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New Era Newspaper Wednesday March 14,

Vol. 23 No. 132 Windhoek Namibia Wednesday, March 14 2018 Inside Today President Hage Geingob has revealed that he will soon leave for China following an invitation by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, to discuss pertinent issues relating to trade as well as economic and political relations of the two sisterly countries. Page 3 Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein said Namibia needs to finetune its national strategy to realise increasing value shares within the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). Page 9 Buoyed by last weekend’s good showing that propelled Brian Isaacs’ huff-and-puff Civilians into collecting four valuable points away from home – Civics go into tonight’s MTC Premiership clash against title-chasing Black Africa in high spirits. Page 24 Man on a mission… Minister of Public Enterprises Leon Jooste Staff Reporter Windhoek Board members at public enterprises charged for negligence or acts of recklessness in carrying out the business of the company. Those found to have transgressed the Namibia Companies whatever provisions are in the law. “In cases where reckless trading or Gabriel Sinimbo Jooste wants errant board members prosecuted Edgar Brandt Windhoek Staff Reporter Windhoek gross negligence can be determined, board members will be held personally liable with associated unpleasant consequences,” said public enterprises minister Leon Jooste. What particularly irks Jooste is the magnitude, time and resources spent on legal at public enterprises, while neglecting the management of the institutions. amounts of money are spent annually on JOOSTE on page 2 Details emerge in controversial BIPA property deal While full authority was granted by the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development (MITSMED) to the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) for the N million purchase of a property in Windhoek’s Wanaheda suburb, sources close to the matter allege the valuation of the property was never disclosed to the ministry. It is alleged the building was valued at N.2 million, which the owners have disputed as a biased valuation due to the location of the property that BIPA intends to turn into a satellite in a bid to bring its services closer to the communities. Last year the MITSMED instructed the Offshore Development Company (ODC), which falls under its authority, PROPERTY on page 2 A 47-year-old resident of Tsumeb is being treated for listeriosis in a Windhoek hospital. The disease has claimed almost 200 lives in South Africa. The man, who was admitted to the Roman Catholic Hospital on March 5, fell ill after eating a Vienna sausage, which he bought at a butchery in Tsumeb. The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr yesterday the man is “sick but stable”. The victim is a chronic hepatitis B patient, the minister revealed. “The patient is from Tsumeb … relevant health authorities have been informed and an investigation has commenced,” a statement from the health ministry reads. LISTERIOSIS on page 2 Schimming-Chase remembered as a true liberator Albertina Nakale Windhoek Nora Schimming-Chase As messages of condolence pour in for the late veteran Namibian politician, Nora Schimming-Chase, who passed away due to ill health, President Hage Geingob described her as a true servant of the people and a diplomat. Schimming-Chase, who died yesterday in the Paramount Private Hospital in Windhoek, was 77 years old. President Geingob described Schimming- Chase as a person of the people and a diplomat, who with former deputy prime minister Dr Libertina Amathila joined the struggle as brave the stalwarts of Namibia’s revolution, the late Putuse Appolus in Dar es Salam (Tanzania) in the 1960s. “I have learned with sadness about the death of family friend and outstanding Namibian servant, Comrade Nora-Schimming-Chase,” said Geingob. The president wished the family and friends strength during this trying time of sorrow and bereavement. A member of the Congress of Democrats (CoD), Schimming-Chase had been a member of the National Assembly since 2000. LIBERATOR on page 2

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