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Vol. 22 No. 184 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, April 28 2017 Inside Today ‘By foot from Havana I obtained my degree’ On April 21, a photo of a young man in his graduation attire, taken in Windhoek’s Havana informal settlement emerged on social media. Page 3 Housing becoming a buyers’ market as growth slows to 11% The latest FNB Namibia Housing Index, released yesterday, shows that growth in domestic house prices has slowed to about 11 percent over the last 12 months, compared to 16 percent during the previous 12 months. Page 17 Underdogs Welwitschias in acid test Namibian rugby second strings, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, face an insurmountable task to restore some lost pride when Lyn Jones’ amateurs welcome the visiting Vodacom Blue Bulls for their second match in the South African Provincial SuperSports Invitational meeting at Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday. Page 44 Photo: UNDP On the same page… UNDP country representative Kiki Gbeho and Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa- Amadhila. Gender equality key in advancing human development Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental dimensions of advancing human development, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa- Amadhila said yesterday. Namibia has a Gender Equality Index (GI value) of 0.474, ranking it 108 out of 159 countries, according Chrispin Inambao Rundu Contrary to perceptions that students from Kavango East and Kavango West are marginalised by the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) that awards students loans and scholarships, it has emerged the two regions are getting scholarships in proportion to their population size, in most cases better than other regions. Uzokumwe – a pressure group formed by some residents of the two Kavango regions – last year wrote a letter to the Office of the Vice-President Dr Nickey Iyambo in which they claimed that residents to the 2016 Global Human Development Report. In comparison, Botswana and South Africa are ranked 95 and 90, respectively. “It is necessary to redouble our efforts in eliminating violence against women, affording them good health care and empowering them for better labour force participation,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. GENDER on page 2 Editors react to Namibia’s press freedom rating Albertina Nakale Windhoek Name-calling, threatening and belittling journalists based on their age rather than their work might be among what led to Namibia dropping seven places on the Reporters Without Borders’ latest world press freedom index released this week. This observation was made by the editor of The Namibian, Tangeni Amupadhi, yesterday in reaction to the latest index, in which Namibia slipped to 24th globally, from 17th last year. The ranking features 180 countries. Namibia however remains number one in Africa in press freedom, closely followed by Ghana and Cape Verde, which respectively rank 26th and 27th globally. “I can only imagine that the open hostility our president and the minister of information have been increasingly showing towards a large section of the news media has contributed to Namibia dropping,” Amupadhi observed. “When the president refers to media houses as ‘my enemies’, disparages journalists based on their age rather than their work, and is constantly threatening to compile a defamation dossier, while inviting journalists only to castigate them, the perception will not be missed about the true stance of the government,” Amupadhi reacted. He said paying lip service to transparency and accountability is not enough. Further, he noted, the nation has seen even government-owned media, such as the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation Kavango students not overlooked by NSFAF of Kavango East and Kavango West are being sidelined by the government and that they do not get their fair share of the national cake. But at a community consultative meeting held in Rundu on Tuesday to wind up Vice-President Dr Nickey Iyambo’s six-day visit to the two regions, NSFAF chief human capital and corporate affairs officer, Olavi Hamwele, said more student loans and scholarships are being granted to the two regions. Citing NSFAF award statistics from 2012 to 2016, Hamwele explained that the merit-based award system is not based on regions KAVANGO on page 2 EDITORS on page 2 Photo: Chrispin Inambao Getting involved… A section of the crowd that attended the consultative meeting in Rundu. 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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