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New Era Newspaper Thursday November 9, 2017

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4 NEWS Thursday, November 9 2017 | NEW ERA Oniipa dreams big on development Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Oniipa Town Council plans to service 3,000 plots, formalise 4,000 plots in the informal settlements and proclaim new townships for at least 2,500 plan. Oniipa CEO Junias Jakob has said plan, attract investors to develop the town and subsequently extend the town boundaries. Currently, Oniipa covers six villages including Onamulunga, O k a m b o n d e , O n a m p a d h i , Oshaakondwa, Omuhozi and Etambo village with the borders expected to be extended to Oshigambo. During the current financial year, council has allocated N million for installing sewerage reticulation at Onethindi Extension 1; the formalisation of Onethindi Extension 2,3 and 4, as well as installation of electricity at Onethindi The council has a N million budget altogether for the 2017/18 was allocated to ongoing capital year. A further N.6 million was earmarked for capital projects, compensation and operations, while the remaining N.6 million will be collected from the lease and sale of land. Meanwhile, the town council will start billing for land lease for all its 5,500 registered informal properties from this month. All registered properties have been issued temporary erf numbers. “About 150 of these properties are at an advanced stage of transfer of ownership from council to the occupants upon payment of the purchase price and conveyancing fees, whereafter payment of rates and taxes will be effected on this properties immediately,” said Jacob. To increase its revenue, the council has further started with the process of transferring water meters from NamWater so that the billing can be done at the town council. A water pipeline has also been installed to service Okalevona informal settlement, which previous sourced water from Ondangwa. Six prepaid standpipes will be commissioned at Okalevona and Onethindi before 2017. Jakob further said council had received money for compensation to displaced residents and was in the process of compensating residents, who already moved to make way for land servicing in 2012. A compensation expense budget for the next lot of residents needing to be displaced has been submitted to the line ministry for consideration The council is now appealing to investors to come and invest at the town. Jakob said the expressions public projects were merely inviting investors to develop the town further. “Council will only provide land and play a facilitator role with a view to expedite development at the town,” he said. Jakob encouraged residents applying for services to visit the !Naruseb inaugurates multimillion dollar road Nuusita Ashipala Oshakati Works and Transport Minister Alpheus !Naruseb has inaugurated the N6 road as part of government’s efforts to promote regional connectivity and enhance trade through road networks. “Good roads increase regional trade thus reducing poverty and they also attract tourists and investors, which in turn increases the business Vacancies potential in the community. These are the reasons why building a secure road infrastructure network is one of the priorities of our government,”!Naruseb said. Oshana, Ohangwena and Omusati region and was inaugurated on Wednesday. Apart from alleviating poverty, the road also created 202 jobs for the local community, while 140 employees received training from the contractor, On the road… The Oshakati-Omungwelume road inagurated by Works and Transport Minister Alpheus !Naruseb yesterday. Also pictured are Roads Authority CEO Conrad Lutombi and Ongenga Constituency Councillor Sakaria Haimudi. Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia | ensuring sustainability The Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) is an investment fund, set up under the laws of Na- mental protection and natural resource management activities and projects which support the sustainable economic development of Namibia. its team and apply for the positions of Project Accountant and Finance and Administrative Assistant. Zhongmei Engineering, that will aid them in future employment. Oshana Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa said the road promotes accessibility to the rural communities. “The road has become transmission belts for the various activities the communities are engaged in, such as trading and other essential services,” Kashuupulwa said. Kashuupulwa’s speech was read on his behalf by his special advisor, Michael Mwinga. Kashuupulwa urged the police to intensify roadblocks to use the road, in order to reduce road fatalities. He said it was disheartening that several road accidents had already occurred on the road being inaugurated. !Naruseb reminded all motorists to join us in the struggle to resuce the carnage on national roads. times and do not overtake at blind spots,”!Naruseb strongly advised. He said 40 culverts were replaced while several culverts were installed to allow proper draining of water, is often washed away. The minister further said that 4,820 road studs were installed on the centre and edges of the road to enhance visibility. In addition, several design aspects were also included in the construction of the road to enhance and improve safety on the road. Project Accountant ( x 1) Reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration, the Project Accountant will be responsi- procedures manuals, overseeing the management of project assets and procurement processes and coordinating and leading the management of supported projects. Finance and Administrative Assistant ( x 1) - To obtain detailed terms of reference and requirements for all the positions listed above and further inquiries, please contact the Head of Human Resources at EIF, Ms. Lizl Timbo on or call 061 4317700. All applications should be delivered / sent to: Environmental Investment Fund or Environmental Investment Fund PO Box 28 157 Capital Center Building, 2nd Floor Auas Valley Independence Avenue Windhoek Windhoek Namibia Namibia Closing date: 16:00, Friday, 24 November 2017 Women, persons living with disabilities and the youth are encouraged to apply, No faxed or emailed applications shall be considered and only short-listed candidates will be contacted. EIF Namibia Green_Viewpoint Robbers steal N0,000 from Nampost Staff reporter Windhoek Five armed robbers snatched cash of about N0,000 from Nampost in Katutura late on Tuesday afternoon. The stolen money was meant to pay The armed robbers wearing balaclavas stormed the premises as the business was about to close for the day. They tied up employees, demanded the key to the safe and got away with cash in the amount of N3,667.45. According to Nampol spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, no arrest or recovery has been made so far. as these will assist them in identifying suspects as in this case through comes to cases like this. We know most of the robbers and we would have gone through the system to identify to identify them,” she said. Nampost manager of corporate communications Wilson Shikoto added that business operations have resumed and that no interruptions were reported thus far. “We have however, beefed up security and continue to monitor the situation,” he said. He said the police had subsequently made some strides in their investigation and that several suspects had been detained for questioning.

Thursday, November 9 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Mass houses occupied for free in Oshakati Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Occupants of the mass housing houses at Oshakati are in limbo about when they will fully acquire full ownership of their houses as they have not started paying for the houses despite occupying them for more than a year now. Occupants of mass houses said they tion, leaving them with more questions than answers about the status of ownership of the houses. money will be paid into an account with the (now defunct) SME Bank and then later we heard that the ministry was not sure whether the money should be paid to the ministry or to NHE. Up to now we refused to be named. But the situation is likely to be the same throughout the country. The 209 houses at Oshakati were handed over at Oshakati by the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa in June last year. Around the same time 337 were handed over at Okahao and Oshikuku with the rest of the houses across the country expected to have been handed over by June 25 last year. It has however been established that bank deductions were effected on 10 occupants at the end of October. Meanwhile, some said they have been paying rental fees to the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) while some objected to the motion for paying rental fees on their own properties. “Why should we pay rental fees for our own properties? If we had started paying for these houses last year when we moved in we would already have paid much,” said another resident. They said the situation is disheartening because some had plans to upgrade their houses, but cannot do so until they are assured they are the sole owners of the house. “We are only owners on paper – there is currently no security, hence one cannot do much,” lamented another resident. The concerns over ownership are not new at Ehenye. When the houses were handed over no contractual agreement had been signed with the recipients and the ministry. Those who were furnished with keys at the handover charged that the content of agreement had not been disclosed to them and they were uncertain of the prices of the houses. It was also further established that prices for the force employees such as those of the Namibian Defence Force have been reduced. Questions sent to the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development three weeks ago have not been answered. WINDHOEK Fifteen Namibian Police Force officers are being deployed to Sudan for the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) peacekeeping mission. one-year mission. In a statement delivered on his farewell here yesterday, NamPol Inspector General, Lieutenant-General to serve the operation this year. Sudan on December 3. Ndeitunga said NamPol has been participating in various United Nations missions across the world and has a good record. “Members of the force have been part of the United Nations Integrated Mission in East Timor and Liberia respectively, until the last day when peace and stability were eventually achieved in those two countries,” he noted. Ndeitunga further said the force is aware of daunting challenges such as the risk of “We lost a member of our force in Liberia who was deployed on the same mission in 2015, however this should Go out there and help the people of the Darfur region,” he said. Speaking at the same event, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of NamPower, MUN salary negotiations reach deadlock WINDHOEK Salary negotiations between Nam- Power and the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) are still ongoing, with the power utility saying the union’s demands are too high. Nampower senior corporate communi- Wednesday said in response to queries from Nampa that the two teams have not been able to reach an agreement, resulting in a deadlock. Negotiations started in March this year. The union demanded a 15 percent wage increase for members of the bargaining unit, while NamPower offered an increase of 7 percent. MUN has since adjusted their demand to an increase of 10 percent. MUN on Monday accused NamPower of negotiating in bad faith at a media A conciliation meeting was held at the Office of the Labour Commissioner last Thursday. “The management of NamPower only came to inform the union negotiating committee and the conciliator that the board of directors has decided rate, which is 7 percent, across the board,” MUN shop steward Laurence The union said the decision undermines the members of the bargaining unit. “Those who are doing the most work are not getting what they deserve,” Kushinga said. The union is also demanding that long service awards be increased to amounts Farewell… Fifteen members of the Namibian Police Force leaving Saturday for the United Nations peacekeeping mission. From left centre, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, Deputy Inspector General Anne Marie Nainda. Photo: Nampa International Relations and Cooperation, Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the mission is a way for Namibia to give back to the world through the UN peacekeeping mission. “Through the mission you are going to protect those who cannot protect themselves in light of Article 96 of the Namibian Constitution,” she said. The article deals with foreign relations. – Nampa of service, plus 5 percent on top of the basic salary. They in addition want the subsistence and travel (S&T) allowance for construction increased to N0 per day and standby allowance upped to N0 per day. NamPower has offered amounts ranging service awards and N5 per day for S&T for construction and N0 per day for standby allowance. Groenewaldt explained that issues that were considered to determine the annual increase include market surveys, comparisons with increases in other companies and the Ministry of Public Enterprises’ directive on salary increases. He said increases for employees outside the bargaining unit were effected at the end of September, backdated to July 1, 2017. Groenewaldt said NamPower remains hopeful that the issues in dispute will be resolved amicably. - Nampa

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