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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 06/27/19--16:00: Blood, sweat and tears
  • Blood, sweat and tearsBlood, sweat and tears Just like the title of Gazza's eighth album, Blood Sweat and Tears - I got to thinking that the entertainment industry is really like this phrase.

    Think about it… has anyone who gave it 50% really made it in the entertainment space? Yes, so what? You released a few EPs to a lukewarm response, you performed to an audience on an odd occasion where the front row was comprised of mostly your friends and family, you dropped a few average music videos on YouTube that got about 2 000 views, you got your song played on Energy 100FM once (maybe you were lucky enough to have it run for a month), your home town sorta knows your name, you created a bit of buzz on Facebook – and then what?

    I am talking about 100% heart, effort, commitment and above all, consistency – and I am talking to you, the person who thinks that taking a premeditated risk and giving it your all is too much of an effort. I have mentioned this before on this platform - of how we get attacked by so many artists who feel they deserve to be featured or to be taken serious by anyone. Those who feel the entertainment industry owes them and they are better, constantly attacking the likes of Gazza, King Tee Dee, Top Cheri, Exit or Lioness for allegedly taking all the spotlight. Because while these artists are bagging endorsements, crossing over to new audiences and starting new business ventures (all in the name of music), you are sitting there all disgruntled because you swear your music is better, and yes, maybe it is – but what are you doing about it?

    It got me asking myself; why do music in the first place unless you do not want the whole world or at least your entire nation to pay attention? Why do music in the first place if you are not willing to make it your first priority and work hard until you are on top? And if your music is not selling or you are not booking gigs, should you not check yourself? It should not be easy to be famous overnight either. Music has always been about earning your stripes – from performance capability and ultimately, your total package as an artist.

    My point? I am not trying to take shots at anyone but on the real, music really is blood, sweat and tears. Why should anyone bother to take you seriously when you do not take yourself seriously? Entertainment isn't for the fainthearted or overly sensitive. When we endeavour to promote Namibian music or conduct a workshop to develop the youth should we not give it everything we have? Music has done so much in all our lives, it is the least we can do, especially if we want to see the movement progress and moreover, develop ourselves to the fullest of our potential.

    I do not have fancy quotes this time around nor does this column contain metaphorically beautiful lines. The message I am trying to convey is simple. Give it 100% and be professional about your business. If you are not good enough, are too afraid to admit it and blame everything and everyone else (media, economic crisis) for your failure then you are in for a rude awakening. I am calling a spade a spade and so should you.

    In this issue we look at creatives who have certainly given their all to the game. From our cover star Undjee Reggie Zaire to Challo (former Ongoro Nomundu lead singer) who is launching his third album today.

    michael@namibiansun.com

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  • 06/27/19--16:00: Keeping the momentum going
  • Keeping the momentum goingKeeping the momentum going Dolphin Park is the place to be tomorrow South Africa’s Da Carpo will headline the Dolphin Park Aqua Fest tomorrow at Walvis Bay.

    The festival’s public relations manager Rakela Nandago told tjil that in a nutshell, the Dolphin Park Aqua Fest is a unique experience combining entrepreneurship, tourism and entertainment during the slowest season of the year.

    The event is organised by the Aqua Fest organising committee consisting of handpicked youth from Walvis Bay with previous events and activations backgrounds.

    Nandago added that the event is set to help facilitate local awareness, demonstrate direct economic benefit to the Walvis Bay and Swakopmund communities, and act as a vehicle or starting point for youth involvement or change through additional local job creation.

    Commenting on the line-up, Nandago emphasised that the Dolphin Park Aqua Fest is a strictly DJs-only event.

    “We have a committee of coastal-based youth whose primary function is to ensure that all acts create the desired emotional contour to engage our audience and deliver entertainment value worth every cent spent by our audience,” said Nandago.

    Da Capo from South Africa will be headlining the Dolphin Park Aqua Fest alongside Alexander Popov from Russia and a local line-up consisting of mostly Walvis Bay and Swakopmund based DJs. “This is to demonstrate the direct economic benefit we are encouraging for the community through the event.” The local DJs will include; DJ Castro, DJ Maggz, DJ Waxa, DJ Xavi, Pierre Pienaar, Banger Drums, DJ LX, DJ MicadE, DJ Dreas, Dj Mapiiano and Doka Music.

    “This will be our inaugural Aqua Fest; we firmly believe in taking baby steps and as result this will also act as a research phase to survey our targeted audience and get input from the community on how we can grow the Aqua Fest brand together moving forward,” shared Nandago.

    The organisers encourage residents of Walvis Bay and surrounding areas, SMEs, youth, community organisations, corporates, media and visitors from all over Namibia to come celebrate the community’s trade richness, dynamism, and cultural heritage. Tickets are available at Webtickets.

    MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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  • 06/27/19--16:00: Boardroom talk for creatives
  • Boardroom talk for creativesBoardroom talk for creatives Most of the time, if not all the time, creatives don't know how to express themselves in a boardroom meeting to get the message across the way people can understand it. Is this causing lack of funding for projects? Possibly, yes.

    If you are lucky and get a meeting to do a presentation or sell your idea make sure to prepare yourself very well.

    Firstly, make sure that you are good at public speaking, or have the necessary presentation skills, because this will help you to carry your message over the right way. Secondly, sit in the power seat which is the middle spot on the long side, facing the door, as this would make it easy for your voice to be heard. Onto the next which is, speak in shorter sentences. Usually a meeting is set for 30 minutes and you must utilise this time to give through the vital information that they need to hear, and shorter sentences are harder to interrupt and you won't end up mumbling things that don't make sense.

    Another one which we usually miss is to make direct eye contact and don't sway on your chair. These are seen as part of your attitude towards possible partners and whether you are serious about your presentation. Pause, and ask if anyone wants to ask a question is the next point I want to bring forward. It's very important to ask during your presentation and not wait until the end before you open the floor for questions. Ensure you have visuals that would make it easy for them to understand what you are talking about; wording alone can be very boring. Before I continue, if you don't have the courage or knowledge or the skills to present your idea, I would advise you to get someone who is comfortable speaking in front of people, but they must be knowledgeable on the topic at hand. If you are more than one person, give each other chances to speak but don't question each other or talk over each other. Mostly importantly, know how your brand can benefit their brand and how it can be aligned with their strategy to maximise on marketing.

    The question will always be there, what can your brand do for our brand? You should refrain from saying “we will give you exposure through social media or traditional media”. That's a no-go area. There are so many ways to say it indirectly though because they would want to see a return on invest or the reach of their CSR project. In conclusion, there are many boardroom tips to make sure that they hear and understand you before you leave. And before I forget, always thank them for the meeting and send a follow-up email expressing your gratitude, attaching the presentation to it as well.



    * Alvaro is a brand strategist

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  • 06/27/19--16:00: Taking it international
  • Taking it internationalTaking it internationalComplementing Namibian music with stunning visuals Having worked with some of the biggest names in music, it is plain to see why Undjee Reggie Zaire from Reggie Films is more than just your average video director. We caught up with the hard-working filmmaker for him to share how his hobby turned into something that is contributing to the growth of Namibian music, and his new business ventures.

    Like many other people, Zaire polished his video-directing skills through YouTube. He admitted that the moment he made his first music video was not exactly the same time he fell in love with the art of video directing. “At the time it was just for fun and it was back in 2011 – my last year of high school. I took a bit of a hiatus as I had to go to college and pursue a degree in Architectural Technology and Design at Northern Virginia Community College in the United States,” he shared.

    His first commercially successful music video was Sally Boss Madam's Natural, a video he says opened up many doors for him in the entertainment arena. In his early days of shooting music videos, Zaire mentioned that on average he used to shoot one music video a month and this gradually increased to three or four per month. “That is when I quit architecture because I started making almost as much as I was earning at my nine-to-five job and it was easy to convince my parents of this decision,” said Zaire.

    Zaire pointed out delivery, quality and affordable pricing as the key elements that have catapulted the success of his video production firm, Reggie Films. On charging less for quality work, Zaire mentioned that his rates are affordable because he wants to give an opportunity to every artist, regardless of their background, to be able to afford quality music videos and push their passion to the greatest it can possibly get.

    “Before me there was just Desert Films for high-quality music videos and artists did not really have another option.

    “I also do not hire a lot of staff, which makes it easier for me to charge less because I have fewer expenses in that regard,” he said.

    Zaire added that he has learned something from keeping his crew small, stating that when there are many voices it's hard to reach an agreement that everyone will be happy with. “On set I am the director, the director of photography (cinematographer) and off-set, I still edit the footage that is why I refer myself as a filmmaker,” said Zaire.

    Describing his style of storytelling, Zaire said he tries to avoid having clear storylines, the reason being that we have been told about storylines our whole lives and he believes videos with a storyline can be boring sometimes. “What I try to do is take the literal meaning of a song and get creative images that tell the story, instead of having a clear storyline. With my videos I try to do something different from the norm and I am glad to be working with artists who are open to new ideas,” he said. He emphasised that he wants to be able to take music videos in Namibia to a standard where people say, this does not look Namibian. “I love such compliments, they motivate me to always keep improving and refining my craft,” he said.

    He mentioned working on projects with MTV, the Office of the First Lady and travelling around the country as some of his highlights of being a video director. He further stated that he was also on set with Nigerian rapper Ice Prince for KP Illest's Energy music video, an experience he said was amazing. “Ice Prince is the coolest celebrity I have met. For someone who has over three million followers on Instagram you would expect him to just come on set do his thing and leave but he was chilled; he was even telling me to relax,” he shared.

    On entrepreneurship, Zaire recently launched his premium Za.ir honey bush Gin, a dream come true for him as he mentioned that he has always wanted to have his own alcoholic beverage. Za.ir honey bush Gin is handcrafted with nine ingredients, honey bush being the main ingredient. “This should be the only honey bush gin in the world.

    “I wanted to create something that is purely Namibian with great potential of competing on an international stage.”

    He admitted that venturing into the liquor business arena was a scary venture, but stressed that fear usually drives him to work hard and attain his goals with less disappointments. “The same drive and passion I have for music videos is the same drive and energy I am investing in my gin because I want this to be one of the brands from Namibia that is recognised internationally,”he said.

    MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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  • 06/27/19--16:00: Rössing sale approved
  • Rössing sale approvedRössing sale approvedChinese buyer told to protect local jobs, procurement The sale of the Rössing uranium mine to the China National Uranium Corporation has been approved, with stringent conditions. The Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) has approved the sale of Rössing Uranium Limited to the China National Uranium Corporation (CNUC), with stringent conditions.

    NaCC spokesperson Dina Gowases announced this yesterday. While it was found by the commission that the transaction would not result in any unfair competition, the NaCC felt the procurement of local goods by the CNUC and job security for locals was a notable concern.

    To safeguard employment and local procurement, the commission imposed certain conditions, Gowases said. “There shall be no merger-specific retrenchments of employees of Rössing Uranium for a period of two years. Rössing shall maintain a ratio of at least 95% local employees to foreign employees until the expiry of the lifespan of the mine,” she said. As far as procurement was concerned, the commission said Rössing was to abide by its 2013 procurement policy. “Rössing shall not implement any changes to its 30 July 2013 procurement policy, which will have the effect of providing for less favourable terms to local suppliers, until the expiry of the lifespan of the mine,” Gowases said. Under the framework, for purchases below N$250 000, Rössing is expected to procure a minimum of 80% of any such goods, services or products from companies that are majority Namibian-owned and registered. And at least 75% of its staff complement must be Namibian.

    Rössing's total expenditure on procurement in 2018 equated to N$2.4 billion, of which N$1.4 billion was spent on locally procured goods and services. In addition, Rössing is not allowed to employ any non-Namibian at management level on any basis, other than on a two-year fixed-term contract, she said. Rio Tinto entered an agreement to sell its 69% shareholding of the loss-making Rössing uranium mine to the CNUC in November 2018 for a reported N$1.5 billion. The sale will underpin the continuation of operations at the Rössing mine, especially in a low uranium price environment, mine managing director Richard Storrie said. Rio Tinto owns 69% of the Rössing mine, while the Namibian government holds a 3% stake and it has the majority (51%) when it comes to voting rights. The Iranian Foreign Investment Company is a passive legacy investor in Rössing Uranium, holding a 15% stake that goes back to the early 1970s, during the financing of the mine. The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa owns 10%, while local individual shareholders own a combined 3% shareholding. The mine has enjoyed the title of being the largest open-cast mine in the world and has been in operation for over 40 years.

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  • 06/27/19--16:00: Coronation under threat
  • Coronation under threatCoronation under threat Contender for the Ondonga kingship, Konisa Eino Kalenga, as well as senior members of the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA), have applied for an interdict, on an urgent basis, to stop the swearing in of Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo as the new king this weekend.

    The ceremony is planned for tomorrow at Onambango in the Oshana Region.

    Nangolo's succession to the throne is disputed by Kalenga and a section of the royal family, who are contesting urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga's decision to designate him as the new king.

    They maintain Kalenga has been “nominated” by “authorised” members of the royal family to succeed the late King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, who died in April.

    These authorised members are elderly females of the royal family - Selma Sheyavali, Heleni Auala, Hilma Nambahu and Aily Petrus - who are said to have the power under Ondonga customary law to nominate and appoint the hereditary king.

    In his court application, Kalenga seeks, on an urgent basis, to have Nangolo's candidacy as king overturned and the coronation stopped.

    He also wants Mushelanga's decision to be reviewed and set aside.

    Mushelenga earlier this month said Kalenga's application for designation as the new king did not pass the verification process.

    Kalenga's legal representatives, Shikongo Law Chambers, on 10 June wrote to Mushelenga saying the minister was not in a position “to act fairly and reasonably” because he was not adequately informed.

    Shikongo Law Chambers said this specifically relates to the failure of Oshana governor Elia Kaulifewangali Irimari to verify Kalenga's application.

    Kalenga's lawyers then asked for a written assurance from the minister that he would not implement his “unlawful and invalid” decision to approve Nangolo's application to succeed the late King Elifas.

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    Shifeta in 'tribal' timber stormShifeta in 'tribal' timber storm ?



    Farmers in Kavango East, who have been affected by the ban on timber-harvesting activities, have accused environment minister Pohamba Shifeta of being a tribalist leader.

    The accusation against Shifeta was made by Kavango East Regional Farmers Union (KERFU) chairperson Adolf Muremi, who spoke on behalf of the farmers during a meeting with Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba, who is currently in the region on a weeklong visit.

    Muremi indicated they have long waited for such an opportunity and he wasted no time laying bare the challenges they face.

    He alleged that Shifeta does not have the interest of the farmers at heart, after the minister failed to engage or even visit them to hear their cries regarding the timber issue.

    Muremi argued that the farmers did nothing wrong by harvesting timber, as they procured their permits in a transparent manner from the forestry ministry, and therefore they should not be left to suffer if conflicting laws have now resulted to the banning of timber activities.

    Muremi asked why Shifeta responds to matters in other regions, such as illegal sand mining, when he met with the affected businesspeople, while he has never visited Kavango East farmers who for months have been aggrieved by the ban on timber activities. Muremi described the minister as a tribalist, adding that Namibia cannot afford to have a leader of his calibre. “For us it's a pity. We look at honourable Pohamba as a racist person (tribalist) person, a leader who is so selective, and a leader who is not there for everyone in Namibia, but for certain people.

    “So those type of leaders to me, and to the farmers in Kavango East Region, we don't deserve such kinds of leaders. A leader should be a listener, in order to advise one another,” Muremi said.

    Mbumba was surprised by the allegations, saying that many regard Shifeta as one of the “rising stars” in cabinet, who is a committed and hardworking minister.

    Mbumba advised the environmental ministry officials who attended Wednesday's meeting to inform the minister about what was said.

    “The environment ministry officials are here and you heard what was said. Go and deliver the message, while I also have to write my report,” Mbumba added.



    Shifeta reacts

    Shifeta said he was never invited by KERFU, saying their issues should be resolved by the forestry ministry, which issued the farmers the timber-harvesting permits.

    He said his ministry is simply implementing the Environment Management Act. “Did they invite me? Where is the letter that they invited me? They must not lie. I don't deal with forestry. It is dealt with by the agriculture ministry, so why should I get involved. The only thing that is happening is that if they are damaging the environment, this is definitely dealt with by the ministry of environment. Their permits are issued by the ministry of agriculture and they should correct that.

    “It was the agriculture ministry that told them it was wrong to harvest timber without an environmental clearance certificate, it is not us. They must just follow the procedures,” Shifeta said.

    On the issue of why he went to Ongwediva and engaged aggrieved northern businesspeople on their sand mining activities, Shifeta said he attended that meeting to adjudicate on an appeal made by the affected group. “They can come to my office; I will tell them which procedures to follow. They can appeal if their clearance certificates are rejected. We cannot engage them if they have not appealed yet,” Shifeta added.

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    Geingob 'must also apologise'Geingob 'must also apologise'Dungeon victims support Lubowksi’s widow Lubango dungeon victims say they support Gabrielle Lubowski unconditionally for holding President Hage Geingob accountable, adding he has some explaining to do. Swapo dungeon activists have come out in support of Gabrielle Lubowski, saying President Hage Geingob should also apologise for what happened at Lubango.

    Lubowski issued a one-line apology to Geingob on Wednesday under the heading 'Unconditional Apology and Retraction'.

    This follows threats by Geingob to sue her over comments in an open letter she penned that was leaked on social media.

    In the leaked letter she said she has been requesting an audience with Geingob since 1990 and accused him of betraying her husband, Anton, with whom Geingob spoke on the night he was assassinated.

    Anton, who was the then Swapo deputy finance secretary, was shot by a group of assailants in front of his house in Sanderburg Street in central Windhoek on 12 September 1989

    His widow also wrote that Geingob's refusal to meet with her was “an admission of guilt”.

    On Wednesday she released an apology which read: “I, Gabrielle Lubowski, issue an unconditional apology to Dr Hage Geingob and retract my words in the draft letter of 16 June 2019.” Swapo veteran and Lubango dungeon survivor Mihe Gaomab said this week: “We must not have selective s**t on dealing with serious matters such as this one. I want the president [to] be a man of his boastful words about reconciliation and unity. Otherwise he is not clean, as the chickens are coming home to roost. The past always catches up with time. Let's all be clean.” Gaomab further posted on Facebook, before Lubowski issued her apology, that if Geingob wants a retraction and apology from Lubowski, then Swapo should do the same for the ex-Swapo detainees.

    “As a matter of fact President Geingob was the last man speaking… privately to Anton Lubowski before he was murdered by mafia-style execution. Many former Swapo detainees were not seen talking with the enemy before they were tortured and detained.

    “I urge Gabi Lubowski not to retract and face up to the court if needs be. Selective application of justice is a sham. He must also apologise to Swapo detainees,” Gaomab wrote.

    Geingob's lawyer Sisa Namandje threatened Lubowksi with a lawsuit if she had failed to retract the comments she made in the leaked letter.

    On Wednesday the joint committee of the Committee of Parents and the Truth and Justice Committee Joint Committee of Parents and the Truth and Justice chair Erica Beukes said in a statement that they support Lubowski unconditionally for holding Geingob accountable, adding he has some explaining to do.

    The committee questioned why the president is treating the matter as a personal one, adding that it is a serious matter of lawlessness, in which an aggrieved person is treated with disregard, discourteously and contemptuously, despite the Namibian Constitution providing for a person to be treated with respect and courtesy as a fundamental right. “It further confirms that the regime will not take responsibility for anything. Geingob threatens Gabrielle Lubowski with a court which he and his predecessors has created as an extension of himself, as a legal miscreant. Even if Mrs Lubowski in her grief is forced into submission; we state it clearly that Mr Geingob is accountable in the death of Anton Lubowski,” said Beukes.

    The committee has recently called for an international commission of inquiry into alleged crimes against humanity committed by the Swapo leadership “and their associates” during the exile years of 1966 to 1986 in the so-called dungeon saga. According to Beukes, Lubowski is a widowed victim of a cowardly and dastardly deed, while Geingob, as the president of the Namibian state, had to investigate and account fully on the steps taken and what the findings were, in terms of Anton's murder.

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  • 06/27/19--16:00: Selma the brave
  • Selma the braveSelma the brave This week, Miss Namibia 2019 Selma Kamanya bravely and boldly made shocking allegations of lack of support and abuse that have characterised her reign.

    Kamanya bemoaned, among others, a lack of financial support, including during her preparations for the Miss Universe pageant. Since then, four other former Miss Namibia title-holders also came forward and shared similar experiences. In a New Era report, Miss Namibia 2016 Lizelle Esterhuisen also shed light on a body-shaming she allegedly experienced at the hands of the Miss Namibia organisers.

    These revelations are startling for an event that presents itself as one that celebrates women and seeks to empower them. As the pageant gears up for its 2019 edition, we need to ask ourselves where we stand in light of these allegations. This is a question that should also be posed to corporate sponsors, the event's patron and other interested parties. Silence, in the face of abuse and exploitation, makes one complicit.

    Around the world, women and girls are leading important conversations about creating a world where they can have their voices heard.

    Selma's voice, which is calling for respect and the appropriate treatment of Miss Namibia winners as national ambassadors of this country, is also an urgent plea to have their dignity protected.

    This call also rings true for treatment in the workplace, in lecture halls, in schools and in our communities.

    Body-shaming has no place in our world today, but it thrives. Critics will argue that it is the role of the Miss Namibia organisation to make sure that winners remain in the required shape.

    However, not celebrating all shapes and sizes, shouldn't have a place in our modern society.

    Instructions and/or comments that plant the seed of shame and humiliation are abuse in themselves.

    We are cognisant of the fact that the organisers have the right to defend themselves and that they cannot be seen as guilty on all counts, simply because allegations have been made.

    However, the debates are happening fast and furiously, so let everyone be heard.

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    N$2 000 maternity grant on the tableN$2 000 maternity grant on the table An ambitious plan to strengthen social protection in the country includes strengthened maternity benefits for all Namibian women, including a universal one-off N$2 000 maternity grant and four months maternity leave, instead of three.

    The draft social protection document, currently under stakeholder review, also recommends the lifting of the current ceiling of maternity pay to full earnings, so that women don't experience a dip in income while caring for their newborns.

    The draft document also proposes a universal child grant for all Namibian children starting at N$250 per child, in order to address serious flaws in the current system, which often excludes poor families struggling to survive, but who do not qualify for a child grant.

    It stresses that maternity is “a time of great joy for families”, but “is also a time of great risk for women and unborn children, especially those who have no employment or earn low incomes”.

    Moreover, women who are employed lose part of their pay cheque when they take maternity leave, because of the N$13 000 ceiling in the current maternity, sick leave and death benefit fund.





    Many employers refuse to fill the gap to ensure their female employees do not experience a dip in earnings during this time. “This necessitates a policy decision to establish a maternity grant in Namibia, reconsider maternity leave and ensure full earnings for women on maternity leave,” the document states. It notes that a maternity grant is “affordable in Namibia at the estimated 68 832 births per year, with a transfer of N$2 083 per birth costing just N$143 million, or 0.07% of GDP per annum”.

    A universal maternity grant for all pregnant women for one month pre-natal and three months post-partum time will “support them to address risks exacerbated by unemployment, low income, as well as loss of income during maternity leave”.



    Kids

    The reform proposals on a universal child grant note that the current means test that provides the benefit only to parents who earn less than N$1 000 per month, “does not consider the number of children the parent is taking care of, meaning those with large numbers of children earning just more than this would be excluded, yet they are clearly poor”.

    The policy says the problem will be addressed if a grant is “available to all children”.

    The cost of the grant would be moderated with gradual implementation and by keeping the grant amount modest, which in turn will keep the registration of the wealthy 20% of the population low because of the modest amount.

    The draft further notes that more than 80% of Namibians are not covered by health insurance and proposes a compulsory national medical benefit fund to spread risks across the pool, as well as better state investment in public health facilities and personnel to “improve affordability of healthcare in Namibia”.

    The draft proposals also target marginalised Namibians, unemployed persons, affordable housing, improved vocational and university assistance, food security, pensioners and those living and caring for people with disabilities.

    A basic income is suggested for unemployed persons between 30 to 59 years old, “who shoulder heavy family and childcare responsibilities will be implemented to afford them a basic ability to help themselves while restoring their dignity”.



    Equality

    At the opening of a workshop in Windhoek this week where stakeholders were given a chance to provide feedback, poverty eradication and social welfare minister Zephania Kameeta underlined that social protection is not a “question of charity, but a question of human rights and justice”.

    While the policy would nearly double expenditure for social protection, Kameeta said a comprehensive and inclusive social protection policy can help eradicate extreme poverty by 2025 and beyond in Namibia.

    The draft policy adopts a broad view of social protection that is composed of social assistance, social insurance, social welfare services and labour market policies to help the country eradicate poverty and reduce inequality.

    The document was drafted over the past year by a core team representing experts from local and international institutions, and was crafted in line with systems proven to work in Namibia, as well as international best practice.

    “The policy outlines reasonable measures to help people manage risks in their lives and address vulnerabilities of women, children, youth, unemployed individuals, persons with disability and those in retirement,” the document states. The policy is aimed at streamlining social protection systems in Namibia and addressing current challenges, including coordination, monitoring and evaluations. The policy also proposes enhanced support for quality vocational training, paid skills apprenticeships and internships.

    Moreover, among several other in-depth proposals, a women and youth enterprise fund is proposed, to provide credit for viable business ideas.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 06/27/19--16:00: Geingob made 'deepest cuts'
  • Geingob made 'deepest cuts'Geingob made 'deepest cuts'Hengari says wasteful expenditures have been eliminated President Hage Geingob's spokesperson argues that the head of state has eliminated wasteful expenditures on travel, meetings and inflated procurement. Presidential press secretary Alfredo Hengari maintains that President Hage Geingob has made the deepest cuts since independence, as a consequence of the revenue deficits that arose from the global commodity crisis in 2013.

    He was responding to questions by Namibian Sun on the consistent clamouring from Geingob's detractors that he cut his cabinet, as well as his presidential advisors.

    He was also asked what measures the president had taken to cut wasteful expenditure.

    Geingob told New Era earlier this year that “the current cabinet is too big and there's reason for it”.

    “President Sam Nujoma, being a founding father and a liberation hero, has natural authority. President Pohamba was a bit relaxed. But with me, I am dealing with my peers - where anybody could have taken over as president.

    “The pressure on me to have a bigger cabinet is bigger because all these people are my peers who want to be accommodated. It could have been worse if I didn't do that [appoint them],” the president was quoted as saying in the New Era article. Hengari was asked what measures Geingob had introduced to cut expenditure, given that government is now asking workers for a 2% voluntary contribution from their salaries.

    “Wasteful expenditures have been eliminated, be it on travel, meetings and inflated procurement. You should be reminded that the president cancelled a highly inflated airport tender as a demonstration of his total commitment to fight corruption,” Hengari said.





    He also said the president understands that a delicate balance should be maintained between competing and equally important priorities.

    “National cohesion and unity is a priceless precondition for peace and development and as president, he is obliged to constantly think about it and act to create conditions for peace and stability,” Hengari says.

    “I understand that the media, even if it is a moral obligation, you have a choice to make. The president does not have a choice to make. He works at all times to consolidate the foundations of a peaceful Namibian House.”



    Rock and a hard place

    Analysts believe Geingob finds himself between a rock and hard place and must cling onto his bloated cabinet and host of presidential advisors.

    Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah says in some regards the country's economic turmoil has directly to do with the size of the Namibian government.

    In particular, he says, the excessive duplication of roles in the government continues to bleed the state's coffers.

    “It costs a lot to have such a big cabinet, and look at our executives. You have a minister who advises the president on economic issues, you have an economic advisor, you also have an economic panel, you have a minister that deals with law and justice, but we also have an advisor who advises the president on constitutional matters and law issues,” he points out.

    Economist Omu Kakujaha-Matundu also believes that the president is trapped by his comrades and that it would be painful for the president to simply retrench them.

    “Perhaps what could work is that you retain them mostly when the economy is doing too badly. But try to see where you can cut some of their perks, because it is up to them to decide if they will agree on reduced benefits. If not, then they should go and find work somewhere,” he advises.

    In his view the president can look at cutting salaries or benefits such as vehicle allowances in order to demonstrate that his cabinet is not oblivious to the hard times ordinary Namibians are facing.

    Kamwanyah adds that there seems to be a perception by African leaders that “more is better”. He believes that perception must change and they must learn from developed countries.

    “We are a population of 2.5 million and we have a cabinet that is more than 25 people. We must learn that we can achieve more by having a smaller cabinet. The focus should be on competence and skills and people who can do things instead of having an army of people who do not possess the competence and skills,” he says.



    Solutions

    Kamwanyah says it appears as if the government does not truly understand what the cause of the country's economic crisis is.

    “We need to strategically figure out that problem and tackle that problem. We have been talking about the global market but that would not give us a solution. You can only solve a problem if you really know where the problem is. And for me the biggest problem is unemployment,” he says. Kamwanyah believes that if the government focused on creating jobs and new industries it might propel the economy out of the doldrums.

    “But I do not see any employment strategies coming from the president or the government.”

    Kakujaha-Matundu argues that there are many ministers who have been in cabinet for more than ten years who can be released.

    “People who have been in government for so long ... have accumulated enough wealth to sustain themselves for the ten or so years that they are still going to live. And then the president can remain with the active, productive people,” he says.



    Builder and reformer

    Hengari said Geingob launched the Harambee Prosperity Plan in 2016, in order to ensure that “the Namibian economy delivers a better life for the majority”.

    “If you take a sectoral review, you will see the achievements to date and not make general, if not vacuous, assertions. I should refer you to the detail in the State of the Nation Address (Sona) 2019 and the HPP report attached to the Sona 2019. A whole lot has been achieved: social protection has been strengthened, massive increases in the old-age pensions since 2015, grants for vulnerable children and orphans, people living with disability, the food banks and several initiatives. These are all impactful initiatives deserving serious attention on the part of media,” he says. Hengari says the president is a builder and reformer of institutions, adding that the reform of state-owned enterprises under his watch was a significant accomplishment and a manifestation of his commitment to delivering sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

    “It is an exaggeration to still speak about an economic crisis in light of the actions highlighted above. The country is moving into positive territory.

    “Yes, we are experiencing a drought, the worst in recent history, but government has committed an envelope of over N$500 million to deal with this natural disaster by declaring an emergency, and the president and the government are scaling up interventions to deal with the situation on the ground.

    “At the same time, the president is working around the clock to attract inward investments through targeted interventions, at home and abroad,” Hengari added.

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  • 06/30/19--16:00: United, Unam sink opponents
  • United, Unam sink opponentsUnited, Unam sink opponentsRugby Premier League heats up Trustco United's winning streak continues in the Namibia Rugby Premier League, while Unam are chasing hard. Trustco United Rugby Club's winning streak continued on Saturday as they beat Rehoboth 32-21 at their home ground in Olympia during a Namibia Rugby Premier League fixture.

    The win against Rehoboth extended United's points on the log to 42.

    They are 11 points clear of Unam, who are currently with 31 points after their win against Western Suburbs.

    United, who have been in fine form throughout the season, trailed in the opening 15 minutes, as Rehoboth's Henrique Olivier scored two penalties in the eighth and 15th minutes.

    The home team responded in the 22nd minute with a try by Henry Kandjou, which Winmar Rust converted. United ran in their second try in the 27th minute through Stefan Louw, which Rust once again converted to extend their lead to 14-6.

    Olivier scored his team's third penalty in the 33rd minute, but United ran in their third try through Jonathan Goliath. Rust missed the conversation.

    Rehoboth's Chemegan Beukes scored a penalty try during injury time. The halftime score was thus 19-16 in favour of United.

    In the second half, Rust scored two more penalties for United in the 51st and 55th minutes and Donavan van Wyk ran in United's fourth try in the 70th minute. Rust made no mistake from the spot.

    Despite United's dominance on the day, Rehoboth's Olivier managed to run in their second try in the 80th minute, but failed to convert from the spot. The game ended 32-21.

    In another match played at the Unam stadium on Saturday between the university's rugby team and Khomasdal-based Western Suburbs, Unam thrashed their opponents 31-6.

    Suburbs gave it their all in the first half, which ended 12-6, but during the second half they had little to offer as Unam dominated play and ran in three more tries.

    Unam's five tries on the day were scored by Lorenzo Louis, Oderich Mouton, Prince Goaseb (two) and Shaun van Wyk. Louis slotted three conversions.



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    A breeding ground for future starsA breeding ground for future stars The 2019 Cosafa Women's Championship that will take place in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa from 31 July to 11 August will give the region's footballers the chance to add their names to the rich history of the competition.

    It has proven a launch-pad for many top players in the past, some of whom will be returning to the competition again this year.

    Here is a list of five players who have the right to be called 'heroines of the Cosafa Women's Championship'.

    Barbra Banda (Zambia)

    Banda is only 19 years old but has already left her mark on the Cosafa Women's Championship in recent years, which has helped her win a contract with Spanish side EdF Logrono.

    She made her national team debut in 2016 and the following year played in the regional showpiece tournament in Zimbabwe, where she led from the front as Zambia topped their first-round pool.

    She netted six goals in the competition, including in every game Zambia played, as they finished third and took the bronze medal.

    Banda kept up her scoring form with two more goals in 2018, as Zambia again made the semi-finals, but this time they finished fourth. Look out for her in 2019.

    Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi)

    The young Malawian sensation is another of the top players from the southern Africa region and plies her trade in China with Jiangsu Suning.

    Still only 23 and has also played in Sweden. She finished as the golden boot winner in that country in 2015. Her sister Temwa Chawinga is also a prolific scorer for the national side.

    She shone at the 2017 Cosafa Women's Championship when she scored a hat-trick against Zambia, four goals in a win over Madagascar and another two goals against Zimbabwe in a remarkable personal haul of nine goals in three games.

    She might have added more, but Malawi narrowly missed out on the semi-finals.

    Club commitments meant she did not compete in 2018, but her display two years ago has written her name in the history of the Cosafa Women's Championship.

    Rutendo Makore (Zimbabwe)

    Makore has been a leading light for the Zimbabwe side in recent years, including guiding the team to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

    She has been prolific in front of goal and was once on the books of Spanish side Sporting Huelva.

    She top-scored at the 2017 Cosafa Women's Championship with 10 goals, including four against Madagascar and three against Malawi.

    She also scored in the final against South Africa, but could not avoid a 1-2 defeat for the Mighty Warriors.

    She netted in the 2018 finals, but Zimbabwe narrowly missed out on the semi-finals, after being pipped at the top of the pool by East Africa guest nation Uganda.



    Noko Matlou (South Africa)

    Matlou rose to regional fame in the 2008 Cosafa Women's Championship finals, as she scored 12 goals to take South Africa to the title.

    Back then she was a striker and was later named African Women's Footballer of the Year after some excellent displays for Banyana Banyana.

    She is a veteran of four Cosafa finals, although she plays recently plays as a central defender, including at the recent Fifa Women's World Cup in France.

    She added to her 2008 Cosafa title with wins in 2017 and 2018 for Banyana.



    Veronica Phewa (South Africa)

    Phewa holds the record for the most goals in a single Cosafa Women's Championship, as she scored an incredible 15 during the 2002 finals.

    This included eight goals in their 14-0 win over Botswana, and another four as Banyana Banyana beat Mozambique 13-0.

    Phewa netted in every game that year, as Banyana beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in the final. She opened the scoring in the first half of the decider.

    She scored twice more in the 2006 finals, as South Africa retained their title, and had an excellent club career in England, the United States and Ukraine.

    Her time overseas meant she did not feature at the 2008 Cosafa finals.

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  • 06/30/19--16:00: Mexico advance to semis
  • Mexico advance to semisMexico advance to semisHaiti shock Canada at Gold Cup Haiti scored three second-half goals to stun former champions Canada 3-2. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa saved a sudden-death penalty as Mexico edged Costa Rica 5-4 on penalties to reach the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup semi-finals in Houston, Texas on Saturday.

    Ochoa stopped Costa Rica's Keysher Fuller penalty after the teams played to a 1-1 draw following extra-time in front of 70 788 fans at the NRG Stadium.

    Mexico will now face Haiti in the semi-finals on Tuesday in Glendale, Arizona.

    Costa Rica goalkeeper Leonel Moreira saved Raul Jimenez's first penalty in the shootout, but Randall Leal smashed Costa Rica's third penalty wide, setting the stage for Ochoa to send Mexico through by stopping Fuller's penalty attempt.

    Jimenez handed Mexico the lead in the 44th minute, with Bryan Ruiz levelling from the spot for Costa Rica eight minutes later, after Joel Campbell was judged to have been brought down by Luis Rodriguez inside the area.

    Television replays later showed that the foul was outside the box.

    Mexico manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino will be suspended from the touchlines for the semis against Haiti, after he was slapped with his second yellow card of the tournament.

    In the other fixture, Haiti - one of the biggest surprises of the tournament after winning all their games in the group stage - scored three second-half goals to stun former champions Canada 3-2 and advance to the last four for the first time.

    Duckens Nazon got the comeback started by scoring in the 50th minute and Herve Bazile brought the sides level from the penalty spot in the 70th, with both goals coming courtesy of some sloppy defensive work by Canadian defender Marcus Godinho.

    Six minutes later Wilde-Donald Guerrier sealed victory for Haiti with a spectacular individual effort, sneaking past the Canadian defence then bouncing the ball twice in the air before tapping it past goalkeeper Milan Borjan.

    Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini scored for Canada, who were guilty of complacency once they had built up their lead.

    It was a gut-wrenching loss for the Canadians, who won this tournament in 2000 but haven't made have not made it into the semis since 2007.

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    Lashley fires 63 to take six-stroke leadLashley fires 63 to take six-stroke lead Nate Lashley fired a nine-under par 63 to seize a six-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the US PGA Rocket Mortgage Classic.

    The 36-year-old American, ranked 353rd in the world, turned in a bogey-free round - the lowest score of the day - to stand on 23-under 193 after 54 holes at Detroit Golf Club with compatriot JT Poston second on 199.

    “It was just one of those days when it seemed like nothing could go wrong,” Lashley said. “Everything went right. Even when I didn't hit good shots, it went all right.”

    Both Lashley and Poston are in position to capture the two available spots from this week's event for next month's British Open at Royal Portrush.

    Cameron Tringale was third on 200 with 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed another stroke back after both shot 65 on Saturday.

    It would be an amazing, long-sought victory for Lashley, who has had to overcome tragedy in his career. When he was a junior at the University of Arizona, his parents and girlfriend died in a plane crash while flying home from watching him play in a tournament. After a knee injury cut short his 2018 PGA debut season, Lashley is playing on a secondary exemption after starting the season on a medical extension, and his 2019/20 season status is uncertain. No alternate has won a PGA title since Vaughn Taylor at Pebble Beach in 2016, but no player shooting 193 or better for 54 holes has lost this season, with Rickie Fowler winning in Phoenix and Matt Kuchar winning at Mayakoba and the Sony Open in Hawaii.

    “I'm just trying to stay in my routine and hit good shots,” Lashley said. “We'll see what happens tomorrow (Sunday).”

    Lashley, who only made the event when David Berganio withdrew on Wednesday, sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the opening hole, added back-to-back birdies on a five-foot putt at the par-5 fourth and a 13-footer at the par-3 fifth, then put his approach inside five feet and birdied the par-5 seventh to seize command at 18-under for the tournament, making the turn in the lead by two strokes.

    “It was nice to get off to a good start,” Lashley said. “It calmed my nerves a little bit.”

    After opening the back nine with a birdie, Lashley sank a four-footer to birdie 12 and a three-footer to birdie the par-5 14th to reach 21-under, stretching his advantage to five shots. Lashley lipped out on a 10-foot birdie putt at 16, but sank a nine-footer for birdie at the par-5 17th and a four-footer to birdie the 18th. Lashley shared 28th at the US Open two weeks ago, while making his major debut at Pebble Beach.

    Tringale, seeking his first PGA title, made eight birdies, but a closing bogey dropped him seven adrift of Lashley.

    “I did everything well today,” Tringale said. “I's just trying to play with poise and let the round come to me. So far it's paying off.”

    Reed, who hasn't won since taking his first major title last year at Augusta National, hasn't managed a top-10 finish since sharing seventh at last October's WGC event in China.

    “To continue hitting the ball well and make the putts, it lets me know it's really close,” Reed said. “To get that validation really helps.”

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  • 06/30/19--16:00: Starc stars for Australia
  • Starc stars for AustraliaStarc stars for AustraliaAussies beat NZ by 86 runs Mitchell Starc polished off what Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey started, as Australia beat New Zealand by 86 runs in a Cricket World Cup group match at Lord's on Saturday. Top-order batsman Khawaja and wicketkeeper Carey came together with their side in strife at 92-5 on the hottest day of the English summer.

    Their repair job of 107 runs for the sixth wicket, of which Carey whacked 68, allowed Australia to post a competitive 243-9.

    Four days after routing England by 64 runs on the same pitch, the bowlers gave their best effort yet in dismissing New Zealand for 157 in the 44th over.

    Left-arm paceman Starc took tournament-best figures of 5-26, his second 5-wicket haul of the event. Starc has 24 wickets, two more than he earned in the 2015 World Cup, with at least two more matches to play.

    His wickets, however, were the result of pressure applied by his fellow bowlers.

    Jason Behrendorff removed the openers, and part-time spinners Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell, and specialist Nathan Lyon contributed to tying down the Kiwis, who cracked trying to make runs.

    New Zealand's chase was as good as over from the 32nd over, once captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were back in the pavilion for 40 and 30, respectively. Of the 261 balls the New Zealand batsmen faced in their innings, 172 were dots.

    Starc was virtually unplayable: Of his 58 deliveries, 45 were dots. Fellow left-armer Behrendorff was left alone for 37 of his 54 deliveries and Pat Cummins for 28 of his 36.

    Australia, still the only team to have qualified for the semi-finals, are continuing to show ruthless improvement in every appearance.

    After rejecting a chance to rest front-liners and promising to keep their foot on the pedal, the Australians squeezed out a fifth consecutive win defending a total since their only loss to India. The defending champions extended their lead atop the standings to three points over unbeaten India, who have two games in hand.

    The New Zealanders would have cemented their semifinals position with a win, but the day/night match reflected their performance: They started brightly only to end up being completely shaded.

    Depending on the results over the next three days involving England and Bangladesh, New Zealand could go into its last group match on Wednesday against England as desperate for a win as the tournament hosts.

    A pitch that was roasted in afternoon air temperatures of 34 degrees Celsius still offered movement for seam and spin in the evening, and Australia strangled the Kiwis into errors.

    Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls, making his World Cup debut, gave New Zealand their best opening stand in five matches, but both were dismissed cheaply by Behrendorff by the 14th over, bringing together Williamson and Taylor, New Zealand's best batsmen.

    They were hardly any less constricted. Their 15-over score of 46-2 was the lowest of the tournament. The pair went 10 overs without scoring a boundary.

    They were tied down by spin, and Starc benefited when he returned for his second spell by getting the big wicket of Williamson. The New Zealand captain was tempted by a fielder vacating the slips and tried to dab Starc away, only to glance behind to Carey. That ended a stand of 50 with Taylor, who skied a fast ball from Cummins.

    The match also started well for the New Zealand bowlers.

    Australia couldn't get a run in the first two overs for the first time in seven years.

    Finch, who scored 100 on Tuesday at Lord's against England, was trapped on 8, and his opening partnership with David Warner, averaging 91 in this tournament, was broken on 15.

    Warner was blown away by Lockie Ferguson on 16 and booed off. Steve Smith was booed in, and made 5. He was out swatting a vicious pull to Martin Guptill at leg gully. Guptill, just 19 metres away, had an estimated 0.6 seconds to react, leap left and trap the smoking ball high in his left hand. Even Lord's members, allowed to take off their blazers in the heat, stood and applauded the incredible catch.

    Jimmy Neesham claimed Marcus Stoinis on 8 and Glenn Maxwell on 1, and Australia were in trouble.

    Up stepped Khawaja with 88 and Carey with 71, in an impressive fightback. Khawaja had been scrabbling at the crease since the fifth over, surviving two dropped catches and a run-out chance. He played anchor while Carey blazed away with 11 boundaries.

    Khawaja stuck around to the 50th over, when he was the first wicket of Trent Boult's hat-trick. Boult also yorkered Starc and trapped Behrendorff for his second hat-trick in ODIs, and the first for New Zealand at World Cups.

    Starc and Behrendorff got payback with a cherry on top, leaving Boult the only not-out New Zealand batsman on 2.

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    Endiki lyokulongululo omeya mErongo tali landithwa poEndiki lyokulongululo omeya mErongo tali landithwa po Elandithepo lyendiki tali ithanwa Erongo desalination plant okuza kOrano Mining Namibia okuya kepangelo natango otali talika.

    Ehala ndyoka otali landithwa po kondando yoshimaliwa shoodoola dhAmerika oomiliyona 200.

    Omunambelewa omupopiliko gwOrano Mining Christine de Klerk okwa popi kutya otaya longo nokutala komikalo ndhoka tadhi vulu okulongithwa opo ehala ndyoka li kale lya landithwa po kepangelo. “Otwiitulamo melongelo kumwe nepangelo lyaNamibia po twaadhe ekandulepo lyomukundu koombinga adhihe, mepangelo noshikondo shopaumwene.”

    Pahapu dhe, endiki ndyoka otali longo nale oshilonga oshinene okugandja omeya moshitopolwa shErongo nokugandja omeya moshigwana nokomahala giilonga moshitopolwa shoka.

    Sho a pulwa kombinga yonakuyiwa yehangano lyomina yaTrekkopje nongele elanditho lyawo otali ka talika ngaaka kwiikwatelelwa konkalo yomangeshefelo gongopolo, De Klerk okwa popi kutya: “ Opoloyeka yaTrekkopje oya tulwa kohi yetonatelo omolwa onkalo yomangeshefalo gongopolo na otayi ka tameka ishewe uuna onkalo yongeshefa ya hwepopala.”

    Sha landula omaindilo ga ningwa kOmukokoli Presidende Sam Nujoma opo ku tungwe omandiki yokuwapaleka nokutopola omeya moNamibia, De Klerk okwa popi shoka otashi ka kala omukalo gomondjila okwaandjakaneka omeya.

    Nujoma, pethimbo a li a talelepo oshiputudhilo shoUniversity of Namibia moHenties Bay, okwa pula etungo lya gwedhwa po lyendiki lyokulongulula omeya.

    “Inatu kala methigathano kombinga yegandjo lyomeya, endiki lyetu olya tungwa lya nuninwa okugandja omeya konima yaTrekkopje na otwa nyanyukwa sho tatu dhana onkandangala ombwaanawa meyandjakaneko lyomeya moshitopolwa shErongo,” De Klerk a popi.

    Omunambelewa omupoopiliko gwuuministeli wuunamapya, Margaret Kalo okwa ukitha omapulo agehe ngoka a ningilwa koshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun, kEgumbo lyEpangelo.

    Omupopiliko gwiikumungu yomupresidende Alfredo Hengari, okwa ukitha omapulo goNamibian Sun kuuministeli oshowo kehangano lyoNamWater, ta popi kutya egumbo lyEpangelo ihali ungaunga nomandiki gokulongulula omeya.

    Omunambelewa Omukuluntu gwoNamWater, Abraham Nehemia ina yamukula ongodhi ye sho a dhengelwa oshowo omatumwalaka ngoka a tuminwa kongodhi.

    Epangelo olya li lya tindi elandepo lyendiki ndyoka momvula yo 2016.

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  • 06/30/19--16:00: Shaningwa a shanga omukandaa
  • Shaningwa a shanga omukandaaShaningwa a shanga omukandaaSwapo ta konaakona oshikumungu shelelo lyaTjozondjupa Swapo okwa totopo okomitiye ndjoka tayi ka ninga omakonaakono ge na sha nuupyakadhi mboka wa taalela ongundu ndjoka moshitopolwa shaTjozondjupa. Shoka osha landula ekutho miilonga lyaaleli yahamano melelo lyongundu moshitopolwa shoka, mwa kwatelwa ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shoka, Otto Ipinge.

    Oshiwike sha piti, amushanga-ndjai gwongundu yoSwapo, Sophia Shaningwa okwa shangele ombaapila omukwatakanithi gwongundu yoSwapo moshitopolwa shoka, Susan Hikopua, momukanda moka a popi kutya ekuthomiilonga ndyoka kali li pamulandu molwaashoka olya ningwa omanga inaku ningwa oonkundathana nelelo lyopombanda mongundu, onkene kali na oonkondo.

    Ipinge okwa kuthwa miilonga pamwe nakansela gwoshitopolwa shaTjiwarongo, Julius Neumbo, kansela gwaKahandja, Steve Biko Boois, kansela gwaGrootfontein Jack Tsanigab, mayola gwaGrootfontein Absai Haimene oshowo kansela gwoshikandjohogololo shaGrootfontein Nelao Amagulu.

    Mboka ya hamano oya kuthwa miilonga otaya lundilwa kutya otaya dhini elelo lyongundu moshitopowa. Otaya lundililwa woo egandjo lyoonkondo nelelepeko lyookondalaka dhiilonga inali pitikwa miikandjo yaTjiwarongo oshowo Grootfontein.

    Hikopua okwa popi kutya okwa nyana omaihumbato giilyo mbyoka pompito dha yooloka ihe inaya lundulula omaihumbato gawo na oya konga eidhopomo okuza koombelewa oonene dhongundu.

    Hikopua ina yamukula ongodhi ye sho a dhengelwa oshiwike sha piti, opo andola a gandje omaiyuvo ge kombinga yoshikumungu shoka.

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  • 06/30/19--16:00: Injuries hit Crusaders
  • Injuries hit CrusadersInjuries hit CrusadersBig final clash ahead with Jaguares The Crusaders and Jaguares did not face each other during the Super Rugby group phase this year. New Zealand's Canterbury Crusaders and Argentina's Jaguares are preparing for a Super Rugby showdown that will be a clash of Test match proportions in Christchurch next Saturday.

    But the Crusaders' march into the finals may have come at a price, with a question mark over injured All Blacks Ryan Crotty and Scott Barrett.

    The Crusaders, aiming for a third consecutive title, were made to fight all the way against the Wellington Hurricanes before prevailing 30-26 in Christchurch on Saturday, while the Jaguares made light work of dismissing the ACT Brumbies 39-7 in Buenos Aires.

    The final will be a shadow New Zealand-Argentina Test, with the Jaguares including 14 Pumas in their run-on side against the Brumbies, while the Crusaders fielded 13 All Blacks.

    Crusaders coach Scott Robertson, who played for the red-and-blacks when they won the first of three Super finals in a row between 1998 and 2000, believes the final will come down to inches.

    “It is the mental side for us now. To be really clear in what we're going to do game-tactic wise, and then get excited. It is a pretty special opportunity for a lot of us guys.

    “We will get through so we're in the best physical nick as we possibly can, and more importantly our mental condition, to have a great night on Saturday,” Robertson said, adding the team would not do any hard training runs this week.

    Crotty, the backline general, suffered a suspected broken thumb in the intense semi-final against the Hurricanes, while Barrett appeared to have fractured a finger.

    Aside from their injuries, prop Joe Moody and flyhalf Richie Mo'unga were nursing sore shoulders, but both are expected to be fit, as is battle-scarred flanker Matt Todd.

    Robertson said they know what to expect after the Argentinians beat the Hurricanes 28-20 in Wellington.

    “We did a little bit of homework. We were expecting to play them. We were a few days ahead on it, as you do, you're always planning.

    “They're tough and they're brutal. When they toured, we got a good feeling of how good they can be,” Robertson said.

    “At the breakdown, the physicality they bring, they've got enough Test players in their team to understand how to play at the highest level and (deal with) pressure moments. It's going to be another hell of a match for us.”

    Jaguares coach Gonzalo Quesada admitted he would have preferred to face the Hurricanes in the final, but said he has been preparing his squad to face the Crusaders.

    “The Crusaders are based on a great achievement from the scrum and a very solid defence between several qualities. We have been working very hard on those,” he said.

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    Sweden inch closer to World Cup glorySweden inch closer to World Cup glory Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson says his team are not content with a place in the last four, after they beat Germany 2-1 in their Fifa Women's World Cup quarterfinal in Rennes on Saturday, ending a 24-year winless streak against their rivals at major tournaments.

    “We've talked about the possibilities here to go far and win every game,” said Gerhardsson.

    “There's not a single mitochondria in us that's content. We're going to go for it.”

    The Swedes had last claimed a tournament win over Germany at the 1995 World Cup, but here they came from behind to triumph in an enthralling game played in ferocious heat.

    Lina Magull gave Germany the lead, but the Swedes ran the German backline ragged for much of the match. Sofia Jakobsson got the equaliser before the front three of Fridolina Rolfo, Jakobsson and Blackstenius combined for the winning goal just after halftime.

    “We looked at Germany and we knew there would be a bit more space behind their backline to exploit,” said Gerhardsson.

    Once the dominant force in European women's football, two-time world champions Germany have now failed to reach the semi-finals in two of their last three World Cups.

    Defeat also robbed them of the chance to defend their gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.

    Germany won the title at the Rio Olympics three years ago, beating Sweden in the final, but still needed to finish among the top three European teams at this World Cup to book their ticket to Tokyo. Sweden will join the Netherlands and Great Britain at the Tokyo Games instead.

    “The defeat hurts, but we are in a process. We will grow from this experience,” coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg told ARD, and suggested that the setback may spark a generational shift in the national team.

    “I know that some players are considering (ending their international careers). We have young players coming up, and we will use the next two years before the European Championship,” said Voss-Tecklenburg.

    The Germans looked the sharper side in the opening exchanges, and they took the lead on 15 minutes through Magull.

    A darting run and a neat through-ball from Sara Daebritz unleashed Magull in the box, and she swept in from point-blank range after a deft first touch.

    Sweden took just six minutes to respond, though, with Jakobsson leaving the German centre-backs in the dust as she chased down a long ball and slotted it past goalkeeper Almuth Schult.

    The German goalkeeper kept her side in the game with several saves in the first half, but could do nothing to stop Sweden's winner just after the break.

    After parrying away a Rolfo header from Jakobsson's cross, Schult lay helpless as Blackstenius prodded the ball in from close range.

    It was a deserved lead for Sweden, despite the German protests that Magull had been lying injured when the goal was scored. Despite bringing on star player Dszenifer Marozsan, who had missed the previous three games with a broken toe, Germany remained blunt as the clock ticked down.

    Lena Oberdorf came agonisingly close with a header in the dying minutes, but Sweden held on to set up a semi-final meeting with the Netherlands in Lyon on Wednesday.

    NAMPA/AFP

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