• September 26th, 2020

Khomas

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Big Ben offers bulk music on USB

Ben Kandukira well known as Big Ben has gone all out with his new initiative in catering to his fan base by releasing a USB, which has seven previous albums, music videos, a full live concert and photo gallery. 

Ryan's corner - I’m back!

Let me start by saying ‘Hi everyone’, especially to my fellow Namibians; it has been a while without penning my favourite weekly column, Ryan’s Corner, but I’m back now and I hope to meet you all here every Friday. 

My candid view - The hypocrisy of the eight rogue clubs

Just when we all thought we could finally retreat to our respective caves and accord the recently appointed Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP) an opportunity to thoroughly investigate and come up with rock-solid recommendations that will help squash the protracted beef between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibia Premier League (NPL), out of the blue, this week, eight clubs wrote to the NFA, the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) and to the sports ministry to air their grievances about the appointment of the CEP.

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Senior tennis tourney this weekend

The Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) will this weekend host its third senior tournament for the year, with action starting today at the Central Tennis Club, Namibian Police Courts and SKW courts in the capital. 

Oporise ya huhumina Kanguatjivi no tjikutu

Otjomuise- Otjimbumba tjo zo hiva tjo porise ya Namibia no tjo mbongo indji o St. John yo muhonge Petrus Tjijombo, o kowa indji o Soli Deo Gloria yombongo yo ruhindo amai  hongorerwe po iyo omutone wayo wongoma Kujai Muundjua, vya yandjere otjivara tjapeke ko tjiungura tjouyapuke tjo ma yandjero wondjosikiro oseinina komukurundu oserekaze omuyaruke Erika Kaurapua Katjivirue no mu zandona we omwene, Eslon Ndandona Kavari Oritjatatu mOtjomuise. 

GIPF appoints new investment consultants

The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) has confirmed the appointment of two new investment consultants. Lane Clark & Peacock LLP will consult on investments, while BFinance UK Limited will consult on the selection/search of asset managers. 

Nedbank Namibia launches IdentityToday

Nedbank Namibia, in collaboration with the Today Group, the homegrown fintech company, which introduced PayToday, has introduced IdentityToday (IDToday), a digital identity management platform that allows for the remote submission of the regulatory proof of identity documents that a prospective client needs to submit before a bank account may be opened for them.

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Opinion - Meditation quarantines distractions

The late former prime minister of Britain, Winston Churchill, who is remembered for successfully leading the country through World War Two and was famous for refusing to surrender, once cautioned that “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

Renewed push for African medicine body

Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula this week re-introduced a motion seeking the establishment of an African Medicine Agency (AMA), which will serve as the continental regulatory body of medicines and medical products. 

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Councillor bemoans bad roads

KEETMANSHOOP – Keetmanshoop Rural constituency councillor Elias Kharugab says poor road conditions are part of the contributing factors leading to fatal accidents in the //Kharas region. 

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Hefty fines for littering

The environment ministry is in the process of reviewing the Environmental Management Act of 2007 to provide reinforcement and punitive measures for non-adherence by issuing admission of guilt fines.

Editorial - A crisis within a crisis

While the Covid-19 pandemic has brought untold fear and suffering, another “sickness”, particularly in the form of domestic violence against women and children, has intensified in our motherland over the last couple of weeks.

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MP zooms in on plight of hawkers

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian Johannes Martin has taken to parliament the plight of street vendors, saying despite them being an integral part of the country’s urban economy, they are living in uncertainty and insecurity.

Cash-in-transit robbers denied bail

Three men who were arrested in connection to an armed robbery at Black Chain mall in Katutura on Sunday involving more than N$900 000 were denied bail when they made their first appearance in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

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Ten battle to replace Kandorozu

The race to replace long-serving Okakarara constituency councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu has intensified after ten aspiring National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) candidates availed themselves for elections in the upcoming party primaries set for next week. 

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The rise of a young innovator

16 years old, Berhane Wheeler is probably like any other teenager who is into digital games but what makes him stand out from a crowd is that he is into the business of developing them.

APLI to launch tech programme

The African Pathfinder Leaders Initiative will launch a tech programme to train early-career information technology (IT)-enthusiasts in fields relevant to a career in back-office automation. 

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Consumers must be protected from predatory lending

Research conducted by Usuta Kavari, a Namibian economist currently furthering his studies in the United Kingdom, found that while microlending and payroll deductions improved the institutional environment that engendered financial deepening in Namibia, a need exists to improve compliance standards to ensure that consumers are protected and not put at risk of unscrupulous and predatory lending practices.

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More join homelessness fight

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) yesterday endorsed deputy information minister Emma Theofelus, who will be joining other A-list celebrities for the MTC Knockout Project in aid of efforts to address homelessness in the country.

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Declining repo rate supports domestic activity

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) have cut the repo rate several times since both countries announced states of emergency, closed borders and locked down schools and businesses to curb the spread of the coronavirus, bringing domestic interest rates to historic low levels. 

Yanyazwa kabubulai walukululwa

WINDOKO – Muzamaisi wa katengo kakatalima mayemo akutuituta, ili kakazibahala ka NQA Frans Gertze, yana tamilwe kakalezo ya kukunupa musala’ hae hasilezi, nalukuluzwi mwakhuta ya muatuli yomunyinyani mwa Windoko, kasamulaho taba yahae izwisiwa. 

EIF awarded for sustainable finance

The Environmental Investment of Namibia (EIF) has been awarded a Sustainable Finance Award by the city of Karlsruhe in Germany for Outstanding Sustainable Project Financing recognising its success in financing Climate-Change Resilient livelihoods. 

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No fracking to be conducted in Namibia – MME

The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) has refuted allegations in an article in a local newspaper, stating that fracking will take place in the Okavango Delta, and assured the public that all necessary environmental impact permits for the project are in place.

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Vatuva laid to rest at Omungwelume

ONGWEDIVA – The first commissioner of the northern region and first governor of Oshana, region Silvanus Vatuva, was hailed as a dedicated teacher, freedom fighter, businessman, farmer, family man, philanthropist and a friend to all.

May we not lose ourselves

Looking at the world we find ourselves in, it is very easy to get lost. With all these concepts, ideologies, myths, lies, misconceptions, and deceptions, only few will survive and live to be who they truly were meant to be.

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Kwaito has derailed in Namibia

Best Kwaito artist of NAMAs 2020, Sunday Shipushu, known as Sunny Boy, has said the Kwaito genre in Namibia has derailed a bit due to another genre that has taken over the industry, which indirectly leads to people forgetting the genre.

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Kati, Namibia’s first cotton eater

Creative director, conceptual model and stylist Silvanus Ndiweda, aka ‘Kati the cotton eater’, is undeniably making a mark in the Namibian fashion scene with his unique crazy vintage style, which makes him Namibia’s first cotton eater.

My candid view - Namibia in need of sports museum, national sports day

Having closely followed the events of the past almost two weeks, from the passing of the legendary former Brave Warriors coach Seth Boois to the family of the deceased requesting President Hage Geingob to confer hero status on Boois and have him buried at the Heroes Acre, I noticed that Namibia is again being reminded of the urgent need to establish a fully-fledged sports museum and if need be, a sports remembrance site to honour the country’s past and present sporting heroes.

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Junior tennis tournament this weekend

Action in the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) returns this weekend with a junior tournament in the capital, which will mark the return of local tennis action after a month of inactivity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Opinion - The Land Indigenization Bill

The Affirmative Repositioning (AR), the only genuine leftist movement at the forefront of addressing landlessness and housing challenges in Namibia - on behalf of citizens and land activists submitted to the National Assembly on 18 March 2019 during a #MarchForLand demonstration and again resubmitted on 23 June 2020 “The Land Indigenization Bill” for the decisive legislation to solve the land question at a legislative level.

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Venaani labels  Swapo MPs ‘cowards’ 

Leader of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) McHenry Venaani has labelled Swapo parliamentarians “cowards” after the ruling party MPs shot down a motion he wanted to table in parliament on Wednesday to discuss the unfolding political situation in neighbouring Zimbabwe. 

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MPs back revised Orasecom agreement

National Assembly members this week were mostly in support of the revised Orange-Senqu Watercourse Commission (Orasecom) Agreement following a motion tabled by agriculture, water and land reform minister Calle Schlettwein in which he asked lawmakers for endorsement of the new plan. 

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Vries pens new deal with Swallows

Namibian veteran goalkeeper Virgil Vries has signed a new contract with South African club Swallows FC, who were recently crowned 2019/20 champions of that country’s GladAfrica Championship and gained automatic promotion to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for next season.

Business as usual at Keetmanshoop Urban

KEETMANSHOOP— //Kharas regional council chairperson Jan Scholtz said the daily administrative and political functioning of the Keetmanshoop Urban constituency office has not been hampered since the death of councillor Maxie Minnaar. 

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Mayor’s trust reaches out to the vulnerable

KEETMANSHOOP – As part of its core objective to assist vulnerable members of the community, the Keetmanshoop Mayor’s Trust recently handed over school uniforms, beddings, educational materials school children, needy parents and the town’s Covid-19 isolation centre. 

Dispatched thoughts - Hard work never disappoints

Nothing beats hard work, we have heard it before and read about it countless times, that behind every success is pure unfiltered hard work, putting in the time and energy to do what needs to be done, no matter how minuscule or insignificant it seems to be, there is always work to be done.

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Zulu Boy turns passion into impact

Growing up with charitable parents, visual artist, Pinehas Shikulo popularly known as Zulu Boy’s dream was to always make a positive impact in his community, and it is turning into a reality.

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Young potential voters’ views on the upcoming elections

In light of the ongoing supplementary registration of voters for the upcoming regional council and local authority elections, Youth Corner contacted young potential voters from across the country to find out if they are going to vote in the elections and the importance thereof.

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GIPF distances itself from erroneous media report

The GIPF has distanced itself from an erroneous news report, which inaccurately reported that the fund, in partnership with the Grootfontein Constituency Office and the Grootfontein Municipality, built a house for a family and committed to paying the water and electricity bills of the owner.  

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Covid-19 closed global doors for diamonds 

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has shattered global demand for luxury goods, including Namibian diamonds. Kennedy Hamutenya, CEO of Namibia Dessert Diamonds (NAMDIA) said in the last quarter of the financial year, in mid-January, the diamond industry was severely impacted by the outbreak of the pandemic.

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N$500 basic income grant proposed

The Basic Income Grant Coalition of Namibia has again called on government to start pushing for the urgent implementation of the universal basic income grant (BIG) through which a proposed cash payment of N$500 will be paid to people aged 19 to 59 every month. 

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Importance of water to livestock

Many farmers seem to focus more on forage or feed intake as the factor that contributes to livestock performance, however, all physiological processes responsible for intake, reproduction, growth, milk and meat production, amongst others, depend on water.

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Embracing digital Govt during pandemic

The prime minister’s office has encouraged government offices to embrace and enhance the use of digital technology to enable the work from home strategy and to minimize exposure of employees to the novel coronavirus. 

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LPM slaps back at Venaani

The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) has slammed the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president McHenry Venaani over his recent comments in which he warned against “new political messiahs”. 

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Coastal estate agent guilty of theft

Windhoek High Court acting Judge Eileen Rakow last week convicted coastal estate agent Erwin Sprangers on five counts of theft by conversion and one count of money laundering but acquitted him on a count of fraud over N$6.7 million he stole from Democratic Republic of Congo army general Francois Olenga. 

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Opinion - I`m in a state of denial

The last six weeks has witnessed the passing of so many people of quality in Namibia: Dr Van Zyl, a scientist of high repute from Outjo, living in the United States, Honourable Dirk Mudge, mentor of the Namibian state and political leader of high standing. 

Katulo ya Masule ikafiwa mwaliviki zepeli

WINDOKO – Katulo mwataba yeo mubatisisi yomuhulu mwa ofesi yelwanisa litaba za bulyangelino ili yezibahala ka ACC Phelem Masule, ya zekisa Ngambela Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila hala kulundulwa fasitulo sa litaba za kubatisisa ni kuzekisa, mazazinyana amano huliswa ika fiwa la 28 Muimunene.

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FirstRand profit before tax down to N$1.21 billion

The greatest health threat of a generation that has impacted every single economy in the world, the global Covid-19 pandemic, was the main reason that FirstRand Namibia’s profit before tax decreased by almost a quarter (23.7%), from N$1.58 billion in 2019 to N$1.21 billion this year.

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FYM goes online

Free Your Mind (FYM) has decided to get on the bandwagon of going digital, as the pandemic has hampered gatherings under stage three regulations.

A Day in the life of Paula - Plant your seed

If we want the world to accept us as we are, we have to let people be who they are. Whether that’s rude, obnoxious, disrespectful or ignorant, you have to accept that you can’t change people. You can influence change in them, but you can’t make them change

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Woody quits as Warriors assistant coach

Local gaffer Woody Jacobs yesterday tendered his resignation as Brave Warriors assistant coach, saying lack of trust and an unconducive working relationship between him and his employer, the Namibia Football Association (NFA), led to his decision to resign.

Opinion - Pulling together at once

In his powerful quote, Martin Niemöller (1892 – 1984), a Lutheran minister and early Nazi supporter, who was later imprisoned for opposing Hitler›s regime, expressed his sentiments in the following words: “First, they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

Editorial - Fighting dirty money and illicit flows

The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) this week lifted the lid on Namibia’s link to dirty money after it red-flagged an astronomical N$17 billion as suspected proceeds of illegal activities. Of the N$17 billion, a massive N$10 billion is linked to the Fishrot scandal, which has led to the arrest of former Cabinet ministers Sacky Shanghala and Bernhard Esau as well as businessmen

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Lingering vandalism irks governor

Khomas governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua has expressed concern over some members of the public’s non-adherence to Covid-19 state of emergency regulations as well as the rampant vandalism of property meant to help fight the pandemic in the informal settlements such as water tanks. 

Masule ruling in two weeks 

The ruling in the matter in which Anti-Corruption Commission chief investigator Phelem Masule is suing Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila over his unceremonious removal as chief of investigations and prosecutions barely a few days after he attained the promotion, will be delivered on 28 September. 

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Church, ministry differ on Covid burials

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) has demanded government bury persons who succumbed to the novel coronavirus in a dignified manner, including providing coffins, especially to the less fortunate whose families may not be in a position to afford them. 

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Finance ministry paid out 96% of EIG applicants

The ministry of finance yesterday announced that about 96% of applicants benefited from the emergency income grant (EIG) that government initiated in April to assist the less privileged and vulnerable members of society from the devastating economic impact of Covid-19. 

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Downward spiral in house prices seemingly over

FNB’s second-quarter Residential Property Report states that although property market sentiments may appear to point to a further decline in house prices due to expected distressed sales, the bank nonetheless believes the downward trend has seemingly reached its pinnacle for two reasons.

NSFAF students will not forfeit their non-tuition fees

Following weeks of uncertainty over the issue of laptop procurement, higher education minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi yesterday assured students funded by the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) will not forfeit their non-tuition fees as per the signed contract. 

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Long sentence sought for farm killer

A farmworker from Gobabis, who admitted at the start of his trial to killing his girlfriend by stabbing her at least 13 times with a knife and crushing her skull with an axe during October 2016, will be sentenced on 30 September. 

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AR demands Keetmanshoop by-election

The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement on Monday called for the withdrawal of the Electoral Commission of Namibia’s decision not to hold a by-election at Keetmanshoop Urban constituency, arguing it is unlawful and not in compliance with the Regional Council Act.

Virus defers baby-dumping trial

The Covid-19 stage three restrictions in Windhoek has caused a temporary delay in the trial of a teenage girl, who is accused of dumping her dead infant last year after giving birth at home in Katutura. 

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Lack of information thwarts the success of start-ups

Brandberg Global  , an organisation aimed at providing valuable resources for start-ups to enable them to perform at their highest potential created an online platform to assist local start-ups to have abundance access to information about the entrepreneurial journey.

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Schwenk still wants to sell Namibian interests

Despite the rejection by the Namibian Competition Commission (NACC) of the proposed acquisition of Schwenk Namibia, which owns the majority shares in Ohorongo Cement, by West China Cement, Schwenk International in Germany has confirmed further interest to sell its Namibian subsidiary SCHWENK Namibia (PTY) Ltd.

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ECN says 2014 voter cards are still valid

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) yesterday assured electorates that voter cards issued to eligible voters in 2014 during the general registration of voters can still be used in this year’s regional council and local authority elections. 

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Live ammunition uncovered buried in Zambezi

Live ammunition was found early this week and buried at the Lizauli area of Mulikete in the Zambezi region. The police on Monday detonated the ammunition, which was discovered by Nored employees who were clearing business in the area. 

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Murder suspect failed to disclose doctor’s note

A superintendent responsible for the section where murder accused Marcus Thomas is held at the Windhoek Correctional Facility told the court yesterday the American never disclosed to them a letter in which a private doctor recommended for him to be put in isolation pending a Covid-19 test. 

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The Damascus Goat

For those who may have never seen a Damascus goat, you are in for a surprise. To say they look like something out of a horror film is an understatement, though they are a very useful breed.