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ol. 22 No. 129 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, February 7 2017 Cry of the landless… A section of the people who attended a meeting of the Landless People’s Movement in Tseiblaagte, Keetmanshoop on Saturday. Speaking at a related mass meeting at Maltahöhe on Sunday, which was organised by a group of activists calling themselves Progressive Landless Namibians, former deputy land reform minister Clinton Swartbooi told the crowd of about 1,200 supporters that land justice is a central tenet of economic justice and economic freedom. “Our forefathers who fought for land perished and yet we are landless,” he said. Photo: Nampa Inside Today Namibia needs artisans to develop Namibian youth could through vocational and technical training be equipped with the requisite skills needed to make goods and other consumer goods locally and help the country reduce its import bill. “Some Namibians go to faraway destinations beyond African borders to buy clothes and other good things. Why don’t we make those goods here instead of us importing them?” Page 3 Omusati tight-lipped on CRO’s fate Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Almost six months after the chief regional officer of Omusati Region, Protasius Andowa, and Omusati Regional Council’s deputy director of finance, Elizabeth Mutota, were requested to take leave to make way for investigations, council remains mum on the findings. This is despite the Public Service Commission (PSC) at the end of last August having requested the regional council to reinstate the two officials. Chairperson of Omusati Regional Council Modestus Amutse on Monday told New Era the probe was finalised last year. He said only the regional council is privy to the findings until such time an audience can be had with the implicated officers. CRO'S on page 2 Chairperson of Omusati Regional Council Modestus Amutse Elderly vets say project funding is delayed Albertina Nakale Windhoek Some aggrieved war veterans - many of whom are senior citizens - have complained that the Directorate of Veterans’ Affairs in the Office of the Vice President is taking too long to approve funding for their projects. They say they are very old - some are over 80 and 90 years old - but still are not given priority for their projects to be finalised. They feel government is supposed to prioritise their applications for their projects, as time is running out for them to enjoy the “fruits of independence”. In response, the spokesperson in the directorate of the veterans’ affairs, Edson Haufiku yesterday dismissed such claims as untrue. “There was a directive given last year that all projects of old and sickly people (war veterans) should be given priority,” he said, adding the process is still ongoing. Deputy Minister in the Directorate of Veterans Affairs Hilma Nicanor said 1,269 applications were reviewed by the veterans board thus far. As part of the registration process, she said the appeal board adjudicated over 314 appeal cases. Further, she noted that 881 veterans were added to the monthly subventions, while 235 families of deceased veterans were offered funeral assistance. As part of its veterans welfare development programme, the directorate managed to erect 1,718 tombstones on the graves of war veterans across the country during the year under review. DELAYED on page 2 Former Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen dies The world of rugby woke up yesterday to news of the death of the well-loved former Springbok rugby icon, Joost van der Westhuizen. The world acclaimed scrumhalf and IRB World cup winner died yesterday, aged 45, after losing a long battle with motor neuron disease. Page 24 28-day reprieve for car washes Photo: Selma Ikela Grace period… Businesses operating on private owned residential properties or within business corridors have been given 28 days to make the necessary arrangements to comply with municipal by-laws. Selma Ikela Windhoek The City of Windhoek has given 28-day grace period to carwash owners who operate on privately owned residential properties or within business corridors of the city to make the necessary arrangements to ensure compliance with the municipal by-laws that regulate carwashes. A statement issued by City spokesperson Lydia Amutenya said the 28-day grace period applies from the date of the publication of the notice. Amutenya said owners of carwashes under this category should make the necessary and required structural adjustments to their operations to comply with municipal by-laws within the stipulated period, as the City will have no option but to take the necessary legal steps to ensure compliance. According to Amutenya, all affected owners of carwashes are urged to take the necessary steps to ensure that their businesses are compliant. REPRIEVE on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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