Lupita Nyong'o celebrates women in diamond industry


The Global Ambassador for Natural Diamonds, Lupita Nyong'o, expressed admiration for the role women play in the diamond industry. 

The Kenyan-Mexican actress was speaking at an exclusive dinner extraordinaire in Windhoek. 

Academy Award-winning actress Nyong'o is on a visit to Namibia in her role as the Global Ambassador for De Beers' Natural Diamonds. 

She stars in De Beers' new brand campaign, De Beers: Where It Begins, which highlights the journey of diamonds from their discovery as rough stones to their transformation into fine jewellery.

Lack of support for livestock farmers concerning


The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, Anna Shiweda, is in the Zambezi Region on a three-day visit to tour abattoirs and familiarise herself with the implementation of the poultry and horticulture programmes that are supported by the government.

The facility was upgraded to A-Class status, which exports Namibian beef.

There are currently two quarantine facilities in the Zambezi Region, the Kopano and Katima Mulilo, where cattle are quarantined for thirty days before they are brought to the abattoir. 

Namibia questions G7 added diamond certification process


Namibia, alongside Botswana and Angola, is set to meet with G7 countries over the decision to require all producers to send their diamonds to Belgium for certification.

The three countries had written a letter to the G7 in March, expressing disagreement and saying this bypasses the established Kimberly certification process.

President Nangolo Mbumba shared the latest developments during a courtesy call by Debmarine Chief Executive Officer Willy Mertens and Natural Diamonds brand ambassador Lupita Nyongo at State House.

China's Ambassador praises local efforts to improve lives


China's Ambassador to Namibia, Zhao Weiping, commended the Namibian government for its continued efforts to improve the living standards of its vulnerable population. 

Zhao made the remarks at Hoachanas, where the Hardap Governor's Social Housing Project, with the support of the Chinese Embassy, handed over a two-bedroom house to a family of people with disabilities.  

The Social Housing Project aims to restore the dignity of the elderly above the age of 100, including people with disabilities. 

Namibia, Botswana civil military campaign begins


The joint civil-military community sensitisation campaign between Namibia and Botswana started in the Zambezi Region.

The campaign aims to educate and sensitise residents along the border between Namibia and Botswana.

The campaign started on Impalila Island, focusing on illegal fishing and border crossings, poaching, smuggling of firearms, drugs, and illicit goods, human wildlife conflict, cattle rustling, and protected resources.

Residents from Impalila and Kasika raised concerns about transport costs, particularly when travelling to Katima Mulilo.

Road fatalities drop in 2023


Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa says Namibia's road safety efforts must be supplemented by continued research and benchmarking to ensure the safety of road users. 

Mutorwa's speech was presented at the three-day Annual Road Safety Conference at Ongwediva. His remarks came against the backdrop of a decrease in road fatalities.

The conference being held under the theme 'Improving Road Safety Performance Management' is attended by local and international industry players.

Namibia, Botswana and South Africa excel in livestock project


Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa have excelled in a joint livestock sector project under the African Union.

Agriculture Minister Carl Schlettwein revealed this at the conclusion of official talks between the Presidents of Namibia and Botswana last week.

Under the project, all three countries make use of foot and mouth vaccines, produced in Botswana.

Namibia, Botswana to increase trade via Walvis Bay harbour


The governments of Namibia and Botswana are determined to increase trade using the Walvis Bay harbour and surrounding infrastructure.

President Nangolo Mbumba and his Batswana counterpart, Mokgweetsi Masisi, visited the Walvis Bay harbour this week.

Deliberate efforts to increase bilateral trade are ongoing, including the long-term lease of the Botswana Dry Port within the harbour.

Namibia and Botswana strengthen bilateral ties


Official talks between Namibia and Botswana, led by President Nangolo Mbumba and visiting President Mokgweetsi Masisi, concluded in Swakopmund this afternoon with a sense that the engagement led to the further strengthening of ties between the two neighbouring countries.

President Mbumba remembered Botswana and President Masisi's solidarity and support during the passing of the late President Hage Geingob. Dr. Mbumba also underscored the importance of regular dialogue and interaction between Namibia and Botswana.