Geingob splurges on politicians, baby dies in queue, youth unemployment increases

November 19, 2015, 1:42pm

Geingob splurges on politicians

By Tileni Mongudhi, the Namibian. Photo: the Namibian

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has increased political office bearers' water and electricity allowances in a move that will see politicians getting raises as high as 2 800% on their utilities allowances in a space of three years.

Documents seen by The Namibian show that Geingob approved a recommendation that will see politicians hit the jackpot with their water and electricity allowances, which will jump up 29 times in some cases.

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Baby dies in mother's arms in clinic queue

By Nomhle Kangootui, the Namibian. Photo: the Namibian

A CRITICALLY ill baby, whose age or sex could not be ascertained, died in its mother's arms at the Robert Mugabe Clinic in Windhoek yesterday while the mother allegedly waited for close to two hours in a queue to be assisted.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services confirmed the death and said they are investigating the incident.

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Youth unemployment rate up by 4.2%

Article and photo by New Era Staff Reporter

About 332 970 youths were unemployed in 2013, which is 4.2 percent higher than the 295 492 unemployed young people registered in 2012.

The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), in a report issued yesterday, attributes the increase to the lack of skills, a skills mismatch and an unstable labour market due to structural changes.

“The empirical analysis suggests that over-education is a sign of market failure or structural macroeconomic bottlenecks in the economy,” the report further says.

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