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Dance Sport Namibia selects national team

WINDHOEK - Dance Sport Namibia (DSN) has selected a strong 14-member team to represent Namibia at the three-day Ballroom and Latin American Dance Styles, representing the country at the Rumba in the Jungle competition, which gets underway in Johannesburg today at Sun City, South Africa.

Industry Loop: Marketing is QUEEN!

Super producer, Kallo on the Beat recently said and I quote: “Some artists have 1000s of songs and no exposure and some artists have few songs and are famous. Marketing is key”. I agree with Kallo. I’ve echoed this on this platform so many times that I’ve lost count. 

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MTC boosts Gross Barmen with network upgrades

​​​​​​​WINDHOEK - The ongoing plans by the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) expand network services in both rural areas and urban peripheries have seen the Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) – Gross Barmen Resort site being the latest beneficiary of a long overdue upgrade from 2G to a commissioned 3G enabled infrastructures.  

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Peugeot not yet eyeing electric vehicles at Walvis Bay

WINDHOEK - The N$190 million Peugeot assembly plant being constructed in Walvis Bay, which is expected to be ready by the end of this year, is thus far slated to only produce fossil fuel vehicles (petrol and diesel) even as the French car maker plans on moving to fully electric vehicles from 2019 in the rest of the world.

Thank you  for the pens

On behalf of Olukolo Primary School  I want to extend our heart-felt thank you for commitment by friends of our late former learner Desiewaar Heita (let his soul rest in peace) for collecting a lot of pens for our learners.

Rundu coffers dry, residents to pay for erven

RUNDU - The acting CEO of Rundu Town Council, Sikongo Haihambo says Rundu cannot adequately remedy a raft of challenges such as its poor road network, overwhelmed waste management and is unable to buy bulk water as its coffers are dry and the town is struggling to diversify its revenue stream.

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Jobless graduates venture into entrepreneurship 

WINDHOEK - Two unemployed graduates Linda Ndakolo and John Laudika from Onamafipa-Oikokola village in Omusati Region whose job hunts could not yield the desired results last week visited the Office of the Founding Father Sam Nujoma to showcase a locally produced dishwashing liquid that they have produced.

Keetmans denies tampering with mass housing list

KEETMANSHOOP - The Keetmanshoop municipality has rejected claims in a recent news article that accused its officials of having tampered with the mass housing beneficiary list in which some residents were apparently accidentally declared as ‘dead’ while they are still alive.

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NIPAM signs MoU with PE CEO’s Forum

WINDHOEK – Establishing a framework for cooperative institutional relations to promote cooperation in the area of mutual interest is the focus of the first ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) and the Public Enterprises CEO’s Forum.

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The dangers of political flags, banners at stadiums … ‘SWAPO’ flags spotted at Brave Warriors match

WINDHOEK – While Namibians in all corners of the country are still jovially basking in the glory of Brave Warriors’ 1-0 win over the resilient Mozambican Black Mambas on Tuesday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, it has also since emerged that a certain portion of fans in attendance breached FIFA rules and regulations when they hoisted political flags during the match.

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Just a few more steps towards AFCON 2019 - Mannetti

WINDHOEK – Brave Warriors 1-0 win over Mozambique on Tuesday night gives Namibians much-needed hope of making it to next year’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, despite being faced with a daunting task next month when Namibia takes on Guinea Bissau at home in a potential decider.

BoN undertakes clean-up campaign

WINDHOEK - The Bank of Namibia (BoN) last Friday spearheaded a clean-up campaign saying the initiative that involved 120 of its staff and benefited Otjomuise and 8ste Land is in line with its corporate social responsibility.

Nghixulifa loses bid to have charges quashed

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg yesterday rejected an application by former CEO of the Roads Contractor Company (RCC), Kelly Nghixulifa to quash counts 1, 5, 6, 9 and 10 in the indictment he faces in relation to charges of fraud and contravening the ACC Act and the amendment of counts 2, 7 and 11 by deleting a section of the Criminal Procedure Act.

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Walvis card ‘abusing’ councillor suspended

WALVIS BAY - Walvis Bay’s Swapo municipal councillor Simson Nghilumbwa, who is also chairperson of council’s management committee, has been placed on a 30-day suspension to pave way for an investigation into his alleged abuse of his official municipal credit card to the tune of N$83 000 in five months. 

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Suspected Namibian crime syndicate busted in S.A.

WINDHOEK - The head of the local Interpol Bureau, Deputy Commissioner Immanuel Sam, said they could not confirm whether the five men arrested in Vaal, a substantial urban area near Johannesburg, South Africa, accused of kidnapping, extortion, armed robbery, assault to cause GBH and masquerading as police officers targeting people selling their goods online, are indeed Namibians.

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Otjomuise murderer gets 37 years ... and five years for GBH

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka yesterday morning sentenced convicted killer Elwen Gawaxab to 37 and a half years imprisonment for murder plus a further five years for assault with grievous bodily harm without making any order as to whether the sentences are to run concurrently or consecutively. This means that Gawaxab after serving two thirds of the 37 and a half years will in all likelihood still have to serve two thirds of the five-year sentence.

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Children appreciate PHF’s benevolence

WINDHOEK – Samuel Markus (10) from Havana is thankful to the Patty’s Heart Foundation (PHF) for always taking care of them, encouraging children to pay attention to their school work and to study hard to provide for themselves in the future, while Annastasia Shihepo (7) from Okahandja Park says the gestures will encourage them to do the same and feed vulnerable people when they grow up.

Always ask the question “why”

​​​​​​​As I’ve grown older over the years, one striking thing that I’ve noticed in people is that they ask the question “why” less as they get older. On the other hand, whenever I talk to children they are always full of curiosity and ask the question “why” to everything that is happening around them and is being said.

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Monitronic awarded over 200 students

WINDHOEK- Over 200 students received certificates and diplomas at NQF level 5-NQF level 6 at the Monitronic Success College 20th anniversary and its 16th graduation ceremony in Windhoek on October 5. 

Youth conference  starts today in Ongwediva  

WINDHOEK – The National Youth Council and the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, European Union, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Progress Namibia, AIESEC Namibia and Internet Society Namibia Chapter are hosting a two-day conference in Ongwediva today and tomorrow.

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Youth project the land question

WINDHOEK - Following the just ended five-day national land conference, a group of architectural students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) held a week-long public projection on the land question and related matters in front of the Ministry of Justice.

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Employability coaching an eye-opener – Tjaveondja

WINDHOEK – An eye-opener, is how one of the students, Upi Tjaveondja, also a member and speaker of the Student Parliament at the University of Namibia, describes a seminar hosted by the Otjiwana Cultural Society and Otja Kapuuo Peer Group to guide and prepare students for the job market.

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FNB donates computers to school

WINDHOEK - The FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust, a brainchild of First National Bank (FNB), last week donated 10 refurbished computers to Mwandingi-Etuwata Amkongo Primary School as part of its its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) mandate.

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Buy-A-Brick initiative targets construction of 1000 houses

WINDHOEK - The Buy-A-Brick Initiative spearheaded by Standard Bank Namibia and the Shack Dwellers Federation has set a target of delivering 1000 houses every year to Namibians in the low-to-no income groups after co-partners in the private sector expressed interest in funding the programme. 

Unruly children spike parents’ tea

KHORIXAS - Shocking revelations were made on Monday by a community member Rosa !Ganes who said some children at the north-western town of Khorixas spike their unsuspecting parents’ drinks to make them sleepy and go to bed early to enable these children to sneak out of their parents’ houses at night unnoticed.

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Mushelenga reappoints NHE Board

WINDHOEK - The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, yesterday reappointed the Board of Directors for the National Housing Enterprise for the period October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2021.

Maamberua calls for genocide conference

WINDHOEK- Swa n u parliamentarian says time  is now for Namibia to start planning for a genocide conference to iron out existing issues on reparations. Tens of thousands of Herero and Nama people were killed by the so-called “protective troops” or died in concentration camps in the years a$er the 1904 battle. 

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Kautondokwa vs Andrade: Head-to-head analysis

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s undefeated WBO Africa middleweight king Walter “The Executioner” Kautondokwa is faced with a mammoth task brushing aside unbeaten American opponent Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade in their WBO world middleweight title fight this weekend at the TD Garden in Boston, USA.

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Young Brazilians a work in progress, says coach

KEETMANSHOOP – Newly promoted Namibia Premier League (NPL) campaigners Young Brazilians Football Club still have a few rough edges to polish before the country’s flagship football league gets underway, says the team’s head coach Tolla Julius.

ǂNaumaidi ge khoesiba ra !gôaǁnâ - Geingob

ǀAEǁGAMS – Kai!ādi !nâ hâ !hū!âdi hîa ai!gû ra ǂâiǂhansens ase ǂhanuba ības soab aib ge !Hūb di ǁÛba ge mî, mâsib mā-ams ose hâ ǂnaumâiǁanǁguigu dib nēsi ǀgaisase khoesiba ra tsâǀkhā ǁkhōǁkhōsasib ase īsa tsîb nē mâsiba ǂōǂōsib ase nî !gawaǀîhesa. 

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Veld fires are natural or man-made

Veld fires can occur naturally or as man-made. Naturally, veld fires are an event that serves an ecological role in its effects. The role of fire amongst others is to stimulate new plant growths and maintain vegetation structure.

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Bank Windhoek opens first of its kind clinic for employees

WINDHOEK - Bank Windhoek opened a visiting on-site clinic last week at its Human Capital Department in Windhoek. The clinic is a first of its kind and offers employees, including those of its mother company, Capricorn Group, primary healthcare and wellness support services, delivered by licensed service providers. 

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Digital transformation can boost youth unemployment - Simataa

WINDHOEK – At the opening of yesterday’s fifth annual Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit, the minister responsible for the sector proposed the establishment of policies and financial support for young people involved in ICT to showcase their innovative and business abilities. The three-day summit takes place under the theme; “Digital transformation for an ICT smart Namibia”.

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Learner initiates sanitary pads project

WINDHOEK - The Drop a Pad campaign, the brainchild of a Grade 7 learner Sherry Muchaka, last week donated more than 500 sanitary pads to four schools in the Otjozondjupa Region in her quest to keep the girl-child in school. 

Gobabis man makes confession on frenzied knife murder

WINDHOEK - A Gobabis man who admitted to stabbing the mother of his five children, at least 16 times with a knife because he suspected her of having an affair with a taxi driver, was convicted of murder with direct intent yesterday morning by Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku on his own admission.

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Labour force key to remedy youth unemployment

WINDHOEK – The Minister of Economic Planning and the Director General of the National Planning Commission, Obeth Kandjoze says labour force participation needs to be increased in order to address the high youth unemployment rates and the mismatch in the labour force. 

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NUST hosts National Cyber Security Competition with Green

WINDHOEK - Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) hosted the fourth National Cyber Security Competition with Green Enterprise Solutions as an industry and knowledge partner. The competition aims at creating awareness for cyber security and at the same time teach and learn from each other. 

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Young man thrives in the nail-do industry

SHIPEPE - Driven by the passion to fight poverty and create an income for himself, 27-year-old Angolan-born Sergio Manuela da Silva has breached the stereotypical view that the nail-do is a women’s job and now successfully runs a door-to-door beauty parlour in the northern towns.

Industry Loop: The game is changing!

Isn’t it amazing how the wheels have turned on the old guard in the entertainment industry? Take nothing away from the OGs; they have our childhood memories embedded. We will forever be grateful for the beautiful times where we use to beg them for autographs and hang onto their every word. 

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DeeJay set to drop “Champion” album

Hip-Hop song writer and singer, DeeJay, is ready to release his much awaited Champion album end of next month. DeeJay, who has been in the music business for over a decay, couldn’t hide his excitement revealing the news saying the 13 Track album is already complete and ready for music outlets’ shelves by November 30th. Champion album will be his first music project under his new label, Deal Done Records (DDR), owned by Djokic Dragan, popularly known as Antonio, of Antonio’s Art who is also responsible for his management and sponsorship agreements. 

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Ann back with new single

Live performer and award-winning songstress, Ann Singer has released her new hit single titled Mom’tima Wange (In my Heart), ahead of her much anticipated second album to be released next month.  

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Spotting that “mad” hat

Expecting the unexpected is always guaranteed at the Village Cafe in Swakopmund, whose regular fun-filled celebrations every month becomes the talk of the town, as staff members dress up in themes beyond any wildest imagination. 

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Schlettwein concerned about declining private sector investment

WINDHOEK – In anticipation of the Mid-Term Budget Review in about two weeks’ time, Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein and a high-level delegation, including Bank of Namibia Governor, Iipumbu Shiimi, met with captains of private sector industries yesterday. At the well-attended meeting in the Ministry of Finance boardroom, Schlettwein expressed concern about declining private sector investment levels and increasing outflow of local capital. 

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Ethical community activism: The case of Olupaka Combined School

In African cultures, the spirit of giving back to the community form the humanistic foundation of ethics and it is central in contemplating African morality. Ethics are intended to guide the conduct of people in society and therefore shape us to do what is right for the society not only by virtue of being good but also by being productive, which includes ploughing back into the societies we live in. 

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Eulogising Desie Natangwe Heita

A week ago, we have carried a heavy burden of grief on our hearts. Our souls have refused to be stilled. Our spirits have sunk under the unbearable weight of an unexpected shock. The silent tears of despair have watered our cheeks. Crying has not been enough to contain the pain we feel. 

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This is our ancestral land

As we recently concluded the second national land conference, I thought I should correct some wrong perceptions held by those championing the ancestral land debate. I believe that wrong perceptions are a result of miseducation of those making these wild ancestral land claims.

Go well, little brother!

It is with great sadness that we at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology have learnt of the passing away of one of the few amongst us, a professional, committed, a highly objective media practitioner, who was our media colleague of many, moons.

Can a boss manage emotions in the workplace?

It is not that emotions have no place in the workplace, or maybe not at all? Maybe when we weight them but emotions are emotions, or are they different? I look at two: Constructive emotions can be motivating and can enhance understanding. But excessively intense emotions block effective communication and hinder problem solving. 

Defence dispels fake report on bursary offer

WINDHOEK - The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has distanced itself from allegations being circulated through social media platforms that it is offering a study opportunity at the School of Military Science within the University of Namibia (UNAM)’s main campus to young Namibians and that it is on a recruitment drive.

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Koch gets eight years for child trafficking

WINDHOEK - High Court Judge President Petrus Damaseb yesterday sentenced convicted child trafficker, Bertus Koch, the DRC settlement of Swakopmund resident to an effective eight years imprisonment on convictions of child trafficking and committing an immoral act with a child under the age of 16. The sentence was meted out in the morning.

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Leevi to be accorded a war vet funeral

RUNDU - The former mayor of Rundu, Hilka Leevi who died on 28 September will be accorded a ‘war veterans funeral’ through the department of veterans’ affairs under the Office of the Vice President which means Veterans Affairs will assist the family with a coffin and a tombstone for the late.

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Reusable goody bag for Cycle Classic participants

WINDHOEK – With the support of leading local retail chain Pick n Pay Namibia, entrants for the cycling races and runs of Cycle Classic as well as Kiddies Classic are to receive a reusable goody bag, as opposed to the past where participants only received plastic-type goody bags.

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More pressure on consumers as petrol and diesel price is hiked

9 October 2018: The Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced another increase of 50 cents per liter petrol and diesel as of from Wednesday last week. Although the National Energy Fund continues to pay a fair share of the full costs incurred, it nevertheless means that prices in Namibia have almost reached the N$14 mark for unleaded petrol as well as the two types of Diesel. 

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GWM's Haval H9 ready to upset the status quo

The Haval H9, available locally from Pupkewitz GWM, is China’s response to a diverse and established sports utility vehicle (SUV) market that includes the like of Toyota’s Prado and Mitsubishi’s Pajero. Already a more frequent sight on Namibia’s roads, the Haval SUV’s are a luxury brand under the Great Wall Motors (GWM) stable, very much in the same fashion as Lexus is the luxury brand of Toyota. 

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NWR continues to support local talent with Matongo Family challenge

WINDHOEK - The #letsgotoNWR challenge with the Matongo Family received an overwhelming response from the public with a combined 14 782 views by close of competition last week Friday. Since the initiative was launched at the beginning of September, the innovative challenge encouraged the public to create a new dance to the Matongo Family’s new single titled ‘Let’s Go’ featuring Maszanga.

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Capricorn Group launches 2018 Integrated Annual Report

WINDHOEK – Capricorn Group launched its 2018 Integrated Annual Report yesterday, which is the third group integrated report that adheres to the International Integrated Reporting Council’s IR Framework. It is also the second consecutive report that includes the group’s subsidiaries in Botswana and Zambia. 

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Ongombo West: Farmworkers who failed as farmers

WINDHOEK - Normally when one visits a farm, they expect a welcoming farming environment that consists of the bleating of goats, the mooing of cattle, bawling, not to mention the cackle of chickens. Alas, that is not the greeting one got at Ongombo West. Especially on the section of the farm allocated to the former farm employees, who did so well as farmworkers but apparently have failed to prosper as farm owners.

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Second treason trial resumes

WINDHOEK - The trial of eight men still facing charges of high treason, murder, attempted murder, sedition, public violence and illegal importation of weapons and ammunition resumed  in the Windhoek High Court this week after the Chief Justice, Peter Shivute, denied a petition directed at him.

NAC wants court to nullify Ondangwa Airport tender

WINDHOEK – Namibia Airports Company (NAC) through its new Board of Directors is asking the Windhoek High Court to review and set aside a decision and resolution taken by the previous board of the embattled public company to award a tender to China State Construction Engineering Company (CSCES) to be appointed as the contractor for the Ondangwa Airport Runway Rehabilitation Project.

Persevering to achieve her dreams

WINDHOEK-A proud patriotic Namibian young woman Frieda Lukas (25) says she is persistent an achieving her dreams.  A bachelor degree graduate in Journalism and Communication Technology at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Lukas is now doing an honours degree in Communications at the same university.

People were meant to be different

We live in a time where everyone has an opinion they want to share. Whether it’s politics, feminism, religion, race or sexuality, it usually causes a hateful outcome. People seem to have lost respect in their approach to speak their mind and as