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Local politician, Nghidinwa passed away

Long serving politician and former Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa has passed away on Sunday. The late Nghidinwa served as Deputy Minister of Labour from 2000 to 2005, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration from 2005 to 2012, having been re-elected to the National Assembly in 2010. She later moved on to become the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare since December 2012 until 2015 when she left Parliament. “As a parliamentarian, she had a strong commitment towards ccommunity development programmes in rural areas and improving the welfare of vulnerable groups including elderly citizens,...

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Midgard Country Estate Solar power plant to save millions in electricity costs

In an effort to save N$17 million in electricity cost and thousands of tons of carbon dioxide over the next 25 years, the Midgard Country Estate constructed a new solar power plant of 128 kilowatt at peak output, recently. Managing Director of Ohlthaver and List (O&L) Leisure (custodian of Midgard Country Estate), Terence Makari, said the power plant is part of the company’s journey to going green. The plant was constructed by the strategic partner of O&L Energy, Cronimet Mining Power Solutions. “We are passionately committed to the O&L Group Vision Metric of reducing our carbon footprint by 20%...

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A one-stop website for tourists and travellers

The internet has become an extremely useful tool for travellers and tourists, which is why Namibia Tourism Meeting Point offers a platform for travellers to find their way around the country. Being in existence for about 4 years, the point acts as a meeting point for all tourism stakeholders and according to Victoria David, Communications Executive of the project, the need for the platform arose due to the number of increasing tourists interested in coming to the country. David added that the initiative had to be implemented in order to promote and market local tourism on an international level....

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Domestic tourists rally behind Wildlife Resorts

With the economic headwinds that Namibia is facing, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is grateful at the number of domestic tourists that did not let the financial challenges prevent them from visiting some of their well-known resorts during the past festive season. According to NWR Managing Director, Zelna Hengari, it is important to note that December is generally the time that most local tourists have the opportunity to not only explore NWR facilities but Namibia as a whole. “That is why NWR finds it pleasing that since December 2015 the overall occupancy has increased by an average of 10% each...

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Namib Wild Horses’ future looks gloomy – only 84 left and they are struggling

The future of Namibia’s wild horses looks bleak as there are only 84 horses left in the desert near the Garub water hole. As a result of the protracted drought spanning more than two years, all the last surviving horses are struggling to stay alive. According to the statement issued this week, concerned parties which include the Namibia Wild Horses Foundation,the Aus-Lüderitz Tourism and Business Action Group and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism will take up discussions again soon to find a solution to safeguard the future of Namibia’s wild horses. The parties said that the worst drought...

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Problematic lions to be relocated to avoid further human-wildlife conflict

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism have captured the problematic lions, which killed over 200 small livestock in the Torra Conservancy in the Kunene Region during November 2017 and plans to relocate them are in the pipeline. The Ministry’s spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda this week said, the specific pride captured consists of 8 lions which will be relocated to one of the National Parks. Muyunda said in order to avoid human-wildlife conflict and ensure conservation of the animals, the ministry opted to relocate the animals from the area instead of killing them off. “Addressing Human-Wildlife Conflict requires striking a balance...

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Credit growth continues to slow as economy contracts

Private sector credit extension (PSCE) growth moderated in November, driven by weaker demand for credit by both the corporate and household sectors, according to the Bank of Namibia’s recently released credit and money growth figures. According to the central bank, PSCE growth slowed to 4.5% year-on year (y-o-y) in November from 4.9% y-o-y in October, while total credit extended to the corporate sector grew by a paltry 1.3% y-o-y in November, down from 2.2% y-o-y in the preceding month. Furthermore, growth in credit extended to households moderated to 7.0% y-o-y in November from 7.4% y-o-y in October. Additionally, the...

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Economic rebound pencilled in but construction still stuck in a rut

A leading international research company expects Namibian uranium output to jump by 80% this year on the back of the ramp-up to full production of the Husab Mine. BMI Research, a unit in the Fitch Group, said in its latest assessment of the Namibian economy, Husab is expected to reach maximum output by August this year after completing a labour process which will take subcontracted employees to permanent status. Once at full production, the Husab mine will be the world’s second largest uranium mine by volume output. BMI’s analysis was released last week Thursday on 04 January 2018. Noting...

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