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Traffic, wildlife, livestock offences dominate Otjozondjupa crime

Traffic, wildlife, livestock offences dominate Otjozondjupa crime

Obrein Simasiku A total of 7341 traffic fines with a value of N$5 831 525 were issued by lawless drivers and motorists by law enforcement agencies in the Otjozondupa Region during the financial year 2021/22, resulting in the arrest of 460 persons for various traffic offences. Among these 150 persons were arrested for drunken driving. Also 52 road accidents were recorded. "Our region is hard hit in terms of road carnage on the B1 road between Okahandja-Otjiwarongo-Otavi, which are currently the highest accident prone areas in the country. Namibia has the best roads infrastructure but ‘road user’s attitude’ and ‘negligent…
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Swapo SG welcomes new members in Kunene

Swapo SG welcomes new members in Kunene

Martin Endjala The Secretary General of the Swapo Party said despite its ups and downs, the party is still trusted by the majority of Namibians as the one that brought development and prosperity for all. Sophia Shangingwa said this when she welcomed new members to the party at Okanguati in the Epupa district of the Kunene Region last Friday. She told the new members that the party is the only political home for all Namibians and continues to lead in uniting the people of Namibia irrespective of colour, gender or tribe. Highlighting the many achievements of the party, Shaningwa listed…
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Otjozondjupa struggles with ambulances

Otjozondjupa struggles with ambulances

Obrein Simasiku The Otjozondjuba Region is struggling to attend to health related emergencies with only two ambulances for the vast and accident prone region. Otjozondjupa has a population of 143 903. "In terms of ambulance services the region is still challenged due to the aging fleet and breakdowns and as we are talking the whole region is only having two operational ambulances which is a serious cause of concern and requires immediate attention," said Otjozondjupa governor James Uerikua in his State of the Region Address (SORA). He said, Tsumkwe Constituency is the most affected as it heavily relies on medical…
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Nampower makes strides in solar energy

Nampower makes strides in solar energy

Martin Endjala Nampower inaugurated its first fully owned and operated renewable energy Omburu 20 MW Power Plant at a cost of N$317 million, which is in line with the national plan linked to the HPP2 strategic pillar of energy supply. Nampower managing director Kahenge Haulofu said that the plant is a demonstration of the unility’s unwavering commitment to becoming the leading electricity solutions provider of choice in SADC and a catalyst for economic growth in Namibia and the region. The Omburu power station is expected to cater for about 16 000 to 18 000 households in the country. The power…
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Four-year-old drowns in Omusati

Four-year-old drowns in Omusati

Tujoromajo Kasuto Amon Pombili Kasper, a four-year-old boy, from IIwiyongo village drowned on Sunday at around 12h04 in a Namwater canal at the Oshipanda village, Oshikuku Constituency, Omusati Region, while on vacation with an uncle. According to Omusati Regional Crime Coordinator Deputy Commissioner, Moses Simao the boy was last seen in the house playing with his toy car at around 13h00 on Saturday. He claims that the guardian left the house to work in his field, leaving the deceased in the house with four other children, ages 16 and 17. The four older children then left the house around 14h00…
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SPYL wants youth in decision-making<br>…old guard should be advisors

SPYL wants youth in decision-making
…old guard should be advisors

Obrein Simasiku The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) will be advocating vigorously for youth empowerment, improvement of the education system and the agricultural sector, as well as increased youth representation at the Cabinet level at the upcoming Third National Policy Conference of the party. In addition, the youth wing would want to see the Prime Minister drawn from the youth, while they want to see youth representation at the decision-making level increased to 40 percent, a process that should lead to the old guard exiting and serving more as advisors, SPYL secretary Ephraim Nekongo said ahead of the conference at…
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Namibia, Germany enter into interest free loan agreement of over N$2b

Namibia, Germany enter into interest free loan agreement of over N$2b

Staff Writer Minister of Finance Ipumbu Shiimi and German Ambassador Herbert Beck signed a Financial Cooperation Agreement between Germany and Namibia on interest-free loans today. The total amount of the agreement is approximately N$2.7 billion, bringing the total amount of German development cooperation with Namibia to approximately N$26.8 billion. The agreement covers three major areas of German-Namibia development cooperation: NamPost Funding Facility in Support of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE) and Low Income Households in Overcoming the COVID-19 Crisis, with an investment of up to N$334 million; Water Sector Support Program II, with an investment of up to N$1.25 billion…
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Skills mismatch costing the country

Numerous observers and critiques of Namibia’s education system have repeatedly hammered on the country’s education and training for not delivering the desired results in terms of skills needed by the economy.The main observation is that there is a serious skills mismatch in the skills produced by educational institutions and what is needed by the industry. As a developing country, Namibia not only experiences skills mismatch but serious skills deficit. What is for sure is that there is not enough consultation or talking taking place between those designing school, university and VTC curricula and the industry. Educators should not sit in…
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MVA fuel levy suspension came as big shock

MVA fuel levy suspension came as big shock

Obrein Simasiku The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund had to suspend some of its capital projects and streamline its operations, following the sudden suspension of its share of the fuel levy. The Chief Executive Officer of MVA Rosalia Martin-Hausiku says the suspension of levy came as a big shock, saying that she hopes that it does not go beyond the three month-period to give a reprieve to motorists.Despite this shock, Martin-Hausiku was however quick to say that the fund has not yet started feeling the pinch. The Ministry of Mines and Energy in April announced that it was reducing fuel levies…
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Calls to impeach President wishful – Kawana

Calls to impeach President wishful – Kawana

Tujoromajo Kasuto and Martin Endjala Albert Kawana, Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security, has called the media and social media critics ‘’polluted and malicious’’ for claiming that the Namibian President had any role in the Phala Phala Farm theft. This comes after critics accused police of violating Namibian laws following the arrest of some Namibians and a South African national accused of stealing from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm in the Limpopo Province and the alleged abduction and questioning of David Immanuel in Namibia by South African authorities. The Minister in the National Assembly stated…
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