Landlords ‘find’ rent control loophole

Windhoek landlords believe that they can circumvent any form of government control of what they charge tenants, by simply cutting out estate agents from rental agreements.

Neckartal done and dusted in December

A consultant has been engaged to work on a land allocation plan for the agricultural land around the Neckartal Dam, as government eyes a December completion date for the construction phase.


In my quest to unpack the philosophy of Harambee, I previously looked at its origin as a call to arms by railway workers in East Africa, in a similar fashion that Shosholoza was used by mineworkers in South Africa.  The context for both words is hard work in dangerous situations, which required the collective efforts of all the workers in order to make the workload lighter.

Illegal drugs corrode Namibia

We are alarmed by the increased illegal drug use in Namibia.  When considering the lack of funding for rehabilitation centres around the country, the social stigma associated with receiving counselling from psychologists and psychiatrists,

Shoot the messenger!

This past weekend’s tale of two presidential-level events held on the same day, hints at a story that we must analyze.

The private sector is part of Namibia too

At times Namibia seems to be in a regulatory and policy boxing match featuring the private sector versus government. We think that this is a strange bout, when one sector cannot function without the other. 

Birthday cake or political stage?

May 12, 2016 is the 87th birthday of the Founding President of Namibia and the first president of the Swapo party, Dr Sam Nujoma and we wish him many happy and healthy returns.

Me thinks thou dost protest too much

People who scream the loudest about corruption, nepotism and systemic dishonesty in Namibia are correct to shout, complain and organise themselves to oppose it – that’s a good thing. 

Ship Ahoy

Many centuries ago, our African forefathers and foremothers were forcefully placed on ships that sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to the so-called New World of the Americas. They were sold like animals at an auction,

Water crisis, we should be concerned

The decision by Coca-Cola Namibia Bottling Company (CCNBC) to shut down two production lines due to water shortages in Windhoek and the subsequent announcement that it would have to shed at least 60 jobs due to the decision, should be of concern to government and many local employees.

The fox is guarding the hen house

As government plans massively expensive infrastructure projects (like the N$2.2 billion Parliament building), we must be attentive to the process.  The devil is always in the details. 

Blessers or cursers

Social media has been abuzz in recent weeks with talk of ‘blessers’, and everyone else seems to have the words ‘blesser’ and ‘blessee’ rolling off their tongues more than usual.

Bob Marley – Africa Unite

Bob Marley passed away on 11 May 1981.  The year before, Bob Marley had performed at Zimbabwe’s independence celebrations, thereby etching his name into the history books of the African liberation struggle.

Should we panic about the Rio Olympics?

It’s true; things are not pretty in Rio de Janeiro, even as the Olympic torch arrived Tuesday in Brazil, with three months until the opening ceremony of the Games.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda

“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”  My gramma said that when I began to whine about something I wish I had done. 

Youth unemployment a concern

Youth unemployment should be one of the biggest concerns right now. We are wasting an important part of the energy and talent of the most educated youth generation.


I received some positive feedback from the readers about the pieces that dealt with harambee, ujamaa and swalisano. My former colleague Webster Gonzo and my omuramue Karee Kahimise called to thank me for the piece about harambee.

If Africa was a football team…

The big football leagues in Europe are almost coming to the end of the season, and with their huge popularity in Africa, it means quieter sports bars in the coming weeks, and low season for sports betting companies.

Imported nuclear waste is profitable too

If we allow phosphate mining, we may as well take in nuclear waste and developed countries’ garbage and trash too. Advocates for mining Namibia’s rich phosphate deposits talk big ying-yang about how much those deposits are worth and how many jobs will be created and they are not lying.

Chronicles of a first time mother

I am a new mom and this is my first Mother’s Day.  Just writing about this is so strange, frightening and pleasing all at the same time.

Political commentary by Ben Ulenga

The Windhoek Observer of 29 April – 3 May 2016, presented a Q&A conversation in which I opined on several topical political issues of the day.  While the conversation was amiable, professional and well-intentioned on both sides, there may be a need to clarify some of the points highlighted in the interest of encouraging a more informed public dialogue on key issues. 

Fertile ground for populism

In the absence of genuine and inspirational leadership, which must be backed up by walking the talk and not empty promises, people will be willing to listen to anyone who steps up and assumes the role of seemingly leading the charge against a system that benefits the few.

Observer News 27 May - 2 June 2016


Drug lords in the spotlight

front drugs b 27 May 2016Local drug kingpins, who have profiteered through the sale of illicit drugs in the country, will soon find themselves on the losing end, as NamPol goes after their assets.

Geingob’s Chinese partner builds empire

front chinese 27 May 2016The business partner of President Hage Geingob, Chinese millionaire Jack Huang, has over 16 years built a huge business empire concentrated in the border town of Oshikango.

MVA Fund provides housing to claimants

front drugs 27 May 2016The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund plans to build more low-cost housing for its seriously injured claimants, as it continues to find better ways to assist the rehabilitation of road crash victims.

Observer News 20th -26th May 2016


Air Namibia splashes millions on lease deal

front nakawa 20 May 2016The financially hamstrung national carrier Air Namibia is splashing millions of dollars of taxpayer money on an airplane lease deal after, committing to a US$6,500 per hour, 10-day deal with Portuguese charter airline Hi Fly.

Blacks excluded from tourism cash cow

front digu 20 May 2016Black Namibians are still largely excluded from the country’s tourism sector for a number of reasons, including lack of access to start-up loans, as they do not have the necessary collateral.

Amukwiyu rules out Swapo SG bid

front amukwiyo 20 May 2016With jostling for positions having started in Swapo, ahead of its 2017 elective congress, Oshikoto Regional Coordinator Armas Amukwiyu maintains that he has no ambitions to take up a senior role, including the powerful secretary general post.

Confusion engulfs appointment of NSC chief

sports 27 May 2016Sport, Youth and National Service Minister Jerry Ekandjo has distanced himself from the ongoing saga at the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), regarding the appointment of a permanent chief administrator.

Observer News 13 - 19 May 2016


I feel like quitting football – Jacobs

Black Africa coach Woody Jacobs is contemplating quitting Namibian football for good, after his employment at the club was unceremoniously terminated.

TransNamib gripped by power struggle

front Transnamib 13 May 2016TransNamib Acting Chief Executive Officer Hippy Tjivikua and board Chairman Paul Smit are embroiled in a power struggle, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

Mbaeva wants tomake up for mistakes

Senior national football team and Golden Arrows’ goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva says he wants to atone for the mistakes he made during the Brave warriors’ last match against Burundi in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers encounter.

My hands are tied - Katjavivi

front Katjavivi 13 May 2016National Assembly Speaker Professor Peter Katjavivi says there is nothing he can do about the decision to splurge N$2 billion on a new parliament building, as the green light for the much-maligned project was given before he took office.

BA’s financial woes heartbreaking

When news filtered in last Friday that the ten-time Namibia Premier League champions Black Africa were going to terminate the employment contracts of their technical staff and players, I could not help but feel bad for the team.

Hinda drags Agribank to equity commission

front Hinda 13 May 2016Former Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) Chief Operating Officer Gottlieb Hinda has dragged Agribank to the Employment Equity Commission (ECC), for failing to appoint him as its new chief executive officer.

Cosafa Castle Cup Trophy Tour gathers steam

Cosafa Castle Cup Trophy Tour ambassador Congo Hindjou has urged Namibians to come out in numbers to participate in activities planned as part of the tour, which started last weekend.

Observer News 06 -12 May 2016


Sport builds friendship - Geingob

President Hage Geingob believes that sport can improve the relationship between South Africa and Namibia.
Geingob said this at the launch of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup in Windhoek last week.

Amupanda ‘in bed with Chinese’

front amupanda 6 May 2016Affirmative Repositioning leader Job Amupanda has been labelled a hypocrite and an opportunist, after it emerged this week that he is involved in a joint venture with a Chinese company.

Away goal will clinch it - Gunther

Young Warriors coach Gerald Gunther believes that a single away goal may well see his team advance past South Africa in their decisive Under-20 African Cup of Nations qualifier second round second leg tie on 11 June in Johannesburg.

Vagina tightening linked to cancer

front ovarian cancer 6 May 2016A Windhoek Central Hospital nurse has broken the wall of silence around the growing cases of cancer among women from the Zambezi region, allegedly linked to the use of traditional vagina tightening herbs.

Namibian football in the doldrums

sports 20 May 2016Football analysts have blamed the ongoing problems in Namibian football on politics and infighting by administrators.  

TransNamib begins CEO hunt

front saara 6 May 2016Beleaguered State-owned rail operator TransNamib is next week expected to start the process of recruiting a new chief executive officer, after parting ways with Sara Naanda, 16 months after her suspension.

NFA Cup remains in limbo

The future of the country’s biggest knockout competition, the NFA Cup, remains uncertain, after the local football mother body indicated this week that no sponsors had been secured yet, following the end of Bidvest Namibia’s sponsorship last season.

Observer News 29 April-5th May 2016


The fate of Namibian football lies in MTC’s wallet

As MTC mulls whether to continue its often troubled relationship with local football, which has seen it pump a massive amount of money into the league since 2002, local football lovers will know that if things go south, it may well be the death knell of the local game.

Road to Rio: NOC worried about qualifications

The president of the Namibia Olympics Committee (NOC) has urged athletes and the different sport federations in the country to work harder to ensure success at the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic games.

NPL in no hurry to appoint CEO

The Namibia Premier League (NPL) is in no rush to appoint a new chief executive officer to run its day-to-day operations, spokesperson Cassius Moeti has said.

12-team NPL plan unstoppable - Moeti

sports 13 May 2016MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) spokesperson Cassius Moeti has said that the plan to reduce the number of teams competing in the topflight league from 16 to 12, before the start of the 2017/18 season was unanimously agreed to by the league’s leadership.

Naidjala cocky ahead of June bout

Immanuel Prince Naidjala is confident of victory ahead of his WBO Bantamweight Intercontinental title fight against South African Klaas Boyane next month at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek.

Tigers’ trio tipped for NPL awards glory

Coach Brian Isaacs and two of his trusted lieutenants are expected to dominate the MTC Namibia Premier League 2015/16 awards on Friday, which will be held at Nice Restaurant in Windhoek at 10h00.

Withering Welwitschias must rise

The national rugby team has performed dismally so far in the Currie Cup. The team has been nothing but an embarrassment considering that they have lost their opening five matches by huge scorelines.

A star is born – Benjani Mwaruwari

One of the leading strikers to come out of the Southern African region in the last two decades was the Zimbabwean Benjani Mwaruwari… and it all began for him at the Cosafa Castle Cup.

BA coach drops bombshell

SPORTS 6 May 2016Black Africa coach Woody Jacobs has sensationally claimed that some officials at the club want him out after he failed to secure the league title in his first season in charge.

Citizens FC to offload six players

Namibia Premier League club Citizens FC is set to terminate the contracts of six of its players in the next few weeks, chairman  David Goagoseb has disclosed.
Citizens survived relegation by the skin of their teeth, ending the season in 13th position, just one spot above the relegation zone. 

Govt drags feet on Rössing desalination plant

Bus 27 May 2016The planned construction of the country’s second desalination plant by Rössing Uranium hangs in the balance, as two key ministries drag their feet in providing the relevant licenses.

COSAFA Castle Cup Classics – Lesotho 2 Angola 1

Lesotho pulled off one of the greatest shocks in Cosafa Castle Cup history when they defeated Angola 2-1 in Maseru in the semifinals of the 2000 tournament to end Palancas Negras’ reign as champions.

Construction industry in panic mode

national 27 May 2016The water shortages currently being experienced in the central areas of Namibia are threatening the viability of the construction industry, with fears mounting that numerous projects currently underway could be halted or may not be finished on schedule.

North River upbeat on Namibia, licencing prospects

North River Resources (NRR) says it remains buoyant about the prospects of its US$30 million Namib Zinc and Lead project which currently awaits a final decision by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) to award it a local mining licence.

Ambunda focuses on speed

IBO Super Bantamweight champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda is working on his speed ahead of the unification world title bout against WBA World Super Bantamweight titleholder Moises ‘Chucky’ Flores from Mexico.

Gvt still keen on new Parly, revisits food banks tenders

news new ParlyGovernment is set to go ahead with the construction of the proposed new parliament despite a huge backlash from the public, with Cabinet at its recent sitting having agreed that a press conference be held to clarify matters pertaining to the project, including how it’s going to be funded.

Maize prices to stabilise

Namibia may not experience further maize price fluctuations, if developments on the global market are anything to go by.

Welcome back Life Fighters

I have a strong feeling that the 2016/17 premier league season will re-ignite a few club rivalries among old foes.
One of the most mouth-watering rivalry prospects for next season is the one between Life Fighters and African Stars.

Namibia waivers visa requirements

news visaGovernment has waived all visa requirements for African diplomats and official passport holders with immediate effect.

Global training boost for logistics sector

The Transport and Logistics Society (TLS) has called on players in the sector to embrace and start using the recently launched Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Namibia branch to their benefit, and stop operating in isolation.

Guruseb still looking for a new club

Former Civics coach Christy Guruseb is still looking for a new club, seven months after he left his job, following a string of poor results.

Former top cop hits hard times

Retired Oshana Police Regional Commander Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa has been dragged to the Windhoek High Court by FNB Namibia after defaulting on a N$68,179 personal loan.

Katrina brings that competitive edge

Ipaha Travels owner Katrina Tjatjaa Kandjii-Black is a young and vibrant Namibian woman, who is determined to make her mark in the local tourism sector.

Ambunda focuses on speed

IBO Super Bantamweight champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda is working on his speed ahead of the unification world title bout against WBA World Super Bantamweight titleholder Moises ‘Chucky’ Flores from Mexico.

Genocide talks to reach conclusion by year-end

The head of the German Bundestag delegation to Namibia, which left on Thursday after a four-day visit, has expressed confidence in the dialogue being undertaken between the two governments on the genocide issue.

NTA announces National Skills Competition and Exposition

The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) announced last week that the National Skills Competition and Exposition will take place from 14 to 17 September at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek.

All systems go for Old Mutual Victory Races

Preparations to host the 16th edition of the Old Mutual Victory Races are currently in full swing.
The 16-year journey has seen on average 4,000 Namibians taking part in the largest single road running competition in the country.

RA, Chinese company in the dock

A Rundu woman has dragged her Chinese employer and the Roads Authority to court, demanding compensa­tion of over N$240,000.

Let’s get cheeky

Entertainment 27 May 2016Buttocks, backside, tush, butt, rear end, caboose, derriere, back, bum, ass or buns we all have them. It doesn’t matter what you call them; it will never hide the fact that we have an ambiguous relationship with our bottoms.

Bank Windhoek launches high risk fund

Bank Windhoek has launched the Bank Windhoek International Fund, a Namibian dollar denominated fund which offers investors a convenient and cost-effective way to obtain exposure in developed market equity.

Govt throws open beef export bonanza

Governments says that the new China beef export market, which will see Namibia export bone-in beef  to the Asian country, is open to all Namibians who wish to take advantage of the bonanza.

Bottoms up: fashion for your big booty

To all the ladies with big booties out there:  you are blessed and have a bright future behind you.  Your booty’s presence cannot be denied.

SA’s rand downgrade threatens Namibia’s financial system stability

bank 23 mayThe recently confirmed stable and sound financial system by the Bank of Namibia and NAMFISA will soon come under heavy pressure in the event of a South African rand downgrade.

Africa Day in the diaspora

On Wednesday, Africa commemorated the 53rd anniversary of the formation of the Organisation for African Union (OAU), now the African Union (AU).

Kariahuua is confident about comedy

Mark Kariahuua has been enthralling stand-up comedy audiences since he was voted as last year’s runner up of the Last Comic Standing.
Born and bred in Windhoek, and the youngest of 14 children, Kariahuua had always wanted to entertain ever since he was young.

Namibia scores big in diamond deal

Bus 20 May 2016Namibia has clinched a number of firsts, after concluding a 10-year diamond marketing and sales deal with De Beers.

Geingob heaps praise on Angula

President Hage Geingob has showered SWAPO Party stalwart and former Cabinet minister Helmut Angula with praise, for the devotion he has shown to the party.

And he held the door…

*Game of Thrones fans, the Windhoek Observer enthusiasts are responding to your comments on our weekly updates by giving our review of the latest episode.   Those who have not seen it, please do so before reading this article.

GIPF allocates N$1bn in home loans

The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) has approved funding worth over N$1 billion for 1,310 individual home loans since the inception of its home loan scheme two years ago.

Junk in the trunk: Men speak

We wondered what most men think of their butts, so we took to the streets to find out if men ever really think about their butts and what they deem to be the ideal male backside.

SWAPO launches Party School

SWAPO 23 mayThe ruling SWAPO Party has officially launched its Party School in Windhoek.

B2Gold to fork out N$650m for capital projects

Toronto Stock Exchange and Namibian Stock Exchange listed B2Gold plans to invest over N$238, 9 million in the current financial year towards the expansion of its operations at its Otjikoto mine.

Melba’s Toast: Faking it

The letter ‘F’ needn’t be just for fashion, it can also be for faking it.  One should never be embarrassed to wear fashion items which are not real.  Faux is fun!

Polygamy only for men - Kawana

national 20 May 2016Justice Minister Albert Kawana has come out strongly against women having multiple spouses, saying that such a practice will bring major complications to families.

Intellectual property law to encourage entrepreneurship - Mathias

State House Advisor on Youth Matters and Enterprise Development Daisry Mathias has expressed confidence in Namibia’s intellectual property (IP) policy framework.

Prince’s heirs face a monumental challenge

Prince, the superstar musician, who left behind an estate that could reach into the hundreds of millions, seems to have not had a will that would have directed how his assets were to be divided among his heirs.

Shaduka’s trail goes cold

NamPol Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga insists that the capture of fugitive wife killer Lazarus Shaduka remains a top priority for the police, although it has been three and a half years since the Windhoek businessman went on the run.

Trade deficit narrows . . . for now

Local economists say the weakening South African rand is set to deteriorate Namibia’s trade position throughout the year, causing the country’s trade deficit to widen even further from the N$39 billion recorded in 2015, despite some healthy first quarter figures.

Nedbank launches Kapana cook-off

It’s time to sharpen those knives and come up with tantalizing mixes of spices as Nedbank Namibia last week officially launched the third leg of its ‘Kapana Cook-off Challenge’.

Nujoma celebrates birthday in style

The sound of children and youth singing “happy birthday Tatekulu” was just one of the beautiful scenes that played out at the Etunda Trust Farm near Otavi this past weekend, where Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma celebrated his 87th birthday in style.

SA farmers eye N$500m Namibian investment

South African farmers plan to invest around N$500 million into Namibia’s agricultural sector over the next 10 years, Agri All Africa (AaA) has revealed.

Confessions of a Couch Cat

This week I am fighting a fever.  Winter is here and this business of being cold in the morning and hot from 12 noon until 3, and then cold again as the sun sets and into the night is making my body say:  “Wait just a minute until I catch up.” 

First Lady launches One Economy Foundation

First Lady Monica Geingos last Saturday launched her One Economy Foundation (ONE) charity at a glittering event in the capital, which among other things aims to actively ‘build a bridge’ to inclusivity for as many Namibians as possible.

Tira shines for NMH

Tira Nangolo (TN), who is the Senior Public Relations Practitioner at Namibia Media Holdings (NMH), has shared her views on real-time marketing and other trends in the industry.

Nam, Zim ivory sales likely to create ‘demand spike’

Earlier this month, the governments of Zimbabwe and Namibia took the controversial step of petitioning the Convention on the International

Earrings: The perfect jewelry fashion fix

entertainmentl 20 May 2016Nothing can add to your jewelry and bling-bling fashion wardrobe quite like earrings.  The right pair can do wonders by transforming an already dull outfit into something eye catching. 

Namibia, De Beers finally ink new diamond deal

bus De Beers 16 MayGlobal diamond group De Beers Group and the Government of Namibia have a signed a new 10-year sales agreement for the sorting, valuing and sales of Namdeb Holdings’ diamonds.

Genocide focus should be on German colonial impunity

The question of the German colonial crimes is very important to this nation; however, the current domestic framing of this question is not correct.

Star studded cast of ‘The Mummy’ heads to Swakop

The iconic Namibian desert, which recently showcased the Oscar winning Mad Max: Fury Road, is to become the back drop for the upcoming Universal production of the action film The Mummy.

Water crisis: Coca-Cola cuts jobs

Bus 13 May 2016Coca-Cola Namibia Bottling Company (CCNBC) employees have become the first casualties of the water crisis unfolding in the central areas, including Windhoek.

The street artist named Flash

It’s Friday mid-morning along Independence Avenue and the Zoo Park area is already bustling with people in search of a place to sit for a bit of fresh air or a place to tuck into a hot dog or boerewors roll bought from one of the food trucks along the road.

Namdeb plans 8MW wind farm

Diamond miner Namdeb plans to set up an 8 megawatt (MW) wind farm, to power its mining operations, the Windhoek Observer has established.
Namdeb, a 50/50 partnership between the Namibian government and global diamond giant De Beers, is said to be pushing the idea, as it seeks to reduce its power costs and move towards sustainable and renewable energy.
Although exact details of the multi-million dollar project remains sketchy, with the diamond miner preferring to remain mum, the company’s board is expected to come up with a final position on the matter at its next board meeting, which will be held next month.
“We are not at liberty to share the finer details, as we are still engaging key stakeholders to finalise our plans,” Namdeb spokesperson Pauline Thomas said in response to an inquiry from the Windhoek Observer.
Namdeb, which has land-based operations in Oranjemund and Lüderitz, is said to be looking at taking advantage of the weather conditions at its coastal operations, which is said to be suitable for sustaining the generation of power through wind energy.
Chamber of Mines Chief Executive Officer Veston Malango confirmed that the diamond producer was toying with the idea of a wind farm during the recently held Mining Expo.
“They are talking about it and those are their plans,” he said.
Malango said mining firms have decided to implement their own power solutions, due to the uncertainty over supplies, and delays by NamPower to connect them.
“B2Gold put up their own brand new heavy fuel plant, which is expensive to run, but that is what they are using to run their operations,” Malango said.
The development comes as the chamber has raised concerns over the continued uncertainty surrounding the country`s power supply situation, a position that has seen Namibia rely on importing 60 percent of its requirements, to augment local supplies.
“If we are talking about it that means we are concerned. We have asked to contribute the excess capacity that our members have to the national grid, but NamPower is dilly-dallying,” Malango said.
According to Ministry of Mines and Energy figures, the country imported power worth N$3 billion last year from neighbouring countries to avert power outages, with the bill expected to surge on the back of rising tariffs from its suppliers - a situation worsened by a weak local currency. According to the Electricity Control Board (ECB), the substantial shortage of energy in the Southern Africa region is putting pressure on energy tariffs, a situation which will force NamPower to hike its tariff, as part of its cost recovery process. Namdeb’s plans come as the Lüderitz Town Council last year entered into a private-public partnership agreement with Innosun for the establishment of a 10MW wind farm in the town, a project in which it will have a 5 percent equity.
French company InnoVent is reported to be planning to set up a 150 to 500MW wind farm in the Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Park.
Diaz Wind Park Company, a joint venture partnership between the United Africa Group (Namibia), Sojitz Corporation (Japan), and Korea Midland Power Co. Ltd. (South Korea) is also looking at constructing 18 to 22 wind turbines, at a cost of $150 million, capable of producing 44MW of electricity, which it hopes to sell to NamPower.

Nujoma brings Swapo factions together

news Nuyoma 13 May 2016Feuding SWAPO factions are set to converge under one roof this weekend, at Founding Father Dr Sam Nujoma’s 87th birthday celebrations at his Etunda Trust Farm outside Otavi.

COTA growing Namibian arts industry

The Namibian film and arts industry has grown significantly over the past few years.  This dynamic growth, together with the emergence of young professionals in the fashion and arts industry, can be largely attributed to the College of the Arts (COTA) located in Windhoek.

Tourism Expo promises a feast of fun

With over 300 exhibitors expected to form part of this year’s Namibia Tourism Expo, slated for 18 to 21 May, the spectacle promises several new and exciting elements, as it marks its 18th anniversary.
Maggy Mbako, the Public Relations Executive of Namibia Media Holdings, which organises the expo, said this year’s event would run under the sub-theme ‘community’ and will be held at the Windhoek Show Grounds.
Mbako said the expo was still operating under its ecotourism theme, in which there were sub-themes, and this year there would be communities of living museums, which are sponsored by Nedbank Namibia.
“We tend to forget that the communities such as the employees from the surrounding areas of any tourist attraction are important to making our tourism industry successful. So this year the expo focus is on celebrating communities.
“We are celebrating those communities that were previously left out and do not get highlighted, while we try to showcase what they have,” Mbako said.
“For the first time ever at the Tourism Expo, we are bringing in living museums from Zambezi, Kavango and some parts of the Otjozondjupa region, the San people. So we will have a village there where people can experience how these people live their lives on a daily basis,” said Mbako.
The expo organiser noted that the annual event was adding value to the tourism industry, as it was the only platform where stakeholders can network locally.
The expo brings together industry players with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia Wildlife and Resorts, the Namibia Tourism Board, Air Namibia and TransNamib.
Mbako said there were several new elements to this year’s expo, such as the MyInfo app, which she says has been revamped and has already started operating.
This is a mobile phone application that people can download, to keep themselves updated on the news and events happening during the expo.
“If one downloads the app now, they will be able to read the story before the newspaper comes out the next day. The application was launched two years ago, but now it has been revamped to suit our clients’ needs.
“It also has the capability of rating the stands, and the public can be engaged in the selection process of best stands, and other competitions during the expo. Readers can win prizes, according to their participation on the app.
“In future the MyInfo app will be used to rate the service delivery of tour operators, such that when people get service in a hotel, restaurant or any tourist place, they can vote on the service they have received,” Mbako said.
Another first would be the Responsible Tourism Awards (RTA), which were launched last year, where accommodation establishments and tour operators will be awarded at a colourful event scheduled for 19 May.
Also taking place at the expo is the first ever Namibia Town of the Year awards, dubbed ‘NTY’ People’s Choice, where 37 towns around Namibia will battle it out for honours.
“Namibians from all corners of the country will have the opportunity to choose their Town of the Year through an SMS competition. The 37 towns in Namibia will be divided into four areas and people from across the country will choose a town to represent each area in the national finals, to be held during the expo.
“Different competitions were held in different areas, thus the northern, central, western and southern regions each held different competitions, and the winners will be announced and awarded accordingly,” she said.
Mbako further highlighted that the majority of exhibitors this year will be locals, while some were from South Africa, especially the wine estates, while others were from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Indonesia.
She said exhibitors from Indonesia, who have been part of the expo for the last couple of years, would be the only truly global exhibitors.

Govt accepts Nandi-Ndaitwah’s AU refusal

The decision by Deputy Prime Minister and International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah not to stand for election as the new African Union (AU) Commission chairperson must be respected.

Melba’s Toast: Dewy and glowing skin even in winter

Protect your skin this winter.  The cold wave has officially arrived in most parts of the country, bringing with it the type of cold that chills bones, makes one shiver and spells disaster for almost everyone’s skin.

Time ripe for further tourism investment - DBN

Although the Bank of Namibia (DBN) estimates that the tourism sector contracted by 4,6 percent in 2015, primarily due to fears of Ebola on the African continent, international tourist arrivals to Namibia are set to rebound this year, due to depreciation of the Namibia dollar against the US dollar.

Muharukua sued over husband’s estate

Deputy Minister of Gender and Child Welfare Angelika Muharukua, who is the executor of her late husband’s estate, is being sued by Standard Bank over a mortgage bond debt of N$123,430 owed to the financial institution.

Get ready for ‘Bastard Bowl’!

*Remember, if you haven’t seen the last Game of Thrones (GoT) episode, this article is full of spoilers…
It is no longer a question of whether ‘Bastard Bowl’ will happen on Game of Thrones, but when.

Save and win with Bank Windhoek

Bank Windhoek is offering Namibians the unique opportunity to kickstart their saving habit, by running a competition where clients, who open specific savings products, stand a chance to win total prize money of N$20,000.

A rejoinder to Ben Ulenga

The Windhoek Observer last week carried an article under the heading: ‘Political commentary by Ben Ulenga’.

Regression takes you back to horror

Fear always finds its victim in director and writer Alejandro Amenábar’s disturbing tale of the investigation into a young girl’s allegations of sexual abuse that unmasks a satanic cult in the movie Regression.

Jireh lights up entrepreneurial path

Jireh Real Estate and Jireh Hair Studio are companies that are owned and run by Florencia Tjiurikouje Kavendjii, who says she is an entrepreneur at heart who enjoys bringing innovative business ideas to life that addresses the entrepreneurial gap in the Namibian business sector.

Swapo to blame for land grabbing – DTA

news DTA 6 May 2016The official opposition party DTA has blamed SWAPO for the land grabbing that took place in Walvis Bay and Rehoboth recently.

Introducing Namibia’s own version of Netflix

Just like American Netflix broke the TV mold with original content, VeesionTv is set to break new ground as Namibia’s homegrown Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) platform.

Angola needs US$29bn for energy, water projects

Cash-strapped Angola, which is in talks for International Monetary Fund assistance as it grapples with low global prices for crude said on Monday it needed US$29 billion for energy and water projects to meet development targets by 2025.

War must be avoided at all costs - Geingob

President Hage Geingob says Namibia should strive never to relive the horrors of war again.
In a statement released on Wednesday to commemorate the Cassinga massacre, Geingob said the day carries a multitude of emotions that only the atrocities of war can conjure up.

Mahalie styles from head to hem

Entertainment 13 May 2016Fashion stylist and event MC 24-year-old Reinhard Mahalie has had a passionate love affair with fashion for as long as he can remember.

War must be avoided at all costs - Geingob

President Hage Geingob says Namibia should strive never to relive the horrors of war again.
In a statement released on Wednesday to commemorate the Cassinga massacre, Geingob said the day carries a multitude of emotions that only the atrocities of war can conjure up.

Oil slump hits Namibian prospects

BUSINESS MULUNGA 6 May 2016The global downturn in global oil prices has negatively impacted ongoing exploration in the country, with no discovery expected soon, the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) has confirmed.

‘Rock Chic’ SAVANNAH on track for her album

SAVANNAH’s title track for her first upcoming album called “Be Free”, pretty much sums up which way this young Namibian born artist is going with her musical message.

Senior magistrate ‘assaulted’

Suspended Senior Magistrate Hileni Kavara has opened a case of assault, claiming that a court messenger sent by the Magistrates’ Commission drove over her toes, after she refused to accept a letter because it should have been served on her attorney instead.

Paltry wages make houses unaffordable

Current salaries in the job market are not sufficient for most Namibians to afford homes, a study by FNB Namibia has revealed.

Luxe green fashion turns heads

Plastic, bottle caps, refuse bags and pen tubes came out to play at last week’s Namibia University of Science and Technology’s (NUST) Sustainable Innovation Fashion show.

NSI hits back in salary scale saga

The Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) has denied accusations levelled against its Chief Executive Officer Chie Wasserfall that she came up with her own salary scale, ignoring the advice of a consultant who was paid “millions” for the exercise.

Rio Tinto grows Namibian footprint

Rio Tinto is set to increase its local footprint, with the mining giant confirming exploration activities for copper in the Kavango region, despite the unfavourable commodity prices currently prevailing globally.

And now his watch has ended

*If you haven’t seen the third episode yet and don’t want to get tipped-off, read this article AFTER seeing it.  Otherwise, stick with the Game of Thrones fiends at the Windhoek Observer and we’ll keep you in the loop all season long.

Namibia triumphs in EPA battle

Namibia’s protracted trade negotiations with the European Union, which had seen it refuse to consent to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), will formally end when SADC nations sign on the dotted line next month.

Centre launches new medical insurance

The Khomas Medical Centre (KMC) has launched a third insurance product that covers medical consultations for people without medical aid.

Melba’s Toast: Warm and cute winter layers

Its official, winter is finally here. And now is a good time to talk about layering the clothes that we wear in winter.

Hanse-Himarwa urges youth to support Harambee

Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa believes that National Youth Week, which was celebrated last week in Windhoek, will benefit the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).

Mathias shares Harambee vision

Entrepreneurs are key in terms of job creation and the economic growth of the country, Presidential Adviser on Youth Matters and Enterprise Development Daisry Mathias has said.

Miracles from Heaven will give you hope

Get ready to have your faith boosted in director Patricia Riggen and writer Randy Brown’s real life soul-moving story about faith and gratitude in Miracles from Heaven.

Catering a path to success

Inyangusha Trading cc is a unique Namibian catering company, which was formed initially to cater for the beer-loving community.
The company, which started operating in 2010, was established by Haluleya Katondoka, who was born in Swakopmund, but grew up in Windhoek.

Nauta fires back over ‘malicious’ plot story

news 29 APRIL 2016John Nauta, the Personal Assistant to former President Dr Sam Nujoma, has dismissed media reports alleging that he received 18 plots in the Okalongo Constituency as “utterly false and bordering on malice”.

‘Rock Chic’ SAVANNAH on track for her album

SAVANNAH’s title track for her first upcoming album called “Be Free”, pretty much sums up which way this young Namibian born artist is going with her musical message.

Banks wary of rent control impact

Banks operating in the country have expressed fear that the proposed rent caps by government will likely impact on their mortgage lending as they try to mitigate against the possible impact of high defaulting rates, should government move ahead with the introduction of rent controls

Confessions of a Couch Cat

For many of us, belly dancing is when we put on our pants and try to zip them up. The battle of the bulge is not that infamous last offensive we studied in history class about the end of World War II, it is our body shapers, girdles and spanks that roll down over our hanging aprons (drooping belly fat).

Tribalism rocks Swapo in Omaheke

Senior Swapo members in the Omaheke region have been accused of playing the tribal card in an attempt to derail government programs.

I love you = avocado brownies

With a nurturing spirit and yearning for good health alternatives to sweet tooth cravings, we believe that nothing says ‘I love you’ better than something tasty, warm and comforting.  We thought of brownies – the ultimate comfort food. 

PS unlawfully buys SUV

An insider in the Ministry of Defence has alleged that the ministry recently bought a Land Cruiser SUV for its Permanent Secretary Petrus Shivute, in contravention of his employment contract.

Lize Ehlers: Mother and Entertainer

ENETERTAINMENT CIRCUS 6 May 2016In the lead-up to Mother’s Day we spoke to soulful songstress, multi-award winning performer and mother of four Lize Ehlers on her fondest memories of being a mother and how she manages to juggle her different roles.

Nurse fingered in toddler's hospital death

A grieving family has accused a Katutura State Hospital nurse of ignorance and negligence, after she allowed a toddler’s mom to inject antibiotics into her child’s drip, which should have been given orally, leading to the boy’s death.

Dogg, Singer, Chikune and Ben win big at NAMAs

The Dogg cemented his title as Namibian Kwaito master when he bagged three awards at the recently held Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) 2016 show.

The maternity magic of MediClinic Swakop

As a first time mother gives birth to her child - the experience should be filled with love, care and comfort.
And what better hospital to accommodate these qualities than the private maternity ward of the MediciClinic Swakopmund, which was the chosen facility for one of the most famous mothers in the world to give birth - Angelina Jolie-Pitt.

What is Mother’s Day anyway?

Sunday 8 May is Mother’s Day.  Some countries celebrate it on different Sundays in May, but all have the same important point:  Giving mom that little bit of extra love and attention. 

Strand Hotel hosts its first Mother’s Day buffet

To all those ladies out there who are going to be celebrating Mother’s Day at the coast on Sunday, treat yourself to a fabulous outing at the new Strand Hotel, where you can enjoy a sumptuous meal whilst overlooking a panoramic view of the ocean.

Maternal flicks

This Mother’s Day, why not treat mom to a movie night? Make some popcorn, bring out a box of tissues, some wine if you must and just settle in and watch one or two, if not all of our movie selection that pays homage to our beloved mothers.


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