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Charcoal industry blossoms, Swakara takes a nose-dive

WINDHOEK – A dramatic decline of 32 percent in the production value of Swakara and an even more dramatic increase of 66 percent in the production value of charcoal are some of the most prominent indicators of the state of Namibian agriculture in 2018, a study by the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) reveals.  

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Rare 1979 interview with Sam Nujoma

Q: Comrade President, the British government on the 25th July, announced that it was appointing what was called a senior diplomatic negotiator on the question of Namibia, with the South African racists. What is the attitude of Swapo to this new initiative?

Brave Warriors in tug-of-war with NFA over money 

WINDHOEK - The Brave Warriors’ embarrassing lukewarm performance in their decisive final 2019 Afcon qualifier against Zambia was overshadowed by demands and threats as disgruntled squad members tried to force the country’s football authorities to hand over win bonuses.

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Reparations campaign on course, lost track or derailed?

WINDHOEK - “It is fair to conclude that the efforts to have the German government recognise genocide and pay reparations has failed to produce the desired results thus far. This was to be expected. Despite the fevered rhetoric in Namibia around this issue,” says a retired eminent Namibian and a veteran politician in his own right. 

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Not yet Uhuru, Venaani

WINDHOEK – Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president McHenry Venaani says Namibians can’t say they are independent when the majority of people live in poverty. 

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Fodder scandal rocks drought aid project

WINDHOEK – The private emergency drought aid programme of stalwart Summerdown/Steinhausen rancher Henriëtte le Grange was rocked to its foundation when it was discovered that some of the recipients from the Maltahὅhe area had sold their bales of free lucerne they received for as little as N$20 per bale while their animals are starving to death in one of the worst droughts in history in the South. Lucerne now sells for close to N$120 per bale on average.

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Genocide negotiations a ‘window of opportunity’ - Ngavirue

​​​​​​​WINDHOEK- The current administration of the Federal Republic of Germany under Chancellor Angel Merkel offers the genocide and reparations claim by Namibians for the 1904-1908 injustices committed by Imperial Germany, particularly the genocide against the Ovaherero and Nama, a ‘window of opportunity’, says Namibian envoy on genocide and reparations, Dr Zed Ngavirue. 

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Go Warriors, go!!!!

Tomorrow, March 24 is a very special day that brings back fond memories when Namibians of all walks of life celebrated the Brave Warriors’ Afcon qualification for her maiden appearance at Africa’s biggest showpiece in Burkina Faso in 1998.

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Ohoromende maivatere ourumbu otjatjimaiyenene

OTJOMUISE- Nandarire kokutja mena rourumbu mbwahingi ozombura naupandjarisa ovaÞuta ovinamwinyo vyao navengundipara, ohoromende nandarire momaotaotero wayo tjinga aihina otjipwe notjipangise mena rongaro yombwiko ehi muriri, oyo momayandjerero wozomburo, okutuurungira mo ministeri ndjina otjiungura ihi, ndjiri o Ministeri yOtutumbo nOvikunwa, Omeva Nomahwa, maikondjo pumaiyenene okuvatera.

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Medley of muso live at jam session

Whilst week-end revellers in the capital were celebrating St Patrick’s Day, all dressed up in green and singing “when Irish eyes are smiling”, there was a jam session of a different kind going on across town, in celebration of music.

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ACP’s efforts post-Cotonou must be economically sustainable - Tweya

WINDHOEK – Namibia has reaffirmed its commitment to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and European Union (EU) partnership and says it will do all it can to honour and work toward the commitments embodied in the Cotonou Agreement and post-Cotonou when it expires in 2020. This was the message by Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Tjekero Tweya, when he spoke on Wednesday at the 37TH session of ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly that took place in the Bucharest, Romania. 

No white farmer in Namibia ever stole land 

LETTERS - I am writing this because I cannot believe in the scenario as being described in the New Era editorial of [last week].  I, being a German-speaking born Namibian, and also being a farmer who has bought all his farms well after independence, have not witnessed or spoken to anybody in the recent days, joyously celebrating the dismissal of the [Ovaherero/Nama] court case in New York. 

Ethiopian tragedy must unite the world

LETTERS - We join the international community in mourning the 157 passengers and crew who perished when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed on Sunday morning en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa , six minutes after take-off.

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The media cannot be a tool of regurgitation

On Tuesday of this week the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) had consultations with political parties and whoever else regarding the vexed issue of having paper trail when using the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) of which Namibia is a pioneer in their use in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc).

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Decolonisation of tertiary education a must

Scholars in decoloniality are spreading the good gospel according to the total decolonisation of tertiary education and advocating for an era in which African universities will use curricula that are free from the vices or evils of colonialism, apartheid and imperialism. 

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Nujoma, Kozonguizi dichotomy: A critical review

Jariretundu Kozonguivi, an intellectual militant internationalist was a brainchild of the African National Congress in Eastern Cape while at Fort Hare University, while Sam Nujoma is a crude breed of the railway contract labour system that forced him to adopt African nationalism to fight for their rights. 

Nujoma’s inaugural speech inspired Kenyatta 

WINDHOEK - Visiting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking at the 29th anniversary of Namibia’s independence yesterday, heaped praises on Namibian Founding President Sam Nujoma, saying that his inaugural speech in 1990 inspired him and other African leaders. 

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A nation of sport champions

WINDHOEK -Despite her relatively pocket size population of about 2,5 million inhabitants, the Land of the Brave has unbelievably surpassed many expectations, including her own.

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Curriculum reform aims to address inclusivity

WINDHOEK - For years now running, thousands of learners have been falling by the wayside of the education system. Some have not been able gaining the requisite points for promotion to the next level for the Grade 10s, or to enter university for Grade 12s. 

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Are Namibians healthier 29 years after?

WINDHOEK – To address inequities, correcting disparities and imbalances of the past in the provision of health services, then Minister of Health and Social Services then, Dr Nickey Iyambo, issued a policy statement in March 1990, entitled Towards Achieving Health for All Namibians: A Policy Statement.

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Namibia readies for Cossasa Athletics in eSwatini

WINDHOEK – After winning last year’s edition of the Confederation of Southern African Schools Sports Association (Cosassa) Athletics meet held in Botswana, Namibia has already set plans in motion and is gearing up to defend her crown at this year’s championships slated for eSwatini.

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Maltas nominees inspire Suiderlig learners

WINDHOEK - The ninth group of youth nominated to be part of the Maltas Club Namibia, a premier student club that caters for young students who do not only excel in their academic career, but also in other spheres of their lives, such as community work, recently held a motivational workshop at the Suiderlig High School in Keetmanshoop. 

Opportunities abound to boost tourism sector

WINDHOEK - Chairman of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Windhoek, Martin Kaali Shipanga said discussions and input on the way forward for the tourism sector needs to be prioritised. According to Shipanga, Namibians should change the conversation surrounding the current economic situation, from one of looking for handouts to rather identify opportunities.

Nephew rapes aunt

WINDHOEK - A 52-year old woman was raped by her 36-year old nephew in Karasburg, //Kharas Region over the weekend. According to the crime report issued by Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi of the Namibian police, the woman was sleeping in her room when her nephew, without permission entered her room, strangled her and raped her. 

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Growing own fodder can cut feeding costs substantially

WINDHOEK - An entrepreneurial couple from a plot at Brakwater has embarked on a countrywide mission to empower small scale farmers and encourage aspiring farmers to grow their own livestock fodder as the crippling drought of 2019 is depleting grazing and devastating rangelands with each and every passing day.

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Tech advancements revive Kudu Gas to Power project

WINDHOEK – The Kudu Gas to Power project, which has in the past been hailed as the answer to Namibia’s electricity woes, has seen a revival by BW Kudu Limited, who says recent technological advancements as well as a consistent market for reliable economic energy makes the electricity project viable.

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State wants serial conviction in rape trial 

WINDHOE - State Advocate Marthino Olivier has asked Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku to convict a man, already convicted of murdering a 16-year-old girl near a cemetery at Mariental, of a further three counts of rape, two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. 

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MUN leaves Geingob hanging 

WINDHOEK - The leadership of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) yesterday left President Hage Geingob hanging when they failed to show up for a scheduled meeting the union had requested with the Head of State. Normal practice dictates that visitors wait for the Head of State’s arrival in the meeting room. 

Skorpion Zinc confirms refinery closure due to strike

WINDHOEK – Skorpion Zinc has confirmed the temporary closure of its refinery for a period of five weeks, starting 15 March 2019. The decision to close the refinery follows the depletion of ore stocks as a result of an unprotected strike from February 22, 2019 until March 06, 2019 by employees of mining contractor, Basil Read.  

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‘Buy local’ policy needed to curb high import bill – Tweya

WINDHOEK - Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Tjekero Tweya says to ensure effective reduction of the current high import bill, Namibia will have to institute a mandatory retail charter such as a ‘buy local’ policy, which will make it easier for small businesses to sell goods and services to government.

Shangula chronicles country’s success in healthcare

WINDHOEK- Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula last week in Parliament put a spotlight on the country’s achievements in the health sector, saying that the ministry has made remarkable strides over the year in achieving health and social well-being of the Namibian people.

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Kajuh signs under Numba Busy

Matheus Silas Ndemutala, AKA Kajuh, has signed under Numba Busy Entertainment Record Label, established in 2015, and that since has been going through management and ownership transition beginning of 2018. 

The footprints of Bob Marley

The footprints of Bob Marley appear on the sand in Jamaica and across the earth wherever freedom is held hostage.  Likened to Martin Luther King, Jr., Marley desired peace for his people, and for all humanity.

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Action replay, Wilfred “Willy” Fredericks

Former Ramblers Football Club free scoring attacking midfielder Willy Fredericks, wears the kind of face that would not look out of place as an innocent kinder garten boytjie. The baby face retired lethal midfielder-cum-forward was kind of a journeyman during his formative years as a potential superstar – New Era Sports caught up with the smiling assassin...

A perspective on leadership

I have a longstanding passion for motivational or inspirational material. Quick research shows that I am not alone. An actress once compared the inspirational or encouraging words to the daily intake of vitamins. At its most effective delivery, motivation may very well be the crutch that moves one from stasis to breakthrough. 

The plight of Namibia’s children in rural schools

Goran Hyden is right when he says, “Turing the despair and pessimism that affects large sectors of the African people into hope and optimism will require from the planners of African development to re-inspect the premises upon which they have based their planning to date. No one escapes this challenge: there are no short cuts to progress.”

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Parliament not as old as often claimed

An article titled ‘A parliament of the elderly’ that appeared in The Patriot newspaper of 8 March 2019 is, to all intends and purposes, fake news that seeks to distort gains made by the ruling party Swapo in being an all inclusive party represented in parliament by a diverse set of individuals of a different range of age groups. 

Genocide ruling: What is so funny?

Pockets of boisterous celebrations were observed last week in the wake of news that a New York federal court has dismissed a case in which leaders of Ovaherero and Nama communities sued the German government over its forefathers’ crime of genocide in Namibia.

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Rukoro files genocide notice of appeal

WINDHOEK- Lawyers representing the Ovaherero and Nama in the genocide lawsuit have filed a notice of appeal in the United State (US) Court of Appeals, following a dismissed class-action lawsuit filed by the two communities in the US Federal Court in New York for alleged crimes against humanity.

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Quality assurance protects consumers - Sadc

WINDHOEK- With industrialisation at the centre stage of the regional integration agenda, the application of Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology, (SQAM) principles in promoting competitiveness is essential, as it makes businesses efficient, competitive in terms of price, time to market, safety and environmental compliance.

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NEPC explains adverse audit opinion

WINDHOEK – The adverse audit opinion that the Auditor General gave New Era Publication Corporation (NEPC) in the audit report for the year ended 31 March 2017 came about as a result of a wrongly-captured balance on a loan account and a mixup in a Receiver of Revenue statement.

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Evanka Moller is spinning her way to stardom

WINDHOEK- Spinning is a hobby that has evolved into a sport where drivers spin modified cars around a track until their vehicle’s wheels explode. Spinning is hardly a woman sport as it has since inception been largely male-dominated.

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Namibia to introduce new Mahindra XUV300 in mid-June

WINDOEK - Mahindra Namibia announced last week that it will soon introduce the much-anticipated Mahindra XUV300 in various configurations to its local showrooms. The XUV300 is powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission. 

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Chapman takes over FNB Commercial 

WINDHOEK - Philip Chapman has been appointed as the new Executive Officer of FNB Namibia Commercial. In his new role Chapman will be responsible for FNB Commercial Banking, which includes, SME; Tourism; Agriculture; Franchise;

Counter-productive practices frustrate potential investors - Tweya

WINDHOEK - Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Tjekero Tweya has cautioned that Namibians should do away with ancient and counter-productive practices that frustrates potential investors, inventors, innovators and anyone who has a brilliant idea that can make a positive difference in society and thereby catapult Namibia on a positive economic trajectory. 

Keetmanshoop budgets for 240 toilets at Koes

AROAB - Elias !Kharuxab, Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor for the //Kharas Region has revealed in an interview with New Era that the regional council has made provision for the construction of 240 toilets at Köes of which 100 have been completed at a cost of N$1,5 million.

Luderitz without water since Monday

LÜDERITZ - Lüderitz residents have been without water since Monday evening due to the fact the town has been experiencing power outages on the main line powering NamWater boreholes and boosters which led to the water level in the Lüderitz Reservoir reduced to a paltry 21 percent.

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ACC claims impartiality in Hanse-Himarwa trial

WINDHOEK - The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) official investigating claims there were irregularities in the allocation of mass houses at Mariental in 2014 yesterday said several people told him that ex-governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa ordered them to remove two names from the original list of beneficiaries.

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Zero-tolerance for squatting at Aroab

AROAB - The administrative governance of Aroab Village Council has a zero-tolerance approach towards squatting and this exemplary approach should be emulated by other settlements, villages and towns in Namibia where there is a proliferation of shacks and the problems they bring about.

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Saints crush DTS and Unam in record fashion

WINDHOEK - Saints men’s team were crowned the 2019 Bank Windhoek National Indoor Hockey League champions, after they sealed the title in a record-breaking season by defeating Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS) 10-3 on Friday evening, as well as thrashing University of Namibia (Unam) 7-1 on Saturday evening.

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Football teams receive playing gear for Harders Cup

LUDERITZ – The eight football clubs at this year’s edition of the annual Harders Cup became chief recipients of brand new playing gear ahead of the much anticipated southern August gathering that will see the overall winner walk away with a whopping N$100, 000.  

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Big concert gives audience goose bumps

WIDNHOEK- Violin melodies, flute tones, percussion rhythms and brass sounds dominated the soundscape on the campus of the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) and plunged this week into a very special musical, almost magical atmosphere. 

Respect your parents

Respect is one of those things in life that you are taught from a young age, it is one of those lessons that can make people appreciate and tolerate you or simply despise you. 

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A bright future for coding kids

WINDHOEK - Three ladies have taken it upon themselves to teach children aged five to 19 years about coding. Namibia Optimist Investment cc (NOI), in collaboration with the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII), has created a platform for young Namibians to grasp the basics of coding. 

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The fallacy of independent candidacy of a Swapo member

We live in interesting times where members of our society have awoken from slumber to learn what they should have known from the dawn of independence in 1990 that every Namibian is guaranteed certain rights in the national constitution, including the right to participate in presidential elections as an independent candidate. 

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Top ref Pavaza heads to Joburg for VAR training

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s internationally accredited football referee Jackson Pavaza continues to cement his name as one of the best referees on the African continent and this month, the 35-year old Fifa-accredited official will once again make further inroads.

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National Fistball League resumes 

WINDHOEK - The first round of fixtures in the Bank Windhoek National Fistball League will officially commence this coming weekend at the Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) fields in Windhoek. Kick-off is scheduled at 08h30 on Saturday, 16 March 2019.

ǁAnǂgāsaben !apuna ūhân !gôab g era ǂharo

   ǀAEǁGAMS – !Gôab ǂhanusi mā-ams ǀkha !apuna ūhâs dib ge Namibiab !nâ !kharu ge disi!nonaǀa kurigu !nâ ǀgaisase ǂharo hâ. !Nakaǂnôa Ministeri !Norasasib tsî ǁAwosasib dib ge a māǂui !gôagu ge ra ǁgau ǁnāpan 210 000 !apuna !hūb a ǂhabase

ǀHûhâsib hostels ge kharoga go !khō!oa

  KAKEKETES – Cocoma Junior ǂAm Skoli hîa Kakekete !garo!ās di kaise !nūse ǀgoms !nâ Ndiyona ǂGiǂgoǁhûi!nâǂharis !nâ ǁgoeb, ge kharona ge !khō!oa, !nubusib hîa ǁnā ǀhûhâsi hostels tawa hâba oe-ams ase. Skolǀgôan hîa ǁnā hostels hîa !naon

Farming with meat rabbits a  viable option in tough times

WINDHOEK - Rabbits have the potential to be one of the most profitable livestock to raise. Their ability to give birth to large litters of kits (5 to 15 kits per litter) every 40 to 45 days and the ability of these offspring to grow fast and reach market and breeding weight more quickly than any other livestock, surely gives rabbits the edge.

International Cement Group interested in Schwenk Namibia

WINDHOEK – Singapore stock exchange listed International Cement Group (ICG) has expressed interest in acquiring a 100 percent stake in Schwenk Namibia (Pty) Ltd for US$104.4 million, which at the current exchange rate is slightly more than N$1.5 billion. Schwenk Namibia owns close to 70 percent of Ohorongo Cement and a 100 percent share of alternative fuel supplier, EFF. 

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Indian trainees mark ITEC Day

WINDHOEK - Scores of Namibians who benefited from the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) last Friday marked one of the most successful south-south training programmes.

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Commonwealth Day commemorated in Windhoek

WINDHOEK - Namibia joined other 52 Commonwealth countries around the world in commemorating the Commonwealth Day yesterday, marking the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration when nations of the Commonwealth agreed to move forward together as free and equal members. 

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Geingob intervenes in Khama-Masisi feud

WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob, in his capacity as chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), recently met former Botswana President Ian Khama over the widely publicised running feud with his successor Mokgweetsi Masisi, reports City Press.

Sanlam Junior Tennis a huge success

WNDHOEK - The first edition of the annual Sanlam Junior Tennis Tourney took place in Windhoek, last weekend attracting tennis players from all over the country with the number of over 70 entries above expectation, providing for a tough competition in all age groups.   

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Skorpion Zinc mine suffers N$22 million loss from strike

WINDHOEK - Skorpion Zinc (SZ) this weekend confirmed that its mining contractor, Basil Read, has reported the return to work by its employees who had been on strike. Basil Read is a business partner that was contracted to execute the Pit 112 push back project as a life extension-mining project for SZ. Without this life extension project, SZ would have ended its operations in 2017.  

NDP, CDP and NEFF call for economy indaba

WINDHOEK - National Democratic Party (NDP), Namibia Christian Democratic Party (CDP) and Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) are calling on the Namibian nation and stakeholders to hold a national conference to find out a lasting solution to the deteriorating economy.

Raw timber exports irk Tweya

WINDHOEK - Following media reports over the escalation of Namibian timber exports to China in raw form, Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Tjekero Tweya, has expressed concern that the status quo should be reversed.

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Drought aid schemes get stuck as funds run dry

WINDHOEK – After reaching out to 221 drought-stricken farmers and close to 95 000 animals with donations of more than N$500 000, the private emergency drought aid programme of stalwart Summerdown/Steinhausen rancher Henriette le Grange has reached an impasse as the drought situation worsens by the day.

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NDP, CDP and NEFF call for economy indaba

WINDHOEK - National Democratic Party (NDP), Namibia Christian Democratic Party (CDP) and Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) are calling on the Namibian nation and stakeholders to hold a national conference to find out a lasting solution to the deteriorating economy.

Determined Stars to confront Gunners tonight

WINDHOEK – MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) reigning champions African Stars are faced with a mammoth task of closing down on current log leaders Black Africa, who are topping the log with 32 points while 2nd placed Stars are on 25 points.

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M-Net to document King Tee Dee life

Kwaito act Martin Morocky formerly known as The Dogg, and now King Tee Dee says his life as an artist, businessperson and a family man will feature on M-Net production this year, with more information to be announced at a later stage. 

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Has comics any ethical limits?

WINDHOEK- South African comedian Trevor Noah became a topic of discussion because of  his presumed insensitive joke about the Indian-Pakistani war, which he said would be entertaining, adding   “it would also be the longest war of all time - another dance number”. 

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Nedbank profit increases 12% to N$340 million

WINDHOEK - Nedbank recently released its consolidated financial results for the year 2018, which shows that despite challenging economic and operating environment, the bank managed to grow positively with an increase in its overall financial position.

Ndeitunga should police pot-bellied officers

By his own admission last year in the in-house publication for cops, the Police Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga confessed a Citizen satisfaction Survey of our men and women in blue tasked with maintaining law and order in our country “rated very low” in terms of service delivery. 

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Women who have brought change

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day today, New Era journalist Alvine Kapitako in collaboration with the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) profiled some women who have dedicated their time to make their communities better.  The secretary-general of the NRCS, Bernadette Bock applauded Namibian women who are making a difference in their communities.

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Empowering rural women through training

WINDHOEK - There is a need to look at ways on creating avenues that would result in more women occupying roles in traditional authorities. This would address some of the social ills women in rural areas are experiencing because of laws that do not necessarily favour women. 

NCS has limits on babies in jail

WINDHOEK - The head of Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) Commissioner-General Raphael Tuafeni Hamunyela says the law only allows incarcerated mothers to be with their babies in prison until the age of two and from there the baby is either handed over to mother’s family or social workers to raise the child while the mother finishes her sentence.  

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Geiger and Coetzee win top NBAA Awards

WINDHOEK - Jürgen Geiger and Johan Coetzee, were the top achievers of the 2018/2019 Namibia Bass Angling Association’s (NBAA) season. The two were recognised for their achievements at a prize giving ceremony held in Windhoek over the weekend. 

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Saints elevates title defence

WINDHOEK - The 5th round of fixtures in this season’s Bank Windhoek National Indoor Hockey League, played in Windhoek last weekend, saw incumbent champions Saints sweeping aside their opponents in their drive for record wins.

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IPPs to invest N$1.6 billion into electricity sector

WINDHOEK – It is estimated that 14 Independent Power Producers (IPPs) will in total invest approximately N$1.6 billion local and foreign direct investment into the electricity sector and ultimately into the Namibian economy. This is according to the Chairman of the Electricity Control Board (ECB), Gottlieb Hinda, who in the electricity regulator’s latest annual report noted that the 14 IPPs are expected to add 70MW to the national electricity grid.  

SPYL cautions against the enemy from within

WINDHOEK - Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary Ephraim Nekongo has made an impassioned appeal to fellow members in the youth wing to stop being at each other’s throat and to rather focus their energy constructively and to find meaningful ways to create jobs for the benefit of all.

How Kamushinda and his cronies robbed SME Bank

WINDHOEK - In a detailed affidavit, Ian McLaren, one of the liquidators of the defunct SME Bank describes how an investigation unearthed the modus operandi used by the crippled bank’s senior Zimbabwean employees and directors to fleece the bank of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Dual carriageway to be completed by 2022

WINDHOEK - Roads Authority (RA), says 37 kilometres of the Windhoek - Okahandja dual carriageway will be completed by September this year and the remaining 21 kilometres stretching towards Okahandja to be completed by 2022. 

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UNDP commends Namibia’s wildlife protection

OMATJETE- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Izumi Morota-Alakija has commended Namibia for having shown its commitment to protecting wildlife, especially given the country’s extraordinary diversity of species and high level of endemism. 

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Havana battle scourge of squalor, disease

WINDHOEK - As the country continues to battle with the Hepatitis E nearly two years after the initial outbreak was declared, some residents of Havana, the epicenter of the disease are struggling to maintain hygiene which is the main underlying cause of the poor man’s disease. 

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Besieged NAFPU suspend all its operations

WINDHOEK – The besieged Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU), which has for the past few months hogged ear-piercing headlines ranging from maladministration to financial irregularities, appears to be swarming on its knees and on the very edge of closing its doors.

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Budget for a sparing wedding ceremony

WINDHOEK - As soon as you are engaged, you start thinking of your big day with the hope that it will be a memorable affair. You want this day to be special without breaking the bank and landing up on the rocks.

Music, language focus at DHPS 

WINDHOEK- This Friday sees the opening of the Orchestra Week of the German Schools in Southern Africa in the auditorium of Deutsche Höhere Privaschule (DHPS Windhoek), one of the main attractions of the “German Weeks”.

Apologise when wrong

Our current president campaigned heavily on accountability and was duly praised for it at home and abroad. I believe that is something we should take seriously to combat some of the more serious social crimes that hurt our society today, but more importantly we should learn to apologise when we are wrong.

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Angra can unseat St. Boniface

LÜDERITZ - “I want us to keep in mind that with hard work we can achieve anything we can. Even knock St. Boniface, says Angra Pequena Senior Secondary School Head Girl, Mary Amutenya.

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Inkumbi sheds light on benefits of affordable housing

WINDHOEK - Speaking at the unveiling of 324 residential erven, five commercial and five institutional erven that will make up Orwetoveni Extension 12 in Otjiwarongo, Development Bank of Namibia (CEO) Martin Inkumbi highlighted often overlooked macro-economic benefits that support the case for acceleration of delivery of serviced land and affordable housing. 

Jan's Corner: Authorised Ministry

Following the readings, the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN), is advocating for the regulation of churches by limiting the establishment of churches to those who meet basic criteria, including basic theological training of religious leaders.

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Geingob engages Ramaphosa in Durban

WINDHOEK- President Hage Geingob and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa had a private conversation on the margins of the launch of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work of the report in Durban last week.

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Katjavivi rebuts ‘impartiality’ claim

WINDHOEK - Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjivivi has rebutted claims of impartiality made by opposition PDM leader McHenry Venaani who also accused him for apparently overstepping boundaries. This happened when the Speaker praised President Hage Geingob on the role he has played in Africa and internationally during the opening of Parliament last month. 

SME Bank liquidators pursue dodgy bankers

WINDHOEK - In an ex parte application in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, the liquidators of the Small and Medium Enterprises Bank asked the Windhoek High Court to attach the possession of five people that had dealings with the now defunct bank that was meant to help SMEs.

Thugs burglarise Nedbank,  steal cash

WINDHOEK - Nedbank Namibia Limited has confirmed a break-in at its Otjiwarongo branch early on Monday morning in which an unknown number of suspects forced the window open and entered through an exit door and stole an unspecified but large amount of money.

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SPYL meets Geingob over Chinese tenders

WINDHOEK - Concerned over multi-billion-dollar infrastructure development tenders being awarded to Chinese contractors the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) on Monday had an audience at State House with President Hage to express their concern over the deals.

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Judge refuses to separate Rittmann murder case

WINDHOEK - High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg yesterday denied an application by Rhyno Richardo du Preez, 35, to have his trial separated from that of his co-accused and former lover Rachel Elizabeth Rittmann, 47, after he admitted to killing the former’s husband with her help on August 23, 2013 in Gobabis.

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Bank Windhoek NVF National Volleyball League expands

WINDHOEK - Top representatives from the Bank Windhoek-sponsored Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) recently travelled to Opuwo, the capital of the Kunene Region in north-western Namibia, to officially launch the newly established Great Kunene Volleyball Association (GKVA). 

Rwandese genocide survivor shares 1994 horror

WINDHOEK - Honore Gatera who survived the horrendous Rwandese genocide which took place from April - July 1994, has shared accounts of the Rwandan genocide in which between 500 000 to a million Tsusi were slaughtered by axe and machete-wielding Hutus over a 100-day period.

Bow and arrow suspect gets bail

WINDHOEK - A man accused of trying to kill another by shooting him with an arrow through his pelvis and injuring his intestines in December last year was granted bail in the amount of N$5 000 after a lengthy bail application hearing.

WHO calls for special attention on diabetes and cancer

WINDHOEK - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses says the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and hypertension requires special attention.    Almost 50 percent of Namibians are hypertensive which is a major risk to stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, emphasised Sagoe-Moses.  

NCIS tries to ‘gag’ media through appeal

WINDHOEK - The Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) under the guise of an appeal against their failure to stop The Patriot newspaper from publishing details about two farms they are utilizing and a residence they own in Windhoek West are asking the Supreme Court to determine whether the media has the legal right to publish information that is prohibited.

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Nudo dismisses claims of a tribal party

WINDHOEK - The recent National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) 3rd Extraordinary Congress that elected Utjiua Muinjangue as new president has generated a hot debate with socialists shouting for the immediate de-registration of the party, arguing it represents a symbol of tribal politics.

Shifeta warns illegal timber traders

OMATJETE - Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta has blasted agriculture, water and forestry officials for issuing permits to harvest timber in the northeast without obtaining environmental clearance certificates.

Revised Child Protection Act to save infants’ lives

WINDHOEK- A woman who brings her unwanted baby at place of safety such as a police station or hospital instead of dumping or killing the infant will not face criminal charges, states a new provision in the landmark revised Child Care and Protection Act that was unveiled yesterday. 

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Capricorn Group’s 6-month operating profit up 11 percent to N$674 million

WINDHOEK – For the six months that ended on 31 December 2018, the Capricorn Investment Group Limited (Capricorn Group) increased it operating profit by 11.5 percent to N$674.3 million and group profit before tax increased by 8.5 percent to N$714.2 million. Also, the group delivered growth in headline earnings per share of 9.6 percent to 93.5 cents in the first half of this financial year as revealed in their interim results released on Friday, which follows fairly flat earnings over the last two years. 

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AR to march on 14 000 land applications

WINDHOEK - Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement alongside some Windhoek citizens will be marching to City of Windhoek (CoW) head office on March 18 to demand positive answers regarding 14 000 land applications submitted to their office four years ago by landless Windhoek residents.

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Fitness requires, routine and discipline

WINDHOEK- Her name is Emily and her mission in life is to enhance the lives of her community through teaching them how to adopt a sustainable healthy practice that will help them achieve their fitness goal while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

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An album for independence anniversary

WINDHOEK-Female vocalist, Maria Immanuel popularly known as ML, who has been making waves over the past years in the music industry, reveals this week that she is releasing an Independence Day album to drop on the Independence Day, March 21.  

Hymn Awards to launch

ONGWEDIVA-Beyond Horizon Investment to launch the first edition of the Hymn Awards, expected to run from May 10-11 this year at Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre, with an array of choirs from across the country expected to compete.

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Broad money supply increases as banking liquidity decreases

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s annual growth in broad money supply (M2) increased at the end of January 2019. According to the latest Money and Statistics report by the Bank of Namibia (BoN), the 12-month growth in M2 increased to 7.6 percent at the end of January 2019, relative to 6.4 percent recorded at the end of December 2018.

The challenges of the spoken word

My young brother and I took a bus trip to Victoria Falls in early January. We used the promises of reliability, comfort and safety to choose our mode of travel. However, seemingly endless and unscheduled stops spoilt the flavour of the journey.

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The battle for Venezuela (Part I)

Venezuela has been in the headlines for several weeks and most of the western and global mass media paint a picture of a dictatorial government oppressing its people.  Outside interventions, including economic and financial sanctions and th

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Setback for tax refund scam suspects

WINDHOEK - No further delays will be tolerated, Acting High Court Judge Kobus Miller said yesterday when he was informed another State-funded lawyer in the mega tax refund trial that was scheduled to start earlier this week has to withdraw from the matter.

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More university graduates get jobs

WINDHOEK - More than half of 2012 and 2013 graduates from three Namibian universities who sought jobs found employment within a period of three to six months, a graduate survey has indicated. This translated into 52 percent of graduates securing salaried employment.

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Mushelenga, Shikongo in tit-for-tat skirmish

WINDHOEK - A founder member of the Peter Nanyemba Plan Combatant Veterans Trust  (PNPCVT), Nkrumah Mushelenga, says contrary to suggestions that his organisation should have sought the blessing of the Namibian National Veterans Association (NNLVA), there is no need for that.

Vanona womomambo goruhepo kwatunda unene mosure momukunda gwaOmusati

Windhoek- Movanona wokusika ko ntantatu valitjangesa vakare mevango lyosure momukunda gwaOtamanzi momukunda horowero gwaOmusati vatano nare vana dukamo mosure ngesi kuna karamu tupu vatatu mosure. Murugani gomomberewa zaPresidente gona goruha romakuliko unene efiro sinka vanona wokutunda momambo goruhepo Senia Endjala kayitente eyi nkera. 

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New go-getting sales team driving Pupkewitz BMW-MINI

Pupkewitz BMW-MINI has entered into an exciting new phase this year, after introducing a dynamic go-getting sales team onto the showroom floor, which according to Armand Barnard (Dealer Principal) are forward thinking “millennials” who bring an exciting energy to the business.

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Budget needs to address civil service and budget deficit

WINDHOEK – With the date of the tabling of the national budget confirmed for Wednesday, 13 March, 2019, economists have pointed out the bloated wage bill, under-performing public enterprises, including a review of the public sector, and the budget deficit as some of the most crucial aspects that Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein, needs to address. 

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Mixed reactions over SG cartoon

WINDHOEK -The cartoon of the naked Swapo Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa which was a hot topic for discussion has been received with mixed reactions, with some quarters describing it is as distasteful while some say it is part of democracy and freedom of speech. 

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Karasburg resident guilty of murder

WINDHOEK - A resident of Karasburg who had the body of his victim washed and clothed and put her in their bed after he realised she died as a result of a beating he subjected her to was convicted of murder with direct intent yesterday by Windhoek High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo.

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Alleged serial rapist to testify today 

WINDHOEK - A Mariental resident who admitted that he killed 16-year old Estonovia Games near a cemetery at Mariental between October 19 and 21, 2016 before Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku at the High Court situated at the Windhoek Correctional Facility last year is expected to testify in own defense today after the state closed its case yesterday.

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Mpora clinic taps dry since November

MPORA – The Mpora Primary Health Care Clinic that caters to a large number of patients in Kavango West has been without running water since beginning of November last year, posing a health hazard not only to the staff but to patients as well. The staff and patients currently use nearby bushes to relieve themselves.

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Erwin Tjipuka appointed as new FNB CEO

WINDHOEK - FirstRand Namibia Limited has confirmed the appointment of Erwin Tjipuka as FNB Namibia’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective April 01, 2019, while current CEO, Sarel van Zyl, will continue to serve in his role as CEO of the FirstRand Namibia Group. 

Young author set to release 4th book on world economy

WINDHOEK – Youth activist, author and a former president of the University of Namibia (Unam) Student Representative Council (SRC), Joseph Kalimbwe, is set to release his fourth book titled Fractured World; How Irresponsibility Led to Third World Economic Downturns, early next month. 

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Subtly addressing housing issue

WINDHOEK - Vistta Angula is an emergency practitioner whose job is mainly to assist people at the Katutura hospital.  But besides that he is an innovator who has decided to try building a house from plastic bottles filled with sand.