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New Era Newspaper Wednesday February 14,

Vol. 23 No. 112 Windhoek Namibia Wednesday, February 14 2018 Inside Today Iran marks Islamic Revolution Iranian Ambassador to Namibia Vahid Karimi has highlighted Iran’s remarkable road to prosperity since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that culminated in wave upon wave of Americanled sanctions. Page 3 Analysts expect budget to focus on growth and economic stabilisation Economic analysts expect that the national budget, which is scheduled to be tabled in March, will focus on themes of pro-growth, fiscal consolidation, economic stabilisation and a return to growth. Page 9 Deputy ministers reduced …as Geingob effects cost-cutting Albertina Nakale Windhoek In an attempt to curtail ballooning public expenditure, President Hage Geingob has decided there will no longer be a ministry served by two deputy ministers. His decision comes at a crucial time following a public outcry that in order to cut costs and reduce the huge civil service wage bill, government needs to reduce the top-heavy structure, merge some ministries and slash the number of ministers. Five ministries out of 25 were served by two deputy ministers each. Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek DEPUTY on page 2 Travel for good reason, President advises MPs President Hage Geingob has advised MPs to travel for good reason, saying trips taken should for the people of Namibia. Addressing legislators at Session of the 6th Parliament yesterday, Geingob said he has Duty bound… From left: Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Veikko Nekundi, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Bernadette Jagger, Minister of Justice, Sacky Shanghala and Minister of Youth and Sport, Erastus Uutoni. Photo: Emmency Nuukala noticed, with concern, that local members of parliament had added ‘international constituencies’ to their list of responsibilities. He said parliament as we know it, is described to be “sitting” or “in session” and not as a “travelling” Parliament. Geingob’s advice comes at a time when a foreign travel ban TRAVEL on page 2 Photo: Contributed Victim… Denise Willemse who was allegedly fatally stabbed by her friend. Woman kills childhood friend Selma Ikela Windhoek The mother of a 22-year-old woman who was fatally stabbed yesterday early morning by her childhood friend in Okuryangava, says she is praying for the suspect whom she has known since childhood. When the police arrested the suspect, the mother of the victim, Maartjie Haragaes asked the police WOMAN on page 2 Year of reckoning… President Hage Geingob yesterday called on parliamentarians to limit foreign trips and to focus on those who elected them. Photo: Emmency Nuukala NSFAF to pay out N million for non-tuition Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has fund is busy processing N million that was made available as a partial payment towards the outstanding refunds from non-tuition fees. The fund owes a total number of 18,576 students their refunds in non-tuition fees. Recently, treasury has stepped in with an additional N0 million to NSFAF, which had run out of funds to guarantee payments to students enrolling for the 2018 academic year. There are a lot of NSFAF loan holders who complained that the fund did not give their full refunds for 2017, NSFAF on page 2

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