UN could provide expertise to Namibia on handling drought, natural disasters


The United Nations (UN) could look into providing Namibia with expertise to be able to deal with the impact of drought and other natural disasters.

This was said by the United Nations Climate Crisis Coordinator for the El Niño/La Niña Response, Reena Ghelani, during a courtesy call on President Nangolo Mbumba at State House.

Ghelani says her visit to Namibia is thus to assess Namibia's needs and programmes, which need further support.

She applauded the local communities for their resilience and for not sitting idle and waiting.

King Philippe arrives in Walvis Bay


The King of the Belgians landed at Walvis Bay International Airport as he continues his visit to Namibia.

When the Airbus A330-400 commercial aeroplane landed, officials say it was the largest aeroplane the Walvis Bay International Airport has ever received in two decades.

Before landing, the A330-400 used a method called a corkscrew landing, or also spiral landing, which is intended to minimise the risk of the aircraft being hit by anti-aircraft fire from the ground on its way to a destination airport.

Venaani urges youth to elect leaders who understand their struggles


McHenry Venaani, leader of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), is urging Namibia's youth to elect leaders who understand their struggles and who are committed to their empowerment.

He emphasised the urgent need to address youth unemployment, calling it a national emergency.
Addressing a well-attended rally at Okalongo Settlement in Omusati Region on Sunday, he stressed that this year's elections are for the youth.

Brazil wishes to deepen economic and trade relations with Namibia


Brazil would like to deepen its cooperation and economic and trade relations with Namibia. 

Its Ambassador to Namibia, Vivian Loss Sanmartin, says possibilities to increase trade between Brazil and Namibia are almost without a limit.

She was speaking to nbc News against the backdrop of the visit of a 10-member business community delegation from Brazil to Namibia.

The delegation is in Namibia for a weeklong visit to explore business and investment opportunities. 

GIZ Green Hydrogen Project hosts masterclass for media practitioners


The GIZ Green Hydrogen Project hosted a masterclass for broadcasters and media practitioners.

The GIZ-H2 Project Support Unit has recently started the implementation of green hydrogen masterclasses targeting various groups to raise awareness at a technical level.

The target groups include professionals, decision-makers, public entities, local authorities, and SMEs closely affiliated with this native green hydrogen industry.

Stakeholders to conduct study on informal economy


In cooperation with the UN in Namibia, the Bank of Namibia, the Ministries of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment Creation, Industrialization, and Trade intend to conduct a study to comprehend the informal economy and its diversity, pinpoint solutions for related problems, and highlight opportunities for interventions.

Informal employment in Namibia has significant implications for people, enterprises, and the country's economy and social development.

Journalists exposed to online safety tools


Journalists are urged to protect their online communications and information from the growing threats brought on by the digital age.

These were the sentiments shared by journalists attending a workshop titled "Investigative Journalism in the Digital Age" underway in Windhoek.

Although technology has created major shifts in how journalism is practised nowadays, enhancing freedom of expression, access to information, and the promotion of accountability and transparency is still key.

Weakness in mining and environmental legislation contributes to non-rehabilitation of closed mining sites


A significant contributing factor to the lack of rehabilitation of closed mining sites in Namibia is a weakness in the mining and environmental legislation.

To address this issue, the ministries of Mines and Energy, as well as Environment, are taking steps to amend the existing laws that would require mining companies to include closure plans as part of their licence application process.

Criminalise exportation of raw mineral resources to ensure maximum benefits are retained within Namibia- Dr.  Aupindi


Swapo Party MP in the National Assembly, Dr. Tobie Aupindi, has emphasised the need for Namibia to criminalise the exportation of raw mineral resources in order to ensure that maximum benefits are retained within the country.

Cash benefits for disability grants in many countries do not cover basic expenses - Nyamadzwao


UNICEF's Manager for Social Policy at the Namibia Country Office, Jecob Nyamadzwao, says cash benefits for disability grants in many countries cannot cover the basic expenses of people with disabilities, let alone extra costs.

Nyamadzawo shared these sentiments at a Disability Budget Analysis and Inception meeting in the capital.

The government recently increased the disability grant to N$1,300, a move seen as a relief by many.