New container terminal a strategic gateway – Geingob
Eveline de Klerk, 2019-08-05, New Era

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WALVIS BAY – President Hage Geingob said small and medium enterprises (SMEs) must take advantage of the new container terminal at Walvis Bay to augment the growth of their businesses and bring much-needed jobs to the country. The container terminal at the port is a strategic hub, he added. Geingob was speaking on Friday when he commissioned the N$4.2 billion new container terminal at Namport (Namibian Port Authority) that was constructed at the harbour town by China Harbour Engineering Company.

Geingob1A proud Geingob said it is up to Namibians now to ensure that the facility, constructed on 40 hectares of reclaimed land, is effectively utilised with increased throughput for the direct and indirect benefit of Namibia. The development is government’s single biggest investment to date and is part of its vision to transform the country into a super logistics hub due to its strategic position and its ability to allow landlocked countries access to international markets via the Atlantic Ocean. “Government made a promise to the Namibian people. A promise to bring about economic growth, job opportunities and prosperity to all Namibians. We are committed to this promise, on which we intend to deliver. Today is an indication that despite challenges, we are determined to build a united, developed and modern Namibian house,” Geingob said.  He said the new container terminal is yet another indication that Namibia as a country continues to make great strides towards achieving its developmental objectives as outlined in Vision 2030, National Development Plans (NDPs), fast-tracked by the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).

He added that the construction of the container terminal now makes Namibia one of the few countries that have undertaken such a project. These countries are Australia, Brazil, Dubai and the Netherlands. The completion of the container terminal expansion puts us on a firm trajectory towards realising our dream of transforming Namibia into an international logistics hub,” said Geingob. The President explained that Namibia is linked to neighbouring countries through various transport corridors, thus it should strive to capitalise on this immense investment by harnessing the vast potential of Southern African Development Community (SADC) neighbours that have no immediate access to the ocean. “We have since coined the term ‘sea-linked countries’, to refer to what we previously referred to as ‘landlocked countries’. The new container terminal now gives us the additional capacity to serve both local and regional requirements, with Namibia becoming one of the countries with major container terminals across the continent.”

Geingob expressed his appreciation to the current and previous boards of directors, management and staff of Namport for the strategic initiative to expand the container terminal at Walvis Bay harbour. “From today, Walvis Bay becomes a strategic gateway to the emerging markets of southern and west Africa, as well as those of Latin America for the whole of SADC. So, let us build a Namibia that will be the jewel of our continent. Let us, therefore, keep our economy going – moving products, moving people and making sure that the port of Walvis Bay, and Namibia as a whole, continue to offer world-class facilities,” Geingob said.

China Harbour Engineering Company was awarded the contract to reclaim 40 hectares of land from the sea to construct the terminal to increase the current container handling capacity of 350 000 containers to 750 000 per year at the port.

Former president Hifikepunye Pohamba who officiated the ground-breaking ceremony in 2014, as well as various cabinet ministers, also attended the commissioning of the terminal on Friday.

Over 250 000 registered to vote
Thursday, 1. August 2019, NBC

Electoral Commission of Namibia ECNAdvocate Notemba Tjipueja

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has registered 256 564 eligible Namibian voters. A total of 255 830 Namibians registered in the country while 734 registered at diplomatic missions abroad during the supplementary registration period from 8 to 27 July 2019.

The commission is consolidating the voters' registration data in terms of voters who have turned 18-years-old since 2015, those who have moved to other constituencies and voters who applied for duplicate cards.

A provisional voters' register will be prepared and displayed at designated venues countrywide and abroad from 2 to 6 September for all eligible registered voters and political organisations to inspect and object against the inclusion of the name of any person(s) on the national register that is not entitled or qualified to be registered as a voter.

After the conclusion of the objection period, the number of registered voters recorded during the supplementary registration of voters might change following the ruling by a magistrate.


H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia: "I call on all Namibians to honour the memory of Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi by holding hands and uniting under the banner of unity - under the roof of our Namibian House to say, never again shall the people of Namibia suffer under imperialist aggression; never again shall the people of Namibia suffer under racist violence; never again shall the people of Namibia be torn apart by tribal and ethnic conflict and never gain shall the people of Namibia have to cross many rivers of blood to achieve their freedom." Source: 

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President Geingob mourns Swapo stalwart Hanno Rumpf
New Era, Staff Reporter National Khomas, 2019-02-11


WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob joined the masses, the diplomats and those in government in expressing his sadness and sorrow at the passing away of Swapo stalwart and former Namibian ambassador to Germany and the Benelux countries, Hanno Rumpf.

Rumpf died on Friday, at the age of 60.

The President wrote on his Twitter page on Friday, saying, “I have learned with sadness about the untimely death of Comrade Hanno Rumpf. Namibia has lost an illustrious son, and Swapo is poorer without a Freedom Fighter of the calibre of Cde Rumpf. My condolences to the family, comrades, and friends. May his soul Rest in Peace.”

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said, “The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation has learnt with profound sadness of the passing of Ambassador Hanno Burkhard Rumpf.”

“Ambassador Rumpf has served Namibia and it’s people before independence and after independence with single minded dedication. He was a man of unbending principles. His bravery refused to be conscripted into the apartheid army of occupation to fight against his own people. For this, Hanno suffered ostracism by his friends. He was unyielding and fled the country to join the liberation struggle in exile,” she stated.

Nandi-Ndaitwah who is also the Deputy Prime Minister said, “Ambassador Rumpf was a consummate diplomat and skilful negotiator who served the Republic of Namibia with distinction as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, with concurrent accreditation to the Federal Republic of Austria and the United Nations in Vienna.”

“During his diplomatic tours, he endeared himself as a gentle giant both intellectually and through the warmth of his caring character to his peers and interlocuters at all levels. Through his unshaken and principled dedication and commitment to serving the people and government of Namibia, he distinguished himself as a forceful and ardent voice and promoter for socio-economic development, progress and well-being of the people of his country,” she stated.

Since his retirement in 2015, he continued to impart his vast knowledge and diplomatic expertise to the ministry and served as a member of the Namibia Association of Retired Ambassadors, until the time of his untimely death.

“Ambassador Rumpf was a man of peace and he was dedicated to the wellbeing of the Namibian people. He will be remembered as a hardworking, friendly person, whose dedication and commitment over his career has contributed towards shaping Namibia’s diplomacy and international relations, particularly in strengthening bilateral relations between Namibia and the EU, at an economic level,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah. Rumpf was among a small number of white Namibians who left the country to join Swapo in exile in the early 1980s. He went into exile during 1984. After independence, he served as permanent secretary at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (1990-1995), the Ministry of Trade and Industry (1995-1999) and the National Planning Commission (1999-2003). From 2003 to 2006, he was the Namibian ambassador to Germany. Before retiring in December 2015, he served as the ambassador to the Benelux countries, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and the European Union in Brussels.

Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation Namibia at AU-EU Ministerial Meeting in Brussles
22 January 2019

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Honourable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations of the Republic of Namibia participated in the AU-EU Ministerial Meeting, on 22 January 2019, in Brussels, Belgium.

The meeting aimed at enhancing the AU-EU Partnership as agreed during the 5th AU-EU Summit held in Abidjan in November 2017.

Foreign Ministers of the European Union and the African Union discussed three main themes:

  • political aspects: peace, security and governance
  • economic aspects: trade, investment, and economic integration
  • multilateralism: strengthening cooperation in support of a rules-based global order
They adopted the Joint communiqué of the EU-AU ministerial meeting.

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