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/ 23 May 2008

100 years of Namibian diamonds

From men inching along on their bellies in hot sand and grit whipped up by 90kph winds to satellite-guided ships manipulating 250-ton remote-controlled crawlers hovering around the ocean floor, Namibia’s diamond-mining industry has come a long way since 1908.

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/ 2 May 2008

The body and loot of Dias?

The final resting place of Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, who in 1488 was the first European to discover the Cape of Good Hope and open up the East Indian trade route, may have been found 500 years after his caravel disappeared in a storm off the south-west African coast in 1500.

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/ 1 May 2008

Centuries-old shipwreck found off Namibian coast

A hunt for diamonds along the coast of Namibia has led to the discovery of a shipwreck dating back about five centuries, with its booty of gold coins and bronze cannons still intact. A spokesperson for Namdeb, the company whose miners made the discovery last month, said the ship was believed to have been the oldest wreck to be discovered in sub-Saharan Africa.

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/ 4 April 2008

Multinational cuts and runs in Namibia

Five years after opening its arms to globalisation, Namibia is left nursing a R200-million hangover, polluted groundwater and thousands of angry workers after the showcase Malaysian textile plant Ramatex Berhad suddenly closed last month. Namibia rolled out the red carpet for Ramatex in 2002.

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/ 4 March 2008

Swapo not used to competition

Political violence has reared its head in northern Namibia’s political heartland of Owambo, where a new Namibian political party, the Rally for Democracy and Progress, is contesting a local election against the ruling party, Swapo. The election outcome is widely seen as an indication of the future of Namibian politics.

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/ 13 January 2008

Six die in Namibia air crash

Five tourists and their pilot have been killed in Namibia after their light aircraft crashed into a house on take-off, officials said on Saturday. The five dead tourists were identified as Israeli diamond-cutters, according to the Israeli-founded humanitarian organisation Zaka, responsible for the recovery and identification of body parts.

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/ 11 December 2007

SADC tribunal to rule on Zim farm eviction

A Southern African regional tribunal based in Namibia said on Tuesday that it would rule this week on an appeal filed by a white Zimbabwean farmer who was evicted from his land. ”We will deliver a ruling before the end of the week,” Judge Onkemetse Tshosa, president of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) tribunal, said.

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/ 28 November 2007

Swapo rally shadowed by new party threat

Namibia’s ruling Swapo party started its fourth annual congress in Windhoek on Tuesday, an event dominated by former president Sam Nujoma’s retirement from active politics and the formation of a new political rival. About 580 official delegates and many more invited guests will over the next three days affirm Swapo’s future leadership.

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/ 18 November 2007

Former Swapo stalwart launches new political party

A former Cabinet minister and senior stalwart of Nambia’s ruling party, Hidipo Hamutenya, launched a new movement in Namibia on Saturday, promising a different political vision and accelerated economic growth once in power. Hamutenya resigned from the ruling South West Africa Peoples’ Organisation (Swapo) and as a member of Parliament last week.

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/ 15 November 2007

Zim farmer takes case to SADC tribunal

A white Zimbabwean farmer is set to go to court in Namibia next week over attempts by the Zimbabwean government to seize his land, the first case to be heard by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) tribunal. William Michael Campbell (75) faces criminal charges in Zimbabwe for failing to vacate his farm.

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/ 30 October 2007

SA, Namibia discuss gas-field project

South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki held talks with his Namibian counterpart, Hifikepunye Pohamba, in Windhoek on Tuesday on a visit designed to boost cross-border trade and cooperation in the energy sector. The proposed development of Namibia’s offshore Kudu gas-field project was among the topics in the initial round of discussions.

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/ 11 September 2007

Namibian tourist minister warns of elephant danger

Namibia’s Environment and Tourism Minister, Willem Konjore, called on Tuesday on Namibians to exercise greater care in regions where elephants abound following the death of four people in the past six weeks in run-ins with the giant animals. Both locals and tourists should also avoid disturbing elephants in any way, the minister said.