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    Teacher sacrifices salary to feed poor kidsTeacher sacrifices salary to feed poor kids A 38-year-old teacher from Grootfontein spends more than 50% of her monthly income to run an NGO that provides afterschool meals to about 100 vulnerable children in the community.

    Elizabeth Petrus, the founder and CEO of the Victory Children Community Development Centre, said she started with her project because of her willingness to assist government to eradicate poverty.

    Petrus, who was orphaned at an early age, said she started the afterschool feeding programme in September 2018 and operated from under a tree at Omulunga Primary School, where she teaches. At the time she could only cater for 15 children from Grootfontein's Blikkiesdorp informal settlement, but this number has now grown to 100.

    The learners are served meals and also take part in various activities from Mondays to Fridays.

    Petrus said her desire to start the NGO was ignited after observing how children came to school with empty stomachs. “I observed how many children would come to school looking as if they did not have something to eat. They were only relying on the school feeding programme, which I believe is not enough for them,” Petrus said. “Being an orphan myself, I could relate to those children, especially the vulnerable ones from Blikkiesdorp. You also had a feeling that they do not have a meal after school, as their parents are either at work or at the cuca shops. That is why I decided to act and do something for these children.”

    Petrus said prior to establishing her NGO, she was already involved in taking care of vulnerable learners, by providing them with school uniforms and other basic necessities.

    She now rents a house in Malalani, which she has converted into a centre that provides additional afterschool support for the learners.

    When asked how she manages to fund her NGO, Petrus said spends her own money.

    “Thank God I have a good, paying job; therefore I am able to use part of my money to ensure that the centre is running. Of course now and then donors will give something, but most of the centre's affairs depend on my income,” she said.

    She added that Pick n Pay in Grootfontein and others do occasionally assist her with food.

    “Like I said, I started this project on my own. I had to make reasonable, personal sacrifices to keep this project running. As for the donors that came on board, they just jumped on a moving bus. I appreciate those who now believe in me,” Petrus said.

    “As an orphan myself, I know you sometimes just feel like walking away from where you are living, especially when you don't feel loved and welcome. It is for that reason I am running this centre, in order for the children to feel loved and appreciated,” Petrus said.

    She said some of the children refuse to go back home when they are dismissed from the centre, after all the activities for the day are done.

    Petrus said people in the community accused her of wanting to poison the children, while others said what she was doing was not sustainable.

    She said she chose to ignore them and continued with her work.

    “One thing I learnt growing up is that people will always talk, whether you are doing something good or bad, and that's why I did not let their criticism affect me. I kept on doing what I love, which is taking care of the Namibian child,” she said.

    When asked about her challenges, Petrus said that she needs a bigger space, as the house she is currently renting is too small.

    She has approached the Grootfontein municipality for a piece of land, and once her application is successful, she will hopefully start with the construction of her envisioned centre.

    “I do not want to continue renting because I can use that money to accommodate more vulnerable children. That's why I am hopeful that after my presentation to municipality last year, they will give me a plot,” she said.

    Petrus is a mother of a 12-year-old daughter who also assists at the centre.

    Volunteers do the cooking and serve the meals.


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  • 04/03/19--15:00: Our grim suicide reality
  • Our grim suicide realityOur grim suicide realityThousands end their own lives, 25 000 attempts Worrying statistics indicate that Namibia is ranked fourth on the continent and 11th globally for its suicide rate. An estimated 25 000 Namibians attempted suicide in 2015, while 2 331 Namibians died by suicide between 2011 and 2015.

    The high number of suicides in the country prompted the health ministry to conduct a study in 2016, which described suicide as a major public health concern. The majority of suicides, 85.5%, were by hanging, followed by shooting (10.5%). A small number of people (1.2%) died by overdosing on drugs, and an equal number used poison or other toxic substances such as battery acid to end their lives. Very few people drowned themselves, cut their wrists or jumped from high places.

    Of the 2 331 people who died, 84.4% were men and 15.6% women. The study found that men are five times more likely to die by suicide than women, but women more likely than men to attempt suicide or harbour suicidal thoughts. Another finding was that most suicides are committed by people between 20 and 39 years old. Only about 5% of the

    2 331 people who died by suicide left a suicide note. The report also found that only one in 10 people who have attempted suicide had reached out for help.

    Of the 90% who had not reached out, one third argued that it would not have made a difference or that others would not understand. The report found that the Oshana Region had the highest suicide rate in the country, followed by Otjozondjupa, Ohangwena, Hardap and Omusati.

    Alarm bells

    According to 2015 data, Namibia's suicide rate is 22.1 per 100 000 people - double the global average of 11.4 suicides per 100 000 people.

    In Africa, Namibia is rated as the country with the fourth highest suicide rate and globally, the country ranks 11th.

    Nearly 54% of the survey respondents said they knew someone who had committed suicide. “In Namibia, as elsewhere in the world, self-directed violence is a serious social, economic and public health concern and challenge that has a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities,” former health minister Bernhard Haufiku states in the foreword of the study report, released in October 2018.

    The report contains a number of recommendations for the development of a policy to guide suicide prevention, treatment and management.

    Although suicide is serious public health concern, it is preventable through proactive and coordinated responses, the report states.


    While more than half of the respondents in the study felt that family and friends would be open to discussing suicidal thoughts, only 38.9% felt the community as a whole was open to such discussions.

    Moreover, more than 64% said their communities regarded suicide as a sin, which constituted a barrier to reaching out for help. The study also found that when people contemplating suicide reach out, there is often a lack of help available. “Even when family, friends and religious leaders are sympathetic, they lack the skills to be able to offer the support needed, and they do not refer the at-risk person to formal service providers.

    “Limited access, lack of understanding of how to secure services, and concerns about the ability of service providers to help are also determinants.”

    Yet the study also found that most of those who had reached out after an attempted suicide did not repeat the attempt. The study emphasises that suicide has no demographic, geographic and socio-economic boundaries; it affects rich and poor countries alike.

    Namibian police statistics also show that there is little difference between the suicide rates in urban and rural areas.

    In 2014, the World Health Organisation estimated that each year more than 800 000 people die by suicide, and 20 times more people attempt suicide.

    It is estimated that by 2020, global suicides will increase to 1.5 million a year.


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     Geingob heading to Portugal Geingob heading to Portugal President Hage Geingob will leave for Portugal this weekend to attend the Horasis Global Meeting scheduled between 6-9 April in the coastal resort town of Cascais. According to the presidency, Geingob is attending the meeting at the invitation of Frank-Jurgen Richter, the chairman of the Global Meeting. “On the day of the grand opening on Saturday, 6 April, President Hage Geingob will in addition to several bilateral meetings and interviews with global media, participate in the plenary, ‘Governing a World out of Balance’. As part of Namibia’s investment drive, President Geingob, who will be accompanied by government ministers and business leaders will lead several events, including a Namibian investment luncheon on Sunday, 7 April and a Namibia business seminar on Monday, 8 April.” Geingob is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with president of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, according to State House.


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    Life Fighters 'face the unknown'Life Fighters 'face the unknown' Life Fighters head coach Agnus Chabala says the second leg of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) season will be tough, as the clubs have done their homework during the break.

    He said his team will now face the unknown moving forward.

    Chabala's charges are in third position on the log and will face second-placed African Stars today at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, with the match expected to kick off at 19:00.

    “We will try and work hard, just as we did in the first leg. Today's match, as well as Sunday's one, are crucial as we have to maintain our position in the league.

    “We are playing big teams who have the upper hand in a sense that that they have been active in the Standard Bank Top 8 Cup. These teams also have good coaches behind them,” Chabala added.

    During the break and transfer window, Life Fighters added four players to beef up their squad and to add depth, as the upcoming fixtures are congested.

    Stars coach Bobby Samaria said they are eager to get the balling rolling by improving on their first-round performances.

    “We are not oblivious to the mammoth task to try and overturn a seven-point deficit to leaders Black Africa.

    We are going to give it our best shot,” said Samaria.

    Stars captain Pat-Nevin Uanivi added they are entering a very important stage of the season.

    “Life Fighters will not be easy to beat, as their position on the log shows.”

    He added there are double-headers ahead, so one bad result can change the log standings.

    “As a team we are prepared mentally and physically and I urge our supporters to come in their numbers,” he added. Black Africa lead the log with 35 points, followed by Stars on 28 and Life Fighters on 24.

    The weekend fixtures are as follows:


    Black Africa vs Julinho Sporting - 21:00 (Sam Nujoma Stadium).

    Eleven Arrows vs Civics - 19:00 (Kuisebmund, Walvis Bay).

    Blue Waters vs Young Brazilians - 21:00 (Kuisebmund, Walvis Bay).

    Mighty Gunners vs Unam - 19:00 (Mokati Stadium, Otjiwarongo).


    Orlando Pirates vs Tura Magic - 15:00 (Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    Tigers vs Okahandja United - 17:00 (Sam Nujoma Stadium).


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  • 04/04/19--15:00: Gladiators out for glory
  • Gladiators out for gloryGladiators out for gloryWave of support as 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifiers kick off tonight The Brave Gladiators will clash with the Zebras of Botswana in Gaborone tonight, in the first leg of a 2020 Olympic Games qualifier. Unam Bokkies goalkeeper Hertha Antolian Mbunze says the Brave Gladiators should always remember that they are in the hearts of every Namibian.

    She was speaking ahead of tonight's 2020 Olympic Games qualifier first leg match between the Gladiators and the Zebras of Botswana in Gaborone.

    The match is expected to kick off at 18:00.

    “It's a game with one winner and one loser, but the one that wants it most takes it all. We believe you can do it. Not even the sky is the limit - all the best ladies,” Mbunze said.

    “This time around, the sky should not be the limit girls, wishing you all the best. Let's score some goals,” former player Ndeufewa Suki Nakamwe said.

    “They say our elders' blood watered our freedom... Let your goals water the pride of this nation and paint a beautiful name for the sport in Namibia. All the best ladies,” said former Nust Babes player Erica Paloma Ashipala.

    The Gladiators will need all their experienced players to energise and motivate the younger ones when they square off with Botswana.

    The squad has therefore roped in Europe-based Gladiators Zenatha Coleman and Veweziwa Kotjipati who have both joined the squad in Gaborone.

    Together with seasoned players like Ester Hamukwaya, Lydia Eixas, Ndapewa Katuta and Uerikondjera Kasaona, they are looking to beat the Zebras on their home turf.

    Strong, hardworking players such as Ndapewa Katuta and Lovisa Mulunga can also cause problems for Botswana. Captain Coleman says their task won't be easy.

    “It won't be an easy match as they have home-ground advantage but the team is ready and our job is to get a good result. Winning will make things easier for us when we play the return leg at home.

    “This is our time. It has been a long time coming, Namibia is ready for a win. The coaches have done well with the team selection. Now we need the support of everyone at home and hopefully we will make them proud,” Coleman said.

    Tonight's much will be a tantalising affair. Another player to look out for is vice-captain Emma Naris.

    Naris wore the armband last year at the 2018 Cosafa women's championship.

    The player possesses great leadership qualities even though her youthful side's profligacy in front of goal cost them at the end of the tournament. She ended up winning the player of the match award twice.

    Other players to keep an eye on are midfield commander Memory Ngonda, the skilful Juliana Blou and playmaker Thomalina Adams, as well as the youthful Millicent Hikuam and Beverly Uueziua, who recently signed contracts to play in the US and Taiwan, respectively.

    The two teams will meet again on Tuesday, 9 April at the Sam Nujoma at 18:30. The winner over the two legs will face South Africa in the second round, while Zambia or Zimbabwe lie in wait in the third round.

    The fourth round will be followed by a final round to determine Africa's representative for the 2020 Olympic Games.

    The fifth-round losers get a second bite at the cherry via a playoff against Chile for a place in Tokyo, Japan.

    The Brave Gladiators squad is as follows:

    Mellissa Matheus, Ester Hamukwaya, Lydia Eixas, Ndapewa Katuta, Emma Naris, Uerikondjera Kasaona, Lovisa Mulunga, Lorraine Jossop, Twelikondjela Amukoto, Vewe Kotjipati, Millicent Hikuam, Beverly Uueziua, Memory Ngonda, Juliana Blou, Julia Rutjindo, Asteria Angula, Kylie van Wyk, Zenatha Coleman, Thomalina Adams and Anna Marie Shikusho.


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    Namibia returns to Currie CupNamibia returns to Currie CupNew rugby competition structures unveiled Namibia are back in the fray and will take part in the Currie Cup First Division this year. NAMPA/ANA

    South Africa's senior rugby landscape will have a strong international flavour this year with the return of an Argentina XV, and full-strength Namibian and Zimbabwean teams to the provincial scene, while the Currie Cup Premier Division will move to an earlier timeslot in the season.

    The Currie Cup First Division will be bolstered by an Argentina XV and Namibia, the SuperSport Rugby Challenge format will change, and the SA Rugby Under-19 Championship will be played over a week in a similar format to the SA Rugby Youth Weeks.

    The status quo will remain in the Currie Cup Premier Division with the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions, Sharks, Western Province, Free State Cheetahs, Pumas and Griquas competing for the title.

    The competition has been moved to an earlier timeslot in the season though, from 13 July 13 to 7 September, which means that the Currie Cup Premier Division will not overlap with the Rugby World Cup, Super Rugby or the Pro14.

    The Currie Cup First Division will now feature eight teams in an action-packed tournament, with the Argentina XV and Namibia battling it out with defending champions SWD, Boland, the Griffons, Valke, Leopards and Eastern Province.

    The SuperSport Rugby Challenge will be split into two sections ‘North and South’ with the top two teams from each section progressing to the semi-finals.

    The North section will consist of Namibia, the Leopards, Valke, Golden Lions, Blue Bulls, ISG Pumas, Griffons and Griquas.

    In the South section, Zimbabwe, WP, the Boland Cavaliers, SWD Eagles, Eastern Province, the Sharks and Free State Cheetahs will battle it out.

    The only major change in the junior competition structures will see the SA Rugby U-19 competition being converted into a compact one-week tournament comprising of 16 teams - the 14 provincial unions, Limpopo and another team to be determined in due course at a single venue.

    In a new development, club players in their first year out of school will be eligible for selection in line with the competition's objective of unearthing new promising players, who have not represented their provinces at school or junior provincial level.

    The SA Rugby U-20 and U-21 Championships show slight changes as only six teams will play in the u-21 competition (WP, Toyota Free State, the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions, Sharks and Leopards).

    Eastern Province will take part in the u-20 competition this year with the eight other teams- Leopards, Griquas, Griffons, Valke, Pumas, Limpopo, SWD and Boland.

    "The introduction of the Argentina XV and the return of Namibia to the Currie Cup First Division will add an exciting element to the competition in 2019 and we have no doubt that it will boost the tournament," said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

    "The Argentineans are former Vodacom Cup champions and they have proven in Vodacom Super Rugby and on the international circuit that they are a force to be reckoned with. We expect nothing different from them in the Currie Cup First Division.

    "We are also excited to welcome back Namibia, who have delivered a number of competitive performances in the competition in the past."

    Defending Currie Cup champions, the Cell C Sharks, will meet Griquas in Durban in the opening match of the Premier Division on Friday, 12 July, while the Golden Lions will take on the Pumas in Johannesburg, and Western Province hosts the Blue Bulls in Cape Town on Saturday, 13 July.

    Of the change to the SA Rugby U-19 Championship, Roux said: "The revised SA Rugby U-19 Championship will serve as a top-class festival of the best junior talent, which will be particularly appealing to the Junior Springbok coaches with an eye on the annual World Rugby U-20 Championship.

    "The potential of discovering new talent is also fantastic, as several quality players who missed out on selection for the U-18 SA Rugby Youth Week teams will have an opportunity to make their presence felt."

    Amateur provincial rugby will also feature on the local landscape with a pilot project in SWD, where eight municipally-based representative teams will be chosen from within the borders of the union, divided into two divisions, namely the Cup and Shield.

    The pilot project will be played over seven weeks, commencing on 28 September and concluding on 9 November.

    2019 SA Rugby competition dates (fixtures to be announced):

    · 26/27 April to 29 June - SuperSport Rugby Challenge;

    · 5/6 July to 31 August - Currie Cup First Division;

    · 12/13 July to 7 September - Currie Cup Premier Division;

    · 6/7 September - Currie Cup promotion/relegation;

    · 21/22 June to 7 September - SA Rugby U-21 Championship;

    · 12/13 July to 31 August - SA Rugby U-20 Championship;

    · 21 to 29 September - SA Rugby U-19 Championship; and

    · 28 September to 9 November - Amateur Provincial Pilot Project.

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    Ta longitha ondjambi ye mokupalutha aanona aakwanaluhepoTa longitha ondjambi ye mokupalutha aanona aakwanaluhepo Omulongiskola gwoomvua 38 a za moGrootfontein, oha longitha po konyala oopresenda 50 dhondjambi ye opo a kwatele komeho endiki lye inali yama kepangelo, ndyoka hali gandja oondya naanona aakwanaluhepo ye li po 100.

    Elizabeth Petrus, mwene gwehangano lyedhina Victory Children Community Development Centre, okwa popi kutya okwa tameke opoloyeka ye nehalo lyokukwathela epangelo mokukandulapo oluhepo.

    Petrus ngoka e li othigwa okuza poomvula ooshona lela okwa popi kutya, okwa tameke noprograma ye yokupalutha aanona muSepetemba gwomvula ya piti na okwa kala ta longele kohi yomuti moskola yedhina Omulunga Primary School, poskola mpoka ha longo.

    Pethimbo ndyoka okwa li owala ha palutha aanona ye li 15 ya za molukanda lwaGrootfontein, Blikkiesdorp, ihe omwalu ngashiingeyi ogwa londa pombanda sigo opaanona 100.

    Aanona mboka ohaya pewa okulya yo taya kutha woo ombinga miinyangadhalwa yilwe ya yooloka.

    Petrus okwa popi kutya okwa tokola okukala ta palutha aanona sho a dhidhilike kutya anona ohaye ya koskola inaya lya, na oyiikolelela owala moprograma yepangelo yokugandja oondya pooskola, ndjoka inayi gwana.

    Omolwa ohokwe okutota ehangano lyokuyambidhidha aanona, okwa hiila egumbo moMalalani negumbo ndyoka okwe li ningi endiki lyokugandja omayambidhidho konima yoskola kaanaskola.

    Sho a pulwa kutya oha hupu ngiini, Petrus okwa popi kutya oha longitha iimaliwa ye mwene.

    Okwa popi kutya oostola ngaashi Pick n Pay moGrootfontein oshowo yalwe ohaye mu kwathele niikulya ihe olundji oha longitha iiyemo yemwene.

    “Onga odhigwa ngame mwene, ondi shishi kutya ethimbo limwe oho dhilaadhila owala okuza po pehala mpoka ho kala unene ngele owu wete kutya ku holike. Omolwa omatompelo ngoka nda ningi nendiki ndika, opo aanona ya kale ye wete kutya oye holike,” Petrus a popi. Okwa popi kutya aanona yamwe ohaya tindi okushuna komagumbo ngele iinyangadhalwa yawo yesiku ya pu pendiki ndyoka.

    Okwa popi kutya aantu yamwe ohaya popi kutya okwa hala okupa aanona uusigo nokuya pa euveko lya puka ihe ohe ya idhimbike nokutsikila niilonga ye. “Oshinima shimwe ndiilongo sho nda koko oshoka kutya aantu aluhe ohaya popi kutya oto ningi oshinima oshiwanawa nenge oto ningi oshinima oshiwinayi. Omolwaashoka itandi etha omaluhoko gawo ga gume ndje. Otandi ningi shoka ndi hole, nokusila oshisho okanona okaNamibia.” Sho a pulwa kombinga yomaupyakadhi ngoka a taalela, Petrus okwa popi kutya okwa pumbwa ehala enene molwaashoka egumbo ndyoka ha hiila eshona. Okwa popi kutya okwa ninga eindilo okuza kumuni gwondoolopa yawo opo a pewe ehala nuuna eindilo lye lya ziminwa otaka tameka niilonga yokutunga endiki lye.

    “Inandi hala okutsikila nokuhiila molwaashoka otandi vulu okulongitha iimaliwa mbyoka mokusila oshisho aanona oyendji. Ondiinekela kutya konima yeindilo lyandje omvula ya piti, muni otaka pandje ehala.”

    Petrus oku na okanona koomvula 12, hoka haka kwathele woo pendiki.

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    Omaikuthomwenyo ogeli omukundu omunene moNamibiaOmaikuthomwenyo ogeli omukundu omunene moNamibiaOmayovi taya ikutha oomwenyo omanga ye li po 25 000 taya kambadhala Omiyalu tadhi halutha noonkondo odha ulike kutya Namibia oku li ponomola onti 11 muuyuni miilongo mbyoka yina aantu oyendji taya hulitha po oonkalamwenyo dhawo yoyene. Okwa tengenekwa kutya AaNamibia ye li po 25 000 oya kambadhala okwiidhipaga momvula yo 2015 omanga ye li po 2 331 yiidhipaga pokati komvula yo 2011 no 2015.

    Omwaalu gwomaikuthomwenyo guli pombanda moshilongo, ogwa thiminike uuministeli wuundjolowele wu ninge omapekaapeko momvula yo 2016 nokuholola kutya omaikuthomwenyo oge li omukundu omunene guundjolowele woshigwana.

    Olopota oya holola kutya oopresenda 85.5 odhomaso gaantu yiimangeleka, oopresenda 10.5 aantu yiiyaha noondjembo. Opresenda 1.2 oyiidhipaga paku nwa oopela odhindji, omanga oopresenda dha faathana natango dha longitha uusigo mokwiikutha omwenyo. Aantu aashona oya idhipaga pakwiiyumbila momeya, oshowo okuteta uuthipa wombinzi piikesho yawo omanga aashona natango yiiyumbu okuza pohala omaleeleka. Mokati kaantu ye li po 2 331 mboka ya si oopresenda 84.4 odhaalumentu omanga oopresenda 15.6 dhakiintu. Omakonaakono oga holola kutya aalumentu oyo olundji haya ikutha oomwenyo iikando ya thika pu itano okuyeleka naakiintu.

    Omakonaakono oga holola natango kutya omaidhipago ogendji, otaga ningwa kaantu yoomvula dhi li pokati ko 20 no 39. Oopresenda 5 dhomaantu ye li po 2 331 mboka yiidhipaga, ya thigi po omatumwalaka gaashoka she ya dhiminike. Olopota oya holola kutya omuntu owala gumwe gwomaantu 10, mboka yiikutha omwenyo ya kambadhala okukonga ekwatho.

    Oopresenda 90 dhaamboka inaya konga ekwatho, etata olya holola kutya ekwatho itali ningi elunduluko lya sha nenge aantu yamwe itaya uvuko onkalo yawo. Oshitopolwa shoka osha hololwa shi na omwaalu gu li pombanda gwaantu taya idhipaga, oshitopolwa shaShana, sha landula koshitopolwa sha Otjozondjupa, Ohangwena, Hardap oshowo Omusati.MuAfrika, Namibia oku li ponomola ontine momusholondondo gwiilongo mbyoka yi na omwaalu gu li pombanda gwaantu taya ikutha oomwenyo omanga muuyuni e li ponomola onti 11. Oopresenda dhaantu mboka ya ningilwa omapulaapulo odha yamukula kutya odhishi aantu mboka ya si onga oshizemo shomaikuthomwenyo. Molopota ndjoka ya li ya pitithwa muKotomba gwo 2018, Ominista nale yUundjolowele, Bernhard Haufiku okwa popi kutya einingilo lyomiyonena oshi li onkalo ya dhigupala mokati koshigwaa, paliko oshowo omaipulo muundjolowele woshigwana, na oyi li omaupyakadhi ngoka ga taalela unene oohandimwe.

    Olopota ndjoka oyi na omusholondondo gwomagwedhelepo ngoka taga vulu okulongithwa meyando lyiipotha yomaidhipago oshowo ekwatho nekondololo. Nonando etata lyaamboka ya ningilwa omapulaapulo pethimbo kwa ningwa omakonaakono ngoka oya holola kutya oofamili nookume oya manguluka okukundathana omadhilaadhilo gomaikuthomwenyo, oopresenda owala 38.9 dhuuvite kutya oshigwana adhihe osha manguluka okukundathana oonkundathana dholudhi ndoka. Oopresenda 64 odha holola kutya omaikuthomwenyo oga talika onga eyono mokati koshigwana naashoka otashi etitha omambandameko kaantu ya konge omakwatho.

    Omakonaakono natango oga holola kutya olundji sho aantu taya kongo omakwatho, ihaga kalapo.

    Nonando aniwa oofamili nookuume oshowo aaleli yopambepo oye na uukwawo wanankali, kaye na uunongo wokugandja eyambidhidho tali pumbiwa.

    Nonando ongaaka omakonaakono oga holola kutya mboka ya kongo ekwatho konima shonkambadhala dhokwiidhipaga ihaya kambadhala we okwiidhipaga.

    Omapekaapeko oga holola kutya omaikuthomwenyo kage na kutya ohaga holoka owala pontumba ihe oga guma iilongo mbyoka iikengeli oshowo mbyoka yahepa.

    Omiyalu dha gandjwa kOpolisi yaNamibia odha holola kutya kape na omayooloko komiyalu, pokati komaikuthomwenyo ngoka ga ningwa moondoolopa nenge muushayi.

    Momvula yo 2014, Ehangano lyUundjolowele mUuyuni, ano lyoWorld Health Organisation olya tengeneke kutya konyala kehe omvula ohaku lopotwa omaikuthomwenyo geli po 800 000 muuyuni, omanga aantu ye vulithe pomiyalu ngoka niikando omi 20, haya kambadhala okwiikutha omwenyo. Okwa tengenekwa kutya okuya momvula yo 2020, omaso gaantu taya idhipaga otaga kala poomiliyona 1.5.

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    Hospital hygiene leaves much to be desiredHospital hygiene leaves much to be desired The poor hygiene at Namibian hospitals, which has made news headlines over the years, has once again been highlighted in a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

    The report by the WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) is the first comprehensive global assessment of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities. The report states that many Namibian health centres lack basic facilities for hand washing and safe segregation and disposal of medical waste. These factors are crucial in preventing infection and providing quality healthcare.

    The study found that there was either no information, or very little information, available about water supply, sanitation and hygiene at Namibian healthcare facilities.

    The report estimates that at least 5% of Namibian health facilities had no water in 2016, 10% did not have proper sanitation, and at least 20% lacked hand-washing facilities at points of care. There was no data available on which hospitals had sewer connections. According to the report there was insufficient data available on the proportion of healthcare facilities in Namibia that had basic waste-management services.

    It is estimated that only 68% of healthcare facilities in Namibia practise safe segregation of medical waste. No information was available on the safe disposal of medical waste in the country. The report says one in four healthcare facilities around the world lacks basic water services and that this affects more than two billion people. It also found that one in five healthcare facilities has no sanitation service, affecting 1.5 billion people. The report emphasises that workers in healthcare facilities need sufficient quantities of clean water to provide quality care. Furthermore, sanitation services in healthcare facilities are essential to deliver high-quality care that improves the health, welfare and dignity of patients and staff. The report says hospital staff should have dedicated toilets to reduce the risk of infection, particularly during outbreaks.

    There should be separate toilets for men and women, allowing them privacy when using the toilet.

    Toilets for women should also provide facilities for menstrual hygiene management. In addition, toilets should be available for patients with limited mobility. The WHO and Unicef, through their Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP), have produced regular updates on water, sanitation and hygiene since 1990.

    The JMP tracked progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is now monitoring global progress towards the WASH-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Targets.


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    Roaming rhinos cause high dramaRoaming rhinos cause high dramaMore animal escapes expected With the bulk of the fencing of Etosha National Park still not repaired, the expectation is that more animals are set to escape. The environment ministry, which needs at least N$500 million to fix more than 700 kilometres of fencing around the Etosha National Park fence, is increasingly facing wildlife escapes from the park.

    On Wednesday, there was high drama in Uukwiyu-Uushona in Oshana and Omuntele in Oshikoto, where residents received visits from two black rhinos. They were later treated to extraordinary scenes when the rhinos were captured by ministry in operations that include a helicopter.

    Namibian Sun witnessed the complicated operation in Uukwiyu-Uushona, where a rhino was tranquilised, dehorned and transported back to Etosha National Park.

    Uukwiyu-Uushona constituency councillor Andreas Amundjindi told Namibian Sun the presence of the rhino was reported to him at 05:50 on Wednesday morning.

    “A resident who was driving to work in the morning spotted the rhino while it was trying to cross the gravel road at Omukandu. He was shocked by the discovery and decided to report it to me. I immediately drove to the place. I found it and reported it to the police and nature conservation officials,” Amundjindi said.

    “Due to the fact that many children were due to walk to schools that time I decided to inform the community via radio. After announcing it, I started receiving many calls from many people claiming to be officials. I therefore decided not to give information anymore and kept monitoring the animal until police came from Ondangwa.” Amundjindi said according to the information he received the two rhinos escaped Etosha via the Okuma area in Omuntele.

    One walked through Omutomboli and Uulungawakolondo and ended up in Uukwiyu-Uushona.

    Amundjindi, who monitored the rhino until it was captured, said he appreciates the cooperation from community members, who did not attempt to provoke the rhino.

    “There was only one incident when the rhino nearly attacked a vehicle after the driver disobeyed an official instruction and drove near it. It attempted to attack the car, but the driver managed to drive away. That could have been a disaster,” Amundjindi said. Environmental officials, including the control warden for the north-central regions Rehabeam Erckie, the police and Amundjindi kept monitoring the rhino that was strolling through mahangu fields, heading in the direction of Ondangwa, while community members and onlookers from as far as Eenhana, Oshakati, Ondangwa and other areas arrived.

    Etosha National Park veterinarian Dr Axel Hartmann drove all the way from Rundu to lead the rescue team, while a rescue helicopter flew to the scene and a truck drove from Etosha via Omuthiya. Around 12:30, Hartmann and the helicopter arrived at Ondangwa, but had to wait for the rescue truck. The recue started at 15:35 at Onankulo village and the animal was tranquilised and captured about five kilometres away at Okatale village in Aina Alfeus' mahangu field at 16:05.

    It was then dehorned and loaded into the truck to be transported back to Etosha. Environment ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said the second rhino was also captured using the same process yesterday at Omuntele. A large crowd of onlookers were, however, disappointed claiming environmental officials denied them access to the rhino.

    “This was the best moment in our lifetime seeing a rhino in our villages. It was a time for us to touch it and even take selfies with it, but officials would not allow us. This is really disappointing. Some of us walked all the way from Omuntele, just to be refused to access the rhino,” Eino Shoongela said. Alfeus Sakeus said when he learnt via Facebook there was a rhino at Uukwiyu-Uushona he decided to drive all the way from Eenhana to see it. “When I got here I found it being chased. It was fun but the end was not good for us. We were supposed to be allowed to go near it, feel it and take pictures. The rhino was reported by the community and they did not do any harm to it. Why did they not allow them to touch and feel it?” Sakeus asked.

    Muyunda said rhinos are very aggressive and they could not allow people near the animal.

    Roaming freely

    Many wild animals have recently escaped from Etosha.

    A wildebeest and a calf was spotted at Othimbika in the Okankolo constituency of Oshikoto. Victory Uushona from Othimbika told Namibian Sun it was normal to see wild animals roaming around.

    “In 1975 when Ondonga king Fillemon Shuumbwa yaElifas lyaShindondola died I was in my 20s. We were staying at Oshipala in the Okatyali constituency. It also started with aggressive lions that were tormenting cattle in our area. After a few days we heard the king was assassinated. We then started seeing wild animals, some of which we had never seen before, in our areas,” Uushona said.

    “Since we are now mourning Ondonga king Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, to me this is normal. He is a king not only for people, but wildlife as well.” Muyunda said they are aware that wild animals are roaming freely and urged people not to harm to them.

    “We are aware of some wild animals that are outside the Etosha National Park. The ministry is devising means to return those animals to the park. The ministry is urging community members in those areas to inform the authorities whenever they see these animals and they must not tamper with them. Ministry officials are on alert 24 hours a day to assist community members in case of any life threats and we will soon start taking them back to the park,” said Muyunda.


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    RDP national convention postponedRDP national convention postponed CATHERINE SASMAN

    The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has postponed the party’s national convention from 18-21 April to 10-12 May.

    The announcement was made by the RDP secretary for information and publicity, Nghiningiluandubo Kashume, on Wednesday.

    The reason for the postponement is to allow the party’s branches to hold their district and regional conferences.

    Kashume said Kunene South and Kunene North are the only two regions that have completed all their conferences.

    A new party leadership will be elected at the RDP’s third ordinary convention.

    The three contenders for the position of party president are Miriam Hamutenya, Mike Kavekotora, and Kandy Nehova.

    Candidates for the vice-presidential post are Kennedy Shkupakela, Heiko Lucks, and Eino Heelu.

    The position of secretary-general is being contested by Brünhilde Cornelius, Walter Ndakondja, and Hidipohamba Sheuyange.

    Candidates for the position of deputy secretary-general are Anges Limbo, Phyllicia Hercules, and Sibuku Malumbano.

    Statistics of regional conferences


    Number of Districts

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    Districts Remaining

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  • 04/04/19--15:00: Rebranding with a purpose
  • Rebranding with a purposeRebranding with a purposeLady May Africa's spiritual itinerary going smoothly For some, this music thing is more than just singing and dancing - for some, this is a calling. After more than a decade in the music arena, Lady May Africa is a formidable force in the game.

    Deciding to add the suffix 'Africa' to her name and shape up her brand, she's back on the scene with a gospel album in the pipeline. The era of born-again Lady May Africa is upon us and when she is promising to dish up uplifting music and positively impacting the masses, what more could you ask for?

    Elaborating why she added the suffix 'Africa' to her name, the singer said that it is a rebranding of her new life and career. “I am done with the old Lady May and everything that was known or came with the past,” said Lady May Africa while referencing 2 Corinthians 5:17 from the scriptures.

    She added that this is the beginning of her new journey and the dawn of a new era in her life. She has decided to give her life to Jesus, entering into a covenant with God. “That means I have to go according to the expectations of the Creator and pleasing Him only. I am no longer the same person that Namibia knew years ago and therefore I cannot be called Lady May anymore but Lady May Africa,” she declared.

    Sharing the progress of her first gospel album, the singer mentioned that she has been in studio with an internationally acclaimed vocal coach by the name Naomi Klassik from Nigeria who did a great job on some of her songs and Namibia should look forward to that album. “The sound and elements are completely different to what Namibia is used to but I still have some of my old style of singing in there. It is a deeply spiritual album,” said Lady May Africa. She said the album is going to be about deep worshiping. She maintains that she wants the album to be able to heal and touch as many fans as possible. “I really just want God to be magnified in this album since I feel like I have been far from Him for so long and this is my way of saying, thank you Father for preserving my life until this time when I can praise and worship your holy name,” she said.


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  • 04/04/19--15:00: Game on!
  • Game on!Game on!An opportunity for art enthusiasts to thrive Entries for the 2019 Namibia Championship of the Performing Arts are open and organisers are calling for artists to enter. Speaking to tjil, one of the organisers of the event, Lomine Brynard, described the competition as a platform for any performer to make their dreams come true in acting, modelling, dance, instrumental, vocal, variety and visual arts.

    “We give a platform to all the people in various genres of arts.

    We will take Team Namibia to Los Angeles to the World Championships that have been seen as the Olympics of the performing arts and where over 60 countries will compete,” said Brynard.

    She announced that the competition will be hosted at the National Theatre of Namibia in Windhoek from Thursday, 9 May to Saturday, 11 May.

    Motivating art enthusiasts to enter, Brynard said participants are taken to South Africa and Los Angeles where there are scouts, scholarship opportunities and they can be seen.

    “This is not a competition to compete for a medal. This is a competition to change your life,” said Brynard.

    Those interested to enter can call 081 122 0562 to request a application form or they can email Brynard at lomine@brynard.info for more information regarding this competition.


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    Gweri Vintage Socks goes commercial Gweri Vintage Socks goes commercial Gweri Vintage Socks has partnered with Nictus and is now selling some of its designs at the Nictus Giga store in Windhoek.

    Speaking to tjil, the founder of Gweri Vintage Socks Zulu Boy, real name Pinehas Megameno Shikulo, said Nictus approached them because they wanted to align their company to a Namibian brand. “They offered us their space, bought 100 pairs and promised that as soon they finish the stock, they will order 1 000 pairs which will then be distributed to other branches.”

    “The special thing about this deal is that Nictus has designs that are exclusively being sold at their store,” added Zulu.

    Candy Muller from Nictus described Gweri Vintage Socks as an exciting Namibian brand. Muller mentioned that at Nictus they aim to be the furniture connoisseurs and that means being an expert judge in matters of taste in furniture. “Now while socks are not furniture, our tagline is ‘Quality, value, variety and service’, so bringing in unique Namibian socks adds to our variety aspect at Nictus Giga in Windhoek,” said Muller.

    Speaking on the duration of the partnership, Muller shared that Gweri Vintage Socks will be sold at Nictus Giga Windhoek as long as there is demand. “It is basic economics. When people demand socks, we will supply socks. If people demand it in Ongwediva, then we will supply it in Ongwediva,” said Muller.


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    Still building, still pushingStill building, still pushingPDK are in the final stages of completing album number 12 Since crashing onto the scene with Skoko many years ago as an exciting singing and dancing trio, PDK has really come a long way. What story do you tell on your 12th studio album? Do you play it safe and make bangers about money, cars and women so as not to scare people with uncomfortable truths and sincerity? Or do you tell a true story? Do you tell a story of adversity and triumph, of wanting to give up but finding the strength to rise above, of hard work and equally intense hours of partying? No, you tell a story of being grateful.

    Many groups have come and gone but album after album, PDK's consistency continues to impress. Speaking to tjil earlier this week, the trio said their 12th studio album is complete and they are at the mixing and mastering stages.

    “We are making sure everything and every sound comes out great. The album release date will be announced next week through our social media platforms,” said Patrick. The body of work is called Grateful, and explores themes like love, self-awareness and word play.

    The trio believes if you keep your faith and trust, and have the right attitude and be grateful, God will open up new doors that will take your career to greater heights. “Gratitude is the best attitude; it takes more than humility to be grateful. As you mingle with others in a social setting, you learn social etiquette that leverages you to express gratitude at appropriate occasions.

    “If you are a grateful person, you can convey your appreciation in more than just words and ours comes with this album,” said Patrick.

    Describing the sound of the album, Dion mentioned that it is a fusion of Afro-pop and dancehall.

    He said they are merging new sounds with old sounds. “We are basically revisiting some of our old sounds on previous albums that we never really explored. The mainstream may call it Afro-beat.”

    They maintain that their sound matures as they grow. They also shared that they are trying to perfect their craft by exploring different Namibian sounds and figuring out ways to push this to global standards. “At the end of the day it is about what sound is coming out of Namibia and how authentic it is, and can you as an artist be identified by it,” said Kamtonyo, admitting that their sound has evolved immensely in the past few years.

    With this album, the trio seeks to broaden their fan base and serve up music that will be loved, embraced and celebrated by their existing fans. With 11 albums under their belts, it is clear that the trio has stood the test of time.

    Their formula to staying relevant in the unpredictable music arena is having goals, being consistent and loving what they do. “We respect our craft and we know what it can do for us and our people,” said Patrick.

    “We are also obsessed with self-improvement and we are determined to inspire and leave a legacy which will make us one of Africa's biggest groups to ever do it big from Namibia,” added Kamtonyo.

    They emphasised that patience is a virtue and that the wait for their anticipated Grateful album is almost over.

    “We appreciate the love and support our fans have always given us.

    All we ask from them is to push this album beyond our borders as you have become our ambassadors everywhere you go.”


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    There's a new duo on the blockThere's a new duo on the blockIntroducing a new genre of music Pioneering a new genre of music called urban shambo, Bicasi is ready to share their musical talents. Sam-E Lee Jones and Gazza (combination deadly). Exit and Mushe. Mappz and Quondja. Kapana and salsa salad. Do you have space on your mantlepiece for another tag team? No? Well make some. Bicasi consisting of Casi and Bee have officially thrown their hat in the ring.

    The duo digitally released their debut album Re-Ignition mid-February this year and promises to accompany the songs with stunning visuals. “We decided to first release the album online because even though we have been making music for years now, we consider ourselves as upcoming artists and we wanted to test the waters. The album did well online so we printed a few copies after a few weeks which are now sold out,” said Casi.

    They describe their genre as a fusion of traditional Oshiwambo music, kwaito and hip-hop. Explaining why they chose to call their album, Re-Ignition, Casi shared that they have been making music since 2013 but took a hiatus from this but, have now finally found the courage to make music again. “Re-Ignition is not even an English word. We just felt like we were at a point in our lives where we needed to ignite that music-making spark again so we decided to call it that,” said Casi.

    Bee told tjil that he is very proud that they have finally released a fully-fledged body of work and he believes the music is going to impact people in a positive way. “I do not know if it is part of the industry but every time it seemed like we were about to blow up, something always happened to set us back. Fortunately this time around it worked out and we dropped our debut,” said Bee, adding that, it is for this reason the album has 19 tracks.

    “We had to include a lot of songs that we have been working on for so many years,” added Casi.

    Casi also mentioned that another reason that has delayed their first album is that they are both teachers by profession and had to figure out a way to present their music without compromising their profession. “This album really took long for various reasons. Because we are both teachers, to some it seemed inappropriate to be on stage and then be in the classrooms again. That is one reason we chose to create our own genre because genres like hip-hop and kwaito have negative stereotypes,” said Casi.


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  • 04/04/19--15:00: Exporting Namibian fashion
  • Exporting Namibian fashionExporting Namibian fashion ?

    Namibian fashion designer Nicole Schmidt will be showcasing her collection at this year's Paris Fashion Week.

    In an interview with tjil, Schmidt said it has always been one of her life goals to be able to showcase her work at Paris Fashion Week so this opportunity is a reflection of her dreams. “As for my career this is a top-notch, world-class exposure for my brand, and for Namibia, which confirms that I can make a success of fashion designing as a career,” she said.

    She launched her collection Jeaneva in 2018. She clarified that Jeaneva is her second name which is a combination of the names of her two grandmothers. “It is different and mysterious and has a combined meaning of grace and femininity.

    “Jeaneva's purpose was to introduce my style of clothing to my beloved country, Namibia, as an emerging art and fashion inquisitor and to cater for women and men who value fine craftsmanship and tailoring,” said Schmidt.

    She shared that she mostly makes evening wear but also enjoy designing ready-to-wear collections.

    “Their timeless designs and silhouettes make them stand out. They are designed to withstand the ever-changing trends,” she said.

    The designer received the news of the opportunity to participate in New York City Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, London Fashion week or Paris Fashion Week in January 2019, through Oxford Fashion Studio. She shared that the initial excitement weaned off when she realised the extensive cost implications of such an opportunity, on top of the fact that she have to return to Cape Town next year to complete her studies. “I was granted the valuable opportunity to meet Ilke Platt, founder of Poiyah Media. After a disconcerted sharing of this seemingly great opportunity with her, a spark was ignited by her endless optimism, fiery enthusiasm and her niche to make dreams a reality,” she said, adding that Platt immediately set in motion a chain of media events and organised a campaign to raise funds.

    This initial event aims to raise N$20 000 by giving hugs at a cost of N$2 at Poiyah Media's respective activations. “Honestly, this is the first idea in the fundraising campaign, which will surely be followed by more.” The Poiyah Media and Jeaneva Instagram pages can be consulted for fundraising updates and contact can be made by emailing Schmidt at jeaneva.midt@gmail.com or events@poiyahmedia.net

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  • 04/04/19--15:00: Skrypt shares his story
  • Skrypt shares his storySkrypt shares his storyA Word Smith in a league of his own Focusing on social upliftment with the aim to empower the minds of the youth, rapper Skrypt's music is a breath of fresh air. In a music economy that is saturated with songs that glorify the party lifestyle and material things, Skrypt has decided to follow another path, that of positively enlightening people through music.

    Narrating his upbringing to tjil, Skrypt said he grew up in three different countries; Namibia, South Africa and Austria. He mentioned Big Ben, King Tee Dee and Gazza as some of the musicians who influenced his musical ear growing up. “In South Africa I was a big Zola 7 fan, as well as Flabba. I'd listen to a lot of Proverb and Mandoza. When I got to Europe, J. Cole had dropped his first project and I listened to him and T.I. a whole lot. So Skrypt is the artist created when you merge everybody into one,” he said.

    Despite being a rapper, Skrypt maintains that he does not believe in being confined to one specific sound. For him, it is more the content and the way it's delivered that stands out. “But for the sake of the question, I'd describe my sound as soulful.”

    One of the outstanding elements about him as a musician is his impressive style of writing and overall wordplay, something that he thinks is innate. He shared that he has always had an inclination towards literature. “Throughout school it would be the subject I excelled at,” said Skrypt, adding that the older he grew the more he studied the art of rap and the better he became.

    However he noted that ultimately it's down to his 10 000 hours. “More like 500 000 for me. Ask KP Illest and Lioness, I write a lot,” he said. He revealed that he has not gone a day without writing in years. “I make sure I work on my craft. I'm currently sitting on 671 verses – which will go into the archives,” he added.

    He released a project in 2013 called Daydream. It was his first six songs he recorded and put out. He said he was signed to a Spain-based label (22 Entertainment) while he was working on Daydream. “We dissolved my contract and I came back to Namibia to release it.” He mentioned that he was disappointed with the lack of attention it got and decided to remove it off of the internet. “But the fans that have it are my real fans. I don't even have a copy of it myself. Find a die-hard Skrypt fan if you want to listen to it,” he said.

    His second body of work was released in May last year in a form of an EP and he called it for For the Wait. He shared that he had written and recorded about 20 songs which he decided to delete. “Most of them were pure gems, but I wanted to start fresh. Most people listen to For the Wait and assume there was a great big plan in how the songs were recorded but it was all random, to be honest,” he shared.

    “From November 2017 I had worked on individual songs and once I had the first three I decided to make a project out of it. No direction, just putting thoughts down. I woke up, set a date and recorded six of the remaining songs a month before the project was released.” He stated that he does feel that the EP will age like wine, there's a lot that flew over the public's heads, but he believes they will come around. “I edited the cover art the night before its release because I wasn't happy with what I had. That summed up the tape,” said Skypt about For the Wait.

    Recently the rapper has been teasing working on an EP on his social media platforms. He told tjil that making such statements on public platforms is what pushes him to start working on an actual project. “It's in the universe, I can't take it back. So yes, I'm officially working on an EP,” he confirmed. Musically, Skrypt said he wants to stretch his versatility. “I've given you bars and flow and now it's time for the full package. This one will be much more melodic,” he promised.

    Making another announcement, the rapper said he was sceptical about releasing videos for the EP because it's almost been a year, but he'll bring us visuals from it. “There's one special visual that's coming on 25 May – the one-year anniversary of For the Wait. Ndjiraera, I Got It and Clinical Bars will also be out before May, hopefully,” he said.

    Summing up our conversation, the rapper gave his view on the current state of Namibian hip-hop and said: “It is alive again yet dying at the same time. The bar is high, it's up to hip-hop artists to reach for it or fall back. There is no more mediocrity.”


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    Nga-I set to host his first solo show tonightNga-I set to host his first solo show tonightTaking it up a notch Rapper Nga-I promises a thrilling performance for his first solo show. Three-time Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) nominated rapper Nga-I is taking the next step in his flourishing career by hosting his first solo show, dubbed The Barn, tonight at Jojo's Music and Arts Café.

    The young musician who has multiple mixtapes, EPs and an album under his belt is ready to explore the business side of the entertainment industry. He seeks to leave his footprint as not only a musician, but an entrepreneur as well. “This means creating your own platforms,” says the rapper, who has created a unique style of music that infuses Otjiherero lyrics into the modern-day trap genre called Ovi-trap.

    Ovi-trap is a native genre that keeps boosting his popularity for not only preserving a culture, but making it relevant to a broad audience in the millennial age. “My goal is to create a product out of music and entertainment that can transcend borders, ultimately leading to more Namibian artists exporting their art to create a sustainable and profitable industry that will add value to the Namibian economy, as well as to the artists and musicians of the future.”

    The show will be featuring special guest performers, Che The Goddess of the Airwaves, rapper and radio personality Mappz and DJ Beat Slangerz. Doors open at 19:00.

    The rapper promises a unique experience of his culture and growth as a man who took the road less travelled and followed his dreams. “I am taking you on a trip to the east side to show you the life of a farm boy through music,” said Nga-I.

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  • 04/04/19--15:00: The need for more podcasts
  • The need for more podcastsThe need for more podcasts Podcasts use an audio file to share information through computers or portable music devices like MP3 players. With the popularity of podcasts rapidly rising globally, in the past few years there have been a relative number of Namibian entertainment and lifestyle podcasts that have given music enthusiasts an entire world of discussion and expression. The significance of podcasts in Namibia adds to the advancement of Namibian modern music culture and it is this significance that keeps young people hooked to their mobile devices for hours to feed their curiosity and vibe. While the number of Namibian podcasts isn't as impressive as it should be, there is no denying that this is one spectrum of the music culture that is set on having an impact and building self-efficiency. Podcasts have integrated seamlessly into the entertainment scene. For many people with a demanding schedule, finding time to watch something on YouTube for instance is difficult and radio has, to a certain extent, fallen short of its entertainment value. Podcasts are a great offer for these people but in Namibia these people are not catered for adequately, and that is why there is a need for more entertainment-driven podcasts. In terms of purpose, podcasts in entertainment are there to contextualise everything happening in a particular space, in an exciting and thought provoking manner. I believe podcasts offer a platform for those in the entertainment industry to give their opinions and review current events unfolding in the industry. Focusing on latest events occurring in the entertainment scene is important not just in a sense of dialogue but as a major cornerstone in helping introduce upcoming artists through playing their music and opening doors that would have probably been overlooked by the mainstream industry. Most newspapers in Namibia have entertainment supplements that only come out on a weekly basis; this means that there is more than enough room for podcasts to thrive in our industry. I hope more Namibians exploit this market and create more Namibian content. Even though our entertainment industry is fairly small, we cannot deny that it is not growing. In the last few years, the industry has gradually developed and it is a good thing to witness. When we talk of the entertainment scene in Namibia, we do not only refer to the music aspect. The industry has broadened and the fashion scene in particular, keeps demonstrating that it is not stagnant and there is a lot to talk about in this regard on platforms like podcasts. I believe, the lack of Namibian podcasts that share Namibian content is one of the reasons why a lot of music fans in Namibia consume more international news compared to how they consume Namibian news. Namibians are hungry for local content. So in case you have been wanting to start a podcast, just know that it is easy to start one. All you really need is a microphone and a recording device which can be your phone or computer. Podcasts act as storytelling, therefore, engaging the audience on a more personal level is good. Sometimes I find myself chiming in as if I'm talking the podcaster face-to-face. Since podcasts often draw inspiration from their personal lives, it is easy to feel like part of the discussion. On that note, I would like to say big ups to all Namibian podcasters for the content they have been giving us and I invite more people to join this exciting phenomenon of sharing content.


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