Farmers in Kunene and Omusati face market access challenges


Farmers in the Kunene and Omusati regions say non-functional abattoirs and poor livestock infrastructure are primary obstacles to accessing a profitable market. 

This issue surfaced during the ongoing oversight visits by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs).

The visits follow a 2022 petition to the National Assembly from Lisha Empowerment and Development, urging the revival of the livestock market in the NCAs and parliamentary intervention to address the sector's severe underdevelopment.

Provision of services at Outjo a challenge


Although housing provision in Outjo has been ongoing efficiently, Acting Chief Executive Officer Jaco Labuschagne says the provision of services has been a challenge.

Labuschagne says the Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG) and the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) are by far the most effective entities to provide proper, affordable housing.

Outjo has about 20,000 inhabitants, with about three-quarters of that number living in the more than 3,000 erven in the informal settlement.

Minister Schlettwein advocates water reuse to tackle Kunene Region's water scarcity


The Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, Carl Schlettwein, said the water reuse method is an approach that can be taken in Kunene to address the water shortage in the region.

Schlettwein said this at the joint commemoration of World Wetlands Day and World Water Day in Opuwo.

Wetlands are ecosystems that contain water permanently or seasonally.

World Wetlands Day 2024 calls for attention to the interconnectedness between wetlands and various aspects of human existence.

Drought mitigation programme a relief to Kunene farmers


Kunene Governor Marius Sheya says the government's drought mitigation programme has been a relief to the farmers.

Sheya was speaking at the handover of livestock, stoves, and water-softening borehole technologies at Khorixas auction kraal in the Kunene Region.

Sheya applauded the success measures of the IREMA project under the Environmental Investment Fund, which has been at the forefront of assisting farmers for over eight years.

Outjo residents urged to keep the late President's legacy alive


Outjo Constituency Councillor John Antsino urged residents to keep the late president's legacy alive by tapping into the wisdom he displayed during his tenure.

Antsino was speaking at Kunene's final tribute service dedicated to the late Hage Geingob at Outjo.

All 40 churches from Outjo gathered at the Etoshapoort stadium to pay their respects to the fallen giant.

Outjo Constituency Councillor John Antsino says there is a lot one can tap from the late president's teachings through his good deeds.

Kunene Region honours late President Hage Geingob 


The people of the Kunene region gathered in solemn remembrance as they paid befitting tributes to the late President Hage Geingob during their regional memorial service held in Opuwo.

The atmosphere was filled with soothing hymns, poetry, and traditional mourning practices.

The Ombimbi cultural group led the procession in Dr. Geingob's honour.

Emotional scenes played out at Opuwo, as replications of cultural rituals of mourning practices by the Ovahimba and Ovaherero communities came to the fore in paying tribute to Dr. Geingob.

Geingob credited for ensuring a functioning government


Residents of Kamanjab settlement in the Kunene Region have credited President Hage Geingob with championing a functioning government and preventing the collapse of the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They shared their sentiments during a Kamanjab Constituency memorial service in Geingob's honour.

Kamanjab Village Council Deputy Chairperson, Abiole Karunga, says Geingob leaves behind a void that can't be filled.

Kunene Region pays tribute to Late President Geingob


The Kunene Region held a memorial service to honour  the late President, Hage Geingob.

Kunene Governor Marius Sheya at the event said, it is so unreal that Hage Geingob is no more.

Appointed by the late President Hage Geingob as governor of Kunene at just 28 years old, Marius Sheya had a distinct relationship with him.

The news of Geingob's passing is still something he says he is struggling to come to terms with. 

Outjo Tourism Center turning into a white elephant


Although Outjo in the Kunene Region is considered one of the gateways to the Etosha National Park, its tourism centre has recorded little to no tourists making use of its services.

The nbc News team caught up with an employee at the centre, Ndapandula Hailonga, who confirmed the centre has recorded its lowest service level compared to last year.

The centre reopened in 2021, with the services of a bistro and the curio shop that have been fully operational since last year, with three employees.

Water supply project to Okanguati gains momentum


The Kunene Regional Council's Ohamaremba-Okanguati water supply project, meant to provide quality water to residents of Okanguati settlement and surrounding areas, is well on track.

The project involves the drilling of six boreholes at Ohamaremba village and the installation of 160-millimetre polyvinyl chloride water pipelines for over 15 kilometres from that village to Okanguati.

The project was implemented in 2016, but due to inadequate budget allocation, it has been moving at a snail's pace.