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Community activist Rosa Namises at odds with CoW over land

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Community Development Worker and activist Rosa Namises has called on the City of Windhoek to allow citizens to explore and utilise unoccupied municipal areas to positively showcase the landscape.

Namises made the call following what she termed unfair treatment by the City of Windhoek employees when they demolished a temporary shade structure where Namises and her children were camping at farm #Goas.

About 1,000 inhabitants are currently living on the 8,000-square-metre farm.

Health Defence Leaque sues government over COVID regulations

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The Health Defence League has taken legal action against the government, accusing it of imposing COVID-19 regulations such as allowing experimental vaccines to be administered to people with drugs not approved by the Namibian Medicine Control Council as per the law.

A member of the league, Henk Mudge, says the vaccine has long-term side effects on people.

The aim of the Health Defence League is to defend basic human rights, freedom of choice, and freedom of speech under the constitution.

Survey to determine prevalence of NTDs begins

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A survey to determine the prevalence of trachoma, scabies, Guinea worm disease, and other selected neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in northern Namibia has begun.

The Kavango East and West and the Zambezi regions carry the highest burden of these diseases.

Namibia has identified eight NTDs, namely schistosomiasis, leprosy, rabies, trachoma, scabies, snakebite, and soil-transmitted helminths.

Zero TAC for pilchard remains in force

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A moratorium on the harvesting of pilchards remains in place for another year, as the fish species is still in an unhealthy state.

This was revealed by Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Derek Klazen during a Cabinet briefing.

The imposed moratorium on the pilchard stock remains while the Ministry continues its research programme to monitor it closely and re-open fishing activities once the stock has recovered to a biologically sustainable level.

Boys' underperformance academically poses a challenge

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The existing gender disparity in academic performance between boys and girls in Namibia poses an academic challenge, as Grades 1–12 from 2012–2019 were in favour of girls, with a high repetition and promotion rate among boys.

A report on 'Namibian Boys: Underachievement and Underparticipation in Education' indicates that self-distracting behaviour and withdrawing from learning activities among the boys are but some of the reasons.

In every 100 graduates, 70% are women.

SAATM initiative crucial for air transport growth

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The full implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative remains crucial for the sustainable development of air transport and connectivity around the African continent.

SAATM was initiated by the African Union in 2015 to expedite the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Declaration adopted in 1988.

The Single African Air Transport Market seeks to enhance connectivity, promote competition, and stimulate economic growth and development within the continent through collaboration.

Blood reagents stored at HKIA to be released

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The Namibia Airport Company (NAC)'s Chief Executive Officer, Bisey |Uirab, has stated that the company met with relevant parties through the High Court-initiated mediation process to release cargo stored at the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA).

This follows a cargo dispute during the eviction of Menzies Aviation from the airport.

The cargo in question includes urgent blood reagents needed by the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia, which were in the possession of Menzies Aviation during their eviction from the HKIA.

Mariental Farmers Meat Market opened

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The Mariental Farmers Meat Market has been officially opened.

The meat market is expected to process 55,000 sheep in 2023 and 100,000 to 170,000 sheep in 2024.

By 2025, a full production capacity of 280,000 sheep is envisioned.

This, according to O&L Group CEO Wessie Van Der Westhuizen, will necessitate additional investments.

Since the resumption of commercial operations in October 2022, over N$75 million has been paid to sheep producers between October 2022 and June 2023.