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Windhoek residents urged to report crime on time

Windhoek residents urged to report crime on time

Stefanus Nashama The Namibian Police Force in the Khomas region has urged Windhoek residents, especially those in informal settlements, to collaborate with the police and report crimes promptly. In recent weeks, community members have noticed an increase in crime in the Goreangab and Havana informal settlements. Chief Inspector Katrina Naukushu, head of community policing in Khomas, while speaking to the Windhoek Observer on Monday, appealed to the community to collaborate with the police in fighting crimes. “The police are part of the community, and the community is part of the police. We should all work together to fight crime,” she…
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Khomas consultations on boundary demarcations postponed

Khomas consultations on boundary demarcations postponed

Erasmus Shalihaxwe The Khomas Regional Council has rescheduled the consultations on boundary delimitation and demarcation, originally scheduled for 13 and 14 June, to 27 June. Khomas Chief Regional Officer, Clement Mafwila announced on Monday that the meeting would be postponed to allow for further consultations with residents. He said that the regional leadership received a proposal that included input and recommendations from residents who participated in the initial consultations in various constituencies. According to Mafwila, the proposal included requests to expand, divide, and demarcate specific constituencies in order to enhance service delivery and access. “The expansion of the existing boundaries…
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Opposition parties concerned about people not minding a one-party state

Opposition parties concerned about people not minding a one-party state

Erasmus Shalihaxwe Opposition party leaders have expressed disappointment that most Namibians don't mind a dominant-party system as long as elections are free and fair. This reaction follows an Afrobarometer study, which revealed that a majority of Namibians believe it does not matter if one political party always wins elections and continuously governs the country, provided the elections are free and fair. Joseph Kauandenge, the secretary general of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO), bemoaned the indoctrination that has led people to view a one-party state as innocuous. “I thought by now they had embraced democracy as a better system of…
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Kauandenge denies being paid to exit NUDO presidential race

Kauandenge denies being paid to exit NUDO presidential race

Stefanus Nashama Joseph Kauandenge, the secretary general of NUDO, has refuted allegations that he received payment to withdraw from the party presidential contest. Kauandenge said this in an interview with the Windhoek Observer on Monday. “I stated my reasons for opting out of the race for the presidency at the media briefing I had, where I expanded in detail on them, and they are still valid today. And no one paid me to fade out of the race. I really don't know who would want me not to run. To achieve what objective?” he said. He explained that he does…
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Gibeon conducts property valuations

Gibeon conducts property valuations

Martin Endjala The Gibeon Village Council is conducting a valuation of rateable properties for the entire village. The primary goal of the on-site inspection is to collect information that the valuers will use to determine the value of each property. The Council issued a notice dated 17 June, appointing BNK Investment CC as their valuer in terms of Section 67(1) of the Local Authority Act No. 23 of 1992, as amended. During the valuation process, the appointed valuer will conduct an onsite inspection of every property in Gibeon. Data collectors will visit houses between 8:00 and 19:00 from Monday to…
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MTC and Omaruru MoU to address connectivity challenges

MTC and Omaruru MoU to address connectivity challenges

Martin Endjala The Omaruru municipality and MTC signed a memorandum of understanding to address challenges with the town’s service delivery by creating an avenue for the use of smart meters via the communication service provider’s network. Sindonga Valentinus, the municipality's Chief Executive Officer, announced the revolutionary use of technology to improve service delivery. “As you all know, MTC is nationwide. Everybody is using MTC SIM cards. Now the challenge that we have in our town is that. If the SIM card has a problem, you must travel as far as Otjiwarongo or Swakopmund. Just to have a SIM card replacement.…
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Karibib needs another service station

Karibib needs another service station

Martin Endjala The town of Karibib needs a third service station to meet the growing demands of its inhabitants and visitors. According to the mayor, Davey van Wyk, the town is facing challenges due to the high influx of cars and travellers passing through it. The two service stations currently in use, according to van Wyk, are frequently overwhelmed by large numbers of cars and people. “To make it worse, they are too close to each other. That is why we need another service station at the end of the town to address this issue,” he said. The mayor said…
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Shifeta urges compliance with the Environmental Management Act

Shifeta urges compliance with the Environmental Management Act

Niël Terblanché In an effort towards strengthening environmental protection, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, has urged traditional leaders to adhere to the Environmental Management Act (EMA) when allocating land. The minister spoke at the appointment of new environmental officers in Windhoek on Friday. Shifeta expressed concerns over the illegal sale and allocation of land in protected areas, as well as the authorization of activities that negatively impact the environment without obtaining the necessary environmental clearance certificates. Shifeta stressed the critical role of traditional leaders in safeguarding the environment, noting that their decisions have far-reaching consequences for…
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Industrialisation and value addition must boost job creation

Industrialisation and value addition must boost job creation

Niël Terblanché The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, has called on unemployed graduates, particularly in engineering and technical fields, to establish production factories. During a site visit to a tin and lithium mine near Uis in the Erongo Region last week, Uutoni stressed the critical need for Namibia to shift from merely exporting raw materials to industrialising its economy. He said that this transition is a key strategy to create jobs and lift thousands of Namibians out of poverty. “We cannot continue exporting our raw materials without adding value. We must move towards industrialization to create more…
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International organisations applaud Namibia’s judgement on sodomy law

International organisations applaud Namibia’s judgement on sodomy law

Hertta-Maria Amutenja International organisations and local activists have expressed support for the Namibian High Court’s ruling that declared the sodomy law unconstitutional and invalid. The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) congratulated Friedel Dausab and the Namibian legal team for this landmark ruling on their social media platform X. "Well done to the legal team," SALC said. Global Black Gay Men Connect celebrated the ruling, stating, "We celebrate today's high court ruling in Namibia that declared the criminalisation of sexual acts between men in Namibia as unconstitutional and invalid! Sodomy and 'unnatural sexual offences' are common law crimes that are unconstitutional…
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