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Urban Land Approval to Be Decentralised

By Sakeus Iikela

The time-consuming and bureaucratic procedures for urban land planning, development, approval and delivery will soon be reduced after proposals to decentralise the processes were made. Urban development minister Sophia Shaningwa this week introduced the urban and regional bill in parliament aimed at decentralising the bulk of the spatial planning functions from central government to recognised planning authorities. Once enacted, the proposed law will replace the existing regulations dealing with urban planning. These are the Township Planning Ordinance of 1954, and the Township and Division of Land Ordinance of 1963.

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How Walvis Bay is positioning itself to become the trade hub for Southern Africa

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It was in the late-nineties when former Namibian President, Sam Nujoma, began discussions around the initial plans for the US$618m twin projects at the port town of Walvis Bay. Fast-forward two decades, to July 2017, and there is a sense of anxiety as Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) CEO Bisey Uirab and port engineer Elzevir Gelderbloem, wait to receive their guest. At 88, the visitor to the port still looks sharp, a bit shorter than he did during the liberation struggle as he led the country towards independence in 1990. What is still the same is his signature infectious smile, broad and welcoming. You would mistake him to be the host. Nujoma is in town to visit the sites of the new container terminal and oil storage facility at the Port of Walvis Bay.

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Namibian Cosmetic Manufacturing Firm Aiming To Be A Global Success

By Ann Brown

Sandra Mwiihangele comes from a family that celebrates a long line of entrepreneurs going back generations. Mwiihangele, 29, is the founder of Kiyomisandz Beauty Products, a toiletry and cosmetic manufacturing company based in Windhoek, Namibia. Kiyomi (pronounced as Kee-yo-mee) means “pure beauty” in Japanese, and the significance of her name is apt considering her chosen industry. Born in Luanda, Angola, she loved the beauty industry from an early age. At 11, she won the gold medal at the Namibian Expo of Young Scientists competition for developing a top-quality matte lipstick.

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Tarina Du Plessis, the Namibian entrepreneur with an A-Z support system for small businesses

For many business startups, the list of things that need to be done and put in place to ensure a good foundation can be daunting. But entrepreneur Tarina Du Plessis, founder of SkyRidge Business Solutions, is on a mission to make it simpler. She is there to walk each step of the journey with her clients, making it less stressful and very much solution oriented.

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