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Vol. 22 No. 101 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, December 13 2016 Police foil ARV suicidemurder attempt Inside Today Mbumba denies SPWC vote was rigged Swapo Party secretary general Nangolo Mbumba has refuted claims by some ruling party members that the Swapo Party Women’s Council (SPWC) election results were “rigged”. Page 3 RCC fights for its existence The Roads Contractor Company (RCC), the embattled state-owned road contracting enterprise, is fighting for its existence. Page 11 Kinda climbs bareknuckle into Hijarunguru In what could easily be construed as the lowest and most unprofessional blow on his part, the often-controversial chairperson of the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) Ellison Hijarunguru again stands accused of mudslinging. Page 24 Photo: Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Hard day’s work… Workers at Jet-Mart stores across the country are required to stand for long hours. Jet-Mart’s 10-hour shifts likened to slavery Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Cashiers at several clothing stores across the country that are owned by South African clothing retailer Jet-Mart must remain standing for nearly ten-hours during their daily shifts to serve customers – a practice that is possibly in conflict with existing laws. At Jet-Mart Stores in Town Square, Wernhill Park, Maerua Mall, Soweto and Khomasdal, among others, cashiers generate sales running into millions of Namibian dollars a day, but say they work in “slave-like conditions” and have to stand all day, to the detriment of their health. Close to 30 000 students funded by the State Albertina Nakale Windhoek Minister of Higher Education Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi says Namibia has a diverse higher education and training sector, which comprises of two public institutions and 44 private training providers that offer training across various sectors. She said there are currently close to 30 000 government-funded students pursuing various fields of study locally and at institutions across the globe. STATE on page 2 Cashiers at these shops say they suffer from fatigue, stress and other work-related illnesses that they attribute to working close to 10 hours daily, from 08h00 to around 19h00. Employees who spoke to New Era on condition of anonymity – because Jet-Mart is allegedly quick to dismiss those who complain – said they are made to stand for the entirety of their shifts at the checkout counters, as the company does not provide chairs. Workers told this reporter that even their pregnant colleagues are forced to stand for the duration of their backbreaking shifts, or are asked to provide a medical certificate to exempt them from standing all day. Pregnant workers feel that their unborn babies are at risk as a result of this corporate practice. “This has forced many of our pregnant ladies to go on early maternity leave or even to quit, as they could not provide such a medical certificate,” said one Jet Mart employee who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals. She said during her pregnancy a few years ago she was forced to go on early maternity leave, as she was unable to stand for such long hours. Following a visit to three different stores in the capital yesterday New Era can confirm that Jet-Mart employees are required to stand for the duration of their shift. Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay A 28-year-old Walvis Bay resident faces a double charge of attempted murder following a failed murder and suicide attempt at the coastal town, where she on Friday reportedly tried to kill her two minor children by forcing them to drink a concoction of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs. The incident happened at the family’s home along Johannes Nampula Street, where the suspect’s children (the youngest is one year old and the other nine years and nine months old) were made to drink the ARV concoction. All three victims are being treated at Walvis Bay State Hospital. The woman, whose identity is withheld to protect the identities of her minor children, allegedly dissolved the ARVs in water and gave it to her children to drink, before she consumed her own concoction. It is not clear at this stage whether any other substance was added to the ARVs. JET-MART on page 2 ARV on page 2 Photo: Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Cooperation beyond borders… A 21-member delegation from the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development arrived in the country on Sunday to study Namibia’s Livestock Identification and Traceability System (Nam- LITS) in both commercial and small-scale livestock production systems, as well as to discuss the benefits of NamLITS. The visiting delegation that consists of ministers and members of parliament of IGAD member countries were welcomed by Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development Anna Shiweda in the capital yesterday. They are expected to depart on Thursday. IGAD member countries consist of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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