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Namibian coalition petitions for implementation of Universal Basic Income Grant

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A petition demanding the immediate implementation of a Universal Basic Income Grant in Namibia was officially received by Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare, Doreen Sioka, on behalf of President Nangolo Mbumba. 

This event followed a demonstration by petitioners who took to the streets of Windhoek to voice their demands.

Olufuko celebrates cultural identity and heritage in Outapi

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Culture is not just a collection of traditions and practices, but rather it represents a source of pride that connects people to their roots and history, and offers them a sense of identity. 

These were the words of the Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development Evelyn !Nawases-Taeyele at the Olufuko Annual Cultural Festival Gala Dinner at Outapi. 

Culture and traditions are not leftovers of the past, but are in fact living expressions that continue to shape the present and guide the future. 

Namibia launches Access and Benefit-Sharing Guidelines

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In a move that ushers in a new era for the sustainable management of biological and genetic resources, Namibia has introduced new Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) Guidelines for this purpose, along with an online permitting system. 

The initiative is led by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism in partnership with local and global development partners.

ABS is a framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity that governs the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources. 

Theft hinders development at Rundu

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Town Engineer in the Rundu Town Council, Sakaria Shopati, says the institution lost about N$3 million in the 2023–2024 financial year due to vandalism and infrastructure theft. 

Shopati says despite the Town Council's attempts to upgrade service infrastructure, the local population is hindering progress.

Qatar donates food aid towards drought relief

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In response to the state of emergency declared due to drought by President Nangolo Mbumba, the government of Qatar has donated a substantial amount of supplies. The aid, valued at N$1.3 billion, aims to assist the communities affected by the severe drought conditions. 

The Qatari shipment includes 3,000 boxes of food, each packed with essential items meant to provide immediate relief to families in need.

The supplies include rice, cooking oil, cans of tuna fish, and canned meat. 

Civil servants urged to cultivate a culture of integrity

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The Hardap Governor, Salomon April, has  called on civil servants to foster a culture of integrity, transparency, accountability, and good governance. 

He made the call while officiating at the Hardap National Anti-Corruption Strategic and Action Plan Regional Forum hosted by the Office of Hardap Governor at Mariental. 

The regional forum serves as a strategy's monitoring body that ensures the effective implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategic and Action Plan 2021-2025.  

SOS Children's Village commemorates African Child Day

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Children from different children's homes in Windhoek gathered at SOS Children's Village to commemorate African Child Day today. 

The commemoration of the main event took place in the Ohangwena Region. 

However, children from Orlindi Place of Safely, Dolam Children Home, Namibia Children Home, Hope Village, and SOS Children's Village gathered to commemorate the day with various activities, such as cultural performances, drama and creative dance, and motivational speeches.

Border communities sensitisation plan launched

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A detailed plan targeting communities living along the common border of Namibia and Botswana was launched at Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region on Thursday.

The launch of the civil-military cooperation plan marks the beginning of a campaign to sensitise and inform people living along the border of the two countries on how mutual cooperation will be executed.

Launching the initiative, the Namibian Defence and Veteran Affairs Minister, Frans Kapofi, said it is testimony to a shared commitment to peace and security.

Youth Ministry investigates reported missing funds

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Minister of Sport, Youth, and National Services, Agnes Tjongarero, says she is investigating reported financial mismanagement within the ministry.

Tjongarero was responding to a question by Landless People's Movement's (LPM) Utaara Mootu regarding the Executive Director's employment status without a contract.

Tjongarero said the results of the investigation will be made known once the established committee concludes its work.

She stated that consultations between her ministry and the Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprises are still ongoing.

!Oë-‡Gân Traditional Authority proposes renaming Erongo

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The !Oë-‡Gân Traditional Authority recommended that the Boundaries Delimitation and Demarcation Commission rename the Erongo Region to its historic name.

The Boundaries Delimitation and Demarcation Commission visited Omaruru to cater for the Daures, and Karibib constituencies after Swakopmund.

 However, the Zeraeua Traditional Authority does not agree with the region's name change.

The Commission expressed that changing the name of the region might raise questions of tribalism.

The final document for the region will be submitted within the next 14 days.