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New Era Newspaper Tuesday December 12, 2017

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8 FEEDBACK Tuesday, December 12 2017 | NEW ERA Namibian Correctional Service Query: President Hage Geingob, I visited my brother over the weekend, and he told me that they are locked up without food for two weeks at the Windhoek Correctional Facility Response: That SMS is void of all truth. There was not a day at the Windhoek Correctional Facility that inmates were locked up without food. There was only one reported incident when the bakery broke down and for two days the inmates did not receive bread as the faculty tried other measures to acquire bread. Query: Mr President, why the double standards in the Public Service? Most job categories require Diplomas or Degrees, except Prison Services that recruit Grade 10 and 12’s and eventually promotes them to Assistant and Deputy Commissioner levels with huge salaries that are not paid to Degree holders in other job categories. What is so special about guarding already incarcerated inmates? Response: NCS RECRUITMENT POLICY According to the NCS Recruitment Policy, the appointment requirements were Grade 10 until 31 January 2003. From 01 February 2003 appointment requirements changed to Grade 12. However, according to the recruitment policy 4.3 the Commissioner-General may in his/her discretion and in exceptional circumstances waive any of the requirements for recruitments in the service. NCS PROMOTION POLICY According to the NCS promotion policy, 8 (c) states as follows: The Commissioner-General may, in special circumstances, waive any of the requirements THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICE ACT, 2012 (ACT NO 9 OF 2012) The Correctional Service Act, 12 (Act No 9 of 2012), Section 8 (1) (a) and (b) states as follows: - The Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) has the primary mandate to provide safeguard the custody of offenders legally under its care by the Court of Law. Our legal mandate is derived from the Namibian Constitution as well as the NCS Act, Regulations, Directives and standard operating procedures. Eveline January, Deputy Commissioner: Media and Public Relations, Namibian Correctional Services, E-mail Address: eveline. january@gmail.gmail.com Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service Query: Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, can you please help us by building a sports stadium at Okongo, in the Ohangwena region?” Response: Although the Ministry is sympathetic with the request of the people of Okongo, the Ministry is in no position to - sport facilities in the regional capital. Already, towards complying with this, the Ministry is in the fourth phase of constructing the Eenhana sports stadium. However, the Ministry can, if resources permit and in conjunction with your local municipality, clear open areas for sports participation. Such a request can be submitted in consultation with the sports Aina Shikesho, Chief Public Relations Of- Service, E-mail Address: shikeshoaina@ gmail.com Omaheke Regional Council Query: The Omaheke Regional Council would like to respond to a media report in The Namibian newspaper of 23 November 2017, headlined “Omaheke region’s power”, regarding the renewal of the Acting Response: The media report’s headline men- has been clinging to the position, implying that she has been renewing her own contract, which is outright defamatory. Contrary to this, the Regional Council has the preroga- staff members as per Section 23 (4) of the Regional Councils Act, No. 22 of 1992. The Public Service Staff Rules and Regulations, mentioned in the media report with which the Regional Council has allegedly not been complying, do not apply to the Regional Councils as recruitment of Regional Council staff members is governed by the aforementioned Act and the Public Service Act, No. 2 of 1980. It should, however, be unequivocally stated that to avoid the abuse of its power and to uphold administrative justice, the Regional Council does appoint staff members with due diligence and in the interest of the Regional Council and ultimately the interest of the electorate and not to deliberately marginalize some staff members as disingenuously mentioned in the media report. The Regional Council can, unfortunately, not respond on the audit report of the Public Service Commission that was reportedly not discussed at Council meetings despite being submitted to the Chief the appointment and disciplinary matters of staff members are discussed are not open to the public and, therefore, matters handled at would like to ensure our electorates that the Regional Council subscribes to the principle of good governance and hence, invites any aggrieved persons to inspect its policies for irregularities alleged in this media report. Query: The Omaheke Regional Council would like to respond to a media report in The Namibian newspaper of 23 November 2017, headlined “Omaheke region’s power”, regarding the Audit Report of the Auditor-General. Response: General, as reported in the media report, are not by any standards consistent with the situation at the Omaheke Regional Council. The Regional Council acknowledges that the ended March 2016. However, the Regional cies in the audit report which have a fundamental impact on the audit opinion. 1. In order to rectify such anomalies and discrepancies, the Regional Council requested the audit team to return on site to rectify them and this request was never responded to. 2. The Regional Council requested the intervention of the Deputy Auditor-General in order to have a more realistic and objective audit but to date no response or assistance has been given. 3. The Regional Council rejected the audit of objectivity. 4. In spite of this, the Auditor-General went ahead to consider the audit report and tabled it to the National Assembly with the management response to the report removed. The Regional Council was astounded to learn from the media report that the audit report had been tabled to the National Assembly as it was under the impression that the report was 5. Nonetheless, the Regional Council is open gagement on this matter and other issues that 6. The Regional Council, therefore, regards the audit report not in tandem with what is in situ at the Council and, therefore, the contents of the media report are misleading. The financial position of the Omaheke Regional Council as it stands is within the framework and provisions dictated by good governance and as such we are operating a very solid and fool-proof Integrated Financial Management, Enterprise Resource Planning system that accounts for all the public funds applied. It is unfortunate and regrettable that the public have been subjected to a partial report with the potential of discrediting the entire hierarchy of the Omaheke Regional Council. The Regional Council will continue to push for good governance and is prepared to ensure that professionalism and ethics are exhibited to all arms of government with which it engages, Tauno Iileka, Senior Public Relations Of- Address: tiileka@omahekerc.gov.na Sponsored by

NEW ERA Page 10 Page 11 INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business Geneva The value of cargo goods transported globally by air is expected to rise to US.2 trillion in 2018, about a third of global trade volumes, and African airlines have been encouraged to take advantage of this increase, particularly through the soon to be implemented Single African Air Transport Market, which is expected to come into force in January 2018. The Single African Air Transport Market, which currently only includes 23 of the 54 African countries, is aimed at creating a the continent and, together with the liberalisation of civil aviation regulations, is seen as a major potential driver of the continent’s economic integration agenda. In fact, at last week’s International Air Transport Association (IATA) Cargo Day in Geneva, Switzerland, IATA’s chief econo- air cargo remains a key driver for economic development but noted that some borders are becoming major challenge for an industry that depends on open borders. Pierce further pointed out that whilst global cargo performance is in the midst of a strong economic upturn, driven mainly by e-commerce, current demand for air cargo is actually growing faster than available capacity. Pierce went on to say that due to the state of affairs, airlines’ asset utilisation has improved substantially, as 2017 cargo revenues were up 15 percent and growth is expected to continue into 2018, leaving the heads of air cargo opera- According to IATA, African carriers had the fastest growth in year-on-year freight volumes, up 31.6 percent in June 2017, while capacity had increased 7.6 percent. While seasonally adjusted growth Photo: Edgar Brandt has levelled off in recent months, the growth in the continent ‘s airfreight market is set to remain in double digits for the remainder of 2017. Despite this, many analysts feel the continent continues to face enormous challenges in its air-cargo development strategy due to the lack of liberalisation, restrictions connectivity, lack of co-operation between African airlines, high costs and taxes in fuel and airport services, inadequate infrastructure and lack of capacity building and training. Speaking at the opening of the Geneva on Wednesday, IATA director general and CEO Alexandre De Juniac said that while cargo is the sector still faces crucial challenges, such as lack of innovation and digitalisation and still has quite a long way to go to establish a seamless process. IATA’s senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security, Nick Careen, acknowledged that while the cargo sector has the advantage of speed, it is now working to improve quality, as well. He added that while institutions - like IATA - are trying to push the cargo industry to change faster, they need to be cognisant of e-commerce and its overall impact on the cargo business. In general, the global cargo a strong cyclical upturn in volumes, with some recovery in yields. Volumes are expected to grow by 4.5 percent in 2018 (down from the 9.3 percent growth of 2017). The boost to cargo volumes in 2017 was a result of companies needing to restock inventories quickly to meet unexpectedly strong demand. This led cargo volumes to grow at twice the pace of the expansion in world trade (4.3 percent). Cargo yields are expected to improve by 4 percent in 2018 down from 5 percent in 2017). While restocking cycles are usually shortlived, the growth of e-commerce is expected to support continued momentum in the cargo business beyond the rate of expansion of world trade in 2018. Cargo revenues will continue to do well in 2018, reaching US.2 billion (up 8.6 percent from 2017 revenues of US.5 billion). In 2016, airlines transported 52 million metric tonnes of goods, representing more than 35 percent of global trade by value, but less than 1 percent of world trade by volume. That is equivalent to US.8 trillion worth of goods annually, or US.6 billion worth of goods every day. On average, cargo business generates 9 percent of airline revenues, representing more than class segment. Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Regulation relating to domestic workers: Labour Act, 2007 TO DOWNLOAD VISIT: www.nepc.com.na; www.newera.com.na; www.kundana.com.na

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