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Kunene Governor advocates for inclusion of school dropouts in green hydrogen projects

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Kunene Governor Marius Sheya says green hydrogen opportunities offered to young people in the region have not been responsive to the needs of school drop-outs.

Sheya is advocating for their inclusion in future projects.

Sheya is leading a delegation, which includes members of the Kunene Regional Council and local authorities.

The group is on a benchmarking visit to green hydrogen projects in the Erongo Region.

Residents of Uis face severe water shortage amidst Namibia's drought challenges

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As Namibia continues to mitigate the effects of drought and climate change over the past decades, the residents of Uis in Erongo Region are grappling with a dire water shortage crisis.

Erongo Governor Neville Andre noted that the water crisis goes beyond Uis, saying it is affecting the whole of the Daures Constituency, and the government is working on transporting water from other areas.

FDI a key contributor to economic development - Andre

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Erongo Governor Neville Andre says the Namibian government views foreign direct investment (FDI) as a key contributor to economic development.

Andre says the FDI legislation should ensure an enabling environment for foreign investors and Namibian firms, including international arbitration of disputes, the right to remit profits, and access to foreign exchange.

Erongo Governor emphasizes region's economic significance and strategic location

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Erongo Governor Neville Andre says the region is strategically located and remains an active hub of economic development as it houses key industries such as the fishing sector, mining, logistics, and transport, as well as tourism.

Andre said this during a courtesy visit by the Brazilian business delegation to his office.

Andre says if trade agreements between the two countries are successful, it will help address the country's high rate of youth unemployment and an unskilled workforce. 

Swakopmund officials debunk rumors of radioactive storage facility

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Misinformation has allegedly created the perception that there is currently a hazardous, radioactive storage facility at Swakopmund.

Municipality Chief Executive Officer Archie Benjamin says the council has not given approval to anyone to set up the facility as public consultations are ongoing.

Erongo Governor Neville Andre and leaders of the Swakopmund municipality called a media conference to provide clarity.

Andre says a member of parliament recently noted that a hazardous radioactive storage facility is being constructed in the industrial area.

Erongo governor urges learners to set ambitious goals 

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Erongo Governor Neville Andre is urging high school learners in the region to set their ambitions high for success through hard work to obtain better results.

Andre was speaking at Duinesig High School, which performed well in the 2023 Namibia Senior Secondary Advanced Subsidiary and Ordinary Level examinations.

Lack of focus, parental support, and indiscipline were cited as the primary reasons for failure in examinations.

Andre said schools from the region have shown consistent deterioration in their results over the years.

Elderly turned into nannies

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The government allocates close to N$4,1 million every month to support over 3000 people with disabilities in the Erongo Region.

Erongo Governor Neville Andre has, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the situation where senior citizens are left alone to care for children with disabilities.

Andre, speaking at the handover ceremony of 300 food parcels to Arandis senior citizens, emphasised that many young people lack the necessary skills to care for children with disabilities.

Erongo Police record 525 GBV cases since January

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The Erongo Police, from January to October 2023, recorded 525 GBV-related cases.

Erongo Governor Neville Andre revealed this on the occasion of the World Aids Day commemoration and the launch of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Of the 525 cases reported, 68 were rape cases, and 133 of them have been withdrawn.

Andre says the statistics are alarming, and the increased number of cases of sexual abuse of children is a major concern, especially when committed by their biological fathers, family members, relatives, and neighbours.

Rehabilitation frameworks needed to avoid re-offending

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Erongo Governor Neville Andre says there is a need to exchange ideas, experiences, and expertise to develop comprehensive rehabilitation frameworks that can be adapted and implemented in each country according to their specific needs and resources.

Andre said this at the official opening of the three-day interaction training for officers in charge of correctional, prison, and penitentiary facilities held at Walvis Bay.