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Month In Review Dec 2015/ Jan 2016

Business

> Government confirmed it had given the controversial Xaris Energy project the green light. previously plans for the gas-fired power station at Walvis Bay were put on hold amid suspicions of corruption.

> Business activity was reported to have dropped at Oshikango following the suspension of a currency conversion agreement with angola.

> In December all six resorts in the Etosha National Park received an average of 60 percent total occupancy in comparison to 40 percent in 2014. namibia Wildlife Resorts said the increase was mainly due to an upsurge in domestic tourists.

> Northern businessman Ben Zaaruka said he would embark on two new housing projects through his property development company Stantoll properties cc – a luxury housing development at ongwediva and one-bedroom flats for students close to the university of namibia in the north.

> Businessman John Endjala said he plans to build an N$180 million fourstar hotel at ondangwa this year through his J&p Group of Companies.

> The new minimum wage for construction workers of N$14.59 per hour was gazetted at the end of december.

> Standard Bank Nambian agreed a N$170 million loan facility with HopSol power Generations. last year hopSol power Generations commissioned a 5.6-megawatt solar power plant at otjiwarongo and is now constructing a similar project at Grootfontein.

> Standard Bank Namibia confirmed it will start facilitating the exchange of the namibia dollar with the Chinese Renminbi (RmB) due to the close links between the two countries.

> Bank Windhoek announced the appointment of Baronice Hans as managing director designate. She previously held a senior position at Standard Bank namibia.

POLITICS

•  The government Re Leased MINISTERS’ performance agreement  to the public – drawing mixed reaction as the documents could only be viewed by appointment and lacked consistency.

•  Student protest  at NUST and UNAM Had the authorities Scrambling to delay registration payments and cancel past debts. (photo above)

• A  group Representing the ‘Children OF the liberation Struggle’ clashed with local residents in Brakwater prompting police intervention.

•  The National Council Rejected the local authorities amendment Bill and sent it back to the national assembly for reconsideration.

•  The  presidents office Said the N$7 Billion Tender for constructing the new Hosea Kutako international airport would be advertised after a decision to give the contract to a Chinese company was revoked following claims of irregularities.

• Defense minister Penda Ya Ndakolo Moved to a government guest House after it emerged that he had been housed at a luxury hotel since march 2015 at a cost of over n$630,000.

• President Geingob Said he Had a new Master plan TO Eradicate poverty in Namibia by 2025. Calling it the ‘harambee towards prosperity’ plan, Geingob said it would include a revamped basic income grant, commuter trains, apartments for civil servants, water and energy projects and infrastructure developments.

•  Reacting to criticism That his Salary was too High, Geingob  Claimed at an end-of-year press conference that he did not know how much he earns.

•  MINES and Energy minister OBETH kandjoze saidthat despite importing 60 percent of its power needs, Namibia was not facing an energy crisis as government had approved projects to ensure security of supply for several years.

•  Several Heads of State met in Windhoek for an African union Committee of ten meeting on the reform of the un Security Council. president Geingob said the allocation of a permanent seat on the Security Council to Africa was long overdue.

• President Geingob appointed several ambasadors including Kaire mbuende who was sent to Belgium and the eu and andreas Guibeb who became the ambassador to Germany.

• DTA president McHenry Venaani said his party would relocate its national headquarters to oshakati in the first part of the year.

•  Namibia moved Up tenplaces ON THE Transparency international Corruption perceptions index to 45th – an improvement of 4 points.

•  Well-known academic and public speaker Joe Diescho left his job at the Namibia institute for public management under a cloud but received a severance package worth over n$3 million.

ECONOMY

- The annual inflation rate for December 2015 was 3.7 percent, up from 3.3 percent in November, according to the Namibia Statistics Agency.

- The Bank of Namibia forecast that the economy would grow by 4.3 percent in 2016 compared to 5.4 percent in 2015 and 6.3 percent in 2014.

- Bank of Namibia Governor Ipumbu Shiimi said the Namibia dollar’s link to the rand was still in Namibia’s best interest despite the South               African currency’s dramatic fall in value.

SOCIETY AND SPORT

THE 30 MEN CONVICTED OF HIGH TREASON and multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in the main Caprivi high treason trial were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to 18 years as the long-running case was concluded in december.

THREE PEOPLE DIED IN a PLANE  CRASH WHEN a Cessna 425 on a routine training flight came down near the perimeter of the hosea Kutako international airport. the deceased were all pilots – uwe herbert, Fritz alpers and ole Friede.

LUCAS NEPELA NICODEMUS (46) WAS ARRESTED in connection with the murders of Johanny naruses (29) and Clemencia de Wee (33). he is accused of shooting the two women and then dumping and burning their bodies at pioneers park landfill in Windhoek.

A GERMAN MOTHER AND DAUGHTER COMMITTED  suicide in the Fish River Canyon. Cornelia hirschbeck, and her daughter alisha hirschbeck came to namibia in december to collect the remains of a relative who had died in a vehicle accident.

SIXTY-SEVEN PEOPLE DIED in vehicle accidents over the festive season.

VETERAN LAWYER HOSEA ANGULA WAS APPOINTED as the first deputy Judge president of the high Court of namibia.

AN EMPLOYEE OF THE B2GOld OTJIkOTO MINE, MARTIN Shilompoka died in hospital in Windhoek. Shilompoka suffered severe injuries on december 28 when he became trapped between a diesel truck and a bulldozer during a re-fuelling operation.

THE BODY OF 23-YEAR Old LELANI VAN RENSBURG, who died in dubai in november, was brought back to namibia. Van Rensburg’s body was found in a swimming pool after a party.

MaRTIN kOElER (50) WaS SHOT dEad ON THE FaRM doornkom outside otjiwarongo. the police said the deceased was visiting his parents at the farm when armed assailants attacked the family

VINCENT LIKORO, a Special adviser to the SWAPO Secretary General nangolo mbumba, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of rape in the Katima mulilo Regional Court.

THE REFUGEE STATUS OF HUNDRED OF NAMIBIANS at the dukwi camp in Botswana came was revoked. they fled to Botswana following 1999 armed revolt in Caprivi (now Zambezi) region.

FOUR RHINO CASSES WERE FOUNd AT GROOTBERG  lodge in the Kunene region in late december. the discovery brought Namibia rhino poaching toll last year to 80.

OF THE 20,301 GRADE 12 FUll-TIME CANDIDATES WHO wrote exams last year, only 6,056 (30 percent) qualified for admission to tertiary institutions, a 10 percent drop on the previous figure.

OF THE 27,531 PART -TIME STUDENT WHO WROTE exams last year, only 2,742 (10 percent) qualified for tertiary education admission.

OF THE 37,441 GRADE 10 LEARNERS WHO WROTE THE examinations last year some 17,123 (46 percent) failed to reach the standard required for promotion to Grade 11.

NAMIBIA QUALIFIED FOR THE QUARTER OF THE under-19 cricket world cup in Bangladesh after beating Scotland and the holders South africa.

*Compiled from a variety of local and international news reports *


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