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Erongo braced for battle royal

Swapo says the majority of the Erongo Region’s constituencies and local authorities are under its control, and it aims to keep it that way.
However, opposition parties say they are confident of shaking things up on Friday, when ballots are cast in the country’s regional and local government elections.
Swakopmund alone will be contested by 10 parties.
Christian Democratic Voice (CDV) leader Gotthardt Kandume said they are “120% prepared and ready”, but also highlighted the uneven playing field.
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Police deny media blackout on business robberies

The police have denied they are withholding information about business robberies in Windhoek, while at the same time praising the media for being a strategic partner in the fight against crime.
This follows a media report published in Namibian Sun on November 11 under the headline ‘Robbery cripples business sector’, which said there had been 16 major robberies in Windhoek from September 30 to November 10 in which millions of dollars were stolen.
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Haufiku’s bitter lessons from baby’s death

A second doctor may soon be appointed at Windhoek’s Robert Mugabe Clinic, following the death of a four-month-old baby boy at the facility last week.
Health and Social Services Minister Bernhard Haufiku also said the ministry had “taken some lessons” from the events leading up to the baby’s death.
Haufiku expressed his deepest condolences to the baby’s family.
He also criticised the fact that the child had travelled from Rundu to Windhoek without a drip.
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Garage robbery suspect appears

A suspect in an armed robbery at the Pioniers Park Total Service Station, during which N$170 000 was stolen, has made a brief appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.
Leonard Niilenge, who handed himself over to the police on Monday, was informed yesterday that he faces charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances and the illegal possession of firearms, but was not asked to plead.
Early last week, robbers approached one of the managers at the service station and ordered him to hand over a bag filled with money.
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Dundee brushes off poisoning claims

The Tsumeb-based mining company responded yesterday to questions sent by Namibian Sun on Monday, following an article that was published by international non-government (NGO) group BankWatch which claimed that the waste disposal site at the Tsumeb Smelter is piling up with arsenic left from the smelting of European ore – sparking fears of soil and water contamination.
DPM spokesperson Alina Garises says BankWatch has a long history of being against mining of any sort.
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Tjihuiko, six others join Swapo

It was an all-comrade atmosphere at the Swapo Party headquarters yesterday after they welcomed seven National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) defectors, led by former Member of Parliament Arnold Tjihuiko. Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba who welcomed the group said the new recruits were welcome to join the ruling party as it is every Namibian’s right to decide where they would like to position themselves. Read more about Tjihuiko, six others join Swapo


More gravy on the way

President Hage Geingob is to decide whether to approve a 6% salary increment for public office-bearers, following a recommendation by the Public Office-Bearers Remuneration and Benefits Commission (POBC).
Presidential Affairs Minister Frans Kapofi indicated yesterday that the commission had recommended a 6% salary hike for MPs and other senior political appointees.
This comes hot on the heels of Geingob approving massive utility allowances for public office-bearers, leading to a public uproar.
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Flying high

Over the years, women have started to make their mark by entering the so-called male-dominated world and are slowly but surely changing the status quo.
The days when women were judged by their sex and ability are now a thing of the past. At a steady pace, they are joining men on the frontline doing the same jobs and sometimes, doing them even better.
The Zone met up with Namene Mbumba, First Officer with Air Namibia. The young pilot does not only prove that women can do it equally well but, in a patriarchal society, she now flies the nation, men included.
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On top of your game?

A few months ago I wrote about the high number of poor people with a little less in the middle class and a handful in the upper, or rich, class. We do not often evaluate our lives, looking at what we have achieved. We become lackadaisical and stuck in what we perceive to be a comfort zone. Five or ten years down the line, you find yourself still where you were since the first day and you begin to question your growth.
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