National Paper Roundup: 1 December 2015

December 1, 2015, 9:49am

President could appoint new deputy ministers

Article and photo by New Era

President Hage Geingob could appoint at least two deputy ministers, following the just-ended regional council and local authority elections in which two deputy ministers lost their seats in the National Council.

The president could, however, opt not to replace agriculture deputy minister Theo Diergaardt and works deputy minister Kilus Nguvauva – by simply keeping one deputy minister at both ministries. Currently both affected ministries have two deputy ministers.

Read more in New Era

ECN not obliged to announce local authority results

By Theresia Tjihenuna, the Namibian. Photo: the Namibian

THE Electoral Commission of Namibia did not officially announce the local authority election results because the electoral law does not require them to do so.

ECN chairperson Notemba Tjipueja yesterday said they will not offcially announce the results but will instead release a statement this week. She also said the total number of voters who turned up could not be released because they were still calculating and analysing them.  

Read more in the Namibian

Govt loses youth workforce

By the Villager Newspaper, photo Wikipedia

Government has failed to retain its youthful workforce between 2012 and 2013, who appear to have hopped to parastals. This is according to the latest workforce survey analysis by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) under “Youth Employment and Unemployment”.

An employment trend of youths has also shown that youths were likely to be employed if they were married, educated, living in urban areas or between the ages of 30-34. The number of youths employed by the government in 2012 was at 29 380, but those numbers dropped to 12 190 the following year.

Parastatals seemed to have picked up the pieces from other employment sectors as it employed only 10 267 in 2012, but those number increased to 114 558 in 2013.

Read more in the Villager

25 years with HIV

Article and photo by Namibian Sun

Aries Negumbo (not her real name) gets emotional when she thinks of her life over the past two decades. At the age of 47, Negumbo - a single mother from the North - has been living with HIV/Aids for nearly 25 years.

“It would be correct to say that I have been HIV-positive for most of my life, and those years have been difficult, and every day continues to produce its own set of challenges,” she said.

Negumbo, who is half Tanzanian, moved to her motherland of Namibia in 1987 and quickly started making a living in the informal sector - surviving by manufacturing clothing and jewellery to sell on streets of Windhoek. Shortly after independence, she started dating and fell madly in love with a man, who was rumoured to be HIV-positive, but whom she started having unprotected sex with, despite the gossip swirling around him.

Read more in the Namibian Sun