2 NEWS Wednesday, July 19 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era Publication Corporation (Daniel Tjongarero House) Corner of Dr W Kulz and Kerby Streets Tel: 061 - 273 300 P/Bag 13364 Windhoek Registered as a newspaper, Certificate No. 06/08/91 EDITOR Chrispin Inambao firstname.lastname@example.org EDITORIAL email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - 273 328 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 EDITORIAL BOARD: Toivo Ndjebela, Chrispin Inambao, Desie Heita, Helvi Shaanika, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, Carlos Kambaekwa REGIONAL OFFICES Katima Mulilo Office: Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Rundu Office: Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 firstname.lastname@example.org Ongwediva Office: Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 email@example.com Tsumeb Office: Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 firstname.lastname@example.org Swakopmund Office: Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 email@example.com Keetmanshoop Office: Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 firstname.lastname@example.org Luderitz Office: Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 email@example.com DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 273 326 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES & PRODUCTION Festus Goseb email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 273 322 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 FINE From page 1 His comments come in the wake of South Africa’s proposed legalisation of the export of 800 lion skeletons a year, which critics say would stimulate demand for tiger body parts and derivatives – and further endanger wild tigers. The South African quota for lion bone export followed a 2016 decision by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to permit the country to sell lion parts. Shifeta could not rule out the possibility of Namibia’s lion population being endangered due to South Africa’s proposed export of 800 lion skeletons a year. “Such sales are endangering the lion population in South Africa. It can be here, as well that the lion bones are being traded. That’s why we will not allow anyone to be possession of such products,” he said. He warned that anyone found in possession of lion and cheetah bones, or their hides would be indicted, saying it’s a criminal offence. “I heard that because of ignorance, people had done that. It should be a warning to people, because ignorance of the law is not an excuse.” Shifeta urged those illegally killing endangered wildlife, such as lions, not to give local communities of the meat, warning that if they are found with such meat or bones, they will face prosecution. He said some people were in possession of such products in their homes for mere pride – without knowing that these bones and skin are tradable. He SWAPO From page 1 followed in the run-up to the district conferences mentioned above. He said the arrival date of the four leaders in the region would be communicated to Mungendje as soon as the logistics are finalised. The letter, which New Era has seen, was copied to Bernhard Esau, the chairperson of Swapo national leaders assigned to Omaheke Region, and Dr Albert Kawana, Swapo’s secretary for legal affairs. The decision by the politburo of the Swapo Party central committee follows this month’s disputed internal election of party office-bearers in the region, which was reportedly conducted in the presence of Esau. The disputed poll saw former Epukiro councillor Ruth Kaukuata-Mbura elected as regional coordinator. Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) regional secretary Eben Handura was elected as information and mobilisation officer and former Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Elliot Hiskia as regional treasurer. The conference also elected Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele, Rafael Kavari (Aminuis), Aaron Marenga (Otjimbinde), Erensty Ndjavera (Otjinene), Eben Handura (SPYL), Nono Katjingisiua //Kharas waits with bated breath on Aussenkehr housing plan Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson is hopeful the provision of decent housing to thousands of residents at Aussenkehr, who now live in reed houses, will soon become a reality. //Kharas Regional Council has partnered with Cong Investment cc & Sun Namibia Group JV, Namibia Professional Service Solutions and Jacobs Engineering Company through a public-private partnership agreement to accelerate infrastructure development at Aussenkehr. During her state of the region address last month, the //Kharas governor indicated that, once completed, the billion dollar development could provide housing to 40,000 residents in modern housing facilities. Basson told New Era that she hopes the housing project will soon get off the ground and bemoaned the fact that residents of the farm – mostly grape workers – have lived in fire-prone reed houses for a long time. She said the need for decent housing cannot be overemphasised. “Decent housing is very important for everyone, and that is what government wants. I would love to see this project become a reality, so that people can thus cautioned everyone in possession of lion, leopard and cheetah hides and bones to apply for permits, detailing how they acquired such products. Regarding the lions that were illegally killed and other predators gunned down in Omusati Region, Shifeta explained that as it was on a conservancy, thus the meat and other products were taken to the traditional authorities to be kept as evidence. South Africa allows both lion and tiger farming for commercial trade in animal parts. There are presently between 6,000 and 8,000 lions in captive facilities, as well as 280 tigers in 44 facilities in that country. Between 2005 and 2015 more than 4,000 lion skeletons were exported from South Africa, most likely passed off as tiger products to unsuspecting Asian customers. According to a study just released by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), the proliferation of lion and tiger farms in South Africa and the associated trade undermines enforcement efforts to end the illegal tiger trade and stimulates demand for tiger parts and derivatives. As tigers are not indigenous to South Africa, there is either a lack of, or weak regulation regarding the trade in tiger body parts, it notes. “Given consumer preference for wild-sources tiger parts, this also sustains poaching pressure on wild tigers.” With the proposed legalisation of lion skeleton exports, the report says, there is also a serious risk of tiger bone, teeth and claws from South Africa being laundered and exported as lion specimens, using CITES export permits. (Otjinene), Nona Gorases, Justine Bernhardt, Maria Hoebes and Lena Seibes as the ten delegates to attend the Swapo congress later this year. The conference further elected Omaheke Governor Ueitele, Phillipus Katamelo MP, Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sylvia Makgone and Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Christine //Hoebes as the four candidates for the central committee. At the time, Mungendje said he did not take part in the election, thus it was null and void and therefore he still considered himself the rightful regional coordinator. New Era understands that one faction – believed to include Omaheke Governor Festus Ueitele, chairperson of Omaheke Regional Council Ignatius Gariseb, Okorukambe Constituency Councillor Raphael Mokaleng, and Phillipus Katamelo MP – on Tuesday night elected former Epukiro councillor Ruth Kaukuata-Mbura as the regional Swapo chief to replace Mungendje. Mungendje is believed to be in the opposing faction, said to consist of Epukiro Constituency Councillor Cornelius Kanguatjivi, former Epukiro councillor Brave Tjizera, former Swapo Women’s Council member Bianca van Wyk, as well as Frans Murangi. finally have something decent to call ‘home’,” she said. Basson pointed out that although she could not specify by what means the houses would eventually belong to the workers’, she was hopeful the project would offer a solution to the longstanding problem at the grape farm and urged grape companies to position themselves so that their workers – especially those permanently employed – can benefit from the housing project. The companies at Aussenkehr have in the past affirmed their commitment to providing housing for their employees. Namibia Grape Company managing director Gideon Nyuunyango in a telephonic interview recently reaffirmed this commitment. Nyuunyango said the companies have been briefed about the project and were ready to be part of it to ensure their workers benefit from the houses that will be constructed. He said the main stumbling block to the provision of housing was the lack of services at the plots donated to the government some years ago, saying the process of bringing water and other basic services to the area has been slow. “We are willing to provide housing to all our 200 permanent workers – of course not once-off, but gradually,” he said. He could, however, also not specify when the project would start and what financing model would be used for the companies to provide houses for their employees. Leading politicians have in the past lamented the fact that the grape firms in the South – in a sector that will soon become a billion dollar industry – have been unable or unwilling to construct decent, brickhouses for their workers, despite generating millions of dollars from grape exports to North America, Europe and other lucrative markets. Over 1,500 international students at Unam Albertina Nakale Windhoek Despite the high cost of living in a foreign country, attributed mainly to the ongoing recession, coupled with many other challenges, over 1,500 international students have registered at the University of Namibia (Unam) this year. The university says accommodation difficulties, the language barrier, the lack of funding opportunities, peer support and adjustment challenges, as well as the lack of immediate friends and family feature as some of the hurdles international students face. Out of 24,759 students registered at Unam for the 2017 academic year, 23,213 are Namibian and the remaining 1,546 are international students. Aune Sam, the international students coordinator in the Office of the Registrar revealed that the majority of international students at Unam (1,373) are from the SADC region. She said the largest number of international students are from Zambia and Zimbabwe. Sam said the remaining 12 SADC member countries are all represented at the institution. These include students from Kenya, Burundi, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Congo Brazzaville, Rwanda, Egypt, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Sudan. From beyond the continent, she said there were Asian students from as far away as China, Taiwan and the Philippines, as well as from India. “Regular representation from European countries predominantly comes from Finland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden and Britain. Across the Pacific Ocean, we have students from American Samoa, Ascension Islands, Brazil, Cuba and the United States of America,” She said there are numerous pull factors that make Unam a university of choice for students in the region, the continent and even from further afield. “Namibia is a well-recognised country, mostly because of her peace and stability. Most parents want to have their children at universities where they are assured that their studies will be completed without any socio-political interruption.” Besides, proximity to home country, a reasonable cost of living, the positive reputation of the university and the currency of Unam’s qualifications, are among the reasons why international students consider studying in Namibia, she said. Simon Namesho, public relations officer at Unam, said: “Our website and positive word of mouth do a lot of marketing for us… Our international graduates, visiting lecturers and exchange students, our alumni do not only match up very well with any graduate trained elsewhere globally, but are also well recognised in their home countries and this motivates parents to send their children to Unam.” In addition, he said some students are here through Memoranda of Understanding between Unam and various universities around the globe. He pointed out that some international students also attend Unam as their parents or spouses work in Namibia. He said the country, besides her friendly people, offers great biodiversity and a multicultural society, making her the perfect terrain for much-needed studies, especially on multilingualism. International students enrolled in Unam programmes are mostly studying on a full-time basis and are registered for a wide range of qualifications, from certificates to postgraduate programmes. “We also have students from Angola and Mozambique, who are doing English courses at the Language Centre. These are students who want to do full degree courses, but since they were not taught in English at high school, they usually take a full year course in English studies,” Sam explained. Interestingly, Sam added that the courses taken differ from country to country, as many students from Zambia apply for Bachelor of Economics or Business Administration, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees, majoring in social work or psychology, whilst students from Angola and DRC tend to go for science, engineering and economics-related courses. Students from South Africa registered mostly for human and animal health-related courses, while those from Botswana were more focused on animal health, library science and education. She said exchange students from the USA tend to do nursing science, education and history, compared to exchange students from Finland, who are commonly enrolled in social work and psychology courses, while students from Germany tend to focus more on business and economics.
Wednesday, July 19 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 grievous bodily harm. According to the State, Ganeb stabbed his seven-year-old son, Romeo Swartz, four times on the head, killing him, on April 25, 2014, and also of stabbing his four-year-old son, Gregory Swartz, at least six times on his body and head, causing the boy to die six days later in hospital. He is further accused of assaulting the mother of the deceased boys once in October 2013 and again in 2014. During yesterday’s proirst cop on scene estifies in child urder trial Roland Routh Windhoek One of the first officers who found the lifeless bodies of the two minor boys of a former police officer, who is accused of murdering the boys, narrated the horrific find in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Dinah Usiku yesterday. Detective Warrant Officer Gayle Shitumbuleni informed the court that she together with Detective Sergeant Humphry Sinvula Baepi went to the house of Albertus Ganeb, 31, to talk to him about a complaint they received about him sending threatening text messages. Shitumbuleni testified that she and Baepi decided to go to Ganeb’s house after failing to convince him to meet with them to discuss the messages he sent to Festus Nekongo, whom he suspected was in a romantic relationship with the mother of his children. Upon their arrival, Shitumbuleni said, they found the gate of the yard wide open and when they came to the door found it partially ajar. “Baepi then called out to hear if someone was in the house, looked inside the door and then immediately called me to look at something just inside the door about two metres away,” she said. According to Shitumbuleni, she saw the body of a young boy lying in a pool of blood and she and Baepi then moved away to the outside of the yard and called the serious crime unit. After the members of the serious crime unit and the scene of crime members arrived, she accompanied them inside the house and in a room they found another boy on a bed, also in a pool of blood. There was movement from this boy, she said, and he was taken to hospital. While at the house of the accused, the officer continued, she received a call from Ganeb who told her: ‘You made a mistake by calling me, I have done what I have done, my girlfriend is next and then I will finish myself off later.’ After that, she said, he hung up and they went looking for the accused. When they eventually found him with the help of Romilly Swartz, the mother of the two boys, “he was walking normal”, she added. During his plea, Ganeb claimed that he was so heavily under the influence of intoxicating liquor that he has no recollection of what happened. According to him, he was only informed by the police after his arrest that he killed his one minor child and seriously injured the other. He is facing two charges of murder and two counts of assault with intent to do Albertus Ganeb Society continues to isolate disabled people Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs in the Presidency, Alexia Manombe-Ncube, is concerned that despite positive legislative framework many people with disabilities are still disempowered and isolated from society. Manombe-Ncube spoke at the opening of the disability stakeholders consultative workshop yesterday at the University of Namibia (Unam). “As an advocate for disability inclusion it is my view that we can no longer allow people with disabilities to be excluded and discriminated against through various forms of barriers,” noted Manombe-Ncube. Unam has seen an increase in the student intake of people with disabilities. This year 81 students with disabilities are studying at the institution of higher learning. The Faculty of Education has the highest number with 24 students having disabilities. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has 20 students, the Faculty of Law has 10 students and the Faculty of Science has five students. The Faculty of Health Sciences has two students, the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Science has five students and the Centre for Open, Distance and E-learning has eight students with disabilities. Professor Lazarus Hangula, the vice-chancellor of Unam, said at the same occasion that Unam’s history of inclusive education started with baby steps at the time of the institution’s establishment as a comprehensive national university. “In some aspects we have succeeded in creating an environment where the majority of our students, staff and visitors feel embraced and supported and enabled to reach their maximum potential, irrespective of their diverse characteristics,” said Hangula. “However, when we reflect and listen to narratives of our students, former and current, we realize that although we have started the inclusive education journey, we have not yet reached our destination, especially with regard to students, staff and visitors with disabilities. “Our history of including persons with disabilities dates back to 2003 when two students with severe sensory impairments, one blind and one deaf, arrived at our registration table. Upon realising that they could barely communicate with these students, our registration officials considered not to register them as we had no resources whatsoever to meet the needs of these students. We decided to give it a try, and the rest is history,” reflected Hangula. He added: “It is these two pioneers of inclusion that prompted the Faculty of Education to appoint mentors to the two students, who guided the students through their studies, read books onto tapes and served as mediators between these students and their lecturers. The Unam Disability Unit was then formed to upscale our services as more and more students with severe impairments and disabilities started to join the university.” Manombe-Ncube pointed out that disability was seen as a vulnerability and those affected by it were seen as ‘dependent for life’ in the past. This, she said, created stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities. “People with disabilities were left to [be cared for] and education and employment were rarely thought of as part of their life paths.” Manombe-Ncube said that people ceedings one of Ganeb’s colleagues and “close friend” informed the court that on the day in question he received a text message from Ganeb at around 12h00 in Afrikaans saying, ‘Ek gaan vandag doodgaan bra’ meaning ‘I am going to die today bro’. According to Pasteven Kauandenge, he tried to get Ganeb to talk to him and after several messages Ganeb texted him and said: ‘Wag eers bra, ek is eers kwaad’ meaning ‘Just wait bro, I am angry’. “There was silence for a long time and then Ganeb called me and told me: ‘I stabbed my kids with a knife and they are both dead,’” Kauandenge told the court. According to him he told Ganeb not to make jokes and after a while Ganeb texted him saying ‘Ek grap net’ (only joking). That was the last conversation he had with Ganeb, the witness said, and he later heard that Ganeb was arrested. Ganeb is represented by Boris Isaacks and State Advocate Palmer Khumalo is prosecuting. with disabilities were barely accorded dignified access to healthcare, education, service delivery, sport and recreation. And, if there was public transport available for people with disabilities, it was channeled through welfare organisations, said the deputy minister. “This approach created a dependency which disempowered and isolated people with disabilities from the mainstream of society.” She commended Unam for its inclusive education. Meanwhile, Nampa reported yesterday that the number of people living with disabilities in Namibia has increased from over 42,000 in 1991 to about 100,000 in 2011. The figures are contained in the National Housing Census, which shows that the Khomas Region has the highest number with disabilities at 45 percent, followed by Erongo at 33.1 percent. 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