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New Era Newspaper Wednesday January 31, 2018

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2 NEWS Wednesday, January 31 2018 | NEW ERA CASH From page 1 it will not be able to replace or maintain crucial and critical infrastructure nor would it be able to plan for redundancies. “If the current trend continues the City of Windhoek will not be able to provide residents with basic services... [and] not claim to be a major African city,” said Kahimise, adding that “we are running a city that is not He noted that while the city’s assets outweigh its liabilities, its dire debt, some of which dates back as far as 20 or 30 years. “We need to clean our books and get rid of debt. In fact, we have sell to clear this debt,” said Kahimise, key focus area. The CoW is currently burdened In terms of revenue, Kahimise comes from infrastructure charges emanates from rates and taxes. Kahimise hopes to soon include estates around the capital, such as Omeya and Finkenstein, which he says make use of Windhoek’s infrastructure but do not contribute their fair share to the city’s coffers. “They need to pay for the use of our infrastructure and once this happens it will make a huge difference to turn around the fortunes of the City of Windhoek,” stated the CEO. Commenting on the city’s operational costs, the CEO pointed out that electricity, staff salaries and water are major cost drivers. On an annual basis, the city spends about a billion dollars on electricity, on water. The critical state of affairs includes the city’s ICT infrastructure, which Kahimise said is in serious need of an upgrade but for which there are no funds available. “Any disaster event of our ICT infrastructure will cripple this city,” he cautioned. As a possible solution to the city’s troubles, Kahimise suggested that Central Government be tasked to provide the city with infrastructure which the CoW would maintain. The city’s top million by both private and business residents. Government is among the major culprits in this matter as it owes the million. Some of the culprits in government are the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Works and Transport Ministry of Safety and Security However, Kahimise admitted that of the total debt owed by residents be written off as it has been deemed unrecoverable. WOMAN From page 1 She said her life changed after she felt a sudden electronic shock to her arm and heart which in turn turned out to be a snake bite. was bitten by a black snake at work At the time, the mother of four was employed as a casual worker at Wilico, a recycling company based at Omafo. Trying to contain her tears, she said her supervisor, whom she only “He said I was bitten by a mouse and ordered the employees to drop me at the hospital gate and return to continue with their work,” narrated “When I returned to work when I shortly thereafter,” she continued. employer never made contact with her despite submitting a doctor’s as a result of a snake bite. The owner of the company who said he was not aware of the case and as a casual worker. He asked that questions be referred to his foreman on site, but he failed to provide the contact details of his foreman as agreed. A year after on stepped on a snake which bit her on the left leg. As a result, she had part of her leg amputated last December. Doctors are considering extending the cut on the leg further. been in and out of hospital hence was forced to divide her children amongst friends and family. She appeals to Good Samaritans to help can return home to her children. “I would appreciate any help, but in my situation I will also need a wheelchair because I cannot walk without Shedding light on the matter, medical doctor Ruben Kanime said which leads to nerve and blood vessel damage. He maintained that snake bites are curable. USAKOS From page 1 states that council’s decision not to renew his contract should be based on a performance appraisal and should also state reasons why it would not be renewed. “However, council unilaterally decided not to renew my contract last year without giving me valid reasons why and went on to appoint a new CEO,” he said. An arbitration hearing was set initially for October 2 last year according to the labour court documents; however, the hearing witnesses to be summoned. The mayor of Usakos, Akser Mwafangeyo when contacted about the issue said that the labour issue has nothing to do with the appointment of the new CEO and that it was done in consultation with the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development. “Goseb’s claims are baseless. We simply chose not to renew his contract, as he was not performing. Why would we not renew his contract if he had performed and brought about development to the town?” he said. He added that council followed as legally required, three months in advance that his contract would not be renewed. “In the case of the labour dispute, he was not happy with the witnesses called by council, while there is no law that prohibits council in calling a was postponed. It could have been resolved already,” said the Mayor. Mwafangeyo also said that the CEO’s position was long overdue and was one of council’s priorities that needed urgent attention as council had been operating without a CEO for a period of time. It’s a fresh start for all of us,” he asserted. SHORTAGE From page 1 Misika revealed that groundwater levels have dropped but only a few boreholes are reported to have dried up unlike the previous two to three years. Equally, he said the surface water Orange are quite low but the prospects Our Contact details and information Product of New Era cinambao@nepc.com.na newsroom@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 look good, which is true with the dams as well. “Most of them have not reached critical points like last year,” he noted. percent full and Omatako Dam is totally empty. This is compared to last year’s dam levels: Swakoppoort Dam was Cell: +264 81 156 4114 aronmushaukwa@gmail.com Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 jmuyamba@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 hshaanika@nepc.com.na Cell: +264 81 144 0646 osimasiku@nepc.com.na Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 edeklerk@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 mhamutenya@nepc.com.na Misika maintained that water is a natural resource that depends on weather patterns and prevailing climatic conditions. As such, he said it is not easy for government to predict the amount of rain the country will receive to replenish the country’s water sources. Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 tabraham@iway.na eapollus@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 fgoseb@nepc.com.na sales@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 both industries and households not to be concerned in terms of water shortages. However, government is fully committed to serve the nation Misika noted. has been working around the clock through the Cabinet Committee on Water Security and the Technical Committee of Experts to maintain security of water supply. He explained government is therefore doing everything possible to ensure that all well as industries have water to survive and conduct their businesses. Moreover, he said plans are being implemented ranging from upgrading water transfer schemes such as Karst to Windhoek, and development of new schemes such as the expansion of the Windhoek aquifer (drilling of numerous boreholes in Other plans he mentioned include feasibility studies for major projects such as Kavango link and coastal water supply and the implementation of transboundary water projects such as the Kunene transboundary water supply project and the Stampriet groundwater project. He said government has also committed to drilling of boreholes and laying of pipelines in the northern part of the country, depending on availability of funds. augmentation study indicated that the only water supply options available for the Central Regions are Kavango River abstraction and desalinated water from the coast. In this regard, he said, they are still valid and the studies are still ongoing. “These are both large projects and require detailed studies because they have international implications. For Kavango link, the technical studies are completed but the environmental impact assessment studies are yet to be completed. The study for the coastal water supplies funded its infant stage. It was advertised, completed, and the next step is to request for the detailed proposals from the shortlisted bidders,” he noted. On plans to buy the Areva billion, Misika said, government considers every available option. He explained the outcome of the coastal water supply study will tell whether it is a viable option or not. billion and cannot therefore comment on it,” he reacted.

Wednesday, January 10 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Unrepentant killer sentenced to 32 years Demand drives proliferation of private colleges Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Former prime minister Nahas Angula says the shortage of public institutions of higher learning as well as appropriate programmes required for the job market have created room for the mushrooming of private tertiary institutions across the country. More educational institutions continue to pop up across the country on an annual basis, of which the majority are owned by foreign nationals and housed in residential properties. Recently, the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) granted accreditation to NamWater’s Human Resource Development Centre, Welwitschia Health Training Centre and Kambaku Lodge and Safaris CC, while the Institute of Information Technology (IIT) and AIMS were re-accredited and authorised to expand their scope of programmes and sites. This brings the number of accredited private institutions in the country to 44. In an interview with New Era, Angula noted there is nothing wrong with having many private institutions of higher learning in the country, as such institutions serving as a bridge between secondary school level and beyond. The former minister of education however emphasised that the quality of education that these institutions offer should be regulated to maintain standards. “The mushrooming of institutions of higher learning is an indication that there is a demand for such educational entities. And unlike government institutions, private institutions enrol a large number of young people,” he said. Angula, who served as the education, sports and culture from 1990-1995, said it is the government’s mandate to ensure that only training institutions with the necessary credentials are allowed to operate and to cut down on the operations of illegal and bogus institutions. “The affordability of the programmes on offer at institutions also needs to be regulated. This is key to helping avoid institutions going belly-up – wasting students’ money and leaving them stranded mid-study,” he said. He further called for the expansion of public institutions of higher learning and vocational training centres, to ensure that the quality of graduates is not compromised. “The cross-cutting issue here is the capacity for government to provide the public with enough space and a variety of relevant training programmes that meet the needs of the job market. If the government does not have that capacity then the private sector will come in The licensing of private training institutions lies with Authority (NQA). The NQA is a statutory body, regulated in terms of the National Act No 29 of 1996. Its marketing manager, Catherine Shipushu, said the organisation is living up to its mandate. However, she strongly cautioned prospective students not to fall into a trap by studying at unaccredited institutions at home or abroad. “Studying at unaccredited institutions has very serious consequences for students. Due to the fact that these institutions are not quality assured, it is impossible to validate the quality of employability of graduates from such institutions,” she said in an email response. tions obtained at unaccredited institutions in Namibia or elsewhere in the world are not recognised as legal and therefore hold no value. In granting accreditation, NQA considers various requirements including that the institution employs appro- designed relevant courses and study materials and provides appropriate facilities and resources for students. “The final decision is made after due consideration by the NQA Council which comprises high level representation of the government, professional bodies, training providers and lobby groups,” Shipushu explained. Roland Routh Windhoek A man that maintained throughout the trial that he was not responsible for killing the mother of his eleven-month-old son with eight stab wounds to her upper body was sentenced to 32 years by High Court Judge Dinah Usiku yesterday. Eben Cloete, 31, held fast during the mitigation of sentence hearing that he did not see the need to apologise or ask for forgiveness because he did not kill the deceased, Anna Nadia Coetzee. “I am heartbroken that I was found guilty of a crime I did not commit,” Cloete said in response to a question about how he felt about the death of the deceased. He was convicted by Judge Usiku in July last year on a charge of housebreaking with intent to murder, and murder with direct intent, over the stabbing to death of Coetzee at her father’s house at Neudamm experimental farm on August 13, 2009. The judge found he was the person that broke into her bedroom and stabbed her eight times with a knife with the intention to kill her. “Accused showed a callous disregard for the integrity and privacy of the deceased’s household when Drunken rage renders families homeless Selma Ikela Windhoek The drunken rage of a Windhoek resident left three families from Goreangab informal settlement homeless, allegedly following an arson attack on his girlfriend’s shack. shacks adjacent to the girlfriend’s dwelling. The incident happened on Friday evening around 22h00. The was arrested on Saturday morning in the vicinity. He is expected to appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court today. The shack owner Petrina Sturrman lost all her belongings and those of her children. Stuurman had two tenants on her erven and their shacks were also engulfed Luckily, no one was injured in one of the tenants as last Friday she had visited Gobabis for a burial but she returned immediately on Saturday after she was informed about the incident. Stuurman said her boyfriend came home drunk on Friday evening and started arguing with her. She said for the past two weeks, Eben Cloete he broke into the deceased’s room and killed the deceased. “The treatment meted out by the accused on the deceased, who was unarmed, was uncalled for. She was repeatedly and viciously stabbed until she died at the scene,” the judge stated. She further said that while it has become practice in Namibian courts that the period of detention while trial-awaiting may be taken into account when determining sentence, no statutory provision allows for that. In this case, however, the judge said, the accused refused to take responsibility for his actions and showed no remorse whatsoever. The judge quoted from a previous judgement in which it was held that ‘the crime of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft is prevalent and also serious. It is regarded by the law and society as a particularly serious form of theft because it is they have been quarrelling every day and it was her boyfriend who said the arguments made her two daughters fathered by another man uncomfortable. When they started arguing on Friday again, her eldest daughter called her father to come pick them up. Ironically on Friday afternoon Stuurman and her boyfriend had sought counselling from a community member. Fed-up with her boyfriend’s arguments she told him to part ways with her. “I decided no one was sleeping in the house that Friday and he for that night. I told the tenant in commodation for the night. There was no one in the third room as they travelled for a burial. So I locked the house and I went to sleep at the neighbours,” stated Stuurman, adding that she was woken up later when people started screaming that said that a man’s house is his castle. If there is one place where a person should feel safe and secure, it is his/ her home. Housebreaking and theft strikes at and destroys the sense of safety and security which occupants are entitled to enjoy.’ In the present case, she said, the accused after he had broken into the deceased’s room, went on and killed her. “An innocent life was lost,” she said, adding: “Violent crimes which are being committed against women and children have reached a crisis point. Although the courts have repeatedly pronounced themselves against such evil, these crimes continue unabated, despite the severe sentences being imposed. It is clear that the community in general expects the courts to impose severe sentences for murder in order to be responsive to the outlook of the community.” The judge said she was mindful of who must be treated with leniency. However, she said, the crime committed is of a serious nature and with crimes of violence against women on the rise country-wide, a clear and unequivocal message should be sent that such behaviour cannot be tolerated or condoned. Scene of crime… Petrina Sturrman stands at the place where her shack was burnt down at the hands of her boyfriend last Friday evening. Photo: Selma Ikela Before they parted ways the boyfriend reportedly said, “I will show you what I will do tonight.” Stuurman said the boyfriend went to the neighbours and asked for matches. He broke the padlock, ployed as domestic worker, said she would appreciate any assistance rendered. “My eldest child’s school uniform and all her school things were with nothing. I only have what I am wearing,” said Stuurman. Her unemployed tenant, Kaiser Hans-Peter, who buried the wife over the weekend, shared similar sentiments. “I don’t know where I am going to sleep. Maybe at a friend’s,” he said, adding that he will appreciate any assistance to rebuild his life and children. His daughter will miss school today as her uniform and books

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