INTERVIEW | Water Canal revamp in northern Namibia

Residents of Oluthalweegolo, Uuvudhiya, and Ondjungulume villages are rejoicing as the revamped Water Canal's water flow has brought relief to both humans and livestock.

The Olushandja-Uuvudhiya canal's revamp is being spearheaded by NamWater and the Oshana, Omusati, and Oshikoto regional councils, all of which are set to benefit from it.

nbc News Reporter Ndapanda Shuuya has the details.

Erongo Region residents urged cooperate with NSA

Governor Neville Andre is encouraging residents of the Erongo Region to participate and cooperate with Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) field workers in giving them complete and accurate data.

Andre added that census data plays a crucial role in decision-making across a wide range of fields and is a fundamental tool for understanding the characteristics of a population.

The public is further assured that data collected during the Census period is always anonymous and encrypted and will be used only for statistical purposes.

Ogongo elders happy with new toilets

A pensioner from Olunkavu Village in the Omusati Region is grateful to the government for building a pit latrine at her homestead.

Going outside the house at night is not safe for the elderly. Ebba Katumwa says it has been particularly difficult for her husband, who is unable to walk, and she is left with the responsibility to also take care of him.

Katumwa made these remarks in an interview with nbc News.

The government continues to extend sanitation to rural areas through the provision of pit latrines to less privileged communities and poor households.

Omusati rural residents still not in possession of IDs

The majority of people in the Omusati Region's rural areas are still not in possession of national identity documents.

This came to light during a three-day government information sharing session spearheaded by the Ministry of ICT as well as other relevant ministries and agencies.

ICT Deputy Minister Emma Theofelus spearheaded sessions in Omusati's Onesi Constituency to share information on government services offered by the Ministries of Home Affairs, Gender, Youth, and the Police.

Arandis residents demand land

A number of dissatisfied residents from Arandis have been camping out in front of the Town Council, demanding land, since Sunday.

The residents, mainly elderly individuals, and pregnant women told the nbc News team that they are disheartened by the continuous need to rent accommodation. 

In light of this frustration, they have chosen to spend the night at the location with the intention of submitting their fourth petition to the town council.

Okapale residents bemoan lack of bus and taxi rank

Residents of Okapale in Windhoek's Goreangab informal settlement have been pleading for a taxi and bus rank for more than ten years now.

The residents say they are forced to walk a long distance to the nearest bus and taxi rank to get to school or work, this situation could easily expose them to potential criminal incidents and the vagaries of unfavourable weather conditions on occasion.

A meeting held in 2021 involving the councillor, NABTA, and the City of Windhoek instilled hope among the residents.

However, to date, no tangible actions have been taken.

Undocumented residents from Bravo Settlement get assisted

Undocumented and stateless residents from Bravo Settlement in Kavango West got an opportunity to be registered by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security.

The initiative was held on Africa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day, usually celebrated on August 10 each year.

Africa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day is about increasing public awareness of the importance of the timely registration of vital events, particularly births and deaths.

Otjiwarongo's Single Quarters residents dissatisfied

Affected residents of Otjiwarongo's Single Quarters, who face mounting pressure from the Otjiwarongo Municipality to vacate their units as part of a decongestion plan, have taken to the streets of the town to air their dissatisfaction with the local authority's response to two previous petitions handed over this year.

Group spokesperson Irene Uushona says residents demand that the council look into writing off some N$1.5 million in debt owed by unit occupants.

Katima Mulilo residents to get free public Wi-Fi

The Katima Mulilo Town Council and MTC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will see the council provide its residents with free public Wi-Fi.

The Katima Mulilo Town Council's Chief Executive Officer, Raphael Liswaniso, said the council, with the help of MTC, aims to revolutionise their customers lives through innovative digital solutions.