• August 19th, 2019
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Be your own woman

It is often with envy that I look at other women and their seemingly perfect lives and perfect families. Neatly turned out for church, family functions, not a scuff mark on their trousers or shoes, hair and clothes

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Rising to the occasion for Sanjo

A few years ago, I was approached by management and staff of Sanjo Senior Secondary School in Zambezi Region to serve as its patron. I have much interest in education for I believe it’s key to success. I accepted

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Appreciating our country

Our public discourse is very much dominated by negative narratives on our country and the way we go about things. However, I am of the view that there is so much we as Namibians should appreciate our country for. Hence, the purpose of this article is to try to make our people aware of what a good country, in all relative terms, we are living in. I will confine myself to a few areas including the political, economic and social factors which I think we should be appreciative of. 

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Thinkers are needed

Descartes’ old maxim goes like this: “I think, therefore I am.” Much has been said and written about that and some have even suggested that we need to add to the maxim the element of belonging and perhaps

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Nujoma turns 90: My thoughts

It’s worthy celebrating the 90th birthday of Dr Sam Nujoma, first President and founder member of Swapio Party, commander-in-chief of PLAN, first president of the republic, first commander-in-chief of our armed forces and first chancellor of the University of Namibia. 

A tribute to the Queen of Church Music

Musical chords from organs and pianos add flavours to hymns and they uplift the spirits of worshipers during church services, giving them the imaginations of the songs of angels and cherubs. This is particularly true when one has the likes of Tuovi-Kaarina Pennanen behind the church organ keyboard.   

Effective internal control systems in the Namibia public sector

Internal control refers to the whole system of controls, established by the management, in order to carry out the business of the enterprise in an orderly and efficient manner, to ensure adherence to management policies, safeguard of the assets and ensure as far as possible the completeness and accuracy of the records (Chorifas, 2005). 

Racism is not a game

Whether by design or by some mistake, the matter of racism seems to spark temporal outrage, to then later settle in some archives and herbinate until the matter is reinvented as a tropical force of nature beyond human control.

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 tragedy of Governance in Sudan 

Peaceful demonstrations broke-out all over Sudan on 19th December 2018. Many Sudanese cities and sometimes villages took part in this public protest movement against the government of field marshal Omar Al-Bashir. 

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Climate Change manifestation into drought

The climate change topic has been well elaborated on for years now. It appears to be evident that the effects of climate change on agriculture are observed in many parts of the world. The arid regions  of  southern  Africa  of  which  Namibia  is  part, the  effects  of  climate  change  have  been observed. Agriculture in Namibia rests on both livestock and crop, of which the livestock industry pre-dominates. Both these industries are vulnerable to the unforgiving climatic conditions such as drought and floods, including concomitant events such as pests and disease outbreaks.

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Open Letter to All Motorists in Namibia

Your attitude makes a difference to road safety. In all consciousness of the peak time for road accidents, we express the urgent priority to take the necessary precautions to reduce the high number of road accidents on our roads during the festive/holiday season by practicing safe and cautious driving. 

Africa’s blue economy

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

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Teacher interviews riddled with nepotism and favouritism

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

Income disparity a ticking time bomb

“Do the right things properly to succeed,” roared Theo Ben Gurirab, then Speaker of the National Assembly, in 2012. He was discussing the big problem of income disparity where some citizens have a lion’s share of income in the country. Income disparity in general, and poverty in particular, are not just about income. 

Spend wisely this festive season

To have a memorable holiday season, shouldn’t mean you need to go into debt, and by keeping your finances under control you can keep the other challenging aspects of the holiday in check as well. 

Traditional authorities becoming too political

I have learned with dismay and shock the ongoing intervention of traditional authorities in political parties’ internal affairs. Traditional leaders have turned political leaders, their statements at public gatherings are not cultural or traditional related anymore, but too political. 

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.

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. 

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Why the best time to invest in Africa is now!

Africa is the most profitable region in the world. A report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development states that between 2006 and 2011, Africa had the highest rate of return on inflows of Foreign Direct Investment: 11,4 percent. This is compared to 9,1 percent in Asia, 8,9 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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An open letter to defaulting NSFAF employed beneficiaries

I am compelled by two reasons to write this letter to you, dear NSFAF beneficiaries. Firstly, I am consciously bound to finish what I once championed for. During my studies at Unam, I championed for the call for the government study loans for all needy students at tertiary institutions.

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Discipline nurture Stabilisation

Socrates have proclaimed that discipline is the highest level of education that can be attained by an educated human being. Yet, still, discipline can still be held in exception of education background. Many times, we have come across with sentiments about discipline, issues about discipline as well as conducts about discipline. From my point of view, I define discipline as an art of adhering and honouring the defined and established norms (law) and customs of a particular culture for a certain society, nation, community, institution and so forth.