presents us with the golden opportunity to do so.” Simataa was speaking in his contribution to the debate on the motion on the Impact of Under- Resourced Teachers on the Quality of Education. He said it suffices to state that teachers in the 21st Century, unlike their forebears, should have the dexterity, competencies and teaching and learning environment by drawing on ubiquitous resources occasioned by the emergence of the digital age. “For as long as there is connectivity, no teacher, no school and certainly no society should advance the tired argument of lack of teaching and learning resources as an excuse for not performing,” he said “Let us leverage abundant digital teaching and learning resources to deliver quality educational outcomes,” said Simataa. Simataa says that with continuous teacher professional development as recommended by Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) Member of Parliament Elma Dienda – but which he hastened to add is already happening – teachers should constantly expand and enrich their professional portfolios. He said as much as education is a fundamental human right, it has, since time immemorial, been and will always be a shared responsibility. Therefore, he said, no party to the education covenant, be it the learners, student organisations, teachers, teacher unions, parents, society, the private sector and of course government should and can abdicate this responsibility. He said the government must provide the requisite resources – guarantee the provision of quality education. Simataa says if “we can succeed to conceive and midwife an education ecosystem that can function and deliver in this manner, this great nation will attain the provision of equitable quality education where all schools, regardless of their location, will be regarded as schools of excellence - where we will not be confronted with the annual stampede for places in a few schools perceived as good performers”. Selma Ikela Windhoek Maize meal murder suspect refused bail The woman who fatally stabbed her was denied bail in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. The suspect, Paulina Dreyers, 25, made a routine court appearance on a charge of murder read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act. Dreyers fatally stabbed her cousin Natasha ‘Meide’ Geingos, 27, once in the chest on Saturday in Okahandja Park informal settlement shortly after meal, which Dreyers received from the food bank. According to a relative Immanuel the suspect (Dreyers) and Geingos returned home together from a shebeen. He said the two were inside the shack when the deceased asked the she was hungry, but Dreyers refused her request. Dreyers in a blink of an eye drew a knife and stabbed the deceased once. It happened in front of me. I have never seen a woman use a knife like that,” narrated Witbeen. After the but she was arrested at a relative’s house on Sunday. Dreyers, a mother shortly after appearing in court said she did not intentionally stab her cousin. Dreyers said she had pleaded with the deceased to stop pestering her as she walked out of the shack, but the deceased followed her and that was when she drew a knife. Dreyers appeared in front of Magistrate Michelle Kubersky, who denied her bail as the offence is of a serious nature. Kubersky also denied the suspect bail because it’s not in the interest of the public and justice. Kubersky added the bail can only be considered should the accused apply for formal bail. The case was postponed to July 4 for further police investigations and to enable the suspect to apply for legal aid. Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek their ministerial portfolios both Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Jerry Ekandjo were this week appointed to two parliamentary portfolio committees. Making the announcement in parliament on Tuesday, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi, said Iivula-Ithana, the former minister of home affairs, will serve on the Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The former youth and sports Iivula-Ithana, Ekandjo assigned minister Ekandjo will serve on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security and the Inter- Parliamentary Union. Katjavivi said other appointments include that of Member of Parliament (MP) Leevi Katoma and MP Emilia Nuyoma-Amupewa, who will both serve on the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). He said MP Heather Sibungo and MP Rebekka Iipinge Nakale will serve as the chairperson and the deputy chairperson, respectively, of the Committee on Economics and Public Administration. Additionally, he said MP Liina Ndilipo Namupala and MP Margaret Mahoto will serve as chairperson and deputy chairperson, respectively, for the Committee on Human Resources and Community Development. Also, MP Elifas Dingara has been designated to serve on the Committee on Human Resources and Community Development, Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Committee on Economic and Public Administration, and Parliamentarians for Global Action. Swapo Party Women’s Council secretary and MP Eunice Iipinge has been designated to serve on the Committee on Human Resources and Community Development, Committee on Gender Equality, Social Development and Family Affairs, Committee on Economics and Public Administration and the Southern Africa Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF). Meanwhile, President Hage Geingob earlier this month advised MPs to travel for a good reason, saying trips taken should show people of Namibia. Geingob said this while opening of the 7th Session of the 6th Parliament. Geingob said he had noticed, with concern, that members of parliament had added “international constituencies” to their list of responsibilities. He said parliament “as we know it”, is described to be “sitting” or “in session” and not as a “travelling” parliament. Book NOW! 2018 Easter Supplement Contact: Asnat Mbaundja – Adeyanju Sales & Marketing Executive Tel: +264 61 208 0813 Email: Guaranteeing returns, as we reach your target markets. #TalkToUs Contact us: Tel: +264 61 208 0800 | Website:

Thursday, March 1 2018| NEW ERA NEWS 5 Teenager dies from suspected Congo Fever Loide Jason Windhoek The family of the 19-year-old man from Okalongo in Omusati Region, who died early last month (February) after he was bitten by a tick, are still waiting for the state to inform them of the cause of death, although management at Oshikuku Catholic Hospital hinted the victim died from Congo Fever . New Era has learned that the deceased, Salom Frans David, had complained of unusual movements in his left ear. He then went to Oshikuku Catholic Hospital for treatment and it was found that there was a tick in his ear. David’s uncle Leopold Natangwe Hangalo, who spoke on behalf of the family, said doctors applied some medication to the ear but were only able to remove the tick some three days later. “He was just given painkiller tablets and sent home. A few days later he started complaining of a headache and the grandmother took him to hospital where he was again given painkillers. Thereafter, on different occasions he visited Oshikuku Catholic Hospital and Oshakati Intermediate Hospital with the same headache but was again given painkillers and some tablets to make him sleep, despite having a history of being bitten by a tick in his medical passport,” said Hangalo. On February 5 he again started complaining of a severe headache and he was rushed to Oshikuku Catholic Hospital but unfortunately he died on the doorsteps of the hospital where a doctor declared him dead. “Since he was not hospitalised, the matter was initially treated as a police case. We then took the body to the Oshikuku Police Station. The police did not have transport to take the body and they told us to take the body to the mortuary at Oshikuku hospital so that they could perform a post-mortem the next day,” said the deceased’s uncle. “On the 7th of February 2018 we went to inquire at the police station as to whether the post-mortem was conducted as we were “We were informed to come back the next day as the issue was referred to Windhoek. On the same evening we were contacted by the hospital that the deceased will be buried by the state due to the suspicion, and only two or three family members were allowed to be present and watch or observe the burial from a distance of 100 metres.” – Leopold Natangwe Hangalo preparing for his burial, only to be told to contact the Oshikuku hospital because the deceased was bitten by a tick and they suspected Crimean- Congo Hemorrhagic Fever. The police refused to conduct the post-mortem,” said Hangalo. “We were informed to come back the next day as the issue was referred to Windhoek. On the same evening we were contacted by the hospital that the deceased will be buried by the state due to the suspicion, and only two or three family members were allowed to be present and watch or observe the burial from a distance of 100 metres,” said Hangalo. The family now want to know why there are no protection measures in place for the family and whether the lives of those who took care of the deceased are not important. “When will the family be informed of written ‘undetermined’? queried the family spokesperson He said that the family had a second meeting with the hospital management as they really wanted to know what caused the death, and what would happen to the people who were in contact with the deceased, especially those who lived and stayed in the same house as the deceased, as well as the pupils at the school which the deceased attended. He said that at that meeting the family was informed that the decision to bury him within 24 hours in a six-metre deep grave far from people city said no post-mortem would be conducted but the family still wants to know the cause of death. Regarding those who were in contact with the deceased, a team of medical experts will be dispatched to visit the school and the homestead where the deceased lived. “We were told to look out for the symptoms of the fever and report it to the hospital management,” said the uncle, adding that the family are now eager to know why the doctor who removed the tick did not do a proper examination on the deceased while he was still alive. For the past three weeks New Era has been deceased was indeed buried by the state. “We were told to look out for the symptoms of the fever and report it to the hospital management.” – Hangalo MINISTRIY OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTORATE: OMUSATI REGION DIVISION: DISTRICT HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES: OKAHAO HOSPITAL DUTY STATION: OKAHAO Post Designation: Medical Officer Grade 5 1x Post: Okahao Salary Scale: N$ 400 001 – 478 220 Housing Allowance: N$ 13080 p.a. Fixed Overtime: N$ 214 066 p.a. Motor Vehicle Allowance: N$ 78 762 p.a. (Capital Cost @ N$ 56 429) (Running Cost @ N$ 22 333) Minimum Requirement(s): Job Description Key Responsibilities: Realize Your Potential Enquiries: Mr. Alfons Amoomo Tel 065 – 251801 Or Ms Monika Shilunga Tel 065- 251812 DIRECTORATE: HARDAP REGION DIVISION: DISTRICT HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES: MARIENTAL HOSPITAL DUTY STATION: MARIENTAL Post Designation: Senior Medical Officer Grade 4 1x Post: Mariental Salary Scale: N$ 478 220 – 502 753 N$ 68 188p.a. Fixed Overtime: N$ 239 112 p.a. Motor Vehicle Allowance: N$ 102 701 p.a. (Capital Cost @ N$ 76 950) (Running Cost @ N$ 25 751) Minimum Requirement(s): Additional requirements: Must have Leadership and Management skills. Enquiries: Ms. Yvonne Stephanus, Tel 063 – 245500 Or Dr Jean-Paul Tshitende TEL, 063- 2455528 ADDRESS: The Regional Director Hardap Health Directorate, PO Box 238, Mariental Closing date: 30 March 2018

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