SWAKOPMUND - Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director general Paulus Noa has ordered the board of directors of the Institute of Mining and Technology (Nimt) to investigate corruption claims that allegedly occurred under it nose.
WALVIS BAY – The Walvis Bay municipality has donated N$70 000 to government schools at the town for the development of gardening projects.
WALVIS BAY - Inspector General of the Namibian police Sebastian Ndeitunga has appealed to the coastal community and business sector to acquire and employ technical equipment and systems such as closed circuit television systems (CCTV) in crime-prone areas.
WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku on Wednesday convicted Brendan van Wyk, 33, a resident of the seaside town of Swakopmund on three counts of rape, but acquitted him on a fourth rape count and a count of attempting to obstruct or defeat the course of justice at the High Court.
SWAKOPMUND - An increase in stolen puppies, plus that of certain breeds of dog has given rise to new fears that underground dog fighting rings and dog thief syndicates have sprung up, with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) warning pet owners across the country to be vigilant with their animals.
SWAKOPMUND - Namibia cannot continue to speak about gender equality and equal representation of men and women in politics and decision-making when its female folk are confined to the margins of such discussions.
WINDHOEK – Stock theft and poaching are reaching crisis proportions in the Karibib and Otjimbingwe areas with questions increasing whether the police force – crippled by underfunding – is able to fight this prevalent crime in the country.
SWAKOPMUND - The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) yesterday said it would remove Erongo regional governor Cleophas Mutjavikua from its wage negotiation team after an audio recording emerged of him supposedly supporting retrenchments at Husab mine.
WINDHOEK - This week, the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) witnessed the first-ever offloading of Petroleum Coke (Petcoke) consignment. The 37 900 tonnes cargo, which is expected to take nine to 10 days for packing
WALVIS BAY - The four fishing companies that formed a consortium to try and sell their horse mackerel quota has cancelled their bidding process following a strongly-worded letter by Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau last week.
WALVIS BAY - A bidding proposal by four fishing companies who formed a consortium and are now trying to sell 12 357 metric tonnes of horse mackerel to the highest bidder to the tune of up to N$43 million has sent tongues wagging in the local industry.
WALVIS BAY - What was meant to be a well organised and befitting send-off for the late Topnaar chief, Seth Madawa Kooitjie, was turned into a ranting platform by the Ovaherero Traditional Authority chief, Vekuii Rukoro, against the government with regard to the artefacts of the late captain, Hendrik Witbooi.
WALVIS BAY - Right holders, who have had rights for up to 20 years, have a tough battle ahead as they have to account for what they have invested in the fishing sector, says Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau.
WalvisBay – Muhakuli gomosipangero sepangero moKeetmnshoop noupenda kazire momvhura zina kuroka zonene noruhanzo, mankumpi gomanene negano eli kakerev nalyo asi gahepa kukapopera mukake ogu gomakwedi 11 vamurete kosipangero sepangero moKeetmanshoop omu kakere asi ana pumbwa uhaku pangenderera momapeu kagapwelireko.
SWAKOPMUND - Namport CEO Bisey /Uirab says government and the institution is currently exploring the possibility of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to maximise benefits for the Port of Walvis Bay, as the new container terminal is expected to be completed within the next two months.
WALVIS BAY - A Keetmanshoop nurse bravely took on heavy currents in the flooded Blouwes River in a desperate attempt to get an 11-month-old baby girl to the Keetmanshoop State Hospital for urgent medical attention on Saturday.
SWAKOPMUND - Child neglect or abandonment is one of the issues that need urgent intervention from government and all stakeholders to hold such parents accountable for their actions.
WALVIS BAY - Hangana Seafood has awarded compensation worth N$1.2 million to 150 seamen, backdated from February 1, 2017 to January 1, 2019 in the company’s quest to provide better working conditions for its employees, especially those at sea.
WALVIS BAY – The late leader of the Topnaars, Chief Seth Madawa Kooitjie, will be buried on February 16 at Soutrivier, about 95 kilometres from Walvis Bay.
SWAKOPMUND - The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Walvis Bay branch says contractors and engineers should also play their part to address the shortage of classrooms, instead of looting from government through inflated prices when awarded tenders.
WALVIS BAY – Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa says Namibians who see children being taught under trees and in open spaces should rather divert their energy towards assisting such children, instead of taking pictures to mock them on social media.
WALVIS BAY - A group of tourists who recently visited Walvis Bay on a day-trip were in awe of the coastal town’s beauty during the tourism activities they undertook last week before their departure.
WALVIS BAY - Tourists visiting Walvis Bay on a day trip Wednesday were in awe of the town’s beauty and tourism activities. German national Winfried Lamm, arriving aboard one of the four passenger ships that docked at Walvis, said Namibia takes his breath away every time he visits the country.
SWAKOPMUND - Lizelle van Wyk, a single mother of three from Walvis Bay, says that addiction to the cough syrup codeine is real as her 16-year-old son is currently battling to rid himself of the habit.
SWAKOPMUND - The American Museum of Natural History last week turned down a request week by the Namibian Genocide Association led by Laidlaw Peringanda to inspect and verify the origin of some human remains kept in the museum. The New York-based museum has at least eight remains of people of southern African descent.
WALVIS BAY - Addressing social challenges in communities through proper counselling will not only root out social evils such as domestic violence and teenage pregnancies but will ensure an emotionally-healthy society, a psychologist says.
WALVIS BAY - Eight-year-old Natrovinha Davids from Kuisebmond in Walvis Bay is a bright, optimistic young girl who dreams of becoming a successful medical doctor one day.
WALVIS BAY - Police in the Erongo Region arrested two suspects and confiscated mandrax tablets and cannabis over the weekend in Walvis Bay during an operation at the town.
WALVIS BAY - Several parents at Walvis Bay who wanted to enrol their children for Grade 1 yesterday had to be shown the door as all government schools are filled to the rafters – while 780 first graders are already on the waiting list for placement.
Suzuki Namibia celebrated the launch of its much-anticipated all-new Suzuki Jimny 4x4 recently with an overwhelming public response, along with the official opening of their modern Swakopmund showroom, to further boost the N$5-million franchise investment whilst growing the popular Suzuki brand in this country.
WINDHOEK – Both business and leisure travellers alike looking for hospitalities and camping sites in Windhoek and surrounding areas are in for a great treat this holiday.
SWAKOPMUND – Despite his advanced age, veteran golfer Piet van der Westhuizen, 80, was deservedly crowned as the winner of the Bank Windhoek Swakopmund Coastal Senior Open Golf Day tourney at Rossmund golf course, recently. Though the annual gathering caters for play-offs between the coastal and the central seniors - individual entrants also participated.
SWAKOPMUND -Visiting the coast does not only mean partying up a storm or visiting the beach as the whole coastal offers other forms of fun that is educative and thrilling recreational activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
SWAKOPMUND - Walvis Bay and Henties Bay offer unique recreational activities and can be a good escape especially judging by the fact that Swakopmund will once again be fully packed this festive season.
This week I was pleased to officiate at the landmark event – the unveiling of the Peugeot Opel Assembly Plant in Namibia at Walvis Bay.
WINDHOEK - The 20-year-old beauty, Julia Kandjimbi, who was just crowned Miss Walvis Bay over the weekend, is embarking on a “one dollar project” early next year, by knocking on people’s doors to collect funds for her projects.
SWAKOPMUND - Senior legal officials from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are currently discussing the implementation of legal instruments that are part of the protocols on Extradition and on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.
SWAKOPMUND - Rio Tinto’s decision to sell its stake in Rössing to China National Uranium Corporation (CNUC) mitigates further job losses in the mining sector as the strategic mine was set to cease operations within the next seven years.
SWAKOPMUND - The new Insolvency Bill, for which consultations are currently underway, will encourage Namibians not to be scared to take risks when it comes to business opportunities and to make use of all available legal instruments to protect their livelihoods.
WALVIS BAY - The government does not have the interests of workers at heart, hence unionists should become bigger players to safeguard the future of the country and the public, says the Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna), Mahongora Kavihuha.
WALVIS BAY - Walvis Bay businessman Louis Nasilowski who was arrested on Friday afternoon for being in possession of the illegal stimulant amphetamine, which he allegedly sold over the counter at his video shop, was rushed to Windhoek on Saturday after he fell ill while in police custody.
SWAKOPMUND - The Governor of Erongo Region, Cleophas Mutjavikua says Namibia has become a nation that acts only when tragedy strikes, in terms of gender-based violence (GBV) instead of spotting the dangers and avoid them from happening.
SWAKOPMUND - The Oceana Group, of which Etosha Fishing and Erongo Marine Enterprise are a part, has invested N$2.9 million into a fish packaging plant to prevent job losses in a sector that has not been spared from the ravages of a shrinking economy.
SWAKOPMUND - Tracing men who are in arrears for child maintenance and holding them accountable still remains a challenge for many heartbroken coastal mothers who feel the justice system is too lenient on these fathers who impregnate women and then vanish.
WALVIS BAY - Civil servants who are unpatriotic and derelict in their duties are the worst enemies of development in Namibia as they derail efforts to woo investors through unnecessary bureaucracy that delays investment opportunities.
WALVIS BAY - The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare wants gender mainstreaming to be extended to the agricultural sector so that more women benefit from agricultural programmes, projects and initiatives.
KHORIXAS - The Savanna - a bi- monthly sub regional newsletter in Erongo region founded by Dirck Julius Kuzaitjike, is currently on hold for reconstruction. The newsletter was printed by the Kuzaitjike couple themselves in A4 booklet size and operated from their home, 678 Uibasen Street in Ozondje, Omaruru.
SWAKOPMUND - Local authorities must go back to their founding mandate, which is to serve communities through the provision of affordable land and housing, by partnering with institutions such as the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) and other investors.
WALVIS BAY - Urban and Rural Development Minister Peya Mushelenga yesterday said some Namibia mayors live large by grabbing all travelling duties of their local authority councils and thus claim monetary allowances that come with such travels.
WALVIS BAY - The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says it has intensified its investigation into the Walvis Bay municipal council after the alleged abuse of two more credit cards at council came to light.
SWAKOPMUND - A toddler tragically choked to death on Saturday evening while having dinner with her family in Walvis Bay. According to the police weekend crime report, Lonia Naloliwa Shihepo, 4, died Saturday evening despite desperate attempts by medical personnel at the Walvis Bay hospital to save her.
Our Star of the Week is the prosecutor at the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court who speedily prosecuted and had jailed Lukas Shoombe, 28, for a year barely a day after he robbed a British tourist of two cameras worth N$9 500. The same court this week sent out a stern warning to these gangs of thieves preying on tourists when
SWAKOPMUND - A judicial record was set by the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday that prosecuted and convicted Lukas Shoombe, 28, for robbing a British tourist of two cameras worth N$9 500 on Tuesday and jailed him for a year.
SWAKOPMUND - State witness Johan Joubert says there is no way that Walter Helmut Joschko, the German national could have avoided the horrific car accident of 29 December 2014, in which he and five others died between Henties Bay and Swakopmund.
SWAKOPMUND - The Namibian Police in Erongo Region have issued a stern warning to motorists and tourists not to stop for any vehicles that appears to have run out of fuel or experience mechanical problems along deserted coastal roads as criminals use these tricks
SWAKOPMUND – Erongo regional governor Cleophas Mutjavikua says government bodies awarding tenders in the regions should consult and seek advice from the regional leadership to avoid catastrophes such as the recent food crisis experienced by state hospitals in the region.
SWAKOPMUND - Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernard Esau has appealed to the fishing industry not to see the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion (NFCPT) as a competitor but instead create synergy to accelerate fish consumption in Namibia.
WALVIS BAY - The recent food crisis experienced by state hospitals in the Erongo region after the contracted company failed to provide food for three days for state patients at the hospital has resulted in the establishment of an emergency foodbank for the region.
WALVIS BAY - A training officer at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT), Keetmanshoop campus, Onno Nghidileko was fired last week Monday by the institution, whose planned retrenchment of 40 employees was put on hold after the line ministry intervened.
Our Star of the Week is Walvis Bay, Mayor Wilfred Immanuel who through his good leadership averted a possible food crisis at Walvis Bay and Swakopmund State Hospitals after about 85 patients were left without food for several days when a catering company contracted to supply food, withdrew its services due to money owed to it by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
WALVIS BAY - Some of the about 40 workers retrenched from the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) and their union have vowed to challenge the retrenchments as well as seek intervention from the highest office in the country as it was not done in accordance with the Labour Act.
WALVIS BAY - Former Rössing Uranium employee Hendrik Bok, 60, was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) last week on charges related to tender fraud.
The COSDEF Arts & Craft Centre in Swakopmund has received a colourful new facade, thanks to art students who painted the 72-metre long external wall in decorative eye-catching patterns last week.
SWAKOPMUND - The Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo, says the provision of electricity should be a priority, while at the same time ensuring electricity is available on demand and affordable. He says this must be done without compromising economic development.
SWAKOPMUND - The Swakopmund Municipality had to temporarily suspend its newly installed parking system in town following a huge public outcry over the system that has been described a nuisance. The system has been operational for about two weeks now but was criticised by residents who said that the system was a nuisance and defeated the whole purpose it was created for.
SWAKOPMUND - Inmates at the Swakopmund Correctional facility on Tuesday attended the first class of e-learning training, being offered by Uhili Necessity Wellness Trust at the Information Resource Centre at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.
USAKOS - The tiny oasis town of Usakos holed up in the mountainous Erongo Region, came to life during the 4th edition of the annual Sports and Entertainment Festival at the Hakaseb sport field,last weekend.
Heinrich, Sop-Sop or Soppies - call him whatever you like, but there is no doubting that Heinrich de Waal loomed large over the domestic rugby scene during the height of apartheid.