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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Aanapaliamende taya ka holola natango omaliko gawoAanapaliamende taya ka holola natango omaliko gawo OGONE TLHAGE

    Omupopi moNational Assembly, Professa Peter Katjavivi okwa popi kutya aanapaliamende otaya dhimbulukithwa ishewe kutya ethimbo lyokuholola polweela omaliko gawo momumvo gwoshimaliwa nguka olya thikana.

    Shoka otashi endele pamwe nompango tayi ithanwa Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament Act of 1996 oshowo elombwelo noshiholelwa sha ningwa kOmupresidende Hage Geingob, opamwe nomunyekadhi Monica Geingos, momvula yo 2015, konima sho a yi koshipundi shuuleli.

    Aanapaliamende okwa tegelelwa ya ka holole polweela iipambuliko kehe ye na moongeshefa oshowo miiputudhilo yopashimaliwa mwa kwatelwa iiyemo kehe mbyoka haya mono okuza palwe shaaheshi oondjambi dhawo dhepangelo.

    Oya pumbwa woo okuholola oondjo dhawo ndhoka dhi vulithe pooN$20 000, omagano ngoka ya pewa, oodiskaunda ndhoka ya pewa komalweendo gawo, oopenzela oshowo omaliko kehe ngoka ya likola.

    Amushanga gwaKatjavivi, Lydia Kandetu okwa popi kutya esiku lyokuholola omaliko gaanapaliamende otali ka tseyithwa momwedhi nguka.

    Nonando aanapaliamende otaya holola polwela omaliko gawo, kape na omulandu ngoka tagu koleke kutya omauyelele ngoka taga gandjwa oge li mondjila, ihe oshiikwatelela owala kuukwashili waanapalimende.

    Monena Ominista yemona, Calle Schlettwein oye owala gumwe gwomaanapaliamende mboka ya gandja omauyelele kombinga yomaliko ngoka ye na nomvula yo 2016.

    Pethimbo kwa pulwa aanapaliamende ya holole omaliko gawo momvula yo 2015 no 2016 kape na gumwe gwomaanapaliamende 104 a holola kutya oye na iiyenditho kakele kOmupeha minista gwoshikondo shiiputudhilo yepangelo Veikko Nekundi, kwiikwatelelwa kolopota ndjoka ya pitithwa koshifokundaneki shoWindhoek Observer muFebruali 2018.

    Momvula yo 2015, Ominista yAaniilonga, Erkki Nghimtina okwa popi kutya oku na owala iipambulilo yi li 400 400 mOld Mutual, egumbo limwe mOvenduka lyuunene woosquare metres 1 050, ofaalama mOtavi yuunene woohecta 5 400, egumbo lyopamuthigululwakalo mOmahenge li li pehala lyuunene woohecta 9.8.

    Omupeha prima, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah okwa holola kutya oku na omagumbo gaali moHenties Bay oshowo mEenhana nofaalama yuunene woohecta 6 200.

    Kakele kegumbo ndyoka a holola momvula yo 2015 li li mOmuthiya, Minista Penda ya Ndakolo ina holola sha mo 2016.

    Ominista yIilonga, John Mutorwa membo lyokuholola omaliko, omu na kutya ke na ekwatathano lya sha nehangano lyontumba, na okwa holola e na omagumbo 4, gaali oge li moRundu, limwe oli li mOvenduka omanga ekwawo li li momukunda Shankara.

    Omuprima Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila okwa holola e na iipambuliko yoopresenda 50 mehangano lyoSeize the Moment Investment 56 cc, ofaalama oshowo omagumbo gatatu mOvenduka.

    Omupeha omupopi, Loide Kasingo okwa holola kutya oku na oopresenda 16 dhuumwene mehangano lyoLuxury Investment 165, ehangano lyopaunamiti oshowo omagumbo gaali, mOvenduka noSwakopo.

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  • 04/07/19--16:00: Baroka get survival boost
  • Baroka get survival boostBaroka get survival boostChiefs lose to league minnows The Glamour Boys have suffered a shock defeat to Baroka. Baroka put four points between themselves and the automatic relegation zone at the bottom of the premiership table after edging to a 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

    Chiefs probably deserved at least a point, and could perhaps even have claimed all three, had they been more clinical in the final third of the field.

    But with that said, the Glamour Boys were some way off the levels they had reached in last weekend's Nedbank Cup win over Cape Town City.

    For relegation-threatened Bakgaga, it was all about the result, and they will be thrilled to return to Limpopo with all three points in the bag, thanks to an outstanding free-kick from Tshidiso Patjie in the 66th minute.

    Chiefs dominated first-half possession, but the problem was that they didn't do too much with the ball; their attacks lacked urgency and conviction, with the result that the opposition goal went largely unthreatened.

    The visitors meanwhile tried to use counterattacks and set-plays to their advantage, but they too rarely looked dangerous on attack. The only two real opportunities that did come in the first half arrived within a minute of each other, 20 minutes into the game, and both should have ended with goals.

    The first fell the way of Baroka, but after Matome Mabeba had whipped in a wonderful cross for Lawrence Ntswane, and with Chiefs keeper Bruce Bvuma in no man's land, the header went over the bar.

    At the other end of the pitch, Bernard Parker's measured header set up Philani Zulu, but with a large area of the net to aim for he steered his volley wide.

    The only other notable incident in what became an overly-physical stop-start affair was an injury to Amakhosi defender Teenage Hadebe just after the half-hour mark; the Zimbabwean was stretchered off the field with a reported concussion following a collision with the upright.

    Hadebe was replaced by striker Ryan Moon as Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp changed his back five to a back four, and it was Moon who should really have put the Soweto giants in front, seven minutes into the second half.

    But after running onto a defence-splitting pass from Parker and having done the hard part in taking the ball around Baroka keeper Elvis Chipezeze, Moon fired his shot into the side-netting.

    The game was opening up nicely as both teams began to play with more urgency in attack, although when the deadlock was broken, it was via a set-piece, as Patjie bent a delightful free-kick into the top corner.

    The hosts should have levelled things up 12 minutes later when a slick move saw Moon working the ball to Hendrick Ekstein in the box, but after fashioning space for himself, Ekstein sent a tame shot straight at Chipezeze.

    That proved to be the only real chance Chiefs were to have to earn a draw, as Baroka made it through the final minutes without much threat to their goal.

    NAMPA/ANA

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  • 04/07/19--16:00: US stumble against Fiji
  • US stumble against FijiUS stumble against Fiji Fiji spoiled the United States' hopes of a maiden Hong Kong Sevens championship with a 28-19 semi-final win over the series leaders on Sunday.

    The reigning tournament champions for four years running recovered their customary precision after a scrappy quarter-final win over Argentina earlier in the day.

    Carlin Isles dashed to level the score at 7-7 in the first half, but the Fijians had the lightning-quick sprinter's measure for most of the match and pulled ahead 14-7 with a try from Vilimoni Botitu.

    Alasio Naduva sealed the deal with two tries in the second half, with Isles scoring his second after the final horn.

    Forward Ben Pinkelman started the match for the Eagles despite a nasty head knock in the closing minutes of the quarter-final against South Africa, but the Americans struggled to match Fiji in speed and strength.

    The US will stay at the top of the table after their win in Las Vegas and four other final appearances this series, with third-ranked Fiji in hot pursuit and set to overtake New Zealand.

    Fiji will fight for the cup against France, who dashed the All Blacks' chances in a shock 14-12 quarter-final win.

    France, runners-up in Vancouver last month, later beat Samoa 19-12 to book their first ever final appearance in Hong Kong.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 04/07/19--16:00: Employment bonanza
  • Employment bonanzaEmployment bonanza122 000 tourism jobs predicted by 2029 According to a report, Namibia's travel and tourism industry is expected to generate 122 200 direct jobs by 2029, contributing 15.7% to the country's total employment. The travel and tourism industry in Namibia is expected to create more than 122 000 direct jobs within the next decade, contributing more than 15% to the country's total employment.

    The industry last year directly contributed 7.2% to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with spending from domestic tourism contributing more than visitors from other countries.

    Leisure tourists spent more than business travellers to the country.

    This is according to the latest Travel and Tourism Economic Impact 2019 Namibia report released by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC.)

    The research conducted by the WTTC covered 185 countries.

    According to the report, the travel and tourism industry in Namibia is expected to generate 122 200 direct jobs by 2029, contributing 15.7% to the country's total employment.

    This includes employment by hotels, travel agents, airlines and other passenger transportation services, but excludes commuter services. The figure also includes the activities of the restaurant and leisure industries that are directly supported by tourists.

    It is expected that the sector will support 156 400 jobs in total.

    The report predicted that direct employment by the industry for this year was expected to grow to 24 500, which is 6.5% of the country's total employment, while sector would create 103 000 indirect jobs in total this year contributing 14.2% of total employment in the country.

    The total contribution of travel and tourism to the economy last year was N$20.2 billion (10.9%). According to the report this primarily reflects restaurant and leisure activities directly supported by tourists.

    The report also indicates that money spent by foreign visitors to a country - known as visitor exports - is a key component of the direct contribution of the travel and tourism industry.

    Last year Namibia generated N$6.3 billion in visitor exports, up from 2017 when the figure stood at N$4.3 billion.

    Meanwhile, leisure travel spending, including both inbound and domestic travellers, generated 82% of the direct travel and tourism's contribution to the GDP last year. This is in comparison to the 18% of business travel spending.

    Also, domestic travel spending generated 72% of the direct travel and tourism contribution to the country's GDP last year, compared to the 28% for international spending.

    Namibia's Tourism Satellite Account (5th Edition) that was launched last year, and analysed data from 2005, showed that Namibia is projected to create close to 50 000 direct jobs and 123 100 indirect jobs by the end of 2020.

    It said tourism directly supported more than 44 700 jobs in 2015, which represents 6.5% of the total employment in Namibia, while indirectly it supported 100 700 jobs, representing 14.5% of employment in the country. Meanwhile tourism directly contributed N$5.2 billion in 2015 to the country's GDP, which is equivalent to 3.5% of the total GDP, while the sector indirectly contributed N$15.1 billion, representing 10.2% of GDP. Namibia recorded a record number of 1.6 million foreign arrivals in 2018, representing an increase of 2.2% from 1.57 million previous year. Nearly 1.5 million arrivals were recorded in 2017, an increase of 2.1% from the previous year, when 1.46 million tourists visited Namibia.

    Of the 1.6 million foreign arrivals that Namibia received last year, tourist arrivals accounted for 93.2% of the total, followed by same-day visitors at 5.1%, while returning visitors accounted for 1.3% and other categories 0.4%.

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  • 04/07/19--16:00: MPs to declare assets again
  • MPs to declare assets againMPs to declare assets again National Assembly speaker Professor Peter Katjavivi says parliamentarians will once again be reminded to update and submit their asset registers for the current calendar year.

    This is in line with provisions of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament Act of 1996 and is a directive from President Hage Geingob, who together with his wife Monica Geingos, jointly declared their assets in 2015, shortly after he took office.

    Parliamentarians are expected to disclose their shares and other financial interests, directorships, partnerships and board memberships, sole ownerships and employment remuneration earned outside parliament.

    They must also disclose their liabilities exceeding N$20 000, immovable property, accounts with financial institutions exceeding N$20 000, travel discounts, gifts, sponsorships, consultancies, pensions and any other material benefits.

    National Assembly Secretary Lydia Kandetu said the call for submissions will be made during the course of this month.

    “The honourable speaker, Professor Peter Katjavivi, will in due course give a reminder for submissions during the month of April as customarily this is done during the month of April. As soon as the secretariat is done with the summary it will be made public,” Kandetu said.

    Even though the parliamentarians will be opening up about what they own, to date, parliament is without an auditing system for the declarations, it has been previously reported.

    This means the accuracy of the asset declaration register is pinned solely on the honesty of the parliamentarians.

    To date, finance minister Calle Schlettwein is the only member of cabinet to have submitted an audited asset register. The last time parliamentarians revealed their assets was in 2015 and 2016.

    In the 2015 and 2016 asset declaration, none of the 104 parliamentarians declared that they own vehicles, except newly appointed deputy public enterprises deputy minister Veikko Nekundi, the Windhoek Observer reported in February 2018.

    Labour minister Erkki Nghimtina said he only owns 400 shares in Old Mutual, a house in Windhoek measuring 1 050 square metres, a farm near Otavi measuring 5 400 hectares, a traditional house in Omahenge and a plot measuring 9.8 hectares.

    Deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah revealed she only owns two houses, one in Henties Bay and another in Eenhana, and a farm measuring 6 200 hectares.

    Except for a residential house at Omuthiya, which he declared in 2015, defence minister Penda ya Ndakolo declared nothing in 2016.

    Works minister John Mutorwa's asset register shows he is not linked to any company. He declared having four houses - two in Rundu, one in Windhoek and one in Shankara village. Prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila declared having 50% shares in Seize the Moment Investment 56 cc, a farm and three properties, all in Windhoek.

    National Assembly deputy speaker Loide Kasingo declared that she owns 16% shares in Luxury Investment 165, a medical health administration company. She also has two houses in Swakopmund and Windhoek.

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    //Karas u-20s get training equipment//Karas u-20s get training equipment NAMPA

    Keetmanshoop mayor Gaudentia Kröhne has called on the //Karas business community to support the region’s under-20 football team that will participate in the 2019 edition of The Namibian Newspaper Cup.

    The tournament is slated for Mariental in neighbouring Hardap Region from 19 to 22 April.

    Kröhne made the call while receiving training equipment for the team from Ponoka Trading Enterprise on Thursday.

    “We have so many mining, fishing and all sorts of companies operating within this rich region; my request is that they support this team, be it financially or even morally,” she said.

    She then thanked Ponoka for the gesture and for investing in the young ones.

    “It is good that businesses such as this, which are given projects, give back to the community and it should set a good example to others that are out there to give back to the community,” Kröhne said.

    Head coach Neville Willemse said 30 players played trials this weekend at the Westdene Stadium, where 20 players will be chosen to represent the region in Mariental.

    “After that, the players will be in a camp for two weeks ahead of the tournament and we will work with them and coach them,” he added.

    //Karas will play the first game against the Zambezi Region.

    Speaking on behalf of Ponoka Trading Enterprise, Andreas Shapwanale wished the team well and urged them to bring the cup back to //Karas.

    The training equipment cost the company N$4 800.

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    //Karas u-20s get training equipment//Karas u-20s get training equipment Keetmanshoop mayor Gaudentia Kröhne has called on the //Karas business community to support the region's under-20 football team that will participate in the 2019 edition of The Namibian Newspaper Cup.

    The tournament is slated for Mariental in neighbouring Hardap Region from 19 to 22 April.

    Kröhne made the call while receiving training equipment for the team from Ponoka Trading Enterprise on Thursday.

    “We have so many mining, fishing and all sorts of companies operating within this rich region; my request is that they support this team, be it financially or even morally,” she said.

    She then thanked Ponoka for the gesture and for investing in the young ones. “It is good that businesses such as this, which are given projects, give back to the community and it should set a good example to others that are out there to give back to the community,” Kröhne said.

    Head coach Neville Willemse said 30 players played trials this weekend at the Westdene Stadium, where 20 players will be chosen to represent the region in Mariental.

    “After that, the players will be in a camp for two weeks ahead of the tournament and we will work with them and coach them,” he added.

    //Karas will play the first game against the Zambezi Region.

    Speaking on behalf of Ponoka Trading Enterprise, Andreas Shapwanale wished the team well and urged them to bring the cup back to //Karas.

    The training equipment cost the company N$4 800.

    NAMPA

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  • 04/07/19--16:00: It's all about the rumble
  • It's all about the rumbleIt's all about the rumbleShihepo - the fresh face of ring announcing While some dream of stepping into the ring to exchange blows, Absalom 'AB' Shihepo is all about doing the ring announcements at the next big fight. At the age of 22, Swakopmund-born Absalom Shihepo is currently one of, if not the youngest ring announcer in the country.

    He says his stint behind the microphone came about after his uncle Nestor Tobias, the owner of the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy, sneaked up on him while he was imitating an American ring announcer in his room.

    Tobias encouraged him to try it out for real. This is after Shihepo had been doing water-carrying and other duties in the ring for a couple of months.

    With Tobias encouragement, he grabbed his first opportunity in 2016 at the Windhoek Country Club Resort, where he got the chance to announce Harry Simon Jr and Max Ipinge for their respective fights. This, he says, was the highlight of his career.

    “It was the thing only dreams are made of. I grew up in a boxing-loving family so the passion for the sport has always been there.

    I even nicknamed myself 'All about Boxing'. That's what 'AB' stands for,” he said.

    Shihepo said boxing announcer Tafanji Nyirenda's style impressed him when he started out and he knew that's what he wanted to do.

    His day job is teaching English at David Bezuidenhout Secondary School and he also lectures part-time at the University of Namibia (Unam).

    He narrates that the first time he stepped into the ring and he saw the surprise on spectators' faces as they stared in awe and wondered who he was, and what this young boy was doing in the ring in the space commonly filled by the likes of Nyirenda.

    “I really like the way he presents the bouts, so I can safely say that he is a guy I look up to. However, I think my passion for the ring comes from Michael Buffer, an American ring announcer for boxing and professional wrestling matches.

    Buffer is known for his trademarked catchphrase, 'Let's get ready to rumble!' and for pioneering a distinct announcing style in which he emphasises certain letters and adds other inflections to a fighter's name.

    “I look at his style and try to incorporate it into my world. I don't want to be like him, as he has his own style. I just think I can learn a lot from him as he is one of the best in the business.”

    Shihepo said the traits to have as an announcer is just to be fluent in English and to be a great presenter.

    “I introduce the boxers and I believe I have a great voice to portray information and messages to the audience.

    “I feel really blessed and privileged to be the youngest in the circles. This motivates me to do more to reach the ceiling,” Shihepo said.

    He wishes to one day present his best friend Simon Jr's world title fight as well as any other world title fights that includes Jeremiah Nakathila or Mike Shonena.

    He advised young people to get out of their comfort zones. “Put in a lot of effort in what you do.”

    The ring announcer will be taking to the stage again soon as part of the Independence Legacy Fight Part Two on 20 April at the Windhoek Country Club Resort.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Ultimate Safaris and Cymot join forces for conservationUltimate Safaris and Cymot join forces for conservation ?



    Ultimate Safaris and Cymot have joined forces in a new conservation initiative under the banner of the Conservation Travel Foundation.

    The initiative, titled 'Pack for Conservation', has resulted in an online portal where visitors to Namibia can buy much-needed field uniforms and gear for rhino rangers at cost price.

    The Conservation Travel Foundation (CTF) was established Ultimate Safaris in 2006.

    According to a joint press statement by the two companies, the CTF has been involved in helping with the conservation of Namibia's black rhino since its inception.

    Partnering with Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), which was founded in 1982 to curb the rampant poaching of the black rhino population of North Western Namibia, the Conservation Travel Foundation has funded a variety of projects, ranging from anti-poaching camps to sponsoring rhino ranger salaries and running costs.

    However, by 2007, the SRT found that poaching had increased to such an extent that the existing patrol effort was inadequate.

    Rather than hiring new staff and placing additional burdens on an already stretched budget, the SRT implemented a new Rhino Ranger Incentive Programme to train and equip a new generation of community rangers.

    These rangers would be employed by communal conservancies, effectively doubling the SRT's ground monitoring force.

    The programme currently supports over 60 community rhino rangers across 13 conservancies. That has increased field patrolling by 750%, rhino sightings by 450% and is estimated to have helped reduce poaching by 80% between 2013 and 2018.

    These rangers need uniforms and other gear that must be replaced every year because of the rough environment they operate in.

    This is a significant expense and the foundation depends on donations to cover the cost.

    “In recognition of this, and as part of our efforts to get rhino tourism to contribute towards the costs of rhino conservation efforts and making the project more sustainable, Ultimate Safaris' Conservation Travel Foundation launched the Pack for Conservation programme in 2018,” the two companies say in a joint statement.

    The initiative makes use of Cymot's new e-commerce platform.

    The online shop offers tourists the option of buying equipment for the community rangers, which is then handed over to the SRT.

    Even if only a small proportion of visitors to Namibia contributed to this initiative, it would help make the Rhino Ranger project more sustainable.

    “We are extremely grateful to be able to support this great initiative and to team up with such a visionary company as Ultimate Safaris. We hope that the rest of the world will recognise these efforts and support this worthy cause,” says Gabriela Raith, marketing executive at Cymot.

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  • 04/07/19--16:00: Employ me!
  • Employ me!Employ me!Mainga among 461 Rundu campus graduates Androvia Mainga says he is now looking forward to earning a living and contributing to the economy. A31-year-old physically challenged man who graduated from the University of Namibia's Rundu campus last week is calling on government to employ him.

    Androvia Mainga was among 461 students who graduated from the campus, where he obtained a diploma in HIV/Aids management and counselling.

    Mainga said shortly after his graduation on Thursday he is now looking forward to securing employment following his achievement.

    He said his academic journey was not easy, while making reference to his condition.

    Mainga said once he secures employment it will not only influence his livelihood, but contribute to the economy of the country.

    “Now I just want to be employed and share my skills with the people in need,” Mainga said.

    He explained that since he completed his modules he has applied for several jobs, even responding to vacancies that call for disabled people to apply. He has, however, not secured a job yet. Mainga has now joined the pool of thousands of skilled Namibian youth who have graduated from various universities and vocational training centres, but are at home as a result of there not being job opportunities.



    Never give up

    Mainga said that his varsity life started in 2011 at Unam, when he enrolled and obtained his certificate in HIV/Aids management and counselling. He subsequently continued with his studies and opted to enrol for a diploma in 2012.

    He, however, fell sick that year and was forced by his condition to stay at home until 2016. Mainga said he fully recovered in 2017, and went back to Unam to complete what he had started, and in 2018 he managed to succeed by passing all his modules.

    “It was not easy but because I wanted to succeed, I had to make it,” Mainga said.

    Asked about the challenges he endured during his academic journey, Mainga said his main obstacle was the non-friendly infrastructure of the Rundu campus, saying he struggled to move around, especially into certain buildings.

    “It was not easy for me on campus, although I studied using the distance mode, but when I used to go to campus for research and examinations it was difficult to get into certain buildings.

    The campus is not friendly for disabled persons at all,” he said.

    Mainga said he has never used his disability as an excuse for not succeeding in life. “Life is what motivated me to enrol at Unam and make something of myself,” he said.

    He encouraged all unemployed youth who have not obtained a qualification to at least try to acquire skills and hopefully secure employment.

    “The main focus should not be a job, but getting the required skills to become employable,” Mainga said.

    He also called on other living with disabilities to explore the opportunities at their disposal.

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    Kimeli records back-to-back wins in PragueKimeli records back-to-back wins in Prague Kenyan Bernard Kimeli successfully defended his title at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Saturday.

    The 23-year-old clocked 59 minutes and 7 seconds to prevail in a tight dual over compatriot Felix Kibitok, who finished one second behind.

    “I was well-prepared, and the pacemakers did a good job and I am also happy with the time,” said Kimeli, who clipped 40 seconds off of his previous career best.

    Kibitok also put in a strong performance, improving his lifetime best by 13 seconds.

    The fastest half-marathon runner of the year, Stephen Kiprop, finished third in 59:20. From the opening metres, the Kenyan contingent broke away and ran together until the 15-kilometre mark.

    Kenya also took the honours in the women's race, with Caroline Kipkirui clocking 1:05:44, winning by nearly half a minute over Lonah Salpeter of Israel. Salpeter finished in 1:06:09, improving her own national record by 31 seconds.

    “I'm happy to be able to improve my performance here, and I really did the best I was able to do,” said Kipkirui, who holds a 1:05:07 personal best set last year and currently sits in sixth position on the all-time list.

    “Although I was running almost the whole race by myself, it was not easy, but I am glad that I could do it.”

    Another Kenyan, Lydia Mathathi, was a distant third in 1:07:52.

    The trio ran the first 10 kilometres together. Kipkirui then took the lead and was never threatened. Some muscle problems forced Fancy Chemutai, the second-fastest woman in history over the distance, to drop out.

    NAMPA/ANA

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     Don’t depend on food banks - SPYL Don’t depend on food banks - SPYL ELLANIE SMIT

    The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has called government to rein in spending on luxuries, while also calling on Namibians not to depend on food banks.

    “We further call on all Namibians not to depend on food banks but to also try to produce their own food. For example backyard gardens,” SPYL secretary Ephraim Tuhadeleni Nekongo said.

    Commenting on the recent budget announcement by finance minister Calle Schlettwein, the SPYL said the budget should cater for needs and not wants.

    “We know we are in a very difficult economic situation, therefore this is not the time for luxurious and pleasurable expenditure.”

    Nekongo said all Swapo members should use their structures to solve issues affecting them.

    He also called on government to allocate more resources for the ongoing drought.

    He said although the SPYL appreciates government’s readiness, they believe the allocated resources may not be adequate.

    “We call on government to assist the farmers with sufficient water supply.”

    Nekongo said government should make enough resources available to farmers who are willing to harvest grass.

    He also called on farmers to sell some of their animals.

    “We are appealing to farmers to be in solidarity with each other,” said Nekongo.

    SPYL also called on government to support fodder-producing programmes and for it to buy food from local farmers before looking at imports.

    Nekongo said due to climate change government should come up with a special programme that enables the country to produce food, even in the absence of the rain.

    SPYL also appealed to government not to let the drought take a single life.

    It also said the mistreatment of street vendors and informal traders by some local authorities should come to an end.

    According to Nekongo, local authorities are established to provide services, including spaces for trading and settlement by people.

    However they have dismally failed to deliver.

    He said the mistreatment of vendors must come to an end and the guilty culprits dealt with.

    “Equally, we are calling on all our members not to re-elect councillors serving on councils that are mistreating our people.”

    SPYL also said any mistreatment should be reported to them in order for action to be taken.

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     AR on warpath over demolition tender AR on warpath over demolition tender ELLANIE SMIT

    The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement is set to drag the City of Windhoek to court over a reportedly N$10 million tender that will see the successful bidder demolishing illegal structures across the capital.

    However, City spokesperson Lydia Amutenya said yesterday the budget for the tender was about N$360 000 and not N$10 million.

    She said the removal of illegal structures could mean anything and not necessarily homes.

    AR leader Job Amupanda said the tender is a “clear indication that the regime, despite electioneering statements about shacks, is not going to help our people, but cause more pain and suffering”.

    The City has advertised a one-year tender for the procurement of services to remove illegal structures on municipal land, as a result of land invasions.

    According to the advertisement a compulsory pre-tender meeting will be held on 15 April at the Katutura property management offices. The closing date for applications is 7 May.

    According to AR, in the tender documents it is required that the aspiring companies make use of bulldozers.

    “If there was ever a doubt that this regime and municipality hates the poor, this very tender must serve as a reminder that the regime does not care about the poor. This is an indication that the regime wishes to see the poor dead,” Amupanda said in statement.

    He said AR would not remain silent and allow the City to demolish the homes of the poor.

    He said they have already directed their lawyers, led by Kadhila Amoomo, to set in motion the legal machinery to challenge the tender in court.

    AR also called on all businesses people not put money first and allow themselves to be used against the poor.

    “In any case, we will be challenging this tender in court, and as such it will be a waste of time to tender.”

    AR said all Namibians must now see the regime for what it is, “an uncaring, evil and cannibalistic regime that hates the poor and only uses them during elections”.

    Amutenya said “things are being taken out of proportion.

    “I do not know why they are taking that route.”

    Amutenya said more details about the tender can only be given once she is in office today.

    She also said she is not aware of AR’s legal challenge.

    Last month AR gave the City six months to comply with a list of housing and land demands or face mass land occupations. Among these demands was an immediate stop to the demolition of shacks.

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  • 04/07/19--16:00: Mining claims gobble up farm
  • Mining claims gobble up farmMining claims gobble up farm Illegal occupants still there The land reform minister says the farm was never handed over to the Tsoaxudaman traditional authority. Land reform minister Utoni Nujoma has acknowledged that the 15 160 hectare remaining extent of Portion A of Farm Okongava No 72 in the Erongo Region is occupied by mining companies.

    The ministry had bought the farm at a price tag of more than N$15 million in 2014 with the initial intent to expand the Otjimbingwe communal area.

    This expansion of the Otjimbingwe communal area never happened, and Nujoma reiterated that the farm had not been allocated nor handed over to the Tsoaxudama traditional authority.

    Speaking in parliament last Thursday Nujoma said during December 2014 communication was received that the Tsoaxudaman traditional authority under headman Jonathan Neumbo had taken ownership of the farm.

    Nujoma said it is not known under which or whose directive the Tsoaxudama traditional authority took ownership of the farm as no such instruction was issued by the land reform ministry and neither is the ministry aware of any correspondence indicating that approval for the integration of the farm into the Otjimbingwe communal area was ever granted.

    He said the traditional authority in 2015 had allocated camps, or rights, on the farm without the authorisation or knowledge of the lands ministry or the regional office “while others simply moved onto the farm citing the prevailing drought as the main reason for their illegal occupation of the farm.

    Nujoma said eviction notices were issued in 2015 and 2018, but to no avail. He said 18 illegal occupants are still on the farm.

    Mining activities

    Nujoma said the Land Reform Advisory Commission (LRAC) has in the meantime endorsed a recommendation by the Erongo Resettlement Committee that a detailed land use plan be drawn up.

    This land use plan zones areas earmarked for mining activities and for prospective farming activities.

    Although this land use plan has only been endorsed on January 2018, mining activities have already commenced on the farm.

    Nujoma said investigations and consultations conducted with Neumbo in 2015 showed that the Tsoaxudaman traditional authority had a written agreement – signed in February 2015 – with a joint venture arrangement between companies Bescheer Investment CC and Bohale Investment CC to build a road to explore granite and marble stones on the farm.

    He said it subsequently also came to the attention of the lands ministry that several mining operators were conducting mining activities on the farm.

    One of these mining companies is the Canadian company Desert Lion Energy (Pty) Ltd, which Nujoma said is the “most active” on the farm.

    A Namibian company, !Huni-/Urib Investments, owns 20% shares in Desert Lion. Nujoma’s nephew, Thomas Mushimba, is a shareholder and director of !Huni-/Urib, and is part of the Namibian management team for Desert Lion.

    Desert Lion is mining lithium on the old Rubicon Mine and has already started to export lithium to China.

    Nujoma last week said the 100% Namibian company, Gecko Limestone, had also requested authorisation from the lands ministry to mine for limestone on the farm.

    There are four entities that hold exclusive prospecting licences (EPLs), two with mining licenses and six holding mining claims over Farm Okongava.

    The four EPLs are held by Bohale Investments CC, Desert Lion, Navachab Gold Mine, and Ngendahala A.K. Frans Indongo. Bohale and Desert Lion also have the mining licences.

    Two of the six mining claims are held by Jan George JNR Enslin, and one is held by Gecko Limestone. Johannes Shikwambi and Megameno Angula hold one mining claim, and the rest are held by Ebson Gamxamub and Claus Gertze respectively.

    Nujoma said in June 2017 caretakers placed on the farm as security personnel reported illegal mining operations by BC Drilling CC, a company seemingly not registered with the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (Bipa).

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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  • 04/07/19--16:00: Mashie golf course opens
  • Mashie golf course opensMashie golf course opens A brand new mashie golf course was launched at the Windhoek Golf and Country Club on Friday evening.

    About 102 golfers turned up to test the mashie course, which offers nine holes instead of the usual 18 played on a standard golf course.

    The course also offers golfers a great way to practice their short game on a par three pitch and will also be an excellent place for beginners to learn, thereby furthering the development of golf in Namibia.

    “Golf is on the decline and we have lost a fair share of players over the years, so we had to find ways to get everyone back on the course,” said Steve Basson, director of the golf club.

    He said the course will improve golfers tremendously, allowing them to play better on the normal course.

    He said the course also offers game time to families and those who want to do team-building exercises.

    Ian Stevenson, global sponsorship and events manager at Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), said the course will not be a walk in the park. “It's going to be tough, but we want to promote a healthy lifestyle and build the golfing future of Namibia,” he said.

    Stevenson added that even though the course is sponsored by Windhoek Lager they also have Aqua Splash water on board, which exclusively serves the younger group of golfers.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Karatekas excel at open champsKaratekas excel at open champs The Shotokan Karate Academy International (SKAI) open championships took place over the weekend at The Dome in Swakopmund.

    Karatekas from across Namibia - from junior up to senior level - took part in the kata and kumite events.

    In the women's section, Suzelle Pronk won gold for both kumite and kata.

    She ousted Adelinde Lang (8-0) and Charmaine Jansen (9-0) in the kumite, as they claimed second and third place respectively.

    In the kata she accumulated 44.1 points to claim gold ahead of Adelinde Lang (42.5 points) and Charmaine Jansen (40.5 points), who earned silver and bronze respectively.

    Pronk was delighted with her victories, saying the tournament helped her prepare for the K1 Premier League.

    “It was very good. They added some extra rounds for the fighting, so I got to go four rounds, with coaches giving me some tips and advice, as I'm leaving next week for Rabat in Morocco.”

    ”I'm going to Rabat for the K1 Premier League, which is an international karate league where girls compete and get points. There are about seven of these and it's only the top 100 in the world that can compete there.

    “Mainly for me, it's just to get points to help me qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. I'm pretty new to it, so I only qualified for the K1 Premier League at the end of last year and did my first one in Dubai this year, and so this would be my second one,” Pronk said.

    She said it's difficult because a lot of European countries have more experience, as they have been doing the sport for the past 20 years and have been on the circuit.

    “My confidence is going up and I'm just looking to win more rounds, because obviously the more rounds you win the more points you win towards your Olympic standing.”

    “At the moment I'm the only Namibian on the circuit, so my aim is to go and open doors for the youngsters coming up,” said Pronk.

    In the men's under-21 category, Keanu Stuurman walked away with gold in both the kata and kumite. He defeated Dominique Tsaneb 10-1 in the kumite. In the kata he accumulated 43.9 points and finished ahead of second-placed Devano Diergaardt (43.5) and third-placed Shane Husselmann (43.1 points).

    “It's a very huge honour to win two gold medals at the Shotokan open but it only motivates me to work harder and win more medals every time I compete.”

    “It prepared me really well because I did not have enough training because I have school and other priorities, so this competition just showed me where my fitness levels are as a karateka.

    “So the next big competition for me is the Region 5 Champions (taking place on 23 to 25 May at The Dome) and I'm working towards that now,” said Stuurman.

    Adolf Kaure

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  • 04/07/19--16:00: Namibia head to Uruguay
  • Namibia head to UruguayNamibia head to UruguayStern test for national rugby team The build up towards the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup is gaining momentum, with Namibia gearing up to take part in the World Rugby Nations Cup in June. Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) president Corrie Mensah confirmed on Friday that Namibia will compete against Argentina, Russia and hosts Uruguay at the World Rugby Nations Cup in June.

    The competition is a key World Rugby high-performance tournament and will provide an important platform for the participating unions at a crucial stage in their preparations ahead of Asia's first Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in Japan on 20 September.

    Namibia will play in the opening match on Tuesday, 4 June against Argentina at the Charrua Stadium in Montevideo.

    Their second game takes place on Sunday, 9 June against Uruguay at the same stadium in Montevideo.

    “The countries we will face are great and will give us a great run for our money. We will only have a few players from abroad, so we will test the depth of the locally-based players and also give them exposure.

    “It will be tough and as we won't go with a full-strength squad, but this is a great opportunity,” Mensah said.

    He also said they will announce the training squad for the competition this week.

    Uruguay will face stiff competition from fellow Rugby World Cup qualifiers Namibia, who secured their place in the World Cup as Africa's number one by winning last year's Africa Gold Cup.

    The round-robin format tournament will be played over three match days on June 4, 9 and 15 in the 14th edition of the competition.

    Uruguay, who defeated Canada home and away in 2018 to qualify for Rugby World Cup as Americas 2, are the team to beat having secured back-to-back Nations Cup titles in 2017 and 2018.

    The four participating nations will not face each other in the pool phase of Rugby World Cup, as Russia have been drawn in Pool A together with Ireland, Scotland, Japan and Samoa, while Namibia are in Pool B alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Canada.

    In Pool C, Argentina will take on England, France, the United States and Tonga while Uruguay is in Pool D with Australia, Wales, Georgia and Fiji.

    World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “We are helping emerging nation unions such as Namibia, Russia and Uruguay by providing essential funding to support the salaries of the coaching staff and technical advisors, and sports science sports medicine initiatives.”

    -Additional reporting by NAMPA/ANA

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    More women should take the coaching plungeMore women should take the coaching plunge LIMBA MUPETAMI



    Unam Bokkies have written the latest chapter in their development by appointing Thuba Sibanda as head coach.

    For years the university club was coached by men and they have done what they could to up lift the women’s game, but with the latest appointment, I think Unam have stepped into the spotlight.

    Sibanda started on a development level and it is clear that she always had a vision. With support from the NFA’s Women’s Desk in the form of Jacky Gertze and Jacky Shipanga, this young woman has been shaped into dynamite.

    Gertze and Shipanga, both former players, also coached, and now have a long and deep association with the women’s game.

    They have not only pushed Sibanda, but continue to push the likes of former player Salome Iyambo, who is now doing a Fifa Master course at De Montfort University in Leicester, as well as Vistorine Shangula (former player and now referee) into the deep end of the women’s game.

    They have paved way for the likes of Zenatha Coleman, Annouscka Kordom, Vewe Kotjipati, and now Millicent Hikuam and Beverly Uueziua, to play football abroad.

    They have done this with limited resources.

    They deserve a mention because they have always been there and they continue to fight for the girl child on the field. They have now helped Sibanda to join the women who are enriching the game.

    Sibanda’s case is unique because for the first time a woman is getting paid for coaching at club level.

    She certainly deserves it because she continues to pour herself into her passion, in the hope of uplifting the lives of young female footballers.

    Her appointment is truly positive progress in the women’s game, even though there remains plenty of room for improvement.

    Sibanda’s appointment certainly comes at a time when Namibian women are performing significantly.

    They are certainly following in the footsteps of our very own Ans Botha. Botha, known as ‘Tannie Ans’ is the coach of South African 400m world record holder, Olympic champion and world champion, Wayde van Niekerk.

    This woman has shown that women can and are capable of producing greatness, if they are able to run affairs in their own sport codes at a grassroots and even on an elite level - not as administrators, but as coaches.

    I think young girls are more comfortable to express themselves with a woman in charge. That's not to demean the contributions of thousands of male coaches, who have helped strengthen women's sport, but it’s time that women claim their own space.

    The capabilities are there. A platform must be provided. I think South Africa is doing quite well in that department, because not only are they pushing women into getting licences to coach, they have drafted visions and given them opportunities to get actively involved. Their plan by the ear 2022 is to see all their female national teams coached by women.

    I think their vision is working wonders for them, as we see the likes of Simphiwe Dludlu, a former player coaching the national under-17 women's team and Desiree Ellis coaching Banyana Banyana - a team that have qualified for the Women’s World Cup.

    South Africa has shown and proven it that it can be done and we need more women coming through the system here in Namibia.

    I think it should be mandatory that the Women’s Super League clubs are run by women. If there is assistance needed, their male counterparts can provide it, but they should feel comfortable to give way to women to lead each other, if there is an interest. That’s my take on things.

    But this should not only happen in the football; athletics, tennis and swimming should follow suit. They should push for more women involvement where there are young girls involved.

    limba@namibiansun.com

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  • 04/07/19--16:00: Westphalia to tour Namibia
  • Westphalia to tour NamibiaWestphalia to tour NamibiaOpportunities to better footballers A German youth team will arrive in Namibia over the weekend to play friendlies.

    Germany’s Westphalia under-18 boys’ football team will tour Namibia from 12 to 21 April.

    The tour forms part of a bilateral agreement between the Namibia Football Association (NFA), the sports ministry and the Westphalia Football Association in Germany.

    As part of the agreement, Namibia usually hosts a four-nation tournament which sees the German team and two other nations invited to participate.

    The bilateral agreement, which has been in existence for over a decade, allows the German team to visit Namibia and the Namibian team to visit Germany’s Westphalia region to engage in friendly matches every two years.

    In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, Roger Kambatuku, a senior sports officer in the sports ministry, said the ministry has had to change the tournament’s format because of a lack of funds.

    “We currently do not have the funds to host four nations as we used to in the past, but we are honouring our relationship with the Westphalia team by hosting them in Namibia,” he said.

    The German boys will on 13 April at the Legare Stadium compete play the Omaheke u-19 team that are set to participate in the annual The Namibian Newspaper Cup.

    They will then take on the u-17 national team in Windhoek on 16 April before travelling to Mariental for their return game on 20 April.

    The game in Mariental will be a curtain-raiser to the Newspaper Cup, which takes place from 19 to 22 April.

    Kambatuku said their agreement with the Westphalia Football Association is up for renewal and they are looking forward to better things to come.

    “We want to start sending footballers to Germany like we did in the past; not just playing games and it ends there. We had the likes of Razundara Tjikuzu, who came out of this agreement; that’s why when we renew it we have to look at how our players can once again start benefitting from this project,” he said.

    NAMPA


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  • 04/07/19--16:00: We need delivery
  • We need deliveryWe need delivery As the general election looms, political parties will come out of their cocoons by intensifying their electoral campaigns. The National Assembly and presidential elections are due to take place in November, although the presidency is yet to announce the exact poll date. With the silly season now upon us, parties and their respective candidates are plotting various strategies on how the electorate can be swayed to vote in their favour. There is no doubt that campaign promises can be enticing and fun-filled at the same time. And over the years we have witnessed political parties enlisting the services of musicians to get their message across and support their campaigns - a concept that can attract the country’s young army of voters. But shaking your legs in front of supposedly star-struck voters does not guarantee you will get their votes. With many potential voters - young and old included - showing tremendous interest in the country’s political affairs, it is advisable that prospective candidates show how they can powerfully leverage issue-based campaigns and steer clear way from the mud-slinging that is common during election season between contestants. Political parties must have clear strategies in place on how address the many challenges facing our nation and use campaign platforms to articulate their party agenda on national issues, instead of focusing on electioneering lies and unreasonable promises. Namibia is grappling with critical issues, such as a high unemployment rate, a housing crisis, a shaky economy and generally poor service delivery across various sectors. There must be a real battle of ideas among candidates and their campaign teams. The nation needs politicians who can deliver on their electoral promises and not just charming individuals who come with a box full of promises and disappear once they are voted into power. As much as we appreciate voting in a democracy, there should be meaningful checks and balances within the system of governance on how to deal with those officials who neglect the people’s needs.

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