Children MPS enjoy leisure at Maerua Mall Ster-Kinekor


Away from the parliament buildings and heated debates, the young parliamentarians currently attending the 6th Children's Parliament had an opportunity for leisure at Maerua Mall Ster-Kinekor.

The young MPs watched a short documentary tagged 'Eye on Japan's Culture', detailing the climate seasons of Japan.

They were welcomed by the Ambassador of Japan to Namibia, Nishimaki Hisao, who shared available opportunities for studying in Japan.

Namibia Professional Communicators Forum launched


The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Emma Theofelus, launched the first of its kind Namibia Professional Communicators Forum in Windhoek on Monday. 

Communication specialists from different fields gathered to witness the historic formation. 

The forum is a platform where professionals in public relations, marketing, corporate communication, academics, and students come together to learn, innovate, and collaborate. 

Basic income grants and land servicing in mid-year budget consultations


Basic income grants, safety homes, climate change, and land servicing were among the inputs given by civil society during a consultation with the Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise, Iipumbu Shiimi. 

The consultations are regarding priorities for the 2024–2025 mid-year budget review. 

The mid-year budget review is expected to be tabled in the National Assembly in October.

Patients complain about cold nights at temporary shelter


The Ministry of Health and Social Services invited an nbc News team for a tour of the Katutura Intermediate Hospital to observe the progress made so far in the renovation of the building.

Due to the renovations of the hospitals, patients had to be temporarily moved to other centres, while others have been accommodated in a prefabricated material structure with a bed capacity of 84 at the back of the hospital.

The same cannot be said for those housed in the tent a few metres from the hospital, accommodating mostly referral patients from other regions.

Katutura Hospital renovations 50% complete


Renovations at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital are about 50% complete, says the medical superintendent at the hospital, Nelago Amagulu.

The dilapidated state of the referral hospital made the rounds in the media, with patients mostly calling for its renovation.

The hospital admits people from all the regions of the country and therefore struggles with an influx of patients.

An amount of N$80 million is allocated in the current financial year for its renovations.

Police urge public to report child pornography


The police have called on Namibians with any evidence of social media speculations of child pornography to report it to the nearest police station to launch an investigation.

The Head of the Police Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, says child pornography is against the law.

Thus far, the police have not received any reports on child pornography rings; however, they were notified of WhatsApp picture slides that are in circulation.

Youth attend Voters Youth Conference


Speakers from diverse backgrounds at the Voters Youth Conference encouraged young people to exercise their democratic rights and register to vote in the upcoming elections.

The conference, organised by the Love Palm Charity Foundation, encouraged the young people to go out and make their mark.

They highlight the importance of voting, the need for presidential debates, and the need for young people to make decisive decisions when choosing which political party to vote for. 

Stakeholders discuss growing threat of money laundering


There is an urgent need for collaboration to combat money laundering in the country. This sentiment was echoed by participants at the National Training on Financial Analysis and Effective Utilisation of Financial Intelligence workshop, which concluded on Friday.

The weeklong workshop was attended by officials from the Financial Intelligence Centre of Namibia, investigators, and criminal intelligence officers from law enforcement agencies.

Competent investigative bodies provided information on how to curb incidents of transnational organised crime and terrorism.

Housing budget to rise to N$6.5 billion by 2028


The Namibian government's annual budget for housing is expected to rise between 2023 and 2028, from N$750 million to N$6.5 billion.
This is contained in the National Housing Policy and the Implementation Action Plan that was launched by the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, in Windhoek.

The policy emphasises the attainment of adequate housing for the largest number of inhabitants, prioritising ultra-low and low-income groups, which make up 88% of households nationally.