RACISM REMAINS A CHALLENGE, EVEN AFTER APARTHEID RULE

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JOHANNESBURG – The AHMED KATHRADA Foundation in SOUTH AFRICA says it is hosting an Anti-Racism School Assemblies Initiative to highlight the inequalities facing the nation.

Anti-racism protest in South Africa (Pic. ILO)

Foundation Spokesperson ZAAKIRAH VADI says the move is part of the Anti-Racism Network SOUTH AFRICA, and marks the Anti-Racism Week 2018 from 14 to 21 MARCH, to commemorate the World Human Rights Day.

She says celebrities, struggle heroes, and human rights campaigners will visit primary and high schools during the planned program as ambassadors talking to pupils about racism under the theme: Root out Racism.

Ms VADI says the meetings aim to identify as well as create awareness on and tackle racism, to encourage people to learn about prejudice, speak out against, and report it.

SABC News quotes Anti-Racism Network SOUTH AFRICA Director NEESHAN BALTON as saying it is hard to spend a few years dealing with something that has a lifespan of more than 300 year.

However, he says there is determination by victims of racism not to merely accept it but to challenge it through courts and police action.

The Anti-Racism Network SOUTH AFRICA Director says they are also seeing, on a day-to-day basis, ordinary SOUTH AFRICANS taking to social to expose instances of racism in the country.

Researchers say the end of apartheid might have removed the legal framework allowing official racism, but the problem is still rampant in SOUTH AFRICA./Sabanews/cam

EXPOSED CHILDREN TO BENEFIT FROM NEW ACCOMMODATION PROJECT

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WINDHOEK – The DOLAM Children’s Home in the NAMIBIAN capital of WINDHOEK has launched a new accommodation scheme to help needy children.

Informal settlement in Namibia (Pic. Africa Review)

NBC News says the organisation has built the facility to help orphans, abandoned or destitute children living in deplorable conditions in the city.

It quotes the Founder of the DOLAM Children’s Home, ROSA NAMISES, as saying they expect to accommodate some 18 children between the ages of  FIVE and 18 at the centre.

She has told the national broadcaster dealing with children raised under destitute conditions brings a number of challenges.

Ms NAMISES says their new house, comprising FIVE bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen, cost of ONE-MILLION-700-THOUSAND NAMIBIA dollars from local and international donors.

In another development, the Institute for Public Policy Research has urged government to reduce housing costs by considering new technologies and alternative construction materials.

Institute Research Associates DIETRICH REMRNERT and PAULINE NDHLOVU say demand for affordable land and housing in cities and towns have exhausted supply.

They say the existing formal market does not readily cater to the majority of NAMIBIANS, who earn much less money and find it difficult to afford decent houses.

NBC News quotes a study by the research associates as saying rapid urbanisation over the last decade has put more pressure on urban land and service delivery.

The report also says local authorities are failing to address the nationwide housing crisis and lack of service in the mushrooming informal settlements often leads to disease outbreaks.

On the other hand, it urges the Government to focus a lot more on providing land for the people to build their houses instead of building houses for the people.

Nevertheless, Urban and Rural Development Deputy Minister DEREK KLAZEN says dishing out land could encourage construction of more shacks and other unplanned structures.

He says such a development will undermine strategic development and good administration; although he admits there is need for urgent attention to the land and housing issue.

A 2009 article on the ruling SWAPO Party website says there is no land problem in NAMIBIA, except for a lack of political will to solve the issue./Sabanews/cam

KILLER DISEASE RAISES FEARS ACROSS REGION

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WINDHOEK – NAMIBIA has this TUESDAY become the latest country to report a case of infection by a bacteria that causes fever and muscle aches, often after diarrhoea or other stomach problems.

Listeriosis has a fatal impact on humans (Pic. Daily Maverick)

NBC News says the condition, medically known as LISTERIOSIS, has been detected after an outbreak at the beginning of last year in neighbouring SOUTH AFRICA has so far killed 183.

It says a 41-year-old NAMIBIAN man was diagnosed with the disease on MONDAY and is receiving medical treatment in the capital, WINDHOEK.

The national broadcaster says the report is in a statement from Health Minister BERNARD HAUFIKU, who has banned imports of processed meat products from SOUTH AFRICA.

He has warned NAMIBIANS to avoid eating any such items still for sale in the country, saying the national surveillance and monitoring systems are in full force.

Authorities describe the condition of the current victim as stable, saying he fell sick after he bought and ate so-called VIENNA Sausages in his hometown of TSUMEB in Northern NAMIBIA.

Meanwhile, media reports say more than 900 people have contracted LISTERIOSIS since the FIRST month of last year in SOUTH AFRICA.

They say experts have traced the source of the disease to TIGER BRANDS, producers of a variety of ready-to-eat chilled meats, 300 kilometres north-east of the capital, PRETORIA.

The reports also quote the UNITED NATIONS as saying the LISTERIOSIS outbreak in SOUTH AFRICA is likely the largest-ever worldwide.

People with LISTERIOSIS can suffer from a flu-like illness, infection of the bloodstream as well as, in severe cases, infection of the brain, which can result in death.

Infection mainly affects children and has a THREE-week incubation period, making it difficult to track.

Other AFRICAN countries that have banned meat imports from SOUTH AFRICAN due to LISTERIOSIS are BOTSWANA, KENYA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, SWAZILAND, ZAMBIA and ZIMBABWE./Sabanews/cam

EARTHQUAKE LEAVES ANKER RESIDENTS IN SHOCK

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Earthquakes can result from crustal strain, volcanoes, landslides or the collapse of caverns (Pic. UN)

OPUWO – An earthquake has hit the North-western NAMIBIA region of KUNENE, this (WEDNESDAY) morning, leaving a trail of damaged homes and other infrastructure in the ANKER Settlement.

NBC News says the tremor, measuring FOUR-POINT-ZERO-ONE on the RICHTER Scale, occurred about 80 kilometres north-west of KAMANJAB Village – the administrative centre of KAMANJAB Constituency.

It says the authorities have had to evacuate the EDWARD GAROAB Primary School after cracks started opening in the walls and corners of classrooms.

The dining hall, which caters for 178 children resident at the learning institution, suffered extensive damage to the walls and ceiling, including part of the lighting system.

EDWARD GAROAB Primary School Officials say the learning institution remains closed until the SECOND of next month.

They say they have decided to let the young learners stay at home in order to help them recover from the trauma they suffered after the earthquake experience.

KAMANJAB residents say this morning’s quake is the most violent and most scaring of the continuous tremors that have been afflicting them since last year.

Science experts say earthquakes involve movement or shaking of the EARTH’s crust due the release of stresses accumulated because of the rupture of rocks along opposing fault planes./Sabanews/cam

UNITED NATIONS GIVES MORE CREDIT TO NEW ZIM GOVERNMENT

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NEW YORK – The political shift and the State bid to rejoin the global community by ZIMBABWE have finally received the most vital recognition.

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner

UNITED NATIONS Development Program Administrator ACHIM STEINER is this week touring the Sub-SAHARAN AFRICAN country to discuss with President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA.

The BRAZILLIAN-GERMAN environmental expert comes to ZIMBABWE some FOUR months following the ouster of ONE of the world’s oldest presidents, ROBERT MUGABE.

The UNITED NATIONS Mission in ZIMBABWE says Mr STEINER will be around from 15 to 18 MARCH, holding meetings with development partners, civil society, and the UN team here.

His discussions will focus on the forthcoming General Elections to see how the world body can support the voting process, and how it can help the country recover its battered economy.

The Communications Specialist in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, SIRAK GEBREHIWOT, has issued a statement saying Mr STEINER will also hold other meetings to better-understand issues.

He will meet neutral entities like the ZIMBABWE Human Rights Commission, Electoral Commission, National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, and the Gender Commission.

Mr GEBREHIWOT says Mr STEINER will deliver the key address at the launch of National Human Development Report on Climate Change on 16 MARCH 2018 in the capital, HARARE.

The study aims to advise on policy, give more evidence for resilience and livelihood building projects, as well as for advocacy to address Climate Change-related disasters that are now regular in ZIMBABWE.

Mr GEBREHIWOT says Mr STEINER will inspect a variety of projects; including a voter registration facility, a farming expansion scheme, and an HIV and AIDS program.

The official says the FOUR-day-long trip will cover the MBARE high-density suburbs of HARARE and the eastern rural district of MUTOKO, where the UN supports booming community schemes.

The high-ranking UN dignitary, whose visit gives more credit to the new government in ZIMBABWE, will hold a press conference this SATURDAY at the MEIKLES Hotel in HARARE./Sabanews/cam