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New Era Newspaper Tuesday February 27,

Vol. 23 No. 121 Windhoek Namibia Tuesday, February 27 2018 Inside today Security guard and former cleaner pursue varsity degrees A security guard at one of Namibia’s universities has embarked on an inspiring journey of self- evelopment whenshe successfully enrolled for a degree in criminal justice in policing at the very institution she guards during the day. Page 3 Cryptocurrency good alternative but not safe Although a good alternative to technological savvy consumers, the cryptocurrencies is not as safe as it is touted to be and it is prone to hacking and therefore it is potentially vulnerable. Page 11 Court suspends land tax payment, for now The Windhoek High Court deputy judge president Hosea Angula has temporarily halted the payment of land tax by commercial farmers until the review application on the valuation roll. Page 15 ‘Starlile’ still in driving seat despite shock defeat With quite a sizeable amount of 19 rounds of matches already under the belt in the hotly contested MTC Premiership, boys are now being separated from the men. After Page 24 Zambezi schools cut off by floods Albertina Nakale Windhoek Due to heavy flooding experienced in the Zambezi, many schools in the Kabbe off - leaving learners and teachers exposed to harsh conditions, as they have to cross streams using dugout canoes risking their lives from crocodiles lurking under the water. Such an undertaking can be very risky due to dangerous Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Japan has given a grant of US0 000 (approximately N.5 million) to the government of Namibia to help address the health needs of the most vulnerable citizens animals such as crocodiles and snakes that come with these Despite the dangers posed areas, school-going children and their teachers are still in limbo, as to whether they will be relocated to higher ground or not. The Zambezi Regional Governor, Lawrence Sampofu, saying the Zambezi River is rising very fast. FLOODS on page 2 Shot in the arm… Ambassador of Japan to Namibia Hideyuki Sakamoto, Minister of Health and Social Services Bernhard at the handing over ceremony. Photo: Emmency Nuukala Japan donates N.5m in the seven northern regions affected by recurrent drought The objective of the funds, funneled through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is to mitigate the JAPAN on page 2 Survived to tell the tale… Petrus Hamutenya, 39, who survived a vicious leopard attack at a farm in the Mangetti farming area of the Photo: John Muyamba Photo: Nampa Parastatals’ fat salaries annoy Jooste ... As SOE wage bill hits N.1bn mark Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Minister of Public Enterprises, Leon Jooste, says the total wage bill of N.1 billion at State- Owned Enterprises (SOEs) is not sustainable at the current level of performance and financial results emanating from SOEs. “I am sure you will agree with me ladies and gentlemen that this levels of accountability and warrants critical targeted interventions by the government and an entirely new mindset,” said Jooste. Jooste was speaking at the Annual John Muyamba Rundu Petrus Hamutenya, 39, became the latest a leopard attacked him on a farm where he has worked since last May. Narrating his story, Hamutenya said he was in the company of his co-workers at a certain Mika Muronga’s farm in the Mangetti farming area in the Kavango West Region, when they went to patrol and inspect livestock at the cattle post. While there they noticed that one calf was missing and they also saw tracks Stakeholders Address Ceremony 2018 attended by the SOEs chief and permanent secretaries of various ministries in Windhoek yesterday. He said although SOEs were created to provide public services to generate public funds, to increase access to public services and to accelerate economic development and industrialisation, unfortunately, since independence, most of the SOEs have failed to deliver on the mandate they were created for. Jooste maintained that instead of SOEs supporting the generation of revenue for the State, SALARIES on page 2 Leopard attack survivor lives to tell tale of a leopard. “We saw tracks of a wild animal that turned out to be a leopard and we discovered that it had caught and killed a calf, and it seemed to have been caught during the night. While following the tracks on Sunday morning, we noticed that the wild animal wasn’t far, as our dogs started running back and forth. Suddenly, I was knocked to the ground and it bit me several times on my thigh, both calves and on my arms and on my feet as I tried to kick it to defend myself,” Hamutenya narrated. LEOPARD on page 2

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