6 NEWS Tuesday, January 30 2018 | NEW ERA Uproar over hostel appointments Staff Reporter Windhoek Teachers at Epako High School in the Omaheke region want the ‘unprocedural’ appointments of the hostel superintendent and supervisor to be DM021600226449 SR DM021600226449 SR nullified, as they allege regulations were not adhered to. The disgruntled educators say that among fellow teachers who applied for the positions are a former supervisor and a superintendent, but were rejected with no reason. After a complaint was laid, an investigation was carried out by the N3,000 shot in arm for education in !Nami#nus Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz Marco Fishing Trust has donated an amount of N3,250 towards education and health in !Nami#nus Constituency. Marco Fishing Trust was created by Marco Fishing Company as part of its commitment and drive to reinvest and plough back into the nation, ensuring sustainable development in line with the Harambee Prosperity Plan as well as dedication to the wellbeing of Namibians. Of this amount of N,000 was availed to five government schools at the harbour town of Lüderitz for the school-feeding programme. The cheque was handed over last Thursday at Marco Fishing offices whereby the school principals from the five government schools in Lüderitz and the Namib Circuit Inspector graced the event. Last year the trust paid over N,000 VACANCIES Scholtz stated the trust has also The Namibia Financial The Minister Institutions of Poverty Eradication Bishop Zephania Kameeta Supervisory Authority (“NAMFISA; the Authority”) is an independent institution established by virtue of Act No. 3 of 2001 to regulate and supervise financial institutions in Namibia as mandated by various acts of Parliament. to support this noble initiative. Another N,250 was donated to pay for the registration fees for 2018 to the students from !Nami#nus Constituency registered at University of Namibia (Unam), Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), International University of Management (IUM), VTCs, NIMT, COSDEC and NAMCOL. While another N,000 was donated to the Ministry of Health and Social Services to renovate the children’s ward at the Lüderitz State Hospital. Marco Fishing Trust chairperson, Jan Scholtz explained the trust sees education and health -especially of the youth- as a critical component in realising sustainable development as this guarantees a future with sound and competent leaders. assisted beneficiaries in other regions in the country, in line with the mandate of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. NAMFISA is an equal opportunity employer and invites competent and suitably qualified candidates to apply for the following positions: VACANCIES teachers’ union, Nantu, which is said to have found out that proper procedures were not followed. Nantu asked the school to nullify the results and restart the process. However, the school management allegedly refused to cancel the appointments until the school board gets a letter from said in his visit to Lüderitz recently the food bank rollouts will soon become a reality and the training of the identified street committees will commence soon. “Marco Fishing Trust wholeheartedly supports and is geared for this initiative and looks forward to its realisation so that the trust Education is a shared responsibility – Nghaamwa • Senior Financial Analyst: Medical Aid Funds & CAUTIONARY NOTICE Friendly Societies • Senior Financial DANAON Analyst: INVESTMENT Insurance CC • Internal Auditor The Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (“NAMFISA; • Accounts the Authority”) Officer: is Payables an independent and institution Capex established purported aim “of by investing virtue in of and Act accruing No. 3 interest of 2001 through to FOREX regulate trading”. and supervise financial institutions Namibia as mandated by For more detailed information, interested candidates are invited various acts of Parliament. 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CLOSING Financial Matomola Analyst: DATE: THURSDAY, Insurance 21 JULY 2016 REGISTRAR OF STOCK EXCHANGES • Internal Auditor • Accounts Officer: Payables and Capex It has come to the attention of NAMFISA that a certain “DANAON INVESTMENT CC”, registration number cc/2014/11/322, trading as “DANAON FOREX SOLUTION” and represented by a Mr. Israel Nicodemus Soreseb in his capacity as owner, is sourcing funds from the public with the NAMFISA hereby informs the public that “DANAON INVESTMENT CC” is not regulated by the Authority. The public is therefore advised to be cautious when dealing with DANAON Investors who commit capital with DANAON INVESTMENT CC, do so at their own risk and may not have recourse to NAMFISA in the event that they suffer financial losses or not receive the the Omaheke Regional Education Director. “We don’t think that the director should be involved in such corruption. Enough is enough and it’s high time that the education permanent secretary visits our school and see why our grade 10s are failing …,” the teachers wrote in a letter. can assist in feeding the nation in a larger capacity than it presently does,” elaborated Scholtz. He wished all beneficiaries of their donation best of luck for the 2018 school year. Namib Circuit Inspector, Casius Shanyengange applauded the Trust and the mother company Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Whilst primary and secondary education remains relatively free, the Ohangwena Regional Governor Usko Nghaamwa has urged parents to meet government midway on the basis that education is a shared responsibility. Nghaamwa said the country could only develop further if there is continued team-work which includes aiding in procuring studying materials whilst waiting on the government to deliver. “If your child does not have a textbook and you have money, buy. Let us not allow the children to be left behind, let us assist where we can while we are waiting for the government,” said Nghaamwa. The governor made the remarks at the commissioning of electricity at Ekango Lanamulenge in Ohangwena region at the end of last week. Nghaamwa also called on the nation to safe guard government resources and to refrain from corrupt deeds. While maintaining that the government is not broke, the governor said those who are deep-rooted in corrupt activities Epako school chairperson, one Naoadoeb told New Era the matter had been referred by the school board to the regional office hence they would be best suited to comment . However, education regional director Peka Semba’s cellphone was unreachable. Boosting education … Namib Circuit Inspector, Casius Shanyengange, Marco Fishing administration officer Reeva Van Rooyen and Chairperson of Marco Fishing Trust and !Nami#nus Constituency Councillor Jan Scholtz, during the handing over of N,000, for the school feeding programme. Photo: Tuulikki Abraham Marco Fishing for what it is doing for the betterment of education in the region. He said the gesture to donate N,000, which will be divided equally to the schools, is important for the holistic growth of the learners starting with the feeding programme. are usually the first to cry foul that government does not have money. “But they do not come out to complain that they stole money or were involved in some sort of corruption,” said Nghaamwa. He said corruption does not only entail embezzling of funds, but goes as far as doing sloppy work on a project geared towards uplifting the lives of fellow Namibians. The governor also expressed concern against gender-based violence (GBV) especially that which is perpetrated against women and children. “People are beating wives, killing girlfriends and dumping their new born babies. All these things are not good and should find an end.” With the recent received rains, the governor encouraged communal farmers to plough and cultivate their fields. The same sentiments were also shared by the Queen of Oukwanyama Traditional Authority Martha Mwadinomho Kristian Nelumbu who also encouraged the residents of Ohangwena to reduce the time they spend at cuca shops and cultivate their fields in order to yield a good harvest.
Tuesday, January 30 2018 | NEW ERA Lab to test for GMOs Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The National Biotechnology, Testing, Training and Research Laboratory will assist the country to make evidence-based decisions on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by screening for GMOs in shelved products. This will ensure that only approved products are traded in the country, Dr Lisho Mundia, the director of research and innovation in the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, said yesterday. Mundia urged stakeholders that play a role in the implementation of the biosafety legal framework to support the operations of the laboratory by reporting products that are suspected to contain GMOs to the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology. “GMO testing is crucial to ensure that only GMOs and GMO products that are approved for use in Namibia are indeed on the market. This will curb any illegal dealings in GMOs or GMO products,” said Mundia. The laboratory is designed to cater for testing services and it has a facility for research and training. “There is misinformation NEWS 7 among our communities about GMOs and other biotechnologybased products,” said Mundia. This Mundia attributed to a lack of capacity and resources to conduct food safety assessment. “Namibia will be in a better position to make decisions on the standards of food we produce or import, through an evidence-based approach,” Mundia added. Nanso to engage Unam Council over compulsory deposit Albertina Nakale Windhoek In attempt to assist thousands of desperate students who are required to pay upfront a 50 percent deposit in tuition fees, the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) has decided to write to the University of Namibia (Unam) Council requesting it to reduce the compulsory payment. In an interview with New Era yesterday, Nanso communications officer, Matheus Taapopi, said the deposit requirement would leave many students unable to access tertiary education, which he described as a “disaster” for the country. Nanso proposed that Unam should at least reduce the deposit fee to 5 or 10 percent, instead of the 50 percent payment. “Today we are making a formal submission to Unam Council, which will sit on the 31st of January [Wednesday], to make a considered reduction on the 50% deposit. In our submission we raise a number of solutions on the modalities of 50% deposit on tuition fees,” Taapopi said. He said Nanso has engaged the leadership of the university to extend registration “with no late paying fees”, in order to allow government intervention of the N0 million. Treasury has stepped in with additional funds of N0 million to the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), which has run out of funds, to guarantee payments to students enrolling for the 2018 academic year. Since the beginning of the 2018 academic year, Nanso has vowed that all students should be allowed to commence registration prior to paying the N,000 registration fee and the 50 percent tuition fee deposit. The university has rejected that acknowledgement letters from NSFAF be used by first-year students at registration, which means everyone is required to pay the N,000 plus the 50 percent tuition fee deposit. Worst of all, Unam threatened that if payments are not made by February 9, the registration status will lapse and one will be required to re-register during the Nanso communications officer Matheus Taapopi late registration period. However, this announcement did not go down well with the newly elected Nanso leadership who have condemned the 50 percent deposit requirement, as they feel many students won’t be able to pay such a high fee before February. The university’s decision led to the students’ outcry. On Friday, Unam extended the due date for the registration fee and tuition fee deposit from February 2 – 9. Unam spokesperson Simon Namesho says registration for first-year students is extended to February 2, adding that no late registration fees will be applicable for the 2018 academic year. Further, Namesho notes that the registration status for students that go through the registration process and have not yet made any registration fee payment and tuition fee deposit will remain pending until such payments are effected. “An invoice, that includes the registration fee and total annual tuition fee, is provided at the end of the registration process for all students. Due date for the remaining balance after registration is 30 June 2018,” he maintained. Namesho added that aspiring students who still wish to apply to Unam are advised to apply online from January 29 – February 2. The late application fee of N$300 will apply to applications submitted manually (online application remains free of charge). Online registration for senior students, which started on January 23, is on until February 2. First-year students that might not have completed their registration on their respective faculty designated dates, are welcome to approach their faculty officers on January 29 – February 2, at the different Unam campuses. However, he says their registration status will remain in a pending status, until the compulsory minimum registration fee and the 50 percent tuition fee deposit are settled. Namibia viewed as an affordable destination Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) says it is heartening and reassuring to see that some international travel experts view Namibia as a very affordable destination to travel to, which makes the country very competitive on the international tourism platform. HAN chief executive officer Gitta Paetzold said that in discussions with key tourism stakeholders last week, it was agreed that while Namibia is still a bestseller, the fact that Namibia has many repeater tourists allows it to venture into more specialized packages, which will enable visitors to delve more in detail into experiencing a place, its people, cultures and the environment. “Namibia remains a very popular destination, with a recent ranking by the international institution Bloomberg listing it as part of the 20 most popular destinations worldwide, and together we need to ensure that we explore the opportunities and challenges this ranking brings. A recent ranking by Forbes Magazine even rated Namibia as one of the most affordable travel destinations in Africa, another important accolade,” she said. She said Namibia is a special travel destination due to the fact that it offers a great variety of products and packages, catering for both the high-quality, exclusive taste as well as the traveller touring on a shoestring budget. According to her, much of Namibia’s exposure is due to the extensive coverage that the NTB Frankfurt office managed to gain in international media and with key corporates, through countless campaigns and special projects, be it promotion of travel equipment, cameras and other products. She added that it was agreed that more flexibility and creativity in packaging Namibia – both in terms of offering highlights in different seasons and amending the tour itineraries to offer diverse circular tours – would address the bottleneck in some of the hotspots of Namibia. These, she says, include Sossusvlei, Sand & Sea Unesco Heritage site, Twyfelfontein and the Etosha National Park. HAN initiated a tourism stakeholder meeting where selected people from the tour operation, car rental and accommodation sectors, and the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB), gathered. They came together to discuss ways of optimising Namibia’s tourism infrastructure, convinced that greater interaction, management of and flexibility in the reservation systems may allow for occupancies to reach a level of 80 percent in the high season, as Namibia currently does experience a high demand in its places and services. In 2017 Namibia was able to maintain the high performance and good results attained in the previous year, with overall room occupancy in 2017 reaching 58.5 percent, which is only one percentage point lower than 2016. Paetzold said a worthy observation is the fact that the occupancies during the first two quarters of 2017 were on average 2 percent higher than during the same period in 2016 – indicating a shift towards balancing out the load to the traditional low season. “This trend must be pursued to alleviate the pressure on the high season in the second half of the year,” Paetzold noted. Looking at nationalities, she explained it is worthy to note that the domestic market, which constituted just under a third of all occupancies last year, seems to have experienced a dip (some 4%) in 2017. But she said Namibia enjoyed an increase of 4 percent from the German-speaking part of Europe, with a total of over 27 percent of visitors coming from that part of the world. France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal and the United States of America all showed a slight increase too, which Paetzold says is proof that the European market still holds great potential for Namibia and remains the key source market. Visiting numbers from South Africa decreased by some 1.5 percent last year to some 11.5 percent of total guests at Namibianregistered establishments. “Both the performance of the domestic and the SA markets seem reflective of the tight economic grip both countries and its people find themselves in,” she said. Gitta Paetzold, CEO of HAN