WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Rising water levels and flooding in the northern
parts of Namibia have affected about 1,500 people, Prime
Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said on Thursday.
parliament, the PM said that the water levels in Oshana are
increasing from the Cuvelai source and communities in the
surrounding areas have been warned to move and relocate to
“It is important for
communities to cooperate and adhere to warnings while government
is working with all stakeholders in finding lasting solution and
put flood mitigating measures in place,” she said.
About eight villages
in the Ongwediva constituency are reported to be surrounded by
water while health facilities have also been affected.
structures have been activated to respond to the flood situation
and the government has and will continue to provide assistance
in the form of tents, food, ablution facilities, water tanker
services and more,” she said.
The regions affected
include Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Zambezi regions with
about 810 people having been relocated to high ground and are
currently receiving assistance from the government.
In areas where
health facilities and roads have been damaged,
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says that helicopters are going around
providing health services.
pupils from 102 schools in the same regions have also been
affected by the floods and schools had to close down.
The floods have been
termed the worst in the region in living memory. The rains that
cause these floods fall in Angola, then flow into Namibia’s
Cuvelai basin and end up filling the flood plains there.
Flood affects more than 27,000
students in Namibia
WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) --
A total number of 27,000 students and 102 schools
in Namibia’s north and north-east regions are affected by
floods, said Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina
Hanse-Himarwa on Tuesday in the National Assembly.
Hanse-Himarwa, Omusati region has the highest number of schools
(73) affected by the floods followed by 11 schools in Ohangwena
region and about 10 schools in Oshana region.
floods have also negatively impacted on the education sector
with buildings especially ablution facilities were submerged as
most have been damaged and will require renovations.
“Funds are limited
and the Ministry is challenged to be able to meet the needs as
requested by the regions. In most extreme cases the Ministry is
left with no other option but to close the schools while
continuing to provide basic needs to the learners such as tents
and other facilities,” said Hanse-Himarwa.
no schools have been closed yet in the Zambezi region, the
region is considered the most affected region. The current level
of the Zambezi River has reached 6.5 meters, which is considered
a disaster to the education sector.
In the meantime, to
address and mitigate the impact on education provision, the
Ministry has developed regional contingency plans mostly in the
flood prone areas and this has helped the ministry to some
extent and use the contingency plans to lobby for funds within
the Ministry’s budget and buy tents which are used during the
times of flooding.
However, in the case
of Zambezi region, where flood has just started making impact,
according to Hanse-Himarwa, the Ministry will close the schools
affected and carry out an assessment after three weeks in order
to allow these schools to use the existing schools in the upper
land to continue with classes during school holiday.
that the ministry will conduct a full assessment of the impact
of floods and will mobilize resources from stakeholders and
Namibian Dollar to weaken
against USD: expert
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
The Chief Investment Officer of Equity and
Asset Allocation at Capricorn Asset Management (CAM), Floris
Bergh told Xinhua on Thursday that he foresees the Namibian
Dollar to weaken against the U.S. Dollar after South African
president Jacob Zuma reshuffled his cabinet recently.
“The South African
Rand (which is linked to Namibian Dollar) depreciated will by
10.2 percent from 12.32 per USD to 13.58.” said Bergh.
He added that he
expects more downgrades from other rating agencies: “Other
rating agencies will follow suit in due course and cut their
ratings. However, S&P was the heavy weight. How things will
play out from here is very difficult to say.” he said.
The credit downgrade
of RSA debt was the culmination of events that played out over
the last week of March and into early April. Financial markets
started to price in a “bad news” scenario when Gordhan and his
deputy were recalled from an overseas trip. They were presenting
to overseas investors regarding the RSA economy and policies. In
the end Zuma reshuffled his cabinet, which, amongst others,
meant the axing of Gordhan and his deputy and the appointment of
a new minister of finance, and a new deputy minister.
Standard and Poor’s (Credit rating agency) to cut their
investment grade rating of SA foreign debt to non-investment
grade and that of domestic debt to BBB-, one notch above
non-investment grade. The key reason they provided was that the
reshuffle constituted a significant policy change amidst
increased political uncertainty.
economy is closely tied to South Africa, any political unrest in
neighboring South Africa is felt in Namibia and reverberates
across various Namibian indicators like inflation of housing,
food and fuel prices as well as low commodity prices for
exporting, according Bergh.
Management is a subsidiary of Bank Windhoek and is one of
Namibia’s leading asset management companies.
Chinese arts group performs in
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
The Jiangsu Performing Arts Group, a
Chinese performance arts group gave an electrifying performance
in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Friday evening.
included traditional Chinese opera such as Peking opera and
Kunqu opera, Pipa (a Chinese musical instrument), acrobatics,
and dance, amongst others.
Show organizer Li
Hong said that the performance themed “Perception of Jiangsu and
Jiangnan Style” is part of Jiangsu Performing Arts Group’s tour
to Africa, and honours China’s commitment to strengthening
bilateral relations with Africa through cultural exchanges.
The group also
performed at Cape Town’s amphitheatre before their performance
September 2001, the Jiangsu Performing Arts Group comprises 11
troupes which involve 12 artistic sorts.
“The arts group’s
operating range involves artistic production, research and
guidance, performance marketing, exploration,” said Li.
Meanwhile, Li Nan,
Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of
China in Namibia said that performance by the Jiangsu Performing
Arts Group is one of the most important cultural exchange
programmes between China and Namibia.
forms an important part of bilateral relations, which is
important in terms of promoting relations in all areas. China
and Namibia can learn from each other to bridge the gap of
cultural differences, and enhance integration,” said Li.
Governor of the
Khomas Region, Laura Mcleod-Katjirua added that the performance
is a further manifestation of the agreement between the Khomas
Regional Council and Jiangsu Province, adding the performance
paves way for further cultural exchanges between Namibia and
The Khomas Regional
Council and the Jiangsu Province signed a long-term friendly
cooperation agreement in 2015 to promote cultural exchange as
well as cooperation in the areas of education, social
development, economy and trade.
China hands over 4,000 tonnes
of rice to Namibia
WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) --
China on Tuesday officially handed over 4,000
metric tonnes of rice to Namibia in Windhoek as part of
assistance towards drought relief.
The handover was
officiated by visiting Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang
Ming and Namibian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
the drought in Namibia left more than 595,000 people directly or
indirectly affected and President Hage Geingob had declared the
drought a national emergency.
“This donation we
are witnessing is in fact a symbolic one as the large quantity
of food is already delivered to the regions and the intended
beneficiaries, which is the purpose of the donation,”
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, Namibia’s resilience
could be strengthened through international cooperation, such as
with agricultural projects, and Namibia could learn from Chinese
expertise in order to become self-sustainable in food security.