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18 AFRICA Wednesday, August 9 2017 | NEW ERA REQUEST FOR THE SUBMISSION OF COMPANY PROFILES FOR THE CREATION OF A SUPPLIER ELIGIBILITY LIST OF COMPANIES FOR THE PROVISION OF GOODS AND SERVICES TO THE OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR-GENERAL 1. PURPOSE To obtain company profiles from suppliers interested in conducting business with the Office, in terms of goods and services to be procured by the Office. Companies are requested to submit the relevant documentation and the type of goods and services they supply. This should be in line with the nature of business outlined in their founding statement or amended statement. 2. THE NEEDS OF THE OFFICE ARE AS FOLLOWS: GOODS: Supply of Stationery and general office supplies Supply of Cleaning Materials Supply of Computer Supplies/Stationery and related goods Supply of Computer equipment (Computers, Servers, Switches and Printers) Supply of Data and Communication line and related equipment Supply of Maintenance materials (i.e. plumbing materials, electrical materials, DIY materials) Supply of Binding Materials such as steelback covers, and magno satin paper and binding machines Supply of newspapers, periodicals, books & other media publicity materials Supply of Furniture and Office Equipment Supply of Computer Equipment Supply of cell phones, iPads and other telecommunication equipment NON-CONSULTANCY SERVICES: Supply of Courier services Supply of Air Tickets and Transportation services Service of Computer equipment (Computers, Servers, Switches, Printers and Barcode scanners) Communication line Licenses and Software for computers Supply of Security Services Service of Air-Conditioners Service of Biometric Security System (access control and surveillance cameras) Service of Uninterrupted Power supply (UPS) (APC certified technicians only) Service of Generator Service of Lifts Service of Fire Extinguishers Service of Fire Detection System Service of Fire/Gas Suppression System (Bosch certified technicians only) Service of Gate Motors Service of Binding Machines Service of Schredder Short Training Courses, Symposiums and Workshops Advertisements Printing Refuse removal services Entertainment Services ( live band, cultural group performance etc) Hiring of stands at Trade Fares / Career Fares Hospitality and Catering Services Conference Facilities Interpretation Services Promotional Items / Corporate Gifts Cleaning of Carpets Cleaning of Windows Maintenance and support on servers Services of vacuum cleaners CONSULTANCY SERVICES: OUTSOURCING OF AUDIT SERVICES Auditing of Municipalities Auditing of Town Councils Auditing of Statutory Bodies Auditing of Funds Auditing of Village Councils Forensic auditing and investigations NB: To qualify as an eligible supplier the Auditing Firm should be a registered member of the Public Accountants and Auditors Board (PAAB). NB: To be eligible to participate in this exercise, you should provide: A valid company registration certificate An original valid Good standing Tax Certificate (only if invited to bid) An original valid Good standing Social Security Certificate (only if invited to bid) A valid Affirmative Action Compliance Certificate, proof from Employment Equity Commissioner that bidder is not a relevant employer, or exemption issue in terms of Section 42 of the Affirmative Action Act, 1998 A written undertaking as contemplated in section 138(2) of the Labour Act, 2007 A certificate indicating SME Status (for Bids reserved for SME’s) The Public Entity shall have the right to: Ask for clarification at the time of evaluating company profiles; and Reject all company profiles, if the above-mentioned is not adhered to. NB: Submissions of profiles are to be submitted in sealed envelopes and should be delivered at the Office of the Auditor-General in Windhoek, 123 Robert Mugabe Avenue, Ground floor, at reception. ENQUIRIES: Mrs. Maria van der Berg, Tel: 061-285 8222 Mrs Loretta Smith, Tel: 061-285 8220 Mr. G. Menetté Permanent Secretary REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL Kenyans vote in tight, tense elections NAIROBI Kenyans began voting Tuesday in general elections headlined by a too-close-to-call battle between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga that has sent tensions soaring in east Africa’s richest economy. From first-time voters to those bent with age, thousands descended upon polling stations, some from before midnight, to cast their ballots under heavy security. Voting began relatively smoothly, with minor delays and technical hiccups, while all eyes are on a biometric voter identification and tallying system whose success is seen as crucial to a smooth election. “I voted Raila, because he will be so much better to us. But if he does not win, it’s ok. It’s a democracy after all. Really, there’s no need for violence,” said Tom Mboya, 43, who works in construction and voted in the capital’s largest slum Kibera. Tensions soared in the last days of the campaign with the murder of a top election official in charge of the electronic voting system and opposition claims of a plot to rig the vote heightening a feverish atmosphere of conspiracy and suspicion. The polls come a decade after a shambolic election – which foreign observers agreed was riddled with irregularities – sparked violence which left more than 1,100 dead and 600,000 displaced. Odinga, 72, who is the flagbearer for the NASA coalition, is taking his fourth and likely final stab at the presidency. He claims elections in 2007 and 2013 were stolen from him and right up until the eve of the vote, insisted that Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party planned to rig Tuesday’s presidential election. Elections in 2013 were marred by the widespread failure of the electronic system, forcing officials to revert to manual counting of the vote. However Odinga took his grievances to the courts instead of the streets, where he lost. The devolution of power to Kenya’s 47 counties after a post-conflict constitutional reform means elections are now a complex affair, with citizens casting six different ballots. Several tight races for posts such as governor have seen tensions flaring at the local level. Nevertheless all eyes are on what is set to be the last showdown of a dynastic rivalry that has lasted more than half a century since the presidential candidates’ fathers Jomo Kenyatta and Jaramogi Odinga went from allies in the struggle for independence to bitter rivals. The men belong to two of the country’s main ethnic groups, Kenyatta from the Kikuyu, the largest, and Odinga from the Luo. Photo: Nampa/AFP The world watches… A man reads a newspaper with the headline “Great day for Kenya” while waiting to cast a ballot in the general elections at a polling station in Kilimani Primary School, Nairobi, Kenya, on August 8, during the nationwide elections. Both have secured formidable alliances with other influential communities in a country where voting takes place largely along tribal lines. Kenyatta, 55, is seeking re-election after a first term in which he oversaw a massive infrastructure drive and steady economic growth of more than five percent. “He has done a lot for the country and he must absolutely be re-elected. He has built a lot of infrastructure, like the SGR train (between Nairobi and Mombasa), he has created jobs,” said Evelyn Sum, 32, dressed in an elegant brown coat. However Kenyatta is also criticised for soaring food prices – with prices jumping 20 percent yearon-year in May – and massive corruption scandals on his watch. “Life is more and more expensive, especially the flour and the sugar. That’s not good for poor people like us, and we hope that Odinga will change this,” said Rose Lida, 48, wrapped in a red Maasai blanket on the chilly morning. Former US president Barack Obama, whose father was born in Kenya, led a chorus of international calls on the eve of the vote for a peaceful election. “I urge Kenyan leaders to reject violence and incitement; respect the will of the people,” Obama said in a statement. There are more than 19 million registered voters in the nation of 48 million. Half are aged under 35. More than 150,000 security forces – including wildlife, prison and forestry officers – have been deployed for the vote, which ends at 5pm (1400 GMT). Counting will begin immediately and the polls commission has a week to release final results. – Nampa/AFP

Wednesday, August 9 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 19 Taliban move into Afghan drug production KABUL The Taliban - which banned poppy cultivation when it ruled Afghanistan - now appears to wield significant control over the war-torn country’s heroin production line, providing insurgents with billions of dollars, officials have told AFP. In 2016 Afghanistan, which produces 80 percent of the world’s opium, made around 4,800 tonnes of the drug bringing in revenues of three billion dollars, according to the United Nations. The Taliban has long taxed poppygrowing farmers to fund their years-long insurgency, but Western officials are concerned it is now running its own factories, refining the lucrative crop into morphine and heroin for exporting abroad. “I pretty firmly feel they are processing all the harvest,” William Brownfield, US Assistant Secretary for Drugs and Law Enforcement told reporters in the Afghan capital Kabul recently. “Everything they harvest is duly processed inside the country. They receive more revenues if they process it before it has left the country. Obviously we are dealing with very loose figures, but drug trafficking amounts to billions of dollars every year from which the Taliban is taking a substantial percentage,” he added. Poppies, which are cheap and easy to grow, make up half of Afghanistan’s entire agricultural output. Farmers Opium harvest… In this photo taken on April 11 shows Afghan farmers harvesting opium sap from a poppy field in the Gereshk district of Helmand. The Taliban - which banned poppy cultivation when it ruled Afghanistan - now appears to wield significant control over the war-torn country’s heroin production line, providing insurgents with billions of dollars, officials have told AFP. Photo: Nampa/AFP are paid about 3 for a kilo of the black sap -- the raw opium that oozes out of poppy seed-pods when they are slit with a knife. Once it is refined into heroin, the Taliban sells it in regional markets for between ,300 and ,500 a kilo. By the time it reaches Europe it wholesales for ,000, according to a Western expert who is advising Afghan anti-narcotics forces and asked not to be named. He said an increase in seizures of chemicals required to turn opium into morphine, the first step before it becomes heroin, such as acid anhydride, points to an escalation in Taliban drug activity. Sixty-six tonnes of the chemicals were seized in all of 2016, while 50 tonnes were impounded in just the first six months of this year, the expert said. In early July, he said, 15 tonnes were confiscated in the west of Afghanistan near the border with Iran, the start of a popular drug route to Europe through Turkey. Seizures of morphine have also increased. Fifty-seven tonnes were discovered in the first half of 2017 compared to 43 tonnes for the whole of 2016, added the expert, who said that only about 10 percent of what is produced is actually discovered. “It’s easy to build a rudimentary laboratory - walls of cob, a thatched roof - and when the operation is finished it is evacuated,” the source told AFP. Afghanistan’s interior ministry said that between January and June, 46 clandestine drug factories were closed down by antinarcotics officers compared with 16 in the first half of last year. The US Drug Enforcement Administration predicts that the crackdown has deprived traffickers of about 0 million in income since the turn of the year. A senior Western official who asked not to be named was adamant that the Taliban have their own laboratories, describing the southern province of Helmand, where an estimated 80 percent of Afghan poppies are grown, as a “big drug factory”. “Helmand is all about drugs, poppy and Taliban. The majority of their funding comes from the poppy, morphine labs, heroin labs. Of course they have their own labs,” he told AFP. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) opium production provided about half of the Taliban’s revenues in 2016. David Dadge, a spokesman for UNODC, says there is “anecdotal evidence” that Taliban commanders are involved in the manufacture of opiates, but says that stops short of proving that the Taliban as an organisation has a systematic programme of running factories. For the Afghan interior ministry, however, there is little doubt. “The Taliban need more money China holds wargames as North Korea tensions spike SHANGHAI The Chinese navy and air force flexed their muscles in live-fire drills in seas adjacent to the Korean Peninsula, the defence ministry said, amid regional tensions over North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weaponry. The “large-scale” exercises were being conducted in the seas and skies off China’s east coast in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Gulf, and included the firing of dozens of missiles, a notice posted late Monday on the Ministry of Defence website said. Naval and air force assets including dozens of ships, more than 10 aircraft, submarines and an unspecified number of coastal defence personnel took part in the drills, which the ministry said were aimed at testing weapons and honing the military’s abilities in conducting coastal assaults and intercepting air targets. The ministry did not specify how long the drills were to last but a four-day shipping ban ending on Tuesday was issued for the area where the drills were held, according to notices by the military and local authorities. It was not immediately clear whether the wargames were meant to send any sort of message. But the announcement comes just days after China backed a US-drafted UN Security Council resolution passed on Saturday that significantly stiffened sanctions against North Korea for its pursuit of nuclear and missile weapons systems. In the wake of the resolution’s passing, China has reiterated its resolve to side with the international community in opposing North Korea’s nuclear weaponisation and aggressive sabre-rattling. China has for some time been engaged in a modernisation of its once-backward armed forces, seeking military clout commensurate with its economic might, a drive that has caused unease among its regional neighbours. China also has consistently railed against recurring US- South Korean wargames that are directed at deterring a North Korean attack, but which China blames for fanning regional tensions. North Korea vowed Monday that the tough new UN sanctions would not stop it from developing its nuclear arsenal, rejecting talks and angrily threatening retaliation against the United States. – Nampa/AFP to run their war machine and buy guns, that is why they have taken control of drug factories,” said Sayed Mehdi Kazemi, a spokesman for its counter-narcotics department. The United States has spent .6 billion since 2002 in the war against drugs in Afghanistan, Happty Birthday but Afghan-sourced heroin is still reaching North America. “More than 90 percent of all heroin consumed in the US is of Mexican origin. But in Canada more than 90 percent of the heroin consumed is of Afghan origin,” said Brownfield. – Nampa/AFP Your Excellency, President Dr. Hage G. Geingob. On behalf of the men and women in uniforms (NAMPOL members) I whole heartedly wish you a happy birthday! We pray for you to have many more returns! 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