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Cancer Association opens new home for young cancer patients

Saima Nambinga, the chairman of the Cancer Association board, popular entertainer Female Donkey, the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Hon Juliet Kavetuna, and the Chief Executive of the Cancer Association, Rolf Hansen, this week officially opened the CHICA interim home for children with cancer. The new N$3.2 million home is adjacent to the Cancer Association’s existing Acacia Interim Home in Windhoek West. It is also close to the association’s head office. It was renovated and furnished with financial support from private individuals and from companies. Hansen thanked the Deputy Minister for her support saying the Ministry of...

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New study to investigate the level of nutrition among San women and infants

The convenor of the Namibia Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Hon Nahas Angula co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this week with the Chief Executive of the National Commission for Research, Science and Technology, to support the alliance with a comparative study of nutritional adequacy in the Bushmen communities. The science commission has pledged to support the alliance with a grant of N$100,000 and with conducting the survey to determine the nutrition status of San infants in Omaheke, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa. The nutrition alliance, NAFIN, is a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder, non-profit association striving to promote good nutrition, especially among children below...

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Ban plastic bags in support of Sustainable Development Goals

Dr Chris Brown and Elize Shakalela helped the Namibia Scientific Society in March to launch their campaign for a plastic free Namibia. Dr Brown is the Chief Executive of the Namibian Chamber of Environment and Miss Shakalela is an independent environmental legal consultant. She is also Miss Earth Namibia 2016. The plastic-free Namibia campaign is a partnership between the Namibia Scientific Society, the Namibian Chamber of Environment and avid environmentalists comprising Hon. Sophia Swartz, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management, PDK, Miss Shakalela and The Dogg, the entertainer responsible for campaign awareness. “The impact...

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Improved rural healthcare as hospital administrators pick up on management principles

Service delivery in government hospitals received a boost during March when a group of hospital administrators and senior officials of the Mininstry of Health and Social Services, attended a training course designed to improve the operational side of the state’s health apparatus. The training was conducted by the African Leadership Insitute. It focused on managerial input and not necessarily on the clinical aspects of running a public health facility. All the course participants expressed their appreciation for being able to attend a high-level leadership training seminar. The tranees’ new level of competence will now be ploughed back into their...

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Christians, Jews, Moslems and Baha’i look at what keeps a society together

A two-day national dialogue brought believers of four different faiths together on one platform this week to discuss those aspects of society believed to be most crucial for peaceful co-existence. Organised by the Forum for the Future and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, participants had the opportunity to share insights from Judaism, Islam, Baha’i and Christianity. The meeting, styled as an inter-confessionial dialogue for adherents of the so-called Abrahamic faiths, took place in Windhoek. “Regardless of their different faith traditions, people listen more attentively when a message is conveyed by a spiritual leader. Therefore, Namibian spiritual leaders have a responsibility...

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Striking images reflect wax and wane of major cities

A large photographic exhibition by eighteen German photographers, opened this week in the National Arts Gallery in Windhoek. Facsimile versions of the same work are exhibited concurrently at the Goethe Institute, the Namibia University of Science and Technology and the Katutura Community Art Centre. Titled “The City – Becoming and Decaying”, the exhibition consists of works by photographers from the renowned German agency Ostkreuz. These photographs were taken over a period of two years by the agency’s 18 photographers travelling to 22 countries documenting their biggest cities. The exhibition has been touring internationally since 2010. It brings together images...

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Erongo primary learners benefit from Early Learner Assistance scheme

The Governor of the Erongo Region, Hon Cleophas Mutjaviua joined the learners of the JP Brand Primary School this week to celebrate the assistance they receive from uranium explorer, Bannerman Resouces Namibia. The governor complimented Bannerman with its Early Learner Assistance scheme saying that although the company is only at the exploration stage, it is committed to help the children of Erongo. “You can show your appreciation by working hard, learning, listening, and taking care of these gifts you are given” he cautioned the learners. Walvis Bay Rural councillor, Hon Nangolo, the Ministry of Education’s Regional Inspector, and JP...

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Celebrity rhino Kangombe comes to rest after 41 years

Kangombe, a black rhino bull, tracked and protected by Save the Rhino Trust operators since 1982, has found his last resting place in the shade of a milkbush. He was 41 years old and he had not been poached. Tragically, he succumbed to the extreme conditions as a result of the drought. Kangombe’s death on 18 January this year was announced this week by the Save the Rhino Trust in the first edition of its revived newsletter, Bicornews. “Since Save the Rhino Trust was founded in 1982, our trackers have followed a majestic male rhino that we called Kangombe,...

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