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August 21, 2015, 8:42am

System of recognition of chiefs unfair – Maamberua

Swanu president Usutuaije Maamberua has called for a national conference to review the laws and systems pertaining to the recognition of traditional authorities.

Speaking at a Swanu meeting this past weekend at Otjiwarongo, he said the system of recognising traditional authorities has become a very serious source of conflict and tension within traditional communities. “This is all because government has not been fair in the process, or has deliberately misinterpreted the rules of the game in order to benefit the ruling party,” he said.

There are currently 50 traditional leaders recognised by government and dozens of others seeking recognition...


Skorpion, MUN resolve labour dispute


Skorpion Zinc Mine yesterday said it had reached an agreement with the Mineworkers’ Union of Namibia (MUN) and that employees who were on strike are back working twelve hours a day, instead of nine hours.

This follows four weeks of industrial action involving almost 400 workers, which reportedly cost the mine N$26 million after the workers resorted to working nine-hour shifts, instead of 12 hours.

Skorpion and MUN have since resolved the main bone of contention, which was the workers’ demand to work nine-hour shifts. It was agreed that the workers would work 12-hour shifts for seven days a week and then take seven days off after completing the seven-day shift.

“Skorpion Zinc has reached a final settlement with union members, who had embarked on industrial action on July 20 to protest against working hours, the corporate affairs manager, of Vedanta which owns the mine, Nora Ndopu said yesterday.

Skorpion Zinc and MUN reached an agreement, which includes a payment of N$13 million to all employees over 3 years, she said. The company also agreed to increase the shift allowance for employees performing continuous operations within the bargaining unit from 10 percent to 13 percent.

“We are delighted to have finally been able to find some common ground and reach a settlement. This has been a frustrating few weeks, but we have continued to work tirelessly to find a solution in the best interests of the company and all its stakeholders,” said Lance Williamson, acting general manager at Skorpion Zinc.

Furthermore, the parties also reached agreement on the issue of the company applying the ‘no work, no pay’ policy for the hours lost during the recent industrial action.

This means employees will not be paid for hours not worked, however the deductions will be spread over a 3-month period to reduce the impact, whilst simultaneously the workers will have an opportunity to recover lost income through an additional bonus scheme...

It’s show time …

This year’s edition of the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair kicks off today in Ongwediva with 440 local and international exhibitors expected to showcase their products and services during the event. Organisers say 35 international exhibitors from Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Japan and China will participate in this year’s trade fair, which the Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Immanuel Ngatjizeko will officially open tomorrow...


Courtesy New Era