• September 29th, 2020



Naute Dam employment dispute resolved

KEETMANSHOOP – The //Kharas region’s political leadership has intervened in a labour standoff at the Naute Dam, which is run by the Namibia Industrial Development Agency (Nida), following allegations that people from the south were being overlooked in the hiring of seasonal workers. 

Tension mounts at road construction site

KEETMANSHOOP – Disgruntled residents of Aminuis constituency in the Omaheke region recently stopped construction of the main road that stretches from Onderombapa to Aranos via Aminuis, citing unfair labour practices. 


Mumbala confident of poll victory 

KEETMANSHOOP - Swapo //Kharas regional coordinator Matheus Mumbala said the Keetmanshoop Urban constituency seat they lost last year to the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) is merely like a room rented by a landlord and that the term will expire very soon. 

//Kharas council staff face quarantine

KEETMANSHOOP – Staff members from the headquarters of //Kharas Regional Council and the Directorate of Education might be possibly placed under quarantine pending the outcome of the Covid-19 results of one female staff member at the premises.


//Kharas strives to eradicate bucket toilets

As a means of complying with efforts towards the successful implementation of Vision 2030 which espouses the provision of improved sanitation and good hygiene, the //Kharas Regional Council held ground-breaking ceremonies for the construction of flush toilets to replace bucket toilets at Aroab and Aus.

Keetmans agricultural show cancelled

The Keetmanshoop Agricultural, Industrial and Tourism Expo (KAITE) board has announced the unfortunate cancellation of their event slated for the first week of September this year due to the impact of the coronavirus.

//Kharas governor calls for teamwork

//Kharas regional governor Aletha Frederick has assured residents of the region that she will do everything within her ability to ensure each citizen in the region acquires whatever service they are entitled to.


//Kharas races to produce face masks

KEETMANSHOOP – Small businesses in the //Kharas region have been thrown a lifeline after the Ministry of Trade and Industrialisation donated materials to sew the much-needed face masks as part of the fight against Covid-19.

Public urged to cooperate with law enforcement

KEETMANSHOOP – Law enforcement officers should make firm, human and impartial decisions when enforcing adherence to Covid-19 regulations, whilst members of the public should also refrain from provoking them unnecessarily, police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga has said. 


‘Let us not risk this virus’ - Basson

KEETMANSHOOP – //Kharas regional governor Lucia Basson opines there is a need for all stakeholders to mobilise and coordinate efforts and put in place proper strategies to constantly comply with guiding regulations to combat further spread of the coronavirus.


French tourist tests positive for Covid-19 in Aus

KEETMANSHOOP – A French tourist who recently visited !Nami#Nus constituency was officially announced as the first person to have tested positive for Covd-19 in the //Kharas region.  Dr Refanus Kooper the acting //Kharas regional health director announced this while addressing stakeholders at an urgent meeting to discuss the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

Drought hit communities receive fish

KEETMANSHOOP – Nexus fishing company, as a means of contributing towards addressing the plight of drought stricken //Kharas region residents earlier this week donated tinned fish worth over N$200 000, that will benefit residents of Berseba and Karasburg East constituencies

Keetmans makes U-turn on street vendors

KEETMANSHOOP - The Keetmanshoop municipality has resolved that it will allow street vendors to continue operating amid the Covid-19 outbreak, as it is unable to make up for the losses they will incur if they stop working.


Entrepreneur speaks on humble beginnings

KEETMANSHOOP – From humble beginnings, including starting as a street vendor, businessman Henry Jongwe has made a name for himself in the business sector. Jongwe owns Hennima Investments, which includes various companies, such as a garment and textile business. 

Shark Island’s heritage status reasserted

KEETMANSHOOP – The Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka has reiterated that government regards heritage preservation very seriously, knowing that every epoch in the walk to freedom was a building bridge to nationhood. 


Ministry champions childhood literacy

GAINACHAS – Investing in early childhood development has the potential to yield great returns for the family and the child as an individual. This is according to gender equality and child welfare deputy minister Lucia Witbooi, who recently made the remarks while officiating at the Gainachas early childhood development centre (ECD) in the Berseba constituency of //Kharas region.  

Nossobville concerned group demand land

KEETMANSHOOP – Members of the Nossobville Housing and Multipurpose Development Club in Gobabis are legally challenging the Gobabis municipality’s intentions to remove them from a piece of land they currently occupy. 


LPM promises to lead with love and honesty

KEETMANSHOOP - Sebeteus !Guiteb, the Landless People’s Movement candidate for the upcoming by-election in Otjiwarongo, says the political party has been observing for too long how nepotism and political patronage have led to many Namibians being sidelined and excluded.


//Kharas promotes open door policy

AROAB – A collective governing approach involving all relevant stakeholders is of paramount importance since this is the gateway to prosperity in any given structure said Megameno Shikongo, Deputy Director for the Directorate Planning and Development Services at //Kharas Regional Council.


Councillor urges improved service delivery

AROAB – Keetmanshoop Rural constituency Councillor Elias !Kharuxab said there is a compelling call for all stakeholders to deliberately and collaboratively make a positive and sustained difference in the lives of those around them. 


Tweya praises SME development in //Kharas

KEETMANSHOOP – An industrial structure that had been gathering dust for quite sometime has now prospered into the establishment of a state-of-the-art garment factory at !Homs Ai centre in Keetmanshoop, answering to President Hage Geingob’s call for it to become operational said Tjekero Tweya, Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development.


//Kharas urged to intensify war on cybercrime

KEETMANSHOOP – Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Lucia Witbooi says decision makers should ensure there are opportunities in the curriculum of children to learn more about online safety through effective child protection strategies.

Kröhne lobbies for business support

KEETMANSHOOP – Despite the //Kharas region having a wealth of minerals and marine resources its residents are living under the poorest of circumstances, said Keetmanshoop mayor Gaudentia Kröhne.

In //Kharas we mean business - Kasete

KEETMANSHOOP – Despite losing more than 50 percent of its budget allocation due to government’s austerity measures during the previous financial year, the //Kharas Regional Council succeeded in awarding all its capital project tenders accordingly.


The battle for control of Keetmans Urban

KEETMANSHOOP - Swapo, the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) and the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) will enter the political arena today when voting starts, to fill the vacant Keetmanshoop Urban constituency councillor position. 


LPM’s victory exceeds expectations

KEERMANSHOOP - New kid on the block, the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) surpassed the expectations of many by coming out top among the winners in the majority of //Kharas region’s constituencies during the just-ended Presidential and National Assembly elections.

I will not embolden violence - Itula

ROSH PINAH – Independent presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula has urged his loyalists not to get involved in violence, saying he will never encourage violence because he wants peace to prevail in the country.


The expectations of //Kharas voters

KEETMANSHOOP - With the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for later next month, New Era engaged some  //Kharas residents on what issues will motivate them to renew their democratic mandate as well as their expectations from the party that they intend casting their vote.


PDM-UPM coalition to challenge Swapo

KEETMANSHOOP - The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) and United People’s Movement (UPM) recently formed a political coalition with the purpose of bringing up a stronger front to challenge Swapo’s current two-thirds majority in the National Assembly. 


PDM promises massive reforms

KEETMANSHOOP - Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) supporters were appealed to afford the party just one term in ruling, to effect beneficial changes for the country during the party’s star rally in

!Nami#Nüs empowers unemployed youth

LÜDERITZ - !Nami#Nüs Constituency office recently nominated 30 unemployed youths and previous offenders for a basic safety and familiarisation course at the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute in Lüderitz in the //Kharas Region.


Scholtz pens youth guide

KEETMANSHOOP- !Nami#uis Constituency Councillor, Jan Scholtz recently produced a youth leaders’ guide as a means to address the socio-economic and cultural  challenges being experienced by both the youth and

Karasburg man to plead on murder charge

WINDHOEK – A resident of Westerkim location in Karasburg will plead today on a charge of murder read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, 4 of 2003 before newly appointed Acting Judge of the Windhoek High Court Eileen Rakow.

//Kharas coaches youth on model citizenry

The Ministry of Educations’ Namib Circuit conducted a workshop brainstorming on the //Kharas Character Transformation Campaign in Lüderitz recently, as a means of working out modalities to prepare members of the youth as tomorrow’s adults.

Commission engages stakeholders on ancestral land

KEETMANSHOOP - The Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Claims of Ancestral Land Rights and Restitution has, as part of its preparations prior to public hearings paid a courtesy call to engage with the //Kharas region’s political and traditional authorities’ leadership in Keetmanshoop.

//Kharas reaches out to its most vulnerable

KEETMANSHOOP - The //Kharas Regional Council has distributed 10 817 bags of 12.5kg maize meal to four drought-affected areas as part of the national Disaster Risk Management Programme set in motion by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

//Kharas boreholes drop below catch point

WINDHOEK- The water levels of many boreholes in //Kharas Region have dropped below catch point levels, resulting in many communities being placed on the tanker-water-supply services-a situation that has put a tremendous burden on the already under-resourced department of rural water supplies.


Kharas youth speak out on challenges

KEETMANSHOOP - New Era recently engaged youth leaders from various political parties in the //Kharas Region so that they could share on the challenges they face and on what remedial interventions should be implemented to address these demands.


Matengu to put emphasis on academic research

KEETMANSHOOP - “It is my vision to build a legacy of research, innovation and development at this institution,” said professor Kenneth Matengu, the current vice- chancellor of the University of Namibia (Unam) during a stakeholders’ engagement meeting held in Keetmanshoop recently.  


//Kharas celebrates Workers Day 

KEETMANSHOOP – Residents of //Kharas Region turned up in big numbers at a gathering in Keetmanshoop on Workers Day to partake in the commemoration of this important workers’ event as well as the belated Independence Day celebrations. 

Top academic achiever shares recipe for success

KEETMANSHOOP - Raised in a family where teaching runs in the blood, Shannen da Rocha – who walked away with four prestigious accolades qualifying her as the top performing Unam student for the 2019 academic year – shed more light on her journey leading to such outstanding achievements, in an exclusive interview with New Era.


//Kharas governor pledges N$30 000 towards regional team

KEETMANSHOOP- When the //Kharas regional football team left the region to participate in this year’s annual The Namibian Newspaper Cup, //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson’s mission statement to the team was very short and clear, she said: “The best team must not win, //Kharas Region must win the tournament.”


Local officials elected to Refela leadership

LÜDERITZ - The Refela chapter recently established in //Kharas Region elected Lüderitz mayor Hilaria Mukapuli as its regional commissioner, while Keetmanshoop  councillor Hilia Titus was elected vice-commissioner and   Aroab village councillor Annelien Vilander got the nod as its treasurer. 


LPM makes myriad of promises

KEETMANSHOOP - Clinton Bernadus Swartbooi, leader of the Landless People's Movement (LPM), has urged members to “join hands in a walk to transformation” during a mass rally in Keetmanshoop over the weekend.


All systems go for 12th Luderitz Crayfish Festival

LÜDERITZ - Lüderitz Mayor and Chairperson of Crayfish Festival Board of Trustees, Hilaria Mukapuli, told New Era that the 12th Lüderitz Crayfish Festival will take place from the 25 April, 2019 until 30 May, 2019, at the Lüderitz Waterfront Harbour Square. The theme for this year’s festival is “Our Ocean Our Heritage”.


Discounts galore for Keetmanshoop’s elderly

KEETMANSHOOP - As part of government’s continuous efforts to address the plight of senior citizens in the country, the council and management of Keetmanshoop municipality has introduced various measures aiming to benefit the elderly of the capital of the south.


Background and past do not matter

LÜDERITZ – Twenty-four-year-old Sister Kashala is registered as a Candidate Quantity Surveyor with the Namibian Council for Architects and Quantity Surveyors and is on track with getting her PQS (Professional Registered Quantity Surveyor) expecting to complete her in training by the end of next February.


NCCI Lüderitz branch elects new exco

Lüderitz – The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Lüderitz branch on Saturday re-elected Manu Namukomba as its chairperson, deputised by Inocencio Verde, during the annual general meeting (AGM) that took place at the Nest Hotel. 


The path to landing a Nama bride

KEETMANSHOOP - Whereas it is common practice in parts of the world – predominantly in Western society - for couples to get married with or without the consent of their parents, it is a totally different story within Namibia’s Nama tradition. 


Namibia lost a great strategist - Mumbala

KEETMANSHOOP - Swapo //Kharas Regional Coordinator Matheus Mumbala says Namibia has lost a man whose mobilisation skills and tactics is second to none, in reference to the late pioneer trade unionist, freedom fighter, political detainee and deputy defence minister Petrus Ilonga.


American, Chinese trade war hits Namibia

KEETMANSHOOP - There is a saying when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers and this is what has happened to Namibian grapes as bigger American grape producers have grabbed Namibia’s European market share because the Americans cannot sell their grapes to China.

Scholtz foresees a positive 2019 

KEETMANSHOOP - //Kharas Regional Council Chairperson Jan Scholtz says 2018 has been a tough year for the region and he is therefore pleased that it is finally coming to an end and he is positive the year 2019 will be better in terms of service provision.


Lüderitz hospitalities ready for holidaymakers

LÜDERITZ - Different BnBs, restaurants and hotels here are ready up for the festive season with decanted menus reminding residents and visitors alike of the beauty of the town’s deliciously well-prepared meals. Hear it from the horses’ mouths – as some restaurant and hotel owners share what they are offering this festive season. 

A zoom into Tsau //Khaeb National Park (Sperrgebiet)

As a child born and raised in Lüderitz, I attended St. Pieters Church school in the old location now called Benguela. I can remember, since time immemorial, that the Lüderitz peri-urban areas had been out of bound for people on the grass-roots level, the Sperrgebiet. I remember our teachers telling us that they grew old without knowing the surroundings of the town that they grew so fond of.


Damaras want reparations from local tribes

KHORIXAS - The Secretary General of the Damara King’s Council, Abner Xoagub recently reiterated that his tribe wants an apology from Namas and Ovaherero for the alleged enslavement and killing of the Damara people in the 13th century at the hands of these Namibian ethnic groups.


Vandals damage, pillage state property

AUSSENKEHR - Swapo Party //Kharas regional coordinator Matheus Mumbala is furious at the //Kharas regional administrators for letting government projects  be vandalised and he wants the culprits to be charged, held personally liable and pay for the damages.


GBV cases overwhelm //Kharas

KEETMANSHOOP - The Namibian police in the //Kharas region are concerned over the spike in gender-based violence (GBV) as fresh statistics indicate more cases were reported in the region so far this year compared to the same time in 2017.

The destitute at Keetmanshoop want residential land

KEETMANSHOOP – As leaders from all over the country gather for the 2nd National Land Conference in an effort to find solutions to the land question, the only thing some wish for is being able to own a little piece of land they could call their own after this indaba.

Food bank to benefit the destitute at Khorixas

KHORIXAS  – Khorixas will soon start to register destitute households that will start receiving food parcels from the government-funded Food Bank Committee under the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) once the street committee members complete a weeklong training that started on Monday at the town.


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Mumbala wants hibernating LPM members to come out

KEETMANSHOOP - Swapo //Kharas regional coordinator Matheus Mumbala has warned Swapo members who sympasised with the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) during the formation of the party that started out as a pressure group before its transformation, to show where their true alliance lies.


//Kharas implores men to combat GBV

KEETMANSHOOP - Stakeholders in //Kharas Region convened at Lüderitz, Rosh Pinah and Keetmanshoop last week to brainstorm on recurrent incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) and what tailor-made solutions could be devised to solve the issue in the region.


Diergaardt throws in towel as acting //Kharas CRO

KEETMANSHOOP - The position for acting Chief Regional Officer at //Kharas has become a poisoned chalice and is again vacant after Benedictus Diergaardt became the latest official to resign, when he threw in the towel last Friday after he was reportedly frustrated by ineffectual councillors.