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New Era Newspaper Monday February 12,

Vol. 23 No. 110 Windhoek Namibia Monday, February 12 2018 Inside Today National land conference back on track The long-awaited second national land conference that was postponed last year will take place this year and is to be held under the Office of the Prime Minister, confirmed President Hage Geingob. Page 3 ACC unaware of high-level corruption “Our willingness to investigate and subsequently charge government officials demonstrates government’s commitment to root out corruption in its entirety in our country”. – President Hage Geingob Paulus Noa Kuzeeko Tjitemisa / Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Under fire Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director-general Paulus Noa says his office is unaware of corrupt practices at various government ministries involving compromised tenders. The office of the Attorney General; the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Ministry of Works and Transport as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Services stand accused of maladministration within their ranks. During last week’s Cabinet reshuffle, President Hage Geingob underlined how he deems claims of alleged corruption at the named ministries when he transferred the political heads of those ministries to other ministries, except for the health minister. CORRUPTION on page 2 Namdeb needs buyer for Elizabeth Bay mine CoW to construct second reclamation plant Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namdeb Holdings Ltd has confirmed that it is seeking a buyer for its Elizabeth Bay mine operations to secure the long-term future of the mine. Page 11 ‘Pee Wees’ ready to ruffle feathers With the bikes and bodies having been given a good rest during the just ended festive season, it’s time to dust off the machines and get the frame back in the gym – the 2018 Enduro season is almost upon us. Page 22 The City of Windhoek (CoW) has revealed plans to improve water collection efficiency through the construction of an additional water reclamation plant that will complement the aging Goreangab Water Reclamation Plant that treats municipal wastewater for domestic use. These plans were revealed by CoW’s strategic executive for urban planning and property development, Ludwig Narib. Narib said the city needs approximately N0 million to come up with the plant that will supply 50 percent of water capacity. Narib said the current Goreangab Water Reclamation plant produces 22 percent of the city’s water needs that have risen over the years because of its growing population. COW on page 2 Another one in the works … Municipal wastewater being reclaimed for recycling. Oshakati maternity ward gets a theatre Nuusita Ashipala Oshakati A new operating theatre at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital maternity ward will reduce complications for both delivering mothers and their unborn children. Until last Wednesday afternoon, delivering mothers requiring obstetric surgery were rushed to the hospital’s main theatre as there was no operating theatre within the maternity ward. The ward delivers between 27 and 33 babies daily. “They (mothers) will be very near now unlike when they had to go to the main theatre,” said Chief Medical Officer Korbinian Vizcaya Amutenya. Amutenya made the remarks at a press briefing that saw the first patient undergo obstetric surgery at the theatre. Although the rooms have been in existence since construction of the maternity ward was completed in 2013, they did not meet the requirements of an operating theatre and were used as normal delivery rooms. WARD on page 2 “Because of the financial difficulties not everything could go on as planned, we had to prioritise on things that are more patientrelated and acutely needed,” – Amutenya. IGU CommIssIon on AfrICAn stUdIes Inaugural Conference Call for Abstracts are invited, themed; What is Africa’s response on global challenges: Understanding drivers of poverty and reducing inequality? Conference Dates: 17 – 18 May 2018 | Deadline for abstract submission: 16 February 2018 For more information, visit:

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