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ol. 22 No. 109 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, January 10 2017 Inside Today Six townships mooted for Omuthiya Omuthiya Town Council is ready to go ahead with plans to build six new townships pending suggestions and objections from the community. A public meeting was held in November to allow stakeholders to make their input before the plans are finalised. Page 3 Mining and tourism sectors to drive growth in 2017 - SSS One of Namibia’s leading stock brokerages, Simonis Storm Securities, expects domestic economic growth for 2016 to be 2.5 percent, down from the 5.3 percent in 2015. The main drivers of this reduced growth include a struggling Fiscus and slower private sector credit extension (PSCE), which have led to significantly slower construction activity. Page 11 Indongo, Burns fight not yet done deal - Tobias While the British media have been ablaze with headlines touting Scottish boxer Ricky Burns as the next man in line to face Namibia’s double world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo in April, Namibia’s boxing promoter Nestor Tobias has on the other hand – albeit temporarily – countered the growing hype, saying nothing is concrete at the moment as negotiations are still ongoing. Page 20 Kazenambo welcomes genocide lawsuit Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Outspoken politician and former Cabinet minister Kazenambo Kazenambo has welcomed the class lawsuit lodged in a U.S. court against the German government for reparations over the OvaHerero and Nama genocide of 1904-1908. “I don’t care whether we lose the Sakaria Kadhikwa Oshakati Owners of cattle that stray into the Ondangwa town boundaries need to act swiftly if they are to avoid stock losses, because the municipal pound where the seized livestock are kept does not have any grazing. Losses in terms of cattle death are in certain cases the result, especially if the owner of a stray animal is unaware that it has been impounded for grazing in the wrong place. The rains that fell widely in many case in court. What I’m interested in is the awareness the lawsuit creates about the atrocity committed by the German imperial government against the Nama and the OvaHerero communities during 1904-1908,” Kazenambo said yesterday. He said both the Namibian and the German governments have for very long taken the genocide issue for granted. parts of the country over the past week seem not to have improved the grazing situation significantly and as a result several cattle - especially those from villages and settlements around Ondangwa - continue to stray into town in search of grazing. When this reporter visited the municipal pound on Sunday afternoon the place was teaming with cattle that seem to have been there for more than three days. All were in good condition, but hungry and there was no sign that they have been given any fodder. Spokesperson for Ondangwa Town Council Petrina Shitalangaho KK on page 2 Photo: Sakaria Kadhikwa Impounded… Cattle in the Ondangwa municipal pound on Sunday this week. Ondangwa battling with stray cattle acknowledged that the cattle might not have been fed, because of the weekend break. She said provision is usually made to feed them until they are collected by the owners, upon payment of the required fine. “We charge owners N per large livestock (cattle) and N per calf when the owner comes to collect the animals. And for a pig an owner has to pay N1, because these are dangerous animals,” Shitalangaho emphasised. She said whenever the town council has impounded cattle, CATTLE on page 2 Kazenambo Kazenambo Elephants continue devouring crop fields Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Communities in the Kunene Region continue to be tormented by elephants that trample their fields and in some cases devour entire crop fields, thus creating a food crisis for communal farmers. Opuwo Rural Constituency Councillor Kazeongere Tjeundo said in an interview with New Era that he plans to work more closely with officials in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, because in that region “elephants walk all over the fields of communal crop farmers”. Tjeundo said the problem is serious. “You would find a farmer that has invested effort and time to cultivate his field, just for their crops to be walked over by elephants and then it becomes useless. The Ministry (of Environment and Tourism) must see what can be done about this,” Tjeundo said. The chief public relations officer in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Romeo Muyunda, explained that the ministry has ratified the international human-wildlife conflict policy and advised that communities that are terrorised by wildlife should speedily report the problem to the ministry. The ministry also works closely with communities by educating them on how to deal with problems related to human-wildlife conflict. “We try to work closely with the communities, including those in the Kunene Region,” Muyunda said. Employees of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism are sent out when need be to monitor situations where it is reported that there is human-wildlife conflict, Muyunda explained. ELEPHANT on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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