Miss Namibia Top 10 Finalists Visit Mbunza Living Museum


The Miss Namibia Top Ten Finalists visited the Mbunza Living Museum just outside Rundu, and the beauty queens say the experience was an eye-opener. 

Many describe the museum as a place where history comes to life. 

Here, visitors get to immerse themselves in the everyday activities of the Mbunza culture. 

Making one's way through the traditional homestead is a feast for all the senses. 

Every domestic task being carried out here is an opportunity for the young ones to learn about art, tool making, music, and even medicine. 

Art can alleviate unemployment


Art has the potential to tackle the unemployment rate in the country; therefore, there is a need to develop training centres across the country.

Philippe Talavera, who has been involved in art for change through the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) with young people, says if art can receive the same priority as many other professions, it has the potential to tackle unemployment.

However, for that to happen, training platforms need to be created to equip artists.

Talavera says all humans have an art sense that can be exercised.

Parents not compelled to pay voluntary school contribution


Despite the Ministry of Education, Art, and Culture's stance on parents' voluntary contributions, some parents say schools are not complying.

The ministry says any funding initiatives introduced at schools are voluntary and should only be done in consultation and agreement with parents or guardians.

In an effort to promote free and inclusive primary and secondary education, the government took over the task of providing essential resources, including funding for each learner, to relieve parents from paying the compulsory school development fund.

NTF seeks to introduce Namibian books into AfCFTA


The Namibia Trade Forum (NTF) is confident that the art of writing has the potential to positively disrupt the market on the African continent and beyond.
The forum is seeking input from industry players on ways to include local and good-quality authentic Namibian books into the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The buzz phrase currently on the agenda of the regional leaders is the African Continental Free Trade Area, an agreement that aims to see countries trade without much hindrance and red tape.

High influx of people at coastal towns puts pressure on schools


The high influx of people in the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay has put pressure on schools there despite the construction of additional classrooms and projects.

In his State of the Region Address, the Governor of the Erongo Region, Neville Andre, said during the period under review, the Directorate of Education, Art, and Culture has recorded an increase in learner enrollments from 51,942 last year to 53,538 this year.

This represents an increase of 1,596 learners.

Dispute over the construction of Ndama South School settled


The dispute over the construction of Ndama South School at Rundu is finally over.

The contractor is now on site and has started with the first phase of construction.

Kavango East Governor Bonifatius Wakudumo acknowledged that the community was not a party to the dispute but that it was rather due to an error by the Ministry of Education, Art, and Culture, which handed over the site to the contractor without the consent of the Council.

The Ndama South School is expected to decongest the junior and combined schools, which are presently accommodated on one premise.

Kunene Region Governor calls for collective synergies


The Governor of Kunene Region has implored all councils, business people, communities, and youth to participate in the opportunities and value chains being created by the new economic drivers.

Marius Sheya, who was speaking during the State of the Region Address, called for collective synergies as the region marches towards economic emancipation and creates pockets of hope for the locals.