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More women than men register on jobs database

More than 40 000 jobseekers across the country, mainly women, have registered with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare over the past five months.
The ministry last year introduced an Integrated Employment Information System to collect, store and update information on the Namibian labour market.
During the data-capturing process that started last year November, it was discovered that more women than men registered for jobs.
Of the 42 960 people registered throughout the country, 29 340 are women and 13 579 men.
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Serial goat thief nabbed

The mysterious disappearance of goats in the Oshikoto Region in the past few months was solved on Monday when a middle-aged man was arrested and charged with livestock theft after a significant number of goatskins were unearthed at his home at Ohainete village.
The suspect’s name cannot be revealed yet, as he has not appeared in court.
Residents of Okapanda village and the surrounding area in the Oniipa Constituency said they were left scratching their heads as their goats kept disappearing one by one.
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Energy crisis to bite by 2017

Namibia’s energy supply problems will get worse before the situation gets better, with expectations of “serious power-supply deficits” between 2016 and 2017.
Addressing the media in Windhoek yesterday, NamPower MD Paulinus Shilamba said Namibia’s reliance on imported electricity will be felt by consumers once existing power purchase agreements with neighbouring countries expire.
The country imports about 60% of its energy needs, a figure that rises to 80% during the dry season.
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Suicides after suspected crimes of passion

Two men have died in alleged suicide incidents, which appear to be linked to crimes of passion.
In the first incident in Rehoboth, 28-year-old Anchel Leray Moller allegedly shot himself dead yesterday after wounding his wife Nadilia, 24, shortly after 06:00, as she got dressed for work.
In the second incident in the Havana informal settlement in Windhoek, a man was discovered hanging in a shack and his girlfriend is still missing after they disappeared together on Friday.
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Nam will not follow ‘Zim-style land grab’

Namibia will never follow the Zimbabwe example of seizing land from white people in the name of land reform, Prime Minister Hage Geingob has said. Geingob said President Hifikepunye Pohamba has made it clear that land grabbing will not be permitted in Namibia despite the inequalities in the ownership of land. The prime minister was addressing Chinese and Namibian businesspeople during a Namibia-China Business Forum in Shanghai. The first business forum took place last week in the Chinese capital Beijing. Read more about Nam will not follow ‘Zim-style land grab’

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Military chopper crash victims identified

The Ministry of Defence yesterday identified the five people who died in a helicopter crash at Grootfontein on Friday, but it was still cagey regarding the presence of civilians on the military plane, which was scheduled to fly to Windhoek.
The helicopter crashed on the runway shortly after lift-off at 05:05 on Friday morning. It was flying to the capital to pick up Defence Minister Nahas Angula, who was scheduled to officiate at a graduation ceremony in Grootfontein on Friday.
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Vote boycott campaigns are illegal - ECN

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has warned political parties, individuals and concerned groups not to campaign against people exercising their right to vote in the upcoming general election.
“It is against the law for anyone to discourage other people from participating in the democratic process of the elections. It is unlawful and undesirable for people to incite anarchy in democratic state like ours. The ECN code does not support it,” said ECN Director of Operations Theo Mujoro.
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Botched clinic upgrades cost govt millions

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has lost over N$2 million following shoddy upgrades at two clinics, while work at several other clinics in the Zambezi, Kavango East, Oshikoto and Kunene regions are also behind schedule.
Work has now stopped at the two projects - the N$9.9 million Shamaturu Clinic upgrade in Kavango East and the N$8.2 upgrade at the Okondjatu Health Centre in the Otjozondjupa Region
The ministry cancelled the upgrades, which have already cost N$2 million, because of poor workmanship and materials.
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Chief Iipumbu donates office to crime fighters

No country would be successful in combating crime if the community does not get involved. No matter how many police officers are employed, the participation of the community is still crucial, said Oshana Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa at Uukwangula in the Okatana Constituency last week.
Speaking at the inauguration of an office that Chief Herman Iipumbu of Uukwambi made available to the Women and Men Network against Crime, Kashuupulwa said that trying to build the country while there is crime is impossible.
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