Friday, July 15 2011 1 NEWSPAPER FOR A NEW NAMIBIA NEW ERA NEWSPAPER FOR A NEW NAMIBIA N$ 3.00 (incl VAT) A N N I V E R S A R Y Newspaper for a New Namibia Product Vol. 16 of No. New Era 226 Publication Corporation Windhoek, Namibia Friday, July 15 2011 Vol. 19 No. 038 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, September 24 2013 Haufiku ‘Shape Bester World never made up or Fisheries can’t resigned ship Inside wait Today for from RDP out’ exports Spurs progress Page 4 Page 5 News... Page 32 increase in value President hospitalised "Namibia, in particular, needs • Need to to scale-up voluntary investigate root male circumcision, By Kuzeeko Tjitemisa cause of domestic because the coverage of male WINDHOEK - The export value the fisheries violence circumcision is currently By Staff Reporter • Bush below 10 percent." encroachment By Desie Heita the shortcomings the report highlights progress threatens water supply on HIVBesides WINDHOEK - President Hifikepunye Pohamba was on Monday admitted INDHOEK to a local private – The hospitaificant for progress an unconfirmed in meeting the 2015 HIV world has made sig- illness. argets, Prime Minister but certain Nahas Angula countries still have aras that yesterday need addressing that the Presi-in order to meet all confirmed dent was hospitalised, but the Prime Minister he targets. maintained Namibia, it was for in an particular, needs “annual o scale-up routine voluntary medical checkup”. male circumcision, ecause the coverage of male circumciion health is currently spread like wildfire below on 10 percent. This is News of the President’s alleged ill Wednesday night, with unconfirmed reports claiming that the ccording to the just released 2013 Report Head n the of State Global was gravely AIDS ill. Epidemic. Further, he But funding Premier Angula and said mobilising he was of financial informed that the President was in hospital esources for his needs regular extra medical attention as AIDS examination. xpenditure remains short of the global “He went for his annual checkup. arget I am of not between aware that US he has billion and US$24 suffered illion from in annual stroke, only financial medical resources. people can confirm that,” said the Prime Minister, responding to a question on whether the President had suffered a stroke. Angula, who visited the First Citizen at a local private hospital on Wednesday, said President Pohamba was scheduled to be discharged yesterday. “I don’t know if he finally got discharged but he was expected to come out today (yesterday),” Angula told New Era. NWR in the red By Toivo Ndjebela HIV page 2 Finance... • Families receive houses at Lüderitz • Work on Neckartal Dam starts Sport... An Ordinance Clearance Team of the Namibian Police on Tuesday detected a TMA-3 anti-tank landmine of former Yugoslavian origin at Otunganga village in Ohangwena and detonated it on Wednesday. This was one of the type of mines used by the Swapo military wing, PLAN, during the war of liberation in Namibia. Squatting is the head of the team, Chief Inspector Mathias Neshunga, pointing at some of the ammunition and other war materials that his team also detected in its operation. Photo: Nampa Simon’s claim flattens MVA N.00 (incl VAT) Opposition grows to MTC • towers Ajetovic vows to WINDHOEK – The Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is battling to meet its financial obligations after its liabilities By Desie Heita punctuate skyrocketed to N2 million in May this year. By Desie Heita of the financial woes of the Financials at the company show that the NWR liabilities MVA. WINDHOEK - Renewed international Terminator's debate on mobile stood at some N million, but board chairperson Jackie Asheeke disputed security this, saying personnel, there has crouched been “under-reporting” behind a ledge, of watch some yesterday road accident as a column in which of smoke prises 30 rises percent from of the current besieged class Westgate suburb shopping residents who mall oppose the boxing erection career of a mobile WINDHOEK – The grue- That claim alone com- phones and cancer has given strength to Windhoek’s upper Kenyan the real financial situation at the hospitality parastaral. several Belgian nationals outstanding claims that telecommunication tower in their residential area to continue in What Nairobi remains following true though a loud is that explosion. the NWR is swimming Photo: Nampa/AFP lost their lives and for which the MVA has to pay out to to resist its erection near their homes. a pool of debts, such that the company is struggling to meet former Namibian world victims who sued the fund This has irritated the country’s largest Farmers mobile Forum network its immediate financial obligations. champion boxer Harry Simon Kenya' was jailed, continues – Nandi-Ndaitwah based on the old compensation system. munication towers in the country. Supplement Inside operator, MTC, which says it is not the only one with com- 'Namibians To arrest the deteriorating situation, the safe company’s board in of directors decided to draw money, believed to be N mil- to haunt the Motor Vehicle Residents at Bowker Hill, Windhoek, have now added the Accident (MVA) Fund and NWR By page Staff 2Reporter The attack, which ended in has seen the gunmen mas- and firing automatic weapons who also covers Kenya. is one of the main causes MVA page 2 MTC page 2 WINDHOEK – All Namibians in Kenya are reportedly safe following a terrorist attack on non-Muslims in an upmarket Nairobi neigbourhood, Namibia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said on Sunday. the taking of hostages entered a third day yesterday, with Kenyan as well as Israeli security forces locked in a fierce, final battle with Somali Islamist gunmen inside the upmarket mall as huge explosions and a barrage of heavy gunfire echoed from the complex. The 50-hour-long siege towards the 2015 HIV targets, notably a 52 percent reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33 percent reduction among adults and children since 2001. The report also notes that “a growing number of countries are exploring innovative financing methods, including dedicated tax levies and AIDS trust funds,” in an effort to promote long-term sustainability of national responses. As a result of sustained progress, the world has the potential to reach at least 90 percent of pregnant women living with HIV with anti-retroviral interventions by 2015. Anti-retroviral coverage among pregnant women living with HIV reached 62 percent in 2012, and the number of children newly infected with HIV in 2012 was 35 percent lower than in 2009. “However, achieving the global goal of reducing the number of children newly infected by 2015 will require similar scale-up of other prevention strategies, including primary HIV prevention for women and access to contraception and other family planning services.” sacre at least 62 people and take dozens more hostage. Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attack, which began midday on Saturday, when the gunmen marched into the complex, partly owned by Israeli nationals, tossing grenades sending panicked shoppers fleeing. Speaking from New York on Sunday afternoon Nandi-Ndaitwah said no Namibian was reported to be a victim of the attack so far, according to information she received from the Namibian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Joseph Isaack, sector increased by about N0 million between 2011 and 2012, from just over N billion to more than N.7 billion, according to government figures. However, according to the industry the earnings could be increased further if private players make serious investments in secondary processing. Much of Namibia’s fish, especially hake, is exported for processing in other countries, complained the chairperson of the Confederation of Namibian Fishing Associations, Matti Amukwa. Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, yesterday said the “per- FISHERIES page 2 Yesterday a thick cloud of black smoke billowed from the Westgate Mall as Kenyan officials said they are closing in on the terrorists and were about to end the siege. Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said ‘a few’ people KENYA page 2 W FARMERS FORUM INDHOEK - After a very succe sful international Swakara pelt auction in Copenhagen on September 8 , the Swakara industry wi l once again be bu zing with activities; this time in Keetmanshoop from September 23 to 25. The proceedings started on Monday with the AGM of the Swakara Breeders Society fo lowed on Tuesday by the first Swakara Industry Forum (SIF); the renaming of 4th Stree to Swakara Avenue; and th elite Swakara ram auction on Wednesday. The street name unveiling wi l be done by Bernadus Swartbooi, Governor of /Karas Region. The highlight of the events wi l be the annual gala dinner, Swakara fashion show and awards ceremony, hosted by the Karakul (Swakara) Board of Namibia. Awards for the best Swakara pelt producers of 2013 wi l be handed out together with a prize for the winner of the Swakara Young Designers competition of Namibia. A the gala dinner, the Golden Lamb wi l be awarded to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and to Kopenhagen Fur. The Chief Executive officer (CEO) OF WHAT?, Mr Torben Nielsen wi l receive the Golden Lamb on behalf of Kopenhagen Fur. The Golden Lamb is awarded to outstanding institutions and/or personalities with the mutual interest of the Swakara industry a their heart. The award is presented annua ly since 1979. One part of the prize for the winners of respective Swakara competitions is a week-long trip to Copenhagen to witne s one of the annual Swakara pelt auctions. The other part of the prizes is kept a surprise. The prizes, worth more than N0,000, are sponsored by Agra Ltd, Kopenhagen Fur and the Karakul (Swakara) Board of Namibia. W Compiled by Deon Schlechter Your weekly Agriculture Corner firstname.lastname@example.org From Copenhagen to Keetmanshoop: In partnership with Swakara industry on a roll Bush encroachment remains headache By Fifi Rhodes INDHOEK-Bush Encroachment has already been recognised by the Namibian Government as a national problem. Invasive bush species in Namibia makes large areas of land unusable and creates a problem for commercial as we l as rural farmers. The bush infestation in Namibia affects 30 mi lion hectares and has led to a 60 per cent decline of commercia livestock over the last 40 years, causing lo ses to the national economy, A cording to Nico de Klerk a we l-known Namibian farmer and a proponent on water resources, defining bush encroachment as an invasion and the thickening up of -undesired invasive species causing an unbalancing bush-gra s ratio. It can be seen as a decrease in bio diversity, a decrease in ca rying capacity on po sible production land as we l a decline in underground levels. De Klerk said a l of this is forcing severe risks and economic lo ses for Namibia as a whole both in commercial and communal areas. “For that reason bush encroachment can be seen as part and parcel of desertification. It is not something happening separately,but it is an integrated part of desertification. Th encroaching bush, ca led “invader bush,” is also contributing to the desertification of Namibia,” according to De Klerk. Speaking during a sid event during the 11session of the Conference of Parties (COP11) to the United Nations Convention to A herder with his flock of karakul sheep pictured on a farm near Keetmanshoop. Combat Desertification (UNCCD), organized by the Desert Research Foundation Namibia (DRFN), in Windhoek, under the theme: Size Matters, Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Livelihoods, De Klerk said ccontro ling bush encroachment is expensive and a majority of farmers cannot afford bush clearing. De Klerk said that bush encroachment is the most devastating factor to sustainable livestock and standards of living in rural areas. “Presently more then 30 million hectars are affected in the high production parts of the Otjozondjupa and the Four O’ Regions where the density varies between 2 400 and more then 10 000 bushes per hectar. In the south the density is between 1 500 and 2000 bushes per hectar although different species of bushes but it have a severe impact on the plant growth in the areas. It decreases the ca rying capacity which has increased rapidly over the years, h told the international delegates to the conference. He sad that when it rains, water is pumped from the top soils and with the increase evaporation causes little water that is available for ground production. “Hydrologists found that with bush encroachment, there is le s water inflow into dams and less water to recharge underground reservoirs.” “Industries and municipalities depends on ground water and they are also severely affected. Several municipalities around the country faces imminent water shortages and will run dry by 2015/2016. De Klerk said the only way to addre s it is by dri ling new and deeper boreholes against a SINGLE tremendous price but engineers suggested that serious bush thinning wi l rescue the situation with a le ser budget as they wants to provide water to needy people. “If industries in Windhoek and Okahandja alone run out of water they wi l record lo ses of up to N million a day. Water requirement are going to increase from the present 350 mi lion cubic meters to 812 mi lion cubic meters in 2030. With Vision 2030 Namibian engineers have to make sure the country wi l mee the requirements,” he said De Klerk said when it comes to gra s production, a lot of studies have been done all over Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, and they all have almos the same impact. “In the Kalahari studies showed that where bush density was about 5000 bushes per hectar, production was around 100 kilogram per hectar per 100 mi limeter of rain. After debushing or thinning took place, it produced 262 kilogram per hectar. In the central northern areas of the country, more or le s the same with 120 kilogramme per hectar . Namibian government and farmers, must make sure that there is enough land for farming available and make sure no to bring harm to the environment. If we have to restore the land we have to make sure there are policies in place that provide for incentives, and it must provide for a sound political and economical environment which wi l encourage farmers to continue farming”.