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Truck driver Vilho Njati missing in South Africa

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A truck driver employed by Karibu Namibia Trading has been missing for almost a week now.

Vilho Njati departed Namibia on May 9 and spent the following week on the road according to plan. But on May 16, he diverted from the scheduled route after he stopped at the Harrismith Smith truck stop on the N3, which connects the Johannesburg and Durban routes, to refuel.

NCHE launches National Graduate Survey

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The Namibia Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has officially launched its National Graduate Survey, targeting graduates from various institutions of higher learning. 

The survey will evaluate the impact of higher education on graduates' career trajectories and employment status.

The survey will engage with and obtain feedback from graduates regarding the study programmes, study provisions, and conditions they experienced, as well as their employability and mobility post-graduation.

LGBTQIA+ Community live in fear

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The killing of members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Intersex, and other (LGBTQI+) communities, with six murders reported in the past eight months, raises questions about their basic rights.

Christof Frederick (30), Gerome Helgrain (41), Vernon Gavin (52), Queen Uwuseb (35), Gurney Uirab (35), and Stanley Cloete (36) are victims of what some label as hate crimes.

The Director of the Legal Aid Centre, Toni Hancox, provided a legal perspective on the matter, highlighting the challenge of identifying these crimes under the Constitution.

Child abuse on the rise

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Namibia has seen an alarming increase in child abuse cases, with recent events underscoring the vulnerability of children to neglect, rape, and violence.

In the latest disturbing incident, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her two uncles.

Another alleged rape incident involves a nine-year-old girl.

An eight-year-old boy was reportedly burned by his uncle for stealing food.

Recently, a Grootfontein couple was charged with child abuse and neglect of their 17-month-old, resulting in the girl losing a foot.

School payments to be centralised

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The Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture is centralising school payments to expedite fund disbursement for academic activities.

Some schools have voiced concerns about the slow release of funds.

nbc Reporter Johanna !Uri≠khos interviewed the Ministry's Executive Director, Sanet Steenkamp, for clarification.

NUST develops GBV distress app

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The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) took a significant step in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) with the launch of a "Distress App". 

This initiative aims to provide crucial support and assistance to individuals facing GBV incidents.

The app, named the Distress Application (D-App), holds special significance as it was launched in memory of Delia Maasdorp, whose tragic death earlier this month shook the nation. 

Maasdorp, aged 40, served as the executive director of research, innovation, and partnership at the university.

17 wildlife crime cases reported in two months

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Namibia has reported 17 cases of wildlife crimes and 34 arrests during Operation Saving African Wildlife through Multilateral Assistance (SAMA), which was conducted between January and February.

Hosted by the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Customs Organisation (UNODC), Operation SAMA is the first Africa-focused initiative on wildlife trafficking.

Operation SAMA united 35 nations from East, West, Central, and Southern Africa in a concerted effort to combat the illicit wildlife trade. 

NASRIA, Bank Windhoek to fund women, youth and SMEs

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The Namibia Special Risks Insurance Association (NASRIA) and Bank Windhoek have joined forces to make access to funding for women, youth, and SMEs easy through a Credit Guarantee Scheme facility amounting to N$50 million.

Access to finance has always been a problem or limited to many business-aspiring youths and women, hence the agreement.

The credit scheme provides vital financial support to budding entrepreneurs, aiming to stimulate innovation and be a catalyst for job creation.

MPLA pays courtesy call on President Mbumba

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The Vice President of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Luisa Damiao, paid a courtesy visit to President Nangolo Mbumba today. 

The visit highlights the longstanding ties between the two countries, rooted in mutual respect and political comradeship.

President Mbumba welcomed Damiao and a delegation comprised of parliamentarians and other dignitaries. 

The courtesy visit holds significance not only on a diplomatic level, but also serves as an opportunity to strengthen MPLA and Swapo Party relations.

Mbumba signs off N$100 billion Appropriation Bill

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President Nangolo Mbumba has signed off on the Appropriation Bill, totalling more than N$100 billion.

This marks the start of the allocation of the 2024–2025 budget, ending March 31st, 2025.

The Appropriation Act authorises the expenditure of public funds as outlined in the budgets proposed by various government institutions. 

This ensures that essential services and projects receive the necessary financial support to function effectively and meet the needs of the Namibian people.