• September 21st, 2020

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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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Opinion - Sam’s journey to Namibia’s heart

Namibia; who is she, who is this girl…, no, not a girl anymore, she has come of age; she is a young lady, running about thirty years now – three million kids; she knows things – but as things go, she has been through a lot in her young life. 

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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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Service station robbers on the run

The Namibian police in Erongo are appealing to the public to assist them in tracing unknown suspects who carried out a robbery at the Puma Service Station in Kuisebmond yesterday morning. The robbers got away with N$77 000. 

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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. 

Tension mounts at road construction site

KEETMANSHOOP – Disgruntled residents of Aminuis constituency in the Omaheke region recently stopped construction of the main road that stretches from Onderombapa to Aranos via Aminuis, citing unfair labour practices. 

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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.

Bayahi bakupa menzi akunwa akenile

OMUTHIYA – Bayahi ba Choi mwasilalanda sa Kongola, mwasikiliti sa Zambezi bakupa baliofesi kuankufisa kuisa mezi kwateñi, kakuli bahapelezwa kuzamaya misipili yemitelele kuyoka mezi kwaminzi yeli bukaufi.

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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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Mumbala confident of poll victory 

KEETMANSHOOP - Swapo //Kharas regional coordinator Matheus Mumbala said the Keetmanshoop Urban constituency seat they lost last year to the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) is merely like a room rented by a landlord and that the term will expire very soon. 

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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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Omuthiya opens number plate shop

OMUTHIYA - An vehicle accessory shop opened its doors in Omuthiya last week bringing some relief to motorists who have been travelling long distances to either to Ondangwa or Tsumeb, to put number plates on their vehicles.

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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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Fishcor, Seaflower in messy divorce

WALVIS BAY – A war of words has erupted between the interim board of the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) and its Walvis Bay-based Seaflower Pelagic Processing (SPP) over the controversial partnership, which also resulted in a recent court challenge. 

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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.

Putting the brakes on Covid-19 pandemic

GOBABIS – In an effort to curb the further spread of Covid-19 in the region, healthcare workers at Gobabis, including doctors and nurses, took to the community to educate and share information on the deadly virus. 

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Voter registration well on course 

Zambezi regional governor Lawrence Sampofu said the supplementary registration of voters was well on course in the region, with no challenges experienced during the first day of the process amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Kakokwani kafofaza milelo ya kubabaza

WINDOKO – Butuku bwa Covid-19 ili bobu tisize butata hala kueza liketisa mwalinaha zeñata unumwaha, butisize lipuzo kana Namibia itukiselize kueza liketisa zalikiliti ni litolopo mwakweli ya Njimwana unumwaha.

Likolo za kwamukunda lihana mulelo wa muuso

WINDOKO – Likolo za kwamukunda viki yefelile neli hanile mulelo wa liluko la tuto wa kukwalula likolo, kasamulaho akusundwa ki katengo kaka yemela maticele ka Nantu. Liluko neli cincize muhupulo viki yefelile kaku bulela kuli likolo lika kwalula mwa likalulo zetalu, ili kubeela kwatuko zibahazo ya Mueteleli Hage Geingob ya la 28 Muyana yakuli likolo likwalule kacenu.

Taba ya Masule ika kena mwa Khuta Labune

WINDOKO – Taba 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 kena mwa Khuta Yepahami Labune.

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LPM against poll delay 

KEETMANSHOOP - Regional council and local authority elections should go ahead as scheduled by the Electoral Commission of Namibia, the Landless Peoples Movement’s election director, Ziggy Isaacks has said. 

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Fishrot SA lawyers lose appeal 

Windhoek High Court Judges Kobus Miller and Dinnah Usiku on Friday dismissed an appeal by two senior South African lawyers who were found guilty and fined after admitting they did not have work permits allowing them to represent the six men charged in the Fishrot corruption scandal. 

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What seed are you planting in your garden? 

James Allen in his book titled ‘As a Man Thinketh’, says that the mind is like a garden and whatever seed you plant in it is what grows there. He also goes further to say that if you do not plant any seeds and you leave it unattended the weed and other plants will grow.

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Young artist expresses herself through art

Budding artist and blogger, Esther Eino (22) commonly known, as Selff is keen to make a name for herself in the visual art industry with her exquisite artwork. Born and bred in Walvis Bay, Selff discovered her passion during the lockdown and never looked back.

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Wambuseun to open film-radio school

Retired Afrikaans rapper Wambuseun, real name Lownan Nangombe, is set to open a film-radio school next year. The Namibia Film School (NFS) is going to be the first film-radio school in the country, which will also form as a community film school.

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Katamba reads riot act to sport administrators

Sivute Katamba, the acting executive director in the sports ministry, yesterday issued a stern warning to local sport administrators cautioning them that the days of running public-funded sport federations like their own personal fiefdoms will soon be over.

My Candid View - Going against the grain

Let me start by applauding sports minister Agnes Tjongarero and her team at the ministry for taking a bold decision to appoint an independent six-member mediator committee, which has been tasked with investigating, swotting and coming up with recommendations that will finally bring closure to the endless infights that has crippled Namibian football.

Masule matter to be heard next week in High Court

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 only be heard next week Thursday.

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Land provision crucial to flattening virus curve

The councillor of Samora Machel constituency, Samuel Shivute, has urged the City of Windhoek to speed up the process of allocating plots to residents to address congestion challenges and ultimately curb the spread of infectious diseases such as Covid-19.

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Virus precautions hit campaign plans

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has posed a profound challenge for the delivery of elections in many countries this year, has led to questions over Namibia’s readiness to safely and securely hold its regional council and local authority polls in November this year. 

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Family ordered to vacate council property

WALVIS BAY – A young woman from the Topnaar community finds herself in a precarious predicament after she was served with a notice to vacate a rental property that belongs to the Walvis Bay municipality and which has been occupied by her family since 1986.

Slow start to tourist arrivals 

The Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) says it expects tourist arrivals in the country by mid-September following the reopening of the Hosea Kutako International Airport this week. 

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Date set for Fishrot accused bribery trial

The Windhoek Magistrate’s Court is scheduled to hear the trial of former Investec Asset Management Namibia managing director James Hatuikulipi and two accomplices for allegedly attempting to bribe an officer and steal evidence in an ongoing corruption case.