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Vice President Nangolo Mbumba on Monday commissioned the electrification of 426 houses in the Omaheke region. This saw the region taking another giant leap towards further bolstering their rural electrification programme. In its continued quest to become self-sustainable, the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre has embarked upon the process of registering a business arm that will strictly deal with sourcing commercial opportunities for the technical centre. Despite growing protests from residents of various towns over its modus operandi, Julius Nyamazana, the CEO of RedForce Debt Management, maintains that the company is not the enemy of the residents but politicians who are trying to abuse the situation to score political points. With next year’s national elections expected to be a fierce battle with tight margins, National Unity Democratic Organisation’s secretary general Josef Kauandenge is well aware of the country’s changing political landscape and admits that the existing division within the Ovaherero community could harm the party’s performance in the 2024 elections. Former Swanu president and descendant of the 1904/08 Herero/Nama genocide, Usutuaije Maamberua, has called for the immediate enactment of a genocide memory law that will help preserve and protect the memories and integrity of the genocide victims and descendants. Omaheke Regional Council will today host its 3rd extraordinary meeting, where new members of the regional council’s management committee will be elected to serve for the next two and a half years. The outcry by traditional authorities in Omaheke region for decent office space to run their affairs have finally been answered with the announcement that the Omaheke Regional Council has secured N$17 million for the construction of three office blocks. Kalahari constituency councillor Ignatius Kariseb, who was re-elected as chairperson of the Omaheke Regional Council management committee this week, has promised to continue addressing issues of unemployment, poor service delivery and inequality with utmost urgency and impartially. A 2018 decision by the City of Windhoek to commercialise the once-popular Brakwater Recreational Park, affectionately known as the Paaltjies, seems to have backfired as visits by Windhoek residents to the facility have significantly dropped and threaten to turn the park into a white elephant. More than 100 Witvlei residents, mostly unemployed youth and the elderly, took to the streets on Wednesday to demand the immediate appointment of a substantive CEO, access to financial and procurement reports as well as improved service delivery. The Namibia Financial Institutions Union (Nafinu), the largest trade union representing workers in the local financial sector, has come out guns blazing against Nedbank Namibia, accusing the bank of being the worst employer in the sector and not respecting local labour laws. ǀAeǁgams di !Ā!khōmais ge 2018ǁî kurib !nâ a ū mîǁguib, îs mariǂharugub !nâ !nāsase ge khoen xa gere sīhe !Gâi!gâisen !Hanab, ǁnaetisase Paaltjies ti ǀgui ge ǂansa iba dawa!khuni ti ge hâ is, ge !ā!khōmaisa aitsama ǂnais !nâ ǂnoasens khami ge hā, ǀAeǁgams ǁanǂgāsaben nē !khaiba ǁaupexa sîsenū tama tamas ka i o kaise ǀoro !gôab !nâ ǀgui tsîb nēsisa sîsenūhe tamase ǁgoes ǀguisa īse. The much-anticipated Omaheke Employment Creation Conference officially got underway in Gobabis on Tuesday night with the launch of the region’s Seed Capital Fund. Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has hailed the timing and purpose of the ongoing Omaheke Employment Creation Conference, saying the gathering perfectly complements government’s efforts to address the unemployment crisis. From a mega Shoprite shopping complex to well-resourced magistrate courts, police stations and two service stations, amongst many other retailers, the settlement of Otjinene is on the verge of coming full circle as a fully-fledged town. Farmers in the Omaheke region will be amongst those to benefit from government’s livestock support programme, which will see farmers receiving livestock marketing incentives, transport subsidies to and from grazing areas, as well as subsidies for leasing grazing areas. Earlier this week, New Era journalist Otniel Hembapu (OH) interviewed the visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (SJ). Thomas Abanga, the founder and chief executive officer of Abanga Farms & Food Systems, shared during the recent Omaheke Employment-Creation Conference that his company is in the final stages of setting up a fertiliser factory in the country. The construction of a new Social Security Commission office at Otjiwarongo will not only serve the town’s inhabitants, but will also extend the commission’s services and overall footprint to other five towns within the Otjozondjupa region. Paramount chief of the Ovambanderu Traditional Council Aletta Nguvauva and her followers have severed ties with the ruling Swapo party, saying the party has failed to deliver promised development to the Swapo-ruled Epukiro and Otjombinde constituencies.