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Namibia proposes 'zebra' system for gender equal politics
10 September 2014 - Namibia's ruling party, the South West Africa People's Organisation (Swapo), has not only committed to filling half of its seats in parliament with women, but has also proposed a 'zebra' system whereby if a minister is a woman then the deputy minister must be a man and vice versa. Roles will be switched following each re-election. (more)

Namibia: Scientists find oldest animal-built marine structure
26 June 2014 - A sea creature that looked like a stack of tiny ice cream cones is providing quite a treat for scientists studying the dawn of animal life on Earth. Researchers said on Thursday they found fossils of the oldest-known animal-made reef in Namibia, built by a small, filter-feeding seabed creature called Cloudina 548 million years ago. The discovery indicates that important evolutionary developments were unfolding millions of years before the so-called Cambrian explosion when many of the major animal groups first appeared. It also showed that reef building by marine invertebrates, akin to today's coral reefs, began 18 million years earlier than previously known. (more)

Namibia: In Windhoek, Ban inaugurates UN House, hails cooperation with Namibia
24 June 2014 - Hailing the valuable history between the United Nations and the Namibian people, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Windhoek to 'write another chapter in our cooperation', as he inaugurate the UN House there, which will help enhance the coordination of the world body's activities and agencies working in the country. (more)

Namibia models economy benefits and wildlife protection
24 July 2013 - Namibia, which became independent in 1990, is the first African country to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution. Since then, it's become home to 79 registered conservancies that cover 38 million acres, says the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). (more)

Namibia: International wetlands day to be marked in Karas
31 January 2013 - Namibia will jointly celebrate International Wetlands Day and the World Water Day at the end of March at Rosh Pinah, the Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) has announced. Namibia is a party to the 1971 Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as the Ramsar Convention -- an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for international cooperation on the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. (more)

Namibia: Textbooks in transit to schools
25 January 2013 - On 24 January, Education Minister Abraham Iyambo announced that almost 1.7 million books had been dispatched to schools across the country. The consignment will ensure that every pupil will have textbooks before the end of 2013, said the minister. The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in Namibia has partnered with the government in providing textbooks for Mathematics, Science, and English for grades 5 to 12, as part of its project which spans from 2009. (more)

Namibia declared among best places to star-gaze
15 August 2012 - Southern African astronomy buffs have another reason to celebrate -- hot on the heels of the awarding of the greater part of the Square Kilometre Array to the region, comes the news that the NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia has been proclaimed as the continent's first international dark-sky reserve (IDSR), meaning that it's one of the best places on earth to star-gaze. The proclamation falls under the dark-sky movement, an initiative of the Arizona, USA-based non-profit International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), which was the first organization and is currently the largest, to embrace this concept. (more)

Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries
20 July 2012 - A newly discovered water source in Namibia could have a major impact on development in the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa. Estimates suggest the aquifer could supply the north of the country for 400 years at current rates of consumption. Scientists say the water is up to 10,000 years old but is cleaner to drink than many modern sources. (more)

Namibia's economy to grow 4.2 per cent this year
21 June 2012 - Namibia's economy is expected to grow 4.2 per cent this year, in-line with the central bank forecast of 4.2 per cent and up from 3.8 per cent growth last year, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday. 'Namibia's domestic economic activity remains resilient, as suggested by strong motor vehicle sales in Q1, rising private sector credit growth, and a sharp increase in building activities,' said Thea Fourie, economist at IHS Global Insight. (more)

Namibia: Tablet PCs preserve indigenous knowledge
18 June 2012 - Tablet computers could help villagers in the Kalahari desert preserve cultural knowledge and traditional techniques for future generations. Along with researchers at the Polytechnic of Namibia in Windhoek, Kasper Rodil and his team at Aalborg University in Denmark are working with elders from the small village of Erindiroukambe, which lies in the heart of the Kalahari desert in eastern Namibia. The elders are helping to develop a 3D visualization of the village on a tablet computer. Their knowledge will be embedded in this virtual village to be stored for future generations. Rodil is also developing a drawing app for the tablet, which mimics the way the elders draw diagrams in the sand to explain what they mean. 'The idea is that we have as little friction as possible between the device and the user,' he said. (more)


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UN food agency may halt distribution
30 November 2006 - The United Nations World Food Programme said it may halt food distribution to 90,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Namibia by the end of the year because of a critical shortage of funding. (more)

Namibia: Government launches crash polio campaign as outbreak confirmed
8 June 2006 - Namibia is to launch a national polio vaccination campaign after the World Health Organisation confirmed an outbreak of the highly contagious virus. (more)

Namibian human rights organization criticizes the country's prepaid water scheme
23 March 2006 - A Namibian human rights organization has slammed a local government scheme to provide prepaid water, saying it is making the basic commodity 'unaffordable for the poor'. (more)

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