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The 21st Anniversary of the Judge JP Karuaihe Trust and the 14th Annual JPK Trust Legal Excellence Awards ceremony took place on Friday, 4 December 2020 at De Kayak, Windhoek.

For the 8th time, the JPK Trust Legal Excellence Awards ceremony took place on the same day as the AGM, just prior to the LSN AGM.  Since the awards are centred around legal practitioners and law students, the LSN created an opportunity for its members to be present when future legal practitioners and their peers are awarded for their achievements. 

The JPK Trust was represented by Patty Karuaihe-Martin – Chairperson:  Amanda Hauanga - Trustee; Umbi Karuaihe-Upi – Trustee; and Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi – Director.

The History

The LSN’s involvement with the Judge JPK Trust commenced in 2006, when the trustees of the JPK Trust approached the LSN to assist them in identifying and selecting deserving winners for the ‘legal excellence awards’, thereby acknowledging the dedication, efforts and commitment of legal practitioners who are enhancing and protecting the Rule of Law in Namibia and honouring their social responsibilities. 

Legal Excellence Awards

The LSN received the names of the best students from the Justice Training Centre and University of Namibia, respectively.

With regard to the human rights and social responsibility awards, many LSN members contribute to society but they do not always ‘advertise’ their good deeds.   The LSN invited nominations for the awards from its members. 

Vice-Chairperson, Vanessa Boesak, officiated the event.

Patty Karuaihe-Martin honoured the legacy of her late brother, Judge Fonnie Karuaihe and the difference that the JP Karuaihe Trust Fund (JPK Trust) has made amongst the previously disadvantage communities.  The JPK Trust has been instrumental in providing bursaries to over 66 students who have completed their studies and who are employed in various sectors and capacities.  The JPK alumni have positively paid it forward by contributing donations and sponsorship to the JPK Trust.  In particular the firm Dr Weder Kauta Hoveka Inc has been one of their key partners throughout these years.

Last year history was made when Luderitz Street was renamed to Judge JP Karuaihe street.  The JPK Trust held the first ever 1-mile race in Namibia to honour this event.  She urged the law fraternity, to continue sponsoring this noble initiative and to annually participate for the greater good of developing the Namibian law fraternity.
Judge JP Karuaihe Trust:  Legal Excellence Award: Best JTC Student for 2019

MONET BRUNDYN achieved an average of 73.92% respectively in all 11 subjects.
Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi and Amanda Hauanga, on behalf of the JPK Trust, presented her with the trophy.
Vanessa Boesak, on behalf of the LSN, presented her with a LSN voucher in the amount of N$3,500.00.

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Judge JP Karuaihe Trust:  Legal Excellence Award: Best LLB Final Year Student for 2019

PANASHE NHEKAIRO achieved a 72.47% average in the final year LLB programme. Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi and Amanda Hauanga, on behalf of the JPK Trust, presented him with the trophy.
Vanessa Boesak, on behalf of the LSN, presented him with a LSN voucher in the amount of N$2,500.00.  

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Judge JP Karuaihe Trust: Legal Excellence Award for Social Responsibility

VANESSA BOESAK accepted the award, on behalf of the firm LORENTZ ANGULA INC / ENS AFRICA NAMIBIA, from Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi and Amanda Hauanga.  

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Judge JP Karuaihe Trust: Legal Excellence Award for Human Rights
Toni Hancox accepted the award, on behalf of the LEGAL ASSISTANCE CENTRE from Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi and Amanda Hauanga.  

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Vote of thanks

The LSN thanked the JPK Trust for joining hands with the LSN to honour these achievements. 

The LSN congratulates the JPK Trust with its 21st Anniversary and wishes the JPK Trust much success with their future endeavours. 

The LSN trusts that their commitment to providing bursaries to deserving candidates to study law and honouring achievements will go from strength to strength and that the LSN and the JPK Trust will have a long and fruitful relationship.

Four new Councillors were elected at the recently held annual general meeting of the LSN on 4 December 2020.  An official photograph could not yet be taken.  Attached please find a collage of the Council members.  

The newly elected Councillors, which will serve from 2020 to 2022, are (top row from left to right):  Ester Kuugongelwa (Chairperson); Pius Iikwambi; Heinrich Jansen van Vuuren; and Matti Mwandingi.

The Councillors who are serving from 2019 to 2021 are (bottom row from left to right):  Jo-mari Koekemoer (Vice Chairperson); Vanessa Boesak; Gilroy Kasper; and Appolos Shimakeleni.

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2020 IILACE Award small Known by its acronym, IILACE, was established in 1998
as a network to bring CEOs and Directors of law societies and bar associations worldwide together to provide a focused forum to share common interests and ideas, exchange views and information, to discuss challenges and learn more from each other’s insights and experiences on a local, national and international level. IILACE represents more than 50 jurisdictions around the globe.

As Director of the Law Society of Namibia, Retha Steinmann first joined the institute’s executive committee in 2008 after hosting a very successful IILACE conference in Windhoek. She has been an ordinary member since 2002. She has served as the president of this institute from 1 February 2018 until 20 November 2020.

This year the conference was slated for Namibia again, this time in Swakopmund, but had to be postponed when the world went into lockdown. Meanwhile, even the international law societies and bar associations had to learn how to better command the digital route.

During 2020, while most jurisdictions were in lockdown, IILACE, as a result of brainstorming under Retha’s leadership, provided an initial virtual connection to have roundtables discussions. The webinars had to be conducted twice during a 24-hour period to accommodate all the time zones of the world.

The pinnacle of the digital engagements was the virtual conference held on 19 and 20 November for some members and on 20 and 21 November for others, due to time differences. This way all members around the globe had the opportunity to participate. The conference focused on topics that can help the CEO.   This conference included the institute’s annual general meeting held on 18 November 2020, also conducted virtually for the first time in history.   

At the annual general meeting, recognition was given to Retha Steinmann, as outgoing President, by her peers for her contributions and dedication as IILACE President.  The award was couriered to Windhoek where it arrived at the end of November.  It is inscribed with the following text:

Retha Steinmann
President 2018 – 2020
In recognition of your dedication and extraordinary contributions.
In appreciation of your role as IILACE’s historian.

The IILACE Vice President, Heidi Chu of the Law Society of Hong Kong, succeeds Retha as President. The rest of the Executive Committee consist of Paul Mollerup – The Association of Danish Law Firms (Vice President), Jonathan Herman – Federation of Law Societies of Canada (Treasurer), Brenda Grimes - Law Society of Newfoundland, Luke Rheinberger – Law Society of Tasmania and Edward Mapara (Law Society of Zimbabwe).  John Hoyles (Canada) is the Secretary General.

Retha continues to serve on the IILACE Executive Committee in the capacity as Immediate Past President.


The Law Society of Namibia wishes to update its list of preferred suppliers for the period ending 31 August 2020. Thus, we hereby invite sealed applications from interested and eligible, competent and reputable contractors/suppliers and service providers to be considered to supply goods, services and other works as listed below. SME’s are welcome to apply.



Category A – Goods and Services


Supply of stationery


Provision of printing services


Supply and delivery of beverages/groceries/other


Catering of food for functions/meetings


Rental of photocopy machines and printers


Category B – Telecommunications Services


Provision of a switchboard and related services


Category C – IT equipment and Services


Supply and delivery of computer hardware and software


E-mail and internet services


IT Support


Web-site development support


Category D - Consulting Services


Accounting services


Legal consultation services


Research services


Travel Agent Services


Potential suppliers have to submit the following mandatory documents:

  • Company Profile

  • Valid Company Registration Certificate clearly indicating the shareholder and principles business

  • An original valid good standing tax certificate

  • On original valid good standing social security certificate

  • A certificate from the Employment Equity Commission

  • Certified copy of valid certificate of registration as SME (If the bids are for SME’s)

  • Clear physical address and contact details


The LSN shall have the right to:

  • Ask for clarifications at the time of evaluating company profile

  • Conduct a site inspection at the company’s premises

  • Reject all company profiles of the supplier does not adhere to the submission of the requested mandatory documents

  • Reject all faxed or e-mailed documents


All interested parties are invited to apply for pre-qualification, by submitting the requested documentation. Suppliers should clearly indicate the code number and the sub-category of good and services they wish to supply. The request for qualification will close on 28 August 2020 all documentation to be delivered in hard copy at the Office of the Law Society of Namibia, First Floor, Namlex Chambers, 333 Independence Avenue, Windhoek at 12h00.

Delivery: Courier or by hand or registered mail. (The Financial Manager, PO Box 714, Windhoek).

Enquiries: Should be forwarded in writing to the Financial Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The recruitment for this position will be handled exclusively by Elite Employment.
Applications sent to The Law Society of Namibia, will not be considered.
Kindly apply by visiting:

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The Law Society of Namibia (LSN) is a self-regulating body created in terms of the Legal Practitioners Act (1995), which serves the profession and the public by promoting justice, protecting the independence of the judiciary and upholding the Rule of Law.

The LSN also plays a pivotal role in protecting monies entrusted to legal practitioners in private practice by members of the public and it further ensures compliance with the rules and regulations regarding trust monies. It further represents the interest of its members who all took an oath to uphold the Namibian Constitution, which protects the Rule of Law and Human Rights and it is further tasked with maintaining and enhancing the standards of conduct and integrity of all members of the legal profession; encouraging and promoting efficiency and responsibility in the legal profession; defining and enforcing correct and uniform practice and maintaining discipline among members of the legal profession.

The Councillors serving until November 2020, having been elected at the 2018 AGM for a two-year term (in alphabetical order) are: Eldorette Harmse, Etuna Josua, Eliaser Nekwaya and Meyer van den Berg. The Councillors elected at the AGM held on 22 November 2019, for a two-year term (in alphabetical order) are: Vanessa Boesak, Gilroy Kasper, Jo-mari Koekemoer, Appolos Shimakeleni.

Meyer van den Berg was elected Chairperson and Vanessa Boesak was elected Vice-Chairperson for the term November 2019 to November 2020.


Back: Eldorette Harmse, Etuna Josua, Gilroy Kasper, Appolos Shimakeleni and Jo-mari Koekemoer.
Front: Retha Steinmann (Director), Meyer van den Berg (Chairperson) and Vanessa Boesak (Vice-Chairperson)
Insert: Eliaser Nekwaya

We congratulate the Council and wish them fruitful deliberations and success with governing and representing the legal profession in Namibia.

lsn notice   The spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 and the threat to human health and normal economic functions and activities of society in general, affects all of us and we all have a duty to protect ourselves and one another during these tiring times.

As the safety of our employees, our members and the public are our primary concern, the office of the Law Society of Namibia is currently closed. There are a number of measures we’re taking to ensure we continue serving our members and the public. One of it is that our staff will be working from home during the lockdown period. Staff will only attend to the office for urgent matters by prior arrangement.

Please submit all queries to one of the following staff, who will divert the enquiries to the relevant staff member who will then make an effort to respond within a reasonable time, via email:
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Thank you for your understanding.
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