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Author: Daniel Steinmann

The Year of the Pig brought no luck for these confined Windhoek porkers

The time has come for the Chinese Embassy in Windhoek to make a definitive statement on where they stand regarding our laws, rules and regulations. Do they and all Chinese nationals living in Namibia pretend to be law-abiding visitors, or is that just lip service so that they can have an open door to our future economy? When a Chinaman offers an unsuspecting Namibian money for a pangolin or rhino horn or an elephant tusk, not only is he making a criminal out of my brother, he himself is a criminal, one we despise and do not want to...

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Women of Substance make their mark in their respective occupations

The winners in the three categories of the Namibian Businesswoman of the Year Awards were announced on Wednesday evening at a Gala Banquet at the Safari Court Conference Centre in Windhoek. The new Young Namibian Businesswoman was named in a separate category. Category Business Owner Irene Simeon-Kurtz, the founder, owner and Chief Executive of the Steelform Group, and the owner of Engen 1 Stop Usakos, was chosen by the judges as the winner of this category. In her nominee submission, Irene stated: “Four years ago, during my last employment at GIPF, I decided that I needed to starts my...

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If there is no other solution for the desert horses, shoot the hyenas

The plight of the wild horses in the Namib Desert is grabbing everybody’s attention. These feral horses have been in the same area for over a century, turning into somewhat of a Namibian icon as the decades passed and they not only managed to survive, but actually procreate to the level where they became a sustainable wild horse community. Much has been written and speculated about the wild horses’ true origin, how they were abandoned in their solitary environment and how they turned themselves into a viable population long before the Namib Naukluft Part was declared a national park...

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Headline inflation sends disturbing signal of underlying inflationary pressures continuing

Although one month is too short a period to determine a trend, headline inflation for September 2017 surprised on the upside rising by twenty basis points to 5.6% compared to August and July when monthly inflation, measured year on year, in both months stabilised at 5.4%. However, compared to September 2016 when headline inflation measured 6.9%, the tempo of price growth has stalled considerably despite the month on month uptick. In September 2017, the main drivers of the annual inflation rate were Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (8.9 percent), Education (7.8 percent), Hotels, cafés and restaurants (6.2...

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Cash reward for information leading to capture and conviction of wildlife criminals

What used to be a gift for African royalty has now become a critically endangered mammal due to the Chinese propensity for believing nonsense about the supposed muti value of certain animals. The animal in question is the elusive pangolin or scaly anteater. Not to be confused with the much larger antbear or aardvark, the pangolin is covered in scales from its ears down the entire length of its body to the tip of its tail. These scales, essentially modified hair consisting only of keratin, are what the Chinese are after believing it will boost their libido, and cure...

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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...

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Here are the semi-finalists for the 2017 Namibian Businesswoman of the Year awards

  The category winners will be announced at the Businesswomen Awards Gala Banquet on Wednesday 18 October. The grand title, Namibian Businesswoman of the Year, will be awarded to the best candidate among the category winners. The Young Businesswoman is not eligible for the grand title.   In the category Business Owner: Since the judges’ scores in the preliminary rounds of adjudication were so close, the further judging process merits five semi-finalists instead of the usual three. Mariane Akwenye, Founder and CEO of Nomad Holdings. Namibia’s first black female commercial pilot, Mariane also nurtured an interest in wellness and...

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There is an ocean between investment expectations and the government’s development agenda

The large gaps between the government’s development goals, what the law allows it, and what the private sector expects, surfaced unavoidably earlier this week at an all-encompassing infrastructure conference held in Windhoek. From first impressions, it appeared that this will be a technical gathering catering for contractors, engineers, architects, quantity surveyors and others who love to wear hard hats every now and then as they strut across dusty construction sites. From the exchanges, both from the podium and from the floor, it quickly became apparent there is an extraordinary large contingent of investment managers, fund administrators, financial planners, private...

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