• January 24th, 2020

Khomas

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Top Trending: Start saving now for 2021

WINDHOEK – The top trending clip on our radar is by Elia Nghinamhito, a 24-year-old automobilist who regularly chauffeurs between Windhoek, Okahandja and Otjiwarongo. In the clip, Nghinamhito is advising people on the importance of saving money.

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City spends N$300 000 yearly on New Year Bash

WINDHOEK – The City of Windhoek (CoW), through its marketing and events sections and in conjunction with various stakeholders, has revealed to Entertainment Now! that it spends approximately N$300 000 to host the New Year bash, but that wasn’t the case last year due to budgetary constraints.

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Back to School bash rakes in over N$17 000

WINDHOEK – The recently held Back to School bash at the Khomasdal Community Hall last Saturday raked in N$17 500.50. The bash was packed with music enthusiasts as they watched their favourite artists performing tirelessly – all in the name of giving back to the community. 

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No respite expected for small businesses this year – Cirrus Securities

WINDHOEK – The Economic Outlook for 2020 by Cirrus Securities, a company started in 2017 with a focus on corporate advisory, capital raising and research, predicts that small businesses in Namibia are expected to remain under pressure during 2020. As a result, and depending on the severity of new government policies, Cirrus expects that many small businesses will either close their doors, or lay off further workers.

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Where do we go from here?

The year 2019 was a noteworthy year. So many happenings, big and small, good and bad took place in the past year. The past is a critical component of any one or organisation’s being; allowing for retrospection to avoid hurdles of the past while seeing foundations already laid.

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. 

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Nudo to decide fate of Kandorozu, Jahanika

WINDHOEK – The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) leadership will meet tomorrow to decide whether to suspend its long-serving Okakarara constituency councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu and outgoing parliamentarian Meundju Jahanika from the party.

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11 000 undergo cervical cancer screening

OSHAKATI - In its quest to fight cervical cancer the ministry of health has in the last nine months, since the introduction of the Visual Inspection of the Cervix with Acetic Acid (VIA) technique, screened 11 000 women of whom 8 000 were HIV positive. 

PDM blames ECN for low voter turnout 

WINDHOEK - The Popular Dem-ocratic Movement (PDM) has blamed the Electoral Commission of Namibia for the pathetic turnout of voters during the recently held by-elections in Walvis Bay, Keetmanshoop, Gobabis and Windhoek. 

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Hyundai takes to the sky with Uber Elevate

The Hyundai Motor Company and Uber have announced a partnership to develop Uber Air Taxis for a future aerial ride share network and unveiled a new full-scale aircraft concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, America.

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No bail for Fishrot bribe accused

WINDHOEK – The man arrested this week for allegedly trying to bribe one of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigators in the Fishrot scandal, was denied bail when he made his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court yesterday. 

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Four vie for NFA presidency

WINDHOEK - Four candidates have made the cut to contest the Namibia Football Association (NFA) presidency at the upcoming elective congress billed for 22 February in Windhoek. 

Mubakweli Likwambuyu ukalimela likolo hala kuhana baituti

WINDOKO – Mubakweli Likwambuyu wa Liluko la Tuto, Lipapali ni Sizo, Anna Nghipondoka, mwamazwi ahae hala kutateka kwalikolo viki yefelile, nakalimezi likolo kusahanela baituti kuli basike baiñolisa bakeñisa kutokwa masheleñi akulifa. Mubakweli likwambuyu nabulezi cwalo kasamulaho ataba yamuituti yana hanezwi sikolo bakeñisa sikoloti sa ñohola.

Pula yetuna itisa muunda mwa Zambezi

WINDOKO – Pula yetuna yenze isweli kunela mwanaha kaufela, nimwalinaha zeli bukaufi, ise itisize muunda mi mubusisi wasikiliti sa Zambezi Lawrence Sampofu, nanitifalize kuli libaka zeñwi mwasikiliti sa Zambezi, sihulu mwasilalanda sa Kabbe ya Mbowela seli tibisizwe kimezi amuunda. Mwakweli ya Ñulule katengo ka Sadc nekakile kafa mamela yakuli pula yetuna ikaba teñi, mi ikaswana yatahisa muunda.

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Tuto yenca ikataza maticele

WINDOKO – Katengo kakayemela maticele mwanaha Namibia ili kakazibahala ka Teachers’s Union of Namibia (TUN), kabulela kuli buñata bwa maticele habana hande liseli mwakuluta mukoloko ozamaisa tuto omunca, ili wo muuso nokalile kutahisa lilimo liketalizoho zefelile.

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Social reflection: 21 Day Healing Challenge

Being a strong independent woman does not equate to allowing yourself to wallow and drown in silence. Many of us have been taught to stand on our own two feet and weather out the storms, always keeping in mind that we are our own hero. 

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SACU and UK sign MoU

WINDHOEK - Executive Secretary of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Paulina Mbala Elago and the United Kingdom’s director for economic diplomacy at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Lewis Neal, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support implementation of the ongoing SACU Customs Modernisation Programme.

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Namibia remains top tourist destination

WINDHOEK - Namibia remains a tourist destination of choice for many foreign visitors. Over 1.5 million tourists visited Namibia in 2018, compared to roughly 1.49 million visitors who arrived in the country in 2017, the minister of tourism Pohamba Shifeta announced yesterday. 

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Venaani threatens Samherji ovear exit plans 

WINDHOEK - Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani yesterday threatened legal action against Icelandic fishing company Samherji should it cease operations in Namibia without reimbursing over 1 000 fishermen who lost their jobs in October 2015 following an illegal strike.

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Rental index records smaller contraction

WINDHOEK - FNB Namibia’s latest rental index report, which was released yesterday, confirms that growth in rental prices remains in contractionary territory with the FNB Rent Price Index, recording a contraction of 1.9 percent at the end of September 2019, compared to a contraction of 8.6 percent over the same period last year.

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Goagoses forms netball academy

WINDHOEK - Netball Namibia (NN) vice-president Rebecca Goagoses has taken a step further as she continues to play her part on the local netball scene by forming an academy that will help nurture future stars. 

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Commemorating Youssef Chahine

WINDHOEK - As part of the continent wide initiative by the Luxor African Film Festival and Misr Films, Independence Avenue Films is commemorating and engraving the name of pioneer African filmmaker Youssef Chahine in the collective memory of our people.

Industry Loop: Artists need to respect DJs

Last year, over the holiday, I had the honour of playlisting music at a friend’s wedding. At the wedding, a kwaito artist walked up to me and said: “Why aren’t you spinning my songs, bruh?”. Those were literally his first words: no greeting; no introductions, whatsoever. We’ve never even met in person. 

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Namibian queer queen breaks the silence against queerphobia

WINDHOEK - Unlike some African countries such as Kenya that celebrates the rights of LGBTQI+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex), Namibian award winning make-up artist, fashion stylist and an androgynous model Jay Aeron says Namibians are still stuck in old stereotypes of queer, a perception which should come to an end. 

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The Warehouse Theatre opening soon

WINDHOEK - The Warehouse Theatre, which closed its doors for business last year after having been in the art and entertainment industry for three decades, is currently undergoing changes and transformation under new management and will be opening soon – with no specific date mentioned.

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FNB House Price Index plunges into negative

WINDHOEK - In the latest FNB Residential Property Report, FNB’s Group Economist, Ruusa Nandago, states that the FNB House Price Index plunged further into negative territory at the end of September 2019, reaching a historic low of -5.1 percent y/y compared to 2.0 percent recorded over the same period last year.

PDM, Nantu slam ‘poor education planning’

WINDHOEK - The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) says a lack of forward planning and an inability to implement the new high school curriculum by the ministry of education are among the factors underlining the chaos that engulfed schools and learners at the start of the 2020 school year.

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Trainer confident of Desert Storm victory 

WINDHOEK - Promoter and founder of AC Boxing Academy Imms Moses is confident that his boxer Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas will defeat American opponent Jessie Magdaleno when they trade blows in March in a match that promises fireworks. 

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Back to school stationery shopping

With schools starting today, parents have been rushing to stationery shops to purchase last-minute items such as school uniforms, pencils, rubbers, erasers, math sets, books and covers, which their children require for the beginning of the 2020 academic year.

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PDM youth league vows to tackle registration costs

WINDHOEK - The Popular Democratic Movement Youth League (PDMYL) has promised to fight for the many prospective students who performed exceptionally well in Grade 12 during 2019 final exams and qualify for tertiary education, but are unable to afford the high registration fees required by local universities. 

Daogu !norasasib danas ge koasa dā!harodi hîa ge daob !norasasiba !gâi!gâi!nâs !aroma a ūhedi ǂnamipe ge mā

ǀAEǁGAMS – Namibiab ǀAwa!namn Daob !Norasasib ǁGaraga Sîsenǂuis !âb !nakaǂnôa danas, Komesares Amalia Gawa!nas ge ǁnāpas ge ǀgaisa !khâikhomsa auto !nari-aona Hôasoreb !nâ sîǂuiba hâ is khao!gâ nēsi ge mî, daob sîsenū-aon di tanisens !kharu ge kaitsēdi ǁaeb !nâ ǂkhîǂkhîsase ge !gûǁnâsa, ai!â ge !kharu kurigu ǀkha i kara ǀgoweǀnōhe o.

10 500 xa a !nāsan ge universitaits ǂgaoǀkhādi ai go dīǀoaǀoa

ǀAEǁGAMS – 10 500 Xa a !nāsa ǀgôan ge ǁnāpa ge ǂoago kurib ǀams ai Namibiab Senior Sekondere Sertifikati ǁNaetisa !Harib (NSSC) Xrat 12 !âidi diba a xoa 24 932 ǀgôana xu, ǀgapi ǁkhāǁkhāsen!khaigu ai xratga ǁkhāǁkhāsens ǂgaoǀkhādi ai ge dīǀoaǀoa. Nē !gôab ge ǂkharirose a !gâi ǁnāpa i ga ai!â gere ǂoa kurib di 9 524 ǀgôan hîa ge !kharu hâ in di !gôab ǀkha nî ǀgoweǀnōhes karao. 

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UNODC trainings to benefit women inmates

PRETORIA - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has rolled out a series of trainings to build the capacity of penitentiaries from SADC Member States to uphold human rights and respond to HIV, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) that disproportionately affect women inmates.

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Windhoek East tackles unemployment

WINDHOEK- Khomas regional council’s Windhoek East constituency office has once again demonstrated that it remains at the forefront of driving self-employment in its community when owners of income generating projects recently received equipment or materials worth N$150 000 as part of efforts in fulfilment of government promise of assistance to the citizens in accordance with the policy of job creation strategies in all the constituencies.

Kavihuha slams ‘self-created mess’

WINDHOEK - The Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) secretary-general Mahongora Kavihuha has called on the education ministry to intervene and withdraw the statement by Omusati education directorate recalling all transferred grade 9 learners from grade 10.

The market is changing

Gone are the days when the ordinary Namibian fan was content with your music and nothing else. The ordinary Namibian fan 10 to 15 years ago did not care about your personal life.

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Meatco slaughtered over 115 000 cattle in 2019

WINDHOEK - The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco), the country’s biggest exporter of top quality natural beef products, last year slaughtered over 115 000 cattle. Outgoing board vice-chairperson Ronald Kubas made the announcement yesterday at a media briefing to introduce the new Meatco CEO Mushokabanji Mwilima. 

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Academy to revive amateur boxing

WINDHOEK - The owners of the newly formed Power-Power Development and Boxing Academy said they will embark on a national tour aimed at identifying talented boxers to help them compete at international events in the near future. 

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Businessman donates uniforms to Ndiilokelwa school

WINDHOEK  - As some parents who have children schooling at Ndiilokelwa Primary School are struggling to provide school uniforms to their children, Local businessman Sylvester Shapwa rescued them by donating 80 full uniforms to less privilege children over the school holiday. 

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Secret of straight A students

WINDHOEK-   Last year’s Grade 12 best performers in the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) higher level attributed their success to reading and studying before lessons, doing revision and studying repeatedly.

Industry Loop:  Choice overload! 

I never believed in the notion that artists make music for the NAMA’s. It’s always been my steadfast believe that artists release based on many factors BUT the NAMA’s. MTC’s announcement that 2020 will be their final year with the awards smashed my assertions.

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Avani’s Stratos Rooftop, Cuvée Rosé host ladies’ night

WINDHOEK – One of the most popular hotels in Windhoek, Avani Hotel and Casino, recently collaborated with KWV to launch one of South Africa’s celebrated sparkling wines, KWV Annabelle Cuvée Rosé KWV Annabelle Cuvée Rosé is a sweet sparkling wine produced in South Africa by the leading South African wine and spirits producer, KWV.

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ZAMA to diversify for 2020

KATIMA MULILO - Since the introduction of the Zambezi Music Awards, to be held on 28 December, the organisers have decided to establish competitions to keep the youth busy and focused on their talents.

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Farewell to the ‘Bukalo Eagle’ Alfred Akayombokwa Munyaza

When legendary Queen rock band front man and astute songwriter, the late Freddie Mercury, penned the hit song, ‘Another one bites the dust’, he must have had footballers in mind, notably from the shores of his birth continent (Africa) given the alarming rate at which Namibian footballers are going west.

Air Botswana, TAAG sign IATA gender diversity pledge

GENEVA – While the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 25by2025 campaign to address gender balance in civil aviation is gaining traction three months after its launch, with 59 airlines already having signed up, only two African airlines have committed to the initiative, namely Air Botswana and the Angolan airline, TAAG. 

Opinion: Respect and care for the ecosystem

One of the core facets of our constitution can be surmised as “Everyone has the right (a) to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being, and (b) to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations through reasonable legislative and other measures.”

Supreme Court issues warning to insurance companies

WINDHOEK - Three judges of the Namibian Supreme Court issued a stern warning to insurance companies that are defying the provision of the Namibia National Reinsurance Act, which compels them to reinsure a portion of their business with NamibRe that their opinion about the unconstitutionality of the Act does not make them immune to the enforcement mechanisms it provides, unless a court makes such a finding through due process of law in an appeal judgment.

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Shovaleka leads referees on Fifa list

WINDHOEK – One of Namibia’s world renowned football referees Nehemiah Shovaleka and Jonas Shongedi are top of Namibia’s list for the International Football Referees list while six assistants and four female match officials make the Fifa list for 2020.

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Grove Mall rebrands

WINDHOEK – The Grove Mall of Namibia has announced a step in a new direction, including making slight changes to its name, while sporting new colours.

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Structural problems haunt African airlines

GENEVA - Similar to 2019 performance, African airlines are again expected to make a massive collective loss of US$200 million (about N$3 billion) in 2020 mainly due to structural problems of high costs mostly as a result of government taxes and fees as well as low load factors.

NWR, Napwu sign revised recognition agreement

WINDHOEK - Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) and Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) have announced the finalisation of their revised recognition agreement that follows the recent 2018/2019 wage negotiations that were successfully concluded by the two parties in September 2019.

Capricorn Group treats homeless community

WINDHOEK – Capricorn Group took Windhoek by storm last week Friday with their Christmas on the Streets Initiative, to help the homeless community in the surrounding areas of their head office by giving them a fun-filled day they would never forget. 

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Farm worker spills the beans

WINDHOEK – A farm worker who admitted he caused the death of his wife but denied he intended to kill her, told the court yesterday that he “just saw black” after his wife of 21 years had told him she enjoyed sex with other men more than with him. 

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PG orders further probe into murder case

WINDHOEK – The investigating officer dealing with the case of a teacher who stands accused of fatally stabbing his wife multiple times and slitting her stomach in April has been instructed by the prosecutor general (PG) to further investigate the matter.

Opinion: Rest

I am sure I am not the only one who feels the immense pressure of life. The older I get, the more intense it becomes. As of late, I have been struggling with the notion that all I am doing is not enough.

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RLabs on a mission to educate young Namibians

WINDHOEK - Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs), under the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII), recently graduated a total of 186 students in short courses, ranging from Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Project Management and Events Management.

Taapopi new Nanso president 

WINDHOEK - The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso), which convened its 16th Elective National Students Congress over the weekend in Otjiwarongo, elected its new executive committee members to serve for the next coming two years.

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Court challenge could cost Itula N$600 000

WINDHOEK- Independent presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula would need N$600 000 to take the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) to the Supreme Court to challenge the results of the recent presidential election which saw President Hage Geingob emerge victorious with the lion’s share of votes. 

Visual Art shines at Creamer’s

WINDHOEK- With the closure of the Warehouse Theatre, The Project Room in Collaboration with Namibian Arts Association hosted visual artists at Creamer’s to promote their work in a street style live exhibition called Art In Action.

Opinion: Zimbabwe’s forgotten children

We recently celebrated World Children’s Day on Monday 20th November, which is supposed to help promote the rights of children and improve the lives of disadvantaged children across the world. I am deeply dismayed as to why no one has spoken out for all the little boys and girls of Zimbabwe who are currently living way below poverty, with some going a whole day without eating.

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.

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Businessman sent to prison for 35 years

WINDHOEK - Businessman Sakarias (Sacky) Mathias, 59, was sentenced to an effective 35 years imprisonment yesterday by Windhoek High Court Judge Naomi Shivute after he was found guilty on charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license and attempt to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.

Fishrot scandal outrages ministers

WINDHOEK - Three Cabinet ministers have come out of their shells, joining public condemnation of the Fishrot scandal in which two Namibian politicians and their cronies allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for fishing quotas.

SADC has shortage of senior female jurists

WINDHOEK - Statistics indicate the  Southern African Development Community (SADC) has gender bias in the justice delivery system, with a low representation of women in management positions of the judiciary and those sitting on the bench. 

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NHE to upgrade informal settlement housing

WINDHOEK - The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) has embarked on a pilot project to upgrade informal settlement housing by building eight houses for people who have land ownership but still live in shacks.  The eight houses will be built in Goreangab and Otjomuise.

Opinion: The Church Should Stand With The LGBTIQ Community

I came across a story recently of a pastor speaking on LBGTI issues and found it fascinating, especially since that doesn’t happen often and that there is an expectation that churches should not discriminate their congregations but should be filled with pride when the church is diverse and fully packed.

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Waka International pre-school and daycare grooms kids into responsible adults

Founded by Namibian model and businessman Luis Munana, Waka International pre-school and daycare is one of the few schools in the country to use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which is designed to engage and inspire children, helping them to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in all subjects, as well as to learn international mindedness and develop a range of personal qualities and dispositions.

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Fuel prices remain unchanged for December

WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Mines and Energy has confirmed that fuel pump prices for December will remain unchanged, as prices at the entry port of Walvis Bay remain stable at N$13.05 per litre for 95 Octane Unleaded Petrol and N$13.63 per litre for Diesel 50ppm. 

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Windhoek man pleads not guilty to murder

WINDHOEK - Benjamin Strong, 56, on Monday pleaded not guilty to a count of murder, read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course.

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28 years for rape, trafficking 

WINDHOEK - Tuufilwa Ndawina Jonas, 34, convicted on three counts of rape and three counts of trafficking in persons after she trafficked a young girl from Okahenge village in Omusati for sexual exploitation during 2012 was sentenced to an effective 28 years imprisonment yesterday.

Drought has devastating multi-sectoral effects

KEETMANSHOOP - The current drought in the south of Namibia does not only bring farmers to their knees, but in addition it also has a dreadful chain reaction from suppliers down to labourers and the general public at large, said Hansie Esterhuyse, the chairperson of the Karasberg Farmers Association and renowned expert in the agricultural/ farming sector.

Capricorns ge N$200 000 ǀkhurub di huib ase ge mā

ǀAEǁGAMS – Namibiab ǂhanub ge dī ǂgans ǀkhurub huib di māde mās aira ge Capricorn !Nans tsî Capricorns a ǀHonkhoe ai xūna Kō!gâs !nans hâra, nē !nans di kurisa ǂgaus, Bank Windhoeks di aiǁgausa sao tsî N$200 000 Dare to Care ǀKhurub Huib ǂGaes !nâ ge ǂgā. 

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Agriculture ministry to revive orchards

OMUTHIYA - Several orchard projects under the management of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in the Oshikoto region are in a beleaguered state, as plants have wilted, while workers have abandoned the site, which is now left at the mercy of community volunteers.  

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WCCR hands over N$6 million dividend to government

WINDHOEK – The Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino (WCCR) handed over N$6 million in preference shares to its shareholder, the government, through the ministries of public enterprise, as well as environment and tourism yesterday. The event took place at the Country Club grounds, where representatives from the government met the hotel’s management team. 

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Cabinet authorise horses mackerel TAC

WINDHOEK - Minister of Information and Communication Technology (Mict) Stanley Simataa has announced the new total allowable catch (TAC) for commercial marine fishery for the new year starting from 1 January to 31 December 2020.

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Namibia in action today against Uganda, Ethiopia

Kenya – Team Namibia, which will represent the country at this year’s Copa Coca Cola Africa Cup in Kenya, arrived yesterday in Thika and is ready to knuckle down to business at the youth football tournament; it officially kicks off today in the East African country. 

Babane batamelwa manaka a tou

RUNDU – Baana babane ili bayahi banaha Namibia, nebatamilwe viki yefelile mwataba yalifolofolo zesilelelizwe. Mapokola babulela kuli bababeli nebatamilwe kimapokola kwa Omega kabaka lakuzuma tou nikuzwisa manaka ayona. Babañwi bababeli nebatamilwe kasamulaho akufumanwa nimanaka atou amane.

Muyaho waimululo hala muunda utaha kwa Lusese

WINDOKO – Katengo kakabona zapuluko amali asilalanda mwa Namibia, mwatasa Liluko la Silalanda nekabile nikushaba kwasibaka samayahelo amuyaho wababatibiswanga kimezi amuunda kwa sibaka sapabalelo yalifolofolo kwa Lusese. Muyaho wamakopanelo ili teñi babatibiswa kimezi amuunda bakana bayo tibelela kwateñi, ukafukuza nitaba yakukatazwa kikucinca kwamayemo alifasi.

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Dj Tira to rock Desert summer Festival 2019

WINDHOEK – South African award-winning DJ, record producer, kwaito artist and a founder of a record label Afrotainment was announced by the organising committee of the Desert Festival to be one of the headlining acts to perform at the seven-day festival in the coastal area this December.