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Vol. 22 No. 226 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, June 30 2017 Inside Today Namcol budget reduced by N million Government has not spared the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) from the drastic budget cuts it has imposed due to the country currently faces, and has slashed the institution’s budget by nearly N million. Page 3 Uushona to face Belaev tonight at Ramatex World Boxing Federation (WBF) welterweight world champion Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Uushona is brimming reassured his fans he is in the best shape of his life ahead of the muchawaited clash against Russian challenger Roman Belaev. Page 40 Dr Haufiku’s headaches lead to better health access Photo: Nampa Namibia and Zimbabwe revise information sharing agreement Upgrade… Namibia and Zimbabwe’s ministers of information yesterday endorsed the spirit captured in the new 2004. “We are aware that many developments took place since signing of the memorandum of understanding [between Namibia and Zimbabwe] in 2004. [Yet] the underpinning vision remains unchanged, [it] remains on solid foundations,” said the Zimbabwe Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe. The Zimbabwean delegation spent nearly a week in the country revising the agreement to address the changing media landscape and evolution of technologies. Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya said the revised agreement – which is yet to go through legal drafters in both countries – must work so that “information is conveyed truthfully and timeously”. In the photo Tweya (left) and Mushohwe endorse the draft of revised documents while Zimbabwe information permanent secretary and spokesperson of President Robert Mugabe, George Charamba, looks on. Desie Heita Windhoek Namibia is most likely one of the few African countries whose spending on access to health per person is way above the N4 threshold recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) more than ten years ago. Yet, the health minister Dr Bernard that such high public investment has not managed to eliminate queues at hospitals across the interview with New Era, had a he told of patients having to travel long distances to camp overnight their prescriptions for high blood pressure, ARVs or TB. HEALTH on page 2 Grapes to grow into billion-dollar industry Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop With more land being cleared to make value of seedless Namibian grapes is mark this year. as more companies set up vineyards, which not only means job opportunities for many unemployed people but also domestic product, and this year’s Photo: Matheus Hamutenya Poor housing… revenue of N billion. //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson during her state of the region address on Monday said the grape industry since 2015, GRAPES on page 2 Trial date set for DRC general’s missing millions Roland Routh Windhoek A court date has been set for the criminal trial of embattled coastal estate agent Erwin Sprangers, 58, and his wife Lorinda, who face charges of fraud and theft by false pretences over N.7 million allegedly stolen from a Congolese general who had wanted to buy property at the coast. Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa has decided to charge the Sprangers couple criminally in the High Court over the alleged disappearance of the money. Judge Christi Liebenberg, who was allocated the trial, informed the Sprangers yesterday that the earliest their trial can start is October 17 this year, it being the only time his and the State and defence lawyers’ diaries correspond. The judge set down the trial for October 17 to October 27. The Sprangers will be represented by Advocate Louis Botes and the State by Advocate Erich Moyo. Erwin Sprangers alone faces a charge of fraud, but together with by conversion, alternatively theft. The matter arises from a business transaction between the Sprangers and Democratic Republic of Congo Army General, Francois Olenga, during January, 2010 when it was allegedly agreed that Olenga would deposit US0,000 into the trust account of the Sprangers’ estate agency, Kintcher Estates, as trust money for the development of two properties the general owned at the coast, or for the acquisition of further properties for Olenga. According to the charge sheet, MILLIONS on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper appclassifieds/discover

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