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It is better to be cautious of any unscheduled contact to avoid disappointment, particularly at this time of the year when scams and fraud are known to escalate during the build-up to the festive season. The Road Fund Administration (RFA) states that current Road User Charges (RUCs) do not generate enough revenue to cover the costs of maintaining the nation’s roads network. Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) last week met the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Natural Resources and that of Economics and Public Administration in efforts to strengthen their case for mining phosphate off the Namibian seabed. Many enumerators of the recently-completed population and housing census are still fighting for their unpaid salaries. Namibia is set to be the first country in the world to produce iron using renewable energy. After opening its taps to citizens two years ago in response to the demand for water to help combat a global pandemic, the City of Windhoek is now facing a significant spike in bad debt. Calculations of overload fees and penalties should be based on the actual amount by which the transgressing vehicle is above the weight limit and the real distance travelled with the overloaded vehicle. The Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) has redoubled its antigraft fight, boasting to be among the leading agencies walking the anti-corruption talk, as evidenced by arrests, suspensions and court battles. Windhoek mayor Joseph Uapingene asked the capital’s citizens to use water sparingly to preserve the precious liquid wherever possible. Census field staff and transport service providers will be paid from today onwards, the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has said. Electricity Control Board (ECB) CEO Robert Kahimise yesterday advised customers to investigate more affordable and alternative energy sources to help ease the burden on national electricity usage. The chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration, Natangwe Ithete, yesterday blasted commercial banks for what he called “mafia tactics”. Government is currently acting on its commitment to provide drought relief to the most afflicted communities in the nation. Erastus Uutoni, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, yesterday stated that regional and local authorities owe a staggering N$1.5 billion to bulk service suppliers. Tempers flared here last Friday with village council members denying allegations of bribery while others warned of imminent danger to scarce underground water resources should contentious uranium mining proceed in the area. Discovered by Osino Resources in 2019, the Twin Hills resource is an open-pit gold mine being fast-tracked to production. It is anticipated that by mid-2026, the project will record an average annual gold revenue of N$4.23 billion. Individuals selling fuel from unregistered outlets or without the necessary licensing and documentation have been implored to end their illegal activities immediately. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts last week put the Office of the President on notice for several irregularities, including not providing supporting documentation, not completing some bank reconciliations and paying money to third parties. The multimillion-dollar Daures green hydrogen project is roughly 66% of the way through construction. After learning that Namibia had made significant offshore light oil discoveries, some people began to celebrate, thinking this would be a cure for the nation’s problems with a high youth unemployment rate, extreme poverty and inequality.