Vol. 23 No. 078 Windhoek Namibia Monday, December 18 2017 Inside Today Govt cancels 75 teaching vacancies The Khomas Directorate of Education, Arts and Culture has cancelled 75 teaching vacancies from the initially advertised 409 vacancies, despite the pressing need to recruit more qualified teachers in Namibia. Page 3 Namibia sells logistics hub project in Europe As part of its ongoing efforts to promote the Namibia Logistics Hub Project, the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), conducted a Europe benchmarking and study tour late November. Page 9 Bothma out to continue Burger’s brutal legacy Namibian international and English rugby giants Harlequins flanker Renaldo Bothma has set himself the daunting challenge of replacing Jacques Burger, as the face of Namibian rugby in Europe and guiding his country to qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Page 24 Outjo mayor appointed governor of Kunene Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva “All I can say is I am thankful to my appointing authority for the trust and confidence in me. I will try with all I can to serve the Namibian nation and the Kunene Region.” –Marius Sheya Albertina Nakale Windhoek Travellers, who have not yet secured accommodation for the festive season at the coast, could end up without a place to lodge, as almost all hotels, bungalows and bed-andbreakfast establishments at the coast are already fully booked. The soaring heat in the hinterland and towns in the interior will John Muyamba Nkurenkuru Youth on the rise In the space of two years, 29-year-old Marius Sikunawa Tuyoleni Sheya rose from being the youngest mayor to the youngest governor following his appointment as the Governor of Kunene Region by the Head of State, President Hage Geingob, on Friday. Sheya’s appointment is effective from January 1 and he will serve for two years until 20 March 2020. He replaces former governor Angelika Muharukua, who passed on in October this year. Sheya received his appointment with mixed feelings, saying while he is humbled, he is frightened. “I am frightened by the task because to me it is as if a youth has been appointed and the whole youth in the whole Coastal lodges, hotels fully booked for holidays in all probability force thousands of holidaymakers to retreat to the coast, where temperatures are generally cooler. Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, on Thursday revealed that Namibia has a shortage of beds in the hospitality industry, especially during the festive season. “If you go to the coast, you will probably not get a bed if you haven’t Nkurenkuru scores despite budget cuts Erastus Kandjimi recently re-elected as the political head of the town of Nkurenkuru, says despite challenges there have been some notable achievements in Nkurenkuru this year. “We might not have accomplished and achieved all what you wanted us to do, however, I would like to say that during this year the following achievements have been realised in our town despite some challenges and budget cuts,” he stated. Kandjimi was re-elected as mayor on 1 December and is deputised by Katrina Hamukwaya while all the other local authority councillors also retained their positions. According to Kandjimi, the allocation of 49 mass housing houses at Nkurenkuru Extension 2 and eight houses of the 20 houses built by NHE at Nkurenkuru are some of the achievements made this year, NKURENKURU on page 2 Erastus Kandjimi, who has recently been re-elected as Mayor of Nkurenkuru Town for the next 12 months. OUTJO on page 2 done your booking earlier. You find people have turned their houses into B&Bs [bed and breakfasts],” Shifeta said when he launched the 2016 Tourist Statistics Report. The report revealed that Namibia recorded over 1.57 million international tourist arrivals in 2016, an increase of 3.6 percent from 2015. The countries with the largest number of tourists who visited Namibia in 2016 were Angola, South Africa, Zambia, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and France. Equally, Shifeta said a shortage of beds in the tourism industry is also being experienced in Windhoek. “We can’t have big events. We don’t have conference venues to host big events. HOTELS on page 2 WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU Participate in our surveys and stand a chance to WIN a weekend away for two at any NWR Resort worth N$ 5000. Visit www.nepc.com.na to participate.