Daily Archives: November 3, 2012

British High Commission hand over new digital meteorological equipment to Namibia Meteorological Service

WINDHOEK: The British High Commission has handed over new digital meteorological equipment to the Namibia Meteorological Service to help its in-house studio prepare daily weather forecasts for television broadcasting.

Speaking at the handing-over ceremony yesterday, British High Commissioner to Namibia Marianne Young noted that the donation is part of a joint British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and meteorological office project to help upgrade television (TV) weather studios across Africa.

She said it will enable national meteorological services to supply high quality broadcasts that provide essential early warning of hazardous weather over national television networks.

Television companies are now changing their broadcasting systems to make use of digital video recordings in place of the earlier tape-based systems.

This means that the presentations will now be recorded onto a hard disk from which the presentations can be transferred electronically to the television company, Young explained.

The United Kingdom Meteorological Office works in partnership with national meteorological services in over 40 developing countries, mainly in Africa, to enable them to supply TV weather presentations to local TV stations.

Former police officer dies in accident at Grootfontein

GROOTFONTEIN: A 49-year-old man, ex-member of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) died on Friday in a motor-vehicle accident which occurred in the Okavango Street in Grootfontein. Piet Willemse died on the spot after a sedan Ford vehicle he drove collided head-on with a Mahindra pick-up vehicle in the central business area of Grootfontein.

Police Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa in an interview on Saturday that the road accident was terrible, and took place at about 20H45 on Friday.

“It was a terrible road accident, with serious visible impacts on both vehicles. What surprises most is that it happened in within town in the Okavango Street,” said Khairabeb.

The driver of the Mahindra and a few passengers he carried in the vehicle all sustained serious injuries.

They were all hurried to the Grootfontein State Hospital where they are still admitted since last night.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened at the Grootfontein Police Station under CR. No. 02/11/2012 to determine the real cause of the accident.The deceased’s next of kin have been informed already.

(Edited)GROOTFONTEIN: A former member of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) died in an accident which occurred in Grootfontein’s Okavango Street on Friday night. The 49-year-old Piet Willemse died on the spot after the sedan vehicle he had been driving was involved in a head-on collision with a Mahindra pick-up in Grootfontein’s central business area.

NamPol’s Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa in an interview on Saturday that the accident took place at about 20h45. “It was a terrible accident with serious visible impacts on both vehicles. What is most surprising is that it happened in town”.

The driver of the Mahindra and a few passengers he had been transporting in his vehicle sustained serious injuries. They were all rushed to the Grootfontein State Hospital, where they were still receiving treatment by Saturday.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened at the Grootfontein Police Station to determine the actual cause of the accident. The deceased’s next of kin have been informed of his death, Khairabeb said.

Education Minister inaugurate Doctor Hendrik Witbooi Primary School

GIBEON: Minister of Education Dr Abraham Iyambo yesterday inaugurated the newly renamed Captain Reverend Doctor Hendrik Witbooi Primary School at Gibeon in the Hardap Region.

Witbooi was one of the people involved in the establishment of what was then called the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Secondary Private School in 1979.

Amongst other duties, he served as Namibia’s first Deputy Prime Minister and Vice-President of Swapo-Party before he passed away in 2009.

Between 1979 and 1992 the school stopped using its hostel and was changed into a primary school due to lack of financing as it was managed using funds from the AME Church’s coffers, as well as funding from the community, and it was then handed over to Government in 2008, and was known as the Gibeon Primary School since then.

The school’s management and the Gibeon community however proposed that the school be named after Witbooi, for which permission was granted in April this year.

Iyambo yesterday read Witbooi’s history and noted that the renaming of the school is aimed at paying tribute to the late politician for his contribution to Namibia’s education and freedom.