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New Era Newspaper Tuesday February 27, 2018

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2 NEWS Tuesday, February 27 2018 | NEW ERA SALARIES From page 1 they have become a burden to the State by depending on annual government subsidies and guarantees to sustain their operations. He said for 2017/18 alone, SOEs received a total allocation from the budget of more than N billion, while the total debt of SOEs is already about N billion (which is 25 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP)). “The return on assets of the PE (public enterprise) portfolio is negative/loss-making (more than N0 million per annum),” said the minister. Furthermore, Jooste reminded those in attendance that the ministry had developed a hybrid governance model, which was approved by Cabinet in 2016, and issued several common corporate governance guidelines and directives. He said this governance model would adjust the existing governance infrastructure imbalances by differentiating between the role of the State as policymaker/legislator, regulator and owner. “But we are cognisant of the fact that we still have a dual governance model in place, where PEs are required to report to both the line minister, as stipulated in their founding Acts and to our ministry as stipulated in the PEGA Act No. 2 of 2006,” he said. Jooste said managing strong and open relationships with boards, line ministries and CEOs/MDs is key to the success of SOEs’ transformation and to transforming the economy. He said because the ministry was created to support SOEs and without a strong network, open and transparent communication, between our ministry and SOEs all efforts may be fruitless. “It is people that make things happen, not the laws and policies,” he said. He said this is one of the reasons why he called for this annual address, which would become an annual event from now on. “I called you as our key stakeholders to share the state of our SOEs, as you see it agenda and the new way forward,” he said. improving our relationships with you and to communicate with you more deliberately Jooste said Namibia has more than 300 public entities of which 71 are listed. Of the 71 as non-commercial, 22 as commercial, and He said the SOEs operating in the energy, transport, communications, water, education, 90 percent of the combined entities’ assets. “SOEs provide over 5 percent of total employment in the country,” he said, adding that the total asset value of the portfolio at the end of December stood at around N billion. But he said the overall return on these assets is negative, meaning that there is a huge dependency on shareholder support for sustainability. FLOODS From page 1 Last week, he said, the level of the Zambezi River stood at 4.11 metres compared to the same time last year when it rose to 2.38m. Sampofu said schools in Kabbe South Some schools are in the epicentre of the Namiyundu, Nankuntwe, Muzii, Mpukano, Masikili, Ivilivinzi, Lisikili, Imukusi, Mbalasinte, Nsundwa and Nfoma. “All these schools are not accessible by road. The schools are not yet closed. If the close the schools and move the learners to relocation camps. The learners are using dugout canoes to get to school and its very dangerous because of crocodiles and snakes in the water,” he said. He revealed that the Zambezi regional disaster risk management committee has put in place relocation camps, should the need arise to evacuate those affected by the seasonal deluge. He explained that the regional disaster risk camps; namely Kabbe, Katima Mulilo Holy Family Mission and Lusese. However, he was quick to say, many villagers refuse to move to higher grounds, which defeats the whole purpose of setting up relocation camps. Last year, no villager was relocated because they refused to be moved to the relocation camps. On humanitarian aid, he said the regional Minister for food if the villagers agree to be evacuated. Asked on the other government services weeks ago, villagers are still using dugout canoes to reach essential services such as clinics. “We have mobilised boats from ministries such as environment, and agriculture and also from the regional council. We also mobilised mobile ambulances from the ministry of health,” he said. This could mean villagers in those affected areas will eventually have a poor harvest. Regarding livestock, he said he personally went on air since January to urge the residents to move their livestock to higher ground. Sampofu noted that some villagers heeded his call while others did not. Therefore, he said, villagers should continue to move their livestock while there is still time. JAPAN From page 1 emergencies on children and their families and increase their resilience by improving the health and nutrition status of the most vulnerable through strengthening their health systems. Regions earmarked for assistance are Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Kunene and Zambezi. The regions have over the years experienced Japanese Ambassador to Namibia Hideyuki Sakamoto. Handing over the grant to the Ministry of Health and Social Services yesterday, Sakamoto said the fund applies a comprehensive approach to mitigate the impacts of the Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 emergencies and to increase their resilience by improving the health and nutrition status through strengthening of the health system. “Japan government felt the necessity to urgently respond to the compelling needs of the most vulnerable population in the seven regions that were previously hard-hit Ambassador. Sakamoto revealed that the N.5 million is the third donation, following two projects that were implemented from 2012 to 2015 with a total funding of N.3 million from the government of Japan through UNICEF Namibia. “The project mainly targets mothers and children among other vulnerable [people]. It is from the Japan experience that investing in mother and children would contribute to Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 poverty reduction, economic growth and Japan has decided to support the Namibian government’s leadership and efforts in partnership with UNICEF in order to close a big disconnect between economic development and social development in Namibia, Sakamoto said. His remarks echo those of President Hage Geingob who, while addressing members of the diplomatic corps on Friday at State House, appealed to development partners to help Namibia overcome inequality. He therefore called on the responsible ministry and UNICEF Namibia to continue various expertise and coordinating efforts. “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to witness the successful completion of this subject, as my duty as ambassador to Namibia is coming to an end. However, I trust the project will be successfully Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 implemented through the close partnership established among the three parties and will contribute to transforming the he said. LEOPARD From page 1 “My co-farm worker, who had left me behind, ran back to help me and he shot the animal before it “I couldn’t run fast, as I wore heavy boots. My co-farm workers continued. Medical superintendent at the Rundu Intermediate Hospital, Dr Joseph Mukerenge, told New Era that the patient is in a stable condition and thus the hospital will not refer him to Windhoek, as he is not in a critical state. “He is stable and our nurses and doctors will give him treatment until he gets better and gets discharged in the next few days. UNICEF Country Representative to Namibia Rachel Odede said the funds availed by the government of Japan will complement the ongoing remarkable work carried out by the government of Namibia to support children and families who have been made vulnerable the country. “This programme is also supportive of the key government international commitments to end hunger and poverty and promote good health outcome. Already remarkable strides are being made by the government towards the attainment of the sustainable development goals and this programme will minimise the adverse impact on the progress of natural Accepting the funds, Minister of Health said the funding came at the right time when government was busy with the implementation of short and long-term development plans such as Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), Vision 2030 and NDP 5. for the rolling out of the project to consider include areas such as community health care, the elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmissions as well as the Malaria prevention and treatment. He is currently receiving treatment noted. Scores of Namibians lose their lives to wildlife attacks each year, as humans encroach on wildlife habitats and this issue is being compounded by recurrent droughts compelling wild animals such as lions, hyenas and others to hunt for soft targets near human settlements. The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, previously said the so-called also made the observation that wildlife roams between parks and communal conservancies, which the beasts and members of the communities living near the parks.

Tuesday, February 27 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Security guard and former cleaner pursue varsity degrees Selma Ikela Windhoek A security guard at one of Namibia’s universities has embarked on an inspiring journey of self-development when she successfully enrolled for a degree in criminal justice in policing at the very institution she guards during the day. Simsolia Shapopi now does her security work guarding the architectural building during the day, and at night she walks into one of the lecture halls as a student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). Shapopi is not alone. Victoria Nikanor, 34, who has been a cleaner for 11 years at the University of Namibia, abandoned the mops and brooms in 2016 to attend full-time classes at the university as a student teacher. The two Havana informal settlement residents separately share their inspiring stories of perseverance. Clad in her security guard black and white uniform, Shapopi stands at the glass structure of the building and directs the reporter to the Architectural Building that she Victoria Nikanor, a former cleaner at Unam, is now a student at the same institution. guards. Before the reporter reaches her, Shapopi simultaneously carries out her duty by inspecting a student’s card and allows them to enter the building. In addition to her task at the Architectural Building, Shapopi views CCTV footage on a screen and monitors what is happening in the building. Just before the interview, Shapopi asks her colleague to excuse her and invites the journalist to sit outside for an uninterrupted interview. Shapopi tells New Era she started enquiring about mature-age entry in 2016 after a man who came to the university’s library asked her why she wasn’t studying to which she responded that she does not have the The man informed Shapopi that lack of money and less academic points (grades) shouldn’t deter her from acquiring a university degree as she can enrol at a university through mature age entry and get funding from Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF). But before that encounter, Shapopi already had the desire to study and was upgrading her grade 12 points with Namibia College of Open Learning where she scored 21 points. During 2016, Shapopi then asked the university staff to explain to her what mature age entry is all about. Mature age involves aspiring candidates who do not met the entry requirements to write Mathematics and an English test. These candidates should also have some work experience. Shapopi then sat for the entry test towards end of 2016 and passed the Mature Entry Test and was duly accepted as a student at NUST. She also secured a NSFAF loan to pay for her tuition fees. Shapopi who aspires to become a crime investigator, sometimes attends her lectures in her works’ uniform if she didn’t get time to change. “My classmates know I am a security guard. When we started the course last year we introduce ourselves and what we do. In addition to that, my fellow students are understanding when I sometimes can’t meet up for group assignments as they know I can’t leave the site I am guiding” remarked the second year student. If she can’t meet up with the students she makes sure to send her contribution. Simsolia Shapopi, a security guard by day and a student by night at NUST. When lectures ends, Shapopi - a mother of one seven-year-old daughter, normally arrives at her solar powered shack at 22:00 and by this time her daughter is already sleeping. “I normally go to bed at midnight. Sometimes, when I get home I have to wash my uniform and attend to my school work before going to bed. I only sleep for four hours. I am up by 04:00 to prepare for work. By 05:00 I should be at the pick-up point,” she remarked that she doesn’t always has time to attend lectures. One of the challenges Shapopi faces is when she works night shift. This sometimes means she can’t attend her lectures also at times, her supervisor does not allow her to leave her site to attend lectures for few hours. She also adds that many a times after her night shift has ended in the morning, she doesn’t go home but remains on campus to do her schoolwork. She encourages the youth sitting at home to take up whatever job is available and study on the side. “Some people don’t want to work as security guards for whatever reason, but being a guard shouldn’t limit you to strive for better things in life”. At the same time, Nikanor, a former cleaner for a company contracted by Unam, is a second year diploma student in Junior Primary Education. During 2016 she sat down for mature age entry test at Unam which she passed and was accepted. Before that Nikanor started off by attending which she completed in 2016. During the same year Nikanor enrolled for short course in English at the Unam Language Centre. Nikanor said her encouragement comes from her former colleague, an old lady who told her it was never too late to study. Nikanor, a mother of two also said her neighbour, another elderly lady who was study through Life-long Learning Centre at our Main Campus, inspired her to study. “I told myself, if she can do it, why not me, “stated Nikanor who added that the problem is when one is demoralised into thinking that you cannot achieve anything. After Unam accepted her and she got her NSFAF acknowledgement letter, she left her cleaning job in January 2017. An excited Nikanor was quick to point out that she is coping at university and does not have any subjects Nikanor has no income right now as she left her job where she earned N$ 1 990, and is therefore unable to is, however, optimistic that in few years things will improve. “I tell my older son that I am no longer employed as I am attending school just like him. I tell him not to worry as in few years I will be able to assist him better than before”. One Economy-funded learners excel Staff Reporter Windhoek Learners studying through First Lady, Monica Geingos,’ One Economy Foundation all achieved 100 pass rates last year. All 25 learners, studying through the Foundation’s Talent Individual Programme, are in Grade 9 this year. The 25 learners hail from all 14 regions and are from low –income households who are studying at country’s best schools, namely Windhoek High School, Windhoek Gymnasium and St Boniface where all expenses will be covered. The aim of the programme is to bridge Namibians in the second The TIP was conceptualised in 2016 with the primary objective of creating access to educational opportunities for learners from all from a fellowship with access to quality education and concurrent development for their characters. Speaking at the welcoming evented for TIP beneficiaries, Minister of Education Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa proudly shared her excitement with her in the text saying: My children reached 100 percent pass “Well done, make her proud. Photo: Selma Ikela This is a rare opportunity that has been accorded you that others are dreaming of and many are envious of you. If someone comes your way and offers a lifetime opportunity, don’t play with it. Grab it with both hands,” Hanse-Hirmwa told the saying Geingos could have spent her money on her children, her family and on luxuries for herself but made a conscious choice to help 25 learners instead. Hanse-Hirmwa added that many a times there are people who criticise the education system are not making a difference. “Here we have somebody who is not in the category of criticising how poor education is, how poor the infrastructure is, how children don’t have text books in the schools, how Katrina is incompetent but quietly decided to make a difference,” she said The minister further called on the private sector and broader society to come on board and play their part. She said while government is the custodian of education in the country, the private sector is needed to support education programmes. The One Economy foundation awarded the best performing learners on Friday. Deputy Director of Education, Health and Media in Kuzee, said six of the seven learners at Windhoek Gymnasium were awarded with prizes at the school prize-giving recently. Those who received Tips Windhoek Gymnasium as best performing learner, Chante Moses from Windhoek High school as best performing learner at Windhoek High school and Thimoteus Kazapua from St Boniface as best performing learner. TIP also awarded most improved learner Donatella Nel and Rikuvera Matundu received TIP leadership award while the TIP citizen award went to Marisha Beck. Chairperson of the One Economy Foundation, Monica Geingos, her children have grown compared to how they were when she doesn’t want these children to think they are under privileged and got a scholarship but that the One Economy Foundation should rather be privileged for playing a role in their lives. “In 10 to 15 years from now, you are the one who should lead us. So whatever we don’t teach you now, will manifest in your good or bad leadership when we are older and can’t fend for ourselves. That is our responsibility; we are not doing you a favour but doing ourselves a favour,” stated Geingos. One Foundation also received donation for the TIP, such as free hospital medical cover from Prosperity Health to all 25 learners. Khomas Medical Centre also provided free medical cover which covers basic such as pharmaceuti- Werner Ewald from Bannerman Resources took part in Desert Dash race from Windhoek to Walvis Bay to raise funds which he gave to TIP. He donated N$ 24 000.

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