In today’s newsletter:

 

LPO visits the Ombudsman
The Chairperson of the LPO, Mr Piet Gouws, the Regional Representative of Mariental, Mr Jako van Wyk and the Manager: Commodities, Mr Harald Marggraff visited the Ombudsman this week in order to get clarity about the implementation of the report regarding the Small Stock Marketing Scheme. The Ombudsman undertook to personally meet with the Minister of Agriculture to emphasize the urgency of this situation and to give feedback to the LPO. After urgent talks the Meat Board has changed its original proposal of an interim arrangement to a more acceptable proposal which will be applicable until August 23, 2018.

 

VAT on slaughtering of livestock
During this week the NAU again urgently requested the Commissioner of Inland Revenue to clear the grey areas in terms of payment of VAT on the sale of slaughtering animals. In the meantime NNMP (Aranos abattoir) this week confirmed that they have decided to again pay VAT on the slaughtering of livestock. However, no official position was taken by the Commissioner of Inland Revenue to sort out the confusion in spite of different opinions of tax experts.

 

Ministry of Land Reform issued with court interdict against the claim of land tax from land owners
A joint application by land owners who were represented by legal representatives at the Valuation Court as well as land owners who were represented by the NAU for putting aside the 2017 land tax, has served before judge Angula on February 21, 2018. This urgent application was submitted in December 2017, pending the verdict of an appeal/revision application which were submitted at the High Court in March 2017 against the disputed verdict in the Valuation Court or alternatively the administrative procedures which were followed when drafting the 2012/2017 Valuation Rolls.

The Court verdict has been delivered on February 21, 2018 which forbids the Ministry of Land Reform to impose land tax until the revision application has been heard in Court. The various legal representatives are currently busy preparing for the revision application. This implicates that currently no land tax is payable pending the verdict of the revision application. The revision application is scheduled to be heard in Court on February 19, 2019.

However, the NAU is committed to the payment of land tax as long as it is reasonable, fair and affordable.

 

Updating of land data base
The NAU would like to thank all FA’s who have sent their information to up-date the data base for their efforts and inputs. There are still a few FA’s who have not yet given feedback and we would like to request them to react as soon as possible. This data is needed in preparation for the Second National Land Conference.

 

Delays of VAT claims
The president of the NAU, Mr Ryno van der Merwe and the EM, Mr Roelie Venter this week again met with the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Mr Justus Mwafongwe in order to look for solutions for the delayed payments of VAT claims. Various complaints of members were discussed, which included poor service delivery of regional offices, appointments which are not met, etc. The Commissioner made it clear that it is unacceptable that appointments are not met, especially for farmers who specially came from far and he is looking for information of specific cases such as the persons with whom the appointments were made, from where did they travel, etc so that he can pursue this. The names and contact no’s of the managers of the regional offices in Keetmanshoop, Windhoek and Otjiwarongo are as follows:

Aune Shikongo Central 061-2092195
Frieda Muaine North Central 067-300400
Richard Mbuende South 063-2201000

If NAU members get unsatisfactory service at offices, the managers should be contacted directly. If still no proper replies are received, the NAU can be contacted for contact details of the Director for further follow up.

Disclaimer: Although everything has been done to ensure the accuracy of information, the NAU takes no responsibility for actions or losses that might occur due to the usage of this information.