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The accessibility to decent housing improves people’s lives and mental health, while also creating a conducive environment in which communities can thrive. !Hū-omkhâis, ǁgam-i tsî !hūde ǁkhawa !gâi!gâi!nâs di ministeri, Calle Schlettweini ge ǀgaisa !khâikhomsa mā tsî ge mî, !narib tsî ǂkhôadīs ǁgammās !aroma hâ xūn dis ǀgaisa ǂâiǂhansens ase nē ministerisa ība !khaisa. Justice ministry executive director Gladice Pickering yesterday said it remains imperative that Namibian laws speak loudly to the country’s developmental agenda. Namibia is showcasing the country’s investment opportunities in the mining sector at the 2023 Invest in African Mining Indaba. Ideally, all procurement for any institution during a given financial year should closely correlate with what is contained in that entity’s annual procurement plan. Omaheke governor Pijoo Nganate last week urged Namibians to abandon what he called ‘fear of the unknown’ to allow Uranium One to continue with its controversial mining operations in the area. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said Namibia is a wealthy country, but the majority of its citizens are poor. City of Windhoek ward contractors on Monday embarked on a demonstration demanding better working conditions. Workers are further demanding permanent employment as many of them have been working on a contract basis from as far back as 1990. The Omaheke region, well known as Namibia’s cattle country, has embarked on a quest to save the country’s dairy industry from total collapse. According to Omaheke governor Pijoo Nganate, the region is in line to become one of the hubs for dairy products amidst efforts to become self-sufficient and create more employment. Consumers have to keep on tightening their belts, just as they have been doing for the last couple of years due to the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on living costs, coupled with a persistent recession. Urban and Rural Development Minister Erastus Uutoni yesterday slammed the City of Windhoek’s leadership for failing to agree terms with striking cleaners. The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) is urging small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to utilise the relaunched Covid-19 SME Loan Scheme, now renamed the SME Economic Recovery Scheme. As finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi is preparing to table the 2023/24 budget in the National Assembly on Wednesday, the country’s growing debt levels will weigh heavy on the mind of the former central bank governor. Urban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni is concerned about housing prices, which he said should not be bitter but must be accommodative and affordable for residents to achieve the basic concept of owning a home. National electric power utility company, the Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) financial performance was impacted by the economic downturn over the past five years, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. With the national budget scheduled to be tabled this afternoon, rising public debt is weighing heavily on the minds of economists, while others have called for a reasonable return and accountability on the billions of dollars invested in education. Otjinene village in the Omaheke region has been experiencing a relatively high investor inflow for the past years. Finance and Public Enterprises Minister Iipumbu Shiimi yesterday shocked friend and foe when he tabled a whopping N$84.6 billion budget, with an increase insocial grants and a tax break for workers. The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) workers will embark on a nationwide strike tomorrow to force the board and management meet their demands after collective bargaining reached a deadlock. While Finance and Public Enterprises Minister Iipumbu Shiimi continues to allocate billions in the domestic budget to prioritised sectors like education, despite repeated undesirable results, he has shown his frustration while reading his statement.