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Vol. 22 No. 154 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, March 14 2017 Inside Today Extra N0 for pensioners nothing without attitude change The N0 increase in the old-age pension grant will not make much difference in the lives of pensioners at Katutura Old Age Home, unless pensioners change their attitude towards handling money, says a senior caretaker at the dormitory, whom New Era spoke to yesterday. Page 3 The ongoing struggle to finance land acquisition Government’s battle to secure adequate finances for the purchase of land for redistribution continues, as reflected in the current budget. Page 11 Namibia awaits UN boundary verdict Desie Heita Windhoek Namibia is pushing ahead in her quest to set territorial boundaries with her neighbours, and to finally set up maritime boundaries with South Africa through peaceful means. The matter – currently in the hands of the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf – seems so serious that part of the budget allocated to the land reform ministry is set aside to fund activities related to the pursuit of setting – and expanding – the country’s maritime boundaries. If the UN approves Namibia’s submission, made in May 2009, the country’s territorial boundary would extend by over 1 million square kilometres, documents seen by New Era state. The claim would not only extend Namibia’s territorial boundaries by a significant margin but, by some estimation, could provide some sort of mineral windfall in the form of unexplored hydrocarbon reserves and other minerals at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The settling of the long-standing contention over the maritime bor- Asserting ownership… A graphic image of the outer limit of the extended continental shelf that Namibia is claiming as part of her maritime boundaries with South Africa, in her claims submitted to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. ders with South Africa has been a long process to confront the elephant in the room. Although Namibia has an agreement with Angola that delimits the maritime boundary between the two states from the mouth of the Kunene River, it has no substantial agreement with South Africa. NAMIBIA on page 2 Deadlock at Swapo disciplinary meeting Staff Reporter Windhoek Job Amupanda A meeting scheduled for yesterday, set up by the ruling party Swapo to get disciplinary measures rolling against Affirmative Repositioning (AR) founders Job Amupanda and George Kambala, as well as former youth league secretary Dr Elijah Ngurare, abruptly ended after the three men raised an avalanche of objections. SWAPO on page 2 NRU still dillydallying on Kwaaikie’s racial slur Almost half a year has lapsed and the powers that be at Lichtenstein Strasse in Olympia, south of Windhoek, are still dillydallying on summoning disgraced Wanderers rugby club flanker Theo Coetzee - aka ‘Kwaaikie’ - for a disciplinary hearing. Page 24 Photo: Matheus Hamutenya All lost… The six conjoined shacks that burnt, after a woman set one of them on fire. ‘Jealous’ woman sets exboyfriend’s shack on fire Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop A young woman is set to appear in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court today to answer to charges related to arson after she allegedly set her ex-boyfriend’s rented shack on fire, in an apparent fit of jealousy. It’s alleged that the 26-year-old suspect committed the arson in the wee hours of Sunday. Although details are sketchy as to what led the young woman to resort to such action, New Era understands that the boyfriend, Paulus Vaarde, 28, had ended their relationship, which she allegedly would not accept. The suspect then went to the man’s house while he was around the place and set his bed on fire, which erupted into a big blaze that unfortunately gutted another five shacks, burning everything down. //Kharas acting crime investigations coordinator, Detective Chief Inspector Coleen Brandt, confirmed the incident, without revealing further details, indicating that the police are still looking into the case, but noted that it seems to have stemmed from jealousy. FIRE on page 2 50/50 joint venture between the Namibian Government and De Beers New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover

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