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Recruitment conundrum

The never-ending recruitment puzzle for MDs, CEOs and other executive positions is ever-present in Namibia and will continue to present problems until we dig deep and address possible reasons why it happens. 

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Anatomy of a march

In some respects, the June 16 march planned by AR was a success.  While it can be argued that the turn-out was far lower than many had expected,

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What is resettlement?

Earlier this month, Deputy Land Minister Clinton Swartbooi commented on the country’s land-reform programme, saying it is a “total failure” driven by “ahistorical” principles. This position is principled and we support it. 

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What is the first lady’s role?

The country has recognised the talent, skills and business acumen of our First Lady Monica Geingos.  We agree that a first lady has a role in assisting the president on many aspects of his legal obligations to the public that elected him.

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We are nowhere near doom and gloom

Take a deep breath and step back.  While things need to improve in this country and some things are crazy wrong… it is not all doom and gloom for Namibia.

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Divisions make us vulnerable

If we could remember how colonial powers conquered Namibia and how civil wars broke out in the past, we would see that these events were always linked to ethnic or other internal divisions.

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Get up, stand up

We all go through turbulent times in our lives, when we are forced to ask tough questions. 

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Learn to be happy

Happiness is something nearly everyone wants more of; I don’t think I know anyone who does not want to be happy.  I have discovered that I can learn to be happy on my own terms.
 

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New scandal engulfs PM building

front 1 july 2016Questions are being asked how Octagon Construction passed a stringent security clearance process, and emerged as one of the shortlisted companies for the N$1 billion tender to construct new offices for the Prime Minister,

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Cab chat

 
I visited Cape Town during the last week of May.  Many people who visit this great city at the southern tip of Africa always wax lyrical about its natural beauty and the vibrancy of its social scene.

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The street or the ballot box?

Who decides what is best for the nation?  Is it the democratically elected officials following their own points of view or is it the collective cry from a vociferous,

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Shifeta green-lights Rössing water plant

front shifeta 1 july 2016Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta has ordered Environmental Commissioner Teofilus Nghitila to issue Rössing Uranium with an Environmental Clearance Certificate - one of two hurdles standing in the way of a plan by the miner to build an estimated N$200 million desalination plant at the coast.

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Nurses should know better

I recently read an article about a woman who was narrating her horrible experience in the hands of nurses at a public maternity hospital after she went into labour and gave birth by herself as nurses ignored her cry for help.

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NamPower in the dark over outage

NamPower 28 June 2016Power utility, NamPower said Tuesday that it is still investigating the cause of a power outage that occurred lunch time, affecting most of the country.

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Katrina: diplomacy is everything

The Minister of Education Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has no cause for angry outbursts and accusations of conspiracy when called on the carpet by civil society for un-procedurally, precipitously, without consultation or warning and at the last minute, cancelling the scheduled school holiday set on the Day of the African Child. 

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Brexit: A storm in a teacup?

front Brexit 27 June aOn Thursday, Britain voted to leave the European Union, taking markets and many people by surprise, after polls suggested a strong win for the “Bremain” vote was more likely than the “Brexit” vote. Subsequently, emotions have run high.

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Africa is missing

The main thing that is missing in all the debates and rhetoric in the US presidential campaign is discussion of issues relevant to AFRICA. 

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You can’t drink a new parliament building

Our government needs to urgently decide whether it wants to effectively address the water crisis in the country which reportedly needs at least N$24 billion or construct the luxurious new parliament building.

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BA, Jacobs in acrimonious ‘divorce’

Sports 01 July 2016Black Africa coach Woody Jacobs is hopping mad over the treatment he has received from the club, after he was offered a revised one-year contract that would have seen his previous salary slashed by half.

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Job gets another plot

front job 24 June 2016Affirmative Repositioning leader Job Amupanda has landed himself another plot, this time in Ondangwa, with the town council planning to sell him a 724 square metre piece of land for N$58,670.

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What’s my name?

The world is in mourning because a great human being by the name of Muhammad Ali has passed on.  He has joined our ancestors. They don’t come greater than Ali.

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Bank Windhoek netball league heats up

After three rounds, Windhoek Gymnasium and Otjiwarongo SS are the only unbeaten teams in the Under-17 division of the Bank Windhoek Schools Netball Super League, which continued last weekend.

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Major shake-up looms at MTC

front mtc24 June 2016A major shake-up is looming at MTC after Luxembourg registered Samba Luxco S.a.r.l. (Samba) took control of a 34 percent stake in the local mobile telecommunications company.

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If N$130m is too much; what’s N$2.7b?

I am certain most of us are watching the progress of the food banks in Namibia very carefully as it is a new concept to improve food security.  Recent stories that the N$130 million requested for the construction of a new food bank was stopped by the president due to his belief that the figure was too high baffle me. 

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Namibia eyes World Hockey League

Namibia Hockey Union is currently in talks with the Fédération Internationale de Hockey sur Gazon (FIH) that may result in the country’s participation in the World Hockey League that begins in September.

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Kandjii-Murangi tackles NSFAF woes

front kandji 24 June 2016The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation is set to meet with the management of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) to discuss the reported infighting and power struggles at the institution, the Windhoek Observer has established.

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Taxes, taxes, taxes

Just when we thought it was all done and dusted on the issue of further squeezing money out of businesses and ordinary citizens’ pockets, it seems that even more tax regimes are still in the pipeline.

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Namibia eyes World Hockey League

Namibia Hockey Union is currently in talks with the Fédération Internationale de Hockey sur Gazon (FIH) that may result in the country’s participation in the World Hockey League that begins in September.

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Occupying ourselves

About five years ago, I wrote a piece about the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, and I concluded that OWS must metamorphose into a revolutionary movement for the total transformation of the capitalist mode of production.

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It’s do-or-die for NPL

The ultimatum by MTC that the Namibia Premier League has until 31 July to secure an additional N$9 million sponsorship or lose the N$15 million a year (for three years) currently on the table from the telecommunications company, has left the future of football in this country hanging precariously in the balance.

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Knives drawn for Swartbooi

front Swartbooi 17 June 2016A clique of politically connected individuals are baying for Deputy Land Reform Minister Clinton Swartbooi’s blood, and have begun lobbying President Hage Geingob to fire him, following his continued public utterances against plans to build a new parliament.

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Uirab confirms Pirates exit

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Charles Uirab is set to leave the club for South African premier league side Chippa United.

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Geingob cherry-picks running mates

front helmut 17 June 2016Early indications are that Geingob has finally made up his mind, and he is likely to back Helmut Angula as party vice president and Sophia Shaningwa as secretary general at next year’s SWAPO elective congress. It is not yet clear who Geingob is likely to be up against, in his bid to capture the SWAPO Party presidency fulltime.

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Magic set to lose key players

Tura Magic is set to lose six players during the transfer window, including goalkeepers Colin Ndjai and Donavan Gainub, coach Paulus Shipanga has revealed.

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We will destroy parliament at night - Amupanda

front job 17 June 2016The Affirmative Repositioning leader Job Amupanda has threatened to destroy the country’s new parliament at night, if government allows its construction to go ahead. Amupanda led an emotional protest by an estimated 1,500 AR youth on Thursday, who marched amid pressure from the ruling party SWAPO that none of its members should join in the demonstration.

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New NSC chairperson ‘conflicted’

Sports 24 JUNE 2016Namibia Volleyball Federation President Joel Matheus has announced plans to step down from his position, after he was recently appointed as Namibia Sports Commission Chairperson, replacing Vetumbuavi Veii.

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Court reserves ruling on NHE CEO battle

front NHE 16 JuneThe Windhoek High Court on Thursday reserved judgement in the court application of National Housing Enterprise Property Management Manager Uazuma Kaumbi, who wants the appointment of the new Chief Executive Officer Gisbertus Mukulu postponed until his (Kaumbi’s) dispute at the Labour Commissioner is finalised.

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NFA keepfaith in Mannetti

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti’s job is safe, despite the team failing to defend their Cosafa Castle Cup trophy on home soil, Namibia Football Association (NFA) President Frans Mbidi has said.

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Fitch Affirms NamPower at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable

front Fitch Ratings 15 JuneFitch Ratings has affirmed Namibia Power Corporation (Pty) Ltd's (NamPower) Long-Term foreign-currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BBB-' and Short-Term IDR at 'F3'. Fitch has also affirmed NamPower's National Long-Term rating at 'AA+(zaf)' and its Short-Term rating at 'F1+(zaf)'.

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NFA keepfaith in Mannetti

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti’s job is safe, despite the team failing to defend their Cosafa Castle Cup trophy on home soil, Namibia Football Association (NFA) President Frans Mbidi has said.

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Germany parliament president calls for genocide recognition

front Germany 15 JuneNorbert Lammert, president of the Bundestag or the German parliament, said it was "regrettable, and in the context of recent debates, also a bit embarrassing" that the German legislature has yet to make a statement on the killings in Namibia, the Deutsche Welle has reported.

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Sunshine, Salute beef ‘childish’ - Rebang

Namibia Boxing Federation President Benjamin Rebang has hit out at the MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy and Salute Boxing Academy, calling their recent public spat “unprofessional and childish”.

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Regions get N$7m Namsov boost

Namsov 14 JuneThe Namsov Community Trust on Monday handed over N$7 million earmarked for community development projects to the country`s 14 regional governors.

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Let’s forgive Hotto

Football is the strangest of games, as the love and admiration of fans can turn into hate in the blink of an eye.

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Namibia, Germany genocide talks advanced

front German Nam 13 JuneGermany and Namibia are in the advanced stages of talks on officially recognizing as "genocide" a colonial-era crackdown more than a century ago in which more than 65,000 ethnic Hereros were killed, the German government said Monday. It hopes to conclude them by late next year.

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NFA speaks on stadium stampede

Namibia Football Association (NFA) President Frans Mbidi has appealed to football fans to come early to matches to avoid a repeat of the stampede that was experienced at the Sam Nujoma Stadium last Saturday.
 

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NHE CEO’s appointment in jeopardy

front 13 JuneGisbertus Mukulu`s appointment as National Housing Enterprises (NHE) Chief Executive Officer could be short-lived after the Labour Court ruled Friday that the challenge to his appointment by Uazuva Kaumbi, a Senior Manager for Technical Services and Property Management at the parastatal is urgent.

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Hello yellow

entertainment 01 July 2016This week, the Windhoek Observer celebrates lifestyles and fun with a splash of the vibrant colour yellow.

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Industries on the edge over cheap EU imports

The recently signed Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union could see the Namibian market being flooded with imported chickens and dairy products, if the prevailing quantitative restrictions on EU products are lifted.

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Elisenheim to host Red

Bull BravemanRed Bull Braveman, the toughest one-day enduro in Africa, will take place on 2 and 3 September at the Elisenheim Guest Farm, 15km outside Windhoek.

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Let’s go mustard yellow

Mustard yellow is definitely the ‘it’ colour this season. From jackets to shoes to handbags, mustard yellow is the perfect accent colour for any outfit.

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Hans takes over Bank Windhoek reins

Baronice Hans has officially taken over as Bank Windhoek Managing Director effective today, Friday, 1 July after five months of understudying outgoing executive Christo de Vries.

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NBC accused of dimming Nujoma’s publicity

front Nujoma 10 june 2016A storm is brewing at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) over allegations that a decision has been taken by top management to dim the publicity around Founding Father Dr Sam Nujoma, so that his activities do not outshine the coverage of government programmes.

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Taylor Jaye is a supa chikita

Namibian born, South African-based rapper, singer, songwriter, and actress Taylor Jaye is looking to empower the African woman with the video of her latest single Supa Chikita which is due for release in August this year.

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Cossasa team to be finalised by next month

The Namibian team, which will participate in the Confederation of Schools Sports Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Ball Games in Botswana in August, is set to be finalised by the middle of next month.

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Cersei unplugged!

*Game of Thrones fans who have not seen this week’s episode, please do so before reading this article.

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Beyond Beauty is a shining gem

Beyond Beauty World cc is a 100 percent owned Namibian beauty company that was started in July 2011by Christofine ‘Kito’ Kandjibi. 

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Mannetti calls for patriotism

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has called for a burst of patriotic fervour from Namibians, ahead of the team’s crunch quarterfinal clash against Botswana on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium
 
The defending Cosafa Cup champions go into the match against Botswana seemingly on the back foot, rocked by injuries and player truancy.
 
But Mannetti urged supporters to show faith in the team, which is attempting to win back-to-back titles, after winning the competition last year in South Africa.
 
Defender Chris Katjiukua and goalkeeper Virgil Vries have all but been left out of the team, after they skipped camp, in order to pursue contracts outside Namibia. 
 
The Brave Warriors coach has done his best to keep a positive vibe in the camp, and will hope that his players will be able to recapture their championship form on Saturday.
 
“It is time that we as a nation remain positive towards the team, because they need all the support they can get during this competition.
 
“We have had plenty of internal problems during the training camp, but I think that will make us stronger.
 
“I want Namibians to stand behind all these players, especially those featuring in the tournament for the first time.
 
“We have all to play for, and I will do my job to ensure that Namibia is victorious, with the help of the fans,” Mannetti said.
 
Botswana and Namibia have met on 18 occasions, with the Warriors winning three games, losing seven and registering eight draws.
 
History favours the neighbouring country, given that Namibia is yet to defeat the Zebras in a Cosafa Castle Cup match.
 
The Brave Warriors have succumbed thrice to their Southern African neighbour in the cup competition.
 
Nevertheless, the Brave Warriors will be aware that the last time the two met in an international friendly match back in 2011, the clash ended 1-1.
 
“We have our tactics planned, but we will not be able to reveal them, because that could sabotage our game plan ahead of the competition.
 
“The only thing I can tell you is that every Namibian son wearing the Warriors jersey on Saturday will play for their lives,” Mannetti added.

Cabinet approves parliament construction

front 10 tweya June 2016Cabinet has resolved that construction of a N$2,7 billion new parliament building will go ahead, despite a huge public outcry over the enormous cost of the project and a demonstration planned by the Affirmative Repositioning movement for 16 June.

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Ageing Ambunda needs comeback miracle

At age 35, Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda may very well be entering the twilight of his boxing career, after his defeat by Mexican Moises ‘Chucky’ Flores last Saturday in their IBO/WBA Super Bantamweight unification bout.

To be honest, I had a feeling that Ambunda would face an uphill battle in this contest, given the Mexican fighter’s unbeaten status and how cocky he was when he arrived in Namibia.
 
Mexico is known for its plethora of boxing champions, who know what it takes to win, and last Saturday was no exception, as Flores put on a brilliant performance.
 
As soon as the bout started, one had the sense at ringside that Ambunda was in for the fight of his life.
 
Having said that, our champion deserves credit for his performance last weekend.
 
The two boxers exchanged some fearsome blows, especially in the first four rounds, with both displaying great footwork in the ring.
 
However, Flores’ height and reach was one of the key advantages he had, and he used these effectively to keep Ambunda away from him, before launching vicious combinations that pounded his opponent’s head.
 
During the bout, I heard Ambunda’s trainer screaming that he should keep Flores close, in order to counter his long jabs, but Ambunda failed to do this at times.
 
The slippery ring and the boxing boots Ambunda wore also played a major role in his downfall, as the local fighter fell thrice during the bout.
 
The referee counted each time Ambunda went down, giving the Mexican a psychological edge.
 
What worries me is whether our former world champion, who turns 36 in August, has what it takes to launch one final assault at a world championship belt.
 
Was this his final world title fight or will he bounce back and secure another shot during what remains of  his career?
 
I believe it will take a miracle for Ambunda to fight for a world title again, but let’s take nothing away from the Namibian pugilist, as he has shown heart and valour over the years.
 
The biggest question is whether his promoter and sponsors have lost faith in him.
 
I hope not.
 
It will be important that he goes back to the gym and that his promoter does what it takes to get him a series of fights that will help him improve his world ranking.
 
The support of his fellow boxers and family is also critical, if Ambunda is to make a miraculous comeback.
 
The last time he lost a world title fight - to Japanese boxer Tomoki Kameda in the bantamweight division in 2013 - it took him almost two years before he fought for another global championship belt.
 
If it takes the same amount of time for him to secure a world title bout after last Saturday’s defeat, Ambunda will be 38.
 
It is safe to say that age is not on his side, and that is why it is important that the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy organises him a series of telling bouts before the end of the year.
 
The good thing about Ambunda is that he has the discipline to bounce back from this defeat.
 
I wish him all the best and I hope that he will show the spirit of a champion, by going on to reclaim a world title.
 
In Flores, he simply fought an opponent who was better prepared than he was.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Police cancel AR parliament demo

front NO ARThe Namibian police have banned all demonstrations in the capital from the 13th to the 18th of June, effectively ruling out approval of the planned Affirmative Repositioning protest against the planned construction of a N$2.7 billion parliament.

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Central Intelligence is all about bromance

Kevin Hart (Calvin) and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (Bob) are running from the CIA in director Rawson Marshall Thurber and screenwriters Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen’s buddy action comedy Central Intelligence.

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Water restrictions hiked to 40 percent

In a development that could put a further dent in the struggling manufacturing and construction sectors - and threaten jobs - the City of Windhoek has revealed that water usage restrictions have been upped to 40 percent, from the previous 30 percent.

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Players geared up for Winter Classic

The DTS volleyball club will host the Word Press Namibia Winter Classic on 25 June at the DTS Beach Arena in Olympia.
 
The categories will  be the 2-a-side Men, Ladies, Social, Youth Girls (Under-18), Youth Boy’s (U-18) and a 4-a-side Mixed Social (1 women on court at all times).
 
James Verrinder from DTS said they were excited to welcome Word Press Namibia as a tournament sponsor and supporter of beach volleyball in Namibia.
 
“We are thankful for their support and are looking forward to working with them for this event.
 
“Word Press Namibia has kindly sponsored N$6,000 in prizes, which will be divided amongst the six categories,” Verrinder said.
 
The event will see top Namibian beach volleyball athletes taking part, including Tropizone Aqua Kalahari Open winners Rosi Hennes, Lizette Roettcher, Brandon de Jager and Jan Eric Sack.
 
Also at the competition will be NVF Namibian Open Ladies winners Kristin Schulz and Michaela Böhringer.
 
The first games will start at 08h00, with the finals expected to be played at around 18h00.
 
“Please feel free to come and join us and watch some great beach volleyball action at this purpose built beach facility. Food and drink will be available to purchase all day,” Verrinder added. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dancing with fat

Local cabaret lovers are in for a treat this weekend as Vet Pret Produksies brings a full bodied cabaret to the Warehouse Theatre.

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Pirates face mass player exodus

sports10 June 2016Namibia Premier League side Orlando Pirates could lose the majority of its players during the transfer window, following remuneration issues at the club, sources told the Windhoek Observer this week.

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Things you need to know about air travel

Security is king when travelling by air. When flying from most world airports, you should keep in mind certain security requirements while packing your luggage for your trip and when going to the airport to board your flight:

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Welwitschias need cash injection - Kemps

Former Welwitschias coach Henry Kemps has come out in defence of the floundering national rugby team, saying that the massive gulf in terms of professionalism between Namibian and South African rugby is caused by a lack of investors in the local game.

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Yellow plate palate -House Chef

Yellow plate palate -House Chef
 

Yellow is not only a keen winter fashion colour, it is a zing for your dishes and a bright spot on your plate.  There are spices that can be used to turn plain dull rice, potatoes or pasta into a sunshine side dish to wake up your taste buds.
 
Check out these dishes and have some yellow plate palate fun in your kitchen.
 
Turmeric and Cumin potatoes
 
Cooking time - 30 min
 
Preparation time - 10 min
 
Yield - 6 servings
 
Ingredients
 
3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
 
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
 
Pinch cinnamon
 
3 cups water
 
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
 
1/2 teaspoon salt
 
4 large half-boiled potatoes
 
2 tablespoons sliced scallions
 
Directions
 
In a medium saucepan, heat the turmeric, cumin and cinnamon over low heat until fragrant, stirring, about 30 seconds. Add water, salt and butter, and bring to a boil. Add the roughly chunked potatoes; toss them around and coat them with the spices. Cover and reduce heat to a bare simmer. Cook, covered, without stirring until the water is absorbed and the potatoes are tender.
 
Remove from the heat and add the scallions, and serve.
 
Turmeric is a bright yellow aromatic powder obtained from the rhizome of a plant of the ginger family, used for flavouring and colouring in Asian cookery.  It has a peppery flavour and gives a kick to your food.  Turmeric is also used as an anti-inflammatory medicine to treat things like menstrual problems, toothaches, chest pain, flatulence and colic.  Turmeric has calcium, vitamin C and lots of iron.
 
Use a pinch of turmeric in scrambled eggs, a frittata, or tofu scramble. Toss it with roasted vegetables, try it with greens, and use it in soups.
 
Cumin is highly under-rated.  It is the aromatic seeds of a plant of the parsley family, used as a spice, especially ground and used in curry powder.  It comes from the Mediterranean areas and central Asia.
 
Cumin has lots of potassium, dietary fibre, calcium, iron, vitamins A and B-6, and magnesium.
 
Try a teaspoon of cumin in 148 mls of fat free, sugar free plain yogurt (add some honey or agave syrup to help with the taste issue) and after 3 months of a daily teaspoon, maybe you can lose a few kilos (or so they say at prevention.com/weight-loss). 
 
Also try to add a few teaspoons of ground cumin to your favourite roasted veggie recipe (try sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, squash and cauliflower.  You can also add a dash to mayo or hummus for sandwiches. Sprinkle ground cumin into a batch of roasted chickpeas or nuts for healthier munching snacks.
 
Saffron rice can be a beautiful, aromatic side dish or it can be served mixed in with grilled chicken breast strips to make a main meal.
 
Saffron is an orange-yellow spice made from the dried stigmas of a crocus flower.  It is native to warmer regions of Eurasia. A single grain can colour 10 gallons of water with a distinctive yellow hue.  Cultivation and harvest is by hand. It takes 4,500 crocus flowers to make up only 28 grams of saffron spice.
 
I love this particular recipe. But, hang on to your wallets folks - real saffron can cost nearly N$34,000 per kilogram or N$340 per gram.
 
You need very little saffron to get that beautiful yellow colour on your rice as well as the aromatic flavour, earthy taste and positive health side effects (copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin A & C, folic acid, riboflavin, and niacin).
 
Ingredients
 
6 servings- 154 calories
 
1/8 teaspoon powdered saffron
 
2 cups boiling water, divided
 
1 tablespoon of butter
 
1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice, not rinsed
 
1 teaspoon salt
 
Directions
 
Preparation - 5 minutes, cooking – 20 minutes
 
First, steep the saffron in 1/2 cup boiling water.  Then, take a skillet that can be tightly covered, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the rice and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until the rice begins to absorb the butter and becomes opaque, but do not brown the rice. 
 
Quickly pour in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of boiling water along with the saffron water. Cover immediately. Reduce heat to low, and cook 20 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed. For best results, do not remove the lid while the rice is cooking.  The combination of salt, saffron, and caramelized onions gives this rice a rice, buttery flavour.
 
Other yellow coloured spices are curry, yellow chilli and yellow mustard powders. These three dynamic and tongue wagging spices can electrify every dish with flavour.  Be careful; they are strong and should be used sparingly. 
 
Staff writer, allrecipes.com, toriavey.com, foodnetwork.com and foodfacts.mercola.co
 
 
 
 

India uranium deal faces more hurdles

Business 24 JUNE 2016The consummation of the signed agreements between Namibia and India on nuclear cooperation might take longer than expected, as a number of modalities still needs to be reviewed.

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The greatest has gone home

Most of what I have seen or heard about him during his professional boxing prime, came from history books, sports news clips online, television shows and movies.

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Ellipticals are actually fun

Ok, we hate exercising.  There are those among us who live for the sweat, and feel at home at a fitness center.  But, let’s get real…most of us run away screaming at the idea of working out regularly. 

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EBank denies shift in strategy

Banking concern EBank says it remains committed to its initial strategy of branchless banking, despite opening a fully-fledged branch in Oshakati this month.

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Govt still to negotiate for Areva plant

front 3 June 2016Contrary to popular belief, formal negotiations for the sale of the Erongo desalination plant - owned by Areva - are yet to start, two years after government was given the preemptive right to buy the water purification plant for US$200 million, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

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Angola still owes Namibia US$370m

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) says it is still owed US$366 million by Banco Nacional de Angola, following the cancellation of a currency conversion agreement between the neighbouring countries late last year.

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A sip of Umqombothi: Yvonne Chaka-Chaka in Windhoek

It was a Thursday afternoon and I kept checking the time. I was nervous and kept thinking what if I say the wrong thing and she hangs up on me, what if I am so star struck that I just go silent and can’t get this interview done?

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Forgotten Musambani plots way back

Former Namibia Premier League (NPL) top goal scorer Nicky Musambani is determined to recapture his scoring prowess, which saw him light up the local game during the 2014/15 football season.

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Namas, OvaHerero likened to Koevoets

front Mihe 3 June 2016Liberation struggle stalwart Mihe Gaomab 1 has lashed out at OvaHerero Paramount Chief Vekuii Rukoro, for failing to publicly disclose that the OvaHerero and Nama communities had collaborated with the colonialists to commit atrocities against other tribes, and were in fact the “Koevoets of yesteryear”.

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Dancers arrested at NAMAs finally released

The two Angolan dancers, who were arrested backstage by immigration officers as they prepared to perform at the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) main show on 1 May, have finally been released from custody.

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Easter time for Namibian fashion

 
Easter Leah Manasse has quite a reputation.  The Angolan-based, Namibia fashion designer has designed clothes for First Lady Monica Geingos and is the face behind the shirt that American RnB singer Trey Songz was presented with during his visit to Namibia last year.

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Telecom signs up for critical Cosafa Cup role

The Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) announced this week that Telecom Namibia, using its TN Mobile brand, has signed a partnership agreement for the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup to be staged in Namibia from June 11-25.

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Mbuende ditched wife for ambassador post

Namibia’s Ambassador to the European Union (EU) and Belgium, Kaire Mbuende, has ditched his wife of 24 years for his diplomatic posting, by refusing to take her along when he moved overseas.

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Namibia faces trade uncertainty over ‘Brexit’

Business 17 JUNE 2016Namibia, like other SADC countries that have signed trade agreements with the European Union, will have to wait until the outcome of next week’s so-called Brexit referendum, to know how these trade deals will be impacted.

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Mystery shrouds rugby doping scandal

sports 3 JUNE 2016The identity of the under-20 Namibian rugby player who tested positive for two banned substances remains a mystery almost two months after a doping test was done on him.

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Wun love!

*Game of Thrones fans who have not seen this week’s episode, please do so before reading this article.

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We planned for water, power crises - Alweendo

Economic Planning Minister and Namibian Planning Commission Director General Tom Alweendo has moved to ease concerns that government had not foreseen the water and power challenges that threaten to derail economic growth.

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Easter time for Namibian fashion

Easter Leah Manasse has quite a reputation.  The Angolan-based, Namibia fashion designer has designed clothes for First Lady Monica Geingos and is the face behind the shirt that American RnB singer Trey Songz was presented with during his visit to Namibia last year.

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Life Fighters chairman talks big

The chairman of newly-promoted Namibia Premier League (NPL) club Life Fighters wants his charges to emulate Leicester City’s fairy tale run, which saw the minnows win the Barclays Premier League title in the just-ended season.

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Melba’s Toast: Be Granny Chic

Nobody loves aging, not even the thought of aging. In fact if the rise in the number of people looking to stop the effects of aging is anything to go by,

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Namibia won’t follow SA into ‘junk’ - Shiimi

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) Governor Ipumbu Shiimi says Namibia will not automatically follow South Africa into “junk status”, should the neighbouring country be downgraded to that level by international ratings agencies.

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Creating that Cosafa Cup hype

I know that the Cosafa Castle Cup is not one of the biggest cup competitions in the world, but it is quite a big deal regionally, and we would all like Namibia to host a successful tournament.

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Tura’s school of hard knocks

Every morning 42-year-old Lovisa Haufiku wakes up long before sunrise to prepare her three children for school, before making her way to Single Quarters in Katutura.

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Melba’s Toast: Be Granny Chic

Nobody loves aging, not even the thought of aging. In fact if the rise in the number of people looking to stop the effects of aging is anything to go by,

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ECredit Agreement Act passed

The Namibian public will soon be required by law to submit a down payment of at least 10 percent when buying unproductive goods such as cars through lending institutions, following the passing of the Credit Agreement Act.

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Unlucky Maova sidelined by toe injury

Civics goalkeeper Edward Maova will have to wait a little bit longer to make his debut for the senior national football team, after he tripped and broke his left toe in a freakish accident at his home last Wednesday night.

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Ingo’s black diamonds glitter

 
Local fashion designer and trend forecaster Ingo Shanyenge of Small Boy fame presented his latest collection to a room full of fashion enthusiasts and members of the media last week Friday.

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Namsov splashes N$21m on community projects

One of Namibia’s leading fishing companies Namsov Fishing Enterprise - through its community trust - is on course to inject N$21 million into socio-economic projects in all 14 regions of the country by next year.

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Mannetti calm as Vries goes AWOL

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti says he wants to sit down with goalkeeper Virgil Vries to find out why he absconded from the national team camp, before he takes any action.

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Daddy Jooste

He is one of Namibia’s busiest ministers with responsibilities to help create a conducive environment for public enterprises to contribute to the socio-economic development of Namibia.

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Standard Bank sponsors 2016 MTB Festival

With a major sponsorship of N$100,000, Standard Bank joins other corporates in making the 2016 MTB Festival a reality this month.
 
The fun-filled cycling event is scheduled to take place at Africa Safari Lodge on 11 June.

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Genocide reparation clashes escalate

National24 JUNE 2016Tensions are rising among the OvaHerero community over government’s decision to negotiate directly for genocide reparations with Germany, without the involvement of the ethnic group’s leadership.

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Andre the Hypnotist is hilarious

South African comedian extraordinaire Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist returned to the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) to enthrall and amuse fans with his dry humour and entertaining hypnotic abilities.

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Investment boon for the energy sector

business 10 JUNE 2016Independent power producers (IPPs) ae set to invest over N$1,7 billion into the country`s energy sector over the next 18 months, the Electricity Control Board (ECB) has revealed.

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Rundu pupil gives birth at hostel gate

A Grade 11 pupil at the Rundu Secondary School is reported to have either miscarried or given birth recently to a stillborn feotus at the school’s hostel gate, while fleeing school officials.

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King Tommen: ‘The Hype-slayer’

*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.

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Clinging to hope

Most motorists whizz past, oblivious to the life and death struggle for economic survival taking place at the side of the road.

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Long-running Usakos CEO saga nears end

Suspended Usakos Town Council Chief Executive Officer Gruzi Goseb, who has been lounging at home since his suspension in April 2015, will finally know his fate next month, when a disciplinary hearing committee is expected to give its verdict.

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Fatherhood flicks

Fathers are their son’s first heroes and their daughter’s first love so why not spend some precious time with your dad in front of the telly watching some of these famous flicks about fatherhood.

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Bank Windhoek opens children’s bank

Bank Windhoek has laid out plans to open at least six banking halls around the country, which specifically seeks to educate children between the ages of 8 and 18 on banking and financial literacy.

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The purpose of the AG

Your article ‘Knives drawn for Swartbooi’, published in last week’s Windhoek Observer, refers.

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Empowerment policy to affect licenced miners

The new empowerment regulations targeting applicants of new mining licences and Exclusive Prospecting Licences (EPLs) will have far reaching impact on the sector than initially thought, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

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Unam to host global student surgery symposium

The University of Namibia (Unam) Student Surgery Society is set to host the International Association of Student Surgery Societies (IASSS) Surgical Symposium 2016, as well as the 2016 Southern African Student Surgical Society (SASSS) Symposium.

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The new rise of denim

Entertainment 10 JUNE 2016The Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) announced this week that Telecom Namibia, using its TN Mobile brand, has signed a partnership agreement for the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup to be staged in Namibia from June 11-25.

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SPYL’s Nekundi finally divorces

national nekundi 17 JUNE 2016Acting Swapo Party Youth League Secretary Veikko Nekundi’s tumultuous five-year marriage to Getrude Nekundi has been dissolved after the Windhoek High Court granted a final divorce order on Tuesday.

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Power struggles rock NSFAF

A power struggle has engulfed the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), with Company Secretary Fillemon Immanuel now seemingly gunning for Chief Executive Officer Hiliya Nghiwete’s position, by outlining his plan to save the institution.

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The new rise of denim

Denim stands the test of time.  Back in the day, denim was made tough with rough spun cotton to withstand the harshness of the blue collar work day.  Today’s denim is still durable, but needs to be washed and dried with more care to make it look good for even longer.

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Letshego champions inclusive financing

Letshego Financial Services Namibia is intensifying its focus on inclusive financing, while also launching a refreshed brand to support its journey of sustainable growth in Namibia.

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Dr Ndume clashes with niece over house

Prominent eye specialist and winner of the first-ever United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize, Dr Helena Ndume, is embroiled in a feud over a family house situated in Tsumeb.

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Writing Kavango history

A few people have had the chance to get a glimpse of the liberation struggle in Kavango, but some people got the best of both worlds when an exhibition and a book, both entitled Resistance on the Banks of the Kavango

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Areva pumps N$300m into mothballed Trekkopje

Business 3 JUNE 2016Areva Resources Namibia, a subsidiary of French energy giant Areva, says over N$300 million has been spent to date on the care and maintenance of its Trekkopje mine, after it was mothballed in July 2013, because of weak global uranium prices.

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Mulongeni sued over overdraft facility

Standard Bank Namibia has approached the courts seeking to recover N$101,200 that it is owed by music promoter and former Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Director General Dr Bernard Mulongeni.

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The Boss is sloppy

Academy Award nominee and hilarious actress Melissa McCarthy plays wealthy, successful CEO Michelle Darnell, who gets busted for insider trading in director and screenwriter Ben Falcone’s careless and haphazard comedy, The Boss. 

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Aveng punts water master plan

Aveng Water, a unit of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed construction giant Aveng, says it’s looking at the possibility of partnering government in developing a water services master plan for the country.

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Iipumbu livid over Agribank ‘mudslinging’

Outgoing Agribank Chief Executive Officer Ambassador Leonard Iipumbu has warned former Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) Chief Operating Officer Gottlieb Hinda against using his name in the unfolding drama surrounding the recruitment of a new CEO for the agricultural lender.

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Melba’s Toast: Protective hairstyles

Dressing up in winter can be a tedious chore, but styling your hair shouldn’t. Thanks to protective styles, sisters with thick, dense ethnic hair can limit the stress of environmental factors on their hair.

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Bank of Namibia resolute on Eurobond move

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) maintains that government’s decision to go into international markets to raise funds through the issuance of bonds, specifically the Eurobond, was the right one, despite concerns that the move could prove costly and risky for the country.

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Hitting rock bottom

At the age of 26, Nick Cloete (not his real name) became addicted to a cocktail of drugs, including marijuana, mandrax, LSD, crack cocaine and heroin, which enslaved him for over 15 years, until he hit rock bottom and attempted suicide.

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Nyama is a meat fest for the senses

It is not often that vibe, décor and a selection of dishes and wines all come together in such harmony at an eatery and that the palate and other senses are titillated and teased to glorious satisfaction.

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Experts express mixed views on Export Levy Bill

A local tax expert has criticised the Export Levy Bill, which is currently in parliament for consideration, for not differentiating between items of the same class that undergo further processing in Namibia and those that don’t.

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NAC awards bursaries worth N$1m

The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) on Tuesday awarded eight bursaries worth over N$1 million in the field of logistics, supply chain management and engineering services, focusing on electrical, mechanical and civil disciplines.

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Life and Fitness: Be foot fit

It’s a trial to look sexy!   Sexy legs and a shapely curvy butt begin with sexy shoes.  But, we struggle with the reality that sexy shoes often make being foot fit a challenge.

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Renewable energy to create thousands of jobs

The Renewable Energy Industry Association of Namibia (REIAoN) says the sector will be able to contribute 80 percent of the country’s electricity needs by 2030, while creating tens of thousands of sustainable jobs, if it receives the necessary investment.

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Sanlam awards six tertiary bursaries

Sanlam has awarded six bursaries to deserving students from the University of Namibia (Unam) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), bringing to 37 the number of bursaries it has bestowed since 2010.

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Life and Fitness: Be foot fit

It’s a trial to look sexy!   Sexy legs and a shapely curvy butt begin with sexy shoes.  But, we struggle with the reality that sexy shoes often make being foot fit a challenge.

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Cuban doctors return home

Forty Cuban medical specialists, who were contributing towards the rejuvenation of the country’s public health sector, will return home end of this month, after their tenure in the Land of the Brave came to an end.
 

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Dama Monique is a star on the rise

Dama Monique may not have won any awards at this year’s Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), but there is no doubt that the Kizomba singer is on her way to reaching new and greater heights.

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Katali weighs in on new parliament

 
As the Affirmative Repositioning movement prepares to defy a police ban and march against the construction of an estimated N$2,7 billion new parliament on 16 June,

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Chikune hits back at Sula

entertainment 3 JUNE 2016Reigning Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMA) Female Artist of the Year Chikune has labeled her former record label manager Sula Kyababa a liar who is out to tarnish her name. 
This comes after a fuming Kyababa spoke ill about the singer on a local radio station three weeks ago.

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‘Maria Maria’ withdraws divorce application

Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) ace Oshiwambo sports presenter Petrus ‘Maria Maria’ Amutenya has withdrawn his High Court divorce application, seemingly in the hope of winning back the love of his estranged wife Dr Ndeutala Angolo-Amutenya.

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Uncle Benjen is back!

*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.

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India wants Geingob to honour uranium dea

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will try to convince his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob to implement a seven-year-old agreement, enabling the supply of uranium to the Asian economic giant, when he arrives for a State visit next week.

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Melba’s Toast: A match made in heaven

Good things come in sets.  If you are looking to revamp your wardrobe this winter and spend less doing it, then look no further than co-ords.
 
Co-ords or coordinates refer to a coordinating top and bottom, whether it is a blouse and skirt, top and culottes, blazer and pants or any other set.

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The match is not perfect

A playboy is convinced that relationships are dead until he meets the perfect woman in director Bille Woodruff and writers Brandon Broussard and Gary Hardwick’s The  Perfect Match.

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PG lets Nghaamwa off the hook

NATIONAL 3 JUNE 2016The Office of the Prosecutor General has declined to prosecute Ohangwena Governor Usko Nghaamwa for culpable homicide, following an accident in which he killed a 31-year-old cattle herder with his Land Cruiser in March last year.

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Afric-Avenir celebrates African film

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the film series African Perspectives, Afric-Avenir celebrates African Cinema throughout 2016.
 
Sponsored by the Franco Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC), Afric-Avenir will this weekend present the Namibian premiere of the Angolan documentary Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango, which is directed by Dom Pedro.
 

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Govt splashes millions on Russian arms

The Namibia Defence Force (NDF) is reported to have splashed millions on the acquisition of an assortment of Russian guns and ammunition, including missiles for the navy.

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Confessions of a Couch Cat

Rebuilding a work wardrobe can be fun.  If you have a couple of classic items as the base, anyone can construct outfits that suit their needs on the job and celebrate who they are inside. 

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Hunting cash cow under threat

Communal conservancies are in jeopardy, amid reports of a possible ban on hunting trophies entering the European Union (EU), the ongoing drought and the decline in external donor funding.

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It’s good to be fat

So now they tell us that there is good fat and bad fat.   We must look carefully at what we love to eat and make decisions.   Of course that bag of potato chips is bad fat, but the guacamole dip eaten with salt free, organic tostadas may be ok.   

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Mulunga weathers personal storms

NAMCOR Managing Director Immanuel Mulunga has announced that he has officially taken up the position full-time after weathering several personal storms during his probation period.
 
The numerous controversies surrounding his personal life nearly cost him his job as many people felt that he had tarnished the image of the company.

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PwC sues Karuaihe-Martin after blunder

Picewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Namibia has moved to recover N$400,000 from former partner, Petronella Karuaihe-Martin, after the professional services firm “mistakenly” deposited the money into her bank account three years ago.

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