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N$4.1 million allocated for rural sanitation and development

The Oshikoto Regional Council has allocated N$4.1 million for rural sanitation and development programmes for the 2024/2025 financial year.The decision was made at the council's third meeting held on 8 July 2024.N$3.3 million of the funds will be used to construct 180 toilets in 10 constituencies, including Guinas, Nehale Lya Mpingana, Omuthiya, Eengodi, Okankolo, Omuntele, Onyaanya, Onayena, Oniipa, and Olukonda. This effort aims to improve sanitation and end open defecation in the region.Additionally, more than N$800 000 will fund the provision of water under the Food or Cash for Work programme, supporting the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform's…
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Meatco appoints new board

Old Mutual Namibia’s managing director for corporate segment, Patricia Olivier has been appointed as a member of the Meat Corporation of Namibia’s (Meatco) new board of directors.Olivier’s appointment was announced by the Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprises. The appointment of the new board of directors will come into effect on 1 September 2024.Besides Olivier, the other members of the new board of directors are Sakaria Nghikembua, board chairperson, Joseph Andreas, Adolf Makanga Muremi, Hilbert Martin Joachim Paul, Stephanie Melisant Larney De Klerk, Cyprianus Khaiseb, Petterseon Tjipueja, Patricia, Diana L.van Schalkwyk and Abiud Tjipangandjara. Report: Martin Endjala.
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Lithium miners stuck with ore

Lithium miners stuck with ore

Ester Mbathera The ministry's decision to ban the export of raw lithium ore has impacted small Namibian miners seeking to establish themselves in the mining industry. Fabiola Awases, a small miner in the Otjimbingwe area who has relied on her claims for years, discovered lithium deposits on her land, but she is unable to profit from the minerals. “The decision by the ministry was premature. Before the ban, they had already given Xinfeng a competitive advantage to export some ore out of the country, giving them a starting capital. We could not,” she said. She advocated for all miners to…
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Law allows GRN to deal directly with August 26

Law allows GRN to deal directly with August 26

Martin Endjala Namibian procurement laws allow the state to use various procurement methods it deems necessary under various conditions, as long as they are soundly justified. Frederico Links, a researcher for the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), made this statement in response to criticism about the government's awarding of tenders to August 26. “In the case of having to complete a job abandoned by a contractor, GRN is well within its rights and within the law to give the job to a state entity to complete,” he explained. Last week, the Ministry of Health and Social Services announced that…
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Independent presidential candidate accuses agriculture ministry of misusing taxpayer’s money

Independent presidential candidate accuses agriculture ministry of misusing taxpayer’s money

Stefanus Nashama Independent presidential candidate, Ally Angula has accused the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform of squandering taxpayer money on unused infrastructure in green schemes. Angula, who is on a campaign trail in the Kavango East region, accused the ministry of constructing a forestry office where no one is stationed or working. “The Ministry of Agriculture is a total failure. We cannot even grade them because they are wasting money on renovations when no people are utilising this infrastructure,” she said. Since its construction six years ago, the office has undergone several renovations. Angula demanded accountability for the…
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ECN violated constitution by meeting with Swapo SG

ECN violated constitution by meeting with Swapo SG

Erasmus Shalihaxwe Imms Nashinge, the spokesperson of the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) said the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has not only breached the Electoral Act but also violated Article 10 and Article 18 of the Namibian Constitution. Nashinge said the ECN has discriminated against other political parties by meeting Swapo’s secretary general, Sophia Shaningwa, President Nangolo Mbumba, and some other senior government officials at State House on Tuesday. The Presidency’s spokesperson, Alfredo Hengari defended Shaningwa's presence at the meeting, saying she was there in her capacity as a Cabinet member. Nashinge said Shaningwa is a member of parliament…
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Mass national documents registration served thousands

Mass national documents registration served thousands

Niël Terblanché The government’s mass registration outreach programme, aimed at providing national documents to residents across the country, is nearing its conclusion. Over 94 317 individuals have already benefited from this initiative, which started on 5 February and will conclude on 31 July. The program provides a variety of services, including birth certificates, identity documents, duplicates, and citizenship applications, which target all 121 constituencies. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Lucia Witbooi, while discussing the matter in Parliament earlier this week, said no applicant would be turned away without their details being recorded. She said that this…
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PowerCom connects Mupini village

PowerCom connects Mupini village

Niël Terblanché PowerCom held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new telecommunications tower in Mupini village in the Kavango West region on Thursday. Emma Theofelus, Namibia's Minister of Information and Communication Technology, who inaugurated the tower, explained the project's significance for the region and the nation. "This tower represents far more than just the construction of a physical structure; it is a giant leap forward in Namibia's digital journey, opening up a world of opportunity for the people of Rundu and the Kavango Region," she said. Theofelus stressed the ministry's commitment to transforming Namibia into a digitally inclusive nation. Initiatives such…
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Shade and roofs for police checkpoint

Shade and roofs for police checkpoint

Martin Endjala The police plan to put up shade ports and roofs at all major police checkpoints. Ongwediva has become the latest police checkpoint with infrastructure that provides shade for officers and their equipment. The infrastructure at the Ongwediva police checkpoint will be inaugurated on Saturday, according to police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi. “The Namibian Police Force has been and will continue to construct and/or upgrade our facilities, depending on the available or allocated budget. The total cost is still unknown. Indeed, the Oshiko police checkpoint will be inaugurated on Saturday, 20 July 2024, and the cost implications and…
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Kanyama defends business delivery record in court

Kanyama defends business delivery record in court

Hertta-Maria Amutenja Businessman Shapwa Kanyama defended his company's medical supplies delivery record during court proceedings this week. He was refuting claims made by lawyers defending Mathilde Kadhikwa, who claimed that a Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) report had cited his company, Africure, for failing to deliver medical supplies on time. "It does not say it’s my company. We have no record of not delivering or not delivering on time," said Kanyama. Kadhikwa engaged Henry Shimutwikeni's legal services. Kanyama’s statement came in response to allegations presented by Shimutwikeni, suggesting that his company was part of those criticised in the GIZ…
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