6 NEWS Wednesday, April 18 2018 | NEW ERA Teachers consult over delayed incentives Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya The Namibia National Teacher’s Union (Nantu) is conducting a nationwide consultation with teachers regarding the payment of recruitment and teachers who have not been paid by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture since 2015. The consultation comes amid the High Court’s judgement in a case between Nantu and the government that was handed down by Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula in February, instructing the government to pay teachers with 20 percent interest as per the 2009 agreement. The incentives to be paid to Tender number: Tender for Works Contract: 584/WC/002/TKNP 584/WC/002/TKNP KfW grant number: BMZ No.: 2011 66 065 Tender launch date: Date of pre-bid the meeting/site inspections: teachers including other educators and public service members did not qualify for payment of incentives. The incentive was to be paid in three categories – A: N,750; B: N,150 and C: N0. Government plans to appeal the judgement in the Supreme Court, although it has however made an offer to pay a lump sum for only constraints. This is according to the secretary general of Nantu, Basilius Haingura, who is seeking to hear the teachers’ views on whether they agree to settle for the offer or to battle it out again in court. “This is the offer we have on the table, so we would like to hear from you what you think should be agreed on. I am thus informing you that the education ministry plans to appeal the judgement, hence I would like Tender close time & date: 11h00 on Tuesday 15th May 2018 Tender opening time & date: 11h00 on Tuesday 15th May 2018 Expected tender award: 29th June 2018 Expected contract signature: 13th July 2018 Expected commencement date: 23rd July 2018 Expected completion date: 22nd July 2019 Tender reference: Project executing agency: Project Measures: Objectives: to warn you that this is a long battle with prospects of a victory or loss. So, in case it goes to court and the outcome is in the ministry’s favour, it means we lose all. You should also be tions of going to court,” stressed Haingura when addressing some teachers in Oshikoto Region, at a meeting held at Ekulo last Thursday. Nantu’s victory comes after RE ADVERTISED BID REFERENCE NO: DESCRIPTION: DOCUMENT AVAILABLE: LEVY: DELIVERY ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS: CONTACT PERSON: the arbitrator appointed by the labour commissioner dismissed the case against the government for failing to honour the 2009 agreement for recruitment and retention incentives. Government had argued that the 2009 agreement was replaced by the 2012 collective agreement for remote allowances. The remoteness and hardship allowance is paid to any staff member stationed at a duty station in an area PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT UNIT BID INVITATION G/ONB/OSHTC-01/2018 Supply, delivery and commission of Nuyoma Road Monday, 14 May 2018 at 12h00 Secretary: Procurement Management Unit the hardship he or she endures as a result of the limited availability of basic services, amenities and infrastructure. However, in his judgement, Judge Angula had ruled the 2009 agreement was not amended or replaced by the 2012 agreement and nowhere did the 2012 agreement purport to replace or amend the terms and incentives the 2009 agreement. Furthermore, he said there was no reference to the 2009 agreement. “Having arrived at the conclusion that the government is obliged to pay the qualified teachers their incentives in terms of the 2009 agreement, such incentives are to be calculated retrospectively from 1 April 2015 to the date of judgement. In the absence of a clause in the 2012 agreement purporting to amend or replace the 2009 agreement, there is no basis for contending that the 2009 agreement was amended or replaced by the 2012 agreement. teachers’ incentives did not lapse … nor were they incorporated or harmonised into the 2012 agreement. The court therefore found for the appellant that the quali- were still valid and due to such teachers,” ordered the judge. He had further noted: “By this agreement the parties agreed that the government would pay the outstanding incentives for the period 1 April 2009 to 31 June 2010 by October 2010. That the incentives for the remaining nine months, that is July 2010 to March 2011 were to be paid on or before 20 June 2011; and that after that the incentives would be incorporated in the ministry’s budget for 2011/2012 and be paid on a monthly basis.”
Wednesday, April 18 2018 | NEW ERA 7 Why the world celebrated Winnie StrideS with Uncle Bob Kandetu South Africa came to a symbolic standstill on Saturday 14 th April 2018, when the world descended on Gauteng to celebrate an extraordinary life of one of its revered daughters – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Dubbed the “Mother of the Nation”, she passed through life on 2 nd April. The life of Winnie is intrinsically linked to the African National Congress (ANC). She married an older man (40 years of age)when she herself was only 22. Nelson Mandela emerged from the ANC Youth League alongside the likes of Oliver Tambo and Robert Sobukwe. Mandela grew through the ranks to palm a central role in the leadership of South Africa’s liberation movement. When he was arrested and charged with treason, he shocked his comrades and his lawyers when he on the eve of his court appearance said that if he was to receive a death sentence he would not appeal. Winnie came from that generation of young black South African women who were devoted and of Nelson Mandela drew her to the center-stage of South Africa’s struggle for justice in all aspects of South Africa’s political life. She thus became the target for Apartheid’s reprisals against the ANC and icon of the movement. Winnie and Nelson married on 14 th June 1958. In October of the same year she was among 1000 women who were arrested during a mass women’s protest organised against the pass laws. When the hearse entered the Orlando Stadium, the crowds went thunderous and this stately funeral became one big celebration. The grand stand was one colourful decoration of political parties and churches, each stuck to their own side of the pavilion. Speaker after speaker celebrated in eloquence, this extraordinaire Mandela daughters, spoke so emotionally about her mother. She did not mince words about and held to their stories until after she had died. The homage of the day came from Julius Malema, leader of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Malema kicked off with the celebration of Winnie Man- spirit and lured the crowds into his party’s slogan of land expropriation without compensation and nationalization of mines and banks, the crowds went thunderous. Malema recognised the mourners and reassured President Cyril Ramaphosa that all present would behave orderly and respectfully because anyone present who would show disrespect to him (Ramaphosa) would be disrespectful to Mama Winnie. On a humorous note, Malema assured President Ramaphosa that even the red sea (in reference to the colors of EFF) was there to cheer salutations respectfully. Malema recounted the many incidents and their perpetrators to Mama Winnie. He concluded by saying that, if ANC had respect for Winnie Mandela as they said they did, they must rename the Cape Town Airport to Winnie Mandela Airport. As Julius Malema spoke, my mind tumbled back on memory lane and I remembered so many incidents that took place during the struggle for South Africa. I remembered the Stompie Seipei incident that had tarnished the image of Winnie, only for the charges to crumble after her death. I remembered Peter Mokaba, the youth leader, who had been groomed by Winnie to become the gallant leader of South Africa’s youth, only for Winnie to be prevented from speaking at his funeral. I thought of Mathew Goniwe, the youth leader and community activist who was captured by police at a road block and killed. I remembered the incident at Elsies River in the Cape, where a youth activist was fatally shot by police. His mother rushed to the scene and was prevented from seeing her son where he lay dead. She desperately pleaded with the police: “He is my child and I want to hold his hand for the last time”. The policeman uttered the words that echoed the world to the shame of Apartheid South Africa: “laat die Baster vrek” (let the Baster die). I remembered a video clip in which Bishop Desmond Tutu implored Winnie to accept that in the past she may have made mistakes and the time called upon all South Africans to say that they were sorry. Winnie said nothing, she just shed tears. And I could imagine what was going through her veins all the way to her brains. South Africans who shared trenches within the belly of the tears at the thought of the many incidents of this nature, many which they witnessed in person and they took solace in the fact that they had at home leaders of the stature of Winnie Mandela. And whether they were standing at a political rally where Winnie could not appear because of her banning orders, whether they cheered at a football match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows, sitting in church or toiling in a prison cells. 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