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In an effort to keep up with international trends and ensure local producers have access to world-class plant material, the University of Namibia Ogongo campus has revived its tissue culture laboratory – one of the few in the country. After a two-year hiatus prompted by Covid-19, the popular Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) has returned, and about 400 exhibitors from various economic sectors – both locally and internationally – are expected to showcase their products and services at the event. The Namibia Local Business Association has pleaded with government to consider providing tax relief to civil servants, which would help to increase their net salaries on an interim basis until economic challenges have dissipated. A former learner at Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Secondary School in the Oshana region, who was raped by a taxi driver while on her way to school five years ago, has spoken out after the perpetrator was sentenced to an effective 10 years imprisonment. Although the Covid-19 pandemic caused significant hardship to Namibians, the Development Bank of Namibia has reported an improvement and a resumption of economic activities and growth. A South African-owned insurance company has refuted allegations made by a northern businessman over a disputed insurance claim. The Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court showed mercy to a 21-year-old man, convicted of raping a minor in 2017, when it sentenced him to serve three years imprisonment. Subsequent to the Namibia Local Business Association requesting the Namibia Revenue Agency to ensure all foreign-owned businesses pay tax, NamRA commissioner Sam Shivute said every tax-eligible person or business, including locals and foreigners, is obliged to comply with tax regulations. Tertiary education in Namibia received another boost in the form of a state-of-the-art university that will be constructed in Eenhana by the International University of Management. Parents and community members at Onkaanka village in the area of Otamanzi constituency, Omusati region, are disgruntled after the principal of Ndeutala Angolo Primary School allegedly occupied a classroom as her residence. The status of the investigation into two former top officials and the acting CEO of the Ruacana town council implicated in the mismanagement of funds and forging of invoices worth millions, is uncertain. Ruacana Town Council has appointed Malakia Ileka as the council’s new CEO, mayor Linda Mbwale confirmed on Monday. President Hage Geingob has told youth leaders they must focus their efforts on identifying qualified, committed, patriotic and hardworking cadres who will deliver on the goals of the Swapo manifesto. Ongwediva - Melodic singer Blossom will at the end of this month bring to a close her over three-year self-imposed music hiatus with the release of her new album ‘Taleni’. The family of Efraim Weyulu Ndeshaanya, who died yesterday after a fitness test for cadet soldiers, is struggling to come to terms with the demise of their son. The government should consider repossessing farms from unproductive land reform beneficiaries and redistribute them to land-starved agriculture graduates to boost food security and bolster the economy. With fuel becoming increasingly unaffordable, smuggling of the commodity across the border from Angola has not just caused skirmishes between locals, the police and smugglers, retailers in northern Namibia are closing their businesses while others are left teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Omunafaalama gwiikwamboga oshowo iiyimati okwa ti, oshikunino shoka kwa li a toto po omanga e li mondondo 8, ote shi enditha nawa notashi mu yambidhidha nawa. Despite efforts from government, development partners, churches and civil society to curb gender-based violence, the scourge continues unabated. Former Deputy Prime Minister Libertina Amathila has challenged a call by the deputy minister for marginalised communities Royal /Ui/o/oo to establish a ministry of indigenous affairs, saying there is no need for such a ministry.