LOCAL weekly newspaper, Windhoek Observer, has become the latest newspaper to feel the punch of the recessive economic environment.
The newspaper yesterday confirmed that it will be letting go of some staff members, including journalists.
Editor of the Windhoek Observer, Kuvee Kangueehi, said that they have let go of 3 staff members, but that in the near future, the paper plans to rehire more senior journalists as the paper is going through a “restructuring process.”
“Like all businesses operating in Namibia, the company has taken an approach to annually review its operational structure as a means to make it a viable and sustainable entity and as part of the review process, we will now focus on the strengths of the newspaper which are business, political and investigative articles,” Kangueehi said,
He added that this will see some journalists being redeployed while some will unfortunately be let go as part of the restructuring, which he says will eventually see a bigger print run and size.
He added that the newspaper has also engaged with the Namibian press agency, Nampa, which will be complimenting articles written in the Windhoek Observer.
Kangueehi further confirmed that utilities such as water and electricity were cut off earlier on Tuesday after they failed to pay their bills due to the office closing during the festive season.
The Windhoek Observer is not the first local publication to cut down operations in recent months.
Namibia Media Holdings (NMH), which owns several newspapers including the Namibian Sun and Die Republikein, last year retrenched a handful of its staff members after it fell on hard financial times.
The company also closed its northern office, forcing journalists to work from home.
The Namibia Economist and the Villager Newspaper also stopped printing newspapers following the economic downturn.