The hidden treasures of Kavango

The hidden treasures of Kavango

JOHN MUYAMBA ________________ The two green regions of Kavango offer more than just fertile land. There are precious minerals beneath the earth. And, by all indications somewhere between the two regions of Kavango West and East there could even be diamond and hydrocarbon deposits. The latest unconfirmed news is that the diamond deposits are either […]

Alcohol was my husband, but no more

Alcohol was my husband,  but no more

ALVINE KAPITAKO __________________ Two weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon, while in the rehabilitation centre, Sophia * (not her real name) made a bitter-sweet commitment to end her 25-year long relationship with alcohol. “I took my pen and paper and I wrote a letter breaking up with alcohol. I wrote a letter, saying, ‘hello my […]

Conservancy windfalls: A tale of contradictions

Conservancy windfalls:  A tale of contradictions

DESIE HEITA ____________ Namibia’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources launched a scathing critique ever on the country’s national policy on human wildlife conflict management, turning the long-standing policy on its head. It was found that government’s glorious public reports on earnings and benefits derived from community-based conservancies are in a stark contrast to the […]

Committed to efficiently serve the public

Committed to efficiently serve the public

STAFF REPORTER ________________ The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation this week became the one of the few government ministries to publicly launch their service charter. “The ministry strives to deliver consistent professional, effective and efficient service delivery to our customers at all times. Hence, our Customer Service Charter expresses the set standards of service […]

Put down your cellphone and read books

Put down your cellphone and read books

ALVINE KAPITAKO __________________ Thirty-six years after buying ‘Uncle Spike’s book exchange’, George Yates still firmly believes that books are the best way of imparting knowledge and skills to children and adults alike. Stocked with piles of books reaching the ceilings, ‘Uncle Spike’s book exchange’ has grown over the years and remains a popular spot for […]

What lessons to take from opportunity lost with APRM

What lessons to take from opportunity lost with APRM

DESIE HEITA ____________ The announcement that Namibia has finally acceded to the African Peer Review Mechanism received lukewarm response from political analysts and politicians, with some stoically pointing out that there is nothing to celebrate. Analysts bold enough to speak their mind on record – very few were willing to comment – point to the […]

African adopt universal declaration to defeat malaria

STAFF REPORTER ________________ Heads of State from across Africa this week adopted a Declaration on Universal Access to Immunization in Africa, in which they endorsed the Addis Declaration on Immunization, a historic and timely pledge to ensure that everyone in Africa – regardless of who they are or where they live – receives the full […]

What does 2017 hold for Namibia?

What does 2017 hold for Namibia?

STAFF REPORTER ________________ Year 2017 did not start well for the global economy that has, until now, grown used to multilateralism while listening to the gospel of global fair trade. If the previous year’ Brexit vote was a minor tremor then the ascension of businessman Donald Trump to the United State’s White House is the […]

Namcol unpacks block tuition

Namcol unpacks block tuition

Albertina Nakale Windhoek – The Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) director, Heroldt Murangi, has explained that the block tuition programme for Grade 12 learners, which is an attempt to improve national results, will be only be implemented this year on a pilot basis. As part of its strategy to increase the pass rate among […]

AR withdraws from mass urban land servicing project

AR withdraws from mass urban land servicing project

Selma Ikela Windhoek – The leaders of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) group, Job Amupanda, George Kambala and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma, will issue government with a notice of withdrawal from the mass urban land servicing programme (MULSP) it agreed to in July 2015. Amupanda stated not only was there a failure to meet the targets and observe […]

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