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Vol. 23 No. 095 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, January 22 2018 Heartache at Unam over delayed salaries Albertina Nakale Windhoek Employees at the University of Namibia (Unam) are extremely unhappy with the institution for paying their monthly salaries very late. Inside Today NAMCOL not college of losers - former students The acronym; NAMCOL stands for Namibian College of Open Learning and not ‘Namibian College of Losers’ as per the term used by naysayers in an attempt to discredit the institution. Page 3 for fear of possible reprisals said Unam has been paying their dues very late since last year November, and even a week ago on Monday many of them had not received their salaries, which are supposed to be paid on the 15th of every month. They feel the situation negative- have to endure high bank penalties for dishonoured deductions. According to the aggrieved employees, this delay in payment of their salaries puts them in bad light when it comes to bank fees since their stop orders for home mortgages and car loans are supposed to be deducted on the 15th of every month – but the banks are One of the affected staff said his bank last week froze his account because Unam had failed to pay his mortgage since late year, adding that his arrears and penalties have escalated over the housing loan. Staff further allege these bank penalties run into thousands of dollars that they – and not Unam – have to personally fork out while it’s not their fault. They are also furious that the refused to reimburse them for bank penalties. They demanded that Unam should take full responsibility to compensate them for the bank charges incurred, saying they should not be held liable if the In an interview with Unam spokesperson, Simon Namesho, he admitted that the institution has been paying employees’ salaries late since last year. However, he attributed the delayed payment to “a new system” which was installed in October at the human resources and payroll UNAM on page 2 North hit by debilitating water crisis Global airline shares outperformed equity market by 7% Global airline share prices ended 2017 almost 29 percent higher than where they started, with sizeable gains for European and Asia shares outperformed the global equity market by 7 percentage points. Page 9 Water woes … Illustrative photo of the Oshakati-Calueque Canal Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Although water interruptions scheduled by the water utility NamWater only started last Monday, some consumers have been without a drop of water since last week Friday. NamWater announced last Monday that the northern regions would experience water supply interruptions for the next six weeks, between January 15 until February 28. The supply rationing will be implemented in the evenings from 22h00 to 05h00 the next morning. Residents from villages surrounding Ongwediva are some of the affected areas. The villages are complaining they have not been receiving any water supply and have been getting water from relatives in Ongwediva. “At least they should allow the water to run during the day and then without water is just too much. How about people without relatives, how are the people supposed to survive?” questioned a resident. A statement issued by NamWater indicates there has been rehabilitation work going on at the Calueque scheme in Angola since December. “As of early December, NamWater’s supply main from our source abstraction at Calueque scheme in Angola started leaking profusely that we had to attend to it, by putting one pump out of operation, and use one only for our needs,” read the Nam- Photo: Nuusita Ashipala Water statement issued last Monday. In addition to the pump, additional water to the Oshakati production work such as growth of weed and silt accumulation at the bottom of the canal. Although that is the stance, the water utility is optimistic that the work is due for completion soon. Meanwhile, the Ondangwa Town Council sent out a communique to its residents informing them to brace themselves for the next six weeks. WATER on page 2 Katjavivi applauds parliament for 'excellent' work Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Despite having been very vocal on numerous occasions about his dissatisfaction with the regular absence of some parliamentarians in the august house, Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi last week expressed his satisfaction with the overall performance of parliament in 2017. New Era established that MPs which 15 were signed into law. KATJAVIVI on page 2 Pleased… Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi expressed his satisfaction with the overall performance of parliament in 2017. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper

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