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New Era Newspaper Tuesday January 30, 2018

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8 NEWS Tuesday, January 30 2018 | NEW ERA HIV prevention workshop held for offenders Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO)’s youth development officer Ivan Mueze recently conducted a week-long information-sharing workshop at the Lüderitz Correctional Facility, for offenders, in an effort to prevent and reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in prison. Mueze who facilitated the workshop explained OYO is busy educating prisoners in correctional facilities around the country, with the intention to give information on HIV transmission prevention, testing and treatment. Lüderitz Correctional Facility is one of the beneficiaries of the OYO project funded by OSISA. Mueze said they train offenders as peer educators to be able to train new inmates and sensitise them on HIV/AIDS. He said the information about HIV transmission prevention is being facilitated through drama . On a mission … OYO youth development officer Ivan Mueze with some offenders from Lüderitz Correctional Facility, during the workshop held last week. and dance in order to spread the message effectively. During the workshop, the facilitator also created a performance on drug abuse. The organisation aims at using art, both visual and performing, with young people in order to create social awareness and thereby to decrease the spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other social problems such as domestic violence, rape and alcohol and drug abuse among the youth in Namibia. Mueze indicated his organisation has lined up activities all over Namibia. “While we still do a lot of work PUBLIC NOTICE around HIV prevention, we also work on teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, alcohol and drug abuse, stigma and discrimination,” he stated. “We work with a lot of schools, unemployed out-ofschool youth and offenders in correctional facilities.” OYO will soon visit schools in Lüderitz, with another project to be funded by Stichting Horizon. This project promotes self-esteem and encourages learners to take their schooling seriously. It involves peer education and it will involve performances by Koes Youth and Bethanie Youth Group. BUSINESS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AUTHORITY OF NAMIBIA Notice is hereby given to the Public that as of the 1 st of February 2018, BIPA will commence with rendering of services in Swakopmund. The following services will be rendered on site: 1. Name Reservations 2. Close Corporations Registrations; 3. Defensive Name Registrations; 4. Payments for all Services; 5. Enquiry and submission Services for Intellectual Property Registrations Our offices are situated in the offices of the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development; Erf 498, Tobias Hainyeko Street, Swakopmund. Operating hours of the Registration office are as follows: Monday – Friday 09h00 – 12h00 and 14h00 – 16h00 For more information, please contact + 264 64 418 0000. T S ANDIMA REGISTRAR OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY Hai//Om chief praises government Clemans Miyanicwe Windhoek Outjo Constituency Councillor Johannes Antsino and Chief David /Khamuxab of the Hai//Om Traditional Authority have both praised the government for the developments taking place at resettlement farms in and around Outjo. /Khamuxab told New Era yesterday that the government has done much for the Hai//Om community in terms of development, as schools have been built, farms have been electrified and water is more accessible. Other highlights that /Khamuxab noted are the dozens of Hai//Om youth who have been sent by the government to higher education institutions such as the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and University of Namibia (Unam), while others have become soldiers and police officers. Resettlement farms where Hai// Om community members have been resettled are Seringkop (6,531 hectares) that was acquired in 2007 and handed over in 2008; Koppies (1,436 hectares) acquired in 2008 and handed over in 2009; Bellalaika (3,527 hectares) acquired in 2008 and handed over in 2009; Mooiplaas (6,538 hectares) acquired in 2009, handed over in 2010; Nuchas (6,538 hectares) acquired 2009 and handed over in 2011; Werda (6,361 hectares) acquired 2010 and handed over in 2011; and Toevlug (6,217 hectares) that was acquired in 2011 and handed over in 2012. Last year at Werda, the government’s rural development programme began a cash-for-work project, which benefitted 21 people at a cost of N,000. Beneficiaries worked on a road, cutting down trees next to the road and closing ditches to the access road. Under the same programme, a sewing project empowered 12 people at Seringkop costing N,000, and a poultry project for N,000 at Mooiplaas benefited seven youths. All these projects were budgeted for in the last financial year. Councillor Antsino said that for this financial year his office has requested the same projects but at different farms so that more people can benefit. “Let’s appreciate and make use of the golden opportunities our government has availed to us. Let’s come up with agricultural and other profit-making projects to provide jobs and produce food for ourselves and sell surplus,” he advised. The Hai//Om community was also called upon to care for its facilities and to ensure future generations would benefit as well. “Let’s encourage our children to work hard and take their studies seriously to become doctors, engineers and teachers,” Antsino added. Consumption of alcohol and drugs use must be discouraged at resettled farms so that it should not disturb communities from being productive, Antsino said as he called on the private sector and individuals to assist the government. “Government has done a lot for our children. Now we are proud to have teachers, police officers, soldiers and nurses amongst our communities. We are happy,” /Khamuxab said. The Hai//Om chief said his community has been fully accommodated by the government after independence, which they are “glad” about, but added that more needs to be done such as putting up network towers so that residents can also fully access the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation’s Damara/ Nama station and also have better network coverage for mobile phones. /Khamuxab said that although there are gardens at some farms in the area, he would like to see bigger gardening projects. “We want to sell vegetables and crops in bulk to get more income and we need assistance with agricultural projects.” Farm Seringkop and others need a clinic. New Era was informed that the land was availed for the clinic but due to the recent financial crisis, it was not constructed. “We need a clinic as we also have children who attend school. A clinic will be very important to us,” said the chief. The Namibia-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) donated 100 cows and a bull to beneficiaries at the resettlement farms. N30,000 livestock theft at Karibib WALVIS BAY Thirteen cattle worth N30,000 were stolen from Farm Mon-Repos in the Karibib district between last Monday and Tuesday according to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol). According to a statement issued by NamPol’s Erongo Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu on Sunday, the livestock belonged to Jens Eckart. Iikuyu said no one has been arrested in connection with the livestock theft and the public is requested to assist with any information which could lead to their capture. - Nampa

NEW ERA | Implementation is key for Single African Air Transport Market – IATA Page 11 Spur says franchised sales down 2.6% in half year to Dec. 2017 Page 12 INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business Namdeb offers voluntary retrenchment as part of business optimisation Edgar Brandt Windhoek Namdeb, the 50/50 joint venture company between the government and Anglo American’s diamond unit De Beers, has confirmed it has embarked on a business optimisation process to ensure sustainability, as the company plans to increase production in 2018. The optimisation process includes voluntary separation (retrenchment) packages that will reportedly target at least 130 workers of the company’s total workforce of about 1,700. “The planned production increase in 2018 requires Namdeb to rebalance its labour workforce as well as align to strategic requirements over the next few years. Therefore, the business optimisation process includes options for all employees to apply for early retirement and voluntary separation. This process provides an opportunity to ensure that Namdeb retains specialised and experienced skills, whilst adhering to our affirmative action, gender diversity and inclusion aspirations. All applications for early retirement under voluntary separation conditions … will therefore be considered within this context,” explained Namdeb’s corporate affairs manager, Pauline Thomas. Thomas added that Namdeb, as a responsible employer, has a longstanding and firm commitment to the welfare of its employees and communities impacted by its operations. She said this is why Namdeb’s management has ongoing engagement sessions with shareholders, its employees (including the Mineworkers Union of Namibia), and has ensured a collective understanding on how it needs to do the right things today to ensure a better tomorrow. Thomas was however not able to divulge the exact number of employees to be affected and exactly when their employment contracts would end. “We are unfortunately not at liberty to share details pertaining to dates or numbers with the external public as it is a closed reporting period for the business,” said Thomas. According to Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) Oranjemund branch chairperson, Shavuka Mbidhi, at least 130 workers would be targeted. Mbidhi last year said Namdeb had informed its members that it would gradually cease operations, starting with Elizabeth Bay Mine at the end of 2018, Daberas at the end of 2019, Sendelingsdrift in 2020 and Southern Coastal in 2022. Commenting on the developments yesterday, MUN assistant general secretary Paul Shitumba noted that he had not yet engaged the MUN branch to ascertain what was happening in terms of the voluntary retrenchment packages. “By next week we will have a clearer picture of what is happening there,” said Shitumba. Changes coming…. Namdeb has confirmed that it has embarked on a business optimisation process to ensure sustainability. The optimisation will reportedly target at least 130 workers of the company’s total workforce of about 1,700. Photo: Contributed Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma has urged both Chinese and Namibian entrepreneurs to take advantage of the business opportunities being presented by China-Africa cooperation, in a win-win manner, in order to grow the country’s economy. Nujoma was speaking at the Chinese New Year celebration held on Saturday night at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino, where hundreds of Chinese nationals, Namibian government officials, other invited guests, and their families, were treated to a variety of cultural activities such as martial arts, traditional Chinese and local music and dance. The Chinese New Year, known in modern China as the Spring Festival, celebrates the turn of the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar, which is based on exact astronomical observations of the sun’s longitude and the moon’s phases. In his short statement, Nujoma reiterated the remarks that the President of the People’s Republic of China, President Xi Jinping, made at the last Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which was Entrepreneurs urged not to miss China-Namibia business opportunities held in 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. While addressing FOCAC, President Xi announced that China would soon roll out major plans to boost cooperation with Africa in the coming three years that covers the areas of industrialization, agricultural modernization, infrastructure, financial services, green development, trade and investment facilitation, poverty reduction and public welfare, public health, people-to-people exchanges, and peace and security. Reemphasizing the Chinese president’s remarks, Nujoma maintained that this bilateral relationship would create lots of business opportunities. “I would like to urge Chinese business entrepreneurs residing in Namibia, as well as our own entrepreneurs, to work together in a win-win cooperation. Let’s work together in order to develop our country. Namibia can benefit from the technological advances made by China. Let’s learn from their culture, discipline of hard work, and we can drive maximum Discussion… Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma, and Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, having a chat at the Chinese New Year celebration. Photo: Emmency Nuukala benefit,” Nujoma said. Nujoma described the friendship between the two countries as “all weathered”. “The friendship between Namibia and China has come a long way since before independence when China provided political, moral and material support to the Namibian people in their struggle for national independence, and after independence the friendship continues and was cemented with bilateral cooperation,” he said. Nujoma concluded that Namibia supports the One China policy. According to information obtained from one of the Chinese officials in Namibia, the One China policy emphasises there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is part of China.Addressing the same get-together, Chairperson of the Chinese-Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lin Jindan affirmed China’s willingness to work together with Namibians to grow the country’s economy. “In the past the chamber of commerce and industry has been trying its best to unite and assist Chinese businesses in Namibia to integrate their business into the Namibian society, as well as to solve problems. During the past year Chinese businesses in Namibia have recorded notable improvements on the business outcome and social expectations. Furthermore, efforts were made to protect business interests and together with the government of Namibia, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry has managed to create a conducive commercial environment for our nationals to do business,” he said . Lin therefore urged the Chinese business community to continue working hard in building the Namibian nation.

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