WE live in dangerous times right now. People, particularly in politics and the media, have become delirious with congress fever and this seems to have slightly unhinged some people’s minds.
The Swapo Party Youth League congress that started this week perhaps provides an appetiser or foretaste of what we can expect in the run-up to the main congress of Swapo towards the end of the year.
The strike at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation that led to a total news blackout across large swathes of the country for six days finally ended on Wednesday this week.
The striking NBC employees only ended their industrial action after Government seemingly managed to pull off an extraordinary magical trick.
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.
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.
THE judgement in the case of the three women claim’s of over N$1 million each in damages from the Government for having undergone forced sterilisations dominated the week’s headlines.
No one knows the final outcome yet, because the Government might still appeal the case.
We perhaps need to revise our thinking with regard to the so-called ‘Children of the Liberation Struggle’.
Maybe in the past we have appeared unsympathetic and harsh toward this rowdy and often unruly group of people.
However, new knowledge often brings better understanding and a new perspective on an issue.
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.