President Mbumba engages five TAs in Kavango East and West regions

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President Nangolo Mbumba engaged leaders of all five traditional authorities in the Kavango East and West regions today.

The consultative meeting, which included representatives from Va Gciriku TA, Shambyu TA, Hambukushu TA, Va Mbunza TA, and Uukwangali TA, aimed to address key issues affecting the communities in the two regions, such as roads, clinics, networks, green schemes, and the restoration of the Mashare Agricultural College to its original function.

Environment Ministry to renovate Etosha and Hardap National Parks

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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism is expected to spend about N$47 million on renovating entrance gates and sanitation facilities at the Etosha and Hardap National Parks. 

The gates receiving face lifts are the Anderson, Von Lindqeuist, and King Nehale Lya Mpingana gates. 

Additionally, eight sanitation facilities at the park will also be upgraded to "comfort stops," comprising toilets, picnic areas, information displays, viewing platforms, and adequate parking areas. 

NamPol Lt. Gen. on familiarisation visit Kunene Region 

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The Inspector General of the Police is in the Kunene Region to engage the communities and assess their needs. 

While there, Lieutenant General Joseph Shikongo will share with the communities the role of law enforcement agencies in society.

The communities informed Shikongo about the need for police stations in various areas while also expressing their concern about an increase in alcohol and drug abuse, stock theft, and gender-based violence.

Shikongo noted that the community must collaborate with the police to mitigate crimes in the region.

Katutura residents demand cancellation of high municipal bills for elderly

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Residents of Katutura feel misled by the City of Windhoek and its campaign to write off the municipal bills of elderly residents.

The promised debt cancellation includes conditions of payment that residents say remain unaffordable for the elderly. 

Katutura residents, mostly comprised of the elderly, marched to the Windhoek Municipality Care Centre, demanding the cancellation of high municipal bills.

Otavi residents start backyard gardens to fight malnutrition

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Following the deaths of two children out of 12 diagnosed with malnutrition in Otavi earlier this year, the town's mayor, Isaac !Hoaeb, together with the Namibia Housing Action Group, started training residents of the Kap-en-Bou housing project on gardening and nutritional values.

Kap-en-Bou has 705 plots with more than 2,000 residents.

The idea is for each resident of Kap-en-Bou to have a small garden at home, while a large community garden will also be established.

NamWater upgrades Kuiseb Collector pipeline

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NamWater has started with Phase 3 of its upgrade of the Kuiseb Collector pipeline near Walvis Bay.

The renovations are expected to be completed by next year to ensure a reliable and integrated water supply at the coast. 

The Kuiseb and Omdel aquifers have traditionally provided towns on the central coast with water, with the Orano desalination plant joining the list of providers at a later stage.

The government drilled boreholes and built pipelines to supply water.

Construction of 40 houses starts at Amunius

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After years of delay due to limited funds, 40 houses will be constructed at Aminuis in the Omaheke Region under the Build Together Project.

The construction of the houses, under the auspices of the Omaheke Regional Council, is expected to be completed before the end of this year. 

This was made known by Aminuis Constituency Councillor Peter Kazongominja in an interview with nbc News, who says the project is long overdue and owning a house is not a luxury but a necessity.

Otjiwarongo Municipality to rename Von Trotha Street

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The Otjiwarongo Municipality has approved the renaming of Von Trotha Street, among a list of streets to be rechristened in the Otjiwarongo informal settlements.

This was confirmed by Town Mayor Gottlieb Shivute, who said the council has been hard at work since October 2023, through its council resolutions, to have streets renamed in the town. 

Namibia's colonial past sparks debate at panel discussion in Swakopmund

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Debate over how Namibia dealt with its colonial past took centre stage during a panel discussion organised by the Forum of German-Speaking Namibians in Swakopmund.

Dr. John Nakuta was one of the presenters at the panel discussion, which discussed challenges to democracy. Dr. Nakuta was of the view that issues like the Ovaherero-Nama genocide and land restitution have not been dealt with appropriately, posing a threat to democracy.

NTLA calls for inclusion on Nama & Ovaherero genocide reparations negotiations

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The Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA) has reiterated calls for its inclusion in the Nama and Ovaherero Genocide Reparations talks between the governments of Namibia and Germany.

Its chairperson, Johannes Isaack, repeated this demand at the annual Genocide Memorial Day at Luderitz over the weekend. 

The annual genocide commemoration themed 'Let the Blood of Our Ancestors Fuel Our Resolve for Restorative Justice' commenced with a genocide memorial walk.