Coordinated efforts to end drug abuse needed

A social athlete and activist against the use of harmful drugs has called for a coordinated effort to stop drug abuse in Namibia.

Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (nbc) employee Martha Namhadi says the fight against drug abuse should be a collective one. Namhadi spoke to nbc News after participating in the 10-kilometre FNB/Seawork Marathon at Swakopmund. The seasonal marathon runner says rooting out drug abuse requires a collective effort from individuals, families, communities, and organisations.

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.

All systems go for upcoming National Skills Competition

Despite encountering a few challenges, such as the short supply of materials and equipment in the northern regions, the steering committee of the third National Skills Competition is optimistic that all will be set for the competition on Tuesday.

Speaking to nbc News, the chairperson of the committee, Tobias Nambala, says the procurement of some materials in the northern regions has been a challenge.

He said some of the equipment was damaged during the transportation process from Windhoek.

Windhoek Show records low attendance over weekend

No longer the only feature attraction in the country around this time, the Windhoek Agricultural, Livestock, and Motor Show is not attracting crowds comparable to its past.

Still, those who have taken the time to pop in say it remains a fun experience.

The Windhoek Show opened its gates on Saturday, billed as amusement for families and friends.

Exhibitors are offered a prime platform for showcasing their wares and services, while government agencies get to communicate their services to the public in an informal way.

Labour Ministry seeks solution to Eagle Night Watch dispute

The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation held a meeting between Eagle Night Watch employees and their employer to find a solution to the labour dispute.

Workers at the company, which is a subcontractor at the Husab Uranium Mine, have accused the company of not complying with an affirmative action report submitted to the Employment Equity Commission.

Namibia records over 140 000 undocumented people

Namibia has over 140,000 undocumented and stateless people.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, and Safety, Dr. Albert Kawana, revealed this at the celebration of International Identity Day.

Dr. Kawana also launched the online tourist visa application.

International Identity Day is celebrated annually on September 16 and is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of identity in empowering individuals to exercise their rights and responsibilities fairly and equitably in society.

24 September: Population and Housing Census Reference Night 

The 24th of September is Population and Housing Census Reference Night, where everyone, regardless of nationality, age, or social status, will be counted.

The census is the only time that everyone in the country is counted, and it should include newborn babies.

Inaccurate counts of infants and toddlers can have consequences that will impact their lives in terms of planning for development, but to an extent, everybody.

In the Census exercise, there is a period called Reference Night—in this case, the midnight of September 24.

Windhoek Agricultural Livestock and Motor Show kicks off 

It is once again time for the Windhoek Agricultural, Livestock, and Motor Show.

The 69th edition of the event is hosting more than 200 exhibitors, including hand-made crafts, traditional food stalls, kiddie parks, and live music shows.

Loide Martin is one of the first exhibitors who, for the past 21 years, made sure that she secured a spot at the show.

She sells traditional cuisine like freerange chicken, oshikuvila, and ondjove.

Martin said she has worked her way up in the business thanks to the Windhoek Show.

Nakayale VTC trainees welcome green hydrogen scholarship programme

The Ministry of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation, in collaboration with the German Government, has agreed to allocate over N$94 million for the 2024 Scholarship Programme for Namibian youth to study green hydrogen-related fields.

The Youth for Green Hydrogen programme offers scholarships to Namibian youth aged between 18 and 35 years in two categories related to the green hydrogen value chain:

The studies range from master's degree disciplines in applied science, renewable energy or sustainable energy systems, logistics, and supply chain management.

National Symbols Campaign launched

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Dr. Peya Mushelenga, has called for national unity to achieve prosperity for all.

He made the call at the launch of ||Kharas Regional Activation of National Symbols Campaign at Oranjemund.

The National Symbols Campaign, which is part of the Nationhood and National Pride Programme, aims to enhance patriotism by educating Namibians on the importance of national symbols.

These national symbols include the national flag, the national coat of arms, presidential standards, and the national anthem.