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16 Wednesday 9 May 2018 NEW ERA AFRICA ‘We are a family’ – on patrol with the Red Ants ‘Work •Jason Burke JOHANNESBURG – The Red Ants are a South African private security company specialising in clearing “illegal invaders” from properties. Two, sometimes three times a week, a convoy of trucks drives out of the gates of a sprawling farm in Gauteng province, carrying hundreds of men and led by “officers” armed with shotguns and handguns. The company is rarely out of the headlines in South Africa and has been repeatedly accused of crimes ranging from theft to murder. It is fiercely criticised by human rights campaigners. But the attitude of the general public is more ambivalent – and the Red Ants themselves are fiercely loyal to each other and their employers. “We are a family. We look after each other … We have built a community,” says Johan Bosch, the farmer who founded and owns the company. A lack of adequate housing is one of the most toxic legacies is work’… The army of Red Ants clear a building while a security guard removes the children. Photo: James Oatway for The Guardian of the apartheid regime that governed South Africa for nearly 50 years. Families, migrant workers, students and homeless people pay middlemen for plots on wasteland around Pretoria and Johannesburg or in derelict buildings in the cities’ centres. Local authorities show little sympathy and say they have to enforce the law. Their chosen enforcers are the police and, to provide the manpower for evictions, the Red Ants. Fattis Mansions was once a fashionable 1930s block of flats in the heart of the banking and legal district in Johannesburg. Wealthy, mainly white, residents fled Johannesburg’s centre during the late 1980s and early 1990s, leaving hundreds of buildings to be taken over by poor migrants from rural areas. Four hundred people shared three taps. There were no toilets or electricity. The city authorities have been clearing these “hijacked buildings” one at a time for years – often using the Red Ants. The operation, involving 600 Red Ants, begins in the early morning, without warning. Wailing police sirens fill narrow streets. The Red Ants pour through an entrance, then proceed on rusting iron stairways and down filthy corridors. There is no resistance. The pushers, gang leaders and the rent extorters have gone. Rubbish, furniture, mattresses pile on the roadway outside. The singing starts, low and purposeful, as the Red Ants work. Children are carried out, followed by distressed mothers clutching salvaged belongings in plastic bags. Most adults knew this would happen one day. For those too young to understand, the sky has fallen in. Who are the men in the red overalls? They come from impoverished small former mining towns, from distant provincial villages in parched mountains, from Soweto, from hardscrabble neighbourhoods half hidden amid the urban sprawl of Johannesburg. Most are young. Many are without basic educational qualifications. Some have criminal records. A few are former convicts. All are poor. They are paid about N0 a day, plus some food. Many are squatters themselves. - The Guardian Monday, 7 May 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Ministry of Finance 09:30-15:00 Namibian Breweries 09:30-15:00 G4S 09:30-15:00 Swakopmund Town (Ferdinand Stich Str 4) 13:00-18:00 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 MTC (Prosperita) 09:00-14:30 Coca Cola Bottling Company 09:00-14:30 GIPF 09:00-14:30 Walvis Bay Town (Behind Welwitschia Medi-park) 13:00-18:00 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Bokomo 10:00-15:00 Debmarine Namibia 09:00-14:30 Namibia Media Holding 09:00-14:30 Langer Heinrich Uranium Mine 10:00-15:00 OUR IDENTITY IS FULLY NAMIBIAN, FOR NAMIBIANS design & advertising Ascension Day Thursday, 10 May 2018 Friday, 11 May 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Auas Valley 09:00-15:30 Maerua Mall (Mr Price) 09:00-15:30 Pick ‘n Pay (Swakopmund) 10:00-15:00 Sponsored by: safe and security THE SHIELD: All covered by the strongest symbol of protection, and security THE CIRCLE: Finding peace, continuity and a guaranteed future is the greatest wealth in this world. A circle is a symbol that contains all of this wealth. RFLAUN Retirement Fund for Local Authorities and Utility Services in Namibia safe and security pride comfort DUNES & WELWITSCHIA: A nation with pride works together to build and develop itself. Pride knows no shame and one will always embrace their country and origin. THE SKY: You can look at the future with anticipation. And its comforting to know that someday, as old as you are, you will be able to look back and have a little more clarity on why certain things in life happen. RFLAUN offers you that comfort. 1 Delius Street, Windhoek West Phone: +264 (61) 423 700 Fax: +264 (61) 423 701 Email:

Wednesday 9 May 2018 NEW ERA WORLD 17 Iran’s ballistic missiles: bone of contention with West TEHRAN - Iran’s ballistic missile prog ramme has poisoned relations between Tehran and Western powers for years but for the Islamic republic, the issue is staunchly non-negotiable. A recent report by London’s International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) says Iran is developing a dozen ballistic missiles that can fly up to 2 000 kilometres and deliver a 450-1 200 kilo payload. Since 2006, the UN Security Council has adopted several coercive resolutions aimed at preventing any bid by Iran to develop a missile programme that could deliver nuclear weapons, although this goal has always been denied by Tehran. Th e s a n c t i o n s w e r e suspended in July 2015 when the Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2231 to endorse the hard-won nuclear deal struck days earlier between Iran and six world powers. President Donald Trump is due to announce Tuesday whether the United States will remain in the deal that lifted international sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran’s nuclear programme. Trump insists the deal, also signed by France, Britain, China, Germany and Russia, was “very badly negotiated” by the previous administration of Barack Obama and fails to address Iran’s ballistic missile programme and regional interventions. European leaders have pleaded with Trump not to withdraw from the deal, with France proposing new negotiations with Iran, although Tehran has refused to make any modifications to the agreement. Iran considers missiles central to its defence against regional foes, namely Saudi Arabia and Israel, said IISS researcher Clement Therme. It says they were never part of the nuclear deal and considers the issue non-negotiable. Its critics say the missiles are offensive and could one day carry nuclear warheads. They also accuse Tehran of arming Yemeni rebels who have fired missiles into Saudi territory. Israel, which is in range of Iranian missiles, said the ballistic programme threatens its very existence. Iran’s determination to build a missile programme can be traced back to the brutal and destructive 1980-1988 war with neighbouring Iraq, said Therme. “Tehran’s ballistic missile programme forms part of its deterrence policy, particularly against possible military strikes on its nuclear installations,” as has been threatened in the past by Israeli and US officials, said Therme. With that in mind, Iran obtained an advanced Russian S-300 air defence system after the 2015 deal. Iran’s determination to develop ballistic technology is also linked to its ambition to master nuclear and military technologies and therefore be self-sufficient, or “khod-kafai” in Farsi, and less dependent on the outside world, Therme added. Iran sees its military capabilities as central to its regional influence and revolutionary ideology, said Therme. The Islamic republic is the key regional backer of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s seven-year war against rebels who have been trying to unseat him. It is also a staunch opponent of Israel. “Although moderate President Hassan Rouhani could be in favour of shedding revolutionary ideology on these (foreign policy) issues, he is not effectively in charge,” said Therme. In Iran, power over international issues rests ultimately with the powerful supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and increasingly with the Republic of Namibia MINISTRYOF WORKS GOVT STORES: MINISTRY OF WORKS AND TRANSPORT MINISTRY OF WORKS AND TRANSPORT WILL HOLD A PUBLIC AUCTION: VEHICLES VIEWING DATE: AUCTION DATE: VENUE: MONDAY 14 May 2018 from 09H00 to 16H00 Tuesday 15 May 2018 AT 10H00 GOVERNMENT STORES: OTIWARONGO Items to be sold: NISSAN SAFARI 4X4, TOYOTA COMBI 16 SEATER(AMBULAANCE), ISUZU 4X4, FORD IKON, LAND CRUISER (TOYOTA), TOYOTA QUANTUM (AMBULANCE), PEUTGOET MINI TRUCK, MAZDA 2.6 BT-50 4X4, TOYOTA 2.7 VVT-I, TOYOTA CORLLA 1.6, VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER NISSAN 4X4 AND MUCH MUCH MORE….... Registration: country’s elite Revolutionary Guards who are conducting interventions abroad. However, Khamenei did approve the nuclear deal in 2015 and said he was willing to see it as the basis for further negotiations if the US reciprocated, showing that he is willing to take pragmatic diplomatic steps. “If Iran were to adopt a regional policy that was less hostile to Western interests, it would be possible to reach a compromise on its ballistic missile programme,” said Therme. - Nampa / AFP N$ 5000.00 (Cash Only) Payment cash only (No Cheques) Terms and Conditions apply, No VAT Details are subject to change without prior notice ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE BY 15H00 HOURS ON AUCTION DATE IN CASH NO EXCEPTIONS Contact: S Tjombonde 081 252 13 85/ 081 583 3188 MINISTRY OF WORKS AND TRANSPORT WILL HOLD A PUBLIC AUCTION: LOOSE ITEMS VIEWING DATE: AUCTION DATE: VENUE: WORKS: WEDNESDAY 16 May 2018 from 09H00 to 16H00 THURSDAY 17 May 2018 AT 10H00 DEPARMENT MAINTAINCE: GROOTFONTEIN Items to be sold: 2011 FORD IRON 1.6i, 2004 MAZDA 2.6i, 1984 TOYOTA HILUX 4X4, 2X 2014 NISSAN NP300 2.5 4X4 D/C, 2X 2009 NISSAN H/B 2.4i 4X4 S/C, 2X 2006 TOYOTA HILUX 4.0 4X4 D/C, 1995 TOYOTA L/C 4500, 2006 NISSAN NAVARA 4.0 4X4 D/C, 2008 FORD IKON 1.6i, 2014 TOYOTA L/C 4.5 DISSEL V8 S/W AND MUCH MUCH MORE….... Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan is greeted by a lawmaker after being elected as Prime Minister during a parliament session in Yerevan on May 8, 2018. (Photo: Nampa/ AFP) Hong Kong cabbie held after N.7 million left in car HONG KONG - A Hong Kong taxi driver has been arrested on suspicion of stealing HK.1 million (about N.7 million) that a passenger left in his cab. The owner of a currency exchange left the bag full of cash in the taxi on her way home Sunday night, according to local newspaper Ming Pao. The driver, identified by his surname, Tang, was tracked down through the call centre used by the woman to book the ride. Tang, 57, first told investigators that he have not seen the money and suggested another passenger may have stolen it later that night, local media quoted the police as saying. However, the cash was later found at Tang’s house, according to Ming Pao. The cabbie was arrested Monday on suspicion of theft and for misleading officers, Hong Kong police said in a statement. This is not the first time a large amount of unsupervised cash has tested the morals of Hong Kongers. In 2014, boxes filled with more than US million in cash fell out of an armoured van onto a major highway, sparking a frenzy as drivers and passers-by tried to get their hands on the notes. - Nampa/ AFP Registration: N$ 5000.00 (Cash Only) Payment cash only (No Cheques) Terms and Conditions apply, No VAT Details are subject to change without prior notice ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE BY 15H00 HOURS ON AUCTION DATE IN CASH NO EXCEPTIONS Contact: Mr S. 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