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The Ovitoto settlement in the Omatako constituency continues to face acute water disruptions in most villages – and in recent years, the situation has been worsened by the country’s perennial droughts and depleting underground water reservoirs. Namibia and Botswana are under renewed pressure to race against time in launching a comprehensive bid book for their planned joint bid for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). In a bid to alleviate the growing unemployment rate in the region, the Omaheke Regional Council has put plans in motion to host its first-ever employment creation conference, which will primarily discuss and dissect all things related to creating new job opportunities. Siegfried Tjehiua, the chairperson of the self-proclaimed Okakarara Residents Association Fighting for Development, has rebuffed claims that they are a group of anarchists and land grabbers, saying their call for land is a genuine appeal that has nothing to do with politics. Despite numerous attempts to get clarity from the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) director Mabos Vries on Orlando Pirates’ failure to pitch up for last weekend’s match against Life Fighters, New Era Sport has now established that there is more to the saga than meets the eye. I am slowly and worryingly picking signs of a brewing storm within the corridors of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Football House, especially in the department of the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL). The Shack Dwellers Federation (SDF), in collaboration with its various partners, yesterday handed over 57 houses at Gobabis’ Freedom Square location. Despite the youth unemployment crisis faced by the country, executive chairperson of the National Youth Council, Sharonice Busch has emphasised the importance of not just creating jobs to ease the mounting pressure but decent jobs are needed. Wednesday’s communication by sports minister Agnes Tjongarero to her Botswana counterpart Tumiso Rakgare that Namibia will withdraw and terminate their Memorandum of Agreement with Botswana to jointly bid for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) came as no surprise; at least to me. Deputy sports minister Emma Kantema-Gaomas yesterday said although Namibia has withdrawn and terminated its agreement with Botswana for their joint bid for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), the move should also be seen as an opportunity for the country to fully focus on its dilapidated facilities. Namibia’s U/20 rugby side will today have a unique opportunity to book their place in the final of the 2023 U/20 Barthés Trophy tournament when they lock horns against an equally determined Kenyan side at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi. Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Freddy Mwiya has been placed on forced leave by the commission’s board to make way for internal investigations, following allegations that he threatened a board member. The board of the Agro Marketing and Trading Agency yesterday announced the dismissal of the company’s managing director Lungameni Lucas, who has been on suspension since January last year. Okorukambe constituency councillor Rocco Nguvauva has bemoaned the growing trend of beneficiaries sub-leasing government resettlement farms to third parties, saying such tendencies undermine efforts to address the intense land question. Despite the ongoing public clamour around the exclusion of mercurial midfielder Awillo Stephanus from coach Collin Benjamin’s 37-man squad that was announced this week, the national team mentor says his decision is purely informed by long-term strategies and grooming the next generation of stars. Although they still have a few points to collect to fully cement their survival, veteran gaffer James Britz is happy with the work done so far to ensure Tigers move out of the relegation zone and boost its chances of playing topflight football next season. After decades of enjoying a monopoly in the local meat processing sector, agriculture minister Calle Schlettwein believes it is high time for the Meat Corporation of Namibia to re-strategise and reposition itself as a modern entity to counter escalating competition. Four communal farmers in the Ovitoto settlement in the Omatako constituency have received a great morale booster ahead of this year’s expected drought, when the Otjozondjupa Regional Council through the constituency office handed over 80 goats to the farmers. Hundreds of disgruntled Katutura residents have demanded that the City of Windhoek parts ways with RedForce Debt Management, saying the debt collection firm is not solution-oriented and is dragging them further into the mud. Ovambanderu paramount chief Eben Tjozohongo Nguvauva II on Sunday welcomed Vice President Nangolo Mbumba at Omimbonde Vitano at Omauezonjanda in the Epukiro constituency, where the traditional leader discussed a range of pressing issues with the deputy head of State.