Thursday 26 April 2018
(New Era 07/03/13)
IN its present form, the Namibian economy is a de facto colonial economy as the country's reliance on the primary sector and exports of raw materials does not only make it vulnerable to external shocks, but creates jobs and wealth in those economies to which Namibia exports its raw materials. This was part of the message delivered this past weekend by Trade and Industry Minister, Calle Schlettwein, during the annual business summit of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "It is a known fact that no economy will reach sophisticated and developed levels without industrialization and a narrow and weak productive capacity. This means that we cannot expect to achieve the required levels of sustained economic growth and employment...
(New Era 07/03/13)
WOMEN are rapidly climbing the corporate ladder by taking up positions at the executive, senior and middle management levels at Standard Bank Namibia. Highlighting this trend, Standard Bank Namibia's Head of Human Resources, Isdor Angula, said: "In Standard Bank Namibia women are the majority across all levels of work including managerial levels." According to Angula, above 60 per cent of Standard Bank Namibia's workforce is comprised of women. "This clearly creates confidence in women to excel in their careers, while at the same time living up to our values of growing our people as a bank," said Angula. The Standard Bank Group has taken the development of women further by introducing the Global Standard Bank Group Women in Leadership programme,...
(New Era 07/03/13)
Windhoek — A tug of war is brewing between the Namibia Construction Company and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism over the shutting down of an illegal quarry in the Namib Naukluft Park. Namibia Construction has refused to cease operations claiming it complies with proper procedures. Yesterday the environment commissioner said it would consider means to evict the company from the site. Environment and Tourism Minister Uahekua Herunga last week asked that the company's operations be shut down, and that it "ensures that proper procedures are followed before they can resume operations". The managing director of Namibia Construction, Hans-Pieter Schulz, yesterday declined to make any formal statement when approached for comment on whether they intend to comply with the minister's...
(New Era 07/03/13)
Windhoek — Is it a bird or is it a plane? Yes, it is a bird and it can make a plane crash, well at least so says scientists like Morgan Hauptfleisch. According to Haupfleisch, birds are a growing threat to aeroplanes and can cause great damage including the loss of lives of passengers. Ten bird strikes have been reported at Eros Airport since the beginning of this year (2013), five of these incidents took place in February and involved Yellow-billed Kites who come to Windhoek to scavenge because of a shortage of water and food elsewhere. This is a situation that has created a serious need for Namibian scientists who can study what attracts these birds to the airports...
(Ventures-Africa 07/03/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday said it has earmarked up to $3 billion for Africa’s power sector over the next 5 years. AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, speaking from Dar Es Salaam, said the bank’s interventions will include investment loans, reforms, advisory and guarantees in the energy sector. This is part of the bank’s backing for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion Power Africa plan which Obama unveiled on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. The US-led power plan will pay more attention to advancing more access to power in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Blue chip companies including General Electric and Symbion Power will also invest an additional $9 billion. Kaberuka said AfDB will...
(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)
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)
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)
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...

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