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Thu 23 Oct 2014
 • SWAPO, the Namibian people love you but you continue to deceive them. What benefits is the government giving to the ordinary people of this country? Aren't foreigners in better positions than our own folks? And is it really necessary to sell land to the
 • THE suppliers of GO BLACK in Namibia are probably rushing to the banks with big smiles every day. Imagine a parliament with so many old tatekulus and their hair is still black. Time to join the black-haired elite.
 • GOVERNMENT must start doing something to legislate land prices in Namibia. These ridiculous prices are contributing to corruption. At present, I cannot afford land with my salary alone.
 • I WANT to know who is paying for Sam Nujoma's trip to the North to promote Swapo during the various star rallies? This must stop now.
 • MINISTER of Safety and Security Immanuel Ngatjizeko, can you launch an internal investigation into the events at the Otjiwarongo Police Station? Something there is very fishy.
 • MINISTER of Education David Namwandi, we need help at Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Secondary School because our principal and the superintendent of the hostel treat the pupils badly. We need your intervention, minister.
POLL
Should presidential candidates have public debates before the elections?

1. Yes, it will help us make up our minds.

2. No, it will have no effect on the outcome.

3. Maybe, but will Swapo agree this time?

4. No one cares!


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ECONOMIC NEWS | 2005-08-10
UN urges Botswana talks with Kalahari Bushmen
* ALISTAIR THOMSON
PRETORIA - A United Nations official called on Monday for talks between Botswana's government and San Bushmen moved off their Kalahari lands, but took a swipe at a campaign by a UK pressure group against diamond giant De Beers.
Botswana has relocated hundreds of San Bushmen from their
traditional hunting grounds in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
saying they must leave the reserve to benefit from education, water
and health services.
But UK-based Survival International says the relocations are to
free up land for diamond mining and has led a vocal campaign
against De Beers, picketing its store openings and accusing police
of torturing evicted San Bushmen, who have lived as
hunter-gatherers in southern Africa for thousands of years.

"I feel personally that it is important to push negotiations in
the interests of the San people and of all the people of Botswana,"
Rodolfo Stavenhagen, UN rapporteur for indigenous peoples, told
reporters during a visit to neighbouring South Africa.

"I hear from some of my sources that there are people certainly
in government who are ready to engage," he said.

"I would hope that such negotiations could take place as soon as
possible and that the wishes of the San not to be displaced from
the Central Kalahari (be respected)," he said.

The Botswana government says those who left the reserve did so
voluntarily, and officials have denied reports of torture.

Stavenhagen said he had received complaints regarding the
treatment of the San Bushmen, and hoped to visit Botswana.

"I think the San people in Botswana have a legitimate case in
terms of not being evicted from their homeland ...

which is the Central Kalahari Game Reserve," he said, although
he made clear he had not yet had direct contact with the Botswana
government and was not judging the merits of the case.

But Stavenhagen seemed to have little time for non-governmental
organisation (NGO) Survival International's campaign against De
Beers, which has sparked an increasingly acrimonious war of
words.

"In a way it has become a media event and that is very
unfortunate," Stavenhagen said.

"The interests of the San people are not best served by a public
debate between an NGO based in London and an international mining
company."

Survival International's campaign has touched a raw nerve in
Botswana, a largely desert country of just 1,7 million people whose
De Beers mines make it the world's top diamond producer by value,
accounting for nearly 80 per cent of exports, a third of gross
domestic product and nearly half government income.

The government and De Beers, 45 per cent owned by Anglo
American, deny any link between the relocations and diamonds,
saying even if there were viable deposits they would only need to
fence off part of the reserve to mine them.

Court hearings into the evictions began last year but have been
repeatedly adjourned due to legal delays and a lack of funds on the
part of the San Bushmen to pay their legal team.

The next session of the hearings is due to begin today.

-Nampa-Reuters


But UK-based Survival International says the relocations are to
free up land for diamond mining and has led a vocal campaign
against De Beers, picketing its store openings and accusing police
of torturing evicted San Bushmen, who have lived as
hunter-gatherers in southern Africa for thousands of years."I feel
personally that it is important to push negotiations in the
interests of the San people and of all the people of Botswana,"
Rodolfo Stavenhagen, UN rapporteur for indigenous peoples, told
reporters during a visit to neighbouring South Africa."I hear from
some of my sources that there are people certainly in government
who are ready to engage," he said."I would hope that such
negotiations could take place as soon as possible and that the
wishes of the San not to be displaced from the Central Kalahari (be
respected)," he said.The Botswana government says those who left
the reserve did so voluntarily, and officials have denied reports
of torture.Stavenhagen said he had received complaints regarding
the treatment of the San Bushmen, and hoped to visit Botswana."I
think the San people in Botswana have a legitimate case in terms of
not being evicted from their homeland ...which is the Central
Kalahari Game Reserve," he said, although he made clear he had not
yet had direct contact with the Botswana government and was not
judging the merits of the case.But Stavenhagen seemed to have
little time for non-governmental organisation (NGO) Survival
International's campaign against De Beers, which has sparked an
increasingly acrimonious war of words."In a way it has become a
media event and that is very unfortunate," Stavenhagen said."The
interests of the San people are not best served by a public debate
between an NGO based in London and an international mining
company."Survival International's campaign has touched a raw nerve
in Botswana, a largely desert country of just 1,7 million people
whose De Beers mines make it the world's top diamond producer by
value, accounting for nearly 80 per cent of exports, a third of
gross domestic product and nearly half government income.The
government and De Beers, 45 per cent owned by Anglo American, deny
any link between the relocations and diamonds, saying even if there
were viable deposits they would only need to fence off part of the
reserve to mine them.Court hearings into the evictions began last
year but have been repeatedly adjourned due to legal delays and a
lack of funds on the part of the San Bushmen to pay their legal
team.The next session of the hearings is due to begin
today.-Nampa-Reuters

         


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