Moody’s downgrade based on speculation

Moody’s downgrade based on speculation

Calle Schlettwein The government of Namibia took note with concern of the decision by Moody’s Investor Services to downgrade Namibia’s international credit rating to Ba1, from Baa3-in December 2016, while maintaining its negative outlook. This essentially put Namibia’s international debt issuances in the category of “junk status”, an assessment that we do not concur with […]

Setting the stage for the UK’s post-Brexit trade relations with southern Africa

Setting the stage for the UK’s post-Brexit trade relations with southern Africa

Throughout my visit to South Africa and Namibia last month, I was struck by the bonds that link the UK and the southern African region. Our historical, commercial, educational and Commonwealth links all help underpin our longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship. For me this relationship has a personal significance. Over nearly two decades during my […]

Chief Hosea Kutako, the titans of Tanga and our collective future

Chief Hosea Kutako, the titans  of Tanga and our collective future

The sculpture of Chief Hosea Komombumbi Kutako radiates calm authority at the main entrance of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Chief Kutako, commander and prisoner of war, Herero royal and arguably the most consequential Namibian of the past century, died on 18 July 1970. Today, Chief Kutako is worth convocation for two reasons. […]

The struggle for workers right continues

The struggle for workers right continues

Since the 19th century May 1 has been International Worker’s Day, chosen by organised labour to celebrate the contribution of workers around the world. But it’s frequently forgotten that the day actually celebrates a particular achievement of the labour movement: being able to do less work. Not better paid or decent work, but shorter working […]

Geingob on Namibia- Zimbabwe relationship

I feel honoured to have been invited to pay a State Visit, my first to the Republic of Zimbabwe. My delegation and I are grateful for the wonderful reception and generous hospitality accorded to us since our arrival in this beautiful City of Harare. Our two countries share a common history of a protracted struggle […]

Africa needs more women computer scientists. How to make it happen

In Africa, a continent grappling with many social ills, it’s critical that universities produce more Computer Science graduates. It’s also one that equips students with crucial skills. Computer Science graduates are problem solvers and logical thinkers who can apply their technical expertise in a range of ways – including to socioeconomic problems. For example, Dr […]

Dlamini-Zuma bid farewell to AU, where to next?

Dlamini-Zuma bid farewell to AU, where to next?

Outgoing African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has packed her bags and greeted staff at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. The farewell ceremony, on 1 March, came just over a month after the election of her successor, Chad’s former prime minister, Moussa Faki, on 31 January. The handover to a new Commission […]

Resolving genocide essential for Namibia and Germany to heal

Resolving genocide essential for  Namibia and Germany to heal

Imperial Germany was one of the latecomers in acquiring colonies in Africa, and Namibia was selected by them as a settlement colony. Formal German rule over Namibia (Deutsch Sud-Wes Afrika) was declared in 1884-5, but prior to that German missionaries, explorers and merchants were well-established in the south and central parts of the country. What […]

Rukoro’s public apology statement

Rukoro’s public apology statement

I overreacted and used words and phrases which, on mature reflection, are clearly not appropriate. I therefore wish to hereby un-reservedly withdraw the offending statements and equally apologise to the Namibian public in this regard. We invited you in order to share our position with regard to the latest media events, in particular the [newspaper] […]

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