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New Era Newspaper - 02/06/2017 - Vol22 No206

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New Era Newspaper - 02/06/2017 - Vol22

Vol. 22 No. 206 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, June 2 2017 Inside Today Workers still treated like slaves: Basson //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson says employers continue to treat Namibian workers like slaves even 27 years after independence, which makes it imperative that government has strong labour inspectors. Page 3 Local businesses can contribute to SDGs Estimates indicate that an investment of US trillion to US trillion a year will be required to realise the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations (UN) at the beginning of 2016, which all UN members subscribed to, including Namibia. Page 17 Big guns call for NPL dissolution Precisely 32 years now since the country’s elite football clubs sent shockwaves in domestic football by severing ties with the now-defunct South West Africa Football Association (SWA- FA) – the same teams are at it again. Page 40 Access to ARVs made easier Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele Omaheke needs more resettlement farms Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Only 42 percent of the applicants for farm resettlement from Omaheke Region, which translates into three people out of seven, were resettled on government farms in the region during the 2016/17 financial year, Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele revealed this week. In his state of the region address on Tuesday, Ueitele said the land reform ministry only procured three farms in the region during the past financial year, namely Smutsville, Bospoort Portion 1 and Bospoort Portion 2. He said two more beneficiaries were resettled at farms Lora and Kranz, bringing the overall number of beneficiaries resettled in Omaheke to seven. He said out of the seven, three beneficiaries are from the Omaheke. According to him the ministry also acquired farms No. 432 measuring 9,873 hectares (ha), Portion 1 of farm Verweg No. 431 measuring 4,182 ha and Portion 2 (Lavenier) of farm Verweg No. 431 measuring 3,000 ha. Loide Jason Onandjamba OMAHEKE on page 2 About 750 people living with HIV currently receive antiretroviral (ARV) medication through the newly implemented communitybased refill model. This system allows HIVpositive patients who are otherwise Progress in probe of GIPF missing millions Selma Ikela Windhoek The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force, Sebastian Ndeitunga, says good progress has been made with the marathon investigation into the missing N0 million from the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF). Ndeitunga said completed dockets were forwarded to the prosecutor-general (PG) for a final decision on whether to prosecute suspects in the massive scam. Ndeitunga was responding to questions on the status of the investigation and whether the case has gone cold. Staff Reporter Ongwediva The Namibian police were assisted by South African company Nexus Forensic Services in their investigation into the millions that went missing through loans granted to several companies. Those that benefited are prominent business people, retired politicians and senior legal advisors, amongst others, who all have now built up substantial assets. “For any docket that is still under investigation the PG had to give some instructions and the police are dealing with those instructions from the PG. But what I can say is that most of the dockets were forwarded to the PG. We are looking forward to hearing the PG’s instructions,” said Ndeitunga who was speaking from France where is he attending a meeting. Nambahu urges farmers to co-exist with wildlife The Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Tommy Nambahu, has called for cooperation between the environment ministry and communities so that they peacefully co-exist with wild animals. He made the call yesterday following a spate of incidents in which farmers in the north illegally shot and killed at least six lions that had reportedly hunted and killed several of their cattle. Nambahu visited the areas north of Etosha National Park to assess the condition of the game-proof fence and gauge the views of farmers who have been complaining about their animals being killed by lions, and elephants destroying their crop fields. Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Tommy Nambahu NAMBAHU on page 2 healthy to get their HIV medicines right in their own communities, without having to travel to a clinic every month. The system will help patients get their medicine on a regular basis and not miss any doses and thus stay healthy. According to American Ambassador to Namibia Thomas Daughton, who spoke at the launch of the model at Onandjama in Oshikoto Region yesterday, people who take their ARVs and periodically get checked ensure their viral load stays under control. “It not only helps HIV-positive people live normal, healthy lives, but also prevents them from passing the virus on to others,” he said. He added that Namibia has GIPF on page 2 since long faced challenges in accessing ART, as well as the issue of chronic HIV caused by the sheer number of patients. “Sometimes it’s the long distances patients have to travel to the nearest health facility to receive HIV services. Economic reality complicates those challenges too,” said the American ambassador. ARVS on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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