First Lady addresses inequalities

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First Lady Sustjie Mbumba hosted a high-level Roundtable Discussion on inequalities, HIV, TB, Malaria, and Pandemics at State House on Friday.

During the opening of the discussion, Madame Mbumba encouraged individuals and organisations to speak out against inequality or injustice.

The First Lady says that there can be no rest until equality is achieved.

Five million Euros earmarked to skill and upskill Namibian youth for green hydrogen projects

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The Director General of the National Planning Commission and Chairperson of the Green Hydrogen Council, Obeth Kandjoze, detailed how Namibia spent the €40 million Germany provided last year for the development of the green hydrogen industry in the country.

Speaking at the Green Hydrogen Symposium in Windhoek, Kandjoze said that €5 million was set aside for skilling and upskilling Namibian youth and €30 million for green hydrogen projects.

180 students benefit from green hydrogen scholarship programme

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Green hydrogen has made a significant impact in Namibia, and the results of investments made towards this ambitious project can already be seen.

These were the sentiments expressed by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation, Natalia |Goagoses, at the Green Hydrogen Symposium.

Since 2022, over 180 students have benefited from the Namibia Youth for Green Hydrogen Scholarship Programme.

The programme, which is fully funded, is a collaborative effort between the German and Namibian governments. 

Germany backs Enertag's Hyphen Green Hydrogen Project

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The German government has presented a letter of intent to Enertag, a global renewable energy company, confirming the suitability of the Hyphen Green Hydrogen Project as a designated strategic foreign undertaking.

The strategic foreign project designation for the US$10 billion project renders it eligible to receive targeted support.

Strategic foreign project designation is a status reserved for high-priority global projects of strategic interest to Germany.

Namibian legal system transformed for the better since independence

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The Namibian legal system has changed for the better when compared to before independence.

This was mainly as a result of the Namibian Constitution, the ultimate authority, which turned 34 years old on February 9.

The laws of the past made provision for some unspeakable acts to exist.

Some such included the prohibition of interracial relations and the movement and settlement of blacks in areas designated as for 'whites only'

Fitch keeps Development Bank of Namibia's ratings stable at 'BB minus'

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Fitch Ratings in London has decided to keep the Development Bank of Namibia Limited's long-term issuer default ratings at 'BB minus' with a stable outlook. 

This means the bank is considered to have a slightly higher credit risk but is stable overall.

Investors worldwide use these ratings to choose investments that are less likely to default and provide a good return.

Fitch also gave the bank a National Long-Term Rating of 'AA Plus,' which means it offers high-quality investment-grade products. 

Education results not worth celebrating - TUN

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Mahongora Kavihuha of the Teachers Union of Namibia has questioned whether the 2023 ordinary and advanced subsidiary-level results released by the education authorities are worth celebrating.

Kavihuha acknowledges that there is'some' improvement in the national results but adds that the improvement is marginal, hardly warranting the current congratulatory celebrations.

Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, revealed last week that 75 percent of learners did not meet the needed marks to continue their studies at universities.

City Police confiscates contraband

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The Windhoek City Police confiscated a large number of whiskies and packets of cigarettes in Windhoek on Friday morning.

Though the exact value of the items is yet to be established, it is estimated to be in the region of N$100,000.

It was an action by the owner of a bulk transportation and logistics company that led to the confiscation of these products, which crossed the Namibian border illegally. 

City Police ties loose ends on safety

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The Windhoek City Police is stationed at the Okapuka roadblock for the festive season, ensuring compliance with road traffic rules. They'll be screening for warrants, vehicle roadworthiness, and fitness.

During this busy period at the Okapuka roadblock, the City Police's Superintendent, Katrina Nomboga, emphasises the team's focus on various road safety aspects.

She stressed that her team aims to convey a clear message on road safety, intending to prevent accidents and fatalities. 

Namibia satisfied with progress made in fight against HIV and AIDS

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Namibia has made significant progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, coming very close to meeting the 95-95-95 testing, treatment, and viral suppression targets of UNAIDS.

In Namibia, 95% of all adults 15 to 49 years old are aware of their HIV status, of whom 97% are accessing treatment, and 94% of these have suppressed their viral loads.

Minister in the Presidency Christine ||Hoëbes says Namibia proudly celebrates this progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

||Hoëbes addressed the World AIDS Day commemoration at Mariental.