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Vol. 22 No. 98 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, December 8 2016 Inside Today Outcry over multiple land allocations The Oshakati Town Council has come under public scrutiny for suspicious land allocations to certain individuals during its last meeting held on November 30 - among them multiple landowners. Page 3 Hake right holders acquire N million shares in Seawork Three Namibian right holders have acquired a 15 percent stake worth N million in the formidable fishing company Seawork Fish Processors that is based at Walvis Bay. Page 9 Debmarine Namibia to sponsor NFA Cup In a huge jovial sigh of relief, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) yesterday officially unveiled Debmarine Namibia as the new headline sponsor of the NFA Cup, finally signalling the long-awaited return of the country’s biggest football showpiece. Page 24 Calle to explain N billion owed to constructors Staff Reporter Windhoek Businesses in the building and construction sector are severely affected by late payments on government projects with the amount owed in excess of N billion. Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, is expected to hold a press briefing today to give clarification on the matter. Outstanding debt of 115 companies that participated in a survey conducted by the Construction Industries Federation of Namibia (CIF) exceeds N billion. As a result, indications are that close to 75 percent of businesses (85 respondents to the survey) are currently experiencing cash flow crises, with dire consequences. Not only will there be delayed progress or stoppages on projects and contractors will have great difficulty to meet their contractual obligations but more importantly, people’s livelihoods are at stake. Between 1 September and 30 New mandate… Standing are NEPC chief executive officer, Dr Audrin Mathe, Beatrice Kahunda (member) and France Kaundinge (member). Seated from left are Ileni Gebhardt (vice-chairperson), MICT Minister Tjekero Tweya and Esau Mbako (chairperson). EU trip attracts potential investors Elvis Muraranganda Windhoek President Hage Geingob’s recent trip to France and the United Kingdom (UK) has reignited investor interest in Namibia in the areas of tourism, renewable energy, water, agriculture, fisheries and transport. Deputy Prime Minister and international relations minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, and Cabinet ministers Obeth Kandjoze, Calle Schlettwein and John Mutorwa accompanied Geingob, while Pohamba Shifeta joined him later in France. A business delegation also accompanied him to both countries. Explaining the importance of the trip, Presidential press secretary, Albertus Aochamub indicated that in the era of economic diplomacy that is being spearheaded by Geingob, faceto-face engagements are critical. TRIP on page 2 Maria Amakali Windhoek Two Chinese nationals were detained yesterday after they allegedly attempted to smuggle elephant tusks that were cut into small pieces and stuffed into instant coffee tins. The two suspects were on their way to Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA). HKIA was recently in the news after another Chinese national was caught with 18 rhino horns worth almost N million by the Hawks in South Africa after November 2016, a total of 1 008 people employed by the 115 companies were retrenched, and an additional 604 peopel will lose their jobs by the end of this month. The results of the survey reflects a trend in the industry, and it is possible that for every 100 businesses in the construction sector, CALLE on page 2 NEPC board implored to execute mandate Albertina Nakale Windhoek The newly appointed board of directors of New Era Publication Corporation (NEPC) has been urged to provide guidance to the organisation for it to fully execute its mandate, which is to disseminate information. The Minister of Information Communication and Technology, Tjekero Tweya, said the new board members of NEPC must ensure people have unhindered access to information in whatever form he was let through though the airport scanners in Namibia had detected the illegal exports. According to Namibian Police Force spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, the elephant tusks were cut into pieces and concealed in instant coffee tins. The elephant tusks were detected by police officers manning a roadblock at Kapps farm on the way to HKIA. Alert police officers on duty at the roadblock allegedly noticed something unusual with the coffee tins. The two suspects were apprehended between 12h00 and Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein or medium. The new board of directors assumed office on December 1, 2016. The newly appointed board members are Esau Mbako (chairperson), Ileni Gebhardt (vice-chairperson), France Kaundinge (member), Beatrice Kahunda (member) and Cassius Moetie (member). Cabinet approved the appointment of the board members to serve for a period of three years, with effect of next month until December 1, 2019. NEPC on page 2 Chinese nabbed with elephant tusks 14h00 and they are expected to make their first appearance in court today or tomorrow. Kanguatjivi informed New Era that investigations into the matter continue. It is not yet clear if the two were scheduled to board a flight at the airport. In an article that appeared in a local daily on November 28, Muyunda was quoted saying that 69 elephants have been killed this year alone, mainly in the Zambezi and Kavango East regions. CHINESE on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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