In the Namibian

Probono 91 – Sustainable Mining and ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance)

The role of the mining industry in meeting economic development while also meeting the obligation of environmental and community protection.
Mining Companies’ successes are increasingly also measured based on their social responsibility that goes beyond the promotion of economic growth. Mining operations are complex in nature and closely linked to the environment. Globally, 24.7% of environmental conflicts involving indigenous peoples are caused by mining (e. g. extraction of metallic and non-metallic ores, uranium mines and quarries) and 20.8% of conflict involve the fossil fuel industry (e.g. oil extraction and refineries, pipelines, coal mines and oil spills).  More…

4 February 2024
The Legal Assistance Centre hereby expresses its sincere condolences to the family of President Dr. Hage G Geingob who passed in the early hours of today.
As the Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly responsible for drafting the Namibian Constitution we remain grateful for his input into one of the most progressive Constitutions in the world. And this will never be forgotten.
We wish the family strength and peace in this very difficult time.
Rest well, Mr President.
From the trustees and staff
Legal Assistance Centre

Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 Wildlife Crime Comic Competition

1st place, Ontana Combined School from the Oshikoto Region, with its comic titled: “Water Smuggling: The borehole water business councillor” by Naftal Amupolo, winning 30.000,- N$ in kind for his school.

Naftal also created a video together with his school’s principal Mr Ifugula, to demonstrate how water is withdrawn from a borehole or well.

2nd place, Onguti Senior Secondary School, Oshikoto Region, with its comic titled: Illegal fishing; by Edward David and Johannes Jonas, winning 15.000,-N$ in kind. (Photos will be added.)

3rd place, Delta Secondary School Windhoek, from Khomas, with its comic titled Save the Pangolins, produced by the EcoClub of the school, winning 5000,- N$ in kind.

Announcing the winners, the director of the LAC, Ms Toni Hancox, stated:
“I want to congratulate the winning schools. I am very happy about the quality of entries received overall. We have seen a big improvement when compared to last year’s entries and it gives me great hope that our learners are indeed advancing in environmental education.
We thank all schools for participating in this important project, and I hope we can continue with this competition in the years to come.”

The LAC received overall 53 entries, from 28 different schools, representing ten regions.

A wide area of topics were covered, ranging from poaching of various animal species, illegal wildlife trade, illegal fishing, illegal dumping of waste in the ocean, water pollution, illegal sand mining, deforestation, illegal fires, and littering.

The winning comics were selected based on originality, art, character, storyline, and the presence of any legal components.

We thank each school for encouraging children to participate in the competition and more importantly for instilling a desire to protect our environment.

The competition was funded by the LAC and Bread for the World (BfdW).

1 December 2023: NAPWU Recognition

On Friday the LAC signed a Recognition Agreement with the Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU). We look forward to working with the union in the spirit of cooperation and respect.

20 November 2023 – Research, Science and Technology Act

(In the Namibian, by Werner Menges)
The minister of education must ask Namibia’s parliament to repeal and replace several sections of the  Research, Science and Technology Act that were the subject of a constitutional challenge in the High Court. The Legal Assistance Centre announced this already in 2014 .
This is following in terms of a settlement agreement signed by lawyers representing the Legal Assistance Centre’s Legal Assistance Trust, the company Free Press of Namibia, which is the publisher of The Namibian, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the minister of education, the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, the attorney general and the president on 30 October. Read more