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NTA addresses vocational education and training

Namibia is experiencing a serious under-provision of demand-driven training opportunities, which are a constraint to key aspects of economic growth.
This was said by National Training Fund council member Josia Udjombala during Thursday’s Namibia Training Authority (NTA) information-sharing meeting on the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Levy at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair.
Udjombala said funds generated through the VET Levy can help Namibia provide more training opportunities to meet the training needs of the employed, the unemployed and the disadvantaged.
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RDP ready for elections - Heelu

The Oshana Regional Committee of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has elected ten delegates who will represent the region at the official opposition’s Electoral College taking place in Windhoek later this month.
The delegate list is topped by Nelly Shatilwe and Liina Nakaambo and also includes Henry Namhunja, Helvi Hainana, Daniel Kambabi, Justy Itoolwa, Roney Petrus, Salmi Benjamin, Israel Hainana and Rebekka Kefas.
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Catholics discuss moral decay in society

Being faithful to Christian doctrine would provide a sure solution to alcohol and drug abuse, passion killings, domestic violence, unstable marriages and the widespread moral decay in Namibian society.
This was the unanimous view expressed during the annual conference of the Namibia Catholic Adults Association (NAMCAA) held at the Oshikuku mission station in the Omusati Region over the weekend.
The conference was attended by groups affiliated to NAMCAA, individual members from all over the country and local parishioners.
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Topping 'pot' list unplanned - Kafula

Windhoek Mayor Agnes Kafula, who topped Swapo’s female list at the weekend’s Electoral College, says she was not part of any strategy group to lobby for votes but went to the meeting with the intention of simply being “part of the team”.
Kafula is in fourth place on the 96-member list of potential Swapo parliamentarians.
She is the second woman on the list after Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua, who is in second place by virtue of her position as deputy secretary-general of Swapo.
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SA revises conditions for livestock imports

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry confirmed yesterday that South Africa has revised its stringent veterinary conditions that have severely hampered livestock exports from Namibia since May.
“The revised conditions are relatively favourable to our farmers,” said the acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Anna Shiweda.
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Mbambo horrified by Kavango killings

Kavango-East Regional Governor Dr Samuel Mbambo has described the recent murder-suicide, where a 24-year-old woman was killed in cold blood by her lover at Rundu, as horrific and disturbing.
Mbambo condemned the killing of Nghidiwakusho Tuna-Omukulili Lamanguluka at the hands of her police officer Isai Lazarus Hipanelwa, who then turned the firearm on himself.
The incident occurred during the early hours of Sunday at the Kehemu informal settlement, following a quarrel between the two.
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Swapo's three centres of power

Although analysts are not too concerned about the presidents of Swapo and the State being different individuals after March next year, they have raised the spectre of previous Heads of State wanting to accommodate their supporters in key Cabinet and other leadership positions.
This could cause friction between likely president Hage Geingob and his predecessors, Hifikepunye Pohamba and Sam Nujoma.
The analysts also say Nujoma has not relinquished his role as the centrepiece of Swapo and government despite retiring in 2005.
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Meersig kidnapping and assault accused in court

Logan Pretorius (25), Curven Nathan Vries (20), Ashley Andre Januarie (20) and Sandra Riobo (18) appeared before the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges related to the alleged kidnapping and assault of three minors. Magistrate Andre Matulich denied bail and postponed the case to September 4 for plea and further investigation. Police officers arrested the three men and one woman on Saturday after an incident in the garage of Pretorius’s home in Meersig on Thursday. Three boys were allegedly assaulted and humiliated after they had opened the gate to Pretorius’s home. Read more about Meersig kidnapping and assault accused in court

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DRC trucks still entering Namibia

Despite cases of Ebola having been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), that country’s trucks are still being allowed to cross into Namibia.
Health Deputy Minister Petrina Haingura yesterday told Namibian Sun that the movement of trucks from Ebola-hit countries would not be restricted, as Namibia is adhering to advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to refrain from enforcing such bans.
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