Roundup: 1 February 2016

February 1, 2016, 9:26am

Swapo councillors push for water rate hike

By Tuyeimo Haidula, for the Namibian. Photo: the Namibian

MOST Swapo councillors in the City of Windhoek voted for the increase of water tariffs on Thursday, while opposition councillors tried to have the decision delayed pending consultations. The proposed water tariff increases were discussed during the council meeting held at the Khomas Regional offices after the management committee's recommendations.

This means that Windhoek residents will start paying the new rates as early as the 15th of this month. The municipality indicated that NamWater had raised their tariffs after they declared theirs for 2015/2016.

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Eight swept away by raging river 

Article and Photo by New Era

On Saturday at 21h30 at Otjivize village in the Okangwati area a driver of a Toyota pickup carrying 13 passengers allegedly attempted to cross a river when the vehicle capsized and was swept away.

Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, the head of police media relations, informed the media at the weekly crime briefing yesterday that six of the passengers managed to escape but seven passengers and the driver disappeared in the water.  

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PM explains ministers’ low targets

Article and photo by New Era Staff Reporter

Government has responded to public criticism that the targets contained in some ministers’ performance agreements are too low and without clear measurable goals.

The agreements were made public late last week and the public has had its say on the contents, with some ministers proposing to improve specific things, such as access to water services, by a paltry one percent.

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa Amadhila, speaking exclusively to New Era at Eros Airport yesterday, explained that the targets were set relatively low because these contracts were for six months only.

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Newspaper vendors go on strike

Article and photo by the Namibian

Vendors, who apparently have a dispute with an Afrikaans daily newspaper, are on strike and are not selling newspapers on the streets of Windhoek today.

The price of Republikein went up by N$1, to N$5, and vendors were not happy that their commission was not going to be increased.

The Namibian's general manager for finance and administration, Sieggie Mujoro-Veii, said some vendors went on a rampage this morning, taking newspapers from those who wanted to sell them and tearing the newspapers up.

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