Hardap Dam water levels show minimal improvement despite recent rainfall


Despite some rainfall in its catchment area, the water level of the Hardap Dam has not significantly improved.

Dawie De Klerk, Chairperson of the Hardap Irrigation Farmers Association, reports that the dam has received only 0.7% water inflow following the rains.

As of Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock, the dam level was 12.2% compared to 11.5% on Monday morning.

According to De Klerk, the dam is still experiencing some inflow.

Residents of Mariental and the Hardap Irrigation Scheme rely on the Hardap Dam for water supplies.

Dam levels across the country continue to decrease despite rains in some parts


Water levels in various dams across the country continue to decrease despite good rains recorded in some parts over the weekend. 

The weekly dam bulletin released by NamWater on Monday shows water levels in most dams dropped by 1% this week compared to last week. 

The Hardap Dam decreased from 12.2% last week to 11.7% this week.

This time last season, Hardap Dam's water level stood at 41%. 

Shuttle prices to back to normal


The prices charged by long-distance transport operators are expected to revert to normal tomorrow.

Normaly, if you are travelling between Windhoek and Mariental, the price of a seat is N$180; Windhoek to Karasburg costs N$450; Windhoek to Cape Town costs N$1000; while from Windhoek to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, commuters can expect to fork out N$200 and N$220, respectively.

During the festive season, however, commuters and drivers were allowed to negotiate based on their pockets.

But as of Tuesday, prices are expected to normalise.

Kai ||Ganaxab youth skills centre opens


The Kai ||Ganaxab Youth Skills Centre outside Mariental in the Hardap Region will offer vocational training as of next year.

This comes after the government, through the Namibia Training Authority, transformed the youth skills development centre into a fully fledged technical and vocational educational training centre at a cost of just over N$160 million.

The upgraded Kai||Ganaxab centre, one of the biggest in the country, was officially inaugurated on Friday. 

Elders contribution to society celebrated


Elderly people have significantly contributed to the development of the country and deserve to be cherished.

These were the sentiments of Social Security Commission Chief Executive Officer Milka Mungunda while addressing Elders Day at Mariental.

In recognition of the significant role senior citizens play in the development of the country, the Hardap Governor's Office hosted Elders Day in collaboration with the Social Security Commission, government ministries, agencies, and individuals as part of their corporate responsibility.

Hardap hosts early Christmas lunch for elders


Senior citizens in Hardap Region have expressed appreciation for a lunch treat and food hampers, an early Christmas gift from the Hardap Governor's Office.  

The Hardap Governor's Office hosted 820 elderly people at the Elders Day held at Mariental.

The elders were spoiled with a manicure, haircuts, and hair blowouts.  

Putting on dancing shoes, the golden oldies also showcased their dancing skills to gospel and Namastap music.

Namibia satisfied with progress made in fight against HIV and AIDS


Namibia has made significant progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, coming very close to meeting the 95-95-95 testing, treatment, and viral suppression targets of UNAIDS.

In Namibia, 95% of all adults 15 to 49 years old are aware of their HIV status, of whom 97% are accessing treatment, and 94% of these have suppressed their viral loads.

Minister in the Presidency Christine ||Hoëbes says Namibia proudly celebrates this progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

||Hoëbes addressed the World AIDS Day commemoration at Mariental.

Former Journalist Bernhard !Gaeb Burried


The remains of the late Bernhard !Gaeb, a former journalist at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (nbc), was buried on Saturday at Mariental.
The 65-year-old !Gaeb, also affectionately known as Ou Berries, died of kidney failure.

Hoandi !Gaeb, spent his childhood in Katutura, and as was practice at the time, he would have been compelled to complete school in Khorixas due to the segregated system in place at the time.

BIPA seeks input from stakeholders


The Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) is seeking input from stakeholders on the country's decades-old Corporate Laws.

BIPA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industrialisation, initiated the legislative reform process of the Companies Act of 2004 and the Close Corporation Act of 1988.

The review process of the Corporate Laws aims to merge the two Acts that would regulate all forms of business entities, including aspects of business rescue and corporate governance.

NamPower launches Pasop Stay Safe campaign


Electrical power structures are meant to benefit of all.

To raise awareness of electrical safety, the power utility NamPower launched its safety campaign called 'Pasop Stay Safe' at Mariental in the Hardap Region.

The safety campaign is aimed at cautioning the public not to build under or near electricity infrastructures. 

It is also illegal and dangerous to start a fire under a power line.

The public is also urged to refrain from illegal electricity connections and removing copper wires.