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Week in Review - 02 December 2017

We learned on Monday that President Hage Geingob and his Team Harambee had won in a clean sweep at the Swapo party congress elections that took place on Sunday, following which the President called for unity among the party and expressed the wish that never again would a congress see the level of animosity and resentment experienced this time round. A Norwegian scientist confirmed that pilchard numbers have decreased in Namibian waters, which he said was no doubt due to over-fishing in the past, meanwhile the Namibian Professional Hunters Association strongly condemned a decision by their South African counterparts to allow the hunting of so-called 'canned lions' calling the decision unethical.
In other local news, Windhoek residents were informed that the City of Windhoek will not be taking water meter readings between December 27th and January 15th and encouraged people to self-read and submit their readings via SMS – for details on how to do this visit the Radiowave Network News Facebook page. The Ombudsman also released a report showing that racism was rife in Namibia, and seemingly at the same time lost his patience with ministries, saying that he would take them to court if they failed to act on his recommendations.
In South Africa, President Jacob Zuma, reacting to the latest ratings downgrade to junk status by Standards & Poor's on Friday, called on a committee to show him progress on plans to cut government spending and raise taxes, two independent South African aviation groups, Airlink and Safair, have applied to the Competition Commission for approval to merge, Eskom distanced itself from a seeming rush to nuclear power, allegations surfaced that MultiChoice, apart from making a questionable payment to the Gupta family, was involved in a controversial deal with the SABC and paid kickbacks to influence government policy in its favour – allegations the company has strongly denied. Also in South Africa fathers had cause to celebrate as Parliament approved a new bill that will among other things give them the right to 10 days' paid paternity leave.
News from Africa was dominated by the EU-Africa Business Forum that opened in Côte d'Ivoire on Monday and was intended to focus on job creation and investment in young people, though the forum was threatened to be overshadowed by talk of the slave markets uncovered in Lybia. During the Forum it was announced that France would set up a billion euro fund for small and medium-sized African businesses, and the African Development Bank launched the Presidential Youth Advisory Group made of nine members under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to the creation of employment opportunities for African youth. In other big news from the continent, Zimbabwean protest pastor Evan Mawarire was found not guilty of subversion in a case stemming from ex-President Robert Mugabe's time in office, Amnesty International claimed to have documents pointing to complicity by Royal Dutch Shell in crimes committed by the Nigerian military in the 1990s, and French President Emmanuel Macron promised to declassify secret French files on Burkina Faso's assassinated leader Thomas Sankara.
Further afield we spent the week anxiously watching Bali's Mount Agung volcano as it continued to threaten imminent eruption, Pope Francis visited Myanmar where he called for unity but avoided upsetting the government by using the term Rohingya to describe the persecuted Muslim minority, meanwhile the country's de facto leader Aun San Suu Kyi was stripped of the “Freedom of Oxford” award over her failure to speak out on the abuse, the largest genetic study of mosquitoes has found that they are rapidly developing resistance to insecticide – threatening the fight against malaria, in rather bizarre news a Bosnian Croat accused of war crimes drank poison in court at the Hague after learning that his 20 year sentence was to be upheld, and finally in good news, the Australian state of Victoria has voted to legalise assisted dying within certain caveats. 

Week in Review - 18 November 2017

It's been all about Zimbabwe this week as the army staged a coup that wasn't a coup, Grace Mugabe fled the country to Namibia and was put up at Hage Geingob's house but also wasn't because she was firmly under house arrest in Harare, Robert Mugabe agreed to step down and was going to announce his resignation on Thursday but then didn't and it turned out he wasn't actually prepared to let go of power just yet. The only thing that we know for sure at the moment when it comes to Zimbabwe is that we know nothing for sure and that while everything carries on it is best to question whatever we read on the internet as Zanu-PF and even the Zimbabwe Government itself seem to be being represented by various different Twitter handles all saying different things and ALL claiming that they are the official one.
Coming back to Namibia, while the Russians are being accused of funding an army of fake news creators and bots to influence elections in various countries across the planet Namibians were on Thursday given a stark reminder to not immediately believe everything you hear as a mob formed outside of the house of a man accused of participating in child-trafficking activities. Police were called in to calm the situation, and presumably to save the man's life and in the end it turned out that there were no bodies inside the house, that the man was not involved in any abductions, and that the entire story had been made up by young boys who had been caught throwing stones at the man's house earlier in the day.
In other local news involving the police, a gang of criminals from South Africa and Zimbabwe found out the hard way that Namibia's police force is not to be taken lightly when they were arrested shortly after their brazen day light robbery at the Westlane shopping centre in Pioneerspark Ext. 1. Well done Nampol!
Still in Namibia the Ministry of Environment and Tourism said that the lions which killed 86 goats and sheep in the Torra conservatory will be moved, a Chinese individual was robbed of at least N$ 500 000 cash and other valuables and the very next day Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein berated tax evaders and defaulters, sadly we also learnt that a Potuguese tourist was hit and killed on the road to the Hosea Kutako airport after she, her husband, and her father had stopped to look at a tortoise they had seen crossing the road.
In South Africa there was speculation that President Jacob Zuma was going to strong-arm a fee-free education model but instead he released the Heher commission report which stated that there was no money available for fee-free higher education, among other things, as water remained a hot topic in the Western Cape the regional government first denied that the town of Beaufort West had run dry and then explained that while water savings undertaken had pushed Cape Town's so-called 'Day Zero' back only half of Capetonians were actually saving water. There was also a shock announcement that three South African universities, including UCT, were set to lose their law qualification accreditations.
Angola proved this week that Zimbabwe was not the only SADC country seeing changes as new president Joao Lourenco fired Isabel dos Santos as chair of the state oil company Sonangol, while we also learnt that UN-backed peacekeepers have lost enough guns and ammunition in sub-Saharan Africa over the past two decades to arm and army.
Australia deserved all the praise this week as the results of a non-binding postal vote on allowing gay marriage returned a resounding yes, but there was sad news too as more than 300 people were killed and thousands injured in an earthquake that hit near the Iran/Iraq border, and in Brazil thousands of women had to march to protest congress wanting to make abortion illegal without exception.

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:
Walvis Bay
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.