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Vol. 22 No. 143 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, February 27 2017 Inside Today Tarred road can unlock Aroab potential - Councillor Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor Elias !Kharuxab says Aroab can become a destination for more economic activities if roads are improved to bitumen standard. Page 3 Capricorn Group posts N0 million profit for six months The operating profit of N7.2 million for the Capricorn Group, previously known as Bank Windhoek Holdings, for the six months ending December 31, 2016 only increased marginally compared to the same period in the prior year. Page 9 Nine people exposed to Congo Fever quarantined Photo: Petrus Muronga Red alert… Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services Dr Andreas Mwoombola, speaking at a press briefing on Friday in the capital. Namibia benefits from NASA research Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Petrus Muronga Windhoek Four people are in quarantine at the Windhoek Central Hospital after being exposed to Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), while four nurses and one doctor are also being kept in isolation at Gobabis State Hospital after coming into contact with a patient that died of the tick-borne virus last week. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services Andreas Mwoombola confirmed the quarantine yesterday. ‘‘The people under isolation at Windhoek hospital are stable and parameters are in normal range,’’ said Mwoombola. The four nurses and the doctor came into contact with the patient who died of the virus on Monday last week after complaining of coughing up blood, fever and diarrhoea for three days. “The situation is under control and no new cases have been reported thus far,” the health ministry’s spokesperson Ester Paulus said yesterday. She also said that the results of tests of the people in isolation in Windhoek are expected this week “to make final confirmation”. Mwoombola said the people were tested for the virus and the medical team are still waiting for the results to confirm if they have the virus, while the medical team being quarantined in Gobabis were also reported to be doing well. ‘‘Staff under quarantine at Gobabis hospital are doing fine,’’ he affirmed. The isolation is done over five to six days. CONGO on page 2 Unam too clever for under-strength Suburbs Undisputed Namibian rugby champions University of Namibia (Unam) Rugby Club once again demonstrated their dominance in the domestic oval ball game by clinching a welldeserved 34 – 0 triumph in the maiden edition of the Reho Falcon Rugby Day. Page 24 Namibia would emerge a big winner in the research currently being undertaken off the Skeleton Coast by scientists from the United States of America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr Jens Redemann, one of NA- SA’s research scientists, explained that Namibia is benefiting economically from the project. Last year the team spent at least N million locally. “And we expect to spend that again in 2017 and 2018,” said Redemann. “Every year in southern and central Africa there is a seasonal cycle of burning and the emissions from that burning get transported over the south-east Atlantic, NASA on page 2 Photos: Immencie Nuukala Golden opportunity… First Lady Monica Geingos with the first beneficiaries of the TIP programme. Geingos concerned with education system Maria Amakali Windhoek First Lady Monica Geingos has raised her concerns regarding the direction in which the education sector is going, stating that due to multiple hindrances a lot of learners that enter Grade 8 never make it to Grade 12. While welcoming the first Grade 8 cohort at Windhoek Gymnasium who would be benefiting from the Talented Individual Programme (TIP), on Friday, Geingos shared her concerns, stating that if only 19 000 children made it to Grade 12 out of 52 000 that entered Grade 8 in 2012, then something somewhere is not right in the system. The 2016 Grade 12 results, even with a slight improvement, show that out of 19 392 full-time candidates who sat for the Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary Level, only 36 percent qualified for admission to tertiary institutions. GEINGOS on page 2 Graduation Dates 2017 Windhoek, 06 & 07 April Safari Hotel & Conference Centre Northern Campuses,12 April Trade Fair Centre, Ongwediva Katima Mulilo Campus, 25 April Katima Mulilo Campus, Main Hall Rundu Campus, 27 April Rundu Campus, Main Hall New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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