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Job speaks about his political aspirations, insults and land

Windhoek Observer’s Sonja Angula sat down with Affirmative Repositioning revolutionary Job Amupanda (JA) to ask him a range of questions relating to his battle in aid of the landless in Namibia. She asked him whether he has ministerial or even presidential aspirations and why he loves insulting his critics.

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Title dream now in God’s hands - Hilongwa

Bantamweight fighter Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa is looking for divine intervention to help him secure a world title fight, a first in his professional career spanning over a decade.
 
The boxer, who has a record of 15 fights, 13 victories, one no contest and one loss, has failed to secure a world title fight since turning professional in 2005.

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If you don’t like it, leave

Sadly, we have to ask ourselves if President Hage Geingob’s belief in his authority is eroding.  If so, we question why does a president who received a landslide mandate from the electorate take actions that seem to imply that he has decreasing tolerance for differing opinions, constructive criticism or principled disagreement.  

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What should we believe now?

After consideration of the latest presidential approach to AR on the housing problem, we are once again unsure about how our president handles crises, criticism and conflict. 

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NEEEF attacks entrenched inequalities

We support the introduction of NEEEF as a transformative imperative, but have serious reservations about its consultative interventions.
 
Colonialism, and later apartheid, systematically and purposefully restricted the majority of Namibians from meaningful participation in the economy.

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Chasing the unenforceable

Why in the world is the Bank of Namibia (BoN) wasting its valuable professional time reminding banks of an unenforceable rule which says that it is against the ancient exchange control laws to use a debit or credit card to play a foreign lottery? 

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Perfect packaging, but empty carton

You may have heard of the term f*%# boy, that guy who relies on his mum, but does not respect women. The one that wears white Nike socks with sandals made from a worn out tyre.

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Ujamaa

It is almost impossible to talk about harambee without also talking about a related philosophy called “ujamaa”. Last week, I gave a historical background about harambee, and this piece will similarly look at ujamaa. I regard both concepts as essential components of a Pan-African philosophy that we need to internalise. In due course, I shall look at both concepts to compare and contrast them.

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Jumping off a cliff

Far too many people read or hear a news headline, online posting, or a rumour and accept what they heard as the holy gospel without thinking.

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Push and pull

Ras Sheehama once sang that the system is a push and pull.  The State of the Nation Address (SONA 2016) by President Hage Geingob last week was used to launch the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP). The president seems to suggest that pulling is better than pushing, because the generally accepted meaning of the kiSwahili word “harambee” is “pulling together”, a rallying cry for collective effort. 

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What’s with paying to use the toilet?

Over the years I have stomached the fact that despite giving business to the multitude of service stations across the country while travelling, I have had to endure parting with at least a dollar to use their toilets.

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Just gimme money

The statement:  Just gimme’ money could easily replace our national anthem.
 
A guy living on the streets approached me downtown the other day asking me for N$10.  Aside from being amused that even street beggar demands respond to inflation rates (I used to be asked for just N$1), I was further amazed at our resulting dialogue. 

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Let’s just be human

It is on everything, magazines, billboards, television, on radio and even on the food you buy. The never ending campaign featuring that ‘perfect’, svelte, curvy, size 4-10, body image is omni-present.
 
For a person who has had her fair share of scrutiny because of my weight, I am not here to preach to you about why you should love your weight, or to go on about self-image and body positivity.

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Namibia does not dump refugees

The Sun Newspaper Editor’s corner of 22 March 2016, spoke of “people dumped on the border, dying” and “Repatriated children without a “shred of documentation”.

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Govt offers ‘paltry sum’ for Erindi

front ERINDI 29 April 2016Government, through the Ministry of Land Reform, is moving ahead with plans to buy Erindi Private Game Reserve from its current owners Gert and Paul Joubert for N$265 million, 86 percent below their asking price of N$1,924 billion, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

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Namibian drug mule arrested in Brazil

front Niekerk 29 April 2016A Namibian mother of two has been arrested in Brazil and faces years behind bars, after she was allegedly found in possession of drugs at an airport.
 
Melanie van Niekerk left Namibia earlier this month with a friend, Bernice on the pretext of looking for employment opportunities in South Africa, but mysteriously ended up in the South American country.

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ACC looks into the Kora scandal

front ACC 29 April 2016The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has waded into the Kora All-Africa Music Awards scandal, amid indications that the decision by government to splash N$21 million of taxpayer money to host the ill-fated event had been influenced by individuals looking to benefit from the multi-million dollar payout.

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Geingob salary pledge unfulfilled

front hage 22 April 2016President Hage Geingob is yet to fulfil a pledge he made last year to donate 20 percent of his salary to charity, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.
Geingob made the pledge in October last year at the official launch of the Swapo Party’s campaign for the Regional Council and Local Authority elections.

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‘Rent control will fail’

front 22 April 2016Government efforts to regulate the price of property rentals could amount to naught and cause the collapse of the sector, the Namibia Estate Agents Board (NEAB) has warned.
According to the body, government has no role in regulating private property.

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Swapo Four better off outside party – analyst

front swapo 4 22 April 2016A political analyst has suggested that Namibian society would be better served if the four former Swapo youth leaders, who are contesting their expulsion from the ruling party, used their intellectual capabilities outside party politics.

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NCCI ‘broke’

front 15 April 2016Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Chief Executive Officer Tarah Shaanika has rubbished claims that the business lobby group is in financial trouble.

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‘Damara president’ outburst angers Geingob

front 15 damara April 2016President Hage Geingob has allegedly chastised Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa for telling Walvis Bay land grabbers that people are suddenly clamouring for land, because the country now has a “Damara president”.

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We’ve been taken for a ride - Job

front 8 April 2016Affirmative Repositioning leader Job Amupanda feels that government might have sold them a dummy at a historic meeting held at State House last year that averted nationwide land grabs that had loomed large on the horizon.

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Power tariff hike looms

Namibians should brace themselves for an electricity tariff hike, following increases by regional suppliers, who supply 60 percent of the country’s electricity needs.
 
Namibia imports its power from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia to augment local supplies.

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NNOC fears doping scandal

sports 29 april 2016Namibia Olympics Committee (NNOC) President Abner Xoagub has warned athletes not to use unknown substances ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.

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Magic guns for league glory

Tura Magic coach Paulus Shipanga can be forgiven for dreaming big, after his young side ended the recently concluded season in third position, ahead of early title favourites African Stars.
 
Still basking in the afterglow of finishing third in the league, Shipanga this week laid down the gauntlet, promising the club’s supporters the league title next season.

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Afrocat Lions want pro status

Khomas Regional League Netball team The African Organisation of Catwalkers (Afrocat) Lions plans to become a professional outfit within the next five years, coach Dimitri Bittler said this week.
 
The team has been playing in the Khomas league for the last three years and is currently leading the log standings after just three games played so far this season.
 
 “We are trying our best in order to become a professional club,” Bittler, who is also the Director of Afrocat, said in an interview this week.
 
“We have good players and this club has shown that it will grow from strength to strength and it can become a professional club.
 
“With the team, we have managed to take many young people off the streets and now they have at least managed to stay away from abusing alcohol and drugs.
 
“Our biggest wish will be to start paying these players, since we all know that netball players are not getting any salaries.”
 
The club intends to use sport as a tool to empower young people.
 
“Under the current Namibian economic setup, the youth are in a worrisome position, thus making them vulnerable to socio-economic challenges.
 
“We formed this netball team because we acknowledge the Directorate of Youth Development within the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service as one entity that is aggressive in addressing youth challenges.
 
“Therefore, through the netball team, we have joined the ministry to address the constraints that the youth faces.”  
 
According to Bittler, the club currently does not have any major sponsors, besides the National Youth Council.
 
“We started off with other activities, such as modelling, but we realised that we needed to venture into sports, as it is where most of the youth interest lies.
 
“Aside from the main netball team, we have around five other teams representing us in lower leagues, with about 105 players in total.
 
“Our first team has already had a great start to the season, given that we have already won the three matches we played so far,” Bittler said.
 
The club currently trains at the A. Shipena Secondary School in Soweto during the week and most of their matches are played at the Katutura Youth Complex.
 
Netball player and Afrocat Secretary General Zelma Bittler said it has been a great initiative to form the netball club.
 
“As a player I would love to see the team grow to a professional club too.
 
“We have talented netball players in the team, who are more than capable of taking this team to another level.
 
“One of my biggest wishes in the next five years will be to play for my club at the South African Brutal Fruit Netball Games.
 
“It will also be important that the team turns professional, as this could also contribute to the eradication of poverty amongst the society,” she said.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winless Welwitschias remain hopeful

Windhoek Draught Welwitschias team manager Don von Solms remains hopeful that his team will win their Currie Cup match against the Eastern Province Kings this weekend at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.

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Legends urge footballers to plan ahead

sports 22 april 2016Two of Namibia’s most successful footballers Sylvester ‘Lolo’ Goraseb and Collin Benjamin have advised local players to plan for life after the game or risk ending up with nothing.

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Tigers seek to build spirit of champions

Tigers coach Brian Isaacs has urged his players to continue working hard if the team is to retain the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) crown they won last weekend.
 
Tigers won the league last Saturday, after beating Young Chiefs 1-0 to end their 31-year wait for the title.

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Welwitschias can improve – Von Solms

 
 Namibia rugby team manager Danie von Solms has backed his team to improve going forward, despite back-to-back Currie Cup defeats that have left the Welwitschias at the bottom of a 15-team group.
 
The team suffered a 66-12 mauling at the hands of Golden Lions in their second match of the competition at the Hage Geingob Stadium last Saturday.

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Who will be the last man standing?

The prospect of a battle royal between the undefeated Harry Simon and Vikapita Meroro has tongues wagging across the country.
 
Although no concrete date has been set for the match-up, and it is not clear in which division the two boxers will square off, talk of a fight has spread like wildfire, after the two boxers indicated on national radio that they are prepared to face each other in the ring.

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Flamingoes can bounce back - Landsberg

Former Flamingoes coach Otto Landsberg believes that the club has what it takes to bounce back to the Namibia Premier League (NPL), after the team was all, but relegated from the topflight following a disastrous season.

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NFA’s Ngalangi graduates with a PhD

Namibia Football Association (NFA) 1st Vice President Sakaria Naftal Ngalangi has graduated with a PhD degree in Education from Rhodes University in South Africa.

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Coleman, Adams eye Champions League berths

Namibia’s two most celebrated women footballers Zenatha Coleman and Thomalina Adams left for London this week, en route to joining up with Gintra Universitetas in Lithuania, where they could easily feature in next year’s Uefa Women’s Champions League.

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Pirates hunt for new sponsor

sports15 april 2016Namibia Premier League side Orlando Pirates is in talks with unidentified potential sponsors to take over the running of the club, following the recent announcement by benefactor Ali Akan that he will be leaving the team at the end of the current campaign.

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Salute to push for Simon’s world title bout

 
 Salute Boxing Academy is confident of securing a world title fight for Namibian boxing legend Harry ‘The Terminator’ Simon in the coming months.
 
Salute has hosted three boxing bonanzas since its formation last year, with the undefeated Simon making an appearance in the most recent one held on 26 March at Eenhana.

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Relegation battle heads for grand finale

While most people are more interested to find out who will win the Namibia Premier League (NPL), the real drama will actually be between the clubs battling to survive relegation this season.
 
In any event, Tigers have all but won the league title, as they are 11 points clear of their nearest rivals Black Africa, with only four matches to go.

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Time running out for Gurirab

Namibian 100m and 200m sprinter Dantago Gurirab will only start training again in August, as time runs out for the 26-year-old athlete to finally make his mark on the world stage.
 
The athlete has not taken part in any event since November last year, when his contract to study and train in Jamaica was terminated by the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service for alleged indiscipline.

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How Tyson stirred Uushona’s boxing passion

As a young boy, Bethuel Uushona watched in awe as former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson dispatched challenger after challenger during televised bouts, leading to him to later adopt ‘Tyson’ as his boxing nickname.

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Fistball League set to thrill at the weekend

The second round of the Bank Windhoek Fistball League will take place at the Cohen Fistball Club (CFC) on Saturday.
 
CFC 1 and SKW 3 will try to extend their lead in the respective categories. The league starts at 08h30.

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Title dream now in God’s hands - Hilongwa

sports 8 april 2016Bantamweight fighter Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa is looking for divine intervention to help him secure a world title fight, a first in his professional career spanning over a decade.

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Lindermeier to miss SA champs

The Namibia Swimming Union (NASU) has confirmed that top swimmer Daniela Lindermeier will not be travelling to Durban, South Africa for the SA Aquatic National Swimming Championships, which are slated
 
to take place from 10 to 16 April.

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Mannetti still the right man - Kanalelo

 
Brave Warriors assistant coach Ronnie Kanalelo has leapt to the defence of his boss Ricardo Mannetti, after the team’s faint hope of qualifying for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) was dealt a body blow, following an embarrassing 3-1 home defeat to minnows Burundi last month.

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Can Mannetti keep the wolves at bay?

From the highs of last year’s Cosafa Cup triumph, to the lows of the Afcon 2017 qualification disaster, it has certainly been a bumpy road for Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti and his charges.
 
It is therefore unsurprising that there have been calls from certain quarters for Mannetti to fall, with detractors pointing to inconsistent performances and style of play that has haunted the Warriors.

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Away goals give Young Warriors the edge

Young Warriors coach Gerald Gunther believes his team stand a better chance of qualifying for the next round of the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2017 qualifiers, after securing two crucial away goals
 
in their 2-2 draw against Swaziland last weekend.

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SS Nujoma recruitment on course (2)

Recruitment of workers who will work aboard the new N$2,3 billion diamond sampling and exploration vessel, the SS Nujoma, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016, Debmarine Namibia has said.

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Rössing sweats over desalination plant

bus 29 april 2016Rössing Uranium is still optimistic that it will finally receive the green light to build its own desalination plant just outside Swakopmund after its initial efforts were blocked by government.

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SS Nujoma recruitment on course

 
Recruitment of workers who will work aboard the new N$2,3 billion diamond sampling and exploration vessel, the SS Nujoma, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016, Debmarine Namibia has said.

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NCCI Windhoek Branch elects new Exco members

The NCCI Windhoek chapter has appointed a new executive committee at its Annual General Meeting that was held on Tuesday. The new leadership is led by Parastus Nepolo, who is the Chairman and his deputy Margeret Gustavo.

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Water shortage worries grip businesses

The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) says business is currently more preoccupied with the challenges presented by the water shortage in Windhoek, than with the proposed 10 percent hike in water tariffs.

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Standard Bank launches new product

In its quest to become the most innovative bank that introduces meaningful products and services that speak to the financial needs of its customers, Standard Bank Namibia on Tuesday unveiled its new Achiever Banking Value Bundle. 

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United Africa Group secures N$80m funding for new Hilton

Hilton 26 aprilVantage Capital, Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, has announced the provision of a debenture facility of N$80 million to United Africa Group (UAG), being the group’s equity contribution for the construction of a new Hilton Garden Inn, a 181-key three-star hotel to be located in the heart of the Windhoek.

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Third mobile network on the cards

bus 22 april 2016Namibia could soon have a third mobile operator, following revelations that Paratus Telecom is currently engaged in talks with Telecom Namibia over the launch of a mobile virtual network (MVN).

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Financial services excite NamPost

NamPost is eyeing a bigger slice of the financial services sector pie, as it forges ahead with its transformation plans.
 
The government-owned entity appears to be undeterred by the increased competition in the financial services sector, as it steps up its recruitment of banking service experts, in a bid to grow its current offering.

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Nama with a Wambo attitude warms crowd

Laughter was the sun that drove away the winter cold last week Thursday at the Franco Namibia Cultural Centre as comedic geniuses Fresh from Windhoek North and regular Free Your Mind comic, Mark Kariahuua and a tepid Real Mich, warmed the crowd with laughter.

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Is the oil dream over?

Oil and gas exploration company Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas is set to end its flirtation with the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) this Friday, after it announced it was delisting from the bourse.

 
The company was listed on the Development Capital Board in 2012 at the height of the ‘oil rush’ in the country, becoming the first oil and gas exploration company to list on the NSX.

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Melba’s Toast: Striking the right pose

Call the paparazzi and pop the champagne cork!  The Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) are on this weekend and there is so much more at stake than just getting the awards and wearing the right dress.

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Intellectual property in the spotlight

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has called on Namibia to expedite the enactment of the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) draft policy.
 
WIPO African Bureau Senior Counsellor Loretta Asiedu said Namibia’s current policy framework is weak and does not meet the challenges faced by owners of intellectual property.
 

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Your guide to this weekend’s NAMAs

The biggest night in local music entertainment, the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), are going to be held this weekend in Windhoek and it’s past time to get excited.

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Oryx Properties appoints new CEO

Namibia Stock Exchange (NSX) listed concern Oryx Properties this week announced the appointment of Gerhard van Zyl as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective from 1 July.
 
The announcement comes as the current CEO Stefan de Bruin’s contract expires on 30 June.

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Ulenga speaks about tribalism and political arrogance

The Windhoek Observer’s Sonja Angula (SA) sat down with former Swapo stalwart and Congress of Democrats (CoD) leader Ben Ulenga, who had much to say about tribalism and political arrogance, but refused to give any advice to DTA leader McHenry Venaani.

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Barbershop: The Next Cut is fresh

Ice Cube (Calvin), Cedric the Entertainer (Eddie) and a well-rounded cast are back with more barbershop shenanigans in Director Malcolm Lee and screenwriters Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver’s impressive third entry of the Barbershop series.

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Draycott Multimedia looking to make a mark in branding

Draycott Multimedia is a company founded in 2015 by Abraham Amushila and partners, and their main thrust is strategic marketing and brand building.
 
Draycott specialises in coming up with marketing strategies and concepts that give brands an extra edge, through mediums such as video, photography, advertisements and designs.
 

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Confessions of a couch cat: grey is gold

Being 60 and sexy is great.  Being 50 and fine is ok.  Being 40 and foxy works too!  Life’s fun things and hot times ain’t all about being under 30.
 
There are serious drawbacks to being young and clueless, and great advantages to being experienced and elated!

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Power imports cost Namibia N$3 billion

Namibia last year forked out N$3 billion on power imports from neighbouring countries, to avert power outages.
 
This comes as the country was given a wakeup call on Monday afternoon, when it faced countrywide power outages, which lasted several hours in some parts of the country, after a technical fault at the Ruacana hydropower plant.

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Teen boy tortured, nearly raped in cells

news 22 APRIL 2016A Windhoek teenager has made sensational claims that he was battered by sjambok-wielding police officers, before being thrown into a police cell with adult prisoners, who threatened to rape him.

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Town Square renovations on track

Ohlthaver & List Group subsidiary Broll Namibia says the N$3 million renovations to its Town Square property located in the Windhoek central business district (CBD) is well on track.
 
Broll Namibia Managing Director Marco Wenk told the Windhoek Observer that the renovations will see the Town Square mall rejuvenated with new tiles, new bulkheads and new lights.

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May holiday food – prawns and pasta

Having guests for a May holiday week meal?  This is a good one. 
 
Jumbo or giant sized prawns for this recipe are always a bit pricey, but worth it.  You are likely to only find the frozen kind -not the microscopic krill-sized popcorn prawns- and they make for a tasty meal. 

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FNB board appointment raises eyebrows

President Hage Geingob’s public sector and constitutional advisor Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi has been appointed as chairperson of the FNB Namibia Board of Directors, a move that an analyst says could result in a conflict of interest.

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Total gives away N$500,000 to start-ups

Total Namibia recently awarded a total of N$500,000 to three start-up companies as part of the Startupper of the Year by Total challenge.
 
The competition, held for the first time ever this year, is aimed at young people up to the age of 35, who have a concept or a business with less than two years of operational experience.

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President Geingob fires PA

President Hage Geingob has allegedly sent his long time personal assistant Liandro Mensah packing after he failed to upload one of his speeches on social media, the Windhoek Observer has learnt.
 
Sources alleged this week that Mensah, who had worked for Geingob for the past three years, angered his boss by failing to heed his command to upload the speech.

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Skinner spells out PRO best practises

Public relations officers (PROs) have been urged to improve their use of the internet and social media, as these communications tools should have an important place in their media plans.
 
South African PR expert Chris Skinner said such a marketing mix could reduce costs, by providing the most requested information online, in one easy to access area.

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Music concert to benefit school for the visually impaired

Windhoek music fans must not miss Saturday’s ‘Sound for Sight’  benefit  rock concert,  being held to raise funds for a much needed charitable cause.
 
An exciting line-up of 16 local artists and bands will rock the stage, with all proceeds donated to a school for the visually impaired in Khomasdal.

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New visa regulations threaten tourism sector

 
The Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) has raised alarm bells over a new immigration regulation that requires South African businesspeople to apply for a business visa, before entering the Land of the Brave.

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Tasting tourism trade fair success

 
Tourism is successful in Namibia, because a visit to the Land of the Brave is not simply a trip to a destination, but rather an experience of a lifetime.
 
The most vital tourism trade fair for Namibia is the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) Berlin.

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Let the games begin!

If you are a Game of Thrones addict, you will remember exactly at which point the powerhouse TV show ensnared you in its icy fandom grip.
 
Perhaps it was Jamie Lannister uttering the words “the things I do for love”, before unceremoniously pushing little Bran Stark out of a tower window, after the child chanced upon an incestuous encounter between the King Slayer and his twin sister Cersei.

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Granny with attitude

I’m baa-ack!  My last article of quick tips on social and relationship issues went over well.  So, here I am again with some answers to emailed questions from readers.
 
Granny may be old; but old ain’t dead. 

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‘Nearly man’ Hamutenya finds solace in farming

Namibia’s ‘nearly man’, Hidipo Hamutenya, who came so close in 2004 to realising his dream of taking over the leadership of Swapo, and by implication the country, is now a full-time family man, who has reignited his childhood passion for livestock farming in the Ohangwena Region.

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Melba’s Toast: Store bought or tailor made?

 
Chasing glamour and fashion is fun and the local glitz scene at the NAMAs reflects that.  Having the dress of your dreams to wear on the blue carpet that night is vital to looking good and making an ‘entrance.’
 
But, I face a nerve-wracking question: should I buy something ready-made or get a tailor to make something unique?

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Govt hunts for renewable energy sites

The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) is set to visit all 14 regions of the country, to ascertain viable sites to set up renewable energy projects that can assist with power generation.

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Germany pours N$13bn into Namibia

 
Namibia’s biggest development aid benefactor Germany has vowed to continue assisting the country despite the Southern African country’s classification as an upper-middle-income nation.
 
Germany has poured over N$13 billion into the Land of the Brave since independence in 1990.

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Z for Zechariah is unfinished

Margot Robbie (Ann Burden) is at the center of an end-of-the-world tale told through the interactions in a love triangle, (read: Garden of Eden, one Eve and two Adams) in director Craig Zorbel and screen writers Nissar Modi and author Robert C. O’Brien’s Z for Zachariah.

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Govt commits more funds to health

Government has committed itself to increasing the Ministry of Health and Social Services budget allocation to 15 percent of the national budget, Information and Communication Technology Minister Tjekero Tweya announced on Thursday.

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Husab processing plant 96% complete

Swakop Uranium, the developer of Husab Mine, has announced that construction of the processing plant at the world’s biggest uranium mine has reached over 96 percent completion.

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Govt hunts for missing tax billions

news 15 APRIL 2016Multinational companies operating in the country have been fingered as the main culprits of tax evasion, with government estimating that it has lost billions of dollars in revenue this way.

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Namibia investor appetite excites IFC

 
 The World Bank-owned International Finance Corporation (IFC) says it could be interested in issuing more bonds locally, should opportunities arise.
 
The comes as the institution successfully issued a maiden N$180 million five-year bond with a yield of 9,812 percent per annum, which was listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange last week.

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Namibia investor appetite excites IFC

The World Bank-owned International Finance Corporation (IFC) says it could be interested in issuing more bonds locally, should opportunities arise.
 
The comes as the institution successfully issued a maiden N$180 million five-year bond with a yield of 9,812 percent per annum, which was listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange last week.

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Angolan economic woes hit Nam colleges

Namibian colleges traditionally dependent on the support of cash flush Angolan students have revealed that the number of students from that country has dropped drastically.

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RIM: A game-changer in paperless records

In today’s information-rich environment, the creation, retrieval and maintenance of records are complex and expensive tasks.
 
It was exactly this notion that saw the formation of Records and Information Management (RIM) five years ago by its founder Medmillian Handura.

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NAMAs wait almost over

This year’s Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) promises world class production and mind-blowing performances at an explosive new level later this month on 29 and 30 April. 

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Kata slapped with N$1,45m lawsuit

Kata Investment Group – owned by Kaupumhote Pohamba and Taschiona !Gawaxab – has been slapped with a N$1,45 million lawsuit by Larissa Investments, in a classic case of a business deal gone wrong.

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My Fat Greek Wedding is back!

Members of the Portokalos family are back and funnier than ever after a family secret brings them together in director Kirk Jones and writer Nia Vardalos’ second helping of sweetness in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

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Govt defends ‘bloated’ NWR board

bus 8 april 2016The Ministry of Public Enterprises has explained the rationale behind appointing a nine-member board for Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), contrary to the new regulations governing State-owned enterprises (SOEs).

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Corry’s life celebrated

If a person’s worth is measured by how the fraternity they were active in reacts to their untimely death, then journalist and editor Arnold ‘Corry’ Ihuhua was one of the greatest scribes to have emerged in Namibia.

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Stimulus bags 100 percent of NMH

South Africa’s Media24 is set to exit Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) after a nine-year exposure to the Namibian media space, following the disposal of its 50 percent shareholding in the business to Stimulus Investment.

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Monica against the ‘madness’

Those who attended President Hage Geingob’s second State of the Nation Address last Tuesday afternoon may have noticed a lone protester who braved the heavy rain outside the National Assembly, to voice her disgust over moves to construct a new parliament building at a cost of N$2 billion.

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Illegal cash exports: ACC makes zero headway

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has not made any headway in its investigation into allegations of wealthy individuals stashing away over N$58 million (US$3.9 million) in offshore accounts, following revelations over a year ago in leaked HSBC Bank documents.

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Stakeholders in the politics of the genocides

The purpose of this article is to attempt to identify potential stakeholders in the politics of the genocides committed by Germany against the OvaHerero and Nama between 1904 and 1908 in the then German South-West Africa (GSWA).

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Make energy efficiency compulsory - expert

 
A renewable energy expert has called on authorities to make it compulsory that all new buildings should be energy efficient, including the compulsory installation of solar powered geysers and other methods to save on consumption, before they are approved by the relevant local authorities.

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Rachel Mengela: model on a mission

entertainment 8tht April 2016Twenty-three-year-old qualified IT Technician Rachel Mengela maybe be relatively new to the modeling scene, but she is determined to be more than just a front runner in the world of fashion.

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Oh snap: Greek cucumber noodles

If you thought that dicing cucumbers and tomatoes was the only way to make a Greek salad, then I am here to tell you that there is a more exciting way to make your salad dinner more exciting.

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Standard Bank plots NSX listing

news 8 APRIL 2016Standard Bank Namibia (SBN) says it will list on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) before December 2019, the Windhoek Observer can exclusively reveal.

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Owela computer game coming soon

A computer game based on the traditional Owela game is nearing completion and will soon be on the market.
 
National Software Engineering Academy (NSEA) Managing Director Aron Hamukwaya said he plans to launch the product at the end of May, after working on the computerised version of the game since the end of 2012.

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Frontrunners to succeed Geingob emerge

Political analysts have opined that President Hage Geingob has two clear frontrunners, who he could anoint as his successor to further cement his legacy and ensure that he is given statesman-like treatment and the associated perks, when he finally leaves office.

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Mungunda’s thoughts on leadership

Standard Bank Chief Executive Vetumbuavi Mungunda has shared his thoughts on the importance of effective leadership in an organisation.
 
Mungunda says leadership should be taken seriously, as it impacts on employees, and ultimately the success of an organisation.

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Local is lekker with Cramer

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  This is an old children’s rhyme of glee when the prospect of eating that magnificently creamy-cold mouthwatering dessert is evident.
 
Café Cramer has heard our song.

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NSFAF defaulters to cough up

The Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) will soon come under the control of the Ministry of Finance, which will be responsible for disbursing student loans and collecting monies owed by defaulting beneficiaries.

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Ilke gives the lowdown on PR

Ilke Akwenye (IA) is Sanlam Namibia’s Senior Marketing and Communications Consultant, after having previously been the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation’s Public Relations Officer.
 
Ilke is a Master of Arts student at the University of Namibia. She is also a radio and television personality and a dedicated and loving wife and mother.’

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An unforgettable experience

Dancers from the Ombetja Yehinga Organization (OYO) dance troupe, El Junita Philander and Monray Garoeb recently returned from Tulips near Amsterdam where they participated in a Residency Program sponsored by The Prince Claus Fund.

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Tourism growth challenged by budget cuts

In the important 2013 World Bank report titled ‘Tourism in Africa: Harnessing Tourism for Growth and Improved Livelihoods’, written by Iain Christie, Hannah Messerli and Louise Twining-Ward, it was determined that tourism is a powerful vehicle for economic growth and job creation.  And yet, MET’s 2016/17 budget has been cut by fifteen percent.

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Song Nighters and foot massages

It would just be like the talented Lize Ehlers to bring together the different pers  onalities and enthusiastic individuals that keep the local live music scene churning and have them pampered with foot massages, songs, good food and wine as a thank you for their ongoing support.

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RA launches fraud awareness campaign

The Roads Authority (RA) has launched a national fraud awareness campaign to combat corruption and bribery, as well as the vandalism of road signs and infrastructure.
 
The campaign was launched on Wednesday at the Wanderers Sports Grounds in Windhoek.

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Rantings of a fashion nut: Man up

Ladies just love to wear their boyfriends’ oversized shirts.  There is something sexy about staying overnight at your man’s place and putting on his shirt as you putter around the house the next morning.
 
These days, women choose to wear men’s clothes in their everyday lives as a fashion statement that looks great.

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MoiYa’s ‘Table’ was OK

There is a rise in interesting and engaging arts and crafts markets, festivals and food-based events happening around Windhoek and that is good news.
 
Last Friday I attended “The Table” gourmet dinner event sponsored by MoiYa pop-up shop and organised by owner, Leizel Louw. 

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Chitchat with Kez: Jammin’ in the kitchen

Let us get this clear, Kez and I can cook; I mean we can ‘get down’ with the pots and pans in the kitchen. 
 
We are not your average noodle-in-a-cup kinda cooks, nope. We hit you in the face with tasty full course meals. When the cooking gods give us the strength and inspiration, nothing can stop us from getting things sizzling in the kitchen.

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How to be single is great fun

Alice (Dakota Johnson) and Robin (Rebel Wilson) are girls that just wanna have fun in director Christian Ditter and screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein’s comical guide on How to be single.
 
The movie is entertaining, but not spectacular.  Still, it’s worth the ticket price.

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Oh snap: Moroccan salad bowl with preserved lemons

I have been on a good nutrition train that is not going to slow down any time soon as I need to achieve a healthier status. I made a conscious decision that most, if not all, of my plate at every meal will be vegetables with smaller portions of lean meats or beans.

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