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Vol. 22 No. 100 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, December 12 2016 Inside Today 75 000 children enrolled for early childhood development Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Doreen Sioka says about 75 000 children between the ages of 0 and 4 years have been enrolled for Early Childhood Development programmes (ECDs) in Namibia to date. Page 3 Under-20 women’s football team on winning path Keep the faith… President Hage Geingob spoke in London, England recently about the major economic challenges facing Namibia. Namibia needs a stable South Africa – Geingob Only 509 ACC cases submitted for prosecution Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigated a total 5 955 cases since its inception in 2006, but of these only 509 were submitted to the prosecutor-general with a recommendation for prosecution, ACC director-general Paulus Noa revealed last week. Speaking at the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day in Windhoek on Friday, Noa said after investigation many cases could not be submitted to the prosecutor-general with a recommendation for prosecution, as no evidence was found to substantiate the allegations. ACC on page 2 Namibia’s Under-20 women’s football team beat Zimbabwe 2-0 in their opening game of the 2016 African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five U-20 Youth Games in Luanda, Angola on Saturday. Page 24 Toivo Ndjebela London President Hage Geingob believes neighbouring South Africa has enough ammunition in its armoury to fend off the advances of marauding economic and political instabilities, which, if unattended, could spill over to other countries in the region. South Africa’s economy remains in the doldrums following weak expansion in the second quarter and recent monthly indicators do not provide much hope for an economic acceleration in the second half of the year. The economy is also threatened by political turmoil, evidenced by the fact that earlier this month President Jacob Zuma narrowly survived a no-confidence vote backed by elements within his own party, which holds a wide majority in parliament. Zuma’s critics say numerous corruption scandals and delays in passing key reforms have not only heightened calls for his resignation, but are also deterring investors and putting the country’s credit rating at risk. GEINGOB on page 2 Photo: Nampa ACC director general Paulus Noa Ipinge elected SPWC secretary amidst discontent Photo: Matheus Hamutenya Long night… Tired delegates take a nap as they await the SPWC election results on Saturday. Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop Eunice Ipinge trounced Petrina Haingura to win the emotionally-charged race for the position of secretary of the Swapo Party Women’s Council (SPWC), amidst claims of vote-rigging. Attorney-General Sacky Shanghala declared Iipinge the winner of the secretary’s position, with Windhoek Deputy Mayor Fransina Kahungu emerging as deputy secretary of the wing. Ipinge won with 249 votes against Haingura’s 223 and 81 for Sylvia Kandanga-Sheetekela. Kahungu won the deputy secretary position with 318 votes over 130 for Bernadette Jagger and 105 for Katrina Liswani. SPWC on page 2 THE UNIVERSITY OF NAMIBIA CLOSES Friday, 16 December 2016 and re-opens for business on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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