President highlights importance of African universities collaboration


President Nangolo Mbumba says collaboration among the African universities is important, especially action research that translates to tangible development for Namibia and Africa at large.

Dr. Mbumba, in his capacity as the Chancellor of the University of Namibia, undertook a tour of the Neudamm Campus on the outskirts of Windhoek on Thursday.

President Mbumba congratulates India's PM on his re-election


President Nangolo Mbumba says Namibia considers India a friendly nation both pre- and post-independence and a strategic partner in bilateral relations.

Dr. Mbumba said this as he congratulated India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who was re-elected into the position by members of his National Democratic Alliance last week.

The President said Modi's re-election is indeed a testimony to the trust and confidence that Indian nationals have in him.

New diplomats commit to strengthen relations with Namibia


Five new diplomatic Heads of Mission accredited to Namibia have reiterated their commitment to strengthening relations with Namibia.

The diplomats presented their letters of credence to President Nangolo Mbumba at State House on Wednesday.

This marks the official start of their respective diplomatic tenures in Namibia.

The new diplomats are Argentina's Claudio Pérez Paladino, Aftab Hasan Khan from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and Ntsime Victor Jafeta from Lesotho.

Walvis Bay prepares for World Ocean Day


All roads lead to Walvis Bay Independence Beach, where about 600 people are expected to attend the World Ocean Day celebrations hosted by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.

Preparations for the day are in full swing, which is to be celebrated under the theme 'Catalysing Action for Our Oceans and Climate'.

During the week, several awareness events were held at the coastal towns of Henties Bay, Walvis Bay, Oranjamund, Luderitz, and Swakopmund.

KAZA members urged to implement UNIVISA


President Nangolo Mbumba has commended the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TCFA) for the organisation's efforts and effect on Namibia. 

As part of the KAZA 2024 summit resolutions, member states have been urged to immediately implement the KAZA destination brand and join the KAZA UNIVISA system. 

Speaking to nbc News on the sidelines of the summit on Friday, the Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, said that the branding will market the member states as a collective. 

President Mbumba returns from KAZA-TFCA Summit in Zambia


President Nangolo Mbumba has returned from Livingstone, Zambia, after participating in the one-day Heads of State Summit for the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area. 

The summit was aimed at reviewing and tracking the progress made since the establishment of the Kavango Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TFCA) through the founding treaty in 2011.

The summit aligns with the country's strategies and vision for a green economy, which encourages balanced economic development while safeguarding the environment. 

President Mbumba laudes KAZA TFCA achievements


President Nangolo Mbumba has lauded the progress made through the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) agreement.

Namibia is actively protecting its fragile ecosystems, with 44% of its total surface area now designated as protected areas, conservancies, tourism concessions, and game farms.

Mbumba attributed the achievements to community-based conservation of wildlife, which, as a strategy, has helped the country unlock the vast potential of its natural resources as a means of empowering our local communities. 

President Mbumba declares State of Emergency over drought


President Nangolo Mbumba has declared a State of Emergency over the persistent drought affecting all regions of Namibia.

The State of Emergency has been declared as of May 22 under Article 26(1) of the Namibian Constitution as well as the Disaster Risk Management Act.

More than 300,000 households are facing food insecurity and have registered for drought relief food.

The Drought Relief Programme is expected to cost about N$1.1 billion.

So far, the government has allocated N$825 million towards the programme.

Thousands celebrate Omagongo Festival at Onambango Palace


President Nangolo Mbumba says the annual Omagongo Festival, which is hosted on a rotational basis by the eight Aawambo traditional authorities, remains an enabler for communities to gather and share history, traditions, and practices. 

Dr. Mbumba was speaking at the 14th edition of the Annual Omagongo Festival, hosted by the Ondonga Traditional Authority at Onambango Palace. 

Thousands of people from all walks of life across the country, including senior government officials and traditional leaders, turned up for the colourful celebration.