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The anguish of betrayal

The humiliating treatment meted out to Namibian athletes by the authorities regarding qualification for the upcoming Rio Olympics is sad reminder that no one really cares about the interests of those patriots flying our flag abroad.
For years, Namibian athletes have had to do with poor funding, with some using their own resources to attend qualifying and other international events.
It has to be said that the handling of the Vision 2016 programme is another case of apathy towards our athletes and the question persists: when will we give them the respect they deserve?
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I love my beef stew, mutton chops et al.

I never understand the fuss that goes around losing weight. All of a sudden everyone – including that girl from down the street who in my eyes has the perfect body – wants to lose weight.

It must be a fashion statement, because I have never seen a fully grown and well groomed African woman opting to rather have a slender, meatless body tone! Ja, thanks to all those models that strut the catwalk in virtually only their birth suits, well-groomed African women now think that is what signifies beauty. Read more about I love my beef stew, mutton chops et al.


Bucket toilets still a reality

There is no doubt that life is somewhat better in the country compared to the early 1990s, just after our independence.
No one will dispute the fact that government has fairly invested a lot in huge infrastructure development projects. Coupled with good delivery, these projects have what it takes to creating a lasting legacy for our nation and the future generation. We must applaud the efforts government is making by committing to good infrastructure in transportation, among others, while understanding the strong correlation that exists between public and private investment.
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Oppressed in apology

?The German government declaring that they have legal basis to pay reparations to affected communities of the 1904-08 genocide perhaps gives a glimpse of the extent the Namibian authorities went to deceive our people of the nature of negotiations.
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Deception in the church

Our story regarding the controversial Jesus Christ Ministry in the North has been the talk of town and many are still struggling to come to terms with the shenanigans of the implicated and self-proclaimed pastors who admitted to impregnating young girls at a northern village.
Like many commentators out there, we feel that some new churches are operating more like a business than a Christian fellowship.
It is sickening to see today’s churches riddled with self-proclaimed prophets who are nothing but money grabbers out there to manipulate desperate unwitting Namibians.
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A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do

A friend in need is a friend indeed, or so goes the popular adage. I have always wondered to what extent a person can go to really offer a helping hand to a friend in distress – what are the limits?
I have now come to the realisation that the term ‘friendship’ is interpreted differently by men and women. For women, for instance, a friend would be someone to go shopping for a new pair of shoes with, gossip about Maria from the finance department and most probably run to for advice on how best to exert revenge on a cheating boyfriend.
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Will you still be blessed tomorrow?

The words ‘blesser’ and ‘blessees’ have become a buzzword and has seemingly taken over social media in recent months. For those who don’t know, a blesser is seen as someone who gives you a lot of money for favours, including exchange for sex.
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There’s no comfort in silence

In an interview with Namibian Sun last year, South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela lashed out at what she called Africa’s quiet diplomacy on the part of African leaders, who fail to speak up about human rights abuses and other challenges on the continent.
There is no doubt that African countries are easily and directly affected by the situations in other African countries, and not just because of the shared history of many African states, but also because of our close ties through trade and other common interests.
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Selective morality and referendums

It is interesting to read that politicians are entertaining thoughts to have a referendum on whether government should ban ‘poisonous’ traditional brews and the sale of alcohol close to residential and school areas. For some such a call is justified and it goes without saying that the authorities are now confronting the issue of widespread alcohol abuse, while others will argue that government is allowing the community to decide whether to allow shebeens close to schools and residential areas – a decision which could go either way. Read more about Selective morality and referendums


No respect for the dead

The state of affairs at the Windhoek police mortuary does not make for good reading and clearly the mortuary officials are fighting an uphill battle to provide basic dignity to the dead.
Even the living is shown scant respect since the place is becoming grossly unhygienic.
For many years the police mortuary issue has come up, but there is unfortunately no political will to address this issue by providing any assistance for improving matters at the forensic pathology division.
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