Remembering Cassinga – we shall never forget

Remembering Cassinga –  we shall  never forget

STAFF REPORTER ________________ Namibia commemorated the Cassinga Day this week, with many people including some of the survivors, gathered at the UN plaza in Katutura where survivors collectively gave their own accounts on that fateful day. Some of the survivors who survived 39 years ago when the racist South African troops attacked Cassinga settlement in […]

Cabinet weighing Jooste’s bid to dispose RCC and TransNamib

Cabinet weighing  Jooste’s bid to dispose  RCC and TransNamib

DESIE HEITA _____________ The fight over whether or not to kill the national railway company TransNamib and the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) has reached its crescendo. Politicians continue the conversation on whether or not to first address the ambiguity or impracticality of implementing the private public partnership concept, which would see individuals acquiring stakes into […]

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 […]

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