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Hard work and sweat lead to success - Iindji

Good things do not come on a silver platter, but through hard work and sweat, says Tomas Koneka Iindji, the chairperson of the northern branch of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI). He was speaking at a ceremony at the Ombuga Combined School outside Oshakati where he was named the school’s patron recently. Iindji, who is a professional banker and a former learner at the school, thanked the school management and the community for placing their trust in him. Read more about Hard work and sweat lead to success - Iindji

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Industry, governments address air safety

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has joined with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Airports Council International (ACI) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) in a declaration committing the parties to review processes for the overflight of conflict zones. The high-level meeting was called in Montreal, Canada, by ICAO in the aftermath of the downing of MH17 over the Ukraine earlier this month. “The tragic shooting-down of MH17 was an attack on the whole air transport industry. The world’s airlines are angry. Read more about Industry, governments address air safety

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Congolese general and estate agent try to settle

A Congolese army general and a Swakopmund estate agent entangled in a legal battle over N$9 million have been referred for mediation.
However, yesterday at the Windhoek High Court representatives of General Francois Olenga and Erwin Spranger could not get a mediator appointed. The matter was as a result postponed to September 30 for them to get a mediator.
In terms of the new rules of the High Court, matters are referred for mediation to allow the parties to see whether they cannot reach an out-of-court settlement. The aim is to minimise the congestion of the court roll.
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Deadline set for removal of illegal fences

All fences illegally erected in the Tsumkwe West communal area will be removed by February next year, Otjozondjupa Communal Land Board chairperson Jeaneth Kuhanga said on Tuesday.
Kuhanga and a mapping team of the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement conducted a two-day inspection of the area this week.
On Monday alone, 31 fences illegally erected in the Omatako area were found to have been removed voluntarily by their owners.
By Tuesday, this number increased to 38. The additional seven were found to have been removed in the Janju area.
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Immigration Control Act remains a challenge

The Immigration Control Act of 1993 remains an operational challenge due to loopholes, particularly when it comes to the administration of domicile and interpretations by courts.
The Act regulates and controls the entry of persons into Namibia, and provides for the removal of certain immigrants.
Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana said in parliament on Tuesday that “a draft bill in this regard is at an advanced stage, and will soon be tabled in Parliament once all consultations are completed”.
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Fuel workers' unions to make joint proposal

All trade unions representing fuel workers will submit a collective proposal for further wage negotiations to the Association of Service Station Owners (ASSO).
This is one of the outcomes of a meeting between ASSO and the Namibia Fuel and Allied Workers Union (NAFAWU) on Tuesday.
The meeting, organised by the Ministry of Labour, followed an illegal strike last week by service station workers who are members of NAFAWU.
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Swapo cannot tell people to vote for women - Diescho

Political scientist Professor Joseph Diescho says Swapo and other parties cannot force people to vote for women simply because they want to achieve equal representation of men and women in leadership positions.
Swapo decided after its 2012 congress on a 50/50 gender balance in leadership and decision-making positions in the party.
Although the concept is not clearly defined yet, it proposes a ‘zebra-style’ parliamentary list.
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Teenage sex blamed on parental pressure

The high incidence of teenage pregnancies in Namibia, especially in the Kavango, Zambezi, Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions, has been blamed on parents forcing their children to indulge in early sexual contact with older men.
Namibia’s United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) national programme officer, Loide Amkongo, told journalists that many girls are exposed to early sexual activity because of poverty, peer pressure or lack of education
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Namdeb workers on strike

A strike expected to cost Namdeb millions of dollars will go ahead following two days of fruitless meetings.
The Namdeb management and union leaders yesterday failed to reach agreement and workers downed tools at midnight.
Marathon meetings had taken place over the last two days to try and avert a looming strike over a wage deadlock at Namdeb.
In 2011 a prolonged strike at the Namdeb resulted in a loss of more than N$100 million in turnover.
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