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Kagame: Rwanda’s polarising strongman
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Kagame: Rwanda’s polarising strongman

KIGALI – A visionary hero who ended the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and brought peace to a traumatised country, or a despot who rules through fear and repression. The only leader most Rwandans have known, veteran president Paul Kagame is a deeply-polarising figure, but victory in his bid to secure a fourth term in the...

Opinion – Oil tsunami or curse
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Opinion – Oil tsunami or curse

Salom Shilongo A tsunami is a long, high wave caused by an earthquake.  Since a large oil deposit has been discovered off the shores of Namibia,  the term ‘oil tsunami’ is simply being  used here as another term for the ‘oil curse’. Namibia has discovered a large reserve of oil. It seems everybody is very...

Editorial – Namibia: A day in hell 
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Editorial – Namibia: A day in hell 

As the old saying goes, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” We will not get tired, relent or equivocate in bringing to your attention how evil a society we have become. Day-in, day-out, we read screamingly sick headlines about how crime is tearing the nation...

On the spot – Namibia, India ties that bind 
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On the spot – Namibia, India ties that bind 

In one of his last interviews with a local journalist, former Indian High Commissioner to Namibia Mandarapu Subbarayudu (MS) sat down with New Era’s Paheja Siririka (PS) at India House in Ludwigsdorp to reflect on his 15-month stint as India’s top diplomat in Namibia.  The interview covered a buffet of issues, including projects completed, as...

Know your Civil Servant – Igniting the education fire
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Know your Civil Servant – Igniting the education fire

Lahja Nashuuta William Butler Yeats once said “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”. This quote aptly captures the reason Alexander Kambinda became an educator.  He strongly believes that “minds in a room can generate amazing heat, and ignite a fire”. Like many children, Kambinda at a young...

Zambezi bream festival open to all
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Zambezi bream festival open to all

KATIMA MULILO – The Zambezi Bream Festival and Cultural Expo is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the region’s rich heritage, enjoy delicious food and support local businesses. This was said by Katima Mulilo mayor John Ntemwa as he extends an invitation to all to attend the event, which also marks its 10th year. “We invite...

Salambala conservancy demands quota increases … desperate hippos fighting for survival 
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Salambala conservancy demands quota increases … desperate hippos fighting for survival 

KATIMA MULILO – While hippos are on the brink of death in Zambezi’s blistering heat as drought ravages, the Salambala Conservancy wants the government to increase their annual quota allocation for hippos and crocodiles. Conservancy manager Fabian Libanda revealed that the hippopotamus population in their jurisdiction is estimated at between 3 000 and 4 000...

Experts: Selfishness driving divorce 
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Experts: Selfishness driving divorce 

Rudolf Gaiseb Over the past few years, divorce rates in Namibia have been skyrocketing. In 2018, it was reported that nearly 1 297 divorces were finalised in Windhoek. About 1 422 cases were filed the following year, of which approximately 862 were finalised. It is mental health activist Ngajozikue Kavikairiua’s fervent position that the alarming divorce rates...

Erongo: Discarded tinned fish not expired
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Erongo: Discarded tinned fish not expired

The Erongo regional council has refuted allegations that expired tins of fish intended for distribution to the underprivileged were thrown away.The regional council was responding to a video circulating on social media, showing tins of fish for the drought-relief programme in Karibib being discarded.Senior public relations officer Susan ||Hoebes in a statement on Wednesday said...

Onelago man recalls saving baby in cemetery
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Onelago man recalls saving baby in cemetery

Maria David ONELAGO – When Onelago village resident Andreas Nduutapo left his home to watch a soccer match at a nearby bar, he did not know how his night would turn out. The 29-year-old was on his way home around 23h00 when he decided to take a shortcut through a cemetery, and heard the piercing...