Mashatile calls on citizens, corporates to financially support matrics who want to study further

Deputy President Paul Mashatile has called on citizens, the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to join forces with government to offer financial help to youngsters who wish to further their studies.

The Deputy President was spe…


Deputy President Paul Mashatile has called on citizens, the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to join forces with government to offer financial help to youngsters who wish to further their studies.

The Deputy President was speaking on Tuesday at the Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust Annual Bursary Awards in San Kopano, Alexandra, Johannesburg.

He also congratulated the Matric Class of 2023 for achieving a national pass rate of 82.9%, which is the highest in the history of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams.

‘The dedication to your studies is truly commendable and is the reason we have gathered here to acknowledge your accomplishments. In general, the matric pass rate of 2023 is a good story for our country to tell, as it shows how the education system has transformed over the past 30 years.

‘Once upon a time, it was difficult for a black child to achieve a Bachelor’s pass and have the opportunity to apply at any institution of higher learning.’

However, according to the
Deputy President, due to the measures put in place by government over the years, more black children from underprivileged communities are studying at higher learning institutions.

‘Government is implementing measures to enhance access to education, especially in communities that are most vulnerable and structurally marginalised,’ Mashatile told the attendees.

Government, he said, is also making headway with the implementation of the three-stream curriculum model, which marks a significant change in emphasis towards more vocational and technical education.

He also spoke about the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), which provides financial support to eligible students from low-income households to cover tuition fees, accommodation and study materials.

‘While these government initiatives are instrumental for transformation, we still urge communities, the corporate sector, and NGOs to collaborate with government in offering financial aid and other kinds of developmental support to deserving studen
ts.

‘As a community, we must never deter from achieving our goal of nurturing our youth so that they can be leaders and the change-makers of tomorrow,’ he said.

The Deputy President paid homage to his late friend and comrade, Vincent Tshabalala, a founder of the Alexandra Youth Congress (AYCO) and member of the ANC’s military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe. Tshabalala died in a battle with the apartheid police in Alexandra in 1985.

Today, hundreds of learners from the five Alexandra high schools have been awarded bursaries and some of those who have completed their studies are now chartered accountants, engineers, IT specialists, lawyers, lecturers and auditors.

‘The trust appreciates the role that communities play in developing the youth. I believe that community-based development organisations can make a difference in more meaningful ways than the government or the private sector,’ said Mashatile.

He encouraged the community to embrace the opportunities for local organisations to collaborate and form partners
hips that will contribute to the overall wellbeing of the youth.

These community-led initiatives, he said, include efforts to strengthen and advance early childhood development, adult education and skills training.

Mashatile pleaded with the community to collaborate on the development and improvement of schools, libraries, and other educational facilities to establish a favourable atmosphere for learning.

‘If we all work together to improve our community, we will be able to address the high rates of crime, gender-based violence, substance abuse, and other social ills that are eating away at the youth.

‘As active community members, we have a responsibility to safeguard and lead our youth toward a path of greater success.’

The Deputy President also congratulated the learners who received awards for their outstanding performance. ‘We also pledge our support and guidance to these young people. We want you to know that we will be here for you throughout your academic journey.’

Source: South African Governme
nt News Agency

Keetmanshoop annual mayoral cup launched

KEETMANSHOOP: Keetmanshoop mayor, McDonald Hanse on Tuesday launched the 2024 edition of the annual Mayoral Cup, set to take place later this year.

While launching the tourney Hanse said sports programmes are powerful vehicles for achieving and advan…


KEETMANSHOOP: Keetmanshoop mayor, McDonald Hanse on Tuesday launched the 2024 edition of the annual Mayoral Cup, set to take place later this year.

While launching the tourney Hanse said sports programmes are powerful vehicles for achieving and advancing development and peace agenda.

‘Let us come together in the spirit of sports, fostering connections and friendships that will endure beyond the boundaries of the sports field. Sport can transform individuals, it bolsters physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being and development,’ he said.

Hanse said currently only one sport code – football – will feature in the tournament. He urged the organising team to come up with other sports codes to add to the annual event.

A member of the tournament organising committee, Owen Vlees said the proposed date for the tourney is 27 April 2024, but it is yet to be finalised.

‘We do not want this tourney to clash with the dates when the first, second and third division leagues resume their games because we w
ill need those teams for the tourney,’ he added.

Vlees said the tournament provides a platform for the youth of the region to showcase their talent and provides scouters with the opportunity to scout for raw talent.

The winners will walk away with N.dollars 25 000 in cash and a floating trophy, while the runner-up will walk away with N.dollars 15 000 and the semi-final losers will each walk away with N.dollars 5 000. The registration fee per team is N.dollars 1 800.

Teams from the first, second, and third divisions and non-league teams are expected to take part in the tourney.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

MTC announces N.dollars 3 million volleyball sponsorship

WINDHOEK: Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) on Tuesday announced a three-year sponsorship worth N.dollars 3 million to the Namibian Volleyball Federation (NVF).

MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Marketing Officer, Tim Ekandjo, described the sponsor…


WINDHOEK: Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) on Tuesday announced a three-year sponsorship worth N.dollars 3 million to the Namibian Volleyball Federation (NVF).

MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Marketing Officer, Tim Ekandjo, described the sponsorship as an opportunity to nurture talent and growth, adding that this will assist with the formation of the MTC volleyball premiership.

He said the MTC premiership will be contested by eight male and eight female teams for year one, for which the teams will be provided with branded gear.

‘I was invited to a volleyball match late last year and I was impressed with the passion. This partnership will ensure a strong premiership on the African continent and will diversify our portfolio,’ Ekandjo said.

The president of the Namibian Volleyball Federation, Hilary Imbuwa, expressed gratitude for the sponsorship, saying the expansion of the federation into the MTC Volleyball National League will foster sportsmanship and build a strong sense of community.

‘With MTC’s g
eneral support, we can now expand our reach, enhance the league’s infrastructure and provide even greater opportunities for our athletes to showcase their skills on a national stage. As a federation, we pledge to use these funds transparently, to inspire and contribute to sports in Namibia,’ said Imbuwa.

He said the federation’s goals and objectives would not be achieved without MTC’s support.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Bank of Namibia appoints new board members

WINDHOEK: The Bank of Namibia (BoN) has appointed three new non-executive board members, in line with Section 9 of the Bank of Namibia Act (2020) with effect from 01 February 2024.

They include Dr Meshack Tjirongo, Advocate Eliaser Nekwaya, and Peter…


WINDHOEK: The Bank of Namibia (BoN) has appointed three new non-executive board members, in line with Section 9 of the Bank of Namibia Act (2020) with effect from 01 February 2024.

They include Dr Meshack Tjirongo, Advocate Eliaser Nekwaya, and Peter Kruger. Ehrenfried Meroro has also been re-appointed as a non-executive board member.

BoN’s Governor and Chairperson of the Board Johannes !Gawaxab on Tuesday described the appointments as instrumental in enhancing the bank’s policies, internal controls, risk management, and advancing the achievement of its strategic objectives.

‘As the bank steps into the conclusive year of its strategic plan, we are pleased to welcome the new board members, who will play a crucial role in providing the necessary oversight as we discharge our mandate. We have no doubt that the Board members will contribute significantly towards the execution of our current and future strategic endeavours,’ !Gawaxab said in a statement.

Kruger is a seasoned IT expert and is currently a manage
r of information systems and technology in the uranium mining sector. He brings over 26 years of expertise in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, IT security, operational leadership, financial management, and corporate governance.

A member of the Society of Advocates of Namibia, BoN noted that Nekwaya brings a wealth of experience in corporate governance and risk management. ‘He has demonstrated extensive expertise across various disciplines, including policy oversight, financial stewardship, and operational supervision,’ the central bank said.

Meanwhile, Tjirongo has a wealth of experience exceeding 30 years, being involved in formulating and implementing macroeconomic policies and providing counsel on economic and development policy matters across various countries in Africa, North America, and Europe.

He worked for BoN in the early 1990s within the research department, where he played a pivotal role in designing and implementing monetary policy responses as well as the exchange rate regime for Namib
ia.

He left the bank in 1999 to join the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he served as a senior economist, leading the formulation of macroeconomic policies for the fund’s supported

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Nuunyango urges business community to support learners

ONIIPA: The Oniipa Constituency Councillor in the Oshikoto Region, Vilho Nuunyango is urging businessmen and women to support learners and students.

Nuunyango said this in an interview with Nampa after he donated 6 000 sanitary pads to eight schools …


ONIIPA: The Oniipa Constituency Councillor in the Oshikoto Region, Vilho Nuunyango is urging businessmen and women to support learners and students.

Nuunyango said this in an interview with Nampa after he donated 6 000 sanitary pads to eight schools at Oneputa Combined School in the Oniipa circuit of the Oshikoto Region on Monday.

He said the business community should assist the learners with stationery and other basic needs, especially during the beginning of the year.

Nuunyango said that giving back to the learners and students will be a good opportunity to motivate learners to perform well.

‘Our learners are not inspired enough because there are no people who motivate them with gifts so they can feel motivated to perform better in their academics,’ said Nuunyango.

He said that elders hold a high responsibility to invest in the learners’ school performances and maintain their behaviour.

‘As elders of our society, we strongly need to encourage our learners to behave well because they are the leaders of
tomorrow,’ Nuunyango said.

He also encouraged parents and guardians to advise their children on the danger of drugs and alcohol abuse.

‘I encourage all the parents to advise their children not to do drugs or consume alcohol as this harms them,’ he said.

Nuunyango donated the sanitary pads to Oniipa Primary School, Omwandi Gwelago Primary School, Omukwiyu Gwemanya Combined School, Oshilulu Combined School, and the Onampadhi, Oneputa, Onalulago and Onzinzi combined schools.

He said there are five more schools that he will assist before the end of this year and plans to assist more schools next year.

Nuunyango said he is committed to supporting girls for now as they are mostly faced with challenges during lessons.

‘We want to make sure that the adolescent girls are safe in schools compared to the past when they were never taken care of, which also demoralised them.’

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Aiyambo addresses Onaushe Combined School learners on staying safe

ONAUSHE: The Head of the Namibian Police Force’s Oshana Community Policing Sub-division, Inspector Thomas Aiyambo, has advised parents to ensure that their children sleep in separate rooms to avoid possible rape incidents from occurring.

Aiyambo was …


ONAUSHE: The Head of the Namibian Police Force’s Oshana Community Policing Sub-division, Inspector Thomas Aiyambo, has advised parents to ensure that their children sleep in separate rooms to avoid possible rape incidents from occurring.

Aiyambo was speaking during a ‘Be Safe’ campaign held at the Onaushe Combined School on Tuesday, where he addressed learners on how to stay safe.

He said there have been allegations of children being raped by their siblings and in some of these cases, girls have been impregnated, hence the advice for them not to share bedrooms once they reach a certain age.

‘These situations remain unreported, which is incorrect. Such reports ought to be reported to the headmen and/or teachers, as well as the police, who will conduct an inquiry,’ he said.

Aiyambo also urged learners to walk to and from school in groups to avoid sexual assault and said if they are attacked, they should seek help.

This comes after two recent incidents of rape were reported in the region involving learners.
The first incident was reported at the Etambo dumping site on 16 January 2024, where an 11-year-old girl headed to school was raped by an unknown suspect.

In the second incident, Aiyambo indicated that a 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped behind Oshana Mall by an unknown suspect on 18 January 2024, while coming from school.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

School uniforms donated to learners at Onaushe Combined School

ONAUSHE: The Action Based Organisation on Tuesday handed over school uniforms worth over N.dollars 10 000 to learners of Onaushe Combined School in the Oshana Region.

The school is located about 70 kilometres west of Oshakati and has a learner popula…


ONAUSHE: The Action Based Organisation on Tuesday handed over school uniforms worth over N.dollars 10 000 to learners of Onaushe Combined School in the Oshana Region.

The school is located about 70 kilometres west of Oshakati and has a learner population of over 300, with 40 per cent of the learners being from marginalised communities.

According to Zackary Itodo, the organisation’s initiator, the Agra Staff Initiative Fund (ASIF) availed school uniforms and shoes upon his request for assistance towards the school.

‘The donation comes in the form of assisting learners who are in need of school uniforms but due to financial constraints, their parents are unable to afford a proper uniforms,’ he stated.

He added that the mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of background, can have proper uniforms and feel a sense of belonging within their schools.

Itodo further indicated that their goal is to reach more learners as a uniform represents a school’s identity, tradition and values.

The school’s pr
incipal, Gabhard Amunyela, stated that the donation will make a difference in the lives of their learners and hopefully boost their morale in school.

‘Many of the parents are struggling to buy proper school uniforms,’ he said, thanking the organisation for the donation as such initiatives go a long way to empowering the Namibian child.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

MVA’s Divundu Emergency Centre receives ambulance

WINDHOEK: The Road Fund Administration (RFA) on Tuesday handed over an ambulance to the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund for use by the Divundu Emergency Centre in the Kavango East Region.

Receiving the donation, MVA Fund Chief Executive Officer Ros…


WINDHOEK: The Road Fund Administration (RFA) on Tuesday handed over an ambulance to the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund for use by the Divundu Emergency Centre in the Kavango East Region.

Receiving the donation, MVA Fund Chief Executive Officer Rosalia Hausiku said the distance between Kavango East and the Zambezi Region made it difficult for medics to attend to road accidents in time, hence the establishment of the emergency centre at Divundu about a year ago.

The emergency centre was equipped with a response vehicle which allowed medics to get to accident scenes, but it could not transport patients.

‘The new ambulance is expected to eliminate this challenge,’ Hausiku said.

Handing over the donation, RFA CEO Ali Ipinge said it is within the fund’s mandate to bring services closer to people.

‘We took it upon ourselves to partner with the MVA Fund to deliver this ambulance to help our citizens in the regions of Kavango East and Zambezi,’ he said.

The ambulance, which was converted into a 4×4 vehicle, i
s valued at N.dollars 1.3 million.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency