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Vol. 22 No. 187 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, May 5 2017 Inside Today Sad tale of a talented inventor Despite a highly publicised invention, a potential breakthrough in the Namibian telecommunications industry is still collecting dust at a rural-based school. Page 3 China largest contributor to African FDI Chinese investment in Africa has increased dramatically, making the country the single largest contributor of foreign direct investment capital (FDI) and jobs in Africa in 2016, according to Ernst & Young’s (EY) latest Africa Attractiveness report released on Wednesday. Page 13 Cassinga attack replays in survivors’ minds Albertina Nakale Windhoek As Namibia commemorated Cassinga Day yesterday some of the survivors of 39 years ago, when racist South African troops attacked Cassinga refugee camp in Angola, said they are still filled with vivid memories of the loss of lives, injuries and emotional trauma suffered on that fateful day. May 4, 1978 was the darkest day in the liberation struggle, when hundreds of unarmed Namibian refugees were massacred in cold-blood by South African troops at Cassinga in southern Angola. The camp hosted a total of 3 068 people including 500 children under the age of 14 years, women and the elderly. Out of the 3 068 people, 300 children, 294 women and 165 men were slaughtered in an attack that left 200 missing, bringing the total number of dead to 959, while 464 were wounded and 200 taken prisoner. In commemoration of Cassinga Day yesterday many people, including some of the survivors, gathered at the UN Plaza in Katutura where survivors gave a collective account Photo: Emmency Nuukala Fresh memories… Some of the Cassinga survivors pictured yesterday at the UN Plaza in Katutura. of that day in 1978. The Khomas regional governor, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, who officially addressed the crowd at UN Plaza after laying a wreath at Heroes Acre, said the blood of Namibian sons and daughters that was shed at Cassinga remains a stain on the hands and conscience of the perpetrators of that heinous crime, as well as those who supplied them with arms and protected and condoned such naked aggression. Ilukena calls it a day, reflects on public service journey Staff Reporter Windhoek Sport, youth and national service permanent secretary Alfred Matengu Ilukena has retired from the public service, in which he worked tirelessly for nearly three decades. Rosalia Tjaveondja, who is currently the director of general services in the sport, youth and national service ministry, has been appointed as the acting permanent secretary. The youth ministry hosted a farewell reception for Ilukena, where the seasoned public servant reflected on his career since his first appointment to the public service as one of the education inspectors at independence, CASSINGA on page 2 ILUKENA on page 2 MTC top brass at loggerheads over NPL sponsorship In the latest twist of events threatening the immediate future of the beautiful game of football, it has emerged that MTC chairman Elvis Nashilongo and its head of corporate affairs and spokesperson Tim Ekandjo are cruising towards a headon collision. Page 36 One N0 000 robbery suspect arrested Nuusita Ashipala/ Obrein Simasiku Tsumeb/Ongwediva Two armed robbers walked away with seven boxes of cash valued at over N0 000 and a company pistol on Tuesday afternoon in Ongwediva. Late on Wednesday afternoon police at Omuthiya in Oshikoto region arrested one suspect in connection with the armed robbery following an anonymous tip-off. The suspect, who was driving an Iveco minibus at the time of his arrest, was found in possession of three unlicensed firearms. “We got information from the Oshana police who were tipped off by an anonymous source who gave us details of the ARRESTED on page 2 De Beers procured Nbn worth of Namibian goods and services Staff Reporter Windhoek De Beers Group and its joint ventures invested N.8 billion in purchasing goods and services in Namibia in 2016, according to the company’s latest Report to Society, published this week. The spending on Namibian-based businesses covered a diverse range of suppliers for Namdeb and Debmarine Namibia during one of the most significant years in the company’s history in the country, it said. GOODS on page 2 Photo: Maria Namundjebo Empowerment… De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver (right) pictured with President Hage Geingob in London in December last year. Bike’s R king Insure your’s for only 1N$ Licence no. 16/ST/31 | Terms and conditions apply New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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