Wednesday 18 October 2017
(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...
(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...

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