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News Blog

A collection of longer form stories, submitted, sourced, or written by our team, that would not make sense to cover in a traditional broadcast news format, but which we wanted to share with you anyway.

(please note that views and opinions expressed on this page do not necessarily reflect those of Radiowave).

 

Peace Corps in Namibia: The Untold Story

By: Lloyd Pierson
I think this is an important story, a part of history, that needs to be told. In late 1989 Director of the Peace Corps Paul Coverdell and me started discussing the possibility and the importance of a Peace Corps program in what would be the new country of Namibia.
 
The concern he had, rightfully so, was that due to the war in Angola and landmines placed in the northern area along the river, that Volunteers would not be safe. Since I had been in the area several times and had seen hundreds of local Namibians safely walking around, I jokingly made a pact with Director Coverdell. I told him I would go to the area and if I called him back, everything would be a go; however, if I did not, there would not be an entry. We laughed, knowing I would be safe. The Director authorized me to begin having discussions with the soon to be government of Namibia and to gauge their interest. Once those discussions started, it was clear they not only wanted the Peace Corps, but would enthusiastically welcome them.
 
We then started discussions about where the Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) could best serve and it was determined the greatest need was at the Teachers Training facility at Katima Mulilo and along the Caprive Strip to Rundu. When Director Coverdell and then Chief of Staff Jody Olsen were convinced the PCVs would be safe, he gave a thumbs up for an entry. One week after independence on March 21, 1990, I met with Minister of Education Nahas Angula (later to be Prime Minister) and he said while they wanted Peace Corps, they were so new they did not have any government letterhead to issue a formal request. I told him about the Gettysburg Address and said we did not need a formal letterhead … the request would serve that purpose. Immediately, he pulled a blank sheet of paper from his desk drawer and dictated to his assistant a request for the Peace Corps to enter Namibia.
 
That request on a blank sheet of paper set in motion the selection and arrival of the first group of PCVs into Namibia and it is now part of the Peace Corps exhibit at the Smithsonian. Later, in another article, more on the selection, arrival (hint: a special dinner at the State House) and the achievements in Namibia of the first group of Volunteers.
 
The program in Namibia continues to thrive and there are so many to thank, in particular, the first group of Volunteers, plus the wonderful staff that made it all happen. Staff included our beloved Hope Phillips (who has now passed away), Tim Olsen (now Dr. Olsen), Kim Ward, Judy Baskey, Nurse Clara Donkor, and so many others. In fact, all of the Peace Corps Botswana staff should be thanked because it was their diligent and compassionate work that allowed the Peace Corps/Namibia program to open. I also specifically mention Steven Gibson, Mary Lanning, and Deborah Cottrell and all of our local staff. Sure miss Mercy.
 
About the Author: Lloyd Pierson - Senior International Adviser at United States Africa Sports and Education Foundation Peace Corps in Namibia.

Launch of Omutete wOkaholo: Migrant Labour and the Making of Namibia Exhibition at Katutura Community Arts Centre

The Museums Association of Namibia in partnership with the Embassy of Finland in Namibia and the Katutura Community Arts Centre (KCAC) on Wednesday 8 February 2017, launched a mobile exhibition about the history of migrant labour in Namibia.
 
The exhibition was launched by the Hon. Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, while her Excellency Anne Saloranta, the Ambassador of Finland in Namibia was also among the speakers at the event.
 
The exhibition will be mounted in the upstairs gallery of the KCAC which was formally the Kitchen and Canteen that served food to over 6,000 men who lived in the Katutura Contract Workers’ Compound. Entrance to the KCAC is off Hostel Road (after you turn right at the roundabout at the entrance to Katutura if you are driving from town).
 
MAN is encouraging people with memories of the migrant labour system to come to the exhibition to have their portraits taken and to tell their stories so that the exhibition might grow in the future. MAN hopes that the exhibition will encourage support for a Migrant Labour Museum. The museum could be housed in the remains of the old Migrant Workers’ Compound in Walvis Bay. MAN aims to make the exhibition available to schools as an education tool to raise awareness of workers’ history. One of the significant discoveries that was made during the research of the exhibition was a list of the names of sixteen South African workers who were killed during an industrial dispute at Wilhelmstal in 1910. The men were working on the railway line to the coast. It is hoped that this exhibition will make this and other forgotten stories better known.
 
The exhibition will be open to the public from 9am to 4pm from Thursday, 9th February to Friday, 17th February. The Museums Association of Namibia are encouraging local schools to book guided tours of the exhibition. Bookings can be made by ringing MAN on 061-302230 or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cancer Incidence Reports in Namibia

The Cancer Association of Namibia, as administrator of the Namibia National Cancer Registry, is proud to present the fifth ‘Cancer Incidence in Namibia Report (2010 – 2014)’ at the end of February 2017.
 
This document should ideally be read along with the previous published reports (1995 – 1998; 2000 – 2005; and 2006 – 2009). From commentary in the report by Mr Henri Carrara, Consultant Analytical Epidemiologist (RSA) for CAN, Namibians will quickly realize that there is still much work to be done to ensure we provide data of a world-class standard from Namibia in terms of cancer reporting.
 
It is also evident that as time goes by, case reporting, active case finding and case updating does enjoy more attention.
Data collection is a very time-consuming and a costly process and, as a welfare organisation, we underscore the urgency of public and stakeholder engagement – not only in data support, but for funding as well. Since the Association remains committed to fighting cancer and to making an impact on our communities, the national cancer registry must remain a priority at all costs!
To this effect, the Cancer Association of Namibia is embarking on data collection of cancer cases diagnosed during 2015 and 2016 that may not have been recorded through our regular notification channels and procedures.
 
We not only wish to record all cancer cases for reporting, but also have access and contact with cancer patients who may need our assistance.
 
In this vein, I respectfully request Namibians to take hands with the Association by contacting our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by fax to 061 237741 - and we will be in touch.
 
Remember, together WE can make a difference and now we need YOU in this fight with us!
 
Rolf Hansen
National Director: Namibia National Cancer Registry (NNCR)
Chief Executive Officer: Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN)