Sheqafrica.com have entered into discussions with Namibian Safety Professional, Gilmour Daniels to open a sister publication for Namibian employers. This follows on the take-over of 50% shares in Sheqafrica.com owned by Africa Media.
If negotiations succeeds, Daniels will own 51% of the Namibian publication, with Sheqafrica Corporate Services retaining 49% in the magazine.
Employers can look forward to a brand new source of OHS information in light of the Namibian government now looking at establishing its own OHS Act, separating the OHS sections in the Labour Act of 2007 currently regulating OHS.
According to Labour minister, Erkki Nghimtina, the act would pave the way for an occupational safety and health body which will administer and manage occupation-related issues in the country’s labour market at national level. The nature of this body is not yet known, but it is believed to take on the same shape and form as OHSA in the USA and the HSE Executive in the UK.
The chief inspector in occupational safety and health issues in the ministry of labour, Sebastian Kapange said that occupational safety and health is an extensive issue on its own which needs to be addressed individually.
“Currently, when you look at health and safety in the workplace, it is a chapter under the Labour Act of 2007. Worldwide, countries have moved away from that; they have an Occupational Health and Safety Act on its own,” he explained.