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Giambattista Valli dazzles Barcelona during the Bridal Night

BARCELONA, Spain, April 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The most exclusive fashion show of the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week charmed over 450 guests last night who enjoyed a unique show in the historic building of the Llotja de Mar. The Maison Giambattista Valli exclusively celebrated the runway debut of its bridal collection during the Bridal Night, the gala evening of the event organized by Fira de Barcelona with the support of the Catalan Ministry of Business and Labor.

In an extraordinary show, Giambattista Valli’s 30 creations shone with their own light. It was a culmination of silhouettes, representing a comprehensive exhibition of Mr. Valli’s concept of contemporary bridal dressing, inviting his audience to witness the manifestation of his vision, translated into a presentation that embodies the essence of individuality, sharing a dream and a celebration and love.

The fashion show featured ten dresses from the third “Love Collection,” ten iconic silhouettes from the first and second “Love Collections” and ten Haute Couture creations, inspiring the magnificence and the savoir-faire of the Ateliers, stepping away from classic wedding rituals and focusing on the significance of the emotions of the “moment” and the joys of celebrations. Infused with the Maison’s idyllic aesthetic and excellence, Valli’s dresses stood out with a contemporary edge, whether through clean lines, unforgettable volumes or unexpected details inspired by the personalities of an imaginary new group – Mr. Valli’s friends. This blend of classic and modern appeals to many brides worldwide looking for a unique wedding gown, in pure Valli style and tied to their own personal storytelling.

The prestigious designer was delighted after the show and said that, “I chose Barcelona and Bridal Fashion Week for the debut of my Love Collection 3 because it is an event that attracts a diverse audience of fashion enthusiasts, designers, buyers and media from all over the world, and provides me with maximum global visibility and opportunities for success.” He added, “In addition, Barcelona’s romantic and cosmopolitan atmosphere matches perfectly with the theme of my collection, which celebrates love and romance.”

The Barcelona Bridal Night had a luxurious audience and front row, including it-girl, model and international fashion icon Olivia Palermo, model and countess Lara Cosima Henckel von Donnersmarck, stylist and designer Pelayo Diaz, actress Hiba Abouk, actress and model Blanca Romero, model Marco Llorente, and TV hostess and actress Marta Torné, among other personalities.

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Vaccinologists Keith Klugman and Shabir Madhi Awarded Sabin’s Prestigious Gold Medal; Infectious Diseases Epidemiologist Nicole Basta Receives Rising Star Award

2024 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal and 2024 Sabin Rising Star Award Presentations
Dr. Keith Klugman (left) and Dr. Shabir Madhi (right) were presented the 2024 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal and Prof. Nicole Basta (center) received the 2024 Sabin Rising Star Award from the Sabin Vaccine Institute at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Sabin Vaccine Institute yesterday presented the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal to physician-researchers Keith Paul Klugman and Shabir Ahmed Madhi, and its Rising Star award to infectious diseases epidemiologist Nicole Elaine Basta at a ceremony in the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington D.C.

Klugman and Madhi received the Sabin Gold Medal, one of the highest recognitions for vaccinologists globally, for their seminal combined contributions to the development of vaccines against pneumonia and diarrheal disease – major causes of death in children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Klugman first met his then-graduate student Madhi at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand (also known as Wits University), where Klugman established, and Madhi expanded, a now globally renowned infectious diseases research institute. Apart from pneumonia, their work focused on maternal and children’s vaccines including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), typhoid, and Group B streptococcus (GBS).

The evidence produced by these two awardees has and continues to inform the World Health Organization’s recommendations for vaccines. Klugman and Madhi’s research has helped pave the way for the introduction of lifesaving vaccines in public immunization programs – including the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine where their findings were pivotal in influencing vaccination policy in many LMICs.

“I am honored to award the Sabin Gold Medal to Dr. Klugman and Dr. Madhi for their extraordinary work on vaccines that have saved lives in communities most in need of these interventions,” says Amy Finan, Sabin’s chief executive officer. “Their pneumonia research has been particularly transformative in shaping our understanding of the disease and strengthening global health strategies to protect children from this vaccine-preventable disease.”

Fueled by an early interest in science as a child in South Africa — in part due to a physician father – Klugman holds both a medical as well as a science doctorate degree from Wits University and was the first student in the school’s history to obtain them simultaneously. He began his research career nearly five decades ago investigating the typhoid vaccine and has since distinguished himself as a formidable infectious diseases’ scientist. Klugman is widely known for his work on pneumonia, which still kills a child under five every 43 seconds, many in the world’s poorest countries. As the director of the pneumonia program at the Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Klugman orchestrates strategic initiatives aimed at reducing deaths from pneumonia, RSV, neonatal sepsis, and meningitis. He has authored hundreds of publications that have been cited over 50,000 times to date and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine in the United States. Klugman is also a professor emeritus of global health at Atlanta’s Emory University.

His scientific achievements aside, Klugman has long championed the need for the world’s poorest children to have equitable access to vaccines. While in South Africa he joined in Wits University’s struggle to allow access to the institution for all students.

“It is absolutely wonderful to be receiving this award, especially together with Shabir,” he says. “When I look down the list of previous awardees, I recognize the great majority of them, and it is extraordinary to now be numbered among them.”

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Madhi, also from South Africa, is a trained pediatrician whose research continues to be instrumental in prioritizing the rollout of vital vaccines and guiding global public health policies. At Wits University, he led clinical trials focused on respiratory and meningeal pathogens, including vaccines targeted at pregnant women and their unborn babies. Madhi led the first study showing that a rotavirus vaccine could significantly prevent severe diarrhea during the first year of life in African infants. That research served as a key piece of evidence for the WHO’s recommendation of universal rotavirus vaccination. In addition, he also led the first two COVID-19 vaccine trials in Africa, and a number of COVID-19 epidemiology studies which led to the first evidence suggesting that infection-induced immunity and vaccinations played a role in reducing severity of disease.

Madhi heads South Africa’s widely respected South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (Wits VIDA) and is a professor of vaccinology at Wits. He too has co-authored hundreds of publications which have been cited over 59,000 times. Madhi is a recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards in South Africa, as well being bestowed an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) from the British Government for his services to science and public health in a global pandemic.

“It is really humbling for me to be acknowledged for my contributions in the field of vaccinology along with those who have received the Gold Medal award,” says Madhi. “It makes me realize that the work my team and I have done is acknowledged by my peers as being of substance. Most significantly, we contributed to protecting lives in those settings where a majority of death and suffering occurs, and that is in LMICs.”

Sabin’s 2024 Rising Star Nicole Basta, an associate professor at Canada’s McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Infectious Disease Prevention, has led numerous studies to evaluate the impact of vaccines and vaccination programs for a number of globally challenging viral and bacterial diseases, including COVID-19, meningococcal disease, influenza, and HPV.

Inspired by her parents’ emphasis on the importance of education, Basta is a first-generation college graduate who earned an undergraduate degree at Princeton University and graduate degrees at the University of Cambridge and the University of Washington. She has distinguished herself as a prolific researcher with a focus on assessing the impact of vaccination programs and increasing vaccine awareness, acceptance, and uptake. She designed and led studies to evaluate the impact of the meningococcal A vaccine MenAfriVac in Mali and the meningococcal B vaccine Bexsero in the US, both of which contributed to better understanding about how to best implement vaccination programs. In 2020, she and a colleague developed an interactive online COVID-19 vaccine tracker, providing real-time updates to millions of users around the world on the pandemic vaccine development progress.

“Prof. Basta’s impactful and policy-shaping epidemiological research benefits from her ability to make it accessible and useful to the global health community. The COVID-19 vaccine tool is one such instance,” says Finan. “Those achievements alone would make her deserving of the Rising Star but there’s more: she also demonstrates a deep commitment to mentoring the next generation of public health researchers through her research group which is exactly the kind of emerging leader we need.”

Once an infectious diseases outbreak investigator with the Florida Department of Health, Basta has first-hand knowledge that scientific research needs to be understood and adopted beyond the confines of academia. She works with policy makers and public health agencies and organizations to translate research findings into actionable strategies for disease prevention and control.

“It’s truly an honor to receive the 2024 Rising Star Award from the Sabin Vaccine Institute, especially since I am deeply committed to ensuring that we have the evidence we need to demonstrate the importance of vaccination and increase access and uptake,” says Basta. “This recognition is also a testament to the outstanding collaborators and trainees I have had the privilege to work with and it motivates us to continue to make a difference in the years ahead.”

The Gold Medal is Sabin’s highest scientific honor. It has been given annually for more than three decades to a distinguished member of the global health community who has made exceptional contributions to vaccinology or a complementary field. Past award recipients include leaders of vaccinology and vaccine advocacy such as Drs. Barney Graham, Carol Baker, Bill Foege, Anne Gershon, Stanley Plotkin, and Kathrin Jansen.

Sabin’s Rising Star award was created in 2020 to encourage and recognize the next generation of vaccine and immunization leaders.

About the Sabin Vaccine Institute

The Sabin Vaccine Institute is a leading advocate for expanding vaccine access and uptake globally, advancing vaccine research and development, and amplifying vaccine knowledge and innovation. Unlocking the potential of vaccines through partnership, Sabin has built a robust ecosystem of funders, innovators, implementers, practitioners, policy makers and public stakeholders to advance its vision of a future free from preventable diseases. As a non-profit with three decades of experience, Sabin is committed to finding solutions that last and extending the full benefits of vaccines to all people, regardless of who they are or where they live. At Sabin, we believe in the power of vaccines to change the world. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, @SabinVaccine.

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Révélation du thème de la 8e édition de la conférence Future Investment Initiative : « Horizons infinis : investir aujourd’hui pour façonner l’avenir »

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RIYAD, Arabie saoudite, 19 avr. 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Le Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute se réjouit de dévoiler le thème de la 8e édition de sa conférence FII, prévue du 29 au 31 octobre 2024 au prestigieux Centre de conférences international du Roi Abdulaziz, dans la capitale saoudienne.

Organisée auteur du thème prometteur : « Horizons infinis : investir aujourd’hui pour façonner l’avenir », la FII 8e édition fera naître des débats sur la manière dont l’investissement peut servir d’incubateur vers un avenir prospère et durable, en repoussant les limites du possible pour le genre humain.

Rassemblant des leaders mondiaux, des entrepreneurs, des dirigeants politiques, des médias, mais aussi des décideurs dans les domaines de la finance, de l’IA, du développement durable, de l’énergie, de la géoéconomie, de l’industrie spatiale, et bien d’autres encore, la FII 8e édition promet d’être un creuset d’idées innovantes. En exploitant le thème des « Horizons infinis », la conférence 2024 entend inciter les participants à transcender les limites conventionnelles de la pensée et à explorer des opportunités d’investissement qui peuvent rapprocher les enjeux actuels des possibilités futures.

Richard Attias, PDG et membre du Conseil d’administration du FII Institute, a souligné l’importance de ce thème : « Horizons infinis est bien plus qu’un thème. C’est un vibrant appel à élargir notre vision collective et à embrasser les perspectives illimitées de l’avenir. Il représente notre engagement à susciter des débats menant vers un avenir où l’investissement ne connaît pas de limites et contribue à un meilleur avenir pour tous ».

Organisée par le Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute, une organisation fondée par le PIF (Public Investment Fund), la conférence FII fera peau neuve à l’occasion de sa 8e édition, pour une semaine exclusivement réservée aux membres du FII Institute, aux délégués invités et aux partenaires stratégiques. Lors de la conférence, les discussions seront axées sur les données, afin de garantir que les idées sont fondées sur des faits et des stratégies exploitables.

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Apresentando o tema do 8º Fórum do Future Investment Initiative: “Horizontes Infinitos: Investindo Hoje, Moldando o Amanhã”

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RIYADH, Arábia Saudita, April 18, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute tem o prazer de anunciar o tema para a próxima 8ª edição da conferência FII, marcada para 29 a 31 de outubro de 2024, no renomado Centro Internacional de Conferências Rei Abdulaziz (KAICC) em Riyadh, Arábia Saudita.

Com o instigante tema “Horizontes Infinitos: investindo hoje, moldando o amanhã”, a FII8 promoverá debates sobre como o investimento pode ser um catalisador para um futuro próspero e sustentável, ampliando os limites do que é possível para a humanidade.

A FII8 promete ser um caldeirão de ideias inovadoras, reunindo líderes globais, empreendedores, políticos, profissionais da mídia e tomadores de decisão em áreas como finanças, inteligência artificial, sustentabilidade, energia, geoeconomia, e até mesmo exploração espacial. Com o tema “Horizontes Infinitos”, a conferência deste ano desafiará os participantes a pensarem além dos limites convencionais e explorarem oportunidades de investimento que possam transcender os desafios atuais e abrir caminho para possibilidades futuras.

Richard Attias, CEO e membro do conselho do FII Institute, destacou a importância desse tema, afirmando que “Horizontes Infinitos não é apenas um lema; é um chamado claro para expandir nossa visão coletiva e abraçar as perspectivas ilimitadas do futuro. Isso representa nosso compromisso de promover conversas que levem a um futuro em que o investimento não tenha limites e contribua para um futuro melhor para todos.”

A FII8, organizada pelo FII Institute, estabelecida pelo PIF, trará um formato inovador como uma semana exclusiva para membros do FII Institute, delegados convidados e parceiros estratégicos. As discussões durante a conferência serão baseadas em dados, assegurando que as visões sejam fundamentadas em fatos e estratégias exequíveis.

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Woman arrested for terminating pregnancy at Omawe

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Oshikoto Region have opened a case of abortion against a 25-year-old Namibian woman who allegedly terminating her pregnancy after her boyfriend refused to take responsible for her pregnancy.

According to the region’s Crime Investigation Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Titus Ekandjo on Friday, the incident happened on Wednesday at about 01h00 at Omawe village in the Eengodi constituency.

‘It is alleged that the suspect gave birth at home to a dead baby in her sleeping room and informed her mother after she gave birth,’ reported Ekandjo.

He added that it is further alleged that at home, no one knew the suspect was seven months pregnant.

Ekandjo reported that the suspect and the deceased body were taken to Omuthiya District Hospital by the police for the suspect to receive treatment and while at the hospital the suspect was interviewed and then confessed to have consumed or drank a concoction to terminate her pregnancy because her boyfriend refused to take responsibili
ty for the pregnancy.

‘The hospital referred the matter to the police for autopsy and further investigations,’ reported Ekandjo.

The suspect was arrested and released in the care of the mother and will appear before Tsumeb magistrate court on next week Tuesday while investigation continues.

Source: Namibia Press Agency


Minor allegedly burnt at Omusati

A 35-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly burning a five-year-old boy at Omaku village in the Tsandi constituency of the Omusati Region.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Omusati’s Regional Crime Investigation Coordinator, Moses Simaho, confirmed to Nampa on Friday that the incident occurred on Wednesday at around 14h00 and a case of attempted murder has been opened.

According to Simaho, the victim is accused of breaking into the shebeen and stealing sugar.

‘It is alleged that the suspect burned the boy by lighting the grass on fire and applying it to the child’s body,’ he said.

Simaho indicated that the victim sustained serious injuries on both hands, feet, thighs and legs.

He noted that the victim is admitted at Tsandi hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment and is in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, the suspect has been arrested and charged.

Police investigations into the matter continues.

Source: Namibia Press Agency


Infant’s body discovered half-buried at Omusati

The body of a new-born baby was allegedly discovered half buried at Omunyele village in the Etayi constituency in the Omusati Region on Thursday.

The Namibian Police Force’s Omusati Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Simaho, confirmed this to Nampa on Friday, saying the discovery was made around 20h30 by a group of children who were passing by.

‘It is allegedly that the suspect give birth to unknown gender baby and buried half of the body in the ground,’ he said.

He noted that they are yet to determine the gender of the deceased baby and suspect is unknown.

Simaho indicated that the police are investigating a case of murder, concealment of birth and defeating the course of justice.

Source: Namibia Press Agency


MIRCO works towards amending wrongful arrest of Junias Shomwele

WINDHOEK: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO), Peya Mushulenga, stated on Thursday that his ministry, along with the Ministry of Justice, is actively working to rectify the injustice meted out against Junias Shomwele.

He said this in Parliament in response to questions posed by Popular Democratic Movement Member of Parliament, Maximillient Katjimune, concerning the compensation of Shomwele, a Namibian citizen who was wrongfully taken into custody in Zambia on the allegation that he threw a stone on the road, causing former Sioma district commissioner, Mutomena Mubiana’s vehicle to experience a burst tyre in 2014. He was detained from 2014 to 2017 and since his release in 2017, he has made several requests from the government to aid in his search for restitution.

‘The ministry has taken considerable steps over the years to facilitate and engage the relevant authorities in line with its mandate as far as the case of Mr. Shomwele is concerned,’ stated Mushulenga.

He further noted that
legal aid was provided by the Ministry of Justice to Shomwele in 2018 for the execution of the judgement and that they are still awaiting a response for their request for mutual legal assistance.

‘A request for Mutual Legal Assistance was also received from the Ministry of Justice on 24 July 2023 to assist in the matter of Shomwele receiving compensation from the Zambian government for his time spent in prison, which we transmitted via diplomatic channels to the Zambian authorities. The request has been received by the Central Authority of Zambia. This was confirmed by the Zambian High Commission in a meeting convened on 27 October 2023,’ said Mushulenga.

Furthermore, he stated that MIRCO is still waiting on a response in this matter, adding, ‘once received we will transmit the same to the Ministry of Justice which is the right custodian to deal with the matter.’

Mushulenga said that MIRCO continues to carry out its mandate by transmitting requests for mutual legal assistance through diplomatic channels as
guided by Article 96 of the Namibian Constitution.

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Ovaherero people at Gam to commemorate their repatriation day from Botswana

The Ovaherero community in the Tsumkwe Constituency who were repatriated from Botswana to Namibia on 28 April 1993, will host the 31st anniversary of their repatriation day at Gam settlement in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Organiser of the event, Ernst Muraranganda in an interview with Nampa on Friday said the main day for the Ovaherero returnees is on 28 April 2024 at Gam, and prior to it on 26 and 27 April several cultural entertainment activities will take place at the community hall and sports field.

‘We have prepared to host Miss Gam Returnee for 2024 on 26 April followed by a music bash and sports games like football, netball and volleyball on 27 April,’ said Muraranganda.

A horse racing tournament, dancing competition, tug-of-war and a five-kilometre run competition will also take place on 27 April.

Muraranganda explained that the main event on Sunday will feature several speeches from traditional leaders and government officials, especially on challenges being faced by Gam community members and discu

Gam has nearly 6 000 direct community descendants of the Ovaherero warriors who fought in the war of resistance against the German colonial forces from 1904 to 1908.

‘Our forefathers crossed to Botswana when the war of resistance inside the country had intensified, and most of the attendees of this event on 28 April this year, are those who were born in Botswana and are Namibians by registration,’ he said.

In 1993, a total of 7 000 Herero descendants that now live in the Gam area, had crossed over to Namibia through the Muhembo border post, Muraranganda said.

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Jimmy-!Ha-Eiros praised for committing to liberate Namibians

The late liberation struggle veteran, Ida Jimmy-!Ha-Eiros has been hailed for her commitment to the fight to liberate Namibians.

Speaking during a memorial service held at farm Snipriver on Friday, Swapo Party secretary general, Sophia Shaningwa said the late Jimmy-!Ha-Eiros was one of the daughters of the soil who played an instrumental role in mobilising Namibians against the apartheid administration, citing that she had an unwavering commitment towards addressing the plight of her fellow oppressed workers during the apartheid era.

‘Her life epitomises a self-sacrificing daughter of the Namibian soil who despite all odds, undertook to either die or else liberate her motherland. Her name shall forever be embedded in the history of our country and on the good side of those who sacrificed their lives for our eternal freedom. To the Swapo Party and the people of Namibia, she embodied and exemplified everything we hope the future generation can emulate,’ Shaningwa said.

Jimmy-!Ha-Eiros was imprisoned several
times, her first imprisonment was in 1979 at Gobabis prison, where she was in prison with her one-year-old son, Natangwe Jimmy for five months. After she was released she was placed under house arrest for one year. Again between 1980 to 1985, Jimmy-!Ha-Eiros was in prison for speaking in public saying, ‘Comrades, give the Swapo freedom fighters food and water, they are our sons, brothers and husbands.’

In a speech read on his behalf, Founding President Sam Nujoma said the late Jimmy-!Ha-Eiros despite the persecution, remained an epitome of grace and dignity and did not let bitterness engulf her heart but remained focused on the mission of achieving freedom and justice for her people.

‘She suffered persecution, imprisonment and harassment by the security apparatus of the apartheid regime, but she never wavered. Her legacy demonstrates the critical role that women played in the liberation struggle, we therefore acknowledge their immense contribution and sacrifices for our freedom and genuine independence, for
this reason, her exemplary deeds shall be remembered by the present and future generations,’ said Nujoma.

Jimmy-!Ha-Eiros died on 03 April this year at the age of 79 after a long illness. She served among others, as Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency councillor, Swapo regional coordinator for ||Kharas between 1992 and 1998, as member of the Swapo politburo and central committee and Swapo head of elections as well as district coordinator for Lderitz.

She will be laid to rest at farm Snipriver on Saturday.

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Grootfontein murder suspect succumbs to injuries in hospital

The 48-year-old Francois Xoagub accused of the murder of his wife, at Grootfontein earlier this month, succumbed Friday afternoon to injuries he sustained in an alleged suicide attempt.

It is alleged that Xoagub murdered his wife, Lizelda Xoagus, 40, on 09 April 2024 at their house in Grootfontein’s Extension 5, where he stabbed her multiple times with a kitchen knife and poured acid on her body.

Xoagub thereafter, allegedly consumed some of the acid in an attempt to commit suicide.

At the time members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) arrived at the scene the same night, Xoagub was found in a critical condition and was taken to the Grootfontein State Hospital, from where he was later transferred to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital.

NamPol Commander for Community Affairs in the Otjozondjupa Region, Senior Inspector Maureen Mbeha on Friday said Xoagub died on Friday afternoon at the Windhoek Central Hospital under police guard.

His close relatives have been informed of his death.

Xoagub was self-e
mployed, while his wife was a radiographer at the Grootfontein State Hospital.

The couple leaves behind a minor daughter, Mbeha said.

Police investigations into the matter continue.

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Opuwo, Rundu strengthen commitment towards zero waste

Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on waste management by Rundu and Opuwo last month, the two town councils reiterated their commitment to waste management with the launch of a ‘zero-waste’ campaign at Opuwo on Friday.

The initiative seeks to convert waste materials into valuable resources and eliminate trash, rendering Opuwo and Rundu the cleanest towns in Namibia while simultaneously reducing hunger in their communities.

The MoU was signed in Rundu on 07 March 2024, committing to ‘Go Zero Waste’ as a means of halting trash disposal into landfills.

Opuwo Mayor Rosa Mbinge-Tjeundo at the launch said that the collaboration is critical to eliminating waste while emphasising and encouraging that trash should not be discarded but rather recycled as a means of eradicating hunger, which includes the sale of waste recycling enterprises for product manufacture.

‘I implore you to utilise the waste you collect in town to be able to give you profits and end hunger,’ she went on to say.

ndu Mayor Gabriel Kanyanga on his part, said the waste generated in towns may be converted into green pastures that will abolish hunger.

He stated that a board was formed to ensure that the campaign is realised. Kanyanga is the chairperson of the board, to be deputised by Mbinge-Tjeundo, while the chairpersons of the management committee of both town councils are the spokespersons, and their chief executive officers will serve as treasurers.

He said the board will not administer the programme; instead, the community will run it under the board’s oversight.

‘This board or these local authorities will not be the one running the campaign within our respective towns, instead the concept will be given to our communities and they will be the ones running the initiative,’ he said.

He also urged the Opuwo community to adapt and adjust to their duties.

‘We are so happy that the community of Opuwo stood up in numbers to come and listen to the launch to take up the ownership of the waste,’ he noted, adding that bot
h councils also decided to organise an extensive cleanup campaign on 17 May 2024.

Furthermore, the mayor challenged the community to devise creative methods to turn rubbish into usable products to generate cash.

Source: Namibia Press Agency