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Author: Mandisa Rasmeni

Flying biker main drawcard at Biltongfees and Auto Show

The gravity defying stunts of Libor Podmol, the Freestyle Motocross world champion, will be one of the main drawcards at next weekend’s entertainment combo, the Biltongfees and Standard Bank’s Auto Show. The Biltongfees this year celebrates its quarter century having run uninterrupted for 25 years since the Reverend Barnie van der Walt, then minister in the Windhoek congregation of the Dutch Reformed (Hervormde) Church, came up with the brilliant idea to turn one of Namibia’s most famous culinary commodities, into an annual festival. The rest is history, as they say. Over the previous 24 years, the relentless commitment of...

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Agreement set to safeguard the quality of academic programmes offered at Higher Education Institutions

The National Council for Higher Education Secretariat (NCHE) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Namibia (ICAN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to monitor institutions of higher learning so that they can be more credible. Dr Alfred Van Kent, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation said on behalf of Deputy Minister Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, said that the NCHE and ICAN will conduct joint academic accreditation programmes of accounting and institutional audits at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). “Such accreditation and audits will be undertaken in accordance with the rules and procedures so provided in...

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Clown Circus comes to town

The Mandragora Circus from Argentina will be performing for the first time ever in Namibia at the FNCC on 30 June at 19:00 admission is N$80 in advance and N$100 at the door and children under 12 pay half price. Mandragora Circus is a wordless theatre and circus performance with two clowns, Mariana Silva and Juan Cruz Bracamonte telling a story where comedy, love and thoughts are understood without words, speaking an international language of laughter. Their performance includes circus stunts, music, juggling acts, and aerial acrobatics giving shape to a performance in which circus becomes poetry. They perform...

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When oxygen is life – premature babies get lifeline

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) received six nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) units to provide a lifeline for premature babies, from MultiChoice Namibia in celebration of their 25th anniversary last week. Head of the Paediatrics Department in Katutura and Windhoek Central Hospital, Dr Benjamin said the units provide oxygen at a lower pressure and protects the lungs at the same time, doing minimum damage. “They are less invasive in other words, you do not need to place a tube into somebody’s throat,” he explained. Minister of MoHSS, Hon. Dr. Bernard Haufiku, revealed that the investment...

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Land to be available for residents soon – City fathers

The City of Windhoek recently had a ground breaking ceremony, where 79 serviced plots valued at N$46.9 million were unveiled in Khomasdal Extension 16. Lydia Amutenya, CoW Public Relations Officer told the Economist that the houses that are to be build will be made available to those on their waiting list if they qualify. According to her, the value of the houses including the property should not be more than N$800,000 and the Oluzizi-Ambixex Joint Venture is set to do the construction. “One should earn less than N$8000 to be placed on our housing waiting list and the sale...

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Charter adopted to hold public servants accountable

The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD) recently adopted a Public Service Charter, the Public Service Reform Initiative (PSRI) and a performance management framework which are aimed at transforming the Namibian Public Service, into a performance and result oriented organisation. Hon. Sophia Shaningwa, Minister of MURD said that all government offices, ministries and agencies have been directed to develop strategic and annual plans as well as Customer Service Charters. “In general the main objective of the customer service charter is to provide a framework for defining service delivery standards, the rights of customers, and how complaints from customers...

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Windhoek, Rundu and Oshakati to groove on World Music Day

FNCC will host the 22nd anniversary of World Music Day with musicians from differernt genres from all walks of life participating in concerts in the northern and central regions. World Music Day will take place on 24 June in three towns, which are Windhoek, Rundu and Oshakati. Different genres like jazz, soul, funk, rock, electro, reggae and many other musical styles will be celebrated with vigorous enthusiasm and in a cheerful and festive atmosphere by both amateur and professional musicians. This event bring together people from diverse backgrounds regardless of age or cultural upbringing. It will be a family...

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More apprentices join vocational training at Kraatz Welding School

The industrial training programme that teaches young apprentices the finer skills in welding, has just taken in eight more students. To date fourteen apprentices have successfully completed this basic training programme. In partnership with the Young Africa Trust, the 20-week program which falls under Kraatz’ Welding School includes basic training in welding (theory and practical), as well as basic life skills inclusive of effective communication skills, decision-making and leadership competencies. In addition to the technical skills, the programme also teaches the students the basic concepts in entrepreneurship. Kraatz Human Capital Manager, Roberto January said “Vocational training plays a significant...

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