Namibians should unite to achieve economic recovery: Geingob

Namibians should unite to develop positive solutions toward economic recovery, sustainable development and shared prosperity, President Hage Geingob has said.

Opening the 21st edition of the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) on Sunday under the theme ‘Gearing towards smart economy’ Geingob said the global economic difficulties the country has faced calls for government, private sector, labour unions and civil society to work together to develop positive solutions that will enable the economy to become more robust and resistant to external shocks in future.

He said as Namibia gears towards positioning itself to adopt the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) concept, the government has prioritised agriculture, health, finance, defence and education sectors to increase production, create new jobs and ensure food security through technological transformation.

“Moving forward, Namibia’s success can only be guaranteed through sacrifice, hard work and most importantly, unity. As we develop our blueprint for moving forward post Covid-19, let us all realize that if we plan together, think together and work together, we will achieve success as One Namibia, One Nation,” he said.

Geingob noted that the 4IR Taskforce, appointed on 01 July last year, has been working jointly with the World Economic Forum to develop a 4IR Policy and Legislative toolkit for use to ensure that Namibia’s policy and legislative instruments are 4IR compliant and “Future –Proof,” given the rapidly advancing nature of these modern technologies.

Government and the private sector, he said should therefore work together in order to promote technological transformation in the local economy and work on ways to combine digital transformation with innovation and talent competitiveness to improve Namibia’s readiness for the 4IR.

It is commendable that the OATF has this year, attracted over 350 local and international exhibitors which indicates a fair number of active economic sectors in the country, he said, stressing that: “Government’s overall goal remains to achieve our long-term vision, that of an industrialised nation developed by her human resources, with a healthy Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.”

The trade fair which commenced on Friday ends 01 September 2022.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Zambezi, Khomas reign supreme at Newspaper Cup

Zambezi and Khomas Region have been crowned football and netball champions respectively, of the 20th Edition of the 2022 Namibian Newspaper Cup at Oshakati Stadium on Sunday.

In football, underdogs Zambezi started like a house on fire with speedy winger Munguni Chizabulyo heading in a harmless cross from the right which had caught the Kavango defence in sixes and sevens within two minutes of the match.

Kavango seemed to be in panic mode as they lost possession unnecessarily while committing too many fouls leading to three of their players being booked in the first half.

However, in the thirteen minutes, Kavango had three successive shots blocked by the Zambezi defence following a rare attack.

The match became physical as tackles were flying in all over the place, with the Zambezi almost capitalising on a deflected back pass to add a second goal, but were denied by the crossbar in the 40th minute.

The Zambezi took a 1-0 lead to halftime and immediately struck seven minutes into the second half through Chizabulyo who took advantage of the sleepy Kavango defence to sneak a powerful shot in the near post and make it 2-0.

Kavango fought back bravely and pulled one back through Tarah Siwombe whose powerful left-footed shot found the back of the net.

However, the Zambezi, who had never progressed from the group stages of this tournament held on for a famous victory.

Martin Mandume from Ohangwena was named top goalscorer and player of the tournament.

Zambezi goalkeeper and Captain Beckson Sibeso were named goalie of the tournament.

Ohangwena finished third after beating Khomas 1-0 in the third playoff decider.

In Netball, the Khomas Region overcame fierce rivals and defending champions Erongo via a 31-24 scoreline where Khomas captain Louise van der Westhuizen was named woman of the match and best defender of the tournament.

The best shooter award was given to Sam Mathias of the Oshana region, while Aila Andreas from the Oshana region was named best midcourt player and Grace Matjayi from Otjozondjupa was named player of the tournament.

Omusati finished third while Oshana ended in the netball competition.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Zambezi and Khomas

Zambezi and Khomas Region have been crowned football and netball champions respectively, of the 20th Edition of the 2022 Namibian Newspaper Cup at Oshakati Stadium today.

In football, underdogs Zambezi started like a house on fire with speedy winger Munguni Chizabulyo heading in a harmless cross from the right which had caught the Kavango defence in sixes and sevens within two minutes of the match.

Martin Mandume from Ohangwena was named top goalscorer and player of the tournament.

Zambezi goalkeeper and Captain Beckson Sibeso were named goalie of the tournament.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency