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Enamoured Windhoek women start Hats & Roses preparations on Friday evening

Enamoured Windhoek women start Hats & Roses preparations on Friday evening

The 500 or so women who travelled in groups to the Out of Nature resort south of Windhoek on Saturday came together for a celebration of the milestones in the fight against cancer.

Organised by the Cancer Association of Namibia and its project partners, the 2017 Hats & Roses celebration took place in a yellow marquee that grew hotter and hotter as the 5-hour event evolved.

Celebrity South African pianist, Rocco de Villiers entertained the ladies with his extraordinary talent and dexterity behind the piano keys while Master of Ceremonies, Afra Schimming-Chase had her hands full to steer the programme along a vaguely defined course. As more and more champagne corks popped, the bread and cheese fare became all the more appetising.

This annual event has assumed such a high profile on the Windhoek social calendar, groups of women come together all over Windhoek on the day prior to the main event, colour-coding and matching dresses, outfits and head attire.

Earlier this week the Cancer Association said it realised about N$200,000 in surplus boosted by another N$100,000 from Spar Namibia and N$70,000 from Alexander Forbes. At N$500 per ticket the 500 ladies contributed a cool N$250,000 in ticket sales.

Cancer Association Chief Executive, Rolf Hansen said the proceeds are used to support community outreach clinics where any Namibian woman has access to Pap smeers, breast examinations, ultrasound screenings and mammograms.

Pictured are the ladies from the East, from the left, Frances Botha, Helene Vosloo, Monya de Waal, Marna Loftie-Eaton, Marike Botha, Susan Schutte, Hettie Garbers-Kirsten, Eileen Rakow and Jeanette du Toit with Retha Steinmann in front.



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Daniel Steinmann

Educated at the University of Pretoria: BA (hons), BD. Postgraduate degrees in Philosophy and Divinity. Publisher and Editor of the Namibia Economist since February 1991. Daniel Steinmann has steered the Economist as editor for the past 32 years. The Economist started as a monthly free-sheet, then moved to a weekly paper edition (1996 to 2016), and on 01 December 2016 to a daily digital newspaper at It is the first Namibian newspaper to go fully digital. He is an authority on macro-economics having established a sound record of budget analysis, strategic planning and assessing the impact of policy formulation. For eight years, he hosted a weekly talk-show on NBC Radio, explaining complex economic concepts to a lay audience in a relaxed, conversational manner. He was a founding member of the Editors' Forum of Namibia. Over the years, he has mentored hundreds of journalism students as interns and as young professional journalists. From time to time he helps economics students, both graduate and post-graduate, to prepare for examinations and moderator reviews. He is the Namibian respondent for the World Economic Survey conducted every quarter for the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys at the University of Munich in Germany. Since October 2021, he conducts a weekly talkshow on Radio Energy, again for a lay audience. On 04 September 2022, he was ordained as a Minister of the Dutch Reformed Church of Africa (NHKA). Send comments or enquiries to [email protected]