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August 12, 2015, 7:58am

Developer ordered to remove wall

GOVERNMENT has given the Swakopmund Waterfront developers 21 days to remove a wall they built at the Vineta beachfront and return the area to its natural state or face legal action.

The tide around the controversial Platz am Meer Waterfront coastal project, owned by Safari Investments, is refusing to settle with government arguing that building a wall, between two and four metres high and extending into the sea, is not part of the agreed environmental plan.
Safari Investment Namibia, the company that took over the N$400 million project from the previous developers, was granted permission by the Swakopmund municipality to develop the beachfront area that excluded sea-based activities. However, the construction of the wall that was put in place to prevent high tides flooding the development has put the company in the firing line with government once again and could jeopardise the project following government's orders to bring it down.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has threatened to take legal action if the wall is not brought down soon, arguing that the developers have built beyond the agreed area earmarked for development and that they were contravening environmental laws...

By Theresia Tjihenuna

Five children under five die every minute in Africa

IN 2013, an estimated 6,3 million children under five died, 2,9 million of them in the WHO African region. This is equivalent to five children under five years of age dying every minute.

Two thirds of these deaths can be attributed to preventable causes. A third of all these deaths are in the neonatal period.
Pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and HIV are the main causes of death in infants and young children.
In Africa, about 473 000 children die from pneumonia, 300 000 from diarrhoea, and a further 443 000 from malaria every year. In 2012, about 230 000 new HIV infections were recorded among children under five years of age. “Although tremendous progress has been made in identifying and treating infants and children with HIV, much remains to be done to scale-up and sustain effective prevention, care and treatment, especially of pneumonia and diarrhoea,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.
Pneumonia is the single biggest killer of children worldwide, accounting for nearly one in seven deaths among young children, with an estimated over 950 000 deaths annually. Most of the deaths occur in resource-constrained countries, with 50% in sub-Saharan Africa. Globally, diarrhoeal diseases account for nearly one out of every six deaths in children under 5 years of age, equivalent to over 578 000 deaths per year. Diarrhoeal disease occurs more commonly in HIV-infected people, with worse outcomes than in uninfected children. Persistent diarrhoea in particular is associated with a high risk of death in HIV-infected children. Administration of oral rehydration and zinc in combination with antiretroviral therapy (ART) and restoring immune function are critical for the treatment of diarrhoea in children with HIV.

The Namibian

By Theresia Tjihenuna