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NCRST head-hunting CEO

WINDHOEK - The National Commission on Research, Science, and Technology (NCRST) is in the process of head-hunting for a suitable candidate after they failed to find the right person to fill the vacant post of its CEO

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Woman dies after being run over by own vehicle 

WINDHOEK - A 46-year-old woman died yesterday morning after her vehicle – allegedly with a faulty handbrake – rolled backwards and trapped her underneath it before coming to a standstill some metres into her neighbour’s yard. It is alleged that the woman tried to stop the vehicle which  was rolling on a slight slope.

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Geingob explains sale of Erindi

WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob has said Erindi, Namibia’s biggest privately-owned game reserve, measuring 65 000 hectares, can legally be sold to foreigners since the waiver was granted way before last year’s land conference. 

Potential murderer commits suicide

WINDHOEK – A swift response from a gender-based violence activist and the Namibian Police Force saved a Windhoek woman’s life as she could have been a victim of gender-based violence at the hands of her ex-boyfriend last week.  

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US avails N$1.2b HIV war chest

WINDHOEK – The government of the United States of America, through its President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar) this year committed nearly N$1.2 billion (U.S $82 million) for HIV programmes in Namibia. 

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Rundu residents seek divine intervention

RUNDU - Residents of Rundu are now seeking divine intervention and have organised a prayer day today  for the town’s administration which is in chaos with constant disunity amongst the council members which has now brought operations in the Rundu Town Council to a standstill.

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Speak to workers themselves, unions tell PM

WINDHOEK – The country’s two largest civil servant unions have told Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila that they do not have a problem with a one-off two percent voluntary contribution by civil servants to the drought coffers, provided that civil servants agree to it themselves.

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NSFAF loan applicants demand funding for all

WINDHOEK – A large crowd of tertiary students staged a peaceful demonstration in Windhoek on Wednesday, demanding from the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) and the minister of higher education that all qualified and eligible students be funded to further pursue their studies.

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Judge removed for potential bias in NamibRe case

Supreme Court Acting Judge of Appeal Theo Frank was removed from any involvement in the pending appeal of Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein against a decision by the Windhoek High Court to stay the implementation of the provisions of the NamibRe Act, pending the outcome of a constitutional challenge against the provisions of the Act.

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Call to amend fishing right requirements

National Council Swapo Member of Parliament Damian Nakambare, who is also Nkurenkuru Constituency Councillor, has proposed that the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources considers amending some of its fishing rights requirements to ensure that all Namibians – irrespective of their social status – can freely apply for fishing rights. 

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Inexperience cost us, says Benjamin

Brave Warriors assistant coach, Collin Benjamin, heaped massive praise on Namibia’s courageous performance in their 2-1 loss to Malawi late yesterday during their 2019 Cosafa Cup Group B decider, but admitted that lack of experience had a hand in their defeat.

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Tribute to Dr Nickey Iyambo

On behalf of the National Assembly, and on my own behalf and that of my wife, I would like to express our great sadness and deep sense of loss on the passing of Dr Nickey Iyambo, one of the founding members of the Namibian Nation.

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Jamalife ordered to cease operations and pay back the money

An investigation by the Bank of Namibia (BoN) into the business model of Jamalife Helpers Global has determined that the business contravenes section 55A of the Banking Institutions Act. As a result, the Bank has directed Jamalife Helpers Global to cease their operations and to repay all monies obtained from the public within a period of 21 days.

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Global economy is interdependent - Zhang

Chinese ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming says no country in the world “can afford to pursue development with its doors closed” because the global economy is interdependent, and that countries have so much to gain through openness as opposed to trade warring.

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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. 

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Namibia, Russia strengthen ties

WINDHOEK - International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said Namibia and Russia remain special friends and their friendship needs to be nourished and maintained, not only at the political level but through other platforms as well. 

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Deputy PM calls for drought solidarity

MARIENTAL - The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has called on Namibian citizens to show solidarity with one another during the current crippling drought that the country is facing.

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Venezuelan funds frozen in international banks

WINDHOEK - Approximately US$5.4 million or the equivalent of N$77 million of Venezuelans funds meant for social programmes are held, frozen and confiscated in international banks, as a result of the economic blockade of Venezuela. The economic sanctions are being spearheaded by the USA government.

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War veterans reject state housing

OMUTHIYA - Some war veterans that were to benefit from the veterans affairs housing scheme have been reportedly refusing to move into the houses upon completion, an issue that has irked the ministry which says the houses could have been diverted to more deserving individuals.

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Govt's new internship coming soon

WINDHOEK – Executive Director in the Office of the Prime Minister I-Ben Nashandi yesterday said government will soon announce the new public service internship framework that has been under review since the beginning of this year.

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Katti acquires cannabis licence in Lesotho

WINDHOEK – The Lesotho government has granted Namibian businessman Knowledge Katti and his Mosotho partner Thabo Ntai a licence to cultivate, manufacture and supply cannabis, in line with the kingdom nation’s laws. The licence is valid for ten years and is renewable on an annual basis.

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MET office at Ndiyona to close down

RUNDU - The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is closing down its Ndiyona settlement sub-office in Ndiyona Constituency in Kavango East and the three staff members  at the office will be relocated to Buffalo core area in the Bwabwata (West) National Park in Mukwe, Kavango East.

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Unam arrear students to sit for exams

WINDHOEK - Following months of anxiety among defaulting students at the University of Namibia (Unam) over being allowed to sit for their exams, the university management has decided to allow such students to write exams which started this week.

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Geingob congratulates ANC

WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob – who also heads Namibia’s ruling party Swapo - has added his voice to the loud thunders of congratulations for his South African counterpart, the African National Congress (ANC) and SA President Cyril Ramaphosa, following their victory in the just-ended elections.

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Kharas youth speak out on challenges

KEETMANSHOOP - New Era recently engaged youth leaders from various political parties in the //Kharas Region so that they could share on the challenges they face and on what remedial interventions should be implemented to address these demands.

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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.

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Save nation from hunger, governors told

WINDHOEK - Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and the Deputy PM Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah yesterday implored regional governors not to let anyone die of hunger as a result of the drought that was declared a state of emergency by President Hage Geingob on Monday.

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Swapo distances itself from independent candidate 

WINDHOEK - The ruling party Swapo yesterday distanced itself from the independent candidate in the upcoming Ondangwa Urban Constituency by-election, after social media posts suggested she was a ‘Swapo independent candidate’. Photos of Angelina Immanuel were accompanied by Swapo colours, with a call to vote for her.

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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.

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Invasion of govt flats irks Mutorwa

WINDHOEK – Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa has blamed the Office of the Attorney General for taking too long in solving cases of illegal occupation of government flats, which he described as a thorny issue that needs to be resolved as soon as possible.

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Rundu acting CEO throws in towel

RUNDU - Rundu acting CEO Sikongo Haihambo on Tuesday tendered his resignation citing the absence of a management committee due to deep-seated differences among Swapo councillors who persistently declined nominations and thus is “making his work difficult to execute especially now that the town is in a heap of issues”.

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Agribank to reveal drought relief package

WINDHOEK – Following the declaration of a national state of emergency with respect to drought by President Hage Geingob on Monday, the government-owned Agricultural Bank of Namibia (Agribank) said yesterday that it will announce by the end of this week a range of initiatives to support its customers affected by drought.

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Matengu to put emphasis on academic research

KEETMANSHOOP - “It is my vision to build a legacy of research, innovation and development at this institution,” said professor Kenneth Matengu, the current vice- chancellor of the University of Namibia (Unam) during a stakeholders’ engagement meeting held in Keetmanshoop recently.  

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Lease agreement complicates Ongombo revival

WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob’s dream of seeing Ongombo West farm producing flowers full throttle and exporting to overseas market - as was the case during its ownership under the evicted Wiese prior to 2005 – is being complicated by the 99-year lease of the farm to its current occupants.

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//Kharas celebrates Workers Day 

KEETMANSHOOP – Residents of //Kharas Region turned up in big numbers at a gathering in Keetmanshoop on Workers Day to partake in the commemoration of this important workers’ event as well as the belated Independence Day celebrations. 

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Budget for tertiary education drops

WINDHOEK – The major challenge being experienced in higher education is that the funding allocation to this crucial sector has not been commensurate with the significant growth of programme offerings, student numbers and infrastructural expansion needed at higher education institutions.

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Double murder suspect sticks to his story

WINDHOEK - Lukas Nepela Nikodemus, the man charged with the murder and burning of two young women at a rubbish dump in Pionierspark suburb in Windhoek, stuck to his story that he did not kill the deceased and was framed by a person called Bennie when he testified in his own defense during Monday and Tuesday this week in the Windhoek High Court.

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SOEs trapped in N$43 billion debt

WINDHOEK – State-owned enterprises collectively owe a massive N$43 billion in debts, which equals 25 percent of GDP. What worries Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste even more is that commercial SOEs, from which the government expects to receive dividends, collectively received N$1.2 billion from Treasury in bailouts for the 2017/18 financial year.

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Namibian media giant gone to rest

WINDHOEK - Charismatic, eloquent, excellent writer, poet, diligent, impartial, witty, frank are just some of the words used to describe veteran journalist and poet Peter Mvula ya Nangolo who passed away early yesterday morning.

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Namibian rhino, elephant populations double

KAMANJAB - The country’s rhino and elephant populations have more than doubled and it’s all thanks to a well-managed natural resource management programme, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has revealed. Sikopo said, “Our elephant population has more than doubled from 7500 in 1995 to about 24000 today.” 

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Fire victim untreated for years

WINDHOEK - A 22-year-old man who fell into a fire as a child and never received any standard medical attention but instead resorted to a traditional healer who treated him with herbs is now unable to close one of his eyelids. 

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Hengari suspended over Sun Karros deal

WINDHOEK- Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) Managing Director Zelna Hengari has been placed on suspension following allegations that she contracted the company to a public private partnership (PPP) with Sun Karros Lifestyle Safaris without necessary approval.

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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.

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Rastafarians demand legalisation of weed

WINDHOEK – Ganja Users of Namibia (GUN) and scores of Namibian Rastafarians on Saturday protested against the prohibition of cannabis, appealing to Namibian authorities to emulate South Africa and other countries that have decriminalised the recreational and other use of dagga.

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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.

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No end in sight for ELCRN infighting

WINDHOEK - Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Namibia (ELCRN) who are aggrieved by the process used to determine the new bishop of the church vowed on Tuesday this week that they will leave no stone unturned to challenge the current process of electing bishops adopted by the current leaders of the church. 

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ACC clears three ministers

WINDHOEK – Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director-General Paulus Noa yesterday said he was satisfied with written explanations by three Cabinet ministers whom President Hage Geingob had asked to be investigated.

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Burundi engages Geingob over joining Sadc

WINDHOEK - Burundi’s long quest to become the 17th member of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) has reached an advanced stage, as the regional body’s evaluation team will next month (May) visit the eastern African country for inspections on whether it meets the requirements before being admitted. 

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Sadc needs N$4.2 billion for Cyclone Idai aftermath

WINDHOEK - The Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) needs an estimate of N$4.2 billion to provide a coordinated regional response action to meet the immediate humanitarian needs and early recovery actions following the devastating tropical cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. 

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Presidency talks success of Portugal trip

WINDHOEK- President Hage Geingob during his four-day visit to Portugal for the Horasis Global Meeting was centered on building investor confidence and promoting Namibia as a country with a favourable business environment and destination of choice for international businesses and investors.

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Namibia reaffirms commitment to rand peg 

CASCAIS, PORTUGAL - Namibia is ruling out dropping its currency peg with the South African rand “unless something very drastic happens,” given the close trade links to its larger neighbour and the drive by the world’s biggest producer of marine diamonds to recover from a two-year recession.

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SPYL wants ‘opportunist’ Itula disciplined

WINDHOEK – The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has called on the party’s top brass to urgently institute disciplinary measures against former lecturer at the Swapo Party School, Dr Panduleni Itula, who is purported to have written that Swapo members may stand as independent candidates for the Namibian presidency.

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Aandonga in court tussle over crown

WINDHOEK - Two members of the Ondonga Traditional Authority and possible successors to the late Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas will bring an urgent application in the High Court on Thursday this week for an order interdicting and restraining Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo from appointing a successor to the deceased or taking over in that capacity.

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Frustrated Kanime to approach High Court

WINDHOEK - Suspended Windhoek City Police chief Abraham Kanime plans to approach the High Court to compel City of Windhoek to set a date for his delayed disciplinary hearing after the matter degenerated into a game of ping-pong between the Windhoek City Council and the CEO Robert Kahimise.

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Ex-cop pleads for lenience for killing sons

WINDHOEK - A former police officer convicted of stabbing his two sons to death in April 2014 and two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act in the Windhoek High Court at the Windhoek Correctional Facility by Judge Dinah Usiku wants the court to show him mercy.

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Judge questions Hanse-Himarwa

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg, who is presiding over the corruption trial of current education minister and former governor of the Hardap Region Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, yesterday questioned her on various aspects of her testimony to get clarity. First he wanted to know from Hanse-Himarwa what her duties were as the Hardap Governor. 

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Swapo defends Nujoma housing benefit

WINDHOEK – Swapo secretary for information Hilma Nicanor says there is no way the millions spent on renovating the house of the Founding Father Sam Nujoma would have addressed poverty, adding that the government already has programmes in place to address such challenges.

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Swapo’s Kaurivi to stand again as sole candidate

WINDHOEK - Otjombinde Constituency Councillor Katjanaa Kaurivi, who made history in 2015 when he stood and won an election for the first time in the country’s history as an independent candidate, says he is ready to stand again as an independent candidate in next year’s regional council elections.

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Over to you!..

WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob has announced a 22-member High Level Panel on the Namibian Economy (HLPE), chaired by veteran economist Johannes Gawaxab and comprising of three international experts. 

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Ndonga-Linena, ORIP, Kalimbeza to be leased out

RUNDU - The Agricultural Business Development Agency (AgriBusDev) will lease out the Ndonga-Linena irrigation project in Kavango East, Orange River irrigation project (ORIP) at Aussenkehr in the south of the country and the Kalimbezi irrigation project in Zambezi which produces rice.

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Nguvauva mourns King Kauluma

WINDHOEK- Ovambanderu Chief Kilus Munjuku III Nguvauva has joined the ranks of mourners paying homage to his ‘father-figure’ the Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, remembering him for his “generosity and wise counsel” during the time of trials and tribulations.

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ECN’s 15 000 jobs ready by month-end

WINDHOEK – The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) revealed on Monday it will finalise by the end of this month the recruitment of about 15 000 temporary employees for the 2019 supplementary registration of voters and the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

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Ex-cop guilty of double filicide

WINDHOEK – A former police officer accused of stabbing his two sons to death in April 2014 was convicted on two counts of murder with direct intent and two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, in the Windhoek High Court at the Windhoek Correctional Facility, by Judge Dinah Usiku yesterday.

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Hanse-Himarwa denies any wrongdoing

WINDHOEK - Minister of Education Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, 51, yesterday issued a blank denial that she corruptly used her office for gratification or that she gave a “directive” to members of the committee responsible for selecting the

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