| Africatime
Wednesday 29 March 2017
(New Era 12/16/16)
Windhoek — The Minister of Public Enterprises, Leon Jooste, says the ministry has instructed both TransNamib and Air Namibia boards to appoint a CEO not later than June 2017. Jooste said this during a press conference held at the ministry's head office in the capital yesterday. TransNamib has been given until March next year while Air Namibia was given until June to find a suitable candidate. For the last two years both parastatals have been operating without a CEO or managing director. The vacant CEO position at TransNamib follows Sara Naanda's suspension in 2014. Since then Hippy Tjivikua, the executive for strategy and stakeholder management, has been acting as CEO. At Air Namibia, Ellaine Samson has been acting managing director...
(The Namibian 12/16/16)
BUSINESSMAN Knowledge Katti has been called all sorts of names; a middleman, a fixer, a commissioner-in-chief, an influence pedlar or phosphate activist. He has in the past dodged answering questions sent to him by The Namibian on any issue published by the newspaper for over three years. He has now agreed to talk about one topic - marine phosphate mining- a controversial extraction of minerals from the seabed to make products like fertilisers. Here is what Katti told The Namibian's Shinovene Immanuel. Becoming a 15% shareholder in Namibia Marine Phosphate (NMP). Prior to 2014, the shareholders in NMP were two public listed Australian companies and a Namibian company, Tungeni Investments. In 2012/13 the shares of the Australian companies were acquired...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/16)
The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday. In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on migratory routs around the world, the International Organization for Migration said. That number is already 1,449 more than in all of 2015. And since it represents an average of 20 deaths per day, another 200 to 300 people could perish by the end of the year if the trend continues, the Geneva-based IOM warned in a statement. The Mediterranean Sea routes, used so far this year by nearly 360,000 people seeking a new...
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat is fiercest it produces far more than the Grid can use, and the excess power goes to waste. "It's like you have a Ferrari and you run a small car," says Massimiliano Salaorno, plant manager of Solar Capital De Aar...
(Agence Ecofin 12/14/16)
Mining firm Bushveld Minerals signed a deal, via its Greenhills Resources subsidiary, to acquire a 49% stake in Dawnmin Africa Investments, which owns 85% of the Uis tin mine, in Namibia. Under the agreement, Greenghills is to conduct due diligence on the project. If conclusive, the firm will acquire the 49% interest for about 41 million ordinary shares of Bushveld Minerals. The acquisition is however subject to regulatory approvals and to the negotiation for final agreement, including share purchase agreement. The Uis project which is situated in the Erongo region includes three mining permits namely, ML 134, ML 129 and ML 133. The ML 134 permit alone holds 70.3 million tons of resources grading 0.14% tin, thus 90,000 tons. Louis-Nino Kansoun
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast. "When a woman has access to contraceptives she can lift herself out of poverty, and if she doesn't have access to contraceptives, it locks her inside a cycle of poverty for the rest of her life," said the wife of Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates, whose foundation is very active in the field. Family planning has "huge health benefits for the woman and for her children, and it has economic benefits," Gates told AFP by telephone from the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan...
(Mining.com 12/13/16)
Namibia’s economy will get a significant boost next year from its uranium sector as the country’s newest mine begins production, making the African nation the world’s third largest producer of the radioactive metal. Domestic demand, however, will rise only gradually over 2017 as high levels of debt amongst citizens weigh on their disposable incomes, a report published Tuesday by BMI Research shows. The $2-billion Husab project, a joint venture between China General Nuclear Power Holding Corp (CGNPC) and local miner Swakop Uranium, is expected to produce up to 15-million pounds of uranium a year.
(The Namibian 12/13/16)
The levels of stunting amongst children in Namibia are still too high, global child rights advocate for the United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) Graca Machel has said. Machel was speaking at a gala dinner held in her honour by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila last week. She was in Namibia with Unicef regional director for Eastern and Southern Africa Leila Pakkala for a three-day visit to lend support to government's efforts to reduce malnutrition amongst children, and accelerate the realisation of children's rights. Machel said one in four children in Namibia do not have the right size in terms of height, and one in eight children are much slimmer than what would be expected for their age. “It is too many...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad, tourism appears to be weathering the country's political storm far better than the thousands of petty traders who move to The Gambia from the rest of west Africa. President-elect Barrow told AFP on Monday claims that tourist numbers could be...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA (National Security Agency) operative Edward Snowden, originally given to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, offer unprecedented insight into information on twenty African countries collected by GCHQ, the British intelligence service, between 2009 and 2010. Dozens of lists of intercepts examined...
(Xinhuanet 12/08/16)
Namibia's stock of international reserves remains sufficient to meet the country's foreign obligations, according to the central bank, Bank of Namibia (BoN). Announcing this on Wednesday at an event held in Windhoek, BoN Governor Ipumbu Shiimi said, the stock of international reserves stood at 1.85 billion U.S. dollars, up from 1.67 billion U.S. dollars recorded at the last Monetary Policy committee (MPC) statement. "At this level, the stock of international reserves was estimated to be about 3.3 months of import cover, higher than 2.9 months reported previously," he added. Shimii said the reserves increased due to the repayment from Angola, from the currency conversion agreement in which Angola owed Namibia. According to Shiimi, Angola has been able to comply with...
(APA 12/08/16)
The Namibian government said it will write-off about N$19 billion (about US$1.3 billion) of interest and penalties accrued on outstanding tax debt over the past 20 years. Information and Communication Technology Minister Tjekero Tweya told the media on Thursday that the cabinet took the decision on Tuesday as part of the government’s effort to recover the principal outstanding taxes. The minister noted that of the total outstanding debt, N$4 billion (US$295 million) was accumulated from principal debt, while N$15 billion (about US$1 billion) was accrued from penalties and interest charges. However, he said debtors have to apply to benefit from debt waiver. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein also told the media on Thursday that the government took the decision to...
(Xinhuanet 12/07/16)
The Construction Industries Federation of Namibia (CIF) has demanded that the government pay more than a billion Namibian dollars (about 74 million U.S. dollars) it owes its members by Dec. 15. CIF consulting general manager Barbel Kirchner said in a statement Tuesday that close to 75 percent of businesses are currently experiencing cash flow crisis with dire consequences. He also said the non-payment by government will not only cause delays or stoppages on projects, but that contractors will have great difficulty in meeting their contractual obligations. More importantly, Kirchner said, more jobs are likely to be lost and already companies are downsizing and retrenching, with others staring bankruptcy in the face. "Between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30 this year, a...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game. The remaining duration and three...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/02/16)
By Claire Milhench | LONDON Namibia would remain a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the United States joined, Namibia's president Hage Geingob told Reuters in London on Thursday. Namibia said in March that it would withdraw from the ICC, which sits in The Hague and has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The court has come under criticism from African nations. "People are saying that it only targets African leaders. That seems to be true ... and that's a problem," said Geingob, who was elected as president of Namibia in November 2014. Whilst parliament still needs to debate Namibia's withdrawal, Geingob said his feeling was it would go ahead. "But...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward a crocodile walking nearby and describes the danger it poses to workers trying to maintain a pond. "When we provoke the crocodile to leave the pond area, it goes toward the side where there is no water and it normally...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Namibia has declared three days of mourning in honor of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro who died Friday aged 90. President Hage Geingob said this in his speech delivered in Havana Tuesday where he was attending Castro's the memorial service. Geingob is accompanied by two former presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba as well as the Swapo Party secretary general Nangolo Mbumba. "As part of our collective homage, Namibia has declared three days of national mourning in honor of Fidel Castro," Geingob said, adding, "We are here in good conscience to bid farewell to a man whose legacy will never die and to honor a country whose debt we can never repay." According to Fidel, Geingob said, helping with...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Over 250 women security officers from 37 countries across Africa attending Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs here vowed to step up efforts to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the continent. The convention, organized according to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), was designed to redraw strategies for women officers to play their role in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls. At the two-day event that opened Monday, the women officers from police, military and prison services called for more workshops and regular conferences and establishing anti-GBV centers in all member countries of KICD. They also called for prioritizing countries that need more attention in fighting violence against women and...

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