Chinese propose nuclear plant

April 28th, 2017
Namibia could soon go nuclear after Swakop Uranium, the owner of the ...

Education ministry delays slow EU funding

April 28th, 2017
The Namibian education sector, currently reeling under budget cuts, ...

Power blackouts feared as Public Procurement Board dilly dallies

April 28th, 2017
The delay to implement the new Public Procurement Act, as the new ...

New tender board embroiled in controversy

April 21st, 2017
The newly-established Central Procurement Board of Namibia is ...

SWAPO hawks circle around Kaura

April 21st, 2017
Kunene Regional Governor Advisor, Katuutire Kaura, has come ...

Geingob off the mark - Kazenambo

April 21st, 2017
Former Cabinet Minister and current SWAPO Party Politburo member, ...

Lawyers on the run

April 13th, 2017
The Guardian Fund, which administers deceased estates on behalf of ...

Riled up over the little things

The whole time change thing has caught the attention of many in Namibia and I suppose that is a good thing. But, my goodness, with the walls crumbling down around us on so many bread-and-butter, life-and-death issues, why in the world are we wasting so much energy on time change?

The land problem in black and white

When we talk about corruption, the land issue and mismanagement problems in Namibia, these accusations are always focused on black people in political office, local Government or businesses. We reject this limited scope. Failure to fully identify a problem means failure to come up with viable solutions.

SA’s downgrade puts pressure on Namibia

The cost of servicing Namibia’s foreign debt has jumped from N$875 million to N$916 million over the past 10 days as the weakening of the local currency pegged to the rand continues to be felt following the downgrade of South Africa to junk status by international ratings agencies. The country’s exchange rate has weakened from N$/US$13,09 during the budget speech in February to N$/US$ 13,70.

The right to choose

Lately, the issue of abortion is being openly and reasonably debated in Namibia. The recent horrifying statistic of over 7,335 abortions recorded at hospitals countrywide between 1 January and 31 December last year, provoked this reaction. What a sad note on which to start an important national debate.

Local economists say that Namibia has been in recession since the third quarter of last year, as confirmed by the release of the 2016 preliminary national accounts this week, which show that the domestic economy recorded a marginal growth of 0,2 percent last year, compared to 6,1 percent in 2015. The statistics released by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), showed that the drop in growth was led by a 10,4 percent contraction in secondary industries and a -2,4 percent growth in primary industries, which implied that the recession intensified over the last quarter of 2016.

I have just watched an American TV series called Madam Secretary, where a plotline within the story was about the Namibian rhino poaching crisis. In the show, ‘President Kibangu’ (or some sort of wild name) of Namibia asks the US Secretary of State for military equipment to help fight poachers in ‘E-toe-sha’. While I laughed at the names they used, what is really happening with rhinos, elephants and other high-value animals is not funny at all.

Bush to visit Namibia

Former US President, George W. Bush, is set to jet into the Land of the Brave early next month, to officiate over the donation of money to various HIV/AIDS organisations, while also working with the First Lady, Monica Geingos’ One Economy Foundation, the Windhoek Observer can exclusively reveal.

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