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New Era Newspaper - 01/06/2017 - Vol22 No205

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New Era Newspaper - 01/06/2017 - Vol22

Vol. 22 No. 205 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, June 1 2017 Inside Today Councillor deplores rampant stock theft Epukiro constituency councillor Cornelius Kanguatjivi has condemned the high levels of stock theft in his constituency. Page 3 Standard Bank recommits to growth in Africa The Standard Bank Group is firmly rooted in Africa as one of the financial institutions with the continent’s growth at heart and as such Standard Bank Namibia recently sponsored N0 000 towards the Africa Day commemoration gala dinner in Windhoek. Page 10 NAFPU loses labour case against NPL In another disastrous legal upshot, the Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU) was sent back to the drawing board by the Office of the Labour Commissioner after the union failed in its legal bid to force the Namibia Premier League (NPL) to recognise it as the exclusive bargaining agent for local footballers. Page 24 Inside the ambitious NDP5 blueprint Seeks to prolong life expectancy Quarterly reports on progress Infrastructure’s N billion to GDP Reduce rural poverty to 20% Staff Reporter Windhoek The newly launched Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) seeks to increase the population’s longevity, while making investments in areas that would fortify the country against expected demographic changes. The plan, launched by President Hage Geingob at State House yesterday, is, for the next five years, to pump investments into sectors that would allow the younger generations to have better knowledge and skill, while living in a country whose economy has a high income from the export of locally manufactured goods, and value addition services. Most importantly, though, the NDP5 is, in itself, different from the President Hage Geingob previous four development plans, especially that the plan takes into consideration lessons learnt from the implementation of previous plans. It requires each government ministry, office and agency to do quarterly report-backs on the implementation of the targets set out for the next five years. Indeed, gone are the days of low implementation rates and plans not accompanied by proper monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. TransNamib within an inch of appointing CEO Under investigation… Suspended TransNamib acting CEO Hippy Tjivikua Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek TransNamib board chairperson Paul Smith yesterday said Trans- Namib would appoint a permanent chief executive officer (CEO) within weeks. The CEO position became vacant following Sara Naanda- Katiti’s suspension in October 2014 after she was charged with breach of confidentiality, breach of trust NDP5 on page 2 and conflict of interest. “The process of appointing the CEO is 80 percent completed and ought to be finalised in the next coming weeks. In the meantime, the board has to govern the business with the minimum resources available to ensure its survival,” he said. Responding to the suspension of the company’s acting CEO Hippy Tjivikua and property manager Struggle Ihuhua, CEO on page 2 Omusati education directorate grounds fleet due to budget cuts Loide Jason Ongwediva The Omusati Regional Council’s directorate of education, arts and culture has directed that all government vehicles in the directorate be grounded until further notice, citing far-reaching budgetary cuts. The internal memo seen by New Era dated, May 26, 2017 indicates the financial status of the directorate for the financial year 2017/18 looks very bleak due to severe budgetary cuts in the public sector. So even critical votes/items, which include transport and rentals, have not been allocated funds. The overall budget ceiling of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has been reduced by three percent for the 2017/2018 financial year, its minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said during her budget speech in April. The ministry received N.3 billion in 2016/2017 and N. 9 billion for the current financial year. OMUSATI on page 2 GROSS BARMEN RESORT Gross Barmen is located about 100 km from the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek. The resort offers modern conference facilities for indoor and outdoor conferences. It can cater to small and large groups alike and can also provide delicious meals. MAKE YOUR BOOKING TODAY! +264 61 285 7108 / 285 7167 / 285 7169 / 285 7188 FROM N$ 440 * * For NamLeisure Members, Terms and conditions apply New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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