EU injects over N$300 million into ECD centres

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The European Union (EU) in Namibia has injected more than N$300 million into early childhood development (ECD) centres around the country. 

EU Ambassador to Namibia Ana Beatriz Martins made the announcement during the launch of the programme at Mix Settlement, on the outskirts of Windhoek. 

N$262 million will go to the Treasury, and N$60 million will go towards technical assistance, including support actions implemented by Unicef and the World Food Programme. 

Katutura residents demand cancellation of high municipal bills for elderly

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Residents of Katutura feel misled by the City of Windhoek and its campaign to write off the municipal bills of elderly residents.

The promised debt cancellation includes conditions of payment that residents say remain unaffordable for the elderly. 

Katutura residents, mostly comprised of the elderly, marched to the Windhoek Municipality Care Centre, demanding the cancellation of high municipal bills.

NPC rounds up NDP6 consultations

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To solicit inputs that will fit into the Sixth National Development Plan (NDP6), the |Khomas Regional Council held a consultative meeting with stakeholders.

The |Khomas Region was the last region to be consulted on NDP6, covering all its ten constituencies. 

The National Planning Commission (NPC), in consultation with regional councils, is undertaking the campaign and wider consultations with all stakeholders.

Transformation of historic building Alte Feste to cost N$30 million

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One of the oldest historic buildings in Windhoek, the Alte Feste in the city centre, will be renovated and turned into an art, craft, and heritage centre.

The initiative by the Namibia Craft Centre and the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture aims to revitalise the historic building.

It will have a craft market, an art gallery, a training workshop, art studios, a restaurant, and a courtyard, and it will retain the museum functions.

The renovation and repurposing project is estimated to cost N$30 million and will be done in phases.

Michael Amushelelo fails Save Namibia Project members

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Prospective homeowners in the property group Save Namibia Project, under the leadership of Michael Amushelelo, are demanding the payment of their deposits on plots following a long delay on housing promises.

The project, which promises affordable housing in Brakwater, about 20 kilometres north of Windhoek, has been on ice for almost four years since its launch.

The applicants were asked to pay a deposit fee of N$60,000, which they have been paying in monthly instalments.

Search for Namibia's stolen cultural artefacts starts

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In an effort to take stock of Namibia's artefacts translocated to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria during the colonial occupation, the German Lost Art Foundation has set up a pilot project to educate the world about Namibia's cultural heritage and lay the necessary groundwork for others to build on.

As part of the project, Finding Aid launched a publication titled "Locating Namibian Cultural Heritage in Museums and Universities in German-speaking Countries. A Finding Aid for Provenance Research" 

NHIS to provide land information nationwide

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The Namibia Housing Information System (NHIS) will enable municipalities and residents to be aware of land information in all fourteen regions of the country.

The regions are meeting for a five-day end-user refresher training and workshop programme for the deployment of the system.

The system will computerise land information in each locality, with a display of housing needs, housing stock, and land use. 

Dependents of Namibian veterans petition parliament for amendments to Veterans Act

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The Association of the Dependents of Namibia's Veterans (AODNDV) handed in a petition requesting Parliament to amend the Veterans Act on war veteran dependence to accommodate them.

The group intended to hand over the petition to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, but was directed to Zoo Park, where they read and handed the petition over to an official from Parliament's Office of the Secretary. 

China, Namibia forge military collaboration for mutual benefit

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Over the years, China and Namibia have collaborated in areas of mutual benefit, such as the strengthening of their military capabilities.

Brigadier General Natanael Ngolo, Chief of Defence Intelligence, expressed this sentiment during the reception of Colonel Li Shujun, the Chinese Defence Attaché. 

The collaboration, he further says, has fostered a greater understanding between the armed forces of both countries.

City of Windhoek urged to reconsider pensioner debt cancellation

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Laura Garises, a twenty-two-year-old, never had access to running water and grid electricity while growing up in her grandmother's house.

 Unfortunately, her hopes of seeing these amenities in their household were shattered when the City of Windhoek introduced debt cancellation. The family, residing on ERF 3837 Max Eichab Street in Damara Location, inherited the debt from their grandparents, who were recipients of the free housing scheme during the apartheid regime. Garises, who lives with her fifty-year-old asthmatic mother, is burdened with a municipal bill of over N$100,000.