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New Era Newspaper Wednesday March 7, 2018

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2 NEWS Wednesday, March 7 2018 | NEW ERA LISTERIA From page 1 By yesterday morning Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana and Zambia all issued statements banning the importation of all readyto-eat foods such as polony, russians, frankfurters and viennas, including all types of hams, salamis and ‘smeerwors’ from Rainbow Chickens and Enterprise Foods in South Africa. “All import permits and in-transit permits issued prior to this public recalled. Retailers who might have imported these types of products from Rainbow Chickens and Enterprise Foods Ltd are strongly advised to remove them from the shelves,” reads a statement issued late on Monday by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. Listeria food poisoning is caused by eating foods contaminated with the listeria monocytogenes bacterium. The disease can be more severe in pregnant women, young children, the elderly and those individuals with [vulnerable] immune systems such as HIV patients. “We have started removing affected Enterprise Food and Rainbow cold meats from our shelves. You are most welcome to return any Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken processed meat products for a full refund,” reads a statement from Checkers South Africa, which is also a major player in the Namibian retail market. Another local retailer, Pick n Pay Namibia, which falls under the Ohlthaver & List Group umbrella, said in a statement that it has instituted precautionary measures in response to the outbreak. The retailer yesterday issued an urgent instruction to its stores countrywide to immediately remove all the Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken products from its shelves. On Sunday supermarkets in the Shoprite Group removed and isolated all affected Enterprise processed cold meats and Rainbow Chicken polony from its fridges and delis. This followed an announcement by South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr that test results linked the listeria monocytogenes strain positively with these products’ supplier manufacturing plants. Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 TRIP From page 1 Simataa, through his personal as- the trip was rejected because the delegation was too big and due to its relative high cost to government that wants to reduce wasteful spending in the public sector, have turned some trips into a sort of cash cow. “The acting permanent secretary (of NPC) wrote to secretary to cabinet requesting for 25 people to travel to China, however due to the country’s economic situation and as part of President Hage Geingob’s SCHLETTWEIN From page 1 “Other means to increase the tax base such as pre-assumptive tax will be mentioned as well, plus the usual increase in sin-tax. There will be some towards funding social services such as health, education, the food bank [and so forth],” he told New Era yesterday. “This will see a clear departure from the initial implementation program as per the Harambee blueprint on poverty eradication and wealth creation as well as NDP5.” Economic analysts also expect the national budget to focus on themes of pro-growth, stabilisation and a return to growth. These themes have been suggested as government grapples with slow economic growth of two percent or less and as it scrambles to reduce the national debt down to 35 percent from over 40 percent. Another economist, Klaus Schade, expects a continu- have not been met. “Revenue could even come in lower than expected because of the lower-than-anticipated economic growth last year that 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 directive for government agencies to implement the cost-cutting measures within the government agencies, Dr Simataa advised only two people can travel,” explained Andre on why the trip had to be shelved. He said despite the fact the Chi- accommodation and meals, there were other hidden costs the Namibian government was required to pay, hence the decision to reduce the number to only two. “I was supposed to lead a delegation of 25 to China to attend twoweek training on capacity building [but] I was verbally informed the trip has been cancelled. No reasons will have a negative impact on taxes as well as on VAT,” he forecasted. “SACU transfers might also be lower this year than previously expected because of subdued growth in South Africa as well as the stronger rand/ Namibia dollar,” said Schade. He added that government will continue to prioritise expenditure on social safety nets, education and health - and if savings elsewhere allow, will increase capital expenditure, in particular for infrastructure projects. “There is a need to clearly prioritise expenditure within ministries, for example allocation to textbooks, stationery, school-feeding programme or medication. Government could consider a comprehensive review of public sector employment in order to address the high wage bill. This will only bear fruit in the medium to long-term, but not in the short-term,” Schade added. “Government’s stronger stance regarding public enterprises should result in a reduction in bailouts and an improvement in service delivery. Except for the usual increases in excise duties on alcohol and tobacco, tax rates are expected to remain unchanged,” Schade concluded. 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 were given (by my superior),” said Mary Hangula, the chief national development advisor and head of NPC delegation that would have travelled to China on Sunday. She said although all logistics were in place and they were all prepared to travel on Sunday, the group was informed the trip was not approved. New Era could not ascertain whether the officials would now have to pay back the N,000 that they received for incidentals. The fully-funded trip forms part of the bilateral agreement between Namibia and China on capacity building that has already seen hun- Clemans Miyanicwe Kamanjab The appointment of George Mazanbani as the acting CEO of Kamanjab Village Council has felt they were overlooked after Pieter village secretary ended on January 30. Councillors took a resolution to appoint Mazanbani as the acting secretary at its ordinary meeting held on January 19. Those who were apparently overlooked are Aina Embashu who is an accountant, and technical clerk Jacobus Namaseb. During Gurirab’s absence secretary but Mazanbani, who is his junior, has now taken over the levers of power in running the show. “Namaseb was acting during most of the time when Gurirab was away and his junior is now acting in that capacity, the village council,” revealed a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The source added that those who belong to UDF or are perceived to be to China for training in various “The aim of this training was for us to go learn how the Chinese government deals with developmental issues that our country is struggling to address,” said Hangula. The Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese Em- the trip has been frozen, but could not be drawn further into the matter as he referred all inquiries to the Namibian government. New Era had earlier reported Beijing, based on initial information that was availed at a pre-trip session last week. Appointment of acting feathers MOVEMENT From page 1 its supporters are being sidelined at the Kamanjab Village Council. Mazanbani’s appointment is believed to be on the basis of him being a Swapo member. When contacted by New Era, Gurirab responded: “I am not going to sue them. This is not the end of the world, besides you people are like that in Kunene Region.” Gurirab, when asked why his contract was terminated earlier than February, referred this reporter to the chairperson of the Kamanjab Village Council, Niklaas Hendricks. After Swapo wrested power from the UDF at the town during the 2014 elections, sources claim staff belonging to UDF are being systematically victimised. Hendricks said Gurirab’s contract ended and had nothing to do with a political witch-hunt. the Labour Commissioner but he did not attend the hearing last month,” Hendricks said. A hearing was held on February 16 but neither Gurirab nor his lawyer were in attendance. Hendricks however said Gurirab is welcome to reapply for the position of village secretary if he wants to but it will still be advertised. “Opening up African skies has been long overdue for the continent to achieve its ten-year implementation plan,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah, who also serves as deputy prime minister. “We should however remember that while the integration of Africa is moving at a commendable speed, the people of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic remain under colonial occupation,” she said, adding that it is Namibia’s sovereign duty to continue to call for the speedy implementation of all United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Western Sahara. Furthermore, Nandi-Ndaitwah says Namibia is a proud child of international solidarity, midwifed by the United Nations. As such, she said, she believes in the universality of the United Nations in which no member state should feel left out. “The reform of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, is too an important matter to be left to the few privileged countries to decide,” she said. “Africa therefore demands its rightful position as stipulated in Ezuluwini Consensus and Sirte Declaration,” she added. She said Namibia will continue to contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security within the framework of the United Nations. “Image is an essential part of diplomacy and MIRCO (the ministry) is the window through which the world takes ting that all staff members adhere to the code of conduct,” she said. Nandi-Ndaitwah urged all ministerial heads of department to ensure that measures are taken to sensitise and ensure that staff members in their departments are familiar with protocol and etiquette. The meeting was attended by, among others, Minister of Regional and Local Government and Rural Development, Dr Peya Mushelenga (a deputy minister in that ministry until Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Christina Hoebes, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Maureen Hinda, Namibia Genocide Reparations Special Envoy Dr Zed Ngavirue and Ambassador Tuliameni Kalomoh, a special advisor in the ministry.

Wednesday, March 7 2018| NEW ERA NEWS 3 Omaheke focuses on housing provision Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek In its efforts to take basic amenities to the people, the Omaheke Regional Council has for the housing. Omaheke is one of the regions constructed under the mass housing programme. meeting for 2018 in Gobabis Chairperson Ignatius Kariseb said prioritise housing on the regional council’s agenda. “It is for this reason that the management committee of the cost housing units to our people,” he said. from the consultant. “The management committee has prioritise and expedite this process proposal,” he added. that the regional Build Together and repair all uncompleted and settlements, people are still sitting Kariseb is urging all local and construction of affordable housing for its inhabitants. Kariseb reminded those in He said this implies that, as public to account to the electorate on the realisation of electoral promises and implementation of national “To quote the president during the expected to account to their leaders on “implementation progress”. he said. of entitlement and taking their responsibilities for granted, or action against their transgressing subordinates.” Kariseb called upon acting chief regional officer, Maria staff are held to account and called 22 of 1992”. Travel ban extended to schools Nuusita Ashipala Speaking at the Oshana Region functions such as teaching and learning resources. and principals, to ensure prudent and resilience,” said Ithete. Ithete said despite the current economic challenges, the chunk of the national budget to the education sector. cognisance of the lack of houses for from school, losing out on time He also highlighted some of the other challenges learners and teachers face, such as dilapidated minister also mentioned the lack of challenges facing the education of these challenging circumstances, produce remarkable results.” He encouraged parents to be serious results. “The most important part of said Ithete. Roland Routh Windhoek Judgement on the charges an alleged serial rapist faces in the Windhoek of rape, one count of abduction or of attempting to commit an immoral one count of indecent assault. It is alleged in the indictment that from her parent’s home in Katutura of raping her. D-day for alleged serial rapist in three weeks It is further alleged that on March he enticed into helping him and strangling her. also strangled her rendering her unconscious and proceeded to rape luggage. This time around he told the and threatened to kill her if she did complainants in the charges pointed out Rooinasie as the perpetrator in court and all descriptions of him to instructions from legal aid, the up the rape after Rooinasie declined mother. mother is not there to corroborate it. With regard to the other their testimonies cannot be relied upon no penetration after her medical Rooinasie on all the charges. Circle of knowledge What is my contribution rate and that of my employer? contributes 16%. Your monthly contribution is deducted directly from your salary and appears on your pay slip. Please ensure Email: Visit

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