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UN Namibia warns public about scammers

The United Nations (UN) System in Namibia (UN Namibia) would like to warn the Namibian public to beware of scams implying association with UN Namibia and its agencies and/or its programmes.
Recently, UN Namibia’s name was implicated in several identity fraud cases in Windhoek with fraudsters pretending to be representatives of UN agencies, namely the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Scams request detailed information and/or money from individuals, businesses or nonprofit organizations with the promise that the victims will receive funds or other benefits in return. Others ask for registration fees for conferences allegedly sponsored by UN agencies and for hotel reservations, again with the promise of certain benefits. Another type of scam proposes employment opportunities with UN agencies. These scams sometimes carry the UN logo, or logos of agencies of the UN System, and originate from or refer to e-mail addresses made to look like an agency or UN address.
UN Namibia wishes to warn the public of these misleading practices that do not originate from UN Namibia and are not, in any way associated with UN Namibia’s projects or events. UN Namibia strongly recommends that recipients of such solicitations verify
carefully their authenticity before sending any response.
In light of this, UN Namibia would like to request the Namibian public to alert UN Namibia by bringing suspect communications to our attention. UN Namibia and all its agencies would like to assure the Namibian public that:
• UN Namibia never asks for money for recruitment.
• UN Namibia does not charge a fee at any stage of its procurement process.
• UN Namibia does not charge registration fees for conferences or meetings.
• UN Namibia does not request or issue personal bank checks or any other type of money transfer at any stage of its procurement / recruitment process.
• UN Namibia does not request any information related to bank accounts or other private information prior to formal registration as a vendor.
• UN Namibia does not offer prizes, awards, funds, certificates, scholarships or conduct lotteries through telephone, e-mail, mail or fax.
Financial loss and identity theft can result from the transfer of money or personal information to those issuing such fraudulent correspondence. UN Namibia is not responsible for any such loss or theft.
Individuals suspicious of a scam are encouraged to report suspect communications to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security in Namibia (+264 61 2046111 / +264 81 1274629 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or to visit the UN House in Klein Windhoek, Namibia to verify claims. Victims of scams may also wish to report them to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

Matangara factory opens in Walvis Bay

A businessman from Swakopmund and his partners opened a N.dollars 70 million matangara processing factory at Walvis Bay on Friday.
‘Matangara’ is the Oshiwambo word for tripe.
The AfricanDeli factory imports tripe from Europe, cooks and packages it for the local retail market.
Currently they have traditionally prepared tripe in gravy and chilli sauce, but they plan to add other flavours such as curry and chakalaka later this year. 
They also plan to export the product in the near future.
Speaking to reporters at the launch, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Silvanus Kathindi said they also plan to chicken feet, trotters and lungs to their product line.
Fifty-five Namibians are employed at the factory as administration officers, cooks and labourers.
Kathindi said he realised the traditional food he grew up eating has become scarce, thus he opened the factory to preserve the culture.
He said they import the tripe because Namibia does not have the ability to supply the quantity they need.
The factory will initially process 100 metric tonnes of tripe a month, but this could increase as the market grows.
“We also do not want to kill the local market for those selling in small quantities in the street or butcheries, this is why we are sourcing from outside the country,” said the CEO.
Local suppliers are however welcome to approach AfricanDeli if their tripe is certified with the Namibian Standards Institution, which ensures the quality and standard of food, especially for the international market.
His message to aspiring entrepreneurs was that there are many business opportunities in Namibia which they can utilise.
“Do not be afraid to realise your dream. Just go for it with passion, perseverance and dedication,” he said.

Adult Sex Work Report Out for Public Comment

The long awaited report of the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) on adult prostitution was released on Friday.
The SALRC undertook the report with the aim of reviewing the fragmented legislative framework that currently regulates adult prostitution in the country. The report, which also explores the need for law reform in relation to adult prostitution, was approved by Cabinet in April.
The report, which took two years to complete, found that prostitution in South Africa is driven by a complex interplay of social and economic drivers that include poverty, inequality and unemployment.
It indicates that exploitation, particularly of women, is inherent in prostitution and depends on contingent external factors related to gender violence, inequality and poverty, and that such exploitation does not arise merely in response to the legislative framework.
The report concludes that changing the legislative framework could create an "extremely dangerous cultural shift", given the high rate of sexual crimes that are being committed against women and may render them even more vulnerable than at present.
The report also notes that the prevalence of prostitution in society and the inherent exploitation associated with it are primarily social phenomena, which reflect deep-seated economic and sexual inequalities.
This situation is perpetuated by the limitations in the laws that are supposed to deal with these social issues.
Despite mounting public and official concern about prostitution, the report found that South Africa has no clear strategy for dealing with prostitution, either on a primary and preventative level or on a secondary and intervention level.
Policy recommendations on adult sex work
For this reason, the report contains both legislative and non-legislative recommendations. Two recommendations are to keep the practice totally criminalised or partially criminalising sex work.
The first option, which is to retain a totally criminalised legal framework, is coupled with an opportunity for people in prostitution to divert out of the criminal justice system so that they can access supportive resources and systems in order to exit prostitution, if they should choose to do so.
The second option, which favours the partial criminalisation of adult prostitution, criminalises all role players engaged in prostitution, with the exception of the person providing the sexual service.
Speaking at the release of the report on Friday in Pretoria, Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Michael Masutha said adult prostitution is an emotive topic that is fraught with complexities and unwavering viewpoints in its various forms and manifestations. These complexities include the definition of what constitutes prostitution.
"Many people have different opinions on the issue. Therefore, it is important that we take the initiative to consider public opinion on the legal framework around prostitution and that we mobilise society to contribute to finding a lasting solution - a solution within the ambit of the Constitution."
The Minister stressed that meaningful public consultation on the topic of adult prostitution is imperative.
He said while government has a constitutional responsibility to promote the values of human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms, it was not constitutionally bound to change the existing law and that the report was not a policy decision of government.
"Government is not constitutionally obligated or bound to change the existing law or to follow a particular model. It is a policy choice and there are a range of legal responses possible to address prostitution in open and democratic societies. A change of the law will only be embarked on if a policy decision has been made and [the] matter has been properly interrogated in Parliament."
Public consultation key to deciding way forward
Minister Masutha said it was important to get public comment on the report because changing the laws related to prostitution without the proper consideration of the impact thereof could leave those who do sex work more vulnerable.
"Within the current South African context, the debate around adult prostitution has been complicated by a number of socio-economic factors which include poverty, inequality, unemployment and crime."
Currently, the selling and buying of sexual services is criminalised in various sections contained in two separate laws, namely the Sexual Offences Act and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act. There are also various by-laws which directly or indirectly apply, such as certain municipalities using the "riotous behaviour" or "loitering" by-laws to remove or prosecute sex workers.
Government and other organisations advocating the rights of sex workers are of the view that the legislative proposals contained in the report will improve the present system as it applies to adult prostitution and ease some of the complex realities faced by South Africans engaged in prostitution such as the socio-economic marginalisation of women and the impact of the HIV/Aids pandemic.