Maerua Mall facelift planned

Maerua Mall, which was established in 1990, is set to undergo a N$22 million facelift, bringing both its look and its offerings up to date.

Oil storage land price inflated

namcorThe National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) board, at the behest of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, is allegedly pushing ahead with a deal to buy additional land for the National Oil Storage Facility in Walvis Bay, despite the owners of the land asking a massively inflated price.

Venaani challenges ‘silent’ Geingob

front VenaniDTA leader, McHenry Venaani, has lashed out at President Hage Geingob over his “inefficient administration”, and his continued silence on the state of the country’s economy.

Job eyes SWAPO presidency

front HageAffirmative Repositioning (AR) leader Job Amupanda has told the Windhoek Observer that he is considering contesting for either the SWAPO Party presidency or vice presidency posts at the ruling party congress later this year.

Doctors turn civil servants away

front DoctorsThe Finance Ministry this week paid out N$50 million, which is a portion of the outstanding fees owed to medical service providers by the Public Service Employee Medical Aid Scheme (PSEMAS) for December and January, a position which has resulted in public servants being turned away by doctors or being forced to pay cash up front.

Teachers threaten revolt

front teachersNamibia National Teachers Union (NANTU) Secretary General, Basilius Haingura, says that teachers may “end up revolting and taking legal action”, following a decision by the education ministry to discontinue payments for their studies.

Why I called Nujoma an idiot

front SWARTBOOIeAxed Land Reform Deputy Minister, Bernadus Swartbooi, says he repeatedly called his former boss, Utoni Nujoma, “an idiot” in the National Assembly this week, because “it is the only language he (Nujoma) understands”.

Veterans Appeal Board flooded by 8,286 applicants

The Veterans Appeal Board has received a flood of applications, from those who claim to have assisted PLAN fighters inside the country during the liberation struggle, but who were initially denied veteran status.

Govt hunts for MTC cash

front mtcGovernment is looking for an investor with deep pockets, to partner in the buying of Africatel’s 34 percent shareholding in MTC, after the international company gave it a six-month ultimatum to complete the transaction, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.

N$600m tenders back on table

frontHangalaThe newly appointed NamPower board has opened the door to Consolidated Power Engineering Namibia (CONCO), to rebid for two massive tenders, after the old board blocked the tender awards to the company that is partly owned by Leake Hangala, because of conflict of interest concerns.

Disciplining Swartbooi ‘a suicide mission’- analysts

swatbooi frontTaking disciplinary action or expelling former Land Reform Deputy Minister, Bernadus Swartbooi, would be tantamount to “a political suicide mission”, which will impact heavily on SWAPO’s internal dynamics ahead of the ruling party’s elective congress later this year.

Suspended CEO’s five-year free ride nears end

frontGansebSuspended Omaruru Chief Executive Officer, Edward Paul Ganaseb, who has been sitting at home since 2012, while earning his salary and benefits, has finally been charged by the Office of the Prosecutor General, in connection with a corruption case involving N$1 million.

Signing on to a toothless accord

At the recently ended Africa Union meeting in Addis Ababa, President Hage Geingob signed the nearly 15-year-old African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), and I cannot quite understand why.

Dating with children

Single parenthood has become a common and normal part of today’s society, but as ordinary as it is, there is still a stereotype against dating a person with a child. 

Let’s do this!

The time has arrived, and has been a long time coming, for us to reflect on who we are, and what we want to become.

Work is hard; talk is cheap

I remain unconvinced that those shouting the loudest for changes, would do a single thing differently from what is happening now; I’ve yet to see those people present alternate plans of action rather than simplistic statements of opposition.

When your child is addicted to drugs

As parents of four, we have first-hand experience of how our lack of attention and quality time with our children contributed to one of them becoming addicted to drugs, which in turn resulted in anger, depression and ultimately incarceration. 

When your child is addicted to drugs

As parents of four, we have first-hand experience of how our lack of attention and quality time with our children contributed to one of them becoming addicted to drugs, which in turn resulted in anger, depression and ultimately incarceration. 

When your child is addicted to drugs Concerned and affected parent

As parents of four, we have first-hand experience of how our lack of attention and quality time with our children contributed to one of them becoming addicted to drugs, which in turn resulted in anger, depression and ultimately incarceration. 

The Albino terrorist

On Tuesday evening, I attended a meeting organised by the Bank Windhoek Socratic Forum, where the world-renowned Afrikaner writer and painter, Breyten Breytenbach, was the guest speaker.

A rejoinder to the character assassination of the presidency

The purpose of this rebuttal is not to defend the person, character and honour of President Hage Geingob, as an individual, since he is more than able to do so by himself, as evidenced in the past.

I am old now; you are next

There is too much talk about people being ‘old’ and that they need to get out of the way and allow someone younger to step in.

A prophet of revolution

The other day, I was watching a video of Nina Simone performing the song “Why? (The King of love is dead)”.

No living large for Indongo

sports 03 febAs double world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo prepares for the biggest fight in Namibian boxing history - a super lightweight unification bout with Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland – the undefeated Namibian boxer continues to stay in a family house in Soweto, Katutura with two of his siblings, three children and cousins.

Top Score 7-A-Side tourney kicks off

The 2017 edition of the annual Top Score 7-A-Side tournament was launched this week, with the bulk of the N$202,900 sponsorship set to go towards paying the running costs of the football spectacle, while almost N$30,000 in prize-money will be shared by the top four teams.

N$2 million missing from NPBWCB coffers

The new Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) has maintained its innocence, amid reports that its coffers have been sucked dry by their predecessors.

Knowledgeable brooms needed in sport administration

One does not hire a plumber to install electrical wiring in your home, so why do certain sport codes have administrators who have little or no knowledge of the sport they are supposed to be running effectively?

NCF partners with OTB

The Namibian Chess Federation (NCF) on Tuesday signed a cooperation agreement with Namibia’s leading sports retailer, OTB.
As part of the year-long agreement, OTB will give a 50 percent discount to NCF for any trophy-related purchases made.

Namibia trims karate national team

sportsrIn a bid to save on costs, the Namibia Karate Union (NAKU) is set to select a reduced number of karatekas that will represent the country at the Region 5 Karate Championships, slated to take place from 23 to 25 June in Maputo, Mozambique.

Volleyball  For All  bursts at the seams

The 2017 edition of the DTS Windhoek Draught Volleyball For All tournament, which is the biggest social volleyball event in the entire South African Development Community (SADC) region, was played at the DTS sports grounds last Saturday, with Total Namibia emerging as the overall victors.
Organisers of the 34-year-old tourney said discussions were still ongoing to possibly change the format of the competition from a one to a two-day event, so they can accommodate more teams than the current maximum of 240.
DTS Club Manager and organiser of the Volleyball For All tournament, Karin Curschmann, confirmed to the Windhoek Observer that for three years in a row now, a record 240 teams had participated, while about 3,000 spectators had flocked to the event for the past two years.
Curschmann said that there have been discussions around possibly changing the format of the competition, but that nothing concrete had been decided at this stage.
She said Windhoek Draught had pumped N$200,000 into this year’s spectacle, which was used to cover the costs of the event, which included purchasing the nets and balls, and hiring the umpires and announcers.
Other sponsors included individuals and companies.
A total of 662 games were played last weekend, with Total Namibia taking gold, while Die Pauker took silver and Spikoholics bronze.
French Polony ended fourth.
Teams consisted of six players, with at least two women players mandatory for each team.
The winners of the event do not receive prize-monies, but are instead awarded medals, promotional gifts and various hampers from the different sponsors. 
The event kicked off at 08h00 and the last match ended just after 18h00. Curschmann said the teams that took part this year were all from Windhoek and were mostly sponsored by companies, with a handful of private teams.
She noted that most companies use the event as a team-building enhancer for their employees.
“It was an extremely successful, fun-filled day and one of the best Volleyball For All events ever. It is an annual event, since for 34 years in succession, not even one year was skipped, to date.
“Windhoek Draught has been the main sponsor for many years now, among the many other smaller sponsors that keep coming through each year.
“As 240 teams is the absolute limit we can accommodate, it can only grow spectator and visitor-wise if we decide on breaking the tradition of holding it in one day.
“This annual event takes place every year on the first Saturday in February. The next Volleyball For All tournament will take place on 3 February 2018, so teams must start getting ready now already.
“We, from the DTS management, as well as the volleyball section, would like to thank all participants for entering this fun tournament, and all the spectators and visitors for their support.
“It was a harmonic, peaceful, fun-filled day, giving us organisers, referees and all the helpers, satisfaction after the action. A heartfelt gratitude to all the sponsors, without whom an event of this magnitude would not be possible,” added Curschmann.

Top Score 7-A-Side forges ahead

The Top Score 7-A-Side tournament went ahead last Friday at the DTS sports fields in Windhoek, despite only 75 out of a possible 80 teams registering this year.

NPL  transfer  market quiet

There has been very little movement on the local football transfer market, which opened on 23 January, with only two players having been transferred to leagues outside of the country, the Windhoek Observer has established.

A local love song playlist

Love is in the air, so we thought we would look at some local music that will get you in the mood for some fun and romance this Valentine’s Day.

The Dome unlocks sport tourism

The Dome indoor sports centre in Swakopmund last year attracted over 4,000 athletes and 10,000 spectators, who took part in various local and international events, contributing to the growth of the coastal town’s economy.

False start to DebMarine Cup

Three teams failed to turn up, while one team was disqualified from the DebMarine Namibia Cup preliminary round in the Khomas region, played last weekend.

An extraordinary farce

We are more than halfway through the short month of February, and still there is no concrete word from the powers that be at Football House on when exactly the Namibia Premier League (NPL) will kick off.

Bubble soccer craze hits Namibia

The bubble soccer global craze has finally swept onto Namibia’s shores, with the Christian Family Centre in Windhoek hosting an inaugural tournament last weekend.

Namibia gets its own ‘Blade Runner’

sportsNamibia is set to have its very own ‘Blade Runner’, after Paralympian, Etchegaray Nguluwe jetted off to South Africa this week to be fitted with a N$100,000 prosthetic running blade.

Battle far from over at NPL

The Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU) says the battle to sort out the unfolding mess in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) is far from over, following the resignation of embattled league Chairman, Johnny Johnson Doeseb (JJD).

China’s football revolution should benefit Namibians

China is Namibia’s best friend. Since gaining power in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has made reforming Chinese football one of his top priorities.

Battle far from over at NPL

The Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU) says the battle to sort out the unfolding mess in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) is far from over, following the resignation of embattled league Chairman, Johnny Johnson Doeseb (JJD).

Kanalelo on warpath

Former Brave Warriors goalkeeper and current Unam Football Club coach, Ronnie Kanalelo, has lashed out at Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs that were calling for the ouster of league Chairman Johnny Johnson Doeseb (JJD) and his  administration.

Jones buoyed by Welwitschias progress

Newly appointed Windhoek Draught Welwitschias Currie Cup team coach, Lyn Jones, says he is happy with the commitment shown by his players during training, ahead of this year’s competition, which starts in April.

Depp spends U$30,000 a month on wine

Details of 53-year-old Johnny Depp’s lavish lifestyle have emerged, thanks to a countersuit by the A-lister’s former business management company.

Trending this summer

entertainment 03 febWe are currently in the middle of summer, and as we all know, fashion trends change with the season.

Nimms is nearly there

As soon as I walk into Nimms, the swanky restaurant situated on the fourth floor of the Independence Museum in the city centre, I notice not only how big it is, but also how empty it is.

Effortlessly Stanzo

Stanzo Hikupembe (SH) is a 20-year-old rapper, director, visual artist and producer who started dabbling in making music at the age of 13.

Vanity: Only moving forward

There isn’t enough time in the world to do everything. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to sleep till my heart’s content, to get ready for work, to find an outfit to wear, to do my make-up and hair - to basically do anything.

Passengers is a hit!

After a malfunction causes Jim Preston to wake up only 30 years into a 120-year hibernation aboard the Starship Avalon spaceship, he realises that he has no way of going back to sleep.

US Embassy celebrates Black History Month

In honour of Black History Month, the United States Embassy in Windhoek will be screening movies each Friday during February, which celebrate African Americans.

Finally, we can stop saying ‘Happy New Year’

January 2017 has proven to be the toughest month ever for everybody.

Bank Windhoek hosts showbiz industry talks

Bank Windhoek has partnered with the Warehouse Theatre and Lize Ehlers to present a series of workshops that will develop the skills of artists, to ensure a smooth and professional working relationship with corporate event organisers, venue owners and the media.

Events: Night Under The Stars

For a night of music that titillates the senses, catch Night Under The Stars, which takes place on 3 February at the Goethe Institut.

Love yourself this Valentine’s Day

entertainmentIt is that time of the year when we are spreading love, giving it and expecting it in return.

Vanity: 14 February is here again

It is that time of the year when we know that 2017 is truly moving along, and we’ve made it past those January blues.

Events: Happy Art Hour

Happy Art Hour is back on 10 February. The National Art Gallery of Namibia pairs the love of art with the love of socialising for N$20, which gets you two free drinks.

CRAN targets OTT regulation

Busines 03 febThe Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) says it’s investigating the possibility of regulating over-the-top (OTT) services, as it moves ahead with a study that will define the appropriate regulatory framework.

Romeo and Juliet over the years

Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, we decided to take a look at the classic Shakespearean love story, Romeo and Juliet, and how it has been adapted and portrayed over the years.

NWR managers sign performance agreements

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has signed performance agreements with its senior managers this week in Windhoek.

Let me free my mind

When someone does something wrong to you, you usually comfort yourself with the saying, “what goes around comes around”. 

Protecton delivers innovation

Protecton Engineering Namibia CC was established in 2015 by a youthful engineer, Alastair Aspara (AA). 

Catch ‘Who Killed Mr Art’

A mystery artist has posed the question, ‘Who Killed Mr Art?’ and produced a series of portraits as ‘suspects’ for the crime.

Shell Lafrenz celebrates first anniversary

Vivo Energy Namibia, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants celebrated the first anniversary of its Lafrenz Training Centre and Shell Service station at the end of January 2017.

Courage The Comedian brings you Bachelors and Spinsters Anonymous

As a little treat to all the single folks this Valentine’s Day, Courage The Comedian presents a night of love and comedy live at the Warehouse Theatre’s swanky Loft.

Angry Car wash owners to march to PM's office

Cecilia Iyambo
Car wash owners are set to march to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) next Tuesday, amid an ongoing operation by the City of Windhoek to close down those operating illegally.

Namibian tourism in bloom

businessMost of Namibia’s economic sectors, including agriculture, fishing and mining, entered 2017 with limited optimism.

Online Valentines are Cupid’s new arrows

February 14th is Cupid’s busiest day just like December 24th is for Santa.   But, unlike Christmas, there is no one sliding down any chimney to leave goodies; giving gestures of love is a one-on-one thing. 

Tourism increases may not be permanent

In the midst of Government budget cuts, drought and an increase in the number of poaching cases before the courts, the tourists are continuing to enjoy their holidays in Namibia. 

Qué tapas! feels good, but costs too much

On Valentine’s Day, which is fast approaching, folks like to take their loved ones out for a dinner. 

A night at the Old Breweries

EntertainmentAs we hit our straps in 2017, developing new habits, making new friends and finding new ways to have fun, the natural flow of ‘stepping out and showing up’ has returned.

Deadline looms for FNB, Ebank merger approval  

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) has until 23 February to pronounce itself on the acquisition of EBank by FNB Namibia, in a deal that was announced in October last year.

Monochrome Magazine gets fresh

Started in 2016, as the brainchild of creative and editorial directors, Disney Andreas and Betty Sibeso, online publication, Monochrome Magazine, relaunched its brand and website last Saturday, with the promise of bigger and better things to come.

Manufacturing needs skills, capacity - NTF

Namibia Trade Forum (NTF) Trade and Investment Policy Analyst, Maria Immanuel, says that the country’s manufacturing companies should be ready to spend additional money on training, as they try to overcome glaring skills and capacity challenges.

Prior rocks SA Menswear

Meet Heiko Prior, a financial planner by day and a male model, gracing catwalks in both Namibia and South Africa, by night.

FNB urges ‘financial savvy’

FNB Namibia has urged individuals and businesses to be financially savvy, to ensure a better 2017.

BoN to revise economic forecasts, again

businessThe Bank of Namibia (BoN) is expected to again revise downwards its economic growth forecasts for 2016 and 2017, amid increased indications the economy will slow down further due to ongoing austerity measures introduced by Government last year.

I would have given up Grammy - The Dogg

Namibian artists, including The Dogg have weighed in on the drama at this year’s Grammy Awards, which were held Monday morning (Namibian time), saying that they too, like Adele, would have refused to accept the Best Album of the Year accolade, if a fellow nominee’s album was truly better than theirs.

Manufacturers urge policy implementation

The Namibia Manufacturing Association (NMA) has urged Government to ensure that manufacturing incentives are properly aligned across ministries, and implemented if the Growth at Home Strategy is to become a success.

Tickled is no laughing matter

What starts off as an innocent inquiry about the world of ‘competitive endurance tickling’, ends up exposing a bizarre phenomenon, in which hostile organisations go to great lengths to keep their activities secret.

Agribank goes after defaulters

Agribank is owed N$500 million in arrears out of a total loan book of N$2, 4 billion, sparking a collection drive by the financial institution, which fears that its sustainability is under threat.

Suko Kool Kids unleash Dashiki

Local artists Taylor Jaye, Chin Chilla and Rapboi Trizzy, together known as Suko Kool Kids, have released their debut single, Dashiki, featuring Ghanaian rapper, Quata Budukusu.

New vehicle sales continue to plummet

A total of 910 vehicles were sold in January, representing a 14,6 percent drop from the 1,066 vehicles sold in December last year, IJG Securities has reported.

NAMAs, Valentine’s Day and black unity!

This year I auditioned for the Namibian Annual Music Awards, popularly known as the NAMAs, for the fourth time.

Don’t be tenderpreneurs - !Gawaxab

Former Old Mutual Managing Director, and current EOS Capital Executive Chairman, Johannes !Gawaxab, says that ‘tenderpreneurship’ should be replaced with hard work, patience and a focus on education.

George Michael’s funeral ‘could be delayed until March’

George Michael’s funeral may have to be postponed to three months from his death on Christmas Day last year, as coroners are yet to release his body.

Let’s have a Sunday Session

There is no day in the week like Sunday. It is so cool and calm, but still the perfect day to gather your friends, some good food and a few drinks, and say farewell to the weekend.
As you prepare mentally for the new week to begin, the best thing to do is to have one last party - a Sunday Session that rivals all others.

The power of saving as a couple

Do you and your partner have big plans coming up, whether it’s a holiday, a wedding, or new house? 

Catch the party vibe at Tornado

Going to Tornado is always quite the experience. The owners, Jens and Anja Berger are a quirky pair, who greets you like old friends, when you enter the door.

So you wanna’ stay fat?

No…you want to lose weight? OK.  Check this article out.

Atlanta Season 1: Big bang review

Atlanta, Donald Glover’s surrealist, heady FX series, took home Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy at the 2017 Golden Globes, while Glover, who plays Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks on the show, also earned the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.

Karrueche gets restraining order against Chris Brown

Chris Brown has been ordered to stay clear of ex-GF Karrueche Tran, after she filed legal documents saying he vowed to kill her and also that he’s beaten her up before.

The great land divide

It occurs to us that the unfortunate divide between the people of Namibia is very apparent particularly when looking at two major events of national importance being held this weekend; one in the North and one in the South.

3,5bn reasons to question president

We bristle with righteous indignation, on behalf of a financially-strapped nation, which has at its helm a leader that boldly speaks about transparency, efficiency and integrity, and yet has as a best buddy and business partner who has been arrested and charged with corrupt practices that may have cost this country over N$3,5 BILLION in desperately needed revenue.

We’d rather have Mandela than Mugabe

The great King Mandume ya Ndemufayo fought the brutal Portuguese and British colonial forces on 6 February 1917; he was 17 years old at this pinnacle of his life, and we celebrate his achievements. 

The enemies of unity and peace

We welcome the opening of fifth session of the sixth Parliament and hope that our parliamentarians can attend sessions, stay awake, read and understand the momentous issues that must be decided and move faster to attend to the multitude of tabled Bills.

Is Keetmans the TNT that blows it all up?

One of Namibia’s strongest fibres of being and most attractive assets has always been its most capricious tinder box.  And that is: ‘tribes’ and cultural allegiances.

Geingob’s partner released on N$1m bail

National 03 feb

Chinese tycoon and President Hage Geingob business associate, Yuequan Jack Huang, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with tax evasion, fraud and money laundering charges involving N$3,5 billion, has been granted N$1 million bail by the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court, after a brief appearance on Thursday.

Geraldes exits MTC

As previously reported by the Windhoek Observer in June last year, MTC Managing Director, Miguel Geraldes, has exited the telecoms company after a nine-year stint.

UN dismisses non-graduate Namibians

Conflict is brewing at the United Nations offices in Namibia, as employees without tertiary degrees, who are currently employed in certain job categories, are being shown the door, after failing to upgrade their qualifications.

Harambee under threat

President Hage Geingob’s plan to have 5,000 new residential plots serviced, 6,000 new houses constructed and 10,000 toilets built in rural areas, among a host of Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) targets for 2017, will be nearly impossible to achieve, given the unfolding economic crisis.

Agriculture ministry delays crucial projects

The economic challenges currently being experienced in the country, which have led Government to introducing austerity measures across the public service,  have hit the agriculture ministry hard, delaying the start, as well as the completion of crucial capital development projects, including the N$4 billion Neckartal Dam and a host of green scheme initiatives.

Confusion surrounds NAMA 2017 host town

The Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMA) will not be hosted by Swakopmund despite the municipality setting aside N$200,000 for the accommodation of this year’s performing artists, crew members, nominees and the media.
This was confirmed by MTC Corporate Communications Practitioner, John Ekongo, who told the Windhoek Observer that the 28 and 28 April event “will not be hosted in Swakopmund this year”.
“We had approached the municipality, but it would have been too costly for the rental of The Dome (indoor sports complex), so we have already made provisions to take it (the awards show) elsewhere,” Ekongo said.
The Swakopmund Municipality confirmed last week during its first council meeting for 2017 that it will sponsor an amount of N$200,000 towards accommodation arrangements for the NAMA participants.
This had created the impression that the town, which played host to the glittering awards show in 2014 and 2015, will once again be the host this year.
Corporate and Finance Manager at The Dome, CB Van Zyl, told the Windhoek Observer that they had not received a response to the quote they sent to the NAMA organisers last year.
During last week’s council meeting, a letter emerged, dated 7 December 2016, in which MTC executive, Tim Ekandjo, had asked the municipality to sponsor the accommodation for around 382 people, including a 42 DB Audio member crew expected in the town from 16 April.
In their response to Ekandjo, the Swakopmund Municipality welcomed the opportunity to once again host the event and confirmed that they had block-booked the Municipal Rest Camp for the requested period.
Mention was also made about VIP tickets being issued to councillors and management staff to attend the awards.
But Ekongo claimed this week that the organisers had considered Swakopmund, but had made a decision to take the NAMA show to another town, providing that all the hosting criteria are met.
He said that since the awards were held in Swakopmund twice before, the organisers felt it was necessary to take the show to other regions.
“A decision and announcement will be made shortly about which town has been chosen,” said Ekongo, adding that the hosting criteria included that a town should provide a large enough venue, as well as ample accommodation and facilities for the stars, crew and influx of guests.
This year’s NAMA have received a total of 802 entries, up from the 599 entries received last year.
The Best Collaboration category received the highest number of entries, with 120, followed by the Best Single category, which raked in 92 entries.
The Best Song with a Message category received 75 entries, while Best Music Video received 68 entries and Best Gospel, 63 entries.
The categories with the least number of entries are Best Afrikaans and Best Entertainment Journalist of the Year with five entries each, followed by Best Damara Punch, Best Oviritje and Best Acapella, with seven entries each, while Most Socially Responsible Artist received eight entries.

Civil servants urged to remain ‘ethical’

Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister, John Mutorwa, has urged civil servants to provide ethical and corruption-free services to the public.

SSC gem shares success recipe

His genuine love to help others and a desire to make a difference in their lives is the fire that drives 47-year-old Samuel Cloete, who last year earned the coveted title of Social Security Commission (SSC) Customer Service Excellence of the Year.

AR shows ailing opposition the way - analysts

nationalAnalysts say it will be extremely difficult for former official opposition parties to regain their former glory in the eye of the electorate, as they have failed to become issue-based.

Work resumes on DRC Mass Housing

Construction and repair work has resumed in Swakopmund on the nearly 2,400 houses that were being built in the DRC settlement, under the Mass Housing initiative, which have been standing vacant for years, after Government halted the proceedings.

Venaani fires on all cylinders

DTA leader McHenry Venaani (MV) has shared his views on a range of issues, including how to tackle the country’s current economic challenges, the firing of former Land Reform Deputy Minister, Bernadus Swartbooi, the growing number of Chinese immigrants and the rebranding of his party.

Nujoma not sour, as Geingob shelves Land Bill

The Ministry of Land Reform says President Hage Geingob’s decision to halt the tabling of the controversial Land Bill in Parliament is not a slap in the face of Minister Utoni Nujoma.

Geingob must stop beating tribalism drum - analysts

nationalPresident Hage Geingob’s speech at the opening of Parliament this week, has received mixed reactions from the opposition and from analysts, who implored him to address issues that are being raised by his detractors, without dismissing them as “tribalist”.

AG’s new N$150m office put on ice

Cash flow challenges currently being experienced by the Government have put paid to plans to construct a new N$150 million office for the Attorney General, Sackeus Shanghala and his staff.

Untouchable’ council employee gloats to residents

Rehoboth residents are up in arms after suspended council employee, Charles Witbeen, who stands accused of two cases of theft involving the sale of municipal erven, brazenly addressed a recent community meeting, where he claimed to be representing town council Chief Executive Officer, Christoph /Uirab.

Shack dwellers give up, as City drags feet

The Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) is in danger of losing its members, as the City of Windhoek drags its feet to avail land to build low cost housing to the group.

Katjavivi on budget cuts, Land Bill and asset declarations

Following the opening of the Fifth Session of the Sixth Parliament on Tuesday, National Assembly Speaker, Professor Peter Katjavivi (PK), sat down with Windhoek Observer journalist, Sonja Smith (SS), to field several questions, including on the current economic crisis, the asset declarations of MPs and what Bills would be tabled in Parliament this year.

Rössing sells houses to employees

Rössing Uranium has sold 56 of its remaining 66 Swakopmund houses to its employees, saying that the mine wants to focus on its core business, and move away from property management, which has become a “distraction”.

NIPAM plays middleman with Govt millions

national leonThe decision by the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) to outsource a tender that it had been awarded by the Ministry of Public Enterprises has cost the Government an estimated N$1,6 million for work that actually costs N$450,000, sources alleged this week.

Rukoro in firing line

Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister, John Mutorwa, stands accused of procedurally handpicking a new Meatco board that is hostile to Chief Executive Officer, Vekuii Rukoro, who, sources said, is likely to be shown the door when his contract expires at the end of May 2017.

Punish murderers like poachers - Ankama

SWAPO parliamentarian Dr Samuel Ankama has implored Government to punish murderers with the same vigour and ruthlessness as when dealing with poachers.

New City bus routes launched

The City of Windhoek and the Ministry of Works and Transport on Wednesday introduced 14 new routes in the city, as part of the Move Windhoek bus service.

Tenderprenuers looting the country dry - RDP

Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) leader, Jeremiah Nambinga, has accused Government of “allowing a network of well-connected individuals and tenderpreneurs  to loot and pillage” State resources.

Executives get a taste of shack life

High-level company executives had eye-opening and deeply moving experiences this week, when they spent time with shack dwellers in their humble surroundings.

Brave pensioner fights crime

At the age of 77, Sigi Reischauer, popularly known as Ouma Sigi, has energy and vigour that puts the younger generation to shame


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