• July 16th, 2020

Khomas

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Para-athletes have nowhere to train

A local club for para-athletes has been left without training ground after their venue was given up by the authorities to house the homeless as part of government efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Covid claims road races

Three of the most prominent marathon races: the Spar national 10km, Navachab half marathon and the Erongo Powersave Street Mile have all been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Desert Air’s first bursary student awarded

Desert Air, a flight charter company operating from Windhoek, recently awarded their first bursary beneficiary, Melkesedek Hamukoto with a certificate for qualifying as a pilot, passing his Private Pilot Licence (PPL) examination.

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DBN suspends three more staff members 

The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) this week suspended an additional three employees, bringing the total to seven suspended staff as a result of its investigation into alleged misconduct in allocating finance, which was announced at the end of April 2020.

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All will be  well with pension funds 

Following concerns expressed by the public about the state of pension funds, pension fund expert Marthinuz Fabianus, Managing Director of Retirement Fund Solutions (RFS) and a trustee of Benchmark Retirement Fund, has reassured the public about the health of pension funds under their administration. 

Former lawyer requests access to rape docket

Former magistrate turned rape accused Jaco Kennedy has lodged yet another application in the Windhoek High Court – this time, for an itemised description of each document in the original case docket, an itemised description of any document in the original case docket to which he is denied access if any, and a statement under oath, disclosing the basis upon which access is denied.

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Uusiku hands over district reigns

OMUTHIYA–The former district coordinator Katrina Uusiku, who lost in a shock, disputed elective district conference a fortnight ago as Swapo coordinator for Omuthiya, officially handed over the keys and reign of power to Illia Nghipundjwa who won by 57 votes to 35.

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Sewage overflow shuts down school

NKURENKURU - The Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) and the Namibia National Student Organisation (Nanso) on Monday morning forced the closure of the Leevi Hakusembe Senior Secondary School in Kavango West region, sending grade 11 and 12 learners and teachers home. 

MPs rally for credible polls

With regular elections now a given role in SADC region, a call was made for the region’s parliamentarians to work towards ensuring the efficacy and integrity of national elections, rather than their regularity.

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Rundu babies, mothers endure cold in ward

RUNDU – Women in labour and those with new-borns in the maternity ward of the Rundu intermediate hospital are shivering from the current spell of cold weather due to the lack of space on the mattresses sprawled in the corridors they sleep.

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Cricket Namibia launches over 40s league

Cricket Namibia (CN) recently launched the over 40s league, aimed at accommodating cricketers above the ages of 40. According to a statement, the over 40s league will accommodate players aged 40 years and older to keep playing the game

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Geingob condoles Mandela family

President Hage Geingob yesterday expressed condolences to his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa following the passing of Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South African anti-apartheid icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

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Opposition tear into Swapo over Fishrot… question ruling party’s commitment to tackle corruption

Opposition parties yesterday accused the ruling party of lacking political will to tackle corruption at the highest level. Leaders of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo), the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) and Landless People’s Movement (LPM) yesterday spoke out against corruption, following President Hage Geingob’s announcement on Sunday that the party has not received any cent from Fishrot for its political campaigns. 

PDM to field energetic candidates

The country’s official opposition, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani exhorted the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) members to nominate competent and selfless energetic leaders to represent the party in the upcoming regional and local authority elections.

Nossobville community finally gets land

The office of the Kalahari constituency in the Omaheke region last week donated 500 bags of cement and a 10 000-litre water tank to the Nossobville Development Committee, which has succeeded in getting unserviced land for at least 250 households.

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Khomas entrepreneurs assisted with equipment

Khomas governor Laura Mcleod-Katjirua recently handed over equipment and material worth N$700 000 as part of the development programme dedicated to small-scale entrepreneurs or for the self-employed to participate in local economic activities and to also create employment in the region.

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More details emerge in Fishrot case

Marén de Klerk, one of the lawyers whose law firm’s account was allegedly used to launder money from State-owned National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) has provided the Anti-Corruption Commission of Namibia (ACC) with an affidavit that he was involved in a conspiracy.

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Ex-health minister thrives in farming

OTAVI – Former minister of health Dr Richard Kamwi is a man of multiple tasks. After the health portfolio, Kamwi currently serves on the steering committee for the African task force on Covid-19; he serves as ambassador for Malaria Elimination 8 (E8), constituting four mainland countries, namely: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).

Governors reminded about duties

President Hage Geingob has reminded governors that their duty in the regions is to defend government programmes but not to act as “petitioners” who are there to complain about what the central government has done or not done.

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Nudo bans leader for ‘campaigning’ for Itula

National Unity Democratic Organisation’s (Nudo) party has banned its veteran leader Vetaruhe Kandorozu from actively participating or contesting for any leadership positions within the party for two years, after he was found guilty of having de-campaigned his party during last year’s elections.

462 San homesteads receive food from NORED

RUNDU – Northern electricity distributor NORED, as part of its corporate social responsibility programme, bought a consignment of 800 food relief parcels at a cost of N$235 000, which is being distributed to marginalised communities in eight regions across the regions of operations.

NUNW urges Speaker to be firm

The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) last Thursday apportioned blame on Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi on how he handled the issue of the founding president, Sam Nujoma, who was called a ‘thug and liar’ in parliament.

Crew allowed to be quarantined on ships

WALVIS BAY – Erongo health director Anna Jonas says they will allow the fishing sector to quarantine foreign crew on vessels, as long as they receive prior approval from the relevant authorities and is tested for Covid.

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Josob denounces threats against LPM leaders

KEETMANSHOOP - Landless People’s Movement (LPM) Petrus Josob, said the party’s //Kharas regional political action committee has in the strongest term denounced and condemned what he termed as deplorable threats uttered against the leadership of the party including Bernadus Swartbooi.

Govt faces legal action over leave days

The Association of Regional Councils in Namibia (ARC) wants its members to give it power of attorney to act on their behalf to obtain the necessary legal representation to take government to court over outstanding leave days gratuity.

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Mupokola uketiwa induna silalo

Katengo ka babanca ka Mafwe, ili mutayi wa Khuta ya Chinchimane ya Mulena George Simasiku Mamili, neka fitisize manzwi akona ku Masule Mutau, kasamulaho akuketiwa silalo induna wa Maunga-Malihela.

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I beat depression – Roux-Che Locke

The best advice she can give anyone is to always run their race at their own pace, adding people should not be afraid to wander off the beaten track and to follow their instincts as they navigate their way through this show called life.

Knock-Out project hailed

Fresh FM radio personality Denzel Leroy //Naobeb, also known as NSK said the latest knock-out project by MTC is the kind of assignment he is ecstatic to be part of as it is tangible and warms his heart because it is addressing the issue of homelessness in the country.

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M-GEE holds ‘Black Lives Matter’ demo

RUNDU – Rundu-based local artist Thomas Lucas, also known as M-GEE, along with other fellow youth in pursuit of relevance recently held a peaceful solidarity demonstration to join the world on the ongoing demonstration of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign.

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DJ Oros turns up the heat

A local chef, DJ and radio personality, Lucas Ashipala (28), professionally known as DJ Oros has told Entertainment Now! that he strongly believes the franchising of international food outlets in Namibia is a total rip off.

Nearly 6 000 out of jobs

For the past three months nearly 400 local companies have given notice of their intention to retrench a total of 5 748 workers, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt economies across the world. 

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Tribute to a fallen hero and educationist

On 27 June 2020, I had the privilege and honour to attend the burial of my former principal and mentor, one of the illustrious and iconic sons of Namibia, Alfons Mono Dikuua, from the formidable Hambukushu Royal Family. In this tribute, I start my writing with the following expression, wherever he finds himself right now:

Editorial - Voters deserve better

Electing service-driven candidates for the forthcoming regional council and local authority polls is essential because these elections are far-reaching as they broaden the level of our well-grounded democratic norms and ideals.

Last miners down tools at Tschudi mine

TSUMEB – A last stake of employees at B&E International Namibia North, a company contracted by Weatherly Mining, who were producing copper at the Tschudi Mine, downed tools this week following a severance pay dispute. 

Ondjira okomurungu okurwisa omarunga wovinamwinyo

Otjomuise- Kombundo’ mieze vivari no ma yuva yetatu ndinondi otjiuru tjo porise ya  Namibia, Omukondonenene Ongenera Sebastian Ndeitunga,  okuza no ku karyangera ovaÞuta va Pukiro mena rongendo yo u runga wo vi namwinyo, owo nai mbu tjiheri ko u runga nu ngwari mbwarira okupunda,  kapena otji¿a na tjimwe tjatjitwa.

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My candid view - Covid-19: Onus is now on athletes to play it safe

The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) recently announced measures and guidelines that will apply to all sport codes under stage 4 of the government’s Covid-19 emergency response program, and the NSC’s pronouncement was quite crystal clear that the hosting of all planned sport events should, at all times, be done under the strict health protocols and within the confines of the prescribed Covid-19 guidelines.

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Questions over Psemas tender

Local medical aid administrator Prosperity Health remains optimistic that objections raised regarding the tender to administer the government medical aid would be rectified in the near future as it is in the interest of the nation. 

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Covid-19: MPs brace for the long haul

Covid-19 is a global public health challenge but in Africa, the malady has metamorphosed into an “economic pandemic”, requiring bold and innovative parliamentary responses, SADC Members of Parliament have been told.

Hosea Kutako airport gears up for stage 4

The Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) is readying for its restart plan under the heading “Resumption of Activities” to ensure the airport is prepared upon the resumption of international flights as borders are gradually reopening under the provisions of the State of the Emergency Regulations on Covid-19.

BW empowers Van Wyk’s community change dreams

Xenophone van Wyk recently won N$30 000 towards his efforts in Tsumeb’s informal settlement of Kuvukiland, through the Bank Windhoek #JourneyingTogether social media campaign. He was the third winner of the competition, which concluded in May 2020.  

Nombunga mpatanesi kuna kurwanesa SWAPO

Nombunga politika dakara asi mpombongarero zanavenye kuna lipakerere omu dina kutjilisa  mbunga zaSWAPO asi tavazi kompanguro morwa mavango nye aga gakara gonokomitiyee omu mbunga zaSWAPO vana hara kugusa mavango nagenye vakare vanasipundi novanasipundi gona morwa ngesi awo kuna kuoma asi kapi yina wapa omu vana litumbura velike.

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Football icon 'Celle' dies

Journalist Carlos Kambaekwa, reflects on the amazing football journey of former Chief Santos and South West Africa (SWA) sharpshooter Sagarias Auchumeb, better known as Celle in football circles.

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Imms talks MTC sponsorship snub

Namibia’s fast rising boxing trainer-cum-promoter Imms Moses says he has no hard feelings with his promotion not benefiting from the recent N$67.8 million sponsorship from MTC to the sport, arts and fashions sectors.

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Opposition gang up on Swapo

Opposition parties in the National Assembly have threatened court action against Swapo over the composition of parliamentary committees after parliamentarians failed to agree on the nomination of members. 

//Kharas schools safely reopen

In light of a government directive allowing learners from pre-primary to grade 3 to resume classes yesterday, New Era visited some schools in Keetmanshoop to establish their preparedness for the face-to-face learning amid the seismic pandemic.

Shipanga described as ‘source of wisdom’

Popular Democratic Movement leader McHenry Venaani has described the late educationist Martin Shipanga’s dedication and commitment to drive a generation of black people out of the “doldrums of hopelessness” as noteworthy to become a standing leader in society.

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War vets, chiefs roundly condemn Swartbooi

An association of struggle veterans and Council of Traditional Leaders have added their voices to the chorus of growing condemnation by Namibians shocked by the behaviour of Landless People’s Movement (LPM) party leader Bernadus Swartbooi who recently called the Founding President Sam Nujoma a “thug and liar”.

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Blueberry harvest in full swing

MASHARE - Mashare irrigation project, which is being run by a local company, Konigstein Capital, on Friday started harvesting blueberries at the N$90 million plantation in the Kavango East region.

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Hangana Hake Run & Ride cancelled

WALVIS BAY – The 2020 edition of the Hangana Hake Run & Ride, which is held annually at the coastal town of Walvis Bay, has been called off due to the ongoing spike in positive Covid-19 cases recorded at the coast.

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Esau, son-in-law in bail bid 

Former fisheries minister Bernhard Esau and his son-in-law Tamson Hatuikulipi, who were both arrested in November last year for alleged corruption, have approached the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court for bail consideration.

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Law firm loses lawsuit over N$3.1 million 

An attempt by law firm Shikongo Law Chambers to claim N$3.1 million from a Chinese construction company in legal fees allegedly accrued during a court challenge of the cancelled N$7 billion Hosea Kutako International Airport tender was shot down by the High Court last week.

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Minister on warpath over audit

Defence minister Peter Vilho shot back at the auditor general’s office, describing the institution’s staff as a “sabre-toothed tigers” who are in the habit of instilling fear in the lives of executive directors with threats of adverse opinions and subpoena.

PDM bashes councillor accused of assault 

RUNDU - The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has condemned in the strongest terms the “criminal acts” of Rundu Rural constituency councillor who was last week granted bail in the local court after allegedly assaulting a pensioner. 

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Leather Mein premiers Bestie video

The much ado about nothing wedding of Leather Mein and Sally Boss Madam that sparked social media buzz had attendees cracking ribs with joy and excitement as the duo premiered their song ‘Bestie’s’ music video at Ster Kinekor, Grove Mall over the weekend.

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Tswazis live music show to go countrywide

Tswazis, which hosted their winter bash in the capital to a captivating audience, informed Entertainment Now! that they are planning on being inclusive and with time spread out to the rest of the country, starting with Okahandja at a date to be announced.

Limembala za Swapo kwa Kongola lisabisa kuipangula

Kongola – Limembala zeñwi za kopano ya Swapo mwa silalanda sa Kongola, kuzwelela kwa mitayi yelishumi kayemine mwasilalanda sa Kongola, mwasikiliti sa Zambezi basabisa kuli bakaipangula hakutaha kwa liketisa za milonga ni likiliti zesataha silimo se, bakeñisa kuli kopano ipalezwi kutatulula misunga yezwelapili mwasilalanda.

MTC brings hope to art industry

MTC generously announced an investment figure totalling N$13. 2 million to be ploughed into the entertainment industry, comprising the Windhoek Fashion Week (N$3.6 million) and the 081Every1 Music Fest (N$9.6 million) for the next three years.

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Swapo vetting rejects Itula ally

OMUTHIYA - A former regional councillor in the Oshikoto region, who was nominated to contest for the district coordinator position, has failed the vetting test for supporting Dr Panduleni Itula’s presidential candidacy last year. 

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Dog braai triggers blaze

According to Johannes Hausholo, tasked with roasting the dog, a strong wind blew over the fire as they were busy barbecuing the animal and the next thing they saw was a clump of grass burning and before they could do anything the blaze had spread all over.

LPM MPs claim they were provoked

Landless People’s Movement (LPM) parliamentarians yesterday claimed provocation by Swapo members in the National Assembly, asserting that ruling party MPs were allowed to call opposition leaders derogatory names without any injunction from the presiding officer. 

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Family of late struggle veteran lives in tent

The family of the late liberation struggle veteran, Paulus Mutiramo Muyamba, has been forced to live in a tent after authorities seemingly snubbed their request to renovate the roof of the house that was blown off by a strong gust of wind last October at Ndiyona settlement in Kavango East region.

Letter - An unsung peril: Tax evasion

In many countries including Namibia, the central role of government in the developmental and economic sphere is building infrastructure and establishing a suitable regulatory framework for economic activities to take place in a safe and predictable environment.

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My candid view - Gratias tibi MTC!

If you go to prison right now and approach a group of 100 inmates and ask how many of them actively participated in any sort of sporting or leisure event before coming to jail, I can assure you that the statistics from their response will shock you.

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Speaker throws down the gauntlet

Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi yesterday castigated and issued a verbal warning to Landless People’s Movement (LPM) leader Bernadus Swartbooi and his deputy Henny Seibeb over their “unbecoming” conduct in the August House this week.

Kavango regions record nearly 7 000 malaria cases 

While the country is in the throes of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, cases of malaria caused by mosquitos are on the increase in the two Kavango regions, where the disease claimed 14 lives since January until last week on Wednesday, confirmed the chief medical officer.

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Villagers outraged over illegal fencing

Residents of Siraro village of Mpungu constituency in Kavango West have written a petition focusing on the transgressions of a man who has lived at that village for four years but had to be evicted for grabbing communal land on several occasions.

Levi gets 23 years for murder

Retribution and deterrence require that a court in sentencing take into account the pain and suffering caused by the commission of an offence to the injured party and the affected members of the community, over and above the public in general.

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10 000 tippy taps for informal settlers

Rundu informal settlement households will each get a tippy tap from the UNDP-funded program being implemented by a non-profit organisation called Development Workshop Namibia (DW), which will be donating 10 000 tippy taps to promote hygiene through handwashing.

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Ameliorating education of young Namibians

A young educationist has taken it upon herself to be at the forefront of creating a platform, with the assistance of her family to offer lessons to students as she feels not all of them have the privilege of having a strong support system that would motivate them to study hard and do their best.

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15-year-old in humanitarian action

15-year-old Naftali Malakia’s dream of becoming a humanitarian has materialised, as he spends the lockdown period assisting people who are sick in his community and helping his peers with their school work.

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Journalists’ voices on covering Covid-19

Namibia’s media spectrum is not that big but it is impactful. Behind the news published daily, are front-runners who have dedicated their time, effort and commitment to the profession to bring you, the listeners, readers and viewers news related to Covid-19 through their respective media houses.

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Oshikoto roads to cost RA N$1.4 billion

Roads Authority (RA) intends to spend N$1.4 billion in Oshikoto region as a remedial financial measure to upgrade poor road infrastructure in the region, with a larger chunk of the sum to upgrade the B1 freeway from Omuthiya to Oshakati to a dual carriageway. 

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Preacher Babi appears on bribery charges

Self-proclaimed prophet Jackson Babi and his co-accused Ananias Ananias, who were initially arraigned on charges of being in possession of rhino horns, appeared on a separate charge in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court for offering a N$13 000 bribe to investigation officers last Friday. 

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Making hay while the sun shines

Following consecutive debilitating droughts that devastated the crop and livestock sectors the recent rainy season has brought much relief to both commercial and communal farmers who have now recorded bumper harvests. 

Main central dams have enough water – NamWater

The three dams that supply water to the central areas have enough water to last for the next two years, NamWater chief executive officer Abraham Nehemia has assured the nation in light of a previous series of dry spells that depleted the country’s main supply dams.   

Poor roads hamper rural development - Ndevashiya

The lack of proper road networks in Ohangwena region, especially in remote areas, remains a hindrance to development in rural areas but the non-existence of roads also affects the movement of residents in those areas, lamented Ohangwena Governor Walde Ndevashiya.

Reconciliation debate stirs emotions

The recognition of Chief Hosea Kutako by naming the country’s international airport after him and placing Chief Hendrik Witbooi’s face on the monetary unit are symbolic and don’t relieve the suffering and historic poverty entrapment of their communities that have still not structurally been addressed.

Gobabis demarcates stadium for trucks

In light of a directive from the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development to local authorities, the Gobabis Municipality resolved to prohibit long-distance trucks to park or overnight in town with effect from 3 July 2020, stated the CEO of the Gobabis Municipality, Ignatius Thudinyane.

Swapo members in Kongola threaten revolt

Some Swapo members from the party’s 14 branches in Kongola district in the Zambezi region are threatening to revolt against the party come the local and regional elections slated for later this year for its alleged failure to resolve long-standing internal disputes.

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Snareworx educates on music literacy

Music education appears to be an unpopular topic in the Namibian music scene and it might have become gradually hard to access in most local schools, that is the reason why Snareworx Music Academy took up the decision to educate people of all ages about the literacy of music.

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DJs struggle during pandemic

You hear them at events, they play your favourite tracks and sometimes you get overexcited when they pump your jams after one another and at other times you want them off stage because they are not fulfilling your musical needs. 

PDM members square off in court

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has defended the Electoral Commission of Namibia’s decision to amend its party list of officials that were sworn in as members of the National Assembly in March this year. 

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Speaker honours late parliamentarian

Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi has described the late parliamentarian Clara //Gowases as a selfless individual whose commitment to parliamentary work has contributed immensely to the progress of the legislature.