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New Era Newspaper Friday July 14,

Vol. 22 No. 236 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, July 14 2017 Inside Today Marauding lions cause panic in Kunene The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is not giving due attention to the human-wildlife conflict prevailing in the Kunene Region, as villagers continue to be terrorised by lions for the past few weeks, political leaders in the region charged yesterday. Page 3 Welwitschias face Zimbabwe tomorrow Namibia’s senior rugby fifteen will this weekend look to preserve their dominance at the top of the Africa Gold Cup log when they face a determined Zimbabwe at Hage Geingob Stadium in the capital on Saturday for their continental rugby showpiece. Page 40 Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay Landless Walvis Bay residents living in an open space close to the Erongo rural council are finding it difficult to cope with the challenging weather conditions at the coastal town. About 200 residents, the majority of whom are unemployed women and their children, have been living at the open space for about two months now. Their health is at risk as they have been living in unhygienic and deplorable conditions without basic necessities such as toilets. Most of them ended up living in the open after being evicted from their shacks due to non-payment of rentals as they are unemployed, while others had to move as their former landlords are currently building flats in the yards where they stayed, which they cannot afford. These landless people are between a rock and a hard place as they are not allowed to erect shacks, following clashes with the police. Some of them could obtain tents while others who cannot afford tents have resorted to making shelters using black refuse bags and cardboard boxes. ‘ARV defaulters on increase in Ohangwena’ Nuusita Ashipala Eenhana Despite the shortage of health personnel in Ohangwena, the Ministry of Health and Social Services has recorded a TB treatment success rate of 81 percent in the region. It has also successfully contained 3,078 malaria cases reported in the region during the last financial year. However, the Governor of Ohangwena Region, Usko Nghaamwa, expressed concern about the reduction in the number of Out in the cold... Landless residents that are living in tents made out of plastic and cardboard, in an open area in Walvis Bay. Maria Karunga (Below) who developed asthma due to the cold from living out in the open. Photos: Eveline de Klerk Destitute live in the open at Walvis Bay DESTITUTE on page 2 208 lose jobs Usko Nghaamwa patients currently on anti-retroviral treatment (ART), which decreased from 25,673 in 2015 to 19,887 in 2016. “The difference has been attributed to defaulting or inconsistent patient follow-ups and migration to other regions without referrals,” said the governor. ARV on page 2 at SME Bank Sebastian Ndeitunga Ngaevarue Katjangua Windhoek Provisional liquidators Bruni & McLaren have officially informed employees of the SME Bank that their employment contracts cease on July 31. The bank has a staff complement of 208, New Era was informed. The employees’ fate was sealed just a day after, on Tuesday, they held a peaceful demonstration during which they opposed the closure of the bank. The bank was closed down after the High Court earlier this week ruled that the bank – which is essentially insolvent – can no longer continue to operate. The Bank of Namibia, arguing in court in favour of closure, said SME Bank has potentially lost nearly N0 million invested with foreign entities. The Namibian Police have been working closely with South Africa’s National Prosecution Authority (NPA) and served summons on several entities entangled in the web of transactions involving the bank’s money. Namibia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) this week JOBS on page 2 Jandre Dippenaar Dippenaar’s murder case continues in Swakopmund Paulus Shiku Swakopmund The murder trial of Jandre Dippenaar continued in the Swakopmund Regional Court yesterday, with road crash survivor Antonia Klara Joschko from Germany giving testimony. The trial resumed before Magistrate Gaynor Poulton on Tuesday after it started in January. The State has so far called seven witnesses. Dippenaar, 32, stands accused of causing the death of six people, reckless and negligent driving, and fraud in a car accident between Henties Bay and Swakopmund on December 29, 2014. MURDER on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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