• April 9th, 2020


Namport donates equipment to field hospital

WALVIS BAY – Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) heeded government’s call to combat the spreading of Covid-19 by donating medical supplies to the containerised field hospital that is currently under construction at the Walvis Bay State Hospital. 

Three Oceans Seafood Distributors donate fish

WALVIS BAY – Three Oceans Seafood Distributors Namibia donated horse mackerel worth N$900 000 to the disaster risk management committee of Walvis Bay to assist vulnerable members of society in the Erongo region during the current Covid-19 lockdown. The fish was handed over by Denise Visser, managing partner of the company, to Walvis Bay urban constituency councillor Knowledge Iipinge for further distribution. 

Erongo kuna kuvapa egano kuhamena epato

WalvisBay – Vantu vatunga mosirongo saErongo vahepa kutambura egano eli lyokupata momunene awo vavhurembo morwa kuna kumoneka asi vaNamibia vamwe kapi vana kusikisamo veta zangesi zokulikunga komukisi ogu guna gumu ndi asi kuna kudipaga vantu mouzuni.

We don’t want to instil fear - navy commander

WALVIS BAY – Navy commander Rear Admiral Sinsy Nghipandua says residents in the Erongo region should strictly adhere to the prescribed lockdown measures that are currently in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 that has been declared a global pandemic. 

Walvis to erect 150-bed virus isolation facility

WALVIS BAY - Stakeholders at the harbour town, including the Walvis Bay Urban constituency risk disaster management team in collaboration with the Welwitschia private hospital and the business community, have pooled resources together to set up a 150-bed facility to be used to treat potential coronavirus patients.


Saga Seafood employees sign retrenchment packages

WALVIS BAY – The 210 employees of the Saga and Geysir trawlers, who were retrenched earlier this month, will receive a month and a half’s salary, severance pay of 1.5 weeks as well as a bonus of N$10 000. Saga Seafood made the announcement that the retrenched employees will also be paid two days of accrued leave per month. 

Fishing sector assures workers on corona

SWAKOPMUND – Chairperson of the confederation of Namibian fishing industries Matti Amukwa, says the fishing industry is safe for now in terms of the Coronavirus, recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).


Passenger liners suspend port calls

WALVIS BAY – As the world continues to battle the growing number of coronavirus infections, at least eight passenger liners that were expected to dock at the Port of Walvis Bay suspended all activities around the world.

Omaruru robbers strike again

WALVIS BAY – A gang of robbers believed to be responsible for a series of robberies in Omaruru is suspected to have broken into Agra where they stole items and cash with a combined value of over N$77 000.

Granite miners endure harsh conditions

SWAKOPMUND – Namibians working at Dreamland Investments and its sister companies, Ewe Granite Manufacturing and Ekungungu Trading are underpaid and work under deplorable conditions, exposing them to health and safety risks.

Erongo residents empowered with goats

In its drive to improve the livelihood of the rural communities and to contribute to food and nutrition security, the government handed over 20 does and one buck each to 20 selected beneficiaries in Daweb West of the Erongo region. 

Hopes to find missing captain dashed

SWAKOPMUND – Hangana Seafood has ruled out any reasonable prospect to find the missing captain Carlo Gordon alive or recover his body from the wreck at sea. Gordon went missing on 18 February, a day after he led his 26 crew members to the fishing grounds on the hake-catching vessel.


Topnaars get bigger clinic

UTUSEB – The Topnaar people living in the Kuiseb valley, situated about 70 kilometres on the outskirts of Walvis Bay, will no longer need to travel to the harbour town to access full healthcare.


Duinesig receives books

WALVIS BAY – The Namport Social Investment Fund (NSIF) last week donated books worth N$50 000 to Duinesig Combined School in Walvis Bay for their library.


Samherji closes Saga Seafood

WALVIS BAY - Samherji-owned Saga Seafood yesterday announced it would cease operations in the country end of next month. Samherji, through Saga Seafood and the Geysir vessel, employed about 210 fishermen who are now left jobless. 


Job portal: N$20 000 for non-compliance

SWAKOMUND – A senior employment officer at the labour ministry says employers who do not comply with all aspects of the Employment Service Act and the Namibia Integrated Employment Information System (NIEIS) could be fined up to N$20 000 in the near future. 


PowerCom commences tower construction at Walvis Bay

PowerCom Pty Ltd has commenced with the planned tower construction in Walvis Bay Extension 17. A recent ground-breaking ceremony confirmed the tower’s commencement as well as the company’s infrastructure CAPEX investment rollout for 2019/2020, which seeks to increase the company’s footprint and asset base to best service ICT players and offer last mile connectivity.  

Fishrot: PDM demands answers from Noa

WALVIS BAY – The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) said it would table a motion to summon Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director general Paulus Noa to explain why Namibians implicated in the Fishrot saga had their assets frozen, while foreigners allegedly involved have free range.

Labour officials in firing line

WALVIS BAY - National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) vice president Phillip Munenguni has lashed out at labour ministry officials, accusing them of being mere “salary collectors” while turning a blind eye to the suffering of workers employed in the fishing and mining industries.

Parents urged to be more responsible

WALVIS BAY - Police in the Erongo region have urged parents in the coastal towns of Swakopmund, Henties Bay and Walvis Bay to make sure that children visiting beaches and swimming pools are under adult supervision. 


Confusion over who can, can’t vote

WALVIS BAY – Confusion reigned yesterday at Walvis Bay where some residents had to be turned away from polling stations as they were not eligible to vote in the local by-election. Some were under the impression that voting was open to everyone. 

New industrial park coming to Walvis

WINDHOEK - Global Trade enabler DP World has signed an agreement with Namibia’s Nara Namib Free Economic Industrial Zone to develop an industrial park at Walvis Bay. The signing ceremony took place in Windhoek yesterday.


LPM promises to change Namibia

WALVIS BAY – Landless People’s Movement (LPM) leader Bernadus Swartbooi has urged supporters to vote for change in this month’s general election, saying Namibians should not vote out of loyalty.


N$23m logistics hub for Arandis

ARANDIS - An ambitious logistics hub and truck port project that will capitalise on the increased cargo destined for the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) via the port of Walvis Bay was launched on Friday in Arandis.


Find ways for cheaper electricity

SWAKOPMUND – Regional electricity distributor, Erongo Red, according to the governor of the region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, now has the opportunity to source and negotiate cheaper electricity from independent power producers for their customers.


Venaani blasts Swapo over EVMs

SWAKOPMUND - Popular Democratic Movement president McHenry Venaani says the missing electronic voting machines that were loaned to Swapo cast serious doubts on the integrity of the Electoral Commission of Namibia and compromises the upcoming general elections. 

Mbanga zonondja zaya zayasiki moSwakop

Konyara vantu wokusika ko 174 vatunga moSwakopmund nekoro lyawo nkera kavagwene nondja edi dakara asi demelikwamo lyepangero lyonondja. Sinzi sovantu kavagwene uwa wangoso kavakere womorukanda rwa DRC mo Swakopmund. Ano ava 38 nawo vamwe ngava gwana nondja edi momukunda gwa Karibib.

Man stoned to death in Uis

SWAKOPMUND - A man was stoned to death in Uis in the Erongo Region on Saturday evening. Erongo regional crime investigation coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu yesterday said that the

Many boards failing SOEs – Jooste 

SWAKOPMUND – Some state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are failing because they are led by board members who possess no integrity nor the skills required to provide leadership that would place such institutions on a growth path, Minister of Public Enterprises Leon Jooste said Friday.

Industry Loop: Infinite disaster!

During my time at the coast last weekend I decided to check out on Saturday one of my favourite spots in the whole wide world, Infinity Lounge. Three words…NEVER EVER AGAIN. Bruh...the regret! Sigh…where do I start? 


Vessel fire investigation underway

WALVIS BAY – Financial Director of Seawork Fish Processors Jurgen Sander, whose vessel caught fire and ultimately caused the death of one of their employees, said in a short statement on Monday that they are still not able to provide further information with regards to the incident.


Vote for change, says Venaani

WALVIS BAY – Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president McHenry Venaani says Namibians should vote to see a change in the country as the ruling party, Swapo, has failed to provide basic services such as toilets and housing despite being in power for 30 years.

Selling Rössing was a hard decision - Rio Tinto

ARANDIS – British company, Rio Tinto, says selling its stake in Rössing Uranium – one of the flagship mining companies in Namibia – was not an easy decision to make but one that needed to be taken to ensure a strong future for the mine.


Belly dancing extravaganza Shimmy’s for animal charities

SWAKOPMUND - Professional Namibian belly dancer Sascha Olivier-Sampson is not only the closest thing to being a ‘Goddess’ you will find adorned in silks and beads, but she is also an exceptional performing artist with a heart of gold. She has just celebrated her tenth ‘Shimmy for Shelter’ dance extravaganza, which this year raised N$31 000 towards two major Namibian animal charity projects.  


Coast divided over Nimt double murders

SWAKOPMUND – Two sets of petitions are in circulation, one by those believing in the innocence of Ernst Lichtenstrasser, the only accused in the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (Nimt) double murders, and those who believe he must pay for the cold-blooded killings.


Rössing to close in 2020 if sale collapses

SWAKOPMUND – Rio Tinto will accelerate the closure of its Rössing Uranium mine to June 2020 if the N$1.5 billion sale of the mine to China National Uranium Corporation (CNUC) is not approved by the Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC).   The mine has about 1000 employees and a lifespan stretching to 2025. 


Vessel owner to fork out for oil spill

WALVIS BAY - A tanker vessel will have be pay up for last weekend’s oil spill that occurred in the port of Walvis Bay.   It will also have to fork out for the clean-up of another oil spill that was detected at Longbeach Extension 1, north of Walvis Bay that was traced back to their vessel.


Sternagel opens throttle for revived Moto-X champs

SWAKOPMUND - The revival of the 2019 Moto-X Namibian Championships has opened the throttle on some fierce competition amongst the ‘big guns’ this year, in particular the unbeatable ‘King of the Dirt’ champ Mark Sternagel, who is flying high for a long-awaited title win. 


Guilty verdict for kidnappers

SWAKOPMUND - Four Walvis Bay residents, Logan Pretorius, his fiancé, Sandra Riobo, Ashley Januarie and Curven Vries were on Friday found guilty on a charge of kidnapping and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm.


Furniture maker joins charitable township project

SWAKOPMUND - At 57 years old, furniture maker Mary Murembe is inching her way closer to retirement, but before she retires, she still needs to keep the production rolling, even more so after being commissioned by a charity project to assemble dog houses for distribution in the informal settlements in Swakopmund.


German company tackles hepatitis in DRC

SWAKOPMUND - A German company, Blueplanet Investment, will tackle Hepatitis E through a pilot project that will be launched in the Democratic Resettlement Community (DRC) in Swakopmund, with environmentally friendly products they produce in Frankfurt.


#Khaxab Royal house wants Topnaar’s throne

WALVIS BAY - The #Khaxab Royal house of Chief Samuel #Khaxab says the Topnaar chieftaincy rightfully belongs to the #Khaxab and it should be restored as such by appointing him as the rightful person to take over from the late Chief Seth Kooitjie.


Container terminal set for commissioning

SWAKOPMUND - The new container terminal constructed at a cost of N$4 billion at Walvis Bay  will be commissioned within three months. Namport upon inquiry yesterday told New Era the new container terminal is currently 96 percent complete with only the final touches being added to the mega project.

Southern Africa oil discoveries vital for Namibia

SWAKOPMUND – Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo says the discoveries of major oil reserves in Southern Africa will be of importance to Namibia, a country battling a volatile and challenging business environment, characterised by a slowdown in the economy. 


Nimt employee could face charges over bosses’ killings

WALVIS BAY – An employee of the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (Nimt)’s Tsumeb campus, who appeared in the Karibib Magistrate’s Court yesterday for illegal possession of ammunition found in his car, is under questioning and may soon be charged in connection with the cold-blooded killings of the institute’s top two bosses a week ago.

Government sets target for fish value addition

SWAKOPMUND -  Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau says the government is keen to ensure that at least 340 000 metric tons (MT) of 550 000 MT fish landings is processed  on shore and exported as high valued products to markets worldwide by 2022.


Persons of interest questioned in Nimt killings

WALVIS BAY – Several persons of interest, mostly employees of the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (Nimt), have been questioned since Monday by the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region in connection with the brutal murders of the institute’s executive director and his deputy on Monday morning.


‘Namoysters’ highly sought-after

SWAKOPMUND- While Namibian oysters remain one of the most sought after culinary treats on the highly-competitive international mariculture markets, local producers are going at great lengths to meet the high demand.

Nēpas ose! … ǂKhîo!nâsiba ǂkhawusa ǁkhāsiba ūhâ Braziliaba xu ra ǂgâxa-ūhe ani!ân ǂnamipe

!GOMENǁGAMS – ǁAma-aona ra ǂgaoǂgao!nâ Rob Parkeri ge ra mî, ǁaeb go a  ǁhâsa ǂhanub nî Namibiaǁîna ǁkhaubasa Brazila xu ra ǂ gâxa-ūhe ani!ân !oagu, nēs ge ǂurusib !harib ai ǀgui hâ tama hâ ǂganǀgaub tsîna !khōǂgā hâ. ǁÎb ge !gâi tama ǀgaub hîab Brazila ǂoaǂamsa !ân anin dina ū-oa tsî ani!aogu, aniǂaidi tsî ǀnî hâ ǁgaiǁgaibe !âna ra ǂgâxa-ūba ǀau tsî ra mî nēs ǁkhāti ǂurusiba ǁkhōǁkhōsasib !nâ mâis ǀguis ose xawe !hū!nāsi aniǂharuguga ra !gamsa. 


The fine lines of Modise linocut art

SWAKOPMUND - Professional artist, Kabelo Modise, is hot off a solo Independence Celebration exhibition held at farm Shalom in the Swakop River Valley, where he displayed over 30 pieces of his intricate linocut works - a distinctive style which earned him acclaim as one of Namibia’s most influential and talented artists


Nimt blasted for failing to submit report

SWAKOPMUND – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chief executive officer Paulus Noa says some board directors collect sitting fees but fail to carry out their full mandate especially when it comes to the investigation of corruption and other irregularities at their institution.

Government driver arrested for drunk driving

SWAKOPMUND - A government driver attached to the Office of the President was arrested early Friday morning in Swakopmund for drunk-driving, reckless or negligent driving, after he rammed the government vehicle into the wall of the Swakopmund Veterinary Clinic

Statutory rape suspect granted bail

SWAKOPMUND - A Walvis Bay resident arrested for the alleged statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl was ordered on Monday when he was granted bail of N$3 000, not to come in contact with the minor or commit a similar act.


Toyota Yaris wins challenging Shell V-Power Swakop Rally

The cool Swakopmund ocean air provided a welcome relief for the inland rally teams, who along with their coastal rivals participated in the action-packed Swakopmund Shell V-Power Rally held on Saturday, which saw Jaco Redenlinghuis and navigator Dries Booysen storm into first place driving a Toyota Yaris in a time of 1:07:12.  

Good roads stimulate economic growth

SWAKOPMUND - Economic development and social transformation is only possible with a well-developed and maintained road infrastructure that is an enabler for economic growth and the smooth movement of goods and people.

Mu alafi wa matokwani upikela kwande

SWAKOPMUND – Muyahi wa tolopo ya Swakopmund, Cheryl Antoinette Green, walilimo zemashumi aketalizoho kaze supile (57), yana tamilwe liviki zepeli za kwamulaho kamulatu wa kufumanwa ni matokwani ane aize ki mulya, nalukuluzwi viki

SPCA warns on rise in dog theft

SWAKOPMUND - An increase in stolen puppies, plus that of certain breeds of dog has given rise to new fears that underground dog fighting rings and dog thief syndicates have sprung up, with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) warning pet owners across the country to be vigilant with their animals. 

Muhakuli gependa kapoperere mukeke gokuvera koruhanzo

WalvisBay – Muhakuli gomosipangero sepangero moKeetmnshoop noupenda kazire momvhura zina kuroka zonene noruhanzo, mankumpi gomanene negano eli kakerev nalyo asi gahepa kukapopera mukake ogu gomakwedi 11 vamurete kosipangero sepangero moKeetmanshoop omu kakere asi ana pumbwa uhaku pangenderera momapeu kagapwelireko. 

Namibia explores PPP for Namport

SWAKOPMUND - Namport CEO Bisey /Uirab says government and the institution is currently exploring the possibility of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to maximise benefits for the Port of Walvis Bay, as the new container terminal is expected to be completed within the next two months.


N$1.2 million compensation for Hangana seamen

WALVIS BAY - Hangana Seafood has awarded compensation worth N$1.2 million to 150 seamen, backdated from February 1, 2017 to January 1, 2019 in the company’s quest to provide better working conditions for its employees, especially those at sea.  


NCCI blast contractors for inflating tenders

SWAKOPMUND - The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Walvis Bay branch says contractors and engineers should also play their part to address the shortage of classrooms, instead of looting from government through inflated prices when awarded tenders. 


Ship passengers impressed with coast

WALVIS BAY - Tourists visiting Walvis Bay on a day trip Wednesday were in awe of the town’s beauty and tourism activities. German national Winfried Lamm, arriving aboard one of the four passenger ships that docked at Walvis, said Namibia takes his breath away every time he visits the country.


American museum closes viewing of Namibian human remains

SWAKOPMUND - The American Museum of Natural History last week turned down a request week by the Namibian Genocide Association led by Laidlaw Peringanda to inspect and verify the origin of some human remains kept in the museum. The New York-based museum has at least eight remains of people of southern African descent.

Emotionally-fit society key to development

WALVIS BAY - Addressing social challenges in communities through proper counselling will not only root out social evils such as domestic violence and teenage pregnancies but will ensure an emotionally-healthy society, a psychologist says.


Exciting Jimny launched at new Suzuki showroom

Suzuki Namibia celebrated the launch of its much-anticipated all-new Suzuki Jimny 4x4 recently with an overwhelming public response, along with the official opening of their modern Swakopmund showroom, to further boost the N$5-million franchise investment whilst growing the popular Suzuki brand in this country.


Ageing “Wessie” crowned top senior golfer at Rossmund 

SWAKOPMUND – Despite his advanced age, veteran golfer Piet van der Westhuizen, 80, was deservedly crowned as the winner of the Bank Windhoek Swakopmund Coastal Senior Open Golf Day tourney at Rossmund golf course, recently. Though the annual gathering caters for play-offs between the coastal and the central seniors - individual entrants also participated.


Youth implored to unlock blue economy

WALVIS BAY - The CEO of the Namibia Ports Authority, Bisey /Uirab, has encouraged Namibian youth to take up a keen interest and explore the ocean economy as a means of job creation and poverty alleviation.

SADC thrashes out regional extraditions

SWAKOPMUND - Senior legal officials from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are currently discussing the implementation of legal instruments that are part of the protocols on Extradition and on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.

Kavihuha calls Labour Commission toothless

WALVIS BAY - The government does not have the interests of workers at heart, hence unionists should become bigger players to safeguard the future of the country and the public, says the Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna), Mahongora Kavihuha.