Outjo residents urged to keep the late President's legacy alive

Outjo Constituency Councillor John Antsino urged residents to keep the late president's legacy alive by tapping into the wisdom he displayed during his tenure.

Antsino was speaking at Kunene's final tribute service dedicated to the late Hage Geingob at Outjo.

All 40 churches from Outjo gathered at the Etoshapoort stadium to pay their respects to the fallen giant.

Outjo Constituency Councillor John Antsino says there is a lot one can tap from the late president's teachings through his good deeds.

Commissioner Tjiveze issues warning to police officers about potential failure to perform duties

Otjozondjupa Regional Commander Commissioner Henrich Tjiveze issued a stern warning to police officers failing to perform their duties.

He said they are tarnishing the image of the law enforcement agency. 

Commissioner Tjiveze was speaking during a community meeting aimed at addressing complaints raised by Coblenz residents about the poor quality of service provided by the police. 

About three weeks ago, Commissioner Tjiveze sent an investigation team to investigate a complaint about the snailpace at which police responded to a stock theft at Coblenz. 

Otavi residents honour Dr Geingob with a candlelight service

Given the rich history and connections of the late President Hage Geingob to the town of Otavi, the town's residents gathered for a candlelight service to comfort one another.

Hage Geingob was born on a farm, 62 km outside of Otavi, and started school at Shalom Primary School, formerly known as Rynse Sending Skool.

His late mother and grandmother are both buried at Otavi, where he still has family members.

Childhood friends remember late President Geingob

Born on a farm near Otavi, the late President Hage Geingob was raised in Otjiwarongo, in what is today known as the Orwetoveni location, where his childhood friends described him as a positive and loving person.

Although most of his childhood friends have passed on in Otjiwarongo, those still alive say they remember him as a good football player.

They also remember going to Geingob's family house, where they would have their lunch prepared by Ouma Hendrina, the woman who raised Geingob.

Police blamed for Coblenz's increase in stock theft

Located about 200 km north of Otjiwarongo,Coblenz settlement residents blame the police's slow reaction time to crime for the increase in stock theft in the area.

Just this week, residents found the internal organs and skins of about 20 goats and sheep under a bridge five kilometres from Coblenz.

To their dismay, after calling the police, they had to wait for about an hour before the police arrived.

This, the residents narrated, is nothing new from the Coblenz police.

MICT gives basic computer training to Otavi's youth

The youth of Otavi are excited to be receiving basic computer training from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT).

The MICT Otjozondjupa Regional Office is conducting two-week basic computer skills training for the youth of Otavi.

More than 110 youth in Otavi registered to be part of the training, but due to limited ICT resources, only 31 could participate.

Otavi residents poisoned by dried meat

About 26 Otavi residents were hospitalised for eating alleged poisoned meat bought from the street.

Selling meat obtained from surrounding farms door-to-door is very common in Otavi.

Late in the afternoon on Thursday, three men were selling dried meat, which they said was from a zebra.

Most of the buyers were from an area called Saamstaan.

However, moments after consuming the meat, which most buyers did not cook and ate raw since it was dried, all of them started feeling nauseous.

Cheetah Conservation Fund advocates for cheetahs to live free

The Cheetah Conservation Fund is advocating for cheetahs to live free in the wild by educating farmers that they can live in harmony with their predators.

Founded in 1991 by Dr. Laurie Marker, the Cheetah Conservation Fund has housed close to 15,000 cheetahs.

As cheetahs are wild animals, most of them were released to go back into the wild, hence the need to educate farmers not to kill the animals.

Otjiwarongo Municipality cleans informal settlements

The Otjiwarongo Municipality has started cleaning up areas in the informal settlements that residents have described as health hazards.

In an attempt to clean up Otjiwarongo, especially the informal areas, which seem to be getting filthier by the day, the municipality has started picking up waste dumped along the main streets.

However, after following the rubbish truck to the disposal site, we learned that the trucks were not entering the site but rather going towards the back.

This is despite a sign prohibiting people from dumping waste outside the fence.

Otjiwarongo residents use open municipal land to plant crops

Residents of Otjiwarongo have been planting vegetables in open spaces in the town to address food insecurity.

Even though they understand that they cannot put up permanent structures on municipal land, the residents have started planting on the available land.

This is done in a manner that is normally practiced on farms or villages, where households wake up as early as six o'clock to either plough or sow in their fields.

Gardens can be seen on the outskirts of Otjiwarongo's informal settlements, with some residents busy ploughing.