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ol. 22 No. 186 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, May 3 2017 Inside Today Workers urged to join unions The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Erkki Nghimtina has implored workers to join trade unions to achieve decent work through collective bargaining. Page 3 Telecom Namibia registers progress Photo: Obrein Simasiku Nightmarish… One of the vehicles involved in the May Day holiday carnage that has now risen to at least 26 deaths. See story on page 6. Pregnant learner killed by boyfriend Selma Ikela Windhoek A 20-year-old pregnant Grade 11 learner died after she was allegedly stabbed by her 20-year-old boyfriend at Omhumbu village in Etayi constituency on Saturday. The deceased, Naalokoshe Joseph, was fatally stabbed with an unknown object under the right breast by her boyfriend who has since been identified as Linekela Lisias, a Grade 10 pupil who appeared in court yesterday and was denied bail. The case was postponed to June 22. “It is further stated the deceased was pregnant and the boyfriend wanted her to abort. The deceased before she succumbed entered her aunt’s room and told her that her boyfriend stabbed her,” said police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi. In another matter, the Ondangwa police opened an inquest docket after a 41-year-old woman was found dead by a passer-by, with her body stuck in the fence. The victim was discovered at 01:31 on Sunday morning at Okaku village. PREGNANT on page 2 Telecom Namibia Head: Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Oiva Angula, says the company has made progress in expanding its fibre access network footprint despite the negative economic climate. Page 9 Top cyclist Costa Seibeb dies in car accident The local sport fraternity was yesterday morning rocked by devastating news that one of Namibia’s young and most celebrated cyclists Raul Costa Seibeb had died in a car crash on Monday night. Page 24 Namibia among highest education spenders Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibia had the highest public education expenditure to total government spending ratio among 115 countries, and seventh highest education expenditure to gross domestic ratio. This was revealed by UNICEF country representative Micaela Marques de Sousa at the annual review of the Education, Arts and Culture sector 2016/17 and validation of the annual plan 2017/18 meeting held last week. De Sousa said this is a welcome statistic from the draft public expenditure review of the basic education sector. Namibia spends generally more on teacher salaries than other countries in southern Africa and the per capita spending on education, which she applauded, Accused Morne Mouton Driver who killed three to stand trial Maria Amakali Windhoek A suspected drunk driver who killed three people in Hochland Park, Windhoek in 2015 is to stand trial after the prosecutor-general decided to have him answer to charges of culpable homicide, driving with an excessive amount of alcohol in his blood and reckless and negligent driving. Twenty-one-year-old Morne Mouton is alleged to have run over a police officer and two other men along Sam Nujoma Drive in Hochland Park in July 2015. Magistrate Venessa Stanely informed the court that Mouton would make his plea and stand trial on September 26. Mouton, who was a teenager at the time of committing the offences, was granted bail of N 000 after the State informed NAMIBIA on page 2 DRIVER on page 2 Ruusa Emvula Boilermaker A boilermaker is a trained craftsman who produces steel fabrications from plates and tubes. Meet Ruusa Emvula, a boilermaker graduate of Namibia Institute of Mines and Technology working for Namdeb. Read her story in today`s Youth Corner. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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