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New Era Newspaper - 16/06/2017 - Vol22 No216

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New Era Newspaper - 16/06/2017 - Vol22

Vol. 22 No. 216 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, June 16 2017 Inside Today Tweya blasts ICT service providers Information and Communication Technology Minister Tjekero Tweya has castigated ICT service providers that he says have failed the nation by not providing them with the available technological services 27 years after independence. Page 3 Air Namibia appoints first female long haul captain Air Namibia has confirmed the appointment of Captain Cornelia Hahn as the airline’s first female long haul captain, operating the Airbus A330-200, which serves the Windhoek-Frankfurt route. Page 17 Get your house in order, Hage tells football bosses President Geingob says the ongoing wrangles in domestic football is becoming a nuisance and quite worrisome to the country at large, as it is affecting many people, including himself. Page 44 SSC explains investment with SME Bank Desie Heita Windhoek The need to cut out middlemen, who at one point were earning in excess of N million per annum without Schools commemorate Day of the African Child Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has reiterated that its implementation guidelines still stand regarding commemoration of the Day of the African Child. Following wide consultations last year the ministry issued a directive that the Day of the African Child should be commemorated formally at schools this year. This confirmation follows queries and complaints by some parents and teachers who wanted to know why learners have to go to school if the Day of the African Child is listed as a public holiday in Namibia. However, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, told New Era the directive remains as decided last year. “The circular is very clear,” she said. The circular which Steenkamp signed last year November 30 and addressed to education stakeholders clearly states the Day of the African Child should not be a formal teaching day, but commemoration and awareness activities should take place that will be beneficial and of value to learners. The addressees included the education minister and her deputy, chief regional officers, CHILD on page 2 delivering any profits, was what prompted the Social Security Commission (SSC) to invest funds with SME Bank. Further, the investments were also part of SSC’s new investment approach, which sought to grow its multi-billion-dollar assets, which were previously subjected to stagnation and occasional plundering by those tasked to run the commission, as evidenced in many media reports over the last two decades. Special… Today is Day of the African Child SSC manager for investments Lorentha Harases SSC on page 2 Photo: Emmency Nuukala Hundreds of Namibian refugees still at Dukwi Albertina Nakale Windhoek Despite concerted efforts by the Namibian government to expedite the process and procedure of clearance for voluntary repatriation, 884 Namibian refugees are still living at Dukwi refugee camp in Botswana. The Namibian and Botswana governments and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) at the 18th tripartite commission meeting in Katima Mulilo from August 9 – 11, 2016, discussed the outcome of the Botswana High Court interdicting the implementation of the Invocation of the Cessation Clause, supposed to have been effected on December 31, 2015. The commissioner for refugees Likius Valombola in an interview with New Era this week said that to date the Namibian government is committed to repatriate the remaining 884 Namibians, who are still at Dukwi, in dignity and safety, without them being subjected to persecution. Since the signing of the tripartite agreement in 2002, Valombola revealed, 1,384 Namibians have returned home in safety and dignity, and are now contributing to the development of Namibia. DUKWI on page 2 Simataa explains New Era circulation Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, yesterday told parliament that the reduction in printed copies of New Era is a result of high printing and distribution costs that its publisher, New Era Publication Corporation (NEPC), faces. Simataa said this while responding to questions posed by DTA chief chip in the National Assembly, Jennifer van der Heever, who wanted to know the reason behind the reduction in New Era copies. “The cost of printing is about N million annually while the distribution is approximately N million annually,” said Simataa, adding that during these times of financial difficulties organisations must flex their expenditure within the ambit of available means to ensure sustainability of their operations. He says although the reduction in the number of copies printed is regrettable on the part of the newspaper’s readership, SIMATAA on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover

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