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More than half of Zimbabwean population needs food aid

Zimbabwe’s cabinet has revealed that more than half of the nation’s population of about 15 million people will immediately need food aid until March next year, as the country reels from the impact of the El Niño weather phenomenon that’s already slashed corn output and led to a national state of disaster being declared. Bloomberg reports that the southern African nation’s rural areas are the most affected with 6 million […]

todayMay 16, 2024 3


South Africa’s conservation model: why expanding the use of biodiversity to generate money is a good idea

    By Hayley Clements, Stellenbosch University; Alta De Vos, Stellenbosch University, and Matthew Child, University of Pretoria   South Africa’s government is calling for public comments on an updated version of its existing biodiversity economy plan. The National Biodiversity Economy Strategy aims to conserve biodiversity while also contributing to job creation and economic growth. It proposes to do this by promoting sustainable use of the country’s natural resources. The strategy […]

todayApril 8, 2024 10


Karasburg Council suspended over mismanagement

Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, has suspended all seven councillors at the Karasburg Town Council with immediate effect due to persistent shortcomings in strategic direction, leadership, and accountability, among other reasons. The minister further accused the town council of dismissing the substantive CEO and other staff members without following due processes.

todayMarch 18, 2024 12


Small-Scale mining boosts economic diversification

Namibia is striving to improve its competitiveness within the Southern African Development Community by prioritising industrialisation in its National Development Plans towards Vision 2030. Small-scale mining plays a pivotal role in supporting livelihoods, reducing poverty, and fostering entrepreneurship, particularly in rural areas with large gemstone deposits. Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade spokesperson Elijah Mukubonda explains.

todayMarch 11, 2024 6

Business / Economics

Oshikoto region trains SMEs on business management

The Oshikoto regional council spokesperson Petrus Nehale said they are planning to improve the livelihood of small and medium enterprise (SME) owners by teaching them business management and other skills. Nehale in an interview with Nampa on Friday said that as part of their annual work plan, they conducted a two-day free training for small and medium rural business owners to equip them with skills and expertise to thrive in […]

todayNovember 27, 2023 2


Government tackles housing backlog

Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni says his ministry is addressing the severe housing backlog of 300,000 units. uutoni has acknowledged challenges like slow land delivery, high prices, and regulatory hurdles.

todayNovember 22, 2023 6