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Kunene's unemployed youth feel hopeless

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Young people in remote areas of the Kunene Region say they are willing to get out of their comfort zone and make a living, but due to underdevelopment and a lack of opportunities in their areas, they are hopeless. 

The nbc's Investigative Unit Producer, Gordon Joseph, travelled to Otjikondavirongo Village in the Kunene Region, where young people there told stories of their daily struggles. 

Namibia is often credited with having some of the best roads in Africa and has made significant strides in providing access to education, health care, and clean drinking water.

Namibia's Herero living museum opens

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Preserving and safeguarding cultural identity is vital in today's world, as it provides a sense of belonging, structure, and stability.

After four years of extensive consultation with various stakeholders, the first ever Herero Living Museum in the country opened to the public in June.

The museum is located in the Otjokavare area in the Kunene Region.

In a rapidly changing world where people adhere to different religions, it is crucial to preserve one's culture.

GIZ brings relief to Morewag Village

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The GIZ Biodiversity Economy Project has rehabilitated a borehole in Morewag Village in Kunene Region. The borehole was previously operated on an old diesel generator but has now been upgraded to a high-tech solar pump.

This upgrade comes at a crucial time, following the declaration of a state of emergency due to drought.

Kunene is one of the regions most affected by drought, impacting both humans and livestock. Some community members have taken advantage of this opportunity and set up vegetable gardens next to the borehole.

Kunene farmers advised to destock to mitigate loss

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Sesfontein Constituency Councillor and Chairperson of the Kunene Regional Council, Hendrik Gaobaeb, has urged farmers in his constituency to sell their cattle in a bid to mitigate the losses they currently experience as a result of the severe drought. 

Like many parts of Namibia, Sesfontein has been ravished by a severe drought that has seen the deaths of livestock by many communal farmers. 

He said even commercial farmers are financially crippled by the loss of livestock as a result of the drought. 

Farmers in Kunene and Omusati face market access challenges

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Farmers in the Kunene and Omusati regions say non-functional abattoirs and poor livestock infrastructure are primary obstacles to accessing a profitable market. 

This issue surfaced during the ongoing oversight visits by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs).

The visits follow a 2022 petition to the National Assembly from Lisha Empowerment and Development, urging the revival of the livestock market in the NCAs and parliamentary intervention to address the sector's severe underdevelopment.

Provision of services at Outjo a challenge

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Although housing provision in Outjo has been ongoing efficiently, Acting Chief Executive Officer Jaco Labuschagne says the provision of services has been a challenge.

Labuschagne says the Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG) and the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) are by far the most effective entities to provide proper, affordable housing.

Outjo has about 20,000 inhabitants, with about three-quarters of that number living in the more than 3,000 erven in the informal settlement.

Minister Schlettwein advocates water reuse to tackle Kunene Region's water scarcity

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The Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, Carl Schlettwein, said the water reuse method is an approach that can be taken in Kunene to address the water shortage in the region.

Schlettwein said this at the joint commemoration of World Wetlands Day and World Water Day in Opuwo.

Wetlands are ecosystems that contain water permanently or seasonally.

World Wetlands Day 2024 calls for attention to the interconnectedness between wetlands and various aspects of human existence.

Drought mitigation programme a relief to Kunene farmers

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Kunene Governor Marius Sheya says the government's drought mitigation programme has been a relief to the farmers.

Sheya was speaking at the handover of livestock, stoves, and water-softening borehole technologies at Khorixas auction kraal in the Kunene Region.

Sheya applauded the success measures of the IREMA project under the Environmental Investment Fund, which has been at the forefront of assisting farmers for over eight years.

Outjo residents urged to keep the late President's legacy alive

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Outjo Constituency Councillor John Antsino urged residents to keep the late president's legacy alive by tapping into the wisdom he displayed during his tenure.

Antsino was speaking at Kunene's final tribute service dedicated to the late Hage Geingob at Outjo.

All 40 churches from Outjo gathered at the Etoshapoort stadium to pay their respects to the fallen giant.

Outjo Constituency Councillor John Antsino says there is a lot one can tap from the late president's teachings through his good deeds.