Achieving Generation Equality for Namibia

“Gender equity has to be promoted beyond the public sector to cover all segments of society – beyond representation in leadership positions – to permeate all aspects of human endeavour if we are to realise its benefits,” said Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. Though strides have been made in Namibia and globally, much work still needs…

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Opinion: The Bare Bones of the Bank of Namibia Act of 2020

This opinion piece seeks to determine the extent to which the new Bank of Namibia Act 1 of 2020 (the Act) imports neoliberal central banking rules as well as the degree of divergence, if any, from traditional central bank mandates enshrined in law. The piece also emphasises the attempt to domesticate the Southern African Development…

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SOLTRAIN Explores Use of Solar Heat In Industrial Processes

The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) and the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI), at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), has started engaging local industry to explore the possibilities of how solar energy can be used for industrial processes. The first information sharing workshop with various representatives of key Namibian industries was held…

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Solar Technologies Seen Speeding Up Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout In Africa

Efforts to vaccinate essential workers in Namibia and other developing countries have only just begun. By current estimates, achieving Covid-19 herd immunity (to current strains) will require at least 75% of the world’s population to be vaccinated. Some developing countries haven’t reached that level of coverage even for common vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and polio. While many developing…

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REIAoN, Etango Forge Strategic Partnership

Since the publication’s inception some 13 years ago, Etango has played a key role in the promotion of renewable energy technologies in Namibia and has been the one-stop publication for anyone seeking information on developments in the local and regional RE sector. We are proud to announce that we are taking our commitment to the…

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Modified Single Buyer Framework Earmarked To Add 450MW Solar Power

The Electricity Control Board (ECB) expects the newly introduced Modified Single Buyer (MSB) framework to add 450 megawatts of solar power to the national generation capacity, once fully implemented. The MSB is a new market platform for the electricity industry in Namibia and it builds incrementally on the existing Single Buyer (SB) model i.e. it…

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Namibia Kick Starts Data Collection For Green Hydrogen Atlas.

An atlas of Green Hydrogen potentials in Southern Africa is being compiled as part of the first phase of the Go Green Go Africa Initiative aimed at creating a green hydrogen-driven economy to support sustainable development and contribute to the fight against climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate…

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Fuel Service Stations Turn To Solar Power Panels.

Several service stations in the country are resorting to solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in an effort to reduce their energy consumption costs. The solar PV installations are also helping the businesses to reduce their carbon footprints. Service stations are seen as ideal candidates for solar PV solutions as they generally have canopy space that sits…

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Electric Vehicles – from Evolution to Revolution.

The times where Namibia remains a paradise for gas guzzlers will soon be over! The automotive sector must urgently acquaint themselves with electric mobility and embrace rather than block this important development. From the multitude of advantages that a transition to BEVs will include, the following two must be highlighted: EVs will run on our…

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ECB Develops Energy Storage Regulations.

The Electricity Control Board (ECB) has started holding consultations with stakeholders in the energy sector in order to inform content for the development of Energy Storage Regulations for Namibia.The first workshop on the subject was held in Windhoek on 31 March, with discussion centering on the Draft Assessment Report on Regulating Energy Storage. Energy Storage…

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Swapo Chief Whip Decries Parly Seating Arrangement.

Chief whips of various political parties represented in the National Assembly yesterday leapt to the defence of their fellow parliamentarians, saying the current seating arrangements are limiting their members from actively taking part in debates in the August House. Lively debates and sometimes hostile disruptions have become the order of the day of the current…

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N$1.5 Billion War Chest To Fight HIV

The US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar) will contribute about N$1.5 billion (US$89 million) to Namibia in 2021 for HIV/Aids programmes. The funding is an increase of about N$200 million from the N$1.3 billion (US$81 million) that the programme provided this year. US Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson yesterday said the N$1.5 billion will…

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Radio Presenter Runs For Office

Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Omurari Radio sport presenter Vezemba Rodman Katjaimo will stand as Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) candidate for the Katutura Central constituency in the upcoming regional council elections. Katjaimo yesterday told New Era it had not been an easy decision to make, but he believed he had made the right one, and he would be…

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Namibia ‘Disadvantaged’ By Upper-Middle-Income Tag

President Hage Geingob yesterday once again lamented Namibia’s classification as an upper-middle-income country, saying the categorisation presents challenges with regards to mobilising resources to finance developmental goals. The head of state voiced the concerns in a pre-recorded statement, delivered yesterday during the United Nations meeting on financing for sustainable development. “The World Bank formula, which divides…

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Teaching Suspended At School Hit By Covid

The directorate of education has indefinitely suspended teaching and learning at Nehale Senior Secondary School in the Oshikoto region where over 100 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported. Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday announced that of the 88 new positive cases in the country, 38 were all reported at the Nehale school. “It…

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BIG Could Cost Up To N$13 Billion

A proposed universal Basic Income Grant (BIG) for every Namibian can only be sustainably implemented if government finds the funds for the initiative from existing sources, as the country cannot afford to increase either the budget deficit or its public debt. The BIG Coalition of Namibia, spearheaded by the Economic and Social Justice Trust, has…

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‘We Will Continue Fighting’, Cheif Rukoro

Ovaherero Paramount Chief Vekuii Rukoro says their fight with colonial power Germany over the 1904-1908 genocide was far from over despite last week’s ruling by a US Court of Appeals in New York that threw out an appeal by the Ovaherero and Nama, who sued the German government over atrocities committed in Namibia. In a…

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International Tourism Flow Very Slow

The Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) says although Namibia has opened its borders for international travel, the numbers of tourists coming in are still very low. Namibia reopened its borders to international travellers via Hosea Kutako International Airport and Walvis Bay Airport this month. HAN CEO Gitta Paetzold said it is delightful to witness the…

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Geingob: One Life Lost Is One Too Many

President Hage Geingob has condemned the spate of violent attacks, including armed robberies and violence against women and children. Geingob said he was concerned by these cruel acts, adding one life lost is one too many. “The government will continue to fight these evils with all might to ensure that our people are protected and safeguarded…

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Defend Multilateralism At All Cost’ Geingob Tells World Leaders In Virtual UN Meeting

President Hage Geingob has called on world leaders to recommit to and strengthen multilateralism to better address global crises, including the Covid-19 pandemic that has disproportionately impacted developing and emerging economies. Geingob’s message was contained in a pre-recorded video statement delivered yesterday evening during the virtual high-level meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the…

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Nearly 80% Recover From Covid

Nearly 80% of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the country have recovered from the virus, according to yesterday’s figures from the health ministry. With 8 431 recoveries out of 10 663 cumulative confirmed cases, the recovery rate thus far was standing at 79%, while there were still 2 115 active cases in…

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Swapo Sets Deadline For Poll Candidates

Swapo has instructed its regional coordinators to submit the list of all party’s prospective councillors who will be contesting for positions in the upcoming regional council and local authority elections by 6 October. In a memo, secretary general Sophia Shaningwa informed regional party leaders to remit the names of the aspiring candidates back to the…

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Cops Seize N$100 000 From Robbery Suspects

The police have impounded two vehicles, two shotguns and N$100 000 cash from three suspects linked to the cash-in-transit robbery at the Black Chain mall in Katutura on Sunday. City Police chief Abraham Kanime said the three suspects are expected to appear in court following their arrest on Sunday. Other suspects are still at large.…

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Namibians Urged To Embrace One Another

Several leaders in the Hardap region, including regional governor Salomon April, have called on Namibians to embrace the different cultures that exist within the country and learn from them. Speaking at the opening ceremony to celebrate Namibia Heritage Week in Mariental on Monday, April noted that heritage alone is not enough and therefore urged the country to…

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Governor Promises More Plots For Landless Residents

Otjozondjupa governor James Uerikua has fulfilled his promise to the residents of Okahandja after delivering 50 erven to the landless at the Garden Town. “Today, exactly 62 days since our first meeting, we are here to deliver on our promise and walk the talk. After less than three months, we returned to allocate the 50 erven…

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Nghipunya Takes Release Fight To High Court

Suspended CEO of the state-owned National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) Mike Nghipunya has approached the High Court in an attempt to be released from police custody. Nghipunya is appealing the decision of the lower court to refuse him bail in July, stating the said court misdirected itself in law and fact in its finding…

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Government To Issue Long-Term Business Visas

In an attempt to attract more investment to the country, government will soon introduce electronic visa applications, and plans are afoot to grant businesspeople long-term visas. International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah last week said her ministry, in consultation with home affairs, has finalised plans to introduce electronic visas. “When you realise the person is a…

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N$160m Needed To Implement Witness Protection Programme

The Ministry of Justice has rubbished claims that it is purposefully delaying the implementation of the Whistle-blower Protection Act of 2017 and the Witness Protection Act of 2017. The legislation, which were signed into law in 2017 by President Hage Geingob, could not be implemented due to budgetary constraints. However, the decision not to make…

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Residents Fume Over Dumping Ground Fires

Residents of Omadhiya, on the outskirts of Omuthiya, have registered several complaints against the local authority over the pollution caused by burning waste at the local landfill. According to residents, a blanket of smoke covers the dumping ground almost every day, adding they were worried about the harmful effects of the fumes on humans, crops…

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AgriBusDev Boss Takes His Own Life

The Agricultural Business Development Agency (Agribusdev) managing director Petrus Uugwanga yesterday took his own life. He was 47. The police confirmed Uugwanga allegedly shot himself with a shotgun to the chest. His body was found at about 14h22 along Matshishi Road in the Otjomuise area. “A pump-action shotgun was found lying few metres from the body.…

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Air Namibia’s N$193 Million Restart Plan

Air Namibia will require at least N$193 million to restart operations after months of huge losses and the grounding of commercial passenger flights due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Airlines worldwide are battling for survival after lockdowns and travel bans brought the sector to a virtual standstill. In its proposal submitted to government and seen by New…

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Voters Rush Last Minute To Register

Close to 300 eligible voters were still queuing at various registration points in the //Kharas region after the supplementary registration of voters ended at 19H00 on Tuesday evening. The exercise, which started last week Monday, also saw Namibians from all walks of life turning up in large numbers in other parts of the country to…

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Unions wary of reopening schools.

Local teachers’ unions are not convinced it is safe to reopen schools on 7 September for face-to-face classes due to rising Covid-19 countrywide. The Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) said it is not in support of government’s decision, saying education is not an essential service, emphasising the need to protect lives first. “The union is in…

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Grootfontein probe ‘at advanced stage’

The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development says investigations at the Grootfontein municipality, where local authority officials are embroiled in allegations of serious maladministration, were at an advanced stage. The ministry said as soon as investigations are complete, the findings would be shared with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for possible action. The ministry’s executive director,…

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Tjipueja mourns ‘highly professional’ Ndjarakana.

The country yesterday woke up to the news that former director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Moses Ndjarakana is no more. Ndjarakana, who was 61, died in the early hours of yesterday in the Omaheke region. ECN chairperson Notemba Tjipueja described Ndjarakana’s passing as a big loss not only for the electoral body…

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Geingob wants end to regional insecurity.

President Hage Geingob has called on fellow leaders within SADC, particularly the region’s organ on politics, defence and security cooperation to take decisive action in addressing issues of insecurity in the region. The region has been rocked by a number of political unrests, with recent crackdowns on peaceful demonstrations in neighbouring Zimbabwe enjoying condemnation from…

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Walvis Bay Corridor Group Shifts Focus To Value Addition.

The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) celebrates 20 years of existence this year, as the group continues on its journey to develop Namibia as a gateway for trade in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Since its inception in 2000 the WBCG has focussed on growing cargo volumes on the Walvis Bay corridors, which include…

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Namibia and Britain Seek To Solidify Trade Relations Post-Brexit.

Britain and Namibia aim to grow their bilateral cooperation as well as further boost trade ties post-Brexit. Britain’s Joint Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, Hon. Andrew Stephenson, paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at the State House in January. He assured the Namibian…

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Poultry Industry Master Plan To Boost Competitiveness Of Local Producers.

The Namibian government, through the Ministry of Industrialization and Trade (MIT), is collaborating with relevant stakeholders to develop a Namibian Poultry Industry Master Plan, aimed at improving the competitiveness of the industry. The new plan will include facilitating egg production, day old chicks, broiler production, as well as value added products. Former Minister Tjekero Tweya…

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Multi-billion Dollar Neckartal Dam Project Successfully Completed.

One of the largest capital projects to have been undertaken in independent Namibia, the Neckartal Dam constructed at a cost of N$5, 5 billion, has been successfully completed and was officially inaugurated by Vice President H.E Nangolo Mbumba on 13 March 2020, during month of Namibia’s 30th independence anniversary.  The Neckartal Dam is located on…

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NamPower Pushes Rural Electrification Programme.

NamPower continues to play its part in the realisation of Namibia’s rural electrification, 30 years after the country’s independence. The Rural Electrification Programme was initiated soon after independence in 1990, to extend the national grid and provide electricity to rural communities. The programme targets rural communities and un-electrified public institutions countrywide. Its primary objectiveis to…

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Namibian Ports Record Significant Milestones.

Namibia’s flagship Ports, the port of Walvis Bay and the port of Lüderitz are both on an upward trajectory path, having recorded significant milestone that have put Namport on a solid footing. At the port of Walvis Bay, Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) new container terminal, which has been in operation for about six months, has…

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Namibian Beef Finally Enters US Market.

Namibia has ended its 18-year wait to enter the United States of America (USA) beef market after the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) dispatched its first consignment of local beef to the United States on February 19, 2020. In 2002 and in 2005, the Namibian Government initiated negotiations on the export of meat (beef) products…

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Community Conservation Programme Gets Financial Boost.

The Community Conservation Fund of Namibia (CCFN), which will help take the country’s flagship natural resources conservation programme to the next level, has been launched. The creation of the CCFN will reduce the Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) sector’s dependence on external funding support, taking into account Namibia’s designation as a Medium Income Country.…

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Blue Economy A Major Driver Of Economic Growth.

Namibia’s blue economy is a major driver of the country’s economic development, Vice President Dr. Nangolo Mbumba told the High-Level Side-Event on Africa’s Blue Economy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on February 8, 2020. Blue economy refers to the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of…

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