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MR 119 to be upgraded

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The MR 119, which runs from Gobabis to Talismanus for 145 kilometres, will be upgraded to a low-volume, seal-standard road.

N$200 million has been set aside by the Roads Authority for the three-phased project.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Minister of Works and Transport John Mutorwa said an appropriate road network is essential to facilitate poverty reduction through increased access to markets, food security, health care, education, and areas of social and economic importance.

Kanaan informal settlement upgrading committee pleased with progress

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The Kanaan informal settlement upgrading committee is pleased with the progress made thus far in land surveying there, with 300 plots completed.

The process of surveying and pegging land for housing in Gobabis' Kanaan informal settlement started at a snail's pace.

The Public Relations Officer of the Kanaan informal settlement upgrading committee, Jacob Tjinae, says community members were reluctant due to a lack of understanding.

The plan is to complete all 4,500 plots before the end of the year and have certificates of ownership delivered for them. 

Gobabis farmers appear in Witvlei Magistrates' Court

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Eight farmers from Gobabis were arrested for trespassing at Farm Witsand in the district of Witvlei.

The group moved into Farm Witsand on Saturday, which belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, with their livestock and other belongings.

According to the information obtained from the police, eight farmers moved into Farm Witsand, occupied the farm warehouse premises, and erected shacks without authorization.

Gobabis residents face water rationing amid nationwide water scarcity

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The lack of water is being felt almost nationwide.

Due to poor rainfall in the catchments, Gobabis residents will now experience water rationing.

This has affected water sources like Otjivero Dam, which supplies water to Gobabis.

The municipality and NamWater have been left with no other choice but to control the water supply, starting on April 8, 2024, until further notice.

Rains over the weekend bring relief from heat wave in some parts of the country

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Light to moderate rains recorded over the weekend brought relief from the heat wave in some parts of the country. 

Over the past week, temperatures have hovered between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius in places such as Keetmanshoop, which received some light showers on Friday and Saturday. 

Figures revealed on the Namibia Meteorological Services website show that the highest rainfall of 19.2 millimetres measured today was recorded in Windhoek.

Livestock farmers in Omaheke want value addition

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Lack of value addition to the livestock subsector, inadequate access to potable water, poor network coverage, and rural electrification are some of the key areas that need attention to address regional development in the Omaheke Region. 

These matters were brought to the attention of the 6th National Development Plan meeting in Gobabis. 

The meeting discussed developmental challenges faced by the communities. 

Malnutrition cases increasing daily in Omaheke Region

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Malnutrition cases continue to be reported almost on a daily basis in the Omaheke Region.

Since the beginning of December 2023, the region has recorded 78 new malnutrition cases.

Alcohol abuse and negligence of children by parents are some of the key contributing factors.

This was revealed by the Regional Governor, Pijoo Nganate, in Gobabis. 

Gobabis teacher shapes lives of vulnerable children

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Great teachers care about their learners, inside of the classroom and out.

This is true for a teacher at Gobabis who has been running a holiday club for the past four years, where she has taken responsibility to feed street children and those from vulnerable backgrounds.

Maria Musita spent Christmas Day playing traditional games on the street with some children in the town's informal settlement.

Maria Musita's passion for children is visible. From the onset, her face lights up when she speaks about children.

Landless Farmers at Gobabis Seek Resettlement Land

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A group of concerned farmers residing on the outskirts of Gobabis are demanding usable agricultural land.

The farming community sought an audience with the regional leadership to address the issue, as farming within the municipal area is against the law.

The group spokesperson, Petrina Awa-Eieses, says that most farmers on Gobabis townlands are former farm workers who were dumped by their employers in town some years ago.