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.

St John Mission remembers Archbishop Petrus Tjijombo


Family, friends, and members of St. John Faith Mission Church gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of the passing of the late Archbishop Petrus Tjijombo in Windhoek. 

The commemoration was a joyous one, supported by brass band performances and choirs from various churches. 

The late Tjijombo died on June 16, 2023, at his residence in Katutura.

Those in attendance described the late as a God-fearing man of all seasons, brave, principled, and good at inspiring people in many aspects of their lives—a father figure in society.

NDP calls on government to proactively address social issues


The National Democratic Party (NDP) has called on the government to be proactive in addressing social issues affecting the nation.

Speaking at a media briefing in Windhoek, NDP President Martin Lukato commended social justice activist Shaun Gariseb, who led an online petition against the then-proposed electricity tariff increase. The government intervened and subsidised the envisaged increases.

LPM concerned over low voter registration turnout


The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) has expressed concern over the low turnout for the general registration of voters (GRV) nationwide. 

The party urges the public to register for voter cards to participate in the upcoming November elections.

The party’s leader, Bernadus Swartbooi, says he is concerned over the preliminary statistics for the GRV, which show Namibians are not registering as expected. 

Health Ministry to set up ICU's in district hospitals


The Executive Director in the Ministry of Health and Social Services says that as part of the ministry's effort to strengthen the public health system, they have taken a decision to set up intensive care units in district hospitals countrywide. 

Ben Nangombe said this at the donation handover of medical equipment worth N$1 million from the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund to the Central Health Hospital on Friday. 

Nangombe revealed that before the COVID-19 pandemic, they only had about 20 ICU beds in the public sector. 

1.4 million Namibians projected to be food insecure


A recent report on the drought situation reveals that approximately 1.4 million people, accounting for 48 percent of the total population, are expected to face food insecurity. 

Out of this number, only around 341,000 households are currently receiving food assistance through the nationwide drought relief programme. 

Out of the 341,855 households benefiting from the food assistance under the drought programme, 3,105 are marginalised households, and 1,835 are malnourished households.

MEFT appoints 75 environmental officers 


The Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism (MEFT) has called on traditional leaders to be mindful of the Environmental Management Act when allocating land. 

Pohamba Shifeta was speaking at the official appointment of environmental officers in Windhoek on Friday.

Shifeta says the ministry has noticed that some traditional leaders sell or allocate land in a protected area and allow people to carry out activities without a clearance certificate as listed by the Environmental Management Act. 

Second Boys Leadership Camp set for 28 June


The Second Boys Leadership  Camp and Training is expected to kick off from the 28th of June to the 7th of July at Ongeyama Farm outside Okahandja.  

The Boys Leadership  Camp and Training is an initiative under the School of Destiny Association's (SODA) character-building programmes that provides practical tools for self-awareness, self-discipline, leadership skills, and character building for young people.

Boys Leadership  Camp and Training targets young boys between the ages of 12 and 20. 

UNGA President Dennis Francis arrives in Namibia    


The President of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Dennis Francis, has arrived in Namibia this afternoon. 

Ambassador Francis' four-day visit is in preparation for the Summit of the Future, which will be co-hosted by Namibia and Germany in September.

Francis was received at the Hosea Kutako International Airport by the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security. Lucia Witbooi, the UN Country Representative Hopolang Phororo, and the Executive Director in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Penda Naanda. 

Vice President office to lead genocide talks


The Office of the Vice President will lead the government's genocide discussions starting on June 27.

Dr. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah made this announcement at the 128th Ovambanderu Commemoration of the Battle of Otjunda in Okahandja.

The Vice President says it's no secret that the Namibian and German governments have been engaged in the Nama and Ovaherero in 1904–1908 discussions since 2016. 

As it stands now, the German government, says the Vice President, has admitted that it committed genocide and agreed to apologise and pay reparation.