A woman who dared to speak truth to power, a formidable freedom fighter has passed away.

Claudia Namises. Photo via NBC

NBC News said of Claudia Namises that she was ‘a selfless woman’, who has been taking care of orphans and vulnerable children since 2004. She died this week of complications related to Covid-19, the state broadcaster reported, adding that as founder of Orlindi Children’s home in Katutura ‘she was a mother to many children who found a safe haven at her home.’

Ten years ago, she told her story to Nghidipo Nangolo, then editor of The Informante. The story of her abduction and abuse at the hands of the so-called liberation movement, SWAPO, has since been removed from Informante’s website…

In his opinion piece published in The Namibian newspaper on 1 June 2021, entitled ‘Towards a Namibian Local Authority Family’, Dr Job Amupanda, who holds a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Namibia openly resorted to plagiarising the work of Puja Mondal and a number of Wikipedia contributors.

In his opening paragraph Amupanda states that:

‘To understand any society, one needs to study its organising principles. One is kinship. Sociologist Anthony Giddens simplifies that kinship is culturally learned “connections between individuals, established either through marriage or the lines of descent that connect blood relatives (mother, father, offspring, grandparents, etc)’. Kinship rules, norms and ethos thus organise society and establish institutions… kinship remains an organising principle of society…”

Compare his paragraph to the online article by Puja Mundal, entitled ‘Kinship: Main Organizing Principles of Human Society’ in which the writer says of kinship:

“ It is one of the main organizing principles of human society… According…

Striking NBC workers on the march in May 2021. Photo: The Namibian

The month-long strike by NBC workers marked a milestone in the struggle of the Namibian working class, inasmuch as it was the first time that media workers came out in significant numbers to stand up against injustice and inequality in the industry.

Many Namibians sympathise with the NBC workers, given that in December the management of the state broadcaster awarded themselves bonuses in excess of N$5.7 million, while insisting there is no money to raise the income of workers lower down on the pecking order.

The fact that NBC management had been deducting medical aid and other contributions without paying…

‘The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.’~Hannah Arendt

Children wait to collect water at a communal standpipe. Photo The Namibian

Dear Mayor,

As I listened to the proceedings of the council meeting on 14 April that debated the issue of prepaid water, it brought to mind a woman I met many years ago that you should know about. I was doing field research into the effects of prepaid water meters when I first met Lydia* in 2003.

She lived in DRC in Swakopmund with her mother and two small brothers in a small three-room shack. Like others in DRC, they had no electricity or water supply at home…

The prepaid water system that the City of Windhoek and other near-bankrupt councils want to introduce means automatic water cut-offs for those who cannot afford to pay upfront.

A woman at Paaie Kamp’ at Noordoewer in the //Karas region waits to collect water. Pic: The Namibian

Higher water tariffs

Under Windhoek’s proposed prepaid water system people who are currently struggling to afford water will be compelled to pay an extra N$4,293 for the installation of a prepaid meter, which is presented as a miracle solution to debt management.

If the residents can’t pay upfront, the cost of the meter plus annual interest will be added to the cost of water over five years. Post-paid customers do not have this additional expense.

Moreover, the following charges can be added onto the unit cost of prepaid water: The rates and taxes, current household debt, the inevitable servicing of municipal loans from…

In recent days we’ve heard reports of water cut-offs at towns across the country. New councillors at the helm of near-bankrupt municipalities are eager to balance the books and want the residents to cough up.

Rundu residents fetch water from a communal tap. Photo Contruction Review

Apparently, the only way out of the financial crisis is to get the residents to pay more, but these days — after a five-year economic slump — money is too tight to mention in most households.

At Narraville in Walvis Bay the new council started cutting water supply to households in debt this month. At Aranos in the south people protested vehemently against water cut-offs this week.

Small places like Arandis, as well as big municipalities like Windhoek have also warned their financially stressed residents that mass water cut-offs are imminent if they do not pay up.

The way the…

Despite their best efforts to smile and hide their frustration, many of us would have noticed the exhaustion and despair in the eyes of the super-exploited cashiers that serve us in the supermarkets.

In 2018, Shoprite sued 93 of its workers for taking strike action over low wages. Photo The Namibian

The workers’ despair generally stems from their poor working conditions and is one of the reasons why the decision by the workers of Shoprite, Checkers and U-Save to embark on strike action for better wages and improved working conditions should be supported by the wider community.

The rise of Covid19 in 2020 has shown beyond doubt that these underpaid and undervalued workers are in fact essential to the survival of society. …

At the end of 2020, it should be obvious to anyone with a functioning brain that something is not right in the world — to put it mildly. Indeed, anyone even slightly familiar with the facts will be aware that something is very wrong with the world we live in and the way things are going.

For one thing, there is so much to be done, and yet so many of people are jobless. The world produces so much wealth, but the more we produce the poorer we ourselves become. One person owns more wealth than half the world population…

‘Swakopmund son of the soil, journalist and activist Jade McClune recently announced his entry into Namibian politics after he was nominated as one of the Landless People’s Movement’s candidates to run for a seat on the Swakopmund Municipal Council,’ writes Adam Hartmann in The Namibian today.

Below is a transcript of the full interview with Adam Hartman of The Namibian on 26 October.

You recently announced your entry into Namibian politics and your candidacy for LPM. Is this correct? What led to this decision?

Yes, I was nominated by Swakopmund LPM to stand as a candidate and after the vetting process to check my qualifications and background, the party confirmed me as an eligible candidate. As a journalist I’ve been covering…

Key issues in Namibia’s 2020 municipal elections — Part 1

A man walks past burning shacks at Twaloloka in Walvis Bay, where over 100 makeshift places of shelter went up in flames in mid July.

The recent fire that ripped through Twaloloka in Walvis Bay — in which a one-year old boy lost his life in mid-July while over a 100 homes were destroyed — was only one of many gruesome examples of a humanitarian crisis that plagues this country. And it is rooted in landlessness.

The following Sunday, at the DRC in Swakopmund two children and their mother also perished in the flames that incinerated their shack. They were among a vast number of shack fire victims over the last two decades, whose names rarely make it into the news.

Addressing the housing crisis…

Jade Lennon

Writer, reporter, activist

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