• July 11th, 2020

National

Nearly 6 000 out of jobs

For the past three months nearly 400 local companies have given notice of their intention to retrench a total of 5 748 workers, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt economies across the world. 

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Tribute to a fallen hero and educationist

On 27 June 2020, I had the privilege and honour to attend the burial of my former principal and mentor, one of the illustrious and iconic sons of Namibia, Alfons Mono Dikuua, from the formidable Hambukushu Royal Family. In this tribute, I start my writing with the following expression, wherever he finds himself right now:

Ondjira okomurungu okurwisa omarunga wovinamwinyo

Otjomuise- Kombundo’ mieze vivari no ma yuva yetatu ndinondi otjiuru tjo porise ya  Namibia, Omukondonenene Ongenera Sebastian Ndeitunga,  okuza no ku karyangera ovaÞuta va Pukiro mena rongendo yo u runga wo vi namwinyo, owo nai mbu tjiheri ko u runga nu ngwari mbwarira okupunda,  kapena otji¿a na tjimwe tjatjitwa.

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Covid-19: MPs brace for the long haul

Covid-19 is a global public health challenge but in Africa, the malady has metamorphosed into an “economic pandemic”, requiring bold and innovative parliamentary responses, SADC Members of Parliament have been told.

Nombunga mpatanesi kuna kurwanesa SWAPO

Nombunga politika dakara asi mpombongarero zanavenye kuna lipakerere omu dina kutjilisa  mbunga zaSWAPO asi tavazi kompanguro morwa mavango nye aga gakara gonokomitiyee omu mbunga zaSWAPO vana hara kugusa mavango nagenye vakare vanasipundi novanasipundi gona morwa ngesi awo kuna kuoma asi kapi yina wapa omu vana litumbura velike.

//Kharas schools safely reopen

In light of a government directive allowing learners from pre-primary to grade 3 to resume classes yesterday, New Era visited some schools in Keetmanshoop to establish their preparedness for the face-to-face learning amid the seismic pandemic.

Shipanga described as ‘source of wisdom’

Popular Democratic Movement leader McHenry Venaani has described the late educationist Martin Shipanga’s dedication and commitment to drive a generation of black people out of the “doldrums of hopelessness” as noteworthy to become a standing leader in society.

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Blueberry harvest in full swing

MASHARE - Mashare irrigation project, which is being run by a local company, Konigstein Capital, on Friday started harvesting blueberries at the N$90 million plantation in the Kavango East region.

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MPs put SRHR issues under scrutiny

A capacity development workshop for members of parliament on issues of sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR), HIV and AIDS is scheduled to take place in Otjiwarongo on Thursday and Friday this week.

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Law firm loses lawsuit over N$3.1 million 

An attempt by law firm Shikongo Law Chambers to claim N$3.1 million from a Chinese construction company in legal fees allegedly accrued during a court challenge of the cancelled N$7 billion Hosea Kutako International Airport tender was shot down by the High Court last week.

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Minister on warpath over audit

Defence minister Peter Vilho shot back at the auditor general’s office, describing the institution’s staff as a “sabre-toothed tigers” who are in the habit of instilling fear in the lives of executive directors with threats of adverse opinions and subpoena.

PDM bashes councillor accused of assault 

RUNDU - The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has condemned in the strongest terms the “criminal acts” of Rundu Rural constituency councillor who was last week granted bail in the local court after allegedly assaulting a pensioner. 

Limembala za Swapo kwa Kongola lisabisa kuipangula

Kongola – Limembala zeñwi za kopano ya Swapo mwa silalanda sa Kongola, kuzwelela kwa mitayi yelishumi kayemine mwasilalanda sa Kongola, mwasikiliti sa Zambezi basabisa kuli bakaipangula hakutaha kwa liketisa za milonga ni likiliti zesataha silimo se, bakeñisa kuli kopano ipalezwi kutatulula misunga yezwelapili mwasilalanda.

LPM MPs claim they were provoked

Landless People’s Movement (LPM) parliamentarians yesterday claimed provocation by Swapo members in the National Assembly, asserting that ruling party MPs were allowed to call opposition leaders derogatory names without any injunction from the presiding officer. 

Kavango regions record nearly 7 000 malaria cases 

While the country is in the throes of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, cases of malaria caused by mosquitos are on the increase in the two Kavango regions, where the disease claimed 14 lives since January until last week on Wednesday, confirmed the chief medical officer.

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Villagers outraged over illegal fencing

Residents of Siraro village of Mpungu constituency in Kavango West have written a petition focusing on the transgressions of a man who has lived at that village for four years but had to be evicted for grabbing communal land on several occasions.

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Preacher Babi appears on bribery charges

Self-proclaimed prophet Jackson Babi and his co-accused Ananias Ananias, who were initially arraigned on charges of being in possession of rhino horns, appeared on a separate charge in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court for offering a N$13 000 bribe to investigation officers last Friday. 

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Making hay while the sun shines

Following consecutive debilitating droughts that devastated the crop and livestock sectors the recent rainy season has brought much relief to both commercial and communal farmers who have now recorded bumper harvests. 

Main central dams have enough water – NamWater

The three dams that supply water to the central areas have enough water to last for the next two years, NamWater chief executive officer Abraham Nehemia has assured the nation in light of a previous series of dry spells that depleted the country’s main supply dams.   

Poor roads hamper rural development - Ndevashiya

The lack of proper road networks in Ohangwena region, especially in remote areas, remains a hindrance to development in rural areas but the non-existence of roads also affects the movement of residents in those areas, lamented Ohangwena Governor Walde Ndevashiya.

Reconciliation debate stirs emotions

The recognition of Chief Hosea Kutako by naming the country’s international airport after him and placing Chief Hendrik Witbooi’s face on the monetary unit are symbolic and don’t relieve the suffering and historic poverty entrapment of their communities that have still not structurally been addressed.

Gobabis demarcates stadium for trucks

In light of a directive from the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development to local authorities, the Gobabis Municipality resolved to prohibit long-distance trucks to park or overnight in town with effect from 3 July 2020, stated the CEO of the Gobabis Municipality, Ignatius Thudinyane.

Swapo members in Kongola threaten revolt

Some Swapo members from the party’s 14 branches in Kongola district in the Zambezi region are threatening to revolt against the party come the local and regional elections slated for later this year for its alleged failure to resolve long-standing internal disputes.

PDM members square off in court

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has defended the Electoral Commission of Namibia’s decision to amend its party list of officials that were sworn in as members of the National Assembly in March this year. 

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Speaker honours late parliamentarian

Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi has described the late parliamentarian Clara //Gowases as a selfless individual whose commitment to parliamentary work has contributed immensely to the progress of the legislature. 

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//Kharas strives to eradicate bucket toilets

As a means of complying with efforts towards the successful implementation of Vision 2030 which espouses the provision of improved sanitation and good hygiene, the //Kharas Regional Council held ground-breaking ceremonies for the construction of flush toilets to replace bucket toilets at Aroab and Aus.

Nguuru kakandwirepo nonkango dopamuhoko

KEETMANSHOOP- //Kharas, nguuru Aletha Fredericks kakandwirepo nonkango edi karuganesere gumwe dokuhamena konavaNama edi dina kara asi mitili gumwe kadiruganesere ogu vana kugazarera asi nare kakamonekere kompanguro momandaha.

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Chinese businesses distribute free food

Chinese business people have committed to remain firm in the multi-sectoral effort to help the Namibian government to fight the Covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted global economic activities, by pledging to help feed those in need in the Oshikoto region.

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Opinion - Saving Swapo from corruption

Firstly, I will start off with explaining what this heading means. Virtually, we have come to understand that Swapo as an organisation has always been a people`s organisation that has been loved so much, henceforth, the members of the Swapo party like myself call ourselves Swapos out of love and mere belonging.

Inmates repair broken school furniture 

RUNDU – Elizabeth Nepemba Correctional Facility in Kavango West region says it is pleased to assist nearby schools with restoring their damaged school chairs and desks without compensation with the help of offenders who are being taught basic vocational technical skills.

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Embassy comes to aid of needy families

As part of its projects to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the German embassy will support needy families with food parcels in the areas of Gobabis, Witvlei in the Omaheke region and Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa region. 

Supreme Court goes digital

The Namibian Supreme Court has joined other jurisdictions in the region by having its first e-hearing or video conference hearing on Friday in a matter involving the government and the Namibia National Teachers Union. 

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Air Namibia, NAC revert to stage 1

As the number of coronavirus cases in the country spiked at the weekend, both Air Namibia and the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) confirmed an immediate lockdown of their respective head offices and a return to stage 1 Covid-19 lockdown measures due to possible exposure to the virus. 

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Job interviews a waste of time - teachers

OMUTHIYA - A number of unemployed qualified teachers staged a peaceful demonstration at Omuthiya on Friday where they demanded the abolishment of job interviews, claiming the process was a waste of resources as hundreds scramble for few posts. 

Katengo ka AR kandongwama liketisa za Njimwana 2020

Nihaike kamaiso ya katengo ka Affirmative Repositioning (AR), ibulela kuli maikuto ateñi atomami kwaliketisa za tutengo twa litolopo mwa kweli ya Njimwana, munyatisisi walitaba zalipolitiki ukengela kana katengo ka AR kakona kufetula lipolitiki zakona zaliswanelo za sicaba kuba lipolitiki zanaha.

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Harnessing and turning talents into a business

His greatest ambition lies in crafting a progressive and flourishing entertainment industry, hence he credits the likes of Robert Shipanga, Sula Kyababa, Fidel Odel, and DJ Remind as his biggest influencers who propelled him to start doing things on his own, mastering the craft of turning talents into a business.

Virus causing backlog in courts

 Justice minister Yvonne Dausab says although the judiciary did everything in its power to mitigate the most adverse effects that the Covid-19 pandemic has on the country, some risks were simply unavoidable.  

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Govt applauded for gender parity

International relations deputy minister Jenelly Matundu has applauded the government’s approach on gender issues, as well as efforts aimed at addressing violence against women and children in the country. 

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Otjitiro Otjindjandja tjekuru ma tji riyanene

Otjomuise- Okwiisira kovitjitwa peke peke mehi nganduu kouye wopendje katjisupi ongondoroka no ma zepero wo ndekurona ya Africa no mukwatera wa America, George Floyd, ongahukiro kutja OtjiÞiro Otjindjandja nambano tjekuru oku yenena oku riyanena no ku riyama embo riurisiwe nditja “Tjitjekura Tjeriyama”. 

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Opinion - The anti-pandemic experience of China

At the beginning of 2020, an outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, never seen before, raged around the world, posing a severe threat to the safety and health of all human beings. As one of the first virus-stricken countries, through months’ painstaking efforts and tremendous sacrifice, China has achieved an initial victory in containing the spread of the virus. 

Omuthiya gravel road to be upgraded

The Omuthiya Town Council yesterday announced its plans to upgrade a stretch of gravel road measuring 700 metres along Extension One to bitumen standards, bringing much relief to residents who, for years, endured dust from the busy route.

Education salaries gobble 80% of budget

The minister of education, Anna Nghipondoka, has noted with concern that the provision of physical education facilities such as additional classrooms, new schools, hostels and maintenance remains a challenge as the bulk of the ministry’s N$14 billion allocation goes to operational expenditure.

Fix ailing heath system - Moongo 

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian Winnie Moongo has raised concerns about the poor state of infrastructure at public hospitals, saying government should be focused on fixing the ailing health sector. 

SOEs receive N$1.3 billion budget

State-owned enterprises will receive N$1.3 billion with Air Namibia receiving the lion’s share of that budgetary allocation, minister of public enterprises Leon Jooste announced last week in parliament. 

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Opinion - Safeguard yourself from the cancel culture

When I was in India, I updated my Facebook status, saying “What is the use of wishing women a happy mother’s day while you respect animals more than them?”, went to church for a good three hours and came back to death threats from college mates and my broadcasting lecturer summoning me to his office.

Sibolile unga bueteleli bwa Ohangwena

WINDOKO – Yomuhulu wa Sipokola sa Naha Sebastian Ndeitunga uketile Elizabeth Sibolile kuba yomuhulu wa sipokola mwa sikiliti sa Ohangwena, kuyola Simeon Shindingwe yana pumuzi famusebezi kwamafelo akweli ya Kandao.

Tjatoro! Orata Ueseuapo matja

Otjomuise- TjaÞoro! Imbwii oomwano omuhona Hivirikee Uaseuapo mbwa yakurire ombuze ndjiheri ombuze otjate yokutja Orukondwa rwa Rongo aruhe nambano rwa pata kapena oma nyinga nyingiro.

APP concerned about youth unemployment

All People Party (APP) parliamentarian Erastus Shumbwa has raised concerns about the high unemployment rate among the country’s youth, saying serious measures are needed to tackle this problem head-on with bigger determination.

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Oniipa develops into a modern town

Oniipa Town Council CEO Jakob Junias said since the settlement was declared a village and a decade later upgraded to a town, there has been equitable development, while the living conditions of inhabitants have improved. 

Munangereka kagusirepo ehundiro lyendi lyongenderera 

Gumwe gadivikwa muhudisi Jackson Babi nkera kagusirepo ehundiro lyendi lyopangenderera eli gatuliremo muhahende gwendi Kadhila Amoomo kompanguro zekeguru sivike esi sina puko omu gahundilire asi ngano vahamukwata ntani vahaza vakakona kone embo lyendi nalinye morwa tayikara ngwendi kapisi paveta. 

Vana sure kavavatulire kevango lyekeverero

Varongwa vane wovamati womosure Swakopmenu secondery school nkera kavavakonakonene kokambumburu koCovid 19 konyima tupu opo kavalikidire asi awo kuna kara nouvera wesakisa -vana kutjangwilira asi kuvhura kukara uvera owu ngesi vana vatura mosipangero sepangero.

MP questions political will to fight corruption

Youthful Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian Inaaviposa Hengari said the cost of corruption in the public sector is paid for by poor people and unemployed young people who cannot get work because money intended for development is being used to purchase holiday homes and luxury cars.

Govt urged to support smallholder farmers

Government has been urged to support smallholder farmers in terms of improved seeds, fertilisers, logistics, water availability, training and appropriate implements. Landless People’s Movement (LPM) parliamentarian Edmund Isaaks requested the National Assembly last week.

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School readiness questions asked

NKURENKURU - Although school principals in the Kavango West region have indicated that they are coping with the current safety measures put in place during the reopening of face-to-face classes, some remain doubtful that the situation will remain the same once all learners return for lessons. 

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Budget offers balancing act - PM

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the budget presented by finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi balances between the need to enable the country to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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Universities should be research-oriented - Mushelenga 

Council members serving on local public universities should at least possess a minimum master’s degree qualification, information minister Peya Mushelenga proposed in the National Assembly last week. Mushelenga recommended to the minister of higher education, Itah Kandii-Murangi, that the acts governing tertiary institutions should be revisited to provide for appropriate requirements for membership to the councils of the two public institutions. 

Litopa za butokwa za kwalula mwa Zambezi

KATIMA MULILO – Baituti ba litopa za 11 ni 12 mwa sikiliti sa Zambezi nebakutezi kwasikolo, kasamulaho aliviki zakukwalwa kwalikolo zasicaba ni zakwa mukunda kuzwa mwakweli ya Lyatamani, ili kulatelela milao yakulwanisa kakokwani kakatasalize lifasi kafela ka Covid-19.

Muzeko wa mupolofita uiswa kwapili

WINDOKO – Yabizwa mupolofita Jackson Babi niya nyazwa niyena Frzans Naululu Dumeni, ili bane baswanela kubonahala mwa khuta ya muatuli mwa Windoko viki yefelile, kuli bayo ikupela kulibelela muzeko wabona kwande, nebaboni taba yabona iswa la 24 Sikulu kulumelela lipatisiso za sipokola kuzwelapili.

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PM justifies N$6.2b defence allocation

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has defended the N$6.2 billion allocated to the ministry of defence, saying civil operations of the ministry directly promote economic growth through their business activities and protection of the country’s natural resources.

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Critical grades resume classes in Zambezi

Grade 11 and 12 learners in Zambezi region have returned to school after weeks of nationwide closure that shut public and private schools since March due to the enforcement of the state of emergency that was triggered by the Covid-19 global pandemic.

//Kharas schools successfully reopen

With the reopening on Wednesday of both public and private schools for Grade 11 and 12 learners it was smooth sailing in the //Kharas region as the majority of schools successfully complied with the state of emergency regulations to ensure the virulent coronavirus is kept in check.

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Medical supplier donates 300 surgical masks

Stakeholders from the multi-sectoral stratum continued to show their support and assistance towards the containment of the fast-spreading Covid-19 pandemic when the Oshikoto Regional Council received 300 surgical masks from Element Medical Suppliers to be distributed to the most needy.

1400 kwagwana matengeko mosiruwo somunkama

Konyara vantu wokusika ko 1400 kwavapa matengekero morwa epuko eli vavagwana vaporosi mwaza sirongo morwa kapi vasikisamo veta ezi zo Covid 19 vatulire mosirugana kutunda mwa Nsinano 2020 ano ava vakwata kuna kara nye dogoro mwaKudumogona mvhura zeezi.

Toddlers drown

Two toddlers from Onamafila village in Ohangwena region and another from Tsumeb drowned in separate incidents on Sunday afternoon.

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No one should be left out - Hamman

Meatco new board chairperson Johnnie Hamman says the principle of inclusivity must play an integral part in taking the meat processing and marketing entity forward, adding that “no one should be left out”.

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Councillor denies favouring wife 

Karasburg East constituency councillor Dennis Coetzee has denied allegations that he deliberately withheld information from the public regarding the production of face masks in favour of a company owned by his wife. “Dennis Coetzee deliberately withheld information on a government tender for the manufacturing of face masks, in the process arranged that his wife’s company, Denacle Investments, be awarded the tender,” an aggrieved resident Jacobus Basson claimed in a petition seen by New Era.

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Mother dumps baby

The body of a baby girl, wrapped in plastic bags, was found during the morning hours of 1 June at the Eenhana municipal dumpsite by a group of women collecting refuse for recycling. 

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Nanso: Schools should not police pupils’ hairstyles

RUNDU - The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) says schools should not bar learners from attending classes because of their hairstyles.  “Nanso further calls on all schools across Namibia to adhere to the call by the ministry of education that no learner be sent home as a result of their hairstyle. Nanso calls on all learners to remain calm as we await on the guidelines from the Office of the Attorney General that will regulate this situation in both state and private schools,” Nanso spokesperson Dylan Mukoroli said in a statement. 

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Tunacor donates fish to 300 vulnerable households

Three hundred needy and vulnerable households in Kavango West last week received food parcels from Tunacor Fisheries Limited. The gesture aims to ease the threat of food insecurity being posed by the coronavirus global pandemic. The donation comprised of boxes of frozen fish, dry food and school stationery.  

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Governor wants border control measures strengthened

ARIAMSVLEI - As a region bordering directly with South Africa, which accounts for almost 80% of Namibia’s imports, a need exist to relook at Covid-19 mitigation measures in place at the Ariamsvlei and Noordoewer border posts, said //Kharas governor Aletha Fredericks.  The governor made the remarks during a stakeholder consultation meeting held last week at Ariamsvlei.

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Opinion - Racism: The George Floyd story

The world is in an uproar! The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020 in the USA was an act of premeditated murder as called by some.  Police in the United States of America has through the years being on a killing spree against people of colour, and nothing was being done against them. 

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Opinion - A tribute to global AIDS activist Larry Kramer

When Larry Kramer passed away on 27 May, the world lost an AIDS activist that many who are infected with or affected by HIV or AIDS might not know the critical role he played in the gains towards policy and treatment enjoyed today worldwide. It was his aggressive demands for a strong response to the AIDS crisis that helped change the US health policy in the 1980s and 90s, as he foresaw a disease that could kill millions irrespective of their sexual orientation and sadly, his prediction came to pass. 

ǀAeǁgams ge 20 000 maskerde Shanghaisa xu go !khō!oa

Shanghais, ǁnā haka !ā!khōmaidi, People’s Republiki Chinab dib didi ǀguis tsî ǁkhāti a !gâsa kai!ās ǀAeǁgams ǀkhas, ge 20 000 maskerde Namibiab dana!ās di ǁanǂgāsabena huis nē ǁōsa khoraǂuisensa ǁkhaes !aroma ge ǀkhae. Shanghais ge !khawagas Yangtze !āb dis !nâ ǂnôa tsî 24.3 miljun ǁanǂgāsabena ūhâ. Shanghais ge hoa !hūbaisises ǁîsa marisi aib ais tsî !kharaga ǂâiǀgaugu tsî xūna dīs ǀkha ǂansa !āsa. Ai!â gere ǂoa wekheb Fraitaxs ais ge Chinese !hūb ǂNûǁkhaebas ǀAeǁgams !nâsa 20 000 xa a !nāsa N95 maskerde ǀAeǁgams !Ā!khōmaisa ge ǀkhae.

ǁGamhōxū!khain ge kō!gâsa ǂhâba hâ

ǀAeǁgams !Ā!khōmais ge ǀgaisa ǂâiǂhansensa ge gowaǂui ǁnāti ī ū!oaheǁoasa ǂkhôadīs hîa khoen nî ǂhanu-ūga ra mâihe ǁgamamdi tsî nau hâ ǂhâǂhâsa sîsenūxūn ai ra dīhegu ǂnamipe. Nē ra ǂkhôadīhen ge ǂhanub ge Covid-19 ǂōǂōsib ǁaeb !nâ huib ase ǁnāti ī !garo!ā !âgu tsî ǂnaumâi ǁganǁguigu tsîna !gōsase a mâibaga, in tsēkorobe !anu ǁgam-e ūhâ ǁkhā.

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WhatsApp toll-free for hearing impaired

Telecom to the rescue… People with hearing impairment, who are unable to dial in on the toll-free Covid-19 number will henceforth be served via WhatsApp on 0851 100 100. Telecom Namibia sponsored a WhatsApp number, as well as a mobile device to the Covid-19 call centre.

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Raising Naneni - Teaching our children about mental health

My friend Vicky Joel, runs the Circle of Hope Academy in Ondangwa.  This is a school for children suffering from a range of disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Bipolar Disorder.  ADHD for instance is a mental illness that is prominent amongst young children and it thus affects the way they act and focus. On a daily basis, Vicky has to care and teach children who are hyperactive, who are inattentive and have a hard time controlling urges and take a lot of risks.

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Opinion - Onus on journalists to cure their predicament

When security guards are fighting for salary increment, we are there. When Shoprite employees took to the streets to protest against inhumane working conditions, we marched with them. When teachers demand a pay rise and their bush allowance, equally, we were there. But who will march for or with us when it comes to bread and butter issues confronting journalists? No one! 

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Opinion - The Namibian dream

America, or more specifically the United States, is usually called the land of great opportunity. Those who capitalise on the big opportunities provided in the United States are said to be living the American dream. The rest of the world has heard of popular American names like Capitol Hill, Wall Street, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, etc., and it is especially in those types of places that the American dream is built and most notably realised. 

Nantu ibata makete sakata kwa likolo

WINDOKO – Likolo mwanaha Namibia hali itukiseza kukwalula mwalituto za pata ka pata hala litopa zabutokwa za 11 ni 12, katengo kakayemela maticele ili kakazibahala ka Nantu kabulela kuli likolo kaufela liswanela kuba mwa makete sakata pili la 3 Mbuwana lisika fita kale. Haiba muuso inge upalelwa kutahisa makete awo, katengo nekazabisize kuli hakuna likolo zeka kwalulwa. 

Tolopo ya Walvis Bay ikwalilwe

WALIVIS BAY – Muyemeli wa Silalanda sa Tolopo ya Walvis Bay Knowledge Ipinge, nalumelelani ni buiketelo bwa Mueteleli wanaha Hage Geingob bwa kukwala tolopo ya Walvis Bay kapilipli, mi naize neli buiketelo sakata kwaneku la muuso. Geingob nazibahalize Labune kuli tolopo ya Walvis Bay ikakuta kwa mayemo apili akukwaliwa, ili kutoloka kuli hakuna babalumelezwi kuzwa mwamandu haisi babaya kwakuleka lico ni milyani mwamazazi asupile.

Covid-19: NIP to test 327 samples  a day 

The Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) will upscale its testing capacity through automated testing platforms and decentralisation that will see the institution testing up to 327 samples a day. This will see an increase of 192 tests per day as from 8 June. NIP’s current testing capacity per day stands at 164 tests at the Windhoek Central Reference Laboratory (WCRL). 

Wedding organisers violate state of emergency

Omusati regional police commander Commissioner Titus Shikongo is concerned some residents of the region are not adhering to state of emergency measures and regulations, specifically regarding the mass gathering and social distancing that help to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Shiimi promises no new taxes

Given the challenging economic landscape, comprised of sluggish business activity brought about by the Covid-19 lockdown, coupled with the prolonged recession, finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi on Wednesday said now is not the time to introduce new taxes.   As a result, previously announced Income Tax and Value Added Tax proposals, such as a dividend tax for residents, taxation of trusts and subjecting income derived from commercial activities of charitable, religious, educational institutions under Section 16 of the Income Tax Act, introduction of VAT on income of listed asset managers, supply of sugar and mandatory requirement to issue tax invoices by VAT vendors, are still under review.

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From the Cabinet chambers

Government has resolved to allocate N$500 000 from the National Emergency Disaster Fund to assist with the purchase of construction material for the shelter of the San community in Kavango West. 

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54 Kavango West schools to get water tanks

NKURENKURU – The ministry of education is currently working around the clock to install water tanks at some 54 schools in the Kavango West region. Most of the schools are located in remote areas where there is a huge backlog in the provision of potable water. 

National Assembly hosts virtual budget review 

As is customary every year, the Speaker of National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, yesterday officiated at the opening of a budget review meeting that is intended to scrutinise the responsiveness of the more than N$72 billion national budget that was tabled by Finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi on Wednesday. 

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Covid-19: Authorised officers must consult leadership

WALVIS BAY - Cabinet has directed that all authorised officers, including regional councillors, appointed in terms of the National Disaster Risk Management Act, are now required to consult the national leadership before taking any decisions linked to the Covid-19 response interventions. 

Smuggling of alcohol on increase

Cases of smuggled alcohol continue to increase, with most of the contraband being confiscated, while some of the alcohol passes undetected through scores of roadblocks erected countywide as part of coronavirus enforcement measures.

Activist hands out free masks to less fortune

A Keetmanshoop-based community activist yesterday distributed over 100 face masks to the poor as a preventative measure against Covid-19.  “We, who can afford face masks, need to visit town daily to buy food and essential commodities but at times forget that these same poor people also have nutrition needs but cannot visit shops as they do not have the mandatory face masks to do so,” said Emrico Blaauw. 

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//Kharas brainstorms on youth development

If the youth want to explore their full potential and to optimally use their abilities to be successful in empowering and sustaining themselves, they should approach the process with the correct mindset, said //Kharas regional governor Aletha Frederick. 

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OK Foods donates to orphanage

Rundu – As part of its corporate social responsibility initiative, the Rundu-based OK Foods recently donated food worth N$7 000 to Hompa Shiyambi children’s home, located some 70 kilometres east of Rundu in the Ndonga-Linena constituency of the Kavango East region.

Nantu kuna hara ekeverero paukanguki ponosure

Moomu yina kara asi nosure domoNamibia tadikapaturuka vakaronge vanona kulironga kontambo ndunge 11 ntani 12, mbunga zovamitili zadivikwa asi NANTU, kavatente asi nosure nadinye dahepa kugwana yiruganeso youhaku komeho zikapaturuke sure mwa Pembagona 1. Ano nsene epangero kapi naliyisikisamo oyo, awo kuna parapo asi hawe nosure kapi nadikapaturuka. 

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Woman dies on way to father’s funeral 

An Omaheke-based woman died in a car crash this past weekend while on her way to attend her father’s burial in northern Namibia. The woman, who was identified as 31-year-old Olivia Ebas, was employed as a senior librarian at the Omaheke education directorate.

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Nudo youth: Hands off our president

The youth league of the National Unity Democratic Organisation Organisation (Nudo) has come out strongly in condemning individuals who are allegedly secretly pushing for the recall of the party’s president and deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue. 

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Water infrastructure needs protection - City

The City of Windhoek has raised grave concern over the vandalism of water tanks and other facilities. The facilities were availed as part of government’s intervention to ensure that rural areas and informal settlements in particular, have access to reliable water supply during the Covid-19 crisis. 

Pandemic derails pay rise for civil servants

At a time where many sectors of the economy have adversely been affected by Covid-19, unions representing the majority of civil servants in Namibia have announced there will be no salary increment for public sector employees this year due to the global pandemic.

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Community helps tackle Covid-19 fight

The councillor of Olukonda constituency, Victoria Shikongo, fears rural areas will be extremely vulnerable to large-scale coronavirus infections if measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus are not strictly adhered to. 

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Minister moots alcohol ban at horseshoe market

Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni said in future government wants to formulate regulations to restrict the sale of alcohol at the horseshoe market at the Single Quarters where the main business is the unrestricted selling of alcohol. 

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Opinion - What worked for Namibia so far?

Comparative education as a study is particularly essential in education and the world of research.  In principle, education is a system of decorative means for the culture of society, which can change forms and models in line with life’s requirements to achieve the ideals of a perfect life, reflected in a country’s model and education system.  

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Opinion - Covid-19 awakens the plight of ‘street kids’

Children living on the streets or loosely known as ‘street kids’ have been a concern for several years now. This issue seemed to have gone off the radar for a while, with previous efforts to reintegrate street children back into their homes and schools. With the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the plight of street children has resurfaced. 

NGOs ge Hardap ǀhûhâsiba ra ǀgaiǀgai

Hardap ǀkharib !nâ ǁgoe Omomas di ǁanǂgāsaben, ge ra ǁgū aitsama ûibasensa, Pro Namibian Children ti ǀon hâ ǂnûiǂgās di huib ǀkha. Nē ǂhanub !auga mâ ǂnûiǂgās ge ǀhûhâsib !aroma !hanab projeks ǀkha ge tsoatsoa, in nē ǁaeb Covid-19 dib !nâ ǂûn ǂhâbasa ǀnōb ai nî hâsa ǁawoǁawo ǂuru ǀhûhâsiba omkhâis !aroma.

NGO empowers Hardap community

The inhabitants of Omomas in the Hardap region are striving to become self-sufficient with the help from Pro Namibian Children. This non-governmental organisation has established a community gardening project in the hopes of improving food security amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Otjiwana tjapamisiwa iyourunga wo vi na mwinyo

OMAUEZONJANDA- Otjiwa¿a tjo va Þuta okuza me Pukiro orini nganduu ko Eiseba na Tjombinde kanaa tjaseerewe no mambo watjo motjari uriri nu ngwari wina tjaseerwe atja pama tjinga otjo tjini atjihina tja ye nenene oku hakaena no tjiuru tjo porise otjini okumupa inga ngeri motjari tjatjo owo nai ngamba nge tji pamisa ohunga no u runga wo vi namwinyo mba honapara.

The Family: Reflections on its importance

In my last article on the family, I wrote about the protection and the joy children bring into our lives and the potential they have of deepening one’s relationship with the world.  On the other hand, it has been said before, that “the way a society treats its children is a reflection of the dynamics of that society”.

ǀAsa auton ge ministern !aroma ǁamahe tide

!Hūb di ǁÛb di ǁkhoreb ge, ǁaupexab ǂhanuba N$200 miljun marisa nî sâusa sao ra koro kurigu !nâ, hânas mîǁguib hîas ge dana ǂgaeǂguisa a ūb în tā ǀasa autona ministern tsî ǂhanub berodi mâisan !aroma ǁamahes diba nî sîsenǂuihes karao.

ǀAwa!namn ge N$1 miljuns ǁkhāsiba ūhâ ǀhubuǀhubusenxūna go ǀhana

ǀAwa!namn ge wekheb ǁaeb !nâ 22 khoena !khōsis !nâ ge ū, ǀhubuǀhubusenxūn ǀkha !gaeǁaresa ūhâ ǁhōn ǀkha. ǁNāpa go New Erab ǂhôare-ao-i xa ǁawo­ǁawosa tama !gôagu ase goro dīhe !gôagu hîa ǀawa!namn ge !kharu ge tsēdi !nâ gere mā !nurigu !oagu i ge ra ǁgau, N$1 miljuns ǁkhāsiba ūhâ ǀhūbuǀhubsenxūnan ge khoena xu a ǀhanasa.

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Family of missing woman seeks closure

The father of a 22-year-old woman who has been missing for over a month in Walvis Bay said they need closure. Shannon Darlikie Wasserfall’s father Tega Matheus said her daughter always communicated about her whereabouts when she goes out. 

Ministry ordered to pay over N$100 000 for unfair dismissal

The ministry of safety has been given 10 days to pay more than N$100 000 to a police constable who was unfairly dismissed from work in 2018. Sakeus Eden Inyemba was awarded a settlement of N$105 204 for salaries in arrears in 2019 when he received a default judgement against the ministry of safety and the inspector general of the Namibian police. 

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NIP gets massive donation

Shot in the arm… The Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) last week received a much-needed donation of N$4.8 million from the Social Security Commission. The money will be used to procure reagents and other necessities to help scale up the country’s Covid-19 testing capability.

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150 families receive food parcels

About 150 families, including a visually impaired woman, received food parcels from Motovac Namibia last week. The beneficiaries included 47-year-old Julia Shilongo who lives at Mix settlement on the outskirts of Windhoek. Motovac Namibia also donated food parcels to vulnerable families at Windhoek’s Havana, Ondangwa, Outapi, Ongwediva and Rundu. 

Likolo likaswana likwalula kapili

WINDOKO – Tutengo twa liluko la tuto tulumelelani kuli baituti babali mwa litopa zabutokwa sihulu mwa sitopa sa 11 ni 12 balukela kukala lituto la 3 Mbuwana. Kalulo yeo ika balumelela kuli bafeze lituto zabona zasilimo la 18 Ñulule unumwaha.

Makwambuyu habana kufumana limotikala ze nca

WINDOKO – Ofesi ya Mueteleli wa naha ilumela kuli ika buluka masheleñi alikana bolule bamyanda yemibeli (N$200 million), kulatelela buiketelo bwa kamaiso ya naha bwa kuyemisa kulekela makwambuyu ni babeleki babañwi bamuuso limotikala ze nca, mwalilimo liketalizoho zetaha. 

Baoki babalalu balifiswa N$2 000 hala kunwa bucwala

KATIMA MULILO – Baoki babalalu bane bakile batamiwa mwalihola zakusasa Lasunda, viki yefelile kakukulubelwa kuli neba lobile mulao wabutuku bwa Korona, kaku nwa bucwala bali kwa sipatela sesituna sa Katima Mulilo, nebalifisizwe N$2 000 muñwi ni muñwi. Mapokola nebaize baoki babalalu, musali alimuñwi ni baana bababeli nebasweli kuikola kwa mandu abaoki mapokola habayo baswala. Babalalu ki Mufalo Mwilima walilimo ze 28, John Netha walilimo ze 32 ni Ruth Mundia walilimo ze 28. 

Ministry finds shelter for rape victim

The gender ministry has found safe shelter for a victim of gender-based violence following a New Era report yesterday.  Gender minister Doreen Sioka yesterday said the 19-year-old victim from Ohangwena region, who has claimed sexual exploitation and abuse by her close relatives and neighbour, will be placed in a place of safety. 

//Kharas governor calls for teamwork

//Kharas regional governor Aletha Frederick has assured residents of the region that she will do everything within her ability to ensure each citizen in the region acquires whatever service they are entitled to.

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Opinion - Covid-19 and the deepening cuts of inequality

Efforts to contain the coronavirus have worsened the social and economic divisions that already exist in Namibian society. This is evidenced by the fact that the most vulnerable groups who also happen to be at the bottom of the socio-economic strata are not able to respond to the state of emergency in the same way as the middle and higher-income groups.

Social distancing makes flying exorbitant

Air Namibia, as a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), does not support social distancing protocols on its aircraft as this would leave its ‘middle seats’ empty and result in the cost of air-tickets becoming costly.

Man kills self after assaulting nurses 

A police investigation is underway after a 25-year-old man committed suicide shortly after assaulting two nurses at the Katutura state hospital on Friday morning. Jason Tuhafeni committed suicide by hanging himself in one of the hospital wards. 

NaTIS offices now open countrywide

The Roads Authority (RA) has confirmed all Namibia Traffic Information System (NaTIS) offices countrywide were reopened yesterday. However, it emphasised that it is of utmost importance for all NaTIS visitors to comply with the directives of social distancing by avoiding large crowds at the offices and to ensure all hygiene interventions are in place.

Marcos ge ǁaun tsî ǁkhaubas huisenūxūn tsîna go ǀkhae

!NAMIǂNÛS – Marco ǁAu!khōs ge ǀgūǁae ǁîs tsîna ǁnān hîa ra Covid-19 ǁōs !nâ huiba māna ǁhao tsî !nona tongu di !khoahâ ǁ­aun tsî corona xxoros !oagu ǁ­khaubasens huisenūxūn tsîna ge mā. Marcos ge ǁKharas ǀkharisi ǀawemā!nansa a mān ge: !omn !anu-ūxūn, sîsenai!khaiga !anu-

Namibiab ge mûmûsase corona xoxorosa xu ra ǂuru

Noxopan ge ǀgam Namibiaǁîn hîa ge corona xoxoros !oagu positifse !âihe hâ ina nē ­ǁōsa xu ge ǂuru tsî !hūb !gôab ǂuru ge khoen diba 11 kōse go sī-ū. Nēs ra ǂâibasens ge, ǁnā ǁawoǁawosa 16 khoen hîa Covid-19 ǀkhan nēsis kōsena xun 11 khoena ge ǂurusa tsîn nēsin koron ǀguina noxopa ǀae!khōs !naka hâsa. Nēsis kōse-i ge noxopa ǀgui khoe-i tsîna Namibiab !nâ Covid-19 ǁ­ōs xa ûiba ge ǂoa!nâse !nurisa tama hâ.

ǂHaro ra !gôab ǀhubuǀhubusenxūn sîsenūs dib ge kai ǂâiǂhansens ase ī

!Gôab ǀhubuǀhubusenxūna sîsenūs dib ge ra ǂharo, Covid-19 ǁōs di ǁkhaubas ǁgaragu ases ǂauxûiba sîsenūsa a ǂkhāsa ǁaeb nēb !nâ. Nē mâsiban ge Namibiab ǀAwa!namna tsēkorobe ra !hara tsî nē ǂâiǂhansens ǀkha ǂnôa. !Hoaǂkhaib !nân ge mâtikō ǀhubuǀhubusenxūna khoena xu a ūs di !nuribas gere mā soab ais ge ǀawa!namn ǀhûs di mîgowaba-aos, Kauna Shikwambisa ǀhûhâsigu khoena gere hōhō!nâ,

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Zhang rejects call for virus reparations

Chinese ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming has reiterated that since the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan, the People’s Republic of China has been transparent about the first cluster of virus cases and acted swiftly to contain the pandemic.

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Chinese embassy donates food parcels 

SHIGHURU - The Chinese embassy in Namibia last week has donated food parcels and household items to 230 families at Shighuru village. This is after officials from the Chinese embassy visited the village and observed the deplorable state the people in the area were living in.

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Nursing: Is it a calling or a profession?

 Is nursing a calling or a profession? This question has been the subject of discussion for many years. During my studies as a University of Namibia student and even post-university, I have been hearing “nursing is a calling” and not a profession. 

Bayahi ba Kabbe baziezwa ki muunda

WINDOKO – Muyemeli wa Silalanda sa Kabbe John Likando ubulela kuli bakeñisa mezi amuunda amañata mwa silalanda, buñata bwa bayahi bazielehile mi habakwanisi kuya kwa tolopo kuyobata zebatokwa bakeñisa kunanuha kwa nuka ya Lyambai, ili yese fitelezi mihato ye supile.

Chinese firm loses N$211m airport deal appeal

The Supreme Court has upheld a High Court decision to cancel a N$211 million contract awarded by Namibia Airports Company (NAC) to a Chinese-owned company to upgrade the Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Airport, formerly known as the Ondangwa Airport. Deputy Chief Justice Petrus Damaseb, appeal judges Elton Hoff and Theo Frank ruled that the process and manner in which the tender for phase 2 was awarded was not transparent. 

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//Kharas races to produce face masks

KEETMANSHOOP – Small businesses in the //Kharas region have been thrown a lifeline after the Ministry of Trade and Industrialisation donated materials to sew the much-needed face masks as part of the fight against Covid-19.

Ehi nai riri mo rukondwa orutjavari ro ru veze rouzeu

Otjomuise-Nandarire kutja ngunda ozosikore notu veze two ma hongero w kombanda ngunda twa pata nganduu komatjivisiro yarwe, kehi yomazeva ngena otji¿a no ru kondwa orutjavari romapatero mena romuntjise imbwi o Corona, ousupi o Covid- 19, o ministera yo ma hongero poo ovirata vyo tuveze two ma hongero wo kombanda, maviyenene oku twapo omirari kangamwa ovanatje kutja vengunda ama vehongwa.

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Hautoni’s bumpy road to university

It was not easy being a village girl then you find yourself in a big town where you barely know anyone, seized with only one option – to fend and explore the harsh realities of this world, says Lavinia Hautoni (19), a first-year Pre-Engineering student at Unam.

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Over N$8m towards conservation relief

The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) has made a contribution of N$6 million to the conservation relief, recovery and resilience facility aimed to assist the sector, which is currently hard hit by the impact of Covid-19.