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ol. 22 No. 179 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, April 21 2017 Inside Today Rosh Pinah zinc mine locked down Ministry defends today’s abrupt schools closure Production at the Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation’s mine came to a standstill yesterday after workers refused to work, saying they are fed up with the management’s failure to address their concerns. Page 3 First-ever Food Namibia Trade Expo targets food security The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, recently suggested the country adopt sustainable food production methods with less means and emphasised the wise utilisation of natural resources. Page 17 ICT Minister Tjekero Tweya Cabinet approves marine pollution contingency plan Albertina Nakale Windhoek Cabinet has approved the new draft National Marine Pollution Contingency Plan (NMPCP) to better deal with marine pollution, not only from oil spills in Namibian waters but also from hazardous and noxious substances. Namibia had to review its marine pollution preparedness and response system to make it more responsive to the prevailing risk scenarios and to better align it to international best practices. This included completely revising the oil-focused National Oil Spill Contingency Plan of 2007 and renaming it the NMPCP, which makes provision for hazardous and noxious substances in line with the Protocol on Preparedness, CABINET on page 2 “No child will be disadvantaged... There’s no big crisis, because we have consulted and we made a decision based on feedback we received from the regions. – Sanet Steekamp Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture was at pains yesterday to explain that “administrative reasons” motivated its abrupt decision to close schools today, despite the fact that some learners still had examinations scheduled for next week. The deviation from the school Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Sanet Steekamp calendar to close schools three days earlier than scheduled caught the country by surprise, with some parents fuming at the decision, as their children were due to write exams next week. The ministry’s permanent secretary, Sanet Steekamp, says no learner will miss their exams, as some tests were re-scheduled to today, while others were postponed to next semester. The ministry did not say what the “administrative reasons” for its decision were. “It should be noted that this early closure does not affect teaching and learning, because the last day of school for learners was expected to be on 26 April and 28 April for teachers. This translates into schools closing three days earlier than envisaged,” Steenkamp said. Her assurance follows a wave of uncertainty from learners and parents CLOSURE on page 2 Police constable sentenced to 25 years Maria Amakali Windhoek Police constable Justin Munsu Simataa, 31, was sentenced to 25 years behind bars in the Windhoek High Court yesterday for gunning down Canadian-born Firmino Fabrice Mael outside a Windhoek bar four years ago. Judge Nate Ndauendapo sentenced Simataa to 30 years for murder, of which five years were suspended; plus 15 years for attempted murder; two years for malicious damage to property and one year for firing a gun in a public place. The last three sentences are to run concurrently with the murder sentence. “What makes this case tragic is the fact that the deceased died at the hands of a police officer, who is meant to protect civilians,” the judge said. POLICE on page 2 Off to prison… Murder convict Justin Munsu Simataa (left) with his attorney Mbanga Siyomunji at the Windhoek High Court yesterday. Photo: Maria Amakali Price is king Affordable insurance that DECREASES monthly SMS ‘king’ to 44000 Standard SMS rates apply Licence no. 16/ST/31 | Terms and conditions apply New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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