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New Era Newspaper Tuesday October 17, 2017

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10 FEEDBACK Tuesday, October 17 2017 | NEW ERA Minister of Justice, Dr Albert Kawana The Road Fund Administration (RFA) is a statutory organisation, established under Act 18 of 1999 to manage the Namibian Road User Charging System (RUS) with a view to secure funding required to achieve a safe and efficient road network in Namibia. In its quest to fulfil its fiduciary responsibility towards the road network, the RFA herewith invites applications from suitably qualified, experienced and professional persons for the following position: VACANCY Independent Co-opted Audit, Investment, Risk and Compliance Committee Member of the RFA Board 1. Primary Purpose of the Job 1.1 To fulfil the duties and responsibilities as a co-opted Board Member on the AIRC Committee of the RFA with the purpose of fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the financial reporting process, the system of internal control. 1.2 To ensure that the internal auditing activity process is effectively managed and is operated to highlight the risk areas in the organisation. 1.3 To provide an oversight function of the external auditing of financial statements. 1.4 To ensure the organisations process for monitoring compliance with laws and regulations, the system of risk management, the investments, the reporting responsibilities, are implemented effectively considering the control mechanisms and rules of corporate governance. 1.5 To review significant accounting and reporting issues, including complex or unusual transactions and highly judgmental areas, and recent professional and regulatory pronouncements, and understand their impact on the financial statements. 2. Qualification Requirements: A Master’s Degree in Accounting Business Management / Commerce or similar qualification, Namibia Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 9. Qualification as Chartered Accountant. 3. Experience Requirements: A minimum ten (10) years working experience of which five (5) years at senior managerial level in a financial environment. Previous Board experience would be an advantage. 4. Knowledge Requirements: Policy Development Strategic formulation and framework Financial costing methodologies International Financial principles Financial analysis and processes Financial planning and administration Business awareness 5. Skills / Competence: Financial Advisory Deductive reasoning/interpretative Interpersonal communication Financial and strategic planning Strategic leadership Stakeholder engagement Critical thinking Closing Date for applications: Tuesday, 31 October 2017 All applications should be addressed to the Office of the Company Secretary and Legal Advisor by the date shown above, and should be accompanied by a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae, certified qualifications. Applications can be forwarded on email to and or via postage to Private Bag 13372 and or by hand to 21 Feld Street, Windhoek. Kindly note that, only short listed candidates will be notified. Faxed applications will not be considered. Ministry of Justice Query: Concern was raised about the operations of the public prosecutors in Swakopmund, Windhoek and Ondangwa magistrates’ courts respectively. Another issue raised was that prosecutors and magistrates are treating trial-awaiting prisoners unfairly by leaving them languishing in custody without bail being granted. Response: The Ministry of Justice and especially its professional staff such as prosecutors will never intentionally violate any person’s rights including of those people suspected to have committed crimes and are now kept in custody while investigation into their matters and or their matters are being concluded. The Ministry urges that bail is the beginning of justice in the criminal justice system. The state, which is represented by the prosecutor in court, would in certain instances where grounds exist oppose bail for the accused person and such accused would have the right to bring a formal bail application. The grounds upon which the state may oppose bail may include, among others, the risk of absconding, possible interference with state witness and or police investigations, risk of committing further offences and endangering the maintenance of law and order or public safety or national security, and public interest or the administration of justice. The public has to keep in mind that our rights are conditional, and there are exceptions! For instance any one that violates another person’s rights may be arrested on grounds of them being presumed as suspects and may be kept in custody until of law as stipulated in Article 12 of our constitution. It follows therefore that an accused can be arrested and detained, thus depriving them of their rights on condition that it is done in accordance with the law. An accused does not have the right to bail but only has the right to apply for bail – whether or not bail will subsequently be granted is another question. The state, through the prosecutor, has a duty to inform the court of the grounds upon which the state opposes bail from which the court will deliberate the merits and determine if the suspect can be granted or not granted bail based on those reasons. The SMS which related to Walter Haseb and Ivonne Nande being granted bail though the prosecutor opposed them being granted bail, this is what happened: After the state refused them to be granted bail, the accused made a formal bail application, presenting reasons why they deserve to be granted bail, upon which a full bail enquiry was conducted. The applicants, based on the merit of their case, were found having no reasons why they should not be given bail and they were subsequently given bail. The Ministry appreciates and welcomes the public for raising their opinions regarding our services, as this well complements our value of transparency. We however wish to notify our clients that should they have concerns or opinions or recommendations regarding our services, there are other faster municating such views to our which may be created by raising such concerns through the SMS page of daily print media. Complaints can be forwarded to the control or deputy prosecutors of the regions in which the court is located and if such a complaint is not satisfactorily handled then can be contacted at: 061 374236, , or inbox us on Facebook: Ministry of Justice Namibia or email us

NEW ERA INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business Ongwediva The Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Justus Mwafongwe, has encouraged the business community to honour their tax obligations to aid government in addressing income disparities. During a public lecture on Thursday evening, Mwafongwe said gov- to address the rampant inequality and bring about development in the country. “Businesses have no reason not to honour their taxes if the poor are paying,” he said. In discussing the importance of tax collection, Mwafongwe reminded the business community that the national projects awarded by government are funded through the tax collection. He said tax collection remains vital to increase government revenue, enhance savings, reduce inequality, and create income and wealth, as well The public lecture on the role of taxes on the Namibian economy, tax PM conference ocuses on leadership n tough times Windhoek The theme of the seventh Institute for People Management (IPM) conference, which kicked off in the capital yesterday, is ‘Leading in Turbulent Times’. According to the conference organiser, MTC chief human capital and - current economic situation. “We have placed great emphasis on leadership, as can be seen from the different speakers’ topics, because instead of drowning ourselves in our current economic situation, we want to recognise that there is opportunity in every economic downturn and that it is our responsibility to create such opportunities through effective collection and amnesty was organised by the University of Namibia ALUMNI association at UNAM’s José Eduardo Dos Santos campus in Ongwediva. Mwafongwe also appealed to business people in the construction sector to enforce the 10 percent tax collection from non-residents employed in their respective companies. He said the failure to enforce has created an opportunity for non-residents to get away without honouring their taxes, as required. “You need to enforce that, else leadership,” Ekandjo said at the start of the two-day conference. terday, Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste said the IPM topic was relevant, as the global village faces unprecedented uncertainty, economically, geo-politically and in terms of climate change. “The nature of the global corporate business environment has dictated interconnectedness, which guarantees that no matter how hard we work to create stable and healthy organisations, our organisations will continue to experience dramatic external changes far beyond our control,” he said. During his opening address, ligence (AI) would soon become a major factor. “AI has the capability of analysing data to streamline the entire recruitment process. Instead of ploughing through reams of applications and weeks of interviews, AI who will make excellent team members. Using data from multiple sources, AI can narrow the choices down to those candidates who not position, but also are likely to be a the hiring process. Better informed the responsibility falls on you,” Mwafongwe said. The Inland Revenue commissioner also emphasised the importance of paying taxes collected from employees to collecting tax from employees for personal use instead of paying it and should be discouraged. “Pay on time. If the [outstanding] money accumulates you may not be able to pay it back,” warned Mwafongwe. He also advised taxpayers who are struggling to honour their management can ensure new hires are onboarded properly, with training matched to their abilities and learning speed, and then assigned to the right projects with an optimal compatible team, where their strengths add value to the team. In the right environment, team members are thus supported in every way,” said Jooste. The minister further quoted the Human Capital World Report of 2016, which suggests that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will - Photo: Nuusita Ashipala taxes on time to promptly approach appropriate arrangements. lead to profound shifts across all industries, reshaping production, consumption, transportation and delivery systems, among other factors. “At the same time, the very nature of work is changing, in part due to new technologies and their subsequent impact on business models, and in part because of new platforms that allow talent to connect to markets in wholly new ways. “As much as these new technologies are disrupting labour markets, they also provide the potential to change how we learn throughout our lifetimes, how we educate the next generation and how we retrain those that are facing declining returns to their skills,” Minister Jooste added. He concluded that the development of relevant talent would determine whether everyone partakes in and capitalises on the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or experiences its disruptions as bystanders or observers. “The question we need to ask ourselves today is: at which level are we in Africa going to respond to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” - Photos: Edgar Brandt

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