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New Era Newspaper Friday August 18,

Vol. 22 No. 261 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, August 18 2017 opulation rowing faster han economy Schade Desie Heita Windhoek Namibia’s population growth has surpassed the projections of the 2011 census, while economic growth has slowed, leading to an average decline of around N0 in individual earnings last year. It was particularly in 2016 when the chickens came home to roost, as research shows that the country’s population growth reached 1.9 percent – above the projected estimate of 1.4 percent. In 2016, economic growth in Namibia was five times lower than in 2014 and 2015. Taking into account the just-released economic statistics, 2016 appears to meet the criteria to be defined as ‘annus horribilis’ – a Latin term, meaning ‘a horrible year’, made famous by Britain’s reigning monarch in the early 1990s. In 2016, the statistical average earnings per person in Namibia declined by about N0, compared to earnings of 2015 – a situation attributed mainly to the rate of population growth. ECONOMY on page 2 Photo: Emmency Nuukala Feeling the pinch… The average national income per person fell by N9 in 2016, putting added pressure on households to curb spending. Inside Today De Beers offers opportunity for Namibians to study at Stanford Aspiring young Namibian entrepreneurs are being invited to enrol for the Stanford Graduate School of Business for a year-long leadership programme, called the Seed Transformation Programme. Page 3 Economy grew only 1.1% in 2016 - NSA The domestic economy is estimated to have recorded a slow growth of 1.1 percent during 2016, compared to the 6 percent recorded in 2015. Page 17 Photo: Emmency Nuukala Confrontational… Quantity surveyor Jason Ndadi (left) confronts the permanent secretary of Works and Transport, Willem Goeiemann (not pictured), at the head office of the Ministry of Works and Transport during an intense meeting yesterday. Engineers clash with Works PS over jobs Selma Ikela Windhoek There was a heated exchange at the head offices of the Ministry of Works and Transport yesterday when the Namibian Society of Engineers demanded that all posts occupied by Zimbabwean engineering expatriates be immediately advertised. The engineers, who read out a letter of their grievances to the ministry’s permanent secretary, Willem Goeiemann, brought with them copies of 300 curricula vitae of Namibian architects and quantity surveyors, as well as professionals who are currently unemployed, have been retrenched or are employed in other professions just to make a living. “Advertise all positions that were or are currently filled by seconded Zimbabwean staff in the… daily papers to allow Namibian professionals the opportunity to apply for all positions,” said Tangeni Tshivute, who read the letter of grievances on behalf of the engineers present. ENGINEERS on page 2 Shocking pregnancy statistics at primary school Helvy Shaanika Ongwediva Barely a teenager, but already a mother: this is the shocking predicament of a number of learners at a primary school in Ruacana Constituency, where close to 30 children left school since 2007 due to early pregnancy. Although the school is now categorised as a combined school, the highest grade offered at Otjaandjamwenyo is Grade 8, which was in fact only introduced at the beginning of the current academic year. Over for the past 10 years, at least 29 pupils from this rural school fell pregnant, of which eight were impregnated last year alone. At the time the school only offered classes up to Grade 7. According the Ministry of Education’s enrollment policy, a child typically starts pre-school at the age of six and Grade 1 at the age of seven. This means some child and teenage pregnancy victims at Otjaandjamwenyo were barely 14 years old. The revelation shocked the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, who said curbing pregnancy among school-going children should be a collective effort by all stakeholders in education. PREGNANCY on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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