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Namibian youth have in 2021 showed courage and determination, and stood up for themselves and their peers to create positive change in their communities, societies and the country at large. Student activist and youth leader Ester Simon is the new secretary general of the Southern African Students’ Union (SASU), effective 13 December 2021, for a four-year term. Holidaymakers at the coast can get their vaccination and booster shots at an array of health facilities in the Erongo region. Medical interns employed by government have lodged a complaint with the Office of the Labour Commissioner over what they termed as unfair labour practices. There’s a lot of misconceptions and myths around pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the worst is several people either don’t know the existence of the medication or they are not aware of how it works. Actor Armas Shivute said one of the things Namibians can do to ensure the film industry thrives is support productions in large numbers, so that other countries can be drawn to watching local productions. The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) says it will be closely monitoring and assessing travellers, mainly on the B1 and B2 roads which have been prone to many accidents, especially during the festive season. Several cases of suicide were reported to the police between Friday and Saturday. Namibia has recorded a significant increase in Covid-19 active cases over the past two weeks, with figures rising from 10 227 on 20 December 2021 to 14 819 recorded on 2 January 2022. Since the first detection of Covid-19 cases in March 2021 in Namibia, the pandemic has wreaked havoc in the tourism sector. Despite a sharp increase in positive cases and deaths as well as widespread misinformation that impacts the slow pace with which Namibians have taken up vaccination against the coronavirus, government has decided not to change to a more aggressive approach. While many believe the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has mild reactions, Namibian health authorities believe the variant is causing hospitalisation and deaths, especially in unvaccinated individuals.