Pensioners in Otjozondjupa Region remember president's good deeds


In the Otjozondjupa Region, pensioners at Kalkfeld gathered at the local sports field to remember the good deeds of the president. 

They say this is a befitting honour, as Dr. Geingob and his wife, Monica, visited the settlement many times, where they engaged with pensioners and community members on development and financial assistance.

Plans are underway to call a community meeting to decide on renaming the sports field.

Otjiwarongo Municipality to repair potholes


The Otjiwarongo Municipality in the Otjozondjupa Region has acquired a new fleet of heavy road upgrade machinery to repair the potholes, which are an eyesore, and upgrade major roads and intersections in the town.

Unveiling the new fleet comprising a roller compactor, water truck, front-end loader, and grader valued at over N$10 million, Town Mayor Gottlieb Shivute says the acquisition is a symbol of progress for a better Otjiwarongo.

Severe storm at Okakarara leaves young girl traumatised


A severe storm that hit Okakarara in the Otjozondjupa Region on Sunday did not only cause significant damage to infrastructure but also left a 15-year-old girl traumatised after a near-death experience.

The nbc News team met up with Ndahafa Tjihuku, who sustained a broken leg and deep cuts on her back after being hit by bricks from a wall that collapsed.

Hours after a severe storm blew off the roof of her parents' house, partially damaging the walls and ceiling, Tjihuku is now using the aid of crutches to get by.

Kalkfeld residents appeal to MTC to take services there


With the extension of the SIM card registration, Kalkfeld residents are calling on Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) to visit their settlement again.

Just as with many others, some of the residents of Kalkfeld are still making their way to register their numbers, and the extension of the registration period by three more months was therefore good news to many, even those without registration points in their areas.

National roads are busier nearing Christmas


With Christmas drawing closer, roads are becoming busier.

Some road users have, however, commended the law enforcement visibility on the road.
The B1 national road, especially in Otjozondjupa Region, is considered a busy and accident-prone route, and traffic officers presence is pleasing to motorists.

Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor Marlayn Mbakera and Police Inspector General Lieutenant General Joseph Shikongo also made a stopover.

127 graduate at National Youth Service


Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has appealed to financial institutions to lower their loan requirements for start-up capital and collateral for technical skills graduates to set up businesses.
Ndaitwah's views were shared on her behalf by Sports, Youth, and National Services Deputy Minister Emma Kantema-Goamas during the 5th National Youth Service Skills Graduation at the Riefontien Youth Training Centre in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Otjozondjupa youth encouraged to apply for green hydrogen scholarships


Youth from the Otjozondjupa Region were engaged by the agency responsible for engaging in scholarships for Namibia's green hydrogen project.

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) is the implementing body, and it encourages young people to apply for the programme.

SASSCAL administrator Nikanor Nakaleke explained that, while green hydrogen scholarships were open to everyone last year, the Education Ministry this year looks to capacitate the youth in particular.

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.