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Vol. 22 No. 199 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, May 23 2017 Test inconclusive over dog bite victim Selma Ikela Windhoek Tests on the vial with which a three-year-old girl was treated at Katutura Hospital following a dog bite in Shandumbala earlier this year showed no signs of toxicity or disease, the Ministry of Health and Social Services has revealed. Mweneni Du Plessis was taken to hospital in March, where she was given an injection against rabies, but died shortly afterwards. Her father, Matheus Nekwiyu, at the time told New Era that his daughter was not sick, nor was she taking medication at the time. The Du Plessis family is now seeking answers about the cause of their child’s death. Following the sudden death of Mweneni, Minister of Health Dr Bernard Hausiku said the remainder of the batch of vaccine used to inject her had been sent for toxicology analysis. Health Ministry spokesperson Ester Paulus this week said the ministry had received some of the results on the open vial for the Tetanus Toxoid, from which the patient received the vaccination. “The result from South African laboratory showed no signs of ill health or toxicity. The ministry is waiting for more results to be made available in order to make a final conclusion,” Paulus said. Contacted for comment, Nekwiyu said he was instructed by his lawyer not to speak to the media. However, he mentioned that the Health Ministry had not yet contacted them regarding the results of the tests. TEST on page 2 Inside Today Contractor abandons N million project Candino Mining and Construction that was contracted to upgrade Mpaca Airport in the Zambezi Region has seemingly abandoned the construction site after being paid N million for an incomplete job.. Page 3 Gauteng premier calls for an increase of intra-Africa trade Too many investment summits produce far too few results. Africa’s economy and its businesses need less talking and more doing because business people don’t have time for summits that don’t produce results. Page 9 NFA vows not to entertain NAFPU’s petition As far as Frans Mbidi, president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), is concerned, the NFA has no obligation to entertain the demands and grievances inscribed in a petition recently handed to the association by the Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU). Page 24 Photo: Legal Assistance Centre In dire poverty… Sara Gumus (born 1926), a Hai||om woman in Outjo, Kunene Region. The Hai||om community recently brought a seminal case to the High Court to reclaim their ancestral grounds at Etosha and/or compensation for land lost during colonial occupation. Hai||om want N,9 billion for Etosha Maria Amakali Windhoek The former inhabitants of Etosha National Park and the surrounding areas, the Hai||om, have approached the High Court in an effort to reclaim what they say is their ancestral land in the world-renowned game-endowed national park. The Hai||om group say they are entitled to exclusive beneficial occupation and use of the Etosha lands and 11 nearby farms as the land in question has been theirs since the 1800s. An estimated 5,500 adults belong to the Hai||om community. ETOSHA on page 2 City of Windhoek owed N0 million Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The City of Windhoek (CoW) is owed more than N0 million in unpaid rates and arrears by residents, government institutions and businesses its new CEO, Robert Kahimise, revealed at State House yesterday when he and his team briefed President Hage Geingob on challenges faced and achievements made by CoW over the past year. Those who owe the municipality are, among others, pensioners and vulnerable residents, who collectively owe the City about N.5 million, as well as government agencies and leading business institutions. Desie Heita Windhoek CITY on page 2 Report urges Namibia to expedite reforms The African Development Bank for Namibia (AfDB) has asked Namibia to accelerate its transformation to affect entrepreneurship and industrialisation and allow for value addition in various sectors of the economy. In a report released in India yesterday, the bank says to harness entrepreneurship that promotes value adding economic activities and creates quality jobs while reducing poverty and inequality, Namibia needs to accelerate implementation of its Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise structural reform programme articulated in the Harambee Prosperity Plan and the National Development Plan in accordance with the aspirations of Vision 2030. “Whereas there is evidence that some diversification is taking place,” noted the AfDB, “it is not in the manner or at the pace that could characterise meaningful transformation.” Further, Namibia’s business environment is rated as “better than the sub- Saharan African average,” it said, but enormous challenges remain. REPORT on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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