Statistics provided until 24 September 2020 indicated that 62% out of 333 Covid-19 confirmed cases in the //kharas region emanates from cross border travelling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Keetmanshoop municipality has entered into several agreements with property developers as a means to address the increasing need for decent housing for its less fortunate residents.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP – Alcohol can be regarded as one of the main factors prompting people to commit crime, said police regional commander for //Kharas Commissioner David Indongo in response to an inquiry from New Era.
KEETMANSHOOP – Swapo Party regional coordinator Mattheus Mumbala says newly-appointed //Kharas regional governor Aletta Fredericks has been groomed through the party’s ranks and structures and is, thus, not somebody who was appointed from outside.
KEETMANSHOOP – To ensure their safety from the possible infection of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid – 19), farmers in the //Kharas region are strictly observing social distancing at least one-metre apart while doing farming duties, this is according to Karasburg Farmers Association chairperson Hansie Esthuyse.
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.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP – The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) at Keetmanshoop on Saturday installed 18 tippy taps at the town’s Extension 7 informal settlement to promote the importance of handwashing and curb the further spread of the Covid-19.
KEETMANSHOOP – As part of measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, the Keetmanshoop town council last week resolved to open water taps of residents having outstanding municipal debts to enable them to have proper sanitation.
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
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.
KARASBURG – The //Kharas regional education directorate is counting losses after the boys’ hostel at Ernst Jager Combined School was destroyed by fire last week.
WALVIS BAY – The Welwitschia Private Hospital has donated 10 hospital beds with mattresses, five over-bed tables and four trolleys to the Walvis Bay state hospital to assist with the fight against coronavirus pandemic.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP – Members from different government institutions gathered in Keetmanshoop this week to brainstorm and establish an inter-ministerial task force that can deal in a proactive manner with the current coronavirus pandemic.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP – Water minister Alpheus !Naruseb said it was only through key negotiation strategies and the unreserved commitment by the line ministry, contractor and engineer that the successful completion of the Neckartal Dam could have been realised.
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.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP - The Nama Cultural Festival 2020 edition should serve as a platform for the ultimate unification of people of Khoisan descent.
The prolonged dry spell in Namibia has put farmers under pressure to ensure that their animals survive and make it into the next rainy season.
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.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP – Cervical cancer is on the rise in Namibia and this has made the government to regard the disease a public health concern, said //Kharas Regional Council chairperson, Jan Scholtz.
KEETMANSHOOP - Following his election to represent the //Kharas region in the National Council, New Era caught up with Karasburg East constituency councillor Dennis Coetzee on how he intends to champion the cause of the electorate in the south.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP - The expected rush for placement of learners at schools during the start of the new academic year seemed to have not tremendously affected the //Kharas regional education directorate.
Country’s table grape harvest volume resilient despite drought
KEETMANSHOOP – The affairs of Swapo Party would no longer be run as before, said Agnes Tjongarero the assigned party leader for //Kharas Region.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP – Despite some minor hiccups, overall the general election voting process went smoothly in the //Kharas Region yesterday. Voting at many polling stations started at 07h00, except for the multi-purpose centre in Tseiblaagte residential area.
KEETMANSHOOP - Members of the Horse Lovers Organization in Keetmanshoop could face prosecution for illegally keeping their horses at facilities owned by the municipality.
KEETMANSHOOP – The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) held its final rally at Keetmanshoop on Sunday, with party leader Bernadus Swartbooi saying they were the only hope for Namibians.
KEETMANSHOOP - The planned eviction of families from semi-detached houses by the Keetmanshoop municipality was an orchestrated manifestations of cheap politics, says the Swapo Party regional coordinator for //Kharas, Matheus Mumbala.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP – President Hage Geingob has appealed to Swapo supporters and symphathisers to remain united as the ruling party seeks to continue advancing the interests of all Namibians.
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.
WARMBAD - Not only can the Bondelswarts community benefit from a revamped Warmbad Hot Springs facility, but also their future generations can equally reap the fruits from such initiative.
LÜDERITZ - A member of the Namibia Children’s Parliament recently paid a visit to the office of local constituency councillor Jan Scholtz, briefing him on the fifth sitting of the institution.
KEETMANSHOOP - A man accused of murder was denied bail in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court last week.
LÜDERITZ - The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development has, through facilitating high-level meetings, been instrumental in fulfilling the government’s ambition and vision to make Namibian ports the main getaway to regional and international markets.
LÜDERITZ - The management of NovaNam/Lalandii fishing company and the Namibia Seamen and Allied Workers Union (Nasawu) representing its employees recently reached consensus over conditions of services for the next three years.
KEETMANSHOOP – The Museums Association of Namibia is conducting countrywide exhibitions portraying the then Nazi regime’s ‘Science of Race’ and its implications for medical ethics
KEETMANSHOOP – A retired communal farmer from Gibeon in the Hardap Region is now forced to keep her livestock at home as a result of the devastating drought prevailing in the country.
On the recent World Environmental Day celebrations held in Karasburg in the //Kharas Region, New Era’s
KEETAMANSHOOP - Over 11 000 eligible voters in the //Kharas Region exercised their right to participatory democracy during the supplementary registration process that ended on Saturday.
KEETMANSHOOP- Magistrate Melissa Mungunda on Monday found three accused persons not guilty on charges of stock theft, seven years after their first court appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court.
KEETMANSHOOP - Communal farmers outside Keetmanshoop say they are ‘forced on their knees’ by the devastating drought prevailing in the country.
KEETMANSHOOP – The Landless People’s Movement of Namibia (LPM), during a media briefing, described President Hage Geingob’s recent town hall meeting in the town as a means of campaigning for the
KEETAMNSHOOP - President Hage Geingob yesterday equated his nationwide town hall meetings to a concerned father monitoring the well being of his children.
KEETMANSHOOP – Statistics from the supplementary voters registration process in the //Kharas Region thus far suggest that persons turning 18 years old make up the biggest portion of eligible voters.
KEETMANSHOOP - The Constitution of Namibia, Article 95, requires the state to actively promote as well as maintain the welfare of people and create equal opportunities.
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.
KARASBURG - “We do not know if it will work,” remarked Benedictus Ortman with uncertainty on whether moving his animals to other areas will be a solution to the devastating effects of the current severe drought.
KEETMANSHOOP - Political and traditional leaders from the Nama community have slammed the fact that their vernacular language is not offered on a high level in Namibian schools.
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.
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.
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).
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.
KEETMANSHOOP- Commercial, communal and resettlement farmers from the //Kharas Region attended a drought-relief information sharing meeting in Keetmanshoop earlier this week where they were implored to register for government drought relief interventions.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP - The Landless Peoples’ Movement (LPM) in a recent press statement compared the government’s decision to give marketing incentives to farmers who intend to destock by selling their livestock due to the prevailing drought “to resuscitating an already dead person”.
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.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP – McHenry Venaani the leader of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has avowed to transform the country into a “changed Namibia where all of us can have an equal footing” since they “need a true government of the people for the people”.
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.”
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.
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”.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP - As part of its corporate social responsibility, beer brewing giant ABInBev donated mattresses, blankets and pillows worth more than N$200 000 to seven old-age homes and other elderly people at the Women’s Action for Development (WAD) Centre in Keetmanshoop last weekend.
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.
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.
WINDHOEK - Leader of the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) Bernadus Swartbooi has vowed to take on Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Veikko Nekundi who poked holes in the new party’s list of supposed members, in an objection submitted to the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) on Friday.
KHORIXAS – Khorixas mayor Elizabeth Geises has defended council against any blame for the blocked drainage system at the town, saying residents have themselves to blame.
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.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP- The Keetmanshoop Municipality donated 100 pre-paid electricity meters to the town’s elderly residents which will enable those that want to migrate from conventional to pre-paid to do so with ease without having to fork out a cent for the pre-paid metres.
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 - 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.
KEETMANSHOOP - //Kharas Regional Governor Lucia Basson, has urged those in leadership positions to come up with solutions to problems affecting residents in their areas so that they could improve the lives of ordinary citizens.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP - The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Percy Misika says the challenge of access to agricultural inputs need to be addressed if Namibian farmers are to farm efficiently and more productively.
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.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP - Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Sanet Steenkamp says teachers should stop undervaluing themselves as just teachers and realise they are powerful people that touch many people’s lives.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP - Keetmanshoop municipal councillor Hansie Esterhuyse says baby steps are needed in order for youth entrepreneurs to grow their businesses into larger corporations.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP - Coming from a poor background and with her quest and hunger for financial independence, Auguste Twapandula has become a notable name in the business circles in Keetmanshoop.
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.
KEETMANSHOOP – Founding President Sam Nujoma says plans should be made to construct a desalination plant that will get water from the sea to fill up the Neckartal Dam near Keetmanshoop.
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.
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.
The south-western town of Lüderitz rewrote the history books when the Lüderitz Ryushinkan Kararte Club successfully hosted its maiden edition of the Open Karate Championship last weekend.
The //Kharas Regional Council has once more rejected Urban Minister Peya Mushelenga’s directive to reverse its decision to appoint a deputy director as acting Chief Regional Officer (CRO) instead of appointing the only director at the institution.