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Illegal wildlife trade under global scrutiny

With the world celebrating World Wildlife Day today, leaders from around the world will gather at the end of this month in Botswana to agree on urgent action to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife.

The UK delegation to the Illegal Wildlife Trade Botswana Conference that will start on March 25 will be led by the Minister for Natural Environment and Science and Research, Lord De Mauley. Read more about Illegal wildlife trade under global scrutiny


The ABC of debunking capitalism

In my quest to debunk capitalism, I intend to present to you an anecdote of a rural-bred folk who in the face of all odds is committed to a fight towards genuine emancipation. Capitalism is by far the most barbaric system that humanity has ever known. The notion of capitalism involves private owners controlling the nation’s trade industry economically and politically. Read more about The ABC of debunking capitalism


''Pay back your student loans''

The Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund has called on former bursary holders to pay back their loans in order to keep the Fund going.

“It is very selfish of us not to want to look at the future of our children and grandchildren to have a sustainable fund going forward,” NSFAF board chairperson Patty Karuaihe-Martin said.
Last week, the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) said it wanted the NSFAF to change the loan into a grant. Read more about ''Pay back your student loans''


Court compels GIPF witnesses to spill beans

Witnesses, who have so far refused to co-operate with investigators probing the Government Institutions Pension Fund missing millions, will now have to do so before the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in May.
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Special Swapo committee to hasten land delivery

The Swapo Politburo says the ruling party is not reluctant to deal with the unfolding land issue, and had already established a special committee last year to look at additional measures to facilitate land distribution and deal with skyrocketing prices, especially in urban areas. The ruling party also says people should not fall victim to the perception being created across the country that government does not want to give land to the landless. Read more about Special Swapo committee to hasten land delivery


Governor in deadly crash

Outgoing Ohangwena Regional Governor Usko Nghaamwa was airlifted last week to a Windhoek hospital after he sustained serious injuries during an accident in which he hit a cattle herder with his Land Cruiser. The 31-year-old cattle herder, described as kind-hearted and hard working person, died on the spot. The incident occurred last Thursday night on a gravel road about 2km from the Tsintsabis Veterinary gate in the Oshikoto Region. At the time of the accident, Nghaamwa was believed to be travelling south of the cordon fence to his farm in the Tsintsabis area. Read more about Governor in deadly crash


Murders mar month-end weekend

The past payday weekend was marred by numerous murders across the country, including several ‘passion killings’ and a mob attack on a Wanaheda shebeen. According to police spokesperson Inspector Slogan Matheus, a 30-year-old woman, Christine Gases, was hacked to death with an axe after a drinking spree on Saturday afternoon. The incident happened at about 16:00 in Orvetoveni, Otjiwarongo. Read more about Murders mar month-end weekend


Pohamba encourages teamwork in Hage squad’

Outgoing President Hifikepunye Pohamba says working as a team will help Namibia reach greater heights of economic development and social advancement. The President said this at a farewell reception for leaders of Parliament, political parties and other institutions. “I strongly believe that by working as a team, our nation, under the leadership of the incoming President Hage Geingob, will reach greater heights of economic development and social advancement,” said the President. Read more about Pohamba encourages teamwork in Hage squad’


Youth must get over Swapo congress hangover

Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) President Wilhelem Wilhelem has called on the country’s youth to get over the faction fighting that characterised Swapo’s 2012 elective congress, which pitted incoming President Hage Geingob against Jerry Ekandjo and Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana. He said the just-ended Nanso congress saw certain individuals using the 2012 Swapo camps to de-campaign. “During the Nanso campaign towards presidency you could see this. For example, someone was told not to vote for Wilhelem, because he is anti-Hage. Read more about Youth must get over Swapo congress hangover


Cabinet to be briefed on looming drought conditions

As Namibia braces for another severe drought in less than two years the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is set to submit its latest Crop and Household Food Assessment Report to Cabinet this month. The report looks at the harvest prospects, water for livestock and grazing conditions as well as food security in the communal farming regions. The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Joseph Iita, last week confirmed that the document would be submitted to Cabinet in March. He said the ministry was assessing the situation and recommendations would be made based on the assessment. Read more about Cabinet to be briefed on looming drought conditions



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