Sunday 25 June 2017
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(The Namibian 05/30/13)
A CHINESE-owned vessel, which is in partnership with a conglomerate of local quota holders, was this month fined for dumping fish in the sea. The vessel called MV Leader which belongs to Chinese-owned Pacific Andes Group was fined after they admitted breaking the law by dumping fish in the water. The Namibian understands that they were caught by an inspector who took photos and is set to give the ministry a report. The dumping of fish into the sea is a contravention of the Marine Resources Act of 2000. “When they dump fish (throw back into the sea) they are most likely throwing the small fish back into the sea and keeping the bigger fish as that is the fish...
(The Namibian 05/30/13)
Five fatalities in 2012 * Safety regulations outdated, majority from 1968 * Current regulations cumbersome *New regulations 11 years late *Chamber of Mines responding to expert’s findings. NAMIBIA’S Mine and Health Safety Regulations are inadequate to regulate the mining industry and an international expert says the delivery of new regulations must be given priority. Although Namibia has a relatively excellent mining safety record, five fatalities in 2012 have been a cause of concern both to the Ministry of Mines and Energy as well as to the industry. Damning report Philip Lockyer of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy who was engaged by the Chamber of Mines of Namibia to conduct a Safety Review of the Namibian mining industry, said...
(New Era 05/30/13)
WINDHOEK – The Minister of Education Dr Dawid Namwandi has welcomed learners to the second school term, with the announcement that funds for free primary education promised to the regions would be disbursed in June. The ministry will be releasing the N$162 million budgeted for this financial year to all 13 regional education directorates, and Namwandi promised that the money would be in the accounts of regional edication offices before the end of June. This year learners at public schools, from pre-primary to grade seven, did not have to pay school fees or buy textbooks and stationery and are not obliged to contribute to the school development funds (SDFs) any longer. The regulation went into effect immediately with the commencement...
(The Namibian 05/30/13)
A UNITED Nations Special Rapporteur has recommended that provisions relating to sex work in Namibia be repealed, stating that the “stigma, discrimination and violence” suffered by sex workers in the country often discourages them from accessing public services, particularly health care, a situation that is hampering efforts to reduce the spread of HIV-AIDS in the country.In addition, rapporteur Magdalena Sepúlveda states that the criminalisation of sex work in Namibia creates a climate of impunity that fosters further violence and discrimination against sex workers. Sepúlveda’s findings and recommendations are contained in a report titled ‘Extreme Poverty and Human Rights’ in Namibia, following her mission to the country from 1-8 October 2012.The findings will be shared at the 23rd Regular Session of...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(New Era 05/30/13)
WINDHOEK - The hearing of the case against 70 taxi drivers who were arrested after an altercation with police during a taxi drivers’ demonstration in 2011 resumed in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The Windhoek police station commander Chief Inspector James Nandapo testified that on January 24, 2011 he was alerted by Chief Inspector Ismael Basson, the station commander of the Katutura police station, of a taxi driver strike. Taxi drivers were refusing to move from the place where they initially congregated but later retreated to an open field between Donkerhoek and Lafrenz industrial area in Katutura, where an altercation between the taxi drivers and members of the police ensued. The drivers were planning to march to the city centre...
(The Namibian 05/29/13)
Walvis Bay — THE Namibian fishing industry, especially the hake and tuna sector, is concerned about the impact of seismic surveys (for oil) and possible marine phosphate mining in Namibian waters. Namibian Hake Association Chairman, Matti Amukwa, told Minister of Trade and Industry, Calle Schlettwein during a consultative meeting between the ministry and the fishing sector last Friday in Walvis Bay, that the tuna sector was facing “a challenging time” because of seismic testing. “Seismic testing is quietly and very quickly killing this fishery, especially the pole and line, and surface long line, sectors. A solution should be found from relevant ministries and stakeholders to rescue this fishery otherwise it will be history,” he warned. As for the effects of...
(New Era 05/29/13)
Walvis Bay — At least 50 percent of suicides reported in the Erongo Region are HIV/AIDS related, while alcohol abuse is the main contributing factor to people having unprotected sex. This revelation was made by the Chief Inspector of the Namibian Police (Nampol) in the Erongo Region, Tobias Gerber, when he addressed Nampol and Namibia Defence Force (NDF) officers during an HIV/AIDS Awareness Day hosted by Nampol and the Society for Family Health at Walvis Bay last week Friday. During the event that was hosted under the theme 'Protecting the Protector', Gerber urged all uniformed officers to re-asses their lifestyles and to take serious cognizance of their social behaviour. "Take into account the risks of HIV infection and do not...
(New Era 05/29/13)
Keetmanshoop — The Southern Electricity Company (SELCo) regional chairman, Abraham Kukuri, has appealed to residents to refrain from making illegal electricity connections to obtain power. He said several consumers in the Ileni informal settlement have extend electricity connections illegally to the homes of friends and neighbours. "Illegal electricity connections are very dangerous and can endanger human lives. Our main concerns are that apart from impacting on service delivery, connections are done unprofessionally and may endanger the lives of those involved in this criminal activity," he told New Era. He debunked the perception that every power outage is caused by SELCo, saying those involved in the illegal connections are to blame for the sporadic power outages at the town. Kukuri said...
(MmegiOnline 05/29/13)
Air Namibia has announced the termination of its direct flight from Windhoek to Gaborone citing challenges such as low traffic volumes coupled with fuel price hikes. Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, Air Namibia general manager for commercial services Xavier Masule said the decision would allow them to go back to the drawing board and re-strategise before re-entering the market at a later stage.He explained that they knew from the start that there was limited traffic on the route but hoped that the introduction of a direct service would help grow traffic levels.He said some of the challenges included the economic recession, which saw airlines' annual revenues dropping by billions of dollars. Although the industry recovered to reach pre-recession traffic...
(Windhoek Observer 05/29/13)
The Minister of Education, David Namwandi announced on Wednesday that surprise visits to schools will be resumed this semester. He made the announcement during the welcoming of learners, teachers and principals to the second school term at the Ministry of Education’s headquarters in Windhoek. Namwandi said the visits will also be conducted at education circuit offices in the region. “This time around, it will not only be the minister doing the visits, but all the officials from the head office, so schools should not be surprised by the visits and teachers should deliver,” said the minister. The surprise visits started by the late Minister of Education, Abraham Iyambo were received with mixed reactions in the education sector and were particularly...
(The Namibian 05/28/13)
THE central areas of Namibia are experiencing the most severe drought in three decades, seasonal rainfall figures released by the Meteorological Service of Namibia show. The 166 millimetres of rain measured at the headquarters of the Meteorological Service in Windhoek during the past rainy season – from October last year to the end of April – is the lowest seasonal rainfall total recorded at that weather station since the 1981/82 rainy season. At Rehoboth, too, the past rainy season has been the driest in 31 years, historical rainfall figures from the Met Service indicate. Only the northeastern parts of Namibia have experienced a near normal rainy season. Over the rest of the country rainfall totals are all well below the...
(New Era 05/28/13)
WINDHOEK - The Founding Father of the Namibian Nation, Dr Sam Nujoma has reiterated his call for Africa to bring about the total and genuine economic independence of its people. He made the call at the African Youth and Intergenerational Forum meeting during the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) the forerunner of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia over the weekend. "The struggle for economic independence will be long and difficult," he stressed, adding that this would require scientific research, proper planning and hard work. Nujoma further said educating and training African youths, especially in the scientific fields is of paramount importance in order to produce agricultural scientists, medical doctors,...
(New Era 05/28/13)
WALVIS BAY - The proposed N$20 billion extension of Walvis Bay Port, which has been part of the Namibia Port Authority's (NamPort) master plan since the 1980's, could occupy 1 300 hectares of land just north of the harbour town. The current port occupies 100 hectares and can handle 350 000 containers compared to more than a million containers that would be handled by the extended multi-billion dollar port facility. In fact, the massive extension just north of Walvis Bay could even result in the national road between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund being shifted to accommodate what NamPort says would be known as the North Port. "If we can achieve this much with 100 hectares, imagine what we would be...
(Namibian Sun 05/28/13)
Cabinet is finally set to discuss proposed changes to Namibia's rape law, including stiffer jail terms for rapists who knowingly infect their victims with HIV, bosses who coerce employees into sex and people who molest children. Namibian Sun has learnt that the Law Reform and Development Commission's report in this regard will be discussed by the Cabinet soon. The report contains a host of recommendations on strengthening the country's legal arsenal against rape and sexual assault. This comes at a time when the nation is up in arms over the widespread occurrence of gender-based violence, including, murder, assault and sexual violence against women and children. One of the recommendations is for compulsory 20-year prison sentences in the following cases: Where...
(The Namibian 05/28/13)
TWO years ago Khorixas Town Council renovated offices at a cost of N$100 000. The same walls are now being demolished as the local authority pumps in a further N$3 million to renovate their offices. The move has left the residents of the northwestern town wondering where the priorities lie. Two years ago the Khorixas town council offices were renovated at a cost of over N$100 000 when wood board walls were pulled down and replaced with brick walls. Those renovations became part of the Anti-Corruption Commission investigation which lead to the arrest of top council officials including the chief executive officer Nicodemus #Gaeseb, housing and build together programme head Daniel Nama Geiseb and strategic human resources head Eben Xoagub...
(New Era 05/27/13)
GENEVA - Namibia has been elected to serve on the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Nchabi Kamwi, joins 33 other individuals designated by member states to offer technical expertise to the board for the next three years. The health ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary, Dr Norbert Forster, has been designated an alternate member. Namibia will also serve on the General Committee of the World Health Assembly (WHA). It is the first time since independence 23 years ago that Namibia will serve on the General Committee, which is the executive of the WHA. The committee comprises 27 countries and is presided over by the President of the WHA, Dr Shigeru...
(Xinhuanet 05/27/13)
The Brazilian petroleum company HRT announced here on Tuesday that it had discovered oil near the western coast of Namibia. The HRT president Joe Paul told the media in the presence of Prime Minister Hage Geingob at the State House that the discovery was made within the Walvis Basin where the company has dug its first well Wingat-1. “HRT has begun drilling, particularly in this well, in the quest to find conclusive results on whether or not there is oil off the Namibian coast. Thus, we can say now that we have found an active petroleum system in Namibia. We found source rocks,” he said at the press conference. HRT has been exploring for oil off the coast of Namibia...

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