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China rescues SOS children’s village

WINDHOEK - The SOS Children’s Village in Khomasdal had its 34-year-old aging water system repaired with funding of N$88,184 from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China through its ambassador Zhang Yiming and N$36,816 availed by a Thai businessman, bringing the total donation to N$ 125 000.

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Speaker honoured for his contribution to education

WINDHOEK - Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi, was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Bath in London recently. Katjavivi, the founding Vice Chancellor and one of the pioneers of the University of Namibia, was honoured for his immense contribution to higher education in Namibia and the SADC region.

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President meets security chiefs

WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob on Wednesday met the leadership of the Namibian Police, Namibia Central Intelligence Service and Council of Defence to discuss various matters related to security and defence matters of the country.

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Shanghala moves to repeal 140 obsolete laws

WINDHOEK - Parliament is determined to get rid of the existing 143 obsolete laws after the Minister of Justice Sacky Shanghala tabled the long-awaited Repeal of Obsolete Laws Bill (Bill No 21 of 2018) in the National Assembly recently. The Bill provides for the repeal of certain obsolete laws and for incidental matters. 

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Setback for wife accused of mariticide

WINDHOEK - Braam Cupido - the Legal Aid lawyer of Rhyno Richardo du Preez, 35, who allegedly plotted with Rachel Rittmann, 47, to kill the latter’s husband in August 2013 - yesterday withdrew as the defense counsel of Du Preez citing conflicting instructions in the Windhoek High Court.

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Befitting Xmas gifts await Oshakati residents

OMUTHIYA -The National Housing Enterprise (NHE), in what looks like an early Christmas gift, will as of next week start handing over housing units to prospective first-time buyers, with Oshakati being first inline. The handover will be taking place in Ekuku in Oshakati on Friday.  

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Namibia listed seventh most child-friendly country

WINDHOEK - Namibia is listed the seventh country among the most child-friendly countries on the African continent by African Child Policy Forum, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Wilhencia Uiras informed the African Partnership to end violence against children. 

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Rittmann denies murder of husband

WINDHOEK - Rachel Rittmann, 47, the Gobabis woman accused of plotting with her lover, 35-year-old Rhyno Richardo du Preez, to kill her husband in August 2013 yesterday denied all the charges against them in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Christi Liebenberg. 

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Re-elected Kazapua calls for unity

WINDHOEK – Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua, who was re-elected to serve a fifth term yesterday, has called on councillors and management at the City of Windhoek to set aside their personal differences and pull in one direction.  Kazapua said failure to do this will divert the city’s focus on service delivery to the masses.

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2019 NAMA edition still on track

WINDHOEK - Telecommunication giant MTC has confirmed the 2019 edition of the highly acclaimed Namibian Annual Music Awards (Namas) will take place come rain or high water. There has been growing concerns among local artists, as there was no announcement made for them to submit their work before the usual deadline of 01 December every year as customary.

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Aminuis councillor pushes for drought funding

WINDHOEK - Aminuis Constituency Councillor Peter Kazongominja feels that had the long-overdue proposed Constituency Development Fund Bill, which was tabled in the National Council in 2015, been passed, the region could have had funds to contain the worsening and persistent famine in his drought-stricken area. With the prolonged drought in Aminuis Constituency in Omaheke Region, more than 300 livestock have died as farmers watch their animals helplessly succumb to famine.

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Road crashes cost economy N$1.3b a year

WINDHOEK – Road accidents are costing the country’s economy N$1.3 billion, says Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa. This was according to a study commissioned in 2016 by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) and carried out by audit firm Ernst and Young.

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Kameeta defends relevance of his ministry

WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare plays a critical role in coordinating and implementing the country’s blueprint on wealth redistribution and poverty eradication in collaboration with other ministries, public enterprises and agencies. 

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Bill to empower minister to fire boards

WINDHOEK – The Public Enterprises Governance Bill, introduced by Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste last month, seeks among others to give the portfolio minister power to remove public enterprises’ board of directors who fail to achieve corporate governance targets.

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SADC welcomes Madagascar’s provisional poll results

GABORONE - SADC, which is currently chaired by Namibian President, Hage Geingob, yesterday welcomed the publication of provisional results that were released by Madagascar’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) last week, following the first round of voting in the 2018 presidential election held on 7 November in the island nation.

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Geingob calls for leaner AU

WINDHOEK - Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson and Namibian President, Hage Geingob, is calling for a leaner, efficient and financially self-sufficient African Union (AU), able to deliver on the vision of prosperity and sustainable development for all its citizens. 

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27 VTC trainers sent to Zimbabwe

WINDHOEK - The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) has sent off 27 of vocational training centre trainers to Zimbabwe as part of their enrolment in higher national diploma qualifications in the areas of wood technology and construction engineering, at that country’s renowned Mutare Polytechnic. 

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Zambezi waterfront future remains bleak

KATIMA MULILO – The prospect resumption of operations of the state-owned Zambezi Waterfront and Tourism Park (ZWTP) is as bleak as it has been over the past two years when it was temporarily closed down by government, following allegations of mismanagement. 

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Food imports remain sky-high

WINDHOEK - During the 2017/18 financial year Namibia imported an astronomical 96 percent of its fruits, 96 percent of wheat, 60 percent of pearl millet and 40 percent of white maize from foreign countries. 

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Pokolo allegedly disappears with N$565 000

WINDHOEK - A case of theft has been opened against a former executive of a Lüderitz fishing company after he allegedly disappeared with N$565 000 that he was supposed to pay for a consignment of two trucks of fish destined for Zambia. The money was to be paid through a middleman.

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Venaani ‘willing to serve’ Damaras 

WINDHOEK – While in attendance at the 39th edition of the annual Damara Traditional and Cultural Festival at Okombahe in the Erongo Region over the weekend, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president McHenry Venaani openly declared his willingness to serve the Damara community should the need arise.

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Domestic violence appeal dismissed

WINDHOEK - Two judges of the northern division at Oshakati High Court dismissed an appeal against a sentence of 30 months’ imprisonment on a conviction of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act. The appeal was heard on October 9 already and the judgment given, but the reasons were only released last week.

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Norman Tjombe reacts

It might seem to be a good idea provided that it is implemented properly. The one problem I can foresee is that it is mostly corporate entities that tender in the government procurement processes. Thus, would the entire company be prohibited from tendering because one [of] its directors or shareholders has some outstanding child maintenance issues?

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Govt moves to curb bureaucracy

WINDHOEK - In its effort to curb bureaucracy and to accelerate provision of service delivery, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila told parliamentarians on Wednesday that government has turned to the application of e-governance.

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SADC countries should brace for Ebola

WINDHOEK – Dr Michel Kaswa Kayomo, the director of the National Programme against Tuberculosis in the Ministry of Public Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday underscored the importance of Ebola preparedness for all SADC countries. 

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Govt committed to fight GBV - PM

WINDHOEK - Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the Namibian Government is committed to fight and prevent violence against women and children and that “no efforts are being spared to ensure full protection of women, children and other vulnerable groups”.

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National pension fund still on cards

WINDHOEK - Plans by the Social Security Commission (SSC) to set up a contributory pension scheme meant to cater for close to 250 000 beneficiaries not attached to any pension fund is still on the cards, SSC Manager for Communication and Marketing Unomengi Kauapirura confirmed upon inquiry yesterday.

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New police station operates under tree

RUNDU - The community of Ndama, the sprawling and one of the biggest informal settlements in Rundu located south of the Trans Caprivi Highway, prompted the police to open a substation under a tree in order to cope with the increased daily crime in the area.

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Govt to recruit 240 medical graduates

WINDHOEK - The Permanent Secretary of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, yesterday said the additional N$175 million allocated to the health and social services ministry, which received N$6.5 billion in the main budget, will among others be used to recruit health professionals.

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Hanse-Himarwa wanted things done her way – witness

WINDHOEK - The former governor of the Hardap Region and current education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, 51, told members of a team that evaluated and selected the first beneficiaries of the mass housing scheme at Mariental that she was the appointed political leader of the region and thus things should be done her way. 

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Rhino suspects accuse police of brutality

KHORIXAS - Two youths, Johannes Ndaitwa (28) and Ngakuue Kapazu (30) suspected of poaching a rhino at a safari lodge near Etosha National Park have accused the police of beating a confession out of them, including caning them with a stick, resulting in severe injuries on their buttocks.

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Alleged serial rapist denied bail

WINDHOEK – ‘He must not get bail.  Because what he did to me is bad.’ This is what the 10-year-old girl who was genitally mutilated and defiled last week told her father before he left for the Katutura Magistrate’s Court where the man who had raped her appeared yesterday morning.

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Witness folds under questioning in  Hanse-Himarwa case

WINDHOEK - The second witness to testify in the corruption trial of education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, 51, was made to retract his statement that the CEO of Mariental Municipality told him that she (Hanse-Himarwa) removed two names from the beneficiary list for the mass housing scheme and replaced it with two other names.

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Nuyoma shares secret of GIPF turnaround

WINDHOEK - The turnaround strategies deployed by Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) over the past five years were highly successful and have shown that with the right combination of factors, organisations can meet challenges head on, CEO David Nuyoma said yesterday.

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Teachers’ unions threaten litigation

WINDHOEK - In a rare move, Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) and the Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu) leaders has joined hands demanding that the recent tabled Education Bill be referred to a relevant parliamentary committee for further public scrutiny and consultations.

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Why some retirees are not retired - PM

RUNDU - With unemployment taking its toll, leaving thousands of university graduates without jobs, the government allows many pensioners hang on to their jobs after they have turned 60 in the public service and SOEs, which critics say is unfair to youths who cannot not enter the job market.

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Horasis invites Geingob as guest of honour

WINDHOEK- Horasis Chairperson Dr Frank Richter during a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob on the margins of the World Investment Forum (WIF) extended an invitation to Geingob to be the guest of honour at the 2019 Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal next April.

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Salionga appointed as permanent judge

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Johanna Salionga who is currently presiding over the case of five people accused of a murder-for-hire plot has been appointed as a permanent judge of the High Court with effect from November 01. This year was announced by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). 

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Schlettwein identifies triple economic threat

WINDHOEK - When Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein on Wednesday tabled the mid-term budget for 2018/19, there were no adjustments in the projected overall expenditure but he cautioned that the country public’s finance face a triple threat, namely consolidation, lower economic growth and high unemployment. 

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Swapo to remunerate branch coordinators 

OMUTHIYA - All Swapo Party branch coordinators will soon start receiving remuneration for their work at the grassroots. The part believes it is the branch coordinators who canvass support for the party and must thus be rewarded for their work. According to Secretary-General Sophia Shaningwa, the move is one among many resolutions undertaken during the 2017 elective congress. 

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City to convene special meeting today over Kahimise

WINDHOEK – The City of Windhoek’s management committee will today convene a special meeting to officially suspend its CEO Robert Kahimise and to appoint an acting CEO, New Era has learned. Kahimise’s suspension was approved by Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga, following a written request by some members of the management committee to suspend him.

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Bail conditions scrapped in mob murder

WINDHOEK – The Katutrura Magistrate’s Court yesterday scrapped two bail conditions imposed on 11 men and women who are charged for their alleged involvement in a mob justice attack that resulted in the death of a 27-year-old Congolese refugee in June.

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Female CBD vendors claim victimisation by City Police

WINDHOEK – A group of female street vendors who normally operate within Windhoek’s central business district (CBD) held a peaceful demonstration on Friday, marching from Shoprite in Independence Avenue to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to hand over a petition addressed to President Hage Geingob.