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Namibia’s international reserves healthy

Tujoromajo Kasuto Despite a drop in the Southern African Customs Union revenue by 22 percent in 2021 to N$16.6 billion from N$21.4 billion in 2020, as well as the redemption of Namibia’s first Eurobond of N$7.2 billion, the foreign reserve position of the country increased by 38.5 percent over the course of 2021 to a level of N$43.9 billion at year end. The growth in foreign reserves during 2021 resulted mainly from the International Monetary Fund’s Rapid Financing Instrument loan amounting to N$3.9 billion, an inflow of N$1.5 billion from the African Development Bank also a loan, and the N$6.8…
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PDM throws Dienda under the bus for spousal consent remarks

PDM throws Dienda under the bus for spousal consent remarks

Tujoromajo Kasuto The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has distanced itself from the parliamentary remarks made by its Deputy Chief Whip Elma Dienda on the 27th of April, that there was no such thing as ‘’spousal rape’’ while contributing to discussions on the Combating of Rape Amendment Bill in the National Assembly. According to the party, these are her personal opinions, not those of the PDM. McHenry Venaani, President of the PDM, emphasizes that his party ‘’accepts and appreciates rape to be understood as the unlawful insertion of the genitalia or any other object into another person without their consent, and…
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City owed over N$1 billion

City owed over N$1 billion

Staff Writer The City of Windhoek has revealed that residents, government ministries and businesses collectively owe the council N$1.2 billion. According to City spokesperson Harold Akwenye, the city has handed over defaulters to Redforce Debt Management for collection. “Residents, businesses and governments owe N$1.2 billion in total, of which N$460 million has been handed over to Redforce for debt collection,” confirm Akweenye. Earlier this year the government asked local authorities to charge those who can pay while it tries to find the funds to settle the debt for water supplied during the Covid-19 state of emergency from local authorities, who…
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Fuel levies reduced to give relief to motorists

Fuel levies reduced to give relief to motorists

Obrein Simasiku The Ministry of Mines and Energy has reduced some levies collected on fuel by 50 and 25 percent to give a price relieve to motorists. The reduction in the levies will lead to a price drop of N$1.20 for petrol and 30 cents for diesel. This means pump prices in Walvis Bay for petrol will be N$17.90 and N$19.93 for diesel, while to the rest of the country it will be adjusted accordingly. The announcement was made the Mines Minister Tom Alweendo this morning, saying the decrease in levies will assist in reducing fuel prices and provide relief…
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Subsistence farmers urged to produce for market

Subsistence farmers urged to produce for market

Martin Endjala Subsistence farmers have been urged to move away from traditional farming and produce surplus for both local and international markets to ensure food security for both their families and the country. This was said by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah during the 16th Theo Ben Gurirab lecture series at Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region. She said farmers should take advantage of the Extensive Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Project rolled out by government to achieve structural transformation of increased food production through value addition. ‘’ I am informed that this particular project is…
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N$4.9 million police barracks at Bravo Checkpoint

N$4.9 million police barracks at Bravo Checkpoint

Obrein Simasiku Police officers stationed at Bravo checkpoint in the Oshikoto Region were ecstatic, as the Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga inaugurated the N$4.9 million accommodation structures. The checkpoint is one of the strategic policing facilities which regulates the Veterinary Cordon Fence, situated on the Tsumeb-Tsintsabis-Mpungu road. "I must emphasise that the acquisition of these facilities come at the right time, when some of the members deployed in Oshikoto Region stay in houses under poor conditions. Whereas some stay in rented houses and flats to come and provide policing services in this town, due to the lack of accommodation. I am…
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AgriBank, NAB ink loan scrutiny agreement

AgriBank, NAB ink loan scrutiny agreement

Obrein Simasiku The Agricultural Bank of Namibia (AgriBank) and the Namibia Agronomic Board (NAB) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on risk assessment of loan applicants, who want to venture into agricultural production, value addition and storage of agronomic and horticultural products. Under the same terms, the institutions will evaluate the need for new loan products across the agronomic and horticultural value chain. The MoU runs for five years with an option of renewal, and will also extend to interventions aimed at developing the agronomic and horticultural industry in Namibia. "The two institutions will also share information relevant to the…
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Utoni lashes out at NEFF antics

Utoni lashes out at NEFF antics

Tujoromajo Kasuto The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation has condemned the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters masquerading as trade unions and as modern-day saviours of Namibian workers engaging in ‘’guerrilla theatre’’ tactics disrupting business operations. This comes after Nujoma prematurely ended a meeting where he and his senior staff had with NEFF leaders Epaphras Mukwiilongo, Longinus Iipumbu, and Michael Amushelelo on Wednesday. The meeting was held at the Labour Ministry offices in Windhoek but came to an abrupt halt after an altercation between Amushelelo and another ministry official when Amushelelo referred to Nujoma as ‘’useless’’. During the altercation…
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PDM threatens to boycott polls ….’partisan’ ECN commissioner irks PDM

PDM threatens to boycott polls ….’partisan’ ECN commissioner irks PDM

Martin Endjala One name among the members of the Electoral Commission of Namibia cause a major uproar in the National Assembly today. The vetting and endorsement of the commissioners of the elections body is always a controversial matter in the house and sometimes turns into real election campaigning. Opposition parties are in the habit of accusing the ruling Swapo Party for filling up the ECN with people sympathetic with Swapo. The vacancies for ECN commissioners are public advertised and candidates also interviewed publicly. The opposition parties were particularly irked by one commissioner, who they said served previously as an assistant…
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Government impounds OTA vehicle

Staff Writer The Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) today handed over the government vehicle that was allocated to the traditional authority to the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, after the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD) instructed the Namibian Police to confiscate the vehicle. According to the OTA, MURD opened a case with the Namibia police. “A case number CR23/04/22 has been opened with Namibian Police with the charge; Use of vehicle without owner consent. When asked who the owner is the police stated that the case was opened by the MURD,” said the OTA. Daniel Nghidinua, the ministry’s…
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