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Vol. 22 No. 195 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, May 18 2017 Inside Today Namibia registers over 42,000 newborn babies Although Namibia still has citizens who do not have national identity documents, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has managed to register 42,154 babies under the age of one year, which translates to 60 percent of all newborns. Page 3 Entrepreneurship could curb Namibia’s 60% dependency ratio Over half of Namibia’s population is under the age of 15 or over the age of 65, which implies that the working population is increasingly responsible to cover expenditure for themselves and their dependants. Page 9 Mannetti wary of Lesotho threat Brave Warriors head coach Ricardo Mannetti is fully aware of the potential threat his charges face from Lesotho, their opponents in the quarterfinal of this year’s COSAFA Cup, when the annual regional football showpiece gets underway in Rustenburg, South Africa on June 25. Page 24 Photo: Emmency Nuukala CCN’s acting SG, Ludwig Beukes Deadline for registration of PV solar installations looms Jeremiah Ndjoze Windhoek Namibia’s heaving and overloaded energy sector is set for some slight relief if news of Windhoek’s implementation of the recently gazetted net metering rules is anything to go by. The City of Windhoek announced recently that following the gazetting of the net metering rules in November 2016 the City would commence with implementing the rules effective July 1. Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. For example, if a residential customer has a photovoltaic (PV) system on the home’s rooftop, it may generate more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours. SOLAR on page 2 Catholics the ‘saviour’ for broke CCN Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The Catholic Church in Namibia has advanced a N0 000 loan to the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN), which is on the verge of collapse due to a devastating financial crisis. CCN needs at least N million to continue with its operations as a non-governmental organisation. CCN’s acting secretary-general, Ludwig Beukes, told New Era yesterday the organisation owes the Windhoek Municipality N9 000 for electricity and N8 000 for water. Beukes further confirmed the CCN owes Telecom Namibia N 000 and that its telephone line has been disconnected for the last six months. Beukes explained that some of its programmes had to be stopped because of a lack of funds. The faith, justice and society unit at the CCN – which had an important task of teaching society on matters related to faith and justice – had to close down completely because of no funds. Similarly, the gender-based violence unit had to be shifted to a member church in order to sustain it, added Beukes. Beukes also said they had to sell two houses, one in Wanaheda and another in Pioneers Park, to settle some of its debts, but this did not solve the council’s financial woes. The organisation derives its income from donors who were the main financial source, member churches as well as through the rental of some of its properties. Following Namibia’s classification as a middle-income country many donors withdrew from Namibia as well as their support of CCN and other organisations they had funded. “Despite the dwindling donor funds the cost of living is going up and that is how we ended up in this situation,” Beukes explained. He added that some NGOs have gone as far as selling all their buildings to settle their debts. Air Namibia states its need to exist Desie Heita Windhoek According to Oxford Economics, Namibia stands to lose nearly a billion dollars in revenue if Air Namibia ceases to exist as a national airline. There too would be millions of dollars in revenue losses should the airline cease to operate the much debated directed route between Windhoek and Frankfurt, Germany, it was further argued during a high-level meeting held here yesterday. The losses, explained the consultants at Oxford Economics yesterday, can be as much as half of N8 million that was Air Namibia’s indirect GDP contribution in 2015/16, as a result of supply chain activities linked to the airline’s procurement. CCN on page 2 Of national importance… Air Namibia yesterday argued its case of why it should continue to exist as a national airline. They forecast that Air Namibia’s contribution to GDP would be as high as N.7 billion by year 2020/21. 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