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Councillors serving on the Walvis Bay municipal council are fuming after the local authority erroneously paid N$1.2 million to a security company. Council has now opted to launch an investigation into the overpayment and take necessary steps against employees for alleged maladministration. NamPower has invested in a multi-million-dollar substation in the Erongo region to meet the current and future electricity supply in the region. NamPower last week briefed the media with regards to the ongoing project, the Sekelduin substation, located about 4km from Swakopmund, on the backroad to Walvis Bay. The Walvis Bay municipality’s CEO position will be readvertised after some councillors and political parties apparently interfered with the process. Speculation around the new container terminal was finally put to rest when the Namibia Ports Authority announced that they will be leasing it for the next 25 years. Political considerations will not come into play when choosing/picking the preferred bidder to run the new container terminal for the next 25 years. The fishing sector is considered the third largest contributor to the country’s GDP; however, this sector’s greater impact is felt more in its spinoffs and the livelihoods it sustains all over the country. The Fisheries ministry will need N$58 million to carry out the Marine and Inland Monitoring, Control and Surveillance programme to combating of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities within Namibia’s exclusive economic zone as well as on the inland water bodies. The local fish trade not only promotes the consumption of fish in Namibia but it is an economical vehicle that addresses unemployment, entrepreneurship and food security in the country. Not everybody has the opportunity to choose a perfectly suited career or do what they love. Some jobs are a mere stepping stone to greatness. Princess Brand Processing (PBP) has taken investment in the fishing industry to a whole new level. Namibia’s Fisheries Observer Agency is one of the country’s critical state-owned enterprises, tasked with safeguarding the natural resources for future generations, despite serious challenges. Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms of freshwater, seawater or brackish water origins for various purposes such as food, ornamental and commodities. The government is set to proceed with the procurement of a second multi-billion-dollar desalination plant to be constructed at the coast in partnership with NamWater. You do not need political experience or background to serve but to know your duties and what is expected from you. WHILE celebrating May Day, politicians hailed the great strides made to improve the lives of workers in independent Namibia, and trade unionists pleaded for a more professional and responsive approach by labour officials. Trade experts from Angola met with the Namibian business community to clarify their country’s Presidential Decree No.23/19, which was set in 2019 to protect domestic producers and products. Intermittent sulphur outbreaks in the Atlantic ocean have forced Rössing Uranium Limited to look at alternative measures to ensure operations at the mine continue uninterrupted. The Independent Patriots for Change have told their Swakopmund constituency councillor Ciske Smith-Howard to either resign or get fired. A case of possible police negligence is being investigated in the Erongo region after a trial-awaiting prisoner escaped from the holding cells at the Walvis Bay police station. After spending close to N$103 million to acquire the remaining 50% shares of the four-star Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre, TransNamib CEO Johnny Smith says the rail parastatal will consider selling the property in future.