Walvis Bay councillors accuse Mayor of dictatorship


Four councillors walked out of a Walvis Bay Town Council meeting on Tuesday and accused Mayor Trevino Forbes of dictatorship.

Councillors Ephraim Shozi, Albertina Nkoshi, Paulus Kauhondamwa, and Ryan Gordon wanted to discuss the minutes from a meeting with the Minister of Rural and Urban Development and another item they claim was excluded from the agenda. This sparked verbal sparring, which soon spiralled out of control.

Two Karibib families mourn following shack fire tragedy


Two Karibib families in the Erongo Region are plunged into mourning following the deaths of their sister and two nieces in horrific circumstances in the town.

Josephine Nauses and her two daughters died in a blazing inferno after the makeshift shelter they were living in was set on fire.

A 25-year-old man, Mandela Mbaunguraiye, caused the fire, which also claimed his life.

23-year-old Josephine Nauses and Mbaunguraiye had been living together for about seven years. 

New contractor for Swakop Neonatal Unit shows progress


The new contractor for the Neonatal Unit at Swakopmund Hospital is aiming to complete construction by August 26 this year.

The N$26 million project has faced delays over the years, which led to the termination of the tender initially awarded to Shatty Construction.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services says Shatty Construction got the tender in November 2020.

But the company, which is an SME, failed to complete the project in February 2022 as agreed, despite the government allegedly paying the SME.

Walvis Bay Hospital receives mobile ICU


Walvis Bay Hospital has received a N$20 million mobile intensive care unit from the US government.

The fully equipped five-bed Intensive Care Unit is self-sufficient with its own power, water, and sewage systems to allow it to operate independently in the field. 

The ICU is also stocked with N$600,000 worth of medicine to ensure its immediate operation.

The ICU is the first of four donations that will be installed across Namibia in the coming months.

Namagra Karibib strike enters fouth day


The strike at Namagra Karibib has entered its fourth day as workers rejected the company's offer to increase wages by N$2 per hour. The company has also proposed a housing allowance of N$200 per employee.

About 40 workers recently went on strike at Namagra, a company mining and processing marble at Karibib.

Most of the workers are employed on temporary fixed contracts, currently earning N$13 per hour.

They say the lowest-earning employee takes home N$2,300 per month on average, based on the current rate, and without further benefits.

Some Walvis Bay residents call for removal of acting CEO


Some Walvis Bay residents are accusing the local authority council of appointing David Uushona as acting Chief Executive Officer to interfere with the ongoing Red Force investigation.

The municipality's contract with Red Force Debt Management is under investigation, as it is suspected that the contract was awarded dubiously.

The Walvis Bay Council Management Committee met on June 13 and replaced the Acting Chief Executive Officer at that time, John Esterhuizen, with David Uushona.

Esterhuizen is a general manager, and Uushona, who is a manager, reports to him.

UNAM and Cleanergy starts development of green energy skills


The Namibia Green Hydrogen Research Institute and Cleanergy Solutions Namibia have joined forces to boost local human resources.

UNAM Vice Chancellor Professor Kenneth Matengu says the focus is on developing skills at the PhD, Masters, and TVET levels in the green hydrogen sector.

UNAM Vice Chancellor Kenneth Matengu was one of the speakers during a visit by the presidents of Namibia and Botswana last week.

While at the coast, Presidents Nangolo Mbumba and Mokgweetsi Masisi visited Cleanergy Solutions Namibia, near the Walvis Bay International Airport.

Construction of Dr. Hifikepunye Pohamba Highway could hit roadblock


Advertising the tender to complete the construction of the Dr. Hifikepunye Pohamba Highway will result in delays that can cause congestion and road accidents.

The Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa, says the current contractor should be allowed to complete the construction.

The Dr. Hifikepunye Pohamba Highway, which links Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, is in the dunes.

It is a key component in Namibia's dream of becoming a logistics hub in southern Africa.

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.