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Wednesday 9 May 2018 N.00 (incl VAT) Vol. 23 No. 167 Simataa doubts ranking is due to absence of access to information law Page 3 RFA’s automated Mass Distance Charges could double revenue Page 9 Shalulile wins big at Highlands Park FC annual awards Page 24 National Business Sport Namibia to sign N trillion Africa trade deal •Albertina Nakale WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob yesterday confirmed that Namibia will soon sign up to the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), which will give the country easier access to the African market currently valued at nearly N trillion. Namibia has always been pro- AfCFTA but delayed signing the actual agreement to first ensure all its bases were covered through an inclusive consultative process, said Geingob during a meeting with AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at State House yesterday. The president gave the assurance that Namibia is fully committed to the integration of the continent and strongly believes that its own economic development depends on advancing regional and continental economic cooperation and integration. “Africa’s advancement remains first and foremost a Klazen disappointed that mass houses still empty •Eveline de Klerk SWAKOPMUND – The absence of a coordination framework between local authorities and the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) continues to delay the allocation of mass housing units across the country. The Deputy Minister of matter for Africans. Namibia reiterates her commitment to the AfCFTA and the Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community Relating to the Free Movement of Persons, Right of Residence and Right of Establishment, and will expedite internal processes to sign and ratify these instruments,” Geingob said. African leaders have agreed In retard… Some of the houses that are currently not allocated in Swakopmund due to delays in the transfer of land between the local authority and NHE. Urban and Rural Development Derek Klazen at a meeting yesterday made this revelation and berated local authorities Pan- Africanists… AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and President Hage Geingob greeting each other at State House. Photo: Emmency Nuukala that the AfCFTA takes effect within 18 months, but first at least 22 countries must formally ratify the agreement. tRAde on page 2 and the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) for failing to synchronise their functions in dealing with mass housing. He was adamant that the central government long ago issued clear guidelines to local authorities on how to deal with the transfer of land on which the mass housing units are built. The houses were built through the NHE, which was allocated land for that specific purpose, and when the house goes to the owner, that land must be transferred to the local authority. Local authorities are responsible for allocating the mass housing units, according to the list of people who need houses in each local authority. mAss houses on page 2 Ali Ipinge RFA increases road user charges by 6.5% • Edgar Brandt WINDHOEK – Ordinary vehicle owners will now have to fork out an additional amount of between N and N in annual vehicle registration fees and an additional eight cents per litre when refuelling with either petrol or diesel, thanks to the 6.5 percent increase in national road user charges. The Road Fund Administration (RFA) yesterday confirmed that the increase is effective as of May 1, as has just been approved by the Ministry of Finance. RFA said the increase in the number of vehicles and the distances vehicles are now travelling on Namibian roads have made it necessary to implement an increase so that the fund would have sufficient money at its disposal. The RFA charges road user charges on motorists and uses the money to maintain, preserve and rehabilitate the national road network, which has the reputation of being one of the best road networks in Africa. RFA on page 2

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