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Stop overcharging passengers - Nabta

The Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta) will soon issue directives with regard to prices for long-distance travel on public buses and taxis.
“We are not going to allow the overcharging of commuters any longer,” the association’s president, Vespa Muunda, said this week.
He said his organisation will issue a booklet before the end of this week that will outline all the long-distance fares.
“Each bus will be required to adhere to those prices,” he stressed.
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N$1 218 per month for domestic workers

The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare yesterday announced a minimum wage of N$1 218 per month for full-time domestic workers.
Domestic workers must be paid at least N$10.53 per hour for work on weekdays, and N$14 per hour for working on Sundays and public holidays, Deputy Minister Alphaus Muheua announced.
He described the minimum wage as a “historic action” taken by the Namibian government to make a positive impact on the lives of Namibia’s domestic workers.
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Jealous woman sets herself on fire

A 33-year-old woman is recovering in the Otjiwarongo State Hospital after she allegedly set herself on fire because of relationship problems last Wednesday.
Anna Gauses, who works as a domestic worker at Otjiwarongo, allegedly poured methylated spirits over herself and struck a match at her grandmother’s house in the Tsaraxa-Aibes informal settlement.
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‘Bring it on’, medical aid funds tell regulator

The Namibian Association of Medical Aid Funds (Namaf) has welcomed the Namibia Competition Commission’s announcement that it intends to challenge the setting of medical aid tariffs in court.
The NaCC on Friday published a notice in the Government Gazette, accusing Namaf and all its member medical aid funds of colluding to hamper competition in the sector.
In response, Namaf CEO Gabriel Mbapaha maintained that the competition regulator’s claims were without merit, as the medical aid industry could not be considered commercially driven.
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Hompa Sitentu Mpasi is no more

Chief Daniel Sitentu Mpasi of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority in the Kavango West Region is no more.
The 80-year-old chief died in the Nkurenkuru hospital yesterday morning after a long illness.
Mpasi, who had been the Chief of the Ukwangali tribe since the late 1970s, had been in and out of hospital for the past few years.
He was described as a great leader and his death as a loss not only to the Ukwangali tribe but to the entire Namibian nation. Acting Chief Kudumo Siwombe urged the Ukwangali tribe to remain calm as they mourn a great leader.
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16 000 fail Grade 10

Thousands of parents are sitting with their heads in their hands and 16 328 youngsters face an uncertain future after they failed their Grade 10 examinations. A total of 35 592 candidates registered for the Grade 10 examinations this year and 19 264 qualified for admission to Grade 11 next year. This represents 54.1% of candidates who have qualified for admission to Grade 11, a slight decrease of 0.6% compared to last year’s 54.7%. Education Minister David Namwandi said on average, the percentage of learners qualifying for admission has increased steadily from 37% in 1993 to 54% this year. Read more about 16 000 fail Grade 10

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Top learners thank school discipline

Frieda Antindi of Negumbo Senior Secondary School in the Omusati Region beat thousands of Grade 10 learners to become the top-performer in this year’s Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) examination.
Speaking to Namibian Sun, Antindi couldn’t hide her excitement and attributed her success to her family, her principal and her teachers, whom she said always encouraged her.
Antindi said the secret to her success is early preparation. “I started studying during the August holidays already and focused mostly on the things I didn’t understand, so by exam time I only revised.”
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Minister’s accident shrouded in secrecy

Commissioner Tylves Kampolo, the police commander in the Ohangwena Region, has refused to give more details about a fatal accident that allegedly involved Regional and Local Government Minister Charles Namoloh.
The accident was reported in an English daily yesterday and was said to have happened on the gravel road near Namoloh’s Odibo village. It resulted in the death of a three-year-old girl who was hit while crossing the road.
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More grade 12s qualify for university

There has been an overall improvement in the results of the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Grade 12 Higher Level examination, which were released yesterday by the Minister of Education, David Namwandi, and it is expected that more candidates will qualify for university admission next year.
A total of 12 164 (12.3%) of the 57 096 Grade 12 candidates took one or more NSSC Higher Level subjects.
This is an increase of 436 (3.7%) in the number of Higher Level candidates who sat for exams this year in comparison to the previous year.
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The secret of the North’s success

Northern schools have once again proved that a lack of facilities and resources is not necessarily an obstacle, as they took the top ten positions on the list of best-performing schools in the full time Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) examinations.
Children attending schools in the rural areas of the North continue to outperform their peers in cities and large towns, proving that these areas should not be perceived as developmentally backward.
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