Miss Teen 2024 final hours away


With just hours to go before the crowning of Miss Teen 2024, the venue at the Luderitz Waterfront has been transformed into a spectacle of glamour and sophistication.

Miss Teen hopefuls will grace this evening ahead of Miss Namibia tomorrow.

The event promises to captivate audiences, celebrating not only the beauty of the contestants but also their intellect and compassion. 

The nbc has full ownership of the Miss Namibia brand.

nbc Director General Stanley Similo explained the importance of hosting the event in the ||Kharas Region. 

UN could provide expertise to Namibia on handling drought, natural disasters


The United Nations (UN) could look into providing Namibia with expertise to be able to deal with the impact of drought and other natural disasters.

This was said by the United Nations Climate Crisis Coordinator for the El Niño/La Niña Response, Reena Ghelani, during a courtesy call on President Nangolo Mbumba at State House.

Ghelani says her visit to Namibia is thus to assess Namibia's needs and programmes, which need further support.

She applauded the local communities for their resilience and for not sitting idle and waiting.

Rising demand for serviced land in Opuwo reflects housing needs


The rising demand for owning a proper house has resulted in an increase in demand for serviced land in most local authorities, and Opuwo is no exception.

In an interview with nbc News, Opuwo Mayor Rosa Tjeundo said residents in her town are in dire need of land, as there is insufficient land for housing development.

Tjeundo said they consulted the community during the drafting of the five-year strategic plan, and the majority of them indicated that they needed land to build houses.

Walvis Bay councillors accuse Mayor of dictatorship


Four councillors walked out of a Walvis Bay Town Council meeting on Tuesday and accused Mayor Trevino Forbes of dictatorship.

Councillors Ephraim Shozi, Albertina Nkoshi, Paulus Kauhondamwa, and Ryan Gordon wanted to discuss the minutes from a meeting with the Minister of Rural and Urban Development and another item they claim was excluded from the agenda. This sparked verbal sparring, which soon spiralled out of control.

Namibia's development goals aligned with UN priorities - Bhatia


The UNDP Resident Representative to Namibia, Alka Bhatia, says Namibia's development priorities are the same as those of the UN, and these are aligned with the UNDP country programme. 

Bhatia and her deputy paid a courtesy call to President Nangolo Mbumba at State House, where she provided an overview of some of the activities.

The work of the UNDP in Namibia is premised on pillars under its strategic framework, including the reduction of poverty and inequality.

Children's Parliament debates lack of mental health awareness in schools


A heated debate ensued in the 6th Children's Parliament over the lack of awareness regarding mental health among school learners. 

This discussion was sparked after Gerson Neumbo tabled a motion emphasising the significance of mental health wellness, emotional development, and psychosocial support for learners.

The motion brought to light pressing issues, including high suicide rates, elevated dropout and pregnancy rates, and a significant lack of awareness regarding mental wellness among children. 

MICT launches three-day initiative to combat cyber threats


In its quest to curb cyber threats as well as shape a safer digital space, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) has embarked on a three-day journey to seek innovative ways to fight cyber crimes.
The conference will provide a platform for stakeholders to build a resilient cybersecurity infrastructure to safeguard the nation's interests and institutions, as well as elaborate on the evolving landscape of cybersecurity.

President Mbumba advises investors to talk to ministries first


President Nangolo Mbumba has reiterated that any proposal for development projects is welcome, but said discussions must first be exhausted at the line ministries before reaching the State House.

Dr. Mbumba says this approach is crucial when decisions are taken for projects to commence to the benefit of the country.

The president's response follows a proposal by the Austrian housing project, Global Housing Solutions, which considers itself a world leader in innovative, modular building solutions for social housing.

No harvesting permits renewals for farms in breach of harvesting quotas


The Director of Forestry in the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, Johnson Ndokosho, has issued a stern warning that the directorate will not renew tree harvesting permits for farms in breach of harvesting quotas. 

Ndokosho made this warning during a community meeting underway at Outjo in the Kunene Region, which is aimed at engaging with charcoal farmers and workers who are affected by the ban on production on their farms.