Allan Gray Orbis Foundation –  Entrepreneurship for change

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship programme recognises that career paths evolve over time. Accepting that for some, entrepreneurship is a goal in itself; for others, it is a milestone that is part of a greater journey. They encourage participants to adopt a similar understanding of their careers, and the open-mindedness which develops as a result is a powerful motivator …

Why Meditation is a business must

What meditation can do for productivity and efficiency in the office Imagine that the place where you work was a solace where your personal balance and wellbeing was the most important element of the company’s ethos. Sounds radical doesn’t it? Yet to some companies, this philosophy has become a cornerstone of their success.  An article in the Harvard Business Review …

Why the doctor turned to hypnotherapy

We are bombarded with messaging that affects us consciously. Opinions are given loosely, and they are just a click away. When pieces of damaging information seep and settle in our subconscious and become part of the beliefs that guide and drive us, we need tools to deal with the damage.  Namibian medical doctor, Anton Schroeder, knew that to be able …

Melissa Mukaiwa on the need for a meditation movement 

“It’s important to understand that every issue in our lives – on the individual, national and even global scale – first originates in our hearts and minds. That’s why I’m of the opinion that people should be much more aware of what’s actually going on up there, in our hearts and minds,” shares Melissa Mukaiwa, a meditation teacher and international …

Drumming up mental health

– How creative expression can be part of healing  The arts are gaining ground as part of a treatment process for many forms of mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. “Mental illnesses are lonely illnesses that leave you feeling alone all the time. Music fills a void within you and is always positive which, considering is the place you …

Marlice van Vuuren and the N/a’an ku sê  Success Story

A Namibian conservationist of note, Marlice van Vuuren is a small town girl who grew up to be one of the biggest forces in the Namibian conservation sector.  Together with her husband, she established and runs the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary in central Namibia. Raised in Eastern Namibia, she was introduced to conservation by her parents who were both …

Perspectives on Perception with Adriano Visagie

This MYD Africa series takes a look at perspective and perceptions with Adriano Visagie,  who is not only well known as an award-winning actor in Namibian theatre, but excels in his other roles of radio host, banker and MC to mention a few.  MYD: Tell us a bit about yourself and what it is that you do. I grew up …

The Desert Lion Success Story

Namibia has a population of about 800 lions,  a number which was last seen between 1965 and 1980.  The most significant increase of populations has been in the Kunene Region, which saw a boost of  between 20-30 to 140-160. The rest of the lion population in Namibia is contained within national parks and smaller numbers in wildlife areas.  This interview …

Alzheimers and Dementia: Ending the Discrimination

Alzheimer’s is defined by the Alzheimer’s Association of America as a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Dementia on the other hand, is an overall term used to describe symptoms that affect memory, performance of daily activities, and the ability to communicate.  The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. In Namibia, as …

The New Narrative For Rhino Conservation 

During an unconventional interview that took place under the cool shade of a mopane tree in the warm in Southern town of Khorixas, Clemence Naomab talks to MYD’s Kirsty Watermayer about the benefits of community engagement and grassroots collaboration in the fight against rhino poaching. MYD: We’ve heard about Rhino poaching and people are talking about fighting the scourge of …