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‘Bad’ reporting is when I don’t like it

The widely reported comments in support of the Access to Information Bill as a mechanism to create yet another body to exert control over the media, were apparently a part of a speech made by the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology ,Tjekero Tweya, at the recent Gender and Media Summit Awards Ceremony. 

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Hard choices

The recent news of the physical collapse of our Vice President, Tate Kulu Nickey Iyambo, is worrying, but we are comforted after reports indicated that the matter was minor and that he is at home and doing well.

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Does NEEEF belong to government or not?

We were surprised after reading President Hage Geingob’s comments published in a South African newspaper (see p. 12) where he spoke about the New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF).

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Is cancelling all tenders the solution?

We take note of the recent letter by Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein, to Permanent Secretary of that same ministry, Ericah Shafuda, in her capacity as Chairman of the Tender Board,

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CEO plots ‘Garden Town’ revival

The Windhoek Observer (WO) sat down with Okahandja Municipality Chief Executive Officer Martha Mutilifa (MM) this week, to talk about the challenges facing the council, and her vision to revive the so-called ‘Garden Town.’ Mutilifa was brutally honest in her responses.

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Can we believe what is said today?

As a media house committed to setting the nation’s agenda, we are compelled to raise questions over the aura of contradiction that seems to be emanating from State House. 
 

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Kudus caught in the headlights

The Omusati case in which yet another local authority illegally fired officials without due process and the disappointing announcement by Minister Tweya declaring the need for new media restrictions, beg some serious questions. 

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Rukoro should apologise

President Hage Geingob recently ordered Omaheke Governor Festus Ueitele to publicly apologise for the alleged racial utterances he made towards the Ovaherero people, and just a week later Governor Ueitele honoured the request and apologised.

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Grassroots development

I visited Kenya in 2009, and I was quite impressed by the positively infectious energy exuded by the people of that country.  Of particular interest to me was how they were pushing the agenda of rural development, which is a key component of any national development strategy.

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The joke of certified copies and clearances

This business of every prospective employer or tender offer demanding certified copies of documents and clearances from the taxman, Social Security Commission and the Employment Equity Commission has deteriorated into a banal exercise in pushing paper.  This has created a barrier to SME participation in the economy. 

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Closet eating

I recently received a call from a very good friend of mine confessing that she was turning into a closet eater.

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Can’t blow out a fire

Bantu Stephen Biko - This is the name that reverberates through my mind, especially on or around 12 September every year.  On that day in 1977, Biko was murdered in cold blood by the apartheid forces.

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Four ways to end hunger in Africa

 
For the first time in human history, the end of hunger is well within our reach. While courageous and passionate individuals have been working to end this scourge for decades, a recent confluence of political will, public-private partnerships and funding has made this ambition possible.

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The precedent set by paying will be costly

I am not a lawyer, I am an armchair social commentator.  In looking at the pending settlement payments to the 79 who were found not guilty in the long-running Caprivi trial, I am worried that our officials, (who lose most of the cases that are taken on in courts) may not recognize the precedent that may be set by their financial settlement with those involved in that case. 

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Teachers deserve better

Over the past few months we have regularly seen unions and employers smiling in front of cameras after agreeing to new wage deals.

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What the Fitch?

The word “Fitch” has now crept into our vocabulary, and everybody is talking about the “negative outlook” opinion by Fitch.  A friend of mine wanted to ask what Fitch is, but he asked “What the Fitch?”  I liked that, and so I decided to write about it.   

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We are not ready for lifestyle audits

The president’s recent statement on a US radio station declaring that there will be a lifestyle audit in Namibia is a concern to me.  He said:  “We will also have lifestyle audits. This is going to be done...If your salary is this, how do you live this kind of lifestyle?” 

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Media regulation:Tweya muzzles himself

front tweya 16 Sep 2016Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya, says that he will no longer be making utterances on media regulation and possible punishments for journalists, because President Hage Geingob is against this.

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WhatsApp: the necessary evil

As I sat in the office this week, wondering what to write in my Observatory column, I decided to look at the internet and its impact on my life to find a topic that moves me.

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Take pity on the ACC

While I personally have no faith in the ACC’s ability to put the slightest dent in deep-rooted corruption in Namibia, I feel sorry for them; their job is unachievable. 

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Armed police and unarmed civilians

We all know that the business of the police in any nation is to protect citizens and their property, and to uphold the law.   They are never meant to be judge and executioner.

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Let there be light

Darkness is the absence of light.  In a figurative sense, it is the absence of truth and justice. By contrast, light represents life, and thus truth and justice. Light shines when people pursue higher states of consciousness beyond the vulgar materialism of imperialism.

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NNOC takes stock of Rio mess

sports 2 septThe Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) says the country’s participation at the Rio Olympics was marred by various misfortunes that started two days after the Namibian team’s arrival at the games.

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NPL in desperate hunt for sponsor

Namibia Premier League (NPL) Chairman Johnny Doeseb says 15 companies have been approached to sponsor the upcoming season, which faces an uncertain future after telecommunications giant MTC recently ended its 14-year relationship with the country’s topflight domestic league.

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Financial woes haunt Brave Warriors

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Wednesday called on government to come and explain to the Brave Warriors players that all monies due to them will be paid as soon as the association receives their money from the State.

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NPL clubs must cough up - Kahiriri

SPORTS 9 septNamibian Football Players’ Union (NAPU) Secretary General Olsen Kahiriri has insisted that Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs will have to honour their player contracts and cough up, even if the league does not kickoff.

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Hotto hungry for goals

Deon Hotto is desperate to find the back of the net regularly for his new club, South African Premier Soccer League outfit Bloemfontein Celtic

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Let’s make it a memorable final!

This weekend’s Standard Bank Super Cup final clash between defending champions African Stars and Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions Tigers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium will probably be the last time the competition is sponsored by the banking concern.

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NFA receives FIFA windfall

Sportsr 16 sept 2016The financially struggling Namibia Football Association (NFA) is set to receive a US$1,2 million windfall from world football governing body, FIFA, at the beginning of next month, association President Frans Mbidi has revealed.

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Ndjavera “depressed” after missing final

Tigers and Brave Warriors right back, Romaria Ndjavera, says he has been suffering from “depression” after missing out on last weekend’s Standard Bank Super Cup final due to an ankle injury.

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Standard Bank Cup final well done

In my column last week I wrote about how I wished the recently held Standard Bank Super Cup final between Tigers and African Stars would be a memorable one.

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Kamanya refuses to go down without a fight

Salute Boxing Academy announced its arrival last year with aplomb, amid expectations that the new stable would give rival, MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing Academy, a run for its money.

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Banned McNab remains upbeat

sports 23 sept 2016Disgraced under-19 national rugby team flanker, Cameron McNab, says he will not give up on his dream of playing for the senior team, after he was banned from the sport for three years.

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It took heart to win: Shikongo

Gold medallist Ananias Shikongo has revealed that determination and strength carried him through at the recently-concluded Rio Paralympic Games, where he wrote himself into the history books by becoming the first Namibian athlete to win three medals.

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Paralympics team deserves more funding

For three games in a row, our Paralympics team has made a strong case of why the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service should focus more on them, than their able-bodied counterparts.

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Distraught Benson won’t give up

Paralympics star Johanna Benson has vowed to bounce back, after her dismal showing at the recently concluded Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

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Desert Storm ready for title defence

Undefeated Namibian boxer Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lucas says he is ready to defend his WBO Africa Interim Featherweight title, when he clashes with Tanzanian Mohammed Kamburuta at the Windhoek Country Club next month.

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Shihepo promises to set Manchester alight

Manchester alightNamibian boxer Wilberforce Shihepo says he hopes to convince Manchester that he is a force to be reckoned with, when he comes up against Cullum Johnson for the vacant Commonwealth light heavyweight title on Saturday.

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Fistball playoffs comes alive

The playoffs and finals of the Bank Windhoek Fistball League will take place on Saturday, 24 September 2016, at DTS sport fields in Windhoek.

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NSC weighs rewards for Paralympic guides

Sports 30 sept 2016Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Acting Chief Administrator, Walter Haseb, has confirmed that the guides who steered Namibia’s Rio Paralympics medallists to glory will also be rewarded together with the athletes.

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Cosafa Cup legacy questioned

As the future of Namibian football and its footballers remains uncertain, due to the failure by those entrusted with running our football to secure a sponsor for the Namibia Premier League, analysts have begun to question the legacy left by the 2014 CAF African Women Championship and the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup Tournament, which were both held in the country.

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Katjaimo opens football academy

Radio sports journalist, Vezemba Rodman Katjaimo, has launched a football academy, which he says will pave the way for the development of the country’s future stars.

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The long wait for heavyweight glory

After perusing the list of Namibian boxers, who have won world titles after independence, it became glaringly obvious that the country is yet to produce a heavyweight world champion.

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Being a guide is special - Tjiviju

Even Tjiviju, who guided Ananias Shikongo to Paralympics glory in Rio, says he has always cherished being an athletics guide, while describing Shikongo as a “great inspiration”.

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Uutoni climbs WBO rankings

Japhet ‘The Namibian Lion’ Uutoni has moved up from eighth to seventh in the latest WBO world rankings, just days before he defends his WBO Junior Flyweight International title.

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Mc Bright mixes and matches

Renowned fashion designer, Mc Bright Kavari, who is famous for his deconstruction of the Ovaherero traditional dress, will showcase his latest collection titled Mix and Match at Protea Hotel Thuringerhof this Friday evening.

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Granny says…

Well, here I am again.  I watched that debate between Donald Trump and my girl Hillary Clinton and I am energized.  Hillary is better than me; I woulda smacked that sucka’ right in the mouth if he woulda said those things to me. 

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Summer House Festival this weekend

Entertainment 2 septHouse music lovers can look forward to an exciting line up of some of South Africa and Namibia’s biggest house DJs at the 3rd annual House Festival set to take place this Saturday, 3 September at the Western Suburbs Sports Field in Windhoek.

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Elemotho makes music magic on world stages

Hot on the heels of his three-month musical tour of Germany, Elemotho and his ‘Afro-Acoustic Experience’ brought some foot tapping rhythm and live music magic to Swakopmund last weekend.

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Suicide squad fails to impress

Will Smith, Viola Davis and Margot Robbie are part of a team of villains that have to save the world from gloom and doom in Director and Screenwriter David Ayer’s less than pleasing Suicide Squad.

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Melba’s toast: Overall hit

Whether you call them overalls, dungarees, jumpers or rompers, it does not matter; at some point in your life you wore them or you will wear them.

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I will not go down without a fight - Chikune

Entertainment 9 Septe 2016 bThe Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMA) 2016 Female Artist of the Year Chikune (real name Colleen Leitner nee Tjikune) has come out with guns blazing saying that she will not let her former record label, Ogopa Butterfly, get away with claims to her NAMA winnings.

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Female artists unite for one mega album

 
In an effort to bring national unity and togetherness amongst Namibian artists, three local record labels have come together to record an album that will unite all local female artists.  

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First online art exhibition underway

The first online art exhibition in Namibia, ‘Art-with-A-Heart’, which started on 1 September, is well on its way to becoming a major annual showcase for artists around the country to display a wide variety of works, without being confined to one venue and limited exhibits. 

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Mark is fresh

Comedian Mark Kariahuua of Free Your Mind fame stayed true to his title as the Fresh Prince of Okakarara, when he had the crowd in stitches and dancing at his first one man stand-up comedy show at the Warehouse theatre last week.

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Nine lives makes for purrfect humour

Kevin Spacey (Tom Brand) is caught in a pickle when he finds himself stuck in the body of the family cat because he prioritises his work instead of his family in director Barry Sonnenfeld and screenwriters Gwyn Lurie, Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson’s family comedy, Nine Lives.

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Meatco gets entire Norway quota

business 2 septThe Meat Board of Namibia has finally reallocated the remaining 400 metric tonnes (mt) of the 1600 mt Norwegian beef quota to Meatco.

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Collectors have discovered African art

At a time when values for some blue-chip contemporary artworks have fallen by a third from a year ago, collectors are finding pockets of strength in a surprising new art mecca—Africa.

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Telecom poised for system upgrade

Telecom Namibia is set to roll out a new and faster Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) over the next four years, as it moves to improve the efficiency of its network countrywide.

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EOS Capital buys Fabupharm stake

Eos Capital has acquired a 35 percent stake in Fabupharm (Pty) Ltd, in a deal that is still subject to approval by the Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC).

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Homemade strawberry desert

In my quest to find inexpensive recipes that also taste good and are easy to make, let me turn you to a simple homemade yellow cake, topped with sliced strawberries and whipped cream (and vanilla ice cream too if you’d like.)

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Foreign firms get dairy import rebate

Namibia Dairies says the introduction of a tariff rebate facility, by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), for selected dairy products imported from outside the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), will not promote the dumping of dairy products into the country.

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Celebrating Namibian heritage

Entertainment 23 sept 2016The official opening of this year’s Heritage Week celebrations kicked off on Monday this week at the Franco Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC) with Christian Goltz’s photographic exhibition of the Olufoko festival which was held last month.

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Renewable energy conference looms

 
 
 
 
A conference aimed at initiating and promoting the utilisation of renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as technology transfer has been scheduled for next week.
 
This comes as Namibia is finalising the development of three national policies that seek to prioritise renewable energy and energy efficiency.
 
The conference, which will take place from the 6th to the 9th September under the theme ‘Opportunities for Renewable Energy Generation in Namibia’, will be hosted by the South African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), the German Embassy in Namibia and German firm, Energy Solution.
 
Jens Hauser, who will be heading and coordinating the German delegation, told the Windhoek Observer that the aim of the initiative is to promote the utilisation of renewable energy and technology transfer, and thus help to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
 
He said the conference provides an opportunity for German companies to form new business contacts within the local market.
 
The delegation will consist of seven German renewable energy companies active in the field of photovoltaic, solar thermal, biomass/biogas and wind energy, and three German energy experts, who will make presentations at the conference.
 
In recent months, the Ministry of Mines and Energy has guided the development of three important national policies, namely the Independent Power Producers (IPP) Policy, the Renewable Energy Policy (REP) and a review and update of the National Energy Policy (NEP).
 
These policies are expected to better serve the country’s dire need for alternative sources of electricity, apart from regional imports, and attract investment in the form of public-private partnerships, specifically in the renewable energy sector.  
 
The ministry is also in the process of finalising a National Integrated Resource Plan (NIRP), which is an electricity sector planning tool, covering a 20-year period, outlining all the feasible and least costly generation and supply options, their capacities and envisaged deployment dates.
 
Expectations are high that the conference will present an opportunity for the formation of several Namibian-German business partnerships, knowledge transfer, in terms of the latest technology, products and services that have arisen from Germany’s advanced experience in renewables.
 
“We do not consider teaching or lecturing Namibians about renewable energy, since the topic of renewables is anything, but new in Namibia,” Hauser said.
 
“We have targeted Namibian renewable energy companies and potential users of renewable energy technology, mainly for industrial and commercial self-supply.”
 
The delegation includes technology/component manufacturers, such as SunSet Solar, BAE Batteries, engineering and system solution providers, New Energy, InTech, Cuss, SunSet, SaEnergy and independent power producer investor Global Renewable Independent Power Supplier (GRIPS) Energy.
 
On the issue of tangible deals that could be signed during the visit, Hauser said next week’s meeting is not an investor conference.
 
“It is rather a technology and solution conference; also the inflow of investment depends on business opportunities and partnership formation.”
 
The conference and delegation were being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy’s initiative Energy Solutions made in Germany.
 
The Electricity Control Board (ECB), in a recent interview with the Windhoek Observer said the IPP framework was finalised at the end of July and had been handed to Mines and Energy Minister Obeth Kandjoze for his approval, before he presents it to Cabinet.
 
The NIRP and the REP were also being finalised, with the process expected to be concluded by the end of August, before following the same approval process.
 
The electricity regulator said the NEP review and update would take a bit longer to finalise, as they had just completed the first stakeholder workshop, and the second workshop was scheduled for November.
 
The finalisation of this policy is scheduled for March next year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gospel spectacular slated for October

With just days before the first-ever Namibian Gospel Music Awards (NGOMA) is held in Windhoek on Saturday, 1 October, the organizer of the award show, Silas Nghishihange, is happy with the way preparations are going.

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Tourism figures up despite challenges

Close to 1.4 million tourists visited Namibia last year, a 5.1 percent increase from just over 1.3 million visitors in 2014, the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, announced Wednesday at a media briefing attended by some of the industry’s heavyweights.

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Sully is superb

Tom Hanks (Chesley Sullenberger) saves the day in director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Todd Komarnicki’s film adaptation of real life pilot Chesley Sullenberger’s book titled Highest Duty: My search for what really matters (2009).

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M+Z plans N$100m centre

Business 9 sept 2016The Metje + Ziegler Group (M+Z) plans to invest N$100 million in the construction of a new showroom and service centre for Audi and Volkswagen in Suiderhof, near the Auas Valley shopping centre in Windhoek.

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Melba’s toast: The skinny on stripes

We all love stripes on our clothes, horizontal, vertical, diagonal or even 45 degree stripes. The classic look of stripes is a well sought after fashion staple and can be found in almost everyone’s wardrobe.

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Namibia plans wool factory

The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development says it’s in the process of commissioning a feasibility study to determine the possibility of setting up a wool processing factory in the country.

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Pupkewitz looks to grey import market

Pupkewitz Motors says the grey imports that have flooded the country’s roads, mainly from Japan, do not directly impact on its business, but in fact presents a business opportunity for the car dealer, through the parts and servicing business segment.

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Confessions of a couch cat: Grab that young guy

Single, widowed and divorced women over 40 out there, do not limit your love life to ‘men your age.’  Don’t worry about the negative labels and snide glances from people. If you see a fine ‘tenderoni’ (an unmarried young man) out there who is ripe for the pickin’ and attracted to you, go for it.

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Jooste quells SOE resistance talk

The Ministry of Public Enterprises has denied talk that it is facing resistance from various line ministers, boards of directors and executives, as it pushes ahead to move at least 21 commercial State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) under its wings.

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Stuffed green pepper delight

This recipe is an old favourite.  I find that our kids will eat the green pepper (which is good for them) right along with the ground beef stuffing and they don’t even realize they are eating ‘yucky veggies.’

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Taking stock of the Retail Charter

The Namibia Trade Forum (NTF) says tangible benefits of the Retail Charter will only be felt once the formulation of a governance council as well as the drafting of the terms of reference for the Charter are complete.

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Melba’s toast: Sunnies to suit your face

Hurray! Summer is finally here.  This is evident in the shedding of layers of clothes on our bodies as well as our beds and the increase in the number of street vendors waving their supply of sunglasses in your face at every turn in town. 

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Parastus proves detractors wrong

From humble beginnings, and many detractors claiming that it would be a stillborn, Millennium Refrigeration and Electrical has grown into a multi-million dollar company, with 11 branches countrywide.

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Ben who?

As an extreme fan of the classic 1959 version of the newly released Ben-Hur movie, I reluctantly give a thumbs up to the modern version of the film. 

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GIPF in key pledge towards Harambee

The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) plans to construct 6000 of the 20,000 houses and develop 7,800 of the 26,000 new residential plots as promised in the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).

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Banks, car dealers ‘flout’ Credit Act

business 30 sept 2016The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development says the practice by some car dealerships to offer cash-backs, and deposit or discount assistance to clients, is in contravention of the recently enacted Credit Agreements Act.

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Confessions of a couch cat: Frump Day

There has to be a time-out day away from putting on make-up, coiffing hair, wearing sharp looking shoes, dressing for work, wearing a lift-and-separate bra and tight girdle.

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Stringent conditions for Sanlam, Welwitschia deal

bus 16 sept 2016Sanlam Namibia will have to comply with stringent conditions issued by the Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) as part of its conditional approval of the acquisition of Welwitschia Insurance Brokers from Bank Windhoek Holdings (BWH).

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Angola poultry face ban

Government could move to ban poultry imports from Angola after 35 birds imported from the neighbouring country were found to have been infected by the Newcastle disease.

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Meatco prepares for US market entry

Meat producer, Meatco, expects to start exports to the United States in a month’s time following approval by the country’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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Uranium project gets tech boost

Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed Marenica Energy and fellow-listed Deep Yellow have inked a technology licence agreement that will see Marenica provide its U-pgrade technology to develop the Tumas uranium project, in Namibia.

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Challenges in marketing can be overcome

The biggest challenge for marketers in Namibia is convincing businesses to put resources behind marketing spend, this is according to Jacqueline Pack, the recently appointed Executive Officer: Marketing and Corporate Communication Services at Bank Windhoek.

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Social Security Commission and your benefits

The Social Security Commission (SSC) is moving ahead with plans to implement a National Pension Fund (NPF), with the organisation having gone through a vetting process to select an appropriate entity to serve as administrator of the Fund.

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Govt raises N$4.4 billion to fund budget deficit

bus 23 sept 2016Government has so far raised N$4.4 billion from the required N$8.6 billion to fund its budget deficit in the current financial year through the issuance of various debt instruments, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

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Husab commissioning in progress

Swakop Uranium, the developer of the N$20 billion Husab Mine, says construction of the state-of-the-art processing facility is now complete, and commissioning is in progress at the world’s biggest uranium mine.

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Water challenges give NBL headache

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) says water is expected to remain the biggest challenge facing its operations, and would affect the brewer’s strategic choices and investments over the next financial year.

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Helping to define a cross-border payment framework for SADC

Shaun Seboa is the current Head for Strategic Payments at Nedbank Namibia. His career within the banking landscape stretches back to 2001 where he started out as a teller. Over the years, Shaun patiently worked his way through the breadth of the retail branch functions, moving from Sales to Administration, and later to Credit and Collateral.

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BoN looks to GIPF to bolster reserves

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) is hoping to conclude its asset swap with the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) within a month, in a move that is aimed at bolstering the country’s international reserves.

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NCCI takes investment drive to the US

Business lobby group, the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), says investment missions to other countries remains key in attracting investment to Namibia.

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North River debt free

Namib Lead-Zinc Project-focused company, North River Resources, posted its unaudited interim results for the six months to 30 June, with another period of zero revenue as it continued its exploration efforts.

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Nomad Spa still best in Africa

Klein Windhoek based Nomad Spa has for the second year running emerged as the Best Spa in Africa at the World Spa Awards held in the UK.

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NEEEF probably needs more time - Dausab

The Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC) Chairperson, Yvonne Dausab, says more time is needed, if the country is to come up with more encompassing empowerment regulations.

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Qatar Airways boosts local tourism

International airliner, Qatar Airways, made its maiden flight to Windhoek on Wednesday, arriving at Hosea Kutako International Airport at 10h20, with 254 tourists on-board.

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Walvis logistics hub ready to soar

Launched in December 2014, the Namibia Logistics Hub Forum continues to create a platform for thematic intervention and dialogue within the industry, to share information, solicit input and keep the momentum going towards the effective implementation of the Namibia Logistics Hub Project.

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City defies Shaningwa

national 2 septThe City of Windhoek has recommended that a piece of land, the size of 43 football fields, be sold to former Deputy Mayor, Mwadhina Veico’s company, in defiance to Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa, who objected to the sale last year.

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Telecom board recommends Klein for MD post

Telecom Namibia Acting Managing Director, Theodorus Klein, is likely to be unveiled soon as the substantive MD, after the parastatal’s board recommended that he be given the post, the Windhoek Observer has established.

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Aochamub against media regulation

Press Secretary in the Office of the President, Albertus Aochamub, has come out strongly against regulation of the media, while at the same time clarifying that it was not government or SWAPO’s position to censor news in any way.

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‘Middlemen’ to feast on N$1,8bn railway tender

front Ministry of Works 2 sep 2016The Ministry of Works and Transport has been accused of putting itself at the mercy of unscrupulous local middlemen, by stating in a N$1,8 billion railway tender document that the contract will be awarded to a Namibian company, which in all likelihood would have to source the railway tracks from an overseas firm, at a highly inflated price.

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The agony of loss makes things fall apart

An ear-piercing scream erupts like a volcano from the bedroom, where 35-year-old Angela Murinda (not her real name) had been sitting on the floor knitting a woollen cap for her unborn baby, who was just six months away from entering the world.

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Airline boom brings headache

front hosea kutako 2 sep 2016Uncertainty surrounding the construction of a new international airport could come back to haunt the country, as it emerged that the existing Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) is inadequate to handle increased air traffic volumes, brought about by overseas airlines flocking into the Land of the Brave.

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Words to nurture a nation

At the age of 73, Mvula ya Nangolo is a legendary Namibian writer, poet and journalist, among the many other roles he has played and continues to play in the unfolding history of the Land of the Brave.

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Michelle McLean Trust cancels fundraiser

Former Miss Universe, Michelle McLean-Bailey, will not be making a guest appearance at the prestigious annual Michelle McLean Children’s Trust (MMCT) Golf Day in December, after the event was cancelled because it is set to clash with the charity organisation’s multi-million dollar High Court battle with its former Executive Director Danie Botes.

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Air Namibia prepares for competition


At the recent launch of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism’s statistical report, Air Namibia Acting MD, Advocate Ellaine Samson commented that the national carrier is positive about the large number of arrivals to Namibia as reported by MET. 

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Rukoro talks ‘Third Force’

front rukoro 2 sep 2016OvaHerero Paramount Chief Advocate Vekuii Rukoro has made startling allegations that a “Third Force” in government is working toward destabilising the current regime and his tribe.

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Schlettwein optimistic despite alarm bells

front boss Schlettwein 6 SepFinance Minister Calle Schlettwein has moved to calm down nerves and to restore investor confidence following Friday’s decision by ratings agency Fitch to revise Namibia’s outlook from stable to negative.

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I’m no govt puppet – Noa

front noah 9 Sep 2016Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director, Paulus Noa has defended himself against accusations that he is a government puppet, amid calls by his detractors for him to be replaced.

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Junk status lurks

national 9 Septe 2016 bNamibia remains at risk of a credit rating downgrade, if a cocktail of short-term remedial policy measures announced this week by Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein, are not followed, an eminent local economist has warned.

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Insider trading claims taint NamPower tender

front nampower 9 Sep 2016The recruitment of a senior NamPower manager into the ranks of a South African based company that has emerged as the frontrunner for a substation tender worth hundreds of millions of dollars has raised suspicions that he may have passed on inside information on the bid, before leaving the parastatal.

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Cop fingered in Omaruru man’s death

The family of 60-year-old Ferdinand Nababeb have lodged a complaint against an Omaruru police officer, who they are accusing of causing their loved one’s death.

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Geingob flip-flops on land

front Hage 16 Sep 2016President Hage Geingob has brewed a shocker saying his administration will not expropriate land without compensation, a  U-turn from his earlier pronouncement in April last year when he announced that his government was toying with the idea to address the increased demand for land in the country.

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Land moratorium stalls Okahandja rejuvenation

front okahandja 16 Sep 2016Okahandja Chief Executive Officer, Martha Mutilifa, says that investors are ready to pump millions into the ‘Garden Town’, but the moratorium on land sales and leases, which has been in place since August last year, continues to stall efforts to spark a development boom.

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Arrest warrant issued for Kalondo

A warrant of arrest has been issued for well-known radio personality, Tashia Kalondo, after she failed to appear at a scheduled hearing last month at the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court.

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Ngavirue denies being ‘outsmarted’ by Germans

front NGAVURE s 23 Sep 2016The Windhoek Observer understands that the Namibian delegation for the genocide talks was outsmarted by the German representatives, who questioned some of the facts presented by the Dr Zed Ngavirue led team.

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Esau seeks quota allocation transparency

The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau, says his ministry is working on improving the current fishing quota allocation system, by making it more transparent, accountable and predictable.

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Geingob’s tangible response to ‘struggle kids’ crisis

front Struggle kids 23 Sep 2016We recognise with admiration the recent re-allocation of N$11,3 million from the Social Security Commission Development Fund (SSCDF), as a tangible and significant response to the seemingly never-ending protests of the so-called ‘struggle kids’.

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Erongo teachers ready to ‘down tools’

While Erongo teachers are getting ready to strike, if their demand for an 8 percent salary increase is not met by the government, Grade 12 learners are living in fear that this will impact on their matric results.

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Geingob jets off for three-week US visit

President Hage Geingob will this weekend leave the country to the United States for a three-week official visit, which will include an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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FNB records N$1,2bn profit

Leading banking group FNB Namibia Holdings has recorded a N$1,2 billion full-year profit for the year ended 30 June 2016 - a 21,9 percent increase from the previous year.

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Stolen meat scandal rocks DTA

DTA parliamentarian, Vipuaa Muharukua, and DTA Youth League Secretary General, Bensen Katjirijova, stand accused of stealing meat meant for a youth league fundraising event that was scheduled to take place ahead of the Regional Council and Local Authority elections in November last year.

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Living a parent’s nightmare

Every parent’s nightmare – the brutal murder of their child - became a reality last week for Woman Solidarity Namibia Director and Dolam Children’s Home founder, Rosa Namises.

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SME grant capped at N$50,000

 
Current beneficiaries of the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development’s Equipment Aid Scheme, will now receive a maximum payout of N$50 000.

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Rain spoiled Zuma’s maize donation

 
A total of 254 bags of 12,5kg of maize meal, which was part of a drought relief donation by South African President Jacob Zuma, through his government, was spoiled by the rain at the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) warehouse in Prosperita.

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AR happy with rent control progress

 
The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement has submitted five names to the Minister of Industrialisation and SME Development, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, for consideration as members of the Rent Control Board.

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Words as stones

National leaders must always be on their guard about the tone and words they use to respond to the issues presented to them. 

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Trade PS accused of defying Treasury

National 16 septPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Gabriel Sinimbo, has sensationally claimed that some staff members in his ministry are plotting against him and have created divisions that he fears will sabotage and destroy delivery efforts.

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‘Kobi’ rots in US jail

Israeli-American technology mogul, Jacob “Kobi” Alexander , who spent a decade evading justice by living in the lap of luxury in Namibia, after being accused of participating in a stock options scandal that allegedly netted him US$138 million, is now rotting in a US jail, after his voluntary return to that country.

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Muranda exits FNB

Former First National Bank (FNB) Holdings Manager: Corporate Communications, Vicky Muranda, is set to take up a similar post at the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa), which was left vacant following Isack Hamata’s recent departure.

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New Civil Aviation Act gathers dust

The country’s new Civil Aviation Act, which was signed into law by President Hage Geingob in June, is yet to be implemented, prompting the industry to raise questions about whether there is a lack of resources and expertise in the country.

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Schlettwein freezes awarding of tenders

Government has ordered the Tender Board to freeze the awarding of new tender contracts with immediate effect, until such a time that the 2016/17 financial year budget review and the reprioritisation of capital projects are finalised, as part of cost-cutting measures.

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Simon’s burning passion to invent

Simon Petrus latest invention – a SIM-free cellphone that can call anywhere for free, through the use of radio frequencies – has already landed him global fame, with his story spreading like wildfire across social and the mainstream media. It is hoped he has sought legal assistance to apply for a patent to protect his ideas and designs and benefit from them.

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New ball game for ‘Congo’

Okahandja Mayor Johannes ‘Congo’ Hindjou says his background as an international footballer has uniquely prepared him for the challenges of being the political head of the ‘Garden Town’.

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NPC flies Namibia’s flag high

 
Leading pipe manufacturer, Namibia Plastic Converters (NPC), is optimistic of doubling its production capacity by 2018, after the company recently penetrated the export market.

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Kandjoze moves to ‘kill’ Kudu

national 23 sept 2016Minister of Mines and Energy, Obeth Kandjoze, has confirmed that he has received legal advice on the controversial 885 megawatt Kudu gas-to-power project, amid speculation that he had put pressure on the Office of the Attorney General to give him the kind of advice that could be used to can the initiative.

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Tender freeze to hit SMEs hard

Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Sinimbo, has warned that the recent decision by government to freeze the awarding of tenders will have tremendous implications for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that depend on government contracts.

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Senior govt staffer assaults colleague

Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Chief of Human Resources, Herbert Mouton, stands accused of assaulting a junior staff member, after the victim allegedly laughed at him.

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Court clerk accused of taking bribes

At least one Rundu Magistrate’s Court clerk has been accused of accepting bribes from members of the public to make traffic tickets disappear, the Windhoek Observer has been told.

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HH transferred to Windhoek

Ailing veteran politician, Hidipo Hamutenya, has been transferred from the Ongwediva MediPark Private Hospital to the Windhoek Central Hospital, the Windhoek Observer has learned.

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TransNamib seeks N$15 billion in funding

State rail operator, TransNamib, says it requires at least N$15 billion to rehabilitate the country’s entire rail infrastructure and has ruled out mortgaging its assets to fund the process.

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Investment guru opts for humanitarian outreach

Suta Kavari (SK) has been an Investment Strategist at Capricorn Asset Management (CAM) since April 2015, having joined Bank Windhoek in 2012 as an Office Asset and Liability management analyst at the asset and liability committee (ADCO).

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Investor ‘steals’ project

Khorixas resident and founder of the Bloukrans Community Project, Claudius Hoib, has accused investor Antonio Rossouw, from Henties Bay, of “stealing” the initiative that he came up with 21 years ago.

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Whites will retaliate over land - Geingob

national 30 sept 2016President Hage Geingob has admitted that the country’s willing buyer, willing seller policy on land is failing, but cautioned against forcibly taking vast tracks of land owned by white farmers, as this could cause instability.

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Windfall for medallists

Windfall front 23 Sep 2016Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs in the Office of the Vice President, Alexia Manombe-Ncube, has assured the 2016 Rio Paralympic medallists of a financial windfall, after their sterling performances at the recently concluded games.

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‘Tupac’ hijacks city plots

front tupac 30 Sep 2016The City of Windhoek is considering awarding businessman Simon ‘Tupac’ Andjamba a closed tender to build 79 residential houses for the general public, after he took senior City staff on an all-expense paid trip to South Africa last week to view the type of homes he wants to build.

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Rehoboth ‘wife killer’ back at work

front shooting 30 Sep 2016A Rehoboth man, who shot and killed his wife with a hunting rifle, allegedly while under the influence of flu medication and sleeping tablets, is back at work, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

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Nghimtina’s former PA still squats in govt flat

More than a year after he was told to vacate a government owned flat, former personal assistant to the then Minister of Works and Transport, Erkki Nghimtina, is still refusing to move out of the property, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

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Tweya ‘meddles’ in new Telecom board

front tweya 30 Sep 2016Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya, has been accused of meddling in the appointment of a new Telecom Namibia board, after he allegedly removed names of two of the five recommended candidates and replaced them with his preferred choices.

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Ninety days miracle marriage

After 12 years together without taking the plunge, a couple from Alleluia Ministries Namibia is finally getting married after receiving anointing at the 90 day miracle marriage conference that was recently held in South Africa.

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Jooste unmoved by ‘white supremacy’ attack

Minister of Public Enterprises, Leon Jooste, says he is unmoved by comments made by Affirmative Repositioning movement leader, Job Amupanda, who claimed earlier this week that Namibia’s economy is in the hands of “white supremacy”.

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City sells plots to teens

The City of Windhoek has announced plans to sell 100 zoned residential plots to the youth aged between 16 and 35, as part of the eventual sale of 399 plots in Khomasdal Extension 16.

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Menstruation blues

An experience that is supposed to be natural and beautiful is often traumatic and unbearable for many rural schoolgirls, who do not have access to sanitary towels while they are menstruating.

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Revamped Windhoek Show ready to sparkle

Around 30 percent of the over 300 exhibitors at this year’s Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural Show are new to the showpiece, and visitors should brace themselves for a revamped programme, as the spectacle kicks off this Friday.

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NCHE received an International Star Award for quality

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) on Sunday, 18 September 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland, received an International Star Award for Quality in the Gold Category from the Spain-based Business Initiative Directions (BID) for Commitment to Quality, Leadership, Technology and Innovation in pursuit of excellence.

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New radio stations join airwaves battle

Competition within the country’s broadcasting sector is set to increase, following the licensing of three new commercial radio stations by the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (Cran).

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PM calls for courageous graduates

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has urged International University of Management students to remain courageous and strong, as they face the challenge of breaking into the job market, after graduating.

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