Archive for the ‘Namibia’ Category

source: Mmegi

Development of the proposed Trans-Kalahari railway line (TKR) is critical for Botswana’s ability to unlock the potential of its coal resources.

That’s according to Gabaake Gabaake, permanent secretary for Botswana’s Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, who was interviewed by Miningmx at the Africa Down Under conference in Perth, Western Australia.

But Gabaake maintained any development would have to be driven by the private sector, with facilitation from the governments of Botswana and Namibia.

That view is challenged by sources at the conference, who feel that both governments will have to get involved directly in raising the funds needed.

The Botswana and Namibian governments are currently working on a feasibility study on the TKR project, while discussions are under way between various coal companies to undertake a bankable feasibility study. The proposed line would link to [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by VICTOR BAATWENG
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 00:00

Botswana and Namibia will this week defend the Kenyan and Malian proposals to extend the sale of Ivory from nine years to 20 years at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference, which is ongoing in Doha.

The Minister of Wildlife, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Kitso Mokaila told a group of journalists at a press conference last week that the Botswana government is totally opposed to Kenya’s plans of a 20-year moratorium on ivory trading.

Kenya announced last month that it will push for the amendment of the current annotation on the sale of Ivory. The East African nation will during this convention propose that the selling window be lifted from the agreed nine-year period and extended to a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Namibian (Windhoek)
Jo-Maré Duddy
16 September 2009

A N$190 million deal, which will buy a Chinese parastatal the majority of the shares in Weatherly International Plc (WTI), will allow the copper producer to reopen its Otjihase and Matchless mines towards the middle of next year.

“The chances are very good that the transaction will go through before the end of January 2010,” Weatherly Group Financial Director Kevin Ellis commented yesterday on a letter of intent (LOI), whereby the copper miner will issue 446,8 million shares to East China Mineral Exploration and Development Bureau (ECE) at 3,6 pence per share.

The US$26,8 million deal will ensure the semi-state-owned ECE of 50,1 per cent of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Namibian (Windhoek)
Adam Hartman
15 September 2009

“AS of today, Botswana is no longer landlocked,” the CEO of the Namibian Port Authority (Namport), Bisey Uirab, said after he and Botswana High Commissioner, Norman Molebege, signed a lease agreement for a Botswana dry port in Walvis Bay on Friday.

The 36 000m’ land adjacent to the south end of Walvis Bay’s harbour and railway station will allow Botswana to have a direct link via the Trans-Kalahari corridor to a harbour.

At its new dry port, Namibia’s eastern neighbour can now collect, store and distribute cargo. According to Uirab, about 5 000 tonnes of cargo were imported and exported for Botswana, via Walvis Bay’s harbour, last year.

Until now Botswana had to make use of South African ports, which was costly, both financially and time wise, according to Botswana Permanent Secretary for Works and Transport Carter Morupisi.

Most of Botswana’s import and export trade is with Europe. “Walvis Bay is strategically the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE
Staff Writer

Botswana and Namibia yesterday signed an agreement to start a railway line that will connect Botswana to the sea coast of Walvis Bay.

Both countries represented by their Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Transport agreed to kick-start a feasibility study that will determine how the railway line would be aligned as well as the cost implications of the exercise, the officials said today.

Namibia’s Permanent Secretary for Transport, George Simataa, described the agreement as a significant progress. “We have even made the appointment of a consultant to start work possibly in July this year, and both countries are committed to financing the project,” Simataa said today after the agreement was completed.

The PS added:”Rail is an economical mode of [continue reading]

source: News24
12/04/2009 21:55 – (SA)

Windhoek – Deadly flooding in parts of Namibia has left thousands of people homeless and in need of food and shelter, aid workers and officials said on Sunday.

In the northeast of the country, at the border with Zambia and Botswana, the situation was still disastrous, with water levels rising, said the government’s chief hydrologist Guido van Langenhove.

And there were fears that heavy rains in Angola might bring more flooding south into northern Namibia.

“Satellite images are indicating this,” said Van Langenhove.

More than 5 000 people had taken shelter in tents on higher ground at [continue reading]

source: Voice of America
By Joe De Capua
Washington D.C
06 April 2009

Humanitarian officials are warning that flooding in parts of southern Africa will get worse in the coming weeks. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has issued the warning for Namibia’s northeastern Caprivi region.

Matthew Cochrane is communications manager for the federation. From Johannesburg, he spoke to VOA English to Africa Service reporter Joe De Capua about how the flood regions are being monitored.

“We work very closely with a number of scientific partners, including NASA, the United States space agency. And we’re seeing now…this flooding around Lake Liambezi, which straddles Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and Botswana. So we’re seeing the water beginning to rise around there. And we’re also see water in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
27 March 2009

Gaborone — Rain continues to lash countries along the course of the upper Zambezi River, aggravating already extensive flooding in Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, where crops and infrastructure have been destroyed. In Namibia at least 90 lives have been lost and 350,000 people affected.

Namibia has launched an operation to rescue schoolchildren marooned by floodwaters at a boarding school in the country’s northeastern Caprivi Strip.

Dorkas Kapembe-Haiduwa, secretary-general of the Namibia Red Cross, told IRIN: “Boats have been sent to the village, Muzee, but we don’t know have an idea of the numbers [of schoolchildren stranded].”

Rapidly rising water levels in the Zambezi, Chobe, Kwando and Linyati rivers meant more than 19,000 people have had to be evacuated from the Caprivi Strip and relocated to eight camps.

Relief efforts have been hampered by a shortage of tents for the displaced and about 6,000 people were without shelter, Kapembe-Haiduwa said. “The tents that are being used are old and [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 26 2009 at 09:20AM
By Frank Nyakairu

Lusaka – Zambia and Namibia face their worst floods in at least 40 years as rains swell the Zambezi River to record levels, destroying crops and swamping whole villages, disaster officials and aid workers said on Wednesday.

Zambia has put its air force on standby to airlift people to safety and Namibia has declared a state of emergency in flood-hit areas as waterways burst their banks in the narrow Caprivi Strip between Zambia and Botswana.

About 400 000 people have been affected on both sides of Namibia’s border with Angola alone, the international Red Cross movement said, adding that the number was likely to rise.

“We’ve heard some incredible stories,” Matthew Cochrane, a spokesperson for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said by telephone from [continue reading]

source: ASNS
Written by ASNS in Botswana
Sunday, 15 March 2009

Planned cooperation between Botswana and Namibia in telecommunications and postal services sub sectors are at advanced stage.

The two are exploring possible areas of cooperation to advance services to the citizens of the two countries.

Botswana’s Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology/ICT, Mabua Mabua is quoted talking to the government press agency that the telecommunications sector discussions sought to secure connectivity through different access points.

Mabua said currently communication between the two countries is channeled through the Mamuno border post and the Ngoma bridge border but the envisaged plan is to increase such points to effect efficient quality service.

Mabua also indicated that the meeting deliberated on collaboration for onward connectivity. He said that under the postal services sector, the meeting was the 1st of its kind to deliberate on this sector as they now feel it is time to establish direct links with Namibia.

Mabua said they are exploring possibilities of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
13 March, 2009

GABORONE – Subsequent to the Botswana/Namibia bilateral cooperation agreement that covered Information Communication Technology (ICT), a ministerial meeting between the two countries was held on Wednesday at GICC.

The meeting’s agenda was to discuss the telecommunications and postal services sub sectors with a view to exploring possible areas of cooperation to advance services to the citizens of the two countries.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology/ICT, Mr Mabua Mabua said the telecommunications sector discussions sought to secure connectivity through different access points.

Mr Mabua said currently communication between the two countries is channeled through the Mamuno border post and the Ngoma bridge border but the envisaged plan is to increase such points to effect efficient quality service. Mr Mabua also indicated that the meeting deliberated on collaboration for onward connectivity.

He said that under the postal services sector, the meeting was the 1st of its kind to [continue reading]

source: The Zimbabwean
Saturday, 13 December 2008

NAMIBIA and Botswana have arrested and deported several members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which has links with the al Qaeda movement, in a highly sensitive and secret operation. The Namibian is in possession of a highly confidential document forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the country’s High Commissioner to Botswana, Hadino Hishongwa, in which he revealed information about alleged infiltration of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood into the region.

The extent of the infiltration could not be verified with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or with High Commissioner Hishongwa, as neither replied to a list of questions submitted two weeks ago.

An official in Foreign Affairs said a file with the [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by SUNDAY STANDARD REPORTER
07.12.2008 7:51:43 P

A Namibian state-owned daily newspaper, the New Era, Friday accused Botswana of declaring war against Zimbabwe after Botswana officials were quoted as saying that the region should shut its borders against Zimbabwe to force Robert Mugabe out of power. The newspaper, whose views are meant to reflect the thinking of the Namibian government, said that Botswana’s call for complete closure of borders with Zimbabwe was ’a declaration of war’, adding that “brazen advocacy for regime change could escalate tension between the two countries”.

Although the Namibian government, a long time ally of the Mugabe administration, seems to have taken a position against Botswana, the international community, on the other hand, was this week closing ranks [continue reading]

source: BOPA
18 November, 2008

KASANE -. Assistant Minister of Finance, Mr Samson Guma, and his Namibian counterpart, Mr Tjekero Twenya, on Saturday toured Ngoma, Kanzungula and Ferry border posts to familiarise themselves with the nature of the traffic congestions persisting there.

In an interview at Ngoma, Mr Guma said they are desirous of reducing the congestion at the three border posts.

“We want to avoid congestion of trucks at these border posts and also reduce movement of heavy vehicles in the Chobe National Park,” he said.

Recently, Botswana announced its intention to buy a large pantoon to ferry vehicles across the Chobe River while still awaiting the construction of Kazungula bridge due in 2011.

He said about 20-25 trucks use the border posts daily, adding that this was a challenge facing the two countries.

He said as result of congestions and delays, social ills such as prostitution were common in those areas. “We have to be on the ground,” he said.

He said the two countries also had to find ways through which they [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
CHAMWE KAIRA

Namibia banned transportation through its territory of cattle and other live cloven-hoofed animals from Botswana because of the suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

Botswana has reported that five cattle in the Gantsi District showed foot and oral lesions normally associated with the disease, the ministry said in a statement from the capital, Windhoek, today. Botswana has also closed all the country’s abattoirs, it said.

“All cattle slaughter facilities, including the Botswana Meat Commission abattoirs in Lobatse and Francistown, are closed with immediate effect,” according to the statement.
Foot-and-mouth disease is an acute, highly contagious viral infection that inflicts cloven-hoofed animals. The disease can spread over great distances with movement of [continue reading]