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Week in Review - 24 March 2018

Wednesday marked the celebration of Namibia’s 28th year of independence and saw Namibians from all walks of life come together on Tsumeb’s Oscar Norich Stadium to commemorate the day. Speaking to almost 5 000 attendees, President Hage Geingob called on Namibians to join hands in order to create the conditions for broad-based economic growth: Following the controversy of the TRUSTCO Holdings advert published earlier this week stating that women look good in boardrooms and challenging them to stand among the best men has generated a backlash from feminist groups, who have dubbed it highly offensive. And the Windhoek City Police has announced that they have received the Type Approval Certificate from Namibia Standard Institution for their speed law enforcement equipment. As a result, the city Police will once again enforce speed limits throughout the City. Drivers are therefore cautioned to adhere to the relevant speed limits at all times. 
South African Tiger Brands has put the expected costs of recalling products by its subsidiary Enterprise Foods as a result of fears over the listeriosis outbreak at a minimum of R.380 million; Tuesday morning saw the suspension of the commissioner of the South African Revenue Service, Tom Moyane, with immediate effect. This was the result following a meeting between South African President, Cyril Ramaposa and Moyane where Moyane refused to resign. And now the suspended SARS head is threatening legal action over his, what he claims unfair suspension. In other South African News, The Families of the 144 psychiatric patients who died after being transferred from Life Esidemeni to unregistered charities in South Africa will be awarded R1.2 million each in compensation. And a study by the South African Institute of Race Relations has revealed that there is an improvement in race-related issues in the country. Seventy-seven per cent of black respondents say they have not personally experienced racism.
On Wednesday, 44 African Countries signed an agreement establishing a free trade area seen as vital to the continent’s economic development. Nigeria is notably absent from the signatories after President Muhammadu Buhari pulled out of this week’s launch in Rwanda saying he needed more time for consultations at home. In Zimbabwe, the country has sought to open participation to the country’s economic sectors by legally making changes to the country’s empowerment laws, while President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday granted amnesty to atleast 3000 prisoners in a move to de-congest the country’s prisons. 
Big internet companies and small software developers alike are likely to face scrutiny over how they share customer information in the wake of the scandal involving Facebook inc and the British election consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. You know the story right? Lawmakers in the United States and the EU have called for probes into how Facebook allowed Cambridge Analytica to access data on 50 million users and use it to help the election campaign of US President Donald Trump? 
In other international news, Scotland’s top court gave a favourable ruling on Tuesday to a legal case brought by anti-Brexit campaigners seeking to obtain a court opinion that Britain could unilaterally reverse Brexit if it wanted to; from Austin it is reported that a suspect in a series of deadly bombings that killed two and injured five in the US state of Texas, has blown himself up, and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of using this year’s Soccer World Cup in his country as a public relations exercise akin to how Hitler used the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. 
And finally: The ashes of renowned theoretical physicists’ professor Stephen Hawking will be buried at Westminster Abbey. A history teacher who was videotaped telling his student that only dumb people join the US military was fired on Wednesday by the suburban Southern California school district and the World will switch off their lights and non essential appliances on Saturday night at 20:30 for one hour to Mark Earth Hour in support of the World Wide Fund for Nature’s fight against climate change. 

Week in Review - 16 March 2018

Following the outbreak in South Africa that claimed over 180 lives – the first listeriosis case in Namibia was diagnosed in Tsumeb on Monday. The 41-year-old patient was transported to the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek, where he is currently receiving treatment. The minister of Health and Social Services has since warned the public, especially in Tsumeb to refrain from consuming any processed meat products from South Africa. In other local news from this week - President Hage Geingob on Monday announced that International Workers Day or May Day will also be the day for the National Clean-up Campaign, while the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation said the passing on of veteran diplomat and struggle veteran, Nora Schimming-Chase has left an indelible mark in the country’s history.

In South Africa, an ATM pharmacy that gives patients with chronic illness their repeated medication in under three minutes was launched in Alexandra, Gauteng. According to Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa – the pharmacy dispensing unit has been created to cut waiting times at clinics. In other news from Gauteng, Sentencing proceedings of former real estate agent, Vicki Momberg resumed in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg Friday Morning. She was found guilty last year of four counts of crimen injuria, following her racist rant towards a black police official after an alleged smash-and-grab in Northriding. And on Tuesday, the South African Government allocated six-billion Rands to be shared by the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape, following the announcement that the drought affecting the three provinces is a national disaster.

In Ethiopia, due to accidental shooting by soldiers, nine civilians died in Ethiopia’s restive Oromia region – home to it’s largest ethnic groups and regardless of his outstanding sentence of three years imprisonment over a property deal, exiled Congolease opposition leader Moise Katumbi launched a campaign on Monday to be elected president in polls scheduled for December, unveiling his new ‘Together for Change’ party in South Africa.

From Miami - a newly installed pedestrian bridge over a-six-lane highway at Florida International University in Miami collapsed Thursday evening. At least four people have died and ten injured. According to reports the bridge connected the college to a student housing area in the city of Sweetwater, had long been requested by students and staff so they could avoid the traffic below. In Other news - the United Nations received over 130 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse last year and nearly half were against UN peacekeeping missions. The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election has found no evidence of collusion by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. And from Germany, the party forming the new German coalition have formally signed the document outlining their plans for government, putting an end to six months of political deadlock in Europe’s   biggest economy.

Finally, a new study has suggested that smoking can increase the risk of hearing loss. Carried out by Japan’s National Centre for Global Health and Medicine, smokers had a one-point-two increased risk of developing low-frequency hearing loss, and a one-point-six increased risk of high-frequency hearing loss, when compared with non - smokers. And on Tuesday the world said good bye to the brilliant theoretical physicist Stephan Hawking, who died at the age of 76, while famous French designer, Hubert de Givenchy died at the age of 91.





Week in Review - 10 March 2018

On Thursday, Namibian women in leadership gathered in the capital to celebrate International Women’s Day. Organised by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the day was celebrated under the theme  ‘From peace in the home, to peace in Namibia’. 
In other local news, the Gross Domestic Product growth for 2017 is estimated to be at a mild contraction of 0,4 per cent. The Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein said this when he tabled the 65 billion Namibian dollar 2018/2019 National Budget in the National Assembly on Wednesday. 
Meanwhile, the Bank of Namibia has taken note of the rising interest in crypto currencies in the country. However, in in order to provide clarity on the Bank’s position, the bank wishes to reiterate that it does not recognize crypto currencies as legal tender in Namibia.
In South Africa, The Free Market Foundation believes Tiger Brands’s Enterprise Foods and RCL Foods might not survive the current listeriosis scandal. A total of 948 laboratory-confirmed cases of the food-borne disease and 180 deaths were recorded from January last year to March this year with the World Health Organisation actually calling the outbreak the largest ever recorded globally.
On Thursday, the DA laid charges of money laundering and corruption against India’s Bank of Baroda following a report by the Organized Crime and Corruption Project that the bank deliberately laundered money on behalf of the Gupta family…
And following a chainsaw attack, a fund-raising campaign to help triathlete Mhlengi Gwala raise funds for his operations, saw South African’s join forces to raise over 600 thousand Rands.  
In your international news - Mississippi, lawmakers are on the brink of approving a measure that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks. French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday marked International Women's Day with a pledge to ‘name and shame’ companies that pay women less than men for the same work. And a Danish submarine inventor goes on trial in Copenhagen today for the death of a Swedish journalist, described as one of Denmark’s most gruesome and horrific murders.
And finally, after years of seeking face to face talking with consecutive US Presidents, Donald Trump agreed to meet Kim Jong-un by the end of May after the North Korean leader requested a meeting with the American President.