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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Titans announce winter tour of NamibiaTitans announce winter tour of Namibia The Multiply Titans will embark on a maiden tour of Namibia later this month for a two-match exhibition T20 tournament, presented by Windhoek Beer in association with Cricket Namibia.

    The two fixtures are scheduled to take place on 28 June at Sparta Cricket Club in Walvis Bay (13:30) and Sunday, 30 June at Trustco United Sports Field in Windhoek at 13:00.

    Supported by the official tour airline partner, Kulula.com, the Sky Blues arrive in Windhoek on 26 June. The squad will then head to Swakopmund and spend three days on the west coast before heading back to the capital for the remainder of the weeklong tour.

    This will be the first visit by the Centurion franchise to Namibia, and Titans Cricket chief executive, Dr Jacques Faul, is looking forward to breaking new ground with an emerging cricket nation.

    “We are pleased to confirm this trip, which will play an integral part in our efforts to expand the global footprint of the Titans brand. Namibia is a proud cricketing nursery, and we look forward to sharing our love for the game with them.

    “I want to thank Cricket Namibia, as well as our tour partners, for their cooperation. As a country, Namibia has a lot to offer, so I'm sure that the squad will be looking forward to exploring their surrounds beyond the cricket,” Faul said. The tour will kick-start winter training, as the Titans look to shake off the cobwebs after a two-month break, following the conclusion of the 2018/19 season.

    With a number of players currently abroad and on international duty at the ICC Cricket World Cup, a 10-man squad will travel. The tour will also give young school cricketers an exciting opportunity to take to the field alongside the Sky Blues. Dian Neethling and Ettienne Beukes of Walvis Bay Private High School have been named in the squad to play in the opening T20, while Michael Laubscher (Windhoek Gymnasium) and Divan La Cock (Windhoek High School) will feature in the second match. The Titans will be bolstered by the return of Albie Morkel, who will make one final outing in the Sky Blues' colours in the tournament decider.

    “The tour will provide a good opportunity for the guys spend some quality time, so that when the guys return to Centurion, they are ready to hit the ground running, as we prepare for upcoming season,” said Faul.

    “It is also a final opportunity to say goodbye to Albie in a Titans shirt, so it is a special occasion.”

    Namibia, who recently progressed through to the Twenty20 World Cup Global Qualifiers and gained ODI status, are likely to field an invitational team. And there will be one familiar face in the opposing dressing room in former Titans stalwart and now Namibia head coach, Pierre de Bruyn.

    “We are very proud to welcome the Titans, as they have set standards to aspire to on and off the field. We look forward to a long and fruitful association,” said De Bruyn.

    Following the announcement, one lucky fan will have the chance to 'Tour with the Titans'. The prize includes flights, accommodation and VIP hospitality. More details will be announced soon on the Titans Cricket social media platforms.

    The tour schedule is as follows - Wednesday, 26 June: Arrive in Windhoek and travel to Swakopmund. Friday 28 June: T20 match vs Namibia at Sparta Cricket Club, Walvis Bay (13:30 start). Saturday 29 June: Travel to Windhoek. Sunday, 30 June: T20 match vs Namibia at United Cricket Club, Windhoek (13:00 start). Wednesday, 3 July: The team will return to South Africa.

    Tour partners: Windhoek Beer (title sponsor), Dros (restaurant partner), Fresh FM (radio partner), Isuzu (associate partner), IXU (apparel partner), Jacc FM (radio partner), Kulula.com (airline partner), Momentum (associate partner), Nictus (logistics partner), Omega (associate partner), Quatro Cleaning (associate partner) and Radiowave (radio partner).

    SPORTS REPORTER

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  • 06/16/19--16:00: PM cracks the whip on SOEs
  • PM cracks the whip on SOEsPM cracks the whip on SOEs Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the state ownership of public enterprises should not be a justification for their perpetual dependency on national treasury.

    She said even non-commercial state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are expected to strive for optimal management by promoting cost-efficiency and the optimal execution of their mandates. SOEs, though created to operate as independent, and in many instances on commercial principles, have become a huge financial burden on central government, which is perpetually called on to bail out these entities, often due to mismanagement. Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said while SOEs are sometimes capitalised by the state at inception, especially the commercial entities should strive to become self-sustaining and generate economic and financial returns for the shareholder and public.

    “The current level of subsidies to public entities are unsustainable and crowd out other important programmes that can only be delivered under public service, while also posing a risk to national fiscal sustainability,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. She said the high costs of services offered by SOEs also impose high costs on businesses and erode economic competitiveness and thus economic growth.



    2% contributions

    Addressing public enterprises minister Leon Jooste, SOE board members and executive managers on Friday, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said SOEs should assist government's drought interventions “within their means”. She extended government's call for voluntary 2% salary contributions for one year by all income earners above a certain threshold to officials at SOEs.

    “The proceeds will be ring-fenced to address funding for the drought. We have also extended the same appeal to the private sector and their employees,” she said.



    Governance issues

    Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said SOEs should embrace best international practices, adding that line ministers or Jooste are responsible for overseeing the observance of good governance through boards of the SOEs.

    “Strong institutions are good for enhancing state formation, and public enterprises should take advantage of this to establish themselves concretely,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said.

    She said SOEs must be accountable to the public, saying business and service motives remain at the core of these entities, which require financial prudence.

    Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said it is unfortunate that SOEs are too often embroiled in governance fracases, usually due to a lack of cooperation between board members and executive management.

    She also bemoaned the regular indefinite suspensions of SOE CEOs, which she said costs the state and public and detract from proper governance.



    Performance

    Kuugongelwa-Amadhila called on all SOEs to develop strategic plans that should clearly outline their contributions to national development goals, including the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the Fifth National Development Plan and Vision 2030.

    She said it is regrettable that SOEs come into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, either because they do not properly account or fail to provide affordable basic social services.

    She said it is important not to suppress budgets for service delivery due to high administrative costs, especially personnel-related costs.

    “While appreciating that remuneration is important to attract and retain skills, it is important that the remuneration tiers adopted for all public enterprises are adhered to. These remuneration tiers take into account the variable conditions of SOEs. Like in central government, where the personnel costs are high, there is also a need for the containment of remuneration costs in public enterprises,” she said.



    Staff Reporter

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  • 06/16/19--16:00: 1 201 units unoccupied
  • 1 201 units unoccupied1 201 units unoccupiedMass housing described as 'failed political project' RDP president Mike Kavekotora has branded the housing initiative a “failed political project”. A total of 1 201 houses constructed under government's mass housing project, which was initiated to address the housing crisis in major towns, are unoccupied either because they are incomplete, dilapidated, unaffordable or faulty.

    Of this of the figure, 1 108 houses are still under construction, while 93 are complete but are yet to be occupied.

    These figures were provided by the ministry of urban and rural development in the National Assembly.

    Deputy minister Derek Klazen was responding to questions by Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Mike Kavekotora last Thursday.

    Kavekotora branded the housing project a “failed political project that was not well-thought”, citing the number of unoccupied, dilapidated and expensive houses as his chief reasons.

    In his response, Klazen said 3 958 houses have been constructed under the government project so far. These houses are at different stages, as of this figure, 2 819 are complete and ready for occupation.

    “The remaining 1 139 are still to be completed in terms of construction and are at different stages,” he said.

    A further 2 819 houses are fully completed and are occupied, statistics show. Of the 2 958 houses that have been constructed so far under the programme, 3 074 were allocated to beneficiaries.

    Allocation refers to the sale or pre-sale of a house before it is even constructed or completed.

    Occupancy, on the other hand, refers to when a buyer physically takes possession of and moves into the house. When broken down, for individual towns, the figures indicate that 638 houses in Swakopmund are still under construction and unfit for occupation.

    In the capital, 362 houses are yet to be occupied as they are not yet connected to the bulk service network. In Opuwo, 24 houses are still under construction, while one house in Nkurenkuru is yet to be handed to its owner, as it was constructed outside the scope of the project.

    Otavi has two houses that are awaiting allocation after a sewerage connection issue that delayed the process was addressed.

    Meanwhile, in Katima Mulilo, the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) is in the process of allocating 17 complete houses, while two have been allocated, with buyers awaiting transfer and bond registration.

    In the Karasburg, 57 houses are empty as there are no people that can afford them, while 83 are under construction in Keetmanshoop.

    “With respect to the affordability challenges experienced, this is related to the broader economic environment currently experienced in the country and we continue to look for buyers who can afford the houses,” Klazen said.

    Four houses in Rundu could not be occupied as they were damaged by heavy rains.

    Additionally, Lüderitz (1), Outjo (1), Khorixas (2) and Mariental (3) also have empty houses.

    In Henties Bay, only three houses are yet to be occupied due to the cancellation of sales agreements.

    The ministry is committed towards the expedition of the occupation of the completed houses, the deputy minister added.



    NAMPA

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  • 06/16/19--16:00: Critics gun for Geingob
  • Critics gun for GeingobCritics gun for GeingobKalahari continues 'unchanged' after killing of taxi driver Pressure groups have given the head of state until close of business on Friday to withdraw the military from Operation Kalahari Desert, but the police say the status quo will remain. Political detractors and critics of President Hage Geingob have called on him to explain - as the army's commander-in-chief (CIC) and the current SADC chair - why an “innocent and unarmed” Zimbabwean taxi driver was killed during Operation Kalahari Desert.

    They have also called on him to publically console the family and loved ones of Talent Fambaune.

    Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga said the crime-prevention operation will continue: “The operation will continue as it is. The Namibian Defence Force members will continue working with the police. There will be no change, the status quo remains,” Ndeitunga said.

    “The incident is being investigated as normal and procedurally.”

    Reacting to a Geingob tweet at the weekend, in which he wished Kunene governor Marius Sheya happy birthday, members of the public, included political commentator Henning Melber reacted by calling on the president to express his condolences.

    Geingob has dubbed 2019 as the year of accountability.

    Gerson Nakale, the soldier accused of firing the fatal AK-47 shot that killed Fambaune, has been remanded in custody by the Katutura Magistrate's Court, amid emotional scenes on Friday. His next appearance is in October.

    Melber tweeted in response to Geingob: “Please also express condolences as regards the innocent and unarmed victim killed. He came from Zimbabwe because he thought in Namibia as a peaceful country he could earn some money to support his family back home. He seemed to be a decent young man who deserved to live.”

    It is alleged that Nakale (38) fired his AK-47 at a fleeing taxi in Greenwell Matongo after Fambaune had made a sudden U-turn to avoid a roadblock set up by members of Operation Kalahari Desert on Thursday morning at around 01:00.

    The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) said as SADC chair, Geingob must explain why a Zimbabwean national was shot like an animal by his soldiers.

    “He must explain why he has not heard the pleas when stories of abuse surfaced. The president's ignorance of any semblance of solution-based leadership is the reason why people are being beaten and killed. Yet, high-profile killings and child murders such as that of Magdalena Stoffels, Cheryl, Frieda Ndatipo and others remain unsolved,” the official opposition said through its leader McHenry Venaani.

    “The president must explain to the loved ones and family members of all Operation Hornkranz and Operation Kalahari Desert victims why they are battered, bruised, jailed or dead.

    “Geingob is the commander-in-chief and he remains quiet… The president has no right to militarise and brutalise black communities. The president is out of touch and his latest gimmick has now killed a breadwinner,” Venaani said.

    Meanwhile, the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement has given the authorities five days to remove soldiers from the ongoing crime-prevention operation or it will turn to the courts to force government to do so.

    Khomas regional police commander, Commissioner Joseph Shikongo, said in a statement that the operation would continue.

    “The operation is continuing with determination until the objectives are achieved; that is to ensure the sustainable safety of our communities in the Republic of Namibia.

    “The shooting incident is regrettable and I express our condolences to the family of the deceased.

    “It must be noted by all that the objectives of the operation remains the same,” Shikongo said, while adding that the errant soldier was yet to be convicted by a “competent court of law.”

    AR said in its statement it is giving Geingob until close of business on Friday to withdraw the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) from Operation Kalahari Desert.

    “Brutality of this nature perpetrated by an armed force and directed at innocent civilians through machinations of a state is reminiscent of the dark historical apartheid dispensation which many young and selfless Namibians, including yourself fought to overcome. There is no justification for the Namibian Defence Force's participation in the law-enforcement realm in our constitutional dispensation,” Amupanda said through AR's lawyers.



    Warnings ignored

    Venaani said further that Geingob must explain why he has not heeded the warnings of experts who have repeatedly said soldiers are not trained for community policing and don't have restraint.

    “He must explain why he has unleashed his military on black Namibians - why are people being harassed as they walk home and why citizens are being treated like children, while being asked to choose between slaps and push-ups.

    “He must explain to his fellow SADC leaders why he is not leading by example when it comes to respect for human rights.

    “As PDM, we suggest that these so called 'operations' be called off. Harambee must find another way of fighting criminals through the Namibian police and not use the military for this.

    “We are a peaceful country and this is war against unarmed civilians. The peace and stability that we all talk about must include the protection of our people. Soldiers cannot take up the roles of police officers, their war-fighting skills is on another level,” Venaani added.

    Shortly after news broke of the shooting last week, Ndeitunga strongly condemned the killing of the unarmed taxi driver and vowed this will not happen again on his watch.

    “I can assure you we will make sure this is not repeated.”

    Ndeitunga said his and the Namibian police's condolences go out to the family of the taxi driver.



    Kenya Kambowe

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    Kaaronda champions new political directionKaaronda champions new political direction Outspoken unionist Evilastus Kaaronda has finally spoken about his presidential ambitions ahead of the November general election, saying it was time for a new political climate and direction in the country.

    According to Kaaronda, the current leadership is only concerned about lining their pockets, rather than serving the people. “We have had decades of entrenched and institutionalised corruption, which in my view has been the cause of what we have today as the economic crisis that has to some extent forced government to want to have people contribute 2% of their basic salaries,” he said.

    Addressing a handful of journalists at the Katutura Youth Complex yesterday afternoon, Kaaronda who now leads the non-aligned Namibia National Labour Organisation (Nanlo), said the Swapo-led government has failed to tackle critical social issues such as unemployment and the land question. According to Kaaronda, Namibian business owners have become bystanders of economic activity and have as a result closed shop because Chinese-owned and South African companies are dominating the mainstream economy. “Just in the last 12 or more months, and if statistics given by the Employment Equity Commission are anything to go by, we have lost about 37 000 jobs just in the last 12 or so months. And the companies that have shut down are companies that ordinarily would be Namibian companies - be it in construction or retail sector,” he said. Kaaronda added the current regime had no resolve tackle the challenges of the day because it has helped create them.

    “To that end it is only fair that a new political direction be found that is driven by the working people of our country and the young unemployed people of our country. A political process that will genuinely speak to the true concerns of our people,” he said. Kaaronda also said his party would definitely be ready to contest the presidential and National Assembly elections, which are slated for 27 November this year.

    According to the Electoral Act of 2014, a party should have at least 500 members in each region.

    “The little that we have and been able to do tells us that we are fine and we will make it. If there are objections, we will deal with them. The legal process is straightforward and I don't think there will be any objections,” he said. Kaaronda, who has been a vocal critic of unions aligned to political parties since his dismissal from Swapo, said he was “worked out” of the system by the ruling party elite and unionists whom he claimed had benefitted from the N$660 million Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) saga. Kaaronda established Nanlo after being booted out of the Swapo-affiliated National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), when he demanded that those involved in the GIPF scandal should be named and shamed. Later the NUNW accused Kaaronda of “gross non-compliance with regard to his duties and responsibilities”, as well as “disunity, division and mistrust”. The umbrella body also claimed that Kaaronda caused division among union leaders and connived with rival unionists. Following his dismissal, Kaaronda dragged the federation to court. The union was ordered to pay N$31 000 for each of the 24 months left on its former secretary-general's contract.

    FESTUS NAKATANA

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  • 06/16/19--16:00: Poised to surprise
  • Poised to surprisePoised to surprise The past few months have been hectic but rewarding period for Namibian football.

    The news that Namibia qualified for the flagship Afcon tournament - the jewel in the African football crown - was welcomed by the whole country at a time when everyone is desperate for good news.

    Despite being drawn in arguably the most intriguing Group D, Namibia surely has lots to be proud of and plenty to look forward to in a couple of days when the team eventually steps onto the field to cross swords with the likes of African football giants Morocco, Ivory Coast and our neighbours South Africa.

    These will not be easy matches for Namibia as we all know the capability and clinical finishing the Moroccans bring to the field. Their squad comprises largely of European-based players and they know the taste of winning, as they have won the tournament in 1976 and will be hoping to improve on their 2017 campaign, where they were bundled out at the quarterfinal stage.

    The Ivorians also have a star-studded 23-man squad, with the likes of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe and Wilfried Zaha. The Elephants will surely come with experience, having won the tournament twice in 1992 and 2015.

    Also in the same group is South Africa who has tasted victory in 1996, lifting the trophy on home soil.

    All of these countries have World Cup experience. Namibia is nowhere close to the feats of their opponents.

    They are the only country in this group who still need to touch Afcon silverware or qualify for the World Cup. Calling them underdogs is truly befitting, because only a crazy person will bet their money on the Brave Warriors at this moment in time.

    But that's okay, because they are not going out to impress anyone or to score brownie points. All I know is that the Warriors too have their own stars to depend on. These players know what is at stake.

    Rome was not built in a day. We don't have serial Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah, but we have Ratanda Mbazuvara, Loydt Kazapua, Max Mbaeva, Ryan Nyambe, Larry Horaeb, Denzil Haoseb, Ivan Kamberipa, Charles Hambira, Riaan Hanamub, Ananias Gebhardt, Absalom Iimbondi, Willy Stephanus, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Dynamo Fredericks, Marcel Papama, Manfred Starke, Deon Hotto, Itamunua Keimuine, Benson Shilongo, Peter Shalulile, Joslyn Kamatuka and Issaskar Gurirab, and that is good enough for us.

    They have given the nation a glimpse of what they can do by winning a closed-door friendly against Ghana some days back. This is a boost in confidence for the underdogs.

    The Black Mambas, as the Ghanaians are known, are not easy to beat. They have been top-quality competitors for years. Was it just pure luck on Namibia's part to win, or is the team really showing signs of competitiveness, you might ask?

    All of this remains to be seen. However, at the moment the squad looks sound. We have to thank Ricardo Mannetti and the technical team for doing tremendous work to get the squad where it is now.

    As fans I urge you not to live in a bubble, but to face the facts head-on. Do not expect miracles. But trust that the ball is round and surely upsets will be caused. The team has done enough to get to Afcon. Now they need a little push in the form of support, in order to offer the best and show character.



    limba@namibiansun.com

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  • 06/16/19--16:00: NPC bemoans lack of funds
  • NPC bemoans lack of fundsNPC bemoans lack of fundsMoney woes cripples progress The NPC is not fulfilling most of its core operations due to a lack of funding from the government. NAMPA



    Namibians should not be shocked if they no longer see para-athletes winning medals, the elite athletes are reaching their prime and there is little development of younger athletes.

    This is according to Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) president Johannes Litwayi.

    Litwayi said as one of the priority sport codes in the country, they are not fulfilling most of their core operations due to a lack of funding from the government.

    “We appreciate the assistance government renders in the form of transport when we travel to South Africa during that country’s national championships, but more is needed when we prepare for major competitions,” he said.

    He added that for the past three years they have not received any funding from the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), which has hampered the way they run their yearly activities.

    “We usually receive N$200 000 from government which we use to pay our affiliation fees to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and we are then left with nothing in the end.

    “There are times the government comes on board, but that money sometimes comes on the day we are travelling to a competition, which then means our athletes do not have a training camp ahead of major competitions,” Litwayi said.

    The NPC president said the committee is in need of N$800 000 to run all its planned projects for 2019 and 2020. The money will be used to prepare athletes for the 2020 Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan from 25 August, the NPC national games slated for 30 and 31 August and the IPC World Athletics Championships in Dubai in November.

    “We have a number of athletes that made qualifying times for the world championships as well as Tokyo 2020. If we don’t compete at the world champs this year, we will lose out on our slots at the 2020 Paralympic Games as our athletes will not be ranked by the IPC and will not be allowed to compete in the Paralympic Games,” Litwayi said.

    NSC chief administrator Freddy Mwiya said the government has always come to the rescue of most sports in the country despite financial constraints.

    He added that government usually covers all governmental games, which in the end takes the financial burden off the sport codes.

    “We have made provision in our budget for the NPC to compete in the 2020 All Africa Games in Morocco in January, as these are governmental games and as for the Paralympic Games, that will also be covered by the government.”

    Mwiya said athletes going to competitions that are non-governmental games and who instead want to improve on their times or qualify for major competitions, should look for sponsorship elsewhere as the government does not have funds at the moment.

    “We have games like the All Africa Games, Olympics and Region Five Games that are governmental games. We are encouraging federations to start selecting the cream of the crop for competitions instead of taking all the athletes, which only adds to their financial burden,” Mwiya said.

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  • 06/16/19--16:00: Where will the buck stop?
  • Where will the buck stop?Where will the buck stop? Amid the outpouring of anger and grief linked to the senseless killing of taxi driver Talent Fambaune last week during Operation Kalahari Desert lies a deeper question: Who will take ultimate responsibility?

    The soldier, Gerson Nakale, stood alone in the dock on Friday. And yet, this shooting did not happen in isolation. The killing forms part of a disturbing pattern of abuse associated with what must have initially been a welcome crime-prevention initiative, boldly announced by the commander-in-chief himself, President Hage Geingob. Kalahari Desert is the successor to Operation Hornkranz, which lasted well past the festive season.

    Besides the criticism of the name, which stirs historical references to a bloody German attack on Hendrik Witbooi and his Nama freedom fighters, there have been consistent warnings against the military being unleashed on civilians.

    As Operation Kalahari Desert got into full swing, these warnings were repeated, but no one cared to listen. And as stories of abuse and heavy-handedness mounted, especially perpetrated by soldiers linked to the operation, it was allowed to continue setting up roadblocks, while the harassment or ordinary Namibians in streets and bars continued.

    When civilians spoke up, they were beaten and charged. When civil society warned that soldiers were not trained in restraint and community-based policing, citizens were told to cooperate, while the power of impunity coursed the veins of soldiers and cops who made people do push-ups and handed out slaps left, right and centre. Black neighbourhoods are now under siege by the very forces that were supposed to protect them and make them feel safe. It was almost inevitable that this ridiculousness would lead to tragedy.

    This happened last week when a taxi driver, an unarmed Zimbabwean national who had allegedly overstayed in Namibia, made a U-turn at a roadblock and was shot like a fleeing dog at an Operation Kalahari Desert roadblock. Namibia is currently the SADC chair. And as the furore escalates, the question remains: Where will the buck stop?

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    Pastor accused of raping daughter for 13 yearsPastor accused of raping daughter for 13 years Following a marathon court session, a 55-year-old Okahandja pastor who is accused of raping his own daughter over a period of 13 years, has been re-released on bail.

    The enquiry into the revocation of his N$5 000 bail following his re-arrest last Tuesday started at 14:30 on Friday in the Okahandja Magistrate's Court. The court finally adjourned at 19:30.

    The pastor, who leads a church in Vyfrandkamp, is accused of raping his daughter from the time she was 14.

    He has, thus far, been charged with five counts of rape and one of incest. She in turn, has been charged with concealment of birth, after allegedly aborting a baby fathered by her father.

    She was arrested on 3 June and was released on a warning. Her matter postponed to 28 June. The pastor was arrested on 2 May and was granted bail on 20 May after formally applying to be released. He was re-arrested last Tuesday.

    According to the public prosecutor Veruka Njembo, the pastor had contravened one of his bail conditions - that of contacting his daughter. Njembo told Magistrate Khaepriums Swartz that he had called her and taken her to a local grocery store. The suspect had allegedly purchased food for her and “begged her to withdraw the charges”.

    It was the Okahandja Residents Committee that brought this to the attention of the authorities. The group was present in the gallery packed and also handed a petition with 161 signatures, which opposes the release of the pastor, to the magistrate. Appearing on behalf of the pastor, Ileni Gebhardt told the court the matter had no “foundation in law”, adding that the State “brings the application (for the revocation of bail) with dirty hands”.

    What followed can only be described as chaos, with erroneous court records and missing documents being the order of the day.

    Gebhardt raised four points in limine, digging into the court record of the hearing last Tuesday when the pastor was re-arrested. That day the matter was heard before Magistrate Leonard Mateus with prosecutor Oscar Simvula acting for the State. According to the record, the court endorsed and granted the warrant of arrest in terms of section 66 (1)(2) of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA) of 1977.

    “The warrant of arrest was issued in terms of a section that does not exist. It is flawed. The court had no authority to issue a warrant in terms of a section that does not exist,” Gebhardt said.

    Alternatively, she said, should the court grant that the record contains typographical errors, the State had one of two options.

    If the accused is not present, in terms of the CPA, the arrest warrant can be issued. If the accused however, is present, the State should have brought an application to lead evidence as to why bail must be revoked and the arrest warrant endorsed, the defence attorney argued.

    This, Gebhardt held, was not done. She also alleged that her client was arrested before the warrant was endorsed, according to the time on court record.





    Njembo responded that the current hearing was precisely to lead evidence as to why bail should be revoked. He said the allegations of breach of bail conditions were brought to his attention on 7 June. “The application to lead evidence into why the bail must be revoked was made on 10 June at 09:30”, when the arrest warrant was endorsed by Mateus, he said.

    Moreover, he read from the court record, as far back as 20 May, showing that it was fraught with errors.

    “I will not hammer on the wording per se, where it is clear what was intended.”

    He continued by saying that the pastor was arrested when he reported to the police station at roughly 08:00, as per his bail conditions, and said he would not comment on the matter as the warrant was to be executed “on sight”.

    “The violation is very serious as it goes to the root of perverting the ends of justice.”

    Gebhardt jumped up and objected.

    “It is dangerous to speak for what the court intended. The prosecution cannot speak for Magistrate Mateus. It is opportunistic and misleads the court.”





    Magistrate Swartz, who was visibly agitated, asked counsel to show him the arrest warrant. Njembo insisted it was included in the court record, which was with Swartz. The magistrate challenged him to find it, handing him the record.

    The court had to adjourn to find the warrant of arrest as Swartz indicated he could make no ruling without seeing the document.

    The court buildings became a hive of activity, and after about 15 minutes, the document was finally found, attached to the court record of an entirely different matter.

    Swartz returned to the bench, and put the arrest warrant on record.

    The time on the warrant indicated that the pastor was arrested at 10:15 and Gebhardt put it on record that her client does not agree with that time.

    Swartz then made his ruling saying that he could not entertain the points in limine raised by the defence.

    “I cannot review or set aside decisions made by another magistrate.”

    He said that should he uphold the points in limine he would be acting as a review court which he could not do. Only the High Court can review decisions made by a magistrate's court or Magistrate Mateus should review his own ruling. The matter, he said, should be heard by Mateus and the points raised before him.

    This ruling effectively declared Friday afternoon's proceedings null and void and put the legal teams back to square one.

    “On the basis of which law should I remand the accused in custody?” Swartz asked.

    Njembo asked for an adjournment to prepare arguments in this regard, which the magistrate granted, and while counsel wanted to consult him in chambers, he refused.

    The court finally adjourned for the day at 19:30, with the bail of the pastor extended. He was released. The matter will be heard again on 21 June by Magistrate Mateus.

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  • 06/16/19--16:00: Buried alive
  • Buried aliveBuried aliveSearch for water turns deadly Two Ohangwena residents have died in a tragedy that has sent shockwaves through the nation. Two Ohangwena men - 29-year-old Kashima Junias Hauwanga and 36-year-old Jacob Hangula - died after the well they were digging collapsed, burying them alive.

    The Ohangwena police said an inquest will have to be held at the Eenhana district court to determine whether anyone can be held responsible for their deaths at Okatope village.

    Hauwanga and Hangula were trapped in the six-metre-deep hole on Saturday afternoon. Their bodies were only recovered yesterday morning.

    Due to the severe drought and water shortages in the area, Fellep Haipinge approached a senior citizen who is a traditional water consultant in the area, who claimed there was a water fountain at the edge of his mahangu field.

    Haipinge contacted another senior citizen with experience in establishing traditional wells to help him dig a well to get water for his livestock and domestic use.

    According to Haipinge, the senior citizen he contracted then employed two young men to help him dig the well under his supervision. They started digging last month, and unfortunately on Saturday, a massive heap of loose sand fell into the well, trapping them.

    According to regional crime coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Sakaria Amakali, the incident happened at around 14:00 on Saturday and the bodies were only recovered on Sunday morning. He said four men, including their supervisor who is a senior citizen, were involved in the digging of the well.

    “A report came in that a heap of loose sand fell into a well where two people were busy digging and they were trapped.





    We quickly sent a rescue team that was also joined by emergency officials from the Helao Nafidi town council. We started searching for them around 15:00, but we could not get them until it got late. We stopped and proceeded today (yesterday) and at around 11:00 we got to them,” said Amakali.

    “The (circumference of the) well they were digging was too small and what we have observed is that the sand is loose and they did not make any plan to stop it and this was the dangerous part of it. The third victim survived as he was getting out of the well when it happened, while the supervisor was out of the well monitoring the work.”

    Amakali said the police will open an inquest docket and the Eenhana court will have to determine whether someone can be held accountable.

    Haipinge said he established his homestead last year after he got married.

    He said there is no water in the area, which led to him to approach a traditional water consultant, who found water at the edge of his mahangu field.

    “I asked people from the area who could be able to make for me a well and they referred me to one elderly man. I contracted him and he employed the two young men to help him. When the incident happened I was not home because I stay at Eenhana, where I work. I just received a call that two people got trapped in a well,” Haipinge said.

    “It is very sad what happened and I have no words to say. The third, I am told, was just a neighbour who was assisting so that his cattle can also benefit once water is found.”

    Okatope resident Fillip Shaduka said the water crisis in the area became severe after the owners of traditional wells, where people usually get water from, started denying them access.

    “Piped water in our area is a luxury and only a few people have access to it. The rest depend on traditional water wells at our neighbours. Due to the drought situation, neighbours also do not want us to get water from their wells anymore and that is why people are making efforts like these; unfortunately they are turning deadly,” said Shaduka.

    Attempts to get comment from regional councillor Johannes Hakanyome failed, as he said he was in a meeting when contacted.

    Amakali cautioned residents not to risk their lives by engaging in deadly activities. He said they should rather approach those with equipment to drill boreholes for them.

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    Swapo barely escapes knockout blowSwapo barely escapes knockout blow Swapo was rattled in the Ondangwa Urban by-election on Saturday by 27-year-old political novice, independent candidate Angelina Immanuel, who lost a closely fought race to ruling party candidate Leonard Sunday Negonga.

    This was after a bruising campaign, which saw Swapo unleashing its bigwigs, including Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba on Immanuel.

    Negonga is the new constituency councillor after receiving 1 936 votes, while Immanuel garnered 1 402 votes. Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) candidate Johannes Martin received 326 votes, while All People's Party's (APP) Asser Vincent got 97 votes.

    Mandume Tuhafeni of the Congress of Democrats (CoD) could only muster 31 votes. A total of 3 792 votes were cast. Swapo's vote dropped significantly from 92% in 2015 to 51% this time around.

    Swapo Oshana regional coordinator Samuel Nelongo described the result as a wake-up call to the party to start delivering on the promises it makes during elections campaigns.

    Nelongo said over 15 000 people were expected to vote, but only 3 792 votes were cast. He said this was a message to the party that people were not happy.





    “The people of Ondangwa have spoken that they want Swapo to change and start fulfilling the promises made to the public during campaigns. As a leader of the region I will take this message seriously,” he said.

    “However, those that voted have proven they trust the Swapo Party with their development needs and that is why they voted to us.”

    Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) returning officer for the by-election, Rauna Nkandi, said they did not experience any major challenges.

    Martin said they are happy that the PDM had gathered more votes in this by-election than in 2015 regional and local authority polls.





    During the 2015 election, 4 267 votes were cast, with Swapo receiving 3918, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) 117 and the PDM 232.

    Paulus Paulus, who was part of Immanuel's election team, said Swapo must prepare for the upcoming Oshakati East by-election.

    “We are going to the drawing board and Swapo must be ready for more. We are the winner of this election because if you are fighting with a lion you do not expect to win, but if you manage to break one of its legs, then that is a major achievement because neither you nor the lion expected it,” Paulus said.

    Vincent Kanyetu of APP said they did not invest much in their by-election campaign, but managed to gain votes.

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    Amutjaa too strong for Weyulu Amutjaa too strong for Weyulu Tielman van Lill

    AC Boxing Academy, in association with Kinda Promotions and 12 Round Boxing Academy, hosted a professional boxing development tournament on Saturday at the Wanderers Sport Club in Windhoek.

    In the main bout Sacky Amutjaa beat Dominikus Weyulu in a super lightweight fight, upping his record to five fights, four wins and one loss.

    The loss means Weyulu now has a record of 10 fights, two wins, seven losses and one draw. Amutjaa proved too strong for the pocket-sized Weyulu, who put up a great display of courage and endurance.

    Both boxers did not flinch while exchanging blows toe-to-toe, to the delight of their supporters. But at the end it was Amutjaa's long reach that made the points count in his favour.

    In the bantamweight category, 16-year old Flame Nangolo from AC Boxing Gym made history on Saturday evening by becoming the youngest Namibian to turn professional.

    Nangolo showed great maturity by outfoxing his older and more experienced opponent. Nangolo is definitely a prospect for the future.

    The only knockdown of the evening came in the in the second round of the super bantamweight fight between Martin Mukungu and Teofelus Nashilongo, when Mukungu dropped Nashilongo with a brutal hook in the corner, but the bell saved the brave fighter.

    However, in the next round the referee stopped the fight to the dismay and protest of Nashilongo.

    The other results were as follows:

    1. Light flyweight (48.99kg), four rounds: Erastus Jonas (pro debut) beat Mathews Nghikevali (pro debut).

    2. Lightweight (61.24kg), four rounds: Paulus Amavilla (2 fights, 2 wins) beat Johannes Andreas (pro debut).

    3. Flyweight (50.80kg), four rounds: Draw between Thomas Ndeitunga (1 fight, 1 loss) and Theodor Nuyoma (1 fight, 1 loss).

    4. Super welterweight (69.85kg), four rounds: Shanika Alfeus (pro debut) defeated Rafael Iita (5 fights, 3 wins, 2 losses).

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  • 06/16/19--16:00: Ekandjo calls out everyone
  • Ekandjo calls out everyoneEkandjo calls out everyoneMTC wants an improved NPL The NPL awards on Saturday was a stupendous affair that included bold statements by MTC's Tim Ekandjo. MTC executive Tim Ekandjo has called on all stakeholders to pull up their socks, in order to improve the Namibia Premier League (NPL).

    He raised a number of issues at the NPL awards on Saturday, including the constantly empty stadiums and the absence of corporate partners that can assist to fill them.

    “Where there is unity of purpose, and we set aside our personal and corporate differences, it can only do soccer good. This also demonstrates that we can compete in a healthy manner,” Ekandjo said.

    “On this note, MTC is inclined to do the same when competing sponsors wish to enter Namibian football. We extend a warm challenge to the likes of Paratus, Telecom Namibia and MTN, if they are still coming, and the other banks like Bank Windhoek, a truly Namibian bank, and Nedbank to join the family of Namibian football.

    “As we speak, the first and second divisions are sitting without a sponsor while we have these companies; once again we invite you to play your part. We know that Nedbank is a big soccer brand in South Africa, we ask you to emulate that in Namibia,” Ekandjo added.

    He, however, said that sponsors cannot just come on board if NPL is not in order.

    “Instead of promoting the game, all we do is fight each other left, right and centre. You cannot market a controversial brand to anybody. It is a non-starter.

    “Today we are embarrassingly represented by a FIFA normalisation committee (NC), suggesting that the state of affairs in our football has become abnormal, or not normal, for a lack of a better word. What a reflection this is on our leadership in football, and a reflection of all Namibians unfortunately.

    “It is within our power to change this but it will require a serious paradigm shift,” emphasised Ekandjo.

    He further promised that MTC intends to fulfil their mandate of improving the league. “Firstly, our stadiums are forever empty, and some of our games look as if teams have been banned to play without supporters.

    “We must find out why people have lost the appetite to come to our stadiums, and we will therefore run surveys to engage supporters, and on that basis run a massive advertising campaign to win back the love of fans for the game.

    “Secondly, we will ensure that at least one MTC premiership game is broadcast live on NBC TV per week. We must get to a point where we can sell advertising space to corporates who might not be interested in sponsoring football, lone-standing.”

    Ekandjo further mentioned that MTC has invested in the necessary equipment to make this possible and will in the following weeks make a massive announcement about this investment.

    “Despite all the shortcomings in our football, we remain committed to the game and many other sports codes, but we demand them to pull up their socks in the interest of the players and the supporters.

    “Whenever you take decisions, always ask how it is in the best interest of the game, not your own personal interest,” Ekandjo said boldly.

    In closing, Ekandjo tasked the NC to make a statement about when the Namibia Football Association (NFA) elections will take place.

    “So my question to the NC is: What are you waiting for? Please clear the air in the interest of football because your silence only worsens matters.”

    On the night, Black Africa were awarded the trophy for winning the NPL 2018/19 season. The top goal scorer and player of the season awards went to Issaskar Gurirab of Life Fighters.

    The players' player of the season award was scooped by BA's Wesley Katjiteo. Coach of the season was won by head coach of BA, Paulus Shipanga. Referee of the season went to Nehemia Shooveleka, while the NPL assistant referee of the season was won by Matheus Nevonga.

    A special award was also presented to African Stars supporters in the form of a trophy and an amount of N$100 000, for always filling the stadium when the team plays.



    Top 8 Cup

    Players were also presented with awards for their hard work during the Standard Bank Top 8 Cup. African Stars took home N$500 000, as the winners. Bobby Samaria won the coach of the tournament award (N$15 000), while Ratanda Mbazuvara, the goalkeeper of the tournament, received N$10 000 and Aubrey Amseb, the player of the tournament, received N$15 000.

    Amseb, Tigers' Llewelyn Stanley and Salomon Amseb of Tura Magic shared the top goal scorer award and received N$5 000. Jonas Shongedi was the best referee of the tournament (N$5 000), while Matheus Nevonga was the best assistant referee and also scooped N$5 000.

    Tigers received silver medals as well as N$250 000 for coming second, while Tura Magic and Black Africa - the semi-final losers - received N$125 000 each.

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    Kautondokwa eyes top competitionKautondokwa eyes top competition Walter 'Executioner' Kautondokwa is back in the global mix, after working his way into the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) top 10.

    His promoter Nestor Tobias confirmed the fighter's number 10 world ranking yesterday.

    Kautondokwa made a return to the ring after his world title loss to American boxer Demetrius Andrade in October last year, when he destroyed Tanzanian opponent Simeon Tcheta last month in Zimbabwe.

    “After the Andrade loss, Kautondokwa needed to make a big statement with his comeback fight and he delivered superbly. The Andrade fight is behind us now. We accepted that fight on extremely short notice,” Tobias said.

    “Our first priority now is to fight anybody in the WBO top 15.”

    A confident Kautondokwa said he will be brushing off his defeat by Andrade by hammering all his opponents going forward.

    “I am yet to show the world the best of me and I want to fight a big name in the top 15 to make that statement.

    “I do not want people to judge me on the Andrade fight for various reasons. I feel great and prepared for the next big challenge, so whoever faces me next must be very scared,” Kautondokwa added.

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  • 06/17/19--16:00: Moment of truth
  • Moment of truthMoment of truthBrave Warriors off to chase Afcon glory The Brave Warriors will be travelling from Dubai to Egypt today ahead of their first Afcon 2019 group match on Sunday. Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has confirmed there will be no further friendly matches for the team ahead of Afcon 2019.

    Namibia was initially scheduled to play two friendly matches before the start of the tournament.

    The Warriors played Ghana on 9 June and were expected to play another team before the competition begins on Friday.

    “I can confirm that we will play no other friendly as planned due to time. We are happy with our preparations that started in South Africa and in Dubai,” Mannetti said.

    “The technical team is happy with the responses from the players and I can say we are ready as we travel to Egypt today.”

    Attacking player Willy Stephanus is said to be the only player who picked up a knock during preparations for the continental showpiece, but the coach is confident he will recover.

    “Awillo has a small muscle injury but he will definitely be available for selection against Morocco. All in all, the players appear very fit and the spirit in the camp is out of this world.

    “As a technical team, we have done the best we could and we are optimistic that the boys will not disappoint us,” Mannetti added.

    Namibia have a mountain, after being drawn in Group D against Bafana Bafana, Ivory Coast and Morocco.

    This will be the first 24-team Afcon - up from 16 - and will be hosted until 19 July.

    The six group winners and six runners-up automatically qualify for the knockout stages and will be joined by the four best third-placed teams.

    After the eight second-round fixtures, there will be the quarterfinals, semi-finals, a third-place play-off and the final.

    Namibia will kick off their tournament against Morocco on Sunday, 23 June. They will play their second match against neighbours South Africa on 28 June before closing off their group encounters with a match against Côte d'Ivoire on 1 July.

    Namibia are seeking their first-ever win in the competition after having failed on two occasions - in 1998 and 2008 - to secure a victory.

    Group D is nearly a repetition of the 1998 Afcon tournament in Burkina Faso, when Namibia were drawn against Côte d'Ivoire, South African and Angola.

    In 1998, Namibia finished at the bottom of the table with only one point from three matches, as Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa topped the group.

    In 2008, Namibia also finished at the bottom of their group, which included Ghana, Guinea and Morocco.

    Namibia's only two Afcon points came via draws against Angola (1998) and Guinea (2008).

    Cameroon are the defending champions after winning the 2017 final against Egypt 2-1, courtesy of goals from Nikolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboukabar.

    Only Congo (1968), South Africa (1996) and Zambia (2012) have been able to bring the trophy to southern Africa.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 06/17/19--16:00: Groen en goud word 70
  • Groen en goud word 70Groen en goud word 70 Hoërskool Dr. Lemmer vier fees Mary-lee Beukes en Evany van Wyk

    Die maand lange 70ste verjaardagfeesvieringe van Dr. Lemmer Hoërskool op Rehoboth het op 7 Junie met ‘n openingseremonie en jaarlikse pretloop afgeskop.

    Me. Queeny Cloete, ‘n onderwyseres, het met The Zone gesels. “Die openingseremonie was ‘n goue oomblik in die geskiedenis van ons skool,” vertel sy met trots. Van die eregaste was plaaslike skoolhoofde, die dorpsraadslid me. Lorraine Christ, pastoor Gunter Swartz, ouers en oudleerlinge.

    Volgens Cloete het die skool oor die jare ongelooflike prestasies in sport en akademie behaal. “Elke leerling het regtig oor die jare hulself bewys. Ons hoofdoel vir die volgende 70 jaar is om ons leerlinge goed voor te berei vir die lewe ná graad 12 sodat hulle hul plekke in die samelewing volwaardig kan volstaan.”

    ‘n Sokkie vir leerlinge is ná die pretloop aangebied en DJ Koloko het die kinders behoorlik op hul voete gehad. Op 8 Junie het die Markdag plaasgevind sowel as die Mnr. en Mej. Lemmerfees-proefnemingkompetisie later die aand. Die seremoniemeesters was Mej. Namibië 2017 en ‘n oudleerling van Hoërskool Dr Lemmer, Suné January en Anthony Frans.

    ‘n Evangelieaand is op 14 Junie in die skoolsaal gehou wat die gemeenskap in groot getalle bygewoon het om die Here te dank vir al sy wonderlike werke.

    Die Rehoboth-gemeenskap is betrek by die Langarmdans op 21 Junie waar DJ Gysie met sy platejoggievernuf gewoeker het om mense op die dansvloer te kry.

    Die eindronde van die Mnr. en Mej. Lemmerfees-kompetisie vind op 22 Junie in die skoolsaal plaas. Dit beloof om een van die hoogtepunte te wees met twee bekendes as die seremoniemeesters: Dean Smith (Wade in Suidooster) en Rasheeqah Kariem (Sheeca’s Closet).

    Op 28 Junie vanaf 15:00 tot laatmiddag word ‘n aflos-atletiekbyeenkoms gehou.

    ‘n Parade met vlotte en ‘n gimnastrada deur Rehoboth se strate vind op 29 Junie plaas, waarna rugby- en netbalwedstryde by die skool se sportvelde gespeel sal word.

    ‘n Galadinee, ook op 29 Junie, by die skoolsaal sal die hoogtepunt van die hele fees wees. Alle oudleerlinge van die skool word uitgenooi om tafels te bespreek. “Die belangstelling wat ons tot dusver gekry het, is regtig hartroerend,” sê Cloete.

    Die feesvieringe word op 30 Junie met ‘n dankdiens in die skoolsaal afgesluit. “Sonder die Here se goedheid en genade sou die afgelope 70 jaar nie moontlik gewees het nie,” sê Cloete. “Dit is lekker om deel te wees van die ryk en warm Dr. Lemmer- kultuur.”

    Kiara Appolus, die onderhoofdogter, het gesê: “Dis ‘n voorreg om deel te wees van so ‘n groot mylpaal vir die skool.”

    Volgens mnr. Ivan Britz, die skoolhoof, sal al die gebeure beter onderlinge verhoudinge tussen die personeel, leerlinge en buurskole skep.

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    Titans announce winter tour of NamibiaTitans announce winter tour of Namibia The Multiply Titans will embark on a maiden tour of Namibia later this month for a two-match exhibition T20 tournament, presented by Windhoek Beer in association with Cricket Namibia.

    The two fixtures are scheduled to take place on 28 June at Sparta Cricket Club in Walvis Bay (13:30) and Sunday, 30 June at Trustco United Sports Field in Windhoek at 13:00.

    Supported by the official tour airline partner, Kulula.com, the Sky Blues arrive in Windhoek on 26 June. The squad will then head to Swakopmund and spend three days on the west coast before heading back to the capital for the remainder of the weeklong tour.

    This will be the first visit by the Centurion franchise to Namibia, and Titans Cricket chief executive, Dr Jacques Faul, is looking forward to breaking new ground with an emerging cricket nation.

    “We are pleased to confirm this trip, which will play an integral part in our efforts to expand the global footprint of the Titans brand. Namibia is a proud cricketing nursery, and we look forward to sharing our love for the game with them.

    “I want to thank Cricket Namibia, as well as our tour partners, for their cooperation. As a country, Namibia has a lot to offer, so I'm sure that the squad will be looking forward to exploring their surrounds beyond the cricket,” Faul said.

    The tour will kick-start winter training, as the Titans look to shake off the cobwebs after a two-month break, following the conclusion of the 2018/19 season.

    With a number of players currently abroad and on international duty at the ICC Cricket World Cup, a 10-man squad will travel. The tour will also give young school cricketers an exciting opportunity to take to the field alongside the Sky Blues. Dian Neethling and Ettienne Beukes of Walvis Bay Private High School have been named in the squad to play in the opening T20, while Michael Laubscher (Windhoek Gymnasium) and Divan La Cock (Windhoek High School) will feature in the second match.

    The Titans will be bolstered by the return of Albie Morkel, who will make one final outing in the Sky Blues' colours in the tournament decider.

    “The tour will provide a good opportunity for the guys spend some quality time, so that when the guys return to Centurion, they are ready to hit the ground running, as we prepare for upcoming season,” said Faul. “It is also a final opportunity to say goodbye to Albie in a Titans shirt, so it is a special occasion.”

    Namibia, who recently progressed through to the Twenty20 World Cup Global Qualifiers and gained ODI status, are likely to field an invitational team. And there will be one familiar face in the opposing dressing room in former Titans stalwart and now Namibia head coach, Pierre de Bruyn.

    “We are very proud to welcome the Titans, as they have set standards to aspire to on and off the field. We look forward to a long and fruitful association,” said De Bruyn.

    Following the announcement, one lucky fan will have the chance to 'Tour with the Titans'. The prize includes flights, accommodation and VIP hospitality. More details will be announced soon on the Titans Cricket social media platforms.

    The tour schedule is as follows - Wednesday, 26 June: Arrive in Windhoek and travel to Swakopmund. Friday 28 June: T20 match vs Namibia at Sparta Cricket Club, Walvis Bay (13:30 start). Saturday 29 June: Travel to Windhoek. Sunday, 30 June: T20 match vs Namibia at United Cricket Club, Windhoek (13:00 start). Wednesday, 3 July: The team will return to South Africa.

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  • 06/17/19--16:00: A source of inspiration
  • A source of inspirationA source of inspirationJonas plays football with one leg, but needs your help Having one leg has not stopped Jonas Iiyambo Shilongo from playing the sport he loves. Jonas Iyambo Shilongo, 13, was born with a congenital skeletal abnormality, which meant that his one leg was considerably smaller and shorter than the other.

    As he grew, this leg was amputated, but this setback only made the boy hungrier for life and his first love - football.

    With crutch in arm, the feisty Shilongo can more often than not be seen after school kicking a ball with his friends. He is a pupil at Orange Combined School in the Okalongo circuit of the Omusati Region.

    Not one to let his disability get the best of him, he is ferocious on the field and has become adept at scoring goals.

    The courageous Shilongo said he loves mathematics when he is not on the field and would one day like to meet some of the Brave Warriors players, as they inspire him.

    “Shilongo is just a reminder of how we all can rise up and push past our challenges, whatever they may be, “ said his grandmother affectionately known as Mee Ndorothea Ipinge.

    “He is not academically gifted but what he can do is play football well. Even shouting at him to come and eat is a challenge, because he just wants to spend his time running up and down. But of course at times he stumbles and falls and the family has been talking in order to get him a donation for a prosthetic leg to help him move better,” she said.

    A Good Samaritan, Fenny Nakanyete, who saw a video clip of the boy playing football in the dusty streets, said she was moved by his courage, and with a few friends decided to assemble money through sponsorships, which will enable them to purchase a prosthetic leg.

    “We started a small project to help Shilongo. We are so humbled to have been contacted by the team from New Life Medical Suppliers in Swakopmund. They have offered not only their great service, but together with Greenvine (a non-profit organisation), they will be sponsoring half of the cost of all items needed for him for the process.

    “They will further sponsor his first solid ankle cushion heel (Sach) foot refit when it becomes smaller. They provided us three options with grand totals ranging between N$46 254 and N$49 254,” Nakanyete said.

    This, however, excludes travel and accommodation costs that Shilongo needs to cover for the five to seven days he needs to travel to Swakopmund for casting, fitting and trial.

    “The order of items can only be done when we have paid the 50% deposit. So far we have managed to collect N$13 500 and we have about six months before the quotation expires,” explained Nakanyete.

    A video clip of Shilongo playing football will be available on the Namibian Sun Facebook and Instagram pages today.

    Anyone willing to assist Shilongo financially should call 081 418 2028 or make use of these details for a direct deposit:

    Bank Windhoek

    Account number: 8009508228

    Account name: Gabriel S Kondo

    Branch code: 481-972 (Windhoek branch)

    Reference: Your name - Iiyambo

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    Ya fumbikwa nomwenyo omanga taya hupu omuthimaYa fumbikwa nomwenyo omanga taya hupu omuthimaOpolisi otayi konaakona oshiningwanima shoka Aakalimo yaali yomoshitopolwa shaHangwena oya si eso li nyanyaleka ndyoka lya hautha oshigwana mehuliloshiike lya piti, pethimbo yali taya hupu omuthima gwomeya. ILENI NANDJATO

    Aalumentu yaali, omunamimvo 29 Kashima Junias Hauwanga oshowo omunamimvo 36, Jacob Hangula oya hulitha konima sho ya gwililwa po kevi lyomuthima ngoka yali taya hupu.

    Opolisi yaHangwena oya popi kutya otaku ningwa omapulaapulo nomakonaakono mOmpangulilo yopashitopolwa mEenhana opo ku talike ngele ope na ngoka taka geelwa omolwa omaso ngoka.

    Oshiningwanima shoka osha ningilwa pomukunda Okatope.

    Hauwanga naHangula oya thitikininwa kevi moshilambo shuule woometa hamano mOlyomakaya nomidhimba dhawo odha monika owala ongula yOsoondaha.

    Omolwa enota noshikukuta momudhingoloko ngoka, Fellep Haipinge okwa ningi ekwatathano nomukokele ngoka e li omunambelewa gwomeya gwopamuthigululwakalo momudhingoloko ta popi kutya mepya lye omu na oonzo dhomeya.

    Haipinge owa okwa yi natango mekwatathano nomukokele gumwe ngoka e na ontseyo menongonono lyoonzo dhomeya, opo e mu kwathele mokuhupa omuthima ye a vule okumona omeya giimuna ye oshowo gokulongitha megumbo.



    Pahapu dhaHaipinge omukokele ngoka okwa kutu aalumentu yaali opo ya vule okutha omuthima ngoka mewiliko lye. Oya tameke okutha omwedhi gwa piti, ihe omupya omunene mOlyomakaya oya gwililwapo kevi shoka sha faalele oomwenyo dhawo.



    Omunambelewa omukwatakanithi gwiimbuluma moshitopolwa shoka, Omupeha Komufala Sakaria Amakali, okwa popi kutya oshiiningwanima shoka osha holoka lwopotundi onti 14:00 mOlyomakaya, nomidhimba dhaalumentu mboka odha monika owala ongula yOsoondaha. Aalumentu yane mwakwatelwa omuwiliki gwawo oyali yiipyakidhila nokuhupa omuthima ngoka.

    “Otwa yakula olopota kutya ope na aantu ya gwililwa po kevi omanga yali taya fulu omuthima. Otwa tumu meendelelo osheendo shaahupithi mboka ya wayiminwa kaanambelewa yomayakulo gopaulumomhumbwe okuza mondoolopa yaHelao Nafidi. Otwa tameke tatu ya kongo lwopotundi onti 15:00 ihe inatu yamona sigo kwa toko. Otwa tsikile esiku lyalandula na otwe ya mono lwopotundi onti 11:00. Ombululu yoshilambo shoka yali taya hupu oya li oshona noonkondo na otwa dhidhilike kutya inaya ninga oonkambdhala dha sha okukankameka evi naashoka osha nika oshiponga. Omulumentu omutitatu okwa hupu molwa okwa li ta zi mo moshilambo sho evi lya gwile meni lyoshilambo omanga omuwiliki gwawo a li kombanda, ta tala sho taya longo.”

    Amakali okwa popi kutya opolisi otayi patulua epeko lyomakonaakono nOmpangulilo yEenhana otayi ka tokola ngele ope na ngoka taka pangulilwa nokupelwa ombedhi eso lyaalumentu mboka.



    Haipinge okwa popi kutya okwa dhiki egumbo lye omvula ya piti, konima sho a hokana.

    Okwa popi kutya kamu na omeya momudhingoloko gwawo, sha etitha opo ya ninge oonkambadhala dhokukonga omeya.

    “Onda pula aaantu momudhingoloko kutya olye ta vulu okuhupilandje omuthima na oya pendje omukokele gumwe. Onda ningi ekwatathano naye na okwa kutu aanyasha yaali mboka yemu kwathele. Sho oshiningwanima shoka sha holoka kandali mo megumbo molwaashoka ohandi kala kEenhana hoka handi longele. Onda dhengelwa owala ongodhi kutya aantu yaali oya gwililwapo kevi moshilambo shoka yali taya hupu.”

    “Onduuvu nayi noonkondo kwaashoka sha holoka po nakandi na iitya. Omuntu omutitatu onda lombwelwa kutya omushiinda owala ngoka a li takwathele opo iimuna ye nayo yi vule okukala tayi mono omeya okuza momuthima ngoka uuna omeya ga monika.”

    Omukalimo gwomOkatope, Fillip Shaduka okwa popi kutya ompumbwe yomeya momudhingoloko gwawo oya nayipala konima sho ooyene yomithima ya tameke taya indike aantu ya kuthe omeya momidhima dhawo.

    Okwa popi kutya omeya gomominino momudhingoloko gwawo oga pumba, na omolwa onkalo yoshikukuta mboka ye na omithima oya tameke taya indike aantu ya teke omeya momuthima dhawo sha etitha aantu ya ninge oonkambadhala dhokufula omithima dhawo.



    Oonkambadhala okumona kansela gwoshikandjohogololo shoka, Johannes Hakanyome odha ndopa sho a popi kutya okuli moshigongi pethimbo a dhengelwa ongodhi.

    Amakali okwa pula aantu kaya tule moshiponga oomwenyo dhawo ta ti pehala naya pule mboka ye na iilongitho yokutha omalambo ye ya kwathele.

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    WAP-leerling skep eie weerlugballonWAP-leerling skep eie weerlugballon’n Graad 9-leerling van Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool (WAP) het Vrydag sy eie lugballon, as deel van ’n wetenskapprojek, by die skool laat gaan. ’n Toestel van die meteorologiese kantoor in Windhoek is aan Eric Kamber se ballon gekoppel wat dit moontlik maak om die temperatuur, barometerdruk, windspoed en -rigting te meet. “Die doel van hierdie projek is om die weerstoestande uit te vind soos die ballon hoër gaan. Die toestel stuur dan weer die data terug aan die kantoor sodat dit ontleed kan word,” sê Kamber. Hierdie ballon kan 30 km hoog gaan en beweeg teen 10 meter per sekonde. Foto Mariselle Stofberg

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