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Marula Game Ranch loses case to employees on urgency

The Marula Game Ranch has lost a bid to rid-off ex-employees to make way for a five-star luxury lodge on a 30 000ha of land.
The ranch had filed an urgent court application last week before Justice Sibeya.
According to the judge, he found that the applicant did not set out explicitly the circumstances which render the matter urgent.
Justice Sibeya said the court was further not informed on the founding papers as to the nature and extent of the prejudice that would be suffered if construction did not commence in September 2019.
Let’s get into the merits of the case
The lodge had indicated in its founding papers that a pack of dogs and some pieces of furniture had stood in the way for the construction of a five-star lodge at Marula Game Ranch, court documents seen by Eagle FM have revealed.
Marula Game Ranch which is near Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport is now in a fight with its former employees over pieces of furniture and dogs which the ranch wants gone to allow for the construction of a five-star lodge.
The company filed an urgent court application last week in the Windhoek High Court against two of its former employees who have been identified as Elena Morales, an adult female person and Willa Kempen Liebenberg, an adult male person.
Marula was represented by a lawyer, Stoan Horn.
The two, according to court documents seen by Eagle FM were employed as farm and lodge managers.
The major bone of contention between ex-employer and the ex-employees is that when the duo were given their marching orders, they left behind pieces of furniture and dogs.
The two are said to have resided at a homestead next to the Otjimukona lodge on the Marula Game Ranch.
The company has said that this lodge plays a pivotal role in the administration and management of the entire Game Ranch and its infrastructure.
Marula Game Ranch has expressed discomfort saying in its court papers that it was made to look after the said furniture as well as feeding the dogs.
As far as the game ranch is concerned, the ex-employees are using the property as storage space and they want these belongings taken away.
The dogs and furniture are said to have thus stood in the way for the construction of a five-star lodge.
As such, Marula last week sought an order to have the ex-employees remove their belongings and make way for the envisaged project.
The game ranch has said that the two already have alternative accommodation elsewhere.

Kelvin Chiringa

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