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Author: Freeman Ngulu

Infant e-birth identification launch nears

The Hon. Minister of Home Affairs & Immigration, Hon. Pendukeni Iivula Ithana said that the new e-birth identification system for Namibia will be launched next week. Speaking a day before the 3rd ID4Africa Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa at the Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek from 26-27 April 2017. Iivula Ithana said that the home grown solution will also be launched at the ID4 Africa meet-up where over a 100 international companies will exhibit and demonstrate their latest innovations in identity technologies and solutions, all adapted for Africa. ID4Afrika will also launch a full day symposium that...

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Kombat on the verge of re-opening after positive assessment of resources

Trigon Metals announced last week an updated mineral resource estimate for the Kombat Mine of 6.26 million tonnes at 2.97% copper grading, 1.00% lead and 20.99 g/t silver, at a cut-off grade of 0.77% copper. The Kombat Mine is situated near Otavi in the southern section of the Otavi Valley between Otavi and Grootfontein. The company said in a statement it intends to make use of the extensive existing infrastructure to bring the Kombat Mine back into production, both in terms of the near-term surface mining and ultimately the underground operations. President and CEO of Trigon, Stephan Theron said...

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Informal food vendors get training on food safety and value addition

The Agro Marketing Trade Agency (AMTA) together with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conducted workshops in Rundu and Ongwediva on food safety to informal food vendors. The training sessions were held at the Rundu Fresh Produce Business Hub in Rundu and at the Ongwediva Fresh Produce Business Hub in the first week of April. A total of 21 informal traders were trained at Rundu while 19 were trained in Ongwediva. The theme was “strengthening controls of food safety threats, plant and animal pests and diseases for agricultural productivity and trade in Southern Africa”. The initiative sensitized food traders...

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500 years of Reformation celebrated with a commemorative stamp

The three Lutheran churches in Namibia will be commemorating 500 years of Reformation which is internationally celebrated on 14 May in Windhoek. NamPost has issued a first day cover, a single stamp souvenir sheet and a post card stamp taking up the commemoration of 500 years of Reformation. A total of 3,300 first day covers, 20,000 single stamp souvenir sheets and 15,000 post cards were issued. A special date stamp canceller with the date 14 May 2017 – the Sunday of the Global Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, will be released and will be used during...

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UN study confirms how severely commodities slump impacts fiscal income

A study released this week by the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) found that Namibia, among other low to middle-income countries, are 50% export dependent on minerals with the exception of coal. The researchers, Alan Roe and Samantha Dodd say in the report that even if they were to focus only on minerals and ignore oil and gas, there are some 35 relatively low-income countries where extractive activity is of great importance to national wealth. There are also four higher-middle-income countries, again featuring Namibia with Botswana, Suriname and Mongolia, among the 50 countries recording...

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Entrepreneurship Regional Workshop set for June

The Student Entrepreneurs Programme (SEP) which was held this week in Windhoek brought together officials from all 14 regions to discuss the Entrepreneurship Regional Workshop which is planned to take place in June 2017. The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Deputy Minister, Dr Becky Joze-Ojo who was present said that the purpose of the meeting was to inform the Governors about the envisaged regional entrepreneurship workshop as well as to solicit input from them and encourage more involvement in the initiative. According to Joze-Ojo, the aim of the Regional workshop is to provide quality and equitable tertiary...

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Proposed upgrade of Tsumeb Smelter likely to spell job cuts

Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb’s future as a substantial employer is at risk due to capital intensive investments into more efficient means of processing copper concentrate. This is according to a notice published this week that Dundee will soon start an Environmental Impact Assessment  by SLR Environmental Consulting which forms part of an Amendment Process for the proposed Upgrading and Optimisation of the Tsumeb Smelter. SLR said the proposed upgrade is one of the later phases of an improved expansion facility that has already required substantial capital investment. “With additional custom concentrates available worldwide and areas for operational improvements identified, Dundee...

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First results come up positive for Langer Heinrich type uranium mineralisation

Deep Yellow Limited (DYL) announced this week that more drilling currently happening in the Namib Naukluft National Park holds good promise for finding more sizeable uranium deposits. The first stage of a 10,000 metre drilling plan started last month on EPL3496 and EPL3497 by Deep Yellow’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Reptile Uranium Namibia. “Deep Yellow Limited is pleased to report encouraging initial drilling results being returned from the site,” the company said in a statement released this week. According to Deep Yellow, the EPLs which are in good standing and are valid until 05 June this year were originally granted to...

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