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36 AFRICA Friday, October 13 2017 | NEW ERA Grieving... Ahmed Timol’s nephew, Imtiaz Cajee, testi- uncle. Photo: Nampa/AFP TRANSFER OF PPS LIFE AND DISABILITY ASSURANCE SCHEME NOTICE IN TERMS OF SECTION 36(3)(a) AND (4) OF THE LONG-TERM INSURANCE ACT, 1998 (ACT NO. 5 OF 1998), AS AMENDED Professional Provident Society Insurance Company (Namibia) Limited (“PPS Insurance Namibia”) (registration number (2003/122)) and Sanlam Life Namibia Limited (“Sanlam Life Namibia”) (registration number (89/269)) (collectively referred to as “the Applicants”) are both public companies with limited liability duly registered and incorporated as such according to the applicable laws of the Republic of Namibia. Both Applicants are registered insurers authorised to conduct long-term insurance business in terms of the Long-Term Insurance Act, 1998 (Act No. 5 of 1998), as amended (“the LTIA”). The Applicants (amongst others) have entered into a Termination Agreement whereby a book of long-term insurance business referred to as the PPS Life and Disability Assurance Scheme (“the Namibia Scheme”) will be transferred from Sanlam Life Namibia to PPS Insurance Namibia (“the Proposed Transaction”), which transfer is subject to the following regulatory requirements (suspensive conditions): 1. All approvals required by the Competition Act, 2003 (Act No. 2 of 2003) (“the Competition Act”) for the implementation of the Proposed Transaction (the Termination Agreement) shall have been granted, either unconditionally or subject to such conditions as may have been approved in writing by the Applicants. The application concerned was submitted to the Namibian Competition Commission (“the NaCC”) on 28 November 2016 and unconditionally approved by the NaCC on 23 March 2017. 2. existing policy and issue of the replacement policies shall have been granted, either unconditionally or subject to such conditions as may have been approved in writing by the Applicants. 3. Subsequent to the above mentioned suspensive conditions having been met, the termination of the existing policy and issue of the replacement policies is sanctioned by an order of the High Court of Namibia (“the Court”) as contemplated in section 36 of the LTIA. The Applicants intend to apply to the Court for an order sanctioning the transfer of the Namibia Scheme from Sanlam Life Namibia to PPS Insurance Namibia at the Court, High Court Building, Lüderitz Street, Windhoek, Republic of Namibia, on Friday, 8 December 2017, at 10:00 or as soon thereafter as the application may be heard. Copies of the following documents will be available and open for inspection as set out below, free of charge, by policyholders, shareholders and creditors of the Applicants: 1. a statement setting out the nature of the Proposed Transaction 2. abstracts containing the terms and conditions of the Namibia Scheme and the replacement policy 3. the Termination Agreement 4. actuarial reports from the appointed statutory actuaries of PPS Insurance Namibia and Sanlam Life Namibia (collectively referred to as “the Scheme Documents”). The Scheme Documents will be available and open for inspection by any policyholder, shareholder or creditor from 20 October 2017 to 13 November 2017 during normal business hours (08:00–17:00) at the following business addresses being the Applicants’ respective PPS Insurance Namibia Sanlam Life Namibia Timol inquest: Verdict gives hope to apartheid victims JOHANNESBURG The inquest into the 1971 death of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol has found that he was murdered, claim by security police that he had committed suicide. In a packed courtroom, Judge Billy Mothle ruled that he “was pushed” out of the window of he had been detained by the apartheid police. Business Address Contact number Contact person Designation 18 Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek +264 (0) 61 411 302 Sybil Somaes 7 th Floor, Sanlam Building, 145 Independence Avenue, Windhoek Applause rang out in court at the end of his ruling - vindication for the Timol family at last. ruling for South Africa and other families who have lost loved ones in a similar way? Many of those who were with Timol at the time have since died but the judge found that they were “complicit” in his death and recommended that prosecutions should follow because perjury had been committed by some former state +264 (0) 61 294 7005 Karin Coetzee at this hearing. the history of its atrocities, it seemed as though the apartheid system of white minority rule was on trial in South Africa. Reliving the past The inquiry offered a rare glimpse into the gruesome workings of the racist regime - and demanded answers. For those brief few weeks it was as though Timol was speaking for himself - and on behalf of those Chief Operating Senior Manager Legal Services In terms of section 36(5) of the LTIA, the Registrar, or any person representing the Registrar, and any policyholder, shareholder or creditor of either PPS Insurance Namibia or Sanlam Life Namibia, is entitled to be heard at the hearing of the application and he or she may make an application to the Court in connection with any matter relating to the implementation of the Proposed Transaction. The implementation of the Proposed Transaction will have no adverse effect on any policyholder, shareholder or creditor of either PPS Insurance Namibia or Sanlam Life Namibia. In particular, the implementation of the Proposed Transaction will not adversely affect any rights PPS Insurance Namibia or Sanlam Life Namibia or any other intermediary. The implementation of the Proposed Transaction will also have no adverse effect on employment or any other public interest considerations in Namibia. who died like him. cords say he leapt to his death from the infamous John Foster Square, now called Johannesburg Central police station. Timol’s family had for years campaigned for a new investigation, saying he was not “one to give up” - that he would have never taken his own life. Many other families here have for decades struggled to make peace with the deaths of their loved ones - largely due to the secrecy around it. Activists say that between 1963 and 1990, at least 73 anti-apartheid fighters people died in police detention, in some situation their deaths bore an uncanny resemblance to that of Mr Timol. Still no-one was ever called to account - the murderers were faceless, protected by the state even after the advent of democracy in 1994. For the Mabelane family, this case has inspired hope. Matthews, then aged 23, was said to have jumped to his death, like Timol. His older brother Lasch Mabelane says the family has for decades been haunted by not knowing what really happened to Matthews. “The day before he died, the police came to my parents’ home and Kenya’s government has banned demonstrations in three major Kenyan cities - the capital Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said the ban was aimed at protecting Kenyans and their property. Opposition supporters have been holding regular protests in the three cities, which have resulted in looting and violent clashes with police. They are pushing for electoral changes before a fresh election is held. Opposition leader Raila Odinga pulled out of the 26 October poll earlier this week. The Supreme Court had annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the August election, after it found that the election commission had not followed the constitution and the electoral laws. Matiang’i said the ban was not meant to curtail the constitutional right to demonstrate but that it was agreed on after security authorities told them they need to make an appointment if they want to see him. They said: ‘Do you know you have a naughty child?’ and said they would discipline him,” he says. “Many people like my brother supposedly jumped from the 10th “We’ve never believed that he killed himself, he loved life and loved his family. The pain of losing him changed all of us, especially my parents.” His father, Phillip Mabelane is 95 years old and a widower - he believes his wife died of a broken heart. “Our child died in a painful way. We were left with so many questions and couldn’t even ask them. This trouble my wife until the end,” he says. “The apartheid police were known to be violent, you didn’t ask questions, you just accepted what you were told. How can you ever like that?” he asks. This country’s vast landscape is dotted with the unmarked graves of apartheid activists. Dinner table conversations frequently drift into stories of exiles, who disappeared without a trace - leaving behind a trail of unanswered questions. – BBC Kenya bans street protests amid election row found that there was “imminent danger”. He told a press briefing that he had received complaints from the business community about the negative effects the protests were having on their businesses. “We cannot go on this way. It is unfortunate to see people’s cars being smashed, property being destroyed in the guise of a peaceful demonstrations. We must respect the law,” he said. He also said that a top coalition, Nasa, would be held responsible for damages caused during Wednesday’s protests. Odinga withdrew his participation in the rerun election because he said the election commission had refused to implement changes to correct the problems he blames for the bungled election. Nasa has called on its supporters to hold regular street protects to pressure the commission to agree to its demands. – BBC

Friday, October 13 2017 | NEW ERA shine light on French nuclear safety concerns METZ works inside a nuclear plant in eastern France early Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack. The anti-nuclear group, known for its daring and often spectacular were set off at the foot of a spent fuel pool -- where nuclear plants store highly radioactive fuel rods that are removed from reactors after their use. work in the perimeter of a French nuclear plant. These installations are vulnerable,” the group said on Twitter, along with a video of the stunt at the plant in Cattenom, near PARIS A house-sized asteroid grazed past Earth Thursday, passing harmlessly inside the Moon’s orbit, as predicted, to give experts a rare opportunity to rehearse for a real strike threat in future. Dubbed 2012 TC4, the object’s passing allowed scientists to practice spotting incoming objects, predicting their size and trajectory, and tracking their passage with a global network of telescopes and radars. “We pretended that this was a critical object and exercised our communication,” said Detlef Koschny of the European Space Agency’s Near-Earth Object programme. The trial run was “a big success,” he said, despite some instruments not working as planned. A radar system in Puerto Rico, for example, was out of service due to damage from the recent hurricane there. “This is Palestine: Hamas, Fatah sign reconciliation deal CAIRO Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement Thursday on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, with president Mahmud Under the agreement, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority is to resume full control of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip by December 1, according to a statement from Egypt’s government. Abbas welcomed the deal in comments to AFP and said he end the division” -- though many details remain to be resolved and previous reconciliation attempts have repeatedly failed. It was signed in Cairo by new Hamas deputy leader Salah al-Aruri and Azzam al-Ahmad, the head of the Fatah delegation for the talks, at the headquarters of Egypt’s intelligence service, which oversaw the negotiations. Negotiations are now expected to be held on forming a unity government, with the various Palestinian political movements invited to another meeting in Cairo on November 21. – Nampa/ AFP Asteroid grazes past Earth in ‘critical’ rehearsal exactly why we do this exercise, to not be surprised by these things,” Koschny told AFP. 0541 GMT at less than 44,000 kilometres from Earth’s surface - just above the 36,000 km plane at which hundreds of geosynchronous satellites orbit our planet. This was about an eighth of the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Scientists had predicted that TC4 was between 10 and 30 metres (33-99 feet) wide. In the end, it measured some 10-12 metres – the smaller end of the range. “This means it must be very bright,” to make it appear bigger, said Koschny. Observations also revealed that TC4 spins around its axis in about 12 minutes, “which is quite fast.” The asteroid was about half the size of the meteoroid that exploded in the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk in central Russia in 2013 with the kinetic energy of 30 Hiroshima atom bombs. – Nampa/AFP - the border with Luxembourg. The tiny duchy’s environment minister, Carole Dieschbourg, was “very worried over the huge security shortcomings” at the plant, her ministry said in a statement. Operator EDF, France’s stateowned energy giant, said police stopped the protesters eight minutes after the pre-dawn intrusion and that the plant’s safety was not threatened. Police said eight Greenpeace activists were in custody, and a local prosecutor said On Tuesday, Greenpeace hawarned about security shortcomings at French and Belgian nuclear plants, citing an expert report commissioned by the group. marre said in a conference call with journalists that the activists had “proved nothing, other than that the security detail worked perfectly.” Roger Spautz, a Greenpeace about 15 activists crossed two security barriers to reach the building PUBLIC Invitation JOINT CONFERENCE OF THE FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES & THE FACULTY OF ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES WORLD The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) and the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of the University of Namibia invite the public and interested institutions/organisations to a joint conference. The joint Conference is part of the two Faculties’ annual research conferences and will, this year, seek to provide multidisciplinary discourse. Theme: Practical research towards Sustainable Economic growth and Social Development Date: 17 – 18 October 2017. Venue: Safari Hotel and Conference Centre, Windhoek CONFERENCE AIMS: One of the conference aims is to promote empirical research dialogue on national and international development plans, such as the HPP blueprint and the National Development Plan (NDP) 5, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2063 plan of the African Union. It is intended that through this dialogue, academic, government and non-governmental institutions and organisations will map out effective policy implementation strategies that will ultimately contribute towards sustainable development. The sub-themes in these are as follows: Conference participation is free and open to the public, although there are limited spaces available. Interested persons and institutions should register on the link on the university website ( or send an email to For more information, please contact: Mr Vonkie Olivier Tel: 061 206 3794, email: 37 containing the spent fuel rods. He told AFP the action was aimed at drawing attention to the “fragility” of the fuel tanks “that are not protected, unlike the reactor buildings”. Greenpeace tasked seven experts from France, Germany, Britain and the United States with looking at various attack scenarios involving nuclear plants in France and Belgium, some of which date back more than three decades. France is the world’s most nuclear-dependent country, with 58 reactors providing 75 percent of the country’s electricity. Belgium has two nuclear plants. The Greenpeace report noted that most of France’s plants were built before the rise of threats from non-state terror groups such as the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda and that their defences -- particularly of their spent fuel facilities -- were weak. Environmentalists have long questioned the safety of France’s vast nuclear network, but around a third of all reactors in the country are set to be closed by 2025 under government plans. Nuclear power was once a source of national pride in France, but public support has fallen in line with other European countries after the disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan in 2011. – Nampa/AFP

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