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Netanyahu says Israel ‘prepared for very intense operation’ on Lebanon border

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel was "prepared for a very intense operation" along the border with Lebanon, where Israeli troops have exchanged near-daily fire with Hezbollah fighters. Exchanges between Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, a Hamas ally, have intensified over the past week, with repeated Israeli strikes deeper into Lebanese territory. "We are prepared for a very intense operation in the north. One way […]

todayJune 5, 2024 15


Tax Relief Fra Ahead: Namibia’s Minister Shiimi Promises Benefits for Taxpayers

Finance Minister, Iipumbu Shiimi has announced forthcoming tax relief measures, including raising the tax threshold to N$100,000, which will exempt individuals earning up to this amount from income tax. The amendment, part of the national budget for 2024/25, is currently undergoing legal review and is expected to be finalized by October. Shiimi highlighted the importance of providing relief to households amidst economic challenges like high interest rates and inflation, reassuring […]

todayMay 21, 2024 85

Business / Economics

Economists break down revised tax reforms and national budget

With Finance and Public Enterprises Minister Ipumbu Shiimi having announced in yesterday’s National budget that the government has revised tax reforms that will put N$646 million back in the pockets of taxpayers by exempting all individual taxpayers from paying tax on the first N$100,000 of their income, starting 1 March 2024, we asked Cirrus Capital Economist Robert McGregor for a breakdown of the numbers. Namibia's largest-ever annual budget on Wednesday […]

todayFebruary 29, 2024 34

Business / Economics

Minister Shiimi Unveils N$100 Billion Budget with Focus on Development and Growth

Finance and Public Enterprises Minister Iipumbu Shiimi presented a N$100 billion budget to the National Assembly for the fiscal year 2024/25, with over 20% earmarked for economic and infrastructural development. Emphasizing the theme ‘Continuing the Legacy of President Hage Geingob by Caring for the Namibian Child,’ Shiimi highlighted specific provisions for infrastructure development to address gaps and boost Namibia’s economic growth objectives. The budget allocates N$20.9 billion for FY2024/25 and […]

todayFebruary 29, 2024


Controversy Surrounds Finance Minister Shiimi Over Alleged Election-Focused N$100 Billion Budget

Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi is under scrutiny for presenting a budget accused of targeting pensioners, students, and low-income earners to sway support for the Swapo party in the upcoming elections. The N$100 billion budget, the largest in Namibia's history, is unveiled amid concerns about voter apathy and economic challenges impacting Swapo's electoral prospects. Minister Shiimi defended the budget, stressing its pro-poor focus and intention to stimulate development and infrastructure projects.

todayFebruary 29, 2024 1

Business / Economics

Development economist says SA’s budget lacks political will

With South Africa's Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana presenting the country's budget yesterday, development economist Dr. Nthabiseng Moleko shared with Newzroom Afrika that the budget has shifted its focus towards accounting and fund allocation.   Meanwhile at home, the Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprises has set aside 28 February 2024, for the tabling of the 2024/2025 budget. Salomo Hei the Managing Director at High Economic Intelligence says because it’s an […]

todayFebruary 22, 2024 8


Zimbabwe’s Mthuli Ncube wins Best Finance Minister award

Zimbabwe’s Finance minister Mthuli Ncube has been awarded the title of Best African Finance Minister of the Year by Reputation Poll International. The BBC reports that Ncube expressed gratitude for the award, saying it acknowledges the efforts of his ministry and the Treasury team in spearheading the transformation of the economy. Despite ongoing economic challenges, including an estimated 85% unemployment rate, the award was met with criticism from Zimbabwean activist […]

todayDecember 12, 2023 40