8 NEWS Tuesday, October 17 2017 | NEW ERA Erongo, Natalia Goagoses OKOMBAHE F for the Erongo Region, Natalia Goagoses, last Wednesday pledged to support a community development project in Okombahe with her retirement money. She took early retirement in August this year. She made the announcement at the delayed celebration of World Elders Day at the settlement. ing women with sober habits come up with a project that they think can improve their lives and that of the community. She did not reveal how much she would be willing to give towards the project. “I just received my retirement Staff Reporter Windhoek Former Martin Luther High School pupil Tim Ekandjo handed over 260 food parcels to elderly residents of Okombahe in Erongo Region. Ekandjo also slaughtered a cow to treat senior citizens to a braai on top of donating food parcels, all worth a combined N0,000. “I have not visited Okombahe since 1997, when I matriculated from MLH, and I wanted to do something special for elders,” said Goagoses pledges to share retirement package money after working for 30 years, so I can use part of it to establish a project here. “I cannot think for you about which project you must start, you bring the idea to me and I can seek more support elsewhere if it is necessary.” She said she would be involved in the project hands on, until she is sure it has reached a successful stage where it can sustain the Goagoses will return to Okombahe in two weeks’ time to see the proposed project and start working on it. “This is a poverty-stricken community and the situation was made worse by drought. We know the government alone cannot fully ects to sustain ourselves.” She said when communities work hard to support themselves, the government and those people with resources will be motivated Ekandjo, who is the chief human at MTC. Ekandjo, who hails from Lüderitz, said Okombahe elders were their parents during their school years in the area. He said their love and nurturing kept them (pupils) going so far away from home. “Sometimes God blesses us with favour and positions us in such a way that we are blessed with resources not always meant for us. I came back here after 20 years to to assist. The community was urged to unite and work together towards a common goal of development. Speaking at the same occasion, Erongo Regional Council chairperson Hafeni Ndemula said poverty can be eradicated through hard work and dedication. “Okombahe has the potential to be the agricultural hub for Erongo – a solution should be found by all of us,” said Ndemula. More than 200 elders gathered to celebrate the day, which was sponsored with food and drink by the chief human capital and Telecommunications Limited, Tim Ekandjo, in his personal capacity. The day is observed annually on October 1 worldwide to raise awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions they made to society. – Nampa Tim Ekandjo donates to senior citizens Magnanimous… Tim Ekandjo, second from left, handing over food share the little I have been blessed with, with you. And being back here today reminds me of where I come from and the important chapter this part of the world played in my upbringing,” he remarked, adding that people should remain respectful towards their elders. He told the elders not to thank him for sharing his blessing and thanked them for being willing to accept it. Ekandjo called on fellow MLH alumni also to plough back into the communities in the surroundings. The elderly recipients noted that times are really hard and food is expensive, hence they are grateful for the food presents from Ekandjo. “We really enjoyed ourselves today with the meat and the food and are still going home with a parcel of food that will keep us going for the next two months. May the Lord bless you and your family to replenish what you have so graciously given to us,” said a representative of the elderly. Erongo Regional Council chairperson Hafeni Ndemula thanked Ekandjo for not forgetting the community of Okombahe and for ploughing back. Ndemula said Okombahe and Daures Constituency are of the poorest areas and donations of this kind help the community. Visually impaired conference underway The Namibia Federation of the Visually Impaired (NFVI) is hosting the southern regional conference for visually impaired and white cane commemoration in Swakopmund. More than 30 delegates from as far as Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana are in attendance. NFVI executive director Moses Nghipandulwa said Namibia was nominated as the host country by the African Union of the Blind (AFUB) for the southern region last year at the World Blind Union in Florida. Nghipandulwa said topics up for discussion are government improving the delivery of sustainable disability service, The elderly people at various Windhoek old age homes were treated to freshly baked brotchens and fruit juice from the Woermann Brock retail chain. The retail group responded to the call by the Ministry of Health and Social Services that hosted an event to honour and appreciate Namibia’s senior citizens during the month of October, which is dedicated to elderly people. Woermann Brock general manager Rudolph Fourie said the group decided blind youth, blind women and training, and Southern Africa regional perspectives on disability issues and service delivery. Nghipandulwa added that the commemoration of the white cane would be held on October 19. He explained that the white cane is a tool used for mobility and guiding visually impaired people not to hit themselves into objects. He said the white cane also symbolises that a person using a white can is visually impaired and needs assistance. Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs Alexia Manombe-Ncube will give general remarks while members from the disability council are expected to deliver a statement. NFVI executive director Moses Nghipandulwa Woermann Brock says it cares to get involved because it is the senior citizens in the communities surrounding Woermann Brock supermarkets that contribute to the success of the group. Fourie asked that any organizations that support the vulnerable members of society, especially those living in areas surrounding the retail group’s supermarkets, should apply for support from the WB We Care Trust. The application forms are available on the group’s website.
Tuesday, October 17 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 9 Lüderitz residents picket for land rights Up Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz in arms... Lüderitz residents took to the streets on Wednesday demanding a chance to purchase erven at the town at the same prices offered to private developers. Taking a stand... Sandra Damens hands over a petition and applications for land to Lüderitz Town Council CEO Aunie Gideon. Photo: Tuulikki Abraham More than 100 residents under the banner of local land rights campaign group, Buchters United Against Corrupt Land Deals, took to the streets of Lüderitz last week to demand affordable residential land on terms as favourable as the town council had offered to private developers. The protesters last Wednesday gave Lüderitz Town Council seven working days to respond to their petition. Peaceful picketing started in front of the main entrance to the harbour at around lunchtime before the group walked up Bismarck handed over more than 250 application letters from residents who want to purchase erven at the prices offered to the private developers. The protesters questioned why the council should enter into private treaty with four property developers, who would then service the land and sell it on to the residents. In their petition, the locals were adamant that the erven - serviced or not - should be sold to the residents of Lüderitz at the same price as offered to the four companies. Their petition came with voluminous copies of dated applications, which the protestors said were proof that local people have years been applying for residential land – but to no avail. It was said council’s waiting list of residents includes only those who applied for land in the past three years. In their petition, the residents argue that Lüderitz Town Council has a legal obligation in terms of the Local Authority Act to service residential erven, or to put out a call for expressions of interest for the servicing of such erven. ROCK BOTTOM PRICES The council last month published a notice that it intends to sell 200 unserviced erven to offered to buy 50 erven each, at what the protesters say are rock-bottom prices. Ami-Ge Investments offered to purchase 50 unserviced erven in Extention 2 Nautilus for N1,300 (N,826 each); Harambee Development Solutions offered N6,175 for 50 erven in Nautilus Extension 3 (N,723.50 each). NCCS Investment Holdings and Dovino Properties offered N9,945 for 50 unserviced erven (N,598 each), while Eland Construction offered N0,125 for 50 unserviced erven (N,602 each). The residents chastised council for opting to sell the erven to private developers, saying it goes against the stipulations of the Act. Lüderitz CEO Aunie Gideon had earlier said the council opted to enter into sales agreements with private developers because of a lack of own funds to service erven at the town. Gideon also said due to the topography of the town, Lüderitz council could barely afford to service virgin land, as it costs nearly N0,000 to service a mid-sized plot, which is extremely high a cost, compared to what other towns spend on servicing the same size plot. The council maintained the sale of the 200 erven for sale was done in a transparent manner, as it was approved in an open council meeting and was advertised for public objections before it was signed off. Tenders (GIPF 002; 004; 005/2017) TENDER NUMBER: GIPF 002/2017: RENOVATION OF GIPF REGIONAL OFFICE IN SWAKOPMUND GIPF is a defi ned benefi ts pension fund that provides guaranteed pension benefi ts to its members. The Fund intends to renovate its Regional Offi ce in Swakopmund in order to restore the nature and aesthetics. The GIPF hereby invites reputable, qualifi ed, and bona fi de building contractors to submit tenders for the renovation of its Regional Offi ce in Swakopmund. The Tenderers must have good knowledge of the South African National Standard Welding of Thermoplastics—Approval of Welding Procedures and Welds. SCOPE OF WORK A detailed BoQ together with the tender documents can be obtained at the Procurement Offi ce, GIPF Head Offi ce, at a cost of N$ 500.00. PROPOSAL SHOULD INCLUDE: • A company profi le indicating company’s experience in similar projects, competencies required and appropriate business references; • Certifi ed company registration documents, good standing certifi cates from the Receiver of Revenue and the Social Security Commission; and • A contractor’s all risk insurance. Submission deadline: Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 12h00 p.m. TENDER NUMBER: GIPF 004/2017: SUPPLY, INSTALLATION AND COMMISSIONING OF THE ACCESS CONTROL & INTRUDER ALARM SYSTEM FOR THE GIPF HEAD OFFICE IN WINDHOEK GIPF is a defi ned benefi ts pension fund that provides guaranteed pension benefi ts to its members. The Fund intends to upgrade its security systems in order to ensure maximum control and safeguard its properties. GIPF hereby invites reputable, qualifi ed, and bona fi de security systems contractors to submit tenders for the supply, installation and commissioning of the access control and intruder alarm system for the GIPF Head Offi ce in Windhoek. SCOPE OF WORK A detailed scope of work together with the tender documents can be obtained at the Procurement Offi ce, GIPF Head Offi ce, at a cost of N$ 500.00. PROPOSAL SHOULD INCLUDE: • A company profi le indicating company’s experience in similar projects, competencies required and appropriate business references; and • Certifi ed company registration documents, good standing certifi cates from the Receiver of Revenue and the Social Security Commission. Submission deadline: Friday, 27 October 2017 at 12h00 p.m. GIPF is a fund that provides pension benefits for civil servants and employees of member institutions. Tenderers are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony: Date: Friday, 27 October 2017 Time: 12h10 Venue: Boardroom, Second Floor, GIPF House TENDER NUMBER: GIPF 005/2017: RENOVATION TO EXTERNAL FAÇADE AND RE-PAINTING OF GIPF HEAD OFFICE IN WINDHOEK GIPF is a defi ned benefi ts pension fund that provides guaranteed pension benefi ts to its members. The Fund intends to renovate the external façade and re-paint 10 fl oors’ external walls of its Head Offi ce building in Windhoek in order to restore its nature and aesthetics. GIPF hereby invites reputable, qualifi ed, and bona fi de building contractors to submit tenders for the renovation to external façade and re-painting of its Head Offi ce building in Windhoek. SCOPE OF WORK A detailed scope of work together with the tender documents can be obtained at the Procurement Offi ce, GIPF Head Offi ce, at a cost of N$ 500.00. PROPOSAL SHOULD INCLUDE: • A company profi le indicating company’s experience in similar projects, competencies required and appropriate business references; • Certifi ed company registration documents, good standing certifi cates from the Receiver of Revenue and the Social Security Commission; and • A contractor’s all risk insurance. Submission deadÍline: Monday, 23 October 2017 at 12h00 p.m. Tenderers are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony: Date: Monday, 23 October 2017 Time: 12h10 Venue: Boardroom, Second Floor, GIPF House For additional information please contact: Mr Immanuel Haikali Property Admin & Infrastructure Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Elton Job Procurement Officer Email: email@example.com Sealed bids quoting the tender number and indicating the service to be rendered should be submitted to: Procurement Office Third Floor P.O. Box 23500 GIPF House Windhoek Corner of Dr. Kenneth David Namibia Kaunda & Goethe Street Windhoek Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. No documents will be considered after the closing date. Tel: 061-205 1111 Fax: 061-205 1232 Visit www.gipf.com.na