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WINDHOEK- Nearly 1 700 people have been retrenched in various sectors of the economy in the last five months, revealed the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Erkki Nghimtina, on Thursday. WINDHOEK- The finance ministry has during this financial year paid N$2.1 billion of accumulated invoices, including those arising from the slowdown on projects and penalties, Minister Calle Schlettwein said. 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. WINDHOEK- Government yesterday confirmed the recognition of Chief Turimuro Hoveka and his traditional seat the Hoveka Royal House as a traditional authority in the jurisdiction of Eiseb Block in the Otjombinde Constituency in the Omaheke Region. WINDHOEK – The Namibia Integrated Employment Information System (NIEIS) has placed over 5 000 people in jobs at various organisations across the country since its inception in 2013. WINDHOEK - Presidential Affairs Minister Martin Andjaba says he is concerned about a lack of service delivery across the country that can be detrimental to the nation’s economic growth. WINDHOEK- The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, has dismissed claims the City of Windhoek misled him when it suspended the city’s CEO, Robert Kahimise. WINDHOEK – The mid-year budget cuts tabled by treasury last week has forced the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development to freeze all its capital projects whose implementation has not yet commenced. WINDHOEK - The Ovambanderu community in the Eiseb Block in Omaheke Region are set to challenge the recognition of Chief Turimuro Hoveka of the Hoveka Royal House as a traditional authority in that jurisdiction, New Era has learned. WINDHOEK- Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi has hailed the Basic Education Bill currently under discussion in parliament, saying if instituted and executed well, the Bill could evoke greater benefits from Namibia’s basic education system. 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. WINDHOEK – The Namibian inter-ministerial committee tasked to facilitate the repatriation process of over 1,500 Batswana of Namibian descent who have shown willingness to return to their native country, visited Botswana last week. WINDHOEK – Higher education minister Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi yesterday said it was unreasonable for Namibians to demand salary hikes at a time when the country faces serious economic challenges. WINDHOEK – Lawyers of City of Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise plan to file an urgent application in the Windhoek High Court today to seek relief against their client’s latest suspension by city council. WINDHOEK - Minister of Justice Sacky Shanghala yesterday said the Maintenance Amendment Bill - placed on the ministry’s website yesterday for public input - will among others seek to blacklist child maintenance defaulters from participating in government tenders. 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. 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. WINDHOEK – Chairperson of SADC Council of Ministers and Namibia’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is confident the elections in the DRC will be peaceful, free, fair and transparent. WINDHOEK - Close to 1000 employees of Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) could go on strike soon after the Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) and the company failed to reach consensus on wage negotiations. 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.