Sunday, March 2, 2014

Minister's Annual Staff Address: Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, 25 February 2014

Honourable Minister,  Bernard Esau (MP) addressing staff of the MFMR during his Annual Staff Address in the Nampower Convention Center in Windhoek on the 25th of February 2014

Honourable Minister,  Bernard Esau (MP) addressed staff members of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) and members of the media during his Annual Staff Address for 2014 that took place at the Nampower Convention Centre on the 25th of February 2014. More than a hundred people attended the function. The meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the MFMR, Ms. Ulitala Hivelua.
In the key note address, Honourable Esua welcomed everybody present to the year 2014 and expressed his hope that all are well rested, refreshed and ready to engage the new year. He was confident that MFMR staff will plan diligently, work out realistic timelines, adhere religiously to such timelines and avoid falling behind on set targets  for 2014. Missed targets results in wasted resources that must be avoided at all times. The Hon. Minister is confident that MFMR staff will always put our nation first in all that they do in order to improve the well-being of all our people, in line with the stated goals of our national agenda for soci-economic transformation as set out in Vision 2030. He elaborated on several key themes for 2014 as summarized below
  • Work Ethics:  Staff members to comply with employment conditions, core values and working as a team. 
  • Working Environment: Create a conducive working environment as well as a strong institutional culture by adhering to the general chain of command and by supporting and respecting each other. Grievance procedures should be used as a corrective and not a punitive tool.
  • Loyalty and Team Work: Portray a good image of our ministry at all times.
  • Accountability and Productivity: Improve planning and efficient resource utilization by managing our scares resource (finance and time) for the optimum benefit of our country.
  • Integrity: Instil core values of self respect and respect for others within our households and working environment, to stand up against Gender Based Violence (GBV) and to refrain from alcohol and drug abuse.
Part of the audience in attendance
 Hon. Esua further challenged staff members to apply good management and control of the limited financial resources and to ensure successful implementation of Capital Projects within the budget year to prevent the return of funds to Fiscus as it has a negative effect on development. He also encouraged staff members to register for the upcoming national elections. After the Hon. Ministers speech the chairperson. Ms. Ulitala Hivelua opened the floor for discussions.
Mrs. Lucia Haufiku (Deputy Director, IT)actively participating during the open discussion

Headmen Muhero visit KIFI: 21 February 2014

Headmen Muhero (middel) of the Hambukushu Traditional Authority from Kamutjonga village with his secretary Mr. Edward (R) and Mr. Burger (L)
Headmen Muhero visited KIFI on Friday, 21 February 2014 to discuss issues effecting KIFI and the Kamutjonga village under the Hambukusu Tribal Authority. The meeting was attended by Headmen Muhero, his Secretary, Mr. Edward, Mr. Burger (Deputy Director: KIFI) and Mr. Sitengu (Chief Fisheries Biologist: KIFI). Matters arising from the previous meeting that was held on 11 November 2013 were discussed. Mr. Burger informed Headmen Muhero that the Tribal Fund Registration Card of the Hambukushu Tribal Authority was discussed with all KIFI staff members. Staff members that are willing will participate by registering.  Warrant Officer Makushe (Station Commander) from the Divundu Police Station was invited as per  his request, but could unfortunately not make it as a result of other commitments. She however confirmed future attendance of these meetings.

Headmen Muhero and Mr. Burger requested new issues to be discussed as follow:
  1. Nature Conservation official from Mahangu Game Park also to attend the meeting in future (Headmen Muhero).  This will create a platform where  illegal fishing in the park and human wildlife conflict issues affecting KIFI staff  and Kamutjonga villagers can be discussed. Mr. Burger will invite the officer in charge at Mahangu Game Park for the next meeting.
  2. Damage to Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) infrastructure at the low water bridge and river jetty at KIFI (Mr. Burger). Mr. Burger showed Headmen Muhero pictures of damage to the KIFI's river infrastructure.  Headmen Muhero indicated that this infrastructure is to the advantage of the Kamutjonga community and that he will take it up with the community.
  3. Temporary workers from Kamutjonga village (Mr. Burger). Mr. Burger informed Headmen Muhero that KIFI will only be able to request for 15 temporary workers for the financial year 2014/15 as a result of a limited budget. Headmen Muhero accepted the reduction from 20 to 15 temporary workers and expressed his gratitude for the employment opportunity of Kamutjonga community members.
  4. Registration of voters for the upcoming election will take place at Kamutjonga Primary School from 25-28 February 2014. Headmen Muhero requested Mr. Burger to inform all staff at KIFI about the opportunity to register at Kamutjonga Village.

Mr. Burger proposed a meeting schedule for these important meetings with Headmen Muhero. The schedule   was accepted. The next meetings will take place as follow:

20 May 2014
13 August 2014
19 November 2014