Mannetti calls for youth development

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has urged Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs to invest in youth academies, as this will help the national senior team’s progress.

Be careful what you wish for

The announcement of a ministry of public enterprises (MPE) warmed many in the country as finally institutional controls were to be put in place to manage economic and regulatory Public Enterprises (PEs). 

Freebees discourage work

We applaud the nobility and the purpose of food banks as a part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan. 

Restoring dignity

The entire point of land resettlement is restoring the dignity of our people who were stripped of land or denied access to land in their own country. 

Complain to get noticed

We get letters from time to time complaining about why we covered particular stories or what we wrote about a particular person in a story.
 

Former Agribank CEO appointed Chief of Protocol

front Iipumbu 02 AugFormer Agribank Chief Executive Officer, Ambassador Leonard Iipumbu has been appointed Chief of Protocol and Consular Department, effective August 1, 2016.

Amukwiyu urged to downscale tobacco project

front amukwinyu 5 aug 2016The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry says it’s willing to consider giving a smaller portion of land for Armas Amukwiyu’s tobacco plantation, and not the 10,000 hectares of virgin land the project had applied for.

Many happy returns Mr President!

front hage 5 aug 2016We felt that there is a need to add our voice to the many well-intentioned and sincere birthday wishes that have been showered on President Hage Geingob, on the occasion of his 75th birthday this week.

PG to decide Hanse-Himarwa’s fate

front himarwa 5 aug 2016Legal trouble could be brewing for Basic Education, Arts and Culture Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, after the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) recently send a docket to the Office of the Prosecutor General to decide whether the minister should stand trial for abusing her position of authority.

Cabinet approves repeal of colonial marriage law

cabinet front August 12 2016Cabinet has finally approved the repeal of an archaic and discriminatory colonial era law, which designates that every couple tying the knot north of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF) be automatically registered as married ‘out of community of property.’

Junias mum on sex charge

Junias front August 12 2016Namibian light welterweight boxer Jonas Junius, who is among three international competitors facing charges at the Olympics currently underway in Rio, Brazil, has refused to comment on his arrest for allegedly grabbing and kissing an Olympic village housekeeper.

AG’s ‘schoolboy errors’ draw fire

Shangala front August 12 2016Attorney General Sackeus Shanghala’s ability to advise government on legal matters has once again come under scrutiny from political analysts and legal commentators, who have expressed shock over the “unsound” legal advice he is giving to government.

Geingob snubs daughter’s wedding

wedding front August 19 2016President Hage Geingob has snubbed his daughter, Nangula Geingos’ wedding, which took place in New York last weekend, amid rumours that he is unhappy with her choice of husband.

Eros Airport runway ‘expired’

Eros front August 19 2016Eros Airport is operating with an ‘expired’ runway, with the airstrip having exceeded its design life of 25 years, the Windhoek Observer has established.

Kora millions unrecoverable- ACC

acc front August 19 2016Barely four months after launching a probe into the Kora Music Awards scandal, involving N$23 million in taxpayer money which was paid for an event that never materialised, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says it has stopped investigating the saga, after discovering that there was a legal agreement in place between the organisers and government.

Kobi Alexander to face US charges

Kobi 22 AugFormer Comverse Technology Chairman and CEO Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, who refused to return from Africa after being indicted in a wide-ranging stock option scandal a decade ago, has agreed to return to the U.S. to face charges, CNBC has learned.

Kobi Alexander to face US charges

Kobi 22 AugFormer Comverse Technology Chairman and CEO Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, who refused to return from Africa after being indicted in a wide-ranging stock option scandal a decade ago, has agreed to return to the U.S. to face charges, CNBC has learned.

Power struggle rocks Meatco

MEATCO front August 12 2016A power struggle is unfolding at Meatco, pitting the company board, led by Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, against Chief Executive Officer, Vekuii Rukoro.

New NAC board named

front NAC August 2016The Ministry of Works and Transport is expected to announce a new board for Namibia Airports Company soon, after Cabinet endorsed the names of new board members proposed by Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

Govt accused of ‘victimising’ Rukoro

front SHANINGWA AugCertain sections of the OvaHerero community have accused government of marginalising and victimising the OvaHerero Traditional Authority (OTA), under the leadership of Paramount Chief Vekuii Rukoro.

UN Secretary-General calls for the observance of a truce for the 2016 Olympic Games

I call for a worldwide cessation of hostilities in observance of the Olympic Truce during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
 
While such an ambitious vision may seem impossible to realize, the Olympic spirit calls on us to rise to the challenge.
 
The Games are all about shattering records of human ability. They motivate individuals and countries around the world to reach beyond the limits of what was previously thought possible.
 
With that same resolve, I call for a push to match efforts to win medals on the playing fields with work to silence guns on the battlefields.
 
A respite in fighting would manifest the values that the Games seek to promote: respect, friendship, solidarity and equality.
 
This year’s Games are already making history as the first to be held in South America. And the International Olympic Committee has taken the unprecedented step of including a refugee team, giving talented athletes who have been forced to flee their homes the chance to chase gold.
 
This initiative will showcase the strengths of refugees while reminding the world that we must do more to tackle the root causes of their plight. There is no greater source of exodus than conflict, and there could be no better demonstration of solidarity than to observe the Olympic Truce.
 
The late Olympic Gold Medallist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Muhammad Ali embodied the power of sports to move the global public. He once said, “I use boxing because it’s a platform to get to people.” Muhammad Ali showed how champion athletes can champion justice.
 
Inspired by his example, let us press all warring parties to lay down their weapons from the seventh day before the start of the XXXI Olympic Summer Games until the seventh day following the end of the XV Paralympic Summer Games.
 
May the serenity of the Olympic Flame silence the sound of gunfire.
 

– Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary-General
 
 
 
 
 
 

  Ondjirijo. Hijo. 

Black Power

Fifty years ago, on 28 July 1966, Stokely Carmichael delivered a hard-hitting speech titled “Black Power”.  Stokely was a great orator who used his gift of gab to galvanise African-Americans in the United States of America (USA).  

Closed borders will make Namibia weak

As a country, we have managed to stay away from international controversy as much as possible and where we have been caught back-footed, we have made amends and this has seen our global profile growing by leaps and bounds.

Far right = far left

I have decided that those who are zealots on the political Left or Right and declare that they ‘know’ how the world must work are just as bad as each other. 

Confused IOC action on doping scandals

The IOC’s response to Russia doping scandal nothing more than a confused mess.

Down south

Newspapers and television have of late carried stories that have created the impression that the ANC has been dislodged from power in neighbouring South Africa (SA). 

Building toward continental success

So many negative things have been written about the Namibia Football Association (NFA) over the years, but one also needs to give credit where it’s due.

Put neighbour back in neighbourhood

Theft on all levels is out of control in Namibia and we need to take a step back and act together to address this national problem.  We need to start being neighbours instead of people who happen to live side-by side.

The rest of the world says that women matter

The case of a Namibian boxer being jailed for sexual assault at the Olympic Games in Rio should be the spark that generates a national dialogue on what gender equality really means in action, not just in words.

Football fights at home

In as much as we cherish our families, we love watching our football matches too.  YELLOW CARD! -  It is football season now and the football fights over the television at home, have come into play.

Bones of my bones

I wrote this piece in 2011.  Please allow me to repeat it in commemoration of the Great Battle of Ohamakari, which took place on 11 August 1904.

Never criticise the first lady

Please publish this piece in your newspaper which ran an editorial a few months back questioning the role of the first lady.

Taxation - Let’s squeeze juice from a rock

I read the comments of the Minister of Finance recently regarding tax cheats.  I cheer his brave heart in this regard. 

Whose man is it anyway?

Truth be told, many of us at some point, have been with a man who is not really ‘our’ man. We all have experienced the highs of a relationship which ended with a low in a break-up.

Our people

Many, many rainy seasons ago, our people were roaming this country like all free people do. 

Life Fighters beef up coaching staff

Newly promoted Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit, Life Fighters FC, have announced the appointment of Ace Komeya as their head coach, while former mentor Kula Kaeka and Turipamue Upi will be his assistants.

Newsmaker Award will lift Warriors - Mannetti

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti says the Windhoek Observer Newsmaker Award he received last weekend at the Safari Court Hotel will serve as an encouragement to him, as well as the team.

School netball league honours up for grabs

The last round of the Bank Windhoek Schools Netball Super League was played in Walvis Bay and Windhoek this past weekend.

I couldn’t refuse BA - Landsberg

SPORTS 5 AUG 2016Black Africa’s new head coach, Otto Landsberg, says he could not say no to the club, when management came knocking on his door with a one-year coaching contract, given the history he shares with the premier league outfit.

Citizens struggle with training pitch

Namibia Premier League club Citizens FC is struggling to secure a permanent training pitch ahead of the start of the 2016/17 football season, new coach Christy Guruseb has revealed.

Standard Bank Super Cup preliminaries this weekend

The extended 2016 Standard Bank Super Cup competition will start on Saturday, with an exciting new preliminary phase.

Nakathila tipped as world-beater

Boxing trainer Tobias Nashilongo believes that his undefeated fighter, Jeremiah Nakathila, is destined to be one of the best boxers in the world.

Handura relishes African Stars role

Former Tura Magic defensive midfielder Alpheus Handura is eager to prove his mettle at African Stars, after rejoining the 2014/15 MTC Namibia Premier League champions last month.

Independence pitch an embarrassment

A smooth turf is a must if teams are to provide an entertaining and quality football match. However, when the turf is bad, the whole game goes to the dogs.

Isaacs happy with new signings

Tigers coach Brian Isaacs says his players have given him a clear indication that they are ready to defend their Namibia Premier League (NPL) crown in the upcoming season, after putting in stellar performances at the Dr Hage Geingob Cup tournament last weekend.

Welwitschias making progress - Davies

Welwitschias coach Phil Davies is excited with the way the team has progressed under him since he took over the reins last year.

Analysts criticise Dr Hage Geingob Cup

sports August 12 2016The recently held Dr Hage Geingob Cup has been criticised by football analysts, who feel that the format of the tournament should be changed if it is to remain relevant going forward.

Khomas boxing championship in September

 
 
The Khomas Boxing Federation will host its regional championship event at the After School Centre in Katutura between 2 and 3 September.
 
The best boxers from different clubs around Khomas will compete at the championship for a place at the country’s national championship later in the year.
 
Khomasdal Boxing Federation Chairman Jason Naule said the regional championship will be a good platform for upcoming boxers to show their seriousness towards the game.
 
“The championship is very important, as it gives the federation a chance to choose a team to represent the region at the national championship, where the national team is selected.
 
“We have kept the boys busy with development tournaments, and now it is time for the regional team to be selected, and give the boys time to train together for the nationals.”
 
The Khomas Boxing Federation is responsible for development of amateur boxers in the region.
 
The championship event will see boxers from the age of 10 exchanging blows. 
 
“Our call goes out to corporate Namibia for assistance to development boxers ahead of the next Olympics, which will be 2020.
 

“As a country that has produced world champions, it is now the challenge for amateur boxing to produce an Olympic champion.
 
“The leadership in Khomas has taken up the challenge and we feel that the championship will also give us a chance to see which direction needs to be taken, and hence our call for corporate Namibia to get on board and help us secure our Olympic dream,” Naule added.
 
Currently the federation does not have an official sponsor, but is busy knocking on doors to unlock possible partners, in a bid to develop upcoming boxers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Title-hungry Blue Waters hunt for coach, striker

Walvis Bay based Namibia Premier League (NPL) side Blue Waters is hunting for a new coach and a top striker that will turn them into potential title winners in the new season scheduled to start next month, club manager Robert Shimoshili said this week.
 
The club is without a coach after caretaker coach Armando Pedro ended his 14-year relationship with the Birds last month to concentrate on his business. Former players at the club are currently helping with training ahead of the new season.
 
“Yes, we still do not have a coach, but some of our former players with coaching experience are busy training the team at the moment,” Shimoshili said.
 
“We have three coaches on our radar and we will definitely select one within the next two weeks.”
 
Shimoshili also invited “anyone who thinks they can be a good striker to come for trials here at the club.”
 
“We have seen that our goal-scoring form (last season) was not at the level it should be and that is why we have plans to recruit a target man before the season starts.”
 

Blue Waters finished the 2015/16 season in sixth place, after collecting 44 points from 30 games.
 
They scored 38 goals and conceded 32 throughout the season.
 
Shimoshili said they need to score more goals in the new season, if they are to stand any chance of challenging for the title.
 
The club intends to release three or four players, who will make way for new signings.
 
“There are players that we want to release, but we will not disclose who they are, due to a clause in their contracts. 
 
“This will allow us to bring in a midfielder and a defender to improve the club’s position next season.
 

He said there is no reason why the team cannot mount a serious challenge for the title next season.
 
“There are clubs that will always give us a hard time, but we will work hard during our home games, given that they give us the most points during the season.”

School netball league concludes in style

The 2016 Bank Windhoek Schools Netball Super League ended on a high note last weekend, with Windhoek Gymnasium Under-19 retaining the trophy for the fourth consecutive year.

Young African not for sale - Ngarizemo

Young African FC owner Marley Ngarizemo says that the newly promoted Namibia Premier League (NPL) club is not up for sale, and will also not be relocating to the North.

Our Olympic shame

Critics have repeatedly spoken about how poorly Namibia has performed at global sporting events over the years, since the glory days of Frank Fredericks winning four Olympic silver medals. 

Melba’s Toast: It’s about time to think about summer sweat

Even though we are still shivering on cold winter mornings as we go to school or work, the promise of summer is all around as the sun has begun to set a bit later and some evenings require less blankets on the bed.

Rio failures a learning curve - NNOC

Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) President Abner Xoagub says the country has learnt hard lessons from its failures at the Rio Olympics currently underway in Brazil.

FNB puts foot down over logo

FNB Namibia has insisted that its logo will once again appear boldly on the team jerseys of Black Africa and Orlando Pirates during the upcoming Namibia Premier League season, as per its sponsorship agreement with the two clubs.

Pirates close deal with Jacobs

sports August 19 2016Former African Stars and Black Africa coach Woody Jacobs has made a shock move to struggling giants Orlando Pirates, signing a two-year deal this week, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

‘The Executioner’ dreams big

Middleweight boxer Walter ‘The Executioner’ Kutondokwa believes that he has what it takes to become one of Namibia’s boxing greats.

Kakuva has no hard feelings after Pirates exit

Former Orlando Pirates coach Lucky Kakuva says he has moved on with his life, after vacating his post last week.

Gome set sights on better PSL season

Bidvest Wits midfielder Wangu Gome wants to prove a point during the new South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) season which started on Tuesday.

My darkest day as a sports writer

I have had a life of ups-and-downs with plenty of upsets over sports issues that mean a lot to me, but nothing may match my dismay Monday afternoon when MTC announced its decision to divorce from the Namibia Premier League.

Tigers wary of wounded Stars

African Stars will be hoping to bounce back from their semifinal defeat in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup at the hands of Katutura rivals Tigers, when the two sides meet again in the final of the Standard Bank Super Cup on 10 September.

I still have one more season: Mbaha

Ageing African Stars goalkeeper Athiel Mbaha has revealed that the upcoming 2016/17 Namibia Premier League season, which might not even be played, would be his last.

‘The Executioner’ dreams big

sports August 26 2016Middleweight boxer Walter ‘The Executioner’ Kutondokwa believes that he has what it takes to become one of Namibia’s boxing greats.

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.
 
Wearing the “no-no” high-heeled modern shoes every once in a while with an outfit that makes you look stunning will not put you in hospital (unless you fall on your face and break/sprain something.)  Taking a look at what you do consistently is the lesson of this article. 
 
Still, the advice below from webmd.com is valuable in deciding what to wear to work, class, when shopping at the mall or catchin’ eyes while at a club. 
 
Sky-high or mid-heel shoes are notorious for causing a painful knot on the back of the heel. The rigid material presses on a bony deformity some women have called a “pump bump.” The pressure leads to blisters, swelling, bursitis, even pain in the Achilles tendon. Ice, orthotics, and heel pads may provide pain relief -- along with better shoes. The bony protrusion is permanent.
 
Ultra-high heels force the feet into a position that puts stress on the ball of the foot. At this critical joint, the long metatarsal bones meet the pea-shaped sesamoid bones, and the toe bones (phalanges). Too much pressure can inflame these bones or the nerves that surround them. Chronic stress to the foot bones can even lead to hairline fractures.
 
Switching to lower heels will help you avoid problems with the metatarsal bones. The lower you go, the more natural your foot position will be.
 
All high heels boost the risk of an ankle sprain. The lateral sprain happens if you roll onto the outside of the foot. This stretches the ankle ligaments beyond their normal length. A severe sprain may tear the ligaments. A sprained ankle needs a doctor’s attention. The risk of developing osteoarthritis rises with consistent severe sprains or fractures of the ankle.
 
A chunky heel shoe, rather than a stiletto, has more surface area and distributes your weight more evenly. This makes the feet much more stable. Although thick high heels can still put stress on the ball of the foot, they may reduce the tripping hazard by minimising unsteadiness.
 
But, wearing flats also presents some hazards.  Foot doctors say that there is not enough arch support in them and they can cause knee, hip, and back problems. Poor arch support is also associated with a painful foot condition called plantar fasciitis. There are inserts that can provide arch support and then you can wear the super cute and cheaper flat shoes.  Ask your doctor about this and look in Clicks or Medicine World for the shoe inserts.
 
Folks around Namibia wear flip-flops all the time largely because they are inexpensive.  But, for those who can afford a better choice for everyday footwear, move away from the flip flops; they offer very little foot fitness protection and provide no arch support. Like ballet flats, they can aggravate plantar fasciitis and cause problems with the knees, hips, or back.
 
A flatter platform shoe may put less strain on your feet. Look for a wide wedge or platform that is nearly parallel with the ground. This will lessen the pressure on the ball of the foot, but look for something that has a less rigid sole.  You need a shoe that bends a bit as you walk.
 
Shoes with pointy toes look great, but they squeeze the entire front of your foot together. Over time, this can cause nerve pain, bunions, blisters, and hammertoes. Don’t wear the pointy shoes every day, save them for those super special events.
 
Nine out of 10 women are wearing shoes that are too small and that’s not good for foot fitness. Tight shoes cause calluses, blisters, bunions, corns, and other foot problems. The constant rubbing can irritate the joints in the foot and lead to arthritis.
 
Stop buying a size that you think is ‘small’ and ‘feminine’, and buy a shoe that fits, even though you may think that your right size ‘looks so big’! If you wear an 8, then you wear an 8, not a size 7. Foot fitness is not a joke!   Your mobility is at stake.  You may suffer for sexy when you are younger, but you will certainly pay the price as you age.  Chronic foot pain is not fun.  Chose the right shoes for foot fitness and avoid problems. - webmd.com

Confessions of a Couch Cat: Swipe ‘malfunctions’

We need a government office to protect consumers from businesses that may play fast-and-loose with our debit and credit cards when we make purchases. 

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.

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.

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. 

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,

Denim-ology: How to keep it poppin’

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.

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. 

Photography exhibition explores black hair

The Politics of Black Hair, a photography exhibition by Hildegard Titus untangles preconceived notions about the beauty of black hair.

The new rise of denim

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.

Tuna Fish Salad and Tuna Casserole

Anyone can make these two dishes; they are super simple. Try making them with the kids as a fun ‘together’ activity. Young men out there should try these dishes too. This business about always expecting women to prepare food for you is silly and outdated; living as an independent man makes you stronger. These recipes are simple to make and can fill an empty belly quickly.

Confessions of a Couch Cat: If you fear its dead; it already is

My dear women out there in relationships, if you are worried about your man leaving you…he already has. You guys fretting about whether your woman has another man, take note: she does.

Jazz, Funk and Soul at the Warehouse theatre this weekend

The Warehouse Theatre will this Saturday play host to the trio of Suzy Eises, Slickartie and Black Velvet.

Melba’s Toast: Bra hacks for every damsel in distress

Whether you have plum, grapefruit or melon-sized breasts, finding the right bra for your “girls” can sometimes seem like a daunting task.

Ghostbusters is rebootable

Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon star in director Paul Feig and screenwriter Katie Dippold’s highly anticipated reboot of the 1984 supernatural comedy Ghostbusters.

Nyovest’s show a security nightmare

Organiser of the Namibian leg of the Cassper Nyovest’s #RefiloeAlbumTour, Knowledge Iipinge, has deemed the concert as successful even though it was poorly attended and logistically challenged.

Expo to highlight natural hair care

Continuing with their commitment to advancing the natural hair community in Namibia, Natural Hair and Beauty (NHB) will next month bring the Natural Hair and Beauty Expo back to Windhoek for the second time.

Erna’s second chance at love

Namibian Afro Jazz and Ma/Gaisa songstress Erna Chimu got a second chance at love when she married her beau Manneckey Engelhardt Khoe-/Aob last week.

The Dogg excited about award

Entertainment 5 AUG 2016Kwaito singer The Dogg could not contain his excitement after winning the Newsmaker of the Year 2015 Award in the entertainment category at the first-ever Windhoek Observer Newsmaker Awards, which took place at the Safari Court Hotel last week Friday.

How to get fit while watching TV

Australian researchers reported that watching an hour of TV after the age of 25 can shorten the viewer’s life by about 22 minutes. And for the past decade, multiple studies have been discovering direct correlations between hours of TV viewing and obesity.

Martha’s Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken with Rice Noodles

Growing up, I lived in a household that always experimented with food and tried many different dishes from different parts of the world.

Confessions of a Couch Cat: The glory of cheap sunglasses

There are certain things that I will never pay top dollar for in my life.  That list includes umbrellas, key rings, pens and sunglasses.

The Ice Age is dry and barren

The herd has to duck meteorites when Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that threaten and change the Ice Age in director Mike Thurmeier and writers Michael Berg, Michael J. Wilson and Yoni Brenner’s Ice Age Collision Course.

Hage’s Namibian

Pencil and ink meet on paper in Namibian visual artist Hage Mukwendje’s reflection of Namibia in his latest exhibition My Namibian.

Lira ready to inspire Namibians

South African singer-songwriter Lira (real name Lerato Molapo) is ready to inspire Namibians to live the best life possible.

Meet Mich the last comic standing

He is known as the “Nama with the Wambo attitude” in the comedy community, but to some he is a business engineer and a choir conductor, composer and pianist for the Old Apostolic Church.

Three times a lady

As part of Women’s Month celebrations, The Windhoek Observer spoke to the newest artists at Deal Done Records, which is home to multiple Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMA) 2016 winner Ann Singer and NAMA 2015 multi-award winning duo Stardust.

Swart Baster bounces back

Afro-pop and soukous singer Swart Baster (real name Allen Jonathan) is bouncing back into the world of music after parting ways from his former record label Ogopa Butterfly last year.

Melba’s Toast: Getting the perfect bob

The classy bob has been on the list of hair-styles-of-choice for many women since time immemorial.
 
In this article, we will outline what type of bobs work best on which face shape and why.
 
While anyone with a neck and nice jawline will look good in a bob, there are some rules to abide by before having a chop or a snip.
 
First things first, know the shape of your face.  Round faces are best suited with long or blunt shaped bobs.
 
Next, know the texture of your hair; bobs work best on thin to medium-thick hair.
 
Having curly hair means that a bob could turn into a triangle on you; but the perfect bob with curly hair can be achieved by cutting your hair in layers and having the ends texturized.
 
You also need to get a good quality flat iron or hair straightener to keep your bob smooth and in its best shape.
 
According to New York salon owner and author Eva Scrivo, bobs originated in Europe and the USA during and just after World War I as women joined the workforce and no longer had time for pin curls, monotonous brushing of long hair and burning themselves (and their hair) with straightening irons.
 
Back then, cropped hair became a sort of badge of freedom, rebellion and independence for working or bold-minded wealthy women.
 
For me and some of my sisters with ethnic hair, when someone speaks of getting a bob, what immediately comes to mind is that we cannot afford to cut hair that we spent months (or years) growing and there is maybe a need to perm or relax (with chemicals) our hair to get that right ‘bob’ look (depending on hair texture and thickness).
 

In fact, some of my friends said that getting a bob is for Caucasian ladies or those with hair that is naturally straight and that those of us with the thickly curled ethnic hair must just stick to our braids, dreads or permed curls.
 
Fortunately for us, more and more African American celebrities have shown those of us with natural hair, that we can get the bob look too. 
 
Ladies, there are great bob style wigs and those of us desiring only natural hair dos can change up once-in-a-while by cornrowing our hair, firmly attaching that great bobbed wig and hitting the town with a bang.
 
There are many ways to style your bob from the ‘blunt’ to the long bob.
 
Thanks to ‘Brazilian’ 100% human hair and Peruvian hair that can be a part of a hair weave, we can now look just as great as Tyra Banks, Cameron Diaz, Halle Barry or Jennifer Aniston who have all been hailed for how good they look with bobbed hair.
 
The blunt bob is all about having your edges and bangs as blunt (straight line, un-layered) as possible.  This style works well on oval, heart and long face shapes, but is unflattering for a round or square shape.
 
There is also the graduated bob, which is shorter in the back and longer in the front. If you do prefer this style ask your hairstylist to cut your hair so that your bob hits just an inch or two below your jaw.
 
A bob that hits right at the jawline is especially unflattering for square faces as they tend to have stronger jaws making the face appear ‘boxy’.
 
One would think that someone with an oval face can get away with anything when it comes to getting a bob, but this is not the case.
 
If you have an oval or ‘long-ish’ face, consider getting a sophisticated bob whose angles show off a strong jaw and hits just a little under your jawline.
 
However, you must be careful as not to keep the cut too stiff.  If it looks too stiff, add some layers to it so the bob has movement and does not make you look like you’re wearing a helmet.
 
If you have a wide forehead or a receded hairline, ask for long bangs.
 
Other ‘bobbed’ hair styles include the pageboy which was created in the 1920s and revived in the 70s. This is one of the easiest bobs to maintain, and it can give the face some edge if coupled with bangs for a long face.
 
The fringe as a bob cut, which is one of my favorites, suits a heart-shaped, long or round face while the angled bob allows for one to change their look by just sweeping their bangs over their forehead. It is great for softening strong jawlines on square faces.
 
The long bob (worn by supermodel Naomi Campbell) is universally flattering on all face shapes. It gives a round face angles and structure.
 
Make it fun by getting long layers cut in to add texture. Cutting hair at an angle along the line of the jaw makes this cut look sexy and modern.
 
If you have a square face, but want the long bob, try parting your hair in the center. It is important to note that if you are going to attempt to wear a bob, do so after consulting a talented hairstylist on what style best suits your face. 
 
You really should not do this hair bob at home on your own, at least for the first cut.  Once you’ve worn it for a while, you may (with consultations with your hair dresser) be able to upkeep your ‘do’ at home, but go slowly and use sharp scissors and other good quality tools. 
 
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Melba’s Toast: Getting the perfect bob

The classy bob has been on the list of hair-styles-of-choice for many women since time immemorial.
 
In this article, we will outline what type of bobs work best on which face shape and why.
 
While anyone with a neck and nice jawline will look good in a bob, there are some rules to abide by before having a chop or a snip.
 
First things first, know the shape of your face.  Round faces are best suited with long or blunt shaped bobs.
 
Next, know the texture of your hair; bobs work best on thin to medium-thick hair.
 
Having curly hair means that a bob could turn into a triangle on you; but the perfect bob with curly hair can be achieved by cutting your hair in layers and having the ends texturized.
 
You also need to get a good quality flat iron or hair straightener to keep your bob smooth and in its best shape.
 
According to New York salon owner and author Eva Scrivo, bobs originated in Europe and the USA during and just after World War I as women joined the workforce and no longer had time for pin curls, monotonous brushing of long hair and burning themselves (and their hair) with straightening irons.
 
Back then, cropped hair became a sort of badge of freedom, rebellion and independence for working or bold-minded wealthy women.
 
For me and some of my sisters with ethnic hair, when someone speaks of getting a bob, what immediately comes to mind is that we cannot afford to cut hair that we spent months (or years) growing and there is maybe a need to perm or relax (with chemicals) our hair to get that right ‘bob’ look (depending on hair texture and thickness).
 

In fact, some of my friends said that getting a bob is for Caucasian ladies or those with hair that is naturally straight and that those of us with the thickly curled ethnic hair must just stick to our braids, dreads or permed curls.
 
Fortunately for us, more and more African American celebrities have shown those of us with natural hair, that we can get the bob look too. 
 
Ladies, there are great bob style wigs and those of us desiring only natural hair dos can change up once-in-a-while by cornrowing our hair, firmly attaching that great bobbed wig and hitting the town with a bang.
 
There are many ways to style your bob from the ‘blunt’ to the long bob.
 
Thanks to ‘Brazilian’ 100% human hair and Peruvian hair that can be a part of a hair weave, we can now look just as great as Tyra Banks, Cameron Diaz, Halle Barry or Jennifer Aniston who have all been hailed for how good they look with bobbed hair.
 
The blunt bob is all about having your edges and bangs as blunt (straight line, un-layered) as possible.  This style works well on oval, heart and long face shapes, but is unflattering for a round or square shape.
 
There is also the graduated bob, which is shorter in the back and longer in the front. If you do prefer this style ask your hairstylist to cut your hair so that your bob hits just an inch or two below your jaw.
 
A bob that hits right at the jawline is especially unflattering for square faces as they tend to have stronger jaws making the face appear ‘boxy’.
 
One would think that someone with an oval face can get away with anything when it comes to getting a bob, but this is not the case.
 
If you have an oval or ‘long-ish’ face, consider getting a sophisticated bob whose angles show off a strong jaw and hits just a little under your jawline.
 
However, you must be careful as not to keep the cut too stiff.  If it looks too stiff, add some layers to it so the bob has movement and does not make you look like you’re wearing a helmet.
 
If you have a wide forehead or a receded hairline, ask for long bangs.
 
Other ‘bobbed’ hair styles include the pageboy which was created in the 1920s and revived in the 70s. This is one of the easiest bobs to maintain, and it can give the face some edge if coupled with bangs for a long face.
 
The fringe as a bob cut, which is one of my favorites, suits a heart-shaped, long or round face while the angled bob allows for one to change their look by just sweeping their bangs over their forehead. It is great for softening strong jawlines on square faces.
 
The long bob (worn by supermodel Naomi Campbell) is universally flattering on all face shapes. It gives a round face angles and structure.
 
Make it fun by getting long layers cut in to add texture. Cutting hair at an angle along the line of the jaw makes this cut look sexy and modern.
 
If you have a square face, but want the long bob, try parting your hair in the center. It is important to note that if you are going to attempt to wear a bob, do so after consulting a talented hairstylist on what style best suits your face. 
 
You really should not do this hair bob at home on your own, at least for the first cut.  Once you’ve worn it for a while, you may (with consultations with your hair dresser) be able to upkeep your ‘do’ at home, but go slowly and use sharp scissors and other good quality tools. 
 
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Confessions of a Couch Cat: It’s all about the marriage, not the wedding

This weekend, yet another young couple calling my husband and me, ‘Auntie and Uncle’ (even though I have no idea who they are) came to our house in order to ‘inform’ us that they are getting married when what they really wanted was money to cover their wedding expenses.  Once again, I need to comment on this subject.

Lifestyle and fitness - Protecting your Wrists: Exercises for Computer Users

Here at the Windhoek Observer, we spend enormous amounts of time on our computers, tablets, smart phones and laptops.  We began to think about the strain and pain of being on these devices, literally for hours each day.

Confessions of a Couch Cat: It’s all about the marriage, not the wedding

This weekend, yet another young couple calling my husband and me, ‘Auntie and Uncle’ (even though I have no idea who they are) came to our house in order to ‘inform’ us that they are getting married when what they really wanted was money to cover their wedding expenses.  Once again, I need to comment on this subject.

Govt reallocates Norway beef quota

The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development is set to reallocate the Norwegian beef quota next week, after Brukkaros Meat Processors and Witvlei Meat failed to utilise their export quota before the 30 June deadline.

The greatest sandwiches ever

Sandwiches are short and neat, easy to make, filling when you are famished and inexpensive.  I have noted my personal favourite sandwiches for this article, but you can really make your own, experiment with mixed meats, flavours and tastes and do it your own way.

See Perivi’s Unseen

Entertainment August 19 2016Local film director Perivi Katjavivi’s first feature length film The Unseen will have its Windhoek premiere on Wednesday, August 24 at the Alte Feste Museum in Windhoek at 19h00.

Forum to plot financial ‘resiliency’

Momentum is building around the annual Namibia Banking Insurance Finance Investment Forum (NBIFIF), with the organisers expressing confidence that the gathering, slated for next month, will come up with strategies that need to be adopted to make sure that Namibia remains a competitive financial market.

Colour me blue

Entertainment August 26 2016The Windhoek Observer’s Entertainment and Lifestyle team have had the colour Cobalt blue on our brains, so we came up with ideas on how you can incorporate it into your home without it making you feel sadder than blue.

Three Lenses, One Focus warms hearts

Three photographers - Victoria Torii Ashipala; Anna Akwenda and Nathan Chituti - recently joined hands and raised funds with which they bought food and blankets for a children’s home in Gibeon.

Tuli on the state of dance in Namibia

It is almost impossible to imagine the Namibian dance scene without award-winning choreographer and actress Tulimelila Shityuwete in the center of that vision.

Ally on the rise

My Republik founder and Leap Holdings Managing Director Ally Angula (AA) emerged as the winner of the Windhoek Observer Newsmaker Award in the Emerging Entrepreneurs category at a glittering ceremony held at the Safari Court Hotel last Friday.

Lira talks truth about making it in music

Speaking at the Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek this past weekend, the beautiful and talented, South African multi-award winning singer, Lira, regaled the audience with some of the lessons she learned in life and how she ‘made it’ in music. 

Credit law to bite vehicle sales

The amended Credit Agreements Act, which came into effect this week, is set to further mute consumer spending on moveable goods, local analysts have said.

Granny is back – tellin’ you to your face

So, you people still want more advice from Granny, don’t you?  Ok… here it comes.

NamWater and Areva heads for legal showdown

A legal battle is looming between NamWater and Areva, over the price of the water being pumped from the miner’s desalination plant outside Swakopmund, amid a persistent drought and imminent water shortages in some parts of the country.

Melba’s Toast: Choker alert

Over the past few weeks I have noticed a few of the 90s trends making a comeback like off the shoulder tops and dresses, denim dresses, berry lips, floral skater dresses and the comeback queen of all, the choker necklace.

Namibia’s default risks low - govt

BUSINES CALLE 2016Namibia remains one of the well run economies in the region, despite concerns of a ballooning international debt, depressed global commodity prices, slow economic growth, imminent water challenges and a persistent drought, the Ministry of Finance has said.

Bad Moms are good

Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn and Mila Kunis shine as stressed out moms in director and screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s harmless, but outrageous comedy, Bad Moms.

NWR’s Khorixas Lodge welcomes tourists

If one is looking for a quiet place to enjoy the outdoor life in the Kunene region, Namibia Wildlife Resort’s Khorixas Lodge(also known as Khorixas Rest Camp) is an unlikely, but pleasant place to stay for a night in transit to other destinations. 

Confessions of a couch cat: The glass and spoon gremlins

Are you guys like me and cannot imagine what has happened to the drinking glasses and teaspoons that are missing from your kitchen all the time? 

Swakopmund: The tourism 'jewel' of Africa

Swakopmund could become the leading destination for holidaymakers to Southern Africa. 

Tips for staying focusedin your home office

As reporters and editors for a newspaper and several magazines, we often work at home on holidays, weekends and late night getting stories fixed and filed. 

Geoscience Council of Namibia inaugurated Eric N Mhunduru

The first-ever Geoscience Council of Namibia was inaugurated this week having been established through the Geoscience Professions Act (Act No. 3 of 2012), which seeks to promote and regulate geoscience professions in Namibia.

Mug cakes that anyone can make

A mug cake is a great solution to make a small portion of delicious cake quickly and simply.

NamPower to accelerate rural electrification

NamPower is targeting to electrify 50 percent of the country’s rural areas by 2020, under the Rural Electrification (RE) programme, with the current figure hovering above 34 percent.

Govt wage bill hiked by N$1,7 billion

The public service wage bill is expected to increase by a whopping N$1,7 billion in the current financial year (FY), after government agreed to salary hikes for its massive workforce in April, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

InnoSun clinches Namdeb’s wind farm deal

#Oab Energy (Pty) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of InnoSun Holdings, has emerged as the preferred developer of an 8MW wind farm project for Namdeb.

Black business must comply with NEEEF

Bus August 12 2016Black-owned businesses will not be exempted from complying with the proposed New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF) regulations, the Law Reform and Development Commission has said.

Namibia faces growth pressures

Bus Suta Kavari 15 augThe Namibian economy faces significant downward pressures. Signs of a down trend were confirmed by growth figures released last week by the Namibia Statistics Agency.

amibia’s international reserves dip

Namibia’s international reserves dipped to N$19, 2 billion or 2. 4 months of import cover in August, which is below the international benchmark of three months, figures released by Bank of Namibia (BoN) this week show.

XDC cashes in on lost documents

With many people losing their valuable documents in Namibia every year, two previously disadvantaged Namibians, Jeremia Haipinge and Mulumendu Joseph Penda, have founded Xwepopala Documents Collector (XDC)  to assist the public to recover their identity cards, passports, driving licences, among other important documents.

WBCG soars under Smith

Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) Chief Executive Officer Johny Smith (JS) was named Africa’s Transport Leader of the Year for 2016, at an awards ceremony hosted by Terrapin in Johannesburg on 28 June.

Food prices continue to surge

Business August 19 2016As the cost of living in Namibia continues to spike, with the annual inflation rate now at 7 percent, figures from the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) show that the prices of a selected basket of basic commodities have gone up by an average of 10,48 percent from July last year to July this year.

Govt still to buy into Meatco

BussinessGovernment is still to acquire a proposed 30 percent stake in Meatco five years after announcing its intentions to take-up equity in the country’s biggest meat producer.

Town Lodge Windhoek construction begins

The City Lodge Hotel Group says construction of its four-storey Town Lodge Windhoek has commenced, with the 151-room hotel expected to be open to guests by July 2017.

Government must buy products from local businesses

Team Namibia has appealed to the public sector to procure local services as this is crucial in the attainment of goals set out in the Harambee Prosperity Plan.

Insurance players to meet in Windhoek

As the business environment changes rapidly in Africa and globally, it is essential for businesses to maintain a disciplined risk management approach.

Bank Windhoek appoints new executives

Bank Windhoek this week announced the appointment of James Chapman as Chief Financial Officer and Jaquiline Pack as its Executive Officer: Marketing and Corporate Communication Services, both with effect from 1 September.

#DontWashMeNAM campaign scoops Loerie Awards

The #DontWashMeNAM campaign for the City of Windhoek, by Advantage Y&R, won two gongs at the 2016 Loerie Awards, held in Durban between 15 and 21 August.

Newsmaker Amupanda praises ‘awakened generation’

NATIONAL JOB11 2016Affirmative Repositioning leader Job Amupanda, who emerged last Friday as the big winner at the inaugural Windhoek Observer Newsmaker of the Year Awards, has dedicated his gongs in the Political and Overall categories to the “awakened generation” who voted for him.

NMC raises awareness about mental health

 “Our aim is not only to improve the mental health of our members, but also raise awareness about the mental health needs of all people in the country.
 
“Sadly, the lack of recognition of mental health needs is a national and global problem. Statistics from the Ministry of Health and Social Services show that 8,527 patients were treated for mental illnesses at various health facilities countrywide in 2015, compared to 9,257 the previous year,” said Fund Manager Ben Nandago.
 
Results from the 2013 Global School-based Health Survey, which in Namibia involved over 4,500 learners in Grades 7 to 12, also showed that one in five learners had considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months at the time of the survey.
 
Globally, suicide was the second leading cause of death amongst persons aged 15 to 29 in 2012.
 
“There is a saying that there is no health without mental health. And yet, all too often mental health needs are under-recognised and under-treated, with many people reluctant to speak out about mental health challenges.
 
“The stigma associated with mental health can make people feel that they are not ‘trying’ hard enough to deal with daily life challenges or even lead to accusations of witchcraft,” Nandago said.
 
However, a mental health condition is as valid a healthcare problem as a broken arm or a fever.
 
“Whilst you cannot always see the impact of a mental health condition in the same way that you can see a broken arm or measure the temperature of a fever, a mental health condition has just as much validity as a physical healthcare problem.”
 
Mental illness is thought to be caused by a variety of genetic and environmental factors. For example, mental illness is more common in people whose blood relatives also have a mental illness, as certain genes may increase the risk of developing mental illness.
 
“Exposure to environmental stressors, inflammatory conditions, toxins, alcohol or drugs, while in the womb, is also linked to mental illness,” Nandago said.
 
“Whether it is autism, schizophrenia, postnatal depression, anxiety disorder or another mental health condition, at NMC we know that mental health is a vital part of overall health.
 
“Our role is to support our members to access the healthcare services they need. This may be through medication, therapy or any other intervention. What is crucial is that we are able to support our members to recognise the healthcare needs they have.
 
“There is another saying – a healthy body means a healthy mind, but at NMC we also believe that a healthy mind means a healthy body,” Nandago added.
 
He said that NMC’s role is “to back up the lives of our members”, and in 2016 their aim is to highlight the importance of the mental health of members, as well as their physical health.
 
“We will also host an event on the 28th of September 2016 at the Windhoek Golf Club. The aim is to shed more light on mental wellness. Health professionals in various disciplines will lead discussions on working, living and growing up with depression. 
 
“There will also be a number of wellness exhibitions, to help with practical and alternative approaches to dealing with and overcoming mental wellness.
 
 “Let’s support this cause and encourage mental wellness at home, in our schools and work places. Ultimately, we need to see ourselves, and each other, in the NMC I. See. U. Campaign,” Nandago added.
 
 

Homeless in the bone-chilling cold

It’s just after 08h00 and my colleague and I are standing under a railway bridge near the Wernhil Park shopping centre in central Windhoek, and the bone-chilling cold lingers on from the night before.

Dr Ndume’s life of service

Over the past 20 years, Dr Helena Ndume has performed cataract removal operations on 30,000 Namibians – a surgical procedure that requires delicate hands, patience and precision.

NCRST launches Month of Science

The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) officially launched the Month of Science this week, which will see four major events centred on science, technology and innovation activities take place throughout September.

New NUST Council to appoint chancellor

The newly-appointed Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Council will, as part of its priorities, have to appoint a chancellor for the higher education institution.

Citizenship Bill ‘xenophobic’ - experts

NATIONAL JOB 2016Legal experts and political analysts have raised serious concerns about the iced Namibian Citizenship Amendment Bill, saying that the irrational fear of foreigners it propagates could fuel xenophobia in Namibia.

NWR, NAPWU ink wage deal

 
Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) and the Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU) this week finalised a staff salary increment agreement.

Namibia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, H.E. Monica Nashandi (AMN), plays a critica Nashandi steers through AU waters

l role in ensuring that the Land of the Brave’s positions are articulated loudly and clearly on the continental stage.
 

Battle of Ohamakari remembered

A large gathering of the OvaHerero, OvaMbanderu and Nama communities is expected in Okakarara this weekend, for the 112th commemoration of the Battle of Ohamakari.

NSFAF deal sends 50 students to China

The Chinese Loving Heart Organisation (CLHO) has secured 50 scholarships, worth about N$1,5 million, for Namibian students to study civil engineering at Namtong Vocational University in China this  September.

Massive sinkhole at Port of Walvis Bay

A massive sinkhole, which occurred at one of the major berths at the Port of Walvis Bay on Saturday, has threatened to disrupt fishing operations at the coastal town.

‘Unhappy’ Namibian students to return to Congo

Namibian Ambassador to Congo-Brazzaville, Vilio Hifindaka, says that the students that abandoned their studies at the Loudima Institute for Technical and Vocational Training due to poor living conditions are expected to return next year.

SOEs to employ ‘struggle kids’

The so-called ‘struggle kids’ are set to be appointed in jobs at State-owned enterprises (SOEs), after undergoing six months of vocational training, while receiving monthly allowances, meals and accommodation.

Bank Windhoek profit increases to N$900m

NATIONAL August 12 2016Namibian Stock Exchange listed Bank Windhoek Holdings Limited (BWH) continue to deliver solid results, after recording a 20.2 percent jump in after tax profit to N$905 million for the year ended 30 June 2016, results released to shareholders on Thursday show.

Suspended magistrate’s cases pile up

The Katutura Magistrate’s Court has raised serious concerns over the continued suspension of Senior Magistrate Hileni Kavara, whose cases having been piling up over the past eight months, the Windhoek Observer has established.

Coastal newspaper hits financial storm

Coastal weekly the Namib Independent is facing closure, weighed down by N$1,5 million debt, which has seen staff members not being paid their July salaries.

We are not anti-govt - Rukoro

OvaHerero Paramount Chief Vekuii Rukoro says he and leaders of the Nama and OvaMbanderu tribes are not against the government, but simply want to be accorded their rightful position in the ongoing genocide reparation talks with Germany.

Ending the ‘struggle kids’ drama

In light of the ongoing protests by the so-called ‘struggle kids’ or children of the liberation struggle, Windhoek Observer journalist Kaula Nhongo (KN) sat down with the Chairperson of Namibia Exile Kids Association (NEKA), Bernitha Naakambo (BN), so that she could shed more light on the unfolding events.

Criminals wreak havoc at malls

The security and wellbeing of Windhoek mall shoppers is under threat, as pickpockets, shoplifters and ATM card snatchers run riot.

Old Mutual donates towards a safer city

Old Mutual Short-Term Insurance has donated N$10,000 towards the Kleine Kuppe Neighbourhood Watch (KKNHW) to enable them to put up signs demarcating the area and providing information where crimes or suspicious activities can be reported.

Kora millions unrecoverable- ACC

Barely four months after launching a probe into the Kora Music Awards scandal, involving N$23 million in taxpayer money which was paid for an event that never materialised, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says it has stopped investigating the saga, after discovering that there was a legal agreement in place between the organisers and government.

Sanlam acquires Welwitschia Insurance Brokers

national August 19 2016Insurance giant Sanlam Namibia has acquired Welwitschia Insurance Brokers (WIB) from Bank Windhoek Holdings for an undisclosed amount.

Whither to Namibian football?

National August 19 2016Football analysts and administrators have expressed mixed views on the future of Namibia football in the aftermath of MTC’s withdrawal from football.

North Koreans jet in for ‘solidarity visit’

Two months after the Namibian Government announced that it was cutting ties with two North Korean State-owned firms, which had been raking in lucrative Government
 
contracts, a delegation from the Asian country jetted into the Land of the Brave this week, for meetings with SWAPO and government officials.

SWAPO Party School to generate own funds

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Rector of the SWAPO Party School, Marco Hausiku, says the institution, which aims to have its first student intake next month, will generate its own funds, in order to survive and achieve its objectives.

Standard Bank opens Ruacana branch

Banking group Standard Bank has opened a Service Centre in Ruacana, as part of its strategy to expand into the regions, catering for the unbanked.

Living with the mental scars of war

Ananias Shitukeni (not his real name) was 31 years old in 2000, when he was stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as part of a Namibian Defence Force battalion. There, in the jungle, he saw comrades die and bullets whizz by, and he has not been the same person since.

Home Affairs tackles document backlog

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration says the digitalisation of its operations has brought in operational efficiencies, allowing it to successfully eliminate the national backlog for identity and travel documents.

The essence of heroes in Namibia

The Namibian nation is commemorating and observing Heroes’ Day, on Friday, 26 August.  This will be the 26th anniversary since the country became free and independent. 

A love story unfolds amid liberation war

Indelibly woven into the fabric of 59-year-old Leonard Pendapala Namuhuja’s role in the liberation struggle is a beautiful love story that stretches back to before he and his then girlfriend Anna Amukugo crossed the border on 8 April 1978 to join SWAPO in exile.

Snakes for pillows, lions for friends

When Pauline Enkono fled into exile at the age of 17 on 12 April 1978, she never imagined the toll it would take on her and her family, but the Cassinga Massacre survivor, today, looks back with pride, as her experiences have made her a strong woman.

The ‘circumstantial politician’

Dr Panduleni Itula, who is today the Chief Dentist at the Katutura State Hospital, calls himself a “circumstantial politician”, but the critical role he played in the liberation of his country, as a SWAPO Party Youth League leader in Windhoek, and then in London, where he mobilised anti-apartheid campaigns, seems to have been written in the stars.

Wonie’s life of activism

Wonie Lischen Gaes is unassuming and switches between Afrikaans and English for comfort, as she tells her story of courage under fire, of beatings, harassment and political mobilisation, in the darkest of days inside the furnace that was Katutura during the apartheid era.

Fanning the fiery flames of freedom

During the most difficult years, when the fires burned low in the hearts of those who took up arms against the apartheid regime inside and outside the country, The Voice of Namibia (VoN) kept alive the spirit that would one day lead to freedom.

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