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ol. 22 No. 116 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, January 19 2017 Inside Today Namcol introduces block tuition As part of its strategy to increase the pass-rate among its learners, the Namibia College of Open Learning (NamcoL) has introduced a block tuition system. Namcol is Namibia’s biggest centre of open learning and distance education and offers out of school classes to thousands of learners. Page 3 Scaled down… The Omaheke Regional Council has cut down on the number of beneficiaries of drought relief food. Photo: Nampa Budget cut hits Omaheke drought efforts Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The Omaheke Regional Council has reduced the number of beneficiaries of drought relief food by 32 percent from 24 022 to 16 328, citing limited financial resources available for the drought relief food programme. Speaking to New Era yesterday, the senior public relations officer at the regional council, Tauno Lileka, said the council late last year received a directive from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to conduct food security registration in order to determine the number of people who have been severely affected by the drought. According to him, this was to reduce the number of people receiving drought relief due to limited resources available for the drought relief programme. DROUGHT on page 2 Angola’s N billion bill to Namibia renegotiated Global oil, gas discoveries drop to 70-year low Oil and gas discoveries around the world dropped last year to their lowest since the 1940s after companies sharply cut back in their search for new resources amid falling oil prices. Page 9 HopSol, Benjamin launch new Youth Soccer League HopSol Solar Power, a private firm in the solar industry announced a lucrative sponsorship of N million over the next three years with the ultimate aim of establishing a domestic football youth league. Page 20 Toivo Ndjebela Windhoek The central banks of Angola and Namibia have renegotiated the re-payment schedule for the approximate N billion debt Angola owes Namibia, following the currency exchange agreement that went wrong in 2015. Bank of Namibia (BoN) governor Ipumbu Shiimi confirmed during an exclusive interview with New Era yesterday that the Namibian reserve bank and Banco Nacional de Angola agreed in December 2016 to shorten the repayment timeframe and, therefore, increase the amount to be paid in each instalment. Previously, the Angolans were obliged to pay US million (N9 million at yesterday’s exchange rate) per quarter, BILL on page 2 Photo: Nampa Good hygiene… A group of learners from Bloukrans Primary School washing their hands after having their lunch at the school’s hostel. City to clamp down on illegal car washes Selma Ikela Windhoek Signed and sealed... The Governor of the Bank of Namibia, Ipumbu Shiimi (right) and Governor of Banco Nacional de Angola, Dr Jose de Lima Massano (centre) signed the initial currency exchange agreement in September 2014 in Santa Clara, Angola. Photo: Nampa Chief of the City Police Abraham Kanime said an operation aimed at closing down illegal car washes in Windhoek would take place soon. The city is currently experiencing a water shortage and water levels in the three dams that provide the central areas with water stood at a mere 7.4 percent this week. The city houses more than 300 car washes with the majority operating illegally. Kanime said apart from closing down illegal car washes, they will also go after shebeens, illegal electricity connections and unregistered dogs this year, as they want to have an impact as far as law and order is concerned. CLAMP on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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