Wednesday 16 August 2017
(The Namibian 06/14/13)
THE European Union (EU) is interested in an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that has been mutually agreed upon by the EU and Namibia, a senior official told The Namibian yesterday. Angel Carro, the Head of Division for Southern Africa in the European External Service, said in an interview that the EU wants to conclude EPA agreements with ACP countries including Namibia that are mutually beneficial to both sides. Last week, the EU said it would make available about 31billion Euros for development aid for ACP countries for the period 2014-2020. He said there are incorrect perceptions that the EU wants to have its way in the conclusion and signing of the new EPA agreement but said the whole package is...
(The Namibia Economist 06/14/13)
The decision by the world's leading diamond company De Beers to move its diamond sorting operations from London to Botswana has seen a 28% drop in bilateral trade between London and Windhoek, the British High Commissioner to Namibia has said. Marianne Young, London's top diplomat in the country said Wednesday that despite Britain doubling exports to Namibia to reach N$1.1 billion in 2011, overall bilateral trade figures dropped 28% to N$4.7 billion following De Beers decision to move its diamond sorting operations from London to Botswana. Young said this at a ceremony to mark the 87th official birthday of Queen Elizabeth 11 which was held at the British High Commissioner residency in the capital. The Queen celebrates two birthdays each...
(The Namibian 06/14/13)
FOUR days after the Chief of the Namibian Police Force, Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, condemned the illegal fencing taking place at the N≠a Jaqna Conservancy in the Tsumkwe West area, farmers grazing in the area are yet to remove their fences. Earlier this week, Ndeitunga ordered the 31 communal farmers illegally-grazing livestock in the Tsumkwe area to vacate the area with their livestock immediately, but not a single one has complied with the order. Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi (photo) said although the farmers were given a deadline to move out of the area before 6 July 2013, there has been no progress as far as vacating is concerned. “We have some members of Nampol monitoring the situation over there...
(The Namibian 06/13/13)
THE Government yesterday announced drought relief measures for farmers in a move that some beneficiaries have described as being too little and even coming a bit too late. Among the plans, the government will pay farmers incentives to sell their livestock, lease grazing land and it will drill more than 200 boreholes. The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, made the announcement yesterday that the intended buffer will help out both communal and commercial farmers. The N$218 million relief plan has been divided into four categories, namely marketing scheme, lease of grazing land, transport of animals to better grazing and water supply. The announcement came nearly a month after President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared a state of emergency on...
(Namibian Sun 06/13/13)
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa has called for the speedy implementation of the country's drought relief programme, warning his officials not to delay the release of subsidy funds. Mutorwa yesterday announced more than N$200 million in drought relief measures to be implemented his ministry to assist livestock farmers. Among the measures is a N$48 million marketing incentive scheme for farmers who are planning to sell their livestock, N$1,6 million to lease grazing areas, as well as N$320 million for the transportation of livestock to these leased areas. Mutorwa said farmers who sell their animals directly to abattoirs will receive a government subsidy of N$300 for each cattle sold and N$70 for each smaller livestock. "In the...
(New Era 06/13/13)
Windhoek — There has been a countrywide reduction in stock theft over the past two years with 'hot spot' regions experiencing a notable reduction in stock theft. So-called hot spot regions where cattle theft has been rampant over the years include the Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Erongo, Kunene and Oshikoto regions, which all experienced a notable reduction in 2012 compared to 2011. The Stock Theft Act, which accounts for the decreases was challenged and declared 'unconstitutional' since convicted stock thieves could receive a minimum prison term of 20 years or more for habitual stock theft. According to statistics obtained from the Namibian Police Anti-Stock Theft Division, the Omaheke Region, which accounted for the highest number of 2 315 cases for both small...
(The Namibian 06/13/13)
LATE last year Telecom Namibia acquired mobile operator Leo, which is the second biggest mobile telephone operator in Namibia. This year, Telecom announced that Chinese firm ZTE Corporation, will upgrade the Telecom Namibia and Leo network at a cost of US$46 million. The upgrade is part of a process to improve the services offered by the telecommunication entity, which has a monopoly on fixed lines, and installing a new GSM network for Leo. Leo has an existing population coverage of about 64 percent with 270 000 subscribers. The agreement with ZTE is expected lead to the building of a unified mobile network that will provide Telecom and Leo with a fully transformed 2G/3G/4G networks with immediate effect. Telecom Namibia’s senior...
(New Era 06/13/13)
Gobabis — In a rare turn of events, a liberal Afrikaner who is a resident of Gobabis has joined the growing chorus of public condemnation against racist behaviour and urged Namibians at the town to rally against racism irrespective of their race. "It's no more about black and white, we are all one," said Ockert Petrus Jakobus de Bruyn, who was born in the Eastern Transvaal, South Africa, but moved to Namibia in 1986. De Bruyn proudly revealed that he has been dating a Tswana woman for the past four years and has chosen to live in Nossobville, a residential area at the town that is home to Namibians of mixed race, better known as coloureds. "If you fall in...
(The Namibian 06/12/13)
THREE Chinese nationals working at the factory in Windhoek without valid work permits were arrested on Monday. Jaing Bo (26), Wang Guangui (27) and Li Jaing (36), were working at a Chinese-owned brick factory in the Goreangab informal settlement. They were arrested after the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare discovered that they were working without valid permits. Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister Alpheus Muheua ordered that the three Chinese be arrested by the Namibian Police for violating the country's immigration laws. Muheua, together with the general secretary of the Metal and Allied Workers Union (Manwu), Justina Jonas and NUNW's Job Muniaro visited the factory. The three visited the site after the workers at the factory complained of ill-treatment...
(The Namibian 06/12/13)
THE electronic waste recycling and disposal function of the City of Windhoek (CoW) is now ready for roll-out its full potential. Electronic waste, e-waste, e-scrap or waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) describes discarded electrical or electronic devices. The City announced last month during its council meeting that the entire system will be at minimal cost to the CoW as Transworld Cargo will be responsible for all expenses pertaining to the collection, containment and transportation of waste and recyclables created in the operation. The Kupferberg landfill site located on the western outskirts of Windhoek is only fit for the disposal of general and hazardous waste in the capital. Transworld Cargo (Pty) Ltd is a Namibian forwarding company which recycles e-waste...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(New Era 06/11/13)
WINDHOEK - Oshana Wholesalers, one of the companies bidding for the multi-million dollar rail tender, has accused fellow bidder Profile Investment of conflict of interest, an accusation that the lawyers of Profile-Investment brushed aside as “devoid of any truth and defamatory”. The two companies are in the run for the N$60 million tender to supply rails for the upgrading of the railway line between Aus and Lüderitz. Profile Investment scored a victory in the High Court on May 31, 2013 with the court ruling that the tender be sent back to the Tender Board for re-evaluation. Profile Investment had won the contract, but the Tender Board later cancelled the contract citing a number of irregularities. Profile Investment appealed to the...
(The Namibian 06/11/13)
THE Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Peter Mwatile, has blasted companies for inflating tender prices in a bid to make more money from the government. In addition to the alleged inflation of prices, the permanent secretary also “suspects” that there are tender board members who were influenced by bidding companies, to advance “their interest” when decisions are taken by the government’s central procurement agency. His comments come a week after Profile Investments won a court case against the government’s decision to terminate a N$62 million railway line tender. Profile Investments was initially recommended for the railway line tender by a ministerial tender committee, and Mwatile says his ministry decided to reject the decision by the committee,...
(New Era 06/11/13)
WINDHOEK – Commercial banks are dishing out investment tips following the implementation of the new relaxed tax regime on individual income tax, stamp duty and transfer duty that started on June 1. The relaxed tax breaks will allow more people to acquire housing, encourage savings, and serve as incentives for people to pay their taxes. Bank Windhoek and Standard Bank have both issued statements on their investment packages, with Standard Bank saying it has adjusted its investment rates upwards on the fixed, call and notice deposit products. Bank Windhoek says the clients wishing to start saving, or investing towards their financial goals, now have a wide range of savings and investment solutions to choose from to help them achieve a...
(The Namibian 06/11/13)
WHO really benefits from the Namibian mining sector relative to the Namibian population of 2.1 million people? Is it the Namibian Government; is it the owners of the mines, the employees, the contractors, or the Namibian communities at large? Is it all of the above or some of the above and is it at a fair value? These are significant questions which need serious discussions and answers. After careful analysis and observation of the Namibian mining industry, I now tend to believe that Namibia as a country gets a raw deal from the mining industry investors and should henceforth demand a fair but greater share from them. We deserve better treatment and respect. These mineral resources are ours; they are...
(The Namibian 06/11/13)
MORE executives have resigned from HRT Participações, the Brazilian firm, which claimed last month that it had discovered oil off Walvis Bay, although in small quantities. Carlos Tersandro Fonseca Adeodato, HRT’s Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer and Maria Emilia de Azevedo, the Chief Administrative Officer have joined a bandwagon of executives who are strangely leaving the company that claims it has struck oil.HRT said Ricardo Bottas Dourado has been appointed as Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer. Luiz Eduardo Conde has been appointed as Chief Administrative Officer.Last month, just before the “oil discovery,” board member Stefan Alexander, resigned from the company.In April, the chief executive and founder of HRT, Marcio Mello also resigned and told Reuters, in an interview...
(New Era 06/11/13)
WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has launched a probe into the quarrying of stones in the Namib Naukluft Park by two family owned businesses. The probe has so far established that the companies are conducting illegal quarrying activities without proper documentation in a national park, and are paying very little in terms of royalties to the state, or in some instances no royalties at all, thanks to a pre-independence agreement that dates back to the early 1980s. The investigators have recommended that the work be stopped and equipment seized to allow for a thorough investigation. An investigation by environment and tourism officials found that Namibia Construction and Herma Brothers – the two companies fingered in the illegal...
(New Era 06/10/13)
The Minister of Safety and Security, Immanuel Ngatjizeko last Friday officially inaugurated the newly revamped Kamanjab Police Station and barracks. The police station that includes police fuel tanks constitutes an investment exceeding N$20 million in the Kunene Region. Kamanjab is situated over 150 kilometers west of Outjo and the town and surrounding areas have been plagued by incidents of stock theft, assault and housebreaking, among others.According to Ngatjizeko the revamped station, which is classified as a Class B station, is ideally located to serve both commercial and communal farmers as well as visitors travelling through the Kunene Region. Ngatjizeko expressed concern about crimes against the most vulnerable members of society, namely women and children. "I urge traditional and community leaders...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...

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