Cabinet approves judiciary bill

Cabinet has approved the proposed judiciary bill of 2015 in the last held cabinet decision making meeting.
Meanwhile the bill is subject to consultation with the office of the prime minister (OPM) and it is refer to the cabinet committee on legislation for further scrutiny, and further consultation with the OPM on personnel implications.
At the same meeting, cabinet also approved that the amendments to the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) agreement be tabled in the National Assembly for ratification.
The ratifications of the amendments to the Sacu agreements of 2002 were to institutionalise the Sacu summit.
In addition, cabinet further directed the Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb to expedite the finalisation of the  assessment by a team of quantity surveyors appointed by his Ministry and for their report to be submitted not later than the end of July 2015.
The above mentioned came after the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa gave a briefing on the status of the mass housing development programme (MHDP).
“Cabinet took not note of the update provided in the submission and that a further briefing will be provided to Cabinet once the legal opinion has been received from the Attorney-General and the assessment report by the quantity surveyors team by or through the Ministry of Works and Transport,” the Cabinet outcomes mentioned in part.
The outcomes stated that cabinet supported the remedial measures taken by the Minister of Urban and Rural Development which were to halt any further construction by the NHE, the submission of contracts entered into by and between NHE and contractors and other reference documents to the office of the AG, for the analysing of validity of contracts entered into and the provision of an opinion on legal and potential financial implications and claims that may arise from any change that may be found necessary to put the programme in the right direction.
Cabinet directed the Finance Ministry, Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development and Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation to commence with preparations for the Bi-National Commission scheduled for mid-2015.
“Cabinet directed the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development to identify projects that Namibia could propose to South Africa and Angola within the framework of the Angola-Namibia-South Africa (ANSA) Spatial Development Initiative, the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation to maintain momentum and keep close contact with their South African counterparts on the implementation status of the MOU on the Presidential Programme for Humanitarian Relief TOWARDS Drought in Namibia and the Ministry of Finance to work, in close cooperation with the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, to revise the Sacu revenue formula and attend to other pertinent issues and advice cabinet accordingly,” the outcomes said in part.
The meeting outcomes made mention of the progress made in the implementation of Cabinet resolutions on land and related matters
It was also mentioned that the AG is busy engaging different government agencies on the legal implications of the proposed amendments, with the view to finalising the drafts bills.
In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry was directed to take action on the future of water and report to cabinet of the outcomes whereby there is a need to invest, promote and accelerate a transition to water scarcity as an enabler to economic development.
“Cabinet also directs MAWF to initiate discussions on the promotion of economic cooperation between Namibia and the Western Cape Province in agriculture, tourism and value addition. Following discussions, MAWF needs to determine whether the proposals are within the ambit of Namibia national agenda and pursue implementation, where applicable, through the Bi-National Commission between Namibia and South,” said the outcomes in part.
Cabinet also directed the Ministry of Works and Transport to assess the model for the construction of roads using recycled tyres to see if it is suitable for Namibia.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation was directed to follow up and address concerns of Namibian students in Capetown including other Namibian students studying locally and abroad.
“The students concerns, among others, include the delays in receiving monthly stipends from the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) and difficulties in finding employment opportunities on completion of their studies,” the document said in part.