Monday 20 November 2017
(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...
(New Era 05/22/13)
WINDHOEK – After spending millions of dollars on exploratory drilling, Brazilian oil and gas exploration company High Resolution Technology (HRT) and local businessman, Knowledge Katti, announced yesterday they found a liquid oil presence off the Namibian coast. 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 petroleum source rocks with indication of commercial oil reserves within the same vicinity. Drilling in these areas would commence soon. Yesterday Katti and his team presented State House and senior Cabinet ministers samples of the liquid oil collected at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean, a rare glimpse of the first ever discovered Namibian oil. The audience...
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(The Namibian 05/22/13)
DESPITE skepticism about the latest oil discovery announcement, Namibia’s Petroleum Commissioner, Immanuel Mulunga says the announcement by HRT on the non-commercial oil is the beginning of “good things for Namibia”. Namibia’s quest to find viable fields has been delayed after Brazilian oil company HRT confirmed that they have discovered oil which is not suitable for commercial use. Mulunga says they did not expect HRT to find oil in their first drill attempt, adding that the findings were more of a teaser and people can expect more valuable discoveries. He told The Namibian that the country can expect more serious international exploration offers, adding that the announcement was the “kind of news we were expecting for so long”. HRT President of...
(Africa Review 05/22/13)
The Namibian government and a Brazilian energy firm on Tuesday announced the first discovery of oil off the coast of Namibia, 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. The company discovered "two well-developed source rocks" and "several thin-bedded sandy reservoirs that are saturated by oil". Work will begin with 15 days at a second exploration location 15 kilometres (nine miles) to the west, HRT added. The find, although not commercially viable, will raise hopes that Namibia could become the latest southern African country to strike oil reserves. Angola to the north is Africa's second-biggest producer of...
(The Namibia Economist 05/22/13)
The Namibia Poultry Industries’ N$600 million investment is in jeopardy if no protection is given to the project against cheap imports, a company official said this week. Namib Mills Group CEO, Koos Ferreira told The Economist on Tuesday that the company’s investment through subsidiary company, Namibian Poultry Industries (NPI), in the chicken project inaugurated by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in last year, is in need of any form of protection from the authorities in order to survive competition from cheap imports. Ferreira said NPI has run up losses amounting to millions since the project started. He, however, could not be drawn to reveal to what extent the project was in the red. He said: “Trade and Industry must make it [protection]...
(Africa Review 05/22/13)
Malawi's presidential jet has been auctioned off to a Virgin Islands company for $15 million, after the cash-strapped government disposed of it to raise funds, an official said Tuesday. Bohnox Enterprise Ltd beat three other bidders for the 14-passenger aircraft used by president Bingu wa Mutharika, who died last year. "We have accepted their offer and we are waiting to hear from them," cabinet clerk Ernest Katchetche said in a statement. The 15-year-old Dassault Falcon 900-EX had been described as being in "perfect flying condition". Mutharika's successor, President Joyce Banda, decided to sell the aircraft and a fleet of luxury cars used by the big-spending leader. The government initially set the price at $20 million. Mutharika controversially acquired the jet...
(The Namibian 05/22/13)
NAMPOWER has warned consumers to reduce their electricity usage by at least 10 per cent or face load shedding. Electricity demand has increased over the past few years and continues to do so. NamPower says demand has surpassed supply, and the power utility has initiated a number of projects to increase generation capacity to meet the ever-increasing demand for electricity. The company’s Managing Director, Paulinus Shilamba, told a media briefing yesterday that their largest power supplier, Eskom, was experiencing a critical shortage and can no longer guarantee supply. Up to 22% of Namibia’s power supply comes from Eskom. The maximum demand totals 511MW, while 249MW comes from the Ruacana hydro power station and 120MW comes from the Van Eck power...
(The Namibia Economist 05/22/13)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has announced the lifting of restrictions in the movement of livestock following the successful containment of the Foot and Mouth outbreak that was detected at Masikili village in the Caprivi Region in November last year. The lifting of the restrictions is with immediate effect. In a statement issued on Thursday, the ministry said livestock from the affected areas may now move out of the restricted areas accompanied by an official animal movement permit issued by the Directorate of Veterinary Services for sale, slaughter or exchange. Since the detection of the outbreak, areas within a 40 kilometre radius from Masikili village were designated as a protection zone. Movement of livestock and other potentially infectious...
(New Era 05/21/13)
Windhoek — The German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dirk Niebel, jetted into Namibia for his third visit since 2011. The purpose of the visit is to highlight German assistance for the continued development of national parks and conservancy areas in Namibia, including the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) and the Khaudom National Park. During his trip to the north of Namibia, Niebel will meet the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga, the Governor of the Otjozondjupa Region Samuel Nuuyoma, and with the Governor of the Kavango Region, Dr Samuel Mbambo. "Through our development cooperation, we support the conservation of biodiversity in the region. We do this by supporting cooperation on trans-frontier protection and use of natural...
(Times of Zambia 05/18/13)
CHIPOLOPOLO coach Herve Renard has omitted regular assistant national team goalkeeper Joshua Titima from his 24-member squad of local players to face Namibia in an international friendly set for May 24. The match is a preparatory training ahead of the June 8, 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lesotho and Sudan a week later at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

 Renard is expected to name the final squad to play Lesotho and Sudan after the Namibia friendly in Windhoek.

 Titima, who came in as a replacement for Kennedy Mweene during the match against Lesotho on March 24 is not in the squad that has seen three goalkeepers namely Rabson Mucheleng’anga from Nchanga Rangers, Davey Kaumbwa from Green Buffaloes and...
(Namibian Sun 05/17/13)
Namibia's annual inflation rate stood at 6,1% in April, down 0,2% from a month before, the latest information from the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) confirm. While lower than the 6,4% recorded in the same month of 2012, and a clear relief from September's 6,7%, continued increases in food prices kept Namibia's annual rate above the 6% mark. NSA Statistician-General John Steytler said 11 of the 13 subgroups which make up the category 'food and non-alcoholic beverages' saw increases in the month. The only exceptions to the trend were bread and cereals, which registered a decline of 0,6%; and sugar, jam, honey, syrups, chocolate and confectionery, which registered a 0,2% decline. Categories that contributed to the lower rate were housing, water...
(The Namibian 05/17/13)
HIGHER education graduates in Namibia are not adequately prepared to face the challenges brought by the country’s changing socio-economic environment. The limited capacity of the tertiary system to absorb learners, along with low educational attainments, is the number one factor contributing to an inadequately qualified workforce. This is outlined in the newly launched National Human Resources Plan (NHRP) document released by the National Planning Commission (NPC) this week. The document, which was launched in the capital on Tuesday will act as a guide for the government and other institutions to invest in industries with high growth and employment potential and into critical skills to meet the current and emerging developmental challenges. “A poorly educated workforce has a major impact on...
(Windhoek Observer 05/17/13)
The Chairperson of the Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC), Sacky Shanghala, has come under fire from some media institutions after his call to host a consultative meeting with political parties and the media to discuss a law to regulate the media in the country. Shanghala, who proposes Namibia should have a statutory body to regulate how the media should report, has been accused of working on behalf of government and furthering his personal agendas. An enraged Shanghala on Tuesday afternoon told Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Director Natasha Tibinyane over the phone, that if she felt he was pushing his own agendas, she should expose him. “What Mr. Shanghala needs to recognise is that this is a democracy,...

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