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ol. 22 No. 118 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, January 23 2017 Inside Today Many foreigntrained doctors to graduate this year Namibia will make history this year when close to 150 medical graduates trained in various parts of the world return to serve the country. Page 3 Average house prices up 13 percent to N0K, even as trade volumes decline At the end of the third quarter of 2016 the average house price was pegged at N0 000, 13 percent higher than prices last year. The highest median prices recorded emanated from Henties Bay, Swakopmund and Windhoek, which stood at N.2 million for the coastal towns and N.4 million for Windhoek. Page 11 Days of setting up private practices numbered Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Bernard Haufiku on Friday reiterated his stance that the days of foreign doctors setting up private practices in the country are numbered. At a media briefing here, Haufiku said the Health Professions Council of Namibia Bill would be tabled in parliament by mid-February. “I really need this bill to go through, because a lot of things actually hinge on it as far as health governance is concerned. The issue of doctors coming Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Two senior managers at Gobabis Municipality are implicated in highy questionable land deals that saw them awarding themselves residential plots in the town’s most sought-after suburbs. Municipality of Gobabis senior from anywhere in the world to put up a private practice in Namibia straight away will be a thing of the past,” Haufiku stressed. Qualified doctors, whether Namibians who studied abroad or foreign nationals who want to set up private practices, will be required to do public service for at least five years, Haufiku said. PRACTICES on page 2 manager for local economic development Patricks Mbala and senior manager of technical services and infrastructure, Forbes Kanhukamwe (a Zimbabwean national) reportedly sat in on the council’s management committee meeting, which decided to award the two senior managers a plot each. Although Gobabis chief executive Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Bernard Haufiku Gobabis town executives in dodgy land deals officer Ephraim Davids denied that both Mbala and Kanhukamwe were part of the management committee meeting that decided to award them plots, minutes of the meeting seen by New Era show that both managers in fact attended the management committee meeting that decided on the land deals. Two more Chinese caught with rhino horns Roland Routh Windhoek Two more Chinese nationals were arrested on Thursday night for possession of rhino horns. According to Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi of the Namibian police, the two Chinese nationals were arrested at around 22h00 on Thursday at Berghoff Flats in Eros, Windhoek, after a joint operation by the Namibian police and Windhoek City police. She said the operation was launched after an intelligenceled investigation. The police found two rhino horns and a shotgun in the possession of the suspects, who may not be named until they appear in court. The value of the horns has not yet been specified. The two suspects are expected to appear in Windhoek Magistrate’s Court today on charges of possession of endangered wildlife products. In recent months a number of Chinese nationals have been arrested for rhino horn smuggling, with four sentenced to jail terms of 14 years each. GOBABIS on page 2 CRIME on page 2 One for you, one for me... Senior managers at the Gobabis Municipality are implicated in questionable land deals. Photo: Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi registration Dates 2017 All Campuses & Regional Centres First Year Students: 23 - 27 January Senior Students (Online): 16 January - 03 February Late Registration: 08 - 10 February Postgraduate First Year Students: 30 - 31 January Postgraduate Senior Students (Online): 01 - 02 February For a specific Campus, School, Faculty and Qualification registration dates visit: New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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