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New Era Newspaper Tuesday December 5, 2017

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8 FEEDBACK Tuesday, December 5 2017 | NEW ERA Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Query: Minister of Poverty Eradication, please clarify to us why people are being asked to pay N when collecting food at the food banks. That’s unfair, those people are poor already. Response: The ministry would like to categorically make it clear the food items distributed by the ministry through the food bank are not for sale and is not to be Furthermore, there is no fee to be paid by those ministry therefore requests the public to report such incidences to the ministry and provide all Query: Government should install prepaid water meters for all the pensioners. Response: The aim of the social grants is to assist elders with their basic for the alleviation of pressure of water utilities nicipalities, such as Otjiwarongo, in introducing a subsidy policy for elders is highly encour- proposed intervention in the blueprint, which requires interventions to address indebtedness of elders or vulnerable persons with regards to Lot Ndamanomhata, chief public relations - Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Query: Why did the Ministry Of Agriculture, Water and Forestry establish the Tree Planting Project? Response: With efforts to become a food-producing nation, the Tree as a feasibility study to test soil in different parts of the country The project currently has several employees that supply fruit to the - THE LEADING ENGINEERING CONTRACTOR OF NAMIBIA, INVITES TENDERS BID INVITATION Procurement Reference No.: G/ONB/RCC– 02/2017 TITLE: SCOPE: SUBMISSION DOCUMENT: LEVY: ENQUIRIES (Commercial): ENQUIRIES (Technical): DELIVERY ADDRESS TENDER OPENING CLOSING DATE: Provision of Microsoft Software Licensing “Bidding Document” Sibolile SINVULA Martin Shivute Tender Box th th th representatives in the RCC Training Room Tuesday 09 th January 2018 at 12h00 Immediately after Independence, Namibia devised the Forestry - dressed what is to be done to run the forestry clear aims and objec- it states that one of the purposes of the forestry policy is to “Increase the national woodlands through research and development, application of silvicultural practices, protection and promotion of requisite economic support Another important strategic intent is “to implement innovative land-use strategies, including multiple use conservation areas, protected areas, agroforestry and a variety of other approaches designed to yield for- Hence, tree-planting has been one of the key activities of the Tree seedling nurseries have been established and are run at In 2001, the founding president, Dr Sam Nujoma, directed that the saline grasslands, known locally as “the Ombuga’, should be subjected to afforestation with appropriate species of trees to increase tree cover in this semi-arid to arid environment, which has traditionally been used for grazing in the Oshana, Oshikoto The directive was to different stakeholders under the leadership of the then ture, Water and Rural Development to work together to plant trees with the main objective to carry out tree planting trial studies to assess the viability of planting trees in open grassland in the Query: What are the success measures that indicate that the tree planting project progress is on track and if the objectives of the project have been met? Response: Tree planting is progressing well, even though trees are more reliant on regular watering Over the past 15 years, several orchards and woodlots were successfully planting activities increased forest/vegetation cover; produce fruits consumed by the public and generate government These orchards provide fruit tree seeds, which have been distributed to govern- Although there are success, tree planting in dry arid, poor soil conditions is not requires a lot of la- absence of reliable water sources in the area poses a challenge, as in many places we are only water supplied by NamWater at a very Query: What are the ministry’s plans with the orchards? Response: The ministry will continue increasing the area under affor- It will ensure that tree-planting activities are promoted in many parts of the Communities will be given a technical assistance in tree The ministry will develop management plans to be used to manage these or- The ministry will enter into partnership with other institu- for the selling and The ministry will also consider an option of entering into publicprivate partnership to involve private business people or institutions to manage the orchards as The ministry will use these orchards as demonstration sites when training farmers and other fruit tree Query: How many are these orchards in total? What is the production level and how many people are employed under this project together? Response: Since its inception, 34 treeplanting plots have been established, covering 271 hect- mately 80,000 trees have been planted in produced from these orchards are as follow in 2014/15 = 19 tonnes (mangoes =13 In 2015/16 = 15 tonnes and an amount of N,993 was gen- During the year 2016/17 = 25 tonnes tonnes, guavas=2 duced and an amount Orchard in Omusati Region is believed be the biggest and has employed 43 contract workers plus 2 community mobilis- Although the project only supplied fruits to the project sells its products to the public, and at open market places in the northern in total the project employed 124 people (contract workers and (57 females and 67 based at different riculture, Water and Forestry would like to encourage individual farmers to plant more trees on their farm lands and assist with resources such as water supply infrastructure, for the project to achieve its intended The project sells fruits to the public, thus creating employment, especially to vendors who sell fruits in open will also enhance promotion of the establishment of orchards istry Of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, -

WEATHERMEN & CO NEW ERA Fuel price up by 50 cents on Wednesday Page 10 Britain’s May in Brussels for Brexit moment of truth Page 12 INSIDE USINESS This news is your business Adesina’s ambitious quest to fix Africa’ youth unemployment Staff Reporter Windhoek In a quest to fix unemployment among Africa’s young people by the year 2050, the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has launched the Presidential Youth Advisory Group to advise him on the best solution for creating jobs for Africa’s youth. “This is a huge opportunity for Africa. If we challenge, Africa will gain 10 to 20 percent annual growth. That means Africa’s GDP will grow by US0 million (nearly N billion) per year for the next 30 years. Africa’s per capita income will rise by 55 percent every year to the year 2050,” Adesina said at the inauguration of the group. The creation of the youth advisory group, launched on the sidelines of the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum in Abidjan on November 27, is in line with the bank’s ‘Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy.’ Africa’s greatest asset as its youth, observed that out of the 13 million youths that enter the labour market each year, only 3 million (about 33 percent of African youth) are in wage employment, while the rest are underemployed or in vulnerable employment. The annual gap of more than 8 million jobs is going to worsen, with the number of youth expected to double to more than 800 million in the next decades. “ A f r i c a h a s a n unemployment crisis among its youth,” he stressed, noting that unless employment opportunities African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina are created for them, Africa’s rapidly growing population of youths can give rise to serious social, economic, political and security challenges. Africa’s youth, though strong and dynamic, cross the desert or the Mediterranean Sea because in Africa. Graduates are wandering in the streets, jobless. The low level of employment opportunities also fuels violence and extremism in Africa. “Forty percent of African youth engaged in armed violence join gangs or terrorist groups because of limited opportunities in their countries,” Adesina said. “[About] 66 million African youths earn less than US a day (less than N per day) – less than the price of a hamburger,” said Adesina, adding. “Sixty-six million is eight times the size of Switzerland, six times the size of Belgium, the same size as UK, France or Italy, and 80 percent of Germany’s population.” The youth advisory group is made up of nine individuals who are all under the age of 40 but contributions to the creation of employment opportunities for African youth. They comprise individuals from Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Rwanda and USA. “The members of the Presidential Youth Advisory Group are expected to actively engage private sector partners, government leaders, civil society, donor partners, and other stakeholders; and support work that the bank is already doing and promoting across the continent through its Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy,” Adesina said. To make agriculture more attractive to young people, the AfDB last year invested US0 million (N,9 billion) in supporting young entrepreneurs in agriculture as a business in eight countries. It will reach 15 countries this year. The bank expects to invest 1.5 billion per year for the next 10 years to support young agripreneurs. The AfDB said it has made great progress toward implementing its strategy through three key pillars: innovation, integration and investment. In terms of integration, the bank entered into a partnership with the International Labour Organisation to strengthen the capacity of African countries to harmonise youth employment into national policies. T h e Y o u t h Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund will serve as a instrument, with initial support of US.4 million (N million) by Denmark and Norway. The bank has also developed the Enabling Youth Employment (EYE) Index to measure youth employment outcomes and enabling policies at country levels. “With this amazing group of very diverse young individuals, we even hope to exceed the bank’s goal to create 25 million jobs and 50 million youth equipped with the right skills,” said Adesina enthusiastically. “It is time to change the narrative about Africa’s youth!” OLD WAY Total cost=N Sending money to your mother in the village NEW WAY Bank Better with FNB’s electronic channels Get a taxi and drive to a shop where the ATM is located (N) It takes 3 days to get the money to your mother and she ends up with less than you sent Spend 2 days trying to find someone trustworthy who can take the money to your mother The car breaks down on the way and she has to wait another day. 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