Government dysfunctional on marine phosphate mining: DTA


The DTA of Namibia has condemned any marine phosphate mining activities in Namibia.

Opposition party Member of Parliament (MP) Jennifer van den Heever in a media statement issued on Monday said the party is against any attempts by Government to issue a permit for such mining.

Van den Heever said many countries such as Australia and South Africa have investigated the possibility of venturing into marine phosphate mining and on each occasion, research has found that the risks to sea life are simply too great.

Newcastle outbreak in four regions


The public has been advised to not consume chickens or eggs from the Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions due to a Newcastle disease outbreak.

Newcastle disease is a highly infectious avian disease that has left a large number of chickens in the said regions dead.

Symptoms include diarrhoea; bowing heads; a swollen head and wattles; paralysis; a twisting neck; sneezing; coughing; nasal discharge; and a severe reduction in egg production and others.

Geingob calls for more women in the NDF


President Hage Geingob wants to see greater representation of women at all levels in the Namibia Defence Force (NDF).

The Head of State made the statement at the intake of 42 cadets into the NDF here on Friday.

Only four are women.

“I am sure that if we all make a concerted effort in motivating and encouraging female soldiers, we will give more young women the confidence to join the army, navy and air force,” Geingob said.

He challenged more women to join the NDF and urged those already in the force to aim as high as possible, and assume key positions and command appointments.

Para-athletes still to be rewarded for winning medals


The government has still not decided how to reward 2016 Paralympic Games medallists Ananias Shikongo, Johannes Nambala and their guides for their performance in the competition.

The Paralympic Games took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 07 to 18 September.

The athletes won five medals overall to beat their all-time record of three medals since the Namibia National Paralympic Committee (NPC) joined the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 1999.

NMP must establish center of excellence


The Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) Limited must fund the establishment of a centre of excellence to monitor the impact of phosphate mining on the fishing sector.

“The proponent must fund the establishment of a centre of excellence to monitor the impact of phosphate mining and to produce generic standards and guidelines for the sector in the future,” Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta said at a media conference on Thursday.

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