The African visa door is really not open

With much fanfare, at the recently concluded African Union (AU) meeting of Heads of State and Government in Kigali, the continental body gave the first ceremonial African passports to selected officials. 

Refuge for refugees and mercy for migrants?

I know before I write this, that this subject is touchy.  As a liberal and former radical political thinker, I am torn on what I should think and feel about the massive migration and refugee influx that is happening all over the world.

Thou shalt protect thy girl child

I was appalled after reading the story about a so-called ‘father’ who defended his 14 year-old daughter’s rapist in exchange for a pay-off. 

Lock the board chairmen up

This week, there were media reports of N$2 million that was ‘found’ to be missing from the Marine Resources Fund. 

Bridge over troubled waters

The race for the White House in the United States of America (USA) has now reached fever pitch.  

Negotiation is not dictation

The German government’s pronouncements on official apologies for the genocide against the Herero and Nama people of Namibia are welcome.

Time for SADC to rescue indigenous African languages (Part 2)

SADC has a big role to play in most of the challenges facing indigenous African languages in the region. In my research, I found that the proper implementation of language policies is hampered by the unavailability of financial and human resources.

Newsmaker Awards

front AWARDS 29 JULY 2016The Windhoek Observer Newsmaker Awards are taking place tonight at Safari Hotel, starting at 18h30.

Appreciating Pohamba

It occurs to us that former President Hifikepunye Pohamba is an under-sung achiever and his presidency quietly solidified the foundation of the nation. 

Auditors poke holes in Aochamub’s nbc ‘success’

front nbc 29 JULY 2016A shocking litany of financial mismanagement at the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation has emerged in a report compiled by the Office of the Auditor General.

You cannot shoot the police

What is happening now in the USA with police gunning down black folks and two crazy snipers gunning down the police makes me sick to my stomach.  However sick I am, I am also angry. 

FlyAfrica leaves trail of unpaid refunds

front FLY AFRICA 29 JULY 2016Defunct airline, FlyAfrica Namibia, has left behind a trail of unresolved issues, including at least 50 customers who have not received their refunds, after the airline ceased its operations eight months ago.

Leaders and PROs don’t respect journalists

Namibian journalists struggle to get answers when pursuing stories.  People responsible for providing us the information we seek should man-up and learn to do their work. 

Volunteers to scout school talent

SPORTS JULY 29 2016The Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) plans to recruit volunteers in all the country’s 14 regions that will assist in scouting and nurturing young sporting talent at grassroots level.

Namibia`s economic growth revised down to 1.6%

Bus IJGGlobal Developments

The global economy remains on a knife edge, with downward revisions to growth expectations becoming the norm, rather than the exception. Many advanced economies are struggling to regain their pre-global crisis growth and employment rates, while a number of emerging economies have seen major and painful short term adjustment over the past two years.

The Pan-African passport

On 17 July 2016, the African Union (AU) launched its continental Pan-African passport, with the goal of helping to “realize the dream of visa-free travel for African citizens within their own continent by 2020”. 

Knee injury ends Namolo’s career

Mighty Gunners veteran midfielder Venomuinjo Namolo has announced his retirement from football, after undergoing surgery to fix a recurring knee injury in Windhoek earlier this month.

!Naruseb backs NAC bosses

NATIONAL JULY 29 2016Works and Transport Minister Alpheus !Naruseb has come out in support of the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) board, as well as the company’s executives, as pressure mounts over allegations of corruption in the awarding of tenders at the State-owned company.

Massive looting suspected at ‘illegal’ SOE

front jUNIAS KANDYEKE 22 JULY 2016The Development Brigade Corporation (DBC), which has been operating illegally for close to 15 years, has become a hotbed of intrigue, as a parliamentary committee hunts for missing millions, allegedly siphoned off as board sitting fees,

Ministry of Internat’l Relations and Cooperation responds

Following the news article that appeared in the newspaper Windhoek Observer of 8-14 July 2016, headlined “Govt to splash N$10m on conference”, I wish to unequivocally place on record that the article is neither accurate, fair nor objective.

Uushimba set to dazzle audiences

ENETERTAINMENT JULY 29 2016Home-grown short film Uushimba (City Life) is set to make its premiere this Friday at the Nampower Convention Center.

Maova hints at Civics exit

Civics first choice goalkeeper, Edward Maova, has expressed his desire to leave the club before the start of the 2016/17 season, after his contract expired last month.

Night driving truck ban hits snag

The proposed ban on trucks driving at night on the country’s roads has hit a stumbling block, after it was labelled as counter-productive for transport operators, the drivers and the economy at large.

N$7bn airport tender back on radar

front FOREIGN AFFAIRS 22 JULY 2016Chinese and Namibian diplomats are alleged to be in secret talks to find an amicable solution to the ongoing saga surrounding the cancelled multibillion tender to upgrade the Hosea Kutako International Airport, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

SADC should rescue indigenous African languages (Part 1)

FOR more than three decades now, conferences have been held on issues surrounding the significance of African languages, not only in Southern Africa, but in Africa as a whole.

“Mister Ideal Namibia” to choose the most elegant man

Just a few weeks after the crowing of Miss Namibia 2016, a beauty contest for Namibian men, called Mister Ideal Namibia, will crown the hottest businessman in Namibia.

Stars win Hage Geingob Cup SMS vote

African Stars have secured entry into the Hage Geingob Cup next weekend, after winning an SMS vote that had been running for the past two months.

Health ministry has Cabinet approval for ARV imports

Contrary to earlier information from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the Windhoek Observer has since established that the Ministry of Health and Social Services received Cabinet approval to import N$64 million worth of antiretroviral drugs from a Ugandan company.

Works ministry digs into rail tender

front WILLEM G 22 JULY 2016The Ministry of Works and Transport has distanced itself from media reports suggesting that it had raised complaints over a contract awarded to D&M Rail for the rehabilitation of the Kranzberg-Tsumeb railway line on behalf of TransNamib.

Hewers of wood

I recently met a friend of mine at a restaurant in Windhoek. I had not seen him in a while, so I was pleasantly surprised that he had been following recent events. He reads a lot and sometimes I use him as a sounding board.

Govt eyes N$200m worth of FMD vaccines

BUSINESS JULY 29 2016Namibia is set to spend over N$200 million annually on foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine acquisition from Botswana’s Vaccine Institute (BVI), as the country moves to contain any future outbreaks.

“Mister Ideal Namibia” to choose the most elegant man

Just a few weeks after the crowing of Miss Namibia 2016, a beauty contest for Namibian men, called Mister Ideal Namibia, will crown the hottest businessman in Namibia.

Let’s give female boxing a chance

I watched a short documentary on nbc a few weeks ago about a young girl in the North, who is determined to become a boxer.

SOEs to assist ‘struggle kids’

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the Chief Executive Officers’ Forum met this week to discuss the possibility of State-owned enterprises assisting in alleviating the plight of the so-called ‘struggle kids’, who are demanding government jobs.

Govt rejects Areva`s desalination plant price

Areva 19 JulyGovernment has rejected Areva SA’s asking price for a desalination to supply water to its arid western region, while its considering partnerships with private companies to build four more, the country’s finance minister said.

Of boozing and shebeens

Globally, Namibia is known for a lot of things and has ranked highly on many development profiles around the world. Among its list of successes are its deep historical roots, its colorful cultural traditions and best of all, its vast deserts and beautiful landscapes, which have become world-renowned tourist attractions.

GIPF to service 10,000 erven

The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) is set to service10,000 erven across the country in the next four years, Chief Executive Officer David Nuyoma told the Windhoek Observer this week during an exclusive interview.

Who will be the Last Comic Standing?

The answer to the question, who is the funniest one of them all, will be revealed next week when Namibia’s comedic geniuses come face-to-face in a battle to determine the winner of Free Your Mind’s sixth installment of the Last Comic Standing.

Top fighters lined up for boxing bonanza

The MTC Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy has lined up some of its top boxers for the No Mercy Part-5 Boxing Bonanza, which takes place on 6 August at the Windhoek Country Club.

Namibia must improve on education and training: UNESCO

The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, sent an official request for a scoping mission to the Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Dr. Irina Bokova in November 2015.

Germans want Rukoro at genocide table

front rukoro 15 july 2016The decision by the Ovaherero Paramount Chief, Vekuii Rukoro, not to contribute to the ongoing bilateral negotiations with the German government on genocide and reparations, could increase tensions further, after it emerged this week that the Germans want all the leaders of the affected communities to accept their official apology, when it is finally given.

Women must value women

Earlier this week the media reported that a venerable widow was immorally, unethically and possibly illegally expelled by a female relative of her deceased husband, from a government (reportedly) house that neither of them own. Such things must be addressed vigorously. But larger issues that are involved in this matter warrant scrutiny.

Bank Windhoek Holdings proposes name change

The Bank Windhoek Holdings (BWH) Board of Directors has proposed a name change for the listed entity to that of its ultimate holding company, Capricorn Investment Group Limited.

TLC’s Next Great Presenter search is back

TLC’s search for its next African presenter is back! This year the popular entertainment TV channel, in association with Colgate Optic White, is looking for that special person who has the winning style and Colgate smile.

Bank Windhoek relay set to break records

With over 200 teams having entered thus far, the Bank Windhoek 2016 Corporate Challenge Relay in aid of welfare is set to break records this year.

Hollywood blockbusters bring no joy to jobless locals

Ordinary Namibians are increasingly feeling left out from the financial benefits that accrue from Hollywood blockbusters like the Oscar-winning Mad Max: Fury Road that are filmed in the Namib Desert.

Schlettwein worth N$8 million

front Calle 15 july 2016Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein has declared his personal worth, which is estimated at N$7,9 million, making him the first Cabinet member to heed President Hage Geingob’s call and publicly disclose his assets.

He who pays the piper calls the tune

It amazes me how people demand that government pay for everything they particularly need in life. 

Insurance to cover Dundee’s costs

Tsumeb based Dundee Precious Metals says its insurance will cover the cost to repair damage made to the refractory lining of the Ausmelt furnace following a power outage that was experienced last week.

Tarzan is back in the jungle

The image of Alexander Skarsgard (John Clayton/Tarzan) crashing bare-chested through the jungle as the latest big screen Tarzan, is exhilarating. 

Why are low-GI foods so good for us?

When somebody mentions the word ‘carbohydrate’ these days, everyone tends to gasp at disgust and horror at these nutrients which have suddenly been mistakenly labelled as ‘fattening’ and even ‘bad for our health’. 

Stars win Geingob Cup vote

African Stars 26 july 2016Namibia Premier League African Stars was on Thursday announced as the club which will be taking part Hage Geingob Cup next weekend.

Either we work together or we fail together

The principles of inclusiveness and respect for people at all levels that is a part of the recently introduced Harambee Prosperity Plan is a vital tool that can be applied not just to poverty reduction programmes, but also to the workplace. 

NUST showcases container office

The world over, there has been an increase in the utilisation of shipping containers to deliver a quick solution to business space development, as well as assisting efforts to solve the global housing crises.

Melba’s Toast: Spring clean your wardrobe on a budget

On your marks, get set, GO!
Spring is here, well almost.
Just as spring is stepping up, it is also time to not only spring clean our homes, but our wardrobes too.

NCHE lauded for critical development role

The critical role played by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in the country’s development was once again emphasised last week, when the quality assurance body awarded certificates of registration to six private higher education institutions in Windhoek.

Swimming president resigns

SPORTS JULY 22 2016Namibia Swimming Union President (NASU) Bettina Steffen has announced her resignation, effective from 1 July.

Shaningwa says ‘no’ to Dillish plot

front shaanngwa 15 july 2016Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa has instructed the City of Windhoek to re-advertise a 800 square metre Kleine Kuppe plot it wanted to sell to Big Brother Africa winner Dillish Mathews at a massively discounted price.

In the Family

African societies have always placed a great amount of significance on the family.

Nedbank set sights on NSX

(NSX), as part of its plans to comply with Bank of Namibia (BoN) regulations that at least 25 percent of its equity is held by locals.
The banking concern, which is 100 percent owned by Nedbank South Africa, had over the years remained mum on its localisation plans.

Confessions of a Couch Cat: Scotty, beam me up!

I have listened to thousands of speeches over time, from my childhood to middle age.

VP post ‘unnecessary’ - analysts

NATIONAL JULY 22 2016The role and value of the country’s vice president has once again come under scrutiny with some political analysts and opposition party politicians questioning the rationale of having a vice president, in the governing structure.

Woody Jacobs hunts for new club

Ex-Black Africa coach Woody Jacobs is still looking for a new club, a month after he refused to sign a revised contract with the former league champions.

Germany plans to apologise over 'genocide' in Namibia

Germany 13 July 2016Germany plans to formally apologise to Windhoek for the genocide of indigenous Namibians a century ago, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday, but added the move would not carry any obligation of reparations.

Letshego Bank to cede big stake to locals

Letshego Holdings Namibia, the latest financial institution to be granted a banking licence by the Bank of Namibia, has laid out plans to cede at least 45 percent of its shareholding in Letshego Bank Namibia to local partners.

Fitness and Lifestyle – Arm flab and bat wings

We’ve talked about exercises for the butt, boobs, legs, stomach and thighs.  Let’s look at those arm flab folks.

Countdown begins to Newsmaker Awards

The countdown to the inaugural Windhoek Observer Newsmaker Awards, which will be held at the Safari Hotel on 29 July, has begun.

Civics midfielder off to Tigers

Civics midfielder Alfons Nzinga has set his sights on joining Namibia Premier League champions Tigers, the Windhoek Observer has established.

Arandis Power loses court bid

Arandis 08 July Arandis Power has lost its High Court bid to have the tender for the construction of a 250MW stop-gap measure power plant awarded to Xaris Energy nullified.

Vivo Energy gives away taxi

Vivo Energy Namibia, the company that markets and distributes Shell branded products in Africa, this week awarded a Toyota Ractis taxi to Immanuael Nangolo, following its recent ‘Win a Taxi’ promotion that has been running at the Shell Lafrenz service station in Windhoek.

Blueberry muffin ecstasy

I went to a supermarket the other day and found some cartons of blueberries and nearly did a happy dance right there in the store. 

No extension for NAC board - Jooste

Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste says he will not support an extended term of office for the current Namibia Airports Company (NAC) board members, whose term comes to an end later this month.

Geingob Cup trophy must stay at home

Next month will mark the third year that the Hage Geingob Cup will be held in Namibia, and this time our local football clubs will have to do whatever it takes to ensure that the trophy remains at home.

German polls could scupper genocide talks

front german 8 july 2016Germany has warned that the country’s federal elections next year could potentially scupper the genocide reparation talks with Namibia, if no conclusion is reached before the end of this year.

Why should you be accredited as PR professional?

I was once asked by a colleague why I have Charted Public Relations Practitioner (CPRP) behind my name. I explained that it means that I am registered with the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) and I am an accredited public relations (PR) professional.

Okahandja running without ambulance service

The central town of Okahandja, which is close to the notorious B1 highway, has been operating without a municipal ambulance service since 2013, resulting in patients and road accident victims having to wait for several hours before they are transferred to Windhoek to receive lifesaving treatment.

Ras at 50

ENTER JULY 22 2016The Windhoek Observer caught up with Namibia’s music legend Ras Sheehama to chat about his upcoming 50th birthday, what he has learned over the years, his “Celebrate the Legend” concert and music.

Nell pledges commitment to Civics

For Donnelly Nell, Civics FC is one of the few things that he holds dear to his heart. The love and connection he shares with the club, which he spent most of his football playing career with, knows no boundaries.

CoW sits on N$171m meant for land servicing

front joshua amukogo 8 july 2016A massive cash windfall that could have made a huge difference in the lives of the poorest of the poor has been gathering dust in the coffers of the City of Windhoek for up to four years.

Tourism can grow sustainably in a positive climate

As all of us are aware, tourism has grown into one of the biggest contributors to the GDP of many countries, including Namibia.  Some countries, like Mauritius, base its entire economy on this sector.
Namibia has a number of pillars supporting the local economy, but tourism has over the past decade, movedinto the top three of Namibia’s economic contributors.
Tourism statistics – you cannot manage what you cannot measure:
The Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) defined tourism as a key focus area under its crucialeconomic priorities for the period ending in 2016/2017. Tourism is a targeted sector as it is a major industry, contributing N$7.2 billion to Namibia’s GDP. Annually,over 1.1 million travellers visit Namibia for a variety of reasons, with roughly  2/3rds coming from SADC countries (Angola and South Africa are the top arrivals) and the remainder entering as leisure and business tourists from around the world, primarily from Germany, the USA, United Kingdom, Italy and France.
Namibia is among the prime destinations in Africa and isknown for adventure and ecotourism which features Namibia’s extensive wildlife and cultural diversity as well as activities like (regulated) 4x4 off road driving, dune boarding, hikes in the wild, mountain biking, ballooning and other sporting activities.
Tertiary industries, which include tourism services, have performed steadily over the NDP4 period. It has been reported by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) and various statistics from the Namibia Statistic Agency (NSA) and the National Planning Commission (NPC), that averageannual growth in the tertiary industries as a whole was projected at 5.7%, in line with average overall growthin the economy. Promised growth equates to job creation potential. Jobs from the industry represented 5.3%and 5.1% of total employment in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
According to HAN tourism occupancy statistics as compiled from its members, of the past 2 years, 2014 proved a very good year for tourism,with an average annual occupancy of all tourism facilities across the country of over 57%, the highestoccupancy since 2008, and regarded as great performance, given the increase in infrastructure in the sector.
Unfortunately, 2015 saw a slight decrease, with the year ending on an average occupancy of some 55% only,the Ebola scare, as well as amended travel regulations in South Africa seen as reason for this decline.
The good news: 2016 seems to see the trend reversed again, with the first quarter closing some 3% higher onthe same period last year, and in general the tourism industry is fairly optimistic with regards to the comingtourism high season, the currency exchange rate adding to the attractiveness of Southern Africa as traveldestination.

Extension of tourism products and investment

Over the past decade,Namibia has enjoyed a tremendous amount of capital investment in the infrastructure atall levels, from community lodges and campsites in particularly the north-western and north-eastern parts ofthe country, to middle and high-end lodge developments in remote areas of our beautiful country, while inurban areas one would only have to look at the changing Windhoek skyline to witness the tremendousinvestment in tourism infrastructure, with the Hilton Hotel the city centre soon to expand its bed offering while the prominent former Kalahari Sands Hotel has had a major refurbishment and been bought by a hugeinternational hotel group, Minor International, and now runs as Avani Hotel, Windhoek.
At the Coast, development in the tourism infrastructure seems even more prominent, with 2014/15 aloneseeing the opening of a major Conference Centre, the Dome of Swakopmund, while some 700 beds wereadded to the mix through the re-opening of the brand-new Strand Hotel, the Gondwana Delight, and the SwakopPlaza, all with different sizes and scope for conferencing and events.
Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE) market possibilities are great, but…
In the past, tourism focused mainly on leisure travel, with wildlife and safaris as the key attractions.  The local industry has since diversified into both the adventure travel and the MICE markets, the latter, withthe increasing scope of meetings, incentives, conference and events worldwide proving to be a very importantniche to focus on for Namibia.
Strong synergies and close cooperation between the Ministry of InternationalRelations and Cooperation and the tourism industry, as international conferences and events are a key element of developing foreignrelations and partnerships.
To promote Namibia as strategic and convenient venue/host for international conferences, the country needs to ensure, that it sells itself as such to professional conference organisers, (PCO’s) and global corporations.
Services required to make Namibia a profitable and successful MICE market destination are not limited to catering, accommodation and transport, but rely heavily on auxiliaryservices, such as travel access arrangements, in terms of visas, health and safety issues.
VISA requirements and the need for sensitivity and co-operation
Visa requirements and the need for sensitivity and cooperation (recent Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration decisions as a case in point) highlight the truth that:  Tourism is everyone’s business. 
This tourism industry slogan has once again proven to be so very true at the start of 2016, whenthe Namibian tourism industry was suddenly confronted by event organisers and PCO’s on new obstacleshindering the smooth planning of events. This comes at a time, where Namibia had just managed to positionitself as ideal MICE venue, offering exquisite and unique facilities and scenery, and yet trading in a currencythat was still affordable for Southern African event planners.
PCO’s then increasingly lookedat Namibia to stage events and meetings and the local tourism industry, including hotels, conference venuesand operators eagerly accepted such bookings, keen to fill vacancies in Namibia’s traditional low tourismseason in the first half of the year.
Then came the shock: - organisers were told, that the Namibiangovernment, through the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, had changed the application of the rule onbusiness visas, with officers now even demanding that conference delegates and participants needed abusiness visa, to be applied for at embassies and consulates in advance, before coming to Namibia for a MICE program.
Despite attempts by the tourism industry to get clarity on the apparent new application of travel regulations,it took over 2 months and a strong media release by the NCCI to have the MHAI react by way of a counter-statement, and yet, uncertainty and confusion about the exactrequirements still remain.
This has cost Namibia dearly, not only in terms of the actual losses in business through cancelled bookings, but worse still is the loss in image of Namibia as a convenient, open and organised MICE destination.
The tourism industry again would like to respectfully urge, that decisions such as the one by the MHAI be taken based on thoroughconsultation with both the industry and other ministries to ensure that all the consequences of such action are discussed and possible mitigating programs put in place.
Our industry is strongly dependent on the travel arrangements and border crossing laws of our country and thus very keen to be involved in discussion and debate on suchregulations.
In making this major point, we are not unmindful of the key mandate by the Ministry of Home Affairs to safeguard the safety and security of our country and its people.  But we believe that this can be done without creating obstaclesto easy travel to and from Namibia.
Consider this:
Easing visa and immigration regulations is important to tourism growth:  If potential tourists find it to be a too big hassle to come toNamibia because of lengthy and time consuming visa applications, they will simply go to anotherdestination;
E-Visa: Many countries allow visitors to apply for their visa electronically. The process is uncomplicated and does not require a potential visitor to travel to a far off embassy; and
SADC access:  Many visitors to Namibia do not only wish to visit Namibia, but also the neighbouring countries such as South Africa or Botswana and Zimbabwe.
A coordinated and possibly also combined emigration regulation would goa long way in attracting more potential tourists.Conference delegates in South Africa could be more easily convinced to do short side trips to Namibia if barriers to smooth access are lowered.
Ideally, we should all be working as a team promoting Namibia to the rest of the world, building friendlyrelations and attracting visitors to our country who will add to forex earnings, make use ofservices and facilities in Namibia, thereby generating added income and job opportunities for our people.
The author is the Chairman of the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) and Board Member of FENATA.  The excerpts from his presentation at the recently concluded International Relations Policy Review Conference held in Windhoek.
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Foreign policy review to focus on poverty battle

Next week’s Foreign Policy Review Conference is set to focus on poverty eradication, in line with the national development agenda, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has said.

Wine not?

In a world that’s oversaturated by both local and regional wine tasting opportunities, wine connoisseurs can celebrate the emergence of wine clubs.

Tura Expo welcomes football tourney

This year’s edition of the annual Katutura Expo will include a football tournament, as part of plans to add excitement to the five-day programme.

Govt to splash N$10m on conference

front Netumbo 11 March 2016Government, through the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, is set to spend N$10 million on hosting local and international delegates, who will be attending the country’s Foreign Policy Review Conference later this month.

Haulofu new NamPower MD as Nghikembua is unveiled at Agribank

bus new mdAs first reported by the Windhoek Observer, Agribank has confirmed the appointment of Sakaria Nghikembua as the bank’s new Chief Executive Officer, with effect from August 1, 2016.

Jooste ties SOE purse strings

Consultants, who have been raking in billions since independence, through contracts at parastatals, could find themselves among the biggest losers, following the adoption of the hybrid corporate governance model by Cabinet this week.

Michelle speaks nothing but the truth

Michelle A Namases is a young theatre practitioner and the assistant director of the play Nothing but the Truth, a play written by South African acclaimed master of the stage, John Kani.

Paralympics Committee pleads for more funds

sports mike 15 July 2016The National Paralympics Committee of Namibia (NPCN) Secretary General Michael Hamukwaya has appealed for more funds, in order to fully prepare Namibian athletes who will take part in the September Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

‘Fallen hero’ Oscar Pistorius gets 6 years for murdering Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar 06 July 2016Paralympian and double-amputee Oscar Pistorius must serve six years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Brukkaros, Witvlei to lose Norway quota

Meat producer, Meatco, is set to supply this year’s entire 1,600 metric ton (mt) Norwegian beef quota,

Cabinet endorses new NamPower, Agribank bosses

BUSINESS JULY 22 2016New bosses are set to be appointed at power utility, NamPower and agricultural lender, Agribank, after Cabinet endorsed the preferred candidates submitted by their line ministries, the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Ministry of Finance, respectively.

Star in your own “Greatest Movie Ever Made” and win a trip to Hollywood

Are you, like the M-Net Movies channels, obsessed with Hollywood? Do you secretly re-enact scenes from your favourite films when nobody is watching – or even when they are?

I had suicidal thoughts: Uushona

Former WBO Africa welterweight champion Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Uushona has had suicidal thoughts after failing to win the WBA title last month.

Brexit: Its impact on Namibia`s debt

Brexit Nam 04 JulyThe most crucial and yet subtle impact of the Brexit on Namibia is the resultant increase in the total public debt driven by the growth in external debt component. Namibia’s external debt stock is set to increase further if the local currency continues to weaken as the result of uncertainty caused by the Brexit.

Education institutions receive seal of approval

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) on Wednesday awarded certificates of registration to six private higher education institutions in Windhoek.

Melba’s Toast: Strobe your skin healthy

Move over contouring, strobing is the next big thing.
It’s no secret that we all appreciate contouring.  That process is almost like magic in the way it uses make up products two shades darker and lighter than our normal skin tone, blended together to make our less attractive facial features recede just a bit.
While we all love contouring, it has its challenges and not everyone doing make up at home or at the spas and salons gets it right or has the patience for it.
But all is not lost on the make-up table.  Enter strobing, which is a beauty craze that is right up a lazy girl’s ally. 
But what is strobing? It is basically using illuminating make up products instead of shading hues to highlight your face.
Strobing focuses solely on illuminating products which have been applied where light would naturally hit your face (your brow bones, cheekbones, the center of your forehead, on your chin and down your nose).
The look is achieved by dabbing on soft shimmery shades that make your complexion look dewy, giving it a radiant, fresh and healthy look that is sure to turn heads as you walk.
Strobing is definitely easier than contouring - if you are not too sure about my words take notice of just how many celebrities have endorsed the beauty craze. American models Gigi Hadid and Kylie Jenner have said it’s the best way to have your skin appear constantly fresh and moist.
Say goodbye to cakey looking contouring and whatever else you learned about having that ‘smooth’ skin look; it’s time to take things up a notch and get strobing.
Before you can even say the word strobing, make sure that you prep your skin with a hydrating moisturizer. An important thing to note is that strobing is all about getting the perfect glow; this is done by exfoliating your face to replenish dull, dry skin and by applying a good moisturizer to it first.
Use your usual moisturizer, but if you have oily skin, be sure to invest in a hydrating one that is oil-free.
The next step is as exciting as it is daunting. Apply your highlighter on spots that catch light. You can go a little wild by applying more highlighter to the spot you want or think the light will hit the most.
Again the best places to apply your highlighter are on your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose as well as on your temples, in the corners of your eyes and above your cupid’s bow (that little arc above your upper lip).
Doing this will not only enhance your natural features, but it also gives your entire face a youthful glow. Sounds easy right? Yes, it is like child’s play, but you must be careful not to spread the highlighters all over your face, or else your glow will be a hot greasy mess.
When you have applied the highlighter, blend it in with a damp make up sponge, a fan brush or you can simply use your fingertips.
Strobing is easier for people with normal skin than it is for people with oily skin.
However, if you fall into the latter group, skip areas like your forehead or chin, which probably have a little shine already.  Also rather opt for matte bronzer, blush, or other facial products.
To avoid your face looking like a disco ball or a ball of glitter, choose a matte formula for most of your make up like your primer, foundation, bronzer and powder.  Always remember the rule of thumb, which is to never apply highlighters on a face that has bumpy breakouts, unless you want the whole world to bear witness to your zits or acne.
Make it a point to only use a highlighter shade that best matches your skin tone in order to achieve a subtle sheen. You don’t want to look like you are part of the cast of the Frozen musical or as if you are auditioning to play a clown at a circus or Frosty the Snowman.
Champagne tone highlighters work well for lighter skin tones and pink-champagne tones work well for light-medium skin tones, while olive skin tones are best suited with golden highlighters and terracotta tones are perfect for dark skin.
To avoid using way too much product and make up lines that could spell disaster in photographs, make sure that you blend any harsh edges of the highlighter into your skin so that it fades into the rest of your skin. (Say no to make-up masks).
What I love most about strobing is that it does not leave your skin feeling suffocated by layers and layers of makeup. The days of being make-up caked are long gone, thanks to the new make-up options.
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Esrom Nyandoro lined up for Mbakera’s testimonial

Former Mamelodi Sundowns and Zimbabwean captain Esrom Nyandoro is expected to join a few other unnamed foreign stars for a testimonial match in honour of former Life Fighters and Tigers midfielder Mervin Mbakera.

Observer News 1 -7 July 2016


In the closet

Xolani Boois (not his real name) is a 27-year-old male nurse with a beautiful girlfriend, but he has been harbouring a secret for the past ten years - he is sexually attracted to other men.

Nam, Bots water talks moves ahead

Botswana and Namibia are moving ahead with plans that will see the neighbouring country construct a desalination plant in the Land of the Brave, Agriculture Minister John Mutorwa has revealed.

Confessions of a couch cat – have mercy on us and brush your teeth

There are times these days when I cannot remember what suit a guy was wearing, what someone specifically said to me, and sometimes, I cannot recall their names.  But, I do remember the person who is in my face for whatever reason and their breath stinks.

Stop spending money on useless athletes

Cynics have for a long time now questioned the rationale behind sending average Namibian athletes to the Olympics, given their poor return on investment.

Stalemate over Areva plant price tag

Negotiations between government and Areva Resources Namibia over the purchase of the Erongo desalination plant have hit a brick wall, after the Geingob administration rejected the miner’s US$200 million asking price.

Broke Potato Soup

As a college student with little or no ‘extra’ money in my wallet, I learned to love the almighty, versatile potato when it comes to preparing home-cooked meals on a budget.

Windhoek Observer to honour Pohamba with lifetime award

National 15 July 2016The Windhoek Observer is set to host its inauguralNewsmaker Awards at the Safari Hotel on the 29th of July 2016, in partnership with Multichoice Namibia, Ohlthaver & List Group, Profile Investments and the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF).

Pedro leaves Blue Waters

Blue Waters assistant coach Armando Pedro has ended his 14-year relationship with the Birds, to concentrate on his business concerns.

New power plants to add 20MW to national grid

The Electricity Control Board expects four new independent power producers (IPPs) to start supplying at least 20 MW of electricity to the national grid before the end of the year.

Me before you gives hope

Emilia Clarke (Louisa) and Sam Claflin (Will) prove to everyone that love is the ultimate cure for almost anything in director Thea Sharrock’s film adaptation of Jo Jo Moyes’ romantic novel, Me Before You.

New turnaround plan for TransNamib

Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste says that his ministry is working with the Ministry of Works and Transport to develop a new turnaround plan for the financially crippled State-owned railway operator, TransNamib.

Bank Windhoek Enduro returns to Uis

The Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Motorbike Championship will head back to Uis this weekend for round five of this year’s event.

Letshego gets banking licence

Letshego Bank Namibia Limited has finally been granted a certificate of authorisation to establish a banking institution in Namibia, effective from Thursday.

Pharmaceutical plant ‘on track’

Deputy Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Pieter van der Walt says plans to construct a N$156 million pharmaceutical plant, with the assistance of the Cuban government, are on track.

What is beauty in 2016?

entertainment 15 July 2016The Entertainment and Lifestyle crew of the Windhoek Observer wishes to sincerely congratulate all the participants and organisers of the Miss Namibia Pageant 2016.

NFA to bid for Afcon U-23 tourney

sports 8 July 2016After successfully hosting the 2016 edition of the Cosafa Castle Cup, the Namibia Football Association has set its sights on bidding for the right to host the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Under-23 tournament.

Nambili pushes crowdfunding

The Investor Network of Namibia (INN), co-owned by Twama Nambili and two silent partners, is an investor group and crowdfunding platform for upcoming entrepreneurs, which aims to ease access to much-needed business funding.

Fifteen, with a new baby and all alone

It’s a bitterly cold Friday morning, but 15-year-old Anna Garises (not her real name) rises early to take her baby for a six-week check-up at the Robert Mugabe Clinic, situated in the Windhoek central business district.

Nicoleen’s damage

The word ‘damage’ may mean physical harm that impairs the value, usefulness or normal function of something, but for local designer Nicoleen Menjono, the word (which is the name of her clothing label) means ‘killing it’ in the world of fashion.

Orlando Pirates’ salary battle heads to court

The ongoing clash between Namibia Premier League (NPL) side Orlando Pirates and its players - over an unsettled N$450,000 salary bill - is set to play out in the High Court on 12 July.

Inflation unchanged at 6.7%

NSA 18 July 2016Namibia`s annual rate of inflation remained flat at 6.7 percent in June , latest figures from the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) show.

Rukoro not ‘alpha and omega’ - Ngavirue

The Windhoek Observer’s Jesse Jackson Kauraisa (JJK) sat down with Namibia’s special envoy for the genocide reparation negotiations with Germany, Dr Zed Ngavirue (ZN), who spoke in-depth about how a misconception had been created that government is not acting in the interest of the affected tribes.

Dining in the dark is a definite must

Two weeks ago I took part in the ‘Blind Experience’ event held at the La Bonne table restaurant, with the aim to raise funds to benefit the Namibia Federation for the Visually Impaired (NVFI).

Ambunda dreams of more world titles

Dethroned IBO Super Bantamweight world champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda is confident of becoming a world champion again, before he hangs up his boxing gloves for good.

Adolescent mothers and fathers: A burden to society

The Windhoek Observer of Friday, 24 June carried a disturbing story. Kaula Nhongo reported an incident of a Grade 11 learner, who miscarried or gave birth to a stillborn baby. The birth took place at the gate of the Rundu Secondary School.

Rising utility costs threaten investment - NCCI

Business 15 July 2016Namibia’s hope of becoming a manufacturing hub and an attractive investment destination could be dented by the continued hike in utility costs which, in turn, drives up operating costs, the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has said.

Endgame coming next month

The Committed Artists of Namibia will stage Endgame, their second and final international stage production as part of their annual theater festival next month.

NPL coaches face a difficult transfer window

With no indication of when the 2016/2017 Namibia Premier League season will kick-off, I would not want to be a coach of any club at this moment, because the uncertainty will surely affect players’ movements.

Plastic wrapped luggage not always safe

More and more air travelers are choosing to cover their luggage with shrink wrap in the quest to keep their checked bags from being pilfered by unscrupulous theft cartels lurking in busy backroom baggage areas in airports around the world. While such wrapping offers some level of deterrent to would-be thieves or smugglers, air travelers with wrapped bags may have a false sense of security if they believe that their bags can/will never be opened during the journey.

Competition worries for Air Namibia

Qatar Airways’ plans to fly the Windhoek-Doha route from September, is set to further rattle national carrier Air Namibia.

Melba’s toast: Spring into statement shoes

Just because spring hasn’t sprung doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be thinking about shoes for warmer temperatures.

‘Desert Storm’ tipped for greatness

Boxer Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas is a beast, who makes even the hardest of opponents tremble in fear.

NSI urges consumers to be vigilant

The Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) has urged consumers to be on the lookout for the ‘e’ symbol on pre-packed products to avoid being duped by unscrupulous manufacturers and traders.

Ninja Turtles is not just for kids

Turtle Power is back and better than ever in director Dave Green and screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec’s on screen portrayal of eccentric reptile comic book super heroes facing real life situations.

Nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics

Is the food I’m eating, affecting my genes? And what on earth are nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics?

Bank Windhoek school netball results

Last weekend’s games in the Bank Windhoek Schools Netball Super League were played in Tsumeb and in Windhoek. 

IPP policy to be completed in August

The Electricity Control Board (ECB) says the Independent Power Producers (IPP) Policy should be completed by August.

Conversations about art

An exhibition titled Conversations: a call for collaborations opened at the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) in Windhoek on Thursday.


Gout is a form of arthritis, which is an inflammatory disease of joints. It is a relatively common problem worldwide, affecting about 2 percent of women and about 5.9 percent of men. 

Workplace Wellness: Why is it important?

The Oxford Dictionary states that wellness is “a condition obtained when a person achieves a level of health that minimizes the chances of becoming ill. Wellness is achieved by a combination of emotional, environmental, mental, physical, social, and spiritual health.”

MultiChoice Namibia appoints new directors

Milka Mungunda and Advocate Bience Gawanas have been appointed to the MultiChoice Namibia board, effective 5 July 2016.

Confessions of a Couch Cat - Fat acceptance

I am so sick of eating rabbit food, cow feed, sugarless whatever, drinking teas that keep me running to the toilet and taking hoodia, green tea and green coffee bean pills, all to keep my weight under control.

Namibia’s youngest broker marks her territory

At the age of 30, Jolandi Pedro is the country’s youngest broker, having started her company Grance Insurance Brokers CC in May 2015.

Oh, my aching back!

There is much already written telling us that wearing high heel shoes or even flip flop sandals too often and for too long can hurt our backs. So many of us have problems when we bend over to pick something up or when we finish a long day at work.

The International Year of Pulses

Did you know that 2016 has been declared by the United Nations (UN) as the International Year of Pulses?
And no, we are not talking about the pounding you feel at your throat.

Chick peas are the bomb!

Chick peas are tasty bombs in a soup. Our dietician columnist (Eat Clean Namibia) covered something called: ‘pulses’ a couple of weeks ago.

Jooste probes NAC tender

national jooste 8 July 2016Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste has confirmed that his ministry is probing a N$156 million systems tender awarded to businessman Muhamed Omar for the upgrades of both the Hosea Kutako International and Eros airports.

Miners to feel power hike pinch

bus 8 July 2016Local mining operational costs are set to spike further, following the Electricity Control Board’s (ECB) decision to hike the electricity bulk user tariff by 16,71 percent last week.

‘No bail for murderers’ campaign gathers steam

A 70-year-old Walvis Bay woman Rita Sowden is fighting tooth and nail to change bail laws in Namibia one signature at a time, after her son-in law Captain Hans Jörg Möller was gunned down in his own home during an armed robbery on 17 June.

Environmental taxes now reality

Environmental taxes on imported electric filament lamps and new and re-treaded pneumatic tyres, as well as a carbon emission tax on imported new and used vehicles, will finally come into effect on 11 July.


enterta 8 July 2016Let’s play a game. If I say “France”, what images first pop to your mind? A glass of champagne, the Eiffel Tower, perfumes, haute-couture houses, a deliciously crispy baguette, delightful meals, the Louvre, the Cannes festival, or even beautiful landscapes, perhaps?

Condor Airlines introduces Munich-Windhoek flights

The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) on Thursday morning hosted a welcoming reception for the inaugural Condor Airlines flight between Munich and Windhoek at the Hosea Kutako International Airport.

Rent control, NEEEF face delays

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), which has been tasked to lead the planned introduction of rent control in the country, is yet to begin consultations on the government plan.

What is Bastille Day anyway?

On14 July, France, its citizens and its diplomatic representations around the globe will celebrate the French National Day, known as Bastille Day in the English-speaking world.

Food Bank answers Wilhemina’s prayers

For the first time in a very long time, 55-year-old Wilhelmina Shilongo from Babylon location in Katutura enjoyed a good night’s sleep last week, after receiving a food hamper, personally delivered by President Hage Geingob, as part of government’s Food Bank initiative.

Brexit’s ‘unholy can of worms’

Local economists have predicted that the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and other trade accords signed between SADC states and the European Union were unlikely to be reworked in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote.

Afrotrap is revolutionising French music

Whoever said that French music is only dull open-air café music is wrong. French music reflects a diverse array of styles, and Afrotrap is definitely one of them.

‘Selfie’ demand angers Geingos Kaula Nhongo and

First Lady Monica Geingos has lashed out on social media, criticising young entrepreneur Michael Amushelelo, who recently insisted on capturing a ‘selfie’ of himself with the country’s first couple.

Osona solar plant 60 percent complete

InnoSun Energy Holdings - the Franco-Namibian company that is constructing the 16-hectare Osona Solar PV Power Plant in the Otjozondjupa region - says the project is now 60 percent complete.

July: celebrating France and its joie de vivre!

If there should be a month dedicated to France, it would certainly have to be July.

No woes at NSFAF - Karuaihe-Martin

The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has been the focus of some negative publicity recently, amid allegations of infighting and exorbitant board fees being claimed at the institution.

Bannerman prospecting licence renewed

Bannerman Resources, the custodians of the Etango uranium project, this week announced that its Exclusive Prospecting Licence 3345 had been renewed, which could now pave the way for it to receive an update on its application for an actual mining licence.

Can’t take a trip to France?

1. Grab a typical French breakfast at La Bonne Table, FNCC’s restaurant, with croissants, pains au chocolat and delicious baguettes.

HIV/AIDS threat remains - Kavetuna

HIV/AIDS remains a public health threat, despite investments made by government and its development partners to stem the tide of infections in the country.

Namibia struggles on ICT global rankings

Namibia has been ranked 99 out of 139 countries in the latest World Economic Forum (WEF) global information and communication technology rankings.

Effortlessly chic: a look into the French style

France is the country of love, fashion and elegance. In people’s minds throughout the world, France is inseparable from couture, fashion and style.

Dairy a day may keep caries away

Dental caries remain one of the most common childhood diseases despite the use of fluoride to decrease tooth decay.

Old Mutual remains number one brand in financial services sector

Old Mutual Namibia has remained in the number one position in the Financial Services Sector for the second consecutive year.

Campus France – make your French dreams come true!

Campus France, the French national agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services, and international mobility, is now in Namibia to guide you through your project of studying in France.

Standard Bank welcomes new Head of Personal and Business Banking

Standard Bank has welcomed Mercia Geises as its new Head of Personal and Business Banking, with effect from 1 July.

Melba’s Toast: The classic white shirt

You may have heard the saying that every lady should own a little black dress.  Well, I strongly feel that every lady should own a classic white button-down shirt.

Eat Clean; Eat Fish!

Why should I eat more fish? What about tinned fish? Should I choose fish in brine or vegetable oil? How often should I eat fish? How about giving fish to a young child?

Bank Windhoek launches second edition of youth magazine

Bank Windhoek this week launched the second edition of its #SoSolo magazine.

French flicks from all times that will make you go: “Oh lala!”

In France, cinema is taken seriously and is traditionally considered an art rather than simply a form of entertainment or an industrial product.

Eat clean, live better

Eat Clean Namibia was established in January 2015 by Windhoek-based dietician Samantha du Toit. 

Confessions of a Couch Cat: the kids are back

After crying at the airport as my children departed for university and then dancing a jig of freedom once I got used to them not being around, they are finishing their studies and on their way back.

Jan Arnold steps down as Namsov MD

Business Namsov 05 JulyNamsov Fishing Enterprises Managing Director, Jan Arnold has resigned from the Bidvest Namibia owned company after a 20 year stint.

Are you eating to optimise your immune system this winter?

Every winter people are frantically trying to boost their immune system with all kinds of supplements, in order to prevent illness.  The most famous one is vitamin C and some people take mega-doses of it in desperation, believing that it will protect them from the dreaded common cold.


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