Women help men hurt women

When things in life go down the toilet, most times, it is men who do the flushing.  However, women are the plumbers who allow the water to flow in the first place.  Women have solutions, though we routinely abdicate our power to force change.  Why?
Late Friday’s death of Hanno Rumpf, former Namibian Ambassador to Germany, former Permanent Secretary, student activist, and conscientious objector, gave many of us an opportunity to reflect.
Overflowing sewage spills are a daily problem for the inhabitants of the informal settlements in Windhoek.  Earlier last week, residents from Havana and Goreangab Dam, raised their voices against the flowing sewage that threatens to cause water-borne infections that will lead to diseases.
I do not know the full details fuelling the current determination of the USA and the UK to foment upheaval in Venezuela and attacks on its President Nicolás Maduro.   But, as my Grandma used to say, “There’s somethin’ rotten in the cotton.”

The Time Traveller: The beer war

I’ve been unusually pre-occupied with beer in the last few days.
I don’t drink it much. But I was intrigued by media articles on the tussle between the new kid on Namibia’s beer block, Desert Lager, and Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), who accuse desert lager of stealing the recipe for their Tafel Lite.

Gun control in Namibia

Gun control is a vitally important issue in not only Namibia, but other societies, especially those that have emerged from struggle and war, and where there is a proliferation of small arms. Recent heinous murders/assaults and robberies where guns have been used, have pushed the gun control issue to the forefront.

Diescho today; you tomorrow

The situation under which Dr Joe Diescho has apparently made the choice to leave Namibia is concerning.  While much of what he recounts as under-handed efforts to frustrate him professionally has the ring of truth, the worries I have are much deeper.

The Time Traveller: Against the axe

I might have been 10 years old when the British Conservative government decided to close my school/community library. It fell to one of Margaret Thatcher’s numerous public sector expenditure-reducing programmes.

Think, talk and then act

The population of our country is increasing fast and many people are flocking to larger towns where they believe they can find work and have access to daily services. But, the Namibian economy is struggling and this is a major problem in today’s life.

A unified State: Namibia

We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."  - Benjamin Franklin
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