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Namibia poised to become leading oil producer

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Three more oil reservoirs were discovered following the drilling for hydrocarbons in the Mopane well in the offshore Orange Basin. 

Ministry of Mines and Energy Petroleum Commissioner Maggy Shino stated that a droplet size distribution will soon be concluded, while an assessment of not less than four wells is expected to be drilled in 2025. 

Shino announced that Shell delivered a notice that the Enigma well they were drilling as an exploration well has now turned into a discovery. 

This means that the amount of fuel expected from the well has increased.

Namibia deserves unforced transition to renewable energy - Alweendo

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As Namibia positions itself to be a major oil and gas producer, Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo is encouraging investments to mutually benefit both Namibians and investors.

Addressing the Namibia International Energy Conference in Windhoek, Alweendo expressed confidence in Namibia's potential investment returns.

Namibia is evaluating the commercial viability of oil and gas discoveries that could transform Namibia's economy through its energy revolution.

|Khomas/Jiangsu partnership should successfully materialise - McLeod-Katjirua

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|Khomas Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua has called on its administrators to ensure that development initiatives from partnership agreements bear the intended fruits.

The governor made these remarks during a work plan signing agreement between the |Khomas Region and Jiangsu Province of China.

The joint work plan comes as a result of two MoUs, signed in 2015 and 2023 between the |Khomas Region and the Jiangsu Province, as well as the |Khomas Regional Council and the Standing Committee of the Jiangsu Provincial People's Congress.

Japan funds project addressing malnutrition in Namibia

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Addressing malnutrition in Namibia requires a multi-sectoral and 'whole of society' approach.

This would involve dealing with the root causes of malnutrition and a lack of an adequate diet.

To effectively fight malnutrition, stakeholders need to collaborate and ensure effective and successful utilisation of resources.

Robust social safety nets are encouraged to respond effectively to the needs of vulnerable communities that are affected by climatic conditions, and a lack of water, tools, or seeds to grow their own produce.

Drought and locust outbreaks negatively impacting smallholder farmers

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Recurrent drought and locust outbreaks continue to impact smallholder farmers with agriculture-based livelihoods, making them vulnerable to food insecurity and undernutrition.

While nearly 70% of the Namibian population depends on agriculture, the 021 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification report indicated that 26% of Namibia's population faces acute food insecurity.

30% of the population faced acute food insecurity during the period from December 2021 to March 2022. 

Road accident claims lives between Windhoek & Rehoboth

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The community of Rehoboth is in mourning following the deaths of the chairperson of the Reho Falcon Sports Club, Etienne Coetzee, his two sons, and one other person in a road crash on Saturday evening.

The accident was confirmed by Hardap Police Deputy Commissioner Gesina Nell.

The 48-year-old Coetzee and his sons, Louisiana Edmando (23) and Etman Jacardo (21), as well as Greschlinn Denzeleo Bruwer (21), died in the accident between Windhoek and Rehoboth.

Only 40% of Namibian drivers follow road safety regulations

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Only 40% of the motoring public adheres to road safety regulations in Namibia.

This staggering statistic is a major concern for law enforcement officials, given the increasing number of vehicles and new drivers, making adherence to traffic regulations a major challenge.

As of January 2024, more than 1,100 speeding fines have been issued, while 135 drivers were fined for using cell phones while driving. 

Another 140 drivers were charged for overloading, while 410 fines were issued for not adhering to road traffic signs. 

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The Minister of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) says the increase in population has implications for the healthcare system.

Dr. Kalumbi Shangula says the current infrastructure, unlike in the past, cannot handle the increased demand for public healthcare services.

The population of Namibia has grown to just over three million inhabitants in the last twelve years, and with this population increase, so has the demand for social and health needs.

Critical skill shortages experienced in health sector

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The challenge of skill-mix imbalance remains a concern for the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS).

Minister Kalumbi Shangula pointed out that this shortage of health professionals in the labour market is the cause of the imbalance.

The shortage is in the areas of optometrists, cardiologists, dieticians, speech therapists, sonographers, prostheticians, and psychologists, among others.

Minister Shangula also highlighted the issue of a lack of funding to train and study in those fields.