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Interventions launched to uplift livelihoods

Interventions launched to uplift livelihoods

Martin Endjala Namibia and its development partners have announced the launch of various intervention projects, to uplift the livelihoods of the vulnerable groups in the country as well as building resilience. This announcement was made today by the Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila in Windhoek, that the projects will be undertaken with the help of the Republic of Japan and United Nations agencies. About USD$1.6 million has been made available by the Japanese government towards the Covid-19 vaccination campaigns and equipment including other emergency health issues. A further USD$500 was- injected towards nutritious food under the World Food Program (WFP). This…
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Katima councillor demands N$2m in defamation suit

Katima councillor demands N$2m in defamation suit

Obrein Simasiku Three people that are being sued for defamation by the Katima Mulilo Urban Constituency councillor Kennedy Simasiku, have hit back saying they will not apologise and have vowed to fight back through their lawyers, because they believe they did nothing wrong. In a demand letter dated August 5, the trio were given seven days to tender a public apology on local Nwanyi radio, Eagle FM and on a WhatsApp group of Katima Mulilo Urban. A further demand of N$1 million was put to first respondent Matengu Nkando, a further claim of N$500 000 each on Mwemba Rasboom Mwemba…
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Beef exports grow by 20 percent

Beef exports grow by 20 percent

Obrein Simasiku A 20% growth has been recorded in the first quarter of 2022 in beef exports, which points to a recovery from the long-lasting drought the country was subjected to. According to the AgriBank’s market watch about 20,000 more cattle were sold by June 2022, adding to the year-to-date total number of cattle marketed of 121,555 compared to the 101,016 during the same period in 2021. “The improvement is as a result of a 17% surge in live exports to 67,262 in the half year 2022 compared to 57,262 during the same period in 2021.” The report says farmers…
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Jane Katjavivi praised for her nobleness

Jane Katjavivi praised for her nobleness

Martin Endjala The National Assembly Speaker Peter Katjavivi’s late wife, Jane Katjavivi who died yesterday morning at the age of 70, has been praised for her nobleness and for her willingness to assist those in need and for having contributed greatly to the development of the country. “Jane will be sorely missed by many of us for her gentle demeanour and willingness to offer assistance to those in need,” these were the sentiments of President Hage Geingob in his condolence message yesterday. Geingob sympathized with the family saying that he has learned with sadness of the death of Madam Jane…
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Lack of traffic knowledge cause of crashes

Lack of traffic knowledge cause of crashes

Martin Endjala The Zambezi Region is regarded as one of the lowest vehicle accident regions in the country, contributing three percent of total crashes (1,729) for the period January to July 2022. However, the data indicates that many people in the region remain vulnerable to road crashes due to a lack of understanding. According to the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) statement issued yesterday, the MVA is currently conducting a week-long Road Safety Awareness Campaign in the Zambezi Region which commenced on 8 August and will run until Friday, 12 August. The campaign is aimed at the continuous promotion of…
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Institutional decision sends students home over WIFI devices

Institutional decision sends students home over WIFI devices

Staff Writer Students at Namibia College of Open Learning (Namcol) in Otjiwarongo were barred from attending classes on Monday after failing to pay for pocket WIFI devices. The students were allegedly sent home after management decided to suspend their attendance if they did not pay for the devices. Namcol Director, Heroldt Murangi, stated that it was unfair to allow some students to pay while others did not simply because they were running to the media. “We then after decided to take a decision that we would inform the students that they will be suspended from the classes until they pay…
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CRAN about SIM registration positives

CRAN about SIM registration positives

CHAMWE KAIRA Critical sectors at risk of cybercrimes in Namibia identified by Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) include energy, communications, data centres, finance, transport, water and government administration. CRAN is in the middle of enforcing a mandatory SIM Card Registration in the country and has cited cybercrimes as one of the many reasons why SIM cards must be registered. CRAN CEO, Emilia Nghikembua points out that the use of mobile phones delivers significant economic and social benefits and plays a key role in enabling digital inclusion and delivering social benefits. But on the other hand, she argues that mobile…
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Central bank to provide FinTech guidance

Central bank to provide FinTech guidance

Chamwe Kaira The Bank of Namibia has come up with a regulatory framework to provide guidance on how the bank will treat financial technology (FinTech) innovations that are not covered under the bank’s existing regulations. “The regulatory framework provides a step-by-step analytical framework to identify whether an innovation qualifies as a FinTech innovation followed by a phased approach to understand, evaluate and test the innovation before the regulatory outcome on the innovation can be determined,” says Kazembire Zemburuka, Director of Strategic Communications and International Relations. The Fintech Africa Summit held in March concluded that the impact of financial technology (FinTech)…
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NamRA to enhance compliance and enforcement

NamRA to enhance compliance and enforcement

CHAMWE KAIRA Sixteen months since its inception, the Namibia Revenue Agency’s major highlight has been surpassing the revenue target for the first financial year by N$3.5 billion. The revenue is for the period April 2021 to July 2022. NamRA’s Chief of Strategic Communications and Support Engagements, Steven Ndorokaze says that the recruitment process, which involves absorbing the staff seconded from the Ministry of Finance has gained significant momentum and has added to the agency’s revenue target. “Lot of work was also done to ensure that our systems are compatible with demands of the time, while assessing the various processes to…
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Old Mutual looks at impact of Covid 19

Old Mutual looks at impact of Covid 19

CHAMWE KAIRA Covid-19 had a major negative impact on businesses in Namibia, including on the short term insurance industry. Riaan Vermeulen, Managing Director of Old Mutual Short-Term Insurance explains to the Windhoek Observer that not all their clients had the relevant cover for Business Interruption caused by Infectious Diseases. “It is therefore impossible to quantify the full impact on our customers though it is safe to say it was severe,” explains Vermeulen. Commenting on the move by Old Mutual to pay out its customers despite the tough economic environment, Vermeulen explains that Old Mutual’s position has always been to accept…
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