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Government halfway through Psemas’ overhaul
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Government halfway through Psemas’ overhaul

The Namibian Public Service Medical Aid Scheme (Psemas) has encountered several issues over the years.  These issues range from ghost members, excessive costs, and overage dependents. Fortunately, efforts are currently underway to overcome these issues and improve Psemas’ effectiveness.  According to the 2024/25 to 2026/27 medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF), progress on Psemas reforms for 2024/25...

NHP grows membership base 
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NHP grows membership base 

With about 38 772 members and 80 082 beneficiaries, the Namibia Health Plan (NHP) is one of the leading medical aid funds in the country.  In August 2022, Dantago Garosas took over as the principal officer at NHP. Over the years, NHP has grown sustainably; its focus is to provide value-for-money healthcare benefits designed to...

Oil transparency demand baffles Kandjoze
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Oil transparency demand baffles Kandjoze

National Planning Commission director general Obeth Kandjoze is perplexed by the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) recommendation to make all oil and gas deals public.  The IMF’s recommendations were made amidst rampant corruption in some African oil and gas countries.  The IMF request, he said, undermines good governance. “All of us globally must act and do...

Looming hunger predicted
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Looming hunger predicted

While hunger continues its grip on Namibia, coupled with devastating droughts, the situation is projected to exacerbate.  New forecasts indicate that more people will experience food insecurity in the coming months.  About half of the Namibian population (48%) studied, results show that almost 1.4 million people will suffer from food insecurity from July to September...

Awakening a sleeping railway giant…Masisi pushes for start of Trans-Kalahari rail project
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Awakening a sleeping railway giant…Masisi pushes for start of Trans-Kalahari rail project

President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana has called for urgent action to address pending matters to speed up the implementation of the Trans-Kalahari Railway line link.  During a three-day state visit to Namibia last week, he said the project must be fast-tracked as both countries are losing on its potential of the project. “It is imperative that...

Funding shortfall keeps toll road talk alive
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Funding shortfall keeps toll road talk alive

Despite a strong negative perception from the public and lawmakers to toll roads as a revenue-generating option to maintain the national road network, the Road Fund Administration remains adamant that tolling is the answer. The alternative, the RFA cautions, would be a rapid deterioration of the national road infrastructure. “The country’s infrastructure is ageing, and...

Government hears power price hike uproar …provides N$365 million to ease burden on consumers
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Government hears power price hike uproar …provides N$365 million to ease burden on consumers

Maihapa Ndjavera & Edgar Brandt Responding to a massive public outcry on the persistent increase in electricity tariffs, government finally lent an ear and provided millions to ease the cost of living for struggling Namibians.  While this subsidisation has been welcomed, some are, however, questioning its sustainability, questioning what the long-term solution for skyrocketing living...

Uranium project in Catch-22
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Uranium project in Catch-22

Namibian authorities find themselves between a rock and hard place.  While they face a data gap dilemma to decide whether to proceed with uranium mining in the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System (STAS), drilling to obtain the requisite data has been put on ice.  It is a catch-22 situation, if information contained in a recent report,...

Shiimi assures greylisting will not impact emerging industries
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Shiimi assures greylisting will not impact emerging industries

Finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi said Namibians should rest assured that Namibia being greylisted now will not have any effect on the new industries.  “The confidence shown by investors in support for green energy initiatives in Namibia, one of the leading countries championing green hydrogen, is expected to continue. Countries that have been placed on the...

Parastatals must prepare for new industries
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Parastatals must prepare for new industries

Public enterprises must position themselves strategically, as they are an important component for the realisation of emerging industries such as oil, gas and the much-talked-about green hydrogen.  This is because PEs are equipped with the necessary resources to ensure the success of the initiatives. These sentiments were ventilated yesterday by Martha Domingos, director of legal...