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Power supply still critical

NamPower managing director Paulinus Shilamba says the power supply in the country remains critical, one week after the power utility announced imminent load shedding.
NamPower yesterday updated the nation on its efforts to keep the lights on, after Shilamba’s announcement last Thursday of an interruption of supply to Namibia by Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA).
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Arts and crafts teachers get manual

The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, says the recently launched Arts and Crafts Teacher Manual will help to boost the subject in public schools.
About 8 000 copies have been printed at a cost of about N$200 000, donated by the Finnish government.
In an address delivered by Education Deputy Permanent Secretary Charles Kabajani, Hanse-Himarwa said the manual was practical and user-friendly.
She also said that arts and crafts are an important component of the Namibian education system.
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Union wants 50% govt stake in all mines

National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) Secretary-General Job Muniaro has urged government to own 50% shares in all mines in the country.
This level of equity ownership, he said, would bring about enormous benefits for Namibia in addition to the direct returns to the government through taxation and royalties paid by the mines.
Muniaro said Namibia cannot afford any longer to be exploited passively by foreign investors who own all the mines and exclusive prospecting licences (EPLs).
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Haufiku wants Cabinet to raise booze prices

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernhard Haufiku, is preparing a Cabinet submission to call for higher taxes on alcoholic drinks, resulting in price hikes.
Haufiku announced his intention at a staff meeting at the Katutura State Hospital yesterday. Four months ago, Namibia was ranked as the third highest alcohol consumer on the African continent.
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North faces cattle disaster

The government has authorised an immediate release of N$208 million, which includes N$51 million for border fences and vaccinations for 1.2 million cattle, as a national foot-and-mouth disease emergency grips the country.
Botswana will deliver 500 000 doses of vaccine today to Namibia as part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry’s bid to contain the disease that was first detected in the Ohangwena and Oshikoto Regions, but has since spread to Omusati while suspected cases have also been reported in the Kunene Region.
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Monitor civil servants doing business - economist

After Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said she would know by the end of June whether civil servants would be allowed to run private businesses, commentators warned that a system is needed to monitor their work performance.
This follows a 2012 moratorium on civil servants engaging in private businesses while they are employed by the State, as that was perceived to lead to conflict of interest.
The ban ensured that civil servants did not concentrate more on their businesses than their government jobs.
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Outapi wall collapse victim identified

The Omusati police have identified the woman who died on Tuesday when a wall collapsed onto her at a construction site at Outapi.
Elina Ndeshipanda Joas Iiyagaya, 37, from Onamula village in the Oshana Region died on the spot when a wall fell on her while she was taking shelter from a strong wind.
Another worker, identified as Iimene Lazarus, 45, was seriously injured and is receiving treatment at the Oshakati State Hospital.
The police spokesperson for the Omusati Region, Warrant Officer Lineekela Shikongo, said an inquest docket has been opened.
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NWR rewards top managers

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) recognised its top-performing managers for the past four months at its quarterly management retreat held at Khorixas last week.
As a means of motivating managers who have excelled in their respective departments and resorts, NWR saw it fit to reward them with a weekend for two at any one of its resorts and a cash prize.
Zelna Hengari, NWR’s Managing Director, found it necessary for the company to recognise those managers who have performed exceptionally well over the past four months since the last retreat in January 2015.
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San students: Govt has forgotten us

A group of San students, who are desperate to improve their lives and that of their families, are facing a sad tale of struggle and hardship in Windhoek, and are accusing government of forgetting them.
About 20 San children, who have come together to form the //Ana-Jeh San Youth Project, spoke out last week against what they describe as “ill-treatment” and being “failed” by government’s San Development Division.
There were emotional scenes as the San students, shared stories of deplorable living conditions, hunger and starvation in Windhoek.
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Manwu embarks on decent wage campaign

The Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (Manwu) says no worker should earn less than N$2 500 per month.
The union has kicked off its national collective bargaining campaign with the theme ‘Living Wage, Decent Wage For All’.
The union is demanding a 15% increase for workers, as well as a living wage, guaranteed employment for young people and employment creation.
The union also wants stronger collective rights to protect workers, affordable housing and land to be made available to the working class.
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