Lack of housing a pressing matter in Namibia

A lack of housing remains a pressing issue for many Namibians, with high costs making it impossible for ordinary Namibians to qualify for land or conventional home loans.

The President of the Popular Democratic Movement, McHenry Venaani, says this has placed an even bigger strain on the poor, youth, and unemployed citizens, as there is no system to accommodate them.

Namibia is second to Dubai in skyrocketing house prices, something Venaani questioned considering Namibia’s low population and massive land.

Teenage preganancy remains burning issue

High cases of teenage pregnancy among girls aged between 13 and 19 years old in Kamanjab, Kunene Region, remain a burning social issue that needs concerted efforts to address.

These are the views of Deputy Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare, Bernadette Jagger, when she addressed the Women and Girls Conference on Teenage Pregnancy held yesterday.

She highlighted that the escalation of such social issues is driven by poverty, peer pressure, sexual abuse, a lack of parental involvement, and harmful cultural beliefs.

Venaani raises concerns about order paper 

In an unexpected turn of events during today's parliamentary session, the leader of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), McHenry Venaani, raised concerns about the order paper, leading to the abrupt adjournment of the house for a tea break without any motions being tabled.

Venaani stressed that private members' bills, including his own, should be accorded the same consideration as government bills in accordance with parliamentary rules.

National Skills Competition testifies Namibia is moving towards self-reliance 

Over 150 talented competitors from across the country have gathered to showcase their skills in a wide range of trades, including hairdressing, bricklaying, woodwork, hospitality, and many more, for the 3rd edition of the National Skills Competition.

Speaking during the official opening, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation said the competition is a clear testament that Namibia is fast moving towards self-reliance through robust technical skills.

Natalia |Goagoses was speaking on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

Africans should be custodians of their mineral resources

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa Amadhila has emphasised the importance of Africans taking responsibility for the custodianship and management of their mineral resources.

She delivered these remarks during the official opening of the Colloquium of African Geology in Windhoek.

Prime Minister Amadhila's statement aligns with Africa's ambitions to position itself as a global economic powerhouse, as outlined in the AU Agenda 2063.

Gender parity causes upset in Zambezi

The Swapo Party regional office in Zambezi was a scene of unhappiness after some members were left upset over the changed outcome of the district elections held last month.

The unhappiness surfaced after a directive to follow the political party's 50-50 gender representation policy following last month's elections for the positions of district information and mobilisation officer, district coordinator, and treasurer in the Katima Mulilo urban district.

AU membership in G20 a good beginning - President Geingob

President Hage Geingob says the African Union's permanent membership in the G20 is a good beginning.

Dr. Geingob, in an interview with France 24's 'Across Africa' programme in Paris, France, said this speaks to inclusivity.

The President also responded to the question of governance in light of the recent coups, which he said reversed the gains made towards democratic rule.

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.

B2Gold Namibia hands over classrooms at Ombili Primary School

Learners of Ombili Primary School at Otjiwarongo are no longer being taught in tents, thanks to B2Gold Namibia, which has built them into a fully-fledged school.

Every year, the education sector faces numerous challenges, especially related to the placement of learners in the primary grades and a lack of proper structure.

At Ombili, where the project school started in 2019, 138 learners who could not find placement were taught in tents.

Guardians charged with murder sentenced

A 37-year-old former police officer who was convicted of murdering his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter in June 2020 has been sent to prison for 20 years.

Sydney Ikosa was also sentenced to a further six years for abuse and neglecting Joy Ikosa, now deceased, and six months for common assault of the same child.

The six years and six months of imprisonment have been ordered to run concurrently with 20 years of murder.