#RoundUp: Coastal housing, water availability, infant mix feeding, vaccines

October 29, 2015, 8:02am

National Papers Round up: 29 October 2015

Food security, development depend on water availability

By Yochanaan Coetzee for The Namibian, Photo by The Namibian

The ongoing drought has placed Namibia's development and food security under immense strain. The situation is further exacerbated by the rise of urban migration and its resulting development.

These were some of the issues discussed at the SADC Future Challenges Forum on food, water and energy security, which took place at the Polytechnic of Namibia on Tuesday.

Read more in The Namibian

Unicef warns against infant mix feeding

By Theresia Tjihenuna for the Namibian

The United Nations Children's Fund has warned HIV positive Namibian mothers to desist from mixed feeding as it could be detrimental to the health of their infants.

Unicef country representative Micaela Marques de Sousa pointed this out during the official opening of a three-day media training workshop on the linkage between infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and the code of marketing of breast milk substitutes to HIV positive mothers in infant survival hosted by the Namibia Network of AIDS Service Organisations (Nanaso) and Unicef yesterday.

She described mixed feeding as “dangerous” to infants and discouraged mothers from this practice and to only introduce solid food after six months. She urged mothers to stick to exclusive breastfeeding until then.

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Shaningwa and Nudo on warpath

Article and photo by New Era

Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa has ordered Nudo to withdraw Vincent Kahua as a party candidate for the local authority election at Omaruru.

Nudo secretary-general Meundju Jahanika revealed this on Sunday at Otjinene and assured members that the party has no intention of complying with the minister’s instruction.

Read more in New Era

RCC, TransNamib boards face the chop  

By Tileni Mongudhi for The Namibian. Photo by The Namibian

Government has set in motion a plan to remove the current TransNamib and the Roads Contractor Company boards of directors, after loosing confidence in the current boards' ability to direct the parastatals out of their perpetual turmoil and chaos.

Source said Dantagos Jimmy-Melani is the only director to survive the chop at TransNamib. Jimmy-Melani yesterday could not comment on the information, saying that no formal communication has reached the TransNamib board.

While sources said that Anna Matabele was the only director to be spared on the RCC board, RCC chairperson Sonia Bergh could not be reached for comment yesterday. RCC CEO Tino Hanabeb could not confirm the sacking yesterday.

The Namibian has learned that public enterprise minister Leon Jooste was in the process of putting together, what sources termed, an all-star board under the leadership of former agriculture deputy minister Paul Smit, to take charge of TransNamib.

Read more in the Namibian

Coastal housing market healthy

By Adam Hartman for The Namibian, photo by The Namibian

House prices at the coast are healthy thanks to major developments such as Namport's expansion and the creation of the Husab uranium mine.

Increased interest by medium-income earners wanting estate by the sea also plays a role, said First National Bank marketing research manager Daniel Kavishe.

Read more in the Namibian

Namibia to introduce new polio vaccine in 2016

Article and photo by New Era

A much safer polio vaccine will be introduced to Namibia in April next year when the country transitions from trivalent live oral poliomyelitis vaccine (ToPV) to bivalent oral polio vaccine (BoPV), the Ministry of Health and Social Services said this week.

Marjorie van Wyk, the Acting Deputy Director for the Family Health Division in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, explained that the introduction of the new vaccine means the strains of polio type two will not be present in the new vaccine, thus making it safer.

Read more in New Era