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- 10/31/17--15:00: 'Your children are dead'
- 10/31/17--15:00: Would a land value tax reduce the housing backlog?
- 10/31/17--15:00: State capture: Namibia has fallen victim
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- 10/31/17--15:00: Africa Briefs
- 10/31/17--15:00: Strategic partnerships encourage job creation
- 10/31/17--15:00: Leaders reject harmful cultural practices
- 10/31/17--15:00: ‘The Baby Boomers are leaving’
- 10/31/17--15:00: UNAM plans innovation hub in South
- 10/31/17--15:00: Dogs slaughtered for kapana
- 10/31/17--15:00: Temp teachers might lose jobs
- 10/31/17--15:00: Crime robs Namibia of millions
- 11/01/17--00:10: Namdeb appoints new CEO
- 11/01/17--03:54: Air Namibia connects north to coast
- 11/01/17--06:35: No power for Oshakati on Sunday
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The official opposition will officially unveil its new identity, including a new name, at its extraordinary congress to be held this Saturday at the Ramatex Complex in Windhoek.
The party's secretary-general, Manual Ngaringombe, said: “Everyone who is tired of the current government can come and join the DTA as it is taking on a new political direction.”
According to him, the party will also hold its 40th anniversary award ceremony on Friday to honour some of its members who have made remarkable contributions to the party.
“The national executive committee and the central committee respectively both thoroughly considered and unanimously adopted the new rebranded logo and name. This was in light of the central committee decision taken in October last year to transform the organisation into one that can carry, and deliver on, the hopes and aspirations of all Namibians,” he said.
The party in 2014 announced plans to completely overhaul its image following its poor performance in the 2014 elections.
At the time, DTA president McHenry Venaani said the party must shed its history.
“The DTA was formed as a pre-independent party, and one cannot deny the historical attachment of the party, whether you want to defend it or not, it played a role especially in the interim government. Personally, had I been the president that time I would have been hesitant to join an interim government,” he said.
//Karas police Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo told Namibian Sun yesterday that no arrests had been made yet, but that the stock theft unit of the police was in the field, tracking the suspect or suspects.
“They are on the run and they are not at their places. But we are tracking them.”
Police say they are not merely investigating who stole the horses, but who bought the stolen horses and brought them to the town council property north of Keetmanshoop and locked them up without food, water or shade.
On Friday, municipal officers and the Namibian police were alerted when a dead horse was spotted lying in a small kraal, alongside at least eight other horses.
Shortly after the police and municipal officials arrived, a foal keeled over and died half an hour later, also from suspected thirst, which was exacerbated by the heat.
A trough full of water was nearby, but the animals were unable to reach it as they were locked in the small kraal.
In the wake of the discovery on Friday, police reported that the horses had been stolen from Berseba and transported to the camp by unknown suspects, for reasons still being investigated.
In an affidavit submitted to police on Monday, Tim Probart, a local attorney and chairperson of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Keetmanshoop, said officials at the scene “made it abundantly clear that the horses had no access to water, fodder or shade.”
The affidavit stated that whoever had locked up the horses should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“This conduct amounts to extreme cruelty to animals and I respectfully request that the persons who are responsible for this abhorrent state of affairs be investigated and charged.”
Probart's affidavit further states that the camp forms part of municipal land which is currently leased by a municipal employee, Nimrod Zwartz.
“According to information received, he, in turn, sublet the land to a Ruben Koortzen,” the affidavit states.
Zwartz on Sunday confirmed telephonically to Namibian Sun that an agreement was in place with the Koortzen family, local farmers and livestock speculators who, according to Zwartz, often keep animals on the property they rent from him.
Ruben Koortzen Junior spoke to Namibian Sun yesterday, and confirmed the agreement with Zwartz.
He said he did not know how or why the horses were brought to the camp or who they belonged to.
“No, we did not have any of our animals there on Friday. The last time we had any animals there, it was cattle. None of our animals were there when this took place,” he said.
He speculated that a flattened and broken fence nearby could have allowed the animals to stray into the camp from a nearby communal area, the same theory offered by Zwartz.
In Keetmanshoop, many people are horrified that this type of cruelty took place.
“This town needs to open their eyes to what is happening here. This is a type of cruelty of the worst kind and people need to start standing up for what is right,” a concerned resident said.
Romilly Swartz took the stand before Judge Dinnah Usiku to testify about the events leading up to the killing of her two sons, aged four and seven, in April 2014.
Swartz testified that she had received a text message from the father of her sons, former police constable Albertus !Ganeb, on 25 April 2014.
He told her he had killed Tertius Romeo Shaun Swartz, aged seven, and Gregory O'Grady Holmes Swartz, aged four.
“Your children are dead. Come and look if you do not believe me,” the message read. And then later, another one: “You killed your children.”
!Ganeb, 31, is charged with the double murder at Gobabis on 25 April 2014.
Tertius, the eldest, died after he was stabbed four times with a knife while Gregory, stabbed six times, died on 1 May.
!Ganeb is also accused of twice assaulting Romilly Swartz, in October 2013 and again in 2014.
She told the court that on the morning of the murder, !Ganeb had taken both boys and her cellphone with him.
He told her that “the truth is in the phone”.
She explained that he was upset over text messages she had received from a friend.
That morning, she told the court, she began to fear for her life.
“I looked at his face and I was afraid.”
She said she was on her way to the police station before going to work but !Ganeb found her on her way there and stopped her.
She then approached !Ganeb's brother, Ignatius Kariseb, for help. She told him that !Ganeb had threatened to kill her and her boys and asked him to collect the children from him.
She testified that after work that same evening, she asked !Ganeb's cousin, Venessa Naobes, to get her sons from him.
She said she told Naobes about !Ganeb's threats.
Naobes told Swartz she would send someone to fetch the two boys.
After this conversation, she testified that !Ganeb called her and told her to talk to her children.
She said her children told her they had been to their grandfather's grave. According to Swartz, it was a short while after this call that she received the two messages from !Ganeb telling her to fetch her children and that he had killed them.
She showed the police the two messages and a search for the children was launched. Before the gruesome discovery of the dead boy and his critically injured younger brother, Swartz was taken to hospital for a sedative.
She woke later that evening to be told the news of the attack on her children.
A forensic printout of the text messages between Swartz and !Ganeb before the attack was put to Swartz in court. One of the messages from her to !Ganeb read, “Please, just my boys, in the name of the Lord”. She explained that the message was sent to him so that “he would not kill them”.
Boris Isaacks is counsel for the defence and Advocate Palmer Kumalo appears on behalf of the State.
However, we do not use serviced land optimally.
Some mixed-use developments in Windhoek where the lower floors are used for commercial purposes such as shops and offices, while the upper floors are used for residential purposes indicate a shift in the use of a scarce resource – serviced land. However, in the suburbs we are continuing to use the land sub-optimally by constructing single family houses.
The costs of providing basic infrastructure to family houses is high. Every house needs to be connected to the sewerage, water and electricity infrastructure and be accessible by a road. Increasing the density of buildings such as the multi-storey flats in and near the city centre demonstrate how to reduce the costs of infrastructure per household since the same length of a road, water or sewerage pipe and electricity cable would serve many more households than it is currently the case. At the same time, the higher density will accelerate the supply of residential space, since the new infrastructure enables the construction of multi-storey flats instead of single houses.
Tens of families can be accommodated on space that is currently occupied by two or three families. Denser residential areas also increase the viability of public transport, since a bus stop will serve more people and hence can attract more customers than in the case of family houses. Or, they reduce the need for travelling, since the workplace, the shop or the service provider is just around the corner or even in the same building.
The introduction of a land value tax could provide incentives for developers to plan suburbs differently, increase the density of urban land and reduce cost and time of delivery of housing. It is not only the buildings on the land, but land itself has a value owing to its proximity to other facilities. The tax is based on the value of the land less the value of the buildings on that land. Therefore, the higher the value of the buildings the lower the tax base and consequently the amount of tax paid.
The value of the buildings will increase with increased density. Hence, the introduction of a land value tax could result in a more optimally use of a scarce resource – serviced land – and accelerate the supply of housing at lower costs.
These are some of the results of a poll conducted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) among its members in Namibia. The ACFE is the world’s largest fraud risk management organisation.
According to the World Bank, state capture can be defined as “the efforts of a small number of firms (or such groups as the military, ethnic groups and kleptocratic politicians) to shape the rules of the game to their advantage through illicit, non-transparent provision of private gains to public officials”.
Transparency International (TI) describes state capture as “one of the most pervasive forms of corruption, where companies, institutions or powerful individuals use corruption such as the buying of laws, amendments, decrees or sentences, as well as illegal contributions to political parties and candidates, to influence and shape a country’s policy, legal environment and economy to their own interests”.
The information the Namibian public receives on the risk of state capture is inadequate, all the poll respondents agree: 50% says “very little” information is available, 36% feels “some” information is available and 14% is of the opinion there is “no” information.
The local ACFE poll shows 72% of respondents believe Namibia has below average institutional capacity to mitigate the risk of state capture, while 21% feels its capacity is average. None is of the opinion that the country is fully geared to tackle the problem.
Namibia’s score on TI’s Corruption Perception Index during the past five years ranged from 48 to 53. The maximum score of 100 means a country is squeaky clean, while zero means it is highly corrupt. With a score of 52, Namibia was ranked 53rd out of 176 countries worldwide on the index in 2016. The average global score last year was 43, “indicating endemic corruption in a country's public sector”, TI said.
The 2015 Afrobarometer survey showed 63% of Namibians believe corruption has increased over the past year. More than a third said most or all of the police, government officials, and tax officials are corrupt.
Corruption has consistently featured as one of the top ten most problematic factors for doing business in Namibia in the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Index (GCI). In the 2017/18 index it was named the 4th biggest stumbling block.
Although the debate on state capture in Namibia has recently flared up again, the issue is nothing new.
“State capture is an issue of debate in Namibia,” the World Bank said in 2011 in a study, “Ill-gotten money and the economy”. “Critics speak of institutionalised corruption, or legalised corruption, through the laws passed since Namibian independence,” the study states.
High-end corruption in Namibia involves tens of millions of dollars at a minimum, the World Bank said. “There is no empirical research on the spending patterns of these perpetrators and their accomplices and families, but law enforcement officials observe that ill-gotten money is used for the direct acquisition of basic consumer goods, luxury items and lifestyles, cars, and real estate (houses, farms, land).”
According to the local ACFE poll, guarding against state capture is primarily the role of: the government (36%), the ombudsman and the Anti-Corruption Commission (24%), private sector business (16%), civil society organisations (12%), and political parties (12%). Practically, the fight against it can be best fought by: the government (25%), the ombudsman and the ACC (33%), private sector business (13%), civil society organisations (17%), and political parties (12%).
57% of respondents believe certified fraud examiners (CFEs) can play a role in successfully mitigating the risk of state capture, but with many limitations. Only 36% say CFEs can play a major role, while 7% indicated that their role is “very limited”.
The plant, located 35 kilometres north of Swakopmund, is the largest seawater desalination plant in southern Africa.
The delegates were given a presentation of the technology used in desalination and then were taken on a tour of the facility.
Since commissioning the plant has produced millions of cubic metres of water, which enabled the sustained growth of economic activity in the Erongo Region.
The plant’s electricity consumption is said to be on par with desalination plants around the world.
The plant has been operating for seven years without any injuries or lost-time accidents.
It has achieved its production target of one million cubic metres per month for the past four months in a row.
Ratings agency Moody's said on Monday the budget statement presented by South African finance minister Malusi Gigaba last week was credit negative, while a central bank official raised concerns over economic growth.
The comments by Moody's, which along with S&P Global is expected to review South Africa's credit ratings next month, come after Fitch criticised Gigaba's budget speech for shifting away from fiscal consolidation efforts.
"Unless the government presents a credible fiscal consolidation plan in the February 2018 budget, debt sustainability is at risk," Moody's analyst for South Africa Zuzana Brixiova said in a statement. – Nampa/Reuters
AfDB calls off proposed loans to Nigeria
The African Development Bank has called off a loan to Nigeria that would have helped fund the country's budget, instead redirecting the money to specific projects.
The AfDB had been in talks with Nigeria for around a year to release the second, US$400 million tranche of a US$1 billion loan to shore up its budget for 2017, as the government tried to reinvigorate its stagnant economy with heavy spending.
But Nigeria refused to meet the terms of international lenders, which also included the World Bank, to enact various reforms, including allowing its currency, the naira, to float freely on the foreign exchange market. – Nampa/Reuters
Destabilisation in DRC threatens region
Conflict is destabilising the Democratic Republic of Congo and could impact the entire region, the head of the UN's World Food Programme warned on Monday, after what he said was a "very, very frank" discussion with President Joseph Kabila.
"He gave me his assurances that he would do everything possible to address any and all needs that we brought to his attention," WFP Executive Director David Beasley said.
"This country is destabilising and it needs attention because if we don't give the attention now it could impact the entire region, this region of Africa. That's the last thing we need at this stage of the game with all the other fragility around the world."– Nampa/Reuters
The Credit for Youth in Business Programme allows for capital and mentorship support to entrepreneurs between the ages of 16 and 35 years. The programme’s success can be attributed to the organisation and commitment of the youth council and its regional representatives, Bank Windhoek said in a statement.
The Credit for Youth in Business Programme focuses on enabling youth entrepreneurship as a key driver of Namibia’s future economy.
Bank Windhoek has forged strategic alliances with selected role players in the emerging market sector. The goal of these partnerships is to collectively deliver appropriate products and complementary services to the market.
Mbo Luvindao, manager of Bank Windhoek’s Emerging Small and Medium Enterprises (ESME) Branch, commented that the challenges faced by entrepreneurs include lack of access to markets, inadequate education and lack of support services.
“Bank Windhoek ESME Finance is addressing some of these challenges by providing mentorship to small business owners,” said Luvindao.
The government recognised the importance of the MSME sector early and in 1997 commissioned the draft of the National Policy on MSMEs in Namibia. The policy was reviewed in 2015 and the ministry of industrialisation, trade and SME development engaged a wide variety of stakeholders for input to the revised policy.
“Bank Windhoek realised the important role that SMEs play in stimulating economic growth and creating employment, this is why the bank set up a dedicated SME division to assist start-ups and bridge the gap between the informal and formal business sector,” said Luvindao.
“These strategic partnerships can contribute to Namibia’s economy on a long term basis. We help finance any Namibian entrepreneur who meets the qualifying criteria,” he said.
“We love our culture, but the main point is that we want to transform our culture to protect women's rights and health,” Gilbert Liswaniso, a senior councillor from Bukalo said yesterday at a media conference on transforming cultures to protect girls and women from violence and HIV/Aids in Windhoek. He has joined a number of Zambezi community facilitators, who under the helm of the Women's Leadership Centre (WLC), have decided to speak out about what many still consider a culturally taboo topic that must be kept out of the public spotlight.
“It is an insult to speak about these harmful cultural practices,” a teacher and a long time WLC coordinator in the region, Berrithar Sitali, explained.
The grassroots activists say practices such as genital maiming and body scarring, forced dry sex and regular beatings, widow 'cleansing' and 'obedience training' still take place frequently.
“We love our own culture but we want to ban harmful cultural practices. We are not saying we want to abolish our culture, we are only trying to transform it,” Sitali said.
She added that if the aim is to teach young girls how to behave, or care for a family, that is fine, but beating them into submission is not the way to do it.
She warned that some practices, such as forcing women to have dry sex, also expose girls and women to unwanted pregnancies, HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases.Moreover, dry sex can rip families apart when the women flee their marriages because they refuse to take part in the painful and risky behaviour.
Sitali said talking to communities and trying to convince them to ban some practices was not an easy task.
“It wasn't easy to approach our traditional leaders, but when we explained to them that HIV is the highest in our region, and maybe if we stop these harmful cultural practices, the HIV rates will drop, and then we started convincing them bit by bit, bit by bit.”
Explaining the Namibian Constitution and educating people about their rights under Namibian laws has also helped to transform ideas about healthy and unhealthy cultural practices. And the activists warn that it is not only the Zambezi Region that is grappling with harmful practices that remain part of daily initiation rituals for girls and women.
“Today we have travelled a long distance to say that we as traditional leaders, not just from the Zambezi Region, but from all corners of Namibia, should join this cause and help advise our people,” said Bernard Namita, a traditional leader who joined the cause after being urged by his sister-in-law last year. Liz Frank of the Women's Leadership Centre (WLC), described the community facilitators, including a number of men and women in respected positions, as “human rights defenders who want to be part of the new Namibia that protects the human rights of women and girls.”
Moreover, their work could save lives. The 2016 National HIV sentinel survey found that HIV prevalence in the Zambezi Region, of 44.2%, is close to double the national average of 24% for women aged 25 to 49.
For women aged 15 to 24 years, HIV prevalence nationally is 8.5%, while it is 24.3% in the Zambezi Region and also the highest in the country.
The activists warn that more stakeholders need to come on board, to help increase their outreach programmes and effectiveness.
“It is high time to make a change. People need to be taught in rural areas of their human rights. It is happening all over Namibia. Why are they so quiet? Do they want these things to happen?” Namita asked.
He said Namibian women have the right to feel free and live in peace.
In order for organisations to remain competitive and maximise profits, they need to have a skilled workforce and manage talent. They need to have effective succession plans in place which will enable them to have the right people in the right positions to successfully implement their strategies.
What is succession planning?
Succession planning (SP) is the process whereby an organisation ensures that employees are recruited and developed to fill each key role within the company.
SP increases the availability of experienced and capable employees that are prepared to assume these roles as they become available. Many organisations believe that succession planning is a human resources responsibility.
Yes, it is HR’s responsibility to ensure that organisations have existing SP policies. However, it is every line manager or departmental head’s duty to know which roles are critical in the organisation and need urgent succession plan implementation. HR is the driver of succession planning.
Namibia has organisations that employ people for more than 30 years. These employees have skills that millennials who join the company should acquire in order to continue delivering on the strategy. The Baby Boomers generation is in the process of retiring. They are taking with them 30-40+ years of knowledge, experience, working relationships, and information. You want to capture that knowledge before it walks out your door. What are you doing to preserve this knowledge?
Advantages of succession planning to employees
Employees who know that a next role awaits them receive a boost to self-esteem and self-respect. This enhances their efficacy and value as an employee.
Knowing the organisation's plans for your next potential opportunity - and that there is one - reinforces your desire for career development and career opportunities. This development is one of the areas that employees want most from their employer.
The ability to work with their manager or supervisor to make sure that the employee has a career plan that moves him or her in the direction of their next opportunity. This person is key in an employee's ability to get the experience and education needed for career progression.
Advantages of succession planning to employers
The most important reason, of course, is that we rely on staff to carry out our missions, provide services and meet our organisation's goals. We need to think about what would happen to those services or our ability to fulfil our mission if a key staff member left. The impending retirement of the baby boomers is expected to have a major impact on workforce capacity. A new generation is joining the workforce, the millennials.
What is your company doing?
What is your organisation doing about succession planning? Are you willing to preserve the knowledge within the organisation so that it is not lost? Do you have the right policy?
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Through the hub, the campus plans to provide access to scientific services currently sourced from across the border, most notably South Africa.
The campus in recent weeks embarked on publicising and promoting the initiative and will continue to do so over the next few weeks before an official launch of the programme.
At the //Kharas Regional Strategic Plan Launch last week, Erold Naomab, the assistant pro-vice chancellor of the campus, said the hub will serve as a primary conduit and instrument for strengthening the regional innovation system.
“This will be done through initiatives that will fast-track commercialisation, technology transfer and enterprise development,” he said.
The three sub-programmes that will run under the KIH are the geosciences technology transfer lab, start-up entrepreneurship and the value chain accelerator.
“These programmes are positioned to stimulate and advance entrepreneurial culture in the //Kharas Region by providing an enabling environment through research and development driving innovation,” he said.
The ultimate goals of the hub are to promote sustainable growth, aid in poverty reduction and support the southern regions in the development of a knowledge society.
The initiative will be launched in November during the //Kharas Region International Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to be hosted jointly by the UNAM Southern Campus and the //Kharas Regional Council. - Nampa
The man, whose name is known to Namibian Sun, was caught by a security guard at the cemetery who alerted the City Police. The Windhoek SPCA was also called in to assist.
According to SPCA inspector Joseph Naimhwaka, who was at the scene, the man has slaughtered dogs at the cemetery several times before, but managed to escape with the meat each time when the security guard came across him.
In the past months at least five dogs were slaughtered, that authorities are aware of.
On Friday, two carcasses were discovered by authorities. According to the SPCA, the man kills the dogs by choking and beating them.
He then skins the dogs and sells the meat.
“The suspect only takes the meat and leaves the paws and heads and all the tripe behind,” said Naimhwaka.
The suspect has allegedly claimed that he was selling dog meat on demand as several women selling kapana in an open market nearby had asked him to supply them with the meat.
Naimhwaka told Namibian Sun that the man was taken to the Katutura police station where he informed officials that he would take them to the women who were selling the dog meat.
They were taken to an open market at Okuryangava and the suspect indicated two ladies as the ones demanding the dog meat to sell.
He also told the authorities that he is being paid N$200 for the dog meat.
However, according to Naimhwaka, they soon discovered at the open market that these ladies were not selling dog meat and furthermore, they were also informed that dog meat would be especially hard to sell there because there is no demand.
“He also lied to us about where he lived, telling us that he is staying in Okahandja Park.”
According Naimhwaka the man actually lives in Dolam, near the cemetery where he slaughters the dogs.
Authorities are still investigating the matter and have also not been able to establish where the dogs have been taken from.
“In my opinion this man is selling to people that do not even know that it is dog meat, but it not at the open market because there you can see the meat hanging. He will be monitored to ensure he does not return to the cemetery,” Naimhwaka said.
Investigations are ongoing and the police have confirmed they are ready to be informed when a formal charge can be made. A person found guilty of cruelty to animals can receive a fine of N$4 000 or a one-year jail sentence.
Last weekend, several residents of Okahandja were also caught slaughtering dogs at the town's dumpsite. The animals, however, in this case, appear to be stolen. While they were arrested, Namibian Sun could not establish whether any formal charges were laid.
It is addressing the situation by transferring teachers from overstaffed schools to understaffed schools – a solution that has been criticised in some quarters.
The Endola circuit is said to have a surplus of 67 teachers and seven heads of department.The regional director of education, Isak Hamatwi, said the situation was created by the school curriculum.
“We cannot really call it understaffing or overstaffing, but it is just a situation created by the school curriculum and the teaching norms. The issues of understaffing can be perceived at secondary school, while overstaffing is at primary schools. The curriculum can demand employing five teachers, while the teaching norm only requires three teachers. It will appear as if you are overstaffed with three teachers,” Hamatwi explained.
“We are trying to sort it out internally by transferring teachers from overstaffed schools to understaffed ones, but this is only working for teachers in temporary teaching posts and not for those in permanent positions. For those in permanent posts, we have to wait until they resign voluntarily then we can transfer those posts to other schools.”
Hamatwi said at the moment the region had 4 995 teachers at 262 schools.Following its good grade 10 examination results last year, the Ohangwena Region was struggling at the beginning of the year to place all its grade 11 learners in local schools.
The regional office had to squeeze in pupils at full schools, which contributed to understaffing.
“We did not place learners according to the curriculum, but according to the number of classrooms. Teachers are under pressure, but they are managing the situation because we could put up to 15 extra learners in one class,” he said.
Last week the Ohangwena education directorate decided to ground all its vehicles until further notice because of budget cuts.
A source from that region said that in the past schools were creating teaching posts without informing the regional office.
“This problem has only been identified now as the ministry is in serious financial difficulties created by the budget cut. We were even given an option to get rid of some of the teachers, which is not possible.
“That is the reason why the ministry is taking so long to advertise the 2018 teaching posts. They want to make sure which posts must be advertised and which not. Most of the teaching posts currently occupied by temporary teachers will not be advertised for 2018,” the source said.
The source also said that it was difficult to transfer teachers from overstaffed primary schools to understaffed secondary schools.
Meanwhile, the ministry of education is advertising 2 569 teaching positions nationwide for 2018.
A statement issued by the ministry's spokesperson, Absalom Absalom, said 79 of these vacancies were for principals, 198 for HoDs, while 2 292 were for ordinal teachers.
He said these teaching posts were identified as critical and must be filled.
“It should be noted that 119 of the 2 569 posts to be advertised have been newly created due to pressing needs; whereas the remaining 2 450 posts are currently occupied by temporary teachers whose contracts will come to an end on 31 December 2017, thus rendering the posts vacant,” Absalom said.
The vacancy bulletin will be an insert in Namibian Sun this Friday.
It will also appear in Republikein and Allgemeine Zeitung on Friday, while other daily and weekly newspapers will carry it next week.
This figure dwarfs Namibia’s gross national income (GNI) per capita, which boils down to N$177 per day. According to the World Bank Namibia’s GNI per capita is US$4 620 or about N$64 680 per year.
Only reported losses due to crime is also considerable more than the country’s per capita gross domestic product (GDP), which the World Bank estimates at US$5 700 or N$79 800 per year. That is about N$218 per day.
From the beginning of January to October 22 2017, the Namibian Police on their website published crime reports covering 99 days. Business7 worked through all these reports and found 134 reported incidents where money was directly involved. These included armed robbery, housebreaking, fraud, theft, stock theft, vehicle theft and robbery. This excludes unreported crime involving cost or finances, either by individuals or businesses. Indirect cost and losses can also not be calculated.
Adding up all the amounts mentioned in these reports exceeded more than N$13.67 million. Dividing this by the 99 days covered in the available crime reports come to an average of nearly N$138 107 per day.
By October 22, 295 days of 2017 had passed. Using the average amount involved in daily criminal activities reported to the police, means more than N$40.7 million has directly been tied to crime so far this year, corruption and poaching excluded.
In all likelihood this is a conservative estimation. Some of the reported incidents where money was involved, don’t state an amount. Others only mention cash lost, but no value of other items stolen. It is also common knowledge that the public doesn’t report all crime – especially petty theft – to the police, as the process is deemed too cumbersome.
The police reports show crime spares no one or no place in Namibia. Housebreaking incidents with goods stolen for as “little” as N$944 at Kongola and N$1 202 at Rietoog were reported. For a mere N$597 a resident of Walvis Bay was the victim of an armed robbery. Incidents were reported from as far as Epukiro, Drimiopsis, Groot Aub, Otjimbingwe, Tsandi, Onesi, Schlip and Opuwo.
Businesses suffered losses of about N$6 million, according to the reports.
In some of the reported cases people were hurt or seriously injured, while others lost their lives.
Despite the budget billions pumped into safety and security yearly – more than N$5 billion in the current fiscal year alone – Namibia has not been able to shed its reputation that crime, theft and corruption are rife in the country.
In the annual Global Competitive Index (GCI) of the World Economic Forum (WEF), crime and theft consistently feature under the top ten problematic factors for doing business in the past decade. Except for the 2016/17 index, where it was the 11th biggest stumbling block. However, only a year later, in the GCI 2017/18 crime and theft is rated as the 7th biggest hampering factor.
Although improving, Namibia also features very low on the WEF’s bi-annual Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index as far as the business cost of crime and violence is concerned. In 2017, Namibia was ranked 89th out of 136 countries worldwide on the index for business cost of crime and violence. Previously it fared as follows: 2015 (94/141); 2013 (109/140); and 2011 (107/139).
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the US Department of State warns on its website that “Americans have regularly fallen victim to street crime” in Namibia.
“Additionally, people walking the streets alone, especially after normal business hours or after dark, with purses, bags, or backpacks are frequently targeted for the contents of their bags, which may contain electronics that are easily sold on the black market. Criminals sometimes brandish knives and occasionally firearms,” the website states.
Theft from motor vehicles remains a concern, it warns. “This usually involves smash-and-grab methods and is sometimes associated with violence.”
Residential break-ins remain prevalent, the bureau says. “Generally, criminals target unoccupied residences; however, home invasions do occur, with some resulting in violence, when criminals encountered residents.”
Numbeo, the world's largest database of user contributed data, paints a much harsher picture. The site puts Namibia’s crime index at 67.74. The crime index is an estimation of overall level of crime in a given city or a country. Numbeo considers crime levels lower than 20 as very low, crime levels between 20 and 40 as being low, crime levels between 40 and 60 as being moderate, and crime levels between 60 and 80 as being high.
Numbeo’s safety index, on the other hand, is quite opposite of crime index. If the country has a high safety index, it is considered very safe. Namibia’s safety index at Numbeo is 32.26.
Numbeo: Crime rates in Namibia
Level of crime: 77.70 (High)
Crime increasing in the past three years: 81.33 (Very high)
Worries homes broken into & things stolen: 77.05 (High)
Worries being mugged or robbed: 72.22 (High)
Worries car stolen: 50.70 (Moderate)
Worries things from car stolen: 72.92 (High)
Worries attacked: 67.25 (High)
Problem violent crimes such a assault & armed robbery: 65.75 (High)
Problem corruption & bribery: 80.99 (Very high)
The Namibia Diamond Corporation (Namdeb) has announced Riaan Burger as its new CEO. Burger was previously the company's chief operating officer. He takes over from Markus Lubbe who was its acting CEO.
“Burger is a mechanical engineer by profession and holds an Executive MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He has been with Namdeb for 22 years and has extensive experience ranging from general management, leading long term strategic projects, developing new mining methods as well as leading change,” Namdeb spokesperson Pauline Thomas said.
Burger’s appointment Thomas said came at the right time as the diamond behemoth finds itself going through unchartered waters.
“Prior to this appointment, Riaan has been the chief operating officer of Namdeb since November 2011. Burger assumes the role of CEO at a time when Namdeb faces tremendous challenges. The Namdeb board of directors call on all stakeholders to rally behind Riaan as he takes on his new role; and wish him much success in this new challenging assignment,” Thomas said.
This development opens new travel possibilities and opportunities, as it enables clients to travel between Ondangwa and Johannesburg, as well as between Ondangwa and Cape Town both via Walvis Bay.
“This is good news for the flying public and our customers, especially with the fast approaching festive season which normally leaves thousands of people without an efficient mode of transportation between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund and the northern parts of Namibia. It will also contribute to reduce road congestion on our roads and minimise the travel time to 60 minutes between the north and the coast,” said Mandi Samson, Air Namibia's acting managing director.
Further to this development as of 19 November 2017, days of operation for flights between Windhoek and Lüderitz, as well as Oranjemund will change from the current Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday schedule. The new days of operation will be on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Mwaala also urged resident to treat the power supply as live at all times saying re-energising will be done without prior notification.
The new court was financed by the German embassy's micro-project fund to the tune of N$380 000. Other sponsors were the former BAS supporting association Isibindi e.V. with its private German donors, as well as the International Basketball Foundation (IBF) in cooperation with the German Basketball Federation (DBB).
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by more than 100 people, among them many young basketball players.
The German ambassador, Christian Schlaga, scored the first basket.
Attending DBB representative Joachim Spägele was impressed with the progress that has been made at BAS.
Andrew Masongo, president of the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF), and Freddy Mwiya, chief administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), thanked the German embassy and the German donors for their continued support of Namibian youth basketball.
In return, founding trustee of BAS Foundation and DOSB expert Frank Albin thanked the ministry of sport for making available the ground inside the Katutura Sports Complex and promised that BAS would maintain the facilities.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by an official under-18 FIBA 3x3 tournament in cooperation with the NBF.
BAS was founded in February 2010 and currently has 65 boys and girls from 7 to 19 years attending the daily after-school programme, as well as almost 100 children attending the open programme twice a week.
The BAS motto is 'Education First – Basketball Second'.
The BAS Foundation is supported with the project 'Free Throw – Basketball Artists against HIV and AIDS' through the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
With the MTC Namibia Premier League heading into its third weekend, sources said that Pirates coach Woody Jacobs had ambitions to sign the midfielder.
Seibeb played for Citizens FC last season after moving from African Stars, where he had earned the respect of many fans with his fine football displays.
The source suggested that the reason why Orlando Pirates gave up its efforts to sign the player was because he comes with a heavy price tag which the club could not afford at the moment.
Orlando Pirates coach Woody Jacobs admitted that he did have a keen interest in the player, but played down the suggestion that the price changed his mind.
“Well, Seibeb is a very good player and I can assure you that he is one of the best midfielders I have seen play in the premier league.
“Any coach would love to have him, but it is unfortunate that I will not be able to sign him since he could be playing for Citizens FC again.
“As for the price, I do not know where that came from and would rather not comment on rumours,” Jacobs said.
Meanwhile, it appears as if Citizens FC are not interested in Seibeb.
Club chairman Dawid Goagoseb said they had cleared the player to play for First Division outfit Spoilers.
“I do believe that he played for Spoilers in the NFA Debmarine Cup because we gave him the green light to go.
“As for now, I do not know about his whereabouts and I will not be able to say that he is a Citizens FC player,” Goagoseb said.
According to Seibeb, however, he has been recalled to train with Citizens FC.
“The coach called me to come and practise with Citizens. I can say that the only thing I have not done yet is to sign with them.”
JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA
The 32-year-old joined Arsenal as a right-back in 2014 but has made just 25 appearances across all competitions after being plagued with injuries. Debuchy made his first appearance for Arsenal since November 2016 during last month's 1-0 win at Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League and played 120 minutes in last week's League Cup victory over Norwich City.
“We are all very pleased for him here because he has gone through some very difficult moments with setbacks,” Wenger is quoted as saying in the Evening Standard.
“The fact that he got through 120 minutes the other night is a huge boost for him. He needs to recover now but from now on, he'll be a candidate to fight for the team places again.
“Maybe his future is as a centre-back. He has the attributes because he's very good in the air. You think he couldn't play centre-back because he's not tall, but if you look at the number of balls he wins in the air, it's impressive.”
Arsenal, who lead Europa League Group H, host Red Star Belgrade tonight before making the tough trip to face leaders Manchester City on Sunday.