6 NEWS Thursday, March 8 2018 | NEW ERA NASCAM urges broadcasters to play only local music Strauss Lunyangwe Windhoek The Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (NASCAM) has called upon all our broadcasting stations and public entertainment venues to play only local music throughout this month as Namibia prepares to celebrate the 28 th year of its independence in Tsumeb. NASCAM implored b r o a d c a s t e r s t o c o m m e m o r a t e a n d recognise March as the month of the national I n d e p e n d e n c e D a y celebrations. NASCAM CEO, John Max has appealed to all radio stations across the country to play only Namibian music throughout this month.” Let those that have a beautiful story to tell about independence be interviewed, the one-day event in Tsumeb is not enough, and one cannot listen to everything only on the 21 March, but to start building up the joyful atmosphere to that big day, ” he added. NASCAM feels Namibians should create a culture of pride about who they are and what they have achieved so far since their country attained its independence on March 21, 1990. The society also feels that the same should be done when approaching the month of December every year, so that everyone is in a joyful mood and show patriotism as Namibians. It says all Namibians should raise up their houses and businesses to show everyone who enters Namibia that Namibians are celebrating their freedom. Joseph Ailonga, General Manager of Energy 100FM is of the opinion that playing local music for the whole month will not satisfy listeners, as everybody has different backgrounds and taste in music. He pointed to the fact that different radio stations mainly play pop, rock and Afrikaans music, which won’t be able to make up a playlist that can last for a whole month. ‘’We can try at least a whole week leading up to the day, but 70 percent of local content,” he said. M u s i c p r o d u c e r Araffath Muhure feels that an initiative like this should have been put in place a long time ago, as Namibian music is not celebrated enough. ”Let us be happy about our own product local music. This initiative should trigger a movement in terms of unifying cultures in the country,” said Muhure who also believes Namibia should take care of its own instead of hiring musicians from neighbouring countries. He feels local music content should be increased to 80 percent across the board for it to be celebrated properly. Max feels the young ones need to get accustomed to this tradition otherwise they will not know the real value of the day but rather as any other historical day compared to the rest. Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya Some resident of Omuthiya town who live in the proximity of the dumpsite have raised concern that it poses a health hazard to them, as toxic heavy smoke engulfs their houses when garbage has been set alight. This also leads to residents struggling to sleep at night. “We hardly sleep because of the smoke generated when they are burning the a stink of smoke. We really do not know what do” complained one community member living at Omadhiya, where the dumpsite is situated. This came to light during a public meeting organised by the Omuthiya Town Council. The town council has acknowledged the issue saying that the current situation came about as they now burn the waste on a daily basis as opposed to the initial once a week burning of refuse. “We noticed that the burning was creating a lot of problems because of the smoke. But with the intervention from the Ombudsman we now collect T h e C E O o f Omuthiya Town Council Samuel Mbango, with the Manager for Planning and Technical Services, Simon Nghulondo, explaining and showing the public an aerial map of where the new dumpsite will be located. Photo: Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya dumpsite poses public health hazard waste and burn the same day in order to minimise the smoke” said the Omuthiya CEO, Samuel Mbango, when contacted on the matter. He further informed the public that council is in the process of establishing another dumpsite on the western side of the town at Onanulo village, an area close to the earmarked large industrial area far away from the residential area. “The challenge still remains because the area also has human inhabitants. We are however going to talk to them and negotiating for compensation so that we can relocate them. We chose this area because we also noticed that wind mostly blows in the westerly direction as it is situated at the edge of town,” explained Mbango. In addition, Mbango said they could not establish a dumpsite on the Okashana area because it is in close proximity to the conservancy and it will be danger to the wildlife. He added that the area is also earmarked for tourism and hospitality facilities, therefore the dumpsite could not be placed there. “Even if we were to decide to establish one, the ministry of environment would not issue us with a licence or an environmental clearance Smith praise on Bantu education causes stir Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Re m a r k s b y P o p u l a r Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian Nico Smit that the Bantu apartheid education system was better than the current education in terms of quality and affordability has infuriated other MPs. “After 29 years of independence, the education levels have gone from better to worse. It’s worse than the former education system, “ remarked Smit. He made the remark while contributing to the motion on education tabled by PDM parliamentarian, Elma Dienda. Smith waxed lyrical praise songs about the apartheid-era Bantu education system saying it was much better than the current education regime in terms of quality. “It is time to call a spade a spade and admit that the problem lies with poorly trained primary school teachers and Teaching is not just a job that can be done by just anyone, this is highly specialised form of teacher training and it must be clear to us that our children are not being taught adequately in this junior primary education phase and the situation is worsening and not improving,” he said. Smith blamed the Swapo-led government especially the former Minister of Basic Education Nahas Angula for abolishing all pre-primary education schools operated by the government as well as changing the medium of instruction from Afrikaans to English with no regard to whether the teachers could teach adequately in English and in most cases outside the urban areas. He said government has made a mistake for changing the syllabi for secondary school, stating that teachers were confronted with new syllabi that told them to teach new content but they were not given the necessary text books that provided this new content information. “For some reason this government has elected to mix politics and education to further its own cause and doing so they have ruined the lives of three generations of our children because they have been unwilling to bite the bullet and take the hard with our education today,” said the PDM parliamentarian. Responding to his remarks, Minister of Justice Sacky Shanghala said it was unparliamentary to praise the former Bantu education system that only Critics of Bantu education have in the past argued it was aimed at crippling the intellectual development of black Namibians because they were discouraged from taking mathematics and science subjects among other anomalies.
Thursday, March 8 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 MP hails SADC PF SRHR, HIV Project taff Reporter indhoek he chairperson of the SADC PF’s Standing Committee on Human and ocial Development and Special rogrammes, Ahmed Emam, says the exual Reproductive Health Rights SRHR), HIV and AIDS Governance roject made an impact. The project began in 2014 and is eing implemented in seven SADC ember states, namely; Zimbabwe, ambia, Tanzania, Lesotho, Namibia, eychelles and Mauritius. It is cheduled to end this month. It seeks to build the capacity of emale MPs in particular and that f national parliaments in general to dvocate for universal access to SRHR, IV and AIDS services. Through this rogramme parliamentarians are eing capacitated, also, to interface ith the media and advocate on elevant issues. The decision to lace special emphasis on women nd girls enjoying SRHR has been uestioned in some quotas but says t was deliberate. “There is still need or special efforts to bring into the old women and girls who continue o be disproportionally affected by ssues this project seeks to address. owever, we acknowledge the eed to involve male members of arliament,” he says. elected milestones he South African lawmaker noted mid-term review of the project ad been conducted by KPMG in eeping with best practices on good overnance. “This was an important ndertaking which sought to inform he SADC PF on what had been chieved ever since the Project begun n 2014. More importantly, this miderm review was necessary for us to e able to identify any challenges ncountered in the Project and to ome up with appropriate remedial ctions,” he stated. He said the miderm review was necessary, also, to rovide information to Sweden and orway funding the project, about the uccesses realised and to demonstrate hether or not funding that had been vailed was being used accordingly. “The review enables us to ppreciate the way the Project has een coordinated in the participating ountries: the way it has brought bout changes in SRHR deliberations nd actions since it began and to ppreciate the level of engagement ith boundary partners that include SO and media among others,” xpounded the parliamentarian. lthough the project is being mplemented in seven of the 14 ADC member states with a view to eplicating it in other SADC member tates funds permitting, there was vidence that other countries which ts work. He gave the example of otswana, Malawi and Swaziland in hich the media, traditional leaders nd MPs have been advocating round child marriage, gender-based iolence and HIV which the project s preoccupied with. “This has led to increased advocacy n parliament and the media. Perhaps ore exciting is the fact that our roject has been collaborating with Upbeat: like-minded organisations such as the Pan-African Parliament,” he noted “Such collaborations provide opportunities for cross-fertilisation of ideas. It is noteworthy that the PAP is a formal Regional Parliament which is what our Forum aspires to become,” the Chairperson said, adding that the Project had built a vast network of like-minded organisations that include FEMNET, PLAN International, ARASA, UNFPA, UNAIDS and the media,” he stated. Recalling that one of the objectives is to the building of the capacity of parliamentarians, especially women MPs on promoting, intervening and advocating for essential SRHR, HIV and AIDS services, Emam says a minimum of 390 MPs and representatives of partner organisations dealing with these issues had been reached. Wider impact PF Standing Committees to a point where all of them had successfully integrated SRHR, HIV and AIDS governance in their work. “This is a major achievement given the cross-cutting nature of the issues that we deal with in our Project,” he said. He says among the highlights of the project’s work over the past nearly four years has been the development and adoption of the SADC Model Law on Eradicating Child Marriage and Protecting Children Already in Marriage. “It is noteworthy that during the adoption of this Model Law, at least 100 MPs, Staff of Parliament, CSOs and representatives of UN agencies were in attendance,” he said. Emam says the project has built a reputation for tackling important and sometimes controversial issues and he cited a round table discussion that took place from in September 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana to explore the links between Gender Based Violence and SRHR in the SADC Region. Additionally, capacity-building sessions for MPs, staff of National Parliament and development partners have had tangible and measurable outcomes. “We have seen the adoption of motions at regional level, which have helped set standards and norms that inform interventions at national level. Our Model Law on Eradicating Child Marriages and Protecting Children Already in polices related to eradication of Child marriage in several Member States notably: Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia,” said the parliamentarian. MPs who are part of the Regional Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (RWPC) have been lobbying and advocating for integrated SRHR, HIV and AIDS governance issues in their respective parliamentary committees and other organs within the SADC Region. “This is commendable as it is in line with the outcome that is related to RWPC MPs lobbying for integrated SRHR, HIV and AIDS. Bills that had been discussed at national level,” he said. The project had been associated the launch of the #HAPPYFLOWCAMPAIGN in Zimbabwe to push countries in the SADC Region to recognise menstrual hygiene products as a basic need which should be provided for free. “This brought girls’ menstruation issues into the SADC PF agenda, as well as National Parliaments that include those of Lesotho, Namibia and Botswana,” he says. Enhanced capacity Emam says the Project has built the capacity of many SADC women MPs to effectively and table motions. “During the 39th and 40th Assembly Plenary Sessions, all motions that were moved were seconded by Women MPs who were able to integrate knowledge from their committees to mainstream issues of SRHR, HIV and AIDS governance. Many MPs are now able to table their own motions with regards to SRHR, HIV and AIDS. This is a major milestone.” In Namibia, the latest country to implement this Project, several workshops were held targeting MPs, CSOs and staff of Parliament. Absorptive capacity The chairperson says that all donors and development partners desire to used for intended purposes and within agreed timeframes. “Due to circumstances of an imperious nature, it sometimes happens that toward the end of a given project, implementers realise that they still have a bit of money. In such a situation what should they do? Do they blow the money, or return it to the donor, or ask for more time to use it judiciously? I subscribe to the third route.” He says that the ability of the project to absorb funds made available to it had improved “In some of our participating countries, the Women Parliamentary Caucuses are dormant. This is a weak link. The Women’s Caucuses can be platforms for the launching of advocacy on issues that our Project is working on,” he said. He notes that some implementing Tanzania were lagging behind in terms of implementation for reasons beyond their control. MANDATED TO EMPOWER YOUR TOMORROW Our mandate stems from the Namibian College of Open Learning Act, 1997 (Act 1 of 1997), and continues to guide us in certifying adults and out-of- school youth as professionally competent to address present-day development needs. It is driven by accredited education programmes* and displayed in the passion and practical output of the over 596 562 graduates countrywide. 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