Vote 15 Ministry of Mines and Energy Th Windhoek

Vote 15

Ministry of Mines and Energy

The Ministry of Mines and Energy is requesting a budget allocation of N$212.4 million for the 2021/2022 financial year to be distributed amongst six programme areas.

These programmes are:

  • Promotion of investment in exploration N$24.6 million

The re-drafting of the Mining Act and Diamond Act are to be finalised this year.

The ministry is also exploring the introduction of an on-line mineral rights application system.

It plans to do more towards the enforcement of laws and conditions of licences.

  • Creation of knowledge of geological resources N$54.1 million

For the current financial year, the ministry aims to improve its understanding of the geological character and mineral potential of the //Karas and Kunene regions.

  • Protection of the diamond industry N$10.9 million

The ministry intends to enhance beneficiation of locally produced diamonds in support of the growth-at-home strategy.

It will similarly revise diamond licenses application criteria and conditions, and intensify inspection and monitoring of the diamond value chain activities.

  • Energy security of supply N$62.7 million

The ministry will oversee the implementation of three new Solar PV power plants with a capacity of 45 megawatts.

It also envisages the electrification of about 36 rural schools with N$44 million allocated towards the rural electrification programme.

  • Petroleum security of supply N$11.2 million

More work is to be done to attract and retain investors in the petroleum upstream sector, while the ministry will continue to regulate the downstream petroleum industry.

Following concerns over the proliferation of retail fuel stations that has the potential to threaten the sustainability of the sector, the ministry has reviewed its licensing guidelines and conditions.

The ministry is also addressing the threat from illegal importation of fuel from Angola.

  • Policy coordination and support services N$48.9 million

Part of the allocation here will go towards the upgrade and expansion of the ICT infrastructure of the ministry.

During the 2020/2021 financial year, the Diamond Act and the Mining Act were amended to align them with international best practices.

More legislative review is in the offing, which is aimed at enhancing transparency and accountability in the management and award of mineral rights.

Some substantive changes considered in the review include the introduction of compulsory local ownership in mineral licenses, mineral beneficiation, and mine closure plans.

Regarding local ownership, the ministry has introduced some administrative changes.

Since April this year, Namibians who have been awarded minerals exploration and prospecting licences (EPLs) and wish to dilute their ownership to foreign investors, can only do so providing that they retain at least 15% ownership.

As far as electricity supply goes, the ministry was able to electrify 33 rural public institutions like schools and clinics at a cost of N$42 million. It has also electrified more than 500 rural households at N$10 million.

Last year, the much-vaunted national oil storage facility at Walvis Bay was completed and handed over to the national oil company, Namcor, which will operate it on behalf of the state.

Namcor received its first fuel shipment last December.

This facility has a fuel storage capacity of 75 million litres, boosting stock holding capacity from 10 to 45 days.

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16 JUNE 2021

Parliament suspended – still

National Assembly sittings for this week (15, 16, and 17 June 2021) have been suspended due to an increased number of staff and Members of Parliament (MPs) testing positive for Covid-19.

The parliamentary press secretariat on Tuesday announced that Speaker Peter Katjavivi has also tested positive for Covid-19. Six staff and three MPs were then confirmed positive.

Normal sessions of the House are expected to resume next week on 22 June 2021.

The Covid-19 situation in Namibia has turned for the worse over the last four weeks following an exponential increase in numbers of infections, particularly in Windhoek where 52% of the total cases in the country were recorded.

In response, the government has announced stricter public health and safety protocols applicable until 30 June.

Call for moratorium on oil & gas exploration

Local and international activists are urging the Namibian government to impose an immediate moratorium on all oil and gas exploration activities in the two Kavango regions.

They further call on the government to initiate a transboundary and multi-national strategic environmental assessment for the entire oil development life cycle before Canadian company ReconAfrica is allowed to continue with its drilling and exploration activities there.

The organisations – Saving Ovakango's Unique Life (SOUL), the Women's Leadership Centre (WLC), and the Namibia San Council (NSC) – made these calls at a hearing on the matter before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources on 15 June.

Appearing alongside these organisations were representatives of the Kavango East and Kavango West Regional Conservancy and Community Forest Association that presented the parliamentary committee with a number of objection letters from community organisations that were submitted to the regions' communal land boards last month.

These letters are objecting to ReconAfrica's application for the right of leaseholds over land where it has commenced with drilling and exploration activities.

Chairperson of the parliamentary committee, Swapo MP Tjekero Tweya, said the committee's mandate is to investigate all claims made by the petitioners.

He said it will form an internal work plan for its future engagements with the various stakeholders.

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10 June 2021

Namibia in grip of Covid wave

The parliamentary sitting for today (10 June 2021) was cancelled due to Covid-19 cases reported among parliamentary staff.

This is a reflection of the exponential spike in the number of new infections, hospitalisations, and deaths recorded across the country over the last few weeks.

Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula in Parliament on Wednesday (9 June 2021) said the numbers are “alarming”.

The ministry on Tuesday reported a 25% positivity ratio from tests over a 24-hour period.

The deadly South African variant of the virus was confirmed in a “significant” number of Covid-19 positive cases.

Shangula reported that from 7 June Namibia reported a cumulative number of 59'092 confirmed cases and 912 deaths, compared to 355 deaths reported by 7 February.

In the last two weeks Namibia reported 5'761 new confirmed cases and 147 deaths.

The increased numbers are placing a huge strain on public and private health facilities.

The occupancy rate in most Covid-19 isolation and intensive care units ranges between 67% and 100% on any given day.

The ministry started with its vaccination roll-out on 18 March with donations of 100'000 doses of China's Sinopharm, and 30'000 doses of Covishield from India.

Namibia also received two consignments totalling 67'200 doses of AstraZeneca from the COVAX facility.

Shangula said more doses of vaccines are expected from Sinopharm through the African Medical Supply (AMS) platform.

By 7 June 76'259 people have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, and 11'608 were fully vaccinated.

Motion on youth empowerment in offing

Landless People's Movement (LPM) MP Utaara Mootu will table a motion in Parliament on an 'integrated youth development strategy'.

She said the aim of the motion is to harness political, economic, social, technological, environmental, and legal instruments for the eradication of poverty among the country's youth.

Mootu said while the youth form the bulk of the Namibian nation, government's response over the last 31 years since independence has been “inadequate or misplaced”.

“The youth of Namibia are intentionally exposed to poverty and unemployment, worse than ever before,” Mootu said.

Mootu also called for an investment conference to attract investments to the newly opened Neckertal Dam in the south of the country.

Practical solution to water debts required

United Democratic Front (UDF) MP Dudu Murorua wants Parliament to debate and consider practical means that will help local authorities become self-sustaining in servicing their water debts to the national water utility, NamWater.

Many municipalities are in arrears with their water payments, payments they are not able to make and which leave them indefinitely indebted to NamWater.

Kasingo explains PAP chaos

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Loide Kasingo on 8 June 2021 said the abrupt chaotic ending of the fourth ordinary session of the fifth Pan African Parliament (PAP) was due to a succession battle between African regional blocks making up the legislative body.

Kasingo has led the Namibian delegation of lawmakers to the session in May in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Reporting to the Namibian Parliament this week, she said despite the principle of geographical rotation agreed upon by the African Union, the northern and southern African regions have been deprived of the leadership since the inception of PAP in 2004.

“This was the bone of contention in the recent session of PAP,” Kasingo said.

For the past 17 years, the presidency of PAP was held by eastern, central, and western African regions.

Kasingo said the opposition to the demands of rotation by western and some other regions degenerated into chaos, which warranted the suspension of the electoral process and the session.

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Genocide agreement up front in Parliament

  • Agreement fails to wow

The 1.1 billion Euros to be paid over 30 years for the 1904 to 1908 genocide of Ovaherero and Nama communities the German government has agreed to pay as reparations will not go towards the Namibian government, but will be paid into a special vehicle to be set out.

This was said by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila at the resumption of the third session of the seventh Parliament yesterday (8 June 2021) in reaction to public criticism that the money might be diverted by government to fill the cash-gaps in the national budget.

The Namibian and German governments have been involved in a five-year long negotiation process – between 2015 to 2021 – consisting of nine rounds of negotiations on the genocide matter, and struck an agreement on 15 May this year.

Under this agreement, the two governments will set up a body – an implementation vehicle – that will be responsible for the implementation of the reparations programme agreed upon.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the money will be deposited into a fund that is separate and outside of the Namibian government national budget, stressing that it will not be used for other government programmes and activities.

“The reconstruction and reconciliation programmes processes will be transparent, and the amounts allocated to the affected communities will be solely dedicated to the implementation of the agreement,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said.

She said the governance of the fund will be on a trilateral basis, composed of representatives of the Namibian and German governments, and the affected communities.

The legal framework for the implementation vehicle will be developed in a transparent manner with the full participation of the affected communities, she added.


The two governments agreed to set up a joint declaration, a framework that will guide the process of acknowledgement of genocide, rendering an apology, and the payments of reparations by the German government, as well as future relations between the two countries.

The declaration will be signed by the foreign ministers, and once signed, it will be brought to the Namibian National Assembly for consideration and ratification.

Components of the declaration

The three components of the declaration are:

  1. Acknowledgement of genocide: Germany has agreed that the genocide committed by German imperial troops against the Ovaherero and Nama between 1904 to 1908 constitutes and fits the definition of genocide as prescribed in the United Nations Convention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948. It further agreed that a large number of Damaras and San communities were also exterminated.
  2. Apology: The German government agreed to render an unconditional apology to the affected communities and the people of Namibia for the genocide. This apology will be delivered by Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Namibia's National Assembly on a date yet to be agreed upon.
  3. Payment of reparations: Germany agreed to pay reparations in the form of monetary compensation for reconciliation and reconstruction programmes to particularly the affected communities.

Under the reconstruction programme, projects will be implemented in the Erongo, Hardap, //Kharas, Kunene, Khomas, Omaheke, and Otjozondjupa regions in the land reform sector, particularly for land acquisition within the framework of Namibia's land reform programme. Other areas to be covered are rural livelihoods, natural resources, rural infrastructure, energy, water supply, and technical and vocational education and training.

As far as the reconciliation programme goes, Germany committed to promote and support reconciliation between the peoples of the two countries through preserving memory work of the colonial era, in particular the 1904 to 1908 period, support for research and education, cultural and linguistic issues, and encouraging exchanges between the two nations.

Allocation of the funds

The two countries' governments agreed for the funds to be allocated over 30 years as followed:

  • 50 million Euro for reconciliation
  • 130 million Euro for renewable energy
  • 150 million Euro for vocational training
  • 100 million Euro for rural roads
  • 130 million Euro for rural water supply and sanitation
  • 540 million Euro for land acquisition and training


The agreement struck between the two governments has come under heavy criticism from the affected communities who feel that particularly the monetary compensation falls far short of the mark.

Traditional leaders from these communities have rejected Germany's money offer, and instead are now demanding N$8 trillion to be paid over a 40-year period, as well as a pension fund.

Opposition parties in parliament yesterday also denounced the agreement, and the declaration, accusing the Namibian government of having “sold out” and as having excluded the affected communities from the negotiations.

The affected communities suffered another defeat when the US Supreme court declined to hear the Ovaherero and Nama petition in a case brought by these communities against the German government there.

The Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) in a statement on Monday (7 June 2021) acknowledged defeat, stating: “This marks the end of our legal campaign in the courts of the US but most certainly not the end of our struggle to achieve restorative justice for our people.”

The OTA called for a trilateral negotiating platform where the descendants of the Ovaherero and Nama communities are represented by their own chosen leaders, and “not by a proxy in any shape or form”.

Photo: Ovaherero captives of German imperial troops. Namibia National Archives

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In the morning of May 4, 1978, the South African Defense Force ran an air strike on camp Cassinga near the village of Cassinga, followed by a deployment of paratroopers. The camp was inhabited by exiled SWAPO sympathizers and their families. 165 men, 294 women and 300 children died in this attack. Later the same day the nearby camp Vietnam in the village of Tchetequela was also attacked. As of 2016 the graves are unmarked but the Namibian government plans to erect a memorial site.

Cassinga Day is a national public holiday in Namibia remembering the Cassinga Massacre. Commemorated annually on 4 May, the date "remembers those approximately 600 killed in 1978 when the South African Defense Force attacked a SWAPO base at Cassinga in southern Angola. Commemorations are marked yearly by ceremonies at Heroes' Acre, outside of Windhoek. These ceremonies are attended by many important national political figures, including incumbent President Hage Geingob and former Presidents Hifikepunye Pohamba and Sam Nujoma as of 2016

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Shiimi defends budget

Finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi said the Namibian government was forced to undertake fiscal consolidation measures to ensure macro-economic stability with declining government revenue since 2015/16.

By the time the economy was starting to recover, Covid-19 emerged, plunging the country in a renewed downward cycle.

Namibia's economy declined by eight percent in 2020.

Shiimi said the government is now formulating a comprehensive post-pandemic economic growth strategy that is centred on economic diversification, which will be announced during the 2021 mid-term budget review.

Investment in talent

Shiimi denied accusations that the government is not investing enough in talent and innovative programmes.

He said programmes like the Credit Guarantee Scheme, and the youth skill-based lending facility were established to promote SMEs and youth businesses.

Investment in agriculture

All opposition parties have bemoaned the N$1.7 billion allocated to the agricultural sector, as compared to other sectors, like the defence sector.

Shiimi said government interventions are mainly for infrastructure and services to address supply side constraints and enable the private sector to invest in production and agro-processing, while leveraging value chains.

He said government in recent years has invested N$5.6 billion in the construction of the Neckertal Dam.

Moreover, N$1.8 billion was availed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) for financing bulk water supply and refurbishment of water distribution infrastructure, of which N$489 million is earmarked for such activities in the 2021/22 financial year.

German bank KfW has also availed N$2.4 billion for the same purpose.

Shiimi said the government's contribution towards water infrastructure development is N$1.5 billion. A total investment outlay in the water sector is estimated to be over N$5.7 billion over the next five years.

Agribank has also introduced its Covid-19 stimulus and relief package, which started in June last year and runs until the end of this May. To date, 229 relief applications have been approved.

Agribank has similarly extended N$200 million in new loans, benefiting 7'800 farmers, Shiimi said.

Commercial banks disbursed loans totalling N$18.1 billion to the agricultural sector by the end of last year, which is five percent of all loan disbursements.

High allocation to the Presidency

Shiimi said the additional N$125.5 million to the N$490.5 million to the Office of the President is for the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB), a new institution that will now reside under that office.

He said this is to rekindle economic growth by attracting foreign direct investment and domestic private sector investment.

Flat government expenditure and declining revenue

Government revenue in 2013/14 was recorded at N$42.4 billion. In 2021/22, it is estimated at N$52.5 billion, which is N$10 billion more.

Shiimi said what is now important is to focus on finding the right ingredients to grow the economy.

Low budget to sports, youth, national services

While acknowledging low allocations to sports, youth, and national services, Shiimi said there are also other provisions that provides assistance to youth programmes.

MTC share sales

Shiimi defended Government's plans to sell lucrative MTC shares to private players, saying this is a worldwide trend.

“As the telecommunications industry develops and the strategic needs of the state are met, governments should slowly reduce their participation in the sector to create space for the private sector,” he said.

Foreign loans

Shiimi denied not having informed Parliament of foreign loans, as opposition parties have claimed.

He said he has on numerous occasions stated that the budget deficit will be financed through a combination of domestic and external borrowing.

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Vote 38

Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform is allocated N$1.7 billion for the 2021/2022 financial year.

Of this, N$1.3 billion is to go towards agriculture and land reform. N$465.3 million is for water provision.

Minister Calle Schlettwein said the allocation is not enough for the sector to reach its full potential.

The sector is recovering from severe drought, it experienced a foot and mouth outbreak, and the country is battling a locust infestation.

“One can compare the current status of the sector to a cow that is recovering from drought, but now has to battle foot and mouth attack while the fresh grazing she depends on is diminished by locusts. The cow needs care and nursing,” Schlettwein pleaded.


Of the N$1.3 billion, a total of N$392.4 million is for development projects in the agricuture and land reform sectors.

N$863.5 million is for operational expenditures.

The livestock production programme for the improvement of animal health and marketing in the northern central area (NCA) is allocated N$96.2 million.

Crop and horticulture production gets N$143.2 million, which is inclusive of the Namibia Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Programme (NAMSIP), which is allocated N$53 million.

The land reform programme gets N$119.7 million to address land acquisition for resettlement purposes, the rehabilitation of farm infrastructure on these farms, and the development of land in communal areas through programmes to integrate communities into the mainstream economy and the provision of secure land tenure in informal settlements through the implementation of the flexible land tenure system.


An amount of N465.3 million goes towards the improvement of water supply security and bulk water supply infrastructure, as well as the sanitation policy and programme.

For water infrastructure development, maintenance and rehabilitation, N$186.6 million is earmarked.

The ministry has also secured N$1.8 billion funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to address bulk and rural water supply needs of the country.

N$2.9 million is allocated for the construction of at least 250 sanitation facilities in rural areas.

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Vote 32

Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation

Namibia's ministry of higher education is asking for a N$3.1 billion allocation for the 2021/2022 financial year.

A total of N$882 million is to go to the University of Namibia (UNAM), N$493.6 million to the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), and N$1.2 billion to the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF).

A N$402.5 million is requested for vocational training centres.

There are currently 68'757 students enrolled in higher education institutions, and 34'920 at vocational training centres.

NSFAF has awarded 32'849 loans to students at local and foreign institutions.

Moreover, a total of N$22 million is requested for the ministry's coordination and support programme.

The ministry has started to review existing policies for the education and training sector.

The National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and the National Space Science and Technology Policy have already been approved by Cabinet.

Others are yet to be tabled to Cabinet.

The ministry is also looking into the construction of a student village in Windhoek's Khomasdal suburb.

For research, science, technology, and innovation, an amount of N$33 million is requested.

For its national commission for UNESCO programme, the ministry is requesting N$13.4 million.

Namibia is chairing the Africa Group and drives initiatives to Agenda 2063 in five fields of competence of UNESCO.

One of these is the World Press Freedom Day that will be commemorated in Windhoek from 29 April to 3 May.

Namibia will also participate in the 41st session of the UNESCO General Conference at the end of 2021 in Paris, France.

The Namibia National Commission for UNESCO will celebrate its 30th anniversary in January 2022.

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Vote 10

Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture

The education ministry is requesting a N$13.8 billion budget allocation for the 2021/2022 financial year.

This is 5.1% lower than the previous allocation despite the high allocation by international standards, averaging 20% of the national budget over the past seven years in line with the Dakar threshold, a commitment made by African governments.

The allocation to the operational budget is N$13.4 billion, and N$402.8 million for the development budget.

The allocations per programme are as follows:

  • Pre-primary education N$406.4 million
  • Primary education N$8.3 billion
  • Secondary education N$3.9 billion
  • Information, Adult, Lifelong Learning, Arts, and Culture N$448.7 million
  • HIV/AIDS Unit N$2.2 million
  • Policy coordination and support services N$728.4 million

Notwithstanding the huge allocation to basic education, the ministry has expressed concern over the outcomes, which are not congruent to the level of investment being ploughed into this sector.

For this reason, the ministry has unpacked the cost drivers to figure out mitigating approaches.

Textbooks and material supplies got N$35 million during the previous financial year.

Contrary to that, catering at public school hostels for 2021/2022 amounts to N$582 million for 65'000 learners, or eight percent of the total learner population of 800'000.

The ministry said this in itself shows a gross inequality, which may require parents and guardians to increase their current contributions for the upkeep of their children in hostels. It may also require the establishment of a hostel development fund.

The ministry has started to reclassify hostels to determine hostel feeds and development fund adjustments.

82% of the total budget allocation goes to the ministry's wage bill.

The ministry employs 40% of all public servants. Of these, 26'640 are teaching staff, and 12'102 are unified staff.

The ministry is considering freezing non-critical posts on the unified structure, while the number of posts mainly on the unified structure has been reduced.

Staff reductions have also been done at small and non-economical schools with less than 100 learners in some regions.

Expenditure on utilities has also been cut with the installation of pre-paid water and electricity metres.

To cut costs on construction work, the ministry is now working on a pro bono basis with Direct Design Lab (DDL) through its Friends of Education Namibia Special Initiative (FENSI) to develop an accelerated infrastructure plan to serve as a blueprint for all future construction projects.

With a huge repetition (125'000 learners in one year) and drop-out (32'000) rates, the ministry has calculated a loss of close to N$2 billion of investment per year.


Last year learners lost half of their school year out of 198 days due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak.

In response, the ministry has developed a resilience plan for 2021 to 2023, which focuses on learning outcomes.

This plan includes interventions such as the streamlining and rationalising of curricula, the use of cohort systems, shifts or alternate days for school attendance, the introduction of blended learning (using both on-line and face-to-face teaching), distribution of learning materials through the media, and a downward revision of promotion requirements.

There was also an N$800 million allocation for Covid-19 infrastructure development.

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It's unfortunate how we become political every electioneering year

Shouting who we are supporting

Who supported you for the last five years?

God, your love Kenya

Who paid Your rent, school fees for your kids,facilities food on your table just to name a few

God, your love Kenya

Cutting across tribal lines... This is mediocrity Bana,

We need to think inner ward lyrics and outside the box,

It's no longer about where the president, comes from, my tribe how did it benefit you?

You probably buying cooking Oil the same price as everyone else is...

This frustrating country my Kenya

God, Your love Kenya

Everything is above the sky

skyrocketing prices on every basic commodity

Kutoka kwa mafuta hadi Unga

God, your love Kenya

I walk into a Supermarket I no longer buy any commodity for quality but for quantity and price consideration is my first priority.

God, your love Kenya

But till when will this go On....


I will not be put in the same shifty hole after 8th August 2022

God, Your love Kenya

We can't tell but then again we are left with ONE, To gather our thoughts and, for once make a sober and informed decisions in terms of who you vote in various seats....

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Fail to which the suffering continues and we pass it to the next generation what a shame?

I wonder what our forefathers are thinking at this certain moments

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It's like we probably sold our country but for WHAT?, You would ask yourself... Is it worth

We have spearheaded development in East and Central Africa we are so Much head compared with other neighboring countries...

But at what expense?


I really wonder...

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We live at a time where the money you earn is not enough to cater most people livelihoods

Living in a deficit chasing money more than yourself....

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CATCH it if you may, Your life depends on it

Save yourself from the life your have created around yourself

Staying true to your course, your true happiness, love and harmony essentials for our soul

God, your love Kenya

My Country Kenya as we Go to Elections

I love you

May you be Peaceful

I pray and believe


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В Казани росгвардейцы выполнили задачи по обеспечению безопасности во время празднования Дня России

Военнослужащие казанского специального моторизованного полка Приволжского округа Росгвардии, бойцы ОМОН «Ак Барс» и сотрудники вневедомственной охраны Росгвардии по Республике Татарстан выполнили задачи по обеспечению безопасности жителей и гостей республики во время праздничных мероприятий, посвященных Дню России.

Традиционно, наиболее массовым местом проведения праздничных мероприятий для жителей и гостей столицы республики стала площадка возле центра семьи «Казан», где побывало около 35 тысяч человек. Помимо концерта с участием творческих коллективов и артистов эстрады там было организовано множество развлекательных зон. Завершилось мероприятие красочным салютом над акваторией реки Казанки.

Задачи по охране общественного порядка и обеспечению безопасности во время праздничных мероприятий выполнили военнослужащие казанского специального моторизованного полка Приволжского округа ВНГ России, сотрудники вневедомственной охраны и бойцы ОМОН «Ак Барс» Управления Росгвардии по Республике Татарстан во взаимодействии с сотрудниками МВД по РТ и работниками частных охранных организаций.

Благодаря совместной работе Росгвардии и МВД, при участии работников ЧОО, грубых нарушений общественного порядка и безопасности не допущено.

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Meet the 78 years old High school graduate Ted Sams...

It was a joyfull moment for Ted Sams (78) and his family when he finally walked on stage to receive his high school diploma sixty years after he missed his 1962 graduation because of some teenage mischief and $4.80 (E3.40) overdue library fine he owed at his former school.

During his high school days, Ted and a friend were in a photography class when they were caught by the vice principal for photographing people without their consent and Ted was later suspended, leading to him missing the final exam and graduation. While he tried keeping up with his studies by attending summer school, Ted then found that he couldn't get his diploma because of the overdue library fine book.

“So I just walked away from it and said, 'Forget it',” he says.

In 2022, after much persuasion from his family Ted joined San Gabriel California High school in Los Angeles and got his high school diploma

Sams says he never expected to be back in high school 60 years later after he dropped out. He recounted how he would repeatedly complain to his children how a meagre $4.80 kept him from having a degree.

His daughter Sherry then suprised him by asking San Gabriel High in Los Angeles for a reprint of his diploma so he can attend graduation.

Luckily for him, the school hasn't thrown away the diploma and It was kept in a box, in senior archives.

In 27 May, Ted received an invitation from the school to be part of the graduation ceremony. The ceremony was attended by his wife and five children.

Even though it has been a long hard road, Ted says attaining his diploma has been a great achievement for him and the graduation was one of the highlights of his life.

“Actually, when he walked and got his diploma, every person on that stage hugged him and then the whole class applauded for him,” Sherry says.

Although the $4.80 fine hasn't been paid, Ted is now a graduate of San Gabriel High School's class of 2022.

Source: News24

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