Consumer News Namibia July Issue 2010

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    CONSUMERNEWS

    Y O U R V O I C E

    W E L E AV E N O S T O N E U N T U R N E D

    JULY 2010

    HIV/Aids, anti-viral

    drug claim

    We investigate the

    truth

    PrivateInstitutions

    Do we get what

    we pay for?

    RasSheehama

    Consumer News

    chats to renowned

    local artist

    ViraKil

    FREE

    w w w . c o n s u m e r n e w s n a m i b i a . c o m

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    Fire

    Mon - Friday: 08h00 - 19h00 / Sat: 08h00 - 18h00 / Sun: 09h00 - 15h00 / Public Holidays: 09h00 - 15h00

    and winebetter and betterthis wintertime

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    The journey of perpetualimprovement

    Looking ahead and remaining focused on ones goal and vision is impera-

    tive for growth and success. This is indeed apt if we are to look at the

    world in which we live. A quick trip down memory lane will reveal how

    important it is to remain focused. Consumer News has had its fair share of

    ups and downs, but we have maintained a constant presence during a time

    when many Namibian magazines were coming and going.

    Returning to the importance of having a vision, it was during the timesof uncertainty that Consumer News made a conscious decision to move

    ahead with its growth strategy. This is being kick-started with the re-

    branding of the

    magazine - giving it a fresh and exciting new look coupled with punchy

    editorial, relevant to you familys lifestyle.

    As is said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. To this

    end, and to ensure we retain our readership, we proudly bring you the end

    result you hold in your hands.

    Advertising is the rst budget item to be cut in a recession. Thankfully we

    had a good response in this issue and we are condent that this publica -

    tion will grow from strength to strength. I would like to thank all our ad-

    vertisers as well as the Consumer News Team for their continual support,whom without, this process would not be possible.

    I am optimistic about the future. We undertake to bring you a good read

    every month, packed with compelling and relevant articles.

    Forward ever, backwards never.

    Editors Note

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed

    citizens can change the world. Indeed, its the only thing

    that ever has

    Margaret Mead (1901-1978) US Anthropologist, Author

    CONSUMERNEWS

    Our mission is to create a platform for you, the Namibian consumer, who

    strives to see improvement in the value of goods and services and are

    savvy enough to spot misleading advertising and poor quality products

    and services. You deserve more, and together we have power in numbers,

    so we welcome your contributions, feedback, acknowledgements and

    your voice on products and services that need our investigation.

    Contact us for your free copy.

    You deserve more ...

    The Team

    Publisher

    Consumer News

    Printed by

    John Meinert Printing

    Design & Layout

    element creations

    Traolach OMaolain

    Email: traolach@elementcreations.com.na

    Assistant Design

    Elisha Chambara

    E-mail: elisha@consumernewsnamibia.com

    Cell: 081 377 4344

    The Editor

    Salome Nzuma

    E-mail: salome@consumernewsnamibia.com

    Cell: 081 352 3723

    Journalists

    Tendai K

    E-mail: tendai@consumernewsnamibia.com

    Marla Chaneta

    E-mail: marlachaneta@yahoo.com

    Raymond Isaacs

    E-mail: raymond@consumernewsnamibia.com

    Business Development Manager

    Jacques Nieman

    E-mail: jnieman@consumernewsnamibia.com

    Cell: 081 203 7180

    PhotographyNorman Skrywer

    Email: norman4all@yahoo.com

    Cell: 081 430 4003

    Leitago Narib

    E-mail: leitago@yahoo.com

    Cell: 081 363 2712

    Consumer News

    PO Box 96366Windhoek, Namibia

    Tel/Fax: +264 61 228 196

    Enquiries

    info@consumernewsnamibia.com

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    contentsFeature

    ViraKil

    We investigate bogus claims of miracle HIV drug

    Comparison Shopping

    We compare cell phone prices

    Editorial

    NCPG (Namibia Consumer Protection Group)

    Private institutions Is it money well spent

    NCSI (Namibia Consumer Service Institute)

    We pay for more than just the trolley of goods

    Day of the African Child

    China & U.S.A tale of two powers

    100 Namibians

    Newspaper poll

    Team Namibia Member Section

    Bokomo Namibia

    Entertainment

    Ras Sheehama

    A Namibian master of music

    International

    IMF (International Monetary Fund)

    Strangers will never send you money

    Sports

    Rugby

    Success for Namibias National Team

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    ?Are our Educational Institutions simply ripping us off?? Isthe price of education a realistic reflection of what we get formoney? Are universities (and private institutes) in Namibia init for the education or the money.Above is a consumer who feels otherwise about private

    institutions in Namibia after an unpleasant experience with one

    of them.

    Private Institutions of Learning

    Our constitution states:

    (4) All persons shall have the right, at their own expense, to

    establish and to maintain private schools, or colleges or other

    institutions of tertiary education:

    provided that:

    a. such schools, colleges or institutions of tertiary education

    are registered with a Government department in accordance

    with any law authorising and regulating such registration;

    b. the standards maintained by such schools, colleges or

    institutions of tertiary education are not inferior to the

    standards maintained in comparable schools, colleges or

    institutions of tertiary education funded by the State;

    Tertiary education schools are mushrooming all over the

    country. They provide everything from art classes, computer

    literacy to business skills. The problem is that the standards are

    not up to par and most students receive a qualification which

    is not worth the paper it is printed on. Let us look at a typical

    example and call it the Tertiary Education Academy.

    Tertiary Education Academy (TEA)

    The owner TEA is a businessman without any qualification

    in education, after all, the Academy is a business and wasstarted to make a profit. None of the staff members, including

    the Principal, has any professional training or recognised

    educational qualification. The lecturers at the Academy are

    also not qualified teachers.

    TEA offers the following courses:

    Typing skills

    Bookkeeping

    Computer Literacy Microsoft Office

    PC Engineering A+ and N+

    Software Programming

    The Academy also offers Diplomas in Tourism, Public

    Relations, Business, Finance and Personnel Administration.

    The Academy is a very profitable business and the owner is

    planning on offering further diploma courses.

    Great! However, most of the students (and their parents) are

    not aware that the lecturers are not professionally qualified.

    Furthermore, imagine the students dismay when they find

    out that none of these courses are recognised by the Namibian

    Qualifications Authority. Even worse, the diploma courses are

    not worth more than a Grade 12 qualification, according to theUniversities.

    Now, before we start closing all these schools, institutes and

    academies, let us examine their role in our country.

    More and more students are completing their schooling and not

    finding place at the University or Polytechnic. Their parents

    or care-givers cannot afford the study fees in other countries,

    so these students have to look for employment. Having no

    marketable skill, they often do not find employment and

    become one of the many unemployed.

    The private tertiary education institutes offer the students an

    opportunity to gather knowledge about business and prepare

    them for gainful employment.

    So what can we do?

    We need to have a body that actively encourages that the

    standards maintained by such schools, colleges or institutions

    of tertiary education are not inferior to the standards maintained

    in comparable schools, colleges or institutions of tertiary

    education funded by the State. The NQA must publicise the

    names of those that are registered and these institutions must

    meet the required standards. Furthermore, the NQA must be

    given teeth to close down those who do not meet nor comply

    with the standards set within a period of time.

    If you wish to check that your college or school is offering a

    valid qualification, request a copy of the NQA accreditation of

    the course. The accreditation letter should include the name of

    the course, the duration and most importantly the NQA level

    that it meets.

    Sound advice is to ask the institution to provide you with

    business customers who book their staff for training. Contact

    the companies Human Resources Department and find out

    their opinion on the quality of training provided.

    Note: Mr. Louw is