Orange River Irrigation Project expect good harvest

The Orange River Irrigation Project along the Orange River at Aussenkehr expects improved summer agricultural production this year, despite its financial woes.

Paulus Mungoba, acting project manager, said this in an interview with nbc News.

The Orange River Irrigation Project (ORIP) farm, owned by the government, is growing a variety of vegetables, including pumpkins, butternuts, watermelon, onions, sweet melon, beetroots, and carrots.

According to Mungoba, the crop yields look very positive.

57 displaced households at Aussenkher still homeless

About 30 residents of Aussenkehr, whose reed houses were destroyed by a fire two weeks ago, are still being housed in tents.  

The blazing fire displaced 57 households and claimed a life. 

The fire started at one of the reed houses before spreading quickly, leaving destruction in its wake. It claimed the life of the owner of the house where the fire started. Willem Shiyoleni burned beyond recognition.

Men's Conference Commits to Root Out GBV

'Let us promote a culture of non-violence'—these were the sentiments shared by ||Kharas Regional Council Chairperson Joseph Isaac while officiating at the third National Men's Conference at Keetmanshoop.

The event was organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare.

The Men's Conference themed 'Zero Male Suicide: Promoting Positive Masculinity' aims to create a safe space for men to engage on issues affecting them.

It also aims to promote positive masculinity and raise awareness to root out GBV.

Motorists urged to adhere to traffic rules

The ||Kharas Police Commander, Commissioner Marius Katamila, has reminded the region's inhabitants to also play their part to ensure a safer festive season.

He made the call during the launch of the region's festive operations at Keetmanshoop.

The operation aims to raise police visibility, improve road safety, and provide robust law enforcement to ensure compliance with traffic rules and regulations.

Pupkwewitz Megabuild hardware retail shop catches fire

A fire broke early this morning on the first floor of the historic one-story Pupkwewitz Megabuild hardware retail shop building constructed in 1906 at Luderitz.

Local firefighters responded to the fire and managed to put it out.

Eric Laufs, Luderitz Pupkwewitz Megabuild branch manager, said it is suspected that an electric short circuit might have ignited the fire.

He says the fire damage was contained to one apartment on the second floor, with smoke and water damage affecting the hardware retail shop on the ground floor.

No injuries were reported.

Stakeholders shape resettlement policy for inclusion

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform has called on the public to take a keen interest in and provide input to the National Ressetlement Policy, for which some of its criteria are being reviewed.

Speaking at the stakeholder consultative workshop at Keetmanshoop, the Director of Land Reform in the Ministry, Petrus Nangolo, says the criteria need to be reviewed to address resolutions taken during the second National Land Conference.

|Khowese Clan members host annual Gaob Festival in honour of fallen heroes

Members of the |Khowese Clan, under the leadership of Gaob Hendrik Ismael Witbooi, gathered at Gibeon for the annual Gaob Festival in remembrance of their fallen heroes.

At the festival, Gaob Witbooi led a parade of tribesmen on horseback to a fountain to pay their respects to the late Gaob Cupido Witbooi, who founded it in 1861.

The tribesmen simulated the war fought by the |Khowese Clan under the leadership of the late Gaob Hendrik 'Outa !Nanseb' Witbooi against the German occupation. 

Gibeon Village Council eliminates bucket toilet system by 90%

The Gibeon Village Council has achieved 90% of its ambition to eliminate the bucket toilet system.

The Council's acting CEO, Rehabeam Amukoto, revealed this in an interview with nbc News. 

Amukoto says the council expects to complete the N$2 million sewer reticulation project by the end of this month to improve sanitation. 

Upon completion, about 60 houses in the village's Lukas Stephanus section will be connected to the sewer reticulation network. 

Keetmanshoop Town Council owed N$212 million

Keetmanshoop Town Council is embarking on an aggressive campaign to recover outstanding municipal water debt, running into millions of dollars.

Residents, government institutions, and businesses owe the town council a combined total of N$212 million in unpaid water bills.

Keetmanshoop acting CEO Lee Mwembe revealed that residents have racked up water bills of N$127 million, while government institutions and businesses owe N$85 million.

Figures also show that, of the more than N$9,000 active customers, only N$2,257 are currently paying their monthly water bills.