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Vol. 22 No. 194 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, May 17 2017 Public-private partnerships needed to address housing Inside Today Nyangana leads in early diagnosis of HIV-positive infants North American Ambassador to Namibia Thomas Daughton has praised Nyangana District Hospital in Kavango East for reaching an infant diagnosis milestone of 94.4 percent. Page 3 Report on Air Namibia’s value to economy out today Air Namibia’s recently commissioned report by an independent institution, Oxford Economics, which aims at establishing the value contribution of the national airline to the Namibian economy versus the cost of keeping Air Namibia afloat, is expected to be delivered today during the 2017 Air Namibia Annual Stakeholders Conference taking place at the Safari Hotel. Page 9 Heartbroken… An emotional Naftali Mushendo is trying to come to terms with the fact his belongings were gutted by fire. Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The mayor of Windhoek, Muesee Kazapua, maintains that public-private partnerships with private estate developers are the only feasible solution to the housing problem facing the city. He was responding yesterday to questions from New Era on the long-term solution to housing in the capital city, following an incident where 15 shacks were gutted by fire in the early hours of Sunday. The fire broke out in Otjomuise’s 8ste Laan informal settlement. “The problem we have is an influx of people, which contributes to illegal shack erections,” said Kazapua. Kazapua said the formalization of informal settlements, by providing basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation to people in informal settlements, would be another way to deal with the housing problem in Windhoek. “The vision is to make sure we construct proper houses,” added Kazapua. The mayor cautioned shack dwellers to be cautious when dealing with candles, fires and gas cylinders as these contribute to shack fires. Kazapua said the municipality regularly conducts campaigns in which they educate the public and especially shack dwellers on how to prevent shack fires. “The city is concerned about shacks constantly burning in Windhoek,” Kazapua said. Meanwhile, New Era visited the families whose shacks were gutted by fire. Environment ministry vows to deal with problematic wildlife Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has dispatched officials to various regions in the country to identify problem animals among wildlife that have encroached on human settlements. According to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda, the ministry is currently concerned about the escalating cases of human-wildlife conflict, particularly involving elephants in the northern parts of the country. Farmers in the north have been Photos: Emmency Nuukala Big loss… Children lost textbooks and important documents in the fire. HOUSING on page 2 experiencing severe crop destruction due to elephants invading their fields. It has been reported that about 15 to 20 elephants left farmers at Amaupa village in the Omusati Region without any harvest after WILDLIFE on page 2 High Court summons Aroab farmers Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop The Namibian High Court has issued a summons against 11 small-scale farmers from Aroab who are illegally occupying farm Dickbusch, a government farm in the //Kharas Region, giving them 10 days to respond and state their case as to why they should not be evicted. Failure to respond would result in the court proceeding to issue judgement without them having stated their case and in their absence if they do not show up at court. AROAB on page 2 Ian Simataa Bricklayer Bricklayers lay and bind bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks to construct walls, foundations and other structures. Meet self-employed Ian Simaata, a graduate of Zambezi Vocational Training Centre who is making a mark for himself in the construction industry. Read his story in today`s Youth Corner. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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