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Author: Mandisa Rasmeni

Nyangana District Hospital tracks HIV status of mothers and babies for follow-ups

Rightwell Zulu, or “Dr. Zulu,” as he is affectionately called by his colleagues, is a nurse mentor at Nyangana District Hospital in the Kavango. Together with his colleagues, Veronika Shivute and Felistas Shindimba, they have developed a system that has helped the hospital to test nearly every baby born there to HIV-positive mothers. Between the start of the tracking system in October 2015 and June 2016, Zulu and his team increased rates of early infant testing from 29.3 % to 94.4 %. The three-nurse team believes eventually they will reach a 100% test threshold. Zulu and his team aim...

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First escape room begs local Gamers to enter its enthralled portal

Image Games has brought escape games to Namibia, which is Namibia’s first Escape Rome, where the player needs to solve the mystery to get out. ‘In the Poacher’s Pincers’ is the name of the game with a theme inspired by current local events. The room takes the players to the world of high rollers in the rhino poaching and ivory smuggling scene, a story of blackmail and threats leads them and a group of friends on a night of espionage to an executive’s office looking for evidence to bust a rhino poacher. “It is extremely entertaining and fun, but...

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Namibians invited to celebrate Africa Day

Namibians are invited to celebrate Africa Day at the Katutura Sports Youth Complex in Windhoek at 09:00, under the theme ‘Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth’, on 25 May 2017. On this day Africans celebrate their continental achievements for freedom and the values of unity that Africa upholds as a continent, while also paying homage to the founding fathers and mothers, heroes and heroins of the continent. The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperations invited all Namibians to celebrate the progress made on the continent, and the commitment of the Namibian government to transform the potential of...

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Craft beer from Swakopmund off to Germany to enter Best Brew Challenge

Roan Myburgh and Ronn Rittman, both master brewers from Namibia Breweries Limited’s micro-brewery at the Strand Hotel in Swakopmund, last week prepared their entries for the worldwide ‘Best Brew Challenge’, where their specially crafted in-house beer will be judged against 124 brewers from the rest of the world. The two brewers work for the Swakopmund Brewing Company, a subsidiary of Namibia Breweries Ltd located at the Strand Hotel. All three entities are operating units in the O&L Group. The Best Brew Challenge is the world’s largest simultaneous collaborative brew where brewers from all over the world participate and the...

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Musicians to unite yet again in efforts to save rhinos

After the launch of the song,‘We have to stand together or we will lose them forever’, musicians, Elemotho, Oteya, Esme, and Meta Tjiho are going to team up yet again and release a video of their song. The song was released on World Rhino Day 2016 and was given significant airtime on radio and televisions stations throughout the country. The artists are working in collaboration with Save the Rhino Trust Namibia (SRT) and are helping with the national outreach campaign, to support rhino conservation. Elemotho recently said that he decided to support the world’s last free-roaming black rhino population,...

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Local company seeks to play major role in the accountancy profession

Sisters Miriam and Olivia Mhata were both born with the gift of numbers and the two have taken full advantage of their gift and ventured into their own business and opened O&M Accountants and Auditors cc. The 100% local owned company aims at growing the SME business sector to a global scale through professional accountancy and business coaching as well as mentoring. According to the duo, they aim to improve the use of Funds in schools by monitoring how efficiently they are used and give preventative solutions to financial crisis experienced and also assist the government in regulation the...

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Indonesia lends a helping hand to Spitzkoppe community

The Embassy of Indonesia and members of the Ladies Association of the Embassy of Indonesia visited Katora Youth Hostel in Spitzkoppe early last month, to donate 220 bed sheets, toiletries, food items such as macaroni, milk, cereal and snacks to the 220 learners. The Embassy and the Ladies Association were welcomed by Ms Yvon Hunes, the Patronage of Katora Youth Hostel and the 220 learners from Katora Primary School who sang local songs for the visitors. “We hope this visit and contribution by our Embassy and the Ladies Association can not only assist the learners of Katora Youth Hostel...

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Shoprite maintains strike was illegal in lingering labour dispute

Herbert Jauch, Chairperson of the Economic & Social Justice Trust has taken up the plight of the 176 Shoprite workers who were dismissed in Rundu and Gobabis and the 100 workers in Windhoek who have been facing disciplinary charges for taking part in a strike in 2015. Jauch explained in a statement that workers submitted their wage proposal to the Shoprite management but were ignored. In the light of Shoprite’s refusal to bargain at all and angered by the company’s decision to unilaterally impose increases, workers decided to go on strike on 28 and 29 July 2015. Shoprite, in...

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