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Southern African parliamentary leaders convene in Windhoek 

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Parliamentary leaders in Southern Africa are meeting in Windhoek to address pressing issues related to climate resilience, ecosystem conservation, and sustainable development.

Parliamentary leaders are promoting collaborative efforts and informed legislative action to tackle climate change effects.

Through these discussions, parliamentarians will be empowered to champion initiatives that promote climate resilience, protect ecosystems, learn about the environmental impacts of extractive industries, and drive sustainable development in the region.

Namibia, Botswana agree on a second binational commission

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Following the conclusion of official talks between Namibia and Botswana, a joint communiqué was issued.

The communiqué, among others, resolved that the second session of the Namibia-Botswana Binational Commission be held in Windhoek at the end of August.

The Heads of State also touched on the international peace and security situation, including the security and humanitarian situations in Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UNFPA Director advocates for women's safety

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Dr. Natalia Kanem, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has recognised the transformative impact of women in leadership roles.

During the 3rd Nalafem Summit, Dr. Kanem highlighted the profound influence that educated and economically empowered women and girls have on the future of humanity.

"UNFPA advocates for strong legal frameworks and protective measures to ensure the safety of women leaders. This safety should extend to their participation in the political and public sphere, both online and offline."

SA's President Cyril Ramaphosa sworn-in 

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South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has affirmed his resolute quest to build a growing and inclusive economy that offers opportunities and livelihoods to all people.

Ramaphosa was sworn in as President, following his re-election last week and the subsequent formation of the government of national unity.

Namibia's President Nangolo Mbumba, President Joao Lourenco of Angola, and Nigerian President  Bola Tinubu are some of the leaders who witnessed the inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Alufea Sampofu School learners advocate for quality education 

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Learners at Alufea Sampofu Combined School have emphasized the need for inclusive, quality education in all schools.

They made this call during the commemoration of African Child Day.

The proud learners of Alufea Combined School highlighted the benefits of quality education in achieving their dreams.

They say the days are gone when they were sent to herd cattle and trained to only become wives.

Concerns rise over alarming teenage pregnancy rates in Ohangwena Region

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The number of teenage pregnancies in the Ohangwena Region is alarming.

Authorities report over 9,000 cases between January 2022 and April this year.

These girls were all under the age of 19.

The rather disturbing statistics were revealed by the Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare, Doreen Sioka, at the commemoration of the Day of the African Child at Nghifikwa Ndailikana Primary School in Ohangwena.

Namibia, Botswana launched joint civil-military cooperation plan

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Namibia and Botswana today launched a joint civil-military cooperation plan aimed at sensitising communities living along the common border about the importance of peaceful coexistence and good neighbourliness.

The launch took place in Kasane, Botswana.

The first four-day sensitization campaign will take place in July and will focus on illegal border crossings, illegal fishing, poaching, and the smuggling of arms and ammunition. The second campaign, which will focus on human-wildlife conflict, is scheduled for August.

Malawi VP dies in plane crash

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Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera says that the arrangements for the funeral of Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others will be announced in due course.

The military aircraft carrying Dr. Chilima and others, including former First Lady Shanil Dzimbiri, crashed in the Chikangawa Forest Reserve in the northern region of the country on Monday.

Following a search and rescue operation, all passengers were confirmed dead.

President Mbumba extends condolence to Malawi

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President Nangolo Mbumba says the loss resulting from the death of Malawi's Vice President, Dr. Saulos Chilima, will not only be felt by the people of Malawi but by the entire African continent.

Dr. Mbumba reacted to the tragic deaths of Chilima and nine other Malawi nationals in a military aircraft crash on Monday.

In a statement, President Mbumba said that it was unfortunate that Vice President Saulos Chilima passed on at a time when he still had so much to offer to the people of Malawi and Africa. 

AU Commission Chair highlights progress, challenges, and calls for unity on Africa Day

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To mark the celebration of Africa Day, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has reflected on Africa's journey from 1963 to 2024, celebrating milestones like liberation from colonialism and apartheid and economic growth. 

He also addressed ongoing challenges such as demographic pressures, social constraints, climate change, and governance issues. 

He highlighted the role of youth and women in shaping the future, called for mobilisation to tackle crises, and promoted peace and security.