WTA Foundation and Gates Foundation launch new campaign—Women Change the Game—to urge action on women’s health and nutrition

Campaign includes the groundbreaking WTA Foundation Global Women’s Health Fund, which aims to help at least 1 million women in its first year with an inaugural donation from WTA Tour title sponsor Hologic

St. Petersburg, Fla. and Seattle, March 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, on International Women’s Day, the WTA Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation unveiled Women Change the Game, a new campaign uniting the power of women’s tennis and philanthropy to elevate women’s health and nutrition as a global priority. A key component of the campaign is the first-of-its-kind WTA Foundation Global Women’s Health Fund. With an inaugural donation from WTA Tour title sponsor Hologic, in its first year, the Fund will focus on a key aspect of preventive care: It aims to support at least one million women with prenatal vitamins in low- and middle-income countries where access to adequate nutrition for maternal health is limited.

“Throughout my life, tennis has given me a pathway to pursue my dreams, and I know first-hand how important it is to have access to the right health care and nutrition,” said Caroline Wozniacki, former WTA World No. 1 champion, and mother of two. “On International Women’s Day and beyond, I am proud to shine a light on women’s health and nutrition in the hopes that all women can reach their full power and potential.”

Women spend 25% more of their life in poor health than men, according to a 2024 report by the World Economic Forum. This significant health gap impacts women’s quality of life and limits their ability to engage in the workforce and earn a living for themselves and their families. And in the face of global crises—humanitarian disasters, war, and climate change—women and girls suffer the worst consequences.

“Every woman and girl deserves an equal opportunity to be her best—whether in school, at work, or on the tennis court,” said Naomi Osaka, four-time Grand Slam singles champion and new mom. “We are stepping up for women in need, because when we champion each other, we all win.”

Today, more than 1 billion women and girls lack access to the good nutrition and healthy diets they need to survive and thrive, with dire consequences for themselves and their children. Across the world, the gender nutrition gap is worsening. Women and girls are 50% more likely to suffer from malnutrition than boys and men. While the majority of expectant mothers in high-income countries take prenatal vitamins throughout their pregnancies, most women in low- and middle-income countries lack access to this simple, lifesaving resource. Prenatal vitamins provide key nutrients that dramatically reduce the risk of stillbirth, infant mortality, and babies born small and vulnerable, and they improve women’s health.

“It is unacceptable that so many women and girls don’t have access to adequate nutrition and basic care,” said Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “The WTA Foundation was founded on the idea of equal opportunity, and that’s exactly what Women Change the Game is about. Nowhere is it more important to level the playing field than women’s health.”

Women Change the Game
Women Change the Game will engage global audiences through tennis—translating the power of elite athletes on the court into elite influence off the court—to take on some of the most pressing and urgent issues for women and girls. A critical component of the campaign is the new WTA Foundation Global Women’s Health Fund, which will mobilize resources for lifesaving women’s health and nutrition products and services that are readily available in high-income countries but are difficult to access or altogether unavailable in low- and middle-income countries.

The campaign features creative assets, including video, digital, and social content, that elevate the voices of elite women athletes in service of women’s equality and better health and nutrition for women worldwide. A series of activations across the Hologic WTA Tour will engage corporate sponsors, tournaments, philanthropic partners, athletes, and fans to raise awareness and funding for women’s health and nutrition. The campaign drives audiences to womenchangethegame.com to engage on the issues and donate.

The WTA Foundation Global Women’s Health Fund
The fundraising component of the partnership is the Global Women’s Health Fund, with the kick-off donation of $1.5 million coming from Hologic, title sponsor of the WTA Tour and one of the world’s top medical technology innovators focused on improving women’s health and well-being. Collaboration on the Fund marks the latest expansion of the WTA’s and Hologic’s comprehensive, multiyear alliance to elevate women’s well-being. The Fund leverages data insights from sources like the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index, which shows the interlocking importance of preventive care, access to adequate food and shelter, strong educational opportunities, and other critical resources for women and girls of all ages.

“Whether it’s prenatal vitamins for expectant mothers or routine screenings for breast and cervical cancers, we know that early intervention is pivotal to helping women live longer and better,” said Stephen P. MacMillan, chairman, president, and CEO of Hologic. “As the first donor to the Global Women’s Health Fund, we’re teaming up with the WTA Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in urging others—businesses, foundations, governments, tennis fans—to join us in this crucial movement of improving women’s health.”

For at least the first year, every dollar raised through the Fund will be directed toward the Child Nutrition Fund, a global initiative aimed at ending child wasting led by UNICEF, with support from the U.K. government, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other partners. UNICEF, a leader in global health and nutrition, has the worldwide footprint and local partnerships necessary to bring products and services directly into the hands of women in need around the world.

For more information about Women Change the Game and the WTA Foundation’s Global Women’s Health Fund, visit www.womenchangethegame.com.

About the WTA
Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sports. The WTA is one of the world’s most recognizable and high-profile sports organizations, consisting of more than 1,600 players representing over 80 nations, all competing to earn WTA rankings points and prestigious tournament titles. The Hologic WTA Tour is comprised of over 70 events and four Grand Slams, spanning 30 countries and regions across six continents with a global audience of more than 1 billion. Further information on the WTA can be found at wtatennis.com.

About the WTA Foundation
Serving as the philanthropic arm of the leading women’s professional sport globally, the WTA Foundation empowers girls and women to live fully and supports our WTA communities worldwide through initiatives promoting equality, education, leadership, and health and wellness.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman, under the direction of Co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and the board of trustees.


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Prime Minister calls for investment in education for sustainable growth

WINDHOEK: Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has called on the public to collaborate with the government in investing towards the funding of education in order for Namibia to reach its economic potential and for sustainable growth.

Addressing attendees at the high-level tertiary education funding budget review dinner here on Thursday, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila acknowledged the government’s limitations in the level of funding required by the education sector.

To incentivise the public to come on board through public-private partnerships (PPP), the government has directed the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) to review its funding policy to include institutions that provide quality training in areas of strategic needs, the prime minister said.

‘The government has directed the relevant stakeholders to ensure that within a defined timeframe, we operationalise modalities for implementing PPP… so that we can use the investment we are making in education to catalyse private sector investment,’ K
uugongelwa-Amadhila stated.

In addition to investing in education, the prime minister emphasised the importance of technological advancement, particularly in digitising public services for efficient governance.

She further underscored the necessity of cultivating a skilled workforce capable of competing internationally.

‘We are not doing the people we are sponsoring a favour, but rather ensuring that we have a productive labour force that can compete with others who will come here from abroad. Education is the cornerstone of our nation’s prosperity. Taxpayer funds should be prioritised for educational investment,’ Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said.

The prime minister also cautioned that without a skilled workforce, Namibia’s natural resources, such as mines and oil fields, would be underutilised.

Reflecting on recent oil discoveries, the prime minister speculated on the significance of having the requisite expertise to exploit such resources effectively.

‘I actually find it interesting that all of a sudden we h
ave all these oil findings… I am wondering whether we are only finding them now or whether it has not always been known that they are there, but because we have no ability to discover the oil and no ability to pump it and process it, it has to be found at the right time by those that have the ability to find it, pump it and process it,’ she added.

The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation has received N.dollars 4.8 billion for the 2024/25 financial year.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Namibia to participate in SADC Council of Ministers meeting

WINDHOEK: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Peya Mushelenga, is set to attend the meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers in Luanda, Angola on 10 and 11 March.

The SADC Council of Ministers meeting was preceded by the meeting of SADC senior officials which took place between 04 and 06 March 2024.

The ministry in a media statement on Thursday said the ministers will review and discuss the status of implementation of the SADC Council and Summit Decisions, as well as review the progress of the implementation of the theme of the 43rd SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, which is ‘Human and Financial Capital: The Key Drivers for Sustainable Industrialisation in the SADC Region.’

The theme seeks to address two of the most critical enablers in supporting regional industrialisation, namely adequate human resources within the context of climate change and the fourth Industrial Revolution, and adequate financial resources to ensure more sustainabl
e funding mechanisms.

In addition, the ministers will also receive updates on the implementation of various programmes and activities of regional integration; assess progress made during the 2023/24 Financial Year, deliberate on the outlook for 2024/25 and discuss and approve the SADC Secretariat’s Annual Corporate Plan and Budget for the year 2024/25.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Okongo councillor urges caution after electrocution incident

Okongo Constituency Councillor Efraim Shipindo has urged residents to refrain from climbing electricity poles or transmission lines as it can cause serious injuries or even death.

Shipindo’s plea follows an incident involving two young boys, aged 11 and 14, who suffered severe electrocution injuries after climbing power lines at Oshakati Shakatelenga village within the Okongo area.

The incident occurred on Wednesday while they were supposed to be tending to goats. They however began playing and climbed onto an electricity pole, resulting in the electrocution.

‘The two victims sustained significant injuries and are currently receiving treatment at Okongo State Hospital. Fortunately, their conditions are reported to be stable,’ Shipindo said.

The councillor said Northern Region Electricity Distributor (Nored) officials were called in to investigate the cause of the electric shock. Initial findings suggest that the incident was not due to technical faults, but rather suspected tampering with the electric ca
bles by the boys.

Shipindo emphasised the importance of parental guidance in educating children about the hazards of electricity to prevent such accidents.

Meanwhile Nored spokesperson, Simon Lukas, expressed concern over the incident and also said they want to encourage parents to assist them in educating children about the danger associated with electricity, as well as to caution them to stop playing with electrical infrastructure.

He said Nored will continue its public education and awareness initiatives, including visits to various schools in the region in order to educate, sensitise, and raise awareness among learners regarding the potential dangers of electricity.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Keetmanshoop man appears in court for allegedly raping wife

A 37-year-old man accused of raping his pregnant wife was remanded in custody following his appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The accused made his first appearance before Magistrate Uchen Konjore, who postponed the case to 11 March 2024 to allow for further police investigations.

The accused indicated that he would defend himself in court and pleaded guilty to all three charges of rape read with the Domestic Violence Act 4 of 2003.

However, during cross-examination, he asserted that the sexual intercourse was consensual and denied the use of force as alleged by the State.

The magistrate however said the court is not satisfied with the accused’s plea and amended it to not guilty on all counts in accordance with Section 113 of Act 51 of 1977, which pertains to the amendment of charges during a trial.

State representative, Gift Kambinda informed the court that the State opposes bail because police investigations are at an early stage and because the accused knows the complainan
t and State witness, who is his wife.

The accused was remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop police holding cells until his next court appearance.

According to a Namibian Police Force crime report, the man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly raping his 37-year-old wife. The accusations include strangling her until she became weak, binding her hands with an electrical cable, and engaging in sexual intercourse with her without her consent and under coercive circumstances.

He allegedly asserted ownership of her body and questioned her attempts to prevent him from fulfilling his desires.

‘It is alleged that the suspect returned home intoxicated, displaying anger and aggression towards his wife. He allegedly threatened her with two knives to prevent her escape, as she often does when he becomes angry,’ the police report said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Minor dies of suspected snakebite in Ohangwena Region

A three-year-old girl died from a suspected snakebite at Oyongo village in the Ohangwena Region on Wednesday.

The Head of Media at the Namibian Police Force, Chief Inspector Elifas Kuwinga, said the incident occurred around midnight on Wednesday.

‘The deceased was bitten by an unseen reptile or insect. A small black bite mark was observed on the heel of her left foot,’ he said.

The girl was taken to the Odibo Health Centre, where she passed away.

Her body was taken to the Engela District State Hospital mortuary for a postmortem.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Girl dies in fire allegedly started by family member

The police in the Oshikoto Region have opened a case of murder against a 35-year-old mentally challenged man after he reportedly set a hut on fire, which led to the death of a six-year-old girl.

The Namibian Police Force’s Crime Investigation Coordinator for Oshikoto, Deputy Commissioner Titus Ekandjo, said the incident occurred around 23h00 on Thursday at Omugulugoonime village in the Omuntele Constituency.

The deceased has been identified as Gift Kaarina Imbili, who was a Grade 1 learner at Uukuma Combined School. A case of murder has been opened against the suspect.

‘It is alleged that the suspect came home from the Omulegongo location and found his family asleep. He started shouting at them, telling them to get out of the sleeping room before he sets it on fire, but no one came out and he set the hut on fire,’ said Ekandjo.

The suspect’s brother woke up when he heard the noise, rushed to his family members’ aid and kicked the door of their hut open.

‘The suspect’s mother came out carrying a small ch
ild, the brother to the deceased. The deceased was under the bed and there was no chance to save her,’ said Ekandjo.

The suspect’s 73-year-old mother and the four-year-old boy sustained serious injuries.

The suspect has been arrested and will appear in the magistrate’s court at Ondangwa on Monday.

Police investigations continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

NamPol urges public to refrain from sharing unverified video clips

WINDHOEK: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has issued a plea to the public to refrain from sharing videos depicting incidents that occurred outside Namibia, in so doing creating fear and panic within the community.

The police force in a media statement said a distressing video featuring the assault and mistreatment of a defenceless minor by an adult female at an unidentified day care centre has been circulating on WhatsApp. The statement clarified that the video footage dates back two to three years and did not take place within Namibia.

It further said the dissemination of such graphic content on social media has sparked public outcry and raised concerns, leading to confusion, fear, and panic within the community. NamPol therefore urges the public to desist from circulating videos depicting incidents that did not occur in Namibia.

‘The Namibian Police Force is mandated, among others, to protect life and property, as well as to investigate offenses or alleged offenses. Members of the public are herewith
assured that the force remains committed to executing its duties effectively and efficiently. Equally, the Namibian Police Gender Based Violence Division has been established to, among others, address issues involving minors and their protection,’ the statement said.

The police force encouraged the public to report any criminal activities occurring within their communities to their nearest police station.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Nampa to train media professionals in oil and gas coverage

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) is set to initiate training programmes for media professionals that focus on the coverage of emerging sectors within the oil and gas industry.

Nampa Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Linus Chata made the announcement on Thursday during a high-level tertiary education funding budget review dinner held at the Nampa headquarters in Windhoek.

The event was officiated by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. Also in attendance were Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Itah Kandjii-Murangi, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology Modestus Amutse, and prominent industry figures.

‘This event is the first of many similar engagements Nampa will be hosting going forward. We plan to give exposure to a wide range of sectors of our economy and society,’ Chata said.

The CEO noted that Nampa has ‘come of age’ and is determined to leverage all available avenues to deliver on its mandate.

‘We are scaling up and expanding beyond traditional ne
ws and information collection and dissemination, to content creation. With the aid of modern technology, we are able to connect corporate entities with their target markets here in Namibia and beyond,’ Chata added.

Nampa board member Bertha Amakali, while officially opening the event, commended participants for their dedication to national development, stressing the importance of research, innovation, and training in emerging sectors such as oil and gas and green hydrogen.

‘Our collective efforts will guide us toward sustainable growth and impactful outcomes. Besides the presentations, let us engage in constructive dialogue, share insights, and chart a course that aligns with our Harambee mantra, no one must be left out,’ said Amakali.

Amakali further revealed that Nampa has finalised its strategic plan, outlining its readiness to serve as a reliable information and content partner in the era of multimedia and emerging technologies.

She encouraged collaboration, stating, ‘Our teams will be calling on you
soon to discuss what we can do for you with our diverse capabilities.’

Nampa currently distributes content to over 500 digital media platforms and 88 newspapers across more than 70 countries and regions worldwide. The news agency delivers news to over 18 radio stations throughout Namibia.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Coastal Infrastructure Terminals employees receive salary increase

Employees of Coastal Infrastructure Terminals Namibia have received a salary increase of 7 and 6.75 per cent, respectively.

The increase of 7 per cent is effective on the basic salary of each employee who falls within the category of operator (excluding senior operators), while 6.75 per cent was added onto the salaries of all other category employees within the bargaining unit.

This was cemented through the signing of a wage agreement between the employers and the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) at Walvis Bay on Thursday.

Coastal Infrastructure Terminals Namibia is a Walvis Bay-based company responsible for bulk storage and distribution of fuel, with a smaller branch in Lderitz.

An additional 7 and 6.75 per cent, respectively, have also been added to the housing allowance of the employees within the bargaining unit.

The increase is effective from January 2024 and employees will receive back pay for the months already lapsed for this year, subject to the employee being in the employment of the employe
r at the date of payment.

MUN secretary general Fillepus Ampweya who represented the union commended the parties, noting that this was a milestone agreement for the union because, in addition to the salary agreement, the two parties also signed a recognition and procedural agreement.

‘This is rare because you do not usually get employers who will want you to sign the recognition agreement after a wage agreement. Usually, they will want to only sign the recognition agreement and then only perhaps after a couple of negotiations, would you be able to sign a wage agreement,’ Ampweya said.

He further stressed that the MUN continues to provide premium service to its members with specific emphasis on advocacy for sustainable and conducive working conditions.

On behalf of the employees, the chairman of the MUN branch executive committee Bornbright Mubiana hailed all parties involved in the negotiations for their patience, maturity and consideration.

‘Although the process of negotiations took slightly longer than
we would have liked, we are glad we could reach an amicable agreement for both employees and employer,’ Mubiana said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Thirteen water pumps stolen in Okongo

The Okongo Constituency councillor Efraim Shipindo has urged public members to desist from stealing community water pumps as these cost the government millions to replace.

In an interview with Nampa on Friday, Shipindi stated that the three water cylinders stolen this week from boreholes at Okamanya, Onheleiwa and Okanyanona villages bring the total to 13 stolen since last year.

‘We suspect that thieves might have taken the water pumps into Angola to re-sell or nearby farms where people have private taps,’ he said.

He called on communities to expose people who steal water pumps so that they can be dealt with.

Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform spokesperson Jona Musheko said the ministry condemns the recent reports of cases of theft of water pumps, most especially in the north and north-central region.

‘This really takes us back in terms of our objective of water supply in the rural areas,’ he said.

Musheko indicated that in all those villages where the water pumps and solar panels are stole
n, the communities are left in a crisis as the water supply is interrupted.

He urged the community to safeguard the facilities that are put up by the ministry in different areas, be it boreholes, water pumps or solar panels, as when this happens it sets communities back.

He also urged the community members to report the culprits, as the government has no resources to be going back and forth replacing stolen equipment.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Aggrieved Otjinene farmers demonstrate against MTA

A group of concerned aspiring farmers in the Otjinene Constituency of the Omaheke Region on Thursday took to the streets to air their grievances against the Maharero Traditional Authority (MTA).

The group led by Swapo district coordinator Assaria Tjingaete in their petition accused the MTA of alleged nepotism, corruption and malpractices.

It demanded that some implicated traditional councillors resign, blaming them for promoting tribalism, nepotism, chauvinism and personality cults.

The MTA instead of being free and representing the people of Otjinene fairly, are misinforming, misleading and instigating division among members of that community, it said.

‘We are tired of your unlawful practices of allowing your family members to apply for land and mapping a number of land and selling to non-inhabitants of our areas for enriching yourselves. We will not let you continue mapping our land surrounding our villages in the names of your children and selling them to strangers,’ the group said.

‘We are requestin
g the communal land board, the chief, the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman to set up a team and investigate the aforementioned malpractices, deliberate practices and corruption. The implicated councillors should recuse themselves or go on permanent retirement,’ they added in the petition.

Receiving the petition, Dave Ndjavera, special adviser to the MTA said they were not informed of the demonstration, however Tjingaete had reported the aforementioned alleged corruption and nepotism cases to the authority, thus, they were waiting for him to come for his hearing as agreed.

‘We were having a hearing on the objection of the customary land right that has been allocated by the traditional authority some years back. The objector did not turn up on time and said he’d only be available in the afternoon and he came here with a group without notifying the authority,’ Ndjavera said.

‘The Maharero Traditional Authority is a representative of the people that are living in the communal areas of
Otjinene irrespective of their political affiliation, religion and tribes. We are guided by the provisions of the Traditional Authorities Act. Thus, there are no favouritism, nepotism and maladministration,’ he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

DPM sells Tsumeb smelter to Sinomine for N.dollars 908 million

Dundee Precious Metals (DPM) has sold the Tsumeb smelter to a Chinese mining company, Sinomine Resource Group, for N.dollars 908 million in cash on Thursday.

DPM announced the sale in a press statement availed to Nampa on Friday, saying that it has entered into a definite share purchase agreement with a subsidiary of Sinomine Resource Group for the sale of its interest in the Tsumeb smelter.

‘The sale includes all associated assets and liabilities through the disposition of all the issued and outstanding shares it indirectly holds in Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb Holdings,’ read the statement.

DPM president and Chief Executive Officer, David Rae said they were pleased to announce the sale of the Tsumeb smelter, which is consistent with their strategic objectives of focusing on their gold mining assets and simplifying their portfolio going forward.

‘We are extremely proud of the investment that we have made to transform Tsumeb’s operational and environmental performances into a specialised custom smelter
with a highly skilled workforce,’ said Rae.

The company expressed thanks to the Government of Namibia, the community of Tsumeb, and their employees for their support over the past 13 years, saying they will work closely with Sinomine to ensure a smooth transition to support a successful future for the operation and all its stakeholders.

‘DPM acquired the smelter in 2010 to secure a processing outlet for the complex concentrate produced by the company’s Chelopech mine in Bulgaria and with the development in the global smelting market and changes in the quality of the Chelopech concentrate, DPM can place its Chelopech concentrate at several other third-party facilities, providing secure and reliable processing alternatives at favourable terms,’ read the statement.

DPM is a Canadian-based international gold mining company with operations and projects located in Bulgaria, Namibia, Serbia and Ecuador. The company’s purpose is to unlock resources and generate value to thrive and grow together.

Source: Namibia
Press Agency

NSFAF reviewing funding policy to ensure inclusivity and equity: Immanuel

Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) company secretary, Fillemon Immanuel, has announced that NSFAF, under the directive of the Office of the Prime Minister, is actively reviewing its funding policy to enhance inclusivity and equity.

Immanuel made these statements during the high-level tertiary education funding budget review dinner held in the capital on Thursday. The event was held under the theme ‘Funding Modalities in the Age of AI, Emerging Sectors, 4IR, and 5IR.’

‘We are looking at our funding policy with the intention of catering for those students that may be falling between the cracks, but I must say that even if we review this policy there will be a threshold against which the students will be measured to ensure quality and a return on investment,’ said Immanuel.

He urged business leaders and employers to encourage former NSFAF beneficiaries to contribute to the fund’s financial sustainability by repaying their loans.

‘We want to be able to complement what is allocated to us by gov
ernment and the one way to do so is through our recovery programme,’ he said.

He said NSFAF prioritises funding for studies of information technology, computer science, food technology, water engineering and telecommunication, which are closely linked to artificial intelligence and which will enable the attainment of an industrialised Namibia.

Minister of Higher Education, Training, and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, emphasised Namibia’s commitment to leveraging technology for future needs through the TVET, Higher Education, and Innovation Policy Review.

‘The interaction of cyber-physical systems in industry 4.0 brings about smart manufacturing in which humans and machines reconcile and find a way to work together to improve the means and efficiency of production. These innovative technologies have the potential to revolutionise the energy sector by increasing productivity, enhancing safety, and cutting carbon dioxide emissions,’ said Kandjii-Murangi.

She added that it is imperative that universities a
nd other institutions of higher learning brace themselves to revolutionise their teaching approaches through the adoption of new technologies to produce the relevant skills for the oil and gas, as well as green energy, value chains.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

UNAM VC warns against insufficient budget allocation for critical sectors

WINDHOEK: The Vice Chancellor of the University of Namibia, Prof Kenneth Matengu has warned against the allocation of insufficient funds to critical sectors in the country, saying it may hamper development.

Matengu was speaking during a high level tertiary education funding budget review dinner organised by the Namibia Press Agency on Thursday night. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila officiated the event. Matengu stressed that services of strategic interest which are critical to a country’s development are education, health, security and agriculture.

‘If there is no investment in those services, a nation will fault in its development objectives and the obligations the State has to the people will be compromised. Typically if a country is in trouble, governments that use this model will increase investments in these sectors. If you are not allocating resources to cause development to happen, there is a problem,’ he said.

He further reiterated that the national budget ought to cause development throu
gh building competencies that the country needs.

‘If you don’t assign resources you have not made a decision. As a country we need to reflect if we are really using the budget to steer education, to achieve the competencies a sector needs. A national budget is a platform that Government uses to allow its nation to know how the resources it has raised will be used. It is a system that allows for accountability in terms of tax payers as well as the legislation,’ Matengu added.

Source: Namibia Press Agency