CPBN awards tenders worth N$7 billion to Namibians in 2023/2024

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The Central Procurement Board of Namibia (CPBN) has awarded tenders worth N$8,1 billion, of which N$7,1 billion were awarded to Namibians during the 2023–2024 financial year.

These awards were made both through competitive and direct procurement processes, and the number of tenders awarded to local companies speaks volumes about the board's commitment to supporting local businesses.

The acting CEO of the board, Amon Ngavetene, explained why the majority of procurement was conducted through advertisements.

Dr. Sam Nujoma calls for united egalitarian Namibian society

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Founding President Dr. Sam Nujoma has called on Namibians to strive for a united, egalitarian society.

This message was delivered during the memorial service in honour of Professor Gerhard Tötemeyer.

Nujoma's remarks made on his behalf by Benita Imbamba, the chairperson of the Erongo Regional Council, on the memorial service for the late professor, who died recently at Swakopmund.

Politicians and members of the public in the coastal town paid homage to one of Namibia's champions of democracy, Professor Gerhard Tötemeyer.

United Nations urged Namibians to emulate Geingob's values

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The United Nations in Namibia has expressed deep sadness at the death of President Hage Geingob and highlighted that they stood, just as Geingob did, for the values of human rights, social justice, and the well-being of the Namibian people.

Hopolang Phororo, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Namibia, praised Geingob's leadership and vision for the country.

She emphasised the UN's commitment to continue working with Namibia to achieve the goals and aspirations that President Geingob had set for the country.

Three Namibians die in the US and Canada

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Namibia's Ambassador to the United States and Canada, Margaret Mensah-Williams, has expressed condolences to the families of three Namibians who died in the U.S. and Canada over the past two weeks.

Ambassador Mensah-Williams announced the deaths of health workers Nelson Kondjayi Dumeni, who suffered a heart failure in Washington, DC, on December 21, and Wesley Katimba, who died on New Year's Day.

Katimba, the ambassador says, was returning from church an hour after midnight when he was hit by a car in Montreal, Canada.

2024: The year of expectations - Geingob

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President Hage Geingob says it is clear that the year being entered, 2024, promises the delivery of tangible outcomes that have been carefully curated throughout.

Dr. Geingob christened 2024 the Year of Expectations and the Year of Elections, which will be a new beginning for the Namibian House.

The Head of State outlined these in his New Year's Message.

NWR unhappy with domestic tourism numbers 

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A reduction in domestic tourism is emerging as a concern for the industry.

Namibia Wildlife Resort's (NWR) Manager for Corporate Communications, Nelson Ashipala, says this is despite efforts by the company to promote domestic tourism.

"The mandate highlights that on top of ensuring that we run a facility in parks, we have to ensure that Namibians get to experience the fauna and flora at a fraction of the cost at a reasonable cost. But we haven't been seeing that much response from local tourists. Mostly, it has just been international."

Lack of employment sparks creativity

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Lack of job opportunities and economic hardships motivate Namibians to use their creativity and start businesses on the streets of Windhoek.

Luwien Basson, 37, makes living room table sets from recycled tyres to make ends meet. From old tyres to comfortable sofas, furniture sets for your home.

Luwien Basson got tired of sitting at home doing nothing, and in October this year, he decided to put his creative talent to use in a business dealing with old tyres.

Living Earth Expo aims to promote food reliance culture

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In efforts to promote a culture of food reliance among Namibians, different stakeholders collaborated and hosted the Living Earth Expo in Windhoek.

The expo displayed and discussed organic farming, sustainable living, urban gardening, fruit tree planting, and regeneration, among others.

The Living Earth Expo further looked at practical solutions that pave the way for a brighter and more harmonious future for all.
 

The Kambashu Institute has been promoting backyard gardening in the informal settlements by providing seeds and training.