KZN police officers commended for tracking down police killer

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, has commended the multi-disciplinary team of police that tracked down a suspected police killer at Clermont informal settlement in Durban.

The suspect, who was wante…


KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, has commended the multi-disciplinary team of police that tracked down a suspected police killer at Clermont informal settlement in Durban.

The suspect, who was wanted for the killing of an off-duty police officer over the weekend, died during a shootout with the police officers in Clermont on Monday afternoon.

KZN police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, said the police officer from Durban Central SAPS and his colleague from KwaDabeka SAPS who were off duty, were visiting a private residence in Clermont in the early hours of Sunday when they were attacked in their vehicle.

‘The deceased constable (34), who was the driver, was killed before he was robbed of his firearm, while his colleague (35), who was also robbed of his firearm, was left unharmed. The two suspects fled the scene with both policemen’s firearms, as well as a wallet and cellphone,’ Naicker said.

Naicker said that following an around the clock investigati
on that began after the shooting, police received information that one of the killers was at an informal settlement in Clermont.

‘As police officers approached the suspect’s residence, they were met with gunfire. The suspect, who is in his 30s, sustained fatal injuries following the shootout. Two firearms were recovered from the suspect’s possession.

‘Investigations are ongoing to trace his accomplice. Detectives are also working on information that the deceased suspect is linked to a string of murders, robberies and carjackings,’ Naicker said.

The Provincial Commissioner has thanked the team who left no stone unturned after they heard that their colleague was killed and commended them for their bravery when they came under fire from the same person who had killed him.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Transmission key component of stabilising power supply: Ramokgopa

Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, has reiterated the urgent need for the building of transmission lines to unlock thousands of megawatts for the grid from new generation capacity.

‘The major problem is transmission…


Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, has reiterated the urgent need for the building of transmission lines to unlock thousands of megawatts for the grid from new generation capacity.

‘The major problem is transmission issues. We need to modernise and expand transmission by over 14 000km. To put it into context, in the past 10 years, we only did 4 000km. So, this 14 000km is to enable new generation capacity [to connect to the grid].

‘If we had sufficient transmission capacity in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Western Cape, the grid would have the benefit of over 11 000MW,’ the Minister said on Tuesday.

The Minister was speaking during a panel discussion at Ninety One’s annual Infrastructure Forum held in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Ninety One is a global asset manager with emerging market roots and a commitment to developing specialist investment teams.

Ramokgopa said the amount of renewable energy that can be released is ‘healthy’ however, challenges persist.

‘The pipe
line is healthy, with over 66GW that is there. We have already identified the corridors that must be prioritised, and we know out of those corridors, we can get 2 300MW.

‘The intervention really is less on the transmission lines and the pylons. It’s about increasing the size of the sub-stations. Once we do that, we know we can get the benefit of that 2 300MW,’ he said.

Meanwhile, a statement issued earlier this month after President Cyril Ramaphosa convened a meeting with members of Cabinet and senior business leaders said the work underway within the National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM) and the implementation of the Energy Action Plan is starting to bear fruit.

‘Load shedding is down by 61% compared to the same period last year, with the return of units at Kusile power station, as well as new generation capacity from rooftop solar and private sector investment having a positive impact.

‘Reform of the energy sector is progressing, with an independent board appointed for the National Transmission Compa
ny of South Africa (NTCSA) and preparations underway for the new entity to commence trading,’ the statement said.

READ | Ramokgopa sets sights on accelerated transmission line expansion

Load shedding

Meanwhile, Eskom has ramped up load shedding to Stage 3 during the evening and Stage 2 during the day.

‘Due to the loss of three generating units and the delay in returning a further three generating units to service, Stage 3 load shedding will be implemented from 4pm today until 5am on Wednesday. Thereafter, Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented until 4pm.

‘This alternating pattern… will be repeated daily until further notice. Eskom will closely monitor the power system and provide an update should any significant changes occur,’ Eskom said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Namibia Tourism Board promotes domestic tourismElectoral Commission terminates employment of employee

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) is championing domestic tourism as part of a tourism revival initiative which involves members of the local media and social media influencers touring local establishments in central and western Namibia.

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WINDHOEK: The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) is championing domestic tourism as part of a tourism revival initiative which involves members of the local media and social media influencers touring local establishments in central and western Namibia.

Scheduled for 11 to 18 March 2024, the familiarisation trip focuses on the central and western areas of Namibia.

NTB’s Head of Marketing, Charmaine Matthias on Monday outlined the board’s overarching goals and objectives in promoting Namibia as a premier tourism destination, both domestically and internationally.

She emphasised the importance of the initiative during which local media and influencers will promote tourism in Namibia by showcasing positive experiences during the trip.

‘Participants will explore a myriad of tourism products, ranging from picturesque wineries, breathtaking rugged mountains, ancient rock paintings, exhilarating surfing spots, vibrant cultural groups, diverse landscapes, tantalising cuisines, comfortable accommodations, to an array of t
ourism activities and scenic views,’ she said.

The selected travel dates strategically coincide with the period leading up to the Independence and Easter long weekends.

‘We aim to entice Namibian travellers with fresh ideas about the tourist attractions along this route, encouraging them to consider travelling before and during the upcoming holidays,’ Matthias said.

Highlighting the significance of local tourism, Matthias revealed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, only 4 per cent of Namibia’s tourism contributions came from domestic travellers. She encouraged Namibians to explore the tourism market within their own country, stressing the importance of supporting local businesses and experiencing the diverse offerings firsthand.

The familiarisation trip not only serves as a platform for the media and influencers to showcase Namibia’s tourism gems, but also aims to inspire and educate the local populace about the rich tapestry of attractions within their homeland.

With this proactive approach to domestic
tourism promotion, the Namibia Tourism Board is hoping to stimulate interest, encourage exploration, and foster a deeper appreciation for the country’s natural wonders, cultural heritage, and tourism offerings among its own citizens.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

The Electoral Commission has terminated the employment of an employee after the employee was found to have leaked party candidate lists.

‘Following a preliminary investigation into the allegations, the Electoral Commission can confirm that the involved employee’s contract of employment has been terminated,’ the Commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

This comes after the commission on Monday announced that it had set up an inquiry to establish the circumstances of the unauthorised circulation of party candidate lists and the person or persons responsible.

On Saturday, the Commission reported that it had become aware of lists of candidates that were being circulated on social media platforms.

At a briefing on Monday, the commission said the investigation narrowed the source of the disclosure to a workstation that had been used to generate and store reports.

Later, the said reports were deleted from the workstation.

Earlier on Monday, the workstation was secured and imaged in the presence of the staff
member whose credentials were used to generate the reports. A forensic analysis of the computer was also done.

READ | Inquiry into unauthorised circulation of party lists

‘The official had rights to access the system and reports but was not authorised to distribute or circulate the information. The official is from one of the local offices of the Commission,’ the commission said on Tuesday.

It further added that the motive for the unauthorised circulation will be pursued as part of the ongoing investigation.

“While this incident is regrettable, our actions demonstrate our commitment to transparency and accountability. The Electoral Commission maintains the highest level of integrity, ethics, and professionalism. Any behaviour that violates our code of conduct or undermines the credibility of the organisation cannot be tolerated,” said Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo.

The Commission further reiterated its commitment and readiness to deliver a credible 2024 national and provincial elections.

South Afr
icans are set to go to the polls on 29 May.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Namibia Needs Me holds civic education dialogue at Rundu

Namibia Needs Me Project held a civic education dialogue with students from the University of Namibia (UNAM) Rundu Campus on strengthening democratic participation here on Tuesday.

The project is implemented by the Namibia Institute of Democracy and …


Namibia Needs Me Project held a civic education dialogue with students from the University of Namibia (UNAM) Rundu Campus on strengthening democratic participation here on Tuesday.

The project is implemented by the Namibia Institute of Democracy and the Hanns Seidel Foundation and is funded by the European Union.

Speaking at the event, Senior Project Officer of Namibia Needs Me, Naita Hishoono, said the project encourages citizens to get involved in the country’s democratic institutions such as the National Assembly etc.

As Namibia is preparing for its Presidential and National Assembly elections, set for late November, citizens will have to understand where in the electoral cycle they will be involved, she said.

Hishoono urged Namibians to get themselves registered for the upcoming elections and to make sure they read the various political parties’ manifestos to keep leaders accountable once elected.

‘Citizens should vote for political parties understanding what these parties can do for them. Thus the N
amibia Needs Me Project is about informing citizens about their rights, their responsibilities and how they can involve themselves in political processes in the country,’ she said.

Hishoono said during these dialogues they are explaining who the institutions are, the procedures as well as the processes.

‘We are informing citizens to strengthen their relationship with their leaders and decision-makers. So that in the end we have informed and conscious citizens who know what their rights are,’ she noted.

As target groups a central focus of the project is the youth demographic, she said, adding that senior secondary school learners from various schools across the country will partake in civic education training sessions as well as University students who will also engage in dialogues providing them with a platform to raise their voices.

Commissioner of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and English Lecturer at the UNAM Rundu Campus, Dr Gerson Sindano, while applauding the project for its work, said: ‘
This is the best way to capture young people’s imagination for them to have the will to take part in elections.’

This, he noted should be the work of every member of society to participate in promoting civic education.

Sindano said voter participation in the past years during polls has gone down however with more civic education this trend could change this year.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

NAC signs MoU to expand aviation sector through ‘Air Connect Namibia’ project

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with key stakeholders aimed at fostering collaboration towards the expansion of the aviation sector through the launch of the ‘Air Connect Namibia’ proj…


WINDHOEK: The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with key stakeholders aimed at fostering collaboration towards the expansion of the aviation sector through the launch of the ‘Air Connect Namibia’ project.

Speaking at the signing ceremony here, NAC Chief Executive Officer Bisey /Uirab said the aviation sector is a driver of the country’s economic activities and therefore there must be collaboration amongst key stakeholders to define the economic development and ensure that Namibia continues to play a role as the logistics hub in the region.

He explained that the project, amongst others, aims to target specific airlines to come to Namibia; formulate an air connectivity forum and have a broader air service development programme initiated.

‘The steering committee will have roles to play in ensuring that we have sufficient funding for this project so that we are able to do the work and to attract airlines and people who come to our country via air, as well as t
o ensure that we provide policy and strategic guidance to the industry,’ he said.

He noted that with the discovery of oil, and gas and the development of green hydrogen and other government initiatives, Namibia will need the air transport sector to come into play to ensure that travellers come to Namibia easily.

At the same event, NTB Acting Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Mbidzo said there is a need for Namibia to diversify its tourist arrivals through air connectivity as currently, the country relies heavily on German tourist arrivals.

‘We need to diversify into other markets but in those markets, we don’t have connectivity or airlift to Namibia and this project gives us that platform. Our statistics show that in the Netherlands, Belgium or east Europe the Italians the figures are there but connectivity to Namibia has been a problem,’ Mbidzo noted.

Equally, Director of Transport and Regulations in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Cedric Limbo said Namibia wants to become a logistical hub for the Sout
hern African Development Community (SADC) which will require efforts and initiatives such as the ‘Air Connect Namibia’.

‘The signed agreement will smoothen and fast-track the aspect of us becoming a logistical hub. Our aim as a government is really to urge our key stakeholders to unlock other markets. We should not only focus on the traditional markets, yes we have the Germans and the British but we need to unlock other markets,’ he noted.

The parties involved include the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB); the City of Windhoek (CoW); Gondwana Collection; Walvis Bay Corridor Group; the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Namibia Investment Promotion Board.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Oshikoto looks up to NDP6 to solve water crisis

Oshikoto regional council chairperson, Samuel Shivute has urged the inhabitants of the region to pay close attention to the challenges they face, including the lack of clean water and recommend various solutions.

Shivute made the remarks during a reg…


Oshikoto regional council chairperson, Samuel Shivute has urged the inhabitants of the region to pay close attention to the challenges they face, including the lack of clean water and recommend various solutions.

Shivute made the remarks during a regional consultative meeting held at Omuthiya by the National Planning Commission on the Sixth National Development Plan (NDP6) on Tuesday.

He said the region continues to experience a lack of water in most rural areas and there is a need for boreholes and upgrading of water treatment reservoirs and pipelines to ensure that the challenge is addressed.

Shivute also informed the meeting that the region lacks proper roads, more specifically feeder roads in most areas of Eengodi, Okankolo, omuntele, and Nehale lya Mpingana constituencies which hinder development as most of the services are inaccessible.

‘We have a high unemployment rate and a lack of school infrastructure mostly in the rural parts of the region such as classrooms and hostels, and tertiary institutio
ns,’ said Shivute.

NPC executive director (ED) Wilhencia Uiras said that they are in consultations with regional councils and all stakeholders both agents and beneficiaries of development to formulate the NDP6 through which the NPC spearheads and coordinates national socio-economic planning.

‘The NDP6 will be the last in the series towards Vision 2030 to be implemented from March 2025/2026 to March 2030/2031 financial years,’ said Uiras.

She said that the NDP6 calls for all stakeholders, agents, and beneficiaries of development to work together and leverage synergies in executing programmes and projects and discourages dependencies and recipient syndrome.

The Oshikoto Regional Council’s acting Chief Regional Officer, Peter Ndawedwa said that the region will play a crucial role in the implementation of the NDP6 by aligning regional development efforts with national priorities and coordinating development activities.

‘We will collaborate with relevant stakeholders to mobilise resources and implement infras
tructure projects effectively,’ said Ndawedwa.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Uutoni calls for collaboration among local authorities

KEETMANSHOOP: Urban and Rural Development Minister Erastus Uutoni has said collaboration among municipalities, regional councils, and traditional authorities is essential and local authorities should not operate in isolation.

Uutoni made the remarks …


KEETMANSHOOP: Urban and Rural Development Minister Erastus Uutoni has said collaboration among municipalities, regional councils, and traditional authorities is essential and local authorities should not operate in isolation.

Uutoni made the remarks at the Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN) local economic development conference in Lderitz on Tuesday. He challenged the local authorities to share success stories, learn from each other’s challenges, and pool their resources.

‘We can address common issues such as accelerated land delivery, housing, sanitation and environmental sustainability. Let us foster a spirit of solidarity that transcends boundaries and benefits every Namibian,’ he said.

Uutoni said effective local economic development requires a holistic approach as it is not only limited to attracting foreign direct investment or building infrastructure, but involves an understanding of the unique needs of local communities, harnessing local talents and promoting sustainable practices.


Let us explore avenues for diversification, value addition and inclusive growth. Our rural areas, often overlooked, hold immense potential, let us therefore unlock that potential through targeted interventions and smart planning. That is why the national policy framework refers to regional and local economic development (LED) and not just LED, because there are integral links between rural and urban areas which we need to maximise,’ he said.

Uutoni further said while local authorities play a critical role in fostering sustainable growth, prosperity and well-being for citizens, local economic development is not merely an abstract concept, it is the lifeblood of towns, cities, and rural areas that drives job creation, infrastructure development, and social progress.

‘When our local economies thrive, so do the livelihoods of our people and that is why it is our collective duty to nurture an environment where businesses can flourish, innovation can thrive and opportunities can flourish,’ he said.

The three-day
meeting is aimed at providing an opportunity for stakeholders in the local economic sector to discuss and deliberate on matters that shape the future of their communities. It is being held under the theme ‘Promoting local economic development through, inclusive strategic planning, innovation and diversification of revenue streams’.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Uutoni calls for collaboration among local authorities

KEETMANSHOOP: Urban and Rural Development Minister Erastus Uutoni has said collaboration among municipalities, regional councils, and traditional authorities is essential and local authorities should not operate in isolation.

Uutoni made the remarks …


KEETMANSHOOP: Urban and Rural Development Minister Erastus Uutoni has said collaboration among municipalities, regional councils, and traditional authorities is essential and local authorities should not operate in isolation.

Uutoni made the remarks at the Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN) local economic development conference in Lderitz on Tuesday. He challenged the local authorities to share success stories, learn from each other’s challenges, and pool their resources.

‘We can address common issues such as accelerated land delivery, housing, sanitation and environmental sustainability. Let us foster a spirit of solidarity that transcends boundaries and benefits every Namibian,’ he said.

Uutoni said effective local economic development requires a holistic approach as it is not only limited to attracting foreign direct investment or building infrastructure, but involves an understanding of the unique needs of local communities, harnessing local talents and promoting sustainable practices.


Let us explore avenues for diversification, value addition and inclusive growth. Our rural areas, often overlooked, hold immense potential, let us therefore unlock that potential through targeted interventions and smart planning. That is why the national policy framework refers to regional and local economic development (LED) and not just LED, because there are integral links between rural and urban areas which we need to maximise,’ he said.

Uutoni further said while local authorities play a critical role in fostering sustainable growth, prosperity and well-being for citizens, local economic development is not merely an abstract concept, it is the lifeblood of towns, cities, and rural areas that drives job creation, infrastructure development, and social progress.

‘When our local economies thrive, so do the livelihoods of our people and that is why it is our collective duty to nurture an environment where businesses can flourish, innovation can thrive and opportunities can flourish,’ he said.

The three-day
meeting is aimed at providing an opportunity for stakeholders in the local economic sector to discuss and deliberate on matters that shape the future of their communities. It is being held under the theme ‘Promoting local economic development through, inclusive strategic planning, innovation and diversification of revenue streams’.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Namibia Tourism Board promotes domestic tourism

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) is championing domestic tourism as part of a tourism revival initiative which involves members of the local media and social media influencers touring local establishments in central and western Namibia.

Sche…


WINDHOEK: The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) is championing domestic tourism as part of a tourism revival initiative which involves members of the local media and social media influencers touring local establishments in central and western Namibia.

Scheduled for 11 to 18 March 2024, the familiarisation trip focuses on the central and western areas of Namibia.

NTB’s Head of Marketing, Charmaine Matthias on Monday outlined the board’s overarching goals and objectives in promoting Namibia as a premier tourism destination, both domestically and internationally.

She emphasised the importance of the initiative during which local media and influencers will promote tourism in Namibia by showcasing positive experiences during the trip.

‘Participants will explore a myriad of tourism products, ranging from picturesque wineries, breathtaking rugged mountains, ancient rock paintings, exhilarating surfing spots, vibrant cultural groups, diverse landscapes, tantalising cuisines, comfortable accommodations, to an array of t
ourism activities and scenic views,’ she said.

The selected travel dates strategically coincide with the period leading up to the Independence and Easter long weekends.

‘We aim to entice Namibian travellers with fresh ideas about the tourist attractions along this route, encouraging them to consider travelling before and during the upcoming holidays,’ Matthias said.

Highlighting the significance of local tourism, Matthias revealed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, only 4 per cent of Namibia’s tourism contributions came from domestic travellers. She encouraged Namibians to explore the tourism market within their own country, stressing the importance of supporting local businesses and experiencing the diverse offerings firsthand.

The familiarisation trip not only serves as a platform for the media and influencers to showcase Namibia’s tourism gems, but also aims to inspire and educate the local populace about the rich tapestry of attractions within their homeland.

With this proactive approach to domestic
tourism promotion, the Namibia Tourism Board is hoping to stimulate interest, encourage exploration, and foster a deeper appreciation for the country’s natural wonders, cultural heritage, and tourism offerings among its own citizens.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency