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NIPAM signs MoU with PE CEO’s Forum

WINDHOEK – Establishing a framework for cooperative institutional relations to promote cooperation in the area of mutual interest is the focus of the first ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) and the Public Enterprises CEO’s Forum.

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Walvis card ‘abusing’ councillor suspended

WALVIS BAY - Walvis Bay’s Swapo municipal councillor Simson Nghilumbwa, who is also chairperson of council’s management committee, has been placed on a 30-day suspension to pave way for an investigation into his alleged abuse of his official municipal credit card to the tune of N$83 000 in five months. 

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Suspected Namibian crime syndicate busted in S.A.

WINDHOEK - The head of the local Interpol Bureau, Deputy Commissioner Immanuel Sam, said they could not confirm whether the five men arrested in Vaal, a substantial urban area near Johannesburg, South Africa, accused of kidnapping, extortion, armed robbery, assault to cause GBH and masquerading as police officers targeting people selling their goods online, are indeed Namibians.

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Otjomuise murderer gets 37 years ... and five years for GBH

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka yesterday morning sentenced convicted killer Elwen Gawaxab to 37 and a half years imprisonment for murder plus a further five years for assault with grievous bodily harm without making any order as to whether the sentences are to run concurrently or consecutively. This means that Gawaxab after serving two thirds of the 37 and a half years will in all likelihood still have to serve two thirds of the five-year sentence.

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Labour force key to remedy youth unemployment

WINDHOEK – The Minister of Economic Planning and the Director General of the National Planning Commission, Obeth Kandjoze says labour force participation needs to be increased in order to address the high youth unemployment rates and the mismatch in the labour force. 

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Resettlement database to be developed

WINDHOEK -  To allay public discontent over the land resettlement programme the government will develop and maintain a database containing names of beneficiaries to avoid multiple land ownership within one region and between different regions at the expense of  landless Namibians.

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Water crisis at Rundu imperils state hospital

RUNDU - The Rundu Intermediate Hospital is struggling to ensure hygienic hospital conditions as water cuts continue to haunt the town where the town council can’t afford to keep the town’s tap running. The hospital’s dialysis patients are also affected as patients with kidney problems cannot undergo dialysis as the machines need clean water to make them safe and clean.

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TRIBUTE: What a deep shocker 

Desie Heita’s sudden death reached me yesterday late afternoon, like a thief in the night. It certainly is a huge loss not only to New Era Publication Corporation (NEPC), or Namibia, but to humanity in its entirety.

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Geingob, colleagues mourn Desie Heita

WINDHOEK - As New Era comes to grips with the passing of its talented writer and associate editor Desie Heita, messages of condolence have been pouring in from all corners, particularly the media fraternity, where he cemented himself as one of the best economic and financial scribes.

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Beef industry awaits fate on redline

WINDHOEK – Meatco, the country’s premier meat processing and marketing entity, and the Meat Board of Namibia, the regulatory authority for livestock and red meat, have both appealed that proper animal disease control measures be put in place before removing the so-called northern veterinary cordon fence.

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Land a pipedream for women

WINDHOEK – Although Resolution 17 of the first national land conference of 1991 stipulated that women should have the right to own land and the right to inherit it, to date only 23 percent of them own commercial land.

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Thousands benefit from free dental outreach

WINDHOEK – More than 2 000 residents from Tutungeni informal settlement in Rosh Pinah were treated to a free dental outreach, under a programme that also targeted farmhands and greatly improved their dental hygiene, a basic health service to which they do not have easy access. 

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Ndonga Linena sits on millions yet has a huge debt

RUNDU - Small-scale farmers at the government-run Ndonga Linena irrigation project in Kavango East stand to lose substantial losses from their maize crop that has started wilting because it cannot be irrigated after the power supplier - Nored - cut off power at the project over a N$3 million debt.

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Diaz Primary bags VMMC gold award

LÜDERITZ - Diaz Primary School in Lüderitz received the first ever gold certificate on male circumcision saturations, because the school reached the circumcision rate of 87 percent for boys who have had their ‘smart cut’ under a new health programme to reduce HIV infections.

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Land conference on as planned, Mbumba

WINDHOEK –Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba last night said government has done everything in its power to accommodate the demands of groups invited to next week’s land conference, hence their mass withdrawals would not stop the gathering from going ahead.

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Nawatiseb welcomes SADC delegates for ICT

WINDHOEK – Deputy Minister of Information Communication and Technology, Engel Nawatiseb says SADC officials delegated for ICT and Information should not forget their ministries of ICT in various member states, are critical enablers of innovation and sustainable socio-economic development.

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Namibia, Canada seek mutual commercial ties

WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during their meeting on Friday in Ottawa, reaffirmed commitment to grow the two nations’ bilateral commercial relationship and stressed the importance of achieving economic growth that benefits both parties.  

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Seeis cops accused of brutality

WINDHOEK - A swollen face, bloodshot eyes and a fractured jaw are some of the injuries a 22-year-old man from Seeis says he sustained at the hands of police officers, who beat him up at the village using apartheid-style tactics on Friday.

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Duke of Cambridge coming to Namibia

WINDHOEK - The Duke of Cambridge Prince William is set to make his first visit to Namibia, on 24th and 25th September, as part of his trip to Africa ahead of the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference to be held in London on 11th and 12th October 2018. 

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No salary hike for political office bearers

WINDHOEK - The Public Office-Bearers Remuneration and Benefits Commission (POBC) has revealed that due to the challenging economic conditions experienced in the country, political office bearers will not receive any salary increment until the economy shows a sign of recovery. 

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Peugeot to assemble cars by end of 2018

WINDHOEK - Work has already commenced on the much-anticipated N$190 million Peugeot assembly plant in Walvis Bay and a spokesperson from the French car manufacturer has confirmed the plant should be ready by the end of 2018 when vehicles will be expected to roll off the assembly lines.

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TB cases sharply decreasing

TSUMEB - The Ministry of Health and Social Services recorded only a nominal decrease of Tuberculosis (TB) cases in the past three years from 9154 cases of active TB reported in 2016, to 8854 in 2017 representing a decrease of a mere 3 percent, while so far this year the figure further decreased to 8575.

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Youths frustrated by slow processing of loan applications

WINDHOEK - Some youths who applied for loans through the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Services have accused the institution of neglecting their applications. Youths who spoke to New Era on condition of anonymity claimed that they have applied through the ministry, six months ago and up to now there is no response.

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Tribal chiefs’ integrity ‘under threat’

WINDHOEK – Describing the infighting and instances of leadership succession disputes that continue to prevail among traditional authorities as disheartening, President Hage Geingob cautioned traditional leaders against taking succession disputes into the arena of modern day courts, saying it erodes the traditional values and norms of society.

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Namibia prepares for Ebola outbreak

WINDHOEK - With neighbouring Zambia being among countries at risk of an Ebola outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Social Services says Namibia has an Ebola virus disease (EVD) preparedness and response plan in place that was developed in 2015.

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Poverty linked to human trafficking in Namibia

WINDHOEK - Due to lack of substantial evidence and experience of dealing with cases of human trafficking in Namibia, poverty, unemployment, lack of education and family instability were identified as some of the key factors pushing victims into the illicit trade that is so widespread it has assumed global proportions.

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Star of the Week: Walvis Bay, Mayor Wilfred Immanuel

Our Star of the Week is Walvis Bay, Mayor Wilfred Immanuel who through his good leadership averted a possible food crisis at Walvis Bay and Swakopmund State Hospitals after about 85 patients were left without food for several days when a catering company contracted to supply food, withdrew its services due to money owed to it by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

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Where is the church in all this?

WINDHOEK – Faith-based communities can have meaningful and impactful roles in the lives of individuals and society at large if they join hands to address societal ills such as gender-based violence, the Director of the Windhoek Islamic Centre, Dr Armas Abdul Malik Shikongo says.  

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Shanghala, Amupanda showdown off

WINDHOEK - Outspoken land activist, Job Amupanda and the Minister of Justice Sackey Shanghala have decided to bury the hatchet and settle the lawsuit in which the minister sought to sue the youthful academic for N$500 000 in damages for defamation. 

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Listeriosis outbreak eradicated in South Africa

WINDHOEK -The end of the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa as declared yesterday means the chances for Namibia to have a similar outbreak are nullified, according to the deputy director for public and environmental health in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Benson Ntomwa. 

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Geingob praises new strategic ties with China

WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob yesterday informed his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping of Namibia’s satisfaction with progress in the bilateral relationship since the African nation’s elevation to a status of comprehensive strategic partner of the Asian economic giant.

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Media and SRHR: A Namibian perspective

The media can play a crucial role in promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHRs) in Namibia because of its various functions, which include providing a link between government and the people, watchdog, setting the agenda and influencing public opinion.