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ol. 22 No. 191 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, May 11 2017 Calle Schlettwein Inside Today Speaker bemoans slow regional integration Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi is concerned about the slow pace of regional integration in the SADC region. Page 3 When infrastructure investment is a sexy asset Investing in developmental infrastructure is again the sexiest thing among fund managers, in these days when the world economy is again very much unpredictable. And Africa, ever lagging behind other continents in infrastructure financing and development, is again the most attractive continent for infrastructure financing. Page 9 Air Namibia’s Frankfurt route on the chopping block Desie Heita Windhoek Treasury has asked the Ministry of Works and Transport for Air Namibia to consider abandoning the direct route between Frankfurt, Germany and Windhoek in a bid to save money. Albertina Nakale Windhoek Whereas hundreds of journalists have lost their lives and others faced prosecution in the line of duty at the hands of repressive regimes in other parts of the world, President Hage Geingob yesterday vowed to uphold press freedom in Namibia. “Let me tell you here that as long as I am given the mandate to lead this great country, the freedom of the press is guaranteed,” Geingob told assembled journalists and editors during a belated World Press Freedom Day event. Press freedom in Namibia has been praised internationally, as evidenced in the latest 2017 World Press Freedom Index where Namibia was ranked 24th globally out of 180 countries. The route alone is said to bleed the national airline of N million annually and comes with the additional financial risks of leasing a costly long-haul aircraft and associated expenses. In fact, Treasury says Air Namibia had failed twice last year to honour the payment plans for the leasing of aircrafts used on the route, prompting government to chip in. The request has, however, ruffled feathers at Air Namibia, whose management said the proposal was “dangerous for Namibia” and over-emphasised the cost of operations, while disregarding the overall benefits of employment and business across various economic sectors. President reaffirms commitment to press freedom PRESIDENT on page 2 Emotive topic… The finance ministry has recommended shelving Air Namibia's loss-making Windhoek-Frankfurt route to save money. FRANKFURT on page 2 Photos: Emmency Nuukala For press freedom… President Hage Geingob receives the original Windhoek Declaration as a gift from Namibia Media Trust executive chairperson Gwen Lister and Joseph Ailonga of the Editors Forum of Namibia. Dr Sam Nujoma Nujoma to donate Etunda clinic to government Staff Reporter Windhoek Founding president Sam Nujoma will this Saturday donate the Etunda Clinic - built from pledges made on his birthday over the years - to government. Nujoma, who led the struggle for Namibia’s independence for some 30 years, turns 88 tomorrow. He retired as Swapo Party president in 2007, having vacated the Namibian presidency two years earlier – in 2005. He has since maintained a low profile, steering clear of both government and party issues. Over the years, his birthdays have been celebrated at his farm Etunda near Otavi, where pledges in various forms were made in his honour. The former president channels most of these donations towards various welfare initiatives, such as scholarships, through his Sam Nujoma Foundation, as well as building a clinic and a primary school, still under development. The clinic has now been completed and will be handed over to government on Saturday, through the Ministry of Health. Nujoma’s special assistant, Kashindi Ausiku, confirmed that the clinic would be donated to government at Etunda this weekend. “It will be his gift to government on his birthday,” Ausiku said. Nujoma, a revered liberation struggle icon of his generation, was born on May 12, 1929 at Etunda, a village in the Ongandjera area of Omusati Region. He served as Namibian president for 15 years, between 1990 and 2005. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover

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