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New Era Newspaper Tuesday February 27, 2018

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4 NEWS Tuesday, February 27 2018 | NEW ERA Unam students worry about safety Cape Town water crisis a lesson for SADC Selma Ikela Windhoek University of Namibia students based at the Khomasdal Campus in Windhoek have expressed concerned about safety on and around the campus. Students said they are sometimes targeted by thieves when they go to the nearby mall or when boarding taxis to go home. They said incidents were not isolated to Khomasdal Campus but other students at different campuses have also fallen victim to robberies or attacks. Students expressed the sentiments on Wednesday while attending a court case of their fellow student, Simon Sam Ileni Shoongeleni, last week. Shoongeleni is accused of murdering a teenage boy who became violent after he (Shoongeleni) failed to give him N$ 20. It is alleged that when Shoongeleni said he had no money the teenage boy the student. the entrance gate of the campus as the suspect (Shoongeleni) was returning back to the campus and the deceased was still following him and threatened him with a knife. The deceased’s knife then allegedly fell to the ground and the suspect picked it up and fatally stabbed the deceased twice,” reported the police. One of the students at the campus, Upi Tjaveondja, said safety needs to be given more attention as outsiders come into campus, enter classes and pretend to be students but end up robbing students of their valuables. "Safety is a huge concern, sometimes you can’t distinguish between students and outsiders. Safety is not at an acceptable standard on campus. Security themselves or the students, not even pepper spray. They don’t have tasers, we are worried as to how these security guards are supposed to protect us,” remarked Tjaveondja. He stated that the security guard was present when the incident unfolded but could not do anything. Namesho, told New Era that Unam resources are dedicated to provide the highest level of campus safety as possible “The University also offer advice on personal safety and on how to ensure that their campus accommodation is safe and secure. Students are made aware at all campuses to know the location and have the contact details of the 24-hours duty room saved on their cell phones so as to allow one to immediately report any crime witnessed on our campuses. Besides, all members of the campus community are encouraged to act responsibly, for their own protection and for the protection of others. Safety and security incidences beyond the university parameters, fall within national police bounds. He added that in as much the university want to enforce entrance restriction onto its twelve campus premises, it is also cognizant of the element that the university is a public accessible institution. “Besides, an adept balancing act also needs to be practised between intruding student’s privacy and implementing safety measure”. Water is bye... Several key dams supplying Cape Town have dried up Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund The Cape Town water crisis should be a lesson to all African countries that are facing water challenges. Hence, countries such as Namibia, Botswana and South Africa should use the crisis to encourage sustainable water usage. Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries should also explore other water management plans to ensure the availability of water on a long-term basis to prevent a similar predicament. This is according to the deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Abraham Nehemia. He was speaking to New Era shortly after the conclusion of the 5th annual Zambezi Commission (Zamcom) meeting in Swakopmund last Thursday evening. Zamcom is one of the organs of SADC that consists of 10 African countries sharing the Zambezi River. The countries are Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Zamcom was established in 2014 to promote sustainable use of the Zambezi River Basin. The organisation promotes and coordinates the cooperative management and development of the Zambezi River. The forum was established to promote the equitable and reasonable utilisation of the water resources of the Zambezi wa- management and sustainable development thereof. Speaking shortly after the conclusion of the meeting attended by ministers of the member countries, Nehemia said South Africa, Namibia and Botswana are some of the African countries that are severely affected by the water crisis partly as a result of climate change. “We all thought that we will have water for years but the crisis is at our doorstep and we will only be able to ensure new ways that can ensure the availability of water. According to him, it is of utmost importance that countries faced with water shortage, explore other means and put measures in place that can ensure water security. OUTAPI The Outapi Town Council has some 4,000 people on its housing waiting list, the town’s Chief Ex- Nashilongo, said at the weekend. Nashilongo said this whilst speaking to the media at the town’s Extension Nine, where 160 houses for residents in the middle and high-income group will be constructed. The houses will be sold for between N0,000 and N0,000. The erven, where the 160 houses will be constructed, have already been allocated to the owners. “Shev Property Development is “Water shortage also challenges food security and farming activities, which in turn affect the production of our people and threaten their livelihoods,” he explained. He said it is a matter of ensuring that the Zambezi water basin members plan ahead, review existing plans and see how feasible such management plans are. “We must understand the each other to see how far our current water capacities can take us. One thing we know is that we don’t have as much water as we thought and that is why we should learn from the Cape Town water crisis, as the message is clear. We don’t have water that will last us as long as we think,” he said. 4,000 in need of housing at Outapi CEO of the Outapi Town in Omusati Region, Ananias Nashilongo cation is done, while the tarring of the streets and the installations of the sewerage system are ongoing,” Nashilongo said. He informed Nampa in a telephonic interview yesterday that 148 similar houses are going to be built at the town’s Extension 19. “Servicing of Extension 19 will be carried out in the near future, as it is already approved by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development,” Nashilongo said. Pena Trading will service the land in Extension 19. Shev Property Development and Pena Trading have entered into a public private partnerships with the Outapi Town Council. – Nampa

Tuesday, February 27 2018| NEW ERA NEWS 5 Woman kills cousin over maize-meal Selma Ikela Windhoek The mother to a 27-year-old woman, who was stabbed to death over the weekend allegedly by her cousin after a is struggling to come to terms with her daughter’s senseless killing. The mother, Elsie Geingos (69), who arrived in Windhoek from a farm situated a few kilometres north of the capital on Sunday afternoon because of the incident, as she has now lost three of her seven children. Two were stabbed to death while one passed on in a car accident. The suspect is Geingos’ niece – her brother’s the daughter. as Natasha ‘Meide’ Geingos. The incident happened in Okahandja park informal settlement on Saturday around after stabbing her cousin but was arrested on Sunday morning in the area. According to a relative, Immanuel Witbeen, who was and Geingos returned home together from a watering hole. This photo of a cooked meal is strictly for illustrative purposes Witbeen said he helped the suspect force open the door to her the key. He said the two ladies were inside the shack when the deceased because she was hungry but she refused. “The deceased then took the of an eye drew a knife and stabbed the deceased once. It happened in front of me. I have never seen a woman use a knife like that,” said Witbeen, who added that the events are replaying in his head. Witbeen said after the stabbing, arrested at relative’s house on Sunday. Meanwhile, an emotional Geingos, whose only income is the pension grant of N,200, does not know how she is going to bury her daughter, as she currently has no money. Hence, Geingos is calling on any Good Samaritan to assist her in whatever way she can to bury her daughter. The pensioner is also left with the responsibility to care for the deceased’s two young children. Although the suspect is Geingos’ niece, the elderly woman said she is very angry about the unexpected killing, more so, that she will never see her last born again. “I am very angry and hurt. Maybe the deceased will even get bail but I won’t see my daughter again. My daughter washed my clothes and made ends meet to look after her children,” said Geingos, The deceased’s older son, sitting next to his grandmother, also got emotional and could be seen wiping away his tears, as Geingos lamented her loss to this reporter. SOE board members must pay taxes - Jooste Leon Jooste, the Minister for Public Enterprises WINDHOEK Financial officers of public enterprises must ensure that pay as you earn (PAYE) is deducted from board members’ sitting allowances, Minister of Public Enterprises, Leon Jooste, has said. Jooste said there were some board members who refused to pay income tax on the income they received as board members. He said this while addressing a one-day annual stakeholders meeting yesterday. He said the ministry had guidelines, which would introduce a new thorough recruitment process to ensure that the best in a transparent process. “One of the factors we will have to pay particular emphasis skilled board members are appointed to ensure a skills balance between the board and the executive,” Jooste said. He furthermore noted that an existing guideline states that boards are only allowed to meet four times a year and if there is a need for more meetings, the board must apply for an exemption. The new guidelines would ensure that boards do not run public enterprises, nor interfere with their operations. Jooste further stated that the ministry would also tighten up its efforts to curb corruption by conducting special investigations in instances where malpractice is suspected. “If corruption is exposed, the investigation reports will be handed over to the Anti- Corruption Commission for further processing and eventual prosecution if warranted,” he said. He added that investigations would take multiple forms and are intended to identify corporate governance failures, flawed policies and structural constraints and to propose suitable actions. Jooste said the ministry would also look at ways to improve the legal frameworks to ensure that boards are held accountable for was not applied. Board members, senior managers and chief executive officers of public enterprises attended the meeting. – Nampa

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