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‘Gracefully aging’ Hitman out to tame Tagoe

Windhoek – At an advanced 40-years of age and boasting a blossoming career that spans almost over two decades, Namibia’s veteran boxer Paulus “Hitman” Moses remains atop of his game and continues to make world champions and whoever crosses his path look like mere rookies in the business of trading leather.

Desert Jewels succumbs to ruthless Uganda

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s senior netball team, the Desert Jewels, yesterday kicked off their Africa Netball World Cup qualifiers campaign on a gloomy note when they suffered a 72-47 defeat at the hands of the ruthless Ugandan “She-Cranes” as they are popularly known, during their opening match.

Teachers exercise: Patience

There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when one tries to answer the question: how can we raise the standard of our education locally? The main factors, however, remain the teacher and the student.

SADC youth to discuss joblessness, other issues

WINDHOEK - More than 800 young people across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and 200 representatives from different regions in the country will meet for two days in a meeting titled SADC People’s Summit tomorrow and Friday.

Namibian charcoal exports could increase to 200 000 tonnes by 2020

WINDHOEK - Charcoal production is an important activity for managing bush encroachment in Namibia. With an estimated 160 000 tonnes of export volume in 2016, Namibia is currently ranked as the fifth largest exporter of wood charcoal in the world, which also makes it the largest exporter of charcoal in the Southern African region.

Namibia ranked 4th in SADC in terms of financial inclusion

WINDHOEK - The latest results from the Namibia Financial Inclusion Survey (NFIS) indicate that the country’s banking population increased to 67.9 percent in 2017, up from 45 percent in 2011. In addition, the majority of the eligible banking population, 64.7 percent, said they consider Automated Teller Machines the most comfortable banking channel followed by bank branches at just over 58 percent.

Increased truck volumes a menace to road maintenance

WINDHOEK - Given the massive volumes of trucks and their heavy cargoes that utilise the Walvis Bay Corridor between the port of Walvis Bay and Zambia, the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) has reiterated the great importance of the costly maintenance of Namibia’s roads.

AfCFTA: Tweya assures infant industries

WINDHOEK - The Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Tjekero Tweya, has dismissed perceptions by some critics that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), recently ratified by Namibia, will kill the already struggling infant industries in the country.

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Namibia’s Desert Jewels takes on Uganda today

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s senior netball team, the Desert Jewels, will today take to the courts to confront East African nation Uganda for their opening match of the Africa Netball World Cup qualifiers, which officially kicked late yesterday.

Hepatitis ge ǂgui khoena ra tsâǀkhā HIVs xa

ǀAEǁGAMS – Hoa !Hūbaisi ǂUrusib ǂNûiǂgās (WHO) ge ǀhûhâsigu khoena !khâikhom tsî ge mî hepatitis !nāsa khoena HIVs xoxoros hîa AIDSa ra !aromas xa ra tsâǀkhāsa. Hoa !Hūbaisi Hepatitis Tsēsa ǂâiǂâisens hîa kurikorobe 28 ǂKhoesaob dis air a tsēdīhes tawab gere gowaǀîsa mā soab aib ge Dr Petrus Mhatab WHOs dib age mî “nē !gomsib ge HIVs xa a kai ­îb ǂgui khoena ra tsâǀkhā amaga.”

Small croppers encouraged to use government support

WINDHOEK - Small scale producers must make use of the government’s support programmes to increase their cereal and horticulture production to ensure national and household food security, encourages Agriculture, Water and Forestry Deputy Minister, Anna Shiweda.

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Pig farming experts bolster local production

WINDHOEK – To boost local pig production, two South African experts, Duncan Stephenson and Lauren Trusler, will address members of the Pig Producers Association at their annual general meeting (AGM) tomorrow on basic bio-security and the value of a balanced ration.

Rumours of new SA import rules spur industry into action

WINDHOEK – The Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) and the Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO) hastily organised talks with emerging and communal producers as well as government and financial institutions following rumours of border control on the export of weaners which has been under discussion since November 2017.

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Missing links persist in SADC’s energy infrastructure

WINDHOEK - Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) actually produce more electricity than they require at peak demand but because not all member states are connected to the regional electricity grid, this excess energy cannot be shared with member states that do not generate sufficient amounts of energy for their respective populations. When considering SADC’s current peak demand and generation capacity reserve margins, the region is estimated to generate excess capacity of 2 616 MW. In fact, the installed capacity in the region is more than 40 percent of the total installed generation capacity in Africa.

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UAE to host 13th meeting of the Ramsar Convention

WINDHOEK – ‘Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future’ will be the theme for the 13th Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (well-known as the Ramsar Convention) to be held towards the end of this year.

Ruling expected on election for Shambyu chief

WINDHOEK – The Deputy Judge President of the Namibian High Court, Judge Hosea Angula, reserved his judgement in the application by Maria Ukamba Haindaka to interdict and restrain the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, the Shambyu Traditional Authority, Sofia Kanyetu, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and the Council of Traditional Leaders from conducting an election for a new chief.

OPM warns of outdated NEEEF document

WINDHOEK - The New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF) document being circulated on social media is outdated and does not reflect the government position on NEEEF, spokesperson in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Saima Shaanika, has revealed.

NSA to launch Namibia Financial Inclusion Survey today

The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), together with the Bank of Namibia and FinMart, is launching the Namibia Financial Inclusion Survey today at the Namibia Institute for Public Administration and Management (NIPAM). This is a survey of how individuals generate their income and how they manage their financial lives. It also includes individuals’ engagement with the financial services sector as a whole. The financial sector in this sense includes both formal and informal products and services. The Financial Inclusion Survey also provides insight into attitudes and perceptions regarding money management, financial products and services, as well as information regarding demographics and overall lifestyles.

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Enjoy a host of free benefits by joining the Inner Circle

WINDHOEK - Standard Bank has relaunched its Prestige Account, which is uniquely tailored to meet the banking and lifestyle needs of young professionals. For only N$199 per month, Prestige clients receive a wide range of services, offered in a reliable, time efficient and convenient fashion, allowing them to bank anytime, anywhere, with no long waiting periods or long queues to delay them.

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SADC bemoans lack of financing for crucial infrastructure

WINDHOEK - An overarching theme at yesterday’s Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat briefing on infrastructure and services, which included an overview of regional renewable energy ventures, was the stagnation of crucial projects in the region, most of which require additional and alternative sources of funding.

African Vocals supported by Elemotho to fundraise

WINDHOEK  - African Vocals, an Acappella band from Mondesa, Swakopmund, will be fundraising in the Namib Primary School hall in Swakopmund, on September, supported by Elemotho. Funds shall be raised for the third Germany tour the group is planning for May 2019, after tours to Germany in 2014 and 2017. Tickets are for N$80 and will be available from August 6. Contact 0814217546 for tickets.

Fighting non-communicable diseases require political will

WINDHOEK - Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the response to non-communicable diseases calls for development and implementation of policies and laws that address the risk factors. It also calls for strengthening of the health system to be able to offer patient-centered services across the spectrum of prevention, early detection, treatment and palliative care, added the Prime Minister.

Pockets of food insecurity exist in SADC

WINDHOEK - The Director of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources at the SADC Secretariat Domingos Gove said the food security situation in the region is good, but situations of food insecurity may occur in more vulnerable communities such as DRC, Lesotho, south Malawi, south and central Mozambique, Namibia, south Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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SADC must ensure justice for people with albinism

WINDHOEK - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) must put pressure on member states to strengthen criminal justice systems to protect people with albinism across the sub-region, Amnesty International said on Friday, ahead of the regional bloc’s Heads of State summit in Windhoek.

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NDTC invests N$700 000 in Olafika SME Mentorship Programme

WINDHOEK - The Olafika SME Development Mentorship Programme is a promising program that seeks to take Namibia entrepreneurs from across the country’s 14 regions on a journey from rough to polished gems. This is the analogy of the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC), as a local company with a global reach, that...

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NSFAF re-integration drive reaches extensive consultations

WINDHOEK - The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) board of directors that has been tasked to oversee the process of re-integrating the fund back into the ministry of higher education is expected to soon provide a report after consultations with key stakeholders on the progress are made.

SADC condemns loss of lives in Zimbabwe elections

WINDHOEK - The SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation has condemned the killing of six people in Harare, Zimbabwe, as soldiers and police fought running battles with hundreds of opposition supporters disputing victory of the ruling ZANU PF party and its presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Up close and personal with flying winger, John Hans

The football-obsessed institution popularly known as Dobra (St Joseph’s Secondary School) has without a shadow of doubt produced the finest footballers that graced football pitches across the length and width of then South West Africa (SWA) now Namibia, back in the day.

PowerCom continues support to ICT Summit

WINDHOEK - Namibia’s only tower infrastructure provider, PowerCom, has provided further sponsorship for the ICT Summit in Namibia with a financial contribution of N$50 000 for a two-year period, which has increased their total contribution since 2016 to N$150 000. PowerCom joins other corporates in partnering with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in sponsoring the event which is scheduled for October.

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Reform needed for a sustainable electricity distribution sector - Alweendo

WINDHOEK– Despite Namibia being in the process of becoming more self-sufficient in terms of electricity production, the country is still overly reliant on sourcing power from neighbouring countries as it still imports approximately 60 percent of its electricity requirements. Due to this factor, the country has to identify new means to generate more electricity locally and to make it more accessible in the country where electricity-wise less than 50 percent of the population is connected. This is according to Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo, who shared these sentiments while addressing the 2018 Electricity Supply Industry Forum, which took place in Walvis Bay yesterday, under the theme ‘Building a Sustainable Future’.

Pension funds to meet to discuss economic growth

WINDHOEK-MNCapital Group, an international investment advisory and institutional business development firm, in association with Africonomie UK, a UK-based investment advisory and communication firm, have confirmed that various pension funds and several international and local leading institutions will gather in Windhoek on August 22 and 23 to discuss Namibia’s economic growth through pension fund investments. African pension funds are estimated to be holding US$334 billion in assets and 90 percent of these assets are held in only four countries of which Namibia is one.

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Katjavivi responds to the Open Letter by Dr Shejavali

Dr Abisai Shejavali wrote an Open Letter to me as the Speaker of the National Assembly. This letter was published in the New Era newspaper of 27 July 2018. It covered a broad array of issues, several of which do not necessarily fall under the mandate of Parliament. I now hereby take the opportunity to reply to my good friend’s Open Letter, by identifying the key issues he raised as follows.

Obey thy teacher’s commandments

I have never quite understood why rich kids often talk back to teachers. I mean, for us who grew up in the hood - a teacher’s wish was your command! You asked no questions, offered no comments - you just got your lazy behind up and do whatever the heck he/she asked you to. That is, of course, if you knew what’s good for you.

Outlook on contested realisation of development in Namibia

From the outset, one has to understand what this means multifaceted, difficult and contested word, ‘development’. The Society for International Development defines development as a process that creates growth, progress, and positive change to the physical, economic, environmental, and social life of citizens. The purpose of development is a rise in the level and quality of life of the people, employment opportunities without damaging the resources of the environment.

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The issue of ancestral land – can it be discussed at land conference?

The highly controversial, contentious and sensitive issue, which might divide the Namibian people, is the issue of the land taken from those who were forced to withdraw from the lands on which they pastured their animals to let the colonialists take over and pasture their animals on those lands. Between 1893 and 1903 the Germans went on a rampage of expropriating land and animals from specific groups of people. This process became even worse when German colonial forces decided to exterminate the Ovaherero and Nama people during 1904-1908. The South African regime, which took over the country from the Germans, continued with the land expropriation of some of the groups of this country, and victims of this land expropriation are known and they were the people who owned the land in the South and Central parts of the country. The descendants of those people are the ones who are demanding restoration of ancestral land rights today.

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Discipline nurture Stabilisation

Socrates have proclaimed that discipline is the highest level of education that can be attained by an educated human being. Yet, still, discipline can still be held in exception of education background. Many times, we have come across with sentiments about discipline, issues about discipline as well as conducts about discipline. From my point of view, I define discipline as an art of adhering and honouring the defined and established norms (law) and customs of a particular culture for a certain society, nation, community, institution and so forth.

Innovation needed to create jobs

There is doubt Namibia is under siege from economic stagnation and consequently the resultant high unemployment being compounded by massive retrenchments in mining, retail, fishing and other key pillars of its fragile economy. Also, thousands of university graduates and even unskilled school leavers scramble for the few job opportunities whenever such opportunities arise.

Imagine doing eWallet through Bank Windhoek’s ATMs

WINDHOEK – Imagine receiving an eWallet of N$500 from a friend and instead of taking a taxi to the nearest FNB ATM machine, you simply use the Bank Windhoek ATM not far from where you are standing waiting for a taxi when that SMS notification beeped on your cellphone. Just close your eyes for a moment, and visualise if you will, the flood of relief and joy of convenience that would jolt through you were that a real option.

Court reinstitutes bail of stock theft suspects

WINDHOEK - Two judges of the Windhoek High Court reinstituted bail of three suspected stock thieves after a magistrate at the small town of Karibib cancelled it after she recused herself from the case because she received a personal letter from one of the defence lawyers.

DNA of deceased covered murder weapon - expert

WINDHOEK - DNA expert, Maryn Swart, yesterday revealed to Judge Naomi Shivute in the Windhoek Court the DNA she found on the knife that ended the life of Getrud Vaanda Tjihuiko was predominantly hers with the accused in the matter, Elvis Mieze, 44 contributing only a minimal portion.

Frenzied knife murder trial postponed to April

WINDHOEK - The trial of Rodney Ricardo Rooi accused of murdering his 19-year-old girlfriend and mother of his child, Brigitta Smith, by stabbing her seven times in the chest for refusing to spend the night with him was postponed to April next year by the Windhoek High Court.

Windhoek eye clinic set to reopen

WINDHOEK - One week after the state eye clinic at Windhoek Central Hospital closed due to lack of medicine and funds, the Ministry of Health and Social Services yesterday announced its operations would resume at the end of this month.

Star of the Week is Libolly Haufiku

Our Star of the Week is Libolly Haufiku, the owner of Ombaye Fishing, who on Monday, responded to the call of the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku who appealed to Good Samaritans to save the eye clinic at the Windhoek Central Hospital that had run out of funds and was on the verge of closure. Haufiku donated N$100 000 to save the eye clinic that last week due to the lack of medicine and funds was forced to close temporarily.

Windhoek car cleaners cry foul

WINDHOEK - Individuals involved in the business of cleaning vehicles in the capital have accused the City of Windhoek of trying to steal from them by restricting water usage for car washes.

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SADC should strive for peaceful resolutions

WINDHOEK - The Permanent Secretary of International Relations and Cooperation Selma Ashipala-Musavyi who yesterday took over as SADC chairperson of the Standing Committee of Senior Officials says the organ should find lasting solutions to ensure that peace and security prevails in the region. Ashipala-Musavyi took over the chairperson of the responsibility from South African outgoing chair Sandile Schalk.

Court returns lodge to its rightful owners

WINDHOEK - The Windhoek High Court returned the occupancy rights of the Purros Community Campsite and Bush Lodge to the Purros Conservancy Committee after the latter successfully lodged an urgent application to restore their undisturbed and peaceful possession of the premises situated at Purros village.

China overtakes South Africa as Namibia’s biggest export market

WINDHOEK - South Africa has been overtaken by the world’s second largest economy, China, as Namibia’s single biggest export market. This is according to the Namiåbia Statistics Agency (NSA) trade statistics for the first quarter of 2018 which indicated that Namibian exports to China grew by an astounding 779 percent compared to the previous quarter, while exports to neighbouring South Africa only increased by a meagre 2 percent.

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One-on-one with economic analyst, Claudia Boamah

WINDHOEK - In the small fraternity of economic analysts, Claudia Boamah is making waves in this traditionally male-dominated profession, with her economic forecasts and proposals on economic policy attracting attention from the highest echelons. During a recent investment summit in the capital, Boamah suggested that if Namibians are indeed forward thinkers, then we need to know what the potential of any economic sector is and conduct the necessary research to establish a lifespan of that industry. With this proposal, Boamah suggested that the country adopt a forward-thinking mentality, not just in terms of goals but also in terms of preparations that need to be completed in the processes of achieving long-term objectives.

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Luxurious additions made to Toyota C-HR

WINDHOEK– The Toyota C-HR, which entered the global motoring market in late 2016 and which was locally launched in early 2017, has introduced an all-new range topping model for 2018. The new Luxury grade model offers more in the way of style, comfort, convenience and safety specification. The addition of the new aptly-named Luxury grade model, brings the C-HR’s derivative tally to four, namely the Standard, Plus, Plus CVT and Luxury models.

MET responds to NTB staff grievances

WINDHOEK - The Ministry of Environment and Tourism says some of the demands made by the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) staff, during a peaceful demonstration earlier last month are incomprehensible, as some may require money and this can only be done as and when the funds are available.

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SADC urged to strive for peace

WINDHOEK - The International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), in collaboration with the National Youth Council of Namibia and the Namibia Youth Development Organisation, are spearheading the “We Are One” intergenerational dialogue.

Murder accused says fatal shooting was accidental

WINDHOEK - A former senior police officer of the Namibian Police Force, accused of shooting to death a teenager, yesterday claimed the fatal shot he fired happened during a struggle for the gun. He said this when he testified in his own defence in the Windhoek High Court at the Windhoek Prison Facility before Judge Dinah Usiku.

Wife testifies in husband’s murder trial

WINDHOEK - The wife of a man accused of beating a woman to death in Windhoek’s Otjomuise location testified in her husband’s defence yesterday in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Alfred Siboleka. Margaret Gawaxab confirmed what Elwen Gawaxab has been saying through his privately funded lawyer, Mbanga Siyomunji, that he had on his work clothes, a green trouser and shirt when he left their house the previous evening and that he still had the same clothes on when he arrived home early the next morning, contrary to the evidence of State witnesses that he had put on blue jeans and a white shirt.

Missing docket halts murder case

WINDHOEK – The Katutura Magistrate’s Court could not proceed with the murder case of a 20-year-old woman on trial for allegedly killing her pensioner lover in February. The hearing failed to take place because the docket was not available.

Junior Baiano continues to diversify services

WINDHOEK – Junior Baiano Industrial Consultants, a company which started operating in 2011, is making major waves in the construction, mining and logistics industries. Recently, the 100 percent Namibian company has diversified its interests even more with the launching of a brand-new clothing line.

Angling passion results in Angler’s Kiosk

WINDHOEK – The angling industry at the coast continues to gain popularity as more individuals fish for sporting purposes. With her experience, Jana Kruger, grasped the opportunity to cater to the needs of customers within the industry and is focused on making it a success despite the challenging economic times.

Author reads DHPS learners true stories

WINDHOEK - Life tells the best stories - and the stories author Hanna Schott told her young audience of Grades 1-4 learners at the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) in Windhoek recently were indeed as colourful and varied as life itself.

NUST Students to showcase talents

WINDHOEK - The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) on Monday launched its third fashion show that again see student designers showcasing their best garments and other accessories under the theme, Futuristic Afro.

ILO advises Shoprite to engage govt

WINDHOEK – The director-general of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder, has advised Shoprite Checkers group to engage the local trade union and the government to find a satisfactory solution to the aftermath of the lawsuit instituted by the company against its employees following their strike in 2015.

UNFPA, NCRST to innovatively reach young people

WINDHOEK – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Namibia and the Namibia National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding in the areas of innovation targeting young people.

Shoprite shareholder GIPF supports sued workers

WINDHOEK – The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF), one of the largest Namibian beneficiary shareholders in Shoprite Holdings, has spoken out against the ill treatment of workers and indecent wages at Shoprite, as well as its support for the calls for Shoprite to drop the lawsuit against its workers.