Fire destroys five classrooms in Vanuatu school

All stationery such as books and teachers laptops were also destroyed.

Sanma Education Improvement Officer, Marcel Bonwel said they are still not aware of how the fire started.

He added that they had contacted the fire service immediately when the fire started raging, unfortunately when the fire truck arrived everything had already burnt down.

Bonwel said an investigation is underway and a report on the incident will be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) soon.



Luganville launches new NCDs treatment centre

The centre was made possible after a space was allocated by Luganville Municipal Council at Sarakata area for the construction of the NCD hub.

The council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health to work together in addressing NCDs.

Mayor of LMC, Peter Patty and staff of the council joined officials from the Ministry of Health (MoH) in the ground-breaking ceremony which was witnessed by partners including the World Health Organisation (WHO), last week Saturday.

Luganville prepares for Oceania Champions League

Local favourites and 2019 Vanuatu champions Malampa Revivors will be joined by Fiji’s Lautoka FC, Lae City FC from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands runners-up between 15 and 21 February at Luganville’s Soccer City Stadium to compete for two places up for grabs in the knock-out stages of the competition.

In a meeting last week in Luganville, Vanuatu Football Federation and Luganville based organisations have formalized a local organizing team that will deal with all the logistics and other ground work for the matches.

Sanma Tourism Plan starts in Vanuatu’s Luganville

Direct and indirect consultations have begun with stakeholders from across government departments, NGOs and industry, including the Blue Green Network, to build strong, workable tourism practices as part of the Sanma Tourism Plan.

The Plan directly links to the sector policy, the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy 2018-2030 and the guiding principles of the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP 2016-2030, People’s Plan).

Port Vila municipal council to boost relations with Luganville counterpart

“We will revisit the sister city relations we signed between our two cities in 2012 to encompass mutual agreements that will better the lives of the citizens of Port Vila and Luganville,” Mr Daniel said.

The Luganville Mayor was in Port Vila last week to “mend the chains” of communication and assistance with government agencies and aid donor countries based in Port Vila.

Voter registration in Vanuatu’s Luganville underway

The registration period runs until 26 June 2019.

Voters and residents from the Eastern Ward can  register at the Chapuis Stadium Fare.

Voters and residents in the Central ward will be registered at the Department of Women’s Affairs office while Sarakata Ward residents and voters will register at the Anglican Church.

West Ward residents and voters will be registered at the Anglican Church Mango station.

Electricity prices in Luganville expected to increase by 6.14%.

On 6 January of 2018, VUI lodge a tariff application with the Authority requesting an increase in the contemporary tariffs. The premise of increase stems from the significant decline in hydro performance in 2016 due to the El Nino effect resulting great reliance on diesel generation to meet customer demand during that year. Consequently, VUI was yet to be made whole for the considerable fuel cost it has to meet throughout 2016.

How climate change affects Luganville

The country experiences cyclones, storm surges, landslides, flooding and droughts, which may become more intense and less predictable in the future due to climate change.