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Change Project high priority for Law Society’s new council

Change Project high priority for Law Society’s new council

After the recent Annual General Meeting of the Law Society of Namibia, the new council was announced. The council for the period November 2016 to November 2017 consists of Ramon Maasdorp as Chairman, Johann du Plessis as Vice-Chairman, and ordinary members, Saima Nambinga, Doris Hans-Kaumbi, Melki Uupindi, Gaenor Michaels, Smart Elago and Meyer van den Berg.

The council continues the Law Society’s Change Project, which began during the previous council’s term under the leadership of Ramon Maasdorp, who now is the new Chairman. The Law Society identified fundamental changes taking place in both the local and the global legal landscapes. This required an appropriate response to prepare Namibian lawyers for the new environment.

Early in 2016, the Law Society council formally resolved to embark on the Change Project to create a workable platform for transformational change in the legal profession, based on well-researched evidence.

This project is the Law Society’s most significant since the current structure was introduced in 1995.

About The Author

Daniel Steinmann

Brief CV of Daniel Steinmann. Born 24 February 1961, Johannesburg. Educated at the University of Pretoria: BA, BA(hons), BD. Postgraduate degrees are in Philosophy and Divinity. Editor of the Namibia Economist since 1991. Daniel Steinmann has steered the Economist as editor for the past 29 years. The newspaper started as a monthly free-sheet, then moved to a weekly paper edition (1996 to 2016), and on 01 December 2016 to a daily digital newspaper at His editorial focus is on economic analysis based on budget analysis, dissecting strategic planning and assessing the impact of policy formulation. For eight years, he hosted a weekly talk-show on NBC Radio, explaining complex economic concepts to a lay audience in a relaxed, conversational manner. He was a founding member of the Editors' Forum of Namibia. Over the years, he has mentored scores of journalism students as interns and as young professional journalists. He often assists economics students, both graduate and post-graduate, to prepare for examinations and moderator reviews. He is the Namibian respondent for the World Economic Survey conducted every quarter for the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys at the University of Munich in Germany. He is frequently consulted by NGOs and international analysts on local economic trends and developments. Send comments to [email protected]

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