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New Era Newspaper Monday March 12,

Vol. 23 No. 130 Windhoek Namibia Monday, March 12 2018 Alarming road carnage rates prompt MVA probe Inside today Student drags Unam to Attorney General over sign language interpreter A hearing impaired fulltime university student has written a letter of complaint to the Office of the Attorney General complaining that the university has not given him a sign language interpreter, who is qualified to assist at university level. Page 3 Cryptocurrencies not legal tender in Namibia - BoN Taking note of a rise in the interest in cryptocurrencies, the Bank of Namibia (BoN) has doubled-down on its stance on these virtual currencies, warning the public that it does not recognise these digital currencies as legal tender in Namibia. As such, cryptocurrencies are not considered as an authorised foreign currency. Page 9 Namibian rugby sensation Klim joins Ospreys Namibia senior rugby side, the Welwitschias, centre-cum-winger Lesley Klim has signed a twoyear contract with Welsh rugby giants Ospreys, it was announced yesterday. Page 24 Stats... 2015-2017 Regions with highest car accidents • Khomas 4686 • Erongo 1431 • Otjozondjupa 1152 • Oshana 1176 • Oshikoto 747 Regions with highest car injuries • Khomas 6858 • Erongo 2350 • Otjozondjupa 2330 • Oshana 1886 • Oshikoto 1513 Regions with highest car accident fatalities • Otjozondjupa 297 • Khomas 287 • Oshikoto 212 • Erongo 188 • Oshana 185 Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The gynaecology department at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital has a critical shortage of staff, and the State Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund Investigations are ongoing to determine the origin of the oil spill that was washed ashore at Walvis Bay on Thursday Wreckage... MVA is investigating why five regions continue to register high number of car accidents resulting in many deaths and injuries. The photo is of the accident scene on the road between Otjiwarongo and Otavi last year. Two people died in that accident. Photo: Nampa Katutura hospital faces critical shortage of gynaecologists is calling on private doctors to assist. “We don’t have gynaecologists now in the State. I have directed that we draft a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the State and private doctors with Govt investigates oil spill on Walvis Bay shores evening. The worst spill seemed to be localised just in front of the Aphrodite Beach, according to the Namibian Dolphin Project, the research and conservation organisation SPILL on page 2 particular attention to gynaecologists and anaesthetists to contract them not only in Windhoek but also at district hospitals on a regular basis,” the Minister of Health and Social Services, SHORTAGE on page 2 Clean up exercise… A screenshot of some of the Namibian navy and army personnel involved in cleaning up the oil spill. Below, the worst of the spill appears to be localised just in front of the Aphrodite beach. Photo: Namibian Dolphin Project Selma Ikela Windhoek Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) wants to find out what causes the high number of vehicle accidents that have been recorded in the Khomas, Otjozondjupa, Erongo, Oshana and Oshikoto regions. These are also the regions with the highest fatalities and injuries from vehicle accidents. MVA now wants to identify causes and factors of vehicle accidents in these most affected five regions in order to find the best way to address the predicament. The Kavango East and West regions were added to the list of the regions to be investigated due to the high number of pedestrian-related crashes recorded annually in those two regions. MVA on page 2 Damara leaders to travel to Germany for genocide claims Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Plans are underway for the Damara people to travel to Germany where they intend to state their version of the 1904- 1908 genocide. About 1,000 Damara people alongside the Ovaherero were killed at the battle of Ohamakari, said Seth Mataba Boois. “When the war broke out, the Ovaherero and Damara people fought together,” said Boois, adding that the Damara people are “laid back” in telling their history. Boois was speaking at the launch of his book titled DAMARA on page 2

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