Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tour guides’ attendance at Karas workshop disappointing: NTB

KEETMANSHOOP: Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) Corporate Communications Practitioner Maggy Mbako says the attendance of tour guides at the consultation workshop in Keetmanshoop was disappointing.

It took place at the Birds Mansion Hotel last Thursday.

‘Despite all the efforts that we did through radios and newspapers to inform people to come to the workshops, only ten people showed up. Maybe they are not interested,” she told Nampa in a telephonic interview Tuesday.

The consultation workshop solicits the inputs of Namibian tour guides on the regulations relating to their profession before the document can be gazetted.

Workshops started in Oshakati, Oshana Region on 23 July, moved to Swakopmund, Erongo region on 25 and ended in the capital, Khomas region today.

Mbako said the attendance in Erongo, Oshana and Khomas was good.

According to her more than 1 000 people attended the workshop in Windhoek this morning.

Fouty-five showed up in Oshakati and more than 70 attended in Swakopmund.

It is not good that Karas people did not attend because we wanted everyone’s input,” she said.

The document is still in the consultation stage and the NTB will present the feedback of final document after considering all the suggestions given from the regions.

After that then it will be presented to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism for Gazetting consideration.

Mbako could not give the exact dates when the feedback on the document will be given to public.

Councillor Paulus Ephraim annoyed with truck drivers driving and parking in Noordoewer settlement’s main street

KEETMANSHOOP: Karasburg Constituency councillor Paulus Ephraim is annoyed with truck drivers driving and parking in the Noordoewer settlement’s main street.

Noordoewer is situated about 300 kilometres south of Keetmanshoop along the Orange River.

Speaking to Nampa in a telephonic interview today, Ephraim said the trucks drive on the settlement’s only tarred road in Extension 2, which is not fit for heavy-duty traffic.

He thus requested these drivers to stop the practice forthwith, explaining that the road is now damaged due to the heavy trucks, furthermore charging that the trucks are parked anywhere near houses in the settlement and also destroy erven markings.

Ephraim also registered his disappointment with the truck drivers’ tendency of drinking with school girls and boys, saying it is not good and should be stopped immediately.

He threatened to take the contact details of the trucks, and call their bosses to report such bad behaviour.

2 (WINDHOEK, 31 JUL NAMPA) – This year’s edition of the prestigious Namibia Sports’ Awards will take place on 26 October in the capital.

The Namibia Sports’ Awards are presented annually to deserving sports persons who have attained outstanding achievements and contributed significantly towards Namibia’s strive for sports excellence.

The 2012 event was launched here by the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) today, during which Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) handed over a cheque of N.dollars 350 000 towards the hosting of the event.

The chairperson of the Namibia Sports’ Awards Committee, Piet du Plooy, announced during the launch that entries for awards will commence today and run until 30 September.

He said the guest speaker this year will be a world-famous basketball player from the United States of America (USA).

Du Plooy did not want to reveal his name, only saying that he will be revealed at a later stage, including the availability of tickets.

Treat all patients with kindness and love: Kamwi

OPUWO: The Minister of Health and Social Services, Richard Kamwi called on health workers to turn public criticism into opportunities and create a turnaround strategies to give a better service based on positive criticism.

Kamwi made the call during the handing over of ambulances and groundbreaking ceremony of maternity wing in Opuwo on Tuesday.

“Health professionals are criticized by community at any given opportunity the public gets, and it is because the community knows that we can do better, which we can,” said Kamwi.

He added that the health professionals are called to renew their dedication towards the calling of saving human lives.

The minister called on his health workers not to be discouraged by public criticisms, but rather be encouraged to do better.

According to Kamwi there would always be deaths in the hospital, but the deaths should come due to that it was time for the person do die but not because of negligence.

“Criticism should be that the medical professionals tried their best, but it was time for the person to pass on, but not the person died due to health provisional’s negligence,” he noted.

He called on the health workers to act and work professionally at all the time.

Kamwi thanked all health workers country wide for the excellent services that they have been giving to the Namibian people.

According to Kamwi Namibia is being cited at international forms as being one of he best performers in terms of combating HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria.

“This is because there are dedicated men and women working tirelessly on the ground,” the minister stated.

Kamwi encouraged the health workers to have a spirit of serving to have their hearts full of grace and a soul generated by love.

He added that if health workers have any love left in them, they would be compelled to assists and treat with kindness and love everyone who comes though the doors of health centers, clinics and hospitals.

Nine boys sexually molested at Tses school

TSES: Nine school boys from Nowak Primary School in Tses has complained of sexual molestation from other boys in the same school hostel and has reported the matter to the principal.

The alleged molested boys are in grades one and two.

A woman who says one of the victims is her nephew called Nampa on Tuesday complaining of the situation.

“I want to see action from the school and then we will step in as a family, to see what we can do,” she said.

A source from the school also told Nampa on condition of anonymity Tuesday, that last Tuesday an eight-year-old boy approached the principal and told him that he and his other colleagues have been molested.

Upon receiving the complaint from the boy, the principal approached the other eight boys and both allegedly confirmed the molestation against them.

The two sources also indicated that victims said the situation have been going on for long but could not say how long.

None of the suspected molesters was expelled from the hostel or the school yet.

Approached for comment on the matter, Deputy Director of Education in the Karas Region Celi Mostert confirmed Tuesday that her office received such report.

She stated that the matter is being investigated by the Regional Directorate of Education thus she could not give any further details.

“The matter is being investigated, we sent our regional school counselor there today to investigate the situation,” Mostert said.

School principal Jacobus Swartbooi refused to comment saying he is not aware of such allegations.

Tses is a village situated 80 kilometres north of Keetmanshoop town in the Karas.

Government lifts restriction on animal movement at Masikili

WINDHOEK: The government has announced the lifting of restriction following the successful containment of the outbreak of foot and Month Disease (FMD) which was detected at Masikili Village in Kabbe Constituency in Caprivi Region on 26 November 2011.

In a media statement issued here on Tuesday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry Joseph Iita said since the detection of the outbreak, areas within a 40 kilometre radius from Masikili village were designated as a protection zone.

Iita said the movements of livestock and other potentially infectious materials out of the affected areas had been stopped since the beginning of the outbreak.

“The entire cattle population in Caprivi Region was protected by vaccination against FMD and was under constant and intensive surveillance to detect any further outbreaks,” he said.

Iita stressed that awareness campaigns for farmers and general public in the affected areas and in the rest of the Caprivi Region were implemented.

He stated that all indications are that the outbreak of FMD in the previously affected areas has been successfully contained and hence the decision to lift the restrictions that were imposed in the protection zone with immediate effect.

“This means that livestock from affected areas may now move out of the restricted area within the Caprivi Region under cover of an official animal movement permit issued by the Directorate of Veterinary Services for sale, slaughter or exchange,” Iita said.

He said commodities such as meat, milk,hides and plant material may now be moved within the region and do not require an official veterinary permit until further notice.

Iita applauded the staff of the Directorate of Veterinary Services in the Caprivi Region and all other stakeholders, particularly the farmers for their cooperation and assistance in dealing with the outbreak.

(edited)WINDHOEK) – The government has announced the lifting of restrictions on animal movement, following the successful containment of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD), which was detected at the Masikili Village in the Caprivi Region on 26 November 2011.

In a media statement issued here on Tuesday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry, Joseph Iita said since the detection of the outbreak, areas within a 40 kilometre radius from Masikili were designated as a protection zone.

The movement of livestock and other potentially infectious materials out of the affected areas had been stopped since the beginning of the outbreak.

“The entire cattle population in the Caprivi Region was protected by vaccination against FMD, and was under constant and intensive surveillance to detect any further outbreaks,” he said.

Iita stressed that awareness campaigns for farmers and the general public in the affected areas and in the rest of the Caprivi Region were implemented.

He stated that all indications are that the outbreak of FMD in the previously affected areas has been successfully contained, hence the decision to lift the restrictions that were imposed in the protection zone with immediate effect.

“This means that livestock from affected areas may now move out of the restricted area within the Caprivi Region under cover of an official animal movement permit issued by the Directorate of Veterinary Services for sale, slaughter or exchange,” said Iita.

He said commodities such as meat, milk, hides and plant materials may now be moved within the region and do not require an official veterinary permit until further notice.

Iita applauded the staff of the Directorate of Veterinary Services in the Caprivi Region and all other stakeholders, particularly the farmers, for their cooperation and assistance in dealing with the outbreak.