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Vol. 23 No. 071 Windhoek Namibia Wednesday, December 6 2017 Inside Today Nampindi appeal dealt body blow An elderly man who sought to have his 55-year sentence for two murders and one attempted murder conviction reduced on appeal came to a sobering reality when High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka found he has no prospects of success on appeal. Page 3 African aviation industry expected to make US0 million loss in 2018 While the global aviation industry’s net profit is expected to rise to over US billion in 2018, up from US.5 billion end of 2017, African carriers are projected to continue making losses of up to US0 million in 2018. Page 9 Focus on Namibia’s netball ace Jaumbuaije ‘Bytjie’ Zauana One of Namibia’s most promising young netball stars, Jaumbuaije ‘Bytjie’ Zauana, continues to hog the headlines in neighbouring South Africa, and judging from her current rich vein of form the 24-year-old goal for the big stage. Page 24 Roland Routh Windhoek Zimbabwean minority shareholders in SME Bank are not clear as to how they plan to rescue the SME Bank, having not presented any counter proposal, or counter application as to how the bank would operate if it survived the axe. The judgment by Judge Hannelie Despondent mothers beg for child maintenance Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund Waiting for child maintenance is reducing some mothers to beggary and puts the intended receivers of such funds - the children - at a disadvantage. Child maintenance can range from a few hundred dollars per month to several thousand, depending on the parental income. This came to light during a series of public hearings on issues related to child the Ombudsman on Monday and Tuesday in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Ombudsman Advocate John Walters Edgar Brandt Geneva Despite the absence in Namibia of clear regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as Prinsloo yesterday had it that as matters stand the Metropolitan Bank of Zimbabwe (Metbank) and World Eagle Properties have not shown the court “how the can be restored in the [SME] bank” should the liquidation be halted. conducted the hearings, at which single mothers shared their experiences, frustrations and humiliation when trying to collect money from maintenance clerks at the courts. Among the issues raised, the women said the system lacks integrity and does not work in their favour, as they have to wait for weeks or months without receiving money. They said the money was rarely processed on time, despite having been deducted on time by employers and would remain in the system for months. “The court clerks that deal with maintenance are rude and reluctant to assist us. Regardless of how many hours IATA head of cargo transformation Celine Hourcade Africa is leading the way in drone usage – IATA drones, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) yesterday said that in many ways Africa is already leading the way in the use of drones. Countries like Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi and Lesotho are already using drones to deliver medicine and other healthcare related deliveries to usually inaccessible rural communities. Namibia’s Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) presented draft regulations on unmanned aircraft operations and requirements in March 2016 and drone operators in the country are eagerly awaiting the promulgation of the new legislation. AFRICA on page 2 According to Prinsloo, if one has regard to the factual circumstances of the bank - which did not change much since the granting of the provisional order - then it is clear the bald statements and allegations made by the respondents were untenable. Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek you sit in front of them, they would simply close the door when it is 1 p.m., as they don’t do pay-outs after that. They would close the door in your face and tell you to come back tomorrow,” one of the single mothers reported. MAINTENANCE on page 2 Advocate John Walters President Hage Geingob has called on ministers to take control of their ministries and not to let permanent secretaries control them. Speaking during the opening of the last Cabinet meeting of the year at State House yesterday, Geingob said She said there did not appear to be any dispute of actual facts on the merits of the matter and the issues of technical non-compliance raised indeed appear to be a game of smoke and mirrors, which leaves her with no option than to order the Photo: Eveline de Klerk Ministers urged to take full control he was surprised to hear that there are ministers who are not on speaking terms with their permanent secretaries. “Ministers, you are the political head, all of you. How can you be if you are the political head? It means you are failing. Comrade ministers, be strong, don’t allow permanent secretaries to control you,” he said. Straight talk… President Hage Geingob addressed ministers at the last Cabinet meeting for 2017 at State House yesterday. Photo: Emmency Nuukala Liquidation only option for SME Bank – judge MINISTERS on page 2 Metbank and World Eagle Properties, both minority shareholders in SME Bank with 30 and 5 percent shareholding, respectively, have been contesting the liquidation of the beleaguered bank since July. The Namibian government, which owns 65 percent, has not opposed the liquidation order, SME BANK on page 2

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