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Roadside Wellness Centre opens at Oshikango

The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) has reached 5 183 people with HIV counselling and testing services from January 2012 to the end of June this year.
WBCG Chief Executive Officer Johnny Smith said this at the launch of the Group’s Oshikango Roadside Wellness Centre at the northern border town of Helao Nafidi in the Ohangwena Region on Friday.
Smith said 1 104 long-distance truck drivers were tested for HIV, and 148 tested positive.
“Sex workers tested during the same period are 915, of whom 112 tested HIV positive,” he said.
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'Cancer is real': survivor

“Cancer is real. Cancer is here in Africa. It is here with us,” Nigerian breast cancer survivor Princess Nikky Onyeri said on Sunday.
She was speaking at the opening of the three-day Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa conference and exhibition.
Onyeri, who is the co-founder and director of the Forum of African Ladies/Spouses Against Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer, said she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993.
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Swanu makes socialist promises

Swanu prides itself in being the only socialist party in the country and has strong opinions on access to land and the nationalisation of the country’s natural resources to benefit all.
The manifesto launched over the weekend promises to create dialogue around the return of ancestral land, resettlement for the poor and provision for land to be acquired through leasehold only.
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Boozing teenagers come to grief

A 15-year-old girl, who was apparently under the influence of alcohol, was raped by a 20-year-old man at Kayengona village near Rundu on Friday.
According to the police, the suspect took the girl from a bar to his house, where he raped her. The suspect was arrested.
In a similar case last Tuesday, a 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped at Tjaka village in the Omaheke Region.
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Roads Authority cancels N$30m contracts

Road maintenance contracts worth N$30 million have been cancelled after three contractors at Maltahöhe were found to have procured them fraudulently.
The three contractors, Neels Jacob Simon of !Khob Contractors, Salomon Jeremias Isaak of Isaak Contractors and Daniel Josef Afrikaner of Afrikaner Contractors, were summoned to Mariental last Wednesday to receive their cancellation letters.
The spokesperson of the Roads Authority, Hileni Fillemon, confirmed the cancellation and said a media statement would be issued today to give more details.
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Strike ballot to be held at Namdeb

More than a thousand workers at Namdeb are expected to vote this week on whether they want to go on strike after wage negotiations reached deadlock earlier this year.
The chairman of Mineworkers Union’s Namdeb branch, Shavuka Mbidhi, yesterday confirmed that the strike rules had been finalised on Friday and a strike ballot would be conducted this week.
Should the majority of members vote in favour of a strike, the union will issue the company with a 48 hours’ strike notice.
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Meningitis causes panic in Oshikoto

The Ontananga community in the Oshikoto Region is gripped by fear after a middle-aged woman died last week, hours after showing symptoms of what villagers suspected to be “an unknown illness”.
However, health professionals who spoke to Namibian Sun yesterday identified the illness as non-infectious meningitis and urged members of the public to remain calm.
Esther Gwashamba Lubambo, 41, fell ill and was picked up by an ambulance on Thursday, but her condition deteriorated rapidly before reaching the Onandjokwe Lutheran hospital near Ondangwa.
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RDP youth leader denounces bursary cancellations

The leader of the Rally for Democracy and Progress Youth League (RDPYL), Monica Nambelela, recently staged a demonstration at the Polytechnic of Namibia after the government study loans of students who failed subjects were discontinued.
The RDPYL secretary-general said students were disappointed, demoralised and felt betrayed by the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) when they were told that they would no longer receive funding despite having signed four-year agreements.
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Health awareness campaign focuses on the basics

The Rural Health Integrated Network (RHIN) has launched an awareness campaign in the Ohangwena Region aimed at improving the health of individuals and the community at large.
The campaign, which was officially launched at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region on Wednesday, follows a successful pilot project in the Ohangwena Region focused on the importance of nutrition, hygiene and sanitation.
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