Landless Swakopmund residents stage demonstration

A group of landless Swakopmund residents staged a demonstration, demanding fairness in the delivery of land at the town.

The group marched to the municipal offices, where they delivered a petition.

In the petition, residents called on the Swakopmund Municipality to allocate them land where they can set up their formal structures as well as provide affordable houses to its residents.

Vocational training could be the solution to improve quality of education- Hei

The Managing Director of High Economic Intelligence, Salomo Hei believes vocational training could be part of the solution to improve the quality of education in the country.

Salomo Hei addressed a Nedbank economic breakfast panel discussion, held at Swakopmund.

Hei says Namibia has worked hard to improve access to basic education, but there is still significant work to be done.

It is imperative that government ensures education is adequately resourced he added.

Family at Swakopmund accuses police of brutality and neglect

A family from the Erongo Region is seeking justice from the police, whom they accuse of brutality.

The father of a mentally and physically disabled man in Swakopmund has expressed his utter dissatisfaction with the police for failing to perform up to expected standards when they dealt with his child.

Gideon Doeseb accuses the police of being responsible for his son's physical disability by hitting him with a vehicle.

Doeseb explains that his son was discovered to be mentally ill, and during an outburst, police were called to escort him to the hospital.

Erongo Regiona teachers called to be extraordinary

Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Nathalia |Goagoses has called on teachers in the Erongo Region to be extraordinary this year.

|Goagoses says teachers should transform their teaching methods in order to achieve better academic results.

The Deputy Minister addressed education stakeholders in the Erongo Region, who convened at Swakopmund to develop a plan following the dismal academic results of 2022.

Nathalia |Goagoses told the audience that she was an underqualified teacher in the 1980s who managed to transform a failing Windhoek school.

Public schools in Walvis Bay & Swakopmund receive surprise narcotics search

Random searches for narcotics and weapons in schools at the coast will continue, in an attempt by school authorities to keep the learning environment safe.

Six public schools at Walvis Bay and Swakopmund received a surprise visit from Erongo Governor Neville Andre, the Education Director, and the police.

One of those schools is Duinesig High School.

The visitors, who brought their well-trained sniffer dogs, searched the learners for every possible hiding spot for drugs and dangerous weapons.

Erongo Regional Council reiterates commitment to service delivery

Erongo Regional Council has reiterated its commitment to service delivery.

Its Chairperson Benitha Imbamba said they have rated the best regional council in terms of customer service charter development and implementation by the office of the Prime Minister.

Imbamba said this during the region's annual opening meeting at Swakopmund.

Erongo scooped first place among the regional councils and third place in the overall government agencies ratings.

Higher Education Minister says TVET have the potential to lower unemployment

The Minister of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi says Technical and Vocational Education and Training have the potential to lower unemployment and alleviate poverty.

The minister says attempts to improve challenges faced by TVET programmes may dwindle should the perception held by youth, parents and community not meaningfully change. 

Kandjii Murangi's sentiments are contained in the Final Report for the second WorldSkills Africa competition which was held in Swakopmund last year.

Grade One students struggled to let go of their parents

In the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Grade One students struggled to let go of their parents as they entered the school grounds for the first time.

It's that time of the year again when those who are already in the system look forward to a new beginning.

But for the newcomers, it is a rather terrifying moment—the one that they will have to face.

Filled with tears and clingy goodbyes, the first day of school is all kinds of nerve-racking for the little ones.

They did not want to let go of their mothers and begged to be taken back home.