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Onandjokwe hospital to receive facelift

The government has unveiled plans to upgrade the Oshakati State Hospital to a national referral hospital by 2023, while the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital will be transformed into an intermediate hospital on Wednesday.
This will bring the number of referral hospitals in the country to four. The others are the Katutura, Swakopmund and Rundu state hospitals.
According to the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Esther Paulus, this will prevent overcrowding of patients at certain health facilities.
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Book your 2016 Expo place now!

Following yet another successful Namibia Tourism Expo, the organisers of the annual event are not resting on their laurels and are already inviting exhibitors to book their stands for next year’s Expo.
According to Namibia Media Holdings (NMH), applications to book exhibition stands already opened on July 1, with an early bird discount of 10% given to exhibitors who pay the full booking fee before August 31, 2015.
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Over 29 000 Namibians accorded veteran status

The Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs accorded veteran status to more than 29 000 Namibians in recognition of the role they played to liberate the country.
The spokesperson for the Veterans’ Affairs Ministry, Edson Haufiku, told Namibian Sun on Wednesday that since 2008, 29 619 veterans have been recognised and accorded war veteran status.
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Prince Harry arrives in Namibia

Prince Harry has landed in Namibia. The redhead prince from Britain landed at Hosea Kutako International Airport on Wednesday evening.
Prince Harry, who is on a three-month conservation trip to Africa, flew with Air Namibia in economy class.
His flight landed at 19:15 at the airport outside Windhoek, but reporters who were at the airport were stopped from taking any photos.
Harry apparently left for Africa last week and while speculations were rife that he was already in Namibia this week, Twitter reports indicated he had been in Tanzania before heading to Namibia.
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Another murder-suicide rocks Windhoek

A Windhoek man shot and killed his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself on Wednesday evening.
The Namibian Police yesterday confirmed that 36-year-old Tobias Andimba killed the mother of his one-year-old son after she had turned up at his place in Windhoek’s Okuryangava residential area to pick up nappies for their son.
The couple had been living apart, according to sources close to them. Mansueta Nandjala Mumbonde died instantly after she was hit by a bullet fired from a 9mm pistol.
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Plight of elderly must be addressed

Members of Parliament have bemoaned the ‘deplorable’ state of old-age homes and the level of care rendered to the elderly.
This follows a motion tabled by DTA parliamentarian Elma Dienda in the National Assembly this week calling for legislative and policy changes to change the way old-age homes are run.
She urged that the motion be referred to the Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Social Development and Family Affairs to explore alternative avenues for distributing pensions and minimising their misuse.
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Civil servants to declare interests by end of July

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has announced that public servants will be required to declare their business interests by the end of July.
She made this announcement in the National Assembly on Tuesday, saying all staff members, members of the armed services and members of regional councils are expected to declare their interests and remunerative work outside the public service.
She said all Permanent Secretaries are also expected to declare their interests by the end of July.
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State fails to prove murder

A 37-year-old Keetmanshoop resident has been found not guilty of the murder of 63-year-old Rebecca Isaaks, but was convicted of assault, robbery and rape.
The High Court found there was no evidence that Erwin Kock had strangled Isaaks or that had he inflicted blunt-force injury.
The incident took place in the Tseiblaagte residential area in October 2008.
Judge Naomi Shivute said the State had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Kock had caused Isaaks’s death.
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Pensioner stabbed to death

A 78-year-old wheelchair-bound pensioner was stabbed to death, allegedly by a 67-year-old neighbour, at the Immanuel Old Age Home in Okahandja on Tuesday.
The Otjozondjupa police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha, said the incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon.
“The deceased’s name cannot be revealed now as his close relatives are yet to be informed,” she said.
She said preliminary investigations indicated that the suspect stabbed the deceased in the neck with a kitchen knife. He died on the spot.
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No money for building hostels

The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, says her ministry is aware of the poor living conditions of students and teachers in the north-eastern and western parts of the country.
Responding to pictures of children sleeping on the ground that have been circulated on social media in the last few days, followed up by an article in Namibian Sun yesterday, Hanse-Himarwa said the ministry’s current budget was not enough to build new hostels or teacher accommodation.
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