WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Namibia’s first ever refuse-derived fuel recycling
plant was inaugurated in Windhoek in the Khomas region Friday.
The plant is a joint venture between Namibian company Rent-A-Drum
and Ohorongo Cement, a company set up in 2007 by the German cement
producer Schwenk Zement.
Rent-A-Drum will collect more than 12,000 tons of non-recyclable
waste material that will be converted into alternative fuel for use
by Ohorongo Cement.
Apart from reducing the cost of fossil fuels, the 200 million
Namibian dollar (15.7 million U.S. dollars) plant will also enhance
Namibia’s quest to contribute in the fight against global warming.
Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta who officially inaugurated the
plant said the joint venture has so far created 60 jobs.
Shifeta also said Namibia should recognize that waste recycling is a
key component of modern waste reduction and the third component of
the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle of the waste management hierarchy.
The inauguration of the plant, he further said, means that Namibia
will be at the forefront in tackling recyclable and non-recyclable
materials by turning them into reusable materials.
Khomas governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua who also attended the
inauguration said Namibia has had waste management challenges
because of lack of institutional capacity in some towns.
“Khomas region was not spared, especially as it is faced with a huge
influx of urban migrants therefore doing nothing to change our waste
management practices is no longer an option,” she said.
UN expert urges Namibia to invest
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
A United Nations Expert on Monday urged Namibia to
invest in healthcare as the projected growth rate for the older
population in sub-Saharan Africa is faster than any other region.
Speaking at a press conference in Namibia capital Windhoek, Rosa
Kornfeld said that this will result in immense pressure on the care
system as a growing number of older persons will be living with
chronic diseases and disability.
“Low population density and accelerated levels of urbanization have
the potential to erode the traditional family care system. Further
investment by the government in health and care infrastructure is
required to provide alternatives to the older persons in rural
areas,” she said.
She added that care can no longer be considered simply a family
matter and called upon government to step up its efforts to revise
the Aged Persons Act in order to fully provide for the rights,
protection care and welfare of older people.
The expert has been in Namibian for the past three weeks where she
had a chance to meet with older people and representatives of local
authorities as well as civil society representatives. She was
presenting preliminary findings for a report which will come out in
She commended government for its political determination and vision
on how to improve the lives of all Namibians by 2030 and to protect
their human rights and urged the government to deliver on its
Sub-Saharan Africa HIV
prevention response meet set for Namibia
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Regional experts including top government officials,
leading clinicians and researchers, civil society advocates and
program implementers will be in Namibia’s coastal town Swakopmund,
to discuss HIV prevention response in sub-Saharan Africa.
The British High Commission and Wilton Park, an executive agency of
the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Monday said
the three day meet will start on March 8 to 10.
Namibia’s Health Minister Bernard Haufiku is set to open the
session, which will run under the theme, ‘Building a stronger HIV
prevention response in Sub-Saharan Africa.’ Namibia’s first lady,
Monica Geingos will also grace the event.
According to the British High Commission, participants will discuss
what HIV prevention efforts work best, and how these can be expanded
and funded across sub-Saharan Africa to best meet the needs of
diverse groups at high risk.
Furthermore the groups will identify opportunities to deliver
prevention to key populations, to overcome existing barriers and to
ensure prevention can be prioritized while treatment for HIV
continues to be scaled up.
Earlier in February, health experts from eastern and southern Africa
regions’ were in Windhoek, discussing HIV prevalence among young
adolescent girls and young women.
Project on migration, environment
and climate change launched in Namibia
WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) --
Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism in
partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Tuesday launched Project on Migration, Environment and Climate
Change: Evidence for policy in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean
The project, according to Head of Office at IOM in Namibia Lilian
Ambuso, aims to increase knowledge and awareness about the
relationship between migration and environmental change, including
climate change, to inform the formulation of related national and
regional policy and operational planning.
“The project will see national governments and operational partners
from participating countries to have increased their capacity to
streamline environmental change, including climate change into
migration management policies,” she said.
The project is being carried out in four countries, namely,
Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia. “These four are some
of the most climate-affected countries in the world, with
increasingly significant impacts on population movement,” said
Also speaking at the launch, FAO Representative Babagana Ahmadu said
that the launch of the project is timely and represent a milestone
in addressing climatic challenges, as the data will serve in
providing evidence-based solutions as it will translate into the
development of a SADC policy guiding regional document on migration,
environment and climate change.
Meanwhile, Peter Muteyauli, Director of Environmental Affairs in the
Ministry of Environment and Tourism said that through the project
Namibia is set to gain a clear understanding and insight into
issues, and have clear interventions on how to address the nexus of
migration and climate change.
The project also responds to the call of CoP21 for countries to make
effort and fight negative impacts of climate change.
In Namibia, the project is being implemented by the Ministry of Home
Affairs and Immigration, Ministry of Environment and Office of the
Prime Minister, with seed funding from the IOM.