Namibian rugby youngster Ludick signs for Merthyr RFC

Namibian rugby youngster Ludick signs for Merthyr RFC

OTNIEL HEEMBAPU __________________ Highly-rated Namibian rugby youngster Ruan Ludick has joined Welsh outfit Merthyr RFC on a two-year contract, the principality premiership contenders announced recently. The 22-year old Namibian rugby sensation have represented Namibia in four Tests and have also played in the South African domestic Currie Cup. Ludick, who is a fearless lock, was […]

Let 2016 serve as a serious lesson

Let 2016 serve as a serious lesson

Not just for football leaders – who were widely castigated by the entire nation for failing the game on almost all accounts – but the entire sport fraternity should take 2016 as the year to draw massive lessons and inspiration from and it should equally be a year that will help guide us in mapping […]

Meet Lao, the young designer at the Coast

PINEHAS NAKAZIKO ___________________ Ever since she was a young girl, Christ Laolange Shameulu, knew she wanted to make clothes. By then she was assisting her grandmother, who was a seamstress, with mending and sewing clothes. “She is also my inspiration when it comes to clothing. Growing up with my grandmother I always helped her with […]

Dos Santos’ retirement changes nothing, and everything, in Angola

Dos Santos’ retirement changes  nothing, and everything, in Angola

The state media in Angola announced that President Jose Eduardo dos Santos would step down from office before the presidential election in August 2017. It is difficult to overstate the significance of this announcement. Dos Santos has ruled Angola for 37 years, becoming Africa’s longest-serving leader in the process. It is almost impossible to imagine […]

Tribute to El Commandate Fidel Castro

Tribute to El Commandate Fidel Castro

For many in Africa, Fidel Castro was a champion of the Third World, an advocate of socio-economic justice, vanguard of African liberation and model of people-centred leadership. To me, he is one of the icon and intellectual towering figure, a selfless leader and resilient fighter for social justice who defined the last part of the […]

The Office of the Prime Minister’s achievements in 2016

An application for forestry permit (collecting wood or harvesting plantation and trees) has been reduced from 50 days to seven days while an application for a taxi permit has been reduced from 12 months to 30 days. Major highlights for 2016 The Performance Management System (PMS) has been institutionalized across the Namibian public sector. Cabinet […]

A blessed Marry Christmas and Happy New Year

This is New Era Weekend’s last edition of 2016. And what a year it’s been. Least of all for New Era Weekend, which came into existence only six months ago. Although 2016 cannot be defined as ‘annus horribilis’ – the Latin phrase for ‘horrible year’ made famous by Her Majesty the Queen of England in […]

They made robots at FabLab Namibia

They made robots at FabLab Namibia

Science fiction has become science fact for the engineering students at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), and FABlab Namibia. FABlab are now experimenting with building their very own robots. FABlab Namibia is the first advanced manufacturing, prototyping and design lab in Namibia and the largest FABlab currently within Africa. And the first robot […]

Africa seek to strengthen health systems

Africa seek to strengthen health systems

The first regional forum on strengthening health systems for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) took place in Windhoek, Namibia with the theme Healthy Systems, Healthy People: Making Universal Health Coverage Work for Africa. The forum, organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) in collaboration with […]

From humble beginnings to a doctorate degree

From humble beginnings to a doctorate degree

HELVY SHAANIKA _________________ Meet Mwahangelai Namundjebo, better known as Queen Elizabeth by her friends. As a young girl who had to brew tombo (traditional sorgum beer) and sell fat cakes at school for her family to survive, Namundjebo now serves as an inspiration and motivation to thousands of single mothers living in poverty. Namundjebo came […]

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