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Lüderitz to host Miss Namibia and Miss Teen Beauty pageants

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The harbour town of Lüderitz will host this year's Miss Namibia and Miss Teen Beauty pageants.

The announcement was made by nbc Director General Stanely Similo and the Chief Executive Officer of the Lüderitz Waterfront Company, Fluksman Samhuel, in Windhoek.

The event was attended by the reigning Miss Namibia, Jameela |Uiras, and Miss Teen Namibia, Oriana Ribeiro, as well as all 20 of the finalists for Miss Namibia and Miss Teen Namibia.

Nekundi visits railway upgrades on Luderitz line

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The Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Veikko Nekundi, is in the ||Kharas Region to assess the progress on the Sandverhaar to Bucholzbrunn railway line rehabilitation project, including a familiarisation visit to the port of Lüderitz and engagements with TransNamib.

Nekundi, in an interview with nbc News in Oranjemund, said that the project entails upgrading the 40-km railway section between Sandverhaar and Bucholzbrunn on the Luderitz line from the current carrying capacity of 16 tonnes per axle to 18.5 tonnes per axle. 

Lüderitz Crayfish festival officially kicks off

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Lüderitz is positioned to become Namibia's energy capital because of emerging industries such as green hydrogen, oil, and gas in the southern coastal town and surrounding areas. 

Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said this when she officially opened the annual Lüderitz Crayfish Festival. 

Since its inception in 2008, the Crayfish Festival has become a cherished annual event, uniting locals and visitors alike in the celebration of culture, economy, and community spirit. 

Government reaffirms to provide conducive environment for investors

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Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has assured genuine national and international investors of the government's commitment to providing a conducive business environment. 

Nandi-Ndaitwah gave the assurance while officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony for Benguela Blue Aqua Farm at Luderitz. 

Benguela Blue Aqua Farm envisages producing 35,000 metric tonnes of premium Atlantic salmon, which will be exported to key markets in Europe, the USA, and southeast Asia. 

Inclusion of Nama people in green hydrogen development stressed

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The Nama Traditional Leaders Association Chairperson, Johannes Isaack, has stressed the need for the inclusion of the Nama people in green hydrogen development at Luderitz. 

He shared his sentiments at the workshop organised by the association in collaboration with the Society for Threatened Peoples. 

The workshop, themed' Indigenous Reflections on Green Hydrogen Production in Southern Namibia', was attended by representatives of traditional authorities in the south. 

Local authorities in southern Africa struggle financially  

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Financial instability, compounded by low economic growth, is the biggest challenge facing municipalities in southern Africa. 

The South African Local Governance Association President, Stofile Bheke, said this while addressing attendees at the Local Economic Development Indaba held at Luderitz. 

The Association of Local Authorities in Namibia organised the four-day Indaba to examine and explore practical ways that local authorities can expand their revenue streams.

NovaNam employees demand an employee share payout incentive

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Workers of NovaNam Fishing Company at Luderitz are demanding an employee share payout incentive.

Picketing in front of the company's main entrance during lunch hour, the workers maintain the company has unilaterally changed their 15% shareholding into an Employee Trust Fund (ETF).

Furthermore, they accused the management of keeping them in the dark about their share of money amounting to N$10,3 million.

Modernisation of national railways a need

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The Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration, Natangwe Ithete, has emphasised the necessity of revising and modernising the national railway system in a way that stimulates growth and development.

Ithete said this during a visit by the members of the standing committee to ||Kharas Governor Aletha Frederick.

The standing committee is currently conducting an oversight visit to assess the management of railway services, infrastructure, and facilities in the southern region.