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ol. 22 No. 156 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, March 16 2017 Inside Today Shiweda testifies about role in Avid A retired brigadier in the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and former managing director of the Windhoeker Machinenfabrik (WMF) implicated in the Social Security Commission (SSC) fraud scandal said he has no regrets about helping set up Avid investment management firm, as there were no plans to defraud anyone. Page 3 Epangelo to pay back N billion with dividends from Husab stake Epangelo Mining, the stateowned mining company, says it will pay back over N billion it borrowed to acquire a 10 percent stake in the Husab Uranium Mine, by using the dividends it receives from the Husab mining operation. Page 9 Burns itching to face ‘nightmare’ opponent Indongo British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn described Ricky Burns’ next opponent as a “nightmare”, but praised the Scottish world champion for not taking an easier fight. Page 24 N billion for social expenditure Staff Reporter Windhoek A total of N.4 billion – or 47.7 percent – of the national budget tabled last week has been reserved for education, health, gender and child welfare, social safety nets and poverty eradication efforts. Of that amount N.3 billion, Increase in Kavango East teen pregnancy Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Teenage pregnancies in Kavango East Region drastically increased to 732 last year, compared to 498 in 2015, according to the director of education, Fanuel Kapapero. There are 60 327 learners in Kavango East. Adolf Muremi, the senior education officer for HIV/AIDS in Kavango East and Kavango West, expressed concern that with the high teenage or 10.1 percent of the budget, has been allocated towards sustaining pregnancy rate is the possibility of a higher HIV rate. “That possibility cannot be overruled because learners are engaged in unprotected sex,” said Muremi. High teenage pregnancy is partly attributed to peer pressure. But a lack of parental involvement in educating children on sexual reproductive health is another reason, Muremi pointed out. “Some parents know their children various poverty-reducing social safety nets such as the old-age social grant and grants to war veterans, orphans and vulnerable citizens, as well as people living with disabilities. The education sector alone received N.8 billion or 24 percent of the budget. are involved in sexual relationships but they do nothing about it,” added Muremi. “Some parents encourage their daughters to be involved in sexual relationships with men with money because of poverty.” He said that girls often cannot negotiate for safer sex because the men they are engaged with are supporting them financially. Adolf Muremi PREGNANCY on page 2 Over 80% of construction tenders awarded to locals Photo: File/Emmency Nuukala Empowered… More than 60 percent of Namibian construction companies rely on government projects. Photo for illustration only. EXPENDITURE on page 2 90 contracts awarded to Namibians 11 contracts awarded to foreigners 377 construction companies 60% of Namibian companies rely on govt Selma Ikela Windhoek About 84 percent of government building construction contracts are generally awarded to local firms but a significant number of such tenders end up being wholly subcontracted to foreign companies without the approval, and sometimes knowledge, of government. Namibian companies, which are primarily awarded these contracts as part of the government’s empowerment drive, receive one-off fee payments from foreign companies subcontracted for the work, which essentially means they are bought out of the contracts. However, such transactions are concluded without approval of the Ministry of Works and Transport, or the Tender Board, revealed works minister Alpheus !Naruseb. !Naruseb, who made the revelation in parliament this week, said such arrangements are common but regrettably fail to strengthen local construction capacity as the money earned by the Namibian entity is not reinvested in the construction industry. “What is worrisome to this ministry is that out of 84 percent [of contracts] awarded to Namibians, a significant number of these are 100 percent subcontracted out informally to foreign-owned companies TENDERS on page 2 No.1 world leader in marine diamond mining New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover

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