Lüderitz – TransNamib this week conducted a test on the rehabilitated railway line from Aus by commissioning a train carrying heavy objects to ascertain the durability of the railway line up to the harbour.
Lüderitz – TransNamib this week conducted a test on the rehabilitated railway line from Aus by commissioning a train carrying heavy objects to ascertain the durability of the railway line up to the harbour.
WINDHOEK - There is a large unmet need for contraceptives among Namibian women, with only 50 percent of women having access to contraceptives, says the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
BUKALO – Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga has called on the management of Bukalo Village Council (BVC) to avoid infighting and concentrate on bringing development at Bukalo where the minister says councillors are to blame for not developing Bukalo.
WINDHOEK – Establishing a framework for cooperative institutional relations to promote cooperation in the area of mutual interest is the focus of the first ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) and the Public Enterprises CEO’s Forum.
WALVIS BAY - Walvis Bay’s Swapo municipal councillor Simson Nghilumbwa, who is also chairperson of council’s management committee, has been placed on a 30-day suspension to pave way for an investigation into his alleged abuse of his official municipal credit card to the tune of N$83 000 in five months.
WINDHOEK - The head of the local Interpol Bureau, Deputy Commissioner Immanuel Sam, said they could not confirm whether the five men arrested in Vaal, a substantial urban area near Johannesburg, South Africa, accused of kidnapping, extortion, armed robbery, assault to cause GBH and masquerading as police officers targeting people selling their goods online, are indeed Namibians.
WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka yesterday morning sentenced convicted killer Elwen Gawaxab to 37 and a half years imprisonment for murder plus a further five years for assault with grievous bodily harm without making any order as to whether the sentences are to run concurrently or consecutively. This means that Gawaxab after serving two thirds of the 37 and a half years will in all likelihood still have to serve two thirds of the five-year sentence.
WINDHOEK - Many houses constructed under the government’s mass housing development programme have serious defects and, as a result, remain unoccupied to date.
WI N D H O E K – Namibian Higher Commissioner to Malaysia Anne Mutelo has revealed that the Asian nation wants to set up a university of technology in Namibia to foster the existing bilateral relations in the area of education.
WINDHOEK - The man accused of the brutal rape and murder of 13-year-old Rachel Vanessa Boois in the Omdel location of Henties Bay during the period May 3 to 4, 2014 will have to wait another year to hear whether his application to be discharged for a lack of evidence is successful or not.
WINDHOEK - Swanu of Namibia has vowed to table a motion in the National Assembly that a relevant parliamentary standing committee investigate and provide a full list of the beneficiaries of the resettlement programme since its inception to date.
WINDHOEK - The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force, Sebastian Ndeitunga, says although there is a crack detective unit investigating serious crimes, there are many challenges facing the force, such as proper capacity building of detectives and the lack of proper equipment.
WINDHOEK - The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) will soon set in motion the process of developing a National Digital Strategy (NDS), which is to be pursued in partnership with various industry stakeholders.
WINDHOEK – The Minister of Economic Planning and the Director General of the National Planning Commission, Obeth Kandjoze says labour force participation needs to be increased in order to address the high youth unemployment rates and the mismatch in the labour force.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi has lauded information and communication technology (ICT) noting that it was essential in supporting and promoting the work of the legislature.
WINDHOEK – Namibia needs approximately N$105 million monthly to fully protect her population of more than 3 500 rhinos, including those in private ownership.
WINDHOEK - Cabinet approved that the Citizen Satisfaction Survey be carried out every second year, rather than annually to allow proper planning and execution of the survey, as well as sufficient time for implementation of remedial action steps before another survey is carried out.
WINDHOEK- Demand for environmental clearance certificates continued to increase during the 2017/18 financial year, with a total of 655 applications for clearance received, compared to 578 applications in 2016/17.
WINDHOEK - The Ministry of Environment and Nuvella Development Marketing Management have signed a 25-year lease contract with the Iipumbu ya Tshilongo Conservancy for construction of a N$40 million lodge in the conservancy.
RUNDU - Andreas Hamutenya, 32, was rushed to the Rundu Intermediate Hospital after a traffic cop unintentionally shot him on Thursday as he chased after a suspected thief.
Reporter Onesmus Embula seeks clarity on a scheme, christened Project1000, that activist and academic Job Amupanda is spearheading. It seeks to have 1000 pairs of shoes bought from Shilongo Leather, a Namibian manufacturing company specialising in leather products.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP - A Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) student is recovering in the Katutura State Hospital after he was savagely attacked by dogs at the institute’s Keetmanshoop campus late one recent Saturday night.
WINDHOEK – Pertaining to urban land, which continues to be a serious concern for the government, President Hage Geingob said the situation in informal settlements constitutes a humanitarian crisis, which should be declared an emergency.
WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob yesterday directed the ministries of land and agriculture to ensure all government resettlement farms have become productive in order to help, amongst others, boost food production in the country.
AUSSENKEHR – Swapo Party coordinator in the //Kharas Region, Matheus Mumbala has reminded the grape companies that they will be judged not on the number of jobs they provide but on the overall well-being of their workers, the majority of whom live in reed houses without toilets.
SWAKOPMUND - The Council of Traditional Leaders wants the government to make an example of Hennie Seibeb who recently uttered vulgar and distasteful statements against President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingos.
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.
WINDHOEK - Land activist Job Amupanda has taken his fight for rent control boards to another level by dragging the Minister of Trade and Industrialisation and government to court over failure to implement the regulations of the Rents Ordinance 13 of 1977, as amended.
WINDHOEK- President Hage Geingob wants to restore and re-establish trust and fairness in the resettlement programme, saying that trust is gained through transparency and accountability.
WINDHOEK - To allay public discontent over the land resettlement programme the government will develop and maintain a database containing names of beneficiaries to avoid multiple land ownership within one region and between different regions at the expense of landless Namibians.
WINDHOEK- President Hage Geingob has hailed the 2nd National Land Conference that he said was inclusive and successful, adding that Namibians demonstrated to themselves and to the global community that the country is a matured democracy.
WINDHOEK -The national airliner, Air Namibia currently being sued by a Zimbabwean family who were allegedly denied travel to Turkey by the airliner’s officials for more than N$14 million in damages will have its property attached.
RUNDU - The Rundu Intermediate Hospital is struggling to ensure hygienic hospital conditions as water cuts continue to haunt the town where the town council can’t afford to keep the town’s tap running. The hospital’s dialysis patients are also affected as patients with kidney problems cannot undergo dialysis as the machines need clean water to make them safe and clean.
WINDHOEK – Official opposition Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader, McHenry Venaani, yesterday denounced the 2nd National Land Conference, saying the resolutions were crafted by highly skilled people in such a way that it will never compromise government.
WINDHOEK - As New Era comes to grips with the passing of its talented writer and associate editor Desie Heita, messages of condolence have been pouring in from all corners, particularly the media fraternity, where he cemented himself as one of the best economic and financial scribes.
WINDHOEK – Meatco, the country’s premier meat processing and marketing entity, and the Meat Board of Namibia, the regulatory authority for livestock and red meat, have both appealed that proper animal disease control measures be put in place before removing the so-called northern veterinary cordon fence.
RUNDU - The Rundu Magistrate’s Court has resorted to using a garage as a courtroom due to lack of space to conduct its daily business.
WINDHOEK - From an economic perspective, the success of land reform in Namibia depends on the degree to which reform leads to increased flow of net economic benefits in terms of per capita income, jobs, profitability and increased productivity and social welfare.
WINDHOEK - A policeman is under probe for allegedly extorting N$60 000 from six suspects implicated in a gangster-style armed robbery in which they allegedly stole N$487 320 at gunpoint from a shopping centre in Pionierspark.
WINDHOEK – More than 2 000 residents from Tutungeni informal settlement in Rosh Pinah were treated to a free dental outreach, under a programme that also targeted farmhands and greatly improved their dental hygiene, a basic health service to which they do not have easy access.
RUNDU - Small-scale farmers at the government-run Ndonga Linena irrigation project in Kavango East stand to lose substantial losses from their maize crop that has started wilting because it cannot be irrigated after the power supplier - Nored - cut off power at the project over a N$3 million debt.
LÜDERITZ - Diaz Primary School in Lüderitz received the first ever gold certificate on male circumcision saturations, because the school reached the circumcision rate of 87 percent for boys who have had their ‘smart cut’ under a new health programme to reduce HIV infections.
WINDHOEK – Former presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba have both proposed that the current land conference in Windhoek finds modalities to ensure all land in the country is owned by the state in the interest of the public.
WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob yesterday called for “far-sightedness” to reign supreme this week as the nation descends on the all-important second national land conference, called to put a final nail in the coffin of the recurring land issue nationally.
WINDHOEK - Still trying to come to terms with the shocking allegations that their son was behind the killing and rape of a 57-year-old woman, the teenage suspect’s relatives said no parent sends their children to commit such first-degree criminal activities.
WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob yesterday held bilateral meetings with presidents of Cuba, Comoros, Estonia and the chairperson of the African Union Commission.
WINDHOEK –Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba last night said government has done everything in its power to accommodate the demands of groups invited to next week’s land conference, hence their mass withdrawals would not stop the gathering from going ahead.
BERSEBA - The Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) says public perception that houses built through the programme are not of good quality is misleading.
WINDHOEK – The timely intervention by Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba yesterday halted an envisaged boycott by traditional leaders and civil society groups of the eagerly awaited national land conference, slated for next week.
WINDHOEK - The Windhoek Central Prison is home to a total number of 950 sentenced offenders in its facilities, while 113 offenders are awaiting trial.
WINDHOEK – The world, in honouring iconic former South Africa President Nelson Mandela, must see freedom not only as the casting off the chains of oppression, but live in a way that respects and enhances the freedoms of every human being.
WINDHOEK - The Editors’ Forum of Namibia (EFN) has expressed shock and dismay at Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi’s threat last week to bar parliamentary journalists from attending sessions.
WINDHOEK – Deputy Minister of Information Communication and Technology, Engel Nawatiseb says SADC officials delegated for ICT and Information should not forget their ministries of ICT in various member states, are critical enablers of innovation and sustainable socio-economic development.
RUNDU - The Kavango West Regional director of education, Teopolina Hamutumua has commended Leevi Hakusembe Secondary School for a job well done after their pre-vocational learners who are doing woodwork repaired over a thousand broken chairs and desks for various schools recently.
WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during their meeting on Friday in Ottawa, reaffirmed commitment to grow the two nations’ bilateral commercial relationship and stressed the importance of achieving economic growth that benefits both parties.
WINDHOEK - A swollen face, bloodshot eyes and a fractured jaw are some of the injuries a 22-year-old man from Seeis says he sustained at the hands of police officers, who beat him up at the village using apartheid-style tactics on Friday.
WINDHOEK – Recently registered political party Landless People’s Movement (LPM) and pressure group Affirmative Repositioning (AR) have been included on the list of delegates to the all-important second national land conference slated for next week.
WINDHOEK – Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi has launched the institution’s first strategic plan aimed at, among others, strengthening the institutional capacity in order to effectively achieve its constitutional mandate.
WINDHOEK - The two Angolan men that admitted they committed fraud and offences under the Anti-Corruption Act in a scam involving N$210.6 million and 15 suspects were sentenced to fines, suspended jail terms and direct jail terms on Friday by Acting High Court Judge Boas Usiku.
WINDHOEK - The man accused of beating a woman to death in Windhoek’s Otjomuise location in 2015 was convicted of murder with direct intent and assault with intention to do grievous bodily harm yesterday by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka in the Windhoek High Court.
WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob concluded what has been described as a successful stop-over visit to Guinea-Conakry and immediately headed for Canada where he intends wooing that country’s investors and address issues of global peace, climate change and women empowerment.
WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Thomas Masuku yesterday stayed the provisions of the Namibia Reinsurance Act that makes it compulsory for Namibian insurance companies to reinsure a portion of their premiums with state-owned NamibRe.
WINDHOEK –Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein has assured the nation that no public assets or public resources have been collateralised or mortgaged in any of the recent loan agreements that Namibia has signed with the Chinese government.
WINDHOEK- Profile Investment Holdings Managing Director Solomon Nemaire told New Era yesterday that the way affairs are run at Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) is like ‘people playing a lottery with taxpayers’ money.’
WINDHOEK - The Duke of Cambridge Prince William is set to make his first visit to Namibia, on 24th and 25th September, as part of his trip to Africa ahead of the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference to be held in London on 11th and 12th October 2018.
WINDHOEK - The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), in sharp irony, incurred losses of N$7.9 million from a debt recovery contract it had with Tribesmen to collect funds owed to it by former students.
WINDHOEK - Two nurses at the Okuryangava clinic who allegedly refused to attend to a 24-year-old woman in labour, who subsequently gave birth at the gate of the clinic, have been suspended with immediate effect pending a disciplinary procedure.
WINDHOEK – Scores of recognised and unrecognised traditional leaders of the Nama and the Ovaherero/Ovambanderu communities have petitioned Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila for the ancestral land issue to be a ‘thematic’ agenda item at the second national land conference taking place in two weeks’ time.
WINDHOEK - Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy and charged him with defeating the course of justice and driving without a valid driver’s licence, following an incident where he allegedly bumped a pedestrian who later succumbed to his injuries.
WALVIS BAY - There will be no lone rangers or selling of fishing rights by people who merely want to make a quick buck as has been the case in the past, warned the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhardt Esau.
BRAKWATER - Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president, McHenry Venaani has suggested the expropriation of land without compensation from ‘unproductive’ foreign nationals who reportedly own about 250 farms across the country.
WINDHOEK - Chief of the Masubia tribe Kisco Liswani III is concerned about the escalation in the number of fishermen from neighbouring Zambia who overfish using unsustainable fishing methods involving prohibited nets in Namibian waters.
WINDHOEK - The Public Office-Bearers Remuneration and Benefits Commission (POBC) has revealed that due to the challenging economic conditions experienced in the country, political office bearers will not receive any salary increment until the economy shows a sign of recovery.
WINDHOEK - Work has already commenced on the much-anticipated N$190 million Peugeot assembly plant in Walvis Bay and a spokesperson from the French car manufacturer has confirmed the plant should be ready by the end of 2018 when vehicles will be expected to roll off the assembly lines.
WINDHOEK – Institutions responsible for generating land statistics for administrative records must harmonise their databases through the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) for regular reporting and central archiving.
TSUMEB - The Ministry of Health and Social Services recorded only a nominal decrease of Tuberculosis (TB) cases in the past three years from 9154 cases of active TB reported in 2016, to 8854 in 2017 representing a decrease of a mere 3 percent, while so far this year the figure further decreased to 8575.
WINDHOEK - Kambazembi Royal Traditional Authority, Chief Sam Kambazembi has raised serious concerns in what he terms as blatant interference by government in traditional matters.
WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob left the country yesterday for Accra, Ghana to attend the state funeral of the revered former United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, who will be laid to rest today.
WINDHOEK - Two Namibian models have nothing but praise for Namibian Ambassador to Ghana, Charles Josob, who rescued them from Benin where they say they endured untold sufferings.
WINDHOEK - Some youths who applied for loans through the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Services have accused the institution of neglecting their applications. Youths who spoke to New Era on condition of anonymity claimed that they have applied through the ministry, six months ago and up to now there is no response.
WINDHOEK – Describing the infighting and instances of leadership succession disputes that continue to prevail among traditional authorities as disheartening, President Hage Geingob cautioned traditional leaders against taking succession disputes into the arena of modern day courts, saying it erodes the traditional values and norms of society.
WINDHOEK – Namibia breaking her self-imposed public debt cap of 36 percent to reach the current 43.3 percent was necessary to help stimulate economic growth and create jobs in the country, President Hage Geingob said yesterday.
WINDHOEK - With neighbouring Zambia being among countries at risk of an Ebola outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Social Services says Namibia has an Ebola virus disease (EVD) preparedness and response plan in place that was developed in 2015.
WINDHOEK - The Alliance of Churches and Ministries in Namibia (ACM) has called for the reintroduction of Bible studies, alternatively religious education, in schools as they say this would help reduce moral decay.
WINDHOEK - Due to lack of substantial evidence and experience of dealing with cases of human trafficking in Namibia, poverty, unemployment, lack of education and family instability were identified as some of the key factors pushing victims into the illicit trade that is so widespread it has assumed global proportions.
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.
GOBABIS - The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Social Development and Family Affairs took to the Omaheke Region this week to conduct public hearings on motions on gender-based violence and high rates of suicide in Namibia.
WINDHOEK – Faith-based communities can have meaningful and impactful roles in the lives of individuals and society at large if they join hands to address societal ills such as gender-based violence, the Director of the Windhoek Islamic Centre, Dr Armas Abdul Malik Shikongo says.
WINDHOEK - There is a need for collaborative, integrated and coordinated approaches that aim at both responding to and preventing GBV in order to meet the goal of eliminating all forms of gender-based violence by 2030 in accordance with the revised SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.
WINDHOEK- PowerCom Pty Ltd welcomed stakeholders onto site on Wednesday to enable them to witness first-hand how Namibia’s connectivity operates and how the company’s infrastructure powers the ICT industry in Namibia.
WINDHOEK - Outspoken land activist, Job Amupanda and the Minister of Justice Sackey Shanghala have decided to bury the hatchet and settle the lawsuit in which the minister sought to sue the youthful academic for N$500 000 in damages for defamation.
The Namibian police have released an artist’s rendition on the clothes that late Cheryl Avihe Ujaha, 9, was last seen wearing. Her dismembered remains were discovered in a riverbed in Katutura three days after she went missing from her home not far from Clemence Kapuuo Street on August 26.
WINDHOEK - Charles Winston Manale, 35, yesterday afternoon pleaded guilty to 147 counts of fraud before Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku at the Windhoek Correctional Facility High Court, but pleaded not guilty to a charge of money laundering.
WINDHOEK -The end of the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa as declared yesterday means the chances for Namibia to have a similar outbreak are nullified, according to the deputy director for public and environmental health in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Benson Ntomwa.
WINDHOEK – The Namibian delegation attending the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Beijing is expected to put final touches of the deal allowing China to fund the upgrades of the Hosea Kutako International Airport outside Windhoek.
WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob yesterday informed his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping of Namibia’s satisfaction with progress in the bilateral relationship since the African nation’s elevation to a status of comprehensive strategic partner of the Asian economic giant.
The battle for revenues worth over N$1 billion a year commenced yesterday in the High Court, where Treasury and state-owned reinsurance company NamibRe
Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba believes Namibia’s overdependence on commodities is the mother of all problems facing the local economy today, calling for diversification of industries.
President Hage Geingob believes that we should have serious conversations, as Namibians, with the aim of finding peaceful and sustainable solutions to the challenges of inequality,
Government and the African Development Bank (AfDB) last week signed a loan agreement worth US$217.8 million, or about N$3 billion.
The media can play a crucial role in promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHRs) in Namibia because of its various functions, which include providing a link between government and the people, watchdog, setting the agenda and influencing public opinion.
WINDHOEK - Chinese companies operating in Namibia have since 2016 created 11,000 jobs and generated N$3.7 billion (US$250 million) in tax revenue to the Namibian fiscus.