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New Era Newspaper Friday March 16,

Vol. 23 No. 134 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, March 16 2018 Inside Today Govt spends N billion on social grants Frequent earth tremors terrify Kunene residents The government allocated N billion during the last financial year towards monthly allowances for 211,447 old-age pensioners and people living with disabilities, the latest statistics show. Page 3 Uptick in commodity prices a good sign for mining industry The outlook for the Namibian mining industry is positive with several new players targeting a larger array of minerals. Page 15 NFA to hold Exco meeting next month After being widely accused of trying to bypass traditional protocols and statutes in his ongoing quest to get rid of Namibia Football Association (NFA) secretary-general Barry Rukoro... Page 44 Staff reporter Windhoek The government through the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology yesterday issued a strongly-worded statement in which it categorically dismissed accusations that Clemans Miyanicwe Kamanjab/Anker Thousands of residents of the southern part of Kunene Region are living in fear of frequent earth tremors with the latest tremor recorded on Wednesday at around 10h35 measuring 4.0, further frightening an already jittery community. The latest earthquake that left even grown-up men trembling in their boots occurred approximately 80 km north-west of Kamanjab in the drought-hit Kunene. Three phase readings were picked up by the Geological Survey of Namibia – in Windhoek, Ariamsvlei and Aus. “Three local seismic stations from the Namibian seismological network recorded the event and preliminary analyses were performed on this data set,” according Namibian embassy enticed French carmaker Rainmaker… Namibian Ambassador to France, Frieda Nangula- Ithete. Photo: Contributed TREMORS on page 2 it spies on citizens. The insinuations of spying are contained in an opinion piece titled “The Rise of the Namibian Surveillance State”, published in three subsequent editions of The Namibian newspaper. The piece alleges that the government through the Namibia Central Intelligence Edgar Brandt Windhoek The planned multi-million-dollar Opel and Peugeot vehicle assembly plant in Namibia has been in the pipeline for at least four years and was driven by Namibia’s embassy in Paris under the leadership of Ambassador Frieda Nangula-Ithete. The plant, which aims to produce the full range of Opel and Peugeot SUV vehicles, also received tremendous CARMAKER on page 2 Govt pours cold water on spy accusations Service (NCIS) and other law enforcement agencies, as well as mobile service providers, are spying on Namibians. It further alleges that the NCIS and mobile service providers are pushing for and have adopted the mandatory SIM card registration to enable them to spy on journalists, GOVT on page 2 Evidence of terror… Above, pieces that fell from the wall of one of the buildings. Left, cracks in one of the classrooms. Samupwa appointed Swapo PS Selma Ikela Windhoek Zambezi regional education director Austin Samupwa has been appointed as Swapo Party permanent secretary (PS), a new position the ruling party created to strengthen its operations. New Era believes the person Austin Samupwa holding the position will be entitled to a salary and fringe benefits of a PS in government. Samupwa, 46, in a telephonic interview yesterday confirmed that he received his appointment letter on Tuesday. He has also served as Zambezi regional treasurer for Swapo. Samupwa’s term runs concurrent with the current leadership’s. “Yes indeed, I got my appointment letter,” he said, adding he is looking forward to a new phase in his life. “I am excited because I will serve my party at a senior level. I am looking forward to that,” said Samupwa. SAMUPWA on page 2 GRADUATION Dates 2018 Windhoek Campuses 12 & 13 April Safari Hotel & Conference Centre Northern Campuses 19 April Trade Fair Centre, Ongwediva Katima Mulilo Campus 24 April Katima Mulilo Campus, Main Hall Rundu Campus 26 April Rundu Trade Fair Centre Southern Campus 15 May Keetmanshoop Show Hall New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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