Interface sessions of parliament play vital role

The Speaker of the National Assembly says interface sessions between parliament and civil society play a significant role in strengthening parliamentary democracy and ensuring its effective functioning as an oversight institution.

Professor Peter Katjavivi made these remarks at the interface session of parliament and civil society organizations on "Access to Parliament" in Windhoek today. Professor Katjavivi noted that the existence of a sound and harmonious relationship between civil society and parliament is a cornerstone of a modernized democratic system.

WVTC trainees graduate

420 trainees graduated at the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre (WVTC) in Windhoek today (Friday).

Of the graduates, 36% are female and 64% are male.

The Deputy Executive Director in the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation, Raimo Naanda, appreciated the positive increase in the number of females taking up technical and vocational education and training courses.

The graduates were urged to work towards becoming self-employed, as this will reduce youth unemployment in the country.

FNB Namibia donates customer feedback QR code scanners

Customer feedback enables businesses to evaluate and upgrade their services and product capabilities as needed to maintain and improve their competitiveness.

It's against this background that FNB Namibia has donated customer feedback QR code scanners worth N$50,000 to the Namibia Wildlife Resorts. 

NWR's Communications Manager Nelson Ashipala noted that the QR Code Scanners are an innovative tool that marks a significant step in enhancing their commitment to excellent customer service and ensuring that their guests' needs and concerns are addressed promptly.

Lieutenant General Shikongo pledges to protect journalists

Lieutenant General Joseph Shikongo has vowed that the Namibian Police will ensure and uphold the safeguarding and protection of journalists in the country.

The Inspector General was speaking at the Training of Trainers Workshop on Freedom of Expression and the Safety of Journalists in Windhoek.

"As the Inspector General, I am here today to make a pledge that we will continue ensuring the safe guarding and protection of journalists and the freedom of expression by the public."

SAPP and MSB Market Access Guide launched

The Modified Single Buyer module and the integration of the Southern Africa Power Pool electricity market will offer new opportunities for independent private producers.

It is also expected to unlock the potential of renewable energy in the region.

This was revealed at the launch of the SAPP and MSB Market Access Guide in Windhoek on Monday.

The MSB Model was introduced as a new market platform in 2019, with the aim of gradually replacing the current Single Buyer Model of power purchase only by NamPower.

Africa in need of organised youth

The African continent needs well-organised youth leaders to foster development for the future of its generations.

These were the words of Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila at the Pan-Afrikan Renaissance, the second Young Afrikans Leadership Summit (YALS), held in Windhoek on Friday.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says it is time that young Africans participate in decision-making and move to the forefront of Africa's economic development agenda.

Namibia-China trade increases

Last year, the total trade between Namibia and China stood at N$22.1 billion.

The Executive Director in the Ministry of Industrialization and Trade, Sikongo Haihambo, says this represents an increase of 28.1% compared to the previous year.

Haihambo, who was speaking at the China-Namibia Business Network in Windhoek, says China is one of Namibia's leading trading partners in the world, falling to third position in terms of exports and second position in the top countries Namibia imports from.

62 active wire snares retrieved in area around Okaukuejo

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism is concerned over the increasing use of wire snares to illegally hunt and kill wild animals in the Etosha National Park.

In a media statement, the ministry's spokesperson says a few animals were recently spotted by tourists in the park with snares around their necks, causing public concern.

Romeo Muyunda says that in a period of three days, a total of 62 active wire snares were retrieved in the area around Okaukuejo.

BoN suspends Trustco Bank Namibia

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) has suspended the authorization of Trustco Bank Namibia to operate as a banking institution.

The BoN said in a statement that the decision is in accordance with the bank's Act and follows consultations with the Minister of Finance and Public Enterprises.

Governor Johannes !Gawaxab noted that the suspension is temporary and is subject to Trustco Bank rectifying certain stipulated instances of non-compliance within six months.