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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 06/24/19--16:00: Lüderitz up in arms
  • Lüderitz up in armsLüderitz up in armsRatepayers enraged by power-outsourcing talks Residents fear the outsourcing of energy distribution at the town will be the downfall of the council. Acting Lüderitz CEO Ignatius Tjipura says no agreement has been reached yet in terms of power supply and distribution to the town.

    In a petition, residents and ratepayers say the proposed deal to outsource the council's power distribution to Walvis Bay-based private company Conselect Engineering and Cenored is “illegal”.

    They allege this is being orchestrated by “certain individual” councillors.

    The councillors fingered in the deal are deputy mayor Brigitte Fredericks, chairperson of the management committee Calvin Mwiya, and management committee member Willem Gumede.

    Fredericks and Gumede refused to comment. Gumede merely said “no comment”, while Fredericks said she is “not denying” the deal, but added: “Go back to those who are giving you the information, they must give you the right information.”

    Mwiya could not be reached for comment. Executive chairperson and director of Conselect Engineering, Wiseman Molatzi, also refused to comment, referring all questions back to the town council.

    Sources at the town said a heated council meeting over the proposed deal took place yesterday, which nearly ended up in a fistfight amongst the councillors.

    According to the residents' petition, a draft agreement will reportedly be presented to the town council for final approval “without further ado”.

    “This is totally unacceptable. There are serious issues involved,” the petition reads.

    The petition claims council procedures have not been applied and that there was no public consultation with residents.

    It also questions the alleged speed with which the Office of the Attorney-General had “scrutinised” the so-called draft agreement, without checking its authenticity or procedures.

    The petitioners call for an immediate halt to the talks and for the deferment of any decision to part with any electricity assets or accounts to any other party, including any one of the regional electricity distributors (REDs).



    Agreement denied

    Tjipura denied there is any draft agreement in existence, saying there are so far only negotiations about a possible deal.

    He also denied that “certain individual” councillors are involved in hatching the deal, as is alleged.

    “[This] matter was brought to council and discussion with regard to this has started in 2017. The matter was tabled at council management meetings, and up to now, no final agreement was signed with regard to the outsourcing of electricity… what has happened so far is only negotiations,” Tjipura insisted.

    Asked why the town council would want to outsource its electricity supply, Tjipura responded: “Outsourcing by its nature is to try to improve service delivery, upgrading of infrastructure and better management of that particular unit or department, but not to the detriment of any institutions; therefore due diligence of business viability must be done before council can go into that marriage. On that, council has not taken any final decision.”



    The contract

    According to sections of a draft agreement seen by Namibian Sun, the electricity supply deal will be between the town council, Conselect Engineering and Cenored, who will form a joint-venture company, Atlantic Electrical (Pty) Ltd.

    One of the stated aims of Atlantic Electricity (Pty) Ltd is to create “additional income streams” for the Lüderitz and Oranjemund town councils by “means of dividends, local authority electricity surcharges, asset lease fees and effective debt collection”.

    Sources said the contract includes Lüderitz ceding council properties and income of between N$80 million and N$100 million per year to Atlantic Electric, against dividend payments by the company to the council.

    “This will be the downfall of the council,” a Lüderitz resident, preferring anonymity, said.

    The contract states that Cenored undertakes, on behalf of the Atlantic Electric, to maintain and operate the electricity distribution network within the Lüderitz and Oranjemund boundaries, and ensure the “continued upgrading and expansion of the electricity distribution network”.

    The contract further states that Conselect can, on behalf of Atlantic Electric, undertake consulting engineering and project management services.

    The parties will shareholding in the JV company, and the agreement is to be an interim arrangement “pending the finalisation of the proposed Southern RED Regime”, the agreement states.

    The draft contract further states that the Lüderitz and Oranjemund councils are to apply to the appropriate Namibian authorities for any and all approvals, benefits or exemptions necessary to carry out the activities contemplated in the agreement.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    Nghaamwa misses N$500k hostel windfallNghaamwa misses N$500k hostel windfall The hospitalisation of the Ohangwena governor, Usko Nghaamwa, who has been championing the collection of funds for a hostel project at Omungwelume Senior Secondary School, did not deter donors from opening their wallets at a fundraiser.

    This is the second consecutive year that Nghaamwa has fallen sick ahead of his State of the Region Address (Sora), which is scheduled for 9 July.

    Omungwelume Senior Secondary School managed to raised N$509 100 in cash and 263 bags of cement on Saturday evening. These donations will complement the over 58 000 bricks that have already been delivered to the school by Nghaamwa's office.

    The school, in collaboration with Nghaamwa's office, hosted a fundraising event and gala dinner at the weekend to raise money for the construction of a hostel, in an attempt to stop learners cohabiting in shacks.

    This follows a Namibian Sun exposé in March in which it was alleged that some Omungwelume pupils were cohabiting like husband and wife in shacks where they are staying, because of the lack of a school hostel.

    Ohangwena education director Isak Hamatwi said he is pleased with the number of people who turned up for the fundraising event on Saturday.

    “I am feeling happy that everything went well and we have achieved our objective. We have gained support from the people who have the love of the Namibian children in their hearts,” said Hamatwi.

    Omungwelume Senior Secondary School is a non-boarding school that hosts learners from all over the region. Learners are accommodated in shacks at the settlement.

    According to school principal George Nanghanda, 581 learners from grades 10, 11 and 12 have enrolled at the school for the 2019 academic year.

    Nghaamwa had earlier ordered that 118 pupils be accommodated at a rundown property bought by the Ohangwena regional council.

    Ohangwena chief regional officer Fillipus Shilongo had, however, tasked Hamatwi to find suitable alternative accommodation for the learners, before they are evicted from the council property.

    Shilongo said the property at Omungwelume, for which the government paid N$6 million, was not bought so it could be used as a school hostel.

    Nghaamwa, through his office, used some of the money donated to his office by Fishcor to buy over 58 000 bricks to support the hostel construction.

    He also donated an ox that was used to feed those who attended the gala dinner.

    Concerned parents say Ohangwena is vast and the non-boarding school is taking in learners from all corners of the region - a situation that forces learners to take any available accommodation.

    Grade 10 learners from as far as Okongo, Oshikunde, Epembe, Omundaungilo, Omauni, Ekoka and many other far-flung places are renting at Omungwelume to attend school there.

    It was reported that Nghaamwa is hospitalised at a private hospital in Windhoek. Sources say the governor was rushed to a private hospital in Ongwediva last Friday before being airlifted to Windhoek.

    Regional council chairperson Ericsson Ndawanifa said he has no further details on the matter, but added he understands that the governor is recovering well.

    “All I can confirm to you us that the governor is on leave and I heard he is recovering well,” Ndawanifa said.

    In 2018 Nghaamwa felt sick ahead of his Sora, which was delivered by Ndawanifa.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 06/24/19--16:00: The human shell
  • The human shellThe human shell Michelline Nawatises Every person has a shell. Without this shell, one cannot live. It protects us from the outside, people, the environment and most importantly, the society we live in. The shell is special. It covers us. It can protect us from anything we want but the one thing that the shell can’t protect us from is the most dangerous of all of them, and that is from ourselves.

    This shell appears when a human first lies to themself. It hides feelings and manages to cover their true form. The reasons for doing so are endless. Nonetheless, the shell begins to grow. Think of it as mould. The more something rots or goes bad, the more the mould grows. It is the same with the shell. The lies and the secrets build up just as the shell does. One needs to ask themself this: How can you break out of your shell? Is it possible?

    So the shell begins to get thicker and thicker. Pretty soon, the average person is hiding their true self. The shell acts as a wall to keep the true person inside. In some cases, the shell gets so thick that the person doesn’t know who they are anymore. They are so used to keeping their feelings bottled up that they begin to conform, so they ‘fit in’ society. When a person abandons their true self, they ‘blank out’. Soon, you have a whole crowd of people, all walking around, emotionless and barren. The average person may not notice it, but a person without a shell will. It has taken you over and the shell protects you from anything, but the one thing that the shell fails to protect you from is the one thing that scares you the most - the fact that the shell has won.

    Everyone tells you that you are special and unique and you walk around feeling pleased with yourself when you see another person telling somebody else the same thing. We are all special and unique, right? Well, if we are all special, then how does that make us ALL unique? At the end of the day, we are all the same. Being told something is one thing, but proving that you are extraordinary is a whole different matter. So that brings us to the most important point. Is it possible to break out of your shell? Or are we meant to walk around with one forever, considering the fact that we can’t live without one?

    Be true to yourself. That is the message at the end of the day. Don’t be ashamed. To break out of your means going beyond extraordinary measures. And there are people like that in the world. Hard to find, they are, but they’re out there. Start out easy. Begin to let yourself think things through. Go outside your comfort zone. By doing these small things every day, you begin to let your true form shine through. Don’t ever let somebody tell you you’re not special. Everyone is, but in their own way. And that’s what makes us all unique; not the fact that somebody tells us we are, but the fact that we have proved to ourselves that we are, in fact, extraordinary.

    Yet the most important question has still not been answered: Can we break out of these shells? Probably not. But do not think I am contradicting myself. The shell is still needed to protect us from the people who still have their shells on. These people think that if you are not like everybody else, you are not special. They think if you are different, there is something wrong with you. But it is quite the opposite. At the end of the day, they are the ones who are lying to themselves. If it is not possible to get the shell off in one go, try to peel off the layers one by one. When you are finally true to yourself, that’s when your individuality shines through. So congratulations, you are in control of your shell. It is no longer in control of you. One day a person will come along who will finally be able to fully dispose of their shell, so keep your eyes peeled. That person could be you.

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  • 06/24/19--16:00: A symbol of shame
  • A symbol of shameA symbol of shame The remains of 22-year-old Zimbabwean Fambauone 'Talent' Black being repatriated to his home country on Saturday, on the back of a trailer, shall remain an enduring symbol of shame for Namibia.

    Black, whose only sin was making a U-turn at an Operation Kalahari Desert roadblock in Greenwell Matongo, was gunned down by a soldier, who now stands alone in the dock facing the music.

    However, the killing came amid an increasing clamour from ordinary citizens for the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) to be removed from the anti-crime operation, which to this day has been ignored by the powers that be.

    This past Saturday, the young man's corpse suffered the indignity of being loaded on a trailer attached to a long-distance minibus.

    This comes at a time when Namibia is chairing the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

    It comes at a time when we should be the ones setting an example for the rest of the region. Adding to this shamefulness are the comments from some Namibians, who have chosen to highlight the supposed crimes being committed by Zimbabweans who have fled the economic woes of their country to make a living here.

    There is no proof that Black was a criminal on the run.

    According to his friends who spoke to the media, he was trying to make an honest living.

    He had been sending money back home to his family.

    His body left for the dormitory town of Chitungwiza, situated about 20 kilometres outside Harare, reportedly without a stitch of support from the Namibian government, the NDF and even the Zimbabwean embassy.

    It was reported that, led by the Zanu-PF Windhoek branch and the opposition MDC Namibian chapter, the local Zimbabwean community and Namibians rallied behind the Black family and raised more than N$31 000.

    Many Namibians will rightfully be angered and perturbed by this state of affairs, for we have been painted as most uncaring by the actions of our leaders. May Black's soul rest in peace. Go well, our SADC brother.

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  • 06/24/19--16:00: Child marriages rob girls
  • Child marriages rob girlsChild marriages rob girls5.4% of 15 to 19 year olds married in Namibia Children are being robbed of their childhoods due to life-changing events like child marriage, early pregnancy, child labour, violent deaths and exclusion from education. Namibia is ranked 119th out of 176 countries in a new global report that evaluates countries on the well-being of children.

    The report says that in Namibia 5.4% of girls aged between 15 and 19 are currently married or in a union.

    “Getting married as a child forces millions of girls into adulthood and motherhood before they are physically and mentally ready. These girls, including many under the age of 15, are often isolated, with their freedom curtailed. They frequently feel disempowered and are deprived of their rights to health, education, safety and participation,” the report said.

    Save the Children's third annual End of Childhood Index compares the latest data for 176 countries and assesses where the most and fewest children are missing out on a childhood.

    Namibia, with an overall index score of 760 out of 1 000, falls into the category of “some children” still missing out on a childhood.

    According to the report, Namibia has over the past 19 years improved its score of 676 by 84 points.

    Save the Children evaluated countries on eight indicators to determine the well-being of children and teenagers (0-19 years). In the year 2000, an estimated 970 million children were robbed of their childhoods due to life-changing events like child marriage, early pregnancy, child labour, violent deaths, exclusion from education, sickness and malnutrition.

    That number today has been reduced to 690 million, meaning that at least 280 million children are better off today than they were two decades ago.

    In sub-Saharan Africa, there is evidence of a decrease in child marriage in many countries. However, progress has been uneven and some countries have seen little or no reduction

    The report adds that there are also signs of rising political will to end child marriage in Africa and while there is plenty of global progress to celebrate, no region and few countries are on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target of eliminating child marriage by 2030.

    “At current rates of decline, it will take at least half a century to eliminate child marriage worldwide. Meanwhile, every year, 12 million more girls around the world become wives. Without further acceleration, more than 150 million additional girls will marry by 2030.”

    According to the report, progress in many African countries has also been too slow in keeping up with population growth, and as a result, even though marriage rates have dropped, the absolute number of child brides have risen.

    Furthermore, the report found that in 2000 there were 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 who gave birth. Today, that number has been reduced to about 13 million.

    According to data from the report, 75 per 100 000 girls aged 15 to 19 in Namibia gave birth.

    Meanwhile, in 2016 alone, 85 000 boys and girls under the age of 20 were murdered globally. About 40% of these victims were under the age 15. Compared to the 97 000 child homicides in 2000, this is 12 000 fewer and translates into a 17% decrease in the child homicide rate globally.

    In Namibia the child homicide rate stood at 8.7 deaths per 100 000 for children aged 0 to 19.

    No statistics were available on child labour in Namibia.

    Singapore tops the rankings as the country that best protects and provides for its children the best, followed by Sweden and Finland.

    The Central African Republic (CAR) ranks last, with Niger and Chad rounding off the bottom three countries where childhoods are most threatened.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 06/24/19--16:00: Blowing the whistle
  • Blowing the whistle Blowing the whistle !Gaoses is a basketball referee pioneer Tamara !Gaoses is the first internationally recognised female 3x3 basketball referee in Namibia. Justicia Shipena





    Tamara !Gaoses is the first internationally recognised female 3x3 basketball referee in the country and this qualification allowed her to officiate at the Under-18 3X3 IBF Young Lions Cup, which was held in Botswana in January.

    Born and raised in Windhoek, !Gaoses attended People’s Primary School from grade one until grade four. She then continued her primary education at Eros Primary School and moved over to Khomas High School for her secondary education.

    At Khomas High School she failed her Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) examination and subsequently enrolled at the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol), where she completed her JSC and grade 12 National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC).

    !Gaoses’ basketball journey began while she was still in high school.

    “My friend invited me to her practice and ever since then I never looked back,” she said.

    She said refereeing is her biggest confidence-builder ever.

    “I was nurtured and I am still growing and building because I'm trying to reach a level of travelling all around the world to referee 3x3 games,” she said.

    The first internationally recognised 3x3 female referee in Namibia said she never thought she would make it this far, but that it’s is all part of God’s plan for her life.

    She thanked her team, Basketball Artist School (BAS) director Ramah Mumba, BAS coordinator Malakia Matias and Technical Basketball Academy TBA) president Titus Mwahafa, who ignited her spark for basketball.

    !Gaoses told The Zone that her biggest challenge is that people expect more from her, including that she should not make mistakes.

    She added that many people look up to her now so she has to lead by example.

    “My fellow youth, it is up to you to take Namibia into the future and rebuild it... we can do it if we work together,” she said.

    She said that reaching an incredible milestone for female referees in the country serves as an example that the country needs to further break down certain stigmas.

    !Gaoses said it is very important that we try to nurture more female basketball referees and work with the International Basketball Federation (IBF) for them to see how important it is to Namibia.

    “This is why we want to base clinics in every region in Namibia and have basketball referees across the country,” she said.

    Her motto in life is: Never give up and never look back; always keep on moving and strength comes from picking yourself up when you fall, always!

    She urges young people out there to always take very opportunity they get and put it to good use, whether in sport or academics.



    !Gaoses fact box:

    She started playing soccer in kindergarten.

    She played hockey in primary school.

    She loves to dance, sing and laugh.

    She loves to network with people.

    She loves poetry, movies and reading.

    She has a list of things she would love to accomplish in the years to come.

    She a family person.

    She is a go-getter and reliable.

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  • 06/24/19--16:00: Amalwa jumps ship
  • Amalwa jumps shipAmalwa jumps shipBacks Nangolo for Ondonga kingship In a dramatic U-turn, the former aide of the late king has now thrown his weight behind Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo. Oniimwandi district senior councillor Naeman Amalwa says he was not well-advised when he took the decision to turn his back on Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo and six fellow councillors, who were reportedly fired by late Ondonga king Immanuel Kauluma Elifas in 2017.

    In an about-turn, Amalwa has now urged the people of his district to rally behind Nangolo as the new Ondonga king, despite being listed as one of the eight applicants in a court challenge against urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga's decision to recognise Nangolo as King Elifas' successor.

    Amalwa was initially one of the two gazetted traditional leaders who formed part of the faction that is backing Konis Eino Kalenga as the next king.

    Amalwa called a community meeting this past Saturday at Oniimwandi.

    He did not attend, but sent one of the seniors at Oniimwandi, Uno Nashandi, to represent him and pass his message to the people.

    “I am sent by our senior headman, Amalwa, to inform you all that he has accepted a decision by the government to recognise Nangolo as the king of Ondonga. He is therefore urging you all to support King Nangolo,” Nashandi told the gathering.

    “You are all invited to his coronation event on 29 June at Onambango.”

    When contacted for comment, Amalwa said he has been aware that Nangolo is the legitimate king chosen by the late Elifas who died in April this year. Amalwa said he was not consulted on the latest court case and therefore he did not sign the confirmatory affidavit.





    “As gazetted traditional leaders we are employed by government and that is where we get our salaries. The government has recognised Nangolo as the king and there is nothing else I could do but honour such a decision. Following the decision, I went to the people of Oniimwandi and told them the government decision, which we have to honour,” said Amalwa.

    “I am quite aware that Nangolo was chosen by the late King Immanuel as his successor; something that many of the Ondonga people are also aware. For peace to be retained in Ondonga… I am happy that the government also took the decision to recognise him and that is the decision we have to support.”

    When King Elifas was still alive, Amalwa fought for the dismissal of his six fellow councillors, claiming they were fired by the king.

    Amalwa also lodged court applications in which he requested the High Court to order the dismissed councillors not to perform any duties within the Ondonga community.

    He also claimed he was appointed as King Elifas' deputy.

    In an affidavit filed on 22 May 2018, Amalwa argued that Nangolo and the six dismissed leaders continued to defy and undermine the powers and authority of the Ondonga king.

    Amalwa also wanted the court to grant an order forcing Mushelenga to de-gazette the dismissed councillors.

    In 2017 it was reported that Elifas fired his long-serving top aides, including the late Peter Kauluma and former Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) spokesperson Joseph Asino, senior headman John Walenga and former Oshikoto governor Vilho Kamanya. The other dismissed councillors are Kashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili.

    “I was not well-advised and now I am well-advised and informed. I am now clearing my consciousness and that is why I refused to sign the confirmatory affidavits for the current case. I cannot go against the government decision, which I am quite sure is the right decision,” said Amalwa.

    “The palace is at Onambango and the king is Shuumbwa (Nangolo). I am well-aware that he was appointed by the late king as his successor. What happened in-between is history and we need to move forward. Let the people of Oniimwandi support Shuumbwa and we must go to Onambango in our numbers on Saturday.”

    The Windhoek High Court is expected to hear the matter in which Kalenga and seven other applicants, including Amalwa, are challenging Mushelenga's decision to recognise Nangolo on Thursday. Kalenga's lawyer Elia Shikongo said Amalwa is listed as an applicant merely in his capacity as a signatory to the application on behalf of Kalenga.

    Shikongo could, however, not shed more light on the matter as it is now sub judice.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Kavango East youth unemployment at 62.5%Kavango East youth unemployment at 62.5% Youth unemployment in Kavango East currently stands at a whopping 62.5%.

    This was revealed by Kavango East governor Samuel Mbambo yesterday in his State of the Region Address (Sora) at Rundu.

    “Kavango East Region has a high youth unemployment rate, which is the highest in the country, at 62.5%. This is according to the Namibia Statistics Agency Labour Force Survey for 2018,” Mbambo said.

    He told the audience that during the period under review (2018/19), only 529 jobs were created in the region, of which 120 were permanent ones, while the rest were temporary.

    Mbambo said his office is in the process of mobilising various stakeholders in the region to see how they can address the unemployment issue.

    “The office of the regional governor is in the process of mobilising different stakeholders to come up with a regional strategy to address youth unemployment in the region,” he said.

    Kavango East is one of the regions faced with massive poverty levels, which continue to grow.





    Mbambo revealed that during the year under review about 30 000 vulnerable children in Kavango East were registered to benefit from various social grants, which is equivalent to just over N$69 million being spent by the child welfare ministry. About 74 marginalised households were also registered for social grants.

    Mbambo further said that following the rollout of the food bank programme in the Rundu Urban constituency late last year, 813 beneficiaries were registered.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Singapore rejects Ohorongo dealSingapore rejects Ohorongo deal
    The planned purchase of a majority stake in Ohorongo Cement by Sino-Singaporean firm International Cement Group was rejected this week by the Singapore Stock Exchange.
    The announcement was made by International Cement Group’s board chairperson Ma Zhaoyang to shareholders this week.
    The group had expressed an interest in acquiring Schwenk Namibia’s majority stake in Ohorongo Cement for approximately N$1.5 billion. The share sale reportedly includes the purchase of 1.53 million cumulative redeemable preference shares and 100 ordinary shares in Schwenk Namibia.
    The deal also involves the transfer of outstanding shareholders’ loans that have been extended by Schwenk Namibia’s parent company, Schwenk Zement International Gmbh, to it.
    According to Zhaoyang, Ohorongo Cement was not deemed to be profitable by the Singapore bourse.
    “The target business to be acquired is not profitable. The Singapore Stock Exchange noted that the foreign exchange losses arising from the Schwenk loan claim remain in the pro forma financial statements after the proposed acquisition,” Zhaoyang said.
    “As the Schwenk pro forma remains and will continue to affect the accounts of the pro forma after the acquisition, the Singapore Stock Exchange was of the view that the proposed acquisition is not able to satisfy rule 1 015(2) which requires the target business to be profitable.”
    The bourse had also found that the International Cement Group did not have sufficient financial resources to fund the planned acquisition of Ohorongo Cement.
    “The company does not have sufficient cash resources to fund the purchase consideration. It intends to possibly obtain significant external loans from financial institutions and a shareholders’ loan. Such loans, when considered with the potential losses of the target business, will result in a material adverse financial impact on the enlarged group,” Zhaoyang said.
    The Singaporean bourse was further of the opinion that Ohorongo Cement will not be able to generate sufficient profits for the International Cement Group.
    “There is no certainty that the target business will be able to generate sufficient profits to service the loans. Thus, the Singapore Stock Exchange is of the view that the proposed acquisition will put the company out of a healthy financial position,” Zhaoyang said.
    Ohorongo's current shareholders include the Development Bank of Namibia, the Development Bank of South Africa, the Industrial Development Cooperation of South Africa and Schwenk Zement KG.
    Ohorongo commenced production in December 2010 and has a current production capacity in excess of a million tonnes of high-quality cement annually, for both local consumption and special projects.
    All raw materials required for the production process are sourced in Namibia and the entire value chain takes place locally.
    Notable projects completed using cement produced by Ohorongo include the Neckartal Dam in the //Karas Region, the fuel storage facility at Walvis Bay and the St Helena airport.
    The International Cement Group noted that following its successful diversification into the cement business in central Asia in 2017, the group has decided to expand its cement business into Africa.
    When compared to building a new cement plant, having a commercially operational plant would eliminate project risk during the construction period, Strait Times reported.
    The group is of the view that the proposed acquisition presents an attractive opportunity for it to seize growing business opportunities in Africa, arising from the construction of infrastructure there and/or generated from China's Belt and Road Initiative, it added.

    OGONE TLHAGE
    REJECTED: The planned sale of Ohorongo Cement to the International Cement Group has been rejected by the Singapore Stock Exchange.
    Photo: NAMPA



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    Super League to reward top performersSuper League to reward top performers The Namibia Football Association (NFA) Skorpion Zinc Women Super League will reward its top performers of the 2018/19 season on 12 July.

    The awards will be held at the NamPower Convention Centre in Windhoek.

    There are a total of 10 categories, including journalist of the season.

    The player of the season award will be contested between Khomas Nampol FC's Ndapewa Katuta and Galz & Goals FC's Beverly Uueziua, with Tura Magic's Emma Naris also in the running.

    Naris will also compete for the players' player of the season award alongside Ndapewa Katuta and Beverly Uueziua.

    Uueziua has also been nominated for the best young player of the season award alongside Julia Rutjindo of Galz & Goals and Selma Enkali of Namib Daughters FC.

    The best goalkeeper category will see Susanna Eises of Khomas Nampol FC vying for the award against Melissa Matheus of Tura Magic and Lydia Eixas from Galz & Goals.

    Anna-Marie Shikusho, who netted 29 goals during the season, will walk away with the top-scorer award.

    Namibian Sun's Limba Mupetami, Strauss Lunyangwe of New Era and Helge Schultz of The Namibian have all been nominated for the journalist of the season award

    The other nominees are as follows:

    Coach of the season - Thuba Sibanda (Unam Bokkies), Mamie Kasaona (Galz & Goals) and Shammah Gure (Tura Magic).

    Team manager of the season - Maria Kasheeta (Galz & Goals), Antoinette Tsuses (Namib Daughters FC) and Alina Karlos (Unam Bokkies FC).

    Best match official - Paulina Joel (assistant referee), Vistoria Shangula (referee) and Ismael Tjirimuje (assistant referee).

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Nakathila inspires Omaruru youthNakathila inspires Omaruru youth Jeremiah 'Low-Key' Nakathila continues to inspire youth and recently spent time in Omaruru, where he motivated up-and-coming boxers.

    The boxer was the guest of honour at the Stone Boxing Club bonanza, which took place at the dusty town on 22 June.

    Nakathila advised the youth to remain disciplined and focus on their dreams.

    “It was great to meet some of the fine aspiring boxers who look up to me in Omaruru. I gave many of the young guys present at the event some lessons on how they can avoid getting into trouble and remain focused on their aim.

    “Boxing in the country needs to grow and it will only grow if we train and educate the young guys that are the future,” Nakathila said.

    The WBO global international lightweight boxing champion has had a series of visits to several towns around Namibia, where he has encouraged the youth.

    Most of his visits last year were to the northern regions, but the boxer plans on visiting all parts of Namibia to motivate the youth.

    During his last fight he outclassed former European champion Zoltan 'Caramel' Kovacs at the Windhoek Country Club Resort on 20 April to win the global title.

    The boxer now boasts a record of 19 fights, 18 wins and one defeat in his professional boxing career.

    Nakathila was born on 17 December 1989 at Eunda-Uukolonkadhi.

    He attended Ombome Combined School before moving on to Sam Nujoma High School.

    “It remains my passion to see many young Namibians prosper and I am going to make sure that happens.

    “The youth are the backbone of this country and it will be important that they grow up in a manner that will see them become future leaders and champions,” Nakathila said.

    The bonanza Nakathila attended saw various boxers from After School Boxing Academy, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Usakos, Arandis, Stone Boxing Club and the MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing Academy competing for top honours.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 06/25/19--16:00: Kilimanjaro rescued
  • Kilimanjaro rescuedKilimanjaro rescuedMTC unveils N$1.2m sponsorship for boxing club The boxing club has received a well-timed boost that will benefit many young fighters in the north. The latest beneficiary of MTC's generous sponsorships, Joseph Benhard's Kilimanjaro Boxing Club, has for years suffered financial setbacks, with him having to knock door-to-door to keep it afloat.

    Benhard, a former boxer, yesterday received a sponsorship of N$1.2 million from MTC, which will be divided over three years.

    A visibly ecstatic Benhard said the sponsorship is a dream come true, because when he hanged up his gloves, he decided to keep kids off the streets through boxing.

    “I had to go door-to-door just to ask for sponsorships from individuals to host an event; it hasn't been easy. I get calls at night from aspiring boxers who just want to fight. Everyone in the north really likes boxing and with this sponsorship we can now push more boxers to the fore.

    “Kilimanjaro will continue to do as much as possible to lift MTC's flag high in the north, as they have once again shown and fulfilled their corporate social responsibility,” added Benhard.

    MTC manager of corporate affairs, John Ekongo, said when their first sponsorship receiver, the MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Academy, sought assistance 19 years ago, NamPower gave Tobias N$1 000 to host a boxing event.

    But since then many things has changed.

    Ekongo said they are passionate about grassroots development, hence they are putting a beacon where it is needed most, so that young men can continue doing what they do best.

    He said boxing has gone through major leaps and bounds and Namibia has produced six world champions out of just over two million, which is remarkable.

    “Because of this we have decided to take it a notch up and invest more,” he said.

    Ekongo added the other reason for the sponsorship was because many people complained about the fact that boxing events only happen in the city; hence only stables based in Windhoek are benefiting from MTC's coffers.

    The sponsorship will enable Kilimanjaro to host a boxing tournament in Ondangwa at Ekamuti Lodge this weekend, which they have postponed three times due to financial constraints.

    Tickets are only available at the door and cost N$50 for general attendees and N$150 for VIPs.



    There will be 11 fights on the night:

    Bantamweight (four rounds) - Andreas Mwenyo vs Theophelus Nashilongo.

    Super bantamweight (four rounds) - Sam Mathew vs Joseph Abel.

    Super bantamweight (four rounds) - Fillipus Shannika vs Paulus Aileka.

    Junior welterweight (four rounds) - Immanuel Jason vs Usko Rehebiam.

    Super bantamweight - Fillipus Nghitumbwa vs Julius Sheetheni.

    Super bantamweight - Matheus 'The Beast' Heita vs Sacky Sheehama.

    Junior middleweight (four rounds) - Nghihangwa Joseph vs Abed Shikongo.

    Junior middleweight - Edison Nghipondoka vs Nuuyoma December.

    Featherweight (six rounds) - Nathaniel Shimanda vs Onesmus Nekundi.

    Junior welterweight national title (10 rounds) - Michael Berhard Jr vs Ndangi Shapwa.

    Junior middleweight national title (10 rounds) - Charles Shinima vs Steven Shimbonde.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 06/25/19--16:00: Woods dropped from lawsuit
  • Woods dropped from lawsuitWoods dropped from lawsuit ?

    Tiger Woods has been dropped from a lawsuit filed by the parents of a staffer at his Florida restaurant, who died in a drunk driving accident after allegedly being over-served alcohol.

    Woods' lawyers said on Monday that the superstar golfer was no longer named in the suit, which is continuing against The Woods Jupiter and its general manager Erica Herman, who is Woods' girlfriend.

    Woods' lawyer Barry Postman called the decision not to name the golfer in the lawsuit “clearly appropriate”.

    The parents of Nicholas Immesberger, who died last December at age 24, filed the lawsuit in May. They said their son was served alcohol at the restaurant to the point of “severe intoxication”, before getting in his car.

    “While the situation was tragic, the facts will ultimately show that the cause of Mr Immesberger's car accident was the many decisions made by Mr Immesberger on the night of his passing,” Postman said in a statement.

    Woods' legal team said in court documents filed this month that the plaintiffs had made improper legal claims “in a rush to sue a public figure”.

    According to the lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County, Florida, Immesberger was served even though Herman and other co-workers knew he had a habitual problem with alcohol.

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  • 06/25/19--16:00: Shitembi eyes next round
  • Shitembi eyes next roundShitembi eyes next roundBafana crunch match looms for Warriors Namibia are currently competing at the 2019 African Cup of Nations that is being held in four different cities in Egypt. Brave Warriors midfielder Petrus Shitembi says it will be an achievement for the players if they reach the next round of Afcon 2019.

    Namibian are in Group D alongside Morocco, South Africa and Ivory Coast.

    In a recent interview with Nampa, Shitembi said it was an honour to have represented his country at the Cosafa Cup, which they won in 2015, and then reaching the quarterfinals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in 2018.

    “Before any personal platforms are covered it is first about representing the nation, as you know in the past we have not done well at Afcon,” Shitembi said.

    He added their only prayer now is to do their level best and indirectly market themselves.

    “Personal affairs will be affairs that one needs to concentrate on only after the competition. We are in Egypt to represent our country well. We are at the highest competition that our nation has attained and we have not done well in the past; that's why we hope to do better, which in the end will be historic on its own,” he explained.

    The midfielder added that his contract with Lusaka Dynamo in Zambia will end at the end of June, saying he has not spoken much about that as his whole attention is on doing well for the national team.

    Namibia lost their opening match 0-1 on Sunday afternoon against Morocco.

    They will now face South Africa who also lost their opening match against Ivory Coast on Monday at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.

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    Superstar Salah seeks first goalSuperstar Salah seeks first goal

    Superstar Mohamed Salah gets a second chance to score his first goal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) when hosts Egypt face the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group A tonight at 22:00.

    The recent Champions League winner with Liverpool was unable to convert several chances against Zimbabwe last Friday, as Egypt won their opening match of the tournament 1-0.

    “Mohamed Salah was among those who missed chances, but I was satisfied with our performance,” said Mexican coach Javier Aguirre.

    Victory over the Congolese, who performed poorly when losing 0-2 to Uganda, could clinch a last-16 place for the Egyptians with one match to spare.

    Here, AFP Sport previews the Group A double-header, with Uganda playing Zimbabwe in their first match in Cairo, and the Group B showdown between Nigeria and Guinea in Alexandria.

    After four days of small crowds, a capacity 75 000-crowd is expected in Cairo to cheer Egypt as they seek a third win in four Cup of Nations meetings with DR Congo.

    There will be contrasting pressures on the teams with the Pharaohs eyeing a second-round place and the Leopards fighting for survival after a horror first outing.

    “We must learn to handle the pressure of being among the favourites in order to realise our goal of becoming African champions,” said Aguirre.

    DR Congo came to Egypt as one of the most unpredictable qualifiers, having finished third in 2015, only to make a timid quarterfinal exit two years ago.

    “We let our country down against Uganda,” confessed captain Youssouf Mulumbu. “It was a bitter lesson for us and we plan to correct the situation quickly.”

    Having won a Cup of Nations match for the first time in 41 years, Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre has warned his Cranes against overconfidence when they confront Zimbabwe.

    “It was wonderful to win after such a long time, but we must keep our feet on the ground and remain humble and focused,” warned the Frenchman.

    “I was very impressed by Zimbabwe against Egypt and nothing less than a top-class performance from us will deliver three more points.”

    Should Uganda and Egypt triumph, both will be guaranteed last-16 places, leaving Zimbabwe and DR Congo to try and fill one of four spots reserved for the best third-place finishers.

    “Our brave performance against Egypt is history and only a victory over Uganda will bring us back into contention for automatic qualification,” said Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa. Neither team impressed in their Group B openers, with Nigeria one-goal winners over debutants Burundi, and the defensive weaknesses of Guinea exposed when they were held by Madagascar, another newcomer. Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr blamed illness for a lacklustre showing and it took an exquisite backheel pass from Ola Aina to set up substitute Odion Ighalo for a late 1-0 win. “Some players started training only a few days before the match after becoming ill due to the change in climate from wet Nigeria to hot Egypt,” said Rohr. “We are thrilled to be here after failing to qualify for the last two Cup of Nations and I expect a much better performance against a very good Guinea side.”

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  • 06/25/19--16:00: Off to Cairo
  • Off to CairoOff to Cairo The MTC Africa Cup of Nations SMS competition produced two winners who were announced yesterday by MTC's Tim Ekandjo.

    Uti Tjiriange and Paulus Petaya each received a prize for two to Egypt to watch the Namibia vs South Africa match on Friday, as well as the Namibia vs Ivory Coast game on 1 July.

    The trip is worth N$30 000 per person, all inclusive, plus allowances.

    Tjiriange said she will take her 11- year-old son along, while Petaya will be accompanied by Lessyn Kalwenya.

    “It's my first time to win such a competition. There were quite a lot of questions,” said Petaya.

    The winners will be accompanied to Egypt by Fikameni Matias and Fermeru Makhubela from MTC.

    Participants had to SMS the word “AFCON” to 999 to receive a question. Thereafter, the customer received a question from the short code 1999. SMSes were charged at N$3 each.

    Ekandjo said the second phase of the competition will be announced at a later stage. The winners will be provided with an opportunity to watch the third/fourth-place playoff as well as the final.

    “The reason for the competition is to make sure that people have an opportunity to go watch a great tournament. We are optimistic that they will enjoy the matches,” Ekandjo said, who predicted that Namibia will draw both their remaining group matches.

    Staff Reporter

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  • 06/25/19--16:00: Amalwa a ninguluka
  • Amalwa a ningulukaAmalwa a ningulukaNgashiingeyi ta yambidhidha Nangolo Elenga lyoshikandjohogololo Oniimwandi, Naeman Amalwa olya popi kutya ka li a yelithilwa nawa pethimbo a tokola okuninga etokolo nokupilamena Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo oshowo ookansela yalwe yahamano mboka ya li ya tidhwa miilonga kOmukwaniilwa nale gwaNdonga, Immanuel Kauluma Elifas momvula yo 2017. Amalwa ngashiingeyi ota hwahwameke aantu yomoshikandjo she opo ya yambidhidhe Nangolo onga omukwaniilwa gwawo omupe nonando okuli a tulwa momusholondndo gwaantu ya hetatu mboka ya ningi eindilo mompangu taya pataneke etokolo lya ningwa kominista yomalelo goondoolopa niitopolwa Peya Mushelenga opo a zimine Nangolo a ninge omulanduli gwomukwaniilwa Elifas.

    Amalwa okwa li gumwe gwomaaleli yaali mboka ya ziminwa kepangelo mboka ye li oshitopolwa shongundu ndjoka tayi yambidhidha Konis Eino Kalenga onga omukwaniilwa gwaNdonga nomulanduli gwaElifas.

    Amalwa okwa ningi oshigongi shaakwashigwana mOlyomakaya ga piti mOniimwandi.

    Ina kala poshigongi shoka ihe okwa tumu gumwe gwomaakokele mOniimwandi, Uno Nashandi opo e mu kalelepo nokuthikitha etumwalaka lye moshigwana.

    “Onda tumwa kelenga enene Amalwa opo ndi mu tseyithile kutya okwa taambako etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kepangelo opo li zimine Nangolo onga Omukwaniilwa gwaNdonga. Onkene ote mu pula opo mu yambidhidhe omukwaniilwa Nangolo,” Nashandi a lombwele aakwashigwana.

    “Amuhe omwa hiwa koshituthi sho ku mu tula koshipundi shoka tashi ningwa momasiku 29 gaJuni mOnambango.”

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo, Amalwa okwa popi kutya okwa kala nontseyo kutya Nangoloo oye uulikwa komukwaniilwa mwene ngoka a hulitha momwedhi Apilili nuumvo, onga omulanduli gwe. Amalwa okwa popi kutya ina yi wa naye moonkundathana kombinga yoshipotha oshipe shoka sha falwa kompangu onkene ina shaina endilo ndyoka lya ningwa kompangu.

    “Onga aaleli twa ziminwa kepangelo otwa kutwa kepangelo na oko hatu mono oondjambi dhetu dhokomwedhi. Epangelo olya zimina Nangolo onga omukwaniilwa onkene kape na we shilwe shoka tandi vulu okuninga shaaheshi okusimaneka etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kepangelo. Sha landula etokolo ndyoka onda yi kaaantu yomOniimwandi nokuya lombwela kombinga yetokolo lyepangelo, ndyoka tu na okusimaneka,” Amalwa a popi.

    “Ondi shi shi kutya Nangolo okwa ulikwa komukwaniilwa Immanuel onga omulanduli gwe, oshinima shoka shi shiwike woo nokaakwashigwana oyendji mOndonga. Omolwa ombili mOndonga. Onda nyanyukwa woo epangelo sho lya ningi etokolo mokuzimina Nangolo netokolo ndyoka otu na okuli yambidhidha.”

    Omanga Elifas a li momwenyo, Amalwa okwa kondjo nookansela mboka ya kuthwa miilonga, ta popi kutya omukwaniilwa oye e ya kutha miilonga. Okwa li woo a ningi eindilo lyompangu moka a pula Ompangu yoPombanda opo yi indike oonakukuthwa miilonga kaa ya longe iilonga yi na sha nelelo lyopamuthigululwakalo mOndonga.

    Okwa li popi kutya okwa li a ulikwa omukwaniilwa onga omupeha gwe.

    Meindilo ndyoka a ningi momasiku 22 gaMei mo 2018, Amalwa okwa lombwele ompangu kutya aaleli mboka ya hamano ya kuthwa miilonga otaya tsikile nokulonga iilonga yelelo nokudhina etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa komukwaniilwa okuya kutha miilonga.

    Amalwa okwa li woo a hala ompangu opo yi kondjithe Mushelenga a kuthe papangelo ookansela mboka. Momvula yo 2-17 okwa lopotwa kutya Elifas okwa tidha miilonga omalenga ge ngashi nakusa Peter Kauluma omupopiliko nale gwOndonga Traditional Authority (OTA) Joseph Asino, John Walenga oshowo ngoloneya nale gwoshitopolwa shaShikoto Vilho Kamanya. Yalwe mboka ya tidhwa oKashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu oshowo Fillemon Nambili. Amalwa okwa popi kutya nale kali a yelithilwa nawa ihe ngashiingeyi okwa yelithilwa nawa na osho sha etitha a tinde okushaina eindilo lyompangu ndyoka lya ningwa ngashiingeyi. Okwa pula oshigwana shi pule komeho noku e tha shoka sha holoka po nomakuziwa, ta popi kutya ombala yaNdonga ngashingeyi oyi li mOnambango.

    Ompangu yOpombanda okwa tegelelwa yi ka pulakene oshikumungu moka Kalenga oshowo aaningi yeindilo yalwe yaheyali mwakwatelwa Amalwa taya pataneke etokolo lyaMushelenga okuzimina Nangolo onga omukwaniilwa.

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    Ndikwetepo ta langekwa onga mwene gwoshikandjo shaNdudu mOkalongoNdikwetepo ta langekwa onga mwene gwoshikandjo shaNdudu mOkalongo Omusamane a tseyika nawa mOkalongo nOshakati, Natanael Ndikwetepo, otaka langekwa onga mwene gwoshikandjo shaNdudu mOkalongo ehuuliloshiwike tali ya – momasiku 29 gaJuni.

    Ndikwetepo, ngoka eshiwikile olwindji iilonga ye yongeleka osho wo eiyambo lye miilonga oyindji yongundu yoSwapo, ota ka langekelwa iilonga ye yelelo lyopamuthigululwakalo megumbo lye mOlupito mOkalongo.

    Ndikwetepo okwali u ulikwa onga mwene gwoshikandjo shika mo-2017 komutse gwelelo lyaMbadja, elenga enene lyaKalongo Tatekulu Mathias Walaula, ashike ka kwali a langekelwa oshilonga shika pambelewa.

    Engathithi enene okwategelelwa lyika waimine elangeko lyaNdikwetepo, ngoka a pewa oshinakugwanithwa shika konima sho ngoka ali nale mwene gwoshikandjo, Tatekulu Timo Nakapala, a hulitha mo-2016. Oshikandjo shaNdudu oshina omikunda ntano; Olupito, Onaidjimba, Omatwadiva, Okafitu kaUvale nOndudu. Oshitunda shaKalongo oshina iikandjo ine; Onandjaba, Ondudu, Onembaba nOmutundugu.

    Aaleli yopamuthigululwakalo, aaleli yopambepo osho wo mboka yopapolitika oya tegelelwa yathike mOlupito mOlyomakaya gomasiku 29 gaJuni opo yi italele ko nkene gumwe gwomuyo – omusamane Ndikwetepo – tatsikwa pambelewa omukuli gwokulela aalelwa ye aape.

    Tate Ndikwetepo okwahiyi ayehe kegumbo lye pOlupito, tati ota ka pandula eholokepo lyaayehe mboka taya vulu okuthika kelangeko lye ehuliloshiwike tali ya.

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    WAD excels in community trainingWAD excels in community training Over 150 unemployed and police officers in Kavango West Region this month graduated from a free three-month skills training programme.

    The training was offered by the Women Action for Development (WAD) aimed at equipping the unemployed with skills for them to become employable citizens, or employers.

    The graduates were trained in the fields of computer literacy, office administration, hospitality, tailoring, aspects of the Namibian constitution, human rights and the tenets of gender-related laws, gender-based violence and substance abuse. Kavango West Region, being amongst the poorest regions, has a high rate of youth unemployment which sees the region faced with ample challenges including criminal activities attributed to alcohol and drug abuse.

    Talking on the importance of the programme, WAD executive director, Salatiel Shinedima said that equipping the unemployed and unqualified youth with the necessary skills is one of way in which societal issues such as poverty will be addressed.

    Shinedima described the situation of youth unemployment as a social disaster.

    “Being young and unemployed can lead to increased risk of poverty, and social exclusion. Being young and unemployed can lead to loss of self-motivation, self-esteem and self-confidence as well as to hopelessness,” Shinedima said.

    Shinedima said that studies have indicated that the use of alcohol and drug abuse amongst the youth is as a result of unemployment.

    “High youth unemployment has a negative effect on the economic growth and productivity of the country. There is a risk of loss of talent and skills since a great amount of youth are unable to find a job and put their knowledge and capabilities into producing innovation and contributing to economic growth,” Shinedima said.

    Furthermore, Shinedima said that youth unemployment has forced some desperate people to falsify information on their curriculum vitae (CVs) just to secure a job.

    “Young people desperate to find good jobs are tempted to lie on their CVs with the hope to convince their future employers that they are qualified for the position. Desperate times call for desperate measures,” he said.

    “Therefore, we need to create a labour market that is inclusive and fair. Inclusive in a sense that it caters for inexperienced and unqualified Namibians.”

    The graduation event was attended by the deputy minister of public enterprises, Veikko Nekundi, who implored that the graduates to use their acquired skills to develop their communities and contribute to economic growth.

    “Graduates, make use of the brand new knowledge and skills gained during the training programmes to the best of your abilities by initiating vibrant entrepreneurial projects strategically throughout the localities of Namibia,” Nekundi said.

    Nekundi said that the ministry is always open to any innovative idea from members of the public.

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    Agriculture in dire need of growthAgriculture in dire need of growthCritical sector on decline for decades One of Namibia's most important economic activities, agriculture, has declined steadily over the past 30 years. Worth N$7.5 billion in 2017, Namibia's agriculture sector is in dire need of growth.

    This is according to Meatco's 2018/19 annual report, which highlighted that during the past three decades, the gross domestic product (GDP) contribution of agriculture has steadily declined.

    For the period 1991 to 1996 agriculture's contribution was 5.7%. Between 2007 and 2011 it declined to 4.7%, while from 2012 to 2017 it eroded to only 3.9%.

    “Only a conducive policy and regulatory environment, as well as a common vision, will allow substantial growth to take place,” the report said.

    “Growth starts at farm level, but will only happen when it is profitable to producers.”

    The report also noted that 77% of Namibia's agriculture sector's combined value is exported, while 23% is imported.

    It says that different growth strategies are required for net importers versus net exporters. Net importers need continued protection against unfair competition, while net exporters need internationally competitive export value chains to unlock potential.

    Approximately 70% of Namibia's population depends on the livestock industry, which is a net exporter.

    According to the latest available statistics (2017) the cattle industry is worth N$3.4 billion, of which Meatco has a nearly 50% share.

    Of the 2.7 million cattle in Namibia, 35.74% are found in the areas south of the veterinary cordon fence (VCF).

    Cattle sourced from there can be exported to international markets, supporting the Namibian government's developmental aims and policies, while maximising return to the producers and building credible premium brands for Namibian beef.

    A total of 1.7 million (64.06%) of cattle in Namibia are found in the areas north of the VCF.

    Meatco's role north of the VCF is to assist government in stabilising the red meat industry, more specifically to be actively involved, with the aim of providing assistance to these farmers and the operators of abattoirs in these areas.

    The report said further that the 2.7 million cattle in Namibia's national herd represents only 0.27% of the global herd, which was estimated at 1.001 billion in 2018.

    The production of meat worldwide is estimated to amount to more than 335.5 million tonnes, compared with Namibia's production of 34 020 tonnes, and Meatco's 15 620 tonnes of meat processed in 2018/19.

    According to the Meatco report, beef is one of the most consumed meats in the world after pork and chicken, as it is a source of high-quality protein and essential nutrients.

    “Although it is growing in popularity across the world, there are many procurement and supply chain issues facing the beef industry globally,” the report says.

    It said consumers are becoming wary about the impact of beef production on the environment.

    “The resource requirement for beef production is high compared to other meats.

    “Cattle require 28 times more land and 11 times more water, while it (beef production) generates six times more greenhouse gas emissions per unit of protein than pork, chicken or egg production.”



    ELLANIE SMIT

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