MINISTER of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said 84 Namibians returned home from South Africa on Saturday and are in quarantine.

A total of 36 came from Cape Town and 48 from Johannesburg. Shangula said seven of the returnees are kept in Windhoek, while the remainder are in various quarantine facilities in the regions – all at the government’s expense.

“The government has made substantive investments in prevention as we believe it is cheaper to prevent the disease than to treat it,” he said.


Nanso launches food aid programme


THE Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) on Friday launched a food aid programme to help students, pupils and children affected by the state of emergency regulations.

The launch took place at the National Youth Council in Windhoek, where Nanso’s president, Simon Taapopi, told the media the food to be distributed was donated by the business community and Nanso members.


Eight SMEs to make face masks in Otjozondjupa


THE Otjozondjupa regional leadership on Thursday announced the appointment of eight small and medium enterprises (SMEs) specialising in tailoring to manufacture masks for the region’s 145 000 inhabitants.

The SMEs, from the Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Okakarara, Tsumkwe, Grootfontein, Omatako and Okahandja constituencies and identified by the Otjiwarongo constituency office and the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, received textiles and fabrics from the Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade.

Otjozondjupa regional governor James Uerikua, who handed over the materials, urged the SMEs to manufacture high-quality reusable and washable face masks.


A regional development planner in the ministry, Tangeni Naukushu, requested beneficiaries to manufacture masks which can be sold to the public for between N$15 and N$20.


The owner of Katalambano Trading CC, Batseba Ndjoze, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked the government for the materials, saying the donation has economically empowered them.

Compiled by Roxane Bayer and Nampa

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