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ol. 22 No. 193 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, May 15 2017 “We went further at official level. We designed what is called a border pass card. This border pass was approved by a technical committee consisting of the two sides - the Botswana officials and our officials.” –Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana Inside Today Unam students erect shack on campus The University of Namibia (Unam) Oshakati campus on Friday opened a case of trespassing against the Student Representative Council (SRC) vicepresident Junias Shilunga, who with other students erected the ‘Lazarus Hangula Block 1’ shack on the campus. Page 3 GIPF’s N billion Capricorn deal approved The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF), the largest institutional investor in Namibia, will fork out over N billion to acquire a 25 percent interest in the issued ordinary shares of Capricorn Investment Group (CIG) Limited. Page 9 Alvine Kapitako Windhoek In Namibia six babies die every day and every fifth day a mother dies due to pregnancy-related complications, latest statistics show. This was revealed by the head of department for obstetrics and gynaecology for Katutura and Cabinet approves border passes for Impalila Albertina Nakale Windhoek Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula- Ithana has confirmed that Cabinet has approved the draft border pass, which will allow Namibians living on Impalila Island to move Windhoek Central hospitals, Dr Shonag Mackenzie, who said these statistics are from a 2016 report that would soon be made public. She spoke at the International Day of the Midwife celebration held on Saturday. Mackenzie revealed that between 2012 and 2015, 5 484 babies died in the country. She broke down the figures by freely to Botswana. Some aggrieved residents of Impalila Island in the Zambezi Region have lamented the fact that the Namibian government failed them 27 years after independence to finalise negotiations with their Botswana counterparts to allow them to use a border pass between Report: Six babies die daily in Namibia indicating that 1154 cases were fresh stillbirths, 2015 were marcerated (a term used to describe autolytic changes which occur when the foetus remains in utero after its demise) stillbirths, while 2315 were neonatal deaths. “Most deaths were avoidable,” Mackenzie told midwives, who reacted with shock to the statistics. BABIES on page 2 Photo: UNFPA Hats off to these specialists… Midwives who attended the celebration of the International Day of the Midwife on Saturday. the two countries. Currently, residents living on the island have to travel via Botswana to reach other villages in Namibia, a cumbersome process that requires extensive documentation and has dire economic consequences for them. Veikko Nekundi SPYL wants Geingob as sole party candidate Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek CABINET on page 2 The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has taken a decision to endorse President Hage Geingob as the sole candidate for the party presidency ahead of this year’s elective congress. It is not clear if any other party members would challenge for the position, which was contested by three candidates at the last congress in 2012. SPYL on page 2 never stop Learning! New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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New Era Newspaper Vol 22 No 167