Growing disease-free bananas

A scientist at Avagro near Swakopmund has been exploring options for growing disease-free bananas and date palms to help Namibian farmers diversify their crops and get better yields. Through a process called tissue culture, Frieda Shigwedha says Avagro's plan is to train local people on how to cultivate bananas and create jobs for themselves.

HR professionals urge to create productive work environments

Erongo Governor Neville Andre has urged human resources practitioners to create an environment that enables individuals to reach their full potential at work. Human resources practitioners in Namibia have gathered at Swakopmund for a two-day conference.

The 13th Annual General Meeting of the Institute of People Management is being held under the theme "Unleash, Inspire, and Connect". 

More funding required for startups

A senior associate at Business Financial Solutions, Hafeni Hamukoto, has emphasised the need to increase investment in African start-ups that provide unique solutions to challenges.

Some owners of startups say they have experienced difficulties accessing funding and other types of support to realise their dreams. Business Financial Solutions decided to invest in Namibia's first TEA metallurgical lab at Swakopmund, which needed massive funding in 2019.

TEA metallurgical laboratory opens

Erongo Governor Neville Andre has inaugurated the first ever multi-million-dollar TEA metallurgical laboratory in the country. 

The lab, owned by two young Africans, Wensia Ruiters from Namibia and Kevin Mwashuma from Kenya, is located in Swakopmund. Ruiters and Mwashuma acquired the Trace Elements Analysis Laboratories (TEA Labs) in 2019 and have since expanded their operations.

Erongo region faces water shortages

Parts of Karibib, Walvis Bay Rural, and the Daures constituencies are still facing water shortages.

Erongo Governor Neville Andre raised this during a visit by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. The Office of the Prime Minister donated a water tank truck last year for water to be delivered to the Daures Constituency, where the resource is scarce at settlements such as Omatjete. Regional Governor Neville Andre says due to high demand, the constituency needs an additional truck because some areas in Karibib and Walvis Bay Rural have joined the list. 

Banks factor climate change risk

The Chairperson of the Global Central Bank Forum says climate change is negatively affecting the role of central banks, and there is a need for the banks to include that risk in their models.

Dr. Sabine Mauderer believes this will ensure price and financial stability, which are crucial in delivering economic growth and prosperity for countries. Dr. Mauderer was among the speakers at the 57th SADC Committee of Central Bank Governors meeting, held in Swakopmund.

Walvis Bay Councillor opposes Botswana sports game budget

Walvis Bay Local Authority Councillor Ronald Bramwell has opposed the council's resolution to spend about N$400,000 on sports games in Botswana.

The municipality has allocated the funds to cover the subsistence and travel costs for 60 employees to attend the Southern African Inter Municipal Games on Sunday.

Eleven years ago, the Walvis Bay Council agreed to approve staff's annual participation in the Southern African Inter Municipal (SAIMSA) Games.

Public participation sought in Disabilities Bill

The National Disability Council of Namibia's Chief Executive Officer has called on the public to participate in the ongoing discussions around the Persons with Disabilities Bill.

The National Disability Council of Namibia is consulting with people with disabilities from the Erongo, Otjozondjupa, and Kunene regions.

Participants, who gathered at Swakopmund, are giving their contribution to the development of a disability bill as well as to the National Policy on Disability.