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New Era Newspaper Tuesday November 28, 2017

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10 NEWS Tuesday, November 28 2017 | NEW ERA Police credited for maintaining peace and stability Introspection urged… //Kharas Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Rudolf Isaak Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop The mayor of Keetmanshoop, Gaudentia Kröhne, says Namibians owe the peace and stability in Namibia to a strong police force always there to ensure chaos and instability are prevented. Speaking during the commemoration of the Police Day at Keetmanshoop on Sunday, Kröhne said the police force plays an important role in ensuring peace and stability – and therefore those men and women in uniform should be given a pat on the shoulder for their immense contribution to maintaining law and order since independence. “We celebrated 27 years of independence this year and I ardently believe that a big portion of the peace and stability we have enjoyed for the last 27 years can be attributed to the strength and vigilance of our police force,” she said. She added that the responsibility of uniformed men and women is not easy, noting that as enforcers of law and order they require the highest standards of discipline and courage. She said the fact that the force has grown from only about 2,000 members in 1990, to about 12,634 members currently, bears testimony that it has made great efforts to put itself in a better position to deliver quality services. She encouraged them to focus on personal growth to be equipped with skills that will enable them to carry out their duties. “I want to encourage you to continue training and studying whenever opportunities present themselves, in order to maintain high standards of operations.” The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, also had a message for the force, saying the day presents a chance for self- to remind themselves of their duties and responsibilities. Reading the message of the inspector general, the //Kharas Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Rudolf Isaak, said the day should be commemorated with self-analysis on what has been achieved and what still needs to be achieved. He said the commemoration of Police Day presents an opportunity important role the force has been playing over the years and should also serve as a reminder of the enormous responsibility placed on the police. “It is during an occasion like this that the force renews its its mandate, by ensuring that the safety and security of our nation is maintained,” he said harder, also now during the festive season in order to combat crime and reduce road accidents, saying with accordingly. Otjozondjupa marks 27th anniversary of NamPol OTJIWARONGO Over 500 police and community members in the Otjozondjupa Region on Sunday gathered at the Mokati Sports Stadium to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol). NamPol at Otjiwarongo started the activities with a street procession from Orwetoveni residential area to the stadium. Two police sniffers dogs – sevenyear-old Commissioner Chico and 13-month-old Cadet Delta – formed part of the march. Chairperson of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, Julius Neumbo, said the day is aimed for rendering protection, and safeguarding human life and property. “We also want to thank you for serving this nation with dedication, integrity, and putting your lives at Awarded… The Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Heinrich Tjiveze (l) confers a 10-year medal of service in the force on Detective Sergeant Brenda Namasiku Silimbani (r) at the event that marked the commemoration of the 27th anniversary of the Namibian Police Force at Otjiwarongo on Sunday. risk while executing your duties,” he said. Neumbo, however, expressed concern with the increasing cases of baby dumping in the region, killing of women by their so-called lovers, excessive use of drugs and alcohol. He urged community members to do their part and report all types of crimes to the police. “Together we must build a society that respects the rule of law and guarantees safety of our police us,” he said. Representing the Otjiwarongo Local Authority, Gottfried Ubu- Gaeb called on the police to strictly maintain law and order in Otjiwarongo, investigate offences with intelligence and also preserve the security of residents. Ubu-Gaeb called for a moment of silence in remembering performing national policing duties. Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Heinrich Tjiveze, on his part, conferred 15 medals for bravery, outstanding performances and 10 and 20 years of service in the police force on some members. Tjiveze promised the public hard work, dedication and uprooting of drug lords, armed robbers, stock theft rustlers and reckless and negligent drivers on public roads in the region. Similar celebrations were held countrywide. – Nampa The Weekend DISCOUNTER To advertise into the Weekend Discounter, talk to me and I will offer you the lowest competitive price. New Era will OFFER the client with the exact discount the client offers to their customers. For products such as, “you buy 1 and get 1 free”, New Era will OFFER you 50% discount on advertising rates Bernadette Nyambe Sales & Marketing Executive Contact me: Tel: +264 61 208 0318 Email:

NEW ERA Testing times for NSI to meet mandate Page 12 SA’s Airlink plans to merge with low-cost airline Safair Page 13 INSIDE USINESS This news is your business Equitable network access crucial for development – Tweya Photo: Edgar Brandt Making connections… From left Acting CEO of MTC Thinus Smit, Okahandja Mayor Johannes Hindjou, ICT Minister Tjekero Tweya and (MTC board chairman Elvis Nashilongo at the commissioning of the new transmission tower in Okahandja. Edgar Brandt Okahandja The only way to unlock economic opportunities for development and sustainable reality is to ensure equitable access to network connectivity across the board. This was the message of Information and Communication Technology Minister Tjekero Tweya yesterday when he opened the Kaibasen site in Okahandja to serve the residents of the Oshetu 1, 2 and 3 informal settlements, as well as some parts of the Nau- Aib residential areas. “I dislike the situation where we have unequal network access within the borders of our beautiful motherland, as this demonstrates clearly discrimination towards the rights of our people to access communication, for they are unable to enjoy the same privileges others do, be it in rural or urban areas,” Tweya said. The Kaibasen site is a 25-metre lattice base transmitter station (BTS) which is 3G enabled. The upgrading of the site forms part of MTC’s 081EVERY1 Project, which is set to transform the national communications network grid in the country and through which MTC is set to build around 524 new sites that when completed will provide mobile telecommunication access to 100 percent of the Namibian population. Once the project is completed in 2019, rural areas which previously had only 2G networks access, will have access to 3G connectivity, thus increasing speed and convenience of communication and opening up endless possibility for innovation. “The 081EVERY1 Project is commendable and indeed needs to be praised, for the simple reason that it seeks to redress the long held untenable state of affairs, which have put especially our rural areas at a less advantageous position when it comes to access to quality networks, mobile connectivity, broadband accessibility and access to the information superhighway. “More so it makes a very bold statement, that of reaching 100 percent population coverage by the year 2019,” Tweya explained. It is predicted that by 2022 African mobile broadband connectivity will more than double from the 419 million in place today to 1,07 billion in 2022. This growth will be facilitated by the increasing availability of 3G and ‘4G’ LTE networks and the increasing decline in the retail price of smartphones, according to Global System for Mobile Communication - Association (GSM Association). Stimulus increases shareholdings in Cymot Staff Reporter Windhoek Stimulus Investments Limited has increased its shareholding in Cymot Investments Limited by 6.4 percent and now holds a 31.5 percent interest in Cymot. The shares came onto the market because of senior management retiring earlier this year. “In view of transformation and our positive investor relationship with Stimulus over the past 11 years, I am delighted to announce that our BEE because of the latest transaction,” said CEO of Cymot Axel Theissen. “We very are proud to be associated with a truly Namibian group, which was founded in 1948 and today is one of the most popular shopping destinations for many Namibians. Stimulus has been involved with the business on a strategic level and has played an instrumental role in Cymot’s growth over the past 11 years. “We believe that the Cymot shares on offer provide an excellent investment opportunity for Stimulus and we look forward to assisting in taking the group to even greater heights in the years to come,” Josephat Mwatotele, Stimulus director. “Despite the current economic challenges affecting the broader retail and wholesale sectors the additional investment in Cymot is an indication and its management team,” said Mwatotele. Cymot is a privately owned Namibian company founded in 1948. The Company has grown since then to become a leader in supplying quality products in selected niche markets through its distribution centre and network of 12 branches and agencies within Namibia, as well as in South Africa and Angola. Cymot is the foremost and most popular shopping destination for many Namibians, as concluded in a recent customer perception survey. The Cymot product range includes New partners… From left are Pieter Laubscher, Thorsten Mai, Josephat over 30,000 articles. Mwatotele, Axel Theissen. Photo: Contributed The Weekend DISCOUNTER All your specials for the weekend, in one section! #TalkToUs Contact Ms. Bernadette Nyambe: Tel: +264 61 208 0318 | Email:

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