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Vol. 22 No. 188 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, May 8 2017 Zambezi tobacco project still on the cards Albertina Nakale Windhoek The highly contested tobacco project earmarked for Zambezi Region, which stirred up diverse opinions when it surfaced two years ago, is still on the cards. According to Zambezi Regional Governor Lawrence Sampofu, the regional council is waiting for the Zambezi Communal Land Board to officially pronounce itself on the land application for the planned N billion tobacco plantation in the region. Sampofu told New Era on Friday that the Zambezi Communal Land Board must yet pronounce itself on whether or not it will grant the approval for the land to be used for tobacco and maize production. As such, Sampofu said, the project is still in the pipeline and has not been shelved. Although there were a number of objections raised against the land for the planned application for land for the tobacco plantation, those opposing the project failed to present their objections. TOBACCO on page 2 Cabinet to rule on future of RCC and TransNamib Inside Today Windhoek kicks off Brazil’s visit to Southern Africa Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira arrived in Namibia yesterday morning to kick off his round of diplomatic discussions with southern African countries over the next eight days. Page 3 “It will remain extremely difficult for TransNamib to deliver competitive, reliable bulk freight transport services, considering the current state of the infrastructure.” – MPE Report Desie Heita Windhoek It is now up to Cabinet to decide whether or not to wind up the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) and national railway company TransNamib, thereby concluding an issue that has hereto divided Cabinet ministers. The argument over whether or not to liquidate TransNamib and the RCC reached a crescendo around two weeks ago, with a special meeting specially convened at State House to deliberate on the matter in the last week of April. The meeting, which was attended by the ministers of finance, public enterprises and works and transport, resulted in some sort of consensus emerging that whatever the interventions to revive the two state-owned enterprises, winding them up should not be an option. Approached for comment on the meeting, Presidential Press Secretary Albertus Aochamub said the meeting was nothing special, RCC on page 2 Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste No need to divide Kunene into two regions Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Angelika Muharukua Governor of the Kunene Region Angelika Muharukua says there is no need to divide the region, because although the region is vast it has a relatively small population. “How many people are in Kunene for the region to be divided into two?” asked Muharukua in response to concerns that the region would be divided into two, because of its vastness. KUNENE on page 2 STOP PRESS France' president-elect: Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron has won by a wide margin of 65.1 percent to 34.9 percent over Marine Le Pen. At the politically tender age of 39, Macron has shaken up French politics with the skill of a seasoned veteran. Macron is seen as probusiness and in favour of deregulation The name of his movement - En Marche - is also an apt description of the ambitious former economy minister himself Emmanuel Macron - a man "on the move". - BBC & Guardian. Photo: John Muyamba Celebrating culture… A traditional group of Hambukushu from Shakawe in Botswana, known as Mashamba Wa Kare, are pictured performing at the Hambukushu Cultural Festival on Saturday. The group took part in the festival from the beginning and enchanted the crowd every time they took to the stage. See full report inside. Quality Tertiary Education New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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