Otjiwarongo community asked to stop littering

The Otjiwarongo mayor has called on residents to refrain from littering.

Gottlieb Shivute made this call during the Otjiwarongo clean-up campaign.

As part of the efforts to make Otjiwarongo the cleanest town in Namibia, residents, including the Namibian Defence Force and other cooperating companies, joined the Otjiwarongo Municipality in cleaning up the town.

With the amount of dirt lying around Otjiwarongo, having all hands on deck during the campaign makes all the difference.

Drought relief considered for Otavi Constituency farmers pushed to townlands 

The Otavi Constituency has announced that it will start registering farmers who have been pushed to townlands with their animals to benefit from drought relief food.

The Regional Councillor of the Otavi Constituency, George !Garab, says this group of farmers is a special case.

Otavi is surrounded by many farms, and subsistence farmers retire, some with few animals and others with nothing, to townlands and settle in informal settlements.

Marginalised youth urged to prioritise education

The Deputy Minister of Marginalised Communities Royal |Ui|o|oo has encouraged marginalised youth to prioritise education if they are to take up leadership positions.

|Ui|o|oo was speaking at the workshop of the elected leaders of the Indigenous Marginalised Youth Organisation of Namibia (IMYON).

The training is for representatives from all regions and is aimed at empowering them with the knowledge and skills needed to fulfil their roles.

Lack of grazing in Okakarara District a concern

Livestock farmers in the Okakarara District are worried as their animals have started to die as a result of a lack of grazing.

Most farmers say they cannot afford animal fodder.

An nbc News team driving through Okakarara witnessed malnourished cattle roaming around in search of grazing.

Farmers have started to slaughter the weak ones before they die.

The Executive Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, I-Ben Nashandi, details the government's livestock drought relief programme, which is to be rolled out to all 14 regions of the country.

B2Gold Namibia hands over classrooms at Ombili Primary School

Learners of Ombili Primary School at Otjiwarongo are no longer being taught in tents, thanks to B2Gold Namibia, which has built them into a fully-fledged school.

Every year, the education sector faces numerous challenges, especially related to the placement of learners in the primary grades and a lack of proper structure.

At Ombili, where the project school started in 2019, 138 learners who could not find placement were taught in tents.

Distribution of drought relief assistance set to begin

Drought relief assistance and livestock support programmes for thousands of vulnerable and affected communities and farmers in the Otjozondjupa Region will be distributed from the beginning of October until June 2024.

This was announced by the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, James Uerikua, who says the council will monitor closely to ensure there is no wastage of food aid or communities not able to access the aid.

At the Gam Settlement, about 100 kilometres from Tsumkwe, community members flocked in large numbers to register for food and livestock assistance.

Lack of donors hamper NOYD's operations

The National Organisation of Youth with Disabilities (NOYD) is struggling with its operations after donors withdrew their support.

Last year, the National Organisation of Youth with Disabilities elected disability coordinators for all regions.

They are tasked with taking up disability matters at the regional level.

The organisation is, however, finding it difficult to operate optimally because of limited funds after the donors pulled out.

National debate championship kicks off at Otjiwarongo

Critical thinkers from different schools across the country are taking part in the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund National Debate Championship at Otjiwarongo.

The Namibia Schools Debating Association (NSDA) started last year with a debate championship, though only two regions participated.

This year, through sponsorship by the MVA Fund, the debate championship is back, with all 14 regions taking part.

Learners will debate road safety, which is an issue of interest to all Namibians.

CENORED to embark on TID rollover project

The Central Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (CENORED) is set to embark on a token identifier (TID) rollover project to prevent people from tempering with electricity meters.

CENORED is putting all systems in place to get the process started and ensure that the rollover to the new software is done smoothly.

The old software within this prepaid meter has a base date of January 1, 1993, and will now roll over to the new best base, which is January 1, 2014.

Farmers' trade unions' books should be audited - Uerikua

Otjozondjupa Governor James Uerikua wants the farmers' trade unions' books audited for accountability.

Uerikua was speaking at the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) Special Congress at Otjiwarongo.

The governor says the farmers' union books must be audited and open to the public for scrutiny.

This, he explained, will help to keep the running affairs of farmers activities concerning financial matters in check.