Former Metro employees, residents protest


Former employees of the Metro Cash & Carry store in Grootfontein and residents of the town held a demonstration against the management of the wholesalers for allegedly dismissing employees unfairly.

Although the current employees of the retailer did not attend the demonstration as they were allegedly not allowed to go on a lunch break, those that were dismissed, together with the community at large, demonstrated to stop management from further dismissing employees unfairly.

Farm workers camping along road plea for government intervention 


Farm workers who have been camping along the corridors of the Okahandja and Grootfontein Districts since 2022 are calling on the government to relocate them as a matter of urgency.

The group, which was evicted from commercial farms in the area, says they are losing livestock due to a lack of grazing land and fodder.

Some of the group were born on the farms from which they have now been evicted when their parents had previously worked there.

However, when their employer died, the farm changed ownership, and they were left stranded.

Public Enterprises CEO's Forum donates N$100,000 to Shamalindi PS


The Public Enterprises CEO's Forum conducted a courtesy visit to Shamalindi Primary School at Grootfontein, in the Otjozondjupa Region, where they donated N$100,000.

Established in 2003, Shamalindi Primary School currently has four teachers and a total of 52 learners.

This number is considerably lower than the previous enrollment, which exceeded 80 learners. The increase in dropout rates has contributed to the decline in the number of learners at the school.

Representatives from school management and learners received the donation.

SOEs urged to develop impactful programs aimed at addressing social and economic challenges


Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has urged state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to develop impactful programmes aimed at addressing social and economic challenges.

Nandi-Ndaitwah made these remarks during her address at the gala dinner of the Public Enterprises CEO's Forum held in Grootfontein.

In her address, Nandi-Ndaitwah expressed her appreciation for the theme of effective corporate governance in public enterprises. She spoke highly of the importance of strong governance practises within these entities.

Employer accidentally shoots employee at Farm Choiganab No.262


A 29-year-old farmworker died on Saturday morning after he was accidentally shot by his employer during an alleged hunting spree on Farm Choiganab No. 262 in the Grootfontein district.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Unit Commander for Community Affairs, Inspector Maureen Mbeha, told Nampa on Sunday that the incident occurred at 00h30 and that the deceased has been identified by his relatives as Jacob Kache.

Health centres should not to allow challenges that require immediate solutions to persist - Shangula


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, has called on health centres not to allow challenges that require immediate solutions to persist, saying some minor issues do not need to go through the bureaucratic system for approval to be corrected.

Dr. Shangula made these remarks at Omatako Clinic, where he concluded his visits to health facilities in the Otjozondjupa Region.

The team, including the regional health management, visited the health facilities in Okakarara, Grootfontein, Etunda, Otavi, and Kombat.

Father allegedly rapes and impregnates 13-year-old daughter


A 13-year-old minor is pregnant after allegedly being raped by her father.

The incident occurred in December at the Owambo location in Grootforntein.

It is alleged that the suspect (44), who is the biological father of the victim, raped the victim three times on different days, and in the process, the victim became pregnant.

According to the Namibian Police, the suspect also allegedly threatened to kill the victim with a knife if she told anyone.

The girl is a Grade 8 learner in the Grootfontein district.

NSFAF needs to review online application system - Uerikua


Otjozondjupa Governor James Uerikua has called on the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) to review its online application system for loans, saying it does not cater to all learners.

Uerikua was speaking at the Ritja Career Fair at Otjiwanda Secondary School in Grootfontein.

Although learners were keen on learning more about different career paths, only two institutions showed up to support the fair.

NSFAF, which prides itself on funding students studying at institutions of higher learning, encouraged learners to apply for loans from the fund.

Swapo Party celebrates 69 years


Swapo Party President Dr. Hage Geingob has urged Namibians to shift their focus to achieving socio-economic emancipation.

Geingob said this at the commemoration of the party's 63rd anniversary at Grootfontien in Otjozondjupa Region.

Geingob says the Swapo Party has been hard at work to ensure equal rights for all citizens as well as equitable access to health, education, food, and security for all.