Cabinet directs OPM to provide food assistance to drought-stricken regions

Cabinet has directed the Office of the Prime Minister, through the respective regional councils, to provide food assistance to drought stricken households in the //Kharas, Hardap and Omaheke regions.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Peya Mushelenga announced this when he issued Cabinet decisions taken at the seventh decision-making meeting on Friday, saying the food assistance to these regions will be provided for a period of nine months from 01 July 2023 to 31 March 2024.

Funding for the assistance will come from the National Emergency Disaster Fund (NEDF).

Cabinet also directed the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform to provide the drought-stricken regions with livestock support programmes at an estimated N.dollars 87.4 million for six months from 01 July 2023 to December 2023.

‘Cabinet further directed the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform to consider the extension of the livestock support programme to Kunene, parts of Erongo and parts of Omusati regions,’ he said.

The same ministry has also been directed to ensure regular maintenance and repair of boreholes, water points and provision of tanker services through water tankers in these regions.

According to Mushelenga, the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare in consultation with the Ministry of Finance was directed to intensify the roll out of social welfare programmes in urban centres, among marginalised communities in the affected areas.

Cabinet further directed the ministry to assess the conditions of the Bakgalagadi communities in the Omaheke Region to determine if they qualify for assistance through marginalised programmes.

Cabinet also directed the Ministry of Health and Social Services to ensure the continuous issuance of ready-to-use supplementary food sachets to malnourished diagnosed cases, as well as water purification tablets in all regions.

Source: NAMPA

Kinda runs personal best to reach T11 100m final

Namibian T11 sprinter Chris Kinda and his guide Riwaldo Goagoseb put up an impressive run of 11.42 seconds to qualify for the final of the T11 100m event at the Sport Arena Nottwil on Saturday.

The World Para Athletics (WPA) 2023 Nottwil Grand Prix is underway in Nottwil, Switzerland at the Sport Arena Nottwil located at the Schweizer Paraplegic Centre.

To qualify for the final of the T11 men’s 100m, Kinda and Goagoseb won their heat with a new personal record of 11.42 seconds, which is three-tenths of a second from their previous record of 11.45 seconds.

Meanwhile, Paralympic gold medallist Ananias Shikongo and his guide Hatago Murere also reached the final after winning their heat with a time of 11.55 seconds.

T13 sprinter Johannes Nambala clocked the third fastest time in the 100m to reach the final. He ran 11.10 seconds to finish behind Ageze Salum Kashafali of Norway and Axel Zorzi of France, who clocked 10.55 and 10.89 seconds respectively.

T37 sprinter Petrus Karuli also reached the final of the 100m after winning his heat with a time of 12.45 seconds. Meanwhile, T46 sprinter Bradley Murere reached the 100m final with an impressive run of 11.16 seconds. He was just behind the winner, Danas Sodaitis of Luthania, who ran a time of 11.10 seconds.

Denzel Namene, who was disqualified from competing in the long jump on the opening day of the championship, redeemed himself with an impressive run of 12.09 seconds in the T44 sprint. He finished behind T47 sprinter Andres Luis Segura Vasquez and T46 sprinter Mejia Cristian of the Dominican Republic.

T11 male sprinter Immanuel Bernado Alfredo and his guide Even Tjiuiju finished seventh in the overall standing of the T11 100m heats. They ran a time of 11.82 seconds.

In the women’s category, T11 sprinter Lahja Ishitile and her guide Sem Shimanda reached the final after finishing second behind Guohua Zhou of China. Ishitile and Shimanda ran a time of 12.80 seconds, while Zhou clocked 12.07 seconds.

T12 sprinter Lahja Ipinge and her guide Fillipus Kotokeni finished fourth overall in the 100m sprint with a time of 13.11 seconds. Derleyns Severino de la Cruz of the Dominican Republic clocked the fastest time of the 100m heats which was 12.20 seconds.

Source: NAMPA

Funding for the assistance will come from the National Emergency Disaster Fund (NEDF).

Cabinet has directed the Office of the Prime Minister, through the respective regional councils, to provide food assistance to drought stricken households in the //Kharas, Hardap and Omaheke regions.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Peya Mushelenga announced this when he issued Cabinet decisions taken at the seventh decision-making meeting on Friday, saying the food assistance to these regions will be provided for a period of nine months from 01 July 2023 to 31 March 2024.

Funding for the assistance will come from the National Emergency Disaster Fund (NEDF).

Cabinet also directed the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform to provide the drought-stricken regions with livestock support programmes at an estimated N.dollars 87.4 million for six months from 01 July 2023 to December 2023.

‘Cabinet further directed the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform to consider the extension of the livestock support programme to Kunene, parts of Erongo and parts of Omusati regions,’ he said.

Source: NAMPA

In a statement, Chief Veterinary Officer Albertina Shilongo outlined a series of measures

Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry announced Saturday that it is taking immediate action to control the spread of the Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) virus, which was detected in the country on May 23 this year.

In a statement, Chief Veterinary Officer Albertina Shilongo outlined a series of measures being implemented across the country to minimize transmission of the virus from ticks and animals to humans.

The ministry is enforcing strict tick control activities at all animal gathering events, ensuring that inspection and, where necessary, supervision of tick control activities is conducted at identified high-risk animal establishments and auction facilities, she said.

She urged animal handlers to ensure that animals are free from ticks and to wear protective clothing when conducting any slaughtering procedures, while animal producers have also been advised to use approved Acaricides, which are chemical agents that control tick infestations on animals.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever is a tick-borne virus that can also be transmitted among humans through close contact with infected blood or bodily fluids, according to the World Health Organization.

Source: NAMPA

CPLP recommends mobility of cultural assets

The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) has recommended increase in political dialogue, in partnership with finance officials.

The decision is expressed in a statement released at the end of the 2nd Extraordinary Meeting of the CPLP ministers of Culture held Friday in Luanda.

The document states that the common measures will ensure the import and export of cultural goods in the space.

The participants praised the financial contribution of Angola, Brazil and Portugal to the third edition of the CPLP Audiovisual programme, which is in the process of completion of preparatory works and expected to be released in 2023.

They also encouraged the collaboration among the national structures of the member States, aiming to assure the good implementation of the 2022-2024 Plan of Action and the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan for Multilateral Cultural Cooperation.

The ministers decided to create the conditions for the participation of the CPLP, as a guest of honour, in the Gothenburg Book Fair 2025.

The event that will take place in Sweden aims to provide exchange of knowledge between cultural agents, authors, composers, writers, researchers, managers and civil society worldwide.

The CPLP minister were also pleased with the various initiatives carried out, aligned with the political agenda of the institution, for the promotion of the Portuguese language and the cultural diversity of the Member States, as well as the implementation, by 2024, of the activities of the Action Plan, with stress to the Forum on Public Cultural Policies for sustainable development.

They also praised the holding of the CPLP International Conference on Historical Archives, as well as the annual meeting of Specialised Entities and those in charge of the protection of copyright and related rights.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Politico-diplomatic relations between Angola and Italy highlighted

The political and diplomatic relations between Angola and Italy were stressed during the week that ends this Saturday, among the political news from ANGOP.

The relationship was strengthened during a two-day state visit that the President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, made to the European country, having met the most distinguished national entities, with stress to his counterpart Sergio Mattarella.

As part of the visit, which took place on Wednesday and Thursday, the two states signed several cooperation agreements, focusing on oil, transport, finance, health and education.

In the Italian Parliament, João Lourenço met with the President of the Senate, Ignacio La Russa, and the President of this sovereign body, Lorenzo Fontana.

On Wednesday evening, President Sergio Mattarella awarded him the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and, on the same occasion, the Angolan statesman decorated with the Order Agostinho Neto, his counterpart and the Italian First Lady, Laura Mattarella.

On the last day of the visit, he participated in the Italy-Angola Economic Forum, organized by the business association Confindustria Assafrica in collaboration with the Agency for the Promotion of Private Investments and Exports (AIPEX).

Also during the week that ends this Saturday, the Angolan authorities reaffirmed their interest in continuing to develop their efforts to strengthen and deepen political-diplomatic relations and economic cooperation with the United States of America (USA). .

This commitment was made by the Angolan Head of State, in a message on the occasion of 30 years of diplomatic relations between Angola and the United States, celebrated on the 19th of this month.

In his letter, João Lourenço defended the deepening of relations with the United States based on respect, reciprocity and mutual benefits for the benefit of both countries and peoples.

Still within the framework of the presidential agenda, the question of peace, security and development in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was studied on Monday, during an audience the head of the Angolan State, João Lourenço, granted to the President of the Forum of Parliaments of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (FP-CIRGL), Jemma Nunu Kumba.

The week was also marked by the approval, by the National Assembly (AN), as a whole, of the bill on freedom of assembly and demonstration, with 172 votes in favour, none against and as many abstentions.

This is the first legislative initiative of the opposition generally approved by the Parliament, prepared by the UNITA parliamentary group and about which the MPLA has expressed total openness to its discussion.

Also in the Chamber of Laws, last week, the general labor law proposal was approved, with 172 votes in favor, two against and none abstentions.

The General Labor Law essentially aims to restore a set of standards that were repealed with Law No. 2/2000, of February 11, in order to create a better balance in the defense of the interests of workers and employers and to strengthen the harmony in the working relationship.

The bill reintroduces as a general rule the employment contract of indefinite duration, and unequivocally assumes the employment contract as the only form of constitution of legal and labor relations.

ANGOP also highlighted the statements of the Speaker of the National Assembly (AN), Carolina Cerqueira, who reiterated, on Tuesday, the Angolan State’s commitment to the promotion of democracy, good governance, defense human rights and the achievement of lasting peace and security in the Great Lakes region.

Speaking during a round table on the “foreign policy of the Republic of Angola in the Great Lakes region”, promoted by the AN, Carolina Cerqueira said that it is necessary for everyone to take up the challenge of transforming the Great Lakes region into a space of political and social stability, of shared growth and development.

In the week just ending this Saturday, Africans also celebrated May 25, Africa Day, and in a note alluding to the date, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “the continent continues the struggle to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, various endemics and hunger”, caused by cyclical food crises”.

It adds that, 60 years later, countless challenges remain for the full realization of the objectives proposed by the founding fathers of the OAU.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)