Walvis Bay Magistrates' Court in need of infrastructural boost


The Walvis Bay Magistrates' Court needs an infrastructural boost, as it lacks sufficient office and storage space.

Court officials informed parliamentarians that there have been delays in the renovation of a building, which ought to provide relief.

Members of Parliament visited capital projects under the Ministry of Justice and Office of the Judiciary at Walvis Bay.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs wanted to observe the progress made on the renovation project of the lower court between 2018 and 2021.

Magistrate urges action on ''shocking'' conditions in police holding cells


Walvis Bay Magistrate John Sindano has called on parliamentarians to do something about what he described as "shocking" conditions in police holding cells.

Apart from overcrowding, the magistrate says mentally disturbed detainees languish in such conditions for years while waiting to be admitted to the only psychiatric ward in Windhoek.

Informal vendors struggle amid rapid population growth


Namibia's port of Walvis Bay is a town experiencing rapid population growth from individuals in search of greener pastures.

However, the hopes of many to find employment here are, more often than not, dashed.

Vendors come from all corners of the country to sell their arts and crafts to passersby at the southern gate of the Namibian Ports Authority.

This is their surest means to sustain their livelihoods, they say.

It costs to endure all manner of weather, from the scorching sun to the cold breeze from the Atlantic Ocean.

Call for fisheries law amendment amid fishrot scandal study launch


The Walvis Bay Rural Constituency Councillor believes corruption in the fishing industry will continue if the Fisheries and Marine Resources Act is not amended.

Tegako Donatus is adamant that the current fisheries law gave birth to the biggest corruption scandal in the country.

Donatus made the remarks at the launch of a study on the severe human impact of the fishrot scandal at Walvis Bay.

According to him, Namibians become too emotional when dealing with the scandal and have failed to address the root causes of corruption in the industry.

Walvis Bay 30 years re-intergrated


Namibia celebrated 30 years since the full and formal re-integration of Walvis Bay and its 12 offshore islands.

30 years ago, on March 1, 1994, the Walvis Bay and Off-Shore Islands Act 1 of 1994 came into force, making Walvis Bay and the off-shore islands, in terms of Article 1 of the Namibian Constitution, part of the national territory of Namibia.

Following the independence of Namibia and notwithstanding Article 1 of the Namibian Constitution, Walvis Bay and the off-shore islands continued to be controlled by South Africa, under the laws of South Africa. 

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.

Ekango Salt Refiners employees protest


A group of 20 employees of Ekango Salt Refiners, employed on a contract basis by Mauritius Investment CC, held a protest against unfair labour practices at the company in Walvis Bay.

The employees, joined by the AR Movement in Walvis Bay, say the unconducive working environment at the company has become unbearable.

The employees, among others, are demanding that they be employed on terms and conditions that are the same as and not less favourable than those of full-time employees, who perform similar work.

Walvis Bay leaders call for innovative solutions to youth unemployment


Some prominent members of the Walvis Bay community have called for innovative and effective solutions to youth unemployment.
Among them are former Walvis Bay Mayor King Mandume Muatunga as well as the coastal town's Lutheran Hosiana Parish Pastor Jacky Fredericks, who believe government efforts to create employment must be complemented.