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The government spent over N$2 million on state and official funerals in the last financial year, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has said. Around 500 workers at the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, the country’s national broadcaster, are expected to embark on a nationwide strike today at 14h00, Namibia Public Workers Union has said. In a surprise turn of events, President Hage Geingob yesterday named his trusted lieutenant Frans Kapofi as new defence minister, replacing Peter Vilho, who resigned under a cloud earlier this month. National Council, the upper chamber of the country’s bicameral Parliament, was allocated a total budget of N$88.4 million for the 2021-22 financial year, marking a reduction of about N$12.9 from the previous financial year. Almost half of the N$62.7 million Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) budget has been earmarked for the investigation of 20 ongoing high-profile cases that will be prioritised by the anti-graft agency this financial year. The coronavirus pandemic caused 11 210 job losses from 983 employers during the last financial year, labour minister Utoni Nujoma has said. The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will receive N$58 million to refurbish its old studio equipment as well as upgrading its network to deliver quality content to the public. Vipuakuje Muharukua wears multiple hats: He is a full-time politician, lawyer, farmer and dedicated husband and father to his young family. New Era’s Kuzeeko Tjitemisa sat down with the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian in this tell-all interview. Swapo President Hage Geingob said he pins his hope on Swapo’s young cadres to ensure the knowledge and culture of the ruling party and the ethos of solidarity, freedom and justice remain at the core of its decision-making process. Remuneration of employees is the largest cost driver in the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS). The Covid-19 pandemic has crushed the country’s once-thriving tourism sector. Education minister Anna Nghipondoka has expressed concern about the level of investment into the basic education sector. Butuku bwa korona butisize kuli batu ba 11 210 balatehelwa kimisebezi yabona, kuzwelela kwa babelekisi ba 983 mwasilimo sesi felile, likwabuyu yabona za misebezi Utoni Nujoma nabulezi. The cash-strapped Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is on the brink of collapse, members of the parliamentary standing committee on information, communication, technology and innovation heard yesterday. President Hage Geingob has said government will consider the request by the family of the three brothers and a cousin, who were gunned down by members of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) late last year, to view the contents of the report into the killing. Coronas ǀaeb ge 11 210 sîsengu ǂoa!nâsa ǀuniga marikurib !nâ !aroma hâ, 983 sîsenmā-aona xu tib ge sîsengu ministeri Utoni Nuyomaba ge mî. The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has set Friday, 2 July as the date on which the by-election in the Opuwo Rural constituency will be held. As the world prepares to celebrate International Workers’ Day tomorrow, labour rights experts have called on workers across the country to advocate for unity of purpose. Journalism will not die, it is the oxygen of democracy, but will continue to be disrupted, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) associate professor Admire Mare has opined. Mueteleli wanaha Hage Geingob naize muuso uka talima kupo yalubasi lwa baana babalalu bamushemi alimuñwi ni muhabo, bane bakunupilwe kimasole banaha Botswana kwamafelo añohola, kubona zeli mwapiho yasene siezahezi.