Monday 24 July 2017
(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...
(The Namibia Economist 05/27/13)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Angola’s Ministry of Agriculture to help strengthen the collaborative effects between the two countries to boost the status of animal health and prevent the spread of animal diseases along the common border by vaccinating livestock on both sides of the border. Speaking at the signing ceremony on Thursday, Agriculture Minister, John Mutorwa said transboundary animal diseases among many other constraints continue to hamstring the socio-economic development and progress of our people, especially so as it concerns their daily livelihoods, poverty eradication and the fight against hunger and disease. “But the spreading and movement of diseases do neither respect international borders nor do they require official...
(New Era 05/27/13)
GROOTFONTEIN – The Swapo Party appears to be on the way to consolidating its grip on the Grootfontein Constituency as all indications point to a landslide victory for the ruling party in its challenge to retain the constituency seat that is also to be contested by opposition political parties. Contesting parties including the DTA, NUDO, APP, RDP and Swanu have been hailed for leading clean campaigns without violence and intimidation during the run-up to the by-election. The Swapo Party Vice-President Dr Hage Geingob arrived at a fully packed Umulunga Stadium to a hero’s welcome amidst chants from rally goers that “Hadago, our son is home to unite us.” Geingob was born at farm Nanibes in the Grootfontein district and was...
(The Namibian 05/27/13)
POLICE in Grootfontein prevented a clash between Swapo Party and Rally for Democracy and Progress supporters at the town’s Single Quarters on Saturday. The incident took place when RDP members were doing their town parade and road show in the morning. When they arrived at the Single Quarters, Swapo supporters mobilised themselves and took out their flags and started challenging RDP supporters and preventing them from going about their activities. Police, who were on high alert, took control of the situation before it turned into a physical confrontation. Otjozondjupa Police regional commander Joseph Anghuwo, said no injuries were reported as a result of the incident. The Namibian understands that national leaders sent to the town, former Swapo secretary-general Ngarikutuke Tjiriange...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(The Namibian 05/27/13)
AMENDMENTS to the Veterans Act will still not cater for the so-called ‘children of the liberation struggle’.Veterans Minister Nicky Iyambo told The Namibian that the Veterans Amendment Act of 2013 does not include ‘children of the liberation struggle’ and those veterans who died before being recognised as veterans. Iyambo clarified after it emerged that the amendment will only cater for dependents of veterans who died after having been recognised. By dependents, Iyambo said the Act refers to those children who are under the age of 18 and are under guardianship. He said the ministry currently has no law catering for deceased veterans who were not recognised before they died. Last week word went around among the ‘children of the liberation...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(The Namibian 05/24/13)
PRESIDENT Hifikepunye Pohamba is said to have recalled all ambassadors and high commissioners heading Namibia’s foreign missions with one or two exceptions. Government sources told The Namibian that news of the diplomatic reshuffle did not only affect the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but the entire government. This shuffle occurred, sources said, because Pohamba is planning to send a few Permanent Secretaries to head some of the foreign missions. Sources said most of the wholesale changes at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are taking place on the eve of Permanent Secretary, and seasoned diplomat, Veiccoh Nghiwete’s retirement. Nghiwete is retiring next week Friday. Sources said most ambassadors and high commissioners have been recalled except for Namibia’s Ambassador to Germany Neville Gertze...
(The Namibian 05/24/13)
AN estimated 330 900 Namibians are currently facing food insecurity following a dry rainy season, a recent study has found. A report which was submitted to Cabinet, calls on the Government to urgently provide food assistance to ensure the survival of these people until at least March next year. The government has meanwhile set aside N$200 million for assisting Namibians affected by drought. Namibia has a population of about 2,1 million. Titled Emergency Food Security Assessment in Communal and Resettlement Areas of Namibia, the study was conducted by the World Food Programme on behalf of the Office of the Prime Minister. It also found that an additional 400 000 Namibians are moderately food insecure and will in the medium term...
(The Namibian 05/24/13)
ELECTRICITY consumers in Namibia will pay on average 12% more from the beginning of July. The Electricity Control Board (ECB) announced at a media conference yesterday that it had approved an increase of 13% on NamPower’s bulk tariff which will lead to an increase of the distribution tariff by an average of 12 %. ECB Chief Executive Officer Siseho Simasiku said the proposed tariff increase makes provision for the year-on-year revenue requirement of NamPower, taking only actual costs and losses into account with no planned windfall gains for future investments. He said the consumers would have paid more but the National Energy Fund has made N$20 million available for the electricity levy while there was also a N$40 million reduction...
(New Era 05/24/13)
ONGWEDIVA – The University of Namibia (Unam) Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology capped its 30 pioneer engineering students yesterday during a ceremony that took place at the Ongwediva Trade Fair venue. The first ever group of engineers to be produced in Namibia consists of 20 males and 10 females. They received bachelor degrees (honours) in engineering in the fields of civil, computer, electronics, mechanical, metallurgical, and mining. Victoria Amuthenu, a female metallurgical engineering graduate was crowned as the overall best engineering graduate. President Hifikepunye Pohamba who conferred the qualifications urged the graduates to work hard and to contribute towards nation building. The president further advised the graduants to behave in a professional manner and not to tarnish the university's...
(Namibian Sun 05/24/13)
The government has ordered Namibian ambassador to Zimbabwe Panduleni Shingenge to repay more than N$19 000 she allegedly claimed under false pretences from the mission's coffers, a development that has heightened talk of her recall. A letter by outgoing permanent secretary of foreign affairs Veiccoh Nghiwete also asked Shingenge to explain why government money was used to repatriate the body of the wife of one of the local staff members from South Africa. Namibian Sun understands that the wife of a Zimbabwean national, who works for the embassy as a gardener, died of cancer in a South African hospital and Shingenge released money for the repatriation of her body to Zimbabwe. Could you kindly inform the ministry whether approval was...
(Times of Zambia 05/23/13)
AFTER spending millions of dollars on exploratory drilling, Brazilian oil and gas exploration company, High Resolution Technology (HRT) and local businessperson, Knowledge Katti have struck oil in neighbouring Namibia. A liquid oil presence has been found off the Namibian coast. The AFP and Namibian local media report that the Namibian government and the Brazilian firm on Tuesday announced the first discovery of oil, although not in commercial volumes. Reporting findings from an exploratory well in the Walvis Basin off the southwest African country’s central coast, Rio de Janeiro-based HRT said there were promising signs. However, the drilling results for this first well show that the rock penetrated does not contain commercially viable oil reserves. The data analysis nevertheless shows two...
(New Era 05/23/13)
Windhoek — The decentralisation of De Beers' rough-diamond sorting and trading from London to Namibia, under the Namibian Diamond and Trading Company, and Botswana under Diamond Trading Company Botswana, put a dent on the overall trade figures between Namibia and the United Kingdom. Previously, exporting rough Namibian diamonds to the UK for sorting and processing had propped up overall export figures. According to the British High Commission in Namibia, trade between the two countries dropped from an estimated N$6 billion in 2011 to N$4.7 billion in 2012. According to figures provided by the High Commission, imports from the UK to Namibia in 2012 were valued at N$3.7 billion, while exports stood at N$1.1 billion. The British High Commission in Namibia...
(The Namibian 05/23/13)
THE Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (Manwu) has urged the construction employers, especially in the north, to immediately comply with the implementation of minimum wages. The call was made by Manwu general secretary Justina Jonas at a press conference at Ongwediva yesterday. According to Jonas, Manwu has noted that there are many construction projects in progress and she expressed concern that many companies are still not paying the workers the correct wages as stipulated in the Government Gazette. “This is a violation of the law and we urge the Ministry of Labour to assist us to do a national inspection at all construction sites to ensure that workers are paid correct wages and that all health and safety standards...
(New Era 05/23/13)
WINDHOEK - Swapo Party Member of Parliament Evelyn Basses-tailles has been elected as second vice-president of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) caucus on youth. Nawases-Taeyele and the caucus would be helping to ensure that the voices of young people are heard on matters that affect national or continental development, and skills development, including the harnessing and financing of youth innovations. Professor Peter Katjavivi, the Swapo Party Chief Whip in Parliament, who is also the Namibian head to the Pan-African Parliament, announced yesterday that the election of Nawases-Taeyele took place early this month at the second ordinary session of the Pan-African Parliament in Johannesburg under the theme "Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance." That session of the African Parliament devoted time to mark the...
(The Namibian 05/23/13)
CHAMBER of Mines of Namibia President, Mark Dawe said on Tuesday that 2012 was one of the worst years for the mining industry, with the highest recorded number of fatalities since independence. The industry suffered five fatalities during 2012. Dawe said during the annual general meeting of the Chamber that it has responded to these accidents by recruiting an internationally recognized mining expert to review the state of health and safety in the entire mining industry and to make appropriate recommendations. “The consultant was also tasked to carry out an international benchmarking exercise, to compare safety standards in the Namibian mining industry with leading mining countries around the world. I am pleased to announce that this exercise was successfully undertaken...

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