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Muharukua wants subsidies for Omahenene crop farmers

Muharukua wants subsidies for Omahenene crop farmers

Martin Endjala Popular Democratic Movement MP Vipuakuje Muharukua has called for 40 percent subsidy for communal crop farming to villages along the Omahenene water canal both in the Omusati and parts of Oshana regions to make them resilient against the harsh weather patterns the northern regions often face. The MP is of the view that these villages have the ability to become food self-sustainable if production subsidies are granted and will improve their livelihoods of people in the affected areas. The villages include Omahenene, Omakuwa, Omangolowani, Epalela, Omindamba, Ishanaputa, Okathakoushango, Olupako, Omuluukila, Outapi, Onambelela, Ombafi, Okeeke, Ongongo and Shitutuma, Oshipanda,…
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Mixed progress in RISDP implementation

Mixed progress in RISDP implementation

Moses Magadza JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - THERE has been varying progress in implementing the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) during the 2020-2022 period with more scope to be done, according to a consultant. Dr Manasa Dzirikure made this observation when he made an assessment at the start of a regional hybrid dialogue on the implementation of the SADC RISDP 2020-2030 which began here on 13 September, 2022. His assessment focused on five result areas in terms of quantifiable execution of activities planned in the health and agricultural sectors, and the cross-cutting issues of climate change and actions supportive of…
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No sympathy with govt over tight finances …solidarity with civil servants

No sympathy with govt over tight finances …solidarity with civil servants

Tujoromajo Kasuto Analysts have recommended that the government restructure their expenditure budget, pointing to a lack of efficient planning and execution in central government as the root cause of civil servants feeling the pinch of rising living costs. According to Herbert Jauch, a labour expert, for the last five years since the last raise, civil servants’ wages and benefits have remained the same despite inflation eroding their purchasing power by nearly 30%. ‘’When you consider that their wages have lost nearly 30% of their purchasing power, what they pay for with their wages is far less than what they could…
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Nam gymnastics suspended from international games

Nam gymnastics suspended from international games

Martin Endjala Two senior Namibian gymnast athletes are pleading to the International Gymnastic Federation toallow them to take part in the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games to represent Namibia under the FIG flag.Namibia has been suspended from taking part in international events, because of division in the gymnastic family. Emilia Ekandjo and Shayna Schutte, who have already qualified for the games and registered to participate in the competition have expressed their disappointment in being told that they won’t be taking part as planned. Speaking to Windhoek Observer in an interview yesterday at the SKW gymnastic training hall in Windhoek, Ekandjo said…
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Summit looks at how women overcame difficulties

Summit looks at how women overcame difficulties

Staff Writer The 12th Women Summit held over the weekend in Swakopmund focused on how women overcame various adversities and life event that enabled them to be the people they are today. The summit hosted by Old Mutual Namibia was held under the “Securing your Financial Future’’ and saw over 140 women in attendance. Renowned South African broadcaster, Nicolette Mashile, and best-selling author of “What’s your move,” headlined the summit alongside Namibian speakers Colette Rieckert, Hermien Elago and Afra Schimming-Chase. Elago spoke about how ones health is their wealth and the importance it plays to their total wellbeing. Rieckert touched…
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Mushelenga concerned about illegal surveillance of journalists

Mushelenga concerned about illegal surveillance of journalists

Martin Endjala Information, Communication and Technology Minister has urged journalists to continue putting more effort in their work and exposing sensitive information, despite the growing trend of unauthorized surveillance on journalists by tech-companies, spying and keeping tabs on journalists. Peya Mushelenga also encouraged journalists to ensure that their stories are accurate, reliable and trustworthy and to continue exposing corruption and obtain their information within the scope set by the journalism code of conduct. Speaking to the activities of some tech companies, Mushelenga said “unauthorised surveillance can expose information gathered by journalists including from whistle-blowers and may also harm the safety…
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Youth urged to take charge of their future

Youth urged to take charge of their future

Martin Endjala Young people are urged to take charge of their future and to empower their vision by ensuring that they fulfill it. “Each generation must discover their own mission to fulfill it or betray it”. President Hage Geingob said this quoting from the seminal work of Frantz Fannon, the ‘Wretched of the Earth’ when he opened the 17th Namibia National Students Organization congress (NANSO) today in Windhoek. Geingob emphasized that leaders must first be accountable to themselves and respectfulness and not to seek for it but to live by it. ‘’Firstly we must be accountable and respectful to ourselves…
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ECB hikes bulk power price

ECB hikes bulk power price

Staff Writer The Electricity Control Board has announced an increase in the average bulk price by 7.3 percent from the current approved tariff of N$1.6982 per kilowatt-hour to N$1.8222 per kilowatt-hour for the financial year 2022/2023. Acting ECB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rachel Boois said the board met in April to discuss a tariff application submitted by NamPower for a 12.78 percent effective bulk tariff increase (inclusive of generation and transmission), resulting in a rise from an average N$1.6982 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to N$1.9153 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the financial year 2022/2023. However, the allocation was reviewed, and a 7.3…
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Oshikoto prioritises financial transparency ….internal audit committee coming

The Oshikoto Regional Council has set aside N$1 000 000 for the Rural Sanitation Project. The regional council revealed this during its Annual Plan and Review Workshop for the 2020/21 financial year that was held at Tsumeb from 25-29 April. For the 2020/21 financial year, the Oshikoto Regional Council procured materials for the construction of toilets at a cost of N$700 000 from which 40 VIP toilets were to be constructed. A number of Rural Development Projects were also implemented through initiatives such as micro-Eengodi, Okankolo and Olukonda were implemented in order to provide potable water to communities in these…
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NDF soldier threatens to kill family

Tujomajo Kasuto A member of the Namibian Defence Force Member (NDF) was arrested on Monday after he threatened to burn the house, kill his mother, children in his homestead and then take his own life at Elondo village in the Omusati region. According to Omusati Regional Crime Coordinator Moses Simao, the suspect, the 36-year-old Amulungu Petrus is an NDF member at Ruacana military base and the case docket has been forwarded to Gender Based Violence (G.B.V) in the Police to investigate it further. Meanwhile in a separate incident also on Monday at Onamulunga village in the Outapi Constituency Kristof Tulimefimbo…
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