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New Era Newspaper Tuesday May 15, 2018

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4 Tuesday 15 May 2018 NEW ERA NEWS Gibeon councillor lauds Hardap residents for clean up R E H O B OT H – G i b e o n Constituency Councillor, Jeremia van Neel, has lauded inhabitants of the Hardap Region for their concerted efforts in cleaning the region as part of the ‘Road to Rehoboth’ and national clean-up campaigns. Van Neel told Nampa yesterday that the national clean-up campaign initiated by President Hage Geingob and slated for May 25 has positive outcomes, as small settlements such as Kriess, Schlip and Klein Aub are also included in the campaign. “Since day one of the campaign in Maltahöhe, I have witnessed the joint efforts by inhabitants of the region in trying to keep Hardap clean. I must also thank our president for coming up with such an initiative to promote cleanliness in the country,” Van Neel remarked. He further said it is a good thing that Governor Esme Sophia Isaack, with the technical committee, decided to include all areas in the region, irrespective of size and location. “With cleanliness, comes godliness,” Van Neel noted. The region’s main clean-up day will be in Rehoboth on May 25, to coincide with similar activities in the rest of the country. The Hardap clean-up campaign kicked-off in Maltahöhe last Monday, followed by Gibeon on Wednesday and Kriess on Friday. Over 200 people, including r e s i d e n t s o f R e h o b o t h , Mariental, Gibeon, Aranos, Stampriet and Klein Aub, were part of the Kriess clean up. The exercise continued in Gochas yesterday, today it is in Aranos, followed by Stampriet (May 17), Hoachanas (May 18), Klein Aub (May 19), Mariental (May 21), Kalkrand on May 23, ending in Rehoboth on May 25. – Nampa NEFF leader in custody for alleged stock theft •Loide Jason WI N D H O E K – Th e national coordinator of the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters and the party’s second in command, Longinus Kalimbo Iipumbu, has appeared before the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on allegations of stock theft. Kalimbo was arrested last Wednesday and made his initial court appearance yesterday where he was denied bail. According to sources, Kalimbo was approached by a friend who ORANJEMUND TOWN COUNCIL PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT UNIT INVITATION FOR OPEN NATIONAL BIDDING Construction of services (Electrical) for Extension 4A PROCUREMENT REFERENCE NO: W/ONB/ORTC-02/2018 regularly buys cattle from him asking him to find him a cow to slaughter for a planned wedding feast. Kalimbo is also a well-known livestock auctioneer in the Oshana Region. The accused allegedly claimed to have a cow ready and asked for a deposit of N,000 as a guarantee while the full cost of the beast was N,000. When the wedding approached, Kalimbo promised to deliver the cow himself. “He then told his nephew 1. Bids are invited through Open National Bidding (ONB) procedures from registered, reputable and experienced Civil Engineering Contractors for the construction of services to the Oranjemund Town Council 2. Bid documents are available for collection as from 08h30 on Wednesday, 16 th May 2018 8 th Avenue and 12 th Street, Oranjemund, Namibia. by interested bidders from the Oranjemund Town Council upon payment of a non refundable fee of N$ 300.00 by cash or Electronic Funds Tranfer (EFT). prospective contractors on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 @ 14h00, meeting at the Oranjemund Town Council boardroom, Oranjemund. 5. Enquiries (Procurement): Festus Nekayi Oranjemund Town Council Tel: 063 233 500 Cell: 081 1555 723 6. Enquries (Technical): Kai Nolte Namibia Consulting Engineers & Project Managers (Pty) Ltd Tel: 061 249 809 Cell: 081 128 6088 Email: 7. Bids must be submitted in sealed envelopes, clearly marked “Bid number: W/ONB/ORTC-02/2018- Construction of services (Electrical) for Extension 4A and delivered to the address below on or before 12h00 am local time on Wednesday, 14 th June 2018. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security. Address for submitting bidding documents Procurement Management Unit, Oranjemund Town Council Contact person: Ms. Maria Katjito Tel: +26463 233 500; Email: C/o 8 th Avenue and 12 th Street, Oranjemund, Namibia to accompany him to the grazing area so that he will take the cow and deliver it. Unfortunately, there were people who saw Kalimbo loading the cow. They knew the owner of the cow and •Clemans Miyanicwe KAMANJAB – Sesfontein constituency councillor, Julius Kaujova, feels the life of wildlife in Namibia is being regarded as more precious than that of human beings. Kaujova, who was concerned about lions threatening humans or attacking livestock on a weekly basis, particularly in the Kunene Region where every week lions attack livestock or threaten humans, said: “We respect the life of wildlife, such as lions, more than that of people and livestock.” Africat Foundation and Desert Lion were the two nongovernmental organisations roasted by Kaujova for only protecting the lions. “They only value the lives of lions. What about those of wildlife killed by them.” Kaujova wants the donor-funded organisations to establish a fund to compensate communities who lose their livestock to lions in drought-stricken Kunene. The two groups were also blasted for not engaging political and traditional leaders, who feel left out from making input at workshops held by these organisations. According to the constituency councillor, the non-governmental organisations must know that communities blame government when problems arise and not them. Although nongovernmental organisations do assist communities with night reflectors and nets to shade kraals to keep lions at bay, the assistance is too little as only a few households are receiving such help. informed him immediately,” said the source, who further narrated that the owner of the cow informed the police and Kalimbo was arrested and the cow was recovered. Approached for comment, Govt regards wildlife as more precious than humans - Kaujova Despite evidence suggesting that keeping livestock in the kraal is safe, Kaujova said dozens of livestock have been attacked while in the kraal. A while ago a Purros Campsite employee, Sarafina Tjipombo, was nearly attacked by a lioness and a cub while on duty at a tourist establishment. Tjipompo is said to have been moving to another room in the rocky area and ran to a tent and locked herself up after she saw the lioness and her cub. “The lions were nearby the room she went to clean but luckily this woman saw them first and ran inside and locked herself,” Kaujova narrated. The cub was, however, seem circling the room Tjipompo locked herself in and Purros conservancy staff was alerted to chase the lioness and her cub. Kaujova says such incidents are evidence that human life is at risk and that three people were attacked and injured by lions in the past two years. According to Kaujova, areas such as Purros, Sesfontein, Marinus, Khowarib, Grootberg Lodge and its surroundings are ‘hotspots’. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism was blasted for not having a sub-office at Sesfontein. At the moment, the ministries office at Outjo, which is situated 256 kilometres away. Government had a programme through conservancies whereby community members who lost their livestock were paid N0 for goats devoured by lions and N,500 for cattle killed by lions, but Kaujova says this amount is too little and it cannot even the Oshana Crime Regional C o o r d i n a t o r D e p u t y Commissioner Hilia Iipumbu confirmed Kalimbo’s arrest but could not give further details on the case, as she was not at the office. buy a calf. The Chief Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Romeo Muyundu says the National Human Wildlife Conflict Policy is currently been reviewed to provide for improved amounts under a Self-Reliance Scheme and that the policy has already gone through Cabinet and it has been referred to the National Assembly for further consideration. “We are in the process of identifying these specific lions to put in place mechanisms that will ensure that they do not cause further problems or damage in the future. Furthermore, with our development partners, we are engaged in an activity to identify lion problem hot spot areas to assist in erecting predator proof kraals and water points for wildlife such as lions and elephants,” Muyundu said. The ministry of environment continues to work closely with farmers and communities to minimise incidents of humanwildlife conflict (HWC) in the entire country, not only in the Kunene Region, he said. “All of this is in addition to what we have been doing already, swift response to reports, translocation and destruction of problem animals. It should be noted that HWC cannot be eliminated completely for as long as we continue to co-exist with wildlife, but can be managed and reduced,” he stressed. “We reiterate our call that communities and farmers should on their own put in place measures to mitigate human wildlife conflict. These include kraaling their livestock at night and herding livestock whenever they go for grazing. We also encourage them to work closely with our officials in the region to mitigate HWC,” Muyundu said. Caption (Sheep): This file photo shows some sheep previously killed by lions.

Tuesday 15 May 2018 NEW ERA NEWS 5 Lack of funds hampers rural sanitation •Albertina Nakale WINDHOEK - Nationally there have been an increase in resources allocation to the social sector in terms of health, housing, education and land servicing. However, Kabbe S o u t h Constituency Councillor John Likando who was contributing to the 2018/19 national budgets in the National Council said the Zambezi Region has no funds at all on provision of basic sanitation in rural areas and •David Adetona WINDHOEK - In support of the efforts by the Khomas School Health Task Force, the Ministry of Education, Art and Culture recently received 240 bucket taps and five-litre containers of hygiene soap to promote sanitation at schools to minimise and prevent diseases such as Cholera and Hepatitis. The items received from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Windhoek will be used by learners, teachers or individual for handwashing especially after using the toilet, as well as before and after preparing, cooking or eating food within the schools in Khomas Region. The soap and equipment handed over to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will be handed over to 20 schools which have been identified in Greenwel Matongo, Goreangab, Havana and Wanaheda and are part of the contribution of UNICEF to the Government’s active efforts to contain the recent Cholera and Hepatitis outbreak and to avert future outbreaks that have in the past caused unnecessary illness and tragic loss of lives. Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture attended the ceremony. With the provision of the soap and equipment, the minister said the schools can ensure that every child is able to wash their hands with soap under clean running water, especially after using the toilet and before having their meals and that this is a simple practice that can go a long way in reducing the spread of diseases such as Hepatitis and Cholera in schools. She agreed that promoting handwashing is a simple and construction of teachers’ houses. For the 2018/19 budget the government has made a provision of N8 million for development projects in the Zambezi Region. He was quick to say it is not only the Zambezi, adding the same “zero figures” appear in Omusati, Omaheke, Ohangwena, Kavango East and // Kharas regions. Likando said much is needed to provide these sanitary amenities to the rural communities. Instead he said focus have been placed on funding Strengthening sanitation at schools in Khomas Region affordable way to prevent the spread of these faecal-oral diseases. Without the supply of basic hygienic sanitation items it would not be possible to prevent or reduce the impact of diseases and thousands of learners would be at risk of infection at school, the minister said “These supplies were procured as part of the ongoing partnership between UNICEF and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is supporting government’s actions to promote access to safe water and to help those schools that still have limited sanitation coverage. As custodians of education and healthcare in Namibia, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture with Health and Social Services have introduced many progressive policies towards achieving a safe and healthy schooling environment for all children in Namibia,” said the Minister. According to the minister, Namibia was one of the pioneers in school health in Africa as it introduced its first school health service in 1972. Since then, a number of milestones have been achieved in ensuring that learners learn in a healthy and safe enabling environment, but a lot more remains to be done. This cannot be done alone. Partnership is the key to success, and this goes hand in hand with regional and local ownership. Meanwhile, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Bernard Haufiku acknowledged the value of UNICEF’s donation which will help to further promote healthy behaviours and habits for best conditions of leaners, teachers and all within the school environment. local authorities which he says are able to generate their own funds from the services they provide. He requested the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development to revisit the need for basic sanitation in rural areas in order to balance the existing social inequality among citizens. Equally, he said the residents in the Kabbe flood plain areas are in dire need of a health facility as they are exposed to dangers and a lot of waterborne diseases. The issue of health is said to be very serious, especially at Kasika, Muzii, Mpukano, Namiyundu and Nankuntwe. Flood-prone settlements of Kabbe in Zambezi are at high risk of contracting waterborne diseases as the affected villagers in those settlements have no proper ablution facilities, and potable drinking water is a pipe dream. According to the Namibia Sanitation and Hygiene Program, nearly 1.3 million of Namibia’s population of just over 2 million do not have access to proper toilet facilities, including 84 per cent of all people living in rural Growing with Huawei Realize Your Potential Vacancies Huawei Telecommunication Technologies Namibia is a subsidiary of Huawei Technologies, a leader in providing next generation telecommunication networks for operators around the world. 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Due to heavy flooding experienced in the Zambezi, many schools and villages in Kabbe have been cut off, exposing people to harsh conditions, as they have to cross streams using dugout canoes, risking their lives to attacks from crocodiles lurking in the water. Likando said the residents are so patient that they no longer need to report the same thing on the lack of health facilities to their leaders instead they go and seek assistance from neighbouring countries such as Zambia and Botswana that has facilities near them at exorbitant costs. Fur thermore, he also expressed concern over the people in the eastern Zambezi flood plains, saying they remain isolated from the rest of the country during flood season due to lack of river transport system. He said each year flood comes people die due to human wildlife conflicts along the main river and channel when they risk their lives by travelling via dugout canoes which are often toppled by dangerous animals such as hippos. Likando bemoaned that seven years has passed since Kapelwa Kabajani ferry was commissioned to assist the flood prone residents to move around but nothing has gone from the ground. “All we are told is bureaucratic excuses and blame shifting among offices. Are we sure we want to reduce poverty with this kind of attitudes towards the rural communities?” he queried.

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