Groot Aub residents unhappy with City of Windhoek

Groot Aub residents say they no longer have confidence in the City of Windhoek to deliver services.

They now want to handle their own administration for faster development at the settlement.

Chief Jorro Eiseb of the |Khomanin Traditional Authority, who addressed the Groot Aub community, stated that the incorporation of the settlement into Windhoek defeats the purpose as the municipality hardly provides efficient services.

Jobs hang in the balance as B2 Gold Otjikoto Mine reaches lifespan

B2 Gold Otjikoto mine will continue with its processing operations beyond the 2026 closure of the mine.

After the closure, it will process all its stockpiles until they are exhausted by approximately 2031.

Ten years after its commissioning in 2013, the mine has come to the end of its economic lifespan.

Disclosing the phased closure of the mine, the mining executives told the media that they will now go into underground prospecting in addition to mining its dumps, which they expect to exhaust by 2031.

Land conference ignites platform to solve issues of housing delivery

The recently concluded land conference in Rehoboth has ignited a platform to solve issues of land and housing delivery in the town.

Rehoboth is endowed with a vast land area of over 60,000 hectares, which is deemed sufficient to cater for all its inhabitants.

However, servicing land remains a challenge due to exorbitant costs.

Rehoboth Mayor Amanda Groenewald revealed that three informal settlements will soon be formalised.

President Geingob attends Martti Ahtissari's funeral

President Hage Geingob has departed for Helsinki, Finland, to attend the state funeral of former Finish President Martti Ahtissari.

Shortly after the death of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Dr. Geingob reiterated how Namibia’s history would be incomplete without the name of Ahtissari, who contributed to the country’s journey to peace.

Ahtissari’s relationship with Namibia began when the former Finish leader was appointed as a senator to the Council of the United Nations Institute for Namibia (UNIN) in 1975.

Rehoboth residents claim unfair drought aid distribution

Residents of Rehoboth's Block E have expressed anger over what they described as the unfair distribution of drought relief parcels, which they claim is linked to alleged corrupt practices and discrimination.

While other households received full parcels containing four cans of fish, cooking oil, and 12 kg of maize meal, some families of two or three were forced to share the consignments.

This has angered the already impoverished community, which consists mostly of pensioners and children.

Other constituencies, they say, also received complete parcels.

Strict measures needed to monitor budget implementation

A strong parliament budget office is needed to analyse and take action with regards to debt strategy as well as budget monitoring.

This is contained in a presentation by Macroeconomic Expert Dr. Omu Kakujaha-Matundu during the 2023–2024 Mid-Year Budget Analysis and Advocacy meeting for MPs.

Dr. Kakujaha-Matundu explained that the aim is to capacitate MPs to hold ministries accountable for failing to execute their duties as per the allocated budgets.

Political leadership called to help accelerate prevention of HIV 

Strong political leadership is needed to help accelerate HIV prevention efforts, as about 1.3 million people across the globe contracted HIV last year.

This was raised at the HIV Multi-Sectoral Leadership Forum in Windhoek.

Although progress has been made in HIV prevention efforts, there's still a long way to go in reducing new HIV infections by less than 370,000 annually by 2025. 

In east and southern Africa, about 300,100 girls are infected each week.

This calls for a multispectral approach to address barriers hindering progress.

Climate change worsens

As climate change worsens in Africa and globally, climate finance remains critical for adaptation and mitigation mechanisms in support of climate action.

It is against this backdrop that stakeholders at the Green Climate Fund Regional Dialogue with Africa being held in Windhoek are deliberating on how to enhance access to funding to address the challenges of climate change.

Climate change is making its presence known, with average temperatures on earth having increased by over one degree since 1900.

Swapo Party stands in solidarity with Palestine

Voices around the world are amplifying the call to stand in solidarity with Palestine and stop the violence in which thousands have been killed.

A petition read by the Swapo Party's Secretary for External Relations, Dr. Peya Mushelenga, to the United Nations calls upon the international body on peace and security to intensify its voice and act decisively to apply pressure on Israel to stop the killings of the people of Palestine.