• October 20th, 2020

Khomas

Etoshas ǂhuwib ge a !khō!nomsa

Ministeris ǂNamipeb tsî !narisarimas dis ge ǁawosasiba ge mā, ai!â ge ǂoa wekheb ai ge hâ i ǀaeǂhuwib, Etosha !Hū!nāsi ǀGuru!hanab !khawagas ǀkhāb aib, mûsen-i gere khami îbe ǀgaisa ǂkhôaba ūhâ tama ge hâ isa. 

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Agriculture conference zooms in on sector

Various players in the agriculture sector will today convene in Windhoek for a large-scale agriculture conference aimed at creating a platform for the exchange of ideas on how to maximize the potential of the agricultural sector.

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On the spot - Embracing change with Llewellyn le Hané

Information and communication technology (ICT) around the world are continuing to evolve at a speed that seems to be increasing exponentially and this evolution is more evident now that many companies have realised, after the Covid-19 lockdowns, that more and more employees can efficiently work from home.

Programme for SME rescue and recovery support

The Namibian private sector, specifically small medium enterprises (SME), is eligible to receive targeted support to cushion the economic impact on business losses by pitching for recovery grant scheme through the German development agency, GIZ.

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Oshana offers support to rural farmers

Oshana governor Elia Irimari says although youth unemployment is a national problem, the regional council on its part continues to implement rural development programmes to help create employment opportunities for young people.

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Church blames alcohol for gender violence

The restrictions around the sale of alcohol, which were imposed during the Covid-19 state of emergency, should be adopted in order to fight sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the country, the Coalition of Churches and Organisations on Ethical Social Justice said yesterday.

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Omundudu learners return to school

More than 500 learners at Omundudu Combined School, who were withdrawn by their unhappy parents pending investigations and a hearing into the alleged misconduct involving two senior staff, have since returned to school. 

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Amupanda promises housing for cops

Affirmative Repositioning (AR) activist-in-chief Job Amupanda has promised to initiate a housing programme for police officers if elected as councillor and subsequently as Windhoek mayor in next month’s local authority elections. 

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Shilongo scores for Ismaily as Hotto makes Pirates debut

It was a weekend of high returns for Namibian footballers plying their trade beyond the country’s borders, with striker Benson Shilongo helping Egyptian Premiership club Ismaily to an emphatic victory, while winger-cum-midfielder Deon Hotto got his first competitive run for South African giants Orlando Pirates.

Bukamuso bwa siano

WINDOKO – Mabulatwi mwalitaba zasiano kiakuli, Beatrice Masilingi hana feela kuba inge Frank Fredricks, kono ubalwa kuba yomuñwi wabamati sakata mwanaha.

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Omaheke girls get dignity kits

The initiative by the United Nations Population Fund to distribute dignity kits to vulnerable girls and women has reached the Omaheke region, 1 000 kits were distributed to various schools and communities in different constituencies. 

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Technical committee to tackle SGBV

Young activists leading the #ShutItAllDown movement say their demands remain unchanged and that they still want President Hage Geingob to declare a state of emergency over sexual and gender-based violence, which is rife in the country. 

AR names Walvis local authority candidates

WALVIS BAY – The Affirmative Repositioning movement yesterday unveiled its candidates for the Walvis Bay local authority ahead of next month’s vote.  AR, which has registered as an association with the Electoral Commission of Namibia, has fielded five female and male candidates for the ten-member municipal council. 

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The therapy in music

Musician Veekay, formally known as Vekaama Uzera (24), says music is one of the best stress relievers and keeps her calm at all times, healing both the mind and the soul.

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HopSol Youth League battles on this week

The fourth round of matches in the MTC HopSol Youth Soccer League will get underway today at the Khomasdal sport fields, with Kaizen Football Academy (KFA) opening the day’s proceedings with a U15 tie against Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW).

O Swanu mairarakana outukondua utano uriri

Otumborombonga- Mena ro ku hina oku rirongera no ku ritjiukisa nawa mena ro ma patero wo ma nyinganyinga nyingiro kehi yo Covid-19, o Swanu ya Namibia yatie okuhina okurarara omatoororero woutukondwa, otjiuru tjorupa romatoororero, Emmy Kazapua matja.

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Manage your money better

The Bank of Namibia’s latest economic outlook expects the Namibian economy to fall into a deeper contraction during 2020, mainly due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 across all sectors. 

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Buy local, minister urges

Industrialisation minister Lucia Iipumbu has commended local retailers for accommodating local produce on their shelves and thus contributing to the Buy Local, Grow Namibia initiative. 

Taking stock of the major goals of education for all

Education for all was coined at the 1990 World Bank Conference in Jomtien, Thailand, which calls for the promotion of Western-style primary education in Africa, in the process robbing the African child of his or her indigenous knowledge and language, promoting what Brock-Utne calls ‘the recolonization of the African mind (Brock-Utne, 2000).

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Ex-Plan fighter gets official funeral

RUNDU – Former People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (Plan) fighter Elia Muremi has been accorded an official funeral following his death last Sunday at the age of 65. Muremi died in a Rundu hospital after an illness. 

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Farmworkers union warns employers

The Namibia Farmworkers Union (Nafwu) general secretary Rocco Nguvauva has issued a stern warning to farm owners subsequent to reports that some employers have been refusing to sign the generational farmworkers evaluation form.

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RA hits back at local contractor

The Roads Authority yesterday claimed representatives of a local and Chinese contractor had mutually entered into an agreement with it to allow the authorities to make payments directly into an account nominated by the two parties for a road construction contract. 

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Opinion - What if both sides are right, but the impasse persists?

We are informed that the well documented standoff between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibia Premier League (NPL) has its origin in the latter’s disregard of the Fifa Normalisation Committee’s directive not to relegate the three teams that ended at the foot of the country’s topflight football league for the 2018/19 season. 

Ekona kono lyaShanon kuna kugenda po nawa

WALVISBAY- Mukurona govaporosi momukunda gwaErongo Andreas Nelumbu nkera katente asi awo kuna kuza komeho nomu vana kuyimona asi ekonakono eli lyomudipagi Shannon Wasserfall mbunga zpomakona kono mokugwana mbatero mepiyagano momugazarerwa gonomvhura 22 ogu kagendere nanakufa. 

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Export demand set to pick up

Commentators believe demand for local major exports will likely increase as the country pins its hopes on international trade and world output to recover from a disastrous 2020. 

US embassy donates vehicles to local NGO

As part of the effort to expand HIV services in Namibia, the United States embassy  has donated two Toyota Hilux and two Toyota Land Cruisers to non-governmental organisation (NGO) partner Development Aid from People to People (DAPP Namibia). 

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Rukoro appeals for Commando donations

Ovaherero Paramount Chief Vekuii Rukoro has called on his subjects and sympathisers to come forward and donate whatever they can towards the renovation of the official residence of the Ovaherero paramount chief. 

Gang murder accused acquitted

Seven men accused of the gang murder of a Swakopmund man, the attempted murder of another and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm on 31 October 2012, were acquitted on all charges in the Swakopmund Regional Court last week.

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UN agency feeds thousands

The United Nations agency, World Food Programme (WFP), says it has so far spearheaded a N$3 million project that ended in August this year by providing emergency food and nutrition assistance to vulnerable communities in Namibia. 

Dispatched thoughts - It will get better

There is one thing I am certain of the most, and that is that life will always go on, no matter how difficult or how bad it looks right now; it will always go on and time will heal all wounds – it eventually does.

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Universities in need of local books

Johannes Pendapala Uusiku (27), a lawyer by profession and currently a full-time lecturer at the University of Namibia, has encouraged institutions of higher education to use local books or study materials, as they currently largely rely on foreign literature in research and teachings.

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The future of athletics

There is a buzz in athletics that Beatrice Masilingi is not just the next Frank Fredricks but is potentially one of the best athletes in the country.

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Youth are excluded from the mainstream infrastructure pillar

Civil engineer and director of Mondjila Project Advisory and Management Panashe Daringo (32) said some potential pitfalls that hinder the progress of infrastructural development in Namibia is the exclusion of young people from the mainstream pillar or activities of the infrastructural nature.

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Erongo restructures its youth forum

As the National Youth Council of Namibia (NYC) commenced with the restructuring of its 121 constituencies and the 14 regional youth forums, the youth forums in Erongo region elected its leadership for the next five years in various towns.

Virus delays lawyer’s theft case

Windhoek High Court acting Judge Kobus Miller on Monday warned lawyer Hipura Ujaha that he must be ready to commence with the trial of 43-year-old estate administrator Mervin Kozonguizi if he is declared fit to stand trial on 16 November this year. 

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Ndeitunga, Sioka under fire over crime

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian Nico Smit has blamed the authorities, including police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga and gender minister Doreen Sioka, for the spike in violent crimes, saying they are the main culprits “in this unacceptable situation, where women and girls are afraid of entering a taxi or walking on our streets”. 

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Construction firm takes on RA

A local construction company has threatened to sue the Roads Authority (RA) if it does not immediately address issues it has with the manner in which the entity is making payments directly into the account of its Chinese joint venture partner for a road construction contract. 

!Aob ge hâ !garo!ās nî omosisa !aromasa

TSINTSABIS - ǀHûhâsib Tsintsabis dib ge ra ǂâiǂhansen, nē !âb hîan ǁîn di ǁgâuse go ǂan ib ra omkhâisensa ǁanǂgāsabena hā-ūbas !aroma ǂan!gâsa !ās ase hō, os nēsa ǀnîsi a īǁkhāsa ǁîn !hūo tsî omose si nî ǀamǂoasa.

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Local diamonds a cut above the rest

Namibian diamonds are of great quality, with the highest average value per carat in the world, Namibia Desert Diamonds (Namdia) general manager of sales and marketing Lelly Usiku said last week during an orientation session. 

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Kudos for Namibia’s pandemic response

Namibia’s response to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic has drawn praise and admiration, with a top delegate during the 47th Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF), saying it “offers priceless lessons to be shared”

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Swapo candidates make their promises

ONGWEDIVA – Swapo’s Omusati candidates for the upcoming regional council and local authority elections say they will prioritise water provision, rural electrification and eradicating unemployment amongst the youth and women in their respective constituencies.

Piho ya mayemo amunahano ilukile

WINDOKO – Piho ya mayemo amunahano ya yana beleka kwa kampani ya Global Fund, ili yanyaziwa kamulatu wa kubulaya yanali folomani wa hae, ni kuholofaza yana beleka ni yena, kanako yakukunupa mwasilimo sa 2019 ilukile kuli itiswe mwa khuta

Twaniso ya linziye ya tiisezwa

WINDOKO – Sisole sa naha Namibia (NDF) silumezi fulai kwa sikiliti sa Zambezi, kuyo tiiseza twaniso ya linziye zefubelu za Afilika zetuta, ili zetaselize sikiliti kaufela nikusinya lihekele zemyanda iketalizoho zamafulelo. 

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SADC parliament on the horizon

The transformation of the SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) into SADC Regional Parliament is now a question of when and not if it happens, as calls for the realisation of the long-cherished dream are becoming more strident.

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PDM promises 300 000 new homes

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) pledged on Saturday to prioritise urban housing that would see up to 300 000 new homes countrywide through the party’s ‘One Namibia, One Plot’ Policy.

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Nored probes electric shock incident

ONGWEDIVA – An investigation has been ordered in the electrocution of an electrician employed by the Northern Regions Electricity Distribution Company (Nored) during a planned shutdown at Ondangwa on 4 October this year.

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4 000 masks for Rundu traders

RUNDU – Industrialisation minister Lucia Iipumbu on Saturday donated 4 000 face masks and 400 face shields to be shared amongst informal traders of the Rundu open market and Tandaveka open market to protect themselves and their customers from Covid-19. 

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Sport court gives NFA 20 days as NPL fights on

The expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) continues to fire missiles from both ends of the battlefield, as the league at one end is engaged in protracted talks with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) over a licence to go fully professional and at the other end, it is busy bolstering its case filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) against the Namibia Football Association (NFA).

My candid view - The misplaced thinking of Fifa

With very keen interest, I have been following the dialogue between sports minister Agnes Tjongarero and Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura and what has particularly grabbed my attention is Fifa’s unfathomable old-fashioned and equally worrisome one-way style of dialogue. 

Ovikunino ngavi kandakande-Tjombonde

Otjomuise-Umwe wo zo mbaimbairi, ohongora no muka ndjira mo ku kuna momahi wa kangamwa maningire ovatuta okuuta oku rongerisa omahi wovikunino vyawo tjinga otja kovauke wo mwinyo weyuru ommbura aiheri kokure.

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Partnership formalised

Cooperation… Namibia-India relations were further cemented recently when New Era Publication Corporation and Asian News International, South Asia’s leading multimedia news agency based in India, agreed to collaborate on cost-free content exchange.

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Oil exploration firm donates big

RUNDU - The Rundu Intermediate Hospital yesterday received medical equipment worth over N$850 000 from Recon Africa, an oil exploration firm that will soon start with exploration activities at Kawe village in the Kavango East region.

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Brave Warriors get new Chan dates

Namibia’s Brave Warriors have been pitted against neighbours Zambia, Tanzania and Guinea in Group D of the 6th edition of the African Nations Championship (Chan), slated for Cameroon early next year.

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Pandemic to dominate SADC PF plenary

The SADC Parliamentary Forum will hold its 47th Plenary Assembly Session virtually from between 9-11 October under the theme: ‘The Role of Parliaments in Strengthening Accountability during a pandemic: The Case of Covid-19.’

Suspected shebeen burglar shot dead

OMUTHIYA - A man who is yet to be identified was early morning yesterday shot dead allegedly by a retired police officer at Onanke in the Oshikoto region after he was reportedly caught breaking into several cuca shops at the village. 

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Electoral Tribunal dismisses AR application

The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement was dealt a hard blow by the Electoral Tribunal in Windhoek yesterday when their application in which they sued the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) for failing to implement continuous voter registration, as required by law, was dismissed with costs.

Farmers warned about FMD outbreak

RUNDU – The authorities have called on all affected communities and farmers to adhere to  safety protocols as a measure to curb the spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which has been confirmed in Ndiyona constituency of Kavango East.

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Well-blended Warriors squad for Bafana…top guns in the mix

Brave Warriors old-time campaigners such as veteran goalkeeper Virgil Vries, Chris Katjiukua, Peter Shalulile, Ananias Gebhardt, Denzil Haoseb, Larry Horaeb and Wesley Katjiteo are some of the experienced players that made the final 30-man squad that will face South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in tomorrow international friendly at Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

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Tjongarero remains unshaken by Fifa threats

Sports minister Agnes Tjongarero recently wrote to Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura, informing the world’s football governing body that the Namibian government will push ahead with its efforts to resolve the ongoing standoff between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibia Premier League (NPL), despite Fifa’s recent threats to suspend Namibia.

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Dispatched thoughts - Peacemakers are gold

 It is difficult to find fault in yourself; it can be difficult to change your mind when it’s already set and it can be difficult to reach an agreement when views and desired outcomes differ with everyone else’s. 

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NFA to partake in FIFA Compliance Summit

Acting secretary general of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Franco Cosmos has confirmed that the local football association is excited and looking forward to participate in the upcoming Fifa virtual compliance summit, which will be held from the 12-16 of this month.

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Double-digit drop for sectors in Q2

Double-digit reductions were recorded in some sectors of the domestic economy for the second quarter of 2020. Hotels and Restaurants recorded the highest decline of 64.2% compared to a growth of 12.3% of the same quarter of 2019. 

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Covid-19: EU helps WFP support less fortunate

The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of N$40 million from the European Union (EU), which will help WFP deliver critical food assistance to 30 000 vulnerable people in Namibia affected by Covid-19 and drought.

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Committee dispels community fears over quarantine facility

Residents of Kangweru in Ndonga-Linena constituency of Kavango East were relieved following an intervention by the region’s social mobilisation committee, who recently held an information-sharing meeting at the village to provide clarity regarding a particular guest house in that village that is currently being used as a quarantine facility.

Maltahohe youth receive leadership training

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in Namibia recently funded a three-day leadership training to the members of the //Hudup cooperative, a recently formed poultry project based in Uibes in the Daweb constituency as well as the Maltahöhe Action for Youth Development in the Hardap region.

//Kharas launches educational roadshow

KEETMANSHOOP - Various key role players from the education fraternity in the //Kharas region convened yesterday to be part of the launching of the Regional Governor’s Educational Roadshow aimed at assisting grade 11 and 12 learners in their preparedness for upcoming examinations.

Mandu kiabutokwa hakiteko ya liketisa

WINDOKO – Likwambuyu yabona za kuyaha mandu, Erastus UUtoni, ulatuzi mihupulo yakuli muuso usebelisa mulelo wakuyaha mandu acipile mwalibaka zanaikahela, kuba mulelo wakubotelwa sina liketisa za milonganyana ni likiliti hali atumezi mwakweli ya Njimwana.

Twaniso ya HIV ifumana lulelule

WINDOKO – Katengo ka masheleñi amulelo waputako mwakulwanisa butuku bwa Aids (Pepfar), kakasula masheleñi alikana lulelule ni licika (N$1.5 billion), kutusa naha Namibia mwamilelo ya HIV/Aids mwasilimo sa 2021.

Mayor refutes ‘municipal rot’ claims 

Mayor of Gobabis Liberius Kalili has refuted explosive claims made by the town’s CEO Ignatius Thudinyane, who last week detailed a number of governance issues in a letter addressed to, among others, the urban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni. 

Let the fighting stop

Since time immemorial, humans have always been fighting. These fights, in most cases, have always been against something. What is interesting about these fights, though,