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ol. 22 No. 155 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, March 15 2017 Inside Today Namwandi defies all odds in farming He might be a forgotten man in politics, but former education minister David Namwandi is making waves in commercial farming and has defied drought and other challenges to keep thriving in this area. With this, he said, he intends to help feed the nation, as per the call of the government. Page 3 Mannetti worried about lack of NPL action Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has described the current lack of premiership football in the country as deeply worrying and says it poses a serious threat to the preparations of the national team. Page 24 Politicians’ wages take 0.4% of national budget Toivo Ndjebela Windhoek The total personnel expenditure and benefits for Namibia’s 326 public office-bearers represent N4.3 million, or 0.4 percent of the country’s N.6 billion national budget tabled last week. Differently put, the public officebearers’ wage bill represents a 0.9 percent chunk of the total public service wage budget for the new financial year, which is N.1 billion. This was the presidency’s response to the storm created by incorrect media reports this week that politicians have hit the jackpot by having their earnings increased by six percent for the 2017/2018 financial year. “The correct information is that there is no salary increase planned for 2017/18,” press secretary in the presidency Albertus Aochamub said Public Office-Bearer Remuneration and Conditions of Service: 2012/13 – 2016/17 Type of Benefit Year effected/ approved Comment Status 15% across-the-board upward 2012/13 First Review Report Implemented adjustment on basic pay (2012/13) 15% across-the-board upward 2012/13 First Review Report Implemented adjustment in housing allowance (2012/13) 6.5% and 7% upward adjustment 2014/15 Annual inflationary Implemented on basic pay recommendation 15% adjustment on water and 2015/16 Periodic review Implemented electricity benefit 6% across-the-board upward 2016/17 Annual inflationary Implemented salary adjustment recommendation Tools of trade review 2016/17 Second Review Report Pending: Report under consideration by President Tangeni Nghiwewelekwa Plumber yesterday. In law, public office-bearers are cited as the president, founding president, former president, vicepresident, first ladies, prime minister, deputy prime minister, ministers, deputy ministers, special advisors, members of the Public Service Commission, director-general of the National Central Intelligence Service, regional governors, members of regional councils, Over 20 malaria deaths since January Health minister Bernard Haufiku Alvine Kapitako Windhoek At least 6 500 cases of malaria have been reported in the northern regions of the country, where an outbreak is currently being experienced. The hardest hit regions are Ohangwena, Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi, Minister of Health and Social Services Bernard Haufiku said yesterday. Kavango East and Kavango West recorded 3 881 cases since January to Friday last week. Zambezi recorded 546, while Engela in Ohangwena recorded 490 cases. In the two Kavango regions 13 people died of malaria while in WAGES on page 2 Ohangwena nine people died of the disease, said Haufiku. “We seem to be challenged by infectious diseases,” he said, adding that there is Congo Fever on the one hand with an outbreak of malaria on the other. Namibia has previously been hailed for doing relatively well in the fight against malaria. Malaria claimed about 7 000 lives at independence but just 10 deaths in 2013. Because of concerted scientific efforts by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Namibia reduced malaria cases by over 90 percent in 2012. Less than 3 000 cases and only 10 deaths were reported at the close MALARIA on page 2 Plumbers specialise in installing and maintaining systems used for potable water, sewage, and drainage. Meet Tangeni Nghiwewelekwa, a plumbing graduate of the Valombola Vocational Training Centre whose company, Water Engineering Africa is growing from strength to strength, employing about 180 salaried workers. Read his story in today’s Youth Corner. Albertus Aochamub Rosh Pinah sold to Canadians for N.3 billion Staff Reporter Windhoek Namibia’s age-old zinc mine Rosh Pinah has effectively been sold to a Canadian listed firm in a deal that saw two international companies swap shareholding and exchange cash this week to consolidate their mining portfolios in Africa and Latin America. Once signed off by authorities the deal would essentially place the two mining groups among the top ten zinc producers in the world. SOLD on page 2 Moneyed man… Daniel Maté New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover

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