Schlettwein calls for dedication from ministry staff

WINDHOEK: The Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein has called on all staff members of his ministry to help him fulfil the key performance indicators he received in his appointment letter from President Hage Geingob last week.

Schlettwein told employees at the ministry’s staff meeting held here on Monday that when Geingob opened the first Cabinet meeting of his term of office, he indicated that all Cabinet ministers will receive their terms of reference outlining key performance indicators.

It is these indicators on which their performance as ministers will be gauged.

“As Minister of Finance, you are expected to maintain prudent macro-economic stability and sustained economic growth, implement laws and policies to reform the financial sector to create employment, and eradicate poverty,” the minister said.

Schlettwein was further informed that it is expected of him to consolidate monetary and fiscal policies geared towards promoting investment, and broaden Namibian participation in the national economy and the public procurement of goods and services.

“His Excellency also reminded us that ministers must accept responsibility for the administration of their ministries, and if not satisfied with the administration, take corrective action,” Schlettwein said.

He added that all ministers are expected to adopt a more progressive approach which will see those who perform rewarded, while those who do not perform will have to bear the consequences of their non-performance.

It is in this spirit that Schlettwein said he expects each and every staff member of the ministry to adopt the same principles so as to execute all functions of the ministry timely, proficiently and with dedication.

He noted that the principles will be made available to all staff members and will form part of their performance goals going forward.

“The Ministry of Finance must remain measured and consistent in its approach to improving the organizational environment, rising to challenges through a culture of self-awareness, and performance excellence,” he said.

Since the ministry plays a pivotal policy and operational role in the economy, Schlettwein said Namibia’s financial system cannot afford delays, errors and oversight.

He said one of the regular complaints his ministry receives is the delay in payments to suppliers.

“We need to streamline this process to enable us to efficiently and effectively make timely payments. We need to have documented processes with control mechanisms. The game of blame shifting is often due to the absence of such, and must be avoided,” Schlettwein said.


Botes to miss COSAFA Cup

WINDHOEK: Brave Warriors striker Henrico Botes will not form part of the Namibia squad that will play in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) cup, starting next week.

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) in a press statement here on Monday stated that Botes’ club Bidvest Wits refused to release the Namibian player for that tournament.

The COSAFA Cup tournament is set to starts on 17 May in the North West Province of South Africa.

Quoted in the statement, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said he is disappointed that the club is refusing to release the player.

‘They are saying it’s not a Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) date and so they are not going to release him, but they have nothing to play for so I don’t understand. I will now have to call up a replacement on Tuesday,” said Mannetti, adding that he cannot blame the player.

“We have lost a quality player and an in-form striker, it’s not easy to replace him but it opens a door for another player but otherwise the team is in a good mood and looking forward to the opening game against the Seychelles,” he said.

Another player missing the first game will be Botswana-based Benson Shilongo.

Mannetti stated that Shilongo will only be released after Namibia’s first game since his last league game in Botswana is on 17 May too.

The South African-based players, except for Botes, will join the camp as of Monday next week following the completion of their domestic leagues over the past weekend.

The team is for now based at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria and will depart for Moruleng, North West Province on Friday.

Namibia’s Cosafa Cup Fixtures are as follows: 17 May – Namibia vs Seychelles 15h00 Moruleng; 19 May – Namibia vs Mauritius 19h30 Moruleng; 21 May – Namibia vs Zimbabwe 17h00 Moruleng.

The squad is: Goalkeepers Virgil Vries and Maximillian Mbaeva; Defenders, Willem Mwedihanga, Chris Katjiukua, Denzil Hoaseb, Ananias Gebhardt, Gregory Aukumeb, Denis Ngueza Tjetinda; Midfielders: Neville Tjiueza, Hendrik Somaeb, Peter Shalulile, Ronald Ketjijere (C), Wangu Batista, Joslin Kamatuka, Petrus Shitembi, Deon Hotto; Strikers Nicky Musambani, Henrico Botes, Sadney Urikhob and Benson Shilongo.