• December 3rd, 2020

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Tashia travels - The land God made in anger

Before travelling to Namibia’s least inhabited area, which borders the cold Atlantic Ocean to the west with the rugged Angolan wilderness to the north, the only ovaHimba I had seen in my life were at OK parking, selling their crafts. 

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Dispatched thoughts: Only one gets hurts

I was once told that if you want to stay at the top, you constantly have to keep reinventing yourself, the moment you become comfortable or complacent is the moment your downfall starts. In matters of the heart and platonic relationships, I have found that the same principle applies as well.

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Sorry ngo - Ama truck drivers, really now?

I am not convinced that sending our kiddos to school in the middle of this deadly virus is the best decision our education ministry could have made – and that at a time when winter is upon us and the virus is expected to be most opportunistic. While I understand that our children are behind with their schoolwork and trying to e-teach them did not work out because of the stark reality we had to wake up to that the economic and digital gap in our society is so wide, the ministry should have invited public discussion and input on this predicament.  Where are the town hall meetings when you need them most?

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Sorry ngo - To drink or not to – the moral judgment

Remember how the discoteca just had to glue you to the dancefloor because DJ Thabo kept playing your favourite number – song after song – to keep you there until those bright lights of “shame” came on in the wee hours of the morning and you had to quickly make your way out of the club before that undesired outjie who had his eyes on you could recognise you since your chompoms and you jas-skeered his pockets empty after he bought you guys tons of drinks and braai meat all night?

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Fostering media partnerships post-Covid-19

The world commemorates World Press Freedom Day on 3 May every year, a day dedicated to raising awareness on the importance of freedom of the press (or the media). If there was ever time in modern day during which we all relied almost entirely on the press (or media), that time would be now. 

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A tribute to midwives

Since 1991, 5 May is earmarked and is celebrated as the International Day of the Midwife. In 2020, the theme of the day is: Midwives with Women: Celebrate, Demonstrate, Mobilise, Unite - Our time is now.

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Swapo at 60: Restructure, reform or die

The marketing product life cycle holds that every product goes through four phases: introduction, growth, maturity and decline in a product’s life cycle. Borrowing from this curve, one can substitute a product for a political party or otherwise imagine a political party as a product offering that goes through these four cyclical events until it eventually withers out and dies. It is cannibalised by other products within the same market or is re-branded, rejuvenated and re-launched. 

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Embrace a data-driven approach to Covid-19 in Namibia

The global outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus or Covid-19 has brought devastation to economies and healthcare systems across the world to their knees. In only three months of the pandemic, we have witnessed a staggering number of people losing their jobs and livelihoods globally. Namibia is no exception, nor will she be spared by the devastating effects of Covid-19.

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The moment of truth

I have been a supporter of a universal grant since the Basic Income Grant (BIG) was first introduced as a pilot project at Otjivero in Omitara.

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Are you raising someone  else’ child?

In an ideal world, every child would grow up with his/her own parents. In a less than ideal world, family members raise some children. The possibility of these children being abused is high and the tales are never ending. 

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Sorry ngo - Time to reflect on our strengths

This year has exposed our vulnerability as humans more than all the years we have lived on Mother Earth. Some have even called for the reverse button on 2020 so that we can restart this year with its funny-looking digits that took us by surprise and shook us out of our sokkies so much so that even those with the most sophisticated technology and education are clueless in the face of mass deaths all over the globe.

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Industry Loop - No compromise  

There is a couple of things that I have been consistent about since the New Era newspaper started publishing this column light years ago. I have consistently criticised clubs, bars & lounges for their lack of appreciation for their customer’s hard-earned money, time and convenience.  

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e-Learning the way to go post Covid-19

As Rasha Ismail and co-authors maintain, I strongly believe academics and education stakeholders should also be aware that e-learning for university modules may not offer much automation compared to the traditional brick and mortar classroom model of lecturing (delivery). 

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Dispatched thoughts - Moody Finances 

Am not sure how the government feels about Moody’s ratings, but with every rating coming out they seem like they have no idea what they are doing. They are being downgraded and they have no answers to all these downgrades. Same as South Africa that has junk status right now.

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Fighting corruption amid Covid-19

Since the world-wide outbreak of the Covid-19, and after the President Hage Geingob declared a state of emergency in Namibia and subsequent lockdown measures, I have spent the last couple of days reading about the fantastic support that individuals and many companies from every single sector are willing to provide to the government in the fight against Covid-19

When precedence loses legs

When, as sometimes happens in law, precedence loses legal legs to stand on, is inappropriate or even insufficient to deal with a matter at hand, does necessity become the mother of invention and justify a judge making the law?

The pastor’s son impregnated a girl

I was watching the movie ‘Freshman Year’ this week. The pastor’s son, who has been educated through private Christian schools until his secondary school, opted to enrol in a public university as opposed to a private Christian university.

Schools reopening?

Titse! Did I hear it right that the schools are reopening with the possibility of our kiddos being taught over the internet? Now, this is like looking for a needle in the haystack.

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Sorry ngo - Tara nawa, I am no fool..

I  hate to be April fooled, but every year I fall for the joke like a zoppa who hopes to get her money back at the tara-nawa corner on Independence Avenue. Some of you probably don’t know what tara nawa is, but it was a group of skolies from the golden 90s who used to gamble/swindle money out of unsuspecting victims by the stroke of a dice. I don’t know why, but I am just one of those who have been swindled too many a time – maybe I just got that mampara written on my face, but I am tired now. 

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Ndapanda's travel guide (2)

Many conversations need to happen before one can travel. What destination? How long is the vacation? Have you read up on the conditions of the roads? Do you need to rent a car? What kind of car? Which car rentals do you use? And most importantly, what is the budget? 

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Sorry ngo - The world in a state of /homaxa...

In all of my existence, I have never seen the whole world in a state of /homaxa, dromokaar, upside down like this. Even the richest country in the world, the United States, is zularing for goods and services as the country’s infections rates have gone into overdrive. I don’t want to think about what’s happening in Italy, where people are dying like flies. 

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Raising Naneni - Telling your children about coronavirus

The Covid-19 has pounced on the world like a thief in the night. Even though China has been dealing with the virus since the 31 December 2019, we could only sympathise. But before long, the virus spread to other countries and subsequently Namibia reported its first two cases over the weekend.

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Sorry ngo - Journalists are no Liewe-Heksies

I was a little embarrassed over the blunders at State House on Wednesday when the president announced his top three and journalists were either too intimidated by the moment or didn’t have a clue about what to ask the head of state. Fair and well, it’s true that as journalists, we often fail to ask the hard-hitting questions. Just look at how some of the once revered talk shows have become more of public relations stunts. 

Dispatched thoughts - Independence of our great nation

We have a lot to be thankful for and much more to celebrate as our young great nation turns 30 years – thirty years of us being independent, 30 years of us enjoying our hard-earned freedom, 30 years of peace and stability in the country and from recently held elections, and 30 years of good governance.

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Sorry ngo - Is this the World War 3?

I don’t know, I really flippen don’t understand. How did we get from Amerika and Iran wanting to throw bombs at each other to the whole world being terrorised by a deadly flu which has spread like wildfire to every continent and literally led to the shutdown of almost all major power centres because the Chinaman has been kamma eating yuk goggas?

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Raising Naneni - … Lessons from Sigmund Freud

After reading last week’s column titled, is your parenting style hypocritical, my friend Kaylan sent me a WhatsApp message to tell me that she shares the same parenting values. She emphasized that she too apologises to her son, Lance, whenever she is in the wrong.

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Sorry ngo - Go get your sperm!

I read somewhere that a sperm bank donor clinic opened here in diri Windhoek. The ad cautioned women to “please stop sleeping with unnecessary men” and that some men have “abnormal sperm”.

Opinion: Emotional Eating

When I started on my fitness journey, there was a lot I was intending to rectify. There were and still are areas in my life I needed to take a serious look at. For starters, I wanted to uproot my sleeping habits. I

Opinion: The Year of No – PART 1

I once read a powerful book by Shonda Rhimes titled – The Year of Yes. In the book, she recounts how she underwent a life transformation after deciding that for an entire year she would say yes to everything that

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Social Reflection - From broke to Money Savvy...financial literacy 101 - spending

I came from a place where one week after I had been paid I was fabulously broke. I mean broke enough to have to call on my savings account, broke enough to have to call daddy dearest one week before payday and I must be frank and honest, I was tired of living paycheck to paycheck. I soon became the friend you could not invite out in the middle of the month, because truth be told, I simply could not afford to attend. The invites dwindled, and I became drenched in dread living day by day. 

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Overview for Organising Business Records

Organisations achieve success in their competitive environment by realising their business goals through proper management of their strategic resources. Effective records management is a key enabler for achieving business success, it ensures that records containing strategic information which should be used as a basis of sound decision-making are readily available.

DRC is the Heart of Africa

There is a lot that can be said about the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was once known as Republic of the Congo and it was meant to be a pro-Western government at independence (30 June 1960). 

Industry Loop: Marketing is QUEEN!

Super producer, Kallo on the Beat recently said and I quote: “Some artists have 1000s of songs and no exposure and some artists have few songs and are famous. Marketing is key”. I agree with Kallo. I’ve echoed this on this platform so many times that I’ve lost count. 

Teachers exercise: Patience

There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when one tries to answer the question: how can we raise the standard of our education locally? The main factors, however, remain the teacher and the student.