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Vol. 22 No. 110 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, January 11 2016 Inside Today First Lady restores hopes of less fortunate children Me e t R i k u v e r a Matundu from Kalkfeld Primary School. Page 3 M2 slows but banks’ liquidity up to N.7 billion The annual growth in broad money supply (M2) slowed to 3.9 percent at the end of November 2016, from a growth of 4.6 percent at the end of October 2016. Page 11 Namibia welcomes Fifa World Cup expansion Fifa’s long-awaited decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from the current 32 has been met with huge approval by the Namibia Football Association (NFA). Page 20 Photo: Nampa Lease of life… An unidentified newspaper vendor sells copies of the special edition Grade 10 and Grade 12 Higher Level results in December. Over 2 400 learners will be allowed to repeat Grade 10 this year. Over 2 400 learners to repeat Grade 10 Albertina Nakale Windhoek Government has thrown a new lease of life to about 2 430 learners who failed Grade 10 national exams last year to repeat the same grade this year. Those given a second chance to repeat this year are persons who are 17 years and younger. The permanent secretary in the education ministry, Sanet Steenkamp, said for the 2015 Grade 10 examinations, 3 432 candidates were allowed to repeat in 2016 and 2 258 (65.8 percent) qualified for admission to Grade 11 in 2017. She said their efforts deserve appreciation. She said the learners who did not meet the requirements for promotion to Grade 11 (between 0 and 22 points) and who are 17 years or younger on the first day of school are allowed to repeat Grade 10. Equally, she noted, learners in this category are eligible to repeat Grade 10 preferably at their schools on a full-time basis. Further, learners may repeat on a voluntary basis, provided their school of choice can accommodate them or alternatively may opt for registering at Namcol or part-time institutions registered with the ministry. Steenkamp also said learners who did not meet the requirements and are older than 17 years of age are advised to consider enrolment with Namcol or other institutions registered with the ministry to improve their results in one or more subjects. GRADE 10 on page 2 Uis residents without water for 10 days Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The Erongo Regional Council says inadequate rainfall in Uis and Khorixas has contributed to boreholes running dry. Nelson Williams Meroro, the deputy director for planning and development in the Erongo Regional Council, confirmed Uis has been without water for the past ten days, citing the dry spells as the main reason. “We can only get our water from boreholes at Uis and if they are dry there is nothing we can do,” Meroro told New Era. He said the regional council reported the matter to NamWater and an arrangement has been made to source water from nearby areas that have a surplus of water supply. “It’s very serious and it can’t be accepted,” said Meroro, who added the regional council has had meetings with NamWater to alert them on the seriousness of the matter. He also foresees more “serious” meetings in the next two weeks to address the situation. New Era also spoke to Basil Calitz, the manager of Brandberg rest camp lodge in Uis. He said the settlement has been experiencing water problems for three months now. “But for the last 10 days there is absolutely no water,” said Calitz. He said that yesterday 20 000 litres of water were delivered at the settlement by the Henties Bay Lion’s Club. “NamWater brings a truck with water everyday but it’s not enough to cater for 3 000 people in the settlement,” Calitz explained. UIS on page 2 Northern crop farmers optimistic Sakaria Kadhikwa Ongwediva Cultivating their crop fields shortly after the onset of the early rainfall last November has so far delivered good results for several crop farmers in various constituencies of the communal dryland cropping regions of Oshikoto, Oshana, Ohangwena and Omusati. Among these crop farmers is Priskila Andreas from Onethindi village in Olukonda Constituency who said the moment the first rains fell she called a private tractor owner to plough the rest of her mahangu field. “I ploughed and planted immediately after the first rains towards the end of November last year that is why you see my mahangu crop and other crops are growing well,” remarked Andreas. She said while she is happy she started early, her crops are a target of small and large livestock in the surroundings which keep on stray- Photos: Sakaria Kadhikwa Hopeful… The owner of this recently ploughed field is still waiting for more rain for the seeds to germinate. ing onto her field and eating up her crops. But she has been able to cope by constantly chasing them away. Andreas is optimistic that if after the current dry spell it rains she expects a good harvest of mahangu, sorghum, beans and watermelon, among others, this season. Andreas’ optimism was echoed by Nangula Mbandeka a resident of Othimbika village in Okankolo Constituency. She said the area has received good rain and that crops are doing well because of ground moisture. “The only challenge we are facing now is a green worm pest that has popped up and is threatening to destroy our crops,” observed Mbandeka. NORTHERN on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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