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The ‘baddest day’!

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.

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That truck in Berlin hit all of us

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.

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Not my president? Yes he is

As today is Donald Trump’s inauguration day, I’ve had more than a minute to think about the horror of his upcoming presidential years, swallow that reality and look to the future.  

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Pause and purpose

The New Year is upon us and I am sure that many of you are hoping that it will be a better year than 2016, which was dismal on many fronts, to put it mildly.

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Just one bucket

The much-anticipated rain has fallen abundantly over some parts of Namibia. For a change, meteorologist Odillo Kgobetsi can smile.

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The dawn of ‘fake news’

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.

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Tobacco is a puff away

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.

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Trump’s tombstones

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.

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Confessions of a Couch Cat: Smiling through a runny tummy

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.

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Post-holiday smart eating on a tight budget

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.

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Sing hits a high note

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.

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Beating those Januworry blues

entertainmentWith Januworry in full swing, we may not be able to put an extra few thousand dollars in your pocket to carry you through until payday, but we have identified a few fun and cheap activities to keep you occupied, while you readjust back into the hustle and bustle of real life in 2017.

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Farewell Obama!

As the world, and principally America, prepares to say goodbye to the Barack Obama presidency, with the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th United States Head of State taking place this Friday, we decided to look back at the memorable moments that made America’s first black president the revered global figure he is today.

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Five Golden Globes winners you have to watch

The recently held 2017 Golden Globe awards program, which recognises excellence in film and television, saw many shining stars and breakout shows receiving their worthy accolades for their work in television and the movies.

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Warner releases Ice Cream and Politics

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.

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Vanity: Turning 22

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!

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Eating right in 2017

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.

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Having fun with SnapChat

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.

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Patrons flock to Bix Car Wash

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.

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Namibians are ignorant - FLI

The Financial Literacy Initiative (FLI) says it remains concerned about the high indebtedness of Namibians, a position worsened by their attitude towards spending.

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Schools to rollout chess as a subject

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.

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Regulatory changes, uncertainties hit NSX trade

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.

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I don’t want ‘walkovers’ - Uushona

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.

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Bank Windhoek faces mobile money setback

businessBank Windhoek’s move towards launching a mobile money platform in December suffered a major setback after its system failed to integrate with its core banking system, resulting in the national rollout of the product being shelved, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

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Shikongo’s N$500,000 home a reality

Sport Shikongo 13 JAnStandard 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.

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Athletics faces N$3m funding hurdle

sportsrThe newly-appointed Athletics Namibia (AN) executive committee this week revealed that the organisation needs at least N$3 million for the sport to flourish in 2017.

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Gondwana appoints new MD

Leading hospitality group, Gondwana Collection Namibia, with over 15 tourist accommodation facilities across the country under its wing, this week welcomed its new managing director, Gys Joubert, who takes over from founder and MD for the past 21 years, Manni Goldbeck.

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Sky is the limit for chess wunderkind

Having been introduced to the game of chess in 2010, at the tender age of seven, recently crowned Fide Master, Dante Beukes, is aiming to become the youngest Grand Master or professional player in the history of Namibia.

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Deciding on the best investment

A new year brings new possibilities. It is the time of the year when people are well rested and have the time to do some forward planning. It is therefore the perfect time to evaluate your savings and investment plans.

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German dreams in tatters

The dreams of three young Namibian footballers lie in tatters, after their visa applications to spend three months on trial at a German football academy were rejected by that country’s embassy in Windhoek.

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Namibian sport on life support

The year 2017 could prove to be a dismal and depressing one for most local sport codes, as they scrounge around for the money they need to keep afloat during these difficult economic times.

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HopSol pumps N$1m into youth football

HopSol Solar Power this week announced a three-year, N$1 million commitment towards the establishment of a youth football league, which will kick off in February.

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Indoor hockey league kicks off

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.

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Kadhikwa to mentor entrepreneurs

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.

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Riders geared for national cycling champs

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.

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SMEs urged to end Govt dependence

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.

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Local pundits weigh in on Afcon 2017

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.

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Hockey boss speaks on football mess

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.

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New vehicle sales plummet in 2016

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.

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Funding woes threaten DebMarine Cup

sport DebMarine cup 27 JanThe 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.

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Stimulus buoyant on prospects

bus Stimulus 27 JanListed 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.

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Misleading article

The Windhoek Observer would like to distance itself from a malicious and mischievous “article” doing the rounds on social media purportedly written by one of our reporters.
Without going into detail, the article in question involves President Hage Geingob’s son-in-law, Mark Ode Mubalama.
For the record, we would like to state that the Windhoek Observer or any of its reporters was in no way involved in the production or distribution of this tasteless article whose sole aim is to bring the office of the Namibian president into disrepute. We urge members of the public to treat this shameless “article” with the contempt that it deserves. - Editor
 

Erongo region tops Grade 12 results

front Katrina 11 JanErongo 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.

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Govt struggles to pay lawyers

front Justice 18 JanThe 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.

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Govt ‘zigzagging’ on rent control - AR

fron ZIG ZAG 20 JAN 2017Government has been given a 19 February ultimatum by the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement, to set up rent control boards in Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Rundu and Oshakati or face legal action.

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Namibia near top of suicide rankings

front suicide 27 JanA 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.

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We are not broke - Schlettwein

front Schlettwein 27 JanFinance 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.

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Kauta in ‘conflict’ storm

front Kauta 27 JanThe 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.

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Abolish ‘irrelevant’ education posts - TUN

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.

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Top learners share recipe for success

front St Boniface 13 JanLast 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.

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NamPower spends N$26m on foreign consultants

nationalAn army of foreign consultants are set to earn a whopping N$26 million in three months, after they were roped in by NamPower to look at the viability and other issues surrounding the Xaris and Arandis power projects.

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Rifts widen over genocide reparations lawsuit

Rifts between the descendants of the victims of the 1904-08 German-sanctioned genocide continue to widen after sections of the OvaHerero, OvaMbanderu and Nama people this week distanced themselves from a recent federal class action lawsuit filed in an American court.

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Weak politicians claim vote rigging - Kahungu

Newly elected SWAPO Party Women’s Council (SPWC) Deputy Secretary, Fransina Kahungu, has rubbished claims that the results of last December’s elections were rigged or that tribalism had played any role in the outcome of the hotly contested polls.

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SWAPO pays out Ngurare

SWAPO Secretary General Nangolo Mbumba has confirmed that the ruling party has settled its dispute with former SWAPO Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary, Dr Elijah Ngurare, over salary payments owed to him.

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Kahungu pushes  for flexible land tenure

City of Windhoek Deputy Mayor, Fransina Kahungu, is hopeful that the Flexible Land Tenure System (FLTS), which is currently being run as a pilot project in some towns across the country, will bring an end to land and housing problems in Namibia.

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Illegal anglers a growing menace at the coast

Fisheries Inspectors issued over N$34,000 in fines to recreational anglers who were fishing without permits, harvesting the wrong sea products, or fishing in protected areas over the festive season.

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New twist in OvaMbanderu chieftaincy saga

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.

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GIPF opens B1 City office

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.

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Witness illness hampers Endjala probe

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.

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Walvis Bay sitting on shack fire time bomb

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.

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Kapere on Swartbooi, struggle kids and SPYL

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.

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Hage flies back into a storm

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.

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AR has a destabilisation agenda - RDP

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).

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Curb foreign firm tender awards – economist

news economist 27 JanA 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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