Zuma, the cornered president

The South African President has been put on notice. South Africans are not ready or willing to give up on this democracy yet. They are in the trenches and taking to the streets.
What happened in the North Gauteng High Court this week was massively significant.

Visser sets eyes on dominating the world

The 2016 Nucleus Open Bodybuilding Championship Female Fitness winner, Willeen Visser, has laid out her plans to compete in the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion (WBFF) competition.

Water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

We must not do our usual asleep-at-the-wheel reaction on the issue of water.

Media freedom under threat

Either government supports the Constitution and the existence of a free media or it does not; there are no half measures in this regard.

What about Food Banks for cattle, small stock?

We support poverty reduction programmes, which include subsidised food for destitute people living in urban areas. 

Geingob, spy chief butt heads

front HAGE 11 novemberNamibia Central Intelligence Service Director General, Philemon Malima, could soon find himself without a job, with State House sources saying this week that he has fallen foul of the president.

Shifeta suspends phosphate certificate

Front Pohamba 02 NovUnder fire Environment and Tourism Minister, Pohamba Shifeta, maintains that he has not cancelled the Environmental Clearance Certificate awarded to Namibia Marine Phosphate by the Environmental Commissioner on 5 September, but has set it aside, allowing more room for consultation on the emotive issue.

Cash crunch cripples NTB

front NTB novemberTHE recent 20 percent cut to the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) budget will weaken the State-owned enterprise to an extent that it might soon be unable to promote Namibian tourism at a time when the national budget sorely needs increased revenues from the sector.

ACC blunders again

front ACC 4 novemberThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has once again come under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after Prosecutor General, Martha Imalwa, referred back to it the docket of Basic Education, Arts and Culture Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, citing shoddy work in their investigation.

Geingob blamed for economic woes

front ECONOMIC WOES novemberAnalysts have blamed the country’s economic woes in part on President Hage Geingob’s doorstep, accusing him of running a bloated government, which saw the creation of new ministries.

Donald Trump wins the 2016 Election

front trump 09 NovIn one of the most shocking U.S. elections in modern political history, Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton.

Corruption complaints to ACC drops

front NOA 11 novemberThe number of complaints received by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decreased by 6 percent from 427 in the 2014/15 financial year to 401 in the 2015/16 financial year, statistics released by the graft-busting agency this week show.

Food Bank iced due to budget cuts

front FOOD BANK 11 novemberThe Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare has had to put on hold plans to erect a Food Bank due to the recent budget cuts announced by Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein during his mid-year budget review in the National Assembly.

Newcastle disease claims over 4,000 chickens

front Newcastle 15 novThe Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry says that over 4,000 chickens have died since the start of an outbreak of Newcastle disease in the country’s Northern Communal Areas (NCAs).

Scramble for MTC shares

front Amadhila 18 novemberJostling has ensued for Africatel’s 34 percent shareholding in Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), with potential buyers emerging in their droves.

Shaduka’s father in-law hurt by ‘police insensitivity’

front SHADUKA 18 novemberThe family of the late Selma Shaimemanya, who was murdered on 13 July 2008 by her husband Lazarus Shaduka in their Klein Windhoek home, say that the police have not bothered to officially inform them that he has surrendered to the authorities, and has now started his 20-year jail sentence.

100,000 Chinese in Namibia

front Hage 18 novemberThe Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has revealed that Namibia currently has of a total of 100,000 Chinese nationals in the country.

Namib Mills plans N$105m investment

front Namib 22 NovNamib Mills has announced a planned investment of N$105 million toward the acquisition of a Bühler 300 ton per day Wheat Mill, which is expected to be commissioned late next year or in January 2018.

Trustco diamond deal fishy

front van rooyen25 novemberConcerns over plans by Trustco Holdings to conclude the acquisition of Huso Investments Proprietary Limited (Huso) for a staggering N$3.7 billion doesn’t seem to be going away, as alarms bells continue to be raised over the structure and evaluation of the deal.

Poverty levels decline

front shinamafeni 25 novemberPreliminary results of the Namibia Household Income and Expenditure survey 2015/16 presented in Windhoek on Thursday by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) show an overall reduction in the number of poor people in the country.

Govt opts out of Zim engineers deal

front willem 25 novemberNamibia has decided not to renew contracts of Zimbabwean engineers brought into the country under a government to government agreement, when it expires next year.

Namibia leads Africa on global entrepreneurship index

front entrepreneurship Namibia has secured 42nd place on the Ashish J. Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index 2016, outranking counterparts including Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

NamibRe pays N$3.5m dividend to Govt

front NamibRe 30 NovNational Reinsurance Corporation (NamibRe) on Wednesday paid a N$3.5 million dividend to government for the financial year ended March this year.

Different points of view must be heard

The other day, I was a part of discussions where a minister’s ‘open disagreement’ with another minister from the same party and in the same government, was being lambasted as disloyal.

How it all started

It was almost time for my final examination at the university, when I stumbled upon a vacancy of a sports reporter at the Windhoek Observer.

The New Urban Agenda?

Two weeks ago, I wrote a piece about Habitat III, which took place in Quito, Ecuador.

Demystification of the marine phosphate mining debate

Namibia’s democracy is commendably healthy and vibrant as evident in the lively, impassioned, and livid, albeit at times ill-informed and unreasoned opinions of some of its citizens on nationally important topics such as the ongoing marine phosphate mining debate, which seemingly has reached an impasse.

President Donald Trump, unbelievable

When I thought things couldn’t get tenser in this world, the unexpected occurs. Donald Trump, with all his flaws, contradictions, frightening positions, sexism, insensitivities and ill-conceived statements will be the 45th president of the United States.

Football players left out of the Namibian house

The government’s Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) is a good plan, particularly with all the pillars dealing with closing the poverty gap.  HPP gets a definite thumbs up from me.

Who’s capturing who?

What a week this was!  I mean, who in their wildest dreams would have thought that we would be talking about President Trump?  On 8 November, the Republicans wrestled back the White House, marking the end of the historic two presidential terms of Barack Obama.

Female farmers suffer most in Southern Africa drought

Southern Africa has suffered through one of the worst droughts in decades and now small farmers face a long hungry season with growing food aid needs until the next harvest.

Hey unions! Salary is only part of the story

Fighting for salary increases should not be the only role of an effective trade union.  Labour representatives (whether in the ministry or the trade unions) are supposed to advocate for better working conditions and terms of employment, as well as the welfare of all workers.  But, where is the evidence that they aggressively do this in Namibia?

Losing the internet to a culture of hate

The internet’s personality has changed.  No longer is it just a place of gaining knowledge, communicating with friends and loved ones, and keeping up with what is going on around the world.

Africa’s challenge to the ICC

From November 16-24th, the signatories to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court will come together at the Hague in the Netherlands for the 15th session of the Assembly of States Parties, and for the first time they’ll have to face defections. Recently, three states withdrew from the ICC after being signatories to the Rome Statute for more than a decade.

How does misinformation spread online?

In the run up to the recent Italian elections, a social media post exposing the corruption of parliament went viral.

Is justice delayed when slow is the status quo?

I am of two minds when I consider the lawsuits pending by the former Caprivi treason trial accused against the government. 

SOE salaries to be made public, really?

I suppose we should be cheering like at the world cup finals at the announcement that SOE bosses and boards will have to show what they earn per year.  I’m yawning instead.  Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

Remember Africa

I like reading biographies and speeches of revolutionaries, to understand what motivates them. On 21 October 1949, the late great Robert Sobukwe delivered a stirring speech at a Fort Hare University graduation ceremony.  His message still rings true, 67 years later; I have thus reproduced verbatim portions of the speech.

What will it take to bury white racism?

It seems as if 2016 is going to end very much as it started – with horrific racial incidents. Shortly after New Year’s Day 2016, Penny Sparrow’s racist tweet about African people on the beach in Durban hit the headlines.

Shikongo gives guide N$100,000

Man of the moment Ananias Shikongo has revealed to the Windhoek Observer that he will share his N$325,000 rich pickings at the NSC Sports Awards last Friday with his guide Even Tjiviju.

Okahandja taking sports to the next level

Retired footballer and current Mayor of Okahandja Municipality, Johannes ‘Congo’ Hindjou, has called on all the sport coaches and team coordinators to assist athletes from the Garden Town to achieve their dreams.
In an interview with the Windhoek Observer, Hindjou said that sports development is tremendously important and plays a crucial role in the lives of young people. 
He said sports is an outlet for youthful energies and goes a long way towards keeping young people away from alcohol and drugs, adding that by training and helping players develop their skills, those working in sports will build a stronger Namibia and help the codes thrive.
The former Brave Warriors captain said football matches and sporting events can create employment and professional sports teams can provide income for the players.
“We have been talking to the organisers of the football leagues for Under 18 and 20 to urge them to keep the players active and off the streets. We are trying to assist Spoilers FC and Military School Okahandja FC that are both playing in the first division to go to NPL,” Hindjou said.
Okahandja has produced a number of exceptional players over the years, providing a supply chain of talent to the country’s top clubs such as African Stars, Orlando Pirates, Black Africa and Tigers.
The town has groomed the likes of Richard Gariseb, Erastus Gariseb, and Bimbo Tjihero.
Hindjou also expressed concern about the deteriorating condition of football stadiums due to the water scarcity being experienced in the town.
“The pitches are not in good condition because we have not been watering the grass. The stadiums need to be renovated and we have no choice, but to wait for the rain before the grass can grow again.
“Okahandja Town is also aiming to upgrade the stadiums and improve the infrastructure. We are also aiming at bringing in new sports codes like volleyball, tennis and basketball to the town,’ Hindjou said.
Some of the sport activities that have taken place in Okahandja since Hinjou’s mayoral election last year include the mayoral tournament that was sponsored by Fritzonia Transport to the tune of N$60,000.
More than 40 football teams and 20 netball teams participated in the tournament.
The town council also handed over N$5 000 and the local business community contributed an extra N$15,000 to Namibian marathon runner Mynhardt  Kaunivi as a gesture of support for a member of  the Okahandja community who went to represent Namibia at the Rio Olympics.

Bank Windhoek National Fistball Cup this weekend

The Bank Windhoek National Fistball Cup Tournament takes place this Saturday, 5 November 2016, at Cohen Fistball Club in Windhoek. This marks the final event for the sport for 2016.

Sports awards inspire athletic achievement

It is always an absolute pleasure to meet our very own Namibian sport champions whenever possible.

Ekandjo snubs Paralympians

Sport 4 novemberMinister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Jerry Ekandjo, has denied responsibility for the awarding of Namibian Paralympians who excelled at the Rio Games in September.

Footballers contemplate crossing the border

SPORTS 11 novemberLocal football players are distraught over the decision by the Namibia Premier League to defer the start of the 2016/17 season to February next year after the league management failed to secure the N$24 million sponsorship needed before the league can kick off.

Blue Machine takes aim at Tryanovsky

Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo says he is not troubled by the prospect of challenging Eduard Trovanssky (25-0-0) in front of a partisan crowd in Moscow when the two battle it out for the unified International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) super lightweight title belts on 3 December.

Football in a state of emergency

Namibian football has reached a stage where it is hanging on for dear life, and the confusion which surrounds the sport has become comical.

Enduro champions crowned

The Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Championship winners were officially awarded their trophies at Farm Elisenheim last weekend.

‘The Demolisher’ eyes All-Africa belt

BUS 18 novemberLucas ‘The Demolisher’ Ndafoluma, who is set to clash with South African boxer, Walter Dlamini, for the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) All-Africa middleweight title at Ramatex on 3 December, says he is ready to prove that he is a worthy champion and the best in Namibia in his weight category.

Commit more sponsorships for sports

Government and the private sector must dramatically increase their sponsor of sport codes at all levels, so that they can continue and thrive. 

Record entrants for Desert Dash

Nedbank Desert Dash organisers say that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, with about 950 local and international riders expected to participate, compared to the 570 cyclists that took part last year.

Youth seek sponsorship for German trials

Three youthful footballers are seeking financial sponsorship, so they can further their careers in Germany, after securing invitations for trials at the German International Soccer Academy and Agency.

Swakop geared for volleyball feast

Preparations for the Zone VI Volleyball Club Championships are entering their final stages, with teams from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe set to clash at The Dome indoor sports complex in Swakopmund from 12 to 16 December.

SAGES camaraderie triumphs at Rossmund

The annual Inter-Branch SAGES Golf Tournament, sponsored by FNB Namibia, ended at Rossmund Golf Club recently, with a gala dinner and prize-giving ceremony.

Dickson opens up about dismal Sevens display

Sports 25 novemberAn official with the Namibia Rugby Sevens team has admitted that competition experience and lack of fitness were some of the team’s major drawbacks during the recently concluded Safland Rugby Sevens tournament, in which the local side performed dismally.

‘Blue Machine’ ready for Moscow showdown

Undefeated World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Junior Welterweight champion, Julius ‘The Blue Machine’ Indongo, says he is more than ready to take on Eduard Troyanovsky in Russia next week Saturday.

Mariental triathlon losses appeal

The organiser of the Old Mutual Mariental Chamber of Commerce Triathlon has called on the Namibian Triathlon Federation (NTF) to get more involved in organising such events, in order to make them more appealing to international athletes.

It is not all about winning

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. This is especially true if one looks at the various sporting events that Namibia has participated in on the international stage, where in some instances we have emerged as victors, while other times we have performed dismally.

Community bike track to open soon at KAYEC

A cycling pump track has been constructed at the Katutura Youth Enterprise Centre (KAYEC) in Wanaheda, Windhoek.

Okau Kamasheshe tournament registration starts

Registration to take part in the Okau Kamasheshe annual football tournament (OKAFT2016) has started, with the event slated for 19 to 21 December at Okau Kamasheshe village’s soccer field in the Oshakati-West Constituency, in the Oshana region.

Rudd, Ehlers present Meisie van Mariental

Acclaimed theatre director, Sandy Rudd, will present a local interpretation of the award-winning Shirley Valentine, a monologue starring songstress and actress, Lize Ehlers, at the Franco-Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC) on 18 and 19 November.

Entries now open for volleyball bash

The deadline for entries to the Bank Windhoek Beach Volleyball Bash, which is set to take place on 17 December at Long Beach in Swakopmund, has been set for 14 December.

City Market delivers fun and flair

From buying quaint gifts, to delicious food, to tasty cocktails or great wines, the Windhoek City Market is a great way to spend Friday evenings, relaxing with family and friends.

MK Lingerie sets tongues wagging

Meriam Kaxuxwena’s lingerie line set tongues wagging and raised some temperatures at the Nampower Convention Center last week.

Inekela naturally turning heads

It’s no secret that most African women desire to have a healthy head full of hair, but are forced to undergo a series of treatments that sometimes leave their hair dry and limp.

Namvula Rennie jazzes it up at FNCC

Light showers provided the atmosphere for the jazzy sounds of UK based, Zambian singer/song writer, Namvula Rennie, last Friday at the The Franco-Namibian Cultural Center (FNCC).

NAMA hosts information sessions

The Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMA) committee has encouraged all artists and lifestyle and entertainment journalists who plan to be considered for the NAMA 2017 to attend NAMA information sessions that started in Windhoek on Wednesday.

Bradley’s never ending love

Rating: ***
Bradley Anthony’s debut RnB album Forever Love which was launched on 26, October 2016 features ten original songs and one cover which will make you believe in never ending love.
He takes the listener on an emotional journey right from the start of the album with Daniel (Goodbye my angel) which is a song about death. It is not hard to understand and feel the singer’s pain through the song as the lyrics say it all.
Forever love is not only about love between lovers, but also about love in families, friendships and the love that God has for his children. All this is evident in the singer’s Tsholela Moya meaning pour out your spirit and Amor as well as the very touching Daniel (Goodbye my angel).
He sings in English, Afrikaans and Tswana giving the listener some variety.
My favourite tracks include Amor which is bound to dominate the airwaves this summer, and Ruk Kom is a great party song. Amor is so great to listen to it will probably receive nominations for next year’s Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs).
The singer maintains his persona as the falsetto king throughout the entire album and appeals to his audience making it easy to tell who his target listeners are.
Track 2, Long lost love is a beautiful song, but unfortunately the singer sounds more like he is screaming and trying to catch his breath rather than crooning a ballad. There is no marriage between the lyrics and musical instruments and this makes the song hard to listen to.
The album can be described as an RnB album with a touch of pop and gospel. Each song is a continuation of Bradley’s story about the ups and downs of love.
The Kizomba version of Amor featuring Joe Kay is smooth, in terms of sound and voice. Listening to it just makes one want to grab the hand of their lover and head to the nearest dance floor and get lost in the song.
Joe Kay is like the cake on the icing on the tracks he is featured on; he adds a soothing and holistic sound to the album.
Bonus and cover track Swing low will take the listener to church and is the perfect ending to the album. Overall, the album is a very good first attempt for one of Windhoek’s Song Night products.
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Confessions of a Couch Cat:  Are you broke the day after payday?

People need to make a plan about how they spend their money. 

Salmon and asparagus dinner to die for

I went shopping on a meagre budget and could not afford to buy the fresh salmon that I love so much. 

Rainy Fashion Week was wonderfully wet

eNTERTAINMENT 11 novemberWindhoek Fashion Week’s (WFW) runway show was set to start on Friday, 4 November at 6:30 pm, but it was the wrong time for high fashion as the rain gods finally smiled on Windhoek.

Jazz festival brings feel good factor to fans

Over 2,000 people flocked to the Hage Geingob Stadium last Saturday for the annual Windhoek Jazz Festival.

Melba’s toast: Razors out, beards in

It’s that time of the year to put away your shaving sticks and razors and to cancel those beard-trimming appointments because it is now No-Shave November or Movember.

Dr Strange – Marvel scores big again

Dr Strange is a Marvel comic super hero fan’s mystical rock star.  This action movie, starring Academy Award and BAFTA nominated actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, in the title role, is superbly fantastic.

Confessions of a Couch Cat – For the love of our pets

My old black Labrador retriever is now 12 years old and has slowed considerably.  The physical problems that beset all of us as we age, have been present in my beloved doggie for the past couple of years and my Vet is watching his condition carefully; so far, so good. 

Shishani shares Namibian tales

Entertainment 18 novemberNamibian-born songstress Shishani Vranckx, popularly known as Shishani, plans to make the whole world take notice of Namibia through her latest album Shishani and the Namibian tales: Itaala, which was released last month.

Courage is Nambabwean

Zimbabwean-born Courage Gondo, aka ‘Courage the Comedian’, is one of the most recognised laughter specialists on the Namibian comedy scene.

NAMAs drop Best Rock category… again

While musicians around the country have been urged by the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) organising committee to submit their entries before 2 December, the extensive range of music genres considered for the awards will not include the Best Rock category, which has fallen away for the second consecutive year, because of insufficient interest.

Melba’s toast: ‘Fringe’ benefits

It is no secret that spring/summer 2016 has brought back a whole new swing of trends, and we have all been following them, with the hope that we will be transformed into the next fashionistas.

The Accountant adds up

In this very unlikely, yet entertaining story, about an action hero assassin who is a slightly autistic nerd, director Gavin O’Conner focuses on a bookish and methodical man, with a gift for numbers.

Confessions of a Couch Cat:  Don’t sweat the arguments; go for it

All of us have disagreements with those around us; it is inevitable. 

What the heck is a Fitbit anyway?

Many of us have started getting in shape or at least being more health conscious.  To do that, exercise features strongly in what we try to do each day.  Walking in our neighbourhoods every day for an hour or so is a much cheaper exercise than joining a fitness club that we most likely will stop going to after two to four months or so anyway. 

Apple turnovers for all

As usual, I focus on dishes I have actually made, rather than dishes from fancy cookbooks or something off the Iron Chef or Master Chef TV shows. 

City building plan approvals plunge

The City of Windhoek has approved 1,550 building plans for the first ten months of 2016, which is down by 626 from the 2,176 plans approved over the same period in 2015. 

Kudjo is passionate about glass beads

Entertainment 25 novemberThirty-eight year-old Ghanaian Kudjo Owusu creates his own lamp-worked glass beads which he then transforms into beautiful jewelry, key holders, Christmas tree ornaments, flower vases, and waist beads amongst other things.

Fans outraged by R Kelly no-show

Furious R Kelly fans flooded social media platforms this week expressing their anger and disgust at the news that this year’s Windhoek Draught Live Music festival, featuring the American RnB singer, had been postponed.

Lash out with MiLash

After seeing so many ladies struggling to make small, short lashes attractive and being forced to wear false eyelashes, Loide Amadhila started searching for ways that one could grow longer lashes naturally.

Melba’s Toast: Let’s do the mambo

Lou Bega sings his fun hit song Mambo number 5 and says, “One-two, three, four, five” as he calls out the names of the different women he dates.

NAMA 2017 application deadlines looms

The Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMA) organizing committee has expressed its disappointment with the slow pace which artists and entertainment journalists are taking to submit their application forms for next year’s awards.

Indecisive Namcor finally goes retail

In a surprise turn of events, the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) has announced that it will be going retail after all, with the company set to invest over N$50 million into the new venture, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

Blood Father: good to see Gibson again

My warm memories of silver screen big star and ace director Mel Gibson prodded my interest in his latest submission to the entertainment world, Blood Father.

Indecisive Namcor finally goes retail

Business 4 novemberIn a surprise turn of events, the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) has announced that it will be going retail after all, with the company set to invest over N$50 million into the new venture, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

Confessions of a Couch Cat – When a sale is not a sale

In these tight economic times, every penny counts. If you are like me, you check out those inserts and colourful ad pages in newspapers that list various products that are ‘on sale.’ 

Boost for Namibia as KLM jets in

Representatives of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which touched down on its maiden flight to Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKI) on Monday afternoon, says they are excited about the profit prospects for their extended route which now operates from Amsterdam-Luanda-Windhoek.

Make yourself work out

Motivating myself to work out is hard. At the beginning of every week, I have such high hopes for my healthy agenda, then, within a couple of days, reality sets in and life kills my motivation.

Trustco secures N$113.5m loan

Trustco Group Holdings (TGH) has inked an N$113.5 million European Investment Bank (EIB) credit facility to finance small businesses and entrepreneurs in the country.

Terrific, tantalizing tacos

This past hot weekend, I made tacos for the family and we enjoyed putting them together and munching our way through our personal favourite Tex-Mex concoctions.

FNB’s green building part of PLANET strategy

FNB Namibia says its investment in the construction of an ultra-modern headquarters in Windhoek’s central business district which received the official 4 star “best practice” Green Star SA Certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa, was in line with its strategy to have a clean carbon footprint as a company.

BoN revises growth estimates

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) has revised the country’s growth projections, with the domestic economy now only expected to grow by 2.5 percent in 2016, before accelerating to 4.0 percent in 2017, from previous estimates of 4.5 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively.

NamPort plans EBHN takeover

BUS 11 novemberPorts operator, NamPort, is set to take full control of the operations of Walvis Bay based ship repair company, Elgin Brown & Hamer Namibia (EBHN), in a deal which is subject to regulatory approval.

Dr Lopes urges Namibians to be more resilient

Former United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Executive Secretary, Carlos Lopes says Namibia needs to cushion itself from the impact of the South African economy which is currently facing a slowdown.

Regulatory headaches for FNB, EBank

The planned decision by FNB Namibia to operate its banking unit and EBank as two separate entities when its proposed acquisition of the latter is approved by regulators could prove a costly and bureaucratic process, Bank of Namibia sources have said.

FNB sees growth at 1.3pct

FNB Namibia projects the local economy will only grow by 1.3 percent this year, much lower than the latest Bank of Namibia estimates of 2.5 percent.

President sets the tone for investors

President Geingob has reiterated his earlier call that businesspeople seeking appointments with him to discuss business plans or tenders should stop such practices.

Appreciating our elderly

A basket full of goodies, a gift of appreciation, an extension of gratitude to highlight just how special they are, is the gospel we at Nedbank Namibia are preaching at Old Age Homes within our communities in the ‘Nedbank Corporate Health Basket Challenge’ that has been running since September this year.

TBWA speaks adaptation, innovation

TBWA’s Director of Africa Operations Graham Cruikshanks says advertising agencies need to adapt to changing global economies if they are to survive.

NamPower strikes new Eskom deal

Businesst 18 novemberNamPower says it has struck a new deal with South African power utility, Eskom, which will ensure Namibia a guaranteed electricity supply of 150-200MW per day after 31 March next year.

Sanlam seals Welwitschia deal

Sanlam Namibia is upbeat about its recent acquisition of Welwitschia Insurance Brokers (WIB) from the Capricorn Group, formerly Bank Windhoek Holdings, following the conclusion of the deal this week.

Brukkaros, Witvlei in fresh Norway quota bid

Brukkaros Meat Processors and Witvlei Meats will be gunning afresh for next year’s Norwegian beef quota, despite failing this year to export their allocations to the Scandinavian country, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

Vehicle sales plummet in October

A total of 1,157 vehicles were sold in October, the lowest monthly figure since February 2013, and a 7,6 percent decrease from the number of vehicles sold in September.

Namibia makes great strides in ICT

The Namibian government has emphasised its progress in its information and communications technology (ICT) rollout, and the benefits to citizens, as it advertised the country’s appeal to potential investors at the Invest in Namibia international conference in Windhoek last week.

Broll completes 77 on Independence

Ohlthaver & List Group subsidiary, Broll Namibia, says N$225 million has been invested in the construction of its mixed-used development, 77 on Independence, which is now complete.

Sanlam concludes Welwitschia acquisition

front Sanlam 15 novSanlam Namibia Holdings has announced the conclusion of its acquisition of Welwitschia Insurance Brokers (WIB) from Capricorn Group, for an undisclosed amount.

Three companies eye mobile sector

Business 25 novemberCompetition is set to heat up in the country’s mobile telecommunications sector, as two companies, TelePassport and Integrated Communications Systems,  vie to launch mobile virtual networks (MVN), riding on TN Mobile’s network, it has emerged.

Poultry producers push for import ban

Local poultry producers under the umbrella of the Poultry Producers Association (PPA) are pushing for a ban on chicken imports, which they blame for negatively impacting on their operations.

Hybrid model a step in the right direction - IPPR

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says the recently introduced hybrid model by the Ministry of Public Enterprises is a step in the right direction towards bringing more accountability in the operations of SOEs.

Mwafongwe’s cosmetic dream

Inotila Mwafongwe (IM) is the owner of Pockler Cosmetics, a cosmetics company founded in December 2012 in Windhoek which uses the magic Oombeke fruit as the only raw material in its highly sought-after products.

Holiday tips for SMEs

Bank Windhoek’s Manager at the Emerging, Small and Medium Enterprises Branch, Mbo Luvindao, offers the following tips to SMEs that will ensure that they are able to continue operating effectively after the festive season.

Namibia: diamonds aren’t forever

Namibia’s successes in mining come as little surprise, as the sub-Saharan country is bounteous in diamonds, base metals and precious metals.

The growing empire of Angola’s first daughter, Isabel dos Santos

Isabel dos Santos is the oldest daughter of the Angolan president and is worth some US$3.2 billion dollars. She is Africa’s richest woman and has built up a diverse empire, much of it in the capital Luanda.

Geingob demands a review of investor agreements

In a move that could make investors uneasy, President Hage Geingob says the country will not continue to be bound by contracts that are skewed in their favour.

Geingob’s legacy under threat

Poignant photos in local daily newspapers showing expectant mothers sleeping and bathing in the rough outside of a hospital in Outapi and young learners at the Ndilokelwa Primary School in the Ohangwena region wearing decrepit uniforms are disturbing. 

Windhoek pools reopen to avoid wastage - CoW

The City of Windhoek (CoW) says it was forced to reconsider its position to close its two public swimming pools to dissuade residents from using private solutions to deal with the summer heat.

Tenants up in arms over pre-paid water meters

Residents of Hochland Park’s Aviva Gardens in Windhoek are up in arms with their landlord and the municipality over the decision by the owner of the property to install prepaid water meters without consulting them.

Mathias speaks about her role at State House

The Windhoek Observer (WO) recently engaged Advisor on Youth Matters and Enterprise Development under the Office of the President Daisry Mathias (DM) about her role at State House and her journey so far. Mathias spoke about her 24/7 interaction with the youth in communities across the country and how she helps President Hage Geingob govern effectively.

Would you hire an HIV positive nanny?

Forty-year-old Esther Shilongo (not her real name) recently lost a job as a maid after her employer discovered that she was HIV positive.

Drug use on the rise among learners

A drug and alcohol abuse awareness campaign took centre stage this week in Walvis Bay, targeting school learners who are increasingly using ‘dagga’, cocaine and ‘tik’.

Windhoek crime rate spikes

The Windhoek City Police has reported a slight increase in crime over the past year resulting in residents of the capitol starting-up neighbourhood watch groups to help defend themselves.

Geingob ill-served by advisors - Analysts

NATIONAL 4 novemberThe decision by presidential youth advisor Daisry Mathias’ to lobby the City of Windhoek on behalf of well-connected businesspeople has come under scrutiny from political analysts who have expressed shock ‘over her abuse of State House’.

BoN chief tipped for second term

NATIONAL 11 novemberBank of Namibia Governor Ipumbu Shiimi is set to be rewarded with a second five-year time, that will keep him at the apex bank until 2021, the Windhoek Observer has established.

Diamond tender “revoked”

The contract to evaluate diamonds from a new State-owned diamond firm, Namib Desert Diamond (NAMDIA), which was reportedly given to a hand-picked company, C-Sixty Investment, fronted by businessman John Walenga, has been “revoked”, sources in the Ministry of Mines and Energy said this week.

Rundu residents left in the cold

A Rundu resident is accusing the town council of illegally selling her ancestral land to property developers.

Ndeitunga comes up short in Interpol presidency bid

Delegates at Interpol’s 85th General Assembly meeting in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday elected Meng Hongwei of China as the new President of Interpol, defeating a bid by Namibian Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga.

NAFAU relentless on anti-phosphate mining protest

The dust raised by the contentious issue of marine phosphate mining in Namibian waters refuses to settle, with the Namibian Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) again taking to the streets this week to denounce the proposed mining practice.

Shifeta urges tourism investment

Minister of Environment and Tourism (MET) Pohamba Shifeta has made a passionate plea for investors in the tourism industry that can finance profitable business development in gap areas, particularly in tourism infrastructure. 

SMEs happy with investor interest

Some SME exhibitors at the just-ended Invest in Namibia Conference have expressed their satisfaction with the responses they received from possible investors at the two-day event which ended on Wednesday in Windhoek.

ELCRN congregations in open rebellion

Nationa18 novemberConflict among members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) has exploded into open rebellion, in the wake of three pastors leaving to form their own separate Lutheran churches.

Govt defends N$115m lawsuit

A N$115 million lawsuit against Urban and Rural Development Minister, Sophia Shaningwa, and the Walvis Bay Municipality, involving disputed land allegedly taken away irregularly from local businessman Dudley Strauss, has kicked off in the High Court.

Struggle stalwart angered by ‘Nama exclusion’

Liberation struggle stalwart, Mihe Gaomab I, has bluntly questioned why Nama-speaking Namibians are excluded from companies that are picked to evaluate diamonds, despite the fact that the precious gems are extracted from South, where they are from.

Govt confiscates eight resettlement farms

Land Reform Permanent Secretary, Peter Amutenya, says that the ministry has confiscated eight resettlement farms from their previous beneficiaries,

From shack dweller to homeowner

After years of battling with landlords over rent payments and the poor maintenance of the various properties where she has lived, Elizabeth Amakali is a homeowner for nearly 11 years, through the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN), and her whole life has changed.

‘Millions’ lost in R Kelly no-show

National 25 novemberSponsors of this year’s Windhoek Draught Live Music festival, featuring the American RnB singer, RKelly and various local artists, are set to lose millions following the postponement of the show. 

Land Bill withdrawn

The fourth session of the sixth Parliament closed on Thursday with the withdrawal of the Land Bill.

Holiday accommodation fully booked at the coast

With only three weeks left before most companies close their doors in preparation for Christmas, holiday accommodation establishments in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund say they are fully booked.

Born with HIV and living positive

It has been nine years since 22-year-old Amanda Andreas (not her real name) found out that she was HIV positive. Discovering that her status at the tender age of 13 was not only traumatic for Andreas, but also very confusing.

MVA Fund CEO talks holiday road crashes

The festive season has traditionally recorded the highest number of deadly motor vehicle accidents across the country’s major roads, with police statistics indicating that a total of 247 accidents were recorded in Namibia between 22 and 30 December 2015, resulting in nine confirmed deaths.

NTB launches ‘Namibia in a Day’

With the traditional festive season break approaching, the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) has proudly launched its holiday activities campaign called ‘Namibia in a Day.’

DStv Eutelsat Star Awards closing date extended

The closing date for entries for the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards has been extended until Wednesday, 30 November 2016, MultiChoice and Eutelsat announced on Thursday.


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