To take Namibian sports to the desired heights, teamwork and unwavering dedication from all stakeholders will be needed throughout every step of the way, newly-appointed Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero asserted.
To take Namibian sports to the desired heights, teamwork and unwavering dedication from all stakeholders will be needed throughout every step of the way, newly-appointed Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero asserted.
REHOBOTH - From humble beginnings in the remote town of Rehoboth, locked approximately 90 kilometres south of Namibia’s commercial capital Windhoek, young 'Henna' was subjected to tradition as a learner of the revered rugby-mad Dr Lemmer High School in his native Rehoboth.
The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting all sectors of the global economic ecosystem and the tourism and hospitality sector will experience the most severe impact.
While commending government for the recently announced N$8.1 billion economic stimulus package to offset the effects of dealing with Covid-19, local economists have proposed additional grants. These special grants would address the most vulnerable in society and infrastructure investment.
Tourism is very important for job creation as well as foreign currency imports into Namibia, so tourism is very important for our economy.
The Africa’s new free trade area is promising, yet poised to face implementation hurdles in light of global geopolitical developments.
The name Hornkranz made headlines in December 2018 when President Hage Geingob launched a month-long “Operation Hornkranz” as an army/police anti-crime operation to fight the rising crime across the country.
During colonial times in Africa, few Africans enrolled for qualifications in higher education institutions. The few who did so were either children of business people or those sponsored by philanthropic organisations such as churches of different denominations on humanitarian grounds.
One would have expected businesses to emulate the exemplary example set by President Hage Geingob who personally pledged N$250 000 to the war-chest established towards the national effort to assist the government to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus that has brought the world to a standstill.
Two of the Fishrot suspects incarcerated at the Windhoek Correctional facility’s section for trial awaiting inmates were yesterday charged in absentia for contravening the Prisons Act at the Katutura Magistrate’s Court for the illegal possession of cellphones
The country’s official opposition, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), yesterday welcomed the appointment of Air Marshal Martin Kambulu Pinehas as the new chief of the defence force (CDF), urging him to refrain from politics and do his work without fear or favour in the interest of all Namibians.
The care and maintenance announcement by the Skorpion Zinc mine and refinery in southern Namibia, which will inevitably affect a total of about 1 500 employees, has started to trickle down to the mine’s contractors who have confirmed retrenchments.
Founded by three innovative youth, English Animation Tutors is a tutoring company that only tutors English related subjects/modules through the use of animations (A method in which pictures are manipulated to appear as moving images)
A website and an Android mobile app have been developed to provide essential information about the outbreak of Covid-19 in Namibia.
The Ministry of Finance has commended collaborating institutions for volunteering their services to implement the recently-announced multi-faceted economic stimulus and relief package.
In her newly published book, The Different Sibling, the author Albertina Nakashole demonstrates how throughout the novel the main character, Oshaye Haikali, abbreviated as Oshah, is caught in identity crisis while searching for religious, social and economic emancipation.
As the world celebrates the World Health Week, the Independent Midwives Association of Namibia (Imana) takes this opportunity to send heart felt THANK YOU message to every nurse and midwife in Namibia.
The Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD) is concerned that valuable information about Covid-19 is not made readily available for the hearing impaired, and this violates their right to access of information.
As hundreds of homeless women, men and street children continue to be rounded up by government to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the threat of chronic diseases spread such as TB, hunger, violence, and non-adherence of social distancing are evident challenges inside the tents where these destitute citizens live in isolation.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says the global system has been in bits and pieces, even before humanity was struck by the novel coronavirus.
As countries yesterday marked the World Health Day, President Hage Geingob expressed his appreciation to healthcare workers in Namibia for their dedication and the sterling job they continue doing in saving lives in amidst of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Former Swapo Party Youth League spokesperson Neville Andre was yesterday appointed as the governor of Erongo, as President Hage Geingob named eight new regional heads yesterday. Apart from replacing Cleopas Mutjavikua at Erongo, Geingob also dropped the governors of Oshikoto, //Kharas, Omaheke, Kavango East, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa and Hardap regions, while reappointing six of them.
For newly sworn-in member of parliament Gotthard Kandume, the classic tale of rags to riches is a reality, which he endured after sleeping in the back seat of a sedan over the past five years.
While the Covid-19 pandemic has literally brought the world and every nation to a halt, not knowing where your next meal comes from, remains a stark reality for many.
On 17 March 2020, President Hage Geingob declared a state of emergency followed by a lockdown that officially started on 28 March at 14h00 and ends on 17 April 2020.
We are all aware that religion has been seen and used throughout human history as an instrument or weapon of breaking down (as a tool of colonialism, oppression or suppression) or of breaking through (as a tool of liberation, transformation, reconciliation and healing). Today, the voice of religions in times of Covid-19 is that of healing and maintenance of healthy life and living conditions
State House has dismissed rumours circulating on social media linking President Hage Geingob and his wife Monica Geingos to the distribution of the emergency package announced by government last week to support households that have lost incomes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
President Hage Geingob has called on Namibians to observe tomorrow as a national day of prayer against the threat of Covid-19, which has so far claimed the lives of 70 000 people around the world.
About 246 people without shelter from Khomas region were temporarily relocated to makeshift accommodation at Katutura Youth Complex and Khomasdal Soccer Stadium during the duration of the entire lockdown affecting Khomas and the Erongo regions.
A decision by several countries to institute bans on the exports of crucial medical supplies will have a devastating effect on Namibia and other African countries that still do not have adequate healthcare infrastructures to confront the Covid-19 pandemic.
WINDOKO – Babanyazwa bamashumi amalalu kababane nebakile balifiswa masheleñi amwahala N$2000 ni N$4000 ki mapokola kabaka la kulekisa bucwala kasamulaho akupatalazwa kwa nako yaputako yanaha, ili yene hanisize tekiso yabucwala mwanako yeo.
WINDOKO – Baluwi balipisinisinya bao lipisinisi zabona neli kwalilwe bakeñisa milao yanako yakukwala, baitumezi kwatuwelo yaputako yelikana N$750, yekatusa batu babatalimani nibutata bwa lituwelo zekeuzwi bakeñisa kuzuha kwa kakokwani ka Corona.
The coronavirus or Covid-19, which World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a global health pandemic on 11 February 2020, rapidly spread across most countries of the world.
Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula has appealed to Namibians to adhere to the partial lockdown as well as regulations imposed by government to fight Covid-19. Shangula yesterday encouraged individuals to take responsibility for measures, such as regular hygiene practises, self-isolation and social distancing.
The top trending clip on our radar is of a six-year-old girl with an angelic voice, Taveya Munyika singing ‘He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands’ to comfort everyone affected by the outbreak.
Earlier this week, Venaune Kandukira, widely known as Big Ben, pleaded with radio stations in the country to play more of local songs during the lockdown.
The Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards (SYMLAFAs) are returning to create memories in the entertainment industry at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) for its fourth edition on 12 September 2020, and entries for the different categories are closing on 29 May 2020.
Chaos nearly erupted yesterday, as social distancing measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 for hundreds of the elderly and vulnerable individuals in zigzag queues for social grants at Moses Garoeb constituency councillor offices in Havana proved tricky.
Country director of Namibia sex workers alliance Rachel Love Gawases said although the Covid-19 lockdown impedes their finances, it is essential Namibian sex workers look at this with a critical eye and understand the lockdown from a holistic manner, rather than from a monetary perspective.
Our Star of the Week is the Namibian government that on Wednesday authorised the stimulus package of N$8.1 billion that will help qualifying households, formal and informal businesses, the tourism sector, travel, aviation and construction sectors to prevail during the Covid-19 outbreak.
NEW DELHI – Originally created by a robot scientist and a neurosurgeon to help India’s poor, a toaster-sized ventilator is offering hope in the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic and demand is booming.
Policymakers acknowledge that TVET is crucial to Namibia’s socio-economic development. But, three indefensible inequities continue to exist in the TVET sector.
The reason Coronavirus was declared a global pandemic is this crisis, the worst catastrophe post-World War II, is spreading at unprecedented levels, overwhelming health sectors in America and Europe, where health facilities are adequately funded and are world-class with modern equipment.
As a curriculum study student, I have analysed the revised broad curriculum of Namibia, which was implemented in 2015. Despite the challenges, we face daily, and the fact that many loose ends need tying up, there is still hope.
On account of the Covid-19 global pandemic, so far over 185 countries have implemented nationwide closures, impacting over 1.542 billion or 89.4% of the world’s student population (total enrolled learners, pre-primary to university). That is about 20% of humanity (UNESCO Global Education Coalition, 31 March 2020).
One does not always know where to start on a topic so delicate as feminism – a movement that fights for the total attainment of not only equal rights for women, but also the upliftment of their status in every sphere of life in our societies.
“In these unprecedented times, it is important to stay focused and practice transcending actions through purpose, care and discipline. Collaboration amongst industry leadership and government has never been this phenomenal,” said O&L executive chairman and NCCI president Sven Thieme in a media statement issued on Wednesday.
RMB Namibia, through the FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust has donated N$500 000 to assist a Covid-19 emergency response programme directly targeting the informal settlements in Windhoek.
I hate to be April fooled, but every year I fall for the joke like a zoppa who hopes to get her money back at the tara-nawa corner on Independence Avenue. Some of you probably don’t know what tara nawa is, but it was a group of skolies from the golden 90s who used to gamble/swindle money out of unsuspecting victims by the stroke of a dice. I don’t know why, but I am just one of those who have been swindled too many a time – maybe I just got that mampara written on my face, but I am tired now.
''Thank you God for protecting us. Thank you for the food. Thank you that we are eating but there is not even a meaty. Ase.'' That was Naneni's dinnertime prayer about two months ago.
Otjomuise-Ohoromende ya Namibia ya kwizike Ozondola za Namibia omatau 8.1 otjongondjero ondenga oku vatera otupa peke peke two tjiwana tu twa tunwa navi iyo mapatero omatenga oure wo ma yuva o 21 mena rondwi yo Corona.
Otjomuise-Tjikweya ko ma patero wo ma nyinga nyingiro owo nai ngunda ngeri mo tukondwa twa Erongo na Khomasa uriri nu harukuru wina ngu ma ye vaza kotukondwa atuhe mehi, omundu ka ngamwa auhe maso oku kara pekara pendje mena ro ma pu inga: mbu ma veso oku ungura oviungura ovi mwata mwate;
Otjomuise- Moruveze ro u zeu mena ro mutjise wondwi yo Corona ndwa tjivisiwab iyo tjiuru tjehi, Omutjuøikwa Hage Geingoba tjiyari 17 ko mweze imbwi, ohoromemnde tjiyari 28 ko mweze imbwi wina otji ya pitisire mongoramambo yondjiukisio yo vi tjitwa vyo horo omazeva ngu ma ye kongorerwa oruveze indwi.
A product of the unofficial school of excellence, the revered St. Josephs Secondary School (Dobra) situated north east of Namibia’s commercial capital Windhoek, former African Stars and Life Fighters football clubs midfield anchorman Benestus Riundjua ‘Clave” Herunga, is a chap of the old block. His genes dictated that he would be a footballer of note, after all, elder brother the late Boas “Mboroto” Herunga, was an acrobatic shot-stopper with ambitious Katutura outfit Flames and Windhoek City back in the day. Younger brother Pulelee Herunga counts amongst the most promising young centre backs of his generation in the business. The strongly built calculated fellow’s much travelled football career was curtailed by persistent hobbling from town to town, a culmination of work commitment as a banker taking him to various towns across the width and length of his motherland. Here’s his full story about his football journey.
The financially crippled Namibia Football Association (NFA) is facing heated pressure and is at loggerheads with former and current technical staff members of the Brave Warriors, who are all claiming the NFA still owes them in excess of N$3.3 million but the local football federation on the other hand insists that it only owes the staff N$1.3 million.
Things are not going as we all envisioned they would. We started the year off with a zeal to achieve, to change the trajectory of our lives and ensure that we give this life thing all we have got.
We are facing unprecedented times currently, not just in our country, but globally. The Covid-19 virus is wreaking havoc throughout the world, every corner of the earth seems to be badly affected, some worse than others, but everyone is feeling its effects.
Informal business owners, whose businesses had to shut down due to lockdown measures, have welcomed the emergency income grant of N$750, which will support households to cope with their reduced income and other economic hardships resultant from the Covid-19 outbreak.
Government has prepared an economic stimulus package totalling a massive N$8.1 billion to confront the expected coronavirus economic fallout. The much-anticipated announcement was made by finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi at State House yesterday.
PARIS – The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 30 000 people in Europe, more than three-quarters of the deaths registered in Italy and Spain, according to an AFP tally at 07:00 GMT Wednesday using official figures.
SINGAPORE – Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic: Confidence among Japan’s biggest manufacturers has plunged into negative territory for the first time in seven years, a key survey showed, as the coronavirus pandemic hits demand and disrupts production.
The Ministry of Finance has communicated that it will ensure the continuity of essential tax services during the Covid-19 lockdown period and has confirmed that the deadline to submit annual Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) reconciliations has been extended from 31 March 2020 to 30 May 2020.
Faced with the prospect of an economy further devastated by Covid-19 after suffering from a recession for the last two years, a private sector task team spearheaded by the ministry of industrialisation and the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has encouraged businesses to be innovative in conducting their activities in order to minimise the spread of the deadly virus.
The Bankers Association of Namibia (BAN) has provided further clarity to customers on the case-by-case funding relief, which is handled according to each bank’s respective rules. “It is important to clarify that monthly payments will not be waived altogether but will only be moved out for a limited period of time,” said Sarel van Zyl, current chairperson of BAN.
Huawei recently released its 2019 Annual Report detailing a solid business performance. The company’s global sales revenue in 2019 rounded off at CNY858.8 billion, up 19.1% year-on-year; its net profit reached CNY62.7 billion; and its cash flow from operating activities topped CNY91.4 billion, up 22.4% year-on-year.
Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled its new concept electric vehicle, the “Prophecy”, expressing the company’s latest design language.
The Roads Authority (RA) has confirmed that all its offices, including NaTIS, Transport Regulations Office and Weighbridges, are closed until Thursday, 16 April 2020. This is in compliance with the directive on additional measures to contain the further spread of Covid-19 as issued by President Hage Geingob.
Wokusika ko 34 vagazarerwa kavavapere matengeko gokusika ko pokatji ko N$2000 no N$4000 kutundilira kovaporosi morwa kurandesa marovhu posiruwo esi sina karako somunkama sina silike kurandesa yikorwesa posiruwo esi.
Former Marseille president Pape Diouf has died aged 68 after contracting coronavirus, the club have announced. The Senegalese was president between 2005 and 2009 when Marseille finished second in Ligue 1 twice and reached two French Cup finals.
A total of five Namibian rugby internationals were among the passengers that landed at the Hosea Kutako International Airport last week Wednesday, returning home from their various Covid-19 struck foreign territories.
President Hage Geingob yesterday appointed Air Marshal Martin Kambulu Pinehas, the commander of the Namibian Air Force, as the new chief of the defence force (CDF) with effect from today. Pinehas replaces Lieutenant General John Mutwa, who has been beset by ill-health since the beginning of last year.
Several large families in the informal settlement said practising social distancing is not possible to enforce in some poor houses occupied by several people.
With four representatives in the National Assembly, the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) believes it has the requisite ammunition in its arsenal to robustly debate bread and butter issues without fear or favour. This is what could be deduced from the comments of LPM’s chief-change-campaigner Bernadus Swartbooi during a recent in-depth interview with Nampa.
Unknown thieves in Omusati region on Sunday at an unknown time sneaked into the premises of the Roman Catholic Parish and stole its church bell worth N$100 000, revealed Deputy Police Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi in the crime report she issued on Tuesday.
For thousands of years it was only a privilege of a few people to learn reading and writing. Lack of this knowledge was a tool, like the whip in slavery, to oppress the masses, in particular girls and women. Luckily, this has changed in most parts of the world including Namibia.
After much speculation about the upcoming tabling of the national budget, newly appointed finance minister Ipumbu Shiimi has confirmed the 2020/21 Appropriation Bill will be delayed until further notice.
Students studying in the United States (US) narrated how life is for them during the lockdown in their cities. Alvine Kapitako, a former employee of New Era, told Youth Corner that all their classes are online for the rest of the semester. ‘’The decision was made three weeks ago.
Pinehas Shikulo, popularly known as Zuluboy, has embarked on a personal project to cater to the less fortunate by liaising with other stakeholders to provide water and soap to the less privileged communities in Windhoek.
Social media has changed the way that we look at many things in today’s society, including how we look at sports. Many people are now looking at social media to help them find sports results, chat with other sport fans and even follow or like their favorite sporting stars, all options which a few years ago would not have even been possible.
Namibia’s legendary sprinter Frank Fredericks, along with a horde of other global sport icons, have taken the lead role in motivating, educating and cheering athletes on during this dark period of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has sent thousands of athletes into self-isolation the world over.
Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said the State has so far only conducted about 40 Covid-19 tests, despite criticism that limited testing could leave cases undetected. “I don’t have the exact number but I think we have so far tested just over 40 people for Covid-19,” Shangula told New Era upon enquiry yesterday.
Health advisor in the Office of the President Dr Bernhard Haufiku said in light of the Covid-19 crisis, Namibia should not forget Hepatitis E, which infects millions of people.
Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said the State has so far only conducted about 40 Covid-19 tests, despite criticism that limited testing could leave cases undetected. “I don’t have the exact number but I think we have so far tested just over 40 people for Covid-19,” Shangula told New Era upon enquiry yesterday.
Namibian students studying in China have exhorted fellow Namibians to take lockdowns seriously as they survived through the whole ordeal with no new local cases reported when China, initially the epicentre of Covid-19 was the first country to impose lockdowns that reduced the spread of the virus.
Namibian creatives took President Hage Geingob’s words literally that nobody should be left behind, even during the current global pandemic.
Gazza is indeed the Moses that keeps giving, even in hard times, through music. In a time of despair, award-winning artist Gazza has given music consumers across the globe hope through his latest single and music video. We are in, without a question, one of the most critical times in our planet’s history as the world tries to win the fight over the deadly Covid-19; however, one of the elements that can keep us sane is music during these trying times.
The agriculture and food supply sector is an essential sector that will remain operational during the lockdown, said Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Calle Schlettwein.
The Skorpion Zinc mine and refinery in southern Namibia has confirmed it will be placed in care and maintenance in April 2020, which will affect about 1 500 employees.
MTCs ge kaise !hae huib ǀkha nē ǁkhōǁkhōsa mâsib !nâ go ǂherexa Coronavirus khoraǂuisensa ǁkhaes ase tsî ǁnā-amaga N$1 miljunsa go ǂnûiǂui. Nē maris ge ǁnāti ǀaweǁguihe hâ !kharaga ǁgariǁgarisa !âga !oa ǂhâsib ra hā khami nî ǂhāǂuihese. ǀNî !âgu nē maris nî sîsenū!nâhegu ge ǂansa ǀgoragus, ǀhûhâsiga ǁgau!nâs, ǁkhaubas hōhō!nâdi, !norasa ǀae!khō!khaigu !nâ ǁguiris tsî !oabade mās tsîna.
ǂNŪǂGOAES – Nexus ǁGau!khōs ti ǀon hâ ǂnûiǂgās ge ǁnā ǁanǂgāsaben ǁkharas ǀkharib din hîa ǀkhurub xa ǀgaisase ge tsâǀkhāhena mâxōǀkhās ase dōǂgāsa ǁaun, N$200 000 xa a !nāsa ǁkhāsiba !khōǂgā hâna ge ǁkhaeǁnâba. Nē !gâi!gâ ǁanǂgāsaben ge !Autsawises tsî ǀNomsoros Aiǂoas ǁhûi!nâǂharira di khoena.
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says it would only be “fair” for rivals Liverpool to be awarded the English Premier League trophy if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Tennis world No 1 Novak Djokovic pledged one million euros ($1.10 million) to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment in his native Serbia on Friday, joining a list of other athletes in the fight against coronavirus.
KOTA KINABALU – Namibian international midfielder Petrus ‘Dancing Shoes’ Shitembi is glad to have made the “right decision” to play for Sabah FC in the highly competitive Malaysian Super League and contributing to the club’s campaign this season.
Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) executive director Graham Hopwood yesterday said government needs to initiate an economic relief package to shield the poor during the far-reaching coronavirus crisis.
The Namibians woke up on 9 February 1990 with delight, as that day heralded the dawn and introduction of one of the best constitutions in the world. The chairperson of the Constituent Assembly, which constructed and drafted the Constitution, is the current president of the Republic. One can say we are honoured to have the former chairperson of the Constituent Assembly in the State House today because he knows all the corners and hooks of the Constitution.
The church has always had a very important role to play in the pollical stratosphere the world over. Historical activities, including the crusades to liberate Jerusalem, the “discovery” of America’s even down to the colonisation of Africa had the blessing of the church. In the last 100 years, the church then became instrumental in the fight for liberation and independence of many countries including our Namibia.
The Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa) has encouraged the public to adhere to all public notices issued by government in relation to Covid-19 and to contact their medical aid funds for clarity on their benefit option limits.
Petrol prices will come down by a whopping N$1.70 per litre and diesel will decrease N$1.20 per litre on 1 April 2020 as global demand for the oil wanes in the face of the crippling impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. The massive drop in local oil prices was announced even as the local currency depreciated against the United States greenback.
Ethiopian Airlines, the Pan-African carrier, has delivered medical supplies donated by Jack Ma, the founder of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, to 39 African countries within five days.
THERE are things that simply blow you away, like reading about the enduring impact you have made on other people’s lives, through simply doing your work.
For the first time ever since his release from prison in 2009, Namibia’s boxing legend and two-time world champion, Harry ‘The Terminator’ Simon, has publicly opened up about his trials and tribulations as a boxer and how prison impacted his outlook on life.
Entertainers, we need to be smart during these uncertain times. Yes, social distancing means bad business for us. Yes, we are in the midst of a state of an emergency due to Covid-19, which is terrible for our bottom line. However, we need to be shrewd.
Many conversations need to happen before one can travel. What destination? How long is the vacation? Have you read up on the conditions of the roads? Do you need to rent a car? What kind of car? Which car rentals do you use? And most importantly, what is the budget?
Footballers around the world have embarked on a #StayAtHomeChallenge by using the one thing people are panicking buying across the world during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic- toilet papers.
The University of Namibia (Unam) Khomasdal campus recently held a pre-Independence Day celebration to honour the country’s milestone in terms of peace and tranquillity, specifically highlighting the importance of entertainment in academia.
The third wave of feminism (late 1980s – early 2000s) is seen as a continuation of the second wave and a response to the perceived failures of the first two waves. Women in these periods worked on the laws that the first and second wave could not bring forth into existence.
Prominent radio head Jossy Joss, professionally known as Joseph Ailonga, told Entertainment Now! whenever one is joining any industry, it is important to venture into the agreement for business purposes and nothing else, further saying trust is earned.
Of late, we have been seeing our favourite celebrities getting endorsement deals to represent certain brands in the country. But what does it take to be a brand influencer or ambassador, and what exactly is expected of such a person? Do they get paid: How are they are remunerated or awarded? Entertainment Now! contacted Ohlthaver & List (O&L) and Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) to find out the importance of brand ambassadors.
Chairperson of the outgoing Fifa-installed Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Hilda Basson-Namundjebo yesterday spoke at length with New Era Sport about her tenure as interim head of NFA and how she impacted change at the local football federation.
Former Chief Santos flying winger Conrad “Safari” Angula is better known as a veteran sports scribe, but many are not fully aware of his amazing exploits on the football field during his younger days in the copper mining town of Tsumeb, back in the day.
While a sizeable number of the top football leagues across the globe shut down activities in their respective leagues over the deadly pandemic, some have resolved to carry on with slight adjustments, such as playing league matches behind closed doors.
Otjomuise- Okwiisira ko vi varero vyo vaÞi mo ma hi yarwe mbi ri po vandu o 400, 600 nganduu ko vandu o 800 meyuva, ko ru kwato rwa Namibia ma peya averire ovaÞi o 200, 300 po0 400 me yuva ehi tji ra ha pengere o u zeu imbwi mbweri kuramene.
Otjomuise-Kapena ovandu mberi kombanda omurongo ma ve yandjerwa okuhita mo zostora tjimuna o Shoprite no Pepa motjikando oku randa.
Otjomuise- O u Þuku wa ndinondi tji ma u tauka po kati pe rire eÞuka huka ra muhuka, ndiri Oroviungura, kapesere oku kara omundu ngu ma nyinga nyinga mo mi vanda vio vihuro vio tu kondwa twa Khomasa ne Erongo.
Air Namibia recently confirmed the temporary suspension of all flights, inclusive of domestic and regional flights effective today, 27 March, until 20 April. Long haul flights (international) remain suspended since 14 March and further updates will be communicated.
When Namibia recorded its first case of corona on 14 March 2020, President Hage Geingob put measures in place to safeguard the lives of the Namibian citizens. However, on 24 March 2020, Namibia had seven confirmed cases of Covid-19.
MTC has embarked on an aggressive response strategy to help fight Coronavirus, setting in motion a plan to be funded with N$1 million. The funds will be distributed to different critical areas as per the strategy, including information sharing, education sharing, prevention, facility investment, as well as service delivery.
How the media frames an issue can and do have priming effects. In other words, the media as it did at the onset of the HIV/Aids pandemic by framing it as the gay plague, as a death sentence once contracted etc, can promote a stigmatising attitude, widespread panic and fear resulting in people coming up with bizarre solutions like sleeping with babies, virgins and what have you that served to compound rather than solve the problem.
Deadly pandemics and epidemics, caused by viruses and bacteria, are part of human history. Spectacular examples include: the Plague of Justinian during 541-542 (30-50 million deaths); Bubonic Plague/Black Death during 1347-1351 (200 million deaths); Smallpox in 1520 (56 million deaths); The Third Plague in 1855 (12 million deaths), and the Spanish Flu in 1918-1919 (40-50 million deaths).
When schools and higher education institutions were closed two weeks ago because of the deadly Coronavirus that has ravaged the whole world, little or no preparation was made to keep learners and students focused on their books.
The internationally dreaded coronavirus has sadly invaded Namibian borders as well. In response, the government rightly declared a state of emergency aimed at introducing measures to detect, combat, contain and minimise the spread of the virus among the population.
Plagues and epidemics have devastated humanity throughout its existence dating from prehistoric to modern times. But mankind through innovation and sheer resilience has always survived these crises.
Apparently, parents are now interrogating their children as to why Emma Theophilus, who is merely 23 years old, is now a deputy minister. Despite this being a joke among the youth, there is a lot of truth behind their laughter.
In all of my existence, I have never seen the whole world in a state of /homaxa, dromokaar, upside down like this. Even the richest country in the world, the United States, is zularing for goods and services as the country’s infections rates have gone into overdrive. I don’t want to think about what’s happening in Italy, where people are dying like flies.
Veterans of the liberation struggle, successfully running their businesses in the form of individual veterans projects (IVPs), are encouraging those advocating for their IVPs to be paid in cash instead of funding the business models of their choice, to think about their immediate families and surrounding communities, whom they said will greatly benefit from the IVPs once they have taken root.
The authorities yesterday once again reminded residents of affected towns in Erongo as well as Windhoek, Okahandja and Rehoboth to strictly adhere to the lockdown rules as government intensifies the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak. Government has come up with strict measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including imposing a 21-day lockdown, which begins tomorrow.
The labour ministry has warned employers who might force their staff to take unpaid leave during the mandatory 21-day coronavirus lockdown that the practice is illegal and unacceptable.
Chairperson of the Editors’ Forum of Namibia (EFN) Frank Steffen has welcomed the media being classified as an essential service by health advisor in the presidency Dr Bernard Haufiku – during the 21-day lockdown starting midnight today. Previously media was not regarded as an essential service.
The University of Namibia (Unam)’s Faculty of Science and School of Pharmacy has manufactured a hand sanitiser for the University community, with limited ingredients, to restrict possible coronavirus infection on campuses, stated the in-house Forum Online run by Unam.
Ogu kavapere sinkwa ntani sirugana souministeragona woukanguki noukali nawa Utjiua Muinjangue katente asi age takatwikira kuruganena mbunga politika zendi mombongarero zanavenye ano simpe taka ruganesa nonkondo dedi asi munisteragona goukkanguki noukali nawa mokuruganena vaNamibia navenye.”Ame kuna gusa posa ezi ngomuNamibia ogu ana hara kukambekako keparu lyovaNamibia; eyi kapi yina kara asi morwa upolitika wange oku nahamena.
Nkurenkuru - Konyima tupu zomvhura ezi tuna pilire kuzangura nawa, momapya gawo aga vatura gopampo, ruteni kapi rwavasigako, vanandima womomukunda Kavango zoutokero hawe ngesi vana hafa asi namvho tavakagwana muzangu gomuwa morwa kuna gwana mvhura zina roko nawa.
RUNDU - The Covid-19 outbreak will cause a major slowdown in economic activity in Namibia, as it has done elsewhere in the world, local economic analyst Mally Likukela said this week
Selma Nampila is an example of a really disadvantaged Namibian. She was born 42 years ago in the village Ehwalyatulu in the Oshikoto region.
Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi was evasive yesterday on what possible action the August House would take after a war of words broke out between Landless People’s Movement leader Bernadus Swartbooi and labour minister Utoni Nujoma.
President Hage Geingob yesterday thanked world leaders for their congratulatory messages after the country’s Pear Jubilee Independence celebration and his inauguration, saying that Namibians appreciate the kind words and thoughts of the international community.
In light of the 21-day lockdown starting on Friday in Khomas and Erongo regions when only essential services will be operating, New Era Publication Corporation (NEPC) CEO Christof Maletsky said whether the media are regarded as essential services or not, they should regard themselves as essential.
WINDHOEK – The Kalimbeza rice project in the Zambezi region – which was on the verge of collapse – has been thrown a N$7.1 million lifeline by the government to salvage its operations.
MANGETTI - In its efforts to boost the much-needed security at the conservancy, N≠a Jaqna conservancy management committee member Lara Diez said they have added 12 new guards to help curb poaching that of late has seen a rapid increase at the park.
Many countries have declared lockdowns and people are not allowed to leave their homes due to the deadly Covid-19 virus. Don’t you think this is the right time to adopt a home workout routine for yourself?
Communication is the backbone of all relationships, it is a way that allows us to relate to others and to understand them, but more importantly, communication allows us to express ourselves when we are misunderstood.
Okay, you have heard all you can about self-love. You have come to understand the foundation of the self-love journey and have read every article you can find about loving yourself.
Founded by a dedicated and a passionate young woman Elivi Shinedima, Ndjuluwa97 Academy offers extra classes to school learners in all grades, prepares them for examination, computer and sports training while also providing them with educational tours coupled with workshops around Windhoek.
A 23-year entrepreneur who has sensitive skin manufactured a product for people with similar and other skin conditions. The product dubbed Ilotu aims to restore and rehabilitate the human body through natural and organic means.
In response to the announcement by the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Namibia to decrease the policy rate as announced on 20 March 2020, Bank Windhoek hereby confirms the reduction of its Prime Lending Rate by 1.00% from 10.00% to 9.00%. The Mortgage Lending Rate will decrease from 11.00% to 10.00%
Covid-19’s arrival in Namibia turned the country upside down with emergency measures announced and implemented to prevent the spread of the virus within the country’s borders.
Economists and business leaders have hailed former central bank governor Iipumbu Shiimi as new finance minister as a welcome development, given his extensive economic and banking background. President Geingob on Sunday appointed Shiimi to the finance ministry while former finance minister Calle Schlettwein, a trained biologist, has been moved to the merged agriculture, water and land reform ministry.
In as much as the nation is cognisant of the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, Article 21, Fundamental Freedoms, Sub-article (1) (a), (d) and (e), we should also be mindful of the same Article, sub-article 2. This sub-article states that such fundamental freedoms referred to shall be exercised subject to the law of Namibia, and in so far as, such law imposes reasonable restrictions on the exercise of the rights and freedoms conferred by the said sub-article. Peaceful public gatherings are recognised in democracies worldwide as being important and acceptable form of public expression. However, such exercise shall be conducted within the reasonable restriction of the law.
Coronavirus has been increasing at a high rate around the globe which raised concerns and Namibia is not exempted. This pandemic virus can spread from one person to another if there are no measures put in place to avoid it from spreading.
Is Namibia ready to have a conversation about providing the girl child with free sanitary products? While reading the news that Scotland is posed to be the first country to make period products free, I started to wonder where Namibia is at in terms of providing free sanitary products.
Law enforcement officers will be deployed at critical roadblocks and on the streets as government yesterday announced a lockdown of Erongo and Khomas regions from midnight 27 March until 16 April in order to curb the further spread of the coronavirus after positive cases hit seven.
The Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) has warned businesses not to take advantage of consumers by price gouging during the coronavirus outbreak. NaCC CEO Vitalis Ndalikokule has urged the general public to be vigilant and file complaints regarding price gouging related to the coronavirus pandemic.
A 23-year-old man who borrowed his neighbour’s shotgun to kill his dog allegedly shot himself on Saturday afternoon at Ombugayamunyoko village in Oshana region. “It is alleged that Naftal Junias Shukifeni (23) shot himself with the neighbour’s shotgun after he allegedly borrowed the gun to go kill his dog,’’ stated the weekly crime report issued this week.
The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) says the party leadership was consulted before the appointment of its president, Esther Muinjangue, as deputy health minister. Muinjangue was on Sunday named as deputy health minister by President Hage Geingob.
In light of Covid-19, the Namibian Police will not hesitate to use strong-arm tactics and introduce coercive measures to enforce the dispersal of crowds at overcrowded public places.
Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Petrus Unengu last week admitted the confessions of two of the remaining people still on trial in the long-running high treason trial at the High Court situated at the Windhoek Correctional Facility.
Local lawyer Mbanga Siyomunji on Monday convinced Windhoek magistrate Ivan Gawanab to drastically reduce the bail amount the State suggested for Simon Nangolo down from N$50 000 to N$5 000 after the State removed their initial objection to bail.
NKURENKURUS - ǁNāpas ge dâb di ǀhâimâiǀomsa Sikarosompo ǂAm skoli, Kavango Huriǂoas dib tawa ge hâ i, ǁnāpab ge skola ǁaerob ǀgaiban a huisenū ǁkhāse, xūna sâu!nâs !khaib tsî ǂûsâi!nâ!nā-oms tsîna ǀkhomxa!nâ khoera hîa ge skolǀgôan di ǀkhomaǂgansa ǁnâu tsî a oe-amra xu a !khō!oas khao!gâ. Nē kurib di tsoatsoasa xun ge skoli di ǁgau!nâ-aona ǁîn di ǁom!khaide ǀgôan ǀkha gere ǀgoragu, ǀgôan hâ!khaib ge ǀnanub xa ǂkhôahes khao!gâ tsîn ǀnî ǁom!nâ!khaina ge ǀkhai i amaga.
A rangeland refers to a land area inhabited by native plants (grass, forbs, shrubs & trees) utilized by domestic and wild animals. Rangelands have direct or indirect support to all forms of life and is the cheapest source of food for livestock. Humans also derive food, medicine, and construction materials amongst others from the rangeland.
Stakeholders in the agriculture sector yesterday welcomed newly-appointed minister of agriculture, water and land reform Calle Schlettwein, saying he possesses the required experience, skills and training to bring the desired change to the industry.
2020 is an important year in the history of China-Namibia bilateral relations. It marks the 30th anniversary of the independence of Namibia and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. It is also a crucial year for China to reach the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and eradicate absolute poverty.
The Bank of Namibia’s (BoN’s) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on Friday cut the repo rate by 100 basis points, from 6.25% to 5.25% to help cushion the anticipated impact of Covid-19 and support domestic economic activity, while maintaining the one-to-one link between the Namibia Dollar and the South African Rand.
The Covid-19 pandemic, which is wreaking havoc across the globe, has the potential to significantly increase Namibia’s unemployment as it is no longer a health crisis but an economic, labour market and social crisis too.
The sheer beauty of the Namibian landscapes, architecture and its people is undeniably the most unique and stunning scenery to behold. While many may nod to the incredible natural beauty of Namibia and perhaps go down memory lane to some of their travels, the next best thing to touring Namibia in person is admiring its epic beauty as captured on camera by talented photographer Hentie Burger.
Rapper Lioness is one of the many Namibian youths who view the country’s 30 years of independence as a milestone worth celebrating, despite the myriad of challenges faced by the youth.
“Crises when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think” - Jawaharlal Nehru They say during a crisis, some people overreact, some have too much confidence that the crisis will pass just like others did, while, some people never seem to care at all.
The lack of road infrastructure in Gochas in the Hardap region is hampering tourism activity in the small village. The village, situated about 100 kilometres south-east of Mariental, is the gateway to the Mata Mata border post. However, 30 years after independence, major road infrastructure is still lacking in the sleepy village that has about 500 inhabitants.
KARASBURG - A managerial delegation from //Kharas regional council led by its chairperson Jan Scholtz visited Ernst Jager Combined School in Karasburg last week in light of the devastating fires at both the girls and boys hostels.
Emma Theofelus was having a lazy Sunday afternoon at home when she received a surprising rare phone call from State House. The call led to a chain of events that would change her life forever as it was indeed to confirm her appointment as one of the eight presidential nominees for the National Assembly as well as to serve her nation in a deputy minister capacity.
A 19-year-old Namibian man who arrived in the country on 18 March tested positive for Covid-19, health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula confirmed late yesterday. “Specimens were taken and sent to a laboratory, and the results returned positive.
The Namibian hospitality industry, particularly lodges, are highly vulnerable and will be hard hit by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic after Namibia has recorded the third case of Covid-19 last week. Many lodges are trying to reduce and cut costs as the industry faces cancellations from foreign tourists who are the life-blood of this key sector of the economy.
WITH the commencement of the 2020 Olympics Games yet to be decided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), para-athletes the world over are also waiting in the wings with bated breathe for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to pronounce itself on the 2020 Paralympic Games amidst the widespread coronavirus that has halted sport globally.
Writing legibly has never been one of my strongest points. I have often wondered whether exasperated examiners passed me at school and university on the assumption that one so lacking in handwriting skills must obviously have used his time to soak up the more important facts of the subject matter being examined.
THE government has gone into overdrive in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus since two Romanian tourists tested positive for the virus after landing in the country on Wednesday, the 11 March 2020. The worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, which has since been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), is a cause for concern for all humanity.
SWAPO parliamentarian Peter Katjavivi was on Friday re-elected to a new five-year term as speaker of the seventh National Assembly after obtaining 64 votes against United Democratic Front of Namibia’s Dudu Murorua, who obtained 31 votes.
Government has started rolling out increased measures to contain the growing coronavirus outbreak by quarantining 35 Namibian citizens who were trapped in Europe. The 35 arrived in the country on Saturday morning and were immediately whisked away to the Greiters conference centre on the outskirts of Windhoek for a mandatory quarantine of 14 days.
WINDHOEK – Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Namibia celebrating its 30 years of independence and statehood, has reaffirmed his country’s excellent diplomatic relations, tracing back to when Namibia was still ruled by the apartheid South African minority regime.
SOUTH Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has heaped praise on Namibia, saying the country is a leading light of democracy on the African continent.
KATIMA MULILO – Kukwaliwa kwalitapi ili kezahalo yakamita mwasikiliti sa Zambezi, kone kukalile mwakweli ya Ñulule, kakuba nzila yeñwi yakufa litapi nako yakuzwala nekufelisizwe la 1 Lyatamani. Kukwaliwa kwatekisano yalitapi kutahanga ili kuli litapi lisilelezwe, mwasikiliti mo litapi kizabutokwa mwakumatafaza mubili.
WINDOKO – Mueteleli wanaha Hage Geingob ubonisize kuli hana kuketa limembala zalikopano zelwanisana hala makwambuyu bahae, mi kanako yeswana napatuluzi kuli kumubela tata kuketa baeteleli balilimo liketalizoho zetaha. Nihakulicwalo Geingob viki yefelile nakutiselize falitulo Nangolo Mbumba kuba mubakweli wahae, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila kuba ngambela, ni likwambuyu walitaba zakwanda naha Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah kuba mubakweli ku ngambela.
The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has confirmed the suspension of the census mapping exercise. As per the directive from President Hage Geingob, calling for a state of emergency because of the Covid-19 outbreak, NSA’s statistician general and CEO Alex Shimuafeni on Friday confirmed the Census mapping has been put on hold until 14 April 2020, or at least until the situation stabilises.
Standard Bank management says it continues to monitor the spread of Covid-19 infections globally and locally. To this effect, the bank says it understands the imperative to serve the Namibian public and provide critical services during this difficult time.
In response to the confirmed Covid-19 cases in Namibia and the directives issued by the government and head of state, NamPost has implemented preventative measures as part of its overall action plan to protect the health of staff and clients throughout the country. As part of preventative measures, there will be restrictions on the number of clients in the post office dependent on the post office lay-out and size and customers will be requested to keep a distance of at least a metre as directed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
Despite much speculation, Air Namibia has set the record straight regarding its operations and interpretation of Cabinet resolutions on measures to strengthen Namibia’s preparedness and response to the Covid-19. The national airline has reiterated it is in full conformity with government’s resolutions.
On Namibia’s 30th independence anniversary, President Hage Geingob launched a new N$30 commemorative banknote, issued by the Bank of Namibia (BoN). The once-off print commemorative banknote is the first of its kind to be issued by BoN, with the sole purpose to celebrate Namibia’s 30th independence anniversary.
The 96 members of the National Assembly, with voting powers, were sworn in on Friday for the next five years until 2025. Reappointed Vice president Nangolo Mbumba was also sworn in, but will now have to resign from parliament after he was installed as vice president on Saturday.
WATCH | President Hage Geingob’s inauguration speech as delivered at State House today. #Namibia30
Video: Members of the public share their views on Independence Day.
As Namibia readies herself to celebrate 30 years of democracy, peace and political stability, New Era gives you, our esteemed reader, a thorough look at how far Namibian sport has evolved over the past 30 years. We especially focus on the country’s many achievements at continental and global levels, while also looking at the various shortcomings in the local sporting sector.
After 30 years of independence, student leaders in the country continue to fight for the rights and the wellness of the Namibian students. New Era sat down with a few student leaders in the country to get their take on the status of student leadership.
One of the toughest aspects to deal with, as a practising heart surgeon, is the emotional and psychological toll experienced when a patient dies. This is according to Namibia’s first black heart surgeon, Dr Jones Nghaamwa, who says even as a professional he has not yet learnt how to deal with the devastation and anguish of the grieving process.
There is no doubt that trade unions play an important role in the country’s body politic in their efforts to be a voice for the growing numbers of unorganised and marginalised workers in Namibia. But are our local trade unions relevant given the fast-changing union politics?
On 21 March 2020, Namibia will commemorate its 30th anniversary as an independent nation. In 1989, the people of Namibia exercised their democratic right for the first time ever, when they elected members of the Constituent Assembly that drew up the constitution.
The entertainment industry is hardest hit by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus aka Covid-19. It is wreaking havoc. Covid-19 is taking the soul of the entertainment industry and playing ‘amagoes’ with it. If you want to see the entertainment industry crumble into pieces like what the cookie monster does with its baked treats, take away its events. Events are the soul of the entertainment industry. That’s how most entertainers make money. From the MC, to the artist, to the Dj, the sound team, the lights team, entertainment journalists, bloggers, vloggers, radio DJs, influencers, dancers, bouncers/security, theatre, event management, and club/lounge owners.
The top trending clip is from Sherriff Marshall Sean Naude who this week assisted a resident in the Khomasdal area by rescuing and capturing a snake. “This is a Southern African Python, it was commonly known as a Rock Python, it is not venomous and can reach six metres in length,” Naude informed Entertainment Now!
Three decades after independence, some of the prominent figures in the country are still not satisfied with the growth of the art and entertainment industry, saying there is so much to be done for it to be called an industry. Entertainment Now! spoke to some of the notable figures in the art and entertainment sector to hear their take on this.
After President Hage Geingob’s announcement to suspend all public gatherings recently, the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) was left to either cancel or postpone at least six shows, including rehearsals and auditions.
It is a no-brainer that at a slight investigation of our habits and behaviours, laying in our subconscious is a force whose control directs our decisions. This force secretly and greatly controls our minds and influences our decisions, behaviours, as well as their consequences.
Speaking to New Era Sport from her base in coronavirus-hit Spain, Brave Gladiators poster-girl Zenatha Coleman yesterday narrated how the virus has wreck havoc in that country’s football leagues and almost all public systems, sending thousands into total lockdown in fear of further infections.
Arguably one of very few local successful athletes of all time, former coastal giants Eleven Arrows, Scottish club Motherwell FC and Brave Warriors legendary versatile winger Eliphas Kambuta Shivute, aka “Safile”, remains level-headed and is currently a successful businessman in the northern part of the country. Unlike many of his generational peers who have gone the wrong way upon expiry of their playing days, the bulky forward has shown that there is indeed a certain degree of decent life after football. Having played professional football in different continents across the globe, including Asia and Europe, Shivute has put his earnings to good use and many aspiring young athletes, footballers in particular can take a leaf out of his book.
Hi everyone, welcome to another instalment to my weekly column, Ryan’s Corner. It’s a tough time the world over right now, as all countries are battling with the widespread of the deadly coronavirus. I hope everyone back home in Namibia has been keeping safe and following all set preventative and responsive measures as announced by government.
Otjomuise-Vetatu movi havero vyo komba mbanda mohoromende vyo kehi okuza kwiiho tjo Peresidenda vaya rurwa mo vi havero mu ve kara mo horomende ondenga yo Peresidenda Hage Geingoba ndji maiya koma yandero woruveze rwayo Oroviungura indi, ndiri muhuka, eye tji ma twirisiwa otjikando otji tjavari otje Pereseindenda ya Namibia.
Otjomuise- Kapenovandu mberi komanda ya 50 maveso oku worongana pamwe mena ro mutjise wotjindjumba ihi o Corona.
In response to Namibia’s first confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, Bank Windhoek has implemented preventative measures as part of its overall action plan to ensure the health and safety of its staff and clients at all its branches and departments countrywide.
Certain national developmental agendas can only be achieved through public education and some of the crucial issues pertaining to this, according to the Bank of Namibia, are policies related to fees and charges at banks and financial institutions. Director of Payment and Settlement Systems at the central bank, Barbara Dreyer, said that access to affordable financial products and services is a key driver for economic development.
The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) is aware of the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and has taken the necessary precautions to protect its staff members by encouraging them to practice best hygienic methods such as washing their hands with soap regularly, applying alcohol-based hand sanitisers and wearing of protective gear such as masks and gloves where necessary.
On 21 March 2020, Namibia will clock 30 years of independence, shrouded in secrecy of torture and disappearances of many Namibians in Lubango dungeons of Angola. Many of the victims of this horrendous chapter in the Namibian liberation history were unfortunate for not accorded fair hearing and decent burials appropriate for heroes. Shockingly it has been a taboo to talk about those dark hours of the dungeons, as it would be opening old wounds.
Walls and bridges represent different functional and symbolic meanings. Walls represent barriers and bridges stand for connection, opening and passage. Bridges are meant to connect people and places, whereas walls are meant to prevent/block entry by unwanted outsiders or even animals. The Berlin Wall was meant to separate the two former Germanys East and West because of the ideological divide of the time.
In an opinion piece published in the New Era newspaper of 6 March 2020, under the abovementioned title, the three gentlemen responded to my critique of their original piece (The Namibian, 20 December 2019). In their response, they showed respect and I return that courtesy.
The invisible coronavirus has reached Namibian shores after leaving a trail of devastation in China, Europe and the world at large. In Namibia, priority should be on protecting lives and saving our economy. The main emphasis should be on containing and mitigating the disease itself. President Geingob demonstrated decisive leadership on managing Covid-19 and this offers hope to control its impact.
Today, when the young and the born-free, those born after Namibia’s independence in 1990, enrol at schools and institutions of their choices, little does it come to their minds that it was not as easy as that during the years of colonialism and apartheid. Today, black and white students enrol for degree programmes such as medicine, law, engineering, humanities, social sciences, pure sciences and education at higher education institutions without segregation. They do this at will depending on their passes at high school level.
It is relieving to see and hear how the government is working hard in putting up measures to prevent and try to contain the two confirmed coronavirus cases from further spreading. It is a relief knowing that events that may attract Covid-19 on a high scale have been postponed or even suspended.
The spectre of Covid-19 has befallen the world, creating a wave of global shock with reported cases mounting to approximately over 200 000 worldwide, claiming over 8 000 lives (World Health Organisation, 2020). Furthermore, according to the WHO approximately 151 countries have reported cases of Covid-19 of which 30 are from the African continent.
Rising poverty levels faced daily among the majority of the country’s small population of slightly over two million are in stark contrast to the fabulous natural resources of Namibia, among them gold, diamonds, uranium, copper, marine fisheries, forestry resources and an abundance of labour.
The Covid-19 has pounced on the world like a thief in the night. Even though China has been dealing with the virus since the 31 December 2019, we could only sympathise. But before long, the virus spread to other countries and subsequently Namibia reported its first two cases over the weekend.
I was a little embarrassed over the blunders at State House on Wednesday when the president announced his top three and journalists were either too intimidated by the moment or didn’t have a clue about what to ask the head of state. Fair and well, it’s true that as journalists, we often fail to ask the hard-hitting questions. Just look at how some of the once revered talk shows have become more of public relations stunts.
After a challenging five years, rocked by weak economic growth, unemployment and an internal rebellion within the ruling party, President Hage Geingob will be looking at securing a rock-solid legacy as he starts serving his final term tomorrow.
RUNDU – In the wake of some complaints, the Executive Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, has ordered schools to stop the forceful and unlawful cutting of learners’ hair along with the subjective banishment of learners from school for refusal to cut their hair.
On the eve of Namibia’s 30th independence anniversary, US President Donald Trump has sent a congratulatory message to President Hage Geingob and the Namibian people and also hailed Namibia’s strong democratic tradition, which he said was evident in last year’s free and fair general election.
The Namibian police has with immediate effect suspended the use of breathalysers at roadblocks due to fears of the coronavirus spreading for 30 days or until such a time the government pronounced otherwise.
Cricket Namibia (CN) has expressed satisfaction with its schools outreach development programme, which started last year with the aim of creating awareness, develop and grow the game of cricket at school level and communities.
Stephanie Munageni Katusuva, a 12-year-old self-taught gymnast from Oshiteyi village in the Omusati region, recently became the recipient of a scholarship from Olympic Solidarity through the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC).
Nkurenkuru- kapa wizire marunduruko gomanene kosure zaSikarosompo zakara moKavango zoutokero posiruwo oso sure kazigwene evango lyokutunga ndi lyokurara nokuterekera eli kavagwene sinkwa ntani tupu kovaSamaria wovawa ava kavatere ruhepo rovanona.
MTC is set to create temporary employment opportunities for artisans in all 14 regions when it embarks on its project to paint Namibia blue.
Businesses in the country are adhering to the call of President Hage Geingob on the suspension of mass gatherings for at least 30 days. This after Namibia confirmed two cases of coronavirus last week. Most events that were scheduled for April including expos and graduation ceremonies are now postponed.
The FNB House Price Index stood at -4.7% y/y as at December 2019 compared to 0.5% y/y recorded over the same period of the preceding year. On a quarterly basis, the house price index growth has averaged -5.1% y/y in Q4 of 2019 compared to -2.4% y/y realised over the same period of 2018.
Well-known Namibian company, Trustco, has implemented various measures to mitigate against the coronavirus disease to keep staff and customers at its local, continental and international operations as protected as possible from the pandemic that shook the world the past few days.
KEETMANSHOOP - Faith-based leaders in the south say they are heeding calls made by the government to curb the further spread of coronavirus.
A family of eleven locked-down on Saturday over coronavirus after their 20-year- old daughter came into close contact with the Romanian couple who tested positive for coronavirus, has called for help.
President Hage Geingob has given the clearest indication yet that he will not consider appointing members of the opposition to his Cabinet, while admitting he was finding it difficult who to name in his new executive for the next five years.
Nineteen out of twenty-five people who came into contact with the Romanian couple who tested positive for coronavirus in Namibia were traced, contacted and tested for Covid-19, and the health and social services minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula said no secondary transmission was observed. “Appropriate measures were taken which included isolation and monitoring,” Shangula informed a media briefing yesterday.
All the lawyers for the accused in the massive tax refund fraud trial in the Windhoek High Court indicated to Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Kobus Miller Tuesday that they will bring a section 174 discharge application on behalf of their clients.
Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) Kavango East regional chairperson, Chris Shindendere, wants the region to be counted amongst the best on the local sports scene and become one of the foremost providers of world-class athletes for the country. Speaking to New Era Sport from his base in Rundu yesterday, Shindendere who was elected Kavango East regional chairperson last November, shared his vision for the region and the heights he plans to take the region’s sports to in the near future.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) yesterday announced the withdrawal of the Brave Warriors from next month’s African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament, scheduled for 4–25 April in Cameroon. The withdrawal was prompted by the widespread coronavirus outbreak.
A Mind Sport is a game of skill where the competition is based on a particular type of the intellectual ability as opposed to physical exercise. The objective in mind sports is to test mental strength rather than physical strength.
You know that moment when you are supposed to meet up with a friend. The plan was to meet up at 6 p.m. Yet, fifteen minutes later, you receive a text explaining that they are still getting dressed, which we all know means ‘just getting out the shower’.
We have a lot to be thankful for and much more to celebrate as our young great nation turns 30 years – thirty years of us being independent, 30 years of us enjoying our hard-earned freedom, 30 years of peace and stability in the country and from recently held elections, and 30 years of good governance.
After performing poorly in grade 12, Talah Hashipala, popularly known as Talah Da Costa, thought his world has fallen apart until he turned his cooking skills into a business, which is currently making him flourish as an entrepreneur.
Universities in Namibia have gone on early recess amid the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country. The University of Science and Technology (NUST) has given transport money to students who reside in the hostel, and foreign students are being booked in a guest house to minimise congestion on the premises.
The National Library and the National Archives of Namibia, which have been closed for almost 10 months due to renovations and expected to reopen at the end of this month, will remain closed due to the pandemic.
Given the current world events and the WHO declaring the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic, local economists are sharing their views and the expected impact of the Covid-19 on domestic, regional and global markets.
The coronavirus outbreak is having an extreme impact on the global financial markets. According to Capricorn Asset Management (CAM) the real cost to the actual economies is still unknown, and the future effects cannot be accurately determined as the situation is still developing.
The Arms and Ammunition Act, 1996 (Act 7 of 1996), deals with the regulation of firearms and ammunition in Namibia. It makes provision for the requirements to apply for a licence to possess firearms by the public and regulates the control over the possession of arms and ammunition.
Firstly, as Namibia commemorates its 30 years of independence, we must pause and salute those whose blood waters our freedom. Equally, we must pay tribute to the former United Nations (UN) Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, who died on 4 March 2020 in Lima, Peru, at the age of 100. Mr Perez de Cuellar was the face of the UN when the door for Namibia’s independence was being opened.
The government yesterday announced a raft of new measures to curb the further spread of coronavirus, as President Hage Geingob declared a national emergency on the global pandemic. “As emphasised in my statement of 14 March, the health of Namibians is the priority. Covid-19 is a public health emergency, considering the threat posed to the lives of the Namibian people,” said Geingob.
Opposition politicians and commentators have largely welcomed the decision by President Hage Geingob to downsize the number of ministries from 26 to 19. Geingob has merged at least five ministries, while he has also elevated the Namibia Investment Promotion Development Board into the Presidency.
Despite the uncertainty among hundreds of drivers who showed up at the NaTIS in desperate search of vehicle licences and other services, it’s offices in Windhoek managed to open its doors to the public yesterday late in the day after securing protective clothing to prevent the potential spread of the dreaded coronavirus.
After President Hage Geingob announced on Saturday that government has banned all mass gatherings for 30 days, clamped down on inbound and outbound travels to and from Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany for a period of 30 days as well as cancelling Namibia’s 30th independence celebrations scheduled for 21 March, the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) yesterday strongly followed up on that decree.
The Court of arbitration for Sport (Cas) has given the Namibia Football Association (NFA) until Thursday this week to provide or submit audio recordings, transcribed record, minutes and all relevant documents pertaining to the vetting process of this year’s NFA elective congress.
On Saturday, government announced that Namibia has recorded her first cases of the deadly coronavirus after a couple from Romania who arrived in the country on Wednesday both tested positive and have been quarantined.
ǂOago wekheb Wunstaxtsēs ais ge 38 kurixa khoesa ǁîs di tsâb tsî tsûb ǀgôa-e hōǁoas diba tsûsase gere ǁgae. Nē khoes ge mîs geresa !oa ǀgamǀkhās khao!gâ ǀgôan xa ǁgôa!nāhe tsî nēsi haka kuriga !gameb âs !nâ ǀgôa-e noxopa hō tama hâ. Linda Haiduwas, ǂurusib mâxōǀkhā-ao sîsenaos, Odibos hîa Ohangwena ǀkharib
Direkteri, Namibiab ǁKhāǁkhāsen!khaib !Augaba xu hâ ǁkhāǁkhāsendi dib (Namcol) Harold Murangib ge ge mî, 2019ǁî kurib di ǀuni !nurigu ra ǁgausa, D simbolsa xu ǀgapise hâ simboldi ge 5.5 persentgu ǀkha a khâisa, ǁîn ge 20,6 persentga 2017 !nâ ūhâ i tsî 25.1 persentgu kōse 2019 !nâ a sīs khao!gâ.
ǀAeǁgams !Ā!khōmais ge ǁnāti ī ǀaweǁguiba go sîsenxa kai, ǂan!gâsa tamase ǂnaumâiǁanǁguigu !nân ǁîna omari-i ǀhonkhoese hâ khoena xoakhâis ǀkha. Nē xoakhâis di !aromas ge in ǁîna ǀhonkhoesis ǂan!gâs ǂhawega !khō!oa. ǂOago kurib !nâs ge ǀAeǁgams !Ā!khōmais ǀAwemā!nansa ǀnai omkhâisens tsî !gâi!gâi!nâs
The wholesale and retail trade sector is expected to recover to positive growth in 2020, after contractions during the preceding three years. Bank of Namibia projections show that the wholesale and retail sector is anticipated to grow by 1.4% and 1.5% during 2020 and 2021 respectively, from an estimated contraction of 2.5% in 2019.
The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) recently signed an agreement with the Nkurenkuru Town Council for a N$2.58 million feasibility study, funded by the bank’s Project Preparation Fund (PPF) for the town’s proposed Extension 6.
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Dubbed as the people’s favourite and internet sensation Kaboy Kamakili is all about quality delivery of content that people love to see. The kwaito star who is signed under Mshasho Records and whose biography is hard to complete without the mention of hard work and dedication has something for his fans which he has not delivered yet, visuals.
Each year, a winner out of many is crowned as the reigning queen and their job includes travelling the country and beyond to take part in life-changing volunteer work for different charities and organisations. But what happens once their reign is over? unwrap.online did some digging to find out what some of our past Miss Nam winners have been up to.
President Hage Geingob has done away with several ministerial positions in a reshaped executive aimed at cutting costs. The new cabinet will include 19 ministries, while two ministers will serve under the Presidency. Geingob yesterday said he was trimming the structure to achieve better alignment among sectors.
A five and half month puppy allegedly died after it was sexually assaulted by a man, a neighbour, in the early hours of Friday morning in Windhoek. The man has since fled from his house following the incident.
A 38-year-old school principal from Onambaladi Primary School committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope in his bedroom on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Philipus Sheehama. According to this week’s Namibian Police crime report, no suicide note was found. His next of kin were informed.
NKURENKURU – There was a huge sigh of relief for Sikarosompo Primary School in Kavango West as the school officially received temporary accommodation and cooking structures constructed by Good Samaritans who reacted to the plight of learners.
STAMPRIET – Stampriet recently attracted a lucrative private investment specialising in agriculture production and created employment for more than 80 permanent and temporary skilled and unskilled residents from the village.
The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, which has infected more than 132,000 people globally and spread to at least 120 countries worldwide, has also severely crippled sporting events in Namibia. The pandemic is officially known as Covid-19.
Everywhere in the global sphere, countries, people and women are celebrating women’s month. The month of March signifies how far women have come from the days of not being allowed to cast votes or partake in sport events.
LUHONONO – Bayahi basikiliti sa Zambezi babafumaneha mwalibaka zetibiswa kimezi amuunda zecwale ka Luhonono, ili yene zibahala sapili ka Schuckmannsburg, bakauhezwi kwasikiliti kaufela kamukwakwa wa Namalubi-Luhonono, bakeñisa kunanuha kwamezi mwanuka ya Lyambai.
ONGWEDIVA – Kampani yebona zamulilo wamagesi mwamutulo wanaha (Nored), netambekile masheleñi alikana N$160 000 kwaliluko la tuto viki yefelile. Neulo kikalulo yatumelelano yatuso yamasheleñi yalilimo zetalu, yene nyatezwi mwasilimo sa 2017, hala Nored nimitayi yalituto mwalikiliti moifumaneha Nored.
Music pioneer and choreographer, Papa Banana, real name Weshitile Shekupe, and his daughter Monika Kamati, recently released a single titled My Beautiful Namibia to celebrate Independence Day.
This year marks the 30th independence celebration of Namibia, a country which has gone through a lot of challenges to come this far. One of the great unifiers with a country of so many different ethnic groups, cultures and languages has always been music.
The organisers of Burna Boy’s African Giant tour in Namibia released a statement saying the anticipated tour has been rescheduled due to Covid-19 concerns.