Uukule shoes

Repairing shoes for a living

WINDHOEK – Fifty-seven-year-old Gerhard Uukule’s mental illness does not prevent him from repairing shoes. Diagnosed with schizophrenia nine years ago, he has been repairing shoes for the past 35 years. “I learnt how to repair shoes when I was young and at that time I lived in Tsumeb,” Uukule tells New Era from his shack

Business & Finance

Five years

Standard Bank recognises long service employees

WINDHOEK – In recognition for their continued dedication and loyalty Standard Bank Namibia presented 135 employees with Long Service Awards for 2014 at a recently held ceremony in Windhoek. The awards, which ranged between 5 to 35 years of service, were presented by Standard Bank’s Head of Human Capital, Isdor Angula, and Head of Risk,


Forstering entrepreneurship – Fuelling your internal fire

THE core of entrepreneurship lies in the heart, and I hope that after you have read this column, you will be able to allow those around you, or at least give them a chance, to see your heart. When I say “fuelling your internal fire of entrepreneurship” I want to remind each of my loyal


Your money and your toddlers

“The first year of your baby’s life has certain cost implications, but between the ages of one and three, your toddler comes with its own unique set of costs. They are more social, attending birthday parties and might be going to a playschool or a childcare centre. The best thing you can do is to


Education ministry embraces E-marking

WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Education has introduced an electronic marking (E-marking) system to replace the traditional paper and pencil with effect from the 2014 national examinations. Cavin Nyambe, the Director of National Examinations and Assessment in the Ministry of Education explained that the E-marking system initiative was prompted by the Ministry of Education’s primary


Malcom Moore

Namibia too good for Germany

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s senior rugby side, Welwitschias, as the team is affectionately known among its ardent followers, wrapped up its preparations for its European tour in fine style with a comprehensive 58-20 victory over Germany last night. The IRB-sanctioned test match was shifted to the Trustco United sports ground in Olympia and attracted a large



DJ Tie-Tie turns hobby into  means of livelihood

WINDHOEK- When I first heard of Titus Shikolele better known as Tie-Tie, the 19- year- old who has won himself admirers and followers by being a DJ, I was very much impressed with this young man. The most interesting thing about Tie-Tie is, after he failed his Grade 10 and couldn’t go back to school,

Court & Crime


Judge recuses himself from murder trial

WINDHOEK – Judge Christi Liebenberg made a surprise announcement at a pre-trial hearing for the four men accused of killing renowned stock theft investigator, Hiambepo ‘Major’ Kazeurua. Judge Liebenberg told the court certain evidence was presented during the three bail applications of the main accused, Stockley Kauejao, which necessitated his withdrawal from the main trial.