Record-breaking Day at the Erongo Regional Athletics Championships


The Vineta Stadium in Swakopmund was the stage for the annual Erongo Regional Athletics Championships, where over 350 athletes from various parts of the region showcased their talents in track and field events.

Schools from the Welwitschia, Omaruru, Karibib, and Daures School Zones all participated in the competition.

After a month of competitions in all zones across the Erongo region, the Championships provided the final opportunity for qualifying athletes to shine.

Education Director raises alarm over literacy crisis


The Executive Director of Education, Arts, and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, says that the world has been in a learning crisis since before COVID-19, and Namibia is no exception.

Steenkamp says that the literacy crisis in the county is far worse than previously thought, with the discovery that only one out of three learners can read.

She revealed this during the 2024 Nedbank coastal budget review breakfast meeting at Swakopmund.

Swakopmund pensioners devastated about Dr Geingob's death


Pensioners at Swakopmund say they are still in shock and devastation over the death of President Hage Geingob, whom they described as a hero.

Pensioners at the Mondesa Multi-Purpose Centre all wanted to say something about his legacy and spoke with passion in their vernacular languages and Afrikaans as they remembered the times that the late president spent with them.

Erongo Governor Neville Andre decided not to present his prepared speech so that the senior citizens would have enough time to express their feelings.

Walvis Bay, Swakopmund plan to draw more investors


The two coastal towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund plan to attract more investors to ensure that they develop in a way that will grow employment opportunities. 

Walvis Bay mayor Trevino Forbes says the town's municipality plans on expanding its boundary to create a conducive environment for foreign investors to put money into infrastructural development.

Forbes says job creation is not the mandate of the council; however, what they can do is make sure value addition takes place in the port city of Walvis Bay to secure more jobs.

Swakopmund youth tired of failed job hunts


Youth living in the DRC Informal Settlement at Swakopmund are striving to make ends meet in the face of unemployment and a lack of business opportunities.

The sprawling informal settlement of the DRC at Swakopmund is home to hundreds of young people. Poverty levels make it difficult to thrive in any business venture or income-generating project. 

Immanuel Festus says the collateral requirement demanded by banks for business loans compounds the issue.

First day of school a smooth transition for grade 1 pupils


The holiday season has officially ended, and parents across the country have been hitting the road since the start of the week to drop off their children at school.

As the 2024 academic year commences for schools nationwide, little boys and girls are eager to start their first day of preprimary education.

Although the first day of school can easily evoke fear and tears in both parents and learners alike, there were mostly happy faces in many schools in Erongo Region.

Police officer arrested for drunk driving


A police officer has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at Walvis Bay.

According to a police report, a white Toyota Hilux with a NamPol registration collided with a Honda Fit on Thursday, January 11, at half past ten at night along Independence Road in Walvis Bay.

The driver of the police vehicle is alleged to have driven the vehicle with an alcohol concentration level exceeding the legal limit.

It is further alleged that the suspect drove the motor vehicle recklessly and negligently and collided with the Honda Fit.

Erongo governor appeals for improved service by local authorities


Erongo Governor Neville André has called on the three re-elected mayors of the coastal towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and Henties Bay to expand their services to the residents in anticipation of high urban-rural migration this year.

This André was highlighted during an interview with nbc News.

Andre says rural-urban migration has placed local authorities under pressure and is making it difficult to meet the increasing demands for basic services as a result of the high influx.

Dune driving claims life of young girl


Pashula Hangula, 13 years old, died in a freak accident this afternoon in the Dune 7 area between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.

The police report indicates that a driver, 21 years old, was allegedly following another vehicle when his vehicle got stuck in the sand as it was ascending to the top of the dune.

The driver then stopped, and in the process of driving the vehicle out of the sand, the vehicle unfortunately skidded due to loose sand, so it overturned and started rolling down the dune.