Namibian press zooms in on poor sanitation, oil spill

APA-Windhoek (Namibia)

The Namibia press on Wednesday zoomed in on the state of sanitation in public schools, the shutdown of city’s water work and flesh calls for the return of a scared traditional belt that has a historical significance to the Ovambanderu community.

The Namibian reported that over 246 schools in Namibia does not have toilets for learners, a situation said to be worse in the Kavango East and West as well as Oshikoto regions.

Quoting data from the Ministry of Education, the daily wrote that in Kavango West, 70 schools have no toilets, while only 106 have such facilities. In Kavango East, 63 of the 164 schools have no toilet facilities. Nationally, 63.2% or 1,602 of schools have flush toilets.

Water works in the Windhoek remain closed following a major oil spill last week, and rehabilitation may cost millions, according to the Namibian Sun.

City authorities stopped water reclamation at Gammams Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Goreangab water reclamation plant, fearing contamination after heavy fuel oil spill at Namibia Dairies.

According to the report, it may cost over N$30 million to rehabilitate the water plants, and in the meantime water utility Namwater has stepped in to produce the daily shortfall of 18 000 cubic meters of portable water.

A tribal chief of the Ovambanderu community Kilus Nguvauva has repeated calls for a prominent Germany Voigts family to return a traditional belt worn by late Chief Kahimemua Nguvauva, New Era reports. 

Nguvauva, the great grandson of the revered Chief requested the visiting German Bundestag Member of Parliament Ottmar von Holtz to assist his community in the safe return of the sacred traditional belt that has a historical significance to the community.

History has it that Gustav Voigts, a German imperial soldier, removed a sacred traditional belt worn by Chief Kahimemua after he was wounded in a battle with the Germans in May 1896, which the former took to the Germany Braunschweig Museum for safekeeping, but later collected it.


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