Distribution of drought relief assistance set to begin

Drought relief assistance and livestock support programmes for thousands of vulnerable and affected communities and farmers in the Otjozondjupa Region will be distributed from the beginning of October until June 2024.

This was announced by the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, James Uerikua, who says the council will monitor closely to ensure there is no wastage of food aid or communities not able to access the aid.

At the Gam Settlement, about 100 kilometres from Tsumkwe, community members flocked in large numbers to register for food and livestock assistance.

Lack of donors hamper NOYD's operations

The National Organisation of Youth with Disabilities (NOYD) is struggling with its operations after donors withdrew their support.

Last year, the National Organisation of Youth with Disabilities elected disability coordinators for all regions.

They are tasked with taking up disability matters at the regional level.

The organisation is, however, finding it difficult to operate optimally because of limited funds after the donors pulled out.

TransNamib urged to integrate plan to maximise return on investment

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration wants to see TransNamib transformed to offer services par excellence and have an integrated master plan to maximise return on investment.

The Committee was in the Otjozondjupa Region, where it familiarised itself with the dilapidated structures belonging to the parastatal.

The oversight visit follows recommendations to TransNamib by the Ministry of Works and Transport and stakeholders to introduce a master plan integrating air, road, rail, and maritime transportation modes.

Smooth sailing in electrification of 100 houses in Kalkfeld Settlement

Progress to electrify about 100 low-income houses built at Kalkfeld Settlement in Otjozondjupa Region is said to be going smoothly.

The Peri-Urban Electrification Project is valued at N$2 million and is being spearheaded by CENORED.

Speaking on the project's progress, Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor Marlayn Mbakera said infrastructure has been put in houses and streets, indicating the wait is finally over.

The houses to be electrified were built between 2015 and 2018.

Fessor Mbango new CENORED CEO

Former Chief Executive Officer of Erongo Red, Fessor Mbango is the new head of CENORED in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Mbango replaces Robert Kahimise, who was appointed CEO of the Electricity Control Board.

Mbango was introduced as the new CEO for a five-year tenure by the company's Chairperson, Moses Matjayi.

"We definitely have confidence that we have made the right appointment, and we are happy to present to you Mr. Fessor Mbango as the Chief Executive Officer of CENORED, effective today, for the next five years".

Lack of career guidance in many secondary schools in Namibia a concern

The Ministry of Basic Education, Arts, and Culture has expressed concern over the lack of career guidance in many secondary schools throughout the country.

This concern was brought to light by Education Minister Anna Nghipondoka during a regional consultation meeting held in Otjiwarongo with school principals from the Otjozondjupa Region.

The meeting was attended by nearly 50 school principals and heads of departments.