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Vol. 22 No. 160 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, March 23 2017 korpion unrepentant ver mass retrenchments Inside Today Limbo could become Katima CEO The suspended CEO of the Bukalo Village Council, Martin Limbo, might become the CEO of the Katima Mulilo Town Council after he achieved more points than other candidates interviewed for the executive position that became vacant after Charles Nawa resigned last July. Page 3 Photo: Nampa Tough decisions to make… A delegation from Skorpion Zinc Mine, headed by (from left) general manager Irvin Simataa, chief executive officer Deshnee Naidoo and corporate affairs manager Nora Ndopu met with President Hage Geingob at State House in February to discuss developments at the mine. Staff Reporter Windhoek The future of employees at Skorpion Zinc Mine in the //Kharas Region remains uncertain as the mine management and the mineworkers union stand on the precipice regarding the future of the mine. The Mineworkers Union of Namibia and the mine management have been locked in negotiations for several weeks over what to do with the employees at the mine that could either close down operations, or engage in exploration activities to determine whether mining operations could be extended for a few years. The inability to extend the mine lifespan beyond 2017 would result in the retrenchment of all 1,500 mine employees, general manager Irvine Simataa told employees in a special message on Monday. SKORPION on page 2 Angola to settle kwanza agreement earlier than planned The Namibian and Angolan reserve banks have agreed to shorten the repayment time frame of a currency exchange agreement, with the last payment scheduled for June 2018. Page 9 NPL to start in May, mum on sponsor In a new turn of events New Era Sport has learnt that the newly appointed Namibia Premier League Interim Management Committee has resolved to kick-start league activities for the 2016/2017 campaign from May 12 until November. Page 24 President says poverty still afflicts too many John Muyamba Rundu President Hage Geingob has said government is aware of the challenges the country faces 27 years after Independence, especially the socio-economic hurdles that must be surmounted. “We are aware that after 27 years we still face many uphill challenges, most specifically with regards to our socio-economic architecture. Poverty is a scourge that continues to wreak havoc in our lives, because if one Namibian is poor, then we all are poor and we will all pay a price for that,” Geingob said when addressing the main Independence Day celebration at Rundu on Tuesday. POVERTY on page 2 Photo: Selma Ikela Industrial disaster… A building worker at a construction site in Otjomuise in Windhoek died yesterday afternoon shortly after a wall in a building they were constructing collapsed, leaving four of his co-workers injured. City Police spokesperson Edmund Khoaseb said the employee, who was in his 30s, died in the ambulance at the scene of the accident, but the police would not yet release the name and particulars of the deceased man, as his next of kin had not yet been informed. Khoaseb said of the four other employees who were injured, two sustained serious injuries with broken bones. The employees were constructing a double-storey building in Otjomuise’s Stockholm. Street and were on the upper lever of the building when the wall suddenly collapsed. San have more right to claim ancestral land – Geingob RUNDU The San people have more right to claim land in Namibia than any other group, President Hage Geingob has said. Delivering his keynote address during the 27th Independence celebrations at the Rundu Sports Stadium, Geingob said the San people always seem to be left out of discussions on ancestral land, although they have more right to lay claim to such land than any other group of Namibians. Various land rights and activist groups have over the past few months made claims related to land. GEINGOB on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover

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