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 • ARE we in a free country or are we just pretending to be? There are some people crying for freedom but we Namibians are denying them that. I am a born-free. Twenty-four years are not enough to start another war. Government, you are there to protect and
 • CAN someone tell this nation the grades of those 80 girls who took part in the Olufuko Festival? How many ministers, directors and other highly respected leaders in our society allowed their children to be initiated? The Namibian, just investigate five
 • IT IS the right time that NEKA advise the ‘struggle kids’ to behave. We all fought for this country but we never disturbed the leaders in their offices. Comrade Elijah Ngurare, stop behaving like a doll. The children must go home and wait for their oppo
 • I HAVE noticed something regrettable about some people (men and women) in this country. They are defaming other people’s names to get positions either in government or in parastatals. Mr President, Prime Minister, ministers and CEOs, always investigate
 • WHAT a shame on the Namibian government and its law enforcement unit, the police. The ‘struggle kids’ are not armed. Shame on the leaders. I wonder what would have happened if it was one of your daughters covered in blood like Frieda Ndatipo.
 *SHAME on you, Hage Geingob, you are now sympathising with Frieda Ndatipo’s family and fellow ‘struggle kids’ while you said the ‘struggle kids’ are not special. Were you waiting for such a fatal incident to occur before you react?
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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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