MEFT trains environmental officers to deal with illegal activities


With illegal sand mining activities happening in most parts of the country, the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism is training environmental officers in all regions.

They are from the Department of Parks and Forestry.

Although more is expected from the environmental officers, the current pressing matter is that of illegal sand mining, which the ministry is working hard to put an end to.

Currently, Namibia does not have environmental officers, though there are provisions in the Act.

Internal debt management processes did not yield desired results - Grootfontein Municipality


The Grootfontein Municipality says they have on numerous occasions pleaded with residents, businesses, and institutions to engage their finance department and make debt-settling arrangements; calls, the council says, appear to have fallen on deaf ears.

It is against this background that the municipality says it decided to involve an independent debt collector, Redforce Debt Management.

In a media statement, the council responded to the petition submitted last week by residents regarding the appointment of Red Force.

Omake raises N$20,000 for Safe Haven for vulnerable individuals


Otjiwarongo-based charity organisation Omake raised N$20,000 at a fundraising dinner in pledges towards the establishment of a safe place for vulnerable children and people with disabilities.

The construction of the centre is estimated to cost more than N$3 million.

The Omake Charity Organisation was founded in 2018 with the vision to establish a stay-in welfare and disability centre that will cater for more than 100 people and a soup kitchen to feed vulnerable children.

Otjozondjupa Regional Swapo leadership unhappy with Red Force deal


Swapo Party's Otjozondjupa Regional Leadership urged the Grootfontein Municipality to immediately stop the execution of the contract with Red Force Debt Management.

The party's regional coordinator, Imms Namaseb, says the party will also address their councillors from the Grootfontein Municipality for non-compliance. 

ECN Voter Registration Officers lack sign language training


The Electoral Commission of Namibia's (ECN) Voters' Registration Officers are not trained in sign language to cater for the hearing-impaired population during the registration process.

ECN's Otjozondjupa Regional Voter Education Officer, Beatrice Sililo-Epuka, says it was only the education officers who received basic sign language training.

Sililo-Epuka was speaking at a stakeholder's engagement meeting at Otjiwarongo that was attended by political party representatives from Swapo, LPM, UDF, ministries, churches, and community members.

ECN officials urged to uphold institution's values


Otjozondjupa Governor James Uerikua urged the voter registration officials of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) to uphold the values of the institution. 

Uerikua made the remarks when the ECN officials visited his office, pledging support to the officials to ensure a smooth and successful registration process.

The general registration of voters is scheduled to start from the 3rd of June until the 1st of August.

Road safety boosts for B1 road


Visibility equipment to be used by the Namibian Police at high accident zones along the main national road in the Otjozondjupa Region is aimed at curbing road accidents.

A local mobile telecommunications company (MTC) stepped in and donated the reflector jackets, torches, and other goods worth N$63,000 to the Namibian Police.

Road crashes, accompanied by fatalities and injuries, are experienced every other week on the B1 Road.

Maths and Science clinic revived at Tsumeb


A Mathematics and Science Clinic for Grade 11 and Advanced Subsidiary Learners at Tsumeb has been revived following its closure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was set up in 2016 by the University of Namibia to improve the performance of learners.

Founded by the University of Namibia's School of Engineering and the Built Environment, the Math and Science Clinic is a community outreach initiative driven by the Advance Subsidiary syllabus.

Governor Uerikua advocates inclusion of agriculture in Public Finance Management Bill


Otjozondjupa Region Governor James Uerikua is calling for the inclusion of the agricultural sector in the Public Finance Management Bill.

The governor made this call during a stakeholder consultation meeting with the Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprises on the bill. 

Namibia is said to be lagging behind compared to other African countries that have implemented several public finance management laws.

The proposed bill aims to replace the State Finance Act, which has been in operation for over three decades.

Over 500 registered for BIG in Otavi


595 people have registered for the Conditional Basic Income Grant at Otavi. 

The Otavi Constituency Office is compiling a report for consideration by the Ministry of Gender, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare. 

Okahandja and Otjiwarongo have already started with the grant as part of the pilot project.

Otavi Constituency Councillor George !Garab also wants Otavi residents who are unable to sustain themselves to benefit from the grant.