Poverty in Namibia still bears a distinct rural face, with the poorest regions being those in which the majority of the population live in rural areas of the country.
It is no secret that the public service is confronted with massive unethical issues.
I recently participated in a webinar on the future of food; however, the two variables did not seem to have appeared in the discussion.
The word renaissance means an activity or time of great revival or rebirth.
Namibia by nature is an arid dry country. According to the worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data, 2020, the country’s population stands at 2 546 249.
The African American minister and black nationalist, Malcom X, aptly described the power of the media when he said, “the media is the most powerful entity on earth.
The outbreak of Covid-19 has quickly evolved from a local issue to a global crisis. In addition to the tragic human loss, the disease is having and will continue to have a profound economic impact.
In this article, I am going to share with you my personal experience of teaching during the pandemic and encourage the education fraternity to keep up with the heroic work of obliging to the World Health Organisation’s measures during the physical contact phase. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.”
For reasons only known to a selected few, under some unknown and unsubstantiated reasoning, coupled with non-existent supporting arguments, a new regional capital for Oshikoto region was agreed
Last Sunday, Namibians witnessed another high-level display of unmatched accountability and transparency, when President Hage Geingob led the Swapo Party to account on the Fishrot saga in a live streamed and broadcasted address to the Namibian nation.
Namibia’s education system hangs on four fundamental goals, namely, equity, quality, access and democracy. Coronavirus has surprisingly sent a devastating shockwave across the globe.
In many countries including Namibia, the central role of government in the developmental and economic sphere is building infrastructure and establishing a suitable regulatory framework for economic activities to take place in a safe and predictable environment.
It is with so much sadness and regrets that I have to observe the continued silence of the DKC on the deliberate omission of the Damaran from the Genocide Talks.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Peya Mushelenga, on Wednesday tabled the Access to Information Bill, which will remove one of the obstacles that have been hampering Namibian journalists from accessing critical information when they rightly want to inform the public.
I refer to the editor’s guest letter by Dr Bernard Haufiku of Friday 22 May 2020, in The Namibian newspaper, which reads “Setting up a National Health Service”.
Recently, social media has been abuzz with disquieting extracts of articles, blogs and video clips portraying the Ovahimba/Ovaherero people as perverts who offer free sex to cousins and best friends – so much so that one blogger jokingly mocked: “if you want free sex, go to Namibia.”
As Covid-19 continues to spread around the globe, repatriated Namibians, such as myself, are wrestling with the uncomfortable side effect of widespread infectious disease: quarantine. A quarantine is designed to keep high-risk individuals who may have been exposed to the virus in isolation during the disease’s infectious period, to see if they became sick. Since Covid-19’s incubation period is believed to be 14 days or fewer, that is how long the quarantine period has lasted for the Namibians who have since returned home. For some, quarantine is merely inconvenient, or at worst, dull. For others, especially those quarantined without their luggage, like myself, the situation is more precarious.
Learners, teachers, parents and the government cannot wait for education to return to its traditional classroom setting. The Covid-19 pandemic appears to be under control in Namibia and some education stakeholders have agreed that schools should commence on 3 June 2020, for pupils in critical grades, especially in grade 11 and 12. However, this should be conducted in a strategic manner, taking all impacts of Covid-19 into consideration, to ensure that when school starts, teaching and learning is carried out effectively.
Dr Vincent Mwange wrote a very interesting piece that was published last Friday (15th May 2020) in New Era. The opinion piece that was titled The dissolution of Namibian Parliament at the end of its term argues that the Namibian parliament should be dissolved at the end of its term, i.e. before the holding of the next national elections. The esteemed scholar argues that it is “good governance practice” to do so.
Today with gig economy, so much have changed in career-graded opportunities. Human resources is considered to be the umbrella of all other aspects in people management and shaping the organisations policies and developments. The geography in human resources have changed with the merger of artificial intelligence, is with these sentiments that human resources leaders or bosses needs to rethink policy developments. Human resources leaders’ needs to understand the high level of diversity contained in the economy with the understanding of the ageing population and the revolution of millenniums.
The celebration of International Nurses’ Day on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 coincides with the International Year of Nurses and Midwives.
Namibia should dissolve parliament at the end of its term because it is a good governance practice. Dissolution is a formal word used for the end of a period of parliament. It usually ensues ahead of a general election for a new parliament.
Many articles you read about people’s experiences as tourists in Namibia always highlight the amazing vast landscapes, the friendly people and the unique environment it has to offer.
We are at a critical juncture as a nation! Karsten Voigt, one of the great German thinkers opined, “Anyone who wants to be pioneer must first be capable of contemplation. Thinking ahead is thus nothing other than a form of contemplation directed towards the future.”
Covid-19 has undeniably pushed forward the Fourth Industrial Revolution where workers are no more required to be hands on but are required to be computer savvy and mobile in terms of working from home and independently. This is on top of having other crucial social and technical skills.
The First World countries have recorded the most coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases worldwide. As of 15 April 2020, the United States of America (USA) recorded over 614 000 Covid-19 cases (the highest in the world), followed by Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. USA and Italy also recorded the highest number of deaths due to Covid-19.
We are in a time where the world is trying to find a vaccine for the coronavirus that has instilled so much panic and fear in people. Countries around the world have closed schools, universities and churches. Other countries have now decided to take serious measures such as closing down their borders. Moreover, many countries have enacted state of emergencies to control the movements of their citizens as a means to curb the further spread of the virus.
To those providing essential services (doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health workers, soldiers, police officers, shop personnel, guards, cleaners and all those whose service is essential that they cannot stay home and thus serving as our first line of defence during this difficult time of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), I am writing to salute you for a great job you are doing.
The reason Coronavirus was declared a global pandemic is this crisis, the worst catastrophe post-World War II, is spreading at unprecedented levels, overwhelming health sectors in America and Europe, where health facilities are adequately funded and are world-class with modern equipment.
As a curriculum study student, I have analysed the revised broad curriculum of Namibia, which was implemented in 2015. Despite the challenges, we face daily, and the fact that many loose ends need tying up, there is still hope.
The internationally dreaded coronavirus has sadly invaded Namibian borders as well. In response, the government rightly declared a state of emergency aimed at introducing measures to detect, combat, contain and minimise the spread of the virus among the population.
It is relieving to see and hear how the government is working hard in putting up measures to prevent and try to contain the two confirmed coronavirus cases from further spreading. It is a relief knowing that events that may attract Covid-19 on a high scale have been postponed or even suspended.
The spectre of Covid-19 has befallen the world, creating a wave of global shock with reported cases mounting to approximately over 200 000 worldwide, claiming over 8 000 lives (World Health Organisation, 2020). Furthermore, according to the WHO approximately 151 countries have reported cases of Covid-19 of which 30 are from the African continent.
The majority of Namibians are young people, and these young people are brimming with high amounts of energy and hopes for a better future.
Swapo Party constitution gave rights to its members to express themselves and articulate their opinions in the interests of betterment of the party and membership
The recent attempts to oust democratically elected President Dr Hage Geingob have reference. The AR has launched a programme of action throughout Namibia to oust the Namibian government, yet all the state institutions and offices accept these actions as constitutional and as part of democracy.
“O Lord help us who roam about. Help us who have been placed in Africa and have no dwelling place of our own. Give us back our home,” reads an excerpt from a prayer that Chief Hosea Kutako wrote to the United Nations with Rev. Michael Scott in 1945.
In all my 10 years of international education experience I have never seen results so immediately visible and compelling. Last week, I travelled to Botswana to visit a youth organization called Young love which is implementing a remediation program called “Teaching at the Right Level” that is spreading like wildfire across India and Africa. Ricella Mburuu, originally from Khorixas, is an education student at the University of Namibia and went with me.
No person may be discriminated against on the basis of sex. This is affirmed by Article 23 (3) of the Namibian Constitution that states, “It shall be permissible to have regard to the fact that women in Namibia have traditionally suffered special discrimination, and that they need to be encouraged and enabled to play a full, equal and effective role in the political, social and economic and cultural life of the nation.”
The sovereign and democratic state of Namibia is founded on supremacy of the constitution and rule of law, which prevails over the dictates of men. Notwithstanding the sovereign nature of the Namibian populace, the sovereign powers must be exercised within the ambit of the Constitution and applicable laws to enjoy legitimacy.
Let me make it clear from the outset that when I refer to foreigners in this article, it is not because I am against foreign nationals, I am referring only to those foreigners who apparently acquire Namibian national documents through bribery.
In a letter dated 17 December 2019, the Judge President of the High Court of Namibia, Petrus Damaseb, asks the Law Society of Namibia for ‘comments and suggestions before he can finalise an Amendment to the Rules of the High Court of Namibia, High Court Act 1990 for approval by the President of the Republic of Namibia for signing’.
Besides the collapse of many sectors and the unprecedented retrenchment of thousands of workers, especially in the construction, mining, and retail sectors, one happens to wonder why our policymakers are still high on the idea of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) being the only messiah of our ailing economy.
I hereby on my own behalf submit the objection as per abovementioned subject. As a neighbour to the aforesaid land applied for by the office of the Vice President, I am submitting this objection as descendant of landless, land dispossessed people and a generational farm worker child of Namibia.
A certain Vilho Mbangu has written, in a Namibian context, an insightful and informative article on the subject matter back in May 2019.
Namibia, where the Sahel meets the desert, a rarely heard of African country, is located on the southwest coast of Africa on the Atlantic Ocean between Angola, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, on an area of 826 thousand square kilometers, inhabited by as low as 2.6 million people.
We recently celebrated World Children’s Day on Monday 20th November, which is supposed to help promote the rights of children and improve the lives of disadvantaged children across the world. I am deeply dismayed as to why no one has spoken out for all the little boys and girls of Zimbabwe who are currently living way below poverty, with some going a whole day without eating.
“Men who are much more religious than their partners are especially likely to perpetrate domestic violence (Simister & Kowalewska)”
Earlier this week I visited relatives in Ohangwena region, and the following demise was narrated to me. An elderly past her 70s, and his 50-something son live a pauper life, close to nothing at all, just because they do not hold any Namibian national documents.
Agriculture is one of the most important sectors in the Namibian economy. Despite the continued effects of climate change, Namibia has been blessed with rich fertile land in various parts of the country, in
Recent years have seen an increasing acquisition and usage of various Information and Communication Technologies being utilized to achieve different objectives in different sectors of the economy. Most of
Namibia celebrated 29 years of independence, which has brought human development, infrastructural
President Geingob recently participated in the International Labor Organisation (ILO) Report of the Global commission on the Future of Work in Durban, South Africa. In his remarks, and like many other politicians,
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.
The two main reasons why African nationalism gained strength after World War II were the involvement of African soldiers in World War II and the formation of the United Nations.
I was very much disappointed to read information contained in the New Era editorial of Friday 21 June 2019.
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.
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.
I agree 100 percent with works and transport minister John Mutorwa that it is high time TransNamib extended its Railways Line Network to neighbouring countries such as Angola, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Many at times when I listen to the radio or go through social media comments, citizens at various localities are expressing their concerns about the service being delivered by their Village Councils, Town Councils and Municipalities.
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).
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.
This is in response to an article dated February 15 2019 in New Era newspaper titled: “Venaani wants action on deadwood MPs”.
South Africa is in the middle of a severe outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Although it’s not harmful to humans, it causes mouth ulcers and foot lesions in hoofed animals such as cattle, goats and camels, making them lame.
I have noted with interest an article published in the Namibian Sun newspaper 8th January 2019, front page headlined: “Swapo liberation victory falsified – Diescho”. The article distort the history of the liberation struggle of the people of Namibia led by their vanguard movement Swapo, and I wish to put things into perspective.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
I read with utter dismay and shock a so-called statement issued in condemnation of a certain Henny Seibeb, during the land conference protest of the landless Namibians, by Chief Immanuel /Gaseb of the !Oe-#gan Traditional Authority.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On behalf of the National Assembly of the Republic of Namibia, I as the Speaker of the National Assembly wish to express our profound, heart-felt sympathy and condolences to the family of the late Dr Kofi Annan as well to the government and the people of Ghana.
August 1 marked the first anniversary of the burial of Brother Bankie Forster Bankie. We laid him to rest in Windhoek, Namibia in 2017 after his tragic passing a month or so earlier.
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.