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New Era Newspaper Thursday March 8, 2018

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2 NEWS Thursday, March 8 2018 | NEW ERA CALLE From page 1 The total capital budget stands at N,8 billion – up from N,6 billion the previous year - to - development sector. For the next three years the off-budget project financing, consisting of concessional loans, tutions and money raised through private partnerships. squeeze an extra N0 million from any able-bodied Namibian ever money-generating activities, including churches. to fund the N billion budget for this year and its cumulative budget for the next three years. at the bottom of the food chain. In fact the tax bracket for individual income has been reduced from 18 percent to 17 percent. Those earning more than N,5 pay 40 percent. at various lessons learnt from the - is on addressing the long-term through a host of structural policy reforms. The reforms, he says, are critical in their contribution to economic activity, reinforcing contributing to the successful solidation measures. - over the medium to long-term, friendliness and social develop- he said. To avoid falling back in this ment revenue-raising tax policy changes and alternative forms of structural policy reforms to sup- - rein in S&T claims in the public closely guarded. In this regard, the of business plans and needs before funding is authorised. The moratorium on construc- in place for the next three years. ing the budget of N,4 billion in ending the period of severe budget cuts across the board. In total the budget is priced at N included. But public debt remains spending, raise revenue, effectively manage historical cost drivers and hasten to implement enabling “This is particularly in regard to at 50 percent of total revenue and outs of some commercial public enterprises, escalation in capital project cost prices and the dollar FUND From page 1 Inspector-General of the tian Ndeitunga, also con- lack of adequate resources had forced the decision to abolish the provision of free transport to police of- suspended for the next three years. duty and those guarding - January 2017. Last year the Ministry of Finance allocated N0 million as contingency provision, an emergency fund that Treasury uses to tions such as drought and to parliament yesterday during his budget speech that some N6,4 mil- number of items. Contractor Company ing their salaries from the 2017 and again since January this year. This Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 is set to continue until this month. The money million, according to the to the National Assembly yesterday. The Cuban government received humanitarian assistance of contingency fund. NSFAF received N million to help cover student payments. vision for the 'struggle the ministry of youth, into various youth training programmes across the this year. Also, a N,42 million - a civil claim to the Ministry did for the Government advisors and consultants. - lion set aside to pay for tracted by the Attorney General in the Ovaherero/ Nama genocide matter ment. Documents indicate that although the amount has been committed, it has not yet been paid over to Dias (QC) and Advocate Richard Reynolds. The Attorney Gen- Documents do not indicate Salaries for teachers at the College of the Arts than N million, through the education ministry, gency fund. State funerals for the late Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, activist and former Robben Island prisoner, cost as did the commemoration of the Heroes Day last year. The funeral of the late governor of Kunene Angelika Muharukua took N,5 million from the of the late Rosalia Ng- minister, needed N million from the same fund. Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Thank you… Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah (L) hands over a gift to her former deputy and now Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, as a token of appreciation during the ministry’s annual staff meeting. LEARNERS From page 1 the acting headmaster, Jacinto Zombo, victimised by the directorate for sharing about the lack of resources at the school. increased from 2,658 learners in 2017 to still operating in the same premises. From the morning and some in the afternoon and decided to go and observe the situation. Just as one enters the schoolyard, facing the chalkboard or the blackboard as some refer to it. The other challenge is the teacher learner ratio: in some classes teacher, but that is not the case at Ndama. must continue teaching even if it means Zombo noted. - more classes to meet the learner-teacher septic tank as they are not connected to - nalist spotted some learners sitting on top of desks because they do not have classroom chairs. Just like Ndama, many schools in Rundu are facing shortages of classrooms, classroom furniture and teachers amongst many other challenges hindering educa- - unavailable by the time of going to print.

Thursday, March 8 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 NBC Otjiherero rebranding hailed by PS Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The rebranding of the NBC Otjiherero Service and anything that talks to rebranding tells a colourful story of a new beginning, the Permanent Secretary of Information and Communication Technology, Mbeuta Ua- Ndjarakana, says. Ua-Ndjarakana said this on Tuesday during the official launch of the NBC Otjiherero Service rebranding to Omurari FM. Since last year NBC radio has been embarking on rebranding its indigenous radio stations, changing their colonial names in an effort to better represent Namibian cultures and traditions. So far, the Damara/Nama station has changed its name to Kaisames while the Afrikaans Service was changed to Hartklop FM. Addressing the Omurari FM staff, Ua- Ndjarakana said rebranding informs people about beautifying the NBC’s Otjiherero service and brings in freshness and new the staff, but very importantly the highly dedicated and loyal listeners who have stayed tuned in to the frequency. “This will also benefit the business community and sponsors who spend lots of money to buy airtime to drive their respective corporate brands and to promote unity and purpose for all Namibians,” he added. According to Ua-Ndjarakana, NBC Otjiherero Service is one of the oldest radio services in Namibia and with time, like in any vibrant democracy such as Namibia, a lot of employees left the NBC while working for the Otjiherero radio station. In this regard, he said, Marina Matundu the station manager discharged acumen and wisdom when she made the call to employ much younger Otjiherero-speaking youth at the NBC Otjiherero Service for them to be granted the opportunity and exposure to engage with big audiences from various walks of life. “Young people should be at the forefront of all sectors of the economy and it is always humbling to see young people drive certain developmental agendas,” he stressed. Furthermore, Ua-Ndjarakana says the NBC Otjiherero Service is probably one of many fortunate radio stations that commands a monopoly in terms of broadcast in the Otjiherero language; unlike others stations such as Hartklop FM and Oshiwambo Service that have competitors in the private sector; hence the Otjiherero Service should not become complacent in delivering quality and professional broadcast services and programme content at all times. “We should not leave the impression in the minds of some creative Namibians to start their own and private Otjiherero service, not that there is anything wrong with that,” he said. Jacobs gets 27 years for murder of wife Roland Routh Windhoek Johannes Jacobs, 45, who was convicted of killing his estranged wife by stabbing her 12 times with a knife in her upper body and leaving her to die while he walked away, was sentenced to an effective 27 years behind bars. Handing down sentence yesterday was Judge Dinah Usiku in the Windhoek High Court situated at the Windhoek Correctional Facility premises. She sentenced him to 30 years of which on condition that he is not convicted of a crime that involves violence during the period of suspension. The judge convicted Jacobs of intentionally killing his wife, Sophia Lucia Jacobs, 41, by stabbing her 12 times with a knife in the chest and back at Blouwes Primary School and Hostel in scene. The deceased died the next day in the Keetmanshoop hospital due to her injuries. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and claimed his wife fell on the knife while they were struggling for it and that caused the fatal stab wounds. The judge said she closely observed Jacobs throughout the trial and he showed no signs of remorse whatsoever. In fact, the Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek It is hard enough for women to scale heights in their careers, but even when they do, they have to overcome stigma and the pull-her-down attitude that make it almost impossible for them to be successful, says Anna Nakale-Kawana, the former NamibRe managing director. Speaking on the eve of today’s International Women’s Day, Nakale-Kawana shared her 10 years’ experience as MD. She said even though Namibia has made notable provision by enacting legal frameworks on gender equality and empowerment for women to excel in both the public and corporate spheres, due to stigma and lack of support from their male counterparts women are still Namibia witnessed senior female executives suspended from top management positions Nakale-Kawana feels the suspension of women from top management positions does not have anything to do with their incapability, but is rather due to gender stereotypical bias. “It is a challenge being a woman director or manager, especially the fact that men are always the majority in boardrooms, and if they want to get rid of you, without anyone opposing their decision, it is always a group of men against one woman,” she said. She described such behaviour as not Johannes Jacobs judge said, he still persisted in his innocence “even in the light of so much overwhelming evidence against him”. She added that it has always been said the sooner after the commission of a crime remorse is expressed, the more genuine the expression thereof will fall on the ears of the court. “That was not the case herein,” the judge remarked. She said the court is mindful of the fact that people in any society on a daily basis encounter situations in which they are angered and humiliated, but they still are required or expected to control their emotions without taking the law into their own hands and punishing those who had wronged them. It came to light during the trial that the accused had experienced marital problems with the deceased. “However, the best he could have done was to let her go, after all she already left their matrimonial home,” the judge said, adding it seems the deceased no longer wanted Jacobs as a husband. According to Judge Usiku, murder is the most serious crime a person can commit. “Nothing can replace one’s life,” she emphasised and continued: “Every society condemns murder as a very serious crime. In this present case the manner in which the offence was committed must also be taken into account. The deceased having been stabbed 12 times; the accused was in a domestic relationship with the deceased, being his wife, and the mother of his four children who have now been left without their mother.” Judge Usiku said the instrument Jacobs used was a dangerous weapon and it is aggravating that the incident happened on the premises of a school and hostel where the young learners were left traumatised. The sentence she had to impose on Jacobs, she said, will undoubtedly have a drastic effect on his children who are dependent on him for their livelihood, but that, she added, is unfortunately the consequences of crime. Jan Wessels appeared for Jacobs on instructions of legal aid and State Advocate Hesekiel Ipinge prosecuted. Male pull-her-down syndrome impedes women have women with capabilities being victimised at their workplace simply because they are women. Narrating her journey as the CEO of NamibRe for 10 years, Nakale-Kawana said being a female CEO was a challenging experience, especially that she found herself alone in a boardroom full of males. “Sometimes you find yourself in a boardroom full of ties. I sat in some board of director meetings where you found yourself one or two women in the mix of lots of men.” She said the challenge is not that you won’t be able to do your work but just that you won’t be comfortable and happy, unlike if there were other women in the room. Although she was never stigmatised nor victimised while serving as the MD of NamibRe, she said, she believes there are still women in management and decisionmaking positions who are being victimised and mistreated just because they are women, to the extent that some end up suspended without clear reasons. She listed one of the notable achievements during her tenure at NamibRe is that they never went back to the government for any “We grew the capital that the government injected in us and the assets of the company and we paid our dividends to the government on time,” said Nakale-Kawana. Namibia joins the international community today to commemorate International Women’s Day. The day highlights and acknowledges the socio-economic, cultural and political achievements and contributions made by women. It also serves as a platform to take stock of what countries have achieved and pinpoint the challenges faced in the struggle of women for social-economic and political emancipation. This year the day is observed under the theme, “From peace in the home, to peace in Namibia: press for progress.” Namibia has success stories to tell on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Its Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa- Amadhila is female and so is the Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also the vice-president of the ruling Swapo Party, and she is in pole position to become president of the country in future. Chairperson of the National Council Margaret Mensah-Williams is also female. Forty-eight out of 104 parliamentarians are women. The Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa is also female. The country became the only SADC member state to sign the draft agreement amending the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development that provides for empowering women, eliminating discrimination and achieving gender equality. Aunice Ipinge the secretary of the Swapo Party Women’s Council (SPWC) says women representation in key decision-making structures in the government and social sectors has improved. Turn your ideas into business SMS “Easy B” to 34778 and we’ll show you how easy Business Banking can be! WEATHERMEN & CO Visit or email for more information. Terms and conditions apply

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