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The Board of Control of the Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Fund consists of the Chairperson of the Council of the Law Society of Namibia (LSN) and three legal practitioners appointed by Council of whom at least two shall be legal practitioners who are not members of the Council, and at least two are persons who have been engaged in private practice for a period of not less than five years.  The Council may further appoint an alternate member to act in the place of the chairperson during his /her absence or inability to act as a member of the board of control.  

The Council of the Law Society of Namibia appointed Mr Habo Gerdes, Ms Deidre Sauls-Deckenbrock and Mr Ulrich Etzold to serve on the Board of Control of the Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Fund.  Mr Ramon Maasdorp (Chairperson of the Law Society of Namibia) is the ex-officio member.

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Ramon Maasdorp, Deidre Sauls-Deckenbrock, Habo Gerdes (LPFF Chairperson) & Ulrich Etzold
The Law Society of Namibia, in collaboration with the Office of the Ombudsman, hosted the 1st Free Legal Advice Day for 2017 at the Persianer Hall in Mariental on Friday, 9 June 2017.

The Free Legal Advice Day forms part of the Law Society's objectives to make legal services more accessible to those members of the public who cannot afford legal services.  

41 Members of the community attended and received free legal advice on topics such as labour, domestic violence, wills & estates, divorce and maintenance.

The Free Legal Advice Day co-incided with the South Circle meeting, held with members of the Law Society of Namibia in the region, on the same day.

The Governor of the Hardap Region, Hon. Esme Sophia Isaacks and the Mayor of Mariental, Hon. Wilhelm Mensah, were instrumental in arranging the venue and distributing the invitation to the community.  We sincerely thank them for their presence and support.  

The speech, made by the Hon. Isaacks is attached hereto.


The dates for further Free Legal Advice Days are:

Far North Circle:  7 July 2017 – Office of the Ombudsman (Valombola, Extension, 10, Erf 4309)
Windhoek:  4 August 2017 (venue to be confirmed)
West Circle – Swakopmund – 18 August 2017 (venue to be confirmed)
Mid-North Circle – Tsumeb – 22 September 2017 (venue to be confirmed)
East Circle – Gobabis – 13 October 2017 (venue to be confirmed)

The Council and Directorate of the Law Society of Namibia sincerely thank all involved for their participation and support in making this project a success.

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Retha Steinmann (Director: Law Society of Namibia), Hendrik Mauyoma (Chief Legal: Office of the Ombudsman), Eileen Rakow (Chief: Office of the Ombudsman), Hon. Esme Isaacks (Governor:  Hardap Region), Alpheus Haufiku (Chief Investigator:  Office of the Ombudsman), Hon. Wilhelm Mensah (Mayor: Mariental), Councillor Jan Jarson (Aranos Constituency), Timothy Shangadi (Deputy Director Investigations: Office of the Ombudsman), Commissioner Amutse (Namibian Correctional Services:  Ministry of Safety and Security).



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Legal practitioners and staff from both the offices of the Law Society of Namibia Ombudsman serving at the 1st Free Legal Advice Day for 2017:

Front:  Retha Steinmann (Director:  Law Society of Namibia), Vilinchia van Wyk (VT van Wyk Attorneys - Rehoboth), Ivy Pretorius (Office Administrator:  Law Society of Namibia), Josefina Nekongo (National Fishing Corporation of Namibia - Luderitz), Jozanne Klazen (Ministry of Justice:  Legal Aid - Rehoboth), Astrid Feris (Sisa Namandje & Co Inc. - Windhoek).

Back:  Hendrik Mauyoma (Chief Legal: Office of the Ombudsman), Fabiola Haradoes (Administrative Officer: Office of the Ombudsman), Christopher Stanley (Stanley Law Chambers - Rehoboth), Meyer van den Bergh (Councillor: Law Society of Namibia & Koep & Partners - Windhoek), Wilhelm Liebenberg (Van Heerden, Liebenberg & Co - Mariental), Alpheus Haufiku (Chief Investigator: Office of the Ombudsman), Eileen Rakow (Chief: Office of the Ombudsman), Timothy Shangadi (Deputy Director Investigations: Office of the Ombudsman), Jo-mari Koekemoer (Manager Professional Affairs:  Law Society of Namibia).
During 2017 the Law Society of Namibia, in collaboration with the Office of the Ombudsman, will be hosting various Free Legal Advice Days.  

The Free Legal Advice Day forms part of the Law Society's objectives to make legal services more accessible to those members of the public who cannot afford legal services.  

The 1st FLAD was held at the Persianer Hall in Mariental on Friday, 9 June 2017 where 41 members of the community received free legal advice.

The 2nd Free Legal Advice Day for 2017 was held at the Office of the Ombudsman in Ongwediva on Friday, 7 July 2017.  165 Members of the community received free legal advice on topics such as labour, domestic violence, wills & estates, divorce and maintenance.  Due to the large number of persons in need of legal advice, the hours of the FLAD were extended. In order to help as many people possible group lectures, with the opportunity to ask questions, were provided for persons with similar legal issues.  The Office of the Ombudsman will also continue to assist with some of the matters in the coming days.  

At the opening of the Free Legal Advice Day in Ongwediva remarks were made by Ms. Anne-Doris Hans-Kaumbi (Councillor: Law Society of Namibia), Hon. Clemens Kashuupulwa (Governor: Oshana Region), Hon. Jason Asino (Deputy Mayor: Ongwediva Town who represented Hon. Angelina Angula, the Mayor of Ongwediva Town) and Ms. Eileen Rakow (Chief:  Office of the Ombudsman).  
The Hon. Iiyambo (Mayor of Oshakati) was also in attendance.

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Front:  Saima Nambinga (Councillor: Law Society of Namibia), Hon. Iiyambo (Mayor: Oshakati), Hon. Kashuupulwa (Governor: Oshana Region), Hon. Asino (Deputy Mayor: Ongwediva Town), Anne-Doris Hans-Kaumbi (Councillor: Law Society of Namibia).

Back:  Retha Steinmann (Director: Law Society of Namibia), Hendrik Mauyamo (Chief Legal: Office of the Ombudsman), Theodore Tsamaseb (Candidate Legal Practitioner: Aingura Attorneys), Simson Aingura (Aingura Attorneys), Timothy Shangadi (Deputy Director Investigations: Office of the Ombudsman), Eileen Rakow (Chief: Office of the Ombudsman) Mr. Kanime (Interpreter for speeches), Ileni Indongo (Office of the Ombudsman), Gaby Ferreira (Assistant to the Director: Law Society of Namibia - Insert), Jo-mari Koekemoer (Manager Professional Affairs: Law Society of Namibia).

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Gaby Ferreira

The dates for further Free Legal Advice Days are:

Windhoek:  4 August 2017 (venue to be confirmed)
West Circle – Swakopmund – 18 August 2017 (venue to be confirmed)
Mid-North Circle – Tsumeb – 22 September 2017 (venue to be confirmed)
East Circle – Gobabis – 13 October 2017 (venue to be confirmed)

The Council and Directorate of the Law Society of Namibia sincerely thank all involved for their participation and support in making this project a success.

FAR NORTH CIRCLE MEETING

The Free Legal Advice Day again co-incided with the Far North Circle meeting, held with members of the Law Society of Namibia in the region, on the same day.

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Legal practitioners who assisted at the 2nd Free Legal Advice Day for 2017 and/or attended the Circle Meeting:

Front:  Saima Nambinga (Councillor: LSN & Angula Co. Inc.), Simson Aingura (Aingura Attorneys), Veronika Hanongo-Haikali (Dr. Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc.), Retha Steinmann (Director: LSN), Anne-Doris Hans-Kaumbi (Councillor:  LSN & Ueitele & Hans Inc).

Back:  Jo-mari Koekemoer (Manager Professional Affairs:LSN), Charmaine Tjihero (Dr. Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc.), Etegamero Indongo-Antindi (Nored Electricity (Pty) Ltd), Grace Mugaviri (Mugaviri Attorneys), Japhet Gottlieb (Candidate Legal Practitioner: Mugaviri Attorneys), Melvin Nyambe (Shikongo Law Chambers), Mekumbu Tjiteere (Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc.), Theodore Tsamaseb (Candidate Legal Practitioner: Ainguira Attorneys).

Absent:  Jan Greyling Jnr. (Greyling & Associates) and Tulonga-Ria Shapumba (Oshakati High Court).
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