KARASBURG - The current devastating effects of the severe drought has almost brought some communal farmers in the far south of Namibia on their knees due to heavy livestock losses.
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.