Erongo is the best performing region in the country according to the 2016 Grade 12 National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) examination results released by Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa on Wednesday in Windhoek.
The Namibian Police (Nampol) has terminated its transportation service to officers reporting for duty, citing budgetary constraints, the Windhoek Observer has established.
The Ministry of Justice is struggling to pay legal practitioners for services offered to the public under legal aid, as cash flow challenges continue to bite.
A shocking 25,000 Namibians attempted to commit suicide in 2015, while 467 succeeded in ending their lives, placing the country third in Africa, behind Mozambique and Burundi, and 12th globally, in terms of the rate at which citizens are killing themselves.
Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein has vehemently denied that Government is broke or that it has been bailed out by the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF), amid ongoing budget cuts and other austerity measures.
The National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) Chairperson, Patrick Kauta, is caught up in a conflict of interest storm after it emerged this week that he co-owns REM trading, a company that manages the Bulk Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and Joint Bunkering Storage (JBS) facilities on behalf of the State-owned company in Walvis Bay.
Compliments of the New Year, my dear readers; I trust that you have rested well enough to start 2017 with a bang! Some parts of Namibia have received good rains and are green, while others are still a dust bowl.
The recent deadly terrorist attack in Berlin is a reminder of the dangerous world in which we all live. While we all live safe from such attacks in Namibia, the world around us is changing.
The news media worldwide need to be seriously concerned about the recent high profile incidences of “fake news.” The internet, smart phones, blogs, and social media in general are already rapidly replacing the mainstream print media.
We should absolutely have tobacco farms in the Zambezi or wherever else it is agriculturally viable to grow the stuff. We ought to be searching high and low for any internationally sellable, cash crops that we can grow - given our semi-arid, drought ridden climate - to generate wealth and provide jobs and expertise.
Last week Friday, 20 January 2017, was Nightmare Day – Donald John Trump (yes, him!) was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America.
The Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) said on Tuesday that plans are at an advanced stage to rollout chess as a school subject in primary schools this year, following several meetings last year.
At least four international boxers have expressed interest to challenge recently crowned World Boxing Federation (WBF) welterweight champion, Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Uushona, in March this year, with the local boxer adamant that he does not want “walkovers” for opponents in 2017.
Standard Bank Namibia (SBN) on Thursday officially signed a contract with Paralympian gold medallist, Ananias Shikongo, which paves the way for the construction of his house to the value of N$500,000.
The Bank Windhoek National Indoor Hockey League (NHU) kicks off this Friday, 27 January, with more than 50 teams from 12 clubs taking part this year.
The Pupkewitz Megabuild National Road Cycling Championships are set to take place next weekend, with the individual time trial competition slated for 3 February at 16h00, and the road race for 5 February at 07h00.
The Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, currently underway in Gabon, is reaching crunch time, with the knockout stages promising a football feast, as the best on the continent showcase their talents to the world.
Namibia Hockey Union (NHU) President, Marc Nel, has weighed in on the unfolding funding woes facing the country’s major sport codes, singling out former Government funding favourite, football, saying the sport is disorganised and is run by officials who have their own agendas.
The dwindling fitness of local football players, due to their continued inaction, has once again come under the spotlight, ahead of the start of the DebMarine Namibia Cup next month.
Now that the holiday season is behind us, most are putting decorations away, adding up debt, sluggishly going through dozens of accumulated work emails, throwing away toys that are already broken and fooling ourselves about New Year’s resolutions to lose weight.
Feeling tired and bloated from overindulging? Here's how to detox your system and get back on a healthy track.
Even if you are praying each night for God to speed up time so that payday comes faster this January, you must still eat and you need to choose wisely when preparing meals for you and your family.
It is totally amazing what can be done with computer-generated animated films these days. Hurry up and go see Sing; it is an outstanding example of 21st century high-tech cartoon filmmaking that delights the audience with humanised animal characters.
Catch pianist Rocco de Villiers live at the Warehouse Theatre this Saturday, as he brings his music tour to the Land of the Brave.
Namibian writer Christi Warner has released a series of poems, titled Ice Cream and Politics, which she says takes a look at the pride, volatility and the vulnerability of life.
Birthdays are great! With all that cake and other delectable, pleasurable titbits to feast on, as well as wine and generous gifts, everybody gets to be happy for you on your special day!
Whether you want to beat the bulge, bulk-up, switch-up your routine or just improve your quality of life in 2017, food will play a big role.
For many people, Snapchat is the go-to app, with its multiple filters, notifications for any misbehaviour by your followers and its 24-hour expiration period for posts.
What does the little jingle that plays when we are receiving a cellphone call say about who we are?
The Financial Literacy Initiative (FLI) says it remains concerned about the high indebtedness of Namibians, a position worsened by their attitude towards spending.
So it’s the weekend and you are looking for something to do, somewhere to hangout or people to see, but you don’t know where to go. Why not make a stop at Single Quarters, in Katutura for a day full of fun, drinks and laughter.
A further slowdown in trade on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) is expected this year, as the bourse grapples with the effects of regulatory requirements which forces long-term insurance companies and pension funds to reduce their dual-listed stocks by next year.
Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has appointed Charmaine Gaingos as its Company Secretary, effective from 16 January.
Standard Bank Namibia (SBN) has been sponsoring visual and performing arts students at the University of Namibia (Unam) with bursaries for the past 13 years.
Well-known entrepreneur Twapewa Kadhikwa is set to share her experiences with those interested in starting or growing their own businesses, in a host of seminars that will take place countrywide during 2017.
Nedbank Namibia Head of SME Business, Nelson Simasiku, has urged small businesses to find innovative ways to access international markets, so they can stop relying exclusively on Government for business.
The Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced the lifting of a 10-year moratorium on new applications for exploration licences for nuclear fuel minerals.
Only 16,598 new vehicles were sold in Namibia last year, which is 4,648 or 21,9 percent down from the 21,246 sales recorded in 2015, an IJG Securities report has revealed.
Listed private equity entity, Stimulus Investments Limited, admits existing economic conditions in the country will negatively impact the businesses it’s invested in, but remains upbeat about the prospects of overcoming the hurdles.
The so-called ‘struggle kids’ are not just a thorn in the side of the SWAPO Party-led Government and an annoyance to anyone living near their camping sites.
Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) Secretary General, Mahongora Kavihuha, has called on the education ministry to abolish all school inspector and examination officer posts, arguing that they are irrelevant and useless.
Last year’s top three Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary Level achievers, who are all from St Boniface College near Rundu, have revealed some of the secrets of their success, including shunning social media, a great support structure and setting realistic goals.
The long-running battle over the OvaMbanderu chieftaincy has taken a new twist, with the faction led by the widow of the late Chief Munjuku Nguvauva II now asking the Government to legitimise her as the leader of a new traditional authority, which it hopes to establish in the Otjombinde (Rietfontein) Constituency.
The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) on Thursday officially opened its new satellite office at B1 City, as it moves ahead to improve service delivery to its more than 135,000 members.
An investigation into an allegation that Omusati Regional Governor, Erginus Endjala, drove his Government-issued vehicle about eight months ago, without a valid driver’s licence, has been hampered by the illness of a witness.
The spectre of runaway shack fires causing death and destruction in Walvis Bay was raised this week by Mayor Immanuel Wilfried, at the town’s first council meeting of the year, where he revealed that there were 65,000 backyard squatters living in roughly 14,000 shacks in the harbour town.
National Youth Council Executive Chairperson, Mandela Kapere (MK), has shared his views on a range of issues, including the recent firing of former Deputy Minister of Land Reform, Bernadus Swartbooi, and whether the struggle kids pose a threat to national security.
As President Hage Geingob prepares to return from what State House has described as a “working holiday”, analysts and commentators say his uncharacteristic quietness must now end, and that he should decisively take the reins and “calm his people”, as the country navigates through stormy economic waters.
The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and a prominent local political commentator have criticised the decision by the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement to withdraw from the Mass Urban Land Servicing Program (MULSP).
A local economist has warned Government against awarding massive State tenders to international companies, arguing that such a move will continue to bleed the economy, which is currently facing liquidity challenges.
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