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Vol. 22 No. 181 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, April 25 2017 Inside Today SOE Act restricts Jooste’s transformational efforts Minister of Public Enterprise Leon Jooste says his ministry is constrained in its quest to transform the public enterprises by the current State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) Governance Act. Page 3 NaCC ends marketing agreement between Sanlam and PPS The Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) last week refused an application for exemption from the Professional Provident Society (PPS) Insurance Company Ltd, Professional Provident Society (PPS) Insurance Company Namibia Ltd, Sanlam Life Namibia and Sanlam Namibia Ltd (the applicants), in terms of section 27 of the Competition Act. Page 11 Albertina Nakale Windhoek To accelerate service delivery and help calm emotions around urban land the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, said she needs more financial resources than what Treasury allocated her ministry this financial year. She made the plea last week during her motivation of the ministry’s total budget of approximately N.952 billion allocated for the 2017/18 financial year. “You will agree with me that the urban and rural development sector deals with some of the emotive issues in the country, namely access to serviced urban land, housing, regional and local authority governance, and we require more President off to Zimbabwe tomorrow for state visit Staff Reporter Windhoek President Hage Geingob is scheduled to depart for Zimbabwe tomorrow for a state visit that will see bilateral discussions and interaction with the business sector. The visit is scheduled to end Friday, the presidency announced N.9 billion budget not enough, says Shaningwa resources than what we were actually allocated,” she said. But despite the financial constraint, Shaningwa said she is grateful and will do what she can with what has been allocated to the ministry. She said about N4.925 million has been allocated to the rural development programme that aims to improve the livelihood of people who reside in rural areas by creating opportunities and empowering them to initiate and take part in employment-creation and incomegenerating self-help development projects. The minister noted that with the budget of the past financial year, a total of 355 self-help income and employment-generating community projects were supported through rural development programme activities. This, she says, has in turn created employment and incomegenerating opportunities for 2 460 beneficiaries countrywide. In terms of improving sanitation and access to proper toilet facilities at household level in rural communities, Shaningwa said due to limited resources the ministry only commissioned the construction of 2 571 toilets of which 470 are fully completed. “We will use the 2017/18 budget to continue and expand our interventions that are aimed at improving the livelihood of our fellow country women and men who reside in rural areas, and who often have more social and developmental challenges than their counterparts who reside in urban areas.” yesterday. “This visit is the first of its kind to that fraternal country by the Namibian president since assuming office two years ago,” press secretary in the presidency Albertus Aochamub said in a statement. “It is being conducted in the interest of further strengthening the bilateral relations between the southern African neighbours.” New Era understands that international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah would arrive in Harare earlier to lead a team of technical staff in the fourth round of diplomatic consultations. State House said the 8th session of the Namibia-Zimbabwe Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation would also take place this week. A report of the outcomes of both events are expected to be ready for the two countries’ heads of state when the state visit officially kicks off. President Hage Geingob STATE on page 2 SHANINGWA on page 2 Needs more bucks… Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa Geingob gives Indongo gentle pat on the back Namibia’s Head of State, Dr Hage Geingob, yesterday officially welcomed home newly crowned triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo and congratulated him on his recent achievements. Page 24 Booted out… The belongings of four families that were evicted from a piece of land they illegally occupied in Tutaleni in Walvis Bay. Illegal land occupiers evicted at Walvis Bay Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay The Walvis Bay police yesterday evicted four families, including a mother with four children, from a plot they had illegally occupied in Tutaleni. Two of the families were not present when the eviction was executed by the police. The owners of one illegal structure were said to be in the north of the country, while the other two were at work at the time. The police also confiscated some of the material used to build the shacks. When New Era arrived at the plot, which is situated a few kilometres from the Walvis Bay Rural Constituency office, LAND on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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