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Establishment of a National SPCA of Namibia

Although the SPCA of Namibia (previously SPCA of S.W.A) was established on the 1 September 1949, and several branches subsequently followed afterwards, the different SPCA's always functioned separately & independently.
 
We are now truly proud to confirm that at last night's historical Special General Meeting it was unanimously voted that 8 branches will stand united under the national umbrella of the SPCA of Namibia - WO6:
Windhoek
Walvis Bay
Keetmanshoop
Otjiwarongo
Tsumeb
Grootfontein
Luderitz
Oshana
 
Branches who chose not to be part of this national body will then have to change their names - where applicable - and will not be allowed to use any part or abbreviation of the SPCA/Dierebeskermingsvereniging name &/or logo.
 
Main reasons for forming this national body is:
1. National jurisdiction to be  able to handle cruelty cases all over Namibia as a national body with more strength in expertise, means & manpower - as per our name, mission & vision.
2. Supporting structure for all branches: knowledge & expertise in different specialised areas, adhering corporate governance, financial, buying power, training, 1 constitution, consistency, national branding & marketing, software & operating systems, proper documentation & procedures etc.
3. Confirming to legal requirements as per Min of Health & Social Services and that of a Welfare Organisation.
4. Annual financial statements for more credibility & transparency
 
The SPCA of Namibia will consist of an Executive committee. 
 
At [the] meeting the following people were voted in the respective seats:
1. Kerrie Mostert - Chairperson
2. Donnovann Harmse - Vice Chairperson
3. Christa Jurgens - Treasurer
4. Sylvia Breitensein - Secretary (also representing Windhoek)
5. Monique Redecker - CEO 
 
Other members:
6. Gavin Brasler - Walvis Bay
7. Tim Probart - Keetmanshoop
8. Vicky Hu - Otjiwarongo
9. Aisha Pitsch - Tsumeb
10. Martie Vermeulen - Grootfontein
11. Elize Swartz - Luderitz
12. Wilmarie Horn - Oshana
13. Johann Maritz - Windhoek
14. Sigi Teetz - Windhoek
 
It was also voted & accepted to change the current logo's of the other branches to look similar to the newly designed logo of SPCA Windhoek. Each with their unique colour & name. Proudly designed & sponsored by Nelett Loubser of Kunshuis. Soon to be released.
 
The SPCA of Namibia will also have their own members, where these members will have the right to have a say in the national constitution by means of voting. All branches will still have their own members as well, and any individual/company can be a member of as many branches of his/her choosing. 
 
The different membership fees of the national SPCA of Namibia are as follows: 
1 year - N$500 per person - N$50 per youth (under 18*)
10 years - N$3000 p.p
Lifelong - N$7,000 p.p
*No voting right.
 
One of the many challenges will be our own national SPCA of Namibia Constitution. It was accepted by all to use the current constitution of SPCA Windhoek for the interim period - with immediate crucial changes as required. The executive committee will then use this constitution & the NSPCA constitution of SA as a guideline for our future national constitution. It will be a long tough road where patience & determination is key, but one we as team will conquer.
 
During the process of collecting necessary information of all the branches, the CEO of SPCA  - Monique Redecker - realised that all branches are truly struggling, not only financially, but not having the know-how, manpower & utilities to carry out even the basic requirements of a SPCA. Most of the branches do not have their own property, vehicle, computers, printers, software, trained staff, no kennels etc. Therefore the need for funding - via donations & sponsorship - is crucial.
 
If you &/or company want to be part of this truly proud moment & historical event, you can donate much needed funds into the following account:
 
SPCA of Namibia
FNB Power Station Branch
Saving Account: 622 6322 8259
 
Funds received will be used to cover the following costs - and sponsorship of the different products - will also be appreciated:
1. Compiling of new Constitution
2. United new logo & branding: Signage & clothing
3. Training: Expenses to travel & stay in SA and then to train SPCA branch staff.
4. Vehicle/travelling expenses to resepctive branches
5. IT related products: hardware & software, internet/wi-fi
6. Printing of official documentation
7. Stationery
8. Training material
9. Staff remuneration
10. Setting up of website and many other unforeseen costs
11. National marketing campaign
 
We truly want to thank each everyone who will contribute in any way - including the media via exposure - to help this executive team reach our goals. As mentioned, it will be a tough & long process, but so needed & worthwhile. 
 
For any further information - please do not hesitate to contact Monique Redecker: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Week in Review - 11 November 2017

Windhoek residents have been asked to use as little water as possible this weekend due to NamWater interrupting the water supply to the city from Von Bach dam, while water is unlikely to run out there could be reduced pressure and even a slight colour change as the municipality will be operating the bore-hole system during this time. 
 
In other local news the DTA last weekend changed their name to the Popular Democratic Movement, the Minister of Environment and Tourism revealed that fewer rhino and elephants have been poached this year, the US government committed to a further N$435 million towards the PEPFAR programme to combat HIV/AIDS in the country, and opposition MPs walked out of parliament on Tuesday after refusing to discuss the Urban and Regional Planning Bill of 2017, saying all talks related to land should be avoided until after the planned land conference.
 
In South Africa deputy president Cyril Rampahosa broke with ANC tradition and announced his preferred leadership team should he be elected as the party's next leader, there were echoes of the Namibian situation as many expressed their fears following the granting of prospecting rights for Phosphate mining over huge areas of South Africa's continental shelf, President Jacob Zuma agreed to Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's request for the establishment of the judicial inquiry into tax administration and governance at the SA Revenue Services, an eight year old boy died after the ambulance he was being transported to hospital in was hijacked outside Cape Town, and everyone was still talking about Jacques Pauw's book 'The President's Keepers'.
 
In African news the Red Cross has admitted that its staff allegedly colluded in corruption amounting to 6 million dollars during the Ebola epidemic but that they are determined to bring the culprits to book and redeem the money, The Democratic Republic of Congo has finally announced a date for their much delayed elections, saying they will take place in December 2018, Liberia's Supreme Court ruled that the run-off election may not take place until complaint over alleged irregularities is heard while in Egypt the president ruled out any talk of the constitution being amended to allow him a third term, though as he has yet to serve his allowed second term he may still change his mind, there was fresh intrigue in Zimbabwe as President Robert Mugabe fired long-time ally Emerson Mnangagwa who had for a long time been seen as his likely successor, meanwhile Morocco's King Mohammed VI dashed all hopes that after finally having been readmitted to the African Union the topic of Western Sahara would be resolved, saying that the territory could at best hope for autonomy but that his country would never agree to its independence.
 
On Monday morning we woke to the news that there had been yet another gun-related killing spree in the United States as this time a gunman wearing a bullet-proof vest opened fire with an assault rifle on the congregation of a small town Texas church, killing 26 people and wounding at least 20 more. Things got worse in Yemen too as the Saudi-led coalition closed off all land, sea and air ports following a rebel-fired ballistic missile targeting Riyadh, shortly thereafter the UN urged them to end the blockade and allow life-saving humanitarian supplies to cross the border. Elsewhere in the world two young children were killed and three others injured in Australia after a car ploughed into their classroom, Germany's top court ordered parliament to recognise a 'third gender', schools were shut in Delhi as pollution hit nearly 30 times the World Health Organisation's safe level, and as Syria announced it was joining the Paris Agreement the United States was left as the only country in the world opting to stay outside the landmark treaty that hopes to hold global warming to a level 'well below' two degrees Celsius.

Week in Review - 04 November 2017

This week Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein presented his mid-term budget review and it turns out that while things aren't quite as bad as we thought they were they are still not good. The Minister explained that the economy is expected to improve and that government plans to make more money, which are both good things – we just have to see if they actually happen. He also though said that the budget would increase by just over N$ 4 billion, some of which local economists pointed out Namibia would have to borrow which could push the country closer to a downgrade by ratings agencies. Consumers could at least breath a sigh of relief as he stated that there is no plan to increase taxes but rather to improve collection and look at a presumptive tax on the informal sector.
 
In other local news the price of petrol and diesel increased, local boxer Wilbeforce Shihepo is to be tried for the death of two people following a motor vehicle accident he is alleged to have caused before fleeing the scene, sprint legend Frankie Fredericks appeared before a judge in Paris as part of a probe into graft allegation over the awarding of the 2016 Olympics to Rio, 2569 teaching positions were advertised, and the City of Windhoek approved the sale of land in the Havana settlement for the Khomas District Hospital as well two schools while also approving the development of a solar PV plant on vacant land south of Cimbembasia.
 
In South Africa a book published by veteran journalist Jacques Pauw added numerous fresh allegations of corruption and the peddling of influence to president Jacob Zuma's already long list of alleged transgressions though the so-called 'Teflon President' seemed non-plussed simply denying the allegations, but strangely, if they aren't true, not taking it further and suing Pauw and his publishers. Danny Jordaan broke his almost two weeks silence surrounding allegations that he raped former ANC member and singer Jennifer Ferguson by denying the allegations and explaining that he would not be discussing them outside a court of law, on Monday thousands of mostly white demonstrators marched to protest farm murders in what was dubbed #BlackMonday, and veteran politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi announced that he was retiring as leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party after having led it since its inception in 1975.
 
Somali once again bore the brunt of terrorist attacks with a raid on a popular hotel and the detonation of both a car and truck bomb on Sunday leaving more than 27 dead, while in Cameroon five children were killed and two other wounded after a “young girl” joined a game they were playing before detonating an explosive charge in an attack blamed on the local wing of Boko Haram. 
 
In New York a man in a rented pickup truck killed at least 8 people and injured another 11 when he drove down a busy bike path deliberately ramming into people. The driver was identified as originally from Uzbekistan, having immigrated to the US legally in 2010. Japan was left reeling following the discovery of 9 bodies, including two with their heads severed and dumped in a cool box, in a Tokyo flat. In India an explosion at a coal-fired power plant killed 18 people and injured up to 100, while reports surfaced that up to 200 people may have died following a tunnel collapse at North Korea's nuclear test site back in September. In other news the Catalan crisis continues and more and more men are being held accountable for sexual misconduct including at least 36 Tory MPs named in a so-called 'dirty dossier' released in the United Kingdom.
 
Finally, in some good news Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation Area is to be declared a Unesco Global Geopark, joining Morocco's M'Goun park as only the second Unesco Geopark in Africa.