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Starlile subdue Tigers to win Standard Bank Top-8 Cup

WINDHOEK – Two crucial goals from Image Isaacks and Crispin Mbewe, coupled with the club’s sheer determination to finish the season on a high after having earlier lost out on the league title, helped propel African Stars to a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Tigers on Saturday in the maiden Standard Bank Top-8 Cup.

Muuso ulifa likoloti zakwamasimu

WINDOKO – Kamulelo wakubata kukutiseza njimo sakata kwasimu aketalizoho, muuso noezize manyamenyame kulifa sikoloti sesibato fita kubolule babalalu (N$3 million), seo masimu nakolota kampani yehasanya mulilo wamagesi yezibahala hahulu ka Nored. Zeo kaufela litaha mazazinyana kasamulaho kampani ya Nored nekauhezi kuisa mulilo wamagesi,

Airbus Africa lab equips airlines for expanding African market

WINDHOEK – One of the global leaders in aeronautics and space-related services, Airbus, last week held its annual African airlines business lab symposium in Zanzibar, bringing together airline industry experts and managers from carriers across the region, to position their businesses to take advantage of the rapidly expanding African market.

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Namibia aims for 80% local generation of power consumption by 2022

WINDHOEK - Without sufficient and affordable supply of electricity, crucial economic contributors, such as the mining sector, will not be able to operate optimally. For instance, of the more than 4 000 gigawatt hours (GWh) the country consumed in 2018, a significant portion, or just over 1 400 GWh, was consumed by the mining sector.  

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ECN launches civil education campaign

WINDHOEK – The National Electoral Civil Education Campaign, aimed at this year’s Presidential and National Assembly elections of 27 November, was officially launched on Friday at a ceremony led by Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) chairperson, Notemba Tjipueja.

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Cometh the hour, cometh the lady

It’s quite amazing how times can fly, yours truly vividly remembers the day when a young skinny shy girl showed her competitors a clean pair of heels to clinch victory in the junior section of the maiden edition of the prestigious annual Old Mutual Victory Race series in Oshakati, more than two decades gone.

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Industry Loop: Ode to fashion

I love what is happening with fashion in Namibia. Fashion has found a new lease of life. Everybody is conscious of what they wear. Everybody is fashion driven. Everybody is starting to appreciate fashion. 

Is the immunity of the innocent being respected?

Ancient and modern history is replete with examples where peaceful diplomacy failed to end conflicts between nations. On many occasions, affected nations have thrown away what is called “hypocritical humility” and opted for deterrence theory.    My definition of deterrence theory is limited, for this column, to the belief that it is better to prevent than to engage in war. 

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Implementing language policies in Southern Africa: A daunting task (Part 1)

The local press was recently awash with the news that the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture in Namibia wants to introduce a new language policy in schools. If legislators approve this language policy, it will compel primary schools to use the mother language as a medium of instruction from Grade 1 to Grade 3.  Although this is a commendable move, but is not without challenges. 

Mvula ya Nangolo: Tribute of a grieving son

Life is the process of self-sustaining and self-generating action. Life requires action, and action requires values.  And it is these values that define a man, Man's Life is his moral standard, Baba, Tatekulu Mvula Ya Nangolo, Was a man with values and a man with a moral standard.

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Nujoma turns 90: My thoughts

It’s worthy celebrating the 90th birthday of Dr Sam Nujoma, first President and founder member of Swapio Party, commander-in-chief of PLAN, first president of the republic, first commander-in-chief of our armed forces and first chancellor of the University of Namibia. 

War is peace, freedom is slavery

In his novel titled 1984, George Orwell sloganeered “War is peace, freedom is slavery [and] ignorance is strength.”  In the novel, this phrase is portrayed as the slogan of the English Socialism Party, which ruled Oceania.

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NCS to address UN on prison reforms

WINDHOEK - The Commissioner-General of the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela, will be among hundreds of delegates from all over the world meeting in Vienna next week to participate in meetings and events related to the 28th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).

Only one case of Congo Fever confirmed

WINDHOEK - Only one case linked to Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) has been confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.  Three other cases suspected to be of the fever tested negative while two other cases’ results are still pending.  

Over 500 retrenched in three months

WINDHOEK – About 514 workers were retrenched in various sectors of the economy in the fourth quarter of the 2017/18 financial year, with the construction sector accounting for the biggest number – 172 – of those laid off.

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SAATM holds major potential for Africa’s economic transformation – IATA

WINDHOEK – Namibia has yet to sign up to the African Union’s Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM) project, after 28 countries on the continent have already signed up. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a single air transport market for the continent, if implemented, gives Africa the potential for economic transformation and the association has urged the remaining 27 countries to follow suit. 

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Businessman builds kindergarten for his community

WINDHOEK - Businessman Fulbertus Kwedhi with the help of his wife Lucia Shindume-Kwedhi built a kindergarten and also used his own money to build an office for Swapo Party in Okathitu Konkayi village in Omusati Region. The two projects cost the couple over N$300 000.

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Govt's new internship coming soon

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

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ACC goes after Brave Warriors team manager Isaacs

WINDHOEK – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigations into the internal affairs of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) has taken a fresh twist, as the Namibian anti-graft body is now in hot pursuit of Brave Warriors Team Manager Tim Isaacs, New Era Sport has learnt.

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Sheer passion and dedication for social work

WINDHOEK – Auguste Shikongo is a young Namibian PhD candidate who wants to take her studies further and specialise in social work. “I see the way I grew up and I want to bring some changes to those people,” she said.  “I have family members who are struggling and live in informal settlements,” she pointed out. 

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Huawei awards Nust’s top performing IT students

WINDHOEK - Huawei Namibia yesterday rewarded the five top performing information technology students at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust). The five students, Thomas Shigwedha, Carlos Sibalatani, Hainana Oletu, Jackson Vatileni and Pelema Abraham each received a 4G router and a custom diary from Huawei. 

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Aviation business tough for African airlines that make a loss per passenger

WINDHOEK – African airlines continue to struggle to turn a profit and as such airlines on the continent on average lose US$1.55 (almost N$22) for every passenger carried. This is in stark contrast to the rest of the global airline industry that has recorded an average profit per passenger of US$7.45 (about N$105) showing that air transport can indeed yield a return greater than cost of capital.

Had I known before – sex is not love

WINDHOEK - Maria was born in Windhoek 19 years ago and has been staying with her mother and siblings ever since. When I first met Maria three years ago, she was six months pregnant and seriously affected by the new developments.

Hepatitis E claims another life

GOBABIS- The measures put into place by the health department and its stakeholders to mitigate the Hepatitis E outbreak in Omaheke Region seems to be futile, as the confirmed cases of the disease and fatalities keep growing.

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Katti acquires cannabis licence in Lesotho

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

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Upgrade sport facilities through PPPs - Tjongarero

WINDHOEK - Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero says the time is ripe to approach sport development creatively and has called on the regional chairpersons responsible for sport at various towns across the country to be innovative when addressing the shortage of sport facilities.

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Conservation Agriculture: Learning and Adapting Together

WINDHOEK - Namibia has been experiencing variability in rainfall over the past three agricultural seasons due to the climate change effects experienced the world over. As a result, innovative mechanisms to help small-scale crop farmers deal with climate change and to improve their resilience are needed. The practice of Conservation Agriculture (CA) is one such mechanism. 

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Repair work on red line resumes amid heated debate about moving the fence

WINDHOEK - The Meat Board of Namibia (MBN) is assisting the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) with maintenance of the veterinary cordon fence (VCF) through the appointment of temporary fencing teams, servicing of a grader, transporting of fencing material and, in collaboration with the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU), funding audits of the VCF and border fences to determine the status of the fences.

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Cattle exports take a 26.5% dip

WINDHOEK - Despite severe drought conditions, cattle exports declined considerably by 26.49 percent in the first quarter of the year due to weak demand for weaners by South African feedlots who were adversely affected by Foot-and-Mouth Disease-related trade restrictions. Since weaner exports are a leading contributor to the sector’s performance, their decline greatly influenced an overall weak performance. 

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Sluggish economy keeps property prices subdued in early 2019

WINDHOEK – Residential property prices continued to contract during the first quarter of 2019, like they have done since 2018. This is according to the latest FNB House Price Index which recorded a contraction of one percent at the end of March 2019, compared to a contraction of 0.3 percent over the same period last year. Overall, the property market remains lacklustre, as the price index continues to hover in a negative territory. 

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N$120 million allocated for resettlement

WINDHOEK - In its efforts to ensure equitable distribution and access to land to previously disadvantaged Namibians, the Ministry of Land Reform this financial year has put aside N$120 million to acquire resettlement farms for resettlement purposes. 

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Geingob congratulates ANC

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

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Support group for people with skin disorders on the cards

WINDHOEK - Nearly one year after attending the First Foundation for Ichthyosis and related skin types conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States, 23-year-old Puveri Tjikuua is starting a similar support group for Namibians living with ichthyosis and other related skin conditions. 

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DJ Castro dominates BOB Party

WINDHOEK- Otjiwarongo-based DJ Castro aka The Whistle DJ knows how to pull off a stellar performance and he didn’t disappoint one bit at the BOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) Party hosted by the KFC DJs which took place at the Zoo Park Amphitheatre on Saturday. 

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Kanime’s fate to be decided by May 22

WINDHOEK - Legal teams in the matter between suspended City Police Chief Abraham Kanime and the City of Windhoek agreed in the High Court on Friday that the City’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kahimise, and the council of the City of Windhoek meet not later than May 22.

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What does Mother’s Day mean to you?

WINDHOEK- The connotation of motherhood is practically limitless. As Namibia and the world gear up to celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday, Entertainment Now! spoke to familiar personalities in the entertainment industry on what Mothers’ day means to them and how they plan on celebrating it.

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Arts fair invites entries

WINDHOEK - The organisers of the Namibian Arts Fair are inviting artists and musicians from across the continent to take part in this year’s fair slated for September at the Goethe-Institut of Namibia. 

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‘Waka Waka Moo’ flying high overseas

WINDHOEK – Namibian model and entrepreneur, Luis Munana’s ‘Waka Waka Moo’ children television show is airing in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and other African countries would follow suit, as the second season is set to air soon.

Otjiposa tjOtjitiro tjaarurakisiwa

OTJOMUISE- Ovakuramenepo vOvaherero nOvakwena Oritjavari otjivatjivisire kutja vayarurakisa otjiposa tjawo kunehi rOvandoitji mOtjombanguriro  Tjokombanda  Tjomayarurakisiro wOviposa tja New York mOmahi Omakutsanane wa America. 

A tribute to the Queen of Church Music

Musical chords from organs and pianos add flavours to hymns and they uplift the spirits of worshipers during church services, giving them the imaginations of the songs of angels and cherubs. This is particularly true when one has the likes of Tuovi-Kaarina Pennanen behind the church organ keyboard.   

KFC DJs plan bottle bash at Zoo Park

WINDHOEK - The popular KFC DJs, comprising of DJ Kadafi, DJ SlickFisha and DJ Chin-Chila are hosting the 1st edition of the 5TH BOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) Show for the year at the Zoo Park Amphitheatre tomorrow, starting from 12h00 till late.  There is a line-up consisting of more than 20 local acts, which they collectively did. 

Agribusdev refutes allegations 

WINDHOEK - Agricultural Business Development Agency (Agribusdev), Managing Director, Petrus Uugwanga, this week refuted allegations that he has failed to convene a meeting aimed at addressing the parastatal’s out-dated board of directors.

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Save nation from hunger, governors told

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

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Swapo distances itself from independent candidate 

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

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Financial literacy training for offenders made possible 

WINDHOEK - The FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust has handed over an amount of N$40 000 towards the Adonai Trust in Lüderitz. Rolandi Meyer, FNB Namibia’s Lüderitz Branch Administrator expressed her delight with the donation to be used towards financial literacy training for offenders from the Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop correctional services. 

Nikodemus loses third lawyer

WINDHOEK - Mbanga Siyomunji, the lawyer for Lukas Nepela Nikodemus – his third one after Milton Engelbrecht and Jan Wessels – withdrew yesterday from the double murder trial citing lack of trust between him (the lawyer) and his client as the reason.

Operation Hornkranz ceases tomorrow

WINDHOEK - Namibian Police Force Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has revealed ‘Operation Hornkranz’ will cease on Friday. However, another police-led law enforcement operation, code-named operation Kalahari Desert, will commence immediately thereafter nationwide. 

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Invasion of govt flats irks Mutorwa

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

Budget for the youth and the nation

Last month the Finance Minister announced the national budget and a few weeks later, the President gave his state of the nation speech. The common denominator was that they were all centered around the youth.

Youths to benefit from DBN’s lending facility

WINDHOEK –In line with stimulating youth entrepreneurship and addressing the constraint of access to finance, a skills-based lending facility has been introduced at Development Bank of Namibia (DBN). This is according to the Harambee Prosperity Plan progress report dated April 2019. 

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Don’t fear the revolution … embrace it!

In previous columns I have written about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and I will continue to do so, as I believe it provides the solution to uplift Namibia and Africa as a continent. We can fully embrace new technology, innovations, cloud

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Coetzee nominated as president of ISACA’s Windhoek Chapter 

WINDHOEK - ISACA, previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, has selected the managing director of Headway Consulting, Jan Coetzee, as their new president. At the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Windhoek, Coetzee was chosen to lead the Windhoek Chapter of this leading-edge global association.

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FNB Namibia merchants to accept UnionPay cards

WINDHOEK - FNB Namibia has confirmed that UnionPay cards are now accepted at all FNB Point of Sale terminals nationwide. UnionPay, also known as China UnionPay or by its abbreviation, CUP, is a Chinese financial services corporation headquartered in Shanghai, China, that provides bank card services and a card scheme in mainland China.

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Agribank to reveal drought relief package

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

Hanse is the new Master Agronomist

WINDHOEK - Hanse van der Merwe of Farm Ludwighaven in the Oshikoto Region was crowned Master Agronomist of the Year during the recently held annual member meeting of the Agronomy Producers Association (APA) and the Master Agronomist Day outside Tsumeb.

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Emerging managers create circles of excellence

WINDHOEK - Emerging managers are pivotal contributors to organisational performance and a vital link between frontline employees and the executive team in organisations as they are the backbone that sense and respond to various industry forces and drivers of a business to secure optimum performance.

Approved 2.5% bulk electricity tariff decrease unlikely to benefit consumers

WINDHOEK – Following an application from the national power utility, NamPower, the Electricity Control Board (ECB) approved a 2.5 percent tariff decrease, translating into an effective bulk tariff decrease from N$1.69 to N$ 1.65 per kilowatt-hour. However, the ECB has projected that consumer tariffs should remain at current levels based on inflationary impact as well as adjustments to distribution costs. 

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The Life and Times of Dr Ngaruka: A Tribute

As fate would have it, my friend of close to fifty years, Kavazeua Ngaruka, passed on, on 28th March 2019 (that happens to be my wife’s birthday) and was laid to rest on 06th April 2019 (one day short of my birthday, which falls on 07th April).

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InSight mission detects first Mars quake

WINDHOEK - Namibia’s very own Dr Japie van Zyl, a Solar System Exploration Director at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), has reliably informed this publication that last month they detected the first Mars quake.

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Nikodemus to call three witnesses

WINDHOEK - Double murder accused, Lukas Nepela Nikodemus, the man charged with the murder and burning of two young women at a rubbish dump in Pionierspark in Windhoek, informed the Windhoek High Court he wishes to call three witnesses to testify in his defence.

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American murder accused gets new lawyer

WINDHOEK - The murder trial of the two Americans accused of the assassin like murder of Andre Heckmair in Windhoek in 2011 was yesterday postponed to June 16 to 20 for the continuation of their trial after Legal Aid agreed to avail another lawyer for Marcus Thomas.

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Ageless Johannes wins Spar 10km Women’s Challenge

WINDHOEK – Namibian veteran long distance queen Helalia Johannes – at the age of 38 – remains unstoppable and continues to defy Mother Nature with her commanding exploits on the track, and on Saturday she once again reminded all and sundry that more is yet to come.

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Masheleni akulwanisa linanga aekezwa

WINDOKO - Muuso uekelize musulo wakulwanisa linanga mwaofefi ya Ngambela wanaha kuzwa fabolule ba mashumi alobañwi (N$92.86 million) kuisa kubolule bamwanda kabamashumi amabeli (N$123.5 million). Namibia italimani nilinako

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Lease agreement complicates Ongombo revival

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

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Star of the Week: Trevor Brockerhoff

Our Star of the Week is Trevor Brockerhoff for having taken the risk of leaving the Department of Legal Aid to recently open up his own law firm - Brockerhoff Legal Practitioners. Growing up with a strong and fiercely independent single mother is one

Katjavivi rebuts Venaani accusations

WINDHOEK – Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi has rebutted allegations by the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president McHenry Venaani that he cut him short during his contribution to the budget

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Kapana In Town at your doorstep

WINDHOEK - Walking towards the different food stalls at the Wernhil Shopping Mall taxi rank, something different is noticeable about one stall. Once closer, the smell of one of the best delicacies in Namibia becomes obvious at stall

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Sally ‘Boss Madam’ redefining music 

WINDHOEK – While some artistes rush to release their albums just in time to meet the deadline for the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) each year, Sally Boss Madam drops a single or two to keep her fans happy and in the loop with her newest sounds. 

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Exit stirs ‘beef’ to revive music career

WINDHOEK- With one of the Facebook posts saying, “Ni**az be actin like somebody gon’ die or somethin’ Weedhu!! I had to shake you up a bit...these are the only moves that will basically elevate the game cause it pushes everyone and raises the artistic bar meaning better music Otampanikifwa ko ka chii kokuMtata shili...Se iina tu tila...Hambaa, ” he posted. 

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Sigera’s CK trades in mighty pen for guitar

WINDHOEK - Sigera Jazz Band’s ability to perform live music is impeccable and captivating. According to veteran sports journalist and guitarist Carlos Kambaekwa, also known as CK, who happens to be one of the members of the band, “Sigera” is a Khoekhoegowab name which means “we are coming”. 

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Welwitschias seek to bounce back against Blue Bulls

WINDHOEK – Following last weekend’s 23-40 defeat against visiting South African club Xerox Golden Lions XV at home, Namibia’s second-string rugby side, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, will tomorrow be away at Loftus Versveld in Pretoria where they face the Vodacom Blue Bulls for their second SuperSport Rugby Challenge encounter.

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Epukiro eetenga nambano mourunga wovinamwinyo

OTJOMUISE- Epukiro eetenga nambano mourunga wovinamwinyo mozoresevate zOrukondua  rOmatoororero rwa Maheke. Orata yOkarukondua kOmatoororero ka Pukiro, Vejamuavi Kanguatjivi matja nao tjaziririre kombongarero yotjiwana  okarukondua kukari nayo Oritjavari mOmauezonjanda pomberoo ye  okutara mourunga wovinamwinyo mokarukondua.

The politics of us and them

It is unquestionable that we live in a time where we have unprecedented access to information. This reality brings with it the fact that we as citizens are caught up in a web of information and disinformation. Unfortunately, not all of us are always good at distinguishing between facts and “political spin”. 

Cassinga survivor fights back dark memories

OSHAKATI - Cassinga day is a very emotional day for me, it is a difficult time and once I hear about Cassinga commemorations, I always cry because it is not an easy day for me,” 78-year-old Maria Nantanga from Omuthitugwalwani in Omusati Region, a Cassinga survivor said.

Accountability tracker: Assessing the Transport Infrastructure Development since the 2014 elections

Following the National and Presidential Elections in 2014, the Swapo Party election manifesto was adopted as government policy for the period 2015-2019. Subsequently, Cabinet by its decision No. 44/02.06/003 adopted the said manifesto and directed that all government offices, ministries and agencies, regional and local authority councils as well as State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) should incorporate the manifesto into their strategic and annual plans.

Woman burns her boyfriend to death

WINDHOEK - A dispute over ownership of a shack caused a woman to burn it down, killing her boyfriend who was sleeping inside. It is alleged the suspect, 29, had an ownership dispute over a shack in which they were residing with her boyfriend as lovers. 

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Budget for tertiary education drops

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

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Double murder suspect sticks to his story

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

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NUNW: Proud history, uncertain future

WINDHOEK - Despite the prominent role played by Namibian trade unions in the country’s struggle for independence, and regardless of the fact that the labour movement is still among the strongest of Namibia’s ‘civil society’ organisations, trade

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Youth unemployment on the rise - NSA

WINDHOEK – The 2018 National Labour Force Survey results point to an increased need to address youth unemployment, which is estimated to have increased from 43 percent in 2016 to 46 percent by 2018, while the net effect on the overall unemployment rate is assessed to be generally neutral.

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Thirty years for panga murder

WINDHOEK – Oshakati High Court Judge Herman January last week sentenced a man he convicted of murdering the mother of his two minor children by beheading her with a panga to 30 years direct imprisonment on a count of murder with direct intent read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act.

Chinese bribery appeal falls at first hurdle

WINDHOEK - Two Chinese nationals who admitted in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court that they attempted to bribe a police officer with N$4 000, failed at their attempt to have their conviction and sentence of two years direct imprisonment overturned on Friday in the Windhoek High Court.

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SOEs trapped in N$43 billion debt

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

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Bowling team upbeat ahead of World Qualifier  

WINDHOEK – The unavoidable withdrawal bowls partners Graham Snyman and Will Esterhuizen (jnr) from the men’s national bowls team set to partake in the Atlantic Championships, slated for Wales next month, has obliged national selectors to call the pairing of Will’s old man, Willie Esterhuizen and JP Fouche as successors.

Health Matters 365 with Karin

I’m sure you will agree with me that getting rid of bad habits is not child’s play. A habit cannot be tossed out of the window, neither will it disappear miraculously overnight! Getting rid of bad habits is an “undo-it-yourself” project that needs to be

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Health care providers to be trained on GBV

WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Health and Social Services, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), will train health care providers to effectively assist victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). 

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Windhoek runs for health

WINDHOEK – As part of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s 71st anniversary and World Health Day commemoration, which took place earlier this month, the United Nations community in Namibia and stakeholders in the health sector joined the public in the walk/run for health initiative on Saturday. 

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SK Khoza to party with Namibians

WINDHOEK - Sthembiso ‘SK’ Khoza, a South African television presenter and actor best known for hosting shows such as Mzanzi Ridez and Goal Diggerz, and who also acted as Shaka in The Queen, will be partying with Namibians on May 4 at Cappello. 

Industry Loop: An injury to one is an injury to all!

The whole King Tee Dee/Diamond Platnumz situation that unfolded this week had me in my feels. I don’t know what makes me more mad…the fact that Diamond Platnumz broke an unwritten rule, the fact that black Twitter chose to poke fun at King Tee Dee or the fact that King Tee Dee’s PR team failed to do damage control. 

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D-Naff elevates Namibian gospel

WINDHOEK – Although house, hip-hop and kwaito music predominate the Namibian music industry, gospel sensation D-Naff (real name Naftalie Shigwedha Amukwelele) has kept the genre on another level in terms of deliverance and keeping it in the mainstream.

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Welwitschias face Golden Lions tomorrow

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s second-string rugby side, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, will tomorrow kick off their 2019 SuperSport Rugby Challenge campaign with a crucial clash against visiting South African outfit Xerox Golden Lions at  Windhoek’s Hage Geingob Stadium at 16h00.

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Afcon, Rugby World Cup participation in jeopardy, says Uutoni

WINDHOEK – In his 14-page Budget Motivation speech in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni said the N$286 million allocated to his ministry for the 2019/20 fiscal year will not be sufficient to amply prepare the country’s various national teams for participation at important international events.

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Dr Sam Nujoma Half Marathon next month

WINDHOEK – Local telecommunications giant MTC, in collaboration with Athletics Namibia (AN), yesterday officially launched the 8th edition of the Dr Sam Nujoma Half Marathon – one of Namibia’s most sought-after race on the country’s athletics calendar.

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Records broken at the West Coast MTB Challenge

WINDHOEK – At around 07h30am last Saturday at the coastal town of Swakopmund, the usual seaside mist was absent that morning, leaving a clear path for the riders for the West Coast MTB Challenge as they looked ahead at what was to be a day when records were to be broken.

Mission accomplished, the final  chapter

It’s with great difficulty as yours truly tries by all means to wrestle and hold back tears of joy, ecstasy and above all, a certain measure of massive disappointment, wheel-barrowed by a pinch of bitterness scrolling down my advancing cheeks.

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Omurari werikutjire komunane wawo

OTJOMINGONDO, OTJAUANA- Omurari wOndjivisiro Ombaranga omayuva womasuviro mare wOkambo Konÿiro were okuyekurikutjira komunane wawo Marina MaÞunÿu  nguri otjiuri tjawo pombakero yaina, Vinde Webb  ngwaÞire Oritjatatu ndazuko.

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Female technocrats: Rise or extinction?

This week’s suspension of Namibia Wildlife Resorts NWR)’ managing director Zelna Hengari has once more resuscitated the intense debate on whether women within SOEs and the public sector at large are punished harsher than their male counterparts - even if the offences are of the same nature.

ECN to hire helicopters for elections

WINDHOEK- The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will hire helicopters to be used specifically in Kunene and Zambezi regions during supplementary registration of voters, polling process and voter education due to the geographic nature of these two regions. 

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Who are you to instruct us? NPL tells NC where to get off

WINDHOEK – Following the Fifa/NFA Normalisation Committee’s call for the Namibia Premier League (NPL) to reinstate demoted club Young African FC back into the league with effect until the NFA Appeals Committee has taken a decision on the club’s future, the league has responded to the committee with a big NO!.

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Simon Jnr challenges Indongo

WINDHOEK – With the Namibia junior welterweight title in the bag and a clean record in nine professional fights, Harry Simon Jnr says he is ready to clean up the local welterweight division but before moving on to conquer the global arena, he first wants to take Namibia’s former triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo to the cleaners.

Accused deny hand in mob murder

WINDHOEK - A group of 11 men and women who were arrested for their alleged involvement in a mob justice that resulted in the death of a 27-year-old Congolese refugee last year have denied guilt in Katutura Magistrate’s Court.

Fair competition in electricity supply to be realised soon

WINDHOEK - Cabinet has approved the modified single buyer market model for the electricity supply industry, with effect from September 1 which will allow electricity consumers and independent power producers (IPPs) to transact with each other directly for the supply of electricity to allow for competition and to allow for private sector investment.

Cushy AU jobs beacon for Namibians

WINDHOEK- The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation has pledged to continue lobbying qualified Namibians to fill Namibia’s employment quota at the African Union (AU), which remains unoccupied. 

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Fire victim untreated for years

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

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Omaruru Spar Cycle Challenge this weekend

WINDHOEK – The 18th edition of the Omaruru Spar Cycle Challenge – one of the country’s leading cycling competitions – was officially launched in the capital yesterday. As is customary, the race is slated for the town of Omaruru this weekend and according to chief organiser of the event Berthold Karumendu, a much bigger and better event is expected.

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NFA orders NPL to reinstate Young African

WINDHOEK – The Fifa Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) has ordered the Namibia Premier League (NPL) to reinstate demoted Gobabis-based club Young African back into the league until the NFA Appeals Committee has pronounced itself on the club’s future.

Bullying and intimidation

The world is tough and mean. In a sense it is actually cutthroat, everybody is trying to reach the top or become the best and many will do anything in their power to overcome obstacles in their way, even if those obstacles are fellow people.

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"I am a conqueror"

WINDHOEK- “I am a conqueror because of my persevering nature. I am very resourceful and inventive. I love outdoor activities as well as meeting and talking to people,” Eslien Tsuses the 22-year old Project Manager at I am the key children media introduced herself.  

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‘Graduates with disabilities are doubted’

WINDHOEK –   A visually impaired graduate who specialised in retail marketing management is of the view that people living with disabilities are still considered with much doubt when seeking employment even if they were accorded the same opportunities and training as anyone else.

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Hengari suspended over Sun Karros deal

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

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Johannes wins Two Oceans Half Marathon

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s empress of long distance running Helalia Johannes on Saturday delivered a sterling performance to outclass a strong field of equally prodigious runners to win the 21-km half marathon of the prestigious Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town.

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Namibia opens visa-processing office in Lagos

WINDHOEK – The Namibian High Commission in Nigeria has resolved to open a Namibian Visa Processing desk in Lagos. The initiative is being implemented in partnership with Air Namibia as over 60 percent of travellers to Namibia reside in Lagos and surrounding states.

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New lawyer for American murder accused

WINDHOEK - Marcus Thomas who was refused further legal aid from the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Department after he went through five lawyers since the start of his trial, was thrown a legal lifeline by Legal Aid after they reconsidered their position and instructed Titus Ipumbu to represent him.

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Rastafarians demand legalisation of weed

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

Time to compete, mere participation must fall!!!

So, Namibia will be fully represented in a pair of major August sport gatherings this year following our national senior football and rugby fifteen side the Welwitschias and the Brave Warriors qualification for the Rugby World Cup in Japan and the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt, respectively.

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Anna Mushimba, the paper flower girl

WINDHOEK - Are you having an event that requires flowers? Is there ever an event where flowers are not needed? Anna Mushimba has opened By Invite, a baby company that has been in the flower-making industry for over two years. It is a paper flower-making business.