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Dentists without Limits help Namibians in rural areas

29. August 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Arrival on 22 July this year, departure on 5 August. Dr Stefan Bader and his sister Dr Heike Berger, both from Germany, were on a tight schedule. Accompanied by two dental assistants they covered more than 3000 km. A total of 446 patients seen for check-ups and treatments, 223 teeth extracted, 85 cavities filled, plus plaque removed from 67 sets of teeth and 12 other dental problems attended to in just two weeks. 

Dentists without Limits help Namibians in rural areas

Murder Hill – Reminder of a bloody Battle

25. August 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

"They [the Hereros] had just left when we were startled by heavy rifle fire in the vicinity. We were certain that this was the dreaded signal for attack. Women and children, some of whom had already been robbed of their ornaments, fled to us fearful and panic-stricken and reported that the Namaqua were approaching. We withdrew into our house." This is what missionary Friedrich Kolbe wrote into his diary about the bloody attack which the Afrikaner-Oorlam launched on Herero chief Kahitjene in Okahandja on 23 August 1850.

Murder Hill – Reminder of a bloody Battle

Marble sculpture to be auctioned in aid of rhino and elephant protection

24. August 2017, inke - Environment, Culture

In the middle of July a nine-ton block of white marble was offloaded at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in Windhoek. The block had been selected by well-known French artist and sculptor Gé Pellini from a quarry near Karibib. In the midst of fine white dust and chunks of marble Pellini created a white rhino, which is to be auctioned on 31 August. The aim of the project is to raise urgently needed funds for the protection of rhinos and elephants in Namibia.

Marble sculpture to be auctioned in aid of rhino and elephant protection

Namibia’s economy improving, says Finance Minister

22. August 2017, inke - Economics

Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein has called on the country’s private sector and the investor community to “remain positive and supportive” despite a downgrade in rating. Speaking at a business breakfast organised by the Namibia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NCCI), Minister Schlettwein said on 21 August 2017, the government’s fiscal consolidation measures were credible and showed results, while remaining on track. 

Namibia’s economy improving, says Finance Minister

Generous donation towards the Wild Horses

18. August 2017, inke - Environment

The Wild Horses of the Namib are threatened by extinction. Following five years without any substantial rainfall, they barely find pasture in their habitat near Aus, and their survival depends on additional feeding. The Namibia Wild Horses Foundation would like to thank Mr Josef Vitus Schubert, Austrian Honorary Consul in Namibia, for the latest generous donation of 800 bales of hay, which will help the horses through the coming weeks. 

Generous donation towards the Wild Horses

Dwindling giraffe numbers in Africa, but Namibia’s populations are thriving

15. August 2017, inke - Environment

Africa’s population of giraffe has decreased at a startling rate. Scientists are sounding the alarm bell. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) now lists giraffe, as a single species, as vulnerable to extinction. What is more, the common belief – still upheld internationally – that there is only one species of giraffe with several subspecies was recently refuted. 

Dwindling giraffe numbers in Africa, but Namibia’s populations are thriving

Eternal church on a rock between the desert and the sea

11. August 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Defying the elements, Felsenkirche (the Church on the Rock) has stood overlooking the small harbour town of Lüderitz for over 100 years. The church is an architectural gem, built on the granite of Diamantberg. Whether the patrons wanted to express that the Christian church is based as firmly as a rock on the belief in Jesus Christ is subject for speculation. Saint Peter the Apostle probably also acted as godfather when Felsenkirche was given its name, because Peter is derived from the Greek word “petros” that means rock or stone.  

Eternal church on a rock between the desert and the sea

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