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New Era Newspaper Friday April 27,

Newspaper for Namibia Friday 27 April 2018 N.00 (incl VAT) Vol. 23 No. 161 UNDP Resident Coordinator bids farewell Page 03 Skorpion Zinc posts steady profits over last two years Page 31 Debmarine Cup quarterfinals … Top guns ready to clash this weekend Page 44 National Business Sport President congratulates Nujoma on O.R. Tambo award •Staff Reporter 600 job losses feared at Langer Heinrich WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob yesterday congratulated Founding President Sam Nujoma for the award of the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo Gold, which the country’s first head of state is in line to receive tomorrow from the government of South Africa. “ P r e s i d e n t o f t h e Republic of Namibia, Dr Hage G. Geingob wishes to congratulate the Founding President and Father of the Namibian Nation, Dr Sam Shafishuna Nujoma for his nomination and award of the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo Gold,” press secretary in the Namibian presidency Dr Alfredo Hengari said in a statement late yesterday. NUJOMA on page 2 Photo: Paladin Energy To be mothballed… Paladin Energy is placing its Langer Heinrich mine under care and maintenance. •Eveline de Klerk WALVIS BAY - About 600 workers at the troubled Langer Heinrich mine fear losing their jobs after the company confirmed yesterday that it was shutting down its mining operations at the open pit mine in the Namib Desert. Paladin Energy, the owners of the mine, told its employees that it would be placing the mine under care and maintenance, latest August this year. The plummeting uranium prices, which are the lowest in 15 years, are the contributing reasons. The mine’s interim managing director Michael Itrona broke the sad news to the employees yesterday morning with an internal memo. JOB on page 2 Govt to analyse drop in press freedom ranking •Kuzeeko Tjitemisa WINDHOEK - Government is to engage with all stakeholders to analyse what went so wrong for Namibia to drop in ranking as the African country with the freest press, information minister Stanley Simataa told New Era. In the latest index, French-based Reporters Without Boarders indicates that Namibia is ranked 26th in the world, having dropped two places from the 24th position which made it the country with the freest press in Africa in 2017. PRESS on page 2 Dr Alfredo Hengari Vocational training enrolment surpasses Harambee targets •Albertina Nakale WINDHOEK - In the previous financial year altogether 24,937 trainees were enrolled for vocational education and training (VET) programmes at both public and private training institutions, countrywide. The Higher Education Minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi said this figure now stands at 27,132, which exceeds the enrolment target as articulated in the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP). The desired outcome with respect to vocational education and training during the Harambee period will be to increase the number of qualified VET trainers from 15,000 in 2015 to 25,000 by 2020. The minister noted that a comprehensive Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Transformation and Expansion Strategy has been developed with a 15-year implementation timeline. This, she explained, includes the expansion of infrastructure or facilities at existing vocational training centres (VTCs), TRAINING on page 2 166 NAMIBIAN TRAINED Medical Doctors in 3 years

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