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n his address to Cabinet, he said productivity, efficiency and effectiveness in both the private and public sectors can only be improved if all Namibians make hard work and dedication the cornerstone of their activities in 2008. He reminded Cabinet members of the eight important priorities that his government identified as critical areas for implementation and called on them to ensure long-term involvement in projects to ensure their sustainability and viability over a long period. The eight government priorities are addressing poverty and unemployment; tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic; reforming the education sector; accelerating rural development to reduce poverty; providing social and economic amenities; addressing the need of vulnerable members of the Namibian society; the economic empowerment of previously disadvantaged Namibians; and improving the economic performance of the country through trade, industrialisation, manufacturing and the promotion of small and medium enterprises. Addressing unemployment, the President said Cabinet should continue to create a conducive atmosphere for investments. This calls for a review of relevant legislation to make sure that the country’s incentive packages are competitive and attractive to make Namibia a favourable investment location. Small and medium size enterprises

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Hard work and dedication is needed to take the Namibian nation to greater heights of prosperity and to improve the living conditions or people in all parts of the country, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said when he officially opened the first Cabinet meeting for 2008 on Tuesday, 22 January 2008.

Traditional leaders pay their last respect to the late chief Munjuku II Nguvauva in Okahandja on 25 January 2008

Chief Munjuku II laid to rest
Paramount Chief Munjuku Nguvauva ii has completed his earthly mission with distinction. it is now the responsibility of those remaining behind to continue where he left so that his teachings and legacy can live on for generations to come.

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ith these words, President Hifikepunye Pohamba paid tribute to the late Paramount Chief of the Mbanderu and Deputy Chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders who passed away on 16 January this year at the age of 85.

As Deputy Chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders, the late Chief Munjuku was accorded a state funeral. His memorial and funeral services were held in Okahandja on 25 and 26 January 2008 respectively.

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All about Namibia senior secondary Certificate
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Questions about the Anti-Corruption Commission
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From the Desk of the Minister
it is now time to congratulate the Namibian nation for having worked hard during 2007. it is evident that the government has scored some successes in socioeconomic, cultural and political fields. Our country continues to enjoy peace, stability and unity of purpose as we respect the rule of law and consolidate the democratic principles and structures. he end of a year gives one the opportunity to take stock of the experiences of another year gone by, while it is also the time that one should use to plan for the year ahead. It is for this reason that President Hifikepunye Pohamba, in his New Year’s message to the nation, called on all of us to make 2008 the best year ever. This is possible if we work hard and face the year with optimism and confidence.
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Work hard to ensure prosperity, Pohamba urged................1 Chief Munjuku ii laid to rest................................................1 Katjavivi presents credentials to Pope................................3 Cabinet worked with unity, patriotism in 2007...................3 New NPC Commissioners inaugurated.................................5 Replacement of iGCsE/HiGCsE with NssC.........................6 Make 2008 the best year ever, President asked..................7

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aroab opens centre for the less fortunate...........................7 Take action against Gender-based violence........................8 Pohamba on international issues.........................................8 Care for and share with less privileged this Xmas...............9 FaQ about the anti-Corruption Commission......................10 NDP3 National Consultative Conference held....................12 Namibians should make aquaculture a vibrant Fish industry.......................................................................13 People have a right to food................................................14 Mss sees safe, crime free Namibia by 2030......................15 Home affairs gets 10 mobile registration trucks...............15 Namibia and angola sign 11 agreements...........................16 Mata-Mata border opening will boost tourism...................17 News from Cabinet Chambers............................................18

Christmas is a time to pray and give thanks to the Almighty God for blessings received abundantly. Christmas is also a time to care for and share with those less fortunate, the elderly and the sick. Unfortunately criminals don’t take a break, therefore the nation should stay alert and not to fall victim to criminals. It is also a time when we should constantly remember the police, soldiers, medical personnel and other performing essential duties in our prayers. On the Cabinet front, the year 2007 was marked by deliberations and decisions conducted in a spirit of unity, patriotism and openness. The Cabinet took decisions, among others on the Third National Development Plan, which is the country’s road map for social and economic development. NDP3 will ensure that priorities, such as education, health care, water, housing and electricity receive the necessary attention over the next five years. The year 2008 will require hard work and dedication from every Namibian. Namibia’s eight development priorities, namely addressing poverty and unemployment; tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic; reforming the education sector; accelerating rural development to reduce poverty; providing social and economic amenities; addressing the need of vulnerable members of the Namibian society; the economic empowerment of previously disadvantaged Namibians; and improving the economic performance of the country through trade, industrialisation, manufacturing and the promotion of small and medium enterprises should be the overall aim of all our activities. Death has robbed the nation of a respected traditional leader and the Deputy Chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders, Chief Munjuku II Nguvauva. Due to his contribution to the Namibian liberation struggle and being a proponent for the policy of reconciliation after independence, the late Chief Munjuku II was accorded a state funeral after he passed away at the age of 85 on 16 January. The above is some of the interesting news in this month’s Government Information Bulletin. Allow me to also use this space to wish the entire nation a prosperous and productive 2008.

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Katjavivi hands credentials to Pope
rof. Peter H. Katjavivi, Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to the Federal Republic of Germany, presented his credentials to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, at a colourful ceremony at the Vatican on 13 December 2007. With the hand-over of his credentials to the Pope, Prof Katjavivi became the first Ambassador of Namibia to the Holy See. Prof. Katjavivi will take care of this responsibility from Berlin where he is stationed. Ambassador Katjavivi was accompanied by his wife, Rosemary Jane Katjavivi, their daughter, Isabel, and Mrs Frieda Guios, a diplomat at the Namibian embassy in Berlin, attended the ceremony in the Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. At the same ceremony, new ambassadors from Thailand, The Seychelles, Gambia, Suriname, Singapore and Kuwait handed over their credentials to the Pope.

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Prof. Peter Katjavivi and his family with Pope Benedict XVI on 13 December 2007 in the Vatcican

Cabinet worked with unity, patriotism in 2007
The Namibian Cabinet deliberated and took decisions on many issues of national importance in 2007 and its business was conducted in the spirit of unity, patriotism and openness, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said when he addressed the last Cabinet meeting of 2007 on 11 December. uring 2007, 22 ordinary Cabinet meetings were held and 290 decisions have been taken or adopted. Pres. Pohamba said that the Cabinet, as the executive organ of state, has to ensure the proper formation and implementation of government policies. The decisions that Cabinet take, affect the lives of Namibians in a practical and direct manner. Besides thanking Cabinet members and the Cabinet Secretariat for their support, hard work and dedication during 2007, the President also expressed appreciation for the role of the legislature and the judiciary that have also contributed to the smooth running of the work of the Cabinet in 2007. He also acknowledged the constructive role of registered political parties represented in the Namibian Parliament. He praised the interactions and suggestions of their leaders on various topics and issues affecting the Namibian people that were made during consultations with the Office of the President. This is an essential task of nation building and the process of national reconciliation.

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One of the important milestones for 2007 was the finalisation of the Third National Development Plan (NDP3), the country’s road map for social and economic development, through which the government aims to bring about visible improvement in the social and economic landscape of Namibia. NDP3 has specific targets that must be met in different sectors and these targets relate to the provision of social amenities, such as education, health care, water, housing, electricity and the promotion of economic growth. NDP3 also strongly focuses on the creation of employment, the expansion of the manufacturing base, food production, and the expansion of physical and communication infrastructure, such as roads, railways, harbours, airports and telecommunication networks. President Pohamba said NDP3, Vision 2030 and the 2004 SWAPO Party Election Manifesto will remain the centre of policy implementation. They should form part of the government’s most urgent priorities and areas of focus.

With reference to the 2004 SWAPO Party Election Manifesto, the President reminded Cabinet members that the government is fast approaching its final phase of the mandate it won in the 2004 elections. The government is, therefore, obliged to fulfil the expectations, aspirations and wishes of the electorate by doing everything possible to ensure the implementation of the manifesto in the broadest sense. According to the President, the implementation of the 2004 SWAPO Party Election Manifesto and NDP3 are important catalysts for the realisation of Namibia’s long term development policies encapsulated in Vision 2030. “Their effective implementation will bring us closer to the realisation of Vision 2030. We must continually assess, monitor and evaluate the implementation of this road map,” he said. President Pohamba also called on Government institutions to follow up on bilateral agreements signed with other countries to ensure that Namibia benefit from such agreements.

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Chief Munjuku II laid to rest

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Herero’s from all over Namibia converged in Okahandja for the state funeral of the late Chief Munjuku II Nguvauva

Pall bearers stand at attention before the casket of the late Chief Munjuku II is lowered in the grave

Addressing a huge crowd, who came to pay their last respect to the late Chief, President Pohamba, in his message at the memorial service, said the late Chief was an outstanding son of the Namibian soil, a tested leader, a pillar of strength, and a patriot who dedicated his life to the wellbeing of his people and the development of the Namibian nation. He contributed to the anti-colonial struggle and the attainment of the country’s national freedom and independence.

After independence, he was one of the traditional leaders who worked actively to promote the policy of national reconciliation and mutual understanding among different communities. He also contributed to shaping the course and evolution of traditional leadership in the country as a member and deputy chairman of the Council of Traditional Leaders. Speaking at the funeral on 26 January, President Pohamba again stressed the late

Chief’s contribution to the nation. He called on the mourners to continue to promote the positive values which the Chief stood for to ensure that his legacy is immortalised. “We mourn the loss of our hero, however, we are strengthened and consoled by the legacy of hard work, dedication and leadership that the late Paramount Chief Munjuku Nguvauva II leaves behind,” he said.

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must also be sustained and broadened. On the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Pres. Pohamba acknowledged progress, but called on his government to continue availing anti-retroviral drugs, as well as measures to prevent mother-to-child transmission. He called on Namibians to get tested and to make safe choices to protect themselves and their families. To improve the social and economic situation of citizens, the government continue to provide quality health care, potable water, electricity and housing. He called on the relevant ministries to accelerate the upgrading, expansion and renovation of existing health facilities, adding that quality health care is vital for the well-being of Namibia’s communities. Every effort is also being made to address the need of the youth, women, senior citizens, workers, people with disabilities and orphans and vulnerable children, the President said. Steps have also been put in place to facilitate, promote and regulate genuine economic empowerment of previously disadvantaged Namibians. The Transformational Economic and Social Empowerment Framework is being drafted by the Office of the Prime Minister to bring about social justice and economic empowerment of the previously disadvantaged. President Pohamba said the government has laid a strong foundation through prudent and pragmatic policies aimed at achieving the nation’s development objectives and notable

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progress has been made in many areas. This should encourage everybody to work harder to bring improvements where they are needed. He called on Cabinet to learn from past setbacks and to take corrective steps to proceed speedily. He once again stressed that the government should always be ready to listen to the concerns expressed by the country’s citizens. “Indeed, a democratic systems of governance such as ours should welcome the voices and concerns of our people regarding their Government in the matters of social and economic development,” Pohamba said. The President also voiced his concern over the destructive impact of the floods and drought experienced in different parts of the country and called on his Cabinet to ensure that no human life is lost because of lack of food or water. He concluded is message to Cabinet with a call to government to work together in the spirit of mutual respect, national reconciliation and tolerance so that Namibia can continue to be an oasis of peace and tranquillity.

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The government is committed to reform the education system through ETSIP. This calls for improvement in the quality of teaching, expanding access to schools and addressing the needs of Grade 10 and Grade 12 school leavers through vocational training and other measures. Namibians in rural and peri-urban areas bear a disproportionate burden of poverty and this challenge must be tackled headon. Feeder roads are being built to facilitate an increase in commercial activities and infrastructures, such as grain silos are being built in rural areas for the storage of grain. Targeted action is also taken to assist the San and Ovatua communities who are living in difficult conditions.

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New National Planning Commissioners inaugurated
President Hifikepunye Pohamba inaugurated the non-ex-officio members of the 5th National Planning Commission on 12 December 2007 in Windhoek and expressed the wish that the new members will carry out the important functions of setting priorities and directing the course of Namibia’s social and economic development for the next three years with distinction, diligence and dedication.

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he non-ex-officio Commissioners inaugurated on 12 December are Mrs. Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi, Dr. Mary Sealy, Ms. Maggy Nghatanga, Mr. Sam Shikongo, Mr. Alpheus Muheua, Ms. Juliet Kavetuna, Mr. Justin Ellis and Mrs. Jacky Asheeke. President Pohamba appointed them to the National Planning Commission on the basis of their expertise and skills. The National Planning Commission consists of two categories of members as per the National Planning Commission Act. The Commission comprises of ex-officio members who serve on the Commission because of the position they hold in Government. They are the Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Mr. Helmut Angula, the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Dr. Nickey Iyambo, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Immanuel Ngatjizeko, the Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Mr. Joel Kaapanda, and Regional, Local Government and Housing and Rural Development Minister, Mr. John Pandeni. At the inauguration, President Pohamba said the senior ministers and eminent Namibian personalities with many years of experience in different areas will enrich the work and deliberations of the Commission. Although the duties and functions of the Commission emanate from legislation, the commissioners also need to take the needs, aspirations and expectations of the Namibian people into consideration. The President reminded the Commission that they must provide guidance and leadership, as well as taking sound decisions in the interest of all Namibians and the socio-economic development of Namibia. The commissioners are expected to identify development priorities and provide direction for national development priorities as outlines in the government’s policies and programmes. “This must be done in line with national development goals and objectives to ensure sustainable growth, social harmony and equitable development,” Pres. Pohamba said. According to the President, Namibia’s national planning and development frameworks are already in place with documents such as the different development plans and Vision 2030. These policies are designed to address the needs of our people, namely the youth, women, the elderly, orphans and vulnerable children, the workers, people with

disabilities and those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The challenge for the Commission is to find effective ways and means as well as adequate resources to implement these policy measures effectively. He reminded the commissioners that time is not standing still and goals, such as poverty reduction and employment creation cannot be postponed. He emphasised that government has to act promptly to bring relief to those who lead a bleak existence because of poverty, unemployment and under-development. There is a need to accelerate industrialisation by deploying our own human resources, to create a society where our people can enjoy economic prosperity, harmony and political stability. To realise those targets, the government has to promote economic growth, employment creation and capacity building, while improving its capacity to monitor implementation to ensure that it stays on course. Where corrective action is needed, the government must act promptly and without hesitation. The reduction in development assistance is presenting a challenge to the government to accomplish more with less external resources, the President said. He also reminded the commissioners that the Commission can only take valid decisions when there are enough members to from a quorum. He called on commissioners to attend all meetings and to base their decisions on available statistical indicators. He said the transformation of the Central Bureau of Statistics into an efficient coordinator of official statistics in the country is a huge challenge facing the new Commission. In his capacity of Director General of the National Planning Commission, Mr. Helmut Angula thanked the outgoing commissioners who have diligently completed their terms of service. He similarly welcomed the new commissioners and said he was looking forward to working with them. Mr. Angula reminded the newly appointed commissioners that their appointments were not to ceremonial positions, but that they have been entrusted with a huge task of identifying, planning and implementing national development priorities. He therefore called on the new commissioners to acquaint themselves with their duties and responsibilities as per the National Planning Commission Act.

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The new NPC Commissioners will be expected to address the plight of people with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities and the youth, among others

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Replacements of IGCse/hIGse system with the WssC
answer scripts, computerised processing of examinations data, the awarding of grades as well as the reviewing of grades. Will the Ministry have the capacity and resources to administer the new examinations? Checks and balances were built into the development processes to ensure that functions were not taken over from Cambridge before the Ministry had the capacity and resources to do so. While the NSSC was being developed, progress was closely monitored by the National Examination Assessment and Certificate Board as well as during annual review meetings between officials of Cambridge and the Ministry of Education. Which Directorates from the Ministry were involved in developing the new NssC curriculum and examination sysytem? The National Institute for Education Development (NIED) and the Directorate of National Examinations and Assessment (DNEA) were responsible for the development of the new NSSC curriculum and examination system respectively whilst the Namibian Qualification Authority (NQA) was involved with the development of the requirements for the NSSC qualification and the registration thereof on the National Qualifications Framework. What changes were made to the syllabuses? The NSSC syllabuses were developed from the IGCSE/HIGCSE syllabuses with the assistance of Cambridge experts and went through various quality control stages before the National Examination, Assessment and Certification Board approved them. Changes were made to syllabuses in order to improve their relevance were necessary but for most subjects not to such an extent that it necessitated the immediate replacement of textbooks. Changes made within syllabuses: Both the IGCSE and the HIGCSE Mathematics syllabuses were upgraded to include more topics at ordinary level. The Development Studies syllabus was upgraded with the inclusion of more topics relevant to the Southern African context. Management essential non-overlapping topics in the Natural Environmental syllabuses were incorporated in the Ordinary level Geography syllabuses and the Environmental Management syllabuses were phased out. The IGCSE subjects, Child Development, Religious Studies and Music were phased out because of the low candidate enrollment. The seven specialised IGCSE technical subjects will be examined as Ordinary level syllabuses only up to 2007 after which they will be phased out. Design and technology will remain the only “technical subjects” at both NSSC Ordinary and Higher levels. Literature which was a separate syllabus from the First Language English and German was intergrated into these two Ordinary level syllabuses as other first languages literature was already part of the language syllabuses.

Mr. Cowley van der Merwe, Director of National Examinations and Assessment in the Ministry of Education

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When was the Namibian senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) curriculum and examination system implemented? The NSSC is the new final exit level qualification of the Namibian School System. The syllabuses leading to the new qualification were already implemented in Grade 11 at the beginning of 2006. The Grade 12 candidates of 2007 are the first group to write the new Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary and Higher Level Examinations, replacing the IGCSE and HIGCSE examinations of Cambridge International Examination in the United Kingdom. What arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the NssC qualifications are recognised nationally and internationally?

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Does the number of subjects to be offered to a candidate remain the same? The structure of the NSSC senior secondary curriculum remains the same as before namely six subjects: English and another language, three subjects constituting a field of study, and a supplementary subject selected from the options available. What grade symbols will be used to report the achievement of candidates? The grading scales remain the same as was the case for IGCSE and HIGCSE A* (highest) to G (lowest) for Ordinary level and 1 (highest) to 4 (lowest) for Higher level. Will learners still receive grade 12 certificates? Two types of NSSC certificates will be awarded, namely the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Subject Award and the Namibia Senior Secondary Group Award. The NSSC Subjects Award will be awarded to all candidates who have been graded in one or more Ordinary or Higher level subjects and will be similar to the IGCSE and HIGCSE certificates that were issued for the past twelve years.

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To make sure that the new NSSC Ordinary and Higher Level qualifications are recognised and accepted as at least equivalent in standard to the IGSCE and HIGCSE qualification, the Ministry of Education entered into an Accreditation Agreement with the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES). The new NSSC syllabuses and examinations are of high quality and they will be accepted and recognised inside and outside the borders of the country and they are of equivalent standard to IGCSE and HIGCSE. Detailed plans and schedules have been developed in collaboration with Cambridge to systematically build the necessary capacity in the Ministry of Education in areas of syllabus and question paper development, marking of

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Make 2008 the best year ever - President
President Hifikepunye Pohamba urged all Namibians to make 2008 the best year ever by working harder and by facing the year with optimism and confidence to achieve both personal and professional goals and objectives. “At the dawn of 2008, we should cast our eyes further on the horizon to meet new challenges and opportunities. I trust that perseverance and dedication will be the hallmarks of all Namibians, both young and old, in 2008. I am confident that 2008 will see more successes than those recorded in previous years in both the public and private sectors. Namibians must cooperate to create a brighter tomorrow for all our people in the spirit of national reconciliation”, the Head of State said in his New Year’s message to the nation on 31 December 2008. According to the President, the year was characterised by positive actions to consolidate the gains of the revolution through the implementation of targeted policies to improve the living standards of all Namibians, to restructure and strengthen the education system through ETSIP, to concretize NDP3 and Vision 2030, to improve the delivery of public amenities and several initiatives to ensure improved public management and administration. In his New Year’s message, President Pohamba called on parents to rededicate themselves to their duty of parenting by providing the necessary support and guidance to children to become upright and responsible citizens. He equally called on children to obey their parents, refrain from using drugs and alcohol and embrace the values of hard work, self-discipline and tolerance. He urged children to concentrate on their studies and implore teachers to provide quality education so that the pass rate can be improved at all levels. With reference to the government, the President said that the management cadre had been instructed to become more productive to ensure that the effects of poverty, unemployment and crime are addressed, while development and infrastructure need to be expanded in the rural areas. He also pleaded for greater compassion and better care for the elderly, orphans and vulnerable children, while giving the assurance that the availability of potable water, electricity, housing and health care will remain a high priority for the government.

The President called on Namibians to treat the elderly with compassion

Aroab opens centre for the less fortunate
The Minister of Gender and Child Welfare, Hon. Marlene Mungunda, in January launched a community project at Aroab in the Karas region. The project consists of three centres, namely a community centre, playground and an HIV/AIDS centre. Apart from providing space for HIV/AIDS counselling services, library services for school going-children and computer training and use, are some of the activities to be offered at the centre. A playground area will provide orphans and vulnerable children with a space to experience family life in the wake of the devastating effects of wide spread poverty and the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country. Many children have lost their parents and they need a conducive environment for their social upbringing. Mungunda assured the community of Aroab that her Ministry would support their efforts the care for and protect the children and the youth, urging the community to work hard in building a prosperous nation. She advised the community to take ownership of the centre and guard against vandalism. The project is the brainchild of the Aroab Village Council. The Minister praised the Council for its initiative in establishing the centre, which will go a long way to reduce the traumatic experiences of the victims of HIV/AIDS and improve the living standards of the people through the dissemination of information.

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Who will be eligible receivers of the NssC Group award? The NSSC Group Award is a new qualification and will be awarded to candidates who are graded in six subjects and meet the minimum requirements applicable to the group award. Will there be changes in the admission requirements to tertiary institutions? The University of Namibia and the Polytechnic of Namibia and other institutions of higher learning accredited with the Namibia Qualification Authority have satisfied themselves about quality and standard of the new NSSC qualification and will accept it for purposes of admission to tertiary studies if the minimum admission requirements determined by each institution, on the basis of the NSSC qualification, are met. In August 2005 the Ministry of Education approached the Matriculation Board in South

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Africa to get the new NSSC qualification approved for purposes of admission of Namibian candidates to first-degree studies at South African universities. From 2008, Namibian candidates with the NSSC qualifications will be admitted on the same requirements as were applicable to the IGCSE and HIGCSE qualifications.

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Take action against gender-based violence
By Norbert shithigona
Community, traditional and church leaders have been called upon to work towards a common goal in the fight against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The Governor of the Hardap Regional Council, Hon. Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, wants to see the passing of rigid and stiffer sentences meted out for rapists and murderers of women and children in the near future.

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he reminded the nation that the prevention of violence against women and children is not only the responsibility of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW), but it requires individual and community participation and involvement. “I believe the highest form of violence in the context of Namibia is the violence against women and children,” she noted. The Governor stated that the impact of Gender-Based Violence is felt at all levels of the society. “We are all witnesses to violence on streets, in families, among friends, between parents and children, husbands and wives, and at homes and workplaces. Gender-Based Violence has become part of our everyday life,” she said. She also noted that violence, in whatever form, can no longer be tolerated “and therefore let us join hands, as community leaders, to cooperate with one another for the benefit of all communities”. The Governor commended members of civil society organisations and NGOs for having played a critical role in their call for the upliftment of social standards and promoting sustainable development amongst communities. “I believe the fight against Gender-Based Violence without your involvement will not succeed,” she added. The Governor was speaking at the launching of 16 Days of Activism in the Hardap region on 23 November 2007. She concluded that the occasion should serve as a forum for stakeholders to re-arm themselves with dedication and commitment to fight against Gender-Based Violence and make Namibia a peaceful country to attract investors who will maximise the economic activities to benefit all communities. At the same occasion a statement was read on behalf of UNICEF Representative, Khin-Sandi Lwin and the UN System, as cosponsors of the 16 Days of Activism. It noted that the issue of Gender-Based Violence has reached a point of “zero tolerance” among Namibian women. The issue is receiving the multi-sectoral attention it deserves and needs. The UN agencies realise that although the attention is drawn to the issue, action is missing in the fight against GenderBased Violence and that men are missing in action for the course. “How do we, as partners in the struggle, get the vast majority of men to get deeply involved and committed in the struggle

to overcome gender-based and domestic violence? How do we, as partners in this struggle, get the vast majority of men-folk to consciously act on the fact that women and men were created differently but equal and believe deeply that all human rights apply for both women and men?,” the statement questioned. It went on to state that, “we also know that women equally need to

change deep set attitudes. How often have you heard a woman say: “she asked for it” or “no, you mustn’t bring down the family name by telling people or God Forbid, report to the police about what happened to you”. It concluded that action on conscious level, on a minute-by-minute basis, is needed by women and men to bring about change.

Women and children should be treated with love and respect and violence against them should not be tolerated.

Pohamba on International issues
as they say, no country is an island but a part of others who make up the world. The following are some pronouncements made by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2007, with regard to Namibia’s stand on world issues. • Namibia strongly applauds the holding of free and fair elections in DRC last year, as well as, the formation of a democratic government led by His Excellency, Joseph Kabila. We are concerned about some groups who continue to undermine the rule of law in that country. We call upon them to refrain from violence and join the peace process. We are also concerned about the ongoing violence in the Darfur Region of Sudan and the conflict in Somalia where innocent civilians are suffering. I wish to reiterate my country’s position with regard to the spectre of global warming and climate change. We believe that it is imperative for all nations of the world to join hands and adopt policies that are environmentally friendly and will reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Climate change has become, more than ever before, a global challenge that needs urgent redress. • The ongoing reform of the United Nations system, particularly the expansion and democratisation of the Security Council should be expedited. In this context, I wish to reiterate Namibia’s support for the Common African Position as contained in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration. My government calls for the immediate and unconditional implementation of the UN Settlement Plan for the Western Sahara, and all resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly, with the aim of holding a free and fair referendum in Western Sahara.

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Care for and share with less privileged this Christmas
Christmas is a time to reinforce the teachings and values of caring and sharing with those members of our communities who find themselves in difficult living conditions, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said in his annual Christmas message delivered on 24 December 2007.

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hristmas is the special time when families, fiends and communities come together in the spirit of sharing and togetherness and Namibians should not forget orphans and vulnerable children, the elderly, people suffering from Aids, those with disabilities and those who are bedridden and weak. With time off from work, Namibians should make time for those who are in need and show compassion for those who are in pain, he said. The President also paid tribute to the police, soldiers, medical personnel and other who have to perform essential duties over the festive season. He also included workers who keep the wheels of the economy rolling and wished them strength and dedication to their work, while expressing the hope that they too will get the opportunity to rest and be with their families. He similarly appealed to road users to heed and respect the traffic rules and regulations to avoid accidents and to prevent the loss of precious lives and serious injuries because of vehicle accidents. He called on drivers, passengers and pedestrians to support the ongoing traffic campaign to reduce vehicle accidents in Namibia. This will spare families and communities the unnecessary pain and sorrow that accompany horrific accidents.

Medical professionals, police and soldiers remain on duty when others go on leave

Christmas is a time to care for the less privileged

The President similarly called on Namibians to remain alert so that they do not fall victim to criminals. Criminal elements take advantage of the holiday season to rob, attack and burglar houses and businesses. Therefore, even while Namibians are relaxing and enjoying the holiday season, they should remain on guard and report suspicious behaviour to the law enforcement agencies. According to the President, the law enforcement agencies are under strict order to maintain law and order to ensure that the holiday season is not

marred by crime and violence. Members of the Namibian Policy and Defence Force will carry out patrols and anti-crime operations to ensure that people can enjoy their holidays with peace of mind and a sense of security. President Pohamba concluded his Christmas message by wishing all Namibians a welldeserved rest, but called on everybody to reflect on the past year and to embrace 2008 with the resolve to work hard to achieve personal objectives and to reach new milestones of success.

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Christmas is a time for sharing time with loved ones and for giving and receiving gifts. It is also a time to share with the less fortunate and to remember those rendering essential services

December is holiday time and many Namibians move to the coast to escape from the heat in Windhoek and other areas of the country

Pohamba on International issues
• We are deeply concerned about the continuous suffering of the people of Palestine under Israeli occupation. I wish to reaffirm our full and unequivocal support for the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to selfdetermination, including their right to establish a free and independent State of Palestine alongside Israel. • Our world needs peace and security so that humanity can work together towards the realization

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of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Our continent needs peace and security so that Africans can work towards greater economic integration and the eradication of hunger, diseases and poverty.

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Frequently asked questions about the ACC
Corruption has many corrosive effects. It results in insufficient public facilities, a decline in economic development, a high unemployment rate, poverty and inequality, the facilitation of organised crime, the violation of human rights, increase in political instability and an enrichment of a few at the expense of the majority.

Mr. Paulus Noa of the Anti-Corruption Commission and President Hifikepunye Pohamba at the launch of the anti-corruption week in 2007.

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he 2006/2007 Annual Report of the Anti-Corruption Commission contains a number of frequently asked questions about the Commission. Since the information in the Annual Report will not necessarily reaches the public, the Government information Bulletin extracted some of the questions and answers to enlighten the public on the work of the Commission. What is the anti-Corruption Commission? It is an independent and impartial body that has a statutory mandate to fight corruption. It is also and agency as contemplated in the Public Service Act, 1995 (Act 13 of 1995). What are the functions of the Commission? The main function of the Commission is to combat corruption through investigation, prevention and public education. The Commission thus has a three-pronged approach in fighting corruption. The

Commission is mandated under section 3 of the Anti-Corruption Act to: - receive or initiate and investigate allegations of corrupt practices; - refer an allegation to any other appropriate authority for investigation or action; - consult, cooperate and exchange information with appropriate bodies or authorities, including bodies or authorities of other countries that are authorised to conduct investigations in relation to corrupt practices; - prevent the occurrence of corrupt practices; - investigate any conduct of a person employed by a public body or private body which may be connected with or conducive to corrupt practices; - examine the practices, systems and procedures of public bodies and private bodies; - advise public bodies and private bodies on ways of preventing corrupt practices;

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educate the public on the dangers of corrupt practices; and enlist and foster public confidence and support in combating corruption.

How does the Commission receive complaints about corruption? The ACC receives complaints orally or in writing from members of the public or from institutions. Some members of the public prefer to report anonymously or give an indication that their identities should be protected. The Commission may also initiate investigations. is the Commission accessible to members of the public who do not live in Windhoek? The Commission has established a free hotline number 0800 222 888 through which the public anywhere in the country can reach the Commission. In addition, the Commission intends to, within the very near future, establish at least two regional offices

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and introduce mobile report centres to make itself more accessible to the public. This, of course, depends on the availability of funds. Once the Directorate of Education and Corruption Prevention is fully operational, the Commission will be more proactive with its outreach activities to sensitise the public on the dangers or corruption and on reporting procedures. Does the Commission cooperate with other authorities in carrying out its mandate? Yes. In terms of section 3 of the ACC Act, the Commission may consult, cooperate and exchange information with appropriate bodies or authorities, including authorities and bodies of other countries that are authorised to conduct inquiries or investigations in relation to corrupt practices. The Commission frequently interacts with the Namibian Police as some of the complaints are of such a nature that it requires an investigation by the Police and not the Commission. In the fight against corruption, the Commission has to ensure in addition to the Namibian Police, that it has good working relations with offices, such as the Office of the Ombudsman, the Office of the Attorney General, the Prosecutor General and even the Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts. is the Commission an independent body? Yes. The Commission is an independent and impartial body that is accountable to the Namibian people through the National Assembly by way of an annual report that the Director submits to the Prime Minister for tabling in the National Assembly. This guarantees the Commission’s independence and ensures that it can perform its functions without fear of any interference. What is the relationship between the Commission and other Commissions in Namibia? The Commission has the specific mandate to deal with corruption. Corrupt practices which it is mandated to deal with are defined in Chapter 4 of the ACC Act. The Commission may cooperate with any other authority inclusive of any other Commission in the discharge of its mandate. Does the Commission prosecute the cases it investigates? The Act explicitly states that, if upon completion of an investigation by the Commission, it appears to the Director that a person has committed an offence of corrupt practices under Chapter 4 or any other offence discovered during the investigation, the Director must refer the matter and all relevant information and evidence assembled by the Commission in connection with the matter to the Prosecutor General. The power to prosecute is a constitutional power that vests in the Prosecutor General. A staff member of the Commission who possesses the required legal qualifications to appear in a court of law in Namibia may prosecute if the Prosecutor General, in consultation with the Director, delegates the authority to conduct criminal proceedings in court in respect of the matter. The staff member will in the exercise of such power be subjected to the control and direction of the Prosecutor General. Can a person be prosecuted under the anti-Corruption act, 2003, for offences committed before the coming into force of the act? No. The Act has no retrospective effect unless of course it is a continuous offence. Depending of the facts of the case, the Prosecutor General may decide to prosecute such a person, if it is not a continuous offence, under the Prevention of Corruption Ordinance, 1928 (Ordinance 2 of 1928) or with a common law offence of fraud or bribery or any other offence as the case may be. Does the anti-Corruption act, 2003, bind Namibians for offences committed outside Namibia? Most definitely yes. Under the AntiCorruption Act Namibian citizens and persons domiciled or permanently resident in Namibia may be brought before Namibian courts for corrupt offences committed in a foreign country if the conduct in questions would amount to a corrupt practice under this Act. is there any legal protection for persons who assist the Commission in its work? Yes. The Anti-Corruption Act provides that no action or proceedings of a disciplinary, civil or criminal nature may be instituted or maintained by any person or authority against any informer or a person who has assisted the Commission in an investigation into an alleged or suspected offence under the Act. It should also be noted that the mentioned protection is not extended to those who maliciously give false information against others. However, the Commission is of the opinion that the Protection of Whistle Blowers legislation should be enacted so as to extend protection to whistle blowers in general. This will help remove the fear of victimisation that people may have should they report corruption. What are the causes of corruption identified thus far? It is appropriate to firstly state that corruption is a manifestation of institutional weakness, poor ethical standards, skewed incentives and inadequate enforcement of the laws of the country. As part of our national crusade against corruption and our quest to enforce transparency and accountability, legislation that adequately provides for minimum standard of behaviour and conduct of public officials should now be enacted. Such legislation should also provide for mandatory disclosure of assets and liabilities. The enactment of such legislation will reaffirm Government’s commitment to ensure accountability and transparency in the conduct of public affairs. The causes of corruption are, among others, the following: - Lack of adherence to the laws, rules and regulations; - Lack of programmes combating corruption in various institutions; - Failure to develop proper ethical and business standards for the public and private sectors; - Appointment of incompetent persons in certain positions of authority; - Lack of transparency and accountability in the decision-making process; - Lengthy and cumbersome procedures in the decision-making process; - Poor remuneration of employees; - Absence of adequate internal controls to prevent bribery, nepotism and abuse of public properties. What are the penalties for corruption under the anti-Corruption act, 2003? A person convicted of an offence under any provision of Chapter 4 is liable to a fine not exceeding N$500 000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 25 years or both such fine and such imprisonment. What role can civil society organisations play in the fight against corruption? Civil society has an important role to play as a stakeholder in the fight against corruption. It is a vehicle that reaches out to ordinary citizens. Its role in awareness raising on corruption cannot be underestimated. Civil society should develop anti-corruption educational material as part of programmes sensitising the public. They should educate the public to demand quality goods, service delivery, transparency and accountability. Only when civil society is engaged in oversight programmes can the required levels of transparency and accountability be realised. What about the media? The media can play a vital role in exposing corruption, raising public awareness, enforcing and maintaining professional standards. The media is responsible for monitoring the three pillars of the state against corrupt practices. The role of the media in enhancing ethical values and in reducing the levels of corruption should be appreciated. if you need to contact the antiCorruption Commission, you can reach them at the 12th Floor, Frans indongo Gardens, Dr. Frans indongo street, Windhoek. You can reach them by mail at P O Box 23137, Windhoek. They can also be reached at telephone number 061 x 370600, fax 061 x 300 952, free hotline at 0800222888 or via email at anticorruption@iway.na

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NDP3 National Consultative Conference held
The National Consultative Conference to discuss the draft Third National Development Plan (NDP3), covering the five-year period from 2007/08 to 2011/12, was held in Windhoek in October 2007.

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he main aim of the conference was for the stakeholders to discuss the draft of NDP3 and provide feedback, which will pave the way for finalising the document. Stakeholders were drawn from public and private sectors, civil and international organisations and other development partners. NDP3 has been developed, using an integrated result-oriented management approach that links the NDP3 goals to the eight main objectives of Vision 2030. The NDP3 is a planning approach that focuses on development planning to enable policy makers and planners to implement and evaluate programmes and projects at every stage of development. This will help the nation achieve results and see how they are contributing towards the attainment of the objectives of Vision 2030. The NDP3 focuses on institutions’ responsibilities for the successful realisation of each of the Vision 2030 objectives. It will form part of the decentralised structures, making it possible to address priorities coherently at all stages of development. Through the structures of the economy, all stakeholders will be able to make their contributions through participatory efforts, down through to the grassroots levels.
The desperate face of poverty. NDP3 addresses poverty and will take the nation towards Vision 2030

This will make it easy for all parties, among the public and private sectors and other institutions to pull synergies aimed at making meaningful contributions towards nation building. Upon successful implementation of the plan, positive results will have been realised through regular and continuous monitoring, reporting and evaluation of progress. In this way, any deviations will be detected through the course of implementation so that appropriate remedial actions can be taken timely. NDP3 is the most important course towards the achievement of the goals and objectives of building an industrialised nation within 23 years to come. The roadmap to success requires people’s will to change and adopt new ways of innovation and inventions while remaining competitive in the rapidly changing world. Addressing the conference, President Hifikepunye Pohamba noted that “more than ever before, we must strengthen collaboration and cooperation among different stakeholders to realise the dream and the vision that we want for ourselves, our children, and the future generation of our country.”

and Deepening Rural Development. President Pohamba expressed himself on the issue of rural development that “rural development is one of the issues close to my heart”. He noted that over 60 percent of Namibians reside in rural areas. “There is no doubt that a significant number live under difficult conditions. The majority of our citizens in rural areas depend on underdeveloped subsistence farming for their livelihoods. We cannot afford to continue to ignore these harsh realities. Therefore, it is only fitting that rural development takes centre stage in our pursuit of economic emancipation,” the President said. The Head of State said, “The fact of the matter is that we cannot expect to achieve broad-based development if a significant section of our citizens remain poor. This is the challenge facing all of us. We should seek ways and means of uplifting the living conditions of all our people.” President Pohamba noted the importance of the mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues, such as HIV/AIDS, gender equality, poverty reduction, pro-poor interventions and environmental sustainability into the development process. “The integration of these interventions, he declared, is compulsory for all development programmes in the NDP3 plan, noting that, “these are some of the challenges facing our country today. We need to address these challenges coherently, consistently and in a holistic manner,” he added.

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We feel hungry. We want a job, reads the placard of this lady. NDP3 aims at creating employment for the Namibian youth

The theme of the NDP3 is Accelerating Economic Growth

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Namibians should make aquaculture a vibrant fish industry
“Namibia’s economic policy reforms should continue to focus on addressing poverty and unemployment if the goals of Vision 2030 are to be attained.” These were the words of President Hifikepunye Pohamba read on his behalf by Dr. Albert Kawana, Minister of Presidential Affairs, at the official opening of the Epalela Fish Farm in the Omusati region on 10 November 2007.

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he President noted that economic reform is by no means an easy undertaking, but it is a task that Namibians should face with courage and determination. He added that the necessary reforms should include the enhancement of skills, promotion of labourabsorbing export sectors, improvement of access to finance, establishment of new financing vehicles and by increasing the development projects in rural areas. The President observed that the performance of the economy is crucial in the efforts to attain the national development objectives, including the realisation of the goals and targets of Vision 2030 and the 2004 SWAPO Party Election Manifesto. “For all intents and purposes, we can only create wealth for our people if our economy performs and generates high levels of growth and output,” said the President.

line Ministry also distributed fingerlings to several projects in the Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Karas and Hardap regions. Namibia organised an aquaculture investor conference that attracted enormous interest from the business sector, both locally and internationally and it emerged that the country’s structure of incentives, availability of capital and marketing of aquaculture products locally and internationally, need to be reviewed. As a result, the Government authorised the Agricultural Bank of Namibia to offer loans to investors entering the sector. Aquaculture is a national development programme aimed at enhancing food security in the country. It also aims at contributing positively to employment creation and poverty alleviation, especially in rural areas. President Pohamba sees the launch of the Epalela Fish Farm as a testimony of the Government’s commitment to the upliftment of the standard of living of all the people. “Therefore, aquaculture projects such as the Epalela Fish Farm should be supported to enhance our goal of food self-sufficiency and to promote fish consumption as a way of enriching the diets of the people with the necessary protein,” he stressed. He said that fish farms of that magnitude require large portions of land for development. The Uukolonkadhi Traditional Authority donated the land on which the

Epalela Fish Farm is located to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. The President expressed his appreciation to Omukwaniilwa Daniel Shoya, of the Uukolonkadhi Traditional Authority to set an example that traditional authorities are working hand in hand with the Government to ensure that land is made available for national development programmes. The aquaculture industry is not only important as a source of fish for much needed protein for our people but there are also socio-economic spin offs such as the production of nets and the creation of new employment opportunities. The government is committed to the development and building of a vibrant aquaculture industry, especially in rural areas where the majority of our people live. The government is also preparing to undertake feasibility studies in all 13 regions of the country to assess the quantity and quality of water resources available for aquaculture production. A study of the potential fish farming in the Omaheke region has been completed. The outcome suggests that there is a potential to develop commercial aquaculture, as well as subsistence fish farms, using water fountains, boreholes and ground water. President Pohamba called on citizens to make use of the resources such as dams, underground water and rivers at their disposal to make the aquaculture industry a success in Namibia.

The unemployment rate in Namibia continues to be one of the most pressing concerns facing policy makers at all levels. According to available data, unemployment is more acute among the Namibian youth, particularly in the age group of 20-24 years. A further consequence of slow economic growth is the high level of poverty in the country. At present, about 35 percent of people are living in difficult circumstances. The Epalela Fish Farm is a government funded inland aquaculture pilot project aimed at the realisation of the country’s vision to develop the rapidly growing aquaculture industry in Namibia. It is expected that when the project is fully operational, it will produce quality fish, which will be sold to local and international markets. The Head of State said that the fishing sector has come a long way since independence as a result of sound policies, research and management system that are in place. “Today, the sector is one of the biggest employers in our country. Unfortunately, the sector is currently experiencing difficulties due to the high fuel costs, unfavourable market conditions and labour unrest. Thus, its contribution to GDP, employment creation and the state revenue has declined,” disclosed the President. Harvesting of fish in the Kavango region last year highlighted the government’s efforts and commitment to aquaculture fish farming. Several cooperatives in the Caprivi region are also involved in fish farming projects. In the Omusati region, more fingerlings were produced at Onavivi/Omahenene and distributed to small-scale fish farmers. The

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Aquaculture can go a long way to help address poverty and unemployment. Several fish farms have already been established, especially in the North

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People have a right to food
Once again the world has commemorated the World Food day, a special occasion that provides the citizens of the world with a unique opportunity to address the plight of the poor and vulnerable people across the globe. resident Pohamba said that the World Food Day commemoration is taking place at a time when conflicts and wars in different parts of the world have escalated, involving people who are unable to meet their basic human needs such as access to nutritious food, shelter, health care and education. “It is therefore important that we remember the estimated 800 million people who do not have access to adequate food and commit ourselves to our vision of a world free from hunger and poverty,” he added. “We have made strides towards eradicating poverty and hunger. However, many challenges remain. We must, therefore, ensure that food production always remain at the centre of national and international poverty reduction programmes,” the President noted. People who are poor loose out on education that could help them to escape the hungerpoverty trap. Undernourished adults are slowed and less productive at work. A nation of hungry individuals cannot grow and prosper. The theme, The right to Food” has been chosen for this year’s commemoration. The right to food has been recognised in one of the most important international human rights documents, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1948. It states that, the right to adequate food is realised when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement. Although the right to food is a birthright, it should be noted that this does not mean that people who are able to work should sit back and demand free food.

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President Pohamba urged leaders, civic organisations, business people and individuals to work hard to ensure that people, especially the vulnerable groups, have access to adequate and nutritious food. He added that it is for this reason that the Namibian government has adopted policies and programmes which are aimed at ensuring food security for all citizens in our country. The right to food is also included in the international Convenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1966 and came into force in 1976. A total of 156 countries have ratified this Convenant to date. Article 11 of the Convenant recognises the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living, including adequate food, as well as the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger. Seventy percent of the world’s population lives in rural areas where they depend on agriculture for food production and employment. Namibia is no exception. Hence, during the World Food Summit in 1996, Heads of State and Government committed themselves to promoting public and private investments in agriculture as a contribution to the goal of reducing by half the number of hungry people by 2015. As part of the initiative towards the realisation of the African “Green revolution”, the African Union has committed itself through the new Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to increase investment in agriculture to 10 percent of each member state’s public sector investment budget. This would certainly make a notable contribution to the sector and improve the livelihoods

of the rural communities, including farmers and workers. At country level, the Namibian government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), has launched the Green Scheme to boost food production by encouraging local production of staple food, such as maize and mahangu, as well as vegetables and fruits. Another key area with high potential for reducing poverty which the Namibian government is promoting is aquaculture. The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources is encouraging small holder farmers to engage in aquaculture as an additional source of income for their households. The fishery sector can go a long way in improving food security because fish is a good source of protein and other nutrients for a healthy diet. “We should continue to encourage our people to eat more fish for a healthy life,” recommended President Pohamba, adding that Namibia is committed to the eradication of hunger and poverty. We will continue to participate in future campaigns aimed at eradicating poverty and hunger. As small farmers need to be encouraged to produce more food, they also need to be provided with facilities and markets so that their harvest will not be left to rot due to lack of storage facilities and markets. This will discourage emerging farmers from producing more food. “It is our duty to change the weak food security situation and poor quality of life faced by our people. Thus, we must stand together to overcome the present and future challenges. Through the resolute efforts of small holder farmers we can free vulnerable groups in our nation from poverty and hunger,” the Head of State advised.

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The development of Namibia’s Green Scheme will help to create food security and ensure that Namibians have access to food for a balanced meal every day

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Mss sees safe, secure and crime free Namibia by 2030
safety and security Minister Peter Tsheehama echoed his Ministry’s vision of a “safe, secure and crime free Namibia…where people live in peace and harmony throughout and beyond Namibia’s Vision 2030” when he officially opened his Ministry’s first strategic planning workshop outside Windhoek in November 2007. ddressing the five-day strategic planning workshop of the Ministry of Safety and Security, Minister Tsheehama reminded participants of the Ministry’s high-level statements that were developed and adopted in 2006. It is only when peace and stability prevail in Namibia, that Vision 2030 can be achieved, he said. According to Tsheehama, his Ministry’s mission is to ensure the maintenance of law and order, the provision of safety, security and correctional services for everyone living within the boundaries of Namibia, irrespective of colour, race or gender. The Ministry of Safety and Security has adopted three strategic objectives that will guide its work in the years to come. Its first main objective is to enforce and maintain law and order. Secondly, the Ministry will strive to ensure the safe custody, rehabilitation and

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re-integration of offenders and, lastly, the Ministry will render quality and timely safety and security services to all people within the borders of Namibia without fear or favour. Minister Tsheehama told participants that he was satisfied with the vision, mission and objectives that the Ministry has adopted. He, however, cautioned that the Ministry has set itself a difficult obligation that will be subjected to a lot of challenges. He called on ministerial staff to be prepared to meet these challenges. He directed his ministry’s staff to develop a strategic plan, keeping the high-level statements in mind, as well as giving due attention to the National Development Plan 3 and Vision 2030. He also requested staff to complete the process to allow the Ministry to implement its strategic plan with the start of the new financial year on 1 April 2008.

The Ministry of Safety and Security adopted a strategic plan that will ensure a safe, secure and crime free Namibia where people can live in peace and harmony

home Affairs gets ten mobile registration trucks
The Ministry of Home affairs and immigration acquired four trucks and six minibuses and had them converted into 9 mobile registration trucks and one mobile forensic laboratory at a cost of just over N$10 million to enable the Ministry to reach its goal of providing all Namibians with national documents, while the mobile forensic laboratory will greatly enhance the capacity of the Forensic Science Institute to provide scientific evidence to the justice system in the country. t the last Cabinet meeting held on 11 December 2007, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Rosalia Nghidinwa informed Cabinet of the acquisition of the ten trucks to enhance the work of the Ministry. According to the Minister, long queues are still experienced at the Ministry’s offices, while the poorest of the poor cannot access the services of the Ministry because of the long distances they have to cover. To address this shortcoming, the Ministry introduced constituency offices and mobile registration offices. The mobile registration vehicles are equipped with the latest communication technology, such as cameras, computers and satellite telecommunication systems. The vehicles will move from one area to another to register people in villages. The data can be downloaded to the head office for the issuing

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of identification documents, which can again be delivered to its owners within a shorter time. The technology that is being used does not compromise security, but rather enhance it, according to the Minister. Funds for the acquisition of the mobile registration vehicles became available at the end of the 2006 financial year when the National Planning Commission approved the verementation of more than N$10 million for the purchasing of the vehicles. Treasury exempted the Ministry from normal tender requirements and Windhoeker Machinen Fabricken assembled the mobile vehicles. The work on the vehicles was completed towards the end of the 2007 calendar year and the vehicles will be launched soon. Minister Nghidinwa said with the mobile registration vehicles, the Ministry will be able to capture data from village to village and to

transmit the data to the production centre. The documents will be processed and issued within ten days without compromising the security of the documents. The new strategy adopted by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration during the 2006/07 financial year has already drastically reduced the waiting period for national documents from 734 days to 24 days for identity documents and from 100 days to 10 days for passports. At the same time, the Ministry has increased its production capacity. The minibus that has been converted into a mobile forensic laboratory will enhance the capacity of the Forensic Science Institute by allowing it to timely collect forensic data and improve its capacity to provide scientific evidence in an attempt to speed up the country’s justice system.

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Namibia and Angola sign 11 agreements
By Kaleni Hiyalwa The state Visit to Namibia of the angolan President, José Eduardo Dos santos bears testimony not only to long-standing historical ties, but most significantly to the strong bonds of friendship and solidarity between the two countries and peoples. These were remarks made by President Hifikepunye Pohamba at a State banquet organised in honour of the visiting Angolan President. “We recall the selfless sacrifices and enormous contributions made by the brave sons and daughters of your great country during the protracted struggle for Namibia’s independence from the yoke of colonialism and apartheid, remarked President Pohamba. “Angola stood side by side with us during the difficult days and for this, we remain grateful. It is against this background of a shared history, heritage and struggle that I wish to re-affirm my government’s unwavering desire to further consolidate the excellent bilateral cooperation and solidarity that exist between the two countries,” he continued. The bilateral relationship that exists between the two countries is characterised by a mutual desire and commitment to strengthen socio-economic and cultural co-operation. The cooperation includes sectors ranging from agriculture, safety and security, mines and energy, sport and culture, as well as tourism and trade. This cooperation has expanded since the signing of the Framework Agreement establishing the Permanent Joint Commission of Cooperation, which has been regularly reviewed and progress made in several areas. A preparatory meeting for the 3rd Session of the Namibia-Angola Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation met in Windhoek in June 2007. The Commission’s work resulted in the finalisation of the 11 agreements that were signed during the State Visit. The two countries have realised meaningful strategic cooperation in the areas of defence and security. They are working together addressing common challenges to improve the livelihood of the people. Namibia is looking forward to the 2010 African Cup of Nations Competition that will be hosted by Angola and the country is ready to cooperate with the Angolan government to make the event successful. The two heads of State resolved to improve the living standards of their people by strengthening trade and economic cooperation, while continuing to explore new opportunities, such as the establishment of a free trade area. They recognise the significant role that the private sector can play to advance the socioeconomic development in both countries. President Pohamba proposed that Ministries of the two countries should establish a joint trade committee to prepare for the upcoming event. It is beneficial that the Angolan government and citizens of that country has been committed to peace, national reconciliation and unity since the signing of the Luena Peace Accords. The restoration of peace and stability in Angola has created an enabling environment for the reconstruction and development of Angola. President Pohamba commended the Angolan government’s efforts in the preparation of the Legislative and Presidential elections, as part of consolidating the democratic process in that country. Namibia has called on the international community to support the people of Angola in the reconstruction and development of the country. “The international community should lend a helping hand to the eradication of poverty and the effects of the long and destructive war in your country to achieve sustainable development,” President Pohamba encouraged. As SADC member states, President Pohamba said, we must continue to recognise that peace and stability are indispensable for economic development and regional integration. We must implement relevant instruments and protocols aimed at enhancing trade, economic cooperation, free movement of people and goods, as well as regional integration to achieve our main objective of economic integration in Africa. The State Visit of the Angolan Head of State culminated in the signing of eleven agreements. They cover a ranger of sectors of government-to-government co-operation, including co-operation agreements on general education: • • • • • • • • Co-operation Agreement on Higher Education and Training of Professionals; Co-operation Agreement on Marine, Fisheries and Aquaculture; Technical Co-operation agreement in the Field of Health along the Common Border areas; Co-operation in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation; Treaty on Extradition; Protocol on Culture; Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters ; and Co-operation Agreement on Public Security, Law and Order,

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Namibia and Angola agreed to cooperate in the field of health along the common border of the two countries, while it will also continue to cooperate in marine fisheries and aquaculture

The signing of these agreements is indicative of the commonality of views that the two counries share on socioeconomic development. It also reflects the challenges that their people and government face towards the realisation of development objectives of addressing poverty, underdevelopment, hunger and disease.

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Mata-Mata border opening will boost tourism
By Kaleni Hiyalwa The integration processes taking place among the saDC neighbouring countries are progressing and collaboration and cooperation between Botswana, Namibia and south africa are on course.

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he Mata-Mata border post, that was inaugurated recently, will be developed as an international tourist access facility that will facilitate, among many things, increased cross border scientific research into the countries’ diverse cultures by scholars and scientists to enrich the understanding and tolerance among the people in the region and beyond. This vision will benefit participating countries in capturing and sustaining the interaction among the more than 200 million SADC citizens. President Hifikepunye Pohamba sees it in the light that, “The new border post will facilitate the free flow of our people, increased mobility, enhance the creation of more jobs and contribute to the economic development, especially in the culture and tourism sectors of our countries. It will also help us to have more efficient and effective communication across borders. The plans and initiatives are seen as the drive towards the upliftment of the livelihood of communities as they are geared towards the reduction of poverty. The people will benefit from income-generating projects that will include employment at community lodges and as community tour guides. People will

be engaged in trade activities such as the sale of crafts, establish open-air museums and cultural villages through which they will benefit from natural resources. Botswana, Namibia and South Africa are mobilising and prioritising various aspects of their cultural and natural resources to be incorporated into visitors’ experiences, programmes and products in the new conservation areas and communities. The President believes that The harbour town of Lüderitz has a lot to offer to foreign tourists - from the Mata-Mata border post experiencing the Namib Desert to enjoying the history of Kolmanskop and other facilities will provide to visitors, including the cultural dance and tourists, travelling within the three countries, song through which it can demonstrate the with shorter routes, while encountering richness and diversity of its traditions and minimum hurdles. “I have no doubt that display the best of her heritage, including the joint management of the Kgalagadi the beauty of the land, the flora and fauna. Transfrontier Conservation Area will also oversee the long-term development and It is the hope of President Pohamba that sustainable use of our natural and cultural the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Conservation resources. This will in turn ensure that the Area will become a world class eco-tourism Transfontier Conservation Areas in our region destination with the International Tourist can promote and contribute towards regional Access facility serving as an important entry integration of SADC nations,” President and exit point for tourists. Pohamba added. Namibia has a lot to offer

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The opening of the Mata-Mata border post will facilitate the visits of foreign tourists to the majestic Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia

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News from Cabinet Chambers
Cabinet took the following decisions at its 21st ordinary meeting held on 4 December 2007. Culture and development – MDG fund: approval of concept note for Namibia at a value of Us$6 million over three years In December 2006, the UNDP and the Government of Spain signed an agreement to establish a fund to accelerate the effort of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in selected countries and to support UN reform efforts at the country level. The Spanish Government committed 528 million Euros to the MDG Achievement Fund to be programmed and disbursed between 2007 and the end of 2008. The Fund aims to accelerate progress towards the attainment of the MDGs in selected countries by: supporting policies and programmes that promise significant and measurable impact on select MDGs; financing the testing and scaling up of successful models; catalysing innovations in development practice; and adopting mechanisms that improve the quality of aid as foreseen in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The programme activities will target and empower disadvantaged indigenous groups, local communities and cultural practitioners. Cabinet, therefore, noted the approval of Namibia’s concept note on Sustainable Cultural Tourism and the fact that it qualifies for US$6 million from the Spanish MDG Fund. Cabinet also noted that the Joint Programme Document needs to be submitted by 28 January 2008 for approval to enable Namibia to access the funding. Recently concluded 9th session of the Joint Commission for Economic, Scientific, Technical and Trade Cooperation between Namibia and Cuba The 9th Session of the Joint Commission was held from 12 to 15 November 2007 in Windhoek. The Namibian delegation was led by Dr. Abraham Iyambo, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources. The Commission considered cooperation in two broad areas, namely that of Social, Culture and Legal Matters and that of Economic and Infrastructure matters. Under Social, Culture and Legal Matters, the Commission dealt with; cooperation in health, especially the secondment of Cuban health experts to Namibia; Education, specifically with reference to scholarships, post-graduate courses and cooperation between the Polytechnic and Cuban institutions of higher learning; Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, with specific reference to sport training programmes and exchange of artists; Gender Equality and Child Welfare, specifically cooperation in the area of early childhood education; Labour and Social Welfare, with emphasis on bilateral cooperation; and Legal matters, dealing mainly with cooperation. Lands and Resettlement, with reference to assistance with the resettlement programme; and Regional and Local Government, with emphasis on capacity building in the fields of construction and physical planning.

Cabinet considered and approved the report of the 9th Joint Commission for Economic, Scientific, Technical and Trade Cooperation between Namibia and Cuba and directed the relevant ministries to pursue active cooperation with the Government of Cuba. Cabinet discussed the low trade between Namibia and Cuba and directed the Ministry of Trade and Industry to develop a strategy to improve the situation. Cabinet also directed a top up payment of N$2 100.00 for Cuban health experts in Namibia.

Cabinet took the following decisions at its 22nd ordinary meeting held on 11 December 2007
Report on the official working visit to Japan by President Hifikepunye Pohamba, 14 – 17 October 2007 President Pohamba, accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Works, Transport and Communication, as well as the Director General of the National Planning Commission, visited Japan in October 2007 and proposed a comprehensive multi-co-operation agreement with Japan to serve as the framework for the future. Talks centered around a loan for development purposes, including the deepening of the port of Walvis Bay, while views were also exchanged on the granting of technical assistance to Namibia in a number of specific areas. Japan’s Prime Minister invited Pres. Pohamba to participate in the TICAD IV International Conference in 2008 and for Namibia to support Japan’s candidature for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for 2009/2010. Japan also wanted to know Namibia’s position on climate change. In the light of the above, Cabinet directed the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Industry to work out a comprehensive multi-cooperation framework of agreement with their Japanese counterparts. Cabinet also directed the following: the conclusion of the bilateral agreement to be worked out and to be concluded in 2008; the Ministry of Finance, in conjunction with the NPC and other stakeholders to work out a proposal for a loan of N$3 billion at a rate of 0.5% per annum

Namibia’s concept note in the thematic area of “gender equality and women’s empowerment, amounting to US$11 million was approved earlier. On 9 November 2007, Namibia was informed that its concept note on sustainable cultural tourism was approved under the thematic area of “culture and development” of the Spanish MDG Fund. With the approval of this note, Namibia will be eligible to receive US$6 million. To access the funding, Namibia has to formulate a Joint Programme Document.

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Namibia’s programme on Sustainable Cultural Tourism intends to strengthen the contribution of cultural diversity to the achievement of the MDGs. Namibia’s richness in cultural and natural heritage represents the basis for the development of cultural tourism. Cultural/eco tourism policies have the potential of catalysing sustainable livelihoods, social equity and economic development. The programme will help the government to more effectively integrate cultural diversity and heritage into national development policies and programmes through the development of a national knowledge base and tools, the strengthening of capacity and the raising of awareness on the mutually reinforcing capabilities of sustainable development and cultural diversity.

Under Economic and Infrastructure Matters, the Commission dealt with: Issues of Trade and Industry, with specific focus on a pharmaceutical plant, Tropitex Manufacturers Ltd and trade issues; Works, Transport and Communication, with emphasis on a meteorology agreement; naval architect, and two marine pilots for Namport; Fisheries, with specific reference to aquaculture capacity building; Agriculture and Forestry, dealing with the extension of contracts for forest engineers;

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for development purposes and for the deepening of the Walvis Bay harbour and improvements to Namibia’s railway lines; that line ministries pursue technical assistance with their Japanese counterparts; that Namibia accepts the invitation to participate in TICAD IV and that the private sector should be mobilised to exhibit their products as TICAD IV; that Namibia support Japan’s candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the term 2009/2010 and that Namibia’s position be forwarded to Namibia’s Ambassador at the UN; that the Ministries of Environment and Tourism, Agriculture, Water and Forestry and other stakeholders study Japan’s position on climate change and recommend Namibia’s position on these issues. Cabinet, furthermore, directed line ministries to seek international assistance to enable them to participate in the research on global warming and its overall effect on Namibia’s biodiversity; that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs follow up on Namibia’s request to JICA on the secondment of more Japanese overseas volunteers in various fields to be deployed in Namibia as a matter of urgency; and that the Ministry of Mines and Energy proactively follow-up on the interests and requirements of ITOCHU for Uranium supplies from Namibia and give feedback to ITOCHU on behalf of the President. The MWTC is experiencing a critical shortage of staff to undertake strict supervision and inspection. Skills are expensive to retain in the government, which cannot compete with the private sector. To address the problem of maintenance of government buildings, Cabinet approved the engagement of regional based small contractors to maintain government buildings with strict adherence to the principle of awarding contracts. Cabinet also directed that the MWTC should coordinate with the Ministries of Education and Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture to facilitate the attachment of learners from vocational training institutions to assist with the maintenance of government buildings. Cabinet also directed the Office of the Prime Minister to work out guidelines regarding the attachment of trainees to government institutions. Approval was also given for the decentralisation of basic maintenance functions to regional councils after their staff has received basic training. Cabinet also directed that offices, ministries and agencies should create units in their institutions to coordinate the maintenance of government buildings. These staff members should also receive basic training. Cabinet, furthermore, directed that government institutions must regularly replace equipment that has outlived its lifespan through proper budgeting. Namibia-German special initiative The Namibian and German Governments agreed on a special Namibia-German Initiative for community driven development projects in specific regions. Within the perspective of social consolidation, the initiative will support development activities on local and community levels in areas of Namibia where Germany acknowledges special historical and moral responsibility, namely in the Karas, Hardap, Kunene, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa and Erongo regions. The initiative is to benefit all people living in these areas and is thus meant to actively endorse the Namibian policy of national reconciliation and contribute to poverty reduction and economic growth. The Special Initiative will be funded with an amount of up to 20 million Euro and will be implemented over a period of 3 to 5 years. A feasibility study was already done on projects identified by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. These projects include livestock distribution and water related projects, health and education facilities; cultural and community centres; quarantine camps, road rehabilitation and garden projects. Phase 2 of the programme should now commence, providing for the appointment of consultants to execute the special initiative programme. Cabinet, therefore, gave the green light to the National Planning Committee to proceed with the implementation of the NamibiaGerman Special Initiative. Appointment of a Steering Committee for the implementation of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) Cabinet earlier granted approval for the construction of accommodation for government institutions on the basis of PPP, since this method is convenient and does not require the government to put up money in advance. Following the Cabinet decision, the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication conducted consultative meetings and a workshop on the implementation of PPP. A presentation was also done by the Ministry of Trade and Industry on PPP with the aim to develop a PPP Policy for Namibia. According to the presentation, a Steering Committee, as a decision making body, and a Technical Committee to manage and supervise the project from inception, is needed. For the application of the PPP, user ministries will have to come up with a concept of the building they require and call for tenders from different companies to come up with drawings. The Technical Committee will assess and scrutinise the drawing as per the user ministry’s specifications, before approving the drawing and costing of the building. In the light of the above, Cabinet gave approval for the appointment of a Steering Committee to oversee/manage the implementation of PPP and BOT in the delivery of office accommodation to the government. The Steering Committee comprises of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministries of Education; Health and Social Services; Safety and Security; Finance; Trade and Industry; Justice and the Attorney General; the National Planning Commission and the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication as convener. Each of these institutions will have a role to play as part of the decision-making body.

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Maintenance of government buildings and related infrastructure Following visits of President Hifikepunye Pohamba to hospitals in Eenhana, Engela and Oshakati, a Ministerial Committee, composed of the Ministers of Works, Transport and Communication, Health and Social Services, Education, Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Defence and Presidential Affairs was established to make suggestions on how to curb any further deterioration of Government property and to find solutions to maintenance problems that are being experienced. Government’s infrastructure consists of about 1 400 buildings worth N$17.5 billion. Since independence, the Government adopted three methods aimed at the upkeep of government buildings, namely small capital works, upgrading and new capital projects. The Directorate of Maintenance in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication (MWTC) is only responsible for small capital projects, involving minor repairs such as broken doors, windows and replacement of light bulbs. Upgrading of buildings and additional offices and new capital projects is the sole responsibility of offices/ministries/agencies. MWTC’s only responsibility is to ensure that such projects comply with specifications.

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Cabinet took the following decisions at the 1st 2008 meeting held on 22 January 2008
Karakul Board of Namibia Budget 2008/09 The Namibian karakul pelts, trading as swakara, are recognised as one of the leading furs in terms of quality and uniqueness. The pelts were admitted to the purple club, meaning that swakara can be sold exclusively from the 100 leading fur purple boutiques around the world.

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Due to very successful promotion campaigns during the past two seasons in Moscow, Hong Kong, Milan and Frankfurt, the Karakul Board resolved to continue to exhibit eight (8) karakul garments at international trade fairs. Although the promotion campaigns are very costly, it will be more costly not to be present at the international fur arena as the profile built up over the last few years will be lost. In the light of the above, Cabinet approved the 2008/09 budget of the Karakul Board of Namibia and also approved support to the amount of N$200 000 to the Karakul Board for participation in international fur fairs. Annual General Meeting of the Lüderitz Waterfront Development Company (Pty) Ltd The Lüderitz Waterfront Development Company (Pty) Ltd was formed to realise the potential of Lüderitz as a business, recreation, tourist and social focus destination. The Waterfront project plays a pivotal role in transforming the harbour town into a viable and self-sustaining commercial city. It also seeks to accommodate, facilitate and minimise the shortcomings of the town that should have been the heartthrob of the Karas region. The Company held its annual general meeting on 22 November 2007 and announced that it made a profit and that it is able to pay dividends to its shareholder, the Namibian Government. Cabinet, therefore, approved the Annual Financial Statements of the Lüderitz Waterfront Company (Pty) Ltd for the year ending 28 February 2007 and authorised the Ministry of Finance to table it in the National Assembly. Cabinet also approved the payments of dividends amounting to N$476 773.00 to the shareholder. The Company also received the green light to appoint company auditors in consultation with the Minister of Finance, while Cabinet, furthermore, approved the fast tracking of the implementation of the company strategy. Cabinet also approved the allocation of a further N$180 million for the National Emergency and Drought Fund/Account in the Office of the Prime Minister to cater for 6 months of drought relief in the 2008/2009 Financial Year. It is hoped that the remainder of the rainy season will bring some relief and that the drought situation will not worsen in the months to come. Report of the effects of the rain and flood on the population of the Omusati, Oshana and Ohangwena regions While some parts suffer from drought, areas such as Caprivi and of late Omusati, Oshana and Ohangwena are also flooded and Cabinet deliberated on the effects of the floods during its meeting on Tuesday. An assessment visit to the far north regions revealed that more than 450 km, covering those regions are flooded, roads and other vital infrastructures are damaged and a large number of the population is affected by the heavy rains and floods emanating from Angola. At Oshakati in the Oshana region, 841 people, 641 adults and 200 children, affected by the floods are currently under the care of the town council and the Oshana Regional Council. They are housed at the Ongwediva Trade Fair Grounds, and others in tents provided by Government at the Independence Stadium. Feeding, shelter, health and sanitation, school attendance by both teachers and learners are currently a challenge. The situation at Ongwediva is also bad. In total, 20 schools in the Okatana, Oshakati West, Uuvudhiya, Oshakati East, Ongwediva and Ompundja constituencies, involving 1886 learners and 161 teachers have been affected by the floods in the Oshana region. Roads, bridges and other infrastructure were also damaged. In the Omusati region, roads have been damaged and at least 44 schools have suspended Grades 1 – 4 classes because young children find it difficult to cross deep water in Oshanas and canals. More than 30 clinics in the region are inaccessible and malaria and water-borne diseases pose a serious threat. Several houses in Outapi, Okahao and Oshikuku are already under water and with more rains, they may sink or collapse. The towns also face storm water problems due to lack of drainage systems. At the time of the assessment, (2 – 3 February 2008) the death of two children due to the floods was confirmed, while 1 800 goats, 68 sheep and over 2 000 cattle died due to cold weather and weakness at several constituencies in the region. In the Ohangwena region, 406 households consisting of 1258 people were affected by the rain and floods. Seventeen schools in the Endola, Ohangwena, Engela and Ongenga constituencies, involving 3 715 learners and 108 teachers have also been affected. Besides people being uprooted by the heavy rain and floods, roads, bridges and other vital infrastructure were either destroyed or severely damaged. The full extend of the damage cannot be determined until rains and floods have subsided in the areas. While the government, with the support of the local people and institutions may provide shelter, food rations, health needs and access to education and health facilities, and assist farmers to relocate to accessible land, it is unlikely that the national budget will allow for the rehabilitation of the damage caused by the rains and flooding to infrastructures such as roads, schools, clinics and material destroyed, such as school books and other educational equipment. Against that background, the Government may appeal to the international community for assistance to enable us to recover from the negative effects of those heavy rains and flood. Cabinet expressed the Government’s gratitude and appreciation for the relief assistance offered by business people, the Red Cross, regional councils and town councils in and around the affected areas and call on all others who are in a position to assist, to do so through the Emergency Management Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister. Possible transfer of properties, erven 665, 666, 667 and 669 Lüderitz from the government of the Republic of Namibia to the Lüderitz Waterfront Development Company The Lüderitz Waterfront Development Company was registered in 1995 with its main objective to promote development in Lüderitz through various means, thereby creating employment in the informal and formal sector. The company has successfully completed phases one and two of the development at the Lüderitz Waterfront, which consist of an entire infrastructure as a basis for future development, as well as some basic start up facilities to boost private investment. The total build up area is 8 500 m², done at a cost of approximately N$38.441 million and consists of companies, businesses, offices and residential properties. Erven 665 and 667 are already being used by the company and it is planning to extend the development of the Waterfront to include the mentioned properties. Cabinet, therefore, approved the transfer of erven 665, 666, 667 and 669, with a total size of 5997 m² and valued at N$826 000.00 from the Government to the Lüderitz Waterfront Development Company.

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Cabinet took the following at its 2nd ordinary meeting held on 5 February 2008
Request for additional budget for drought relief from contingency provision 2007/2008 The 2007 rainy season was disappointing, resulting in several areas being drought stricken. Cabinet, therefore, approved an amount of N$37.5 from the Contingency Provision from the 2007/2008 Financial Year to cater for the distribution of fish products to the amount of N$2.5 million and other drought commodities amounting to N$35 million to affected households and communities in Namibia.

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