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ol. 22 No. 194 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, May 16 2017 Inside Today Nurses need to be passionate about their vocation – doctor Cordial talks… President Hage Geingob and Ovaherero Chief Advocate Vekuii Rukoro posing for a photo after the meeting yesterday. Photo: Emmency Nuukala A medical doctor heading Gobabis State Hospital has urged nurses to have passion for the health vocation, as was once demonstrated by Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern professional nursing. Page 3 NSC recognizes NFA Ad-hoc Committee After months of playing the wait-and-see game, the country’s sport governing body, the National Sports Commission (NSC) has finally made its presence felt. The powers that be at General Murtalla Mohammed Avenue issued a press release on Sunday confirming a hastily arranged meeting between the NSC and Namibia Football Association (NFA) in Windhoek. Page 24 Rukoro hails ‘positive’ genocide talks with Geingob Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Ovaherero Chief Vekuii Rukoro has described the meeting with President Hage Geingob yesterday on genocide as positive, as Namibia and Germany edge closer to hammering out consensus on the thorny issue. Rukoro – whose relationship with the head of state has sometimes been rocky due to this very subject – said that Geingob was frankly open, while the gathering was conducted in good spirits. Rukoro made the remarks following a marathon meeting of almost three hours at State House yesterday. How satisfied are you, asks government Desie Heita Windhoek The country’s first ever survey to gauge the satisfaction of the citizenry with government services has kicked off, to help inform government where to concentrate its energies more. This is amid the challenge of untrusting households that are wary about ‘officials’ knocking on their door, but who are actually fraudsters and thieves masquerading as enumerators. The Citizen Satisfaction Survey aims at capturing the level of satisfaction with government services GENOCIDE on page 2 GOVERNMENT on page 2 On their way… Some of the enumerators currently in the field (front row from left) Phillip Mwadini, Hilaria Salom, Ester Lamek, all three for Windhoek, and Johannes Nakare for Nkurenkuru. In the back row are Juliana Oarum for Rehoboth, David Mwadini for Windhoek and Hopewell Nyuangwa for Windhoek Rural. No need to panic despite reports of Ebola in DRC Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku, yesterday assured that there is no need for Namibians to panic over reports of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a telephonic interview with New Era yesterday, Haufiku said although there is no need to panic at this stage “we need to be alert and awake”. “We can’t say we are absolutely secure because travelling is easy … absolutely no one is safe in this,” he said, adding that people can be exposed to Ebola through travelling and contact with people exposed to Ebola. EBOLA on page 2 Photo: MD Health An alert… There is an outbreak of Ebola in DRC, where so far three people have been reported dead. Half of Walvis Bay residents are backyard squatters Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund At least 50 percent of Walvis Bay’s estimated population of over 100 000 live in backyard shacks. This statistic was revealed by Walvis Bay mayor Wilfred Immanuel, who said the number of residents living in shacks has been on the increase since 1998. The mayor was highlighting the plight of Walvis Bay residents for decent housing and the effect of the influx of jobseekers to the coastal port town. Shockingly the 50 000 people living in shacks in the town are sharing 13 500 shacks, which means on average each shack accommodates about four individuals. According to national census statistics the number of people living in shacks in the town increased from 9 860 in 1994 to 28 000 in 2014, before leaping to 50 000 people as of today. “All these people are in need of decent accommodation but due to our climate there are also no informal settlements. These are the challenges we are facing and that is why we need to collectively address the housing shortage at the town. Council cannot do it alone,” Immanuel said yesterday during the N million donation made by Knowledge Katti Foundation at the town. SQUATTERS on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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