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ol. 22 No. 145 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, March 1 2017 Inside Today Foodbank benefits over 94 000 needy people The foodbank, a government initiative aimed primarily at addressing ‘hunger poverty’, has benefited a combined total of 22 354 households and 94 536 individuals to date. Page 3 FIFA wants to rehabilitate sports facilities in Namibia FIFA, the German Football Association (DFB), the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and rehabilitate sports fields and promote life skills through sport in Namibian schools in the Khomas and Ohangwena Regions. Page 24 Short-changed… Workers stranded at the site from which a Chinese contractor allegedly fled without paying them. Inset: Passports photos of translator Zhao Ming and contract owner Qiang Xanxin. Photo: Emmency Nuukala Forcefully wedded off as teens Nuusita Ashipala Omundaungilo Laimi Elias from Omundaungilo in Ohangwena region cannot recall how old was she when she became a wife, but today at the age Maria Amakali Windhoek About 29 workers of Great World Constructions and three subcontractors at a site in the Rosalia Kamati Sewing Machine Operator of only 18 she is already a mother of two children, of which one has sadly passed on. Just like Elias, Johanna Fillemon too cannot recall the specific age when she wedded her husband, Lazarus Hamukwaya, but she does estimate Northern Industrial Area were left licking their wounds after their Chinese employer allegedly fled the country without paying them for work done. The workers allege that they were she was between 12 and 13 years old. Fillemon’s estimate is based on the fact that she had her firstborn at the age of 15, by which time she and her husband, who is one year older than her, had been married for some years. Elias and Fillemon were both Sad state… Johanna Fillemon and her husband Lazarus Hamukwaya, who married when they were in their teens, set up a new home to replace the old one that collapsed. – Read more on the story on Page 5. Workers unpaid as Chinese bosses ‘flee’ only paid half their salaries for the months of December and January, but have almost given up hope of receiving their salaries this month after their bosses disappeared without trace. Great World Constructions, owned by Chinese national Qiang Yanxin, was contracted by Sun Group China Town Properties Pty - owned by well-known Chinese businessman Jack Huang - to build 101 units for industrial purposes on an erven alongside Monte Cristo road. Out of the 101 units, only 61 units were completed before Yanxin and other Chinese nationals at the site left unceremoniously. When New Era visited the area yesterday, the clearly dejected workers were seated outside the construction site with hopes that the owner of the place will pitch up with answers for them. CHINESE on page 2 Sewing Machine Operators assemble pieces of fabric by matching patterns and dye lots and joining sections into finished garments. Meet Dinapama Manufacturing’s Rosalia Kamati, who has turned a childhood fascination with making clothes into a bright career path. Read her story in today’s Youth Corner. married off by their parents without their consent. Fillemon said when she returned from working as a domestic worker one day in the Uukwambi area of the Oshana Region she found a husband selected for her by her parents. Who are land ancestors, asks Geingob Albertina Nakale Windhoek WEDDED on page 2 President Hage Geingob said returning ancestral land, as demanded by some groups in the country, is a difficult undertaking especially with regards to deciding which ancestors – in a chain of many - should be considered as a benchmark for restoration. The President also dismissed suggestions that government has failed to discuss the ancestral land issue after independence, especially during the 1991 land conference. GEINGOB on page 2 President Hage Geingob New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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