Windhoek Observer

Pimping workers

WE welcome the decision by African Personnel Services (APS) to shelve its application for an urgent interdict against the implementation of the amendments to the Labour Act.
The company should go further and drop the case it earlier lodged in the High Court challenging the constitutionality of Section 128 of the Labour Amendment Act.
Our advice to APS is give up; stop wasting your money on a futile exercise and on attempting to justify something that is morally indefensible.
Even if APS wins the case, it can only win it on legal technicalities and that will amount to a pyrrhic victory.

Nujoma calls for self-sustainability

WINDHOEK – Former President Dr Sam Nujoma has called on the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) to strive towards self-sustainability by engaging in profitable and honest business activities.
Nujoma said the Swapo Party had successfully liberated the country from the yoke of colonialism, with the participation and support of many young Namibians.
He was speaking during a SPYL fundraising gala dinner on Wednesday evening in the capital, ahead of the Fifth National SPYL Congress scheduled to take place towards the end of this month.

BBA7 curtain comes down

AFRICAMAGIC’S Big Brother StarGame came to an end last Sunday night (5 August) with the crowning of South African Keagan Peterson, the winner of the 91-day drama-filled show that propelled him to superstardom and the massive US$300,000 prize.
The Cape Town lad hit the jackpot after a journey started in Downville with partner Lee who Biggie evicted the night Africa upgraded Keagan to Upville.
This means South Africa has won Big Brother for the first time after a long wait.

Baard holds the key for Namibia

sports Baard 10augNAMIBIA captain Steven Baard has embraced the underdog tag for this month’s ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2012 in Queensland.
The African minnows have been drawn in arguably the tournament’s group of death, the only pool which features three Test nations – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and neighbours South Africa.
But 20-year-old Baard, who scored 45 off 22 balls in his first-class debut at just 17 years of age, wants Namibia to throw the cat among the pigeons.
“We want to upset one or two of the Test nations,” Baard declared.

Petty secrets

The controversy surrounding the supposed leaking of the report on irregularities at the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) is really a storm in a teacup – and a small teacup at that.
Before Government goes into its usual knee-jerk, over-reaction mode it needs to stop and consider matters carefully.
With regard to the leaked NAC report, local daily The Namibian last Friday quoted Minister of Works and Transport Erkki Nghimtina and State House making dire threats to punish those responsible for leaking the report.

Half a billion credit for private sector

CLOSE to N$500 million in credit was extended to the private sector in June, according to the Bank of Namibia’s money and banking statistics. Commenting on the data Head of Research at Simonis Storm Securities Romé Mostert said this represented a 1.1 percent increase month-on-month with total credit outstanding at N$47.8 billion.
Annual growth in private sector credit extension (PSCE) slowed to 12.3 percent from 12.9 percent in May and 13.6 percent in April.

Northern businesses key to growth

EXPORTING Namibian goods and services to foreign markets and strengthening the capacity of public institutions to deliver services are all key drivers of economic growth and prosperity for the country.
Old Mutual’s Managing Director for Africa Operations Johannes !Gawaxab made these remarks at a fundraising gala dinner for the Ongwediva Trade Fair.
He emphasised the importance of speedy delivery of affordable land in urban areas as well as the need for diversification of business activities.

The last six standing

entbba03augAFTER three months of intrigue and scheming in the Big Brother house, six housemates from the original 35 are on the home-straight with only the final hurdle ahead of them this Sunday.
Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia are the only East-Central African countries still with representatives in the house while Southern African neighbours Namibia and South Africa are still in with a shout as their housemates have made it to the finals.

Namibia Sports Awards in October

WINDHOEK – This year’s edition of the prestigious Namibia Sports’ Awards will take place on 26 October in the capital.
The Namibia Sports’ Awards are presented annually to deserving sports persons who have attained outstanding achievements and contributed significantly towards Namibia’s quest for sporting excellence.

NPL promises cup competition, again

WITH the 2012/2013 domestic football season about to start in a month’s time, the Namibia Premier League is again promising more football.
According to the Chairman of the Namibia Premier League, Johnny Doeseb, the league is busy finalising talks with various potential sponsors to organise a cup competition in the new season.


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