• September 29th, 2020


Editorial - A crisis within a crisis

While the Covid-19 pandemic has brought untold fear and suffering, another “sickness”, particularly in the form of domestic violence against women and children, has intensified in our motherland over the last couple of weeks.

Editorial - Fighting dirty money and illicit flows

The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) this week lifted the lid on Namibia’s link to dirty money after it red-flagged an astronomical N$17 billion as suspected proceeds of illegal activities. Of the N$17 billion, a massive N$10 billion is linked to the Fishrot scandal, which has led to the arrest of former Cabinet ministers Sacky Shanghala and Bernhard Esau as well as businessmen

Editorial - Our united front against Covid-19

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic the emphasis has been on shaping bold solutions to save lives and livelihoods in these unprecedented times. Covid-19 will probably be with us for many years and there appears to be no end in sight considering the growing number of new cases being reported worldwide. 

Editorial - Urban poor need decent houses

Access to residential land and being able to become proud homeowners in urban and peri-urban areas where the masses live in matchbox shacks without basic services such as running water and electricity should not be politicised by politicians primarily preoccupied with leaving behind a legacy. 

Editorial - Voters deserve better

Electing service-driven candidates for the forthcoming regional council and local authority polls is essential because these elections are far-reaching as they broaden the level of our well-grounded democratic norms and ideals.

Editorial - Innovate or perish like dinosaurs

It is high time Namibia starts making serious investments in vocational training colleges (VTCs) if we are serious about capacitating school-going children who complete secondary schooling, so that we create jobs and wealth, and broaden our tax base post Covid-19

This is no time for blame

The first cases of what would become known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) that starts as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) were reported in 1981 mostly among a population of men having sex with men in the United States of America (USA).

Covid-19 donations are a noble cause

One would have expected businesses to emulate the exemplary example set by President Hage Geingob who personally pledged N$250 000 to the war-chest established towards the national effort to assist the government to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus that has brought the world to a standstill. 

Editorial - Inequality albatross a daily constant

Rising poverty levels faced daily among the majority of the country’s small population of slightly over two million are in stark contrast to the fabulous natural resources of Namibia, among them gold, diamonds, uranium, copper, marine fisheries, forestry resources and an abundance of labour.

Editorial - It is time to include the excluded

The dose of medicine prescribed to President Hage Geingob by the High-Level Panel on the Namibian Economy (HLPNE) is praiseworthy considering the fact our economy is akin to a sick patient because it has stagnated while jobs are scarce, and poverty levels remain high.

Editorial - Football at the crossroads

Mahatma Gandhi, the late great Indian revolutionist and renowned anti-colonial nationalist lawyer, once said “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people and taking people from where they are to where they have never been”. 

Editorial: Remember the children

The news cycle is short, and with so many competing issues, often those who have been at the forefront of holding power to account, such as the media,   struggle to give all challenges the airtime and press space it deserves. 

Editorial: Social media content should not malign

The recent Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Namibia, though given a clean bill of health, as they were bereft of violence, no-go areas, harassment and even disruption of political rallies during the election campaign period, sadly witnessed the spectre of social media being hijacked for malicious purposes by social media users.

Editorial: Democracy has become our integral part

The campaigns leading to Wednesday’s Presidential and National Assembly Elections and the polling itself are a clear indication the democratic culture has fully entrenched itself in Namibia. Multi-party elections where political parties freely engage in the contestation of competing ideas, trying to woo voters on what they will do once voted into power, has become an integral part of our way of life. 

Prevent mass killings before they happen

Namibians are by nature law-abiding, but hardened repeat offenders, murderers whose hands drip with the blood of innocent victims, rapists, looters of public coffers, unrepentant burglars, cattle thieves are holding sway and riding roughshod over the bulk of a cowed population.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse

It has been a whirlwind couple of days. Some commentators have thrown around the word constitutional crisis as the misinterpretation of a section of the Electoral Act by political parties took centre stage. Everyone

Give impetus to intra-Africa trade

Namibia is among 50 African countries that signed the framework for the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) primarily to create a single continental market for goods and services with free and unfettered movement of people and investments among African states.

Nothing to show for big sanitation talks

Statistics released this week by Urban and Rural Development Minister Peya Mushelenga  - that 70 percent of informal settlement and rural area dwellers defecate in the open due to lack of toilet facilities in their areas – unsettled us.

Why this negativity to investors?

Some Namibians have reduced themselves to being perpetual armchair critics cynical about everything that government wants to do even when such deeds are for the good of all the citizens of our country. The case in

Trade figures put Sadc to shame

Beyond political rhetoric, intra-African trade has remained lip service. And visiting Tanzanian President John Magufuli did not mince his words when expressing shock this week that for the past five years trade between his country and Namibia stood at less that N$360 million.

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. 

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.