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Environment ministry condemns attacks on tourists

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism Ministry has called upon the law enforcement agencies as well as the citizens, to be vigilant and act proactively against violent acts against tourists who enter the country. The Ministry on Monday in a statement said it is concerned and has noted at least two attacks on tourists in a space of two weeks with the recent attack taking place on the western bypass in Windhoek on 10 Aug. According to Chief public relations officer, Romeo Muyunda, Namibia has always been regarded as a safe travel destination with peaceful people. “This reputation has...

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Indian Government sends funds for Indira Ghandi Clinic at Onemanya

A promise by the former President of India was honoured this week when the High Commissioner presented a donation from his government to the Ministry of Health and Social Services for a maternity clinic in the north. High Commissioner of India to Namibia, HE Kumar Tuhin presented the Minister of Health and Social Services, Hon Bernard Haufiku on Wednesday with a cheque of almost N$260,000 for the Indira Gandhi Maternity Clinic at Onemanya in the Omusati Region. The donation is the equivalent of US$20,000. The ceremony, held at the clinic, was attended, amongst others by Hon. Erginus Endjala,the Governor...

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Helping others teach youth the value of service and self-respect

Community Elder, Alfons Hengua sat for a complimentary haircut from the grade 10 boys at Okondjatu Combined School in Okakarara as part of their Youth Development workshop held a fortnight ago. Thirty boys and thirty girls took part in the 2017 Youth Development workshop held at the school premises. Forty elders from the area received special treatment on the Saturday following the workshop, to give the youngsters an opportunity to learn the value of community support. Youth Development has proven hugely successful at Okondjatu as reflected by the significant improvement in the learners’ grades. The broader spectrum of youth...

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Unlocking the vast potential of informal housing through targetted funding

Ludwig Diergaardt and Piet Paulse, two residents of Otjimuise on the outskirts of Windhoek, learned this week that they are next in line for grants to build their own homes, following more funding received by the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia. The two men are contributing members of the federation. The Shack Dwellers Federation is a national organisation funded with millions of dollars by private sector companies. It also collects monthly contributions from its members. From the proceeds, it grants loans to its members to construct their own houses. These loans must be amortised creating additional capital, which is...

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Hungry mouths benefit from Free Food initiative

The country’s largest grain processing company, Namib Mills, through its Free of Charge Initiative, aimed at giving preference to those in need of daily nutrition is supporting around 309 registered charity organisations throughout the country. Namib Mills Public Relations officer, Ashante Manetti in a statement recently said that beneficiaries of the initiative, include children, orphans and pensioners who receive basic food stuff on a monthly basis. Mannetti said the key focus area for the company as a corporate citizen is nutrition, and access to basic foodstuffs with the aim of building and nourishing healthy communities. “Each organisation caters and...

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If there’s a bee in your bonnet over spelling, then this is your cup of tea

Aina Tomas (centre) is the busiest Spelling Bee at the University of Namibia. Inga Kapendah (right), and Magritha Gontes, had to concede to Aina’s extraordinary spelling prowess, coming second and third respectively. The University of Namibia’s Language Department hosted a spelling contest for students over the previous weekend. The idea was to find Namibia’s top spelling bee at the top three tertiary institutions, viz, UNAM, the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), and the International University of Management (IUM). Each of the three top spellers won a shiny floating trophy plus N$1500 for the winner, N$1000 for the...

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High-tech ICT lab for Donatus Primary from owners of Otjikoto Gold Mine

An Otjiwarongo school, renowned for its educational excellence, last week inaugurated a brand new computer laboratory complete with airconditioning, high-speed network and internet connectivity. The award winning Donatus Primary received 42 computers and a file and network server as a donation from the Otjikoto gold mine, located in the vicinity of Otjiwarongo. The equipment in the computer lab is valued at around N$350,000. This is excluding the building. Donatus Primary School was established in 2010, originating from the former German primary school. Donatus began with only 189 learners but today boasts more than a thousand learners. The school has...

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Food bank gets million dollar boost from fishing entity

Namsov Fishing Enterprises recently invested N$ 2.5 million in the Food Bank initiative. The first local Food Bank initiative was officially launched on 30 June 2016 by the President. H.E Dr. Hage Geingob. In a statement this week, Namsov said they believe in sharing the value of the horse mackerel they harvest with the communities in Namibia. “Namsov works hard to ensure that the value created directly benefits our communities, our government, our shareholders and our business,” they added. “Namibia is our home, we drive her growth and therefore as a Natural Resources company we are fully committed to...

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