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U.S, Namibia efforts help complete community clinic

The Minister of Health and Social Services Dr. Barnard Haufiku and the U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton in joint partnership last week opened the Onjuva Clinic. The construction of the clinic building was supported by the United States through the U.S. Department of Defense. The U.S. Defense Department has a long history of partnering and providing support at the community level. In his address Daughton said that the clinic and the accompanying residence are one of several projects the Department of Defense has helped fund. Other projects included the Endombo elementary school near Oshakati, multipurpose community centers in Ongwediva and...

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Whose role is it to educate the public about art?

The John Muafangejo Art Centre presents an exhibition on whose role is it to educate the public about art? Another pop in show of variety of works by young Namibian contemporary artists at the Omba exhibition gallery that runs until 30 June. Following the first show that took place in March at the Katutura Community Art Centre and the one currently running at Omba Gallery, we present a moving collection of works with new artists on board. The show presents works by artists are Julia Hango, Nambowa Malua, Ismael Shivute, Lok Kandjengo, Petrus Amuthenu, Elisia Nghidishange, John Kalunda, Homateni...

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“Father of African cinema” screening this weekend

John Muafangejo Art Centre and the UNAM will join the biggest community screening in history, as the award-winning documentary, Sembene will show on Saturday 10 June at the Katutura Community Arts Centre. The Normandy Cinema is partnering with more than 50 institutions across Africa to share the story of Ousmane Sembene, the “father of African cinema,” who spent decades shaping a meaningful, visionary cinema for a newly independent Africa. Through the Sembene Across Africa project free public screenings as well as free streaming of the award-winning documentary will take place across the continent at schools, museums, cultural centers and...

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Manual fuel pump keeps anti-poaching aircraft in the air when operating from desolate strips

A private organisation working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to combat poaching, received a valuable contribution this week, to help them improve their surveillance capability while operating in remote areas. Well-known retailers of automotive and outdoors consumer items, CYMOT was approached by Intelligence Support Against Poaching, ISAP for short, for a donation of a manual aviation fuel pump to refill the ISAP patrol aircraft when landing on strips where there are no bowzers or ground support. The Chief Executive of CYMOT, Axel Theissen promptly announced that ISAP will receive the fuel pump as a...

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Former US high school dropout joins Peace Corps, now helps local dropouts

By Vicky Hallett Freelance writer in Florence, Italy Back when Stefani McCoy was 17, she felt isolated and depressed. Her mother was raising her solo while her father battled drug addiction. One day, she decided she was done with going to school. “No one could talk me out of it,” said McCoy, who soon ended up living out of her car. Eleven years later, she’s in the Peace Corps, trying to help dropouts in Namibia in a similar situation. As McCoy said, “They’re me in African form”. McCoy is stationed in Rundu, on the northern border of the country,...

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Social protection depends on sound redistributive policies

“Countries with high levels of post-tax inequality grow slower and for shorter periods than those that have a more equal distribution of income” according the University of the Witwatersrand social protection expert, Professor Alex van den Heever. Van den Heever visited Windhoek during May as guest lecturer of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation at their 3rd public lecture at the University of Namibia, speaking on the topic ‘The Social and Economic Impact of Social Protection’. He participated in the Forum for Experts on Social Protection, sharing the podium with Dr Bernie Zaaruka, the Senior Economist at the Bank of Namibia,...

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Recycle forum leans on schools to drive recycle message home

The outstanding success of the annual Schools Recycling Competition received special mention last week at the Annual General Meeting of the Recycle Namibia Forum. The forum is an industry initiative, driven with the support of the Ohlthaver & List Group, to create awareness for the benefits of recycling, at both commercial and household level. The recycling competition for schools takes this message to the generation still at school through their participation. This year, the Dagbreek School for the Intellectually Impaired won this competition for the second time in a row, by substantially increasing the waste recycled on the school’s...

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Spreading Albinism awareness through song

In continued efforts to highlight the needs of Albinism sufferers in the country Namibia, the Support in Namibia of Albinism Sufferers Requiring Assistance (SINASRA) said that a song will be released in the coming weeks. According to SINARA, famous singer Dolar Yves together with Chris Winsemius have written a song for children that will spread a positive message. The choir from the Michelle McLean Primary School in Windhoek together with Dolar Yves will perform the song, which will be recorded with the help of Namibia Music. Other people involved in the project include Miss Helvi Wheeler, who will assist....

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