4 NEWS Tuesday, July 18 2017 | NEW ERA Clemans Miyanicwe Khorixas More than 30 pupils of Welwitchia Junior Secondary School at Khorixas have been suspended after they were found drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages on school premises. P r i n c i p a l Va i n o Shikeshele told New Era on Friday that a group of learners were drinking in one of the classrooms at the school during the Entrepreneurship Day a week ago. “Some sneak out and buy alcohol in the location, while some pupils from Cornelius Goreseb High School brought alcohol to our school,” a visibly disappointed Shikeshele said. “It was by surprise Khorixas pupils suspended for drinking at school we caught them. But we warned them before Entrepreneurship Day started not to indulge in alcohol,” Shikeshele said. The group of 15 learners were due to be suspended today after they were questioned in the presence of their parents. “We will definitely enforce what’s in the (education) policy. This is a special case,” Shikeshele said. Asked whether Entrepreneurship Day will in future be cancelled due to the behaviour of some pupils, the principal said it would not be cancelled, as it is part of the curriculum and his school will heavily guard pupils during such days to ensure they do not use alcohol. Shikeshele was concerned about the lack of parental involvement and said as long as parents do not say no to their children drinking alcohol there is not much the schools can do, as most pupils reside in the location. Parents were also advised to enrol children, especially boys, in the hostel as the boys’ blocks have space. Sgt Amon Kapiye of Khorixas police station said the local police were called to the school over the behaviour of drunken pupils, but said there was not much they could do except warn them. “Some sneaked out and bought alcohol at a local bar. It’s not a good picture selling alcohol to school pupils,” a concerned Kapiye said. He told New Era the pupils had bought a three-litre box of Fourth Street wine. Kapiye also revealed to New Era that many cases of pupils indulging in cannabis were reported to the police. “Our book is full of reports of pupils indulging in dagga use,” Kapiye noted. Frequenting of pupils at local bars is a thorn in a flesh of the community at the northwestern town, with some parents complaining on NBC Damara-Nama Radio service about this regularly. At one bar, a teenage boy also regularly takes the DJ stand. Kapiye asked how police officers would know club goers are pupils and asked parents to lead the initiative to discourage their schoolgoing children from frequenting nightclubs and bars. Since last year Khorixas police has pleaded with local bar owners to turn away under-aged customers, but it seems their pleas fell on deaf ears. During a meeting last Monday with the suspended pupils’ parents it emerged that some adults are selling cannabis to pupils, while some pupils are also suspected of selling dagga at school. Parents were also told that one local bar sells alcohol to pupils, even in school uniform. New Era was told that a male pupil also sells cigarettes at the school. At present it is understood that a number of pupils at Welwitchia Junior Secondary School are pregnant – four of them in Grade 10. EIF hosts consultative workshops Photo: Emmency Nuukala Testing… Constable Tjisemo conducts a breathalyser test on a suspected drunk driver, who was found sleeping in a stationary vehicle in the Olympia area on Friday night. The unidentified middle-aged man was reportedly found to have 0.63 percent alcohol in his system. Death Notice and Funeral Announcement Nuusita Ashipala Ondangwa The Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) is conducting a series of consultative workshops around the country to gather stakeholder input to develop a proposal that will culminate in a project the EIF will submit to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to finance community-based tourism projects. The consultations with various stakeholders aim to ensure the community also has a hand in crafting the project plan, so that they can subsequently take ownership of it. The envisaged project seeks to reduce the climate vulnerability of Namibian conservancies involved in the tourism sector and enable them to become more resilient to climate change. The Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) workshop for Omusati, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, and Oshana was held at Ondangwa on Monday. “By identifying the vulnerabilities and threats they will be able to develop projects that will enable them to have successful tourism businesses, while acknowledging that the climate is changing,” said the head of communications at EIF, Lazarus Nafidi. To date 65 community projects have benefited from EIF financial grants since its inception in 2012. IFA is now looking into financing more projects. During the consultations, IFA was also mindful of gender issues, hence sought to put together a proposal that addresses gender inequalities and to ensure greater equality in the tourism sector. Although the Fund has funded very successful projects, sustainability is a concern. In the proposal to be submitted to the GCF, IFA also wants to ensure that leadership discrepancies are ironed out to avoid projects failing due to traditional or political feuds in the communities. “Sustainability is a challenge, but it also presents opportunities in terms of the way that we channel our benefits to our members. The project is a two- to three-year initiative. We are more interested in what happens after that. We are encouraged by projects where the gains of the project are included into the community,” Nafidi explained. He said the consultations in various regions, which preceded the four northern regions, had been a success. The Sisinzi-Mwanawina family is saddened to announce the death of their mother, aunt, sister and grandmother who passed away on Thursday, 06 July 2017. Memorial Service: Tuesday, 18 th July 2017 at 14:30 Venue: Seventh Day Adventist – Windhoek Central Burial: Thursday, 20 th July 2017 Venue: Makusi Village, Kaliyangile Area, Sibbinda Constituency Contact Person: Fetuho Munalisa, 0812876865 Dusken Muzenze, 0814436466 Edith Musiwa Sisinzi-Mwanawina Date of Death: 13 July 2017 Date of Birth: 06 June 1963 Psalm 3 verse 5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. (King James Bible) //Kharas wants tangible results from Northern Cape agreement Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop //Kharas Regional Council chairperson Jan Scholtz says the long-standing twinning agreement with the Northern Cape provincial government in South Africa should yield tangible results. Scholtz told New Era he would soon lead a delegation of regional councillors to Kimberley, South Africa for a three-day visit, where the two parties will review the progress made over the years. He said although the agreement has been in existence for many years, not much have come from the Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties and he hopes the planned meeting will map a way forward on how the two parties can reap more fruits. He said the meeting will not only present a good platform to assess progress on the agreement, but also come up with an action plan to ensure the lives of people of the region are improved, which he said will give real meaning to the agreement. “Maybe we have moved at a slow pace in the past, but it is better than standing still. We are now really trying to make this agreement meaningful to both parties and we must now talk of implementation and move forward,” he said. He noted the agreement has so far mostly benefited the education sector, with exchange programmes facilitated between //Kharas Region and Northern Cape Province, but he is confident this can be extended to other sectors, such as agriculture and tourism. “This agreement has many sectors of collaboration and it is now up to us to identify projects that our counterparts can assist us with technical know-how, which will then create jobs for our people,” he argued. Scholtz said it took a lot of resources to keep the agreement alive over the years and it was now time to make sure that the input and the output is on par. The delegation left for South Africa yesterday and is expected to be back by Friday.
Tuesday, July 18 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Medical outreach benefits rural community Loide Jason Outapi A week-long special surgery campaign saw about 30 people being operated on at sessions that took place at Outapi last week. Apart from the special surgery, several other patients had their tonsillitis removed while some men were circumcised. The campaign is led by the Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Bernard Haufiku. Haufiku said the campaign targets people from rural areas who do not have the means to travel to Oshakati, Windhoek or South Africa for specialised surgery. The campaign is supported by two gynaecologists, two special doctors and a paediatrician. “I am pleased by the strong relations between the doctors. If it continues like this, we will achieve a lot in the health sector,” he said. He said these doctors from private and public hospitals render their services at no cost. “We have chosen Omusati because it is where the need is. Therefore we must prioritise regions with high needs, especially those that cannot afford to get help elsewhere,” said Haufiku. Susan Shipena from Okafitu in Outapi who underwent gynaecological surgery said she is now relieved because she no longer suffers pain. “I am excited that my son is operated on because he has been suffering from tonsils for five years. He is now five years and they are removed. I am very happy and I wish Dr Haufiku a long life,” said Yoolokeni Hamukwaya from Oneleiwa village. The campaign is organised as part of the national medical outreach service, which is committed to bring private and public health sectors together. It further aims to bring specialised services closer to the people through equity and accessibility of health services for all. The outreach is further committed to impart knowledge and instil confidence of doctors serving the public at district facilities during ward round and operations. NDP5 should serve as guide for development Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi Woman dies after epileptic seizure on bridge Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya Regional political leaders have been exhorted to use the Fifth National Development (NDP5) as their guide when drafting and proposing budgets for capital projects in their respective regions if government projects are to be successfully implemented. These were the sentiments expressed by the Minister of Economic Planning, Tom Alweendo, last week during a poorly-attended event held in Omuthiya with the view to discuss ways to implement NDP5. “If we do not have an orderly manner in which it can be implemented, it will be very difficult for us to reflect on what has been done and the way forward. NDP5 is being planned and implemented at a very difficult time … and you find people that ask why it is being implemented now… well now is the time when you know what comes first and needs to be addressed,” stated Alweendo. He said: “It is only through NDP5 that we can realise the long-term plans and hence do it in five-year intervals. This gives us a time to reflect on what has been achieved over the past years and what needs to be done in future. Therefore, let’s appreciate what we have attained so far, as it gives us courage to continue building on such success.” Alweendo advised the nation to shy away from the tendency of focusing more on problems, and rather spend time on identifying and presenting solutions to social ills. The N4 billion NDP5 was launched on May 31 by President Hage Geingob. It has four key goals, namely, achieve inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth; build capable and healthy human resources; ensure a sustainable environment, and enhance resilience and promote good governance through effective institutions. The National Planning Commission formulated NDP5 through extensive consultations with a wide variety of stakeholders, from local, regional and national representatives to civil society, the private sector and development partners. Speaking at the same occasion was the Governor of Oshikoto, Henock Kankoshi, who stated there is a need to forge ahead in unison and deal with the challenges on a prioritized basis for improvement of the living standards and quality of life of people. Roland Routh Windhoek In a freak incident a resident of Khomasdal suburb of Windhoek died last Friday night when she suffered an epileptic seizure and fell from a bridge in Mahatma Ghandi Street in Khomasdal, after hitting her head against the ground. The police said Mara Julius, 62, was at the edge of the bridge at about 20h00 on Friday evening, July 14, when she had an epileptic attack. Her next of kin have been informed. A female South African citizen was arrested by the Henties Bay police on suspicion of dealing in cannabis and mandrax tablets. According to Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi the police conducted a search at a house in Anton Lubowski Street in Omdel location, Henties Bay, during a police operation and the 58-yearold woman was found in possession of 230 grams of cannabis and 400 mandrax tablets. The confiscated dagga is valued at N,300 and the mandrax tablets at N,000. The suspect appeared in the magistrate’s court yesterday. Three unknown suspects, two armed with firearms, allegedly broke into a house in Greenshawk Street in Khomasdal Extension 16 on Saturday morning between 02h00 and 03h00 by forcing open the door with an unknown object and then threatened the occupants, a 49-year-old female and her minor daughter. They suspects removed a Sony home theatre system, two cellphones, cash of N,000, a camera, jewellery and a Samsung flat screen TV. Nobody was injured and no recovery or arrests were made as yet. One person was killed and another admitted to Katutura State Hospital in a serious condition after the car they were travelling in left the road and overturned after the driver lost control near Omeya Estate on the Windhoek/Rehoboth Road on Sunday morning at about 02h00. The deceased has been identified as 29-year-old Carlo Feris and his next of kin were informed. On Sunday morning at about 01h43 Dixson Adriaan Goagoseb, 18, from Gobabis was stabbed in the neck by a known suspect. Police said the deceased and a friend were on their way home from a bar when they encountered the suspect and some other men sitting on a pavement. The suspect reportedly insulted the deceased and his friend answered, which led to the suspect chasing them with a knife and stabbing the deceased. The 23-year-old suspect was arrested and appeared in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Louis Botha Supermarket in Puccini Street, Windhoek West was the target of a robbery on Saturday night at about 23h00, the police reported. According to the crime report, five suspects entered the shop when the cashiers were busy cashing up, gun pointed them and took cash of N,400. The suspects fled in a Silver Toyota Corolla without a number plate and no arrests were effected as yet. Police investigations continue. On the same page… Minister of Economic Planning and Director General of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo, and the Governor for Oshikoto Region, Henock Kankoshi Kankoshi concerned about high unemployment Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya The Governor of Oshikoto Region, Henock Kankoshi, is concerned about the alarming unemployment rate in the region, which he said is pegged at 40 percent, which tallies with the high poverty level at 42.6 percent. “The rate, according to the 2011 Population and Housing Census, stood at 40 percent for Oshikoto Region and from the look of things today, it has not changed much, if at all. This situation is indeed worrisome and presents a formidable challenge. In this regard we need to arrest the situation and join forces by supporting manufacturing and SME development initiatives,” said Kankoshi with sadness in his eyes. Kankoshi highlighted the situation last week during discussions on the implementation of the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), describing the situation as one of the pressing issues that need serious attention in the region. Other social ills, he pointed out, include inadequate basic infrastructure in rural areas such as lack of access to potable water, sanitation, network connection and roads and limited education facilities. “Some of the rural schools are still operating from traditional classrooms made out of traditional makeshift materials, making the teaching and learning processes difficult,” stated Kankoshi. Furthermore, he said, there is an urgent need to increase serviced land in urban areas in the region, especially Omuthiya, Tsumeb and Oniipa towns, and the settlement areas of Oshivelo, Onayena and Onyuulaye in order to address the burning issues of land and affordable housing. In addition, he urged those in attendance that for such challenges to be addressed special attention should be applied in sectors of agriculture, tourism, mining and SME development. “I mention some sectors which are major contributors to economic development of the region, and the challenges the region is facing. It would be good if we can pay close attention to these sectors and challenges during our deliberations. “About 33 percent of the inhabitants of Oshikoto Region depend on agriculture as the main source of income, so does tourism which is also one of the major contributors to the regional economy, hence it needs to be explored further as it has the potential to offer employment opportunities to communities,” said Kankoshi.