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Effects of drinking around children

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The Police Unit Commander for Community Affairs in the Erongo Region, Inspector Ileni Shapumba, has raised concern about guardians who drink around their children, saying they are likely to follow suit.

Inspector Shapumba says, apart from other efforts being made, churches also have a role to play in teaching people moral values.

Celebrations during the holidays are a time when some people are more likely to drink beyond their limits than at other times of the year.

Swakopmund still a reassuring destination

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Swakopmund, a traditional holiday spot for both locals and foreigners, offers a plethora of opportunities for adventures, sports, and classic entertainment. 

This festive season, Namibians, particularly those from Windhoek and the southern part of the country, have made Swakopmund their preferred destination.

Namibians, seeking a break from the usual Christmas celebrations, flocked to Swakopmund for a mix of church visits and festive leisure.

Some opted for a relaxing day at home, indulging in cooking and grilling meat on hot coals. 

Child abuse and neglect during festive season

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Child abuse and neglect are serious issues in Namibia, as they are in many parts of the world.

During the festive season, incidents of child abuse such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect, tend to rise, posing long-lasting and damaging effects on the well-being and development of children.

In Namibia, efforts have been made to address child abuse and neglect through legislation and child protection services.

The Child Care and Protection Act of 2015, for example, provides a legal framework for the protection and care of children.

Festive season brightens for Kalkfeld residents

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It is a well-known fact that rural electrification significantly enhances the quality of life.

In light of this, residents of the Ondu Jovi Tenda location at Kalkfeld settlement in the Otjozondjupa Region expressed their gratitude to the government for the joy of having their houses electrified just in time for the festive season.
 
Our nbc News team in the region caught up with homeowners living in the 94 brick-structured houses at the settlement.

Orphans during the festive season

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During the holiday season, when happiness and celebrations are everywhere, orphans are yearning to feel like they are part of something. 

What does the holiday season truly mean for both orphans and those who want to positively impact their lives? 

The festive season can be a challenging time for orphans, as they may feel lonely with a longing for family they never had.

While others celebrate with their loved ones, orphans may not have anyone to celebrate with, such as their biological parents, or may sometimes have no means to celebrate at all.

Essential services during festive season

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While some are spending Christmas with their loved ones, others had to forego family time to work over this bonding period.

Petrol jockeys Joshua Kapaya and Sam Shilumbu had no choice but to clock in for work in order to earn an income and provide for their families.

Despite the desire to stay home, create memories, and celebrate the once-a-year Christmas Day with family and friends, this was a farfetched wish.

But as the saying goes, if a man doesn't work, he won't eat.

Erongo Police on high alert to ensure tourists' safety

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Tourist safety takes center stage as preparations for the festive season are underway.

The Erongo police, in collaboration with key stakeholders, are diligently working around the clock to guarantee the protection of individuals from criminal activities during the holiday season.

nbc's coastal reporter, Stefan |Uirab, engaged Inspector Ileni Shapumba, the Police Unit Commander for Community Affairs in the Erongo Region.