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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.
 

Namibians urged to cooperate with drought relief programme officers

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Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has called on all citizens to cooperate with the drought relief programme implementing officers to ensure that the objectives of the programme are achieved.

The vulnerability assessment and analysis indicate that 695,000 people are in need of relief assistance.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says although the effects of drought are felt in all communities, targeted food assistance will be given to the neediest, who lack adequate coping measures.

Locals urged to start appreciating the simple beauty of a night sky

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The University of Namibia's Associate Professor, Dr. Michael Backes, says many Namibians do not have appreciation for the night skies.

However, many tourists travel from as far as Europe to have the opportunity to experience the beauty of Namibia's clear skies.

Namibia has the most unpolluted night skies, as they are clear, and tourists, especially from Europe, visit the country for an opportunity to experience the beautiful view.

Gambling identified as a serious social ill 

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One of the major social ills affecting Namibians, according to the Gambling Board of Namibia, is gambling addiction.

Director of Health and Social Services, Sandra Owoses, highlighted this at a training workshop at Swakopmund aimed at equipping social workers with skills to tackle gambling addiction.

According to Owoses, gambling addiction strains a person's social well-being and has an impact on their finances, relationships, physical health, and mental health.

Lack of housing a pressing matter in Namibia

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A lack of housing remains a pressing issue for many Namibians, with high costs making it impossible for ordinary Namibians to qualify for land or conventional home loans.

The President of the Popular Democratic Movement, McHenry Venaani, says this has placed an even bigger strain on the poor, youth, and unemployed citizens, as there is no system to accommodate them.

Namibia is second to Dubai in skyrocketing house prices, something Venaani questioned considering Namibia’s low population and massive land.

Namibians reminded of hard won independence

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Swapo Party Regional Mobilisation and Information Officer for the Zambezi Region, Dorothy Kabuka, has reminded residents of Masida Village in Linyanti District that Namibia's independence was not granted on a silver platter but came as a result of war, both within and from exile.

Kabula implored the community to remember the elders who remained inside Namibia, fighting underground by various means, and went through suffering and torture at the hands of the colonial South African Regime.

Kabuka addressed a belated Heroes Day commemoration on Sunday at Masida village.

Namibians given priority for employment under Green Hydrogen Programme

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Qualified Namibians are to be given priority for employment under the recently established Green Hydrogen Programme.

The Programme seeks to employ professionals, experts, and enthusiasts with the aim of leveraging renewable resources and energy security for Namibia.

Green Hydrogen Commissioner James Mnyupe says the Programme envisions Namibia as a global leader in green energy production, setting an example for sustainable development worldwide.

Namibians urged to prioritise social cohesion

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The Deputy Minister of Information, Communication, and Technology, Emma Theofilus, has urged Namibians to prioritise social cohesion as a crucial goal.

Theofilus made these remarks during the official opening of the 7th edition of the annual Oranjemund Diamond Festival and Career Fair.

The annual Diamond Festival is a platform for businesses to showcase their services and products and, at the same time, engage investors.

This year's festival is being held under the theme 'Creating a sustainable future through economic diversification'.