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The impact of drug use

At 26 years old, Namibia, like most countries in the world, faces social challenges that plague segments of the society, regardless of their economic status and ethnic group. 

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Secrecy kills transparency

This week, heads of Namibian media houses were invited to State House for a high level discussion about news reporting and the potentially negative impact of some stories carried worldwide.

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Billions for education

As we all bang our heads against the wall of numbers, statistics, calculations and figures in the national budget, one seemingly united point of view echoes:  the education of Namibians is important.

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Tourism’s shame - KORA

We need to stop talking euphemisms about the Kora embarrassment and call a spade a spade.  By all reports, there will be no Kora awards on March 20th.  The money paid over by NTB (regardless of their denials) for supposed TV commercials is likely lost, ODC, Avid and GIPF-style. 

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Retail Charter – opportunity or empty hope?

Hurray!  The Namibia Retail Charter has been finally launched.  The document has seen several committees being formed, and has been edited and squeezed many times since deliberations started in 2013.

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Dreaming about freedom

Time and tide wait for no man.  One score plus six years ago, Namibians took a solemn oath to deliver on the promises of the freedom struggle.

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The chattering class challenge

I have now become a specialist in gate-crashing high-level events - last week it was the budget dinner, and this week it was lunch at State House. Yes, the real State House in Auasblick! If you don’t believe me, you can freely check it out at jealousy.com.

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#Liberated? I think not

Kim Kardashian-West has done it again! I am now beginning to lose count of the number of times she has attempted to ‘break the internet.’

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I will miss cherries

Getting older is a part of life. We’ve all heard this from our elders. As one enters middle age, these things take on renewed relevance.

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Change is an uphill battle

I am a creature of habit and I feel warm, fuzzy and secure in my comfort zone when things are predictable and regular.

I suspect most of us feel the same way. But, having been around the block a few times, I know that, as George Benson sings… everything must change; nothing and no one stays the same.

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Who benefits from SACU anyway?

I always thought being a member of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) should be beneficial for us as a country when it comes to importing goods, especially from other member states.

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Calle’s Das Kapital

By now, we all know that Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein presented his annual budget speech to parliament last week, with the tongue-twisting theme: Towards Pro-growth Fiscal Consolidation.

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Defence defies ban on recruits

front penda 18 March 2016A general consensus seems to be lacking in government over a blanket ban on all recruitments within the uniformed forces, with Defence Minister Penda ya Ndakolo saying he is not bound by the decision.

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NSI CEO accused of greed

front nsi 18 March 2016Labour trouble is brewing at the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI), after Chief Executive Officer Chie Wasserfall ‘unilaterally’ proposed a new salary scale, against the advice of private auditing firm PwC Namibia.

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‘Time for female president’

front Netumbo 11 March 2016Discussions about the possibility of a female candidate taking over the reins of Swapo and the country’s presidency are taking place in the ruling party.

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PG Imalwa accused of corruption

front 1 4 MarchSuspended Windhoek Magistrate Hileni Kavara has accused Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa of corruption and abusing her office by refusing to prosecute the politically-connected and those close to her.

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Agribank CEO recruitment marred by controversy

front 2 4 March 2016Allegations of favouritism and aggressive lobbying have rocked the recruitment of a new Agribank chief executive officer to replace incumbent Ambassador Leonard Iipumbu, who is expected to step down at the end of July.

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6 NPL clubs face the chop

sports mtc 18 March 2016Plans are afoot to boot out six clubs from the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) at the end of the season, reducing the number of teams competing in the top division from 16 to ten next season.

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Nestor targets the South

The MTC Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy is targeting the //Karas and Hardap regions as possible venues to host a boxing bonanza sometime this year.

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Kanalelo blasts his players

Unam FC coach Ronnie Kanalelo has fallen short of calling his players useless, following his team’s lethargic display this season.

Kanalelo, who took over as Unam coach at the beginning of the current season, had previously vowed to win the league title in his first season in charge of the students.

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Ndjavera thrilled by Brave Warriors call-up

Tigers’ right back Romario Ndjavera believes his recent call up to the Brave Warriors camp - ahead of do-or-die, back-to-back clashes with Burundi later this month - will propel his game to the next level.

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Namibia-Jamaica programme under scrutiny

sports 11 March 2016Director of Sport Shivute Katamba has hinted that the controversial Namibia-Jamaica athletics programme could continue in future, despite the huge criticism that it has received.

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NSSU still needs N$1m for Cossasa Games

The Namibia School Sports Union (NSSU) is in a race against time to raise the funds needed to host the Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Athletics Games in May.

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NSC budget stagnates at N$10 million

The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service has allocated N$10 million to the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) for the 2016/17 financial year - the same as in the previous financial year.

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The man behind U-19 cricket success

The Under-19 national cricket team has been showered with praise, after its recent heroic and historic performance at the International Cricket Council Under -19 Cricket World Cup.

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Top Score 7-a-side champs crowned

The Top Score 7-a-side tournament reached a nail-biting end last Saturday, with HC Welding being crowned the 2016 winners at Ramblers Soccer Field in Pioneers Park.

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Enduro riders face tough weekend

Riders are set to face one of the toughest races of the national championship, as they head to Farm Lichtenstein on Saturday for the second round of the Bank Windhoek Namibia National Enduro Series.

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Blatter was Africa - Muinjo

sports 4 MarchFormer Namibia Football Association (NFA) President John Muinjo feels that new Fifa President Giovanni Infantino, who was elected last Friday, may not be as strong a friend of African football, as his predecessor Sepp Blatter.

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Infantino must bring winds of change

Now that Fifa has a new president, one can only hope that the winds of change will blow through the organisation, which has been severely tarnished by corruption allegations over the years.

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Local hockey eyes 2020 Olympics

Namibia Hockey Union (NHU) President Marc Nell is confident that the country’s national outdoor teams will qualify for the 2020 Olympics to be held in Japan.

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Gurirab still has Olympic dreams

Dantago Gurirab, 25, is not ready to give up on his dream of one day qualifying for the Olympics, although he was recently booted out of a Jamaican training programme, because of misconduct.

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Pirates gun for maximum points

Orlando Pirates will be looking to get maximum points this weekend, when they host Young Chiefs and Rundu Chiefs at the Sam Nujoma stadium.

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MMI weighs NSX listing

MMI Holdings Namibia is weighing up the possibility of listing on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX), the company announced this week.

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Shaningwa to remove ‘dishonourables’

shaningwa 18  March 2016Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa says she is tired of acting like a policewoman towards her fellow “honourables”, who are engaging in illegal land deals.

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SSC payouts to increase by N$36m

The Social Security Commission (SSC) expects to pay out N$36.4 million more in benefits in the 2016/17 financial year.

The commission had by the end of its financial year in February, paid out a total N$201 million for maternity leave, sick leave, death, disability and retirement benefits.

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Rejected bills back in parliament in April

Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa says that the Local Authorities Amendment Bill and the Regional Council Amendment Bill, which were both rejected by the National Council in January, will be back in parliament by the end of April.

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Drought threatens milk supplies

Dairy producer Clover says Namibia’s milk supplies could be at risk, due to the persistent drought in both South Africa and Namibia.

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Namibia Stock Exchange listed branded foods and beverages group said Namibia was vulnerable because of its net milk import status.

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Fixing Namibia’s skewed resource distribution

In a wide-ranging interview with Windhoek Observer journalist Sonja Angula, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila (PM) looks back at government’s achievements over the past 26 years, and what urgent challenges still need to be addressed, including the skewed distribution of the country’s resources.

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Vivo fast food heads North

Vivo Energy is moving ahead with plans to increase its quick service restaurant footprint in Namibia, with new outlets scheduled for opening in Okuryangava in Windhoek and the North.

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Ministry disputes Eurobond fees

The Ministry of Finance says the US$750 million Eurobond issued in October last year was not priced at par, but rather at a discounted rate, in order for the government to lock in a lower coupon rate/annual interest payment of 5,25 percent, as opposed to 5,37 percent.

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Newbies dominate NAMAs

Newcomers have dominated this year’s Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) nominations, a sign that the industry is growing and giving new artists a chance to shine.

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Water scarcity likely to impact on growth

news water 11  March 2016Economists fear that the 20 percent water consumption reduction, implemented this week by NamWater in the central areas, will adversely affect the country’s projected economic growth rate of 4.3 percent.

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Ruth right on HR

Paragon Investment Holdings (PIH) is a leading private equity and business management company. It has numerous commercial interests that include property development, duty-free operations, publishing and many more.

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‘(E)merging voices on Indepen(dance) Avenue’

After the John Muafangejo Art Center (JMAC) brought to us ARTiculating culture and nature, a selection of artwork from the JMAC archives at the beginning of the year, this month, JMAC brings together two promising artists Sunya Beukes and Homateni Ilovu to showcase a collaboration and reflection on Namibia’s 26th Independence anniversary.

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Shanghala takes aim at ‘rogue’ magistrate

Attorney General Sackeus Shanghala has vowed to take action against suspended senior magistrate Hileni Kavara, over corruption allegations she made against Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa and for scandalising the judiciary.

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AMTA boosts national food reserves capacity

As Government finalizes its plans for Food Banks and seeks solutions to the issue of overall food security for Namibia, the storage capacity of the country’s national food reserves was increased from 15,400 to 18,900 metric tonnes (MT) during the 2014/15 financial year.

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Fish exports down by N$100m in 2015

Namibia exported fish valued at N$7 billion in 2015, a N$100 million decline from the previous year, the latest annual trade statistics from the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) show.

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Deadpool kicks butt

Ryan Reynolds aka Deadpool (Wade Wilson) is the antidote to super hero movies in director Tim Miller and writers Rhee Reese and Paul Wernick’s sidesplittingly funny, yet dark, action-packed, super hero movie, Deadpool.

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Fraud accused demands magistrate’srecusal

A magistrate, who recently took up a position as legal advisor in the Office of the Attorney General, has been asked to recuse herself from a case she is hearing, as her presence as presiding officer was “constitutionally offensive”.

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Construction sector GDP contribution to slow

Construction  14 marchThe growth contribution from the construction sector is expected to decline as major projects such as the B2Gold mine and the Tschudi copper mine were completed during 2015 and the construction of the Husab mine is coming to a close.

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Chitchat with Kez: Walk of shame

As an adult, I can see that times have changed in terms of parents allowing their kids to do various things that I was never allowed to do when I was younger. 

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Stop sleeping, Geingob tells youth

President Hage Geingob says the country’s youth should not rely solely on government to engage them on matters of development, but should use institutions like the National Youth Council (NYC) to discuss the creation of business enterprises.

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Oh snap: Greek yogurt veggie dip

Now that I recently had to plan a party, a feat that made me give mad respect to all party planners and those who have frequent parties, it finally dawned on me that for easy party eats, a veggie platter with a dip would be excellent.

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Kandjii-Murangi stresses quality vocational training

Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Itah Kandjii-Murangi has emphasised the importance of quality vocational training, while at the same time lambasting fly-by-night institutions and those charging exorbitant fees for qualifications that are not relevant in the job market.

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Govt ponders SOE debt takeover plan

The Ministry of Public Enterprises has revealed plans to take over State-owned enterprises’ (SOEs) debt, as part of a raft of proposals being mooted, aimed at reversing the financial fortunes of the country’s beleaguered parastatals.

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Meatco in the spotlight over GMOs

Gawaseb revealed in a statement to the media that a laboratory test result from the University of Free State in South Africa had indicated that the soya in Meatco’s canned beef contained 6,45 percent GMOs.

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NPTH unbundling gathers steam

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) is set to acquire its headquarters in Olympia after Cabinet approved the move as part of the unbundling process of the Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings (NPTH).

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The cleavage club

entertainment  boobs 11 MARCH 2016Men love breasts, whether big, small or fake, it doesn’t matter. Call them cleavage, call them décolletage, call them whatever you like, but if a woman has them, it seems that men will love them.

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Map your future with a business plan

To map their future growth and success, it is essential that all businesses, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), should have a proper business plan in place.

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B1 City mall finally opens

The developer of the on-off B1 City mall has announced the opening of some facilities at the shopping complex, situated along Independence Avenue, opposite the Katutura State Hospital.

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Oryx drops debt

Namibia Stock Exchanged listed property concern Oryx Properties has managed to reduce its debt considerably after a successful rights offer concluded in October last year.

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Rantings of a fashion nut: Saggy boobs rock

In a cleavage-obsessed world where the notion that full, perky, firm breasts are a gift from the boob gods, it is no wonder that young girls and a lot of grown women are obsessed with push up bras, firming creams, breast lifts and boob jobs.

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Mulunga urges more corporate investment in SMEs

Kickstart Namibia ambassador for the oil and engineering sectors, Namcor Managing Director Immanuel Mulunga, has urged other corporates to emulate SABMiller and come up with initiatives that have the potential to contribute to economic growth.

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London bridge is falling down…

Gerard Butler (Mike Banning) is a formidable secret service agent in director Babak Najafi and screen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt’s high octane sequel to worldwide smash hit Olympus has fallen (2013).

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Chitchat with Kez: Boob talk

Kez and I cover all kinds of subjects when we giggle and talk. Boobs, the twins, jugs, ‘the girls’, breasts, whatever you call yours, enter the conversation from time to time.

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Mad Max: Naturally Namibian

entertainment 4 MARCH 2016bMad Max: Fury Road, filmed in Namibia, took home six Oscars at the 2016 Academy awards on Monday this week as the name “NAMIBIA” resounded for a worldwide audience. 

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Kavangos turn on Geingob

A group claiming to represent Kavango residents has launched a scathing attack on President Hage Geingob, after he used a speech at a military base to blast those who are using tribalism as a defence mechanism.

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Water cuts threaten the economy

bus 5 March 2016Manufacturers have urged government to urgently upgrade the country’s water infrastructure, and look for other possible water sources, as the current situation in the central area is now impacting on output and threatens economic growth.

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Anti-poverty plan heads for Cabinet

The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare operational blueprint is set be completed before the end of this month, paving the way for the country’s first Food Bank to start operating in Windhoek at the beginning of April.

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Hurdles ahead for SOEs listing

Governments planned partial privatising and listing of selected State-owned enterprises (SOEs) is doomed to fail if it does not give up control in the entities, a local analyst has warned.

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Song Night’s banging start

Wednesday, February 24 saw the start of an upbeat, high-energy Song Night season.

Although a pallor lay over the opening of the event as regular performers, brothers Bradley and Justin Anthony, were violently attacked a day before the show, the Warehouse was packed, energies were high, the notes were flowing and the joint was jumpin’!

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Namibia against trophy hunting ban

Cabinet has endorsed Namibia’s position to oppose any call to ban or restrict legal trophy hunting and the export of wildlife products from the country.

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Bidvest wary of new taxes

Namibian Stock Exchange listed Bidvest Namibia is concerned that the decision by government to start taxing foreign crew of fishing vessels will negatively impact on the company.

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Mzushi’s Black Faces

Mzushi, a combination of two theatrical and poetic giants, Ashwyn Mberi and Blessing Mbonambi, performed a poetic production called Black Faces at their third show as a duo last week at the Theatre School in Windhoek.

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Eurobond fees cost govt N$157m

Global banking giants Barclays J.P. Morgan and Standard Bank were paid a combined N$157 million (US$10 million) in arrangement fees by government for their role in assisting Namibia raise US$750 million on the international market last year.

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Solace is clever

Anthony Hopkins (John Clancy) and Collin Farrell (Charles Ambrose) draw the thin line between being psychic and being psychotic in director Afonso Poyart and writers Sean Bailey and Ted Griffin’s intriguing serial-killer thriller Solace.

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Special needs school faces closure

Welwitschia School for Integrated Learning will be forced to close down next month, due to a lack of funds.

The school caters for children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, epilepsy, brain injuries and attention deficit disorder (ADD), among other special learning conditions.

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Kickstart Namibia ropes in Hangala

The Kickstart Namibia ambassador responsible for business principles and running a business Dr Leake Hangala has applauded the SAB Miller initiative as an excellent idea that ignites the spirit of entrepreneurship among local youth.

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Rantings of a fashion nut: Nailing it

Getting a manicure or pedicure (mani-pedis) makes a lady feel pampered and a bit coiffed and glamorous.  It’s a small thing really, but it is a nice way to take care of YOU.

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Putting the passion in HR

 

Linus Gwala is the Executive Officer for Human Resources at Bank Windhoek.

Bank Windhoek is a leader in the financial services industry operating over 50 branches around Namibia.

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Groceries: Consumers feel the pinch


Namibian consumers are paying more for dairy products, maize meal, eggs, pasta, pork, poultry and wheat flour, a report shows. According to a recent Namibia Trade Forum (NTF) Retail Price Monitoring Report, Namibian milk remains uncompetitive in terms of pricing, compared to South Africa, due to local sector regulations.

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Oh B Joyful!

This week’s restaurant and café review takes us to the Joy of Food Café in the Village complex, 18 Liliencron Street (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

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Reparation talks: Tribes demand inclusion

The OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu Council for Dialogue on the 1904 Genocide (OCD-1904) has demanded the inclusion of their representatives in reparation discussions between the Namibian and German governments.

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Namdeb CEO hunt starts

Namdeb Holdings has announced the start of a process to scout for a potential candidate for the diamond company’s chief executive officer post.

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Vuuyo’s gospel vibe

Rating: ****

If you are a lover of gospel or faith-based music like I am, Vuuyo Johnson’s jam packed 13 track album Njivuule is a winner.

The vocal arrangements on the album are infectious; the lyrics, though simple, are very meaningful.  It really touched my soul.

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NQA to charge for evaluation services

Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) Chief Executive Officer Franz Gertze says plans, which will culminate in the organisation charging for evaluation services, are at an advanced stage.

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Unpacking building plan approval processes

Building a house without an approved plan is not only illegal, but it is also dangerous and unsafe.Many people are unaware of how crucial building plans are, and often find themselves in a snag, because they did not follow the right procedures.

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Chitchat with Kez: Interracial dating

If you read my column last week, you will agree that dating and finding your significant other can be tough. For those that have found love and are happy, well and good, but what about those that are in interracial relationships and are still searching for family, cultural and social acceptance of their union?

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Kapere speaks on anti-Hage agenda

Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Central Committee member Mandela Kapere has accused some members of the youth wing of trying to tarnish the image of President Hage Geingob’s administration.

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Southern properties ‘ridiculously high’

Real Estate Agent and Keetmanshoop General Broker Willem Kortze says a very small percentage of houses have been sold in areas in the South over the past few years, because prices are ridiculously high.

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Life and fitness: Amazing benefits from strength training for women

Strength training can seem intimidating, but in reality, it can benefit women in so many ways. No, it doesn’t make you “too big,” so set that worry aside.  Before you start on your usual routine, here are nine reasons you should head toward the free weights instead of the elliptical.

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Oh snap: Frying pan soufflé

An egg is the most versatile food to cook. From the good old boring boiled eggs, to having gourmet dishes whipped up from them.  Eggs can also be used as an ingredient for making cakes, glaze dishes, making omelets and so much more.

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Weatherly records N$105m loss

Mine 02 MarchWeatherly International, owners of the Tschudi copper project in Namibia has announced a N$105 million interim loss to December 2015.

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Fuel prices to come down

Fuel prices 01 MarchThe Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced that the price of petrol will decline by 50 cents and diesel 30 cents effective tomorrow.

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