Farm 37 residents will become land owners- Forbes

Although there are only communal services at Farm 37, on the outskirts of Walvis Bay, residents there have been urged to focus on the fact that they will soon become landowners.

Walvis Bay Mayor Trevino Forbes says there is enough land in the new township for all residents.

Farm 37 is less than 10 kilometers east of Walvis Bay. It was identified in 2016 as the solution to the shortage of housing land in the harbor town.

Since then, thousands of landless residents have been waiting for the council to develop the area.

MoHAISS dismisses favoritism allegations

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security (MoHAISS) has dismissed information circulating on social media alleging favoritism in the issuance of Namibian citizenship and permits to foreign nationals who purchased residential property in the "Presidents Links Estate" at Walvis Bay.

In a statement, the Home Affairs Ministry says it welcomes investment into the country and issues qualified foreign investors with relevant permits in line with laws and procedures.

Parents urged to be alert

A community educator at Walvis Bay, Hubert Mukosho, has urged parents to be more alert in picking up signs of substance abuse in their children.

Mukosho says when children are using illegal substances, they are most likely to switch their moods and personalities.

Sent to prison in 2009, Hubert Mukosho has become a community educator who graduated with an Honors Degree in Life-long Learning and Community Education. 

Local entrepreneurs and fishing industry urged to add value to their products

The Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Derek Klazen has called on local entrepreneurs and the fishing industry to add value to all their products.

Klazen visited a polystyrene manufacturing plant in Walvis Bay.

The plant is owned by the Merlus Group of Companies, which invested about N$50 million to acquire the land.

Merlus is a fishing company that processes and exports fish to the European market. 

20% of the fish is exported as fresh hake by flying it from Walvis Bay, where it arrives in Spain the next day. 

Fisheries Minister inaugurates fish processing plant

A N$70 million fish processing plant has been inaugurated by Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Derek Klazen at Walvis Bay.

The factory is the third one that the Merlus Group of Companies has set up in the harbor town.

According to the Merlus Cormorant Fishing Director, the journey of building a factory started years ago, when he merely used to buy and resell fish from his garage.

Soon after, Julio Lloves teamed up with other small companies and bought a vessel where fish was processed offshore.

State questions Madisia and Mulundu's apologies

The State has questioned the timing of murder accused Azaan Madisia and her brother Steven Mulundu's apology to the family of the late Shannon Wasserfall.

The two are on trial for Wasserfall's murder in April 2020 and had been hiding the evidence of the deed until the body was discovered in a shallow grave outside of Walvis Bay in October of that year.

Testifying in their own defense, both Madisia and Mulundu offered their apologies to the bereaved family.

Angolan company Operatec to construct a marine and industrial training academy

Angolan company Operatec has partnered with Namibians to construct a multi-million dollar marine and industrial training academy at Walvis Bay.

The academy will provide specialized and internationally certified training for local marine personnel in the oil and gas industry.

With the discovery of oil and gas in Namibia, it is crucial for Namibia to have appropriate skills for employment.

2nd Boys Conference calls for intervention into general neglect of boys

Boys in Namibia are most likely to end up in prison, committing suicide, or dropping out of school if only a few efforts are made to empower them.

This is according to Love Inc., a local organization that initiated the second annual Boys Conference, to empower boys at Walvis Bay.

Co-founded by Tangeni Mujoro, the recently established Love Inc. organization exists to help communities deal with social ills.

"Blue Project" also focuses on the role boys play in perpetrating gender-based violence and the reasons behind the abuse.

Coastal journalists open case of alleged assault

A group of coastal journalists who were attacked by fraud suspect Immanuel Nowaseb has opened a case of assault against him.

In a video captured by the victims, Nowaseb could be seen repeatedly hitting the correspondents who were assigned to cover his first court appearance at Walvis Bay with a book. 

The 40-year-old Nowaseb is facing 15 counts of fraud and, alternatively, money laundering.

Walvis Bay-Usakos railway gets funding

The government has invested N$2 billion towards the rehabilitation of the rail between Walvis Bay and Usakos.

This was revealed by the Executive Director of the Ministry of Works and Transport, Esther Kaapanda, during her visit to the railway tracks in Erongo Region.

There has been a public outcry over the dilapidated rail infrastructure across the country.

Kaapanda said the upgrading of the railway currently underway is done to reduce derailments as well as upgrade the rail network to SADC standards.