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New Era Newspaper - 15/06/2017 - Vol22 No215

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New Era Newspaper - 15/06/2017 - Vol22

Vol. 22 No. 215 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, June 15 2017 Namibian embassies to open condolence books Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation says books of condolence for the revered anti-apartheid struggle icon, Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, would soon be opened at embassies around the world. Ya Toivo died last Friday at the age of 92 in Windhoek. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Peya Mushelenga yesterday said the government initially had been waiting for a final portrait of Ya Toivo for use with the books of condolence at the embassies. He said the family have since provided a portrait and President Hage Geingob is expected to sign it off officially. “We will be informed as to when the books of condolence will be opened. First we were waiting for the declaration of the national mourning days. The choice of the picture was left to the family. We were waiting for the family to provide an official picture, but they have decided and finalised it now. Everything will be announced in due course as to when the books of condolence will be opened,” he stated. National Assembly Speaker Professor Peter Katjavivi, who formally announced Ya Toivo’s death to the House on Tuesday, said Ya Toivo’s life was shaped by the liberation struggle, so much so that his life should become public knowledge. BOOKS on page 2 Inside Today New Base FM board promises good change Both the acting station manager at Base FM in Katutura, Jehoiackim Kateve, and the newly elected chairperson of the station’s board of trustees, Pendapala Nakathingo, have vowed to turn around the fortunes of the financially troubled community radio station. Page 3 Bank of Namibia keeps repo rate unchanged at 7% The Bank of Namibia’s (BoN’s) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) yesterday announced that the repo rate - the rate at which banks borrow money from the central bank - will remain unchanged at 7 percent. Page 9 ‘Resolute’ Welwitschias beat Italy in Nations Cup In a superb display characterised by teamwork, determination and ardent fervour, Namibia’s senior rugby team, the Welwitschias (not the second-stringers Windhoek Draught Welwitschias who are currently participating in the Currie Cup) yesterday delivered a breathtaking performance to brush aside Italy 38-22 during their Nations Cup clash in Montevideo, Uruguay. Page 24 Referral hospitals stretched beyond limits Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The Ministry of Health and Social Services says it is finding it difficult to keep the sick away from hospitals, despite advice by the auditor general (AG) Junias Kandjeke to avoid admission of patients beyond ward capacity. This is contained in the latest audit report of the ministry’s activities of the 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial years submitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday. According to the report, through observations and interviews conducted at healthy facilities it was found that hospital wards were admitting more patients than bed capacity, and at times patients were accommodated on floors, corridors, in storerooms and in cafeterias. This problem was mostly experienced at wards dealing with medical emergencies, maternity, surgical and paediatric health, while admission in other wards were within bed capacity most of the time. “The mixture of patients with different illness and an unconducive health environment could affect their Lack of planning degrades environment – Nandi-Ndaitwah Albertina Nakale Windhoek Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has expressed great concern that Namibia’s beautiful environment is being increasingly threatened by a number of development initiatives that are not properly planned. Speaking at the workshop this week for parliamentarians that interrogated the Environmental Management Act, Nandi- Ndaitwah said some development initiatives are conducted carelessly and show no respect for the importance of the environment. She singled out illegal sand mining, quarrying for construction material and waste management. The workshop, organized by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, aimed at sensitizing parliamentarians on the importance of the Act. She said the Environmental Management Act, No. 7 of 2007, was passed by parliament to regulate or put the brakes on such destructive practices. According to her, the damage caused to the environment is now so serious that it is likely to have a great impact on the lives of future generations. PLANNING on page 2 health condition and also result in poor health services,” he said. Kandjeke suggested that to ensure efficient service delivery the ministry should avoid the admission of patients in wards beyond their capacity as it has an overall negative effect on the health condition of all patients in the same ward. HOSPITALS on page 2 Overwhelmed… The admission of patients at Katutura hospital is often beyond the hospital’s capacity and overcrowding has become a regular sight at the facility. Photo: Emmency Nuukala Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover

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