Roundup: 7 December 2015

December 7, 2015, 9:31am

Tug of war over N$22m

By Shinovene Immanuel, the Namibian. Photo: the Namibian

BUSINESSMAN Vaino Nghipondoka and his business partners are embroiled in a tug of war on how the N$22 million they received as an out-of-court settlement from the government should be used.

In 2010, the government controversially agreed to allocate 12 hectares (around 12 average football fields) situated behind Maerua Shopping Mall in Windhoek to a firm called Atari CJIC consortium for free. The plot in question is erf 6067, which accommodates Centaurus High School and surrounding portions south of the mall.

The consortium consists of Atari Consulting Engineers which belongs to Nghipondoka, Johanna Shikongo, Thomas Nghipundjwa and Naeman Amaalwa, who own a combined 50% stake, while the other 50% is owned by China Jiangxi International, a Chinese state-owned construction company.

Read more in the Namibian

Lang Strand residents exposed

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue, the Villager Newspaper. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Hundreds of residents along the coast line are in danger of losing their properties because of rising sea levels due to policy loopholes that leaves them exposed to estate agencies who sell houses without notifying them of the dangers.

This comes amid revelations by National Geographic online site that scientific research indicated that sea levels worldwide have been rising at a rate of 0.14 inches (3.5 millimetres) per year since the early 1990s.  

Read more in the Villager Newspaper

Crocodile farm widens global reach

Article and Photo by New Era

The only functional commercial crocodile farm in Namibia located in the heart of Otjiwarongo has penetrated Asian and European markets, after a long battle to open up international markets.

Founded in 1980 the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch currently accommodates about 6 000 crocodiles, which are mainly harvested for their pelts and fillets.

The farm trades in crocodile products and protects Namibia’s vulnerable Nile crocodile population. It also provides a safe venue for visitors to see, touch and even taste crocodile meat.

The farm was established nearly 30 years ago to produce crocodile hatchlings for South African farmers, and to offer a different tourist attraction along the main route to and from Namibia’s northern regions.

Read more in New Era

105 000 suffer disabled despair

By the Namibian Sun

Low levels of access to the education system, as well as the absence of proper rehabilitation and vocational training for those with disabilities, has resulted in in some estimating the unemployment rate among Namibia’s disabled to be as high as 90%.

This is according to Vice-President Dr Nickey Iyambo, whose office is also responsible for the plight of the about 105 000 Namibians living with disabilities.

Read more in the Namibian Sun

Worse, catastrophic droughts on horizon – Shifeta

Article and photo by New Era Staff Reporter

The Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta yesterday said the current water scarcity, and recurrent and debilitating droughts, floods and loss of biodiversity in Namibia are a direct consequence of climate change.

Science indicates the worst droughts are yet to come if humans specifically in the first world do not reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Shifeta told New Era.

Climate change or global warming is the change in average global temperature over a period of time. This alarming phenomenon is caused by human induced greenhouse gas emissions from industries, agricultural activities, deforestation and burning of fossil fuels to produce energy.

Read more in New Era