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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Omukwaniilwa pledges to unite AandongaOmukwaniilwa pledges to unite Aandonga At a historical event that attracted thousands of people, 45-year-old Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, was coronated as the 18th king of the Ondonga traditional community at Onambango in the Oshana Region on Saturday.

    This came a day after a second High Court bid by a faction supporting Konis Eino Kalenga for the kingship failed. Chairperson of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority, George Nelulu, presided over the swearing-in ceremony on behalf of Queen Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu.

    He said he had never before seen such a traditional event that attracted so many people.

    Nangolo now faces the tough challenge of uniting a divided Ondonga community. He must also preserve the rich traditional legacy left behind by the previous 17 Ondonga kings since 1650. Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba, several cabinet ministers and traditional leaders were among those who attended the coronation.

    Seniors of the Ondonga traditional community, Shali Kamati and Anelly Mbumba, gave Nangolo a belt to tighten his leadership with, a bag to carry the Ondonga community and its people and a Namibian Constitution to make sure he does not go against the supreme law of the country. He was also handed a gavel in order to give fair judgements on traditional matters. Nangolo succeeds Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, who died in March after serving for 44 years as king.

    In his acceptance speech, Nangolo said he is ready to serve the Ondonga community in order to bring much-needed development.

    Mbumba said Nangolo must make sure that he unites all the people within the Ondonga community.

    “People within the traditional community must respect the traditional authorities and their leaderships, in order to foster unity, stability and peace. If the community is not united, then development will not take place. Especially during this time of drought, traditional authorities need to make sure that people are united and that you are serving all the people in the distribution of resources,” said Mbumba.

    Nangolo said he was groomed at Onamungundo palace, where he grew up. He said he is ready to unite the Ondonga community, which he said is currently divided.

    “I accepted the mandate as entrusted in me and I will make sure that I will lead all the people of Ondonga and treat them equally. What we went through and that left us divided is not there anymore and will be a thing of the past. Since my childhood I went through a lot of challenges; that is why I was not afraid of the challenges I was going through in the succession battle,” Nangolo said.

    “I am going to work closely with the community and the government to make sure that all government mandates are fulfilled.”

    Nangolo was appointed by the late Elifas as his successor, but his appointment was disputed by certain members of the royal family.

    On 12 April the Windhoek High Court dismissed an interdict application by Kalenga and Ondonga village headman Oscar Sheehama, who were attempting to block Nangolo's installation as king. The matter was struck from the roll and was not deemed urgent.

    On Friday, Judge Thomas Masuku also struck from the roll the urgent application that was brought to stop the swearing in of Nangolo.

    Urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga said he based his decision to designate Nangolo on the Traditional Authorities Act.

    “Many people were asking me if I was not afraid to make a decision on this Ondonga matter. I told them that I am not afraid because I am not above the law and the only tool we will use is the Traditional Authorities Act.

    “You are now receiving the nation of Ondonga, which you are expected to unite. Traditional authorities are government development partners, but with a divided nation, development will not be achieved,” said Mushelenga.

    “My office is filled with many disputes from various traditional authorities. It is high time that members of traditional communities try and solve their matters in harmony.”


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  • 06/30/19--16:00: Erindi outrage grows
  • Erindi outrage growsErindi outrage growsNUNW, NALAFO say sale to Mexican billionaire must be cancelled NUNW says President Hage Geingob's meeting last week with Alberto Baillères was tantamount to exerting undue pressure on the NaCC to okay the sale of Erindi to the Mexican billionaire. The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) has condemned the sale of the Erindi Private Game Reserve to Mexican billionaire Alberto Baillères and has called for the deal to be cancelled.

    NUNW secretary-general Job Muniaro said in a statement read on his behalf by Public Workers Union (Napwu) secretary-general Petrus Nevonga that the union is flabbergasted by the decision to sell the 71 000-hectare game reserve to a foreign national.

    He called on all patriotic Namibians to condemn and reject the transaction.

    Meanwhile, the Namibia Ancestral Land Foundation (NALAFO) has submitted an objection to the sale at the Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC).

    The foundation wants the sale blocked in the national interest.

    Muniaro said that NUNW learned with dismay that all the necessary approvals were already given to the so-called “special investor” (Baillères), except the pending approval by the NaCC.

    “While this matter is before the NaCC for consideration, the NUNW is strongly against the receiving of this investor at State House by the president.”

    President Hage Geingob met the businessman last week and answered “none of your business” when he was asked why the meeting had taken place behind closed doors. Muniaro said that receiving Baillères at State House was tantamount to exerting undue pressure on the NaCC. According to him Geingob's meeting with Baillères at State House was also contrary to the assurance that the head of state gave to Namibians during his keynote address at the 26th independence anniversary celebrations in 2016.

    “In his keynote address the president announced that business persons and entrepreneurs inside and from outside of the country should not engage him personally in business deals and that businesspeople should adhere to the policy of approaching the respective line ministers.”

    Muniaro said the union is therefore left dumbfounded by Geingob's self-contradiction.

    “Astonishingly our president just acted in disagreement with his own policy statement on dealing with entrepreneurs, when he allowed this so-called special investor leeway to negotiate business with him and/or with considerations behind closed doors in the name of attracting some investors, while in the same vein alienating others.”

    According to Muniaro the union is intensely disturbed by the selective interpretation of the property rights contained in the Namibian Constitution and the waiver apparently given to sell land to a foreigner within such context, despite having been overruled by a second national land conference resolution last year.

    He said the categorisation of Baillères as “special investor”, is worrisome and sends the wrong message to genuine investors, who do not seek State House backing.

    Muniaro said irrespective of the progress made on this deal, at the expense of Namibians, they have a strategy in place for Erindi to be owned by Namibians at the same cost, notwithstanding political pressure and due influence to the contrary”.

    “As Namibians we have not given any mandate whatsoever to cabinet to sell our land to a foreigner.”

    He said the land conference, amongst others, resolved that no land should be sold to foreigners and that the relevant law(s) should be amended to give effect to this resolution.

    “Being the prime custodian of the Namibian Constitution, the president, who is the chairperson of cabinet, is in our opinion giving the impression that the cabinet under his direct leadership and chairmanship should snub and continue snubbing the mandate given by the people at the land conference , which resolved that no land should be sold to foreigners.”

    Muniaro said was evidenced by the president's statement that until the law is amended, in line with the resolutions of the land conference, the status quo shall remain, denoting that the selling of land to foreigners shall continue.

    Meanwhile, Welcome Kazondunge, on behalf NALAFO, said in their objection letter to the NaCC that about 750 families can be resettled at Erindi.

    According to him, Erindi has significant value to Namibians and is the subject of investigation, as it resorts under land that has been targeted by ancestral land claims emanating from historic injustices that took place during the German/Ovaherero/Ovambanderu and Nama war between 1904 and 1908.

    Kazondunge said Erindi used to be home to many Namibians who are dispossessed of land today.

    He said several farms and villages were consolidated to form present-day Erindi. These include Otjomukaru, Bag Bag, Okataanganda, Okousana-Uarukuijani, Okapeto, Okatjorute, Otjandaue-Kaveterua, Omingondo, Omingondo, OtjaMukuru, Otjikoko, Ehiratengua, Okandûmondjiwo, Okakoro, Ondgombe ja Navita, Otja Kavari, Otja Mahengu, Omburo-Ndjiharine, Mutanga, Orutjandja and Ozombuzomase.

    “If Erindi is sold for the proposed amount of N$2 billion, then we are creating a new precedent whereby a farm will not be sold for less than N$20 000 per hectare,” Kazondunge said.

    He said the consequences of this will be that government will never be able to buy farms again for its resettlement programme and no indigenous Namibian will be able to afford to buy a farm.

    “The willing seller, willing buyer concept will become even more obsolete.”

    According to him NALAFO is ready to mobilise the necessary funding to procure Erindi.

    The foundation has recommended that the sale of Erindi be blocked, and alternatively that stringent conditions should be imposed, aimed at addressing their concerns.

    They have also called for a stakeholders' conference to allow the relevant groups to air their concerns and said first right of refusal must be given to indigenous communities, whose ancestral land Erindi in fact is.

    They further said that an exit offer of N$4 000 per hectare should be made and Erindi must not under any circumstances be sold to foreigners.

    “Erindi must be made a conservancy in which Namibians will buy shares or Erindi must be subdivided into 20 farms, for which individuals must be financed by the likes of the GIPF, Agribank and other local commercial banks. It is to be run by a consortium of locals for the same and original purpose,” Kazondunge said.

    The foundation also urged Geingob to personally intervene in the process.


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  • 06/30/19--16:00: A feast of fun
  • A feast of funA feast of funMomentum league in full swing Great spirit, energy and sportsmanship reigned supreme at the inter-high between WAP and WBPHS. Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool (WAP) and Walvis Bay Private High School (WBPHS) went head-to-head on Saturday, with the two schools participating in the sixth annual inter-high competition held at Affies Park in the capital.

    The principal of WAP, Kobus Espach, was very proud of the energy and sportsmanship displayed at the event. “Every inter-high is characterised by sportsmanship, and when we go home, we always leave as friends. It is a privilege to compete against a school like WBPHS every year,” he said.

    WBPHS rugby captain John Faul was excited about the opportunity to compete against WAP. “Preparation and exercise is key to any game. We are excited to once again play against WAP.”

    De Wet Oosthuizen, captain of WAP's u/19 rugby team, said that the inter-high provides the schools with the opportunity to get to know one another better.

    “It is always amazing to compete against WBPHS and our schools have created tight bonds throughout the event. We believe that the brotherhood between our players sets us apart from other schools, and we are excited about the rest of the league.”

    The inter-high consisted of various sports codes, namely rugby, hockey and netball.

    WAP won the netball 43-36 and the hockey 4-3.

    In other activities, Elnatan, Pionierspark Primary, Orban Primary, WAP and WBPHS also participated in tjokker rugby. The schools had the opportunity to engage in friendly games, while providing a platform for younger players to also participate.

    However, the highlight of the event was the Momentum league rugby match played between the two schools. WAP triumphed 26-12.

    Mariselle Stofberg and Justicia Shipena

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  • 06/30/19--16:00: Warriors on the edge
  • Warriors on the edgeWarriors on the edgeLast chance saloon at Afcon 2019 The Brave Warriors are exactly where they don't want to be at Afcon 2019: Needing a victory over Ivory Coast to have any chance of staying alive in the competition. The Brave Warriors will have to score an unlikely victory today against Ivory Coast if they are to have any chance of making into the knockout rounds at Afcon 2019.

    The Namibians will have to combine flexibility and tactical astuteness for their final Group D match, after an unlucky loss to Bafana Bafana on Saturday. Coach Ricardo Mannetti says his team have shown they can play the best on the continent. “We need more than our compact play against Morocco and the flexibility against South Africa. We need to add more and get the goals and things can happen. I'm positive and the boys know they can give more,” Mannetti told NFA Media.

    He added that the group has been tough, as evidenced by the scorelines. Namibia also lost 0-1 to Morocco in their opening match, courtesy of an own-goal. “(There have been) very close scorelines and now it's our chance to score and maybe win. We respect Ivory Coast and we know they will come out to play as well. We have to get around them and get a goal in this group and hopefully a win as well,” the coach added. Brave Warriors vice-captain Petrus Shitembi, echoed his coach's sentiments and promised hard work against Ivory Coast. “We came here to do our best and after these two defeats and we go into our final game looking for a good showing. We will leave it on the pitch. We lack that game-management experience and we got wiser now and we will show this in the final match,” Shitembi noted.

    The Warriors vs Ivory Coast match will kick off the same time as the Group D clash between Bafana Bafana and Morocco. A draw for Bafana would put an end to Namibia's chances of reaching the second round.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Wan-Bissaka completes £50 million move to UnitedWan-Bissaka completes £50 million move to United Manchester United have completed the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for a reported fee of up to £50 million (US$64 million) on Saturday.

    “Manchester United are delighted to confirm the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace,” United said in a statement.

    “Aaron has signed a five-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.”

    The 21-year-old made just 42 Premier League appearances for the Eagles, but was an outstanding performer last season.

    An initial fee of £45 million, with an extra £5 million in add-ons, was reportedly agreed between the clubs, making Wan-Bissaka the most expensive defender in United's history.

    “It's an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say,” said Wan-Bissaka.

    The Red Devils are in need of an overhaul after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season, missing out on Champions League qualification. A long-term replacement at right-back for club captain Antonio Valencia, who left Old Trafford at the end of last season when his contract expired, was one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's priorities in the transfer market.

    “Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League,” said Solskjaer.

    “He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.”

    Wan-Bissaka becomes United's second signing of the summer following the arrival of winger Daniel James from Swansea, as United turn their attention towards young, British players rather than their expensive star buys of recent seasons.

    He will travel with his new teammates for a pre-season tour in Australia, Singapore and China after a short break to recover from a disappointing under-21 European Championships with England.

    Wan-Bissaka scored an injury-time own-goal to gift France a 2-1 victory in England's opening game in Italy and was then dropped for matches against Romania and Croatia, as Aidy Boothroyd's side crashed out at the group stages.

    “I will have a short break now after the European Championships, but I'm looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new teammates on the pre-season tour,” Wan-Bissaka added.


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    Air Nam Frankfurt schedule alteredAir Nam Frankfurt schedule altered

    Air Namibia has announced a temporary schedule change to its Windhoek-Frankfurt route after one of their aircraft was damaged on Friday.
    The airline issued an apology to its affected clients.
    Today, the temporary schedule showed departure for flight SW9285 Windhoek to be at 02:50 local time this morning.
    This same flight arrived in Frankfurt at 13:10, local time.
    Flight SW9286 will depart from Frankfurt at 16:00 this afternoon, in local time, and is expected to arrive in Windhoek at 02:00 in local time tomorrow morning.
    Also tomorrow, the estimated time for departure for flight SW9285 from Windhoek is 07:00 local time. This flight is expected to arrive in Frankfurt at 17:20 local time.
    In a media statement Air Namibia’s corporate communications manager Paul Nakawa said the schedule change was effected due to minor damage on one of their Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
    He added that on Friday, 28 June, after passengers had boarded Air Namibia’s flight in Frankfurt which was destined for Windhoek with an 84% load factor, the staircase truck bumped the A330’s rear of the left wing, damaging the aileron whilst it was reversing to remove the stairs.
    “The flight was subsequently cancelled and delayed until Saturday. Passengers were immediately rerouted and booked on the next available flight,” he said.
    According to Nakawa, Air Namibia has been using one A330 back to back with approximately 14 hour delays on each side, since the incident took place on Friday.
    “The airline has ordered the part and it has arrived in Frankfurt this morning for fitment. We expect to restore the normal WHD-FRA-WHD schedule on Wednesday, 3 July 2019,” he said.

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    Renamo Bucks win Omaheke Top 8Renamo Bucks win Omaheke Top 8 Renamo Bucks from Epukiro and Otjinene-based Evero United won the football and netball categories, respectively, at the Omaheke Top 8 tournament in Gobabis on Sunday.

    The tournament, which saw 26 football teams and 16 netball teams competing for top honours, was held at the Legare Stadium.

    In the first netball semi-final, Evero United defeated Four Stars from Aminuis 28-15.

    Otjeue City from Aminuis overcame Epukiro-based Ovituua 20-17 in the second semi-final.

    Evero United won the Omaheke Top 8 netball category after they defeated Otjeue City 28-18 in the final.

    They took home N$5 000, a trophy and 12 gold medals.

    Otjeue City pocketed N$2 500, along with 12 silver medals, while Ovituua and Four Stars each took home N$1 250 as the losing semi-finalists.

    In the football category, Eastern Swallows from Epukiro overcame Otjinene-based Okauua Rovers 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw in the first semi-final.

    The second semi-final saw an Epukiro derby between Renamo Bucks and Otjimanangombe, with Renamo Bucks emerging 4-3 victors on penalties following a goalless draw.

    Renamo Bucks then won the final, defeating Eastern Swallows 1-0.

    They pocketed N$10 000, a trophy and 20 gold medals.

    Eastern Swallows took home N$5 000 and 20 silver medals, while Otjimanangombe and Okauua Rovers each took home N$2 500 as the losing semi-finalists.

    Eastern Swallows' Wandy Kahuure won the player of the tournament award, while Veta Meroro from Otjeue City won the same award in the netball category.

    The Omaheke Top 8 is contested by teams from Omaheke's constituencies that reached the quarterfinals of their respective annual tournaments held during December in the preceding year.


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  • 07/01/19--16:00: 'Stop misleading the public'
  • 'Stop misleading the public''Stop misleading the public'Basson-Namundjebo warns purveyors of false information The dust is refusing to settle around the first division promotion/relegation saga. Fifa normalisation committee chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo has warned people to stop disseminating false information.

    This follows sensational claims from a source that Fifa has allegedly instructed the normalisation committee to halt first division promotions/relegations.

    Basson, however, denied this, saying that the source was probably someone with an agenda to mislead the public.

    “I am the person that Fifa is communicating with and I can confirm that nothing of that nature has been communicated to us. People must refrain from making such statements and fabricating information.

    “We will provide our stance on the promotion/relegation issue once everything has been sorted out,” Basson-Namundjebo said.

    The non-starting first division streams have created a ring of confusion around who will be promoted to the Namibia Premier League (NPL) for the upcoming season.

    As things stand, the first division streams are yet to kick off and remain shrouded in uncertainty.

    “I understand that Fifa has issued a letter towards the NFA calling for the normalising committee to stop the relegations and promotions,” the source claimed.

    “At this moment a letter was apparently sent to the normalisation committee and they are expected to hold a press conference as soon as they are back from Afcon.”

    The source also claimed there are allegedly no funds for the first division streams to kick off.

    A taskforce, comprising of members the NPL and the normalisation committee was initially appointed to find workable ways for the relegations and promotions to take place by April. NPL CEO Harald Fulle and executive member Bony Paulino have been meeting with the normalisation committee to discuss the way forward.

    Fulle said he was unaware of such a directive from Fifa to halt first division football.

    “I do not know anything at the moment and I think the Fifa normalisation committee people will be the right people to speak to.

    “Yes we did meet with the committee, but we were waiting for a directive from Fifa too,” Fulle said.

    Orlando Pirates, Civics and Young African were all relegated to the first division at the end of the 2018/19 NPL season.

    It is still remains unclear which teams will be promoted to the premier league, because the inactivity of the first division streams.

    The latest claim regarding the promotion/relegation saga creates further confusion concerning the first division and the NPL.

    The first division must consist of three streams, namely the Southern Stream First Division, Northwest Stream First Division and the North East Stream First Division.

    The southern stream must consist of 12 clubs or the number of sides agreed by the Namibia Football Association (NFA).

    The regions forming the southern stream are Khomas, Omaheke, Hardap, //Karas and Erongo.

    The northwest stream must consist of 12 clubs or the number of clubs agreed by the NFA.

    The regions forming the northwest stream are Otjozondjupa, Kunene, Oshana and Omusati.

    The northeast stream is the only one allowed to have 13 clubs or the number of clubs agreed by the NFA. It comprises of the Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Kavango West, Kavango East and Zambezi regions.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Messi will have to sweat against BrazilMessi will have to sweat against Brazil Argentina forwards Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero will have to sweat if they're going to break down Brazil's watertight defence in their Copa America semi-final on today, says Selecao striker Gabriel Jesus.

    Hosts Brazil have yet to concede a goal in four matches at the Copa while Argentina have improved defensively and kept clean sheets in their last two matches.

    Jesus expects a tight contest in Belo Horizonte today and says Brazil's defence won't give Argentina's forward line an inch.

    “It's tough to get behind a defence that doesn't concede goals,” the Manchester City forward said of Argentina's backline.

    “It's also a long time since we conceded a goal. It's very important to have a solid defence.

    “But it won't be easy for Argentina to get behind us. Obviously they have Messi who is the best player in the world, and they have Aguero, one of the best centre-forwards, but they're going to have to sweat to get in behind.”

    Jesus said he was sure “Argentina will attack us” and he's looking forward to joking around with his City team-mates Aguero and centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, but only after the match.

    What's clear, though, is that this is the most keenly anticipated match on the continent, between the two regional giants.

    Brazil are the most successful team in World Cup history with five titles to Argentina's two, but at a continental level, the roles are reversed as Argentina have won the Copa 14 times compared to eight for Brazil.

    Should Argentina win again, they would match Uruguay's record of 15 titles.

    “These are two giants, from countries with a lot of history,” said Jesus.

    “We're playing at home and we have more pressure to win, but it's a 'clasico' against Argentina.”

    These two sides' defences have been on top so far but given the attacking talent that will be on show, a goalless draw would be unthinkable, even though there have been three already in the knock-out stages out of four matches.

    Brazil will likely line up with Liverpool's Roberto Firmino flanked by Jesus and the exciting Gremio forward Everton, a reported target for Manchester City.

    Argentina are almost certainly sure to stick to the trio that played their last two matches 2-0 victories over Qatar and Venezuela with Lautaro Martinez joining Messi and Aguero.

    But there is one name that most occupies the thoughts of Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva, and that's Messi.

    The Paris Saint-Germain defender has painful memories of a Messi in full flow. He and Marquinhos, his centre-back partner for club and country, were torn apart in Barcelona's famous 6-1 Champions League victory over PSG in 2017 that overturned a 4-0 first leg deficit.

    Messi scored Barca's third goal that day.

    “Obviously no matter how much attention you pay it doesn't count for much against the best player in the world,” said Silva.

    “Whenever we play against him for the national team or in the Champions League, it's difficult.

    “No matter how much you study him, you'll never be able to understand the difference he can make.

    “In the decisive moments, you think he'll do one thing, and he pulls out of his hat something that you never expected. That's the difference.

    “But now it's Brazil against Argentina and we'll try to defend our end and admire him some other day.”

    The semi-final has got everyone excited for what will be the 106th official Fifa-recognised meeting between the two rivals.

    Brazil lead the head-to-head record with 41 wins to 38 and 26 draws.

    Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni wants his players to put aside that historic rivalry, though, and treat this simply as a major tournament semi-final with a final at stake for the winners.

    “We need to play this, not like just another match, but like a Copa America semi-final, no matter who it's against,” said Scaloni.

    “We can't think about playing our greatest rivals. That amplifies the legend.

    “We're going to try to impose our game and do what will give us an advantage,” he added.


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  • 07/01/19--16:00: Seedorf wants crowd-pleaser
  • Seedorf wants crowd-pleaserSeedorf wants crowd-pleaserCameroon face Benin The Champions League winner as a player with Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid and AC Milan conceded that the 0-0 draw with Ghana at the weekend offered little excitement. Cameroon coach and former Dutch star Clarence Seedorf hopes the Africa Cup of Nations trophy-holders can deliver a more crowd-pleasing performance against Benin in Egypt today.

    “It may not have been good for the fans and we want to do better, but I saw two organised teams who created enough chances to have won,” he said.

    Seedorf defended his tactics after the clash with Ghana fell far short of expectations, saying he always aims to win.

    “We never start a match to draw, we start to win, but I was satisfied with a point,” he said of a result that virtually guarantees the Indomitable Lions a last-16 place.

    Cameroon lead Group F with four points, two more than Benin and Ghana and three ahead of Guinea-Bissau.

    Benin are seeking a first Cup of Nations victory after 11 failed attempts spanning four tournaments and a 0-0 draw with Guinea-Bissau was a huge setback.

    African football legend Jay-Jay Okocha believes Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah could be fired if they lose to Guinea-Bissau and are eliminated.

    The retired Nigeria midfielder says he is “disappointed with Appiah and so are Ghanaians” after draws against Benin and Cameroon have left the Black Stars unsure of qualification.

    “Kwesi has to win against Guinea-Bissau to keep his job,” said Okocha, who was part of the 1994 Nigeria Cup of Nations-winning team.

    Guinea-Bissau are among four teams who failed to score in their first two group matches with former Liverpool youth team forward Toni Silva among those misfiring.

    These countries played a remarkable opening match at the 2010 Cup of Nations with Mali coming from four goals behind with 12 minutes remaining to draw 4-4 against tournament hosts Angola.

    The chances of another goal splurge in this Group E clash are slim, however, as the first 24 matches in Egypt produced a meagre 43 goals, an average of 1.7 per game.

    Among those leaders Mali will look to for goals are Moussa Marega, whose six for Porto in the last Champions League was bettered only by Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.

    Angola have been unpredictable in two draws under Serb coach Srdjan Vasiljevic, impressing when holding Tunisia before giving a mediocre performance against Mauritania.

    Tunisia have been one of the flops of the Cup of Nations so far, taking only two points from uninspiring displays against Angola and Mali.

    Coach and former France star Alain Giresse has reacted angrily to public criticism that he is not starting midfielder Ferjani Sassi.

    “Ferjani is returning from injury and needs rehabilitation in order to return to his full level,” said the 1980s midfielder. After a 4-1 hiding from Mali, debutants Mauritania tightened up to draw 0-0 with Angola and hopes of a shock win could hinge on shackling in-form Tunisia forward Wahbi Khazri.


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    Australia PM backs 2032 Olympic bidAustralia PM backs 2032 Olympic bid Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thrown his support behind a potential bid by Queensland state to host the 2032 Olympics, saying the government “will be there every step of the way”.

    The state capital Brisbane has been mulling whether it can justify the expense of hosting such a major event, and has carried out feasibility studies which impressed IOC chief Thomas Bach when he visited the city in May.

    Morrison said he supported a bid after meeting Bach and Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates following the G20 summit in Osaka.

    “A Brisbane Olympics has the potential to be a game-changer for southeast Queensland and my government will be there every step of the way,” he told reporters in Japan late Sunday.

    “Just like in Sydney (which hosted the 2000 Olympics), a Queensland Olympics, led by Brisbane, would be an economic and job boom and would show off the entire state to the world,” he added.

    With the next two Olympics in Europe and North America, the 2032 showpiece is expected to take place in the Asia-Pacific region.

    So far Jakarta, which hosted the last Asian Games, has applied and Mumbai has expressed interest, while the IOC has also suggested a joint bid by the two Koreas.

    During his recent visit to Australia, Bach said it was encouraging to see the interest given that 2024-host Paris and Los Angeles in 2028 were selected unopposed.

    A healthy slate of candidates for 2032 is seen as necessary to restore faith in the process. Coates said in a statement Monday that Bach was open to the Games being hosted in several cities or regions, as opposed to just Brisbane.

    “We have significant existing sports infrastructure across multiple locations in southeast Queensland,” he said.

    The next steps would be the formation of a “Leadership Group”, completion of an economic feasibility study by the Queensland government and finalisation of a competition venue master-plan, he added.

    The IOC is not due to select the host until 2025.


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    Mbumba a hala okatomeno kaRundu ka pweMbumba a hala okatomeno kaRundu ka pwe Omupeha omupresidende, Nangolo Mbumba okwa hala opo okatomeno kaRundu, hoka ka kala taka tungwa okuza omvula yo 2014 opo ka manithwe mbala omanga aanafaalama inaya kanitha iimuna yawo koshikukuta oshinene shoka sha taalela oshilongo.

    Mbumba okwa taalela po opoloyeka yetungo lyokatomeno hoka yongushu yoshimaliwa shoomiliyona 123 ndjoka kwa tegelelwa yi kale ya manithwa muNovemba nuumvo, ihe uule wethimbo opoloyeka ndjoka ya kala tayi longwa.

    “Otwa taalela oshikukuta nuumvo; aanafaalama oya hala okulanditho po iimuna yawo opo yiimonene iiyemo. Otu li muJuni ngashiingeyi na otatu ka taalela Juli naAguste oshowo Sepetemba niimuna yomoshitopolwa shaKavango East otayi monika nawa komalutu, ihe ngele otwa tegelele sigo oNovemba iimuna otayi ka adhika monkalo ombwiinayi.”

    Oomwedhi ndatu dha piti ngashiingeyi konima sho omunambelewa melelo lyuuministeli wuunamapya, Percy Misika a lombwele oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun kutya emanitho lyokatomeno hoka oli li pankatu ya hugunina.

    Omundohotola gwiimuna moshitopolwa shaKavango east, Ludgerus Amushila okwa lombwele iikundaneki kutya okatomeno hoka oka pwa okutungwa noopresenda 75, noshimaliwa shoomiliyona 78 shomoomiiyona 123 dhoka dha nuninwa okutunga okatomeno hoka osha longithwa.

    Opoloyeka ndjoka oya li ya nuninwa oomiliyona 110.

    Sho a pulwa kutya osha ende ngiini oshimaliwa shi londe pombanda noomiliyona 13, Amushila okwa popi kutya ina pyakudhukwa okupopya kombinga yomatompelo.

    Uuna ka tameke okulonga okatomeno hoka otaka ka vulu okutomwenwa oongombe 100 mesiku.

    Monena aanafaalama ohaya landithile iimuna yawo muutomeno wopakathimbo waMeatco mboka hawu ningilwa mokamba yomanga yiimuna moMatumbo Ribebe, oshinano shookilometa 60 okuya muumbugantu waRundu.

    Okatomeno hoka ohaka tomenwa oongombe 90 momwedhi.

    Pahapu dhomunashipundi gwoKavango East Regional Farmers Union (KERFU) Adolf Muremi, ope na oongombe dhi li po 900 dhoka dhategelelwa okutomwa mokatomeno hoka kopakathimbo.

    Muremi okwa kala uule woomvula odhindji ta pula opo okatomeno hoka ka manithwe.


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    Omukwaniilwa gwaNdonga uuvaneke okuhanganitha oshigwanaOmukwaniilwa gwaNdonga uuvaneke okuhanganitha oshigwanaMushelenga a pula ekandulepo lyomananathano pambili Pethimbo lyoshituthi oshinene shopandjokonona shoka sha nana aantu omayovi nomayovi mOlyomakaya ga piti, omunamimvo 45, Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo ngoka a langekwa nokuninga omukwaniilwa gwaNdonga omuti 18 okwa uvaneke ehanganitho lyoshigwana she. Shoka osha ningwa konima yesiku sho Ompangu yoPombanda moshilongo ya ningi etokolo muuwanawa we, sha landula eindilo lyomeendelelo lyompangu ndyoka lya li lya ningwa kongundu yaamboka taya yambidhidha Konis Eino Kalenga onga omukwaniilwa, opo elangeko lyaNangolo kali pule komeho.

    Omunashipundi gwelelo lyopamuthigululwakalo lyUukwanyama, George Nelulu, okwa kwatele komeho oshituthi shelangeko lyomukwaniiwa pehala lyOmukwaniilwa gUukwanyama Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu.

    Okwa popi kutya ina mona nale oshituthi shopamuthigululwakalo ngashoka sha nana aantu oyendji noonkondo. Nangolo ngashiingeyi okwa taalela oshilonga oshinene shokuhanganitha oongundu mbali dhaalelwa ye mOndonga.

    Okwa pumbwa okugwanitha po oshinakugwanithwa shoka sha thigwapo kaakwaniilwa nale ye li 17 mboka ya tetekele ya lela Ondonga okutameka omvula yo 1650.

    Omupeha presidende gwaNamibia, Nangolo Mbumba, oshowo oominista dhokabinete dha yooloka odha kala poshituthi shoka.

    Aakokele yaali moshigwana shaNdonga, Shali Kamati oshowo Anelly Mbumba, oya pe Nangolo omwiya gwokukondopeka elelo lye, ondjato yokuhumbata oshilongo shaNdonga naantu ye oshowo ekotampango lyaNamibia opo ku kwashilipalekwe kutya itayi pondje oompango dhoshilongo.

    Nangolo okwa yi pehala lyOmukwaniilwa gwaNdonga omuti 17, Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, ngoka a hulitha momwedhi Maalitsa konima sho a lele oshilongo shaNdonga uule woomvula 44.

    Pethimbo lyoshipopiwa she shetaambo lyoshipundi shuukwaniilwa, Nangolo okwa popi kutya okwa pyakudhukwa mokulela oshilongo shaNdonga nokweeta omayambulepo moshigwana she.

    Mbumba okwa popi kutya Nangolo na kwashilipaleke kutya okwa e ta ombili moshigwana she.

    Nangolo okwa popi kutya okwa kokele mombala yaNamungundo, na okwa pyakudhukwa okuhanganitha oshigwana shaNdonga shoka ngashiingeyi sha topoka.

    “Otandi taamba oshinakugwanithwa shoka ndiinekelelwa nokukwashilipaleka kutya otandi lele aantu mOndonga nokuya ihumbatela sha faathana. Shoka twa yi mu sho nokweeta tu topoke kashi po we na oshinima sha pita. Nkene nda li okanona onda pita moshindji onkene ka nda li ndi na uumbanda wa sha pethimbo lyekondjelo lyoshipundi shuuleli ndyoka lya lipo,” Nangolo a popi.

    Nangolo okwa li uulikwa kunakusa Elifas onga omulanduli gwe ihe euliko lye olya patanekwa kongundu ya yamwepo yomofamili yaakwaniilwa.

    Momasiku 12 gaApilili Ompangu yoPombanda mOvenduka oya tindi eindilo ndyoka lya ningwa kuKalenga oshowo mwene gwomukunda Oscar Sheehama, mboka yali taya kambadhala okuya moshipala elangeko lyaNangolo, eindilo ndyoka olya li lya kuthwa mo momusholondondo gwiihokolola yompangu, netompelo kutya inashi endelela.

    Metitano, natango Omupanguli Thomas Masuku okwa kutha mo eindilo ndyoka lya li lya nuninwa okuya moshipala elangeko lyaNangolo, netompelo kutya inali endelela.

    Ominista yomalelo goondoolopa niitopolwa, Peya Mushelenga okwa popi kutya okwa ningi etokolo lye okuzimina Nangolo onga omukwaniilwa gwaNdonga iikwatelela kOmpango yOmalelo gOpamuthigululwakalo.

    “Aantu oyendji oya pulandje ngele kandi na uumbanda okuninga etokolo kombinga yoshikumungu shaNdonga. Onde ya lombwele kutya kandi na uumbanda molwaashoka inandi ya pondje ompango, noshilongitho shoka twa longitha Ompango yOmalelo gOpamuthigululwakalo.”

    “Ngashiingeyi oto tambula oshigwana shaNdonga, shoka wa tegelelwa wushi hanganithe. Omalelo gopamuthigululwakalo ogeli ookuume kepangelo momayambulepo, ihe ngele oshigwana osha topoka omayambulepo itaga vulu okumonika,” Mushelenga a popi.

    “Ombelewa yandje oya udha iikumungu oyindji yomananathano okuza komalelo gopamuthigululwakalo ogendji, ethimbo olya thikana opo omalelo ngoka ga kandulepo omaupyakadhi gawo pambili,” Mushelenga a popi.


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  • 07/01/19--16:00: Kragte op Affiespark gemeet
  • Kragte op Affiespark gemeetKragte op Affiespark gemeetWAP staan hul man teen WBPHS Nog ’n Momentum- o.19-ligawedstryd het vir spanning, opwinding en goeie rugby met ’n eindtelling van 26-12 in WAP se guns gesorg. Mariselle Stofberg

    Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool (WAP) en Walvisbaai Privaat Hoërskool (WBPHS) se o.19-rugbyspanne het mekaar Saterdag op Affiespark in Windhoek die stryd tydens die Momentum- o.19-ligawedstryd aangesê.

    WAP se JCC Construction & Khomas Medical- o.19-span het as die wenners uit die stryd getree met ’n eindtelling van 26-12 in hul guns.

    Die twee skole het ook Saterdag hul sesde interhoër gehad met leerlinge wat aan rugby-, netbal- en hokkiewedstryde deelgeneem het. WAP is as die wenners van vanjaar se interhoër aangewys, met die PSG- o.19-hokkiespan wat 4-3 gewen het, en die City Sand and Bricks- o.19-netbalspan wat WBPHS met 43-36 geklop het.

    Mnr. Kobus Espach, WAP se hoof, was ongelooflik trots op die goeie sportmangees en energie wat by vanjaar se interhoër te sien was.

    “Elke interhoër is propvol sportmangees, vriendskaplike kompetisie en wanneer ons uitmekaar gaan, gaan ons as vriende uitmekaar. Dit is ’n voorreg om elke jaar teen WBPHS te kan meeding.”

    De Wet Oosthuizen, hoofseun en kaptein van WAP se JCC Construction & Khomas Medical- o.19-span, sê die span se kameraadskap is wat hulle van ander spanne in die liga onderskei. “Ons span het ’n hegte band en ons wil graag bou op die sukses van hierdie oorwinning. Ons geniet dit elke jaar om teen WBPHS te kan meeding, en ek sal nie hierdie interhoër teen enige ander skool wil hê nie.”

    John Faul, kaptein van WBPHS se o.19-span vir die naweek, sê interhoër bied beide skole die geleentheid om mekaar beter te leer ken. “Dit is altyd ongelooflik lekker om teen WAP te kan speel, en deur hierdie interhoër kon ons hegte vriendskappe smee. Ons as span glo voorbereiding en oefening is die sleutel tot enige wedstryd.”

    Tydens die interhoër het WAP ook ’n tjokker-dag aangebied met Privaatskool Elnatan, Laerskool Pionierspark, Orban Laerskool, WAP en WBPHS wat deelgeneem het. Dit het die skole die geleentheid gebied om op ’n vriendskaplike basis deel te neem.

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    Moria kuberkuns en -kultuurfeesMoria kuberkuns en -kultuurfees Isabel Prinsloo

    Privaatskool Moria sê totsiens vir ‘n ou kultuurfees en verwelkom ‘n splinternuwe Moria kuns- en kultuurfees.

    Volgens me Lerine Olivier sou die formaat oorspronklik ‘n toetsloop wees vir volgende jaar se NAPSO kuns- en kultuurfees, maar nadat die kultuur kommittee komentaar ontvang het en mooi besin het, het hulle besluit om dit digitaal aan te bied.

    “Die nuwe Kuber kultuurfees werk as volg: deelnemers ry nie spesiaal Outjo toe nie,” vertel Olivier. Volgens haar word die deelnemers afgeneem in hul eie gemak-area en dit word dan op ’n webtuiste geplaas waar die beoordelaars aanlyn die video’s en werke beoordeel.

    Mnr Neil Prinsloo, hoofuitvoerende beampte van Privaatskool Moria, sê dat die skool die eerste skool in Namibië is wat so kultuurfees aanbied.

    Die volgende reëls geld vir die kompetisie:

    Alle beslissings van die beoordelaars is finaal. Geen toekenning sal gedoen word as die standaard dit nie regverdig nie. Die algemene bestuur behou die reg voor om enige beoordelaar aan te stel.

    Inskrywingsvorms is vir die fees is beskikbaar op Privaatskool Moria se webtuiste. Alle inskrywings moet digitaal wees behalwe kuns wat na die skool gestuur moet word. Video’s moet in mp4 formaat wees en dit moet 250MB of kleiner wees. Foto’s moet in JPEG formaat ingedien word.

    Musiek, instrumenteel word verdeel in twee komponente naamlik klassieke musiek (geen elektroniese instrumente) en kontemporêre musiek. Deelnemers kan in solo’s of duette en selfs trio’s deelneem.

    Afrikaanse gedigte word self deur die deelnemer gekies en voorgedra. Nie meer as een gedig met dieselfde titel van dieselfde skool sal toegelaat word nie. Dieselfde reëls geld vir die Engelse voordrag.

    Sertifikate sal tussen 1 Julie en 12 Julie aan betrokke skole gestuur word.

    Privaatskool Moria se kinders is vol opgewondenheid oor die nuwe Kultuurfees, sê Lanè Burger, ’n Graad 11 leerling van dié privaatskool. Sy wil graag deelneem omdat dis so ‘n gerieflike manier is om van die konsep deel te wees.

    Kyk uit vir verdere reëlings en inligting op die webtuiste wat op 5 Junie 2019 bekend gemaak is.

    Vir verdere inligting, kontak Me Lerine Olivier by 0815609151.

    Uitblinkers in kuns en kultuur kan hierdie jaar digitaal baljaar. Die kompetisie is vir elke leerling wat aan kuns en kultuur wil eer bring. As jy voordra,verf of musiek kan speel, dan kan jy dit digitaal met die skool deel. Jy kan ook kiekies stuur waarna ons beoordeelaars sal tuur.

    Maak seker jy is betyds, want Privaatskool Moria wil jou gesig oral wys.

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  • 07/01/19--16:00: Spel soos ’n baas
  •  Spel soos ’n baas Spel soos ’n baasWedstryd sorg vir hope pret Laerskole in en rondom Windhoek het mekaar tydens die 11de De Bono-spelwedstryd die stryd aangesê. Mariselle Stofberg

    Laserskool M.H. Greeff was onlangs die gasheer van die 11de en gewilde De Bono-spelwedstryd.

    Ses skole het vanjaar deelgeneem, wat Laerskool Bloukrans, Laerskool Dordabis, Laerskool Windhoek Sentraal, Laerskool M.H. Greeff, Laerskool Tobias Hainyeko en Laerskool S.T. Barnabas insluit.

    Emma Fernandes en Lorrainne Harupe, beide leerlinge Laerskool Windhoek Sentraal, het onderskeidelik eerste en tweede gekom. Harupe het streng voorbereiding vir die kompetisie ondergaan en kon die vrugte van haar harde werk pluk. “Ek het dit vreeslik geniet toe ons ná die tyd Spur toe kon gaan en natuurlik ook om my trofee wat ek gewen het, te ontvang. Dit laat my goed en spesiaal voel.”

    Laerskool Windhoek Sentraal was die algehele wenner, met Laerskool M.H. Greeff in die tweede plek en Laerskool Tobias Hainyeko in die derde plek.

    Me. Veziruapi Mupia, ’n onderwyser by Laerskool M.H. Greeff, sê ondanks die harde werk wat die reël van die wedstryd verg, is dit iets wat hulle as organiseerders baie geniet. “Dit is baie lekker as die mense, ná al die harde werk, sê hulle het die dag en kos wat voorberei is, terdeë geniet.”

    Mupia beklemtoon die belangrikheid van wedstryde van hierdie aard vir jong kinders. “Hierdie wedstryde moedig kinders aan om meer te lees. Hoe meer hulle lees, hoe meer word hul woordeskat uitgebrei wat op die beurt ook meer kennis beteken. Ek voel alle kinders moet aan so iets blootgestel word.”

    Shylo-Novel Vries, ’n leerling van Laerskool Bloukrans, neem al vir vier jaar aan die spelwedstryd deel. “Ek hou daarvan dat ek elke keer nuwe woorde kan leer en met kinders van ander skole kan gesels.”

    Mupia moedig ouers aan om deel van die proses te word om hul kinders vir hierdie wedstryde voor te berei. “As onderwysers is ons net tydens skoolure betrokke, maar kinders spandeer die meeste van hulle tyd tuis. Sodra ouers saam met hulle kinders sit om voor te berei, help dit om van die ergste senuwees ontslae te raak.” ’n Beroep word ook gedoen op die ouers om deel van die dag te word. “Dit beteken so baie vir die leerlinge as hulle sien hulle ouers is ook hier om hulle te ondersteun en aan te moedig.”

    Volgens me. Sosela Costa, een van die beoordelaars van die wedstryd, was die kompetisie streng onder die leerlinge gewees. “Die kinders is goed voorbereid, maar die senuwees maak dit soms moeilik.” Costa moedig leerlinge aan om geleenthede soos hierdie met al twee hande aan te gryp en aan te hou lees soveel as wat hulle kan.

    Me. Zameka de Waal was verantwoordelik vir die lees van die woorde wat die leerlinge daarna moes spel. “Wedstryde soos hierdie leer kinders die regte manier om woorde uit te spreek, help hulle met die wyse waarop hulle praat en verbeter hulle skryfvermoë. Dit is wonderlik om te sien hoe die leerlinge die woorde kan visualiseer en dan spel.” De Waal hoop dat meer skole in die toekoms ook kan deelneem.

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  • 07/01/19--16:00: Antonia spreads her wings
  • Antonia spreads her wings Antonia spreads her wings Set chase her dream in the US William Innes

    Antonia Ndumba, a former Westside High School learner with aspirations to study in the United States, has attained her dream.

    Antonia Ndumba recently become one of 40 scholars worldwide to successfully obtain a scholarship that grants her entry to study at the Watson Institute in Boca Raton, Florida.

    Antonia was inspired by her older brother, Victor, who also attended Westside High School and left Namibia in 2015 to complete his high school career in America.

    He has since gone on to study filmmaking and acting at the prestigious Pittsburgh Point Park University.

    Antonia was encouraged by Victor to apply at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh and received the joyous news in April 2018 that she was accepted.

    She applied for the aviation and air hospitality management course. It has been a long-time dream of hers to become an air hostess. According to Antonia it is a lifestyle to travel and the job entails more than just serving people. The course would also allow her to work at an airport and presents further career possibilities, such as becoming an aeronautical engineer or an air traffic controller, says Antonia. The university’s academic programme dictated that Antonia had to depart for America shortly after completing her grade 12 external examinations.

    On 10 November 2018, Antonia started attending classes for a week and wrote a mathematics and English aptitude test. The college stipulates that all out-of-county students must complete a six-month English preparatory study course, due to the influx of non-native students who cannot speak English proficiently.

    Antonia’s Allegheny experience included a host of friendly and amazing people. However, the cold weather did not agree with her sunny disposition and financial constraints and housing hampered her progress. Eventually Antonia could not complete the course and again on her older brother’s advice she applied for a bachelor of science in social entrepreneurship course at the Watson Institute in Boca Raton, Florida.

    This course will allow her to study for three years and will mould her in such a way that when she returns she is able to make a long-lasting social impact on her country, while enabling her to make a livening for herself. The multi-cultural student body of Watson Institute that include students from Israel, Canada, the south of India, Uganda and Madagascar, to name a few, also drew Antonia to this institution. The Watson Institute only accepts 40 students annually and Antonia was awarded a generous scholarship that covers both her tuition and housing expenses.

    She is slated to start at the Watson Institute in July 2019. Antonia’s message to the matriculants of 2019 is a Lupita Nyong’o quote: “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

    We at Westside High wish Antonia all the best and we believe that she will make us proud.

    Did you know?

    In 2014, the Watson Institute merged with the Taubman Centre for Public Policy, which had previously been housed in the department of political science.

    Antonia fact box:

    She loves reading.

    She is a dream chaser.

    She loves to travel.

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  • 07/01/19--16:00: Getting to know Omukwaniilwa
  • Getting to know OmukwaniilwaGetting to know OmukwaniilwaA lifetime with the royals The new Ondonga king is no newbie when it comes to his country, his region, and his people. The newly installed 18th king of the Ondonga, Major Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, was born on 4 June 1974 at Enkono village near the Ondangwa Airport.

    His father is the late Namupala gwaNangolo dhaNamupala gwaMvula yaNangolo dhAmutenya gwaSheya shAmakutuwa and his mother is Maria Josef.

    Nangolo, who is a squadron leader, was raised by his uncle and predecessor, Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas at his palace at Onamungudo. King Elifas died in April.

    When Elifas ascended to the throne in August 1975, Nangolo was a year old.

    He attended primary school at Okashandja and Olukonda before matriculating at Oshakati Senior Secondary School under principal Jakob Kashupi.

    After completing his education, in 1999 he received military training at the Osona military base near Okahandja and become a member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) air wing unit.

    Between 2000 and 2001 he received aircraft instrument, mechanical and pilot-related training from the Denel Technical Academy in Gauteng, South Africa and participated in the peace-keeping mission during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    In June 2002, the King Elifas appointed Nangolo as his assistant and successor.

    This was done in consultation with head of NDF at the time, Lieutenant-General Martin Shalli, and Air Vice-Marshal Martin Pinehas, who allowed Nangolo to recuse himself from his military roles whenever he was needed for traditional activities.

    Nangolo married Adelheid Gustaf at Onayena on 7 April 2007 and established their homestead at Onambango near Ondangwa, which is now the Ondonga palace.

    Nangolo has also received training in common and customary law and also served on the Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC), then chaired by the justice minister Sacky Shanghala.

    At a historical event that attracted thousands of people, Nangolo was coronated as the 18th king of the Ondonga traditional community at Onambango in the Oshana Region this past Saturday.

    This came a day after a second High Court bid by a faction supporting Konis Eino Kalenga for the kingship failed.


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  • 07/01/19--16:00: No merit, no problem: Kawana
  • No merit, no problem: KawanaNo merit, no problem: Kawana The attorney-general Albert Kawana has rubbished insinuations by Swanu president Dr Tangeni Iijambo that women who ascend to parliament should do so on the basis of their competency and not because of “comradeship”.

    According to Iijambo, the current practice through which women are elevated to the country's legislature without having the requisite skills and competencies is a self-defeating exercise. He was contributing during one of the series of debates in the National Assembly (NA) recently, which sought to amend both the electoral and local authority acts to include a provision that will compel all political formations to implement a 50:50 gender policy in their constitutions.

    “I have no qualm with the 50:50 concept. However, merit should prevail. There is no way we can just wheelbarrow women into positions to acquire the 50:50. There must be merit,” Iijambo argued.

    Some female parliament members were offended by Iijambo's contribution, as could be heard from the floor.

    They questioned why in any debate on equal gender representation, only women are subjected to merit, while their male counterparts are immune to the same.

    Iijambo, however, was not swayed.

    “To push women into positions without the relevant qualities and capabilities will not serve Namibia well, nor Africa, or the world for that matter,” he insisted.

    His assertions were however rubbished by Kawana, whose stance is that merit should not be a gauge to decide if a woman should make it to parliament.

    Kawana premised his argument on the fact that they did not ask for merit during their liberation struggle years whilst in exile.

    “During those difficult years of the struggle, did we require our women folk to write exams to see whether they qualify to take part in the national struggle for the independence of this country? We did not,” he said.

    He went further to claim that most households are headed by women.

    “Are we subjecting those women to merit? No! So the issue of merit is out as far as I am concerned,” he said.

    Also joining the fray was Swapo MP Lucia Witbooi, who said women should be given the opportunity to showcase their capabilities.

    Popular Democratic Movement's Vipuakuje Muharukua added to the debate, saying the motion is founded on sinister motives.

    “Swapo MPs want to use this motion to force their party to ensure that their next president is female. If Swapo was serious about 50:50, we would by now have equal representation of men and women in cabinet. The National Assembly will never be used to drive political agendas,” Muharukua said.

    The debate continues when the session resumes on Tuesday.


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  • 07/01/19--16:00: Over N$1m raised for OATF
  • Over N$1m raised for OATFOver N$1m raised for OATF The ever-increasing business expos and trade fairs held in almost every town across the country have become worrisome and impact corporate social investment (CSI) budgets, hampers logistics and also creates an unrealistic expectation in terms of sponsors.

    This is according to the John Ekongo, the corporate affairs and communications manager for MTC, who was speaking during the 2019 Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) gala dinner over the weekend that raised N$1 171 670.

    The 20th OATF is planned for 23 to 31 August under the theme 'Fostering economic growth through innovation'.

    MTC remains the main sponsor of the OATF and pledged N$450 000 during the dinner, while First National Bank (FNB) pledged N$160 000, Standard Bank N$150 000 and Indongo Ford N$70 000.

    Ekongo said to his modest understanding is that the theme calls for innovation.

    It means that in order to continue providing customer benefits and satisfaction, to meet customer demands, companies need to adopt and incorporate innovation at the core of their business practices, he said

    “We need to incorporate innovation in every unit of our organisations, in order to shield and protect our competency and relevancy in the market. In business, it is known that he who refuses to be innovative will perish, become obsolete and eventually die a natural death. As they say, the Stone Age did not end because people ran out of stones, but because people discovered iron and metal,” Ekongo said. “We thus need to make certain that our business models and processes are innovatively designed to safely position and set ourselves… for the future. We cannot provide and deliver services to our customers today in the same way we use to do it in the 1990s. We cannot offer the same product offerings, with the same design, features and functionalities today in the same way that we used do it in the 1990s.”

    Ekongo, however, expressed his disappointment with “a new unfolding exercise” that is bringing expos and trade shows to almost every town, village and settlement, but nothing unique and different.

    “Oftentimes, corporates are forced to support the attainment of business objectives. I will not be surprised if I wake up and hear that locations within towns are now also hosting their own expos. I will not be stunned if one day I hear that Uupindi location is now hosting its own expo, and is also soliciting for sponsorship.

    “To that effect, we thus once again strongly advise and call on regional and local authorities to consider forming a harmonised show calendar that adopts a rotation policy, to eliminate the over-duplication of trade fairs, shows and expos.

    “A harmonised calendar that will reduce unnecessary competition, and most desirably, bring about unity as we strive for economic growth. This harmonised calendar will also assist sponsors to effectively plan and streamline support for what will be a unified show,” Ekongo advised.

    He said for as long as their commitment to supporting trade exhibitions is maintained, MTC will continue to echo this sentiment, until progress is achieved to this effect.

    Northern Regional Energy Distributor (Nored) CEO Fillemon Nakashole, who was a guest speaker, said he has been a judge at the OATF for the past 10 years and has learnt that many exhibitors find themselves participating in business expositions without realising what they want to achieve.

    He said that inconsistencies with information dissemination, coupled with unprepared exhibition teams, exhibiting without theme, relatively poor or poor customer service and the team's attitude and behaviour are a few mistakes he has observed, and if not addressed, they have a potentially detrimental effect on both the event and the company's reputation.

    “It must be understood that an exhibition is a key moment in the business year and exhibitors need to be proactive and innovative. People visit exhibitions for three basic reasons: To be entertained, to find out how a new product or service actually works, and to find out if a business transaction might be agreed upon between the two parties,” Nakashole said.


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