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(AFP (eng) 06/29/13)
PRETORIA, June 29, 2013 (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will not visit his political hero Nelson Mandela in hospital, out of deference for the anti-apartheid icon's "peace and comfort," a US official said Saturday. Obama and his wife Michelle will however spend time with Mandela's family to comfort them in a difficult time, the official said, as the US leader arrived in Pretoria for talks with President Jacob Zuma. "The President and First Lady will meet privately with members of the Mandela family to offer their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time," the official said on condition of anonymity. "Out of deference to Nelson Mandela's peace and comfort and the family's wishes, they will not be visiting the...
(New Era 06/28/13)
Windhoek — Foreign Affairs Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah confirmed Namibia will send observers to the much-anticipated Zimbabwean poll as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) team. "The SADC observers will arrive in Zimbabwe on July 1st," she said, and as an afterthought added that there was no need for Namibia to apply in order to observe the elections in the neighbouring country. Zimbabwe's highest court postponed an appeal on the date for crucial elections it had set for the end of July. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku on Wednesday told attorneys representing rival political parties to amalgamate five separate appeal documents for a possible hearing today. The Constitutional Court ruled early June that polls should be held on July 31...
(The Namibia Economist 06/28/13)
It is vital that extractive industry companies develop good practice guidelines that cover environmental impact as well as community engagement and development. A survey conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) revealed that government's efforts at ensuring environmentally acceptable practices during exploration and mining are somewhat ineffective and viewed environmental policies as ineffective. In its latest report, titled "Namibia's New Frontiers: Transparency and Accountability in Extractive Industry Exploration" by Graham Hopwood, Leon Kufa, Tracey Naughton and Ellison Tjirera, the IPPR noted the importance of reviewing the laws and policy implementation to check that they are 'fit for purpose' in terms of limiting negative social impacts, preventing conflicts with communities and mitigating damage to the environment. The Minerals Policy...
(The Namibia Economist 06/28/13)
It is vital that extractive industry companies develop good practice guidelines that cover environmental impact as well as community engagement and development. A survey conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) revealed that government's efforts at ensuring environmentally acceptable practices during exploration and mining are somewhat ineffective and viewed environmental policies as ineffective. In its latest report, titled "Namibia's New Frontiers: Transparency and Accountability in Extractive Industry Exploration" by Graham Hopwood, Leon Kufa, Tracey Naughton and Ellison Tjirera, the IPPR noted the importance of reviewing the laws and policy implementation to check that they are 'fit for purpose' in terms of limiting negative social impacts, preventing conflicts with communities and mitigating damage to the environment. The Minerals Policy...
(The Namibia Economist 06/28/13)
The Potters' Association of Namibia has just received a significant sponsorship from a local bank to help them host their Ceramics Biennale later this year. Bank Windhoek has agree to sponsor N$43,660 for the The Potters' Association of Namibia to host the 6th National Ceramics Biennale, which will take place on 03 October 2013 at the National Art Gallery in Windhoek. The National Ceramic Biennale showcases the work of Namibian potters and ceramists and entry is open to all who reside in Namibia, from beginner to professional level. The highly esteemed Premier Award, as well as prizes in the categories of wheelwork, handwork, sculpture and rural, will be given to deserving winners in recognition of their creative skills. An award...
(The Namibia Economist 06/28/13)
With its new and unique green head office which is currently under construction, FNB Namibia recently said it is envisaging the development of the first independently certified green building to serve as an example to those that follow. According to Susan Fick, Senior Manager Special Projects and Strategy, the bank is aiming for a 4-star green star rating in best practice. "Green Star is a voluntary environmental rating system for buildings in Australia. It was launched in 2003 by the Green Building Council of Australia. The system considers a broad range of practices for reducing the environmental impact of buildings and to showcase innovation in sustainable building practices, while also considering occupant health and productivity and cost savings," she said...
(Afribiz 06/28/13)
The Namibian Government is set to stage an investment seminar in South Africa next week to showcase investment opportunities in the country and to diversify trade with the rest of the world. The seminar, to be hosted by the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Namibia in collaboration with the High Commission of the Republic of Namibia in South Africa, will be held on 02 July 2013 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Gallagher Grill, in Midrand, Johannesburg. The Namibia Investment Seminar aims to showcase Foreign Direct Investment opportunities in key enterprise areas, including mining, agriculture and agro-processing, logistics, manufacturing and education. Namibia, with significant natural resources, a stable economy and rapidly modernising infrastructure, presents numerous investment opportunities,...
(The Observer 06/28/13)
Student loan scheme beneficiaries will have to pay an interest. As the student loans scheme rolls out later this year, the lucky beneficiaries will face some disconcerting terms of engagement. Much as Education and Sports minister Jessica Alupo had earlier said that government student loans would be interest-free, cabinet resolved this week to slap an interest rate, The Observer has learnt. The loan scheme is due to begin in the 2013/2014 financial year. According to a source who attended the Wednesday cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, ministers unanimously agreed to attach a single-digit interest rate on all the loans given to students. However, there were disagreements on how much the interest should be. Some ministers pushed for...
(Namibian Sun 06/28/13)
Suspended Namibia Farm Workers Union (Nafwu) president, Ronell De Jong, and the union's former secretary-general, Alfred Angula, were yesterday picked up by the police at their houses, and taken in for questioning in connection with alleged questionable dealings at the union involving about N$430 000. The two were told to leave after spending nearly two hours at the police station, Namibian Sun has established. It was stated recently that bank overdrafts amounting to N$215 000 were taken in the name of the union for personal use. In December 2011, a further N$65 000 was withdrawn, while N$150 000 was allegedly taken in December 2012. Angula landed in the country on Wednesday after returning from Geneva, where he had joined Labour...
(The Namibian 06/28/13)
The restrictions on labour hire in Namibia which were introduced when an amendment to the Labour Act came into force in August last year are not unconstitutional, it was ruled in the High Court in Windhoek yesterday. The amendment of the Labour Act, which is aimed at prohibiting discrimination between workers which labour hire companies provide to their clients, and workers directly employed by such client companies, is a far cry from being irrational, Judge Harald Geier has found. The amendment of the Act is also not so invasive on labour hire companies’ constitutional right to conduct their business that it should be regarded as an impermissible material barrier to the companies’ conduct of their business, Judge Geier found. With...
(The Namibian 06/28/13)
Behrens & Pfeiffer, a Windhoek based law firm has been reported to the Law Society of Namibia by a client of Standard Bank, Rodney Zibiso for allegedly inflating a debt it was collecting on behalf of the bank. Zibiso told The Namibian he had laid a complaint for unethical behavior by Behrens & Pfeiffer to the Law Society of Namibia following his discovery that the law firm has allegedly been wrongfully inflating his debt payments by “adding fictitious amounts.” Zibiso, senior auditor at the Office of the Auditor General, says Behrens & Pfeiffer were acting as attorneys as debt collectors for Standard Bank. “The complaint came to the attention of the Law Society on Friday, 21 June, when a hard...
(The Namibian 06/28/13)
An Angolan traditional healer who faced a string of rape charges in a trial in the Oshakati High Court was convicted on seven counts yesterday. Judge Christie Liebenberg found the 62-year-old accused, Bonifatius Mbwale, guilty on seven of the 13 charges he was facing, acquitting him on the other six counts. Mbwale was accused of having raped eleven woman who wanted to make use of his services as a supposed traditional healer in the Oshakati and Eenhana districts between October 2009 and November 2011. Judge Liebenberg found that it had been proven that Mbwale committed unlawful sexual acts with five of the complainants under coercive circumstances. Those incidents took place between June 2009 and January 2011. The evidence showed that...
(New Era 06/28/13)
WINDHOEK - Foreign Affairs Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah confirmed Namibia will send observers to the much-anticipated Zimbabwean poll as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) team. "The SADC observers will arrive in Zimbabwe on July 1st," she said, and as an afterthought added that there was no need for Namibia to apply in order to observe the elections in the neighbouring country. Zimbabwe's highest court postponed an appeal on the date for crucial elections it had set for the end of July. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku on Wednesday told attorneys representing rival political parties to amalgamate five separate appeal documents for a possible hearing today. The Constitutional Court ruled early June that polls should be held on July 31...
(The Namibian 06/28/13)
The dispute between Langer Heinrich uranium mine and the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) has reached full cycle on Wednesday with the mine's Managing Director, Werner Duvenhage accusing the union of trying to discredit the mine over the way it treats pregnant employees. Duvenhage said recently, the MUN branch executive committee, had embarked on a public campaign, through the media and through direct engagement with government, to discredit the policies and practices that Langer Heinrich Uranium applies to pregnant employees. He said the company recently engaged the services of a lawyer who confirmed that the company's policies on treating pregnant employees complies with all Namibian legislation. “Langer Heinrich also recently requested international radiation specialists to review the company's policies and...
(The Namibian 06/28/13)
If you want to laugh out loud come to Namibia. Visit schools in Namibia and you will be assured that lawmakers don’t think on the same wavelength. The Ministry of Education recognises Namibian children without birth certificates and caters for them in the universal primary education fund. The Ministry of Home Affairs does not recognise them as they will issue them with birth certificates since their parents do not have national documents. This way they give us false statistics. The Ministry of Gender and Child Welfare is wrongly influenced by Home Affairs as they cannot register children without birth certificates so that they can receive social grants. It is high time all ministries sang from the same page and think...
(Voice of America 06/28/13)
President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants ties with Africa based on trade and partnership instead of aid and assistance. Obama made his comments at a news conference with Senegal's President Macky Sall in Dakar Thursday. Senegal is the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour to promote trade, investment and democracy. The president said the reason he traveled to Africa is because the continent is rising and he does not want the U.S. to miss the opportunity to broaden and deepen its relations in the region. "All too often, the world overlooks the amazing progress that Africa is making, including progress in strengthening democracy," he said. "Many African nations have made tremendous strides in improving democratic governance and in...
(Namibian Sun 06/27/13)
Namibia will soon purchase crude oil from neighbouring Angola, after the two countries signed a cooperation agreement on oil and gas. Namibia's minister of mines and energy, Isak Katali, and Angola's minister of petroleum, Jose Maria de Vasconcelos, signed the three-year renewable agreement here on Tuesday. The two governments have been meeting since 2011 to exchange views on how to cooperate in the oil and gas sector. Angola is the second largest producer of oil in Africa, after Nigeria. "Namibians have been crying all along, asking the government to cooperate with Angola so that we can procure oil directly from the neighbouring country," Katali said during the signing ceremony. "We cannot buy refined oil, as Angola also does not have...
(The Namibian 06/27/13)
The SME Bank, which opened a few months ago, is in desperate need of money to meet its funding mandate, Minister of Trade and Industry, Calle Schlettwein said in an interview yesterday. Schlettwein said the SME Bank had started with a narrow capital base of N$60 million, which has turned out not to be adequate and is now being used on day to day operations of the bank like the payment of salaries. This state of affairs has led to the bank to fail in its mandate of financing SME projects in the country. Schlettwein said through speaking to various financial experts was that the bank would need several billion to fully fund the needs of SMEs activities in the...
(The Namibian 06/27/13)
An idea that the Caprivi Region should secede from Namibia and be an independent country on its own is something that he has never supported, former National Assembly member Geoffrey Mwilima said in the High Court at Windhoek Central Prison yesterday. On his second day on the witness stand before Judge Elton Hoff, Mwilima's testimony in the main Caprivi high treason trial was marked by blanket denials of all allegations that he had been involved in a conspiracy to secede the Caprivi Region from Namibia. “I'm denying all,” Mwilima answered when the leader of the prosecution team, Deputy Prosecutor General Herman January, asked him which of the allegations against him he is denying. “I'm denying all the charges. I'm innocent,”...
(New Era 06/27/13)
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has shut down an illegal stone quarry in the Namib Naukluft Park for the past 20 years. "We have stopped their operations and told them to go back to the drawing board and ensure that proper procedures are followed before they can resume their operations," Environment and Tourism Minister, Uahekua Herunga told New Era yesterday. The site remains under close monitoring he said. A private company, Namibia Construction, has been conducting quarrying operations in the park since 1993. The company says it has a lease agreement with the Herma Brothers, the previous owners who started the quarry years before independence. The agreement dates back to the 1980s. According to the principals of the company...

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