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ol. 22 No. 171 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, April 7 2017 Geingob asks Bush to promote Namibia Inside Today Policy on social media to be tabled soon The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya, has announced that Cabinet has approved the government social media use policy as a public working document, which is to provide for unified and standardized ways of using social media by the government. Page 3 Indongo cautions Burns to mind his Ps and Qs Namibia’s double world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo yesterday strongly cautioned Scottish opponent Ricky Burns not to read too much into his last fight when he dethroned Russia’s Eduard Troyanovsky. Page 44 Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek President Hage Geingob has requested the former president of the United States of America, George .W. Bush, to promote Namibia in the USA, the world’s largest economy. Speaking at a gala dinner held in honour of Bush and his wife, Laura, at State House on Wednesday evening, Geingob reminded his audience that Namibia is a child of international solidarity, midwifed by the United Nations and a friend to all… “unless they declare themselves our enemy”. Bush and his wife arrived in the country on Wednesday and met with government officials, including Minister of Health Dr Bernard Haufiku, First Lady Monica Geingos and former first lady Penehupifo Pohamba. “I don’t know whether I can assign or task you formally, but when you go back from here, talk about Namibia. Tell the Americans what you have seen here,” Geingob enthused. “We are building a country, building a new nation, I compare that to building a house where we are using our different bricks to build the Namibian house, a house in which we must make sure that no one is left out. Tell them about this house,” he said. Contingency plan for flood-affected schools Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Flood-affected learners in the Oshana, Ohangwena and Omusati regions will attend classes as normal during the May school holiday, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has announced. There are currently 27,007 learners and 102 schools in the Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and the Zambezi regions that are adversely affected by the floods. Speaking in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said in order to ensure that learners do not lose out on receiving quality education, the ministry has assessed the situation in the three regions and is planning to conduct classes during the May holiday. She said in the case of Zambezi Region, where the floods have just started, Photo: Emmency Nuukala Good footing… Former U.S. President George W. Bush and President Hage Geingob at State House on Wednesday, where Geingob called on Bush to promote Namibia to his countrymen and women. Reduction in poverty levels - report Loide Jason Ongwediva Between 2010 and 2016 poverty in Namibia was reduced from 28.7 percent of the population in 2009/10 to 18 percent in 2015/16. This is according to information contained in the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) report, which outlines priority areas for the period 2017 to 2022. It states that despite the noted reduction in poverty levels, economic growth has not significantly reduced unemployment levels, nor ameliorated socio-economic inequalities. It notes that the majority of Namibia’s workers, who lack advanced skills or education, depend on subsistence agriculture for their livelihood. In 2016, 31 percent of Namibians worked in agriculture - which accounts for only three percent of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). GEINGOB on page 2 POVERTY on page 2 SCHOOLS on page 2 Photo: Nampa Deluged… Northern Namibia has received good rains since the beginning of the week, but several schools have been closed due to flooding. In the photo, learners of Ongwediva Control Combined School are seen crossing a flooded tennis court in Ongwediva. GIPF confirms discussions to acquire MTC Desie Heita Windhoek The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) has confirmed that it has been approached with an offer to purchase a percentage of the equity in the country’s mobile telecommunication company, MTC, and that formal discussions to that effect have started. The country’s largest investor and guardian of Namibia’s largest pension fund, nevertheless, cautioned that it would first have to do its due diligence before it makes a decision on investing in MTC and on the level of investment it would make. “We had a formal approach from NPTH (Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings), that is the holding company of MTC. Yes, they did approach us. The discussions are at an early stage,” GIPF on page 2 They increase. We decrease. Super cheap insurance that decreases monthly SMS ‘king’ to 44 000 Standard SMS rates apply Licence no. 16/ST/31 | Terms and conditions apply New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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