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ol. 22 No. 105 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, January 4 2017 Inside Today Nampab turns down WB housing scheme Government’s key activities for 2017 - a summary In his New Year’s message last week, President Hage Geingob outlined the following key activities for the year ahead. The Namibia Planning Advisory Board (Nampab) turned down an application by Walvis Bay Municipality to use a piece of land (Farm 37) situated a few kilometres outside the town for the development of a new suburb.This new development was expected to provide affordable houses to thousands of backyard squatters and landless residents at the town. Page 3 Nam hopes to boost game meat industry and exports Namibia hopes to promote its game meat production industry and exports to regional and international markets by 2020, after game was identified as a niche market with potential to grow. Page 9 Camera shy… Chinese nationals Tao Huizhong and Jinrong Huang try to hide behind water bottles. Photos: Roland Routh Source of growth… Namibia hopes for a full recovery in the prices of mineral commodities, such as uranium, one of the largest mineral exports the country boasts. 2017: The year in preview Toivo Ndjebela Windhoek The year 2017 represents another important - though possibly bumpy - time in Namibia – a nation treading carefully between using its resources to fight basic poverty and investing in growing its economy. The year 2016 had its fair share of positives on the scorecard, but rather than take a last look into the rearview mirror, many Namibians would prefer to look instead to the future. Their wish is for many things to change over the next 12 months. With unemployment at 28 percent and HIV-AIDS prevalence at 17 percent, the year 2017 presents an opportunity - in terms of time - to address some of these anomalies. In terms of unemployment, several key steps were taken in 2016, which must produce tangible outcomes this year. The revamping of the country’s foreign policy to give it an economic diplomacy edge and the investment Bail hearing today in N,5 billion case Roland Routh Windhoek The bail hearing of three men charged with fraud and tax evasion amounting to N.5 billion was postponed to 10h30 today after the State failed to secure a Mandarin interpreter for two of the accused. Public Prosecutor Rowan van Wyk informed Magistrate Alweendo Venasius that efforts to secure the services of a Mandarin interpreter have failed so far and that the Office of the Prosecutor General are pulling out all the stops to get hold of an interpreter. Defense attorney Sisa Namandje did not take kindly to the delay, lamenting the State’s “lackadaisical attitude”. He also put it on record that his clients, Chinese nationals Tao Huizhong, 46, and Jinrong Huang, 36, were not yet informed of the charges they face in a language they understand, as prescribed by the Constitution. BAIL on page 2 conference held in November must be followed up on to ensure investment in the local economy. When this is done, many more families would have breadwinners at home – relieving government of the duty to have to feed such families. Money saved from the feeding schemes can then be channelled towards other national priorities. President Hage Geingob in his New Year message last weekend dubbed 2017 as ‘The Year of Rededication’, Anti-poaching unit gun down three Albertina Nakale Windhoek Photo: Nampa 2017 on page 2 While many Namibians were enjoying their summer holiday, the Namibian anti-poaching unit has been working tirelessly and last week reportedly gunned down three persons in the Bwabwata National Park, who were among 13 suspected poachers. The shooting incident was confirmed by Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta via a text message sent on December 29. “We have taken a serious decision, as I announced three weeks ago, to invoke the Criminal Procedures Act for self-defense whenever poachers fire at our units. Poachers shooting at anti-poaching units will regret having done so if they ever survive the firepower of our well-trained special units,” Shifeta wrote. He went on to say, “I have not been on leave up to now, just visiting our units in parks and giving new instructions.” POACHING on page 2 January – The provision of subsidised ploughing services, fertilisers and seeds to communal farmers in rural areas. February – The New Public Procurement Act becomes operational (enabling the first computerised procurement system that will enhance transparency). June – The Old Age Social Grant is to be increased by N0 to N00. September – Construction of a new Vocational Training Centre in Nkurenkuru to commence. September – The second land conference will be held to chart the way forward. September – E-health services with online patientrecord and pharmaceuticaldispensing systems go live. September – A multidisciplinary youth training centre to be established in Kavango. 2017 – Urban land servicing and delivery of affordable housing, with 6 000 plots and 5 000 housing units planned for 2017. 2017 – Elimination of the bucket system in rural areas and their replacement with more decent sanitation solutions, starting with the //Karas and Hardap regions. 2017 – The sport ministry will conclude a review of the Sports Act and policy, to define and prioritise national sport codes, which will guide funding and development priorities. 2017 – In the international arena Namibia will continue to call for the full implementation of all relevant United Nations resolutions on Palestine and the Western Sahara. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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