OTJIWARONGO: A 53-year-old livestock farmer hanged himself with a wire this morning in the Otjiwarongo area, because the government relocated him to another farm.
The deceased, whose name is withheld because some of his close relatives have not been informed yet, had lived on Farm Marburg, situated 60 kilometres north-west of Otjiwarongo near the Okorusu Mine in the Otjozondjupa Region for over 40 years.
In an interview with Nampa today, his wife said the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement issued them with an eviction order on 12 September 2012.
The notice informed the deceased and his family that Farm Marburg has been legally allocated to someone else, and they had to vacate it before 30 September 2012.
She noted that her husband said he would rather die at Farm Marburg where he grew up, than relocate to the new resettlement farm, because there is no water, no house and not enough grazing for his 46 heads of cattle at the new plot.
Minister of Education, Dr Abraham Iyambo said Namibia need men and women of unquestionable integrity and passion to take up the noble profession of human resources.
Opening a two-day Namibian Institute of People Management Second Annual Convention underway in the capital, Iyambo said Namibian labour markets would have no direction without human resources’ practitioners, adding that a lack of human resources’ practitioners may even hamper the growth of the country’s economy.
He said competitiveness is non-forgiving, and the wave, drums and turbulence of globalisation are loud and violent and the forceful wave of globalisation wipes away those organisations not ready.
The minister added that it is vital that the country’s human resources’ practitioners are ready and relevant for the demands of the global arena.
He stressed that Namibia has to hurry up and think out of the box in order to achieve the Vision 2030 goals of becoming a knowledge-based economy.