• November 13th, 2019



Windhoek Palm Hotel turns 1

WINDHOEK - Passionate about service excellence, Windhoek Palm Hotel, situated in Windhoek West, on Friday last week celebrated their first year in hospitality industry.  


UDF advocates skills training

WINDHOEK - United Democratic Front of Namibia (UDF) leader Apius !Auchab has vowed to establish a skills development and vocational training agency, once elected into power. !Auchab is one of the presidential candidates contesting for election this month. 


RP pushes for ex-Koevoet recognition

WINDHOEK – President of the Republican Party Henk Mudge has vowed to continue fighting for the recognition of former Koevoet members and the South West African Territorial Force (SWATF) war veterans. Mudge said many of these officers who served in those units were suffering today.


We need to improve our finishing - Samaria

WINDHOEK - Brave Warriors interim coach Bobby Samaria blamed Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Zambia on his team’s poor finishing in front of the goal. The 2-0 loss saw Namibia fail to retain the Dr Hage Geingob Cup, which they won last year.


Namport records a 19 percent increase of TEU’s for September

WINDHOEK - The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) recorded a commendable increase of 19 percent of twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containers shipped and 33 percent of TEU’s that landed at the Port of Walvis Bay in the month of September 2019 when compared to September 2018. These were the remarks of Namport’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Kavin Harry, during the Annual Port Users function held in honour of the entity’s clientelé last week Friday.   


Treat infertility with professionalism and empathy - Geingos

WINDHOEK - The First Lady, Monica Geingos, has said infertility in Namibia should be treated like any other health issue: with professionalism, empathy, respect and stigma. “It is not always the women’s fault; men too can struggle with infertility. Couples would not know if they are not both exposed to medical examinations and tests,” explained Geingos.


DStv airs local documentary Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa

WINDHOEK- MultiChoice Africa announced last week that the highly acclaimed documentary, Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa aired yesterday on DStv’s channel 409. It especially fills MultiChoice with pride, as it is a local Namibian production made by Namibians, telling a story that will resonate with viewers across Africa. 


Promoting Namibia through clothing

WINDHOEK- The idea started as an Instagram account where founder and owner, Salomo Festus would feature quality pictures of people that looked good and represented Namibians from various backgrounds through the clothes they wear.


Kufamosha seeks funding to film 4th series

WINDHOEK- A group of youth who are into drama plays called Kufamosha drama group is appealing to fellow local film companies to assist them with filming equipment to record part four of their series called ‘Fiyo naini Namibia letu lili ngaha’ (till when is Namibia like this). 


Sadc winning battle against malaria 

WINDHOEK - Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) has recorded success in the battle against cases and deaths related to malaria, thanks to interventions by member states. This has resulted in a substantial reduction of mortality attributed to the infectious disease. 


Presidency defends Nicanor’s appointment

WINDHOEK - Press secretary in the Presidency Alfredo Hengari has angrily hit back at those criticising President Hage Geingob’s appointment of former Keetmanshoop Urban councillor Hilma Nicanor as special advisor on veterans’ affairs in the Office of the Vice-President.

Opinion: A perfect point of departure for Cricket Namibia

Being one of the ardent advocates for racial transformation in local sports, I was this week delighted and equally pleased beyond measure to hear that local cricket presiding body Cricket Namibia (CN) has embarked on a transformational journey that will finally see it take cricket to public schools and eventually the masses.

Ehi mari yaruka kovandu- NUDO

Otjomuise- O National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO), tji yeya komananeo wo horomende ya Namibia ma i yarura ehi kovandu tjinga ama ivepe ozomburo zo tjimariva okuranda nazo ehi. 


Daniel Kavezemba Kariko mazemburukwa

Otjomuise- Otjiwa¿a tja Tjohorongo na Matjete kutjo ku ma kuri kwamba otjkumutundu atjihe tje paha ra Tjiute indi nda hupa kondjembo ya Katjivitjouanga, omayuva wo ma suviro inga ma tji Þumunikire ko Tjohorongo.

Ombatero yourumbu ekwiya monyama

Otjomuise- Ombatero yohoromende yo mo ruveze ro u rumbu otja tjiya tjiukisiwa iyo tjiuru tjehi na iyauzwa iyo o Ministera Ondenga mo mweze outjatano, kapena pwii zemburuka ombatero kovakune motukondwa two ma kunino.


NASCAM CEO to head continental body

WINDHOEK- The Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (NASCAM) Chief Executive Officer Eino-John Max, was recently appointed to be  Chairperson of the Confederation of International Society of Composers and Authors  (CISAC) Africa Committee on a three-year term.


NAMAs: artists have their say

WINDHOEK- The sad news broke by MTC’s Chief of Human Capital and Corporate Affairs, Tim Ekandjo stating that after almost 10 years of closely awarding deserving local artists for their craft and contribution they have done in the music industry, it would regrettably bring this project to a close.


Cassidy Dabbles in a solo project

WINDHOEK – Twenty-six-year-old Cassidy Karon, better known as the other half of the award-winning music duo Paradox, recently set social media abuzz after he posted a video announcing that he will be releasing a solo album soon.


NAMAs time is up - MTC

WINDHOEK - MTC’s Chief of Human Capital and Corporate Affairs, Tim Ekandjo, has said the MTC was giving up its sponsoring boots for the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) because all good things do end. 


MTN launches 4G at the coast

WINDHOEK - MTN Business Namibia has launched its LTE (4G) service at the coast, a development that now makes faster and reliable internet connectivity for home and office use in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay possible.


Collaborative SME youth financing strategy unveiled

WINDHOEK – The finance ministry as well as that of sport, youth and national service, in conjunction with the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) on Wednesday unveiled a N$138.5 million small and medium enterprise (SME) financing strategy, to commence on 1 December, specifically aimed at enabling the youth to start or expand their businesses. 

Opinion: Is it a fear of criticism, of failure, or both?

While negative thoughts are a natural (and irritating) occurrence, psychologist Lisa Firestone says we need to handle them with care: they can easily lead to debilitating distress. In particular, she warns against self-hatred or self-doubt. In their place, Firestone suggests a COAL attitude which translates to “curious, open, accepting and loving.”  

Opinion: NCRST journal breathes new life in scholarly communication in Namibia

Three years ago, when the National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST) mooted the idea of a multidisciplinary academic journal, some critics never thought that such a proposal would yield any meaningful results. Others said it was a far-fetched idea which would fizzle or evaporate into thin air. But dedicated scholars from NCRST, the University of Namibia (Unam), the mother university, the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) and the International University of Management (IUM), believed in the idea of the journal and took upon themselves the mammoth task of setting up structures, rules and regulations that have culminated in the first edition of the Namibia Journal for Research, Science and Technology that was launched last week in Windhoek.

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.


//Garoëb denies Swapo link

WINDHOEK - A scheduled meeting, which never materialised yesterday between President Hage Geingob, Founding President Sam Nujoma and Damara leader Gaob Justus //Garoëb, may have fuelled speculations that the latter was defecting to the ruling party. //Garoëb, in an interview with New Era, dismissed reports linking him to Swapo, saying he was a committed United Democratic Front of Namibia (UDF) member even though he quit active politics in 2013. 


Police K9 unit makes a difference

WINDHOEK – The Namibian Police Canine Unit – in short K9 Unit – that is tasked with detecting crimes, explosives, drugs and criminals amongst others, has its existence founded on the Namibian Police Act, 19 of 1990 Section 13, which spells out its mandate.

Learners rescue baby from pit latrine

WINDHOEK – A newly born baby, who was allegedly dumped by her mother in a pit latrine of a local school, is recovering well in the Outapi District Hospital. Learners at Ombundamuti Combined School made the shocking discovery at around 15h00. It appears the baby was dumped around 06h00 in the morning.


We need to embrace the Cloud

There’s a lot of hype about the Cloud, however what comes to mind when you hear that your software will sit in the cloud, it sounds positively intangible and like a cloud it can fall apart anytime.

Trade ministry cautions of fake news

WINDHOEK - The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development (MITSMED) has cautioned members of the public and especially entrepreneurs of an ongoing online fake press release that purports to have been issued by the ministry. 

Report on Chinese taking over parks refuted

WINDHOEK – The ministry of environment has dismissed as baseless allegations made by an unknown person in an audio recording circulating on social media that the ministry is allowing Chinese to drive vehicles patrolling the national parks. 


Youngster concedes guilt after guilty verdict

WINDHOEK - A young man from Leonardville who was merely 17-years- old when he slit the throat of his two- month pregnant girlfriend on Monday admitted during cross-examination in the High Court in his mitigation and aggravation of sentence hearing that he indeed killed the deceased.


CIF highlights necessity of Namibian Construction Council

WINDHOEK – One of the main topics scheduled to be discussed at the Construction Industries Federation (CIF) Construction Conference & AGM on  14 and 15 November  will be the establishment of a Namibian Construction Council, which is in line with the government’s commitment to have the council promulgated before the end of the 2019/2020 financial year.  


Team Namibia supports local poultry industry

WINDHOEK - A barrage of squawks greets Albert Handunge every time he steps into his chicken coop. As the owner of Kona MH Supply cc, a poultry company based in Katutura, he beams. Seeing his chickens with their laid eggs reminds him of how, if supported locally, the poultry industry can boost job creation and ultimately eradicate poverty! 

Set and stick to your savings goals

WINDHOEK - World Savings Day or International Savings Day was established on 30 October 1924, during the first International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks) in Milan, Italy and was declared on the last day of the congress.

Opinion: Is South-South cooperation an antidote to the realisation of Agenda 2063

In today’s turbulent world, a lot has changed as a result of technology that has globalised the world. The demand for healthy living, equal distribution of the resources, sharing of technology, skills, knowledge has risen and become an integral determinant in international relations. Such resources are unevenly distributed between developed and developing countries with a better endowment in the developed world.


Shaningwa disowns Itula as a Swapo member

WINDHOEK – Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaningwa says the party accepts that independent presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula, with effect from the date of his registration with the Electoral Commission of Namibia, has irreversibly ex-communicated himself as a Swapo member. 

Don’t second guess abuse, abuse is abuse

For so many years many people have heard about a protection order that has been put in place to assist those people who want to escape their abusers. Many survivors do not understand how the process of applying for a protection order works. They move quickly to apply for a protection order only to withdraw it within a short period.  

Industry Loop: “Mzansibola”

I think one of the most overrated phrases in the entertainment industry is “all the way from South Africa”. We are slaves of South Africa. South Africa own our souls. We are that side chick that believes that love is about suffering. So much so that whenever we see or hear the phrase “all the way from South Africa” we jump without asking how high.  


Top trending: how other girls eat your man

WINDHOEK- Our top trending clip this week is about entrepreneur and actress Dillish Mathews’ Instagram story that she uploaded this last week about women giving attitude to their men. While eating cake, she demonstrates how other women eat men whose women are arrogant.


Dancing champ brings a gold medal home

WINDHOEK – They say ‘gold medals are not made of gold, they are made of sweat, determination and a hard-to-find alloy called guts’ and this defines eight-year-old Kari Rabie, who won a gold medal last week in the Rumba in the Jungle competition in South Africa.


Magical Rastaman “Kaskas” tells his own story

Many people are unaware that much travelled dreadlocked goal poacher Kaskas Angula, is in Namibian terms, a “Struggle Kid” – albeit a well-behaved one for that matter. The deadly net buster developed vast interest in politics and left his motherland as a fourteen-year-old boy, hardly out of his pair of shorts.


Opinion: In my country Ghana, football is politic

It is relieving Ghana Football was dissolved a year ago because it was simply anachronistic to the aspirations of the Ghanaian child as well as the Politician. The revolution that occurred was the best drama any football fanatic would wish for after a rather boring political year.

Namib Mills Group rejoins Team Namibia

WINDHOEK - Namibia’s current economic environment necessitates increased focus on supporting local businesses, in particular those that are manufacturing and producing for the local market, with the inherent intention to also export to regional and international markets other than effectively meeting the domestic demand. 

Are we voters or political fans?

As national elections loom - slightly over a month before the nation goes to the polls to decide who is going to lead the country into the next five years - we should, as a nation, ask ourselves a fundamental question: Are we voters or fans of political contestants in the elections?


The dangers of concealing

If a pastor from a charismatic church had committed the crime of rape as we have seen circulating in news outlets these past few days, there would have been an endless outcry for their termination.

Pirate taxis a headache for Windhoek

WINDHOEK - City police spokesperson sergeant Fabian Amukwelele has expressed concern over unregistered pirate taxis operating in the City with impunity stealing passengers and eroding the profits of registered taxis. Pirate taxis are also involved in criminal activities.

Opinion: The Namibian generational election curse

Namibia is going to the polls on 27 November 2019 to elect both the president and members of parliament. The nation will be dragging along its generational election curse of bloated party lists, ten presidential hopefuls in a population of less than 3 million and chains of political and financial scandals.


Hungary eager to assist Namibia

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Speaker of the Hungarian parliament, László Kövér, says Namibia is one of his country’s long-standing friends and that Hungary has started to heighten that friendship through its policy of “opening to the South strategy” which entails increasing economic ties with the African continent and Latin America. 


Otjozondjupa strategises for safer roads

OTJIWARONGO - Government officials and stakeholders from across the Otjozondjupa region gathered on Tuesday to discuss road accident reduction measures in the region in light of the festive season when road accidents and deaths are most likely to increase over the holiday season


MTC honours top 13 corporate sport sponsors

WINDHOEK - Namibia’s telecommunications giant MTC, which is the country’s leading sports sponsor, last weekend paid homage and formally recognised 13 other local corporates that have contributed and continue to immensely contribute to the broader agenda of sports development.

Opinion: Living in the here and now

You know when one finds oneself looking at one’s life, we tend to have two sights, forward and backwards. We spend much of our time focused on the future and what is to come. Always planning and anxious about where we are going and trying to ensure that we are doing the groundwork to get to where we are going.


FAO awards schools in Kavango East

RUNDU-The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with Food Namibia, recently held a World Food Day Poster competition for schools in Kavango East, focusing on students between the ages of 12-19 designing posters to create awareness about Healthy Diets for a Zero Hunger World.


NCS takes the lead in launching Corrections Women’s Network

OTJIWARONGO – Namibia, through the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS), has become the first Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member State to launch a country-specific Corrections or Prisons Women’s Network as the region acts to better appreciate the role of women officers in ensuring peace and stability.


Swapo, NDP sign pledge to behave

WINDHOEK - Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) said yesterday that it will forge ahead with the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for 27 November despite the refusal of opposition parties to sign the code of conduct yesterday. 

Vote Swapo to maintain peace - Nujoma

WINDHOEK - Founding father of the nation, Sam Nujoma on Saturday encouraged electorates to vote for Swapo and its candidate President Hage Geingob in order to maintain peace, stability and above all, continuity to consolidate the gains the country has made during the past 29 years.  

ǂKhuwixa shibindi tsēdi ge ra toa

ǀAEǁGAMS – ǀAeǁgams !Ā!khōmais Senior Superintendenti Gerry Shikeshob ge ge mî, ǁnā shibindi hîa !nākorobe ǂkhuwib !aroma ra !nurihe tsî !khâikhomde !khō!oadi, ǁîdi di !ā!khōmais ǁgaragu ai dīǀoaǀoas

Illicit financial flows under spotlight

WINDHOEK - The Namibia University of Science and Technology supported by Bank Windhoek and Capricorn Group, last week hosted a two-day workshop for journalists and media students on the Investigation of Illicit Financial Flows and Money Laundering in Windhoek. 

17 years’ imprisonment for rape of minor

WINDHOEK – The court should forsake the element of mercy in sentencing persons convicted of sexually abusing children, said magistrate Ileni Velikoshi when imposing a 17-year imprisonment term on a man who raped a five-year-old girl in 2015 at Havana, Katutura, Windhoek.


Alleged killer of 13-year old refuses to testify

WINDHOEK - The man accused of the brutal rape and murder of a 13-year-old Rachel Vanessa Boois in the Omdel location of Henties Bay during the period 3 to 4 May 2014 refused to testify in his own defence after Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Alfred Siboleka dismissed his application for discharge.

Baituti mwa Zambezi bakafumana malambi

WINDOKO – Baituti babalikana mwanda kamashumi aketalizoho, bakafumana malambi asebelisa mulilo walizazi yona sola, kakuba kalulo yaneulo yakatengo ka Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), mwakusileleza simbule ni silalanda. Malambi naneuzwi kwakatengo ka LAC ki kampani ya Nampower viki yefelile.


Air Namibia resumes flights to Luanda

WINDHOEK – Late last week, Air Namibia confirmed that after a temporary three-month suspension, it has re-introduced the Windhoek to Luanda route back to its schedule. The Windhoek to Luanda flights were scheduled to re-commence its Angolan operation yesterday.

Industry Loop: Entertaining politics Vol 2!

Its election time and everyone is in the mood to have their voices heard including entertainers. I for one think that entertainers need to lead these conversations. I think it’s refreshing to see your favourite entertainer champion an ideology or some sort of cause.

Namibia launches intellectual property policy 

WINDHOEK - The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade & SME Development, through the Business and Intellectual Property Authority, on behalf of the Government of Namibia, launched the first National Policy on Intellectual Property during a high-level breakfast engagement on Wednesday in Windhoek.   


ECN position represents legal positivism in practice

The Electoral Commission of Namibia as a custodian of election related matter in our Republic has taken a bold stand to enforce strict compliance of political parties to both statutory and constitutional provisions that require aspiring parliamentarians first to resign from their remunerated public office positions before accepting nominations as candidates of their respective parties.


Star of the Week: Gwanyena family

Our Star of the Week goes to the Gwanyena family for donating 100 chairs and desks to the value of N$86 000 to the Oomanya Combined School situated in the Okashana Koomanya, where the family hails.


Student bodies challenge Nsfaf

WINDHOEK - The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) has expressed disappointment towards the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (Nsfaf) for allegedly delaying payments of non-tuition of N$21 600 to continuing students. 


Man gets 25 years for murder

WINDHOEK – A 23-year-old man, who admitted that he killed his girlfriend and mother of his minor child by hitting her with an axe on her head, was sentenced to an effective 25 years in prison yesterday by Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Kaijata Kangueehi.


Malulu aims for sustainable production of local school uniforms

WINDHOEK - In some parts of the world, tailoring is regarded as pastime. Conversely, Fiina Malulu, considers tailoring to be an activity which may positively impact Namibia’s economy if her business concept is supported locally. Malulu, who is self-employed in the tailoring industry, is the owner of Fojarat Investment cc, a local business that designs, produces and repairs clothing for all Namibian age groups.

Opinion: A Blip In The Road

It’s hard to stay smiling and optimistic when things go sideways. You know it’s a blip in a rather smooth road, but it’s still a blip nonetheless and it causes discomfort.

Opinion: Imposter Syndrome

You know that moment when you achieve something and in the middle of the applause and pat on the shoulder of congratulations, you have this voice in the back of your mind whispering thoughts of doubt as to whether you even deserve the applause?


Is the media controlling what we see? – Samupofu

WINDHOEK - Nedbank Namibia in collaboration with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) organised a media fair where they invited schools around the capital to discuss issues affecting the status of digitalisation in Namibia under the theme Catalysing the Digital Economy.


Rape accused ex-magistrate suffers setback

WINDHOEK - A former Windhoek magistrate who is accused of raping two women suffered another legal blow when an application for the bail record in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court to not be admitted into evidence in his new bail hearing in the High Court was dismissed on Monday. 


Namibia reforming insolvency legal framework

WINDHOEK - Namibia is in the process of reforming her insolvency legal framework in an effort to ensure that the liquidation and dissolution of insolvent entities will be dealt with speedily and efficiently, Minister of Justice Sacky Shanghala has said.


The curious case of missing EVMs

WINDHOEK - The Electoral Commission of Namibia is battling a crisis of credibility following reports that suggested that electronic voting machines (EVMs) ‘loaned’ to Swapo in 2017 have still not been returned to the ECN.

Opinion: EIF sets record straight 

The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia notes with concern the article that was published by New Era Newspaper as the content is misleading and portrays an image that the EIF as an institution is not transparent, which is a damaging image of the institution.


MTC in Zurich to gear up for 5G

WINDHOEK - In preparation for the imminent arrival of 5G technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa, Mobile Telecommunications Limited Namibia (MTC) says that as a market leader and provider of next generation convergence network solutions it is committed to ensuring that it continues providing its 2.4 million customers with innovative technologies and services


Opinion: Why Turkey took the fight to Syria

ANKARA - It is dismaying that Turkey’s military operation in northeastern Syria is being spun in the American news media as an attack on Kurds, as weakening the fight against the remnants of Daesh (or the so-called Islamic State) and hurting America’s credibility with its allies. 


Katima addressing land issue

OMUTHIYAGWIIPUNDI - The CEO of Katima Mulilo town council, Raphael Liswaniso, has described the situation of community members living in deplorable conditions without basic services as temporary.


Youngster guilty of murder

WINDHOEK - High Court Acting Judge Kobus Miller on Friday convicted a 21-year-old man on a charge of murder read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, but acquitted him on a charge of


Itula slams use of EVMs

WINDHOEK - Presidential hopeful Dr Panduleni Itula has taken issues with the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), saying they are not suitable for elections in a democratic country like Namibia. 

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