• December 12th, 2018
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!Hanaǂgā-aon ge ǂâisa nî ǂnûi omdi tawa !hanaǂgās ai

ÅAEǁGAMS – !Hanaǂgā-aon ge ǂHanub di aoǁguib ǁgâudi tawa !hanaǂûna ǂgās diba ǁnâuÅnam tsî nî sîsenǂam in nēs !nâ-ū sâuǁkhāsib !hūb diba !hanaǂgās !nâ-ū Åomkhâi kai. Nē ǂgans ge ǁnāti ī Ånûgus hîa ǂhanub, ǂgari-aon tsî !hanaǂgā-aon tsî !kharaga ǂharugun ­ǁaegu hâba !gâi Ågaub !nâ nî Åomkhâi kai. Nēs ge !kharaga aoǁguigu hîa Werengendje SîsenÅgaub

Blietzkriegs ge 187 āǁamaxu!khaiga ge ǂganam

ÅAEǁGAMS – ÅGuikaidisi tsî ǁkhaisadisihûÅa (187) āǁamaxu!khaigu ge Ågūǁae ge a !gûÅam Basadi ǁNāǂams hîa tarekhoedi ǂhanub tsî ǂhanu-aisib !oabadi !nâ mâdi tsî !kharaga ministeridi tsîn didi !khōdanas !naka. ǁNāpa di ge 714 āǁamaxu!khaiga sari hâ i ǁaeb  !nâ di ge tare Åawa!namde 56 Ågôan hîa 18 kurin !naka hâna nēpa gere Åhao-ū. ǁNā

Capricorn’s stable outlook credit rating confirmed by GCR

WINDHOEK - Global Credit Ratings (GCR) has affirmed the national scale ratings assigned to Capricorn Investment Group Limited and Bank Windhoek Limited of AA (NA) and A1+(NA) in the long-term and short-term respectively; with the outlook accorded as stable. Furthermore, Global Credit Ratings has affirmed the long-term South African national scale (Rand) issuer rating of A+(ZA) assigned to Bank Windhoek Limited; with the outlook also accorded as stable.


No bail for sexagenarian pending appeal

WINDHOEK - Acting Windhoek High Court judge, Ileni Velikoshi, last Thursday denied 66-year-old farmer, Willem Visagie Barnard, bail pending the finalisation of his appeal hearing on a conviction of murder and 10 year sentence for killing his wife at their farm in the Mariental district.

Acc completes 347 cases since 2006

WINDHOEK – Out of the 6 605 corruption reports registered with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) since its inception in 2006, only 347 have been finalised in the courts, while 212 cases are still pending for trial, ACC Director General, Paulus Noa has said.

Industry Loop: Dummy guide to a media launch!

Namibian entertainers are starting to consider public relations a serious exercise. As an industry insider, I can only be happy about the latest trend of media launches and listening parties. Though still not sure whether it is artists themselves who initiate this or their management teams. But regardless it’s great for the development of the industry. 


Miss Okalongo goes big

The annual Miss Okalongo and Trade Expo scheduled for December 20 – 22 promises bigger and exciting things this year. The event, now its sixth edition, is purely aimed at growing the town and attracting potential business investments to the town of Okalongo, situated in Oshikuku Constituency in the Omusati Region.  


King of Kulture album drops

O.COM, made up of Junoxz and Wizzen, hailing from Opuwo in Ruacana Constituency has released their second album, King of Kulture. King of Kulture has 14 tracks concentrating on social issues. In fact, the album is inspired by the Dhemba traditional music with a mix of modern sound. The genre is dominantly Afro pop and Dancehall with hybrids like Afro-trance, Afro-club as well as Kwaito. Other songs have a House and a bit of Trapsoul vibe. “The key message in this album is basically to urge the youth to embrace their roots because we believe tradition in other word may be a very good religion,” says Junoxz.

Bank Windhoek issues first Green Bond

Bank Windhoek reached a milestone this week Wednesday when it announced the successful issuance of Namibia’s first Green Bond. This achievement positions Bank Windhoek as the first local commercial bank to issue a Green Bond not only domestically but across the Southern African region. 

How VBS ruined Namibian bank

Businesspeople from SA, Namibia and Zimbabwe, a cash delivery firm in Benoni and an oil company in Democratic Republic of Congo linked to massive VBS fraud scandal

Africa’s blue economy

The first global conference on the blue economy is being held this week in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, bringing together some 4,000 participants from around the world to discuss and learn how to build a sustainable ‘blue economy’. Held between 26-28 November, it is under the theme: “The Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

NAC employees protest over wages

Workers at Namibia Airports Company (NAC) recently held a peaceful demonstration at Eros Airport, demanding a three percent salary increase on top of a market-related realignment amongst other requests.

SADC SRHR campaign launched

Windhoek on Wednesday was the city that unveiled the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance Sexual and Reproduction Health and Rights (SRHR) mapping, policy, campaign and the SADC barometer of SRHR.

N$140 million sourced for disaster risk

The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) represented by its CEO, Benedict Libanda, signed a Funded Activity Agreement (FAA) with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) worth N$140 million to support climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in Kunene Region. 


Mother of paternity victim testifies

The mother of a four-year old boy killed in a fit of rage by a man she misled to believe it was his own blood testified the relationship between the two had been “loving” before he found out through the rumour mill the child was sired by another man.


Vakansela wokuhendauka koyirugana kavavahandukiire nguuru gwaKhomas

WINDHOEK - Nguuru gomukunda gwaKhomas Laura Mcleod Katjirua kapi ana kara asi muntu gokuhafa nokutanta asi age kapi yina kumuhafesa omu vakansela vamwe ava faura koyigongi yopaveta unene eyi ayikara monomukunda horowero dawo. Mcleod Katjirua kahundilire owo yina gumu vahepa kuyihageka ngesi  omu vakara asi aw okapi ava moneka poyilika eyi ayihoroka monomukda horowero dawo, omu ava gava nkenye apa asi aw okapi ava gwana nombapira dokuvazigida koyilika yangoso. Ndi pwarumwe awo kutanta asi kapi vadivako Yuma koyihorokwa yangoso. Age kageve nonakngo odo


Volkswagen introduces a special edition Amarok

With over 30 000 Amaroks sold in South Africa since launch in 2010, Volkswagen has added a special edition Amarok, the Dark Label. Local dealers yesterday confirmed to Woema that the special edition Amarok will arrive in Namibia by as early as next week. However, while the Dark Label has been advertised in South Africa for about N$675 000, the local retail price, which usually differs from South Africa, could not be confirmed at the time of going to print. 

Central bank leaves repo rate unchanged at 6.75%

The Bank of Namibia’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) yesterday revealed that the Repo rate, the rate at which commercial banks borrow from the central bank which in turn determines interest rates, has been left unchanged at 6.75 percent. The MPC said the rate remains appropriate to maintain the one-to-one link between the Namibia Dollar and the South African Rand, while supporting domestic economic growth.

Our youth is at risk

The ever-growing misunderstanding between society, the youth and government need remedy before reaching crisis point. To a certain degree, both sides are impatient toward each other when dealing with various ways of tackling socio-economic challenges. 

Profiles of courage: Asser Kapere through time

During Namibia’s years of upheaval, Asser Kapere, affectionately known as A.K, featured prominently in different cutting-edge projects and this nimble footed, soft spoken comrade with the heart of a lion was among those children of the storm who bravely stood the test of time at the center of the storm. 

Namibian to serve on global committee

SHARM EL-SHEIKH - Kauna Betty Schroeder, the principal project coordinator in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), will serve on the Compliance Committee of the Nagoya Protocol (NP) on Access and Benefit Sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Unam justifies relocation of geology department

WINDHOEK - The University of Namibia (Unam) has sprung to its own defense following a firestorm of criticism from the Namibian Chamber of Mines that feels the decision to relocate the Geology Department from Windhoek to Keetmanshoop “is ill-advised. ”


Setback for wife accused of mariticide

WINDHOEK - Braam Cupido - the Legal Aid lawyer of Rhyno Richardo du Preez, 35, who allegedly plotted with Rachel Rittmann, 47, to kill the latter’s husband in August 2013 - yesterday withdrew as the defense counsel of Du Preez citing conflicting instructions in the Windhoek High Court.

New fresh Bahri season set to increase output

WINDHOEK - Desert Fruit Namibia is one of only a handful of known producers of Fresh Bahri Dates in the Southern Hemisphere, and these dates, while relatively unknown in Europe and the US, remain a sought-after delicacy in the Middle East, with rising demand from the Muslim and Asian markets. 


Youth need refocusing  - activist

WINDHEOK-Youth activist and former president of the Students Representative Council (SRC) for the University of Namibia (Unam), Joseph Kalimbwe (25), says young people need to refocus their lives to shape the future of their countries.

Namibia scoops two wins at startup awards

WINDHOEK - Out of the 15 categories, Namibia brought home two awards from the recent Southern Africa Startup Awards (SASAwards), which was held for the first time to celebrate and recognise the spirit of innovation and achievement in the startup ecosystem in the SADC region. SASA Namibia was represented by 11 regional winners from nine startups at the SASAwards grand finale that took place on 21 and 22 November 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Energy 100fm launches video in studio

WINDHOEK - Energy 100 FM on Friday launched its own Live-video-in-studio and outside-broadcasting TV2 Namibia channel. This is a first for a Namibian radio station to follow in the footsteps of its overseas counterparts.

Supreme Court exonerates former judge

WINDHOEK – “Justice was served on earth and in heaven,” former Supreme Court Judge Pio Marapi Teek said on Monday after three acting judges of appeal dismissed an appeal the Prosecutor-General (PG) lodged against his acquittal on charges of kidnapping and sexual molestation.

Farmers must pay heed to growth at home strategy

WINDHOEK – Farmers must follow and adhere to the government’s “Growth at Home Strategy” to accelerate growth in the agricultural sector through governance, productivity, and competitiveness, driven by close cooperation between the government, farmers, and businesses.


NWR looks to Ghana to boost local tourism

WINDHOEK - Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) recently returned from marketing and networking session in Ghana, aimed at luring Ghanaian visitors to their resorts. The event took place on November 30, 2018 in conjunction with Air Namibia’s local representative who gave attendees the benefits of flying with Air Namibia. 


NamPower pays over N$60m dividend to government

WINDHOEK – NamPower has declared a dividend of N$60.7 million to its shareholder, the government yesterday. The dividend was approved at the electricity utility’s most recent annual general meeting where the NamPower board of directors decided to declare the dividend for the financial year ended June 30, 2018.

Board appointed at revenue agency’s D-day draws closer

WINDHOEK – The much-awaited operationalisation of the Namibia Revenue Agency (Namra) continued to gain momentum yesterday. With the announcement of its Board of Directors before the semi-autonomous agency, it is scheduled to commence at the beginning of March 2019. Namra was established at the end of 2017 with the promulgation of the Namibia Revenue Agency Act after Cabinet approval in 2013, and will replace the current Inland Revenue Department in the Ministry of Finance. 


Schlettwein announces PPP committee members

WINDHOEK – The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Committee, which will play a central role in the monitoring, evaluation, and implementation of PPPs, was yesterday announced by Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein. Economic analysts believe that PPPs could provide amicable solutions to infrastructure development and economic growth in the domestic economy that is struggling to rebound from a recession. The main purpose of PPPs is to leverage private capital for national infrastructure developments. 


Rehoboth resident guilty of murder

WINDHOEK - A 21-year-old resident of Rehoboth, who had his plea of guilty on a murder charge rejected by both the prosecution and the presiding judge for not complying with all the elements of a guilty plea, was convicted on a charge of murder with direct intent on Friday.


Charges clear in Möller murder trial - judge

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court judge, Dinnah Usiku, rejected an application by one of the five men accused of the murder of Walvis Bay businessman, Hans-Jorg Möller, during a daring robbery to be furnished with further particulars on one of the charges that he faces.

Oranjemund’s transformation on track

KEETMANSHOOP - The transformation of Oranjemund from a restricted town to an open town with a town council as a service provider is going well despite the current economic situation that is prevailing in the country, mainly attributed to the reduction in global commodity prices.


Man denies killing four-year-old boy

WINDHOEK - A man accused of killing a boy he was made to believe was his own son, until he heard rumours to the contrary after his break-up with the mother of the boy pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder read with the Domestic Violence Act before Windhoek High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo.


Namibia listed seventh most child-friendly country

WINDHOEK - Namibia is listed the seventh country among the most child-friendly countries on the African continent by African Child Policy Forum, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Wilhencia Uiras informed the African Partnership to end violence against children. 


Rittmann denies murder of husband

WINDHOEK - Rachel Rittmann, 47, the Gobabis woman accused of plotting with her lover, 35-year-old Rhyno Richardo du Preez, to kill her husband in August 2013 yesterday denied all the charges against them in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Christi Liebenberg. 


Namibia’s financial capability increased by 10%

WINDHOEK - The Namibia Financial Capability Survey results were recently released at the Bank of Namibia, indicating that the average overall Namibia Financial Capability Survey for 2017 was 52.94 percent, which is a 10 percent increase, compared to 2013. The survey also showed that financial knowledge increased with 0.07 percent, and financial behaviour with 18.51 percent.

Registration now open at Southern Business School

WINDHOEK - Southern Business School Namibia has opened registration for Distance Education at its Centres in Namibia. The registration kicked-off on November 27, 2018 and will run until March 16, 2019. During this time, the business school will also embark on a roadshow to most regions of the country. 


Selma Kamanya heads for Miss Universe

WINDHOEK – Miss Namibia, Selma Kamanya (22) last Thursday landed in Bangkok, Thailand, where contestants are getting to know each other during the first week of arrival ahead of the Miss Universe beauty pageant scheduled for December 16. Upon her departure, Kamanya in her briefing revealed her national costume of Miss Universe 2018, depicting an inspiration of building a diamond generation.


Ministry not siding with Mbidi or Rukoro, says Tjongarero

WINDHOEK – Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero yesterday rubbished perceptions and various media reports portraying the line ministry as being in favour of Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi in his ongoing squabbles with the association’s secretary general Barry Rukoro.


Jam-packed league action this weekend

WINDHOEK – It is expected to be another weekend of jam-packed action in the country flagship football league, the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL), when proceedings get underway for the third and fourth rounds.


Ouhonapare mawuutu otjiungura kotjiveta nambano- Hoveka

OMUVERO WA KA¬UMBA- Otjiungura tjokotjiveta tjokuraisira ohoromende ya Namibia kutja omatwirisiro wombara yOuhonapare Wouvara wOmbazu wa Hoveka kehi yotjiwana tja Tjimana yekayendavi kayesere okumunikwa otjomakuruhungi, Ombara Turimuro Hoveka watjere nao potjitjitwa ihi Oroviungura ndazuko.


Local procurement forum slated for next week

WINDHOEK – The Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), in conjunction with Engineers Without Borders Canada – Mining Shared Value (EWB-MSV), and the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) is scheduled to host a forum on supporting effective mining local procurement strategies and best practices. The forum is slated for next week Wednesday at the NUST Hotel School in Windhoek. 


Job losses in mining sector concerns Alweendo

WINDHOEK – Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo, is concerned about recent job losses within the mining sector and has called on Namibian mining executives to brainstorm on how to retain employment for Namibians as well as to create prospects for unemployed graduates to benefit from the country’s extractive resources. Alweendo expressed his concern during a briefing with mining industry executives in Windhoek yesterday. 

Navachab gets new managing director

SWAKOPMUND - QKR Cooperation Limited has appointed George Botshiwe as the new Managing Director of the QKR Namibia Navachab Gold Mine, effective as of November 01, 2018. Botshiwe replaces Johan Coetzee who served as the managing director of the mine for the past five years.

Industry Loop: House in Namibia!

Music is beautiful and it is no different with house. Regardless of how beautiful the house genre is, I still cannot listen to it all night in the club or at an event. In fact, I cannot listen to a singular genre all night. I am a Namibian. This means I am a multi-cultured entertainer and follower of music. However, that is not the point that I am trying to bring across today. I actually want to commend the music that is coming out of Namibian studios in terms of house. 


J-Tears launches album at full house Damara Punch bash

Eleven Damara Punch artists including Damara Punch music princess Ousie Bulan, Audrey, Lazzlam, Lanny Boy, Imelda, !Garibasen,Imelda, Eddies and Namibian Music Awards winner (Nama) Damara Dik Ding (Damalokieboy) are amongst artists to perform at the Immanuel Ruiters Hall in Walvis Bay tonight during J-Tears, /Uniga //Oas (Last Kiss) first album launch. 


Teacher interviews riddled with nepotism and favouritism

In September, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture gazetted a number of teaching posts country-wide. This prompted unemployed qualified teachers and prospective teachers to apply. However, the process of shortlisting interviewees and appointing the outstanding candidate seems to be subjective, corrupt and time-wasting. 

Social protection policy ready for review

WINDHOEK - The first ever Draft Policy on Social Protection that is expected to create a comprehensive social protection system, which is efficient and effective in addressing risks and vulnerabilities that people face at different stages of their lives, is ready for public input.


Re-elected Kazapua calls for unity

WINDHOEK – Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua, who was re-elected to serve a fifth term yesterday, has called on councillors and management at the City of Windhoek to set aside their personal differences and pull in one direction.  Kazapua said failure to do this will divert the city’s focus on service delivery to the masses.


Welwitschias hail European Tour success

WINDHOEK – Senior members of the national senior rugby team, the Welwitschias, have hailed as a massive success their recent European Tour, which saw Namibia locking horns with the likes of Portugal, Russia and Spain.


Nedbank Desert Dash set for next month

WINDHOEK - With the stage set for one of the most gruelling endurance events globally through 369 km of the formidable Namib Desert, more than 1 000 Dashers are ready to conquer the oldest desert in the world in the course of just 24 hours when the annual Nedbank Desert Dash gets underway at Swakopmund on December 8.

ACC kuna kukona kona Kazapua morwa sikarata sendi garuganesa mepuko

Windhoek - Mbunga vanakutmbura asi Anti Corruption Commission (ACC)kavatente asi awo yousili kuna kukona kona nombudi edi vavaretera dokutanta asi mukurona gositata saVenduka, Muezee Kazapua kwaruganesa siakarata sendi sopamberewa esi gagwana asi mukurona gositata omu garanda nyama, nonhunhwa koKFC, nondja ntani yikunwa eyi yina kara asi kwayiruganesa pwamwene kapisi paveta. Mukurona gombunga ezi Director Paulus Noa katente asi yousili


Mahindra Pik Up offers unbeatable value with new sub-N$300 000 double cab “Karoo” limited edition

With Mahindra South Africa celebrating the first six months of local vehicle production as well as its sales growth in the southern African market, a limited “Karoo” Edition of its popular Pik Up Double Cab is now being offered for less than N$300 000. Local salesmen yesterday confirmed to Woema that while the Karoo is not yet available locally, it will grace local showrooms with its presence in the near future. 


FirstRand Namibia and CHANGE help ex-offenders

WINDHOEK - The FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust re-iterated its financial commitment and pledged more than N$364 000 to CHANGE, highlighting the continued commitment towards education and skills development programmes. Amongst its various courses, CHANGE provides a fashion design and tailoring programme, as well as business training.


Epangelo wants to increase government’s 3% share in Rössing Uranium

WINDHOEK – Epangelo Mining, the State-owned mining company established in 2008 to occupy a significant position in major commodity businesses, inclusive of uranium, has confirmed that while it was not offered a first-right of refusal for the Rio Tinto shares in Rössing Uranium, because it is not a direct shareholder in the mine, it is in fact interested in increasing government’s three percent stake in Rössing Uranium. CEO of Epangelo Mining, Eliphas Hawala, yesterday explained to New Era that only the government is entitled to receive a first right to refusal offer because government is a direct shareholder in the mine.

Fishing vessel owner plunges to death from deck

WINDHOEK - A 46-year-old man who was the captain and owner of a fishing vessel fell from the top deck into the hole of the fishing vessel on Sunday. The deceased, identified as Perez Jesus, a Spanish national, shattered his skull in the fall and died instantly. 

Former gang members repent for the better

WINDHOEK - A group of former gang members who terrorised communities from south to central Namibia whom they subjected to their evil deeds, have undergone a tremendous social transformation and they now expend their energy training other youths in the art of dancing.

PDM to register all its members

WINDHOEK – After the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) was rebranded in November 2017 from its former name of DTA that linked it to the former colonial administration, the party announced all its members should discard their old DTA cards and register and receive the rebranded PDM membership cards.

Windhoek given 14 days to account for finances

WINDHOEK – The National Council public hearing committee on public accounts has given the City of Windhoek 14 days to respond to some serious key findings pertaining to its finances by the Auditor General Junias Kandjeke in the report for the municipality for the financial year ended June 30, 2016. 

Swapo coordinator arrested for stock theft

WINDHOEK - Swapo Party district coordinator at Otjinene and councillor on the Otjinene Village Council, Assaria Tjingaete, was once again arrested for alleged stock theft, the regional police commander for Omaheke Region, Commissioner Andreas Haingura, confirmed yesterday.