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The Namibian
Fri 27 Mar 2015
 • AN open suggestion to City Police or the traffic department: can your office please assign traffic officers at robots and junctions on weekdays, especially during peak hours. I believe this can also help. - Zasana, Ovikango
 • IF President Hage Geingob really meant to declare war on poverty and income inequility, he should firstly review the medical aid scheme and housing allowance of N$800 for civil servants!
 • COMRADE President, I am a resident of Onesi village in Omusati region. Please hear my cry! The gravel road between Epalela and Onesi is only 17km long, but until now, 25 years after independence, the road is still not tarred. We are also human beings li
 • MAYOR of Outjo, we the people born in Outjo are still struggling to get houses, but the people who came to this town recently got houses already. Please correct this situation.
 • MR President, the road from Ongha, Ohalushu, Ondjadjaxwi, Onamutayi to Ongwediva and Oshakati is still a gravel road and useless. It is not taken care of by the government at all; please do something about it, comrade
POLL
Is Hage Geingob's cabinet the right size to deal with Namibia's biggest issues?

1. Yes, his appointments are solid

2. No, too many cooks spoil the broth

3. Maybe, but he'll have to manage them well

4. Hell no! The problems are too big to fix in 1 term


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FRONT PAGE | 2011-09-22
Shining a light on solar cooking
JANA-MARI SMITH
FOR cash-strapped people living in southern Namibia, donations of solar cookers came as a welcome addition to their households.
The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), a non-profit Namibian trust geared towards protecting Namibia's natural environment through educating citizens how to live sustainably, has to date donated about 70 solar cookers to almost 150 people in the South.
According to NaDEET, the solar cookers have proven essential to families who struggle with a regular income and for whom the cost of fuel, either gas, wood or electricity, can mean the difference between paying for food, clothing and school fees or not.
In 2010 NaDEET expanded its youth orientated programmes to include adults,  in order to expand knowledge about solar cooking and related issues, such as climate change.
A survey done prior to the training found that 57 per cent of the adults did not know about climate change. Viktoria Keding, director of NaDEET said it is important to realise that education about climate change and energy efficiency should be directed at children as well as adults.
She said there is a misperception that children are the primary target, whereas adults are just as eager to learn and adapt, especially when the benefits are clear.   
Keding said 'with training, eduction and access ... rural communities want to use solar cookers'.
Participants said solar cooking 'saves them time, effort and money by not having to collect firewood or use gas or electricity'.
But despite clear indications that Namibians are ready and willing to adopt solar cookers in their homes, challenges stand in the way of widespread use.
During a follow-up visit to participants this year, NaDEET found that only 67 per cent of those interviewed during the follow up 'cited daily use of their solar cookers'.
Some of the barriers include access to solar cookers, either financial or physical.
NaDEET propose increased awareness programmes through exisiting education programmes and government involvment. (For more information on solar cookers, visit www.solarcooker-namibia.org)

         


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