Public enterprises critical to providing public goods

Public enterprises have been critical in providing public goods, generating revenue, and increasing access to public services for the people, among others.

However, some of them have been finding the going tough and have been running at a loss, constantly requiring government bailouts.

A consultative meeting on public enterprise ownership policy was held at Oshakati in the Oshana Region.

At independence, Namibia only had 12 parastatals, but the figure now stands at 81.

NamWater makes plans to restore water in Northern regions

NamWater continues the battle to provide water to the northern regions, a situation that has severely impacted humans and livestock in especially remote rural areas.

Namwater Chief Executive Officer Abraham Nehemia says water from the canal has finally reached Oshakati for treatment before it can be distributed.

Residents were for the past month forced to travel long distances to fetch water, some for both household consumption and for their animals.

NamWater calls on Gov to help settle community debts

NamWater Operations Manager Abraham Ashipala has called on the government to consider settling the debts owed to it by rural water schemes.

Oshana local water committee owes the water utility N$59,6 million.

NamWater made an appeal to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources and Development at Oshakati, which is conducting oversight hearings on a motion to write off historic debts.

Oshakati Town Council does not have historic debts, however, it has an outstanding invoice for October of N$2.3 million.

Men top suicide list

679 cases of suicide have been reported in Namibia since last year, of which 82% were men.

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, stated that the suicide rate among men is high because men are discouraged from seeking help because they are often labelled as weak.

In a speech delivered on his behalf at the conference on mental health and psychosocial support for men at Oshakati, Health and Social Services Minister Dr. Shangula said mental health is one of the current public health crises globally.

Dudu Murorua urges institutions to review their record-keeping

The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Dudu Murorua, has called on local authorities and public institutions to scrutinise their record-keeping for the purpose of effective service delivery.

Murorua said this in an interview with nbc News at Oshakati during their week-long public hearing on the utilisation of public funds by local authorities.

The committee held a public hearing with the Katima Mulilo Town Council on the utilisation of public funds in the financial year that ended in March 2019.

BoN economic reporting workshop

The Bank of Namibia is hosting a two-day economic reporting workshop for northern journalists to enhance their capacity to report accurately and effectively on economic issues.

In her welcoming remarks, the Bank's Branch Manager at Oshakati, Moudi Hangula, says that by hosting such a workshop, the bank is also striving to promote transparency and open dialogue with the media countrywide.

NamRA to leave no stone unturned in implementing Tax Law Enforcement Strategy

The Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) says it will leave no stone unturned in implementing its Tax Law Enforcement Strategy to ensure that what is owed to the state is paid.

Soon after its establishment, NamRA continued its drive to optimise Namibia's tax revenue collection.

This has led to some reforms at NamRA offices countrywide to ensure compliance by companies and individuals.

Previously, regional offices such as the one at Oshakati were reported to have not been meeting revenue collection targets owing to non-compliance by taxpayers.

Oshakati residents breathe a sigh of relief as there will be no tariff increase

Residents of Oshakati can breathe a sigh of relief as there will be no tariff increase for this financial year.

The announcement was made during the tabling of the council's 2023–2024 budget, amounting to N$214 million.

The council says it took note of the current global and local economic situation in the town.

Against this background, the council, he says, decided not to effect any tariff increase on water, sewerage, or refuse removal.

Coca-Cola's Oshakati branch employees stage demonstration against APS

Employees of Coca-Cola's Oshakati branch staged a demonstration in protest against Africa Personnel Service (APS), the biggest labor hire company in Namibia.

The employees in their petition claim that they have been receiving low wages since the company outsourced the employment of workers to APS in 2015.

In addition, the employees said they do not have fixed wages and are paid per hour on a 'no work, no pay' system.

Namibia's first secondary school of computing has opens at Oshakati

Namibia's first secondary school of computing has opened at Oshakati. The N$1,6 million school was donated by Rani Trading.

The school has four classrooms and a store room and there are currently 29 learners.

Speaking at the inauguration of the school, ICT Deputy Minister, Emma Theofelus said the Oshana Secondary School of computing is an indication of the urgency of the ICT needs in the country.

"We need to encourage leadership, give them the necessary ability to leverage all the opportunities that come with it."