HR professionals urge to create productive work environments

Erongo Governor Neville Andre has urged human resources practitioners to create an environment that enables individuals to reach their full potential at work. Human resources practitioners in Namibia have gathered at Swakopmund for a two-day conference.

The 13th Annual General Meeting of the Institute of People Management is being held under the theme "Unleash, Inspire, and Connect". 

Corruption erodes trust - Erongo Governor

Speaking at the ACC Song Competition, Erongo Governor Neville Andre says corruption has, for far too long, cost Namibia both economically and socially and eroded trust.

Although Namibia's score remained unchanged at 49 on the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index, the country actually fell one spot to 59 on the global indicator of public sector corruption.

The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.

TEA metallurgical laboratory opens

Erongo Governor Neville Andre has inaugurated the first ever multi-million-dollar TEA metallurgical laboratory in the country. 

The lab, owned by two young Africans, Wensia Ruiters from Namibia and Kevin Mwashuma from Kenya, is located in Swakopmund. Ruiters and Mwashuma acquired the Trace Elements Analysis Laboratories (TEA Labs) in 2019 and have since expanded their operations.

Over 30 houses electrified with solar energy in Mondesa

Over 30 houses belonging to Shack Dwellers Federation members in Swakopmund's Mondesa suburb have been electrified with solar energy.

The houses were electrified through the Towards an Inclusive Design Renewable Energy Transition (TIDRET) project that is being implemented by the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF).

The Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) and Erongo Red signed a memorandum of understanding for the rollout of the project.

The TIDRET solar electrification project piloted in the Erongo Region is core-funded by the GIZ and the European Union.

Erongo Governor disappointed by schools poor performance

Erongo Governor Neville Andre has expressed disappointment in the regional first semester's poor performance, as schools were unable to achieve satisfactory grades A to C.

Performance for the Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary Level averaged 27%, while the Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate Advanced Subsidiary Level achieved a 35% performance rate.

Erongo Governor awards local police

The Governor of Erongo Region, Neville Andre, presented a recognition award to the local police for their efforts to combat drug trafficking.

The award comes after the recent seizure of more than 30 kg of cannabis worth N$1.5 million in a period of three days.

Seven suspects, all Namibians, have been arrested at Walvis Bay.

Governor André urged members of the public to collaborate with the police in order to stop the drug trade.

He applauded the police for a job well done.

Electricity distributors negatively affected by economy - Neville Andre

Erongo Governor Neville Andre said that the current state of the economy will have a negative impact on regional electricity distributors in the region.

During his State of the Region Address, André said the global energy landscape is undergoing a significant transition, with renewable energy sources driving a plateau in energy demand by 2030.

Despite these challenges, an electricity distributor such as Erongo RED aims to electrify four rural areas in the region during the current financial year.

Dodgy contractors warned to shape up or face blacklisting

The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, says contractors who delay national projects must be blacklisted because they fail to honour their obligations with the government.

Despite receiving payment from the government, 319 houses under the mass housing programme at Matutura were not completed because of payment disputes between the main contractor and subcontractors.

Demand for health care services in Erongo growing

The demand for health care services is growing in the Erongo Region due to an ageing population, staff shortages, and an underdeveloped healthcare system.

During his State of the Region Address, Neville Andre says there is an aggravated lack of proper mental healthcare facilities and congested clinics and health centres both in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund districts due to urban migration.
Andre said the clinics were not built to accommodate a high number of patients.

Otjimbingwe maternity ward upgrades

The expecting mothers at Otjimbingwe no longer have to travel long distances to Usakos to deliver.

This follows a donation of equipment worth about seven hundred thousand dollars courtesy of Lipidico Chemicals Namibia.

Ojtimbingwe Clinic has been without enough space for emergency deliveries, and patients have travelled to Usakos, 90 kilometres away.

The Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, said transporting patients for emergencies was challenging and posed a risk to patients.