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Public sector unions have described government’s zero offer on salary increments as immoral, insensitive and an act without due regard for the plight of civil servants. Despite the Covid-19 wreckage that gobbled the tourism industry globally, the international tourist arrival trends to Namibia from January to December 2021 indicate regaining 37.81% of the lost market when compared to 2020 figures, and 2022 is showing continued increases in arrivals. Attempts by the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund to collect debt from beneficiaries remain a challenge as only N$44.9 million has been recovered between the 2015 and 2022 financial years. … lack of serious investment hamstrings sector There are over 8 000 asylum-seekers and refugees in Namibia, with the majority being Congolese, as some parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo still experience unrest. Swapo parliamentarian Elder Filipe has strongly warned against selective justice. Namibia has acceded to the Water Convention with the aim to strengthen her capacity and add additional tools in catalysing change towards the water and peace nexus. As Namibia’s urban population grows, the need for serviced land and housing is mounting, which results in the growth of poorly serviced informal settlements. As southern Africa countries continue to wage war against the decades-long trade ban to sell millions worth of ivory stockpiles, a new setback has hit their struggle, as a near total ban on the import, export and dealing of items containing ivory came into force in Britain yesterday. ǁNāpan ge ǁaupexa 8 000 !hū!khai-ôa-aon tsî !hūsaben tsîna Namibiab !nâ hâ, ǁîn hoan xa a !nāsa !gôab din a Congob !hūǁîse, ǁnāpab noxopa Democratic Republiki Congob dib di ǀnî !âga noxopa sâsāo!nâsiba ra ai!gû mâsib xa ra !aromahese. National Council member Paulus Mbangu has opposed the government’s offer to lease green schemes and one dairy venture to investors, arguing local people can successfully run the government’s multi-million-dollar projects. Based on a steady increase in positive cases, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has altered its categorisation of Namibia to a high-risk Covid-19 country, much to the chagrin of the tourism industry and health officials. Namibian experts have echoed UN Secretary General António Guterres’ long-standing assertion that Gross Domestic Product as a measure of economic strength should be abandoned. The world leader characterised this form of measurement of an economy as an accounting system that “rewards pollution and waste”. The Namibia Tourism Board has jumped on board to denounce the latest decision by the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention to categorise Namibia as a high-risk country, arguing the ranking lacks scientific data. Government has been urged to increase the number of houses with electricity connections. The scarcity of potable water has heightened fears of human-wildlife conflict in the Zambezi and Kavango regions, with specifically crocodiles and hippos often attacking villagers drawing water from the two perennial rivers. Namibia will soon make use of DNA analysis in forensic investigations into animal abuse and crimes such as illegal smuggling, poaching and the illegal trade in protected species. Tokwahalo yamezi akenile itisize sabo yalikomano mwahala lifolofolo zanaheñi ni sicaba mwalikiliti zaKavango ni Zambezi, sihulu likwena ni likubu hañata litaseza bayahi baminzi mwalinuka zepeli zebuba nako kaufela. Although women and children are mostly affected by domestic violence, Swapo parliamentarian Tobie Aupindi believes some women are accomplices to the scourge. Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta has redeployed retired police commander Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa to lead anti-poaching efforts in the Etosha National Park.