Sunday 17 December 2017
(Angola Press 06/25/13)
Luanda — A Memorandum of Understanding in the cooperation domains on oil and gas between Angola and Namibia will be signed in Windhoek on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The MoU will be signed by the Angolan Oil Minister, José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos and Namibian Minister of Mining and Energy, Isak Katali. Angop learnt at Luanda's "4 de Fevereiro International Airport", the Oil minister left the capital city of Angola this Monday morning for Namibia in order to participate in the referred ceremony. The accord aims at establishing an institutional Framework between the two parties, to facilitate and reinforce the bilateral cooperation in the oil and natural gas sector basing on win-win benefits, developing such cooperation in several fields. The...
(Windhoek Observer 06/25/13)
The regions can expect to receive the funds allocated to cater for free primary education starting next month, senior officials in the education ministry confirmed yesterday. Although the funds were scheduled for release earlier, sometime during this month, due to an operational technicality the bulk of the funds would only be disbursed from July 01. The regional educational directorates in all 13 regions are set to share in a budget of N$162 million in this fiscal year. "The money will only be available from the 1st of July, because at the beginning of the financial year before the budget is approved, the law only allows us to get 33 percent of the previous year's allocation. This means we could only...
(National Mirror Online 06/25/13)
Africa has lost at least $200 billion in five decades to illegal fishing and another $100 billion in illegal bunkering since 2003. Speaking at the opening of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, GGC, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, warned that such incursion should not be allowed to continue. The summit with focus on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea opened yesterday in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance, among 25 other African leaders. Jonathan, who had last week raised serious concern over crude oil...
(Windhoek Observer 06/24/13)
Ministry of Health in partnership with the US embassy launched Namibia’s first National Public Health Laboratory Policy and its accompanying strategic plan in Windhoek on Monday. The policy was approved by the Cabinet in December 2012. According to the Minister of Health, Richard Kamwi the development of the National Public Health Laboratory Policy for an integrated laboratory system in Namibia was born out of the need to strengthen the entire health care system and infrastructure and to provide comprehensive network of laboratory services throughout the country, and reduce the country’s reliance on South Africa. “Precision of results obtained through advanced technology and expertise can reduce fear and assure trust and confidence in the hearts of those that are at the...
(The Namibian 06/24/13)
Elgin Brown and Hamer (EBH), the marine engineering and ship repair company based at Walvis Bay, has increased its dry dock capacity by 15 000 tonnes. The facility will be the third floating dock to be operated by the company. EBH said there has been a resurgence in the mining industry particularly with oil exploration activities off the coast of Walvis Bay. “Because of this, infrastructure development is pivotally important,” the company said in a statement. EBH said the new facility will increase its handling capacity by 60%. “In addition to this is the dock's length of 195 meters, which means that the company is able to take on larger repair and maintenance projects,” the company said. Namport is the...
(Windhoek Observer 06/24/13)
If the Namibian government is serious about ensuring that the country's natural resources produce development gains for the majority of the population, then more accountability is an indispensable pre-requisite. This was one of the points raised by a June 2013 report titled 'Namibia's New Frontiers: Transparency and Accountability in Extractive Industry Exploration' and forms part of the Institute for Public Policy Research's (IPPR's) Anti-Corruption Research Programme. The report, by IPPR Director Graham Hopwood, along with fellow researchers Leon Kufa, Tracey Naughton and Ellison Tjirera, also states that only by ensuring that information about extractive industry revenues is released, will all stakeholders - including government, the private sector and civil society - be able to monitor and ensure that the Namibian...
(Windhoek Observer 06/24/13)
Windhoek — The Chinese Acupuncture Department at the Katutura State Hospital in Namibian capital Windhoek is bringing relief and better health to many locals. Festus Tuhadeleni is one of the patients whose health has improved after undergoing an acupuncture treatment at the Chinese Acupuncture Department. Let down by his worsening condition in the leg even after an operation at a local hospital, he tried acupuncture treatment. "Acupuncture restored my health. I am recovering well," said Tuhadeleni, whose pain in the leg has reduced after an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese practice, treats patients by manipulating thin and solid needles that are inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. According to Dr. Jiang Zhong, head of the department, acupuncture is...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of their revered anti-apartheid icon. "The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement late Sunday. The frail 94-year-old was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago, in the early hours of June 8, for treatment for a lung infection. But after intensive treatment at Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital and some signs of improvement, his condition deteriorated. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday evening and was told by doctors "that the former president's condition had...
(New Era 06/24/13)
RUNDU - The purchase of two dialysis sets for the Rundu State Hopsital has lifted the burden of expenses that kidney patients had borne previously. The costs included traveling to Windhoek as often as needed for dialysis sessions and paying for such sessions at private hospitals. The dialysis machines at the Rundu State Hospital currently treat five patients suffering from chronic kidney disease. The hospital procured the machines in 2011 at a cost of about N$580 000. “Before [that], the patients had to go to Windhoek for treatment. Some used to pay as much as N$10 000 at the private doctors for dialysis, but now they are treated for free at the state hospital,” said the hospital’s spokesman, Peter Kawali,...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down and another had to be called, but the mishap did not endanger the anti-apartheid hero, the South African presidency said Saturday. "All care was taken to ensure that the former president's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP. The ambulance had engine trouble on its way from the 94-year-old Mandela's Johannesburg home to a specialist heart clinic in Pretoria, some 55 kilometres (30 miles) away. Doctors are "satisfied" that Mandela, who is battling a serious lung infection, suffered no harm during the wait for a replacement ambulance, Maharaj said. Maharaj said the "fully...
(The Namibia Economist 06/21/13)
With the mining industry being one of biggest contributors to the economy, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) launched its research report on the local mining industry as part of its anti-corruption research programme. The paper is titled "Namibia's New Frontiers: Transparency and Accountability in Extractive Industry Exploration". "The mining industry is one of Namibia's main sources of economic development. The process starting with the allocation of exploration licences must be above board. When natural resources are prudently used, poverty can be alleviated. This is indeed one of the principles of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)," said Paulus Noa, Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission. He said, zero tolerance for corruption would be meaningless if it is not accompanied by...
(The Namibia Economist 06/21/13)
Team Namibia members will convene for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Windhoek Country Club Resort on Thursday 18 July to deliberate on the organisation's required strategy for facilitating a sustainable competitive advantage for Namibian products and services. The keynote address is to be delivered by Hon. Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Trade and Industry who will reflect on the government's strategy for 'Growth at Home', in particular the plans to make Namibian industry more competitive. He will also talk about the private sector's role in NDP4 and the development of local business, specifically entrepreneurs and SMEs. The guest speaker will be Lewis Pugh, an ocean advocate, pioneer swimmer and one of the world's leading inspirational speakers. His talk is...
(New Era 06/21/13)
SIMPLY put local authority councils exist solely to establish and maintain the core aspiration of all humanity - development. Indeed, they serve as the representatives of the people in a geographical area across the country, with councils made up of elected individuals who lead by listening to the aspirations of the people and guide the development agenda. As such the powers and functions of the local authority councils, as defined by the Local Authority Act, makes it clear that those elected to serve in a local authority council, have a mandatory obligation to ensure a habitable area - village, town or municipality - in accordance with specific standards that the entire country has pronounced should be the level or standard...
(The Namibia Economist 06/21/13)
In the absence of any significant local economic shifts, the Bank of Namibia chose to keep the repo rate unchanged at 5.5%. As usual the Monetary Policy Committee gave a brief overview of international, regional and domestic conditions. It is noticeable that these overviews have become brief and condensed compared to a year or two ago, which is also an indication that not much is happening on the local front. Personally, I think this is also an indication of the bank's new leadership finding and maintaining its own level of confidence. Nevertheless, the MPC overview is always a helpful tool to identify those economic issues that occupy the minds of the policy makers for that particular period. The committee's views...
(The Namibian 06/21/13)
THE Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has succumbed to pressure from the party leadership and apologised for their recent public expressions. The youth league's secretary, Elijah Ngurare, was on the brink of dismissal as the party's top leadership mulled the recent comments and outbursts coming from the youth wing, which led to some senior leaders accusing him of indiscipline. The youth league was ordered by the Swapo Central Committee to state their position with regards to their recent public comments. “If it is so found that we have committed errors, we are sorry, and regret any inconvenience that might have been caused,” Ngurare said when SPYL addressed the media yesterday. He said an apology was already given to the Swapo...
(The Namibia Economist 06/21/13)
The lack of appreciation for the environment and limited career opportunities for Namibian youth prompted a group of nature conservationists from the National Museum to establish a mobile classroom focusing on environmental education in the country. The EduMobile programme is a mobile environmental awareness raising educative programs tailored to meet Namibia's specific environmental concerns such as climate change and biodiversity loss in rural areas. The mobile classroom, which will be called the "Ombombo", meaning butterfly, will focus on educating learners from Grades 8 to 12 in rural schools on environmental issues. EduMobile consists of three phases which include the project development in Windhoek this year followed by the second phase in which 5 schools in the central regions will be...
(New Era 06/21/13)
The US government's Millennium Challenge Corporation, made available a multibillion-dollar development grant to Namibia through the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Namibia, which comes to an end in September 2014. Namibia signed up for the US$304.5 million (over N$3.0 billion at the current exchange rate) grant for a period of five years. However, since Namibia's income levels are categorised as upper-middle income, it would no longer be able to benefit from the programme when the MCA funding comes to an end. New Era's Lorraine Kazondovi spoke to Penny Akwenye the Chief Executive Officer of MCA-Namibia on the achievements and challenges over the past three years and nine months of the programme. Has the MCA programme been able to achieve its goal...
(The Namibia Economist 06/21/13)
Air Namibia has issued a timeline for the delivery of its two brand new Airbus A330-200 aircraft acquired as part of a fleet modernisation programme The national carrier announced earlier this week that one of the two brand new aircraft, to be leased from commercial aircraft lessor Intrepid Aviation, will be delivered this September. The second aircraft is expected sometime in November 2013. The two aircraft will be used primarily on Air Namibia’s long haul route between Windhoek and Frankfurt. It is understood that the two brand new aircraft will replace the old Airbus A340-300 aircraft used for the Frankfurt route where Air Namibia currently flies four times a week. This is set to increase to a daily service as...
(China Daily 06/21/13)
PHNOM PENH - The 37th session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee (WHC) on Friday inscribed the Namib Sand Sea natural site on the World Heritage List. "I'd like to congratulate Namibia for the inscription of the Namib Sand Sea on the World Heritage List," Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, Chairman of the 37th WHC session, said at the session. The Namib Sand Sea is a unique coastal fog desert with a diverse range of large, shifting dunes, according to a press release of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is an advisory body for UNESCO on natural world heritage sites. The site lies along the arid African coast of the South Atlantic and is contained within...
(Namibian Sun 06/21/13)
The country's worst drought in decades has resulted in the death of eight children due to starvation in the Kunene Region. This follows an order from President Hifikepunye Pohamba that government and all its stakeholders must ensure that no Namibian dies of hunger during the drought. According to information from the Ministry of Health and Social Services, from January 1 to June 17, a total of 53 children were admitted to hospitals in the Kunene Region for malnutrition, with eight of these admissions resulting in deaths. The data, collected from the Opuwa, Outjo and Khorixas district hospital, further indicates that within the same period, five adults were also admitted for malnutrition, although none of them died. Statistics collected from May...

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