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04 February 2015 | Short News

Berg Aukas volunteers demand permanent jobs Youth volunteers at the Berg Aukas training centre outside Grootfontein staged a peaceful demonstration on Monday to demand permanent jobs. The Berg Aukas Youth Skills Training Centre is situated less than 20km east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region. According to the spokesperson of the concerned youth, Erastus Livingi, a total of 28 youths have been attached to the centre since 2009. “We assist with gardening, maintaining infrastructure, cleaning-up and also cooking for the youth trainees coming here from all 14 regions to attend their skills’ training and development courses for a period of 12 months,” he explained. The concerned youth said their main task is to take care of the centre during and after the training programmes of the 300 youth trainees drawn from various regions on an annual basis. Livingi said there are only seven permanent staff officials at the centre. On Monday, 18 of the 28 youth volunteers held a peaceful demonstration, and marched to the office of the constituency councillor. Pensioner injured in Outapi Pep Stores Pensioner Kaino Mutumbulwa, 65, sustained serious injuries in Pep Stores at Outapi in the Omusati Region last week. She sustained head, arm and leg injuries after a loose clothing shelf fell on her while she was doing some shopping there at about 15:00. One of her relatives, Amon Aimbangu told Nampa that Mutumbulwa was knocked down by the impact. “She was hospitalised at Outapi on the same day, but returned to hospital again the next day due to unbearable pain,” he explained. Aimbangu said Mutumbulwa’s relatives find it despicable and unfortunate that Pep Stores has refused to take responsibility for the medical costs of the old woman or compensate her. The relatives believe the incident has traumatised and humiliated the old woman. “My aunt is now very traumatised, so much so that she refuses to enter any shop again. Her blood pressure has also picked up since,” Aimbangu explained. Below-average rainfall could hamper grazing The low rainfall figures recorded in Namibia since the beginning of the rainy season could lead to reduced grazing in parts of the country. The latest Food Security Early Warning System (FEWSNET) Agromet Update Bulletin - issued and prepared in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) last month - indicated that rainfall was generally low in the north-west and north-central parts of Namibia in November and December. Heavy rainfall was, however, received in some areas in early December. “The low rainfall has led to reduced grazing in parts of the country, with satellite images of vegetation also indicating below-average conditions in some of the northern areas. With the national seasonal forecast predicting normal-to-below normal rainfall for the period January to March 2015 in some of these areas, close monitoring will be required,” it cautioned. The low rainfall was associated with a delayed and erratic onset of rain. In many of the affected areas, the seasonal onset of rains was delayed by 30 to 40 days, according to the bulletin. However, it warned that the delayed onset and subsequent late planting could shorten the window of time available for crops to grow and mature before the end of the season, or before mid-season dry spells set in.

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