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ol. 22 No. 115 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, January 18 2017 American bollworms invade Etunda … to impact on harvests Inside Today Debt-hit teachers poor performers – deputy minister Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Ester Anna Nghipondoka has advised teachers to refrain from accumulating unnecessary debts and visiting loan sharks. Page 3 Suspects arrested with almost N 000 in counterfeit notes The Bank of Namibia (BoN) has reacted strongly to a video circulating on social media showing three men conducting a crude counterfeiting operating in Katutura. In the video three suspects are seen using a basic photo copy/ printer/scanner machine to counterfeit 200 and 100 Namibia dollar banknotes. Page 9 Access to tertiary education… The Namibian National Students Organisation says it has always stood, and still stands, for free quality education for all. Nanso threatens action over high tuition fees Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Namibian student organization Nanso says should the University of Namibia deny its members access to tertiary education due to high registration and tuition fees, they would not hesitate to act. Nanso (Namibian National Students Organisation) says it has always stood, and still stands, for free quality education for all. Students registering at Unam have to pay a mandatory registration fee of N 650 that includes N 650 for registration and a percentage of the year’s tuition which normally ranges from N 000 to N 000 or more depending on the course. Helvy Shaanika Ongwediva Although cybercrime was once uncommon in Namibia, nowadays more people are claiming to have lost thousands to criminals who run their ‘businesses’ from social media. The Namibian Police public relations officer, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, confirmed that cases have been reported to the police involving people paying for services or goods from people they have never met in person. Many have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to criminals masquerading as real estate agents, wedding planners, traders in hair and beauty products, as well as clothing, among many others. Shikwambi warned that people must always ensure they have confirmed that the “Our message to universities is ‘never confuse our silence for weakness and our peace for fear.’ Namibian universities and their councils, both private and public, keep undermining the strength of the Namibian child because we didn’t start burning down buildings and breaking down properties yet,” Nanso secretary for education and research, Ashwell Forbes, said in a strongly worded statement. He went on to say: “2017 is a good year for the uprising of the Namibian student revolution. Many might still doubt we have what it takes to have that uprising but we dare you: deny access to our members and we will not meet in boardrooms anymore because the cookies and tea meetings have brought us nowhere.” FEES on page 2 Cybercrime on increase - say police business they are dealing with is legitimate and should always meet service providers in person. One of the social media victims Rauha Sheyavali said she had dealings with an alleged imposter on Facebook who swindled her out of N 220 last December. “We had a wedding at home and my sister told me that she saw someone on Facebook who was selling cheap Brazilians (hair). We contacted him and he asked us to send him some money as deposit. I sent N 000 to his account and N 220 through eWallet,” explained Sheyavali who is a resident of Tsumeb. The person under the name ‘Johanes Gabes’ never delivered the hair as promised. Sheyavali claimed Gabes’ company sounded legitimate as he told her he was in business with some local celebrities known to be in the Brazilian hair business. CYBERCRIME on page 2 Helvy Shaanika Ongwediva Namibia is one of the countries in southern Africa whose food security is under threat following the large-scale invasion of crop fields in the Omusati Region by American bollworms. The most affected is Etunda Green Scheme Irrigation Project, the government scheme that supplies almost the whole country with maize through AMTA (Agro- Marketing and Trade Agency) that distributes Namibia’s staple food to local millers. Etunda also has a miller that supplies maize meal to small businesses. The project is in peril following an outbreak of the so-called American bollworms since last November. Efforts to save 120 hectares of maize cultivated between November and December 2016 proved futile and the only option is to plough the stems into the soil. The project has already spent at least N.8 million on seeds, fertilizers and pesticide but there is no hope to recover such money. Chief agronomist at Agribusdev (Agricultural Business Development Agency), Julia Nambili, confirmed the crisis at Etunda irrigation project, maintaining that if it does not rain soon to break the cycle of the fast-breeding pests, no maize would be harvested from Etunda. American bollworms ETUNDA on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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