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Outjo Tourism Center turning into a white elephant

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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

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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.

Local authorities called to prioritise proper sanitation 

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Local authorities are being urged to prioritise giving residents access to fundamental services like water and proper sanitation.

The Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Evelyn Nawase-Taeyele, emphasised this necessity at the commissioning and groundbreaking ceremony in Kamanjab, Kunene Region.

The event marked the beginning of a significant project that will provide bulk sewerage and reticulation systems to 12,000 households, coupled with the development of low-cost housing.

Kunene Region attends to slow delivery of drought relief

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The Kunene Region has resorted to hiring private transport for the distribution of drought relief in the region.

This was revealed by the Kunene Regional Governor, Marius Sheya, following concerns raised by Khorixas Constituency Councillor, Sebastian !Gobs, who last month indicated that the distribution programme is hampered by a lack of transportation.

The Kunene Region accounts for close to 30,000 people who have been affected by the prolonged and extreme drought since 2013, which has put a strain on food security and agricultural activities.

Improved living standards awaits Khorixas residents

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Housing and land delivery for low-income earners in the Kunene Region, including the upgrading of the informal settlements, is taking shape.

At Khorixas, 445 plots were handed over to the residents of the Ada-||Naugu informal settlement to build their houses.

The allocated plots are for 1,025 applicants on a waiting list.

Of these, 56 are categorised for pensioners and 22 for people living with disabilities, while 104 are for the members of the Shack Dwellers Federation, all sold at N$15,00 per square metre.

Kunene residents plead for development

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Residents of Kunene are concerned about their safety due to poor road infrastructure and overflowing rivers during the rainy season.

They shared their dissatisfaction with Vice President Nangolo Mbumba at Opuwo. The residents requested that the government construct bridges at river crossings to enable them to access services during the rainy season.

A case in point is the roads that connect Okangwati and Etanga to Otjinungua via Osana. There is also a need to set up bridges in some areas that are washed away during the rainy season on the road from Opuwo to Sesfontein.

Gov commended for its continued efforts to provide relief food

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Traditional authorities in the Kunene Region have commended the government for its continued efforts to provide relief food to drought-afflicted people in the region.

Kunene is one of the regions that has suffered severe drought in recent years, and the majority of the inhabitants depend on the government's Drought Relief Programme. While commending the government for the assistance, they feel the long-term solution is the setting up and improvement of community gardens to empower people to produce their own food.

Teenage preganancy remains burning issue

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High cases of teenage pregnancy among girls aged between 13 and 19 years old in Kamanjab, Kunene Region, remain a burning social issue that needs concerted efforts to address.

These are the views of Deputy Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare, Bernadette Jagger, when she addressed the Women and Girls Conference on Teenage Pregnancy held yesterday.

She highlighted that the escalation of such social issues is driven by poverty, peer pressure, sexual abuse, a lack of parental involvement, and harmful cultural beliefs.

Research is crucial for desert lions conservation

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Namibia's conservation expert, Dr. Philip Stander, says research is crucial to the conservation of endangered desert lions.

Dr. Stander has therefore called on youth to take up nature conservation studies to find solutions to human-wildlife conflict.

Born and bred in Namibia, Dr. Stander has been living in the desert for more than 25 years.

When it comes to conservation, the Skeleton Coast Park in the Kunene Region is his playground, and this is the only place in the world where desert lions are found.

Lack of cleanup by diamond exploration companies in Skeleton Coast Park a concern

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Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration are concerned about equipment left behind by diamond exploration companies in the Skeleton Coast Park.

The committee visited a diamond exploration site at Mowe Bay in the Kunene Region.

Chief Diamond Inspector Patrick Elungu explained that two exploration licences were awarded to two Namibian companies for onshore and offshore activities.

Elungu added that the companies have so far not found viable diamond deposits.