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From the town hall: Omaheke engages Geingob in lively interaction

Residents of Omaheke Region last week Thursday flocked to the Ben Van Der Walt Primary School hall in Gobabis to engage with President Hage Geingob on issues affecting them and their communities. The President is on a series of such meetings, with each region to interact with him. Journalist Kuzeeko Tjitemisa captured some of the interactions as follows:

Grazing areas in Uuvudhiya to receive water

OSHAKATI – The water crisis in the Uuvudhiya grazing areas will soon be an issue of the past after the Oshana Regional Council, in collaboration with the Rural Water Supply Department, secured 10 water tanks from the Office of the Prime Minister. 

Schlettwein tables two financial bills

WINDHOEK – Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein last Tuesday tabled two bills in Parliament, which are the Financial Services Adjudicator Bill and the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa) Bill.

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Oranjemund needs a bigger airport

WINDHOEK – There is an urgent need for a bigger airport at Oranjemund to accommodate more visitors. Since Oranjemund has been proclaimed an ‘open town’, there is a higher demand and need for more

Impalila naval base officially opened

IMPALILA – The Minister of Defence Penda Ya Ndakolo last Friday officially opened the Impalila Naval Base which he believes will play a pivotal role in providing security and to bolster the fight against crime in the far-eastern island bordering Zambia and Botswana.

Rapist gets more than he bargained for

WINDHOEK - A resident from Otjiwarongo unhappy with his sentence of 17 years on a rape conviction got more than he bargained for when two judges of the Windhoek High Court increased his sentence instead of decreasing it as he wished.

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Escaped Etosha lions kill cow

OMUTHIYA - A cow is said to have been killed by two lions that escaped from Etosha National Park outside a farm near Oshivelo, revealed Romeo Muyunda the spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

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Wire and zinc toy cars a hit

OPUWO - A group of six out-of-school youths from Opuwo are making headlines by making different types of toy cars from wire and zinc which have become part of their daily survival. 

China donates N$2.2m for drought

WINDHOEK – The Chinese government on Wednesday donated N$2. 2 million (US$150 000) in cash to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to help alleviate the hunger of thousands of people in need of food aid

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Climate change harms environment- Jagger

KEETMANSHOOP- “The quality of the air we breathe needs to be maintained and ensured for the health of our people and environment,” said Bernadette Jagger, the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

Deworming dosage kills 10-year-old

ONGWEDIVA - A 10-year-old boy is reported to have fallen ill and subsequently died at the Onandjokwe Intermediate Hospital on Wednesday, after he was allegedly given deworming tablets at school a week ago by health personnel.

Banker commits suicide over lover

RUNDU - A 30-year-old banker at Bank Windhoek Rundu branch reportedly committed suicide by hanging in the early hours of Tuesday at around 06h00 at Sauyemwa location, Rundu District, indicating in a suicide note that his lover should give reasons for his action.

Arts council members appointed

WINDHOEK – Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has announced the appointment of the National Arts Council of Namibia new board members who will serve for a three-year

Ministry initiates dignity project  for learners

RUNDU - Executive Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Sanet Steenkamp says N$3.6 million will be spent on a dignity project whereby not only girls will benefit from sanitary pads but boys will also get to buy soap and other sanitary products to improve their hygiene.

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China sends condolences for ex-VP Iyambo

WINDHOEK – The Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi has sent his condolence message to his Namibian counterpart, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, on the death of the former vice-president Dr Nickey Iyambo who died on May 19 following an illness.

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Drought devastates Opuwo - councillor

Recurrent droughts have severely affected both the inhabitants and livestock in Opuwo and the situation is so grim the Opuwo Rural Constituency Councillor, Kazeongere Tjeundo, is appealing for the immediate release of the constituency’s share of drought relief.

Community foundation transforms lives

Unemployment and poverty have become a daily song specifically in Windhoek, however Lidar Community Foundation is not just an ordinary charity organisation, it wants to change the fate of a lot of poverty-stricken people.

Ombara ya Vitoto mairihekene omeva

OTJOMUISE- Ombara ya Vitoto mOuhonapare wOmbazu wOvaherero, Vipuira Kapuuo, waweza eraka re kOmutju¿ikwa o Minister Ondenga, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, kutja  Ovanamibia avehe novazapamwe momekurisiro veyandje ohambwaraka¿a yao otja tjimaveyenene nokutara kondjururiro yourumbu mehi.

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Weather office planned for Rundu

RUNDU - The Ministry of Works and Transport, has handed over the site to its regional office for Meteorological Services in Rundu that has been standing incomplete to be renovated and completed in conformity with the minister’s wish.

Cash injection  for rural projects

OUTJO - Eight rural projects received funds from the constituency office of Outo through various initiatives such as Poor Farmers Initiatives, Constituency Development Fund, Micro Finance and Regional Specific Action Plan.

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.

Vatungimo kava gwene simpu moyihwa yompongasano

Rundu - Vaporosi moKavango zoutekero moutatu una puko kavagwanekerere nombudi zondona omu kavagwene simpu somugara ana dogoroka ntani sina  zonauka unene, simpu esi kavasigwene vantu ava kavazire vakapapare nongombe dawo kadizumbanene mevango lya Mbeyo eli lyakara asi lyompongasano omu ava zangura yikaramo. Egwano lyosimpu esi kwahorkere mouvali koyiha yono vili 07h0. “ 

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Mpungu villagers without water

RUNDU - Mpungu villagers in Mpungu Constituency in Kavango West are enduring a shortage of water. Their livestock are  also affected as their community borehole constantly breaks down and relies on dinging earth dams known as “matope.”

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PDM to meet stakeholders over NSFAF

WINDHOEK - The country’s largest opposition party, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) says it will not take lightly the announcement made by Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) that is only able to fund study loans of 2 925 new applicants, out of 24 739 applications.

Oshikoto supports removal of redline

OMUTHIYA - During a recent consultative meeting the Swapo Party leadership in Oshikoto Region added their voice to proponents for the removal of the veterinary cordon fence, also known as the redline, in an effort to unlock business opportunities for beef farmers north of the cordon fence.

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NCT builds classroom for less privileged school

 KARIBIB – With the large number of school learners growing and the government struggling to build classrooms at marginalised schools, the Namibian Community Trust (NCT) built a classroom at one of the less privileged schools at Karibib in Erongo Region. 

Omuthiya protests against cannabis legalisation

OMUTHIYA - A group of about 20 people under Turning Point Namibia, staged a peaceful demonstration yesterday in Omuthiya where they handed over a petition to the Oshikoto governor, objecting to recent campaigns and protests calling for the legalisation of cannabis.

Schools advised to make suitable wintertime schedule

WINDHOEK - Education, Arts and Culture executive director Sanet Steenkamp has urged all regional directorates and schools to study their environment and demographic circumstances in order to make an informed arrangement on the official operational time of their respective schools during the winter season. 

//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).

‘I am not above the law,’ Mushelenga tells Shuumbwa

WINDHOEK – Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga has hit back at Ondonga chieftainship throne claimant Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, saying he is not above the law and can only act within the parameters of law, as he has taken an oath to uphold, protect and defend the constitution and laws of the country.

//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.

Hepatitis Es ge ǁkhawa ǀnî khoe-i ûiba go ū

ǂKHOANDAWES – Sîsenǀgaugu hîas ge ǂurusib departements tsî ­îs !âhuru-aon tsîna a ūs in Omaheke ǀkharib !nâ Hepatitis Es di khoraǂuisens tsî khoena ûiga ǂoa!nâsa ǁkhaes ge, ǁgausen-i rasa !oa sîsenǂuiba ūhâ tama hâ, nē ǀkharib !nâs

VGK church aims to bring dignified living for all

KEETMANSHOOP - The United Reformed Church (Verenigde  Gereformeerde Kerk) (VGK) in Krönlein, Keetmanshoop has been running a daily feeding programme for the past four years, caring for some elderly, vulnerable school children and impoverished members of the town’s community. 

Muuso ulifa likoloti zakwamasimu

WINDOKO – Kamulelo wakubata kukutiseza njimo sakata kwasimu aketalizoho, muuso noezize manyamenyame kulifa sikoloti sesibato fita kubolule babalalu (N$3 million), seo masimu nakolota kampani yehasanya mulilo wamagesi yezibahala hahulu ka Nored. Zeo kaufela litaha mazazinyana kasamulaho kampani ya Nored nekauhezi kuisa mulilo wamagesi,

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ECN launches civil education campaign

WINDHOEK – The National Electoral Civil Education Campaign, aimed at this year’s Presidential and National Assembly elections of 27 November, was officially launched on Friday at a ceremony led by Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) chairperson, Notemba Tjipueja.

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NCS to address UN on prison reforms

WINDHOEK - The Commissioner-General of the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela, will be among hundreds of delegates from all over the world meeting in Vienna next week to participate in meetings and events related to the 28th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).

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Vessel owner to fork out for oil spill

WALVIS BAY - A tanker vessel will have be pay up for last weekend’s oil spill that occurred in the port of Walvis Bay.   It will also have to fork out for the clean-up of another oil spill that was detected at Longbeach Extension 1, north of Walvis Bay that was traced back to their vessel.

Katima's Hollard agents unhappy over pay

KATIMA MULILO – Employees at Hollard Insurance Katima branch which opened its doors in the north-eastern town in March, have accused the insurance company of not paying them their salaries for the past two months in breach of its contractual obligations. 

Over 500 retrenched in three months

WINDHOEK – About 514 workers were retrenched in various sectors of the economy in the fourth quarter of the 2017/18 financial year, with the construction sector accounting for the biggest number – 172 – of those laid off.

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Businessman builds kindergarten for his community

WINDHOEK - Businessman Fulbertus Kwedhi with the help of his wife Lucia Shindume-Kwedhi built a kindergarten and also used his own money to build an office for Swapo Party in Okathitu Konkayi village in Omusati Region. The two projects cost the couple over N$300 000.

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Hippos destroy villager’s crops

NKURENKURU - Whilst some residents of Kavango West Region have endured sleepless nights by the elephant raids, for 64-year-old resident of Marema village in Tondoro Constituency, nocturnal crop invasion on his field by hippos has become a handsome.

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Governor Ipinge launches Tsumkwe Annual Trade Expo

OTJIWARONGO  - Otjozondjupa Governor Otto Ipinge during the launch of the annual Tsumkwe Trade Expo 2019 said the event will be a golden opportunity for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the region to expand their horizons to new openings and in the process securing new ventures by tapping into new markets and promoting sustainable development. 

Ondonga to resume with community court

ONGWEDIVA – The Ministry of Justice has directed the suspended faction of the Ondonga Traditional Authority councilors gazetted as justices and assessors to resume the community court proceedings which have been on hold following squabbles at the tribal authority.

Hepatitis E claims another life

GOBABIS- The measures put into place by the health department and its stakeholders to mitigate the Hepatitis E outbreak in Omaheke Region seems to be futile, as the confirmed cases of the disease and fatalities keep growing.

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N$120 million allocated for resettlement

WINDHOEK - In its efforts to ensure equitable distribution and access to land to previously disadvantaged Namibians, the Ministry of Land Reform this financial year has put aside N$120 million to acquire resettlement farms for resettlement purposes. 

Omuthiya tables pro-poor budget

OMUTHIYA - Despite a reduction in the 2019/20 financial year budget that was reduced by 13.94 percent from N$59 million to N $50.8 million, Omuthiya Town Council in what it termed as a pro-poor budget has decided to maintain water tariffs at N$15 per cubic metres for low-income earners in Kaniita informal settlement and other low-income areas.

Mueteleli wanaha upatalaza nako yetata yalinanga

WINDOKO – Mueteleli wanaha viki yefelile nazibahalize linanga lacwale lelitaselize babañata mwanaha kaufela kakuba nako yetata yanaha. Kuzwa silimo sa 2013 nekubihilwe pula yelikani mwalibaka zeñata zanaha, kacwalo mafulisezo nasukehile mi nasina hande nako yakushoshomela. Patalazo yeo kiyabulalu mwalilimo zesilezi muuso inge uzibahaza nako yetata.

Otjiposa tjOtjitiro tjaarurakisiwa

OTJOMUISE- Ovakuramenepo vOvaherero nOvakwena Oritjavari otjivatjivisire kutja vayarurakisa otjiposa tjawo kunehi rOvandoitji mOtjombanguriro  Tjokombanda  Tjomayarurakisiro wOviposa tja New York mOmahi Omakutsanane wa America. 

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Furniture maker joins charitable township project

SWAKOPMUND - At 57 years old, furniture maker Mary Murembe is inching her way closer to retirement, but before she retires, she still needs to keep the production rolling, even more so after being commissioned by a charity project to assemble dog houses for distribution in the informal settlements in Swakopmund.

Agribusdev refutes allegations 

WINDHOEK - Agricultural Business Development Agency (Agribusdev), Managing Director, Petrus Uugwanga, this week refuted allegations that he has failed to convene a meeting aimed at addressing the parastatal’s out-dated board of directors.

Operation Hornkranz ceases tomorrow

WINDHOEK - Namibian Police Force Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has revealed ‘Operation Hornkranz’ will cease on Friday. However, another police-led law enforcement operation, code-named operation Kalahari Desert, will commence immediately thereafter nationwide. 

Youths to benefit from DBN’s lending facility

WINDHOEK –In line with stimulating youth entrepreneurship and addressing the constraint of access to finance, a skills-based lending facility has been introduced at Development Bank of Namibia (DBN). This is according to the Harambee Prosperity Plan progress report dated April 2019. 

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#Khaxab Royal house wants Topnaar’s throne

WALVIS BAY - The #Khaxab Royal house of Chief Samuel #Khaxab says the Topnaar chieftaincy rightfully belongs to the #Khaxab and it should be restored as such by appointing him as the rightful person to take over from the late Chief Seth Kooitjie.

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Container terminal set for commissioning

SWAKOPMUND - The new container terminal constructed at a cost of N$4 billion at Walvis Bay  will be commissioned within three months. Namport upon inquiry yesterday told New Era the new container terminal is currently 96 percent complete with only the final touches being added to the mega project.

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The Life and Times of Dr Ngaruka: A Tribute

As fate would have it, my friend of close to fifty years, Kavazeua Ngaruka, passed on, on 28th March 2019 (that happens to be my wife’s birthday) and was laid to rest on 06th April 2019 (one day short of my birthday, which falls on 07th April).

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InSight mission detects first Mars quake

WINDHOEK - Namibia’s very own Dr Japie van Zyl, a Solar System Exploration Director at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), has reliably informed this publication that last month they detected the first Mars quake.

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Masheleni akulwanisa linanga aekezwa

WINDOKO - Muuso uekelize musulo wakulwanisa linanga mwaofefi ya Ngambela wanaha kuzwa fabolule ba mashumi alobañwi (N$92.86 million) kuisa kubolule bamwanda kabamashumi amabeli (N$123.5 million). Namibia italimani nilinako

Katjavivi rebuts Venaani accusations

WINDHOEK – Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi has rebutted allegations by the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president McHenry Venaani that he cut him short during his contribution to the budget

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Epukiro eetenga nambano mourunga wovinamwinyo

OTJOMUISE- Epukiro eetenga nambano mourunga wovinamwinyo mozoresevate zOrukondua  rOmatoororero rwa Maheke. Orata yOkarukondua kOmatoororero ka Pukiro, Vejamuavi Kanguatjivi matja nao tjaziririre kombongarero yotjiwana  okarukondua kukari nayo Oritjavari mOmauezonjanda pomberoo ye  okutara mourunga wovinamwinyo mokarukondua.

Onyaanya farmers adopt new practices

OMUTHIYA - There is an African proverb saying, “An environment must be suited to the age and men to their environment”. Putting the proverb into practice, a group of 40 farmers from the Onyaanya Constituency in the Oshikoto Region, gathered to deliberate on new farming methods to survive the current drought.

Cassinga survivor fights back dark memories

OSHAKATI - Cassinga day is a very emotional day for me, it is a difficult time and once I hear about Cassinga commemorations, I always cry because it is not an easy day for me,” 78-year-old Maria Nantanga from Omuthitugwalwani in Omusati Region, a Cassinga survivor said.

Accountability tracker: Assessing the Transport Infrastructure Development since the 2014 elections

Following the National and Presidential Elections in 2014, the Swapo Party election manifesto was adopted as government policy for the period 2015-2019. Subsequently, Cabinet by its decision No. 44/02.06/003 adopted the said manifesto and directed that all government offices, ministries and agencies, regional and local authority councils as well as State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) should incorporate the manifesto into their strategic and annual plans.

Build It aids shack-fire victims

OMUTHIYA -Build It in Omuthiya aided three shack-fire victims by providing building materials, after a thirteen year-old-girl last week set alight the shacks in what is believed to be a vengeful act. They are all in one house. 

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.

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NUNW: Proud history, uncertain future

WINDHOEK - Despite the prominent role played by Namibian trade unions in the country’s struggle for independence, and regardless of the fact that the labour movement is still among the strongest of Namibia’s ‘civil society’ organisations, trade

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Youth unemployment on the rise - NSA

WINDHOEK – The 2018 National Labour Force Survey results point to an increased need to address youth unemployment, which is estimated to have increased from 43 percent in 2016 to 46 percent by 2018, while the net effect on the overall unemployment rate is assessed to be generally neutral.

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Mushelenga to address Omuthiya over compensation

OMUTHIYA -The Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga has granted an audience with distressed community members of Omuthiya and surrounding villages who claim to have been robbed and unfairly compensated by the town council when they ceded their land to pave way for township development.

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Omurari werikutjire komunane wawo

OTJOMINGONDO, OTJAUANA- Omurari wOndjivisiro Ombaranga omayuva womasuviro mare wOkambo Konÿiro were okuyekurikutjira komunane wawo Marina MaÞunÿu  nguri otjiuri tjawo pombakero yaina, Vinde Webb  ngwaÞire Oritjatatu ndazuko.

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Ousted Rundu mayor rejects nomination

RUNDU - Rundu still needs a member of the council to be sworn in to complete its management in order to be fully functional, however the two Swapo councillors, former Rundu mayor Verna Sinimbo and former deputy mayor Ralf Ihemba say they are fine as ordinary members of council for now.

ECN to hire helicopters for elections

WINDHOEK- The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will hire helicopters to be used specifically in Kunene and Zambezi regions during supplementary registration of voters, polling process and voter education due to the geographic nature of these two regions. 

Epangero kuna tura elikwamo lyomagwanekero komeho, yimo ana kutanta Nawatiseb

Rundu – Ruha ronombudi nomapukururo Ministeragona Engel Nawatiseb katente asi epangero kuna mosirugana mulyo gomagwanekero nokutara asi yinke nawa nawa yakaramo mokutara asi yikambekeko keekonomi lyosirongo nokovatungimo. Ruha our kuna tara asi dogoro papa yinke eyi vasikisamo ndi yaza mosirugana kutunda mo 1992, yimo ngoso ana kutanta murugani gwanare kosayitunga zaNew Era. 

Fair competition in electricity supply to be realised soon

WINDHOEK - Cabinet has approved the modified single buyer market model for the electricity supply industry, with effect from September 1 which will allow electricity consumers and independent power producers (IPPs) to transact with each other directly for the supply of electricity to allow for competition and to allow for private sector investment.

Cushy AU jobs beacon for Namibians

WINDHOEK- The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation has pledged to continue lobbying qualified Namibians to fill Namibia’s employment quota at the African Union (AU), which remains unoccupied. 

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Resettled farmers venture into lucerne project

OPUWO – Governor of Kunene Region Marius Sheya together with Constituency Councillor Johannes Atsino and their team visited the Neumbo family on their government resettlement farm to assess the progress of the lucerne project, the only and first of its kind in Kunene.

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Namibia opens visa-processing office in Lagos

WINDHOEK – The Namibian High Commission in Nigeria has resolved to open a Namibian Visa Processing desk in Lagos. The initiative is being implemented in partnership with Air Namibia as over 60 percent of travellers to Namibia reside in Lagos and surrounding states.

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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.