Windhoek Observer

Taste of Euro film for audiences

THE European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) will host a film festival in Windhoek from 4 to 10 August.

EUNIC will screen up to 14 different films during the festival at three venues including the Diogo Cão Language Centre at the International School in Pionierspark, the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) and Goethe Zentrum Windhoek. This year, representatives from 12 European countries chose the best films or documentaries under the theme “Somewhere Else: Searching for a Home”.

Each of the films under this theme will look at the subject of integration into a new country or culture.

Guaranteed finalists

WITH only one eviction show left before the Big Brother StarGame finale, Wati, Talia and Keagan are the only housemates guaranteed places in the finals after Wati saved himself and put up Kyle for possible eviction in his place this Sunday.

The 35 housemates – 28 loud and rowdy Downvillers and seven elite Upvillers, who started the game in May – have now been reduced to seven deserving contenders vying for the coveted prize of US$300,000.

The last eviction show on Sunday will tell who of Jannette, Kyle, Lady May and Prezzo will be joining the three finalists.

The Malawian used his prerogative to ‘save and replace’ as the week’s Head of House to save himself from eviction and instead placed Kyle’s head firmly under the guillotine.

Could Wati’s decision have anything to do with Keitta’s eviction?

Sweet sound of sign language

SIGN language to hearing people is a non-verbal way of communicating but Lizette Beukes is quite articulate when using the language.

The sign language teacher and interpreter started teaching sign language 15 years ago after she became interested in the way deaf people communicate and somehow still manage to understand each other.

A teacher by profession she has been involved in the education system for most of her life.

Her professional career started off as a pre-school teacher, a position she held for three years before going on to become a sign language educator at the Centre for Communication and Deaf Studies (CCDS).

Divas’ Night out

inside entfiesta27THE National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) in collaboration with Namibian Women’s Summit, DB audio, Salon Lee and Queenspark officially launched the sixth edition of ‘A SistaThang’ on Wednesday 18 July.

Steadfast in the belief that women are the pillars of society, NTN initiated the project to celebrate women through music and give them a platform to share their unique talents.

This year’s ‘SistaThang’ under the theme “Feminine Fiesta” will be in support of the annual Women’s Summit.

Speaking at the launch, Werner Thaniseb, the manager of the NTN, said that they were trying to bring life back to music and that the female artists that would perform at this year’s event made up a formidable team.

CCTV for shebeen street

CCTV for shbeen streetWINDHOEK’s crime busters, the Windhoek City Police, have turned to Big Brother-style tactics to help fight crime in the city’s notorious Eveline Street.

City Police Chief Abraham Kanime this week disclosed that the city has approved a N$3 million budget for the purchase and installation of up to thirty surveillance cameras that they will set up at trouble spots along Eveline Street.

City Police expect to have the surveillance cameras operating within the next three months.

Whither Junia . . . and Fifi?

Whither Junia . . . and Fifi?“I WANT to see where my acting career goes and maybe Fifi and I will try modelling,” Junia Cloete says, the second of Namibia’s three representatives in this year’s Big Brother Africa StarGame.

Fifi is the nickname other housemates affectionately gave to her round tummy during her stay in the house before her eviction two weeks ago . . . and she seems to like and even adopted the name.

Rethinking resettlement

Hooray! Finally, someone in Government has started to see the light when it comes to the land resettlement programme.

Minister of Lands and Resettlement Alpheus !Naruseb’s declaration when speaking at Hoachanas that he supports the subletting of farms comes as welcome news indeed.

The opinion he expressed shows an uncommon degree of perceptiveness and a sense of realism that we have learnt not to expect from our usually dogmatic politicians.

Samaria rings in changes at Tigers

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THERE will be massive changes at Tigers FC as the club aims to win back its supporters with a convincing brand of football next season.

These are among the plans of new Tigers coach Bobby Samaria who this week confirmed his appointment as the mentor of the Shandubala-based Namibia Premier League club.

Paragon sells stake in EPL

PANCONTINENTAL Oil & Gas NL announced on Thursday that it had reached agreement with partner Paragon Investment Holdings Limited to purchase 10 percent of Paragon’s interest in the EL 0037 licence for US$4 million.

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has already granted approval for the transaction, a statement issued by Pancontinental on Thursday this week said.

According to the agreement, Pancontinental will pay Paragon US$2 million now and another US$2 million either when Pancontinental farms out any interest in EL 0037 or six months after the effective date of the transaction.

Nahas wavers on NEEEF

Nahas wavers on NEEEFPRIME Minister Nahas Angula announced in Parliament this week that he is re-inviting input and suggestions in order to bring about changes to the New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework.

After making his statement, the prime minister distributed the amended version for further scrutiny by legislators whom he requested to forward comments and inputs to him before the end of this month.

He also congratulated the media for the manner in which it reported on the matter.


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