Agriculture Ministry prepares draft resettlement criteria

Small-scale farmers who, in the future, would want to be resettled could be required to have resource ownership or access capital to the value of at least N$200,000 per year.

They must, however, relinquish any agricultural land rights they may hold elsewhere in the country.

The information is contained in the draft resettlement criteria, which were presented to stakeholders in the |Khomas Region for revision.

IMN Institute infuses smart technologies in public education

The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture has called for a demand-driven education system.

Anna Nghipondoka says that it is high time that Namibia moves away from importing a skilled workforce.

Nghipondoka made the remarks at the launch of the IMN Technology Mentorship Institute, which aims to assist the public education sector in preparing and training competent and technologically advanced individuals who are ready to develop a competitive economy for Namibia.

Mining Commissioner requested to provide EPLs issued for lithium exploration

The Office of the Mining Commissioner has been requested to provide all Exclusive Prospecting Licences (EPLs) issued for lithium exploration in the Dâures constituency.

The Director of Mines in the Mines and Energy Ministry, Isabella Chirchir, and her team appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources after allegations of illegal mining undertaken by Xinfeng resurfaced.

Further allegations are that the ministry issued EPLs to established companies, among them Xinfeng, while such EPLs were already issued to smaller-scale farmers or individuals.

Supreme Court reserves judgement in appeal case involving Hendrik Ismael Witbooi

Deputy Chief Justice Petrus Damaseb, alongside Supreme Court Judges Dave Smuts and Rita Makarau, have reserved judgement in an appeal case involving Hendrik Ismael Witbooi, who is seeking to overturn a 2022 High Court decision that resulted in him losing his position as Kaptein of the Witbooi Traditional Authority.

The legal dispute challenging Hendrik Ismael Witbooi's appointment was initiated by his cousin, Salomon Josephat Witbooi, along with the support of four community members. 

Social protection for informal traders

The issue of informal traders across the country was on the agenda this morning at Parliament as the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration sought to address the social protection of vendors.

The Committee Chairperson, Natangwe Ithete, stated that vendors contribute to the economic growth of Namibia, but they are often treated unfairly by the authorities, including the police, which is not desirable.

Productivity week launched

A nation's wealth is not measured solely by the abundance of material possessions but rather by the collective effort of its people to create, innovate, and contribute to the betterment of society.

Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation, Utoni Nujoma, shared these sentiments at the launch of this year's Annual Productivity Awareness Campaign Week.

Youths of Erongosig voice their grievances

Youths of Erongosig, a surbub in Usakos, voiced their grievances over what they termed the unjust distribution of land in their neighborhood. They handed over a petition of their plea to the mayor, Irene Simeon-Kurtz.

Born and raised in Usakos, many of these residents say they have spent their lives in their parents' homes, a situation they say is not desirable. Frustration emanated from their voices as they informed Simeon-Kurtz that they diligently applied for land annually, but without success.

Winna Mariba game show returns

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (nbc) and Trustco Group have revived and unveiled the television game show Winna Mariba.

This exciting comeback follows the signing of a five-year memorandum of understanding between the national broadcaster and Trustco Group, paving the way for a series of engaging programmes.

The momentous joint announcement signifies a step forward in the production of local content.

Activists Michael Amushelelo, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma trial continues

Magistrate Linus Samunzala will on Thursday continue to hear arguments in the trial of activist Michael Amushelelo and his co-accused, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma, who are facing several charges, including incitement of violence and rioting, after their arrests on March 21.

In the proceeding, the state called to the stand witnesses from the police, including two warrant officers and an inspector. The state witnesses consistently testified that they observed how Amushelelo and Dimbulukeni obeyed orders from the then-acting |Khomas Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo.

Census vital for passing legislation - Prof. Katjavivi

The National Assembly Speaker, Professor Peter Katjavivi, has emphasised that accurate information obtained through the ongoing census exercise will be vital for lawmakers when passing legislation.

Professor Katjavivi pointed out that the data collected will enable parliamentarians to pass laws that reflect the needs and aspirations of the Namibian people.

The Speaker was counted by census workers who came to his home.

A quick Google search of the Namibian population shows varying figures.