• January 21st, 2019
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Socialism with a Namibian flavour

The end of 2018 was a time to be remembered. I do not remember any other time towards the end of the year during the 28 years of our independence where we had lively debates like what happened during the SWAPO extraordinary congress.

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Star of the Week: Ryan Simasiku Nyambe

Our Star of the Week is Katima Mulilo-born professional footballer Ryan Simasiku Nyambe who put up an impressive display during his championship team Blackburn Rovers’ FA Cup replay against the English Premiership campaigners on Tuesday.

Mix a hotbed of grinding poverty

WINDHOEK - Residents of Mix informal settlement in Windhoek Rural Constituency continue to bemoan the lack of basic services such as electricity, ablution facilities and the high unemployment rates.

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379 nabbed for drunk driving

WINDHOEK - A record 379 motorists were arrested for drunk and driving on the B1 and B2 roads during the just ended festive season. This is out of a whopping 91 200 drivers screened during this period of merrymaking and excesses. 

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Okakarara bids Dan Tshanda farewell

WINDHOEK-Remembering the legacy of the late South African musician,  Dan Tshanda, who passed away on January 5 to heart failure, Okakarara residents are having  a Farwell Bash for the late Disco music legend, at Tate Sammy’s Beer House No. 2 today.

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Africa’s top 10 tech start-ups selected for accelerator programme

WINDHOEK - Airbus and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have announced the top 10 African tech start-ups that will take part in the latest Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future accelerator programme. They were selected after an open public pitch event in front of experts, potential investors, the media and other stakeholders in Kenya’s capital city. 

No passengers for Nam transport to Zim following fuel protests

WINDHOEK – Public transportation, both via road and air, is still readily available from Namibia to Zimbabwe despite the political and civil unrest that flared up in the southern African nation this week. However, while transportation companies say they are ready to drive and fly, most of the buses destined for Zimbabwe are practically empty and flights under-booked as travellers seem to be waiting for the unrest to subside before travelling to the troubled country. 

Africa: Are we cursed or what?

The biggest news in North America in recent days has been about the Trump administration’s push to get congressional approval for funds to build a boundary wall along the borders between that country and neighbouring Mexico.

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Woody dumps Okahandja United for Unam FC

WINDHOEK – The recompense that comes with occupying a coaching seat of the University of Namibia (Unam) football club and being part of a fully-fledged professional set-up are among the aspects that influenced coach Woody Jacobs’ rushed decision to dump Okahandja United FC and join Unam FC, the coach told the media yesterday.

DRC is the Heart of Africa

There is a lot that can be said about the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was once known as Republic of the Congo and it was meant to be a pro-Western government at independence (30 June 1960). 

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NWR makes travelling affordable

WINDHOEK - Quite often the chance to travel is dismissed once one considers the costs associated with it. When an individual considers visiting a new place, the first question that comes to mind is; How expensive is it going to be?

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Back-to-school financial stress

WINDHOEK – Most parents know that back-to-school is one of the most expensive times of the year, but it is estimated only half of parents make an effort to establish a back to school budget. Parents are well aware that that back-to-school shopping poses a financial burden on their families. A whopping percentage of parents spoken to claim that getting kids ready for a new year of classes leaves them with serious anxiety and shopping for necessary school items is the worst cause.

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Calamitous ceiling collapse at Country Club caused by strong winds

WINDHOEK – A disastrous ceiling collapse on Tuesday at the entrance of the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino (WCCR) has been attributed to strong winds. Fortunately, no staff members or guests were injured when the entire ceiling of the VIP drop-off area came loose and crashed onto the floor of the entrance at around 14h00.

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Eiseb succeeds pioneering Ndjaba as NDTC’s new CEO

WINDHOEK - The Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) Board of Directors have confirmed the retirement of Shihaleni Ellis Ndjaba, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NDTC, who retired at the end of December 2018, following 11 years of dedicated service to the company. He is succeeded by Brent Eiseb, who previously served at strategic level as Senior Manager, Sales & Marketing. Eiseb’s appointment is effective from January 01, 2019.

Former senior cop apologises to family of deceased

WINDHOEK - A former senior Namibian police officer convicted of murder for fatally shooting an 18-year-old apologised to the family of his victim when he testified in mitigation of sentence in the Windhoek High Court at the Windhoek Prison Facility before Judge Dinnah  Usiku.

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GIZ equips NFA Girls Centre

WINDHOEK - The Namibia Football Association NFA) Girls Centre last week got a shot in the arm with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) presenting the establishment with lodging equipment valued at over N$70 000.

Don’t lie to the youth

The other day I was scrolling through social media and noticed that the next two years are election season for most countries, including Namibia. For some nations this usually spells a period of unrest and protests, while for civilians it’s another season of empty promises exchanged for votes.

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Driven to nursing to take care of granny, mother

WINDHOEK – Ananias Meduletu Mulokoshi developed a passion for nursing after taking care of his late mother and granny.  “I grew up with my siblings and friends. I am an orphan on both sides.  I came from a business family and grew up doing business with my late mother, cousins and aunty in a location called Olumbongo and in the market,” relates the 32-year-old entrepreneur, event organiser, member of the Oniipa Youth Choir and owner of Letu Urban Wear. The Ondando village-born lad from Oniipa, in the Oshikoto Region, has a measure of his mother’s business skills rubbed into him, turning her old place into a complex that he named after her. 

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Getting to know the Abidjan Convention

Marine and coastal areas of the Atlantic Coast in West, Central and Southern Africa contribute hugely to economic development of countries which shares this ocean, through activities such as fishing, maritime transportation, oil and gas exploration and tourism.

Hygiene: Katutura in trouble

When the South African regime in the mid to late fifties decided to move blacks from the then “Old Location” to Katutura, the move sparked discontent and led to the shootings in the area and summary relocation of all the black residents under duress. 

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Ghosts, United in relegation dogfight, tonight

OKAHANDJA – Mired in second bottom spot on four points from a possible 21, Katutura giants Orlando Pirates will have a chance to wangle themselves out of the relegation zone when the misfiring Buccaneers entertain Okahandja United in an MTC Premiership relegation battle at the Sam Nujoma stadium in Windhoek tonight.

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FMD outbreak in South Africa poses Namibia with daunting task

WINDHOEK – The suspension of import and in-transit movement of cloven-hoofed animals or their products from South Africa due to the outbreak of foot-and-mouth diseease (FMD) in that country will hit Namibia’s already struggling dairy industry hard, while significant strain on the beef, pork and mutton markets cannot be ruled out.

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Instill a saving culture into your children

WINDHOEK – Parents play a key role in the financial literacy of children. As they prepare their children for the New Year’s first school semester, the subject of money between the parent and the child will present itself one way or another. For a parent, this should be an opportunity to teach their children the importance of saving money for a brighter financial future.

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DBN advises to borrow wisely for effective assets and operations

WINDHOEK - Jerome Mutumba, Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) Head of Marketing and Corporate Communication, says that as the economy begins to improve entrepreneurs will find greater confidence to establish SMEs, and existing SMEs will seek finance to grow. However, he says, confidence should walk hand in hand with responsible borrowing.

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Vehicles donated for nature conservation

WINDHOEK- Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), Namibia’s pioneering non-governmental organisation in the national Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) programme, on Friday received a donation of 11 brand-new vehicles.

Ruacana craves second fuel station

OSHIFO – The lack of serviced land in Oshifo at Ruacana town in the Omusati Region delays the chances of a fuel station being constructed there. Currently, there is only one filling station situated at Ruacana Extension 2, formerly known as Ruacana Town, which is located about three kilometres west of Oshifo.

NDF evicted from private shooting range

The Namibian Defence Force (NDF) has been ordered to vacate a private shooting range in the district of Rehoboth after the lawful owners approached the Windhoek High Court on an urgent basis to evict them from the premises they unlawfully occupied.

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Lower GDP pushed public debt up 17% in 2018

WINDHOEK - Lower than expected Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the last three years has resulted in higher public debt. In the Ministry of Finance’s Fiscal Strategy 2015 the public debt, excluding guarantees, for the 2017/18 financial year was projected to be 26.4 percent of GDP but in fact reached 43.3 percent of GDP in 2018, representing an increase of 16.9 percent.  

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FIFA, CAF expected back in the country soon

OSHAKATI – Just days after the eagerly awaited appointment of the Normalisation Committee for the embattled Namibia Football Association (NFA), the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) are to send another delegation to instate the appointed committee.

“Ingwe” halt Citizens’ fairytale run

WINDHOEK – MTC Premiership table toppers Black Africa consolidated their position at the summit with a hard-fought 3-2 win over stubborn league rookies Young Brazilians in the first of a double header at the Sam Nujoma stadium, yesterday.

Baoki batiba mwalisa la bakuli

WINDOKO – Bakuli babafitelela 781 713 neba bonwi mwalipatela zeshelashelana mwa Windoko kuzwa kweli ya Liatamani 2017 kutisa Lungu ñohola, ili nombolo yebato fita faku minahanya palo yabatu baba pila mwamuleneñi ili baba eza 410 918.

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Mpacha Airport in bad shape

WINDHOEK - A Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security has concluded that Mpacha Airport in Katima Mulilo is in a bad shape, especially its runway. 

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Pension funds hit at estates amendment Bill

WINDHOEK- The pension fund industry is calling for inclusive and wider consultations before government amends the Administration of Estates Act of 1965, which could collapse some of the industry’s players. These concerns follow amendments which have been made to certain parts of the Administration of Estates Act, 1965 (Act No. 66 of 1965) but did not address issues relating to the administration of the Guardian’s Fund and safe custody and record keeping of the Offices of the Master of the High Court.

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CoW councillors deny hand in relative’s City Police jobs

WINDHOEK – Three councillors at City of Windhoek have dismissed claims that unqualified relatives were recruited in City Police with their assistance. At a press conference last week, Nudo City representative Josef Kauandenge availed a list of 11names of people allegedly related to ruling party Swapo councillors employed in the Windhoek City Police.

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Child model and actress Rose Bimpe is in a whole mood in 2019

Windhoek - Four-year-old Namibian child model and kid actress Rose Bimpe says while 2018 has been a challenging year as she struggled to book good gigs or appear in international movies as she planned, she said she is grateful that she used the year consistently contacting film producers and children production houses in South Africa, London, Ghana, Nigeria and the United States (US).

Going fast or going far?

A popular African proverb says: “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.” The proverb could describe the dynamics South Africa will encounter on the United Nations Security Council in the next two years.

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General Namoloh may be right in Mbulunganga tribute

The memorial service and State funeral of former Plan commander Matias ‘Mbulunganga’ Ndakolo on 7 December unearthed the deep-seated wounds of Namibia’s veterans of the liberation struggle, who engaged the enemy directly in battle at the frontlines during Namibia’s war of liberation from apartheid colonisation.

Giving accountability a true meaning

President Hage Geingob has declared 2019 as a year of accountability – restoring the hope of many a citizen. Our front page story yesterday, titled “ACC investigating ministers on Geingob’s request”, perhaps best explains the President’s intentions with his bold declaration for the year ahead.

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How we did it ...Top performers speak

During the official release of the Grade 12 National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinal Level results for full-time and part-time learners yesterday, some learners who were declared best nationally spoke to reporter Pinehas Nakaziko.

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Namibia congratulates DRC poll winner Tshisekedi

WINDHOEK - International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has congratulated Felix Tshisekedi, 55, the leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s main opposition party, who has been declared the provisional surprise winner of the December 30 presidential election in the vast central African country.

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NFA gets 12 spots for refs on FIFA list

WINDHOEK – The country’s trident of leading football referees Jackson Pavaza, Nehemiah Shovaleka and Jonas Shongedi retained their places on the International Football Referees list that comes along with five assistant referees while four women match officials have also been accepted by FIFA for 2019.

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Upbeat Suburbs ready to ruffle feathers

WINDHOEK – Having narrowly lost out in the semifinals of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) Premier League title race last term, Khomasdal rugby outfit Western Suburbs have put the past behind them and look forward to start the season on a clean slate.

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No need to panic: Ghosts' mentor

WINDHOEK – Struggling Katutura outfit Orlando Pirates “will collect three points against coastal side Eleven Arrows” when the two giants clash in a do or die MTC Premiership match on Sunday at 17h00 sharp.

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How a team of data scientists can make a difference to your bottom line

In today’s digital world of cloud, mobility, analytics and data, the focus for both business and consumers is to find answers to their problems. Just building a solution or buying devices and applications, without coming up with an answer, in the shortest possible time and most economical manner, will sooner or later prove meaningless and futile

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A look at the value of biodiversity and the role of the media

Biodiversity is defined as the variety of living organisms found within a specified geographic region. The conservation of biodiversity on the other hand is about saving life on Earth in all its forms and keeping natural ecosystems functioning and healthy. Stated simply, the environment refers to the surroundings or space in which persons, animals and plants live or operate. 

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The Church and the Gay

WINDHOEK - Namibian Christendom is for the first time confronted by a topic that, until now, as far as the Namibian church establishment is concerned, has always been a straightforward matter: the Namibian Constitution does not guarantee marriage for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. 

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SA manganese trucks stuck at Lüderitz

LÜDERITZ - Trade Port Namibia (Pty) Ltd, which started transporting manganese from South Africa for exportation to China via the Lüderitz port since December 30 2018, has been instructed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to clean up its mess at the harbour.

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Industry Loop: Time to work!

If your friend is an entertainer, I need you to understand a few things. First things first, festive season is peak season for your entertainer friend. You need to understand that an entertainer’s working hours and demands are largely different from the ordinary hibba. 

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A year of hustling for Ilke

Renowned television radio personality, Ilke Platt, has more than 15 years of experience in the corporate media industry. Platt has established her very own PR company, Poiyah Media, that striving to not only boost image/brand, but most importantly reputation of entrepreneurs on a professional level.

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Local filmmaker to attend 2019 Berlinale

Moses Shivakola-Mberira, founding member and regional film development executive of the Filmmakers Association of Namibia (FAM), will participate in an information tour to Germany within the framework of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. 

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“Area of jurisdiction” remains a grey area

The closest perhaps that the Traditional Authorities Act of 2000 comes to “area of jurisdiction” and something that may be interpreted as perhaps meaning the “area of jurisdiction” of any traditional authority, is where and when the Act in Section 5 (b) (ii) refers to “the communal area inhabited by that community”. 

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Open Letter to All Motorists in Namibia

Your attitude makes a difference to road safety. In all consciousness of the peak time for road accidents, we express the urgent priority to take the necessary precautions to reduce the high number of road accidents on our roads during the festive/holiday season by practicing safe and cautious driving. 

We are hopeful 2019 will be better

The year 2018 has indeed been momentous and very challenging politically, socially and economically.   The nation is enduring a long list of socio-economic challenges such as the record figures of unemployed university

Woman discovered dead in riverbed

WINDHOEK- A lifeless body of a woman was discovered in a riverbed of Omukwanagobe area at Ombili informal settlement yesterday morning.  The body was discovered around 09H00 by a woman who was going to relieve herself in the bush.  

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20 952 students fail Grade 10

WINDHOEK - Out of 44 863 candidates who sat for Grade 10 full-time examination this year at 731 schools, 23 911 learners, representing 53.3 percent have qualified for admission to Grade 11 for 2019 compared to 22 363 (55.3 percent) in 2017.

Enjoy yourself

The end of the year is upon us and I truly hope you enjoyed it. I hope you gave it your all and that you are now enjoying the fruits of your labour. That doesn’t really matter, now let’s simply enjoy ourselves we don’t need permission, the festive vibe is enough reason.

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NQA caution learners against bogus institutions

In a few short weeks, the 2019 academic year will kick off with registration at various institutions of higher learning.  During the past few days, the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) has observed with concern, a number of unaccredited institutions brazenly advertising their programmes for 2019.

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Passionate to nurture a responsible generation

WINDHOEK – An  expert on contemporary relationships and love related matters, Kilian Amavila, is a village millennial. His passion for counselling and motivating people is driven by his interest to influence and shape the minds of other individuals. 

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Increased volumes give buyers more traction in housing market

WINDHOEK - “After enduring some of the highest property price appreciation in the world, the tide has turned, with buyers firmly in the driving seat and dictating terms as increased volumes have provided prospective buyers with much needed options,” says Namene Kalili, FirstRand Namibia Group Economist. 

Waste harms environment, wildlife - Shifeta

WINDHOEK - As part of his festive season message to travellers and visitors alike, the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta says litter and irresponsible waste disposal creates an eye sore, unattractive environment and is hazardous to wildlife and a risk to people’s health and wellbeing.

Behaviour change needed for Hepatitis E

WINDHOEK - An epidemiologist from Uganda who spent two months in Namibia on a mission to support the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the World Health Organisation (WHO) country office to support the Hepatitis E response says behaviour change is needed to stop the spread of the disease.

Climate smart agriculture a paradigm for climate change

The Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) together with the Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) in 2015 implemented the Conservation Agriculture (CA) Component under the ‘Farmers Clubs with Climate-smart Agriculture for Improved Resilience and Livelihoods of Small-scale Farmers in Kavango Project’. The aim is to improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers, as well as assisting them with adapting to climate change.