Calle Schlettwein

Second desalination plant in offing

Second desalination plant in offing

Tujoromajo Kasuto Government is currently engaged in negotiations with the private sector to set up a new desalination plant as a joint project by four uranium mines, Chamber of Mines of Namibia Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Veston Malango has revealed. ‘’The mines have joined forces together to make a proposal to the chamber of mines, expressing their desire to invest in such a desalination plant. We are not in the business of making and selling water because that is the prerogative of Namwater. If the private sector is allowed to build a desalination plant like the current one, we believe…
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Emergency power generator saviour for Rundu water woes

Emergency power generator saviour for Rundu water woes

Eba Kandovazu WEEKS after Rundu residents have been without running water, an emergency power generator has finally been dispatched to Rundu from Walvis Bay and water has been restored Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Calle Schlettwein, says. Schlettwein adds that a team was on site to repair the damaged transformer, which he says coincidentally broke after NamWater by-passed the water meter and restored unhindered water supply after a water shortage was reported at the town. The NamPower transformer supplies power to Rundu and NamWater pumps feed the town with water. "This has resulted in the unintended continued stoppage…
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5000 cattle infected with FMD, 150 dead in Zambezi

5000 cattle infected with FMD, 150 dead in Zambezi

Eba Kandovazu A TOTAL 5000 cattle have been infected by the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the Zambezi region, since its detection in May this year. A total 150 cattle have died as a result, Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Minister, Calle Schlettwein, has announced. Schlettwein says this is despite the higher vaccination coverage in the infected herds, adding that infection rates remained high among the vaccinated cattle, which is an indication of the presence of a different FMD virus variant, which was confirmed to be a new FMD virus serotype O in August, the first time in the…
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Swartbooi threatens to report PM to ACC

Swartbooi threatens to report PM to ACC

Andrew Kathindi Landless People’s Movement (LPM) leader, Bernardus Swartbooi, is threatening to report Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) over allegations that she illegally occupied a farm which she sold to Government. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform approved the purchase of two farms belonging to the Prime Minister to the tune of N$14 million. Swartbooi alleged that the Prime Minister illegally occupied the farms that were originally placed under her portfolio, but meant to be rehabilitated for resettlement of generational workers from the San Community. “Once we have acquired each and every part of…
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Public financial disclosures a mixed bag

The minister of agriculture, water and land reform, Calle Schlettwein is to be applauded for his financial disclosures. He followed the rules with integrity and good intentions. However, we question how democracy is strengthened in Namibia by one member making such a detailed disclosure. The rules of financial disclosure by ALL in Parliament are not being followed. And, financial information is being reported salaciously. This is not the reason behind disclosure. Financial disclosure of assets is only useful in deciding if legislation before the Parliament is in conflict with the personal assets of MPs. How the minister financed the renovation…
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Calle in land ownership dilemma

Calle in land ownership dilemma

...as AR petition is tabled in Parliament Andrew Kathindi Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Calle Schlettwein says foreign land ownership in Namibia should not be allowed, but can only be enforced with new regulations. Schlettwein said currently his ministry was being guided by the resolutions of the second land conference, held in 2018, where some of the pertinent topics discussed included resettlement policy and criteria, land allocation and administration and the expropriation of agriculture land. “But we must distinguish between different categories of land. Our reading is that the prohibition is primarily for agricultural land. Industrial development is…
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