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Wed 22 Oct 2014
 • THE escalating land prices should be a priority on the agenda for the next government in 2015 to address. It must come up with a regulatory law to overcome this matter which is benefiting only certain individuals.
 • IF Vendelinus Hamutenya really said that political parties which oppose homosexuality should move with the times, then this is the first time I am learning that homosexuality is something like a fashion statement. I will never accept homosexuals just li
 • THE repairs done on the Western Bypass in the Khomasdal area have made the street bumpier than before. Why is the RCC quality inspector lenient towards the company doing the repairs? - Conti
 • SWAPO party is just like any other party. If you hate it, don't waste your time because Swapo will give you headaches. But to those who love Swapo, please go out in big numbers and vote for Swapo. Viva Swapo party. - Opuwo resident
 • IF what I have read in the local media reports about tender corruption is true, I doubt that the poor people of this country are facing a secure and prosperous future.
 • THE government needs a new ministry to be called 'Ministry of State Funerals' because our heroes are old now and will need state funerals very soon.
POLL
Should presidential candidates have public debates before the elections?

1. Yes, it will help us make up our minds.

2. No, it will have no effect on the outcome.

3. Maybe, but will Swapo agree this time?

4. No one cares!


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FRONT PAGE | 2012-04-17
NDF halts recruitment of new soldiers
JAN POOLMAN
THE Namibian Defence Force (NDF) will not recruit soldiers for the next two years because of a lack of accommodation facilities.
The Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security has reported to Parliament that the accommodation at army bases is not appropriate.
Defence Minister Charles Namoloh informed the National Assembly during the motivation of his ministry's budget vote that to address this a challenge, the regular recruitment into the NDF would be suspended for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 financial years.
Since 2008 the NDF has recruited more than 6 000 members, including some from the marginalised communities and children of the liberation struggle.
However, he said the appointment of specialists and other staff categories will continue according to need.
At the same time it was pointed out that accommodation for NDF members has significantly improved during the period under review, 'even though much still needs to be done in this regard as some bases remain congested.'
Turning to the salaries and promotion of NDF staff, the House was informed that the NDF salary structure has been reviewed and is awaiting approval by the Public Service Commission for implementation, and that 2 217 soldiers were promoted with effect from April 1 2012, of whom 39 per cent are women.
'To accomplish the training needs of the NDF, we are modernising our training institutions and building specialised ones. For this purpose, the construction of the Military Academy at Okahandja is well underway, the Grootfontein Military Airport has been modernised and the Karibib Air Force Base, which will completely change the face of Karibib, is about to be completed. The ministry requires an amount of N$84 million for this programme for the 2012/2013 financial year,' Namoloh said.
To improve the mobility of the NDF, the ministry acquired additional planes and vessels during the period under review, including five helicopters and a logistics vessel called the Elephant, which will be arriving in Namibia soon.
'These assets, especially the helicopters, are geared up to be used for national relief duties.'
The minister also expressed concerned about the emerging tendency of tribalism in Namibia.
'I wish to call on all of us to join forces to stop it before it destroys our motherland. Namibia continues to enjoy peace and stability, which we all have the responsibility to continue zealously upholding.'
The ministry needs slightly more than N$3,4 billion to successfully execute its operations during the 2012/2013 financial year.

         


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