Geingob was despised by some in Namibian politics: Kandjoze

GOBABIS: Director General of the National Planning Commission, Obeth Kandjoze said the late President Hage Geingob overcame numerous challenges in various political frays, especially before assuming the Presidency.

Delivering a speech at a candleligh…


GOBABIS: Director General of the National Planning Commission, Obeth Kandjoze said the late President Hage Geingob overcame numerous challenges in various political frays, especially before assuming the Presidency.

Delivering a speech at a candlelight vigil held in Geingob’s honour at Gobabis on Tuesday, Kandjoze said: ‘Geingob was ridiculed, laughed at, he was not being believed at times and it seemed as if Namibia was closing in on him. He was the man in the arena, but despite it all, Geingob rose to the highest office.’

Omaheke Region Governor Pijoo Nganate on his part described Geingob as someone who loved him dearly, who picked him up in a difficult time and who came back to liberate Namibia from apartheid South Africa.

‘Hage is the man who came with the Namibian flag in this country, a sacrificial lamb. He was willing to come and be a sacrificed lamb. When you listened to his interview he also said even his ex-wife was asking him, ‘Are you sure you need to do this?’. Namibia at the time, was having a
very hostile environment and there came a tall man with a big flag. For Geingob, it was worth dying for this country,’ Nganate expressed.

According to Nganate, those who knew Geingob knew that if there was anything he loved so much, it was Namibia and its people.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Geingob’s team since his prime minister days cherish his mentorship

WINDHOEK: People who worked closely with late President Hage Geingob from his time as Prime Minister paid him glowing tributes, describing the former Statesman as a mentor, who was good at discovering talent.

Celebrating Geingob’s tenure as Namibia’s…


WINDHOEK: People who worked closely with late President Hage Geingob from his time as Prime Minister paid him glowing tributes, describing the former Statesman as a mentor, who was good at discovering talent.

Celebrating Geingob’s tenure as Namibia’s first Prime Minister during a memorial service here Tuesday night, gratitude poured towards his unwavering ability to demand the best for everyone around him to reach their full potential.

Geingob was Namibia’s first Prime Minister from 1990 to 2002 and served in the same position again from 2012 to 2015.

Delivering his tribute Geingob’s Chief of Security, Commissioner Johan Ndjaronguru who served in his security personnel since 2000 said Geingob demanded the best from everyone around him and was very fast to offer support to get people where he wanted them to be.

Remembering his first foreign mission, Ndjaronguru expressed appreciation for the exposure, saying Geingob was a firm believer in exposing those around him for knowledge expansion and capacity build
ing. He added that the president was a meticulous and attentive man, who extended teaching such as folding of suits to those around him.

‘He always said if you expose people you expand their vision and their dreams… We all know him as a teacher who took it upon himself to inform and educate every willing person,’ he narrated.

Echoing the same sentiments Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force, Lieutenant General Joseph Shikongo who previously served as the Chief of Security and Unit Commander for the Prime Minister, said Geingob was full of humility, humbleness and mentored everyone around him.

‘It is very true that there is a lot that we have learnt from the late president… He also taught us the administration that we are running today… some of us during the time of the liberation struggle did not have the time to go and learn administration but he taught us,’ he noted.

Secretary to Cabinet George Simataa said Geingob identified him in 1994 to work in his private office as his senior special assis
tant, noting years later, he appointed to his office the likes of former justice minister, Sacky Shanghala; Ministry of Information and Communication Technology Executive Director, Audrin Mathe; late Kazenambo Kazenambo, Press Secretary Alfredo Hengari and many other young Namibians.

Simataa narrated that they were commonly known as the ‘Geingob kindergarten’ and a perception was that the then prime minister surrounded himself with kids without suitable support to discharge his constitutional responsibilities, however years later, this Geingob kindergarten produced national leaders who raised to Cabinet positions.

‘He is a man who is not selfish and who invited everyone from Zambezi to come join… all of us coming to one house. We continued to witness his belief in young people even during his presidency,’ Simataa noted.

Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Frans Kapofi who served as Secretary to Cabinet under Geingob’s administration noted that the late president was good at scouting and identifying le
adership talent that he would nurture and mentor to bring the best out of the individuals.

‘Having a mentor of comrade Geingob’s calibre was critical because during the time of the struggle not all of us had the opportunity to further our academic education, after independence while given administrative responsibility, comrade Geingob would be very vital in shaping my life in the civil service,’ he noted.

Geingob died at the age of 82 at a Windhoek hospital and his memorial service is scheduled for 24 February, to be followed by his burial on 25 February 2024.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Eises wants learners to take part in sports

OMUTHIYA: The Oshikoto Region’s Education Director, Aletta Eises is urging learners to take part in sports and athletics for their mental and physical wellbeing.

Eises said in an interview with Nampa on Monday learners need to engage in sports and at…


OMUTHIYA: The Oshikoto Region’s Education Director, Aletta Eises is urging learners to take part in sports and athletics for their mental and physical wellbeing.

Eises said in an interview with Nampa on Monday learners need to engage in sports and athletics for their holistic development.

She said sports build self-confidence, help with skills of socialising as well as motor skills development.

‘Sports activities also enhance the emotional wellbeing of learners and they should engage in all sorts of sport activities according to the plans of the school. Learners are guided in their sports activities by responsible teachers who are their ultimate supervisors,’ she said.

The Ministry Sport, Youth and National Service Oshikoto regional Senior Sports Officer, Ngonyofi Helao also encouraged learners to take part in sport activities at their schools so they can compete on the regional level on 13 April 2024.

Helao said learners must take part in sports to become fit and have healthier minds and most importantl
y take part in regional and national events.

‘We also want our kids to be exposed to new environments and meet new friends in sports as we have many of them in the villages only,’ she said.

Helao further said that the learners should take part in athletics such as the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1 500-metre events.

The cluster competition will take place on 16 February, the circuit competition is on 01 March, the zonal competition on 15 March followed by the regional competition on 13 April, Helao said and called on schools to allow learners to train before they go for any competition, for learners to keep up with fitness and avoid injuries.

‘We have a challenge of poor to no sports facilities in the region like sports fields and sports equipment in the region,’ said Helao.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Man dies after being struck by lightning at Omusati

OSHAKATI: A 41-year-old man died after he was allegedly struck by lightning at Etunda Irrigation Project in Ruacana in the Omusati Region.

The deceased was identified as Tjanyangwa Mupolo, a resident of Otjivanda in Angola.

The Namibian Police Force…


OSHAKATI: A 41-year-old man died after he was allegedly struck by lightning at Etunda Irrigation Project in Ruacana in the Omusati Region.

The deceased was identified as Tjanyangwa Mupolo, a resident of Otjivanda in Angola.

The Namibian Police Force’s Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Omusati Region, Moses Simaho, said the incident occurred on Tuesday at 18h10.

‘It is alleged that the deceased, who was in possession of a cell phone, was cultivating in the crops and later went to a certain Marula tree to go wrap the cellphone in the plastic bag in order to protect it from rain drops. In the process, he was then struck by lightning and died instantly,’ he said.

He added that no foul play is suspected.

Simaho indicated that the deceased’s body is kept at Oshifo Police Mortuary and will be transported to the Okahao Police Mortuary for a postmortem.

His next of kin have been informed of his death and police investigations into the matter continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Internet connectivity improvesGobabis councillor arrested for alleged rape

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Mondli Gungubele, says that internet connectivity and penetration has improved greatly.

According to the Minister, internet connectivity and penetration has improved from a mere 21.1% in 2011 to a …

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Mondli Gungubele, says that internet connectivity and penetration has improved greatly.

According to the Minister, internet connectivity and penetration has improved from a mere 21.1% in 2011 to a staggering 79% in 2022, elevating citizens in a rapidly changing world that is driven by digital technologies.

The improvement is due to work being done through the SA Connect broadband connectivity project, which is dedicated to bridging the digital divide by providing Wi-Fi access to communities and ensuring universal access to the internet.

Phase 2 of the SA Connect project was launched by government last year with the aim to provide core and access network infrastructure to enable broadband connectivity to community Wi-Fi hotspots that will connect households.

Addressing a joint debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Tuesday, the Minister said government will continue to connect rural and township areas with a target of 5.5 million households
enabled by WIFI hotspots in the next three to four years.

In addition, government will connect 1.5 million households enabled by WIFI hotspots by December 2024 and 747 000 households enabled by 4 250 WIFI hotspots by the end of this financial year.

‘We can report that to date, a coverage of 361 000 households which has been enabled by 2 502 WIFI hotspots has been achieved. The work has been done and will continue being done. It will involve 76 internet service providers, which are small medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). This will result in 4 500 direct jobs and many more indirect jobs and opportunities downstream,’ Gungubele said.

Spectrum

With government having freed spectrum of above 700MHz for use by mobile operators, that spectrum will connect public institutions and deploy 4G and 5G technology throughout the country.

The availability of spectrum paves the way for affordable, high-speed internet access for all.

‘Working with the private sector thus far, all eight metros have been connected to fi
bre, and we are expanding to more towns. We have as part of our implementation of the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), embarked on several digital infrastructure projects to ensure transformation through access in a changing world,’ the Minister said.

He said Cabinet approved the Next Generation Spectrum Policy for economic development on 25 November 2023.

The policy intends to support the spectrum allocation and licensing for fixed mobile; broadcasting; aeronautical and marine; research and development; community access, and other relevant industries.

The policy also seeks to promote equity and fair allocation to contribute towards the transformation of the sector and accessibility of digital connectivity even in outlying parts of the country.

The purpose of the policy is to address gaps and limitations that were identified in the 2016 National Information and Communications Technology White Paper and prepares for the amendment of relevant sections of
the Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act 36 of 2005), which include:

unclear roles and responsibilities between Minister and the authority (ICASA) which contributed to inefficiencies

gaps in the spectrum management regime

an exclusive spectrum regime that benefit a few and bigger players; and

inefficiencies towards extending broadband access to rural, remote, and underserved areas.

‘Working with our mobile operators, we will connect over 21 878 public basic education institutions, health centres and clinics, public libraries, and offices/ residences of traditional leaders to the internet, over the next three years.

‘4G connection is expanding to township and rural areas under the democracy ka[meaning of] Tata Rolihlahla Mandela. Information and communications technology (ICT) is a great equaliser. Everyone in South Africa must and will access modern digital technologies.

‘A digitally disconnected South Africa automatically removes itself from participating in the global community of the future. The
social and economic impact of which will be catastrophic,’ the Minister said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

GOBABIS: A Gobabis local authority councillor was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly sexually molested a 19-year-old schoolboy at the town.

According to an incident report by the Omaheke regional police, the incident reportedly happened Tuesday morning, when the victim went to the governor’s office to collect a document.

The suspect who was attending a meeting at the Omaheke governor’s office, then allegedly instructed the victim to follow him to a toilet where the act allegedly happened.

‘It is alleged that the victim followed the suspect to the toilet, where the suspect undressed the victim and inserted his (victim’s) private parts in his mouth and thereafter ordered the victim to have sexual intercourse with him,’ reads the Namibian Police report.

The councillor is expected to appear in the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court on Thursday while investigations continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Internet connectivity improves

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Mondli Gungubele, says that internet connectivity and penetration has improved greatly.

According to the Minister, internet connectivity and penetration has improved from a mere 21.1% in 2011 to a …


Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Mondli Gungubele, says that internet connectivity and penetration has improved greatly.

According to the Minister, internet connectivity and penetration has improved from a mere 21.1% in 2011 to a staggering 79% in 2022, elevating citizens in a rapidly changing world that is driven by digital technologies.

The improvement is due to work being done through the SA Connect broadband connectivity project, which is dedicated to bridging the digital divide by providing Wi-Fi access to communities and ensuring universal access to the internet.

Phase 2 of the SA Connect project was launched by government last year with the aim to provide core and access network infrastructure to enable broadband connectivity to community Wi-Fi hotspots that will connect households.

Addressing a joint debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Tuesday, the Minister said government will continue to connect rural and township areas with a target of 5.5 million households
enabled by WIFI hotspots in the next three to four years.

In addition, government will connect 1.5 million households enabled by WIFI hotspots by December 2024 and 747 000 households enabled by 4 250 WIFI hotspots by the end of this financial year.

‘We can report that to date, a coverage of 361 000 households which has been enabled by 2 502 WIFI hotspots has been achieved. The work has been done and will continue being done. It will involve 76 internet service providers, which are small medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). This will result in 4 500 direct jobs and many more indirect jobs and opportunities downstream,’ Gungubele said.

Spectrum

With government having freed spectrum of above 700MHz for use by mobile operators, that spectrum will connect public institutions and deploy 4G and 5G technology throughout the country.

The availability of spectrum paves the way for affordable, high-speed internet access for all.

‘Working with the private sector thus far, all eight metros have been connected to fi
bre, and we are expanding to more towns. We have as part of our implementation of the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), embarked on several digital infrastructure projects to ensure transformation through access in a changing world,’ the Minister said.

He said Cabinet approved the Next Generation Spectrum Policy for economic development on 25 November 2023.

The policy intends to support the spectrum allocation and licensing for fixed mobile; broadcasting; aeronautical and marine; research and development; community access, and other relevant industries.

The policy also seeks to promote equity and fair allocation to contribute towards the transformation of the sector and accessibility of digital connectivity even in outlying parts of the country.

The purpose of the policy is to address gaps and limitations that were identified in the 2016 National Information and Communications Technology White Paper and prepares for the amendment of relevant sections of
the Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act 36 of 2005), which include:

unclear roles and responsibilities between Minister and the authority (ICASA) which contributed to inefficiencies

gaps in the spectrum management regime

an exclusive spectrum regime that benefit a few and bigger players; and

inefficiencies towards extending broadband access to rural, remote, and underserved areas.

‘Working with our mobile operators, we will connect over 21 878 public basic education institutions, health centres and clinics, public libraries, and offices/ residences of traditional leaders to the internet, over the next three years.

‘4G connection is expanding to township and rural areas under the democracy ka[meaning of] Tata Rolihlahla Mandela. Information and communications technology (ICT) is a great equaliser. Everyone in South Africa must and will access modern digital technologies.

‘A digitally disconnected South Africa automatically removes itself from participating in the global community of the future. The
social and economic impact of which will be catastrophic,’ the Minister said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Mpilisweni School of Specialisation officially launched in Gauteng

Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) MEC, Matome Chiloane, officially launched the Mpilisweni Maths, Science and ICT School of Specialisation, with a focus on Manufacturing and Logistics in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, on Tuesday.

This public secondary sc…


Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) MEC, Matome Chiloane, officially launched the Mpilisweni Maths, Science and ICT School of Specialisation, with a focus on Manufacturing and Logistics in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, on Tuesday.

This public secondary school specialises in Manufacturing and Logistics because of the Economic Development Corridor in which it is located.

The GDE said it intentionally streamlines its schools to match the focuses of each of the schools’ Economic Development Corridors, thus responding to the skills gap of each corridor.

Katlehong is a large township in the Gauteng province of South Africa. It is located 28km south-east of Johannesburg, between two other townships, Thokoza and Vosloorus, which are all next to the N3 highway.

According to the department, learners from the school demonstrated a wide array of advanced skills during the official launch.

‘These include a smart truck that they built, which is meant to use solar power instead of petrol. Learners proceeded to show extensiv
e knowledge in DNA profiling, using biotechnology and gel electrophoresis to analyse DNA.

‘The school also features a driving simulator, which is able to simulate other real-world environments. Other inventions included a solar tracking panel which detects light sources similar to a sunflower, as well as a LiFi connected sound system,’ the GDE said. LiFi is a high speed, bidirectional and fully networked wireless communication of data using light.

The GDE said the crown jewel of the learners’ creation is a smart factory that uses smart automation to operate and produce bread from scratch.

Girl learners first exhibited a model of the factory, which includes automation and mechatronics that they envision using in the future.

The MEC had the opportunity of viewing the actual factory and getting a taste of the bread. The school sells the loaves of bread to schools in surrounding areas at only R9.90 a loaf.

The factory is a result of the partnership between the Gauteng Department of Education and Sifiso Edtec
h, which is invested in providing real-world applications of innovative technology in education.

Albany is also a partner, with their baking expertise, fusing learner knowledge with practical resources that do not only result in mere loaves of bread, but essentially nurtures the minds and bodies of learners, and ultimately the community.

Mpilisweni is a no-fee school that relies entirely on Section 21 allocation for financial upkeep.

The school has maintained a 90%+ matric pass rate for the past three years. A survey done by the department indicates that most parents prefer to enrol their children at Mpilisweni due to the quality of teaching and the improved performance.

‘It is through this backdrop of consistent performance and in this developing community that we launch an innovative School of Specialisation to produce the province’s model citizens. Learners at Mpilisweni will benefit from a wide array of skills within the manufacturing and logistics industry that reach beyond the standard curriculum,’
Chiloane said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Unemployed doctors to be placed by April, says Minister Phaahla

Government is working tirelessly to ensure that unemployed doctors who want to join the public service are placed by 1 April this year, Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla has announced.

This follows an ongoing public outcry over doctors who have complet…


Government is working tirelessly to ensure that unemployed doctors who want to join the public service are placed by 1 April this year, Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla has announced.

This follows an ongoing public outcry over doctors who have completed statutory community service programmes but remain unemployed.

‘I am, therefore, happy to announce that working with the Minister of Finance we have a solution to address the current challenge of doctors who want to stay in the public service but could not be offered funded posts,’ said the Minister.

During the debate on the President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), Phaahla said the Finance Minister will flesh out more details during his Budget Speech next week on how these posts will be funded.

‘Our national team is working with the National Treasury team to thrash out the details and working with provincial health departments to speed up the process so that by 1st April 2024 all those who will not be already in posts can be able to st
art.’

Phaahla said he was confident that some provinces will even be able to start giving out appointment letters before 1 April 2024.

‘The measures we are working on with the Minister of Finance will give us sufficient breathing space while we are working on long-term solutions.’

He told Parliament that over the last 15 years, government has ramped up the training of doctors both in the local universities and the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro programme in Cuba.

The number of graduates, according to Phaahla, has almost doubled over the last 10 years, from 1 338 graduates who entered the internship programme in 2014 to 2 210 this year.

‘The medical profession is very key in the multidisciplinary teams and that is why we are doing everything to retain as many doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other members of the teams in the public health system.’

In addition, he said his department was committed to working with the medical association and the trade union to look at more opportunities for doctors inclu
ding offering primary health services in the community as the State prepares to implement the National Health Insurance (NHI).

NHI

He told the House that the government interventions are laying the foundation for the implementation of the NHI.

Phaahla also took the time to thank members of both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) who passed the Bill last year.

As stated in the Bill, he said the NHI will be implemented in two remaining phases from 2024 to 2026, while between 2026 and 2028 government will focus on establishing the Board and CEO and several key committees of the NHI Fund.

‘We are confident that the innovative funding of infrastructure as stated by the President will also contribute to health facilities.’

In the meantime, he said his department was strengthening key delivery areas.

These include the healthcare benefits design, digital health systems, and risk identification and fraud prevention.

COVID-19

Since the lifting of all restrictions in June 2022, h
e said the health sector has been on a recovery path.

‘Honourable Speaker and Honourable Members indeed as stated by the President, key indicators show that we have recovered well from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.’

For example, he cited the improved life expectancy approaching pre-COVID, the continued reduction in maternal mortality in pregnancy and reduced infant and under-five mortality rates.

Meanwhile, he said backlogs in planned surgery procedures including in orthopaedics, general surgery and eye operations are being attended to through the mobilisation of specialists to spend time in under-served areas with many doing it free of charge.

In addition, Phaahla said procurement and distribution of medicines has stabilised with the result and that public health institutions now have stock availability of 85%.

As stated by the President in his SONA, the department will also focus on serious interventions to improve the quality of health services by upgrading infrastructure, including building ne
w facilities.

Source: South African Government News Agency

SANRAL notifies motorists about blasting along the N2

The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has advised road users that the N2 will be intermittently closed between Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) and the Fish River Pass due to blasting operations taking place this month.

Blasting operations …


The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has advised road users that the N2 will be intermittently closed between Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) and the Fish River Pass due to blasting operations taking place this month.

Blasting operations started on Monday and will end on 26 February 2024.

Motorists are notified of the following dates:

Thursday,15 February 2024

Monday,19 February 2024

Thursday, 22 February 2024, and

Monday, 26 February 2024.

‘The road will be closed on these days from 3pm, for a maximum period of three hours, up to 6pm to allow sufficient time for cleaning of the existing N2 and making it safe for the travelling public,’ SANRAL said.

‘Motorists travelling westwards between East London or Qonce (formerly King William’s Town) and Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) may consider using the following alternative route:

From East London, follow the R72 to Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea through to Nanaga and turn left onto the N2 and continue on to Gqeberha.

Motorists travelling e
astwards between Gqeberha and Qonce or East London may consider using the following alternative route:

From Gqeberha, follow the N2 to Nanaga and turn right onto the R72 at the junction at Nanaga and travel on via Alexandria and Port Alfred to East London.

From East London, turn left onto the N2 and travel westwards through to Qonce.

‘Motorists are requested to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and use caution when making use of the roads,’ SANRAL’s Southern Region Manager Mbulelo Peterson said.

Source: South African Government News Agency