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Environment is critical

There is a lack of awareness from Namibia’s decision makers and the general public about the importance of the environment.
This is the view of the Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta.
Shifeta said there is a need to adopt a smarter and more comprehensive approach to reaching stakeholders on the importance of the environment.
According to him, people need to know the economic value of the environment and the resources of the environment they manage on a day-to-day basis.
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Racism allegations rock Rosh Pinah mine

In a petition dated February 9, the Mineworkers’ Union (MUN) raised concerns that the zinc mine management consists of 99.9% white people, which the union says indicates discrimination and victimisation against black people.
Amongst nine managers at the mine, including mine manager Christo Aspeling and chief operation officer Christo Horn, Kondja Kaulinge, who is the engagement manager, is the only black person in the hierarchy.
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Tension between magistrate and lawyer lifted

The legal practitioner, Joshua Kaumbi, whom the presiding magistrate threatened to report to the Law Society of Namibia for being absent from Tuesday’s proceedings in the N$145 000 robbery case, set the record straight concerning his absence.
He said that he spoke to the State prosecutor on Monday and was informed that the case will be rolled over to Tuesday.
Consequently he seconded his colleague who is an enrolled legal practitioner to stand in for him on behalf of his client on Tuesday.
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Farmer charged with terrorism

A farmer from the Otjozondjupa Region now faces an additional charge of terrorism after a cache of weapons, 10 000 rounds of ammunition and military uniforms was found on his farm.
Johannes Mostert ,53, owner of the farm Swartmodder located about 135km south of Otjiwarongo, appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
The case was postponed to March 29 for a formal bail application to be brought after an additional charge under the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism and Proliferation Act was made.
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Rukoro sympathises with ex-soldiers

The paramount chief of the OvaHerero, Vekuii Rukoro, is one of a handful of leaders who have spoken to the former South West African Territory Force (SWATF) and Koevoet soldiers who are camping out at the Red Flag Commando Hall in Katutura while they wait for the government to consider granting them veteran status.
Rukoro, who met the group on Monday, said he was invited in his capacity as traditional leader since 95% of the ex-soldiers are from the OvaHerero community.
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Book on customary laws of local communities

Unam Press yesterday launched a book on the customary laws of the Nama, OvaHerero, OvaMbanderu and San communities of Namibia.
At the launch, the deputy chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders, Immanuel Gâseb, said some traditional authorities still faced challenges because customary law was considered second-class in the apartheid era.
The book, titled ‘Customary Law Ascertained, Volume 3’, thus plays a critical role to help make these customary laws, often based on oral history, accessible to communities.
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Tough times ahead for communal farmers

A lack of access to functioning lucrative markets in the northern communal areas (NCA) has crippled rural households in the northern regions.
This is according to the president of the Namibia National Farmers’ Union (NNFU), Tobias Emvula, who called on Meatco to continue its operations at Oshakati and Katima Mulilo.
Meatco recently announced its intention to stop running the state-owned abattoirs at Oshakati and Katima Mulilo because of high operational costs that saw the company spending about N$43 million during the 2014/15 financial year.
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Complainant objects to bail for former magistrate

A woman who was allegedly raped by former Magistrate Jaco Marius Kennedy has asked the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura not to grant him bail.
She claimed that she was being pestered with anonymous phone calls and messages from a withheld number.
“I do not know these people who give me missed calls. They can do anything to me and I do not know who they are,” she said.
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Businessman blasts NEEEF timeframe

A local businessman has criticised the two weeks allowed for public scrutiny and input on the New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF) draft bill.
The bill, which is available online, will remain open for scrutiny until February 25, allowing only two weeks for public consultation.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila officiated at a public consultative meeting with the Law Reform and Development Commission.
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AG lashes out at critics

Attorney-General Sackey Shanghala says it is black Namibians who are complaining about the proposed N$700 million construction of a new parliament building.
Shanghala was speaking at a panel discussion on the Namibian Constitution titled ‘Racial and Tribal Discrimination – Do We Need New Laws?’.
“I would rather have a discussion with you about the new parliament than talk to you about things that happened before some of you were born,” Shanghala told the audience.
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