4 NEWS Wednesday, November 1 2017 | NEW ERA Drought relief is only for the needy Due to a substantial harvest during the last cropping season drought relief food is being limited only to households that are in need. This is to clear the air over concerns raised by some community members in Oshikoto Region that they have not received food aid for almost a year Oshikoto Region, Frans Enkali, explained that the programme hasn’t ceased but is rather being done on a limited scale just for those that are in dire need. “We know that this year the country recorded a somewhat bumper harvest, so the programme has not been carried out on a large scale as most people have food. However, we are still providing to those we identify or who come looking for assistance, and this depends on whether food is available because what we had has been distributed long ago,” explained Enkali. The last distribution was done between May and June this year. “People should be aware that we don’t keep food in a warehouse but we get consignments from which is what we distribute to constituencies. The constituency then distributes to the communities. So what we received has already been distributed,” he informed New Era Assistance… Drought relief food for distribution is loaded from a truck at the government warehouse in Opuwo into another vehicle Photo: Nampa upon inquiry. Enkali called upon headmen and those that are affected to al- so that they could be assisted with drought relief food. “The community assumes that we know of their situation but we don’t. Instead they should be reporting to the councillors who can then check if there is any food left and be assisted in that regard. When there is nothing we will see how we can still help them. everyone – it’s limited and we have to work on what is available,” advised Enkali, adding that the last consignment they received consisted of approximately 400 bags of rice. “In some instances you will some centres did not receive. So what happens is this: when we get food we move to those that did not receive the last time and the circle people complaining,” said Enkali. He denied claims there is bias in distributing food and that only a certain group receive food. Enkali noted that people should learn to differentiate between ‘drought’ and ‘relief’, and should not confuse the two.
Wednesday, November 1 2017 | NEW ERA | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Making a living from marula nuts Josephina Mwashindange Omuthiya It is this time of the year when the majority of the inhabitants in the northern part of Namibia sit back and rest after a long season of mahangu The northern part of Namibia is mostly surrounded by tall marula trees that produce an amazing amount of which they can gather to squeeze marula for two to three days to ferment after which it can be consumed as a refresh- omagongo The process does not end with juice omahuku The marula has turned out to be an community members such as Johanna Johanna Sakaria cracking marula nuts to prepare odjove. Josephina Mwashindange griculture ministry Albertina Nakale Forestry exceeded its budget of This information is contained in the Auditor General Junias Kandjeke found that four main their budgets by a total amount of - - obtained to use certain expected - which is unauthorised in terms of Kandjeke strongly recom- on a continuous basis to enable appropriate action timeously to that the unauthorised expenditure was caused by the implementation of the remoteness and hardship explained that the unauthorised expenditure was caused by the reallocated amount to the Nekartal Kandjeke said the accounting - a balance of N an unexplained difference of to closely monitor the subsistence and ensure that reconciliations are carried out on a regular basis that treasury authorisation should The Auditor General also found the ministry in the wrong because saries and study assistance amount- supporting documents for the actual - porting documents are submitted Kandjeke also found that more claims during the audit exceeded without the Ministry of Labour taken were not recorded on the dance registers were not attached claim forms are completed incor- - control measures in place to ensure authorisation is obtained before mendation is noted with seriousness and some internal measures - (marula oil) from dried shells of the Sakaria narrated that she makes money she earns is used to cater Sakaria also takes care of a family of six and the income generated has helped her to make ends meet while awaiting the social grant she registered for last year in October with the Ministry of Gender and “I cannot sit idly waiting for keeping myself busy with the little least two to three 200 ml bottles of After the whole process of - Josephina Mwashindange is an Project: Provision of Medical Aid Services to Agricultural Bank of Namibia (Agribank) IFB Title: PROVISION OF MEDICAL AID SERVICE Reference No: NCS/ONB/AGRI – 01/2017 1. Bids are invited through Open National Bidding (ONB) procedures for Provision of Medical Aid Services to Agribank and the invitation is open to all Namibian bidders. 2. Interested eligible bidders may inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below. 3. Qualifications requirements include: 3.1 The Bidder must be a registered medical aid fund in terms of applicable legislation in the Republic of Namibia; 3.2 The Bidder must submit any requisite licences to operate; 3.3 The Bidder must submit audited financial statements for the past 3 financial years; and such statements must show its income statements, balance sheets, cash-flows and solvency position 3.4 The following documentary evidence is required: a) a valid company Registration Certificate; b) an original valid good Standing Tax Certificate; c) an original valid good Standing Social Security Certificate; d) a valid certified copy of Affirmative Action Compliance Certificate, proof from Employment Equity Commissioner that bidder is not a relevant employer, or exemption issued in terms of Section 42 of the Affirmative Action Act, 199. 4. A complete set of Bidding Documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders, upon payment of a non-refundable fee of N$ 1,000.00 including VAT. The method of payment will be Cash or EFT. Bid document will be emailed to prospective bidders upon providing proof of payment. 5. Bids must be delivered to Agribank Head Office, Reception, Ground Floor on or before 11:00 AM (Namibian time), 01st December 2017. Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend in person at Agribank Head Office, First Floor at 11:10 AM (Namibian time), 01st December 2017. 6. The address(es) referred to above is(are): Agricultural Bank of Namibia, Website: http://agribank.com.na/page/tenders Enquiries: Administration: Okeri Mbingeneeko, Tel: +264 61 207 4327, firstname.lastname@example.org Technical: Mr. Sakaria Nghikembua, Tel: +264 61 207 4201, email@example.com