• May 22nd, 2019
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Editorial

War is peace, freedom is slavery

In his novel titled 1984, George Orwell sloganeered “War is peace, freedom is slavery [and] ignorance is strength.”  In the novel, this phrase is portrayed as the slogan of the English Socialism Party, which ruled Oceania.

Not too bad a state

President Hage Geingob has been roundly praised this year, first for the honesty he displayed in an interview with New Era in March, wherein he underscored successes of his administration but also its shortcomings.

Spend money to make money

When Calle Schlettwein tabled the national budget on Wednesday for the 2019/20 financial year, the fifth budget under President Hage Geingob’s administration, he did so with the full knowledge that the current domestic economic situation was the cause of hardships for many citizens. 

Genocide ruling: What is so funny?

Pockets of boisterous celebrations were observed last week in the wake of news that a New York federal court has dismissed a case in which leaders of Ovaherero and Nama communities sued the German government over its forefathers’ crime of genocide in Namibia.

Ndeitunga should police pot-bellied officers

By his own admission last year in the in-house publication for cops, the Police Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga confessed a Citizen satisfaction Survey of our men and women in blue tasked with maintaining law and order in our country “rated very low” in terms of service delivery. 

Africa: Are we cursed or what?

The biggest news in North America in recent days has been about the Trump administration’s push to get congressional approval for funds to build a boundary wall along the borders between that country and neighbouring Mexico.

Giving accountability a true meaning

President Hage Geingob has declared 2019 as a year of accountability – restoring the hope of many a citizen. Our front page story yesterday, titled “ACC investigating ministers on Geingob’s request”, perhaps best explains the President’s intentions with his bold declaration for the year ahead.

We are hopeful 2019 will be better

The year 2018 has indeed been momentous and very challenging politically, socially and economically.   The nation is enduring a long list of socio-economic challenges such as the record figures of unemployed university

SOS: Save Our Football

Waiting for the Namibian Football Association (NFA) to resolve its own issues – as ordered by the Namibia Sports Commission, government and, to some extent, Fifa – is like expecting a judge to sentence himself to a jail term after having transgressed. 

Standing up for our football

It was great to see this week both the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) and sports minister Erastus Uutoni finally laying down the law on the dangerous happenings at the Namibia Football Association (NFA), whose bosses have been persistently in the news for all the wrong reasons imaginable.

Rundu mess calls for urgent remedy

This week New Era broke the news and published a front-page scoop on the water crisis at Rundu. Rundu has a debt of N$60 million with the national utility, NamWater, and residents of the town unfairly endure painful water rationing every other week that lasts for several hours a day. 

It’s like manna from heaven

Government has come under heavy attack – mostly based on sheer ignorance and partisan politics – for the multi-billion dollar investment deal it struck with Russian company, Comsar.

Innovation needed to create jobs

There is doubt Namibia is under siege from economic stagnation and consequently the resultant high unemployment being compounded by massive retrenchments in mining, retail, fishing and other key pillars of its fragile economy. Also, thousands of university graduates and even unskilled school leavers scramble for the few job opportunities whenever such opportunities arise.