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Puma Energy Namibia Welcomes Tourists with Free Beverages


Nationwide – Puma Energy Namibia announced a festive season offer for tourists visiting the country. In a statement released on Thursday, General Manager Adell Samuelson stated that the energy company will provide free beverages to tourists at its 57 filling stations across Namibia. This gesture is part of the company’s initiative to promote Namibian hospitality and enhance the visitors’ experience of the country’s natural scenery and wildlife. Tourists can avail of this offer from 01 December 2023 until the end of January 2024.



According to Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA), tourists need to scan a QR code displayed at Puma Energy Namibia filling stations and present their passports to redeem their free beverage. Additionally, tourists will be provided with a map listing all Puma Energy Namibia site locations, important emergency contact numbers, and major tourist attractions in Namibia. This initiative aims to facilitate tourists’ travel plans and maximize their enjoyment during their stay. The programme is similar to those previously implemented by Puma Energy in Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.

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Windhoek Sees Improvement in Gender-Based Violence Reporting


Windhoek – Superintendent Bibi Kolokwe of the Windhoek City Police’s Victim Support Unit has noted a significant increase in men reporting cases of violence, indicating the success of their community-policing-oriented approach to gender-based violence (GBV). Kolokwe highlighted that, traditionally, out of 100 domestic violence cases, 97 were reported by women and girls. However, there’s a shift now with more men speaking out against GBV. This change is attributed to the City Police’s use of community policing strategies to tackle violence and GBV in the capital.



According to Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA), since the integration of gender-based violence and violence against women into their policing practices, there has been a noticeable decline in physical abuse cases. She emphasized that public education on GBV, inspired by methods from international counterparts like the Canadian police, has led to people reporting emotional abuse, often a precursor to physical violence. Kolokwe shared these insights during the launch of a GBV campaign in Windhoek, underscoring the role of the victim support unit in assisting victims and fostering family harmony.

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Unemployed Teachers in Kavango East Demand Action


Rundu – In the Kavango East Region, hundreds of unemployed teachers marched through Rundu, voicing their grievances over their prolonged unemployment. The demonstration, which started at Dr Romanus Kampungu Sports Stadium and proceeded to the Directorate of Education offices, aimed to draw attention to their plight. David Nekaro, National Chairperson of the Unemployed Teachers Committee, warned that they would camp on the directorate’s premises if their demands were not met within seven working days. Despite discussions with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture at regional and national levels, the teachers have not received satisfactory responses.



According to Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA), the number of unemployed teachers in Namibia has escalated to 8,251 from 2017 to 2023, with more expected upon the graduation of current final-year students. He criticized the interview process for teacher recruitment, alleging it was rife with nepotism and bribery. Nekaro highlighted the severe understaffing in schools, with teachers often handling excessive numbers of students. The unemployed teachers demand nationwide recruitment and the construction of more schools during the 2024/25 financial year to address these issues.

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Namibian Road Accidents Record 357 Deaths in 2023, Decrease Noted from Previous Year


Windhoek – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has reported a total of 357 fatalities due to road accidents from January to November 2023. This number represents a 14.4 per cent decrease compared to the same period last year. The statistics were disclosed by NamPol Inspector General, Joseph Shikongo, during the inauguration of the Khomas Region’s festive season road safety campaign. The announcement highlighted those injuries also saw a 17.5 per cent reduction. Shikongo’s speech, delivered by Regional Commander of Khomas, Commissioner Willem Steenkamp, included comprehensive accident statistics: 2,553 crashes, 4,508 injuries, and 357 fatalities.



According to Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA), NamPol has initiated operations at key traffic checkpoints on the B1 and B2 roads to improve road safety during the festive season. Khomas Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua, speaking at the event, urged strict law enforcement and responsible behavior from all road users to ensure safety during the festive period.

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Katima Mulilo Court Trials for Elephant Tusk Possession


Katima Mulilo – Three individuals, Nyambe Calvin Matomola, John Mwelwa, and Nziye Lusinyize, have been brought before the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court for alleged possession of controlled wildlife products. The trio was apprehended with a total of 39 elephant tusks, leading to their court appearance on Tuesday. Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda, revealed that Matomola, along with seven Zambian nationals, was caught with 24 tusks after smuggling them into Namibia via the Zambezi Region.



According to Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA), This operation was part of a larger effort to clamp down on a syndicate suspected of trans-national elephant poaching in Botswana, using Namibia as a transit. Muyunda added that Mwelwa and Lusinyize were found with 15 tusks in the Namandumo village, Malengalenga area. While Matomola’s case is postponed to 14 February 2024, and Mwelwa and Lusinyize’s to 13 February 2024, for further investigation, the total tally of confiscated tusks stands at 39, with 13 suspects still at large.

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Namibian Police Force Regional Commander for Oshana


Oshana, Namibia – Commissioner Naftal Lungameni Sakaria, emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts in combatting crime to make Oshana a crime-free region. This statement was made during the official launch of the Oshana festive season road safety campaign at Oshiko roadblock in Ongwediva on Thursday.



According to Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA), there has been a 7 per cent reduction in major crimes, with 5,412 cases reported this financial year compared to 5,795 in 2021/22.



Commissioner Sakaria highlighted the rise in specific crimes such as housebreaking, theft from motor vehicles, assault, and theft under false pretence. He warned against traffic law violations and noted that offenders might face jail time during the festive season. The Commissioner also mentioned that liquor outlets in the region would operate according to their trading licenses, as the Liquor Act does not prevent trading on public holidays unless specified in the license.



At the same event, Oshana Governor, Elia Irimari, advised pedestrians to cross roads at designated areas and keep an eye on oncoming traffic. Irimari also called on farmers to prevent livestock from straying onto roads to avoid accidents. In recognition of exemplary service, Warrant Officer Leonard Shilongo received a token of appreciation.

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Two teenage boys, Thikuko Muharakwe John, 19, and Muthitu Dennis




Divundu, Namibia – Thindhimba, 17, died instantly after being struck by lightning at Kamutjonga village in the Divundu Constituency. The incident occurred on Wednesday while the boys were playing football at a local sports field. Namibian Police Force spokesperson, Inspector Raimbert Muronga, confirmed the tragic event and the identification of the victims.



According to Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA), In addition to the fatalities, six other 17-year-old boys and a 23-year-old man were also struck by the lightning during the incident. They were rushed to Andara District Hospital and are currently in stable condition. The families of the deceased have been notified, and the bodies were moved to Andara mortuary for autopsies.



Inspector Muronga stated that two inquests have been opened and police investigations are ongoing.