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6 NEWS Tuesday, August 15 2017 | NEW ERA ganate wants ore investments in maheke education NOTICE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT Africa Planning Forum cc (APF) hereby give notice to all potentially Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of the Environmental Management Act (No 7 of 2007) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (GN 30 of 6 February 2012) for the following: PROJECT NAME: Subdivision of Erf 914/Rem, Mariental Extension 4 into 13 Erven and Remainder and Creation of Street on Erf 914/Rem, Mariental Extension 4. PROJECT LOCATION: Mariental, Hardap Region PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project entails the subdivision of Erf 914/Rem, Mariental Extension 4 into 13 Erven and Remainder and the subsequent creation of street. The subdivided Erven will consist of 2 Business Erven, 2 Light Industrial Erven, 4 Industrial Erven, 2 Local Authority Erven and 1 Public Open Space. The layout additionally allows for the creation of 3 streets. The intended subdivision will complement the adjacent erven that are located within Mariental Extension 4 which is also of an Industrial and Commercial land use. PROJECT INVOLVEMENT: The Proponent: The Mariental Municipality Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP): Africa Planning Forum (APF) REGISTRATION OF I&APs AND SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS: In line with Namibia’s Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and EIA regulations (GN 30 of 6 February 2012), all I&APs are hereby invited to register and submit their comments, concerns or questions in writing via Email:; Fax: 061 271 228 or Tel : 061 271 220 on or before 22 August 2017. Based on the interest expressed by the public and stakeholders regarding the proposed project it will be determined if a public meeting is to be held. Should a public meeting be held all registered I&APs will be informed accordingly. We commit ourselves to make the City of Windhoek a vibrant, economic and technological centre of excellence in Africa in order to enhance the quality of life of all our people PUBLIC NOTICE PERMANENT CLOSING OF PORTION A OF ERF 2427,FRANCISCUS STREET KHOMASDAL AS “PUBLIC OPEN SPACE”, (THE PORTION IS APPROXIMATELY 33 M² IN EXTENT, ADJACENT TO ERF 2339 KHOMASDAL AND WILL BE SOLD TO THE OWNER OF ERF 2339 KHOMASDAL FOR CONSOLIDATION PURPOSE). Notice is hereby given in terms of article 50 (1) (a) (ii) of the Local Authorities Act of 1992 (Act 23 of 1992) that the City of Windhoek proposes to close permanent the undermentioned portion as indicated on locality plan, which lies for inspection during office hours at the office of Urban Policy, Room 519, Municipal Offices, Independence Avenue. PERMANENT CLOSING OF PORTION A OF ERF 2427,FRANCISCUS STREET KHOMASDAL AS “PUBLIC OPEN SPACE”, (THE PORTION IS APPROXIMATELY 33 M² IN EXTENT, ADJACENT TO ERF 2339 KHOMASDAL AND WILL BE SOLD TO THE OWNER OF ERF 2339 KHOMASDAL FOR CONSOLIDATION PURPOSE). Objections to the proposed closing are to be served on the Secretary: Townships Board, Private Bag 13289, and the Chief Executive Officer, P.O. Box 59, Windhoek, within 14 days after the appearance of this notice in accordance with Article 50 (1) (C) of the above Act. HUGO RUST ACTING URBAN PLANNER Charles Tjatindi Eiseb Post 10 Special advisor to Omaheke Governor Pijoo Nganate has called on businesses and ordinary members of the community to do all they can to assist government in the delivery of quality education. Nganate, who was speaking during a donation handing over ceremony here on Thursday, said it was high time Namibians realise that the burden of providing quality education to the country’s future leaders cannot be carried by government alone. The ceremony was convened to allow for the official handing over of 60 mattresses to two underprivileged community school hostels in the Omaheke Region; Eiseb Primary School and Vergenoeg Primary School. Eiseb Primary is located some 350km northeast of Gobabis in the Otjombinde Constituency, while Vergenoeg Primary School is in the Kalahari Constituency. Nganate said there is Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) has sold 6645 metric tonnes of fish during 2016/2017 financial year. The amount of fish sold more than double from what the trust sold previously. The fish sold is the horse mackerel, hake and snoek, said the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau during NFCPT’s annual Fish Consumption Day launch that took place on Friday. “This is progress in our efforts to make fish available so that equal beneficiation takes place. The aim of NFCPT is to make fish available, accessible and affordable to all Namibians regardless in which region they reside,” Esau said during the launch. The trust sell fish at affordable prices to ensure that all Namibians have access to the country’s natural resource. The annual Fish consumption Day is scheduled for the Kavango East region and will take place at the public open space at Nkurenkuru on 21 October. To date NFCPT is visible a common misconception that education is strictly the responsibility of government, and citizens ought to sit back and simply keep receiving such service from government. He said this was not only far from the truth, but also a sign of weak interest among the region’s population to improve the quality of education. “Education can never be the responsibility of a single entity. We all need to come on board - in the little ways we can - and pledge our support to the cause of educating our children,” he said. He told those in attendance that there is a lot of wealth in the Omaheke Region, but such wealth have done little to assist the provision of quality teaching and learning environment. “We are only as strong as our weakest links, as such we need to work together to uplift the state of education by contributing either financially or in kind to this very important sector,” he said. Nganate noted that times when local communities would beg bowl-in-hand for handouts are long gone, as everyone is now expected to bring some form of contribution to the table to move the country forward. “People would always rely on pleading for assistance and never think of what they too can contribute to their own situation. It is high time that we drop such mentality and meet government halfway,” Pijoo Nganate he said. He used the platform to also pledge the donation of five mattresses to each school. Omaheke has been one of the poorly performing regions in Grade 12 results over the past few years. Many believe a perceived lack of interest in education matters by businesses and community members is one of the contributing factor to the state of affairs. Fish consumption sell 6645 metric tonnes of fish Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, who urge NFCPT to partner with the private sector to distribute more fish. throughout 12 regions with 16 retail outlets in towns such as Mariental, Opuwo, Lüderitz Keetmanshoop, and Eenhana. The trust employs 140 people. Esau reiterated that the country’s national fish consumption target is 160 000 metric tonnes. Hence he said that NFCPT’s distribution during 2016/2017 represents only about 4 per cent of the country’s national target. “The task ahead of us is to feed Namibians with sufficient amounts of fish and this requires a public private partnership. Even though we will continue to facilitate NFCPT to sell more fish to economically vulnerable members of our society, we expect the trust to come up with well thought strategies partnering with the private sector to achieve this national goal,” Esau said. The minister then applauded NFCPT and the fishing industry for their various efforts on fisheries enterprise development in rural areas . “This is highly encouraged and I am excited to note the efforts being made on value addition activities such as canned horse mackerel. I would also like to remind NFCPT that they are not in competition with other fishing industry stakeholders and should rather work together to facilitate national fish consumption,” he said. Also speaking at the same event, the Chairperson of NFCPT Board, Katrina Shikeni said that since its establishment in 2001 the trust matured from being a project to becoming a full-fledged business entity. She added that the positive growth an sustainability of the entity is clearly visible in the continuous increase of its assets value, which now stands at N7 million having grown from a mere N.2 million.

Tuesday, August 15 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 Church donates to needy Omaheke schools Charles Tjatindi Eiseb Post 10 Two community school hostels in the Omaheke Region, which have been battling mattress shortage, last Thursday received 60 mattresses to be used by the learners. Eiseb Primary School, located some 350km north-east of Gobabis in the Otjombinde constituency, and Vergenoeg Primary School in the Kalahari constituency each received 30 mattresses. Gobabis-based Fill the Gap Ministries International (FTG- MI) donated the items worth N 000. Pastor Gerson Katuuo of FTGMI said the donation was part of the church’s efforts to meet Government halfway in the delivery of vital services to the community. He noted that a team of senior leaders from his church accompanied him over a month ago to various rural schools in the region, where they identified the different needs at these schools. Katuuo said they found that lack of proper mattresses for hostel learners was a serious concern, and as such decided to step in. “We found learners sleeping on concrete floors with thin blankets, while others had worn-out mattresses. This really touched us and we went back to the congregation and each one gave the little they could to allow the church to buy these mattresses, “ he explained. The pastor said his church will continue with more fundraising activities to contribute more to community projects. “We must all do our part and invest in the education of our children. Without education, our children’s future will be difficult,” he said. Receiving the donation on behalf of the two schools, Omaheke Director of Education, Pecka Semba, said the church has shown that any kind of donation will go a long way in assisting teaching and learning to take place under a more condusive environment. While admitting that the need for proper facilities in community school hostels far outweighs the donation, Semba said the church’s donation was ‘manna from heaven’ for the two underprivileged school hostels. “We are proud as Omaheke [Region] to have a leader with the thinking of Pastor Katuuo, who gave so selflessly to education. This is indeed a welcome donation and I guarantee that it will be put to good use,” he noted. Underprivileged children mostly inhabit the two school hostels - with Eiseb Primary School catering largely for the WEATHERMEN & CO children of Namibians who were repatriated from Botswana shortly after independence, while Vergenoeg caters more for the San community. The hostels of both schools host about 400 learners. Win 1 of 12 brand new cars still up for grabs! SMS ‘MTC’ to 3000 today CONGRATULATIONS TO ALFRED SHEEHAMA from Rosh Pinah who drives away in a Toyota Hilux 2.0 VVT-I AC Photo: Charles Tjatindi Learners at Eiseb Primary School in the Omaheke Region N per SMS. Competition runs until 25 October 2017. The final model may vary. Ts & Cs apply.

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