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New Era Newspaper Wednesday July 26,

Vol. 22 No. 244 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, July 26 2017 Children beat mothers over food Photo: Nampa Merry souls… This photo of a group of happy mothers cooking is for illustration purposes and does not denote the negative side of this story. Loide Jason Oshitudha Residents of Oshitudha village in Outapi Constituency are concerned about the antics of six learners who allegedly beat up their single mothers for dishing them a little food. The children also moan about the food being poorly cooked. Aron Teofelus, a resident of the village, said these impudent children are dangerous because so far two single mothers have already been beaten up on grounds their food was unappetising and poorly cooked. One mother was left with a swollen face and an injured eye after she told her son not to misuse food at home. The child apparently does not help with household chores and sits around doing nothing. “This boy, when the mother works for example in the mahangu field, he just sits at home idle. However, he always demands food from his mother. But when the mother asked why he was cooking a potful of food he slapped her,” Teofelus said. FOOD on page 2 Inside Today Schools with few learners face the axe The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has directed that all small schools with less than 35 learners in a class, sometimes known as “one-man schools”, should be phased out because they are un-economical for government to run. Page 3 Shell shuts down key Nigerian supply pipeline Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell on Tuesday said it had shut down a key crude oil supply pipeline in Nigeria’s restive south because of a leak. Page 9 IBF comes clean on Indongo vs Crawford fight Contrary to earlier announcements that all four major boxing organisations (WBA, WBO, WBC and IBF) had already fully sanctioned the August 19 showdown between Namibia’s Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo and USA’s Terence Crawford, it now appears not to be entirely true as the IBF only gave the fighters the green light last Thursday (July 20). Page 24 Photo: Emmency Nuukala Bursting at the seams… Population growth in Windhoek has meant that what was once a bypass highway is now a road within the city boundaries, necessitating the construction of a new bypass to ease traffic congestion and pedestrian accidents. Windhoek needs to spend N billion to survive Desie Heita Windhoek The City of Windhoek must spend over N billion in the next five years if it is to avoid becoming a city of shacks, scarce residential land, where car accidents are a daily occurrence in heavily congested traffic, and where residents survive on water rations. Yet that tab is merely the cost of upgrading the city’s ageing and overburdened infrastructure over the next five years for it to be able to house and police its ever growing estimated 342,000 population, as of the 2011 census, but which was estimated to reach 431,000 by this year-end. The recent publicly launched strategic plan sets an ambitious growth path, with huge spending on capital projects, but also looks at tapping deeper into public finances – something which Windhoek city fathers have long ago advocated. Public institutions that generate revenue from public infrastructure, such as the Road Fund Administration, have now been marked for a comprehensive billing and invoicing by the city. The costs of having efficient functioning emergency services, for instance, would cost the city an average N million a year. These essential services entail having a fire brigade and emergency response. Policing such a population would cost the municipality N0 million in the next five years, of which N0 million is for the current financial year. From next year onwards the municipality will spend N0 million a year to have the City Police keep law and order in the city. To avail land – a crucial aspect to a city estimated to receive a family of five each day – Windhoek would spend N0 million on developing the informal settlement areas. The development of such areas has been declared a priority and starting next year the municipality aims at starting its spending with N million, gradually increasing it to reach N million in year five of the plan. Swapo will continue without Swartbooi – Mumbala Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop The Swapo regional coordinator for //Kharas, Matheus Mumbala, says the party is bigger than any individual and it will be business as usual for the ruling party, irrespective of who leaves. With Swapo member of parliament Bernadus Swartbooi flirting with the idea of forming a new political party, Mumbala is adamant the ruling party in //Kharas Region will continue to operate normally should the former deputy minister of land resign as he has threatened. WINDHOEK on page 2 SWAPO on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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