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2 NEWS Wednesday, February 28 2018 | NEW ERA JOOSTE From page 1 If there happens to be credence to such suspicion, the investigation reports will be handed over to the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) for further processing and eventual prosecution if warranted. Jooste has previously spoken out against triggerhappy boards of directors, who suspend CEOs without any tangible efforts to verify if such suspensions are warranted. Many victims of such acts have consistently complained about how their professional reputations are unfairly soiled by such suspensions, which most of the time give impressions of wrongdoing. “Please take note that there should not be an assumption that all our special investigations are aimed to target corruption,” Jooste was quick to point out. “These probes take multiple forms and are also intended to identify corporate governance failures, propose suitable remedial actions.” He said the process to transform Namibian public enterprises will be complicated and even unpleasant at times. “But we are led by our conviction that every proposal we make and every decision we take will always be in the best interest of the nation and the respective public enterprise, rather than the interest of an individual or a group of individuals.” According to Jooste, the reality that is the successful revival of the economy will not be possible if the status quo is maintained. He said the year 2018 will be recorded as the year where the state, as the shareholder, is transformed from a passive shareholder to a professional active shareholder. In this process, he assured, governance boundaries will be respected but deliberate and decisive calculated interventions will take place as and when required to protect the interest of the state as the representative of the people of Namibia. Governance boundaries have been an issue of serious concern, with boards sometimes accused of involvement in operational matters of PEs, including tender processes. The new Public Procurement Act does not give boards any role in matters related to procurement by PEs. “We at the Ministry of Public Enterprises are ready and excited about the year ahead when we will truly activate our mandate to, together with all of you, transform our public enterprises into model enterprises that each and every one of our 2,4 million Namibians are proud of,” he said, while addressing CEOs, MDs and boards of the country’s PEs in Windhoek. transformation.” His pledge come just a week after Transparency International’s corruption perception index for 2017, released last week, ranked Namibia 53 rd The index, topped by New Zealand as the least corrupt country in the world, measures perception of corrupt countries. Namibia had dropped one place from 52 nd the previous year, meaning there was a stronger perception of corruption in the country in 2017 than it was in 2016. Sunshine Private College gets new textbooks Staff Reporter Windhoek Sunshine Private College that opened its doors in Eros, Windhoek, got a shot in the arm when it recently received a donation of 36 new textbooks from Hans Shingenge and his wife Martha. The privately-owned secondary school opened its doors to Grade 8 learners on January 10 with an intake of 60 learners. The Shingenges said they considered many factors before donating the books to the school, one of them being the desire to improve the quality of education of the Namibian child. “We want to play our role as parents and invest in the education of our children. We understand that for quality education to be realised, texbooks are crucial in the process,” said Hans Shingenge. He said their gesture was one way of assisting the school in its endeavours to provide quality education to Namibian learners. community and the country. The learners are the future professionals who will be driving the wheels of development,” remarked Martha donation had been warmly received by the school. The donation comprised 10 books for physical science, six for life science, 10 for geography and 10 for accounting. The principal of the college, Elson Gwekwerere, received the books on behalf of the director of the school. “The books will assist both the learners and teachers in facilitation of the learning process,” he said. Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 NGOs From page 1 state resources and ensure the activities are all budgeted for and make sure that all organisations “There is a need to create a pool of resources where NGOs can be able to access those resources.” Yesterday was World NGO Day, observed annually on February 27. Tjaronda, who also serves as the executive director of Namibia Networks of Aids Service Organisation (NANASO), singled out lack of funds as the major challenge facing NGOs following the current “We have organisations that closed down due to lack of funds. Sustaining the remaining ones is another challenge as the funds being received from the donors Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 such as Global Fund, USAID, PEPFAR and CDC are no he elaborated. Tjaronda said as Namibians observe World NGO Day, they must celebrate the work done by men and women on the ground in pursuance of a better society. He was referring to the few people that to serve humanity through the work of various NGOs. “We are celebrating those that are speaking out on injustices, inequality, poverty, education and access to health services as well as gender-based violence. In commemoration, we remember the leaders such as our president [Hage Geingob] who have been advocating universal healthcare in order to make sure that no one is left out; including those that are in custody,” he said. World NGO Day was established in 2010 by the United Nations to raise awareness and recognise importance of the NGOs worldwide. Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 GEINGOB From page 1 He expressed dismay that critics seem happy with shocking income and wealth inequalities – some of the worst in the world. He said the NEEEF consultations and the implementation of the strategy constitute a necessary intervention in dealing with structural inequality, of which income disparities and lack of participation of the black majority in the economy remain a glaring legacy of the past. consultation is now before us,” he said. However, he expressed gratitude that some have made use of the In addressing the issue of income inequalities, Geingob said his government is not starting on a blank page. “We have allowed ample time for consultations on NEEEF. This maintained. Government needs to get feedback on the outcome of the nationwide stakeholder consultations on NEEEF and the draft Bill to that effect, the head of state said. This, he explained, will involve a brief analysis logic of certain empowerment provisions in the framework and the Bill. Equally, government will use the opportunity to provide feedback to the technical team on key policy and legal issues, which may need to be revisited, revised, replaced or even discarded. President Geingob said income and wealth disparities remain a global and local concern, and Namibia was no exception. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report of 2017, the growing increase in income and wealth distribution is the trend most likely to determine global developments over the next decade. Furthermore, a report released by Oxfam on the 22nd of January this year, states that 82 percent of the wealth generated in 2017 went to the richest one percent of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world population saw no increase in their wealth. According to the World Bank - in terms of the of income disparities in the world. Geingob said since independence, Namibia has made good progress in reducing poverty, with the overall poverty rate declining from 70 percent in 1993/94 to 18 percent in 2015/16. However, the fall in income disparities as measured by the Gini billion was allocated for the administration of various social safety nets. “We have to address the underlying structural impediments, which participate in the economy, and engage in wealth creating opportunities. Income inequality is aggravated by our unique political history, including the burning land question. It is an unfortunate reality and daily experience - black Namibians continue to bear the biggest brunt from this dark period of our history,” elaborated the head of state. Later this year, Namibia will convene the second national land redistribution, restitution and tenure. Government has previously shot down propositions that ancestral land be on the agenda of that meeting.

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