March 2017

Prince ready for April 1

Namibia’s boxing sensation, Immanuel ‘Prince’ Naindjala, has set his sights on this year as he promises his fans a very eventful and exciting year. Naindjala will step into the ring early next month to show his fans that he still has what it takes to retain his title. The current World Boxing Organisation (WBO) intercontinental bantamweight champion will be one of the boxers to raise the anticipation of boxing fans at the 27th Independence Boxing Bonanza at Ramatex on 1 April.

Mbidi lost on points for CAF EXCO

Despite losing out on a chance to be part of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee in the southern area, Namibia Football Association (NFA), Frans Mbidi says he is looking forward to the new administration reforming and improving the standard of African football.Mbidi, narrowly lost out on the CAF Executive Committee to Angola’s Rui da Costa and South Africa’ Danny Jordaan. He received 24 votes while the Angolan had 25 votes and the South African with 35 votes.He also expressed his satisfaction with the appointment of the newly elected CAF President Madagascar’s Ah


Fresh on the heels of the 27th Independence celebrations, Namibia’s Paralympian sprinters Johannes Nambala (photo) and Ananias Shikongo added to the jubilation when they notched wins at the 2017 World ParaAthletics Grand Prix Competition in Dubai on Monday, 20 March. Paralympic silver medallist, Nambala won a Gold medal in the men’s 200m T13 clocking 22.08 while in the men’s 200m T11 champion Shikongo claimed first place in 23.50.

Oshana embraces Galz & Goals

The on-going Namibia Football Association (NFA) Galz & Goals development programme which encourages girls to spend their time in school and on the sport fields, held another five-day training workshop in Oshakati.The workshop was attended by 37 teachers, who received training on how to integrate life-skills and health education into their training sessions.The training also provided opportunities to all adults and girls over the age of 16 to make use of the Voluntary HIV Testing, and testing for TB, sugar and blood pressure.

Gobabis schools impress stars

Former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefws player, Fabian McCarthy said he was very impressed with the Gobabis schools’ initiative to help out in the community as part of their role in fighting global warming. McCarthy forms part of veteran footballers from all over the world who travelled to Gobabis for a three-day annual exhibition under the Global United Climate Kick football project that kicked off last weekend.This year, Global United visited three schools in Gobabis as part of the 2017 Climate Kick with this year’s theme “Play Your Part”.“It is a one-of-a-kind project, and it’s not every

NAMAs selection process under scrutiny

As is common practice shortly after the NAMAs nominees, some artists took to social media to express their disappointment for either not being nominated or not appearing in certain categories. The biggest complaint on social media was the inclusion of Gazza’s album titled ‘Pumumu’ with most artists questioning why it was approved if the album was only launched on 3 December 2016, which they believe contradicts the NAMA rules that states that the cutoff date for album nominations is 31 November 2016.NAMA executive chairperson, Tim Ekandjo, encouraged artists to read and familiarise themselve

Theatre and Film awards dazzle

While novelists and playwrights are in charge of their work, most screenwriters must be prepared for the strenuous rewrites, and even if the script is deemed worthy of filming, it’s a skeletal outline waiting to be resurrected onto screen by directors.Even so, the allure of glitz and glamour with neon lights and flashing cameras remain, as Namibia will be hosting its 2017 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards (NTFA) on 25 March 2017. With a futuristic theme coined “Create Tomorrow Today” with overtones of chrome and silver, the crème de la crème of Namibian theatre and film will be recognised. T

Farmers urged to support AMTA

About 70% of the Namibian population depends on agriculture for their livelihood, but it is not the responsibility of the government alone to provide food security and poverty alleviation, but a fight all the people need to take ownership of.This according to the Deputy Minister of Economic and National Planning, Lucia Iipumbu, at the opening of the Parest Agricultural Retail Shop (PARS) in Oshikuku, and also urged farmers to support the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA). The PARS in Oshikuku will allow farmers in the surrounding areas to sell locally and not have to drive to Oshakati

Bridge closed due to flood damage

The Roads Authority has closed the Okatana-Onamuti via Ongwediva road after critical damages to the road occurred during the heavy rains and floods.The road was constructed at a cost of N$60 million and was officially inaugurated by Minister of Works and Transport, Erkki Nghimtina, in August 2013, after the construction started in September 2011.The project was jointly funded by the Namibian government and the Germany KWF Development Bank as part of the N$1 billion overall assistance to the construction of the Namibian road network and the main contractor was Thohi Construction Company.

Plastics wreak havoc on environment

A recent study by international environmental groups under the World Economic Forum (WEF) suggested that the world’s oceans are filled with about 165 million tons of plastic.The study further showed that by 2050, plastic in the oceans will weigh more than all the fish in the sea.A campaign for an environment free of all plastic waste in Namibia was launched recently in an effort to discourage the use of especially plastic bags.The Namibia Scientific Society is behind the concept of a plastic-free environment. Although the idea of the campaign has been under discussion for quite some time, t