#RoundUp: Flights suspension, study grants, Govt. funding, fisheries strike, police corruption

October 28, 2015, 9:03am

NAC postpones Ondangwa airport closure… As NCCI issues ultimatum

Article and photo by New Era

The planned closure of Ondangwa Airport for more than a month has taken on a new twist after the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) placed renovation plans on ice until mid-December.

New Era reported yesterday that there would be no flights between Eros and Ondangwa airport from November 12 to December 17, as Ondangwa Airport will be temporarily closed to allow for rehabilitation works on the airport’s runway.

Official sources yesterday said the date has been shifted to December 20 until the end of January 2016. Although he did not confirm or deny the new dates, NAC chief executive officer Tamer El-Kallawi yesterday confirmed that the dates have been shifted to some time in December.

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Nanso welcomes President Geingob’s push for study grants

Photo and article by New Era

The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) yesterday expressed delight at President Hage Geingob’s call for the abolition of government’s study loan system, in order to replace it with a grant system.

Nanso has long been a strong advocate of the abolition of the current system, which saddled young graduates with a collective debt of N$300 million owed to the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF).

Over the past few years, institutions of higher learning have been turning away student loan holders during registration and when it is time to take their exams, because the government had not yet released the funds owed to the institutions.

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Govt needs fixed funding system

By Tuyeimo Haidula for the Namibian, photo by the Namibian

Polytechnic of Namibia students might pay 10% more in fees during 2016. In the same vein their counterparts at the University of Namibia could face a fee hike of 15% next year.

Details about the fee increases at the Polytechnic of Namibia are included in the 2016 student guide.

“The table lists the fees for 2015 for the first year undergraduate programme. It will give you an idea of what the fees are likely to be for a typical first year student, although it will probably be about 10% higher in 2016,” the guide said.

Polytechnic warned that tuition fees do not include other expenses such as books (except study guides for distance education students), stationery, accommodation and transport.

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Fisheries strike starts

By Adam Hartman for the Namibian

WORKERS in the fishing industry at Walvis Bay and Lüderitz are said to have downed tools yesterday to participate in an “indefinite” mass action that could cripple the lucrative fishing industry.

The strike comes days before the start of the new fishing season which officially begins on 1 November when fishing vessels should be going out to start filling up on their respective quotas. It is mostly the hake industry that will be effected.

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ACC nets police officers on corruption charges

By Luqman Cloete for the Namibian, photo by the Namibian

THE Anti-Corruption Commission investigators this month arrested five police officers including two commissioned officers and a sergeant on corruption charges.

Police chief inspector Nikanor Ashipala Tweumuna and inspector Annna Maria Klaudia Angula and a civilian Sackaria Ashipala were arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into the allegedly corrupt appointment of the latter.

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