Rise in cybercrimes a concern

Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa is concerned about the increase in cybercrimes coupled with cross-border crimes committed in Namibia.

Imalwa called for concerted efforts from all law enforcement agencies to fight these crimes, through which hundreds are defrauded of their hard-earned income.

Scammers, she said, are using social media platforms to commit the crimes.

Two die in truck collision on Trans Kalahari Highway

Two truck drivers died and one other was injured in a multiple truck collision on the Trans Kalahari Highway in Botswana on Friday.

The Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat (TKCs), says five trucks have been involved in the road crash, caused by poor visibility as a result of a veld fire.

The TKCs confirm that two of the trucks are Namibian registered, while the other two are registered in Botswana.

LPM wants Zimbabwe's Ambassador send back

Bernardus Swartbooi, leader of the Landless People's Movement (LPM), has called on President Hage Geingob to send back the Zimbabwean Ambassador to Namibia.

The LPM added its voice to that of various opposition parties in the SADC region that denounced the August 23rd and 24th Harmonised General Elections in Zimbabwe.

According to preliminary reports by SADC, the African Union, and several international election observer bodies, elections in that country fell short of several constitutional requirements.

Namibia's laws around inheritance described as discriminatory

The Executive Director at the Ministry of Justice, Gladice Pickering, has described Namibia's laws around inheritance as discriminatory.

Speaking on nbc's Wheels of Justice on Sunday, Pickering shared her sentiments, saying the situation is unfortunate and there is an urgent need for the revision of the Act in its entirety.

Gladice Pickering cited the Administration of Estates Act and the Native Administration Proclamation as some of the examples that are discriminatory.

Smoking rife among teenagers in Namibia

Statistics provided by the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) indicate that 31% of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15 are already smoking, while about 50% are exposed to secondhand smoking.

It is further estimated that 20% of men and five percent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 consume tobacco in Namibia.

What is also concerning is smoking and secondhand smoke exposure among children.

People who are exposed to secondhand smoke can suffer the same consequences as those who smoke.

COSDEF recommits to continue imparting skills

The Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) has recommitted itself to continue imparting skills to Namibians, especially youth and women.

COSDEF is the umbrella body, managing at least eight centres in the country.

Since its inception about 30 years ago, COSDEF has graduated more than 30,000 trainees, of whom 400 are emerging entrepreneurs.

Erongo Governor Neville Andre, in a speech read on his behalf, commended COSDEF for enrolling trainees from less privileged backgrounds.

Suicide, suicide attempts on the rise in Namibia

Health and Social Services Minister Dr. Kalumbi Shangula says his ministry is ready to extend its services to those in need, as suicide statistics over the past year paint a grim picture of depression in Namibia.

The number of deaths by suicide and suicide attempts is on the rise.

Of the 623 cases recorded over the past year, including teens and minors, 82% are male.

Dr. Shangula says the rising suicide rate can, to a large extent, be explained by untreated mental health conditions.

We are a force to be reckoned with - President Geingob

The BRICS grouping can be used as a platform to counter ideas that try to downplay Africa's voice, Namibia included, in international matters.

BRICS held its 15th summit between August 22 and August 24 in South Africa, where new members were admitted.

President Hage Geingob, during an interview on Russian Television, said it was time others realised that ''we are a force to be reckoned with", as he also provided context to the formation of BRICS.

The BRICS has since agreed to expand membership, approving six more countries to join as of January 2024.

Youth in Kavango regions discuss education transformation 

Youth in the two Kavango regions attended a one-day workshop on transforming education in Namibia at Rundu.

The aim was to form a youth-led movement to transform education.

The workshop was born after the New York Summit last year, where young people put together their demands and what they want their governments and UN member states to do to address the global learning crisis.

The summit was convened in response to the global learning crisis to ensure that learning is equitable, accessible, and quality for each child globally.