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ol. 22 No. 163 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, March 28 2017 Inside Today Govt unaware of Germany’s atonement plan Namibia’s Special Envoy for the Negotiations on Genocide, Dr Zed Ngavirue, has said government is unaware of Germany’s proposed atonement plan for Namibia. The Sächsiche Zeitung reported last week that Germany has proposed a German-Namibian future foundation and structural fund as part of its atonement for the injustices of Germany’s colonisation of southwest Africa. Page 3 SPYL condemns Skorpion over pending mass retrenchments The Oranjemund district branch of Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) have denounced plans by Skorpion Zinc mine to retrench about 278 employees and outsource mining activities to a South African company, Basil Read. Page 11 Abortion shocker 7 335 abortions recorded in 2016 138 on medical grounds Teenagers among leading culprits On average 10 women treated per day Alvine Kapitako and Selma Ikela Windhoek Health minister Dr Bernard Haufiku yesterday announced that 7 335 abortions were recorded at hospitals countrywide between January 1 and December 31 last year. Of these only 138 were conducted on medical grounds. Haufiku, who called for a debate on what should Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay be done to solve this problem, said the number of abortions committed during that period could be more as not all women who aborted revealed their acts to health authorities. “This is the number we are aware of. Abortion is outlawed, you can’t terminate a pregnancy unless it’s medically motivated,” said Haufiku. He noted the issue of abortion is a “controversial” one and requires everybody, especially religious groups, to think about what needs to be done to bring the situation under control. A wider debate in the most non-biased manner is needed in order for a regulation to be passed, he said. SHOCKER on page 2 Vaccine to be tested following girl’s death Selma Ikela Windhoek The remainder of the batch of vaccine used to inject the three-year-old girl who was bitten by a dog but died after she was treated has been sent for toxicology analysis. The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku, said yesterday at a press conference that the vial will be analyzed “to check if there is anything there”. The entire remaining vaccine batch will be sent for testing. This follows the death of Mweneni du Plessis who was treated at Katutura hospital following her being bitten by a dog in Shandumbala on Thursday morning. Du Plessis was taken to hospital where she was given an injection against rabies but died soon afterwards. Her father Matheus Nekwiyu said his daughter was not sick nor was she taking any medicine at the time. Hence Du Plessis’s family are seeking answers on what led to the little girl’s death. During the press conference Haufiku said that in such a case one would like to find out what exactly happened. “One has to wait to find out what the results of the investigations are. I just want to mention that the batch of vaccine from which this one was drawn is being kept and the vial was sent for toxicology analysis to check if there is anything there,” he said. DEATH on page 2 Four perish in gruesome accident Unam in limbo over Gold Cup participation With three rounds of matches already under the belt, the country’s rugby presiding body, the Namibian Rugby Union (NRU) is yet to clarify its position on the status of undisputed Namibian champions, the University of Namibia Rugby Club (Unam RC). Page 24 A 34-year-old mother and three of her children tragically died in a horrific car accident between Arandis and Usakos early yesterday, while her baby girl, aged two months, miraculously survived the accident The accident occurred about 10 kilometres from Arandis. Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa, who confirmed the horrific accident yesterday to New Era, identified the deceased as 34-year-old Swakopmund resident Hilde Antonia Doëses, her two daughters 12-year-old Chansie and nine-yearold Lashunda Doëses, and her three-year-old boy Oubasen Doëseb. The baby Rashika, who actually turns two months today, survived the accident without a scratch. PERISH on page 2 Fatal… The wreckage of one of the vehicles that was involved in a horrific accident that left four dead and three in a critical condition yesterday morning. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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