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Vol. 22 No. 141 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, February 23 2017 Inside Today The plight of Engela’s expectant mothers The plight of expectant mothers camping outside the Engela Intermediate Hospital is far from over. Page 3 Airbus and NUST to set up Virtual Space Data Centre Airbus and the Namibia University of Science & Technology (NUST) have agreed to collaborate in establishing a Virtual Space Data Centre in Windhoek to assist the country in monitoring and growing key elements of its economy. Page 9 Albertina Nakale Windhoek Katutura Youth Enterprise Centre (Kayec) management has fired eleven of its instructors that were on an illegal strike since mid-2016. The strikers had not heeded repeated calls to report for work and a disciplinary hearing early this month thus found them guilty of misconduct. In a notice served on workers the Disgruntled... Kayec staff making known their demands. Kayec fires 11 striking workers Kayec human resources manager Johan Visagie said the instructors were formally suspended from work on full pay and benefits on January 25 this year pending a disciplinary hearing in respect of serious allegations of misconduct, and to allow the complainant to complete a full investigation. It was thus at the hearing that took place on February 3 that eleven instructors were found guilty of misconduct and immediately sacked from work. The dismissal comes days after the Labour Court ruled that the ongoing strike by seventeen Kayec instructors that started in the middle of 2016 was illegal and unprotected. The striking instructors’ spokesperson Donald Kuhanga yesterday confirmed to New Era that they were fired from work after the formal disciplinary enquiry. He was however quick to say that they appealed to the labour commissioner against their dismissal. KAYEC on page 2 Namibia’s winter time might be repealed Esme Konstantinus Windhoek The change to winter time might be a thing of the past as it appears the majority of Namibians are in favour of having summer time as standard time throughout the year, as also resolved by Cabinet. This is according to findings from consultations held with the public on whether Namibia should maintain summer time as standard time during winter. The findings were presented by the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, when she tabled the Namibian Time Bill in the National Assembly yesterday. She said consultations with the public were held between December 2015 and February 2016 with 97 percent of respondents in favour of maintaining standard time two hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). She added that out of 3 507 responses, 3 096 people indicated being in favour of keeping only summer time as standard time while 304 were in support of maintaining summer time and winter time. WINTER on page 2 JJD finally throws in the towel Mensah-Williams not interested in Swapo vice-presidency The old saying that if you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen, the best option is to get out has come true at the troubled Namibia Premier League (NPL). Page 24 Margaret Mensah-Williams Staff Reporter Windhoek National Council chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams has poured cold water on any prospects of standing for the position of Swapo vice-president at this year’s elective congress. In accordance with the Swapo 50/50 gender representation principle the vice-president’s position could be contested by female party members if the president’s position remains occupied by a man. Speaking to New Era this week in an interview to be fully published tomorrow, Mensah-Williams did not rule out the possibility of having a shot at the vice-presidency in the future, but said she will let it pass this time around. SWAPO on page 2 Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana Price is king Affordable insurance that DECREASES monthly SMS ‘king’ to 44000 Standard SMS rates apply Licence no. 16/ST/31 | Terms and conditions apply New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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