Friday 23 February 2018
(Mining Weekly 07/02/13)
The Namibian government was offering earn-in exploration licences to joint venture (JV) partners in strategic minerals including copper, iron-ore, gold, diamonds, coal and uranium, Epangelo Mining GM mineral resources extraction Phillip Pendukeni said on Tuesday. Epangelo is a 100% State-owned exploration and mining company, which ventures into JVs with private sector companies that earn shareholding as they reach key developmental milestones. Speaking at the Namibian investment seminar at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Pendukeni told the well-attended gathering that Epangelo had 39 exploration licences on offer in eight of Namibia’s 13 regions. “We’ve strategically selected areas for exploration and we’re inviting interested parties to take up the opportunities we offer,” he said, adding that mining, which already contributes between 8%...
(The Sun 07/02/13)
The DTA of Namibia's vice-president, Philemon Moongo, has condemned the division among the party's youth league over whom to support as the party's next president, to be elected at a central committee meeting in September. The successful candidate will also be the party's candidate in next year's presidential election. The hopefuls are said to be incumbent president Katuutire Kaura, who has been at the helm for 13 years, Moongo, former Omaheke governor Paulo Thataone and youthful McHenry Venaani. In an earlier interview, Kaura indicated that he would retire, while Venaani - who also tried for the position in 2005 and lost to the political heavyweight - was expected to smoothly step into the vacancy. Kaura has been in the party...
(The Namibian 07/02/13)
IN order to develop Africa’s trade potential, particularly intra-African trade, more participation of the private sector with governments has to be encouraged to develop energy, road and rail infrastructure logistics and legislation. This is the consensus at the week-long Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Southern Caucus workshop in Walvis Bay on infrastructure and development in Southern Africa that started yesterday. The need to develop a viable energy, rail and road transport infrastructure network to enhance regional and international trade within the 10 nations belonging to the PAP Southern Caucus will be highlighted at the meeting. The members are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The president of the Pan African Parliament, Bethel Amadi of Nigeria, said...
(The Sun 07/02/13)
Cabinet has revisited its 2004 decision prohibiting the importation into Namibia of second-hand cars older than five years. It has now increased this age limit to eight years. The Cabinet also decided that Walvis Bay will be the designated port of entry for imports of all second-hand cars used cars from outside the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). The first reason for the restrictions imposed in 2004 was to regulate the importation of used cars in order to prevent the dumping of obsolete cars from countries with more stringent regulations. Furthermore the ban was to allow the Namibian Customs and Excise authority to enhance its capacity to effectively determine the true values of imported second-hand cars. The importation of used...
(The Namibian 07/02/13)
THE Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts blasted the Heritage Council of Namibia for not being able to provide proof of what they spent after the government entity failed to account for transactions worth more than N$200 000 over three financial years. The council is one of the many State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) which admitted to not keeping proper documentation of their transactions. In a report which was tabled in the National Assembly on Thursday, the committee noted “with concern” that in many cases SOE’s do not keep supporting documents to allow verification and validation of expenditure. The lack of supporting documents makes it impossible to accurately determine what the institution spent. The findings are part of a report on the review...
(New Era 07/02/13)
ONGWEDIVA - Police in Oshikoto Region say they will no longer allow the movement of heavy duty trucks on the national roads between the hours of 19:00 and 06:00. The reason is to reduce road accidents, which the police in the region say often involve trucks moving at night. Oshikoto Police Deputy Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner Willem Nghifikwa Peter, said it was noted that trucks either make use of extremely bright headlights at night or have poor lights which pose a serious danger to other road users. "As from last week, no truck [was] allowed to pass [through police roadblock] Oshivelo when it is dark," said Peter. He says the region has experienced a high number of fatal accidents involving...
(New Era 07/02/13)
WINDHOEK - The Office of the Prime Minister says the distribution of drought food relief is progressing well with 40 000 tonnes of maize meal already disseminated to each region as an interim measure to deal with the severe drought being experienced countrywide. Japhet Iitenge, Director of Disaster Risk Management in the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday revealed this when his department received over of 30 tonnes of maize meal donated by the Namibia-China Loving Heart Organisation towards drought relief work. Iitenge said the next distribution of food by the Office of the Prime Minister would be rolled out this month. Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob, who received the donation on behalf of government, said countrywide the Aminuis and...
(The Namibian 07/02/13)
TITUS ‘Shikongo’ Iindongo’s story, which was originally publised in The Namibian, has recieved veteran status as recognition for his harrowing ordeal. This came when Minister of Veterans Affairs Nickey Iyambo approved his application for veteran status yesterday. Iyambo also thanked and praised The Namibian newspaper for keeping records of these kind of stories. “I first got to read about Iindongo’s story in the re-published article of 1986 stated ‘Youth is ‘roasted’ over fire in the North’. Thank you for the historic report, and I wish we can have more of such archived reports. What Iindongo went through at that tender age of 13 was not only extremely brave but heroic,” Iyambo said at the handing over of the veteran status...
(The Namibian 07/02/13)
The Walvis Bay municipality last Thursday launched its five-year strategic plan for 2013 to 2017 – with industrial and port development and expansion being the main components. Walvis Bay’s population has increased from 37 000 as at the last count in 1997 to 74 000 inhabitants counted last year, indicating a doubling in the population in the last 15 years. By 2030, Walvis Bay is projected at having a population of about 180 000 people. “This is a place that is moving; that is developing. And by knowing how the population is growing, we will understand what services they need; where and what their work is; what they will be doing and where they will be living, and what economic...
(The Namibian 07/02/13)
THE rift between the Mineworkers Union of Namibia and its former president, Johannes Ndeutepo , has deepened with an order granted in the Windhoek High Court on Friday to permanently bar him from the union’s premises. Ndeutepo may not enter the union’s head office in Windhoek, interfere with the union’s activities, or represent the union in any way. In addition he is required to return any assets belonging to the union. All of this is in terms of the order made by Acting Judge Petrus Unengu. This confirms an interim order along the same lines obtained against Ndeutepo and MUN general secretary Jonas Lumbu at the end of October last year. The union and Ndeutepo became involved in a tug...
(The Namibian 07/02/13)
GOBABIS – The State has no case against the main suspect in the Gobabis racial discrimination and assault case Niko Kotze, Magistrate Victor Nyazo ruled on Friday when he delivered his judgment on a bail application in the matter. In the worst possible turn of events for the prosecution, the magistrate noted in his judgement on the bail hearing for the two accused that the complainant in the matter, Levi Katire, was in fact the attacker in the bar brawl which enjoyed wide condemnation even from beyond the Omaheke Region. Nyazo said the purported strong case of the prosecution against Kotze has been shown to be weak and unsupported. According to the magistrate, the defence has produced sufficient evidence before...
(New Era 07/02/13)
The Canadian Mining outfit Dundee Precious Metals (DPM) has started work on a N$2.3 billion acid plant, which the mine says will eliminate the sulphur dioxide emissions in Tsumeb and at the same time create a viable by-product, sulphuric acid, that could be sold to other mines operating in Namibia. The acid plant that will turn a problem into a profit for DPM, is expected to be complete by the second quarter of 2014. According to DPM executives, discussions are underway with the Rössing uranium mine in the Erongo Region for a possible off-take agreement. Negotiations are also ongoing with TransNamib to transport the 240 000 to 300 000 litres/tonnes of acid produced a year. Since acquiring the smelter in...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...
(The Namibian 07/01/13)
Government is edging closer to its goal of taking over the Namibia Meat Corporation, after Cabinet is said to have, ‘in principle’, approved the Ministry of Agriculture’s proposed draft bill, while Meatco decided to continue to engage government. The relationship between government and Meatco has been tense of late with both parties publicly admitting that the relationship has soured. Sources said that although Cabinet sent the draft bill back to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry for some amendments, it will not be required to go back to cabinet but rather to its committee on legal matters. Once the Cabinet committee on legal matters is done with it, the bill will be tabled in parliament. Agriculture Minister John Muturwa,...
(New Era 07/01/13)
DTA of Namibia secretary-general, McHenry Venaani, has called on President Hifikepunye Pohamba to look into a strategic reform of the civil service with urgency. In an open letter addressed to the Head of State, which Venaani shared with the media last week, he said it has become evident that from the country's national budget, the nation spends a large chunk of its resources on maintaining the civil service. “The civil service is overly large, bloated and unsustainable, as over 100 000 civil servants are too many for a small population such as ours,” the DTA leader said in the letter. Venaani noted that he is aware of the country's key challenges, chief amongst them unemployment, hence the demand for a...
(The Namibian 07/01/13)
The aviation company that operated a light aircraft which crashed in Windhoek in January 2008 and the Minister of Works and Transport are facing damages claims of more than US$50 million from the relatives of five Israelis killed in the accident. In terms of an order given in the Windhoek High Court on Friday, seven relatives of the five Israelis who lost their lives in the crash on 11 January 2008 have agreed to pay N$350 000 as security for the legal costs of the company Atlantic Aviation before their legal action against the company will continue. If they do not pay the amount, Atlantic Aviation will be allowed to ask for the dismissal of the damages claims against it...
(The Sun 07/01/13)
The Mangetti Farmers' Association (MFA) has expressed reservations about the government's N$218 million drought relief measures for farmers. MFA chairperson Ismael Shailemo told Namibian Sun yesterday that while they welcomed and appreciated some elements of the scheme, the plan had other elements that should be redrafted. Shailemo was re-elected as the association's chairperson this month after a splinter group, led by Kashona kaMalulu, voted him and his team out of leadership last month. It is still not clear who the association's real chairperson is, with both Shailemo and kaMalulu claiming to be in charge. In terms of the relief plan, the government will pay farmers incentives to sell their livestock and lease grazing land, and it will drill more than...
(New Era 07/01/13)
Caprivi — Police seized about 37 bags of maize meal given as relief food for the San community in Western Caprivi, in an operation at the Kongola checkpoint. The food aid distributed to the San community in western Caprivi is being sold by its beneficiaries. The food aid programme, which was started last year by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, is meant to help the San community with food as no subsistence farming takes place in the area. Kongola Constituency Councillor David Muluti said the San community in western Caprivi are provided with food aid on a monthly basis and the problem of selling food aid has become common, hence the involvement of the police in the matter...
(New Era 07/01/13)
Windhoek — The Chinese ambassador to Namibia, Xin Shunkang, has urged Chinese nationals to avoid "unbecoming behaviour" and rather to abide by local laws and build harmonious labour relations while conducting business in Namibia. Xin convened a meeting on Saturday with Chinese nationals conducting business at China Town in the Northern Industrial Area. Xin said the Chinese Embassy was particularly disturbed by the ongoing unruly behaviour of some Chinese businesspeople. "Everyone knows of recent incidences in the news criticising Chinese on how they conduct their business. We feel bad about it and so I came to organise the Chinese people and tell them to correct their behaviour," said Xin. The media have of late reported on unfair labour practices employed...
(New Era 07/01/13)
Windhoek — Standard Bank Namibia recently appointed three people as channel managers within the personal and business banking department. The appointed people are Rivan Meyer, who is now the Internet Banking Manager, Marcelino Dentlinger the new Mobile Banking Manager and Rodney Shivangulula, the Manager for ATMs. Meyer would be responsible for the development, implementation, enhancement and support of Standard Bank Namibia's internet banking products and services. He holds a National Diploma in Information Technology, obtained from the Polytechnic of Namibia. Meyer has been involved in the implementation of the commercial bank's new core banking system, firstly in operations and afterwards in its channel space dealing with internet banking, MyUpdates, mobile banking and ATMS, among others. Dentlinger will be looking after...

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