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- 07/03/19--16:00: No more cold nights
- 07/03/19--16:00: AMTA hubs in dire straits
- 07/04/19--16:00: Black Mamba ready to strike
- 07/04/19--16:00: Bafana legend Fortune set for United job
- 07/04/19--16:00: Do-or-die at Afcon
- 07/04/19--16:00: Kolisi may miss Rugby Championship
- 07/04/19--16:00: Are we reforming the United Nations or maintaining the status quo?
- 07/04/19--16:00: An open letter to the Municipality of Windhoek
- 07/04/19--16:00: Rehoboth warns defaulters
- 07/04/19--16:00: Geingob is coming to your town
- 07/04/19--16:00: 'Reopen public water points'
- 07/04/19--16:00: Taking Kwaito to new dimensions
- 07/04/19--16:00: Luis Munana - Namibia's pride and joy
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Last month Namibian Sun reported how 79-year-old Kornelia Sindimba, her three grandchildren and three-week-old great-granddaughter have had to endure living in a structure made of pieces of a mosquito net, maize meal sacks and plastic.
The Musese constituency office, the office of Kavango West governor Sirkka Ausiku and the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) regional leadership all reacted to the story, which led to the family now having a better roof over their heads.
They previously slept in a two-metre by two-metre makeshift structure, in which there was no bed or anything else, apart from a cloth lying on the ground.
Dogs and chickens could move freely into their structure, as one could see the sky from inside, making the rain and cold unbearable.
However, they are now sleeping in their new shack on mattresses that were also donated by the Good Samaritans.
The family also received food and blankets.
Ausiku also managed to track down Nedimbo Andreas Mbanze, Sindimba's 45-year-old son.
Mbanze, who was working on a farm, was encouraged to go back home and assist his mother and relatives.
Namibian Sun previously reported that Sindimba's children had not visited her for a number of years, leaving her to suffer with her grandchildren.
Sindimba said that she is very grateful.
“I am very happy about what has happened. I have been suffering for many years and prayed that one day I will be assisted, and something positive has happened. We can now sleep in peace and warm under the blankets. A very big thank you to those that made the donations,” Sindimba said.
Namibian Sun previously reported that Sindimba does not benefit from government's monthly pension grant, as she was yet to collect her ID.
However, during a recent visit she proudly showed off her ID and said she will be receiving her monthly pension grant from October.
According to her ID she was born on 12 October 1959.
However, this contradicts her Catholic baptism card, which indicates that she was born on 28 February 1940.
She said she is prepared to wait until October so that she start receiving her pension grant, which she will use to uplift her family and better their lives.
This is after AMTA got rid of private trading agents at the two fresh-produce hubs, leaving employees with nothing to do.
Rundu hub regional manager Iinekela Kambindji resigned last month, while Fysal Fresh Produce, which was last month given another three-month contract to operate from the Ongwediva fresh-produce hub, has vacated the premises. They finished packing up yesterday, after reporting they only had one customer every 30 minutes.
However, AMTA spokesperson Meke Namindo said the hubs' operations are still ongoing.
She further denied that any staff would be sent home or that Kambindji had resigned because of inactivity at the Rundu hub.
“The hubs' operations are still ongoing and AMTA is supplying to some of the OMAs.”
Namindo said producers are still supplying through the hubs.
When asked what some of the challenges were, in terms of implementing the cabinet resolution, she said: “Not all OMAs are currently on board.”
Sources said AMTA is also struggling to get support from the OMAs following the implementation of a cabinet decision that they should procure all agricultural products locally through the agency.
They said the Ongwediva and Rundu hubs' operations have ceased because there are no agents operating at the facilities.
“We are busy considering if we are going to switch off the hub or start doing business on our own. Since March, when the agents left, the place has been quiet and we are not sure if we will be getting customers or if we going to start doing business on our own,” a Rundu hub source said.
In Ongwediva, sources said they will consider waiting until the OMAs come on board.
“There is, however, no sign that the OMAs will come on board. They are not providing us with the information that we required from them.”
Ismael David Fysal, from Fysal Fresh, said before their contract was extended for three months, they were ready to relocate their operations to Ondangwa.
He said they decided to move to Ondangwa beforehand, because they do not know what is likely to happen after the three-month contract extension.
On 26 February, Schlettwein wrote to all ministers, governors, town mayors, board chairpersons and executive directors, informing them that in terms of section 73 of the Public Procurement Act of 2015, all public entities are directed to include specific provisions in their tender specifications to ensure that entities wanting to bid for any catering contract for the provision of food shall source meat, fresh produce, cereal and flour from local producers.
According to Sylvanus Naunyango, the chairperson of Olushandja Farmers Association - a group of private small-scale farmers at the Olushandja Dam that were also acting as agents at the Ongwediva fresh-produce hub - business was not good.
This was because there was no specific market, especially for institutional commodities, apart from walk-in customers who mainly bought tomatoes and onions.
Naunyango added they were happy and engaged the prime minister on their needs.
“We were behind the creation of AMTA as an opportunity for our products to get access to the market. We even made sure that we got space inside to sell and market our products. It was a good idea, but it was still useless, because our products could still not get into the market because the OMAs' catering companies were not sourcing their produce through AMTA.
“The majority of our customers were homeowners who only bought tomatoes and onions. Institutional commodities such as gem squash, carrots, beetroot and many more had no customers, unless they were finished in the country,” Naunyango said.
“The prime minister came and we had a meeting where we gave our sentiments that we would like the government to accord us an opportunity for our products to be consumed by OMAs within our localities. We were therefore informed to vacate AMTA and go back to our friends to go and produce, but until today we did not receive consumption demand for us to do our cropping programme, to enable us satisfy the market.”
Naunyango added that as long as things are well-coordinated, they have capacity to meet the demand.
AMTA gave Fysal Fresh another three-month contract last month to operate from the Ongwediva hub, but could not save a trial agreement with Namsov from falling apart.
Fysal Fresh, which had signed a year-long deal prior to the extension, was ready to end its operations at the hub in June, while Namsov, which had signed a six-month to set up a fish-supplying point, left after its contract with AMTA was not renewed in time.
In February last year, AMTA entered into a public-private-partnership agreement with Fysal Fresh to operate from its fresh-produce hubs nationwide, which joined four other agents that were already operating at the hubs.
Fysal Fresh was the last remaining private agent to operate from AMTA's Ongwediva hub since February.
Although Fysal Fresh was initially only given a one-year contract, the deal was heavily criticised in some circles. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila visited the Ongwediva hub in September last year after receiving complaints that Fysal Fresh was sourcing produce from South Africa and trading it at the government hub.
After her visit, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila held a meeting with fellow cabinet ministers to discuss a new procurement programme for government.
She explained at the time that some small-scale farmers in Oshana and Omusati had complained about government's procurement system and programmes, especially about companies catering for hospitals and schools, correctional services, the defence force, the Food Bank and drought relief, not being supportive of small-scale farmers.
“Similar complaints have been raised by small-scale farmers in Kavango West and Kavango East and the Zambezi Region, as well as some other small local business entities,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said at the time.
Her meeting with her cabinet colleagues took place shortly after the country second national land conference, which had also raised the issue of government procurement from small-scale farmers.
On 25 March, agriculture minister Alpheus !Naruseb informed all OMAs about the implementation of the cabinet decision related to local procurement.
He said cabinet had directed that all OMAs should include a qualification requirement in their food supply tender specifications, which stipulates that food supplied to government institutions should be sourced from local producers and suppliers, particularly from the national fresh-produce business hubs.
Agriculture ministry spokesperson Margaret Kalo could not provide any detail on Tuesday regarding the implementation of the cabinet decision.
Youth ministry spokesperson Aina Shikesho was asked what they were doing to implement the cabinet decision on procuring of local livestock and horticultural and agronomic products through AMTA.
One question also referred to the fact that ministries were requested to provide information on the annual quantity agronomic and livestock products consumed by institutions that fall under them. Shikesho acknowledged receipt of the questions.
Basic education ministry spokesperson Johanna Absalom was also probed on the implementation of the cabinet directive.
“We will revert back to you during the course of the week or next week once we finalise the response,” Absalom said.
Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kaunapawa Shikwambi referred all questions to the safety and security executive director Trephine Panduleni Kamati, when asked about the cabinet decision, saying she would respond on behalf of the ministry.
“This is news to me. However, since you are rightfully saying it's a cabinet decision, I suggest that you engage the office of the executive director to respond on behalf of the ministry,” Shikwambi said. Questions were also sent to Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Eveline January on the implementation of the cabinet decision.
Shihepo, fighting out of the African Connection Boxing and Fitness Gym owned by Immanuel 'AC' Moses, is looking to return home with the title.
He has been out of action since June last year, when he fought at the Floyd Mayweather Academy in Moscow against Russian Aleksei Papin. The Namibian pugilist lost the IBF international cruiserweight title fight in the 10th round, despite putting up a great performance.
Known to be a lethal puncher, Shihepo, who has a record of 35 fights, 25 wins and 10 losses, now needs to put up an impressive showing if he wants to revive his ailing boxing career.
“This is a chance Black Mamba cannot miss. He has been in the gym getting ready for this fight. I work with big guys and I try as much as possible not to lie to them.
“There are not many chances around, so they need to step up when a chance presents itself. Go in to win it or go home,” said Moses.
He added that Shihepo needs this fight and must make sure he emerges victorious at the end of the night.
Moses also expressed happiness about the number of boxing stables emerging in the country, saying aspiring boxers and those already in the sport can now choose where and with whom they want to train.
On paper Shihepo has more experience than his opponent, as he has been around the block.
Phuzi only has eight fights to his name and is undefeated.
He last fought in March this year against Malawi's Mussa Ajibu, whom he stopped in the fourth round of their ten-round cruiserweight bout.
The South African is seen as a rough diamond. He is a hard puncher who can also take a beating.
The boxing event will also see a mini-flyweight title fight between South African Bangile Nyangani and Tanzanian pugilist Oscar Richard, as well as five other undercard bouts.
Wood will be named as head coach with the former Bafana Bafana ace Fortune to be his assistant.
Since Ricky Sbragia departed from the club in May, the Red Devils have been on the lookout for a suitable replacement.
The 36-year-old Wood came through the ranks of United but never earned a senior appearance.
He went onto play for Coventry City and Oldham Athletic before returning to the Reds in 2014 as an academy coach.
Meanwhile, Fortune clocked in 126 appearances during his six years as a player between 1999 and 2005.
He went on to win the Intercontinental Cup (1992), Premier League (2002/03) and the FA Community Shield (2003).
The 42-year-old previously served as assistant manager of Cardiff City's under-21 side during current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign at the Welsh outfit.
Fortune has also spent time with Bafana Bafana as Stuart Baxter's European-based assistant coach.
The South African is a frequent football pundit on Manchester United TV.
Already qualified Mali defeated Angola 1-0 in Ismailia through an Amadou Haidara thunderbolt to win Group E and eliminate the losers from the competition.
Tunisia, ranked second in Africa behind Senegal, could only draw 0-0 with debutants Mauritania in Suez but the point secured second place behind Mali.
Mali won the group with seven points followed by Tunisia with three and Angola and Mauritania with two each.
Angola's loss meant South Africa sneaked into the knockout phase, joining Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Benin as the best four third-place teams.
Mali will face the Ivory Coast in the round of 16, while Tunisia meet Ghana, who are chasing a seventh consecutive top-four finish in the Cup of Nations.
The highlight of the round is expected to be the clash between defending champions Cameroon and Nigeria, who have won the competition eight times between them.
Hosts Egypt, Algeria and Morocco, the three countries who finished first in their groups with perfect three-win records, will all face opponents who came third.
Mohamed Salah-inspired Egypt meet South Africa in a fixture sure to fill the 75 000-capacity Cairo International Stadium tomorrow.
Morocco face Benin in Cairo today in the first of the eight last-16 fixtures and Algeria tackle Guinea on Sunday, also in the Egyptian capital.
Fairy-tale qualifiers Madagascar stay in Alexandria, where they stunned three-time former champions Nigeria to win Group B, for a showdown with DR Congo.
Boosted by a Sadio Mane brace against Kenya, Senegal will face another east African nation, Uganda, for a quarterfinal place.
In Ismailia, Mali made eight changes to the team that drew against Tunisia, with captain Abdoulay Diaby and ace striker Moussa Marega among those on the bench.
Angola started with star winger Hermenegildo Geraldo after bringing him on as a second-half substitute in draws against Tunisia and Mauritania.
The countries were involved in the greatest Cup of Nations comeback, with Mali wiping out a four-goal deficit on 77 minutes to draw 4-4 with 2010 hosts Angola in Luanda.
There was only one goal during the first half in Ismailia, with Haidara putting the Malian Eagles ahead at 37 minutes.
After a patient build up just outside the Angolan box, Haidara unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew wide of goalkeeper Tony Cabaca and into the corner of the net.
Mali should have been more than one goal ahead by halftime, as unmarked Kalifa Coulibaly headed wide from close range.
Strangely lethargic during the opening half, Angola were more assertive after halftime and troubled the Mali defence regularly without making the crucial breakthrough.
After suffering a 1-4 hiding to Mali in their opening match, Mauritania kept a second successive clean sheet to contain Tunisia and bow out with their heads held high.
Tunisia have been a major disappointment under French coach Alain Giresse and failed to win any of three group matches.
Kolisi, who last year became the first black player to captain the Springboks, has been ruled out of the matches against Australia in Johannesburg on 20 July and New Zealand in Wellington a week later.
He is also doubtful for the final match in Argentina on August 10, in a championship reduced from two rounds to one because of the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in Japan in late September.
“I think if we push him now... we might end up with more than a 50% chance that he will not go with us to the World Cup,” said Erasmus.
Possible temporary replacements as skipper include flyhalf Handre Pollard and forward Malcolm Marx, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Duane Vermeulen.
The Springboks, who are twice World Cup winners, are in Pool B in Japan with defending champions New Zealand, Canada, Italy and Namibia. The top-two finishers qualify for the quarterfinals.
Reforming the UN is a topic which is on everybody's lips nowadays. At the centre of the debate is the UN Security Council - the body which is supposed to maintain peace and security, but which has been found wanting in recent years, judging by on-going conflicts around the globe. That's why some people now cynically refer to it as the 'Insecurity Council'.
But some naïve souls still have faith in it and apparently all that is needed is to 'reform' this ailing body. I found the reform narrative/agenda to be otiose because it revolves around one singular issue - the membership of the Security Council. Every region/continent now wants to have a (permanent) member on the coucnil with its contentious, contested and controversial veto power which at present is being wielded by China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States, who can veto any “substantive” resolution.
If the reform is singularly centred on the issue of increasing the number of the council membership with both veto and non-veto rights, then I am afraid we are maintaining the status quo because a “no” vote from one of the five permanent members kills the resolution. The “nay-sayers” have always been spoiling the party.
It is thus obvious that increasing the membership with veto power will not solve the problem that has made UN ineffective as a keeper of peace. The veto power is the most un-democratic arrangement in the whole UN system. Here the concept of majoritarian rule has been jettisoned in the Hudson River. The veto system has been misused and abused by those who wield power and the USA has been the main culprit in this game of political chess. There were about 43 times the US has used veto power against resolutions on Israel.
Thus the proponents/exponents arguing for increasing the numbers of veto and non-veto members should tell us how that will change the system which, in my view, is already flawed from the get-go. This debate about the UNSC is pretty much akin to the on-going issue of increasing women representation in politics, national parliaments and other institutions. Last year, for example, President Hage Geingob said Namibia was fully committed to implementing gender equality. Swapo took a principled decision at the 1997 congress to increase the proportion of female delegates to the party's congress up to 50%. According to him, this was the genesis of the now constitutionally mandated Swapo Party, a zebra style 50/50 policy.
As a human rights issue, I have no qualms with the zebra style or even a 60/40 representation in favour of women. But the point that gender mainstreaming activists and their zealots seem to miss is that the 'stream' might already be highly infected/polluted with bacteria. Thus unless one cleans the 'stream' first you are not likely going to change the system in any significant way.
We have had and still have a number of former and current women presidents and prime ministers. They number more than 50 by my count. Lets just cite some that might sound familiar: Teresa May, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Corazon Aquino, Mary Robinson, Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Angela Merkel, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Aung San Suu Kyi, Isabel Martinez de Peron, Benazir Bhutto, Milka Planinc, Joyce Hilda Banda and Sahle-Work Zewde.
Did these women change the social, economic and political order in their respective countries and societies - especially the conditions of women? Prime Minister Thatcher fought Argentina over the Falkland Islands and Aung San Suu Kyi is unable to do anything about the plight of the Rohingya ethnic group in Myanmar because the military holds sway there. The point is that the systems in our societies/countries have been defined and structured from a deep-rooted/dominant patriarchal culture. It is still a man's world.
Likewise, from its very inception, the UNSC has been structured by its framers to suit their own political and ideological interests. The five permanent members gave themselves this right when the UN was set up in 1945 and have clung to it ever since.
The fact that the United States refused to join the United Nations in 1945 unless it was given a veto says it all.
But many uncritical individuals don't seem to grasp that elementary fact. Listen to this screaming headline from last year New Era newspaper: 'Geingob slams UN's exclusion of Africa'.
“The world has moved on; the old and unjust order cannot persist. Africa and its 1.2 billion inhabitants can no longer be excluded from assuming its place on this primary decision-making body,” Geingob said. Of course, referring to the UNSC here. One wonders where is Geingob's crop of advisors on foreign policy?
But who can blame him because even his trusted international relations minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, is in agreement with the president's position on this issue. Here is one headline: 'Lack of UN reforms disappointing - Nandi-Ndaitwah'. This is like the proverbial blind man leading another blind man. Don't get me wrong because they are not the only ones on this issue.
There is a 'common' African position crying for permanent members with veto powers like the big five. But it would be disingenuous of me if fail to say that the debate about expanding the council to include new permanent seats is being debated at the United Nations by all member states, so it's not just Africa.
But what surprises me is that even an academic like Charles Mubita has fallen for this. 'Africa's Demand for a Permanent Seat on the Un Security Council'. That's the title of Dr Mubita's book. Africa is demanding a permanent seat on the UN Security Council to enable it to effectively contribute to the peacekeeping and conflict resolutions of the UN Security Council, whose agenda is dominated by African issues. That is the gist of Mubita's book.
But how will a veto or two by an African country solve African problems? What happened to the much touted 'African solutions to African problems'? Would an African veto have prevented the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 for example? What does this tell us about the African Union's Peace and Security Council or SADC's Organ on Politics, Defence and Security as keepers of peace on the continent? Charity should start at home.
Quo Vadis the UNSC reform agenda? We all agree that the veto makes the council “dysfunctional, unaccountable and undemocratic”. The veto is a violation of foundational principles of the United Nations, namely the sovereign equality of states. Nowadays, the principles of sovereignty, equality and non-interference are openly disregarded by the council and the organ is rife with unilateralism. The only way to achieve reform is to pursue consensus-based solutions.
Yes, you can expand the council, but without a veto in place. Because with or without a veto in place, the three superpowers, USA, Russia and China, can actually take unilateral decisions/actions on their own. Russia's annexation of Crimea and bombings of Syria, USA's total destruction of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and involvement in the Yemen war, and China saying it would annex Taiwan even by military force if necessary. Internationalism, multilateralism and the multilateral institutions are facing serious threats.
Now the month of September is around the corner for the annual UN General Assembly indaba. I urge our president to sing a different song this time - not the veto one which will never 'reform' this world body. Envoi: short of abolishing the veto we cannot talk of reform.
Alexactus T. Kaure is a freelance writer and social critic. He is the author of Angola, From Socialism to Liberal Reforms, published by SAPES Books, 1999.
I am writing to respond and to correct the wrong information fed to the New Era of Friday 3 May 2019 by Mr. Hendrich Amutenya under the heading, “Campaign to rename Katutura”.
I do not hold the municipality responsible for this ill-conceived campaign, but I am addressing my concerns to it as the constitutional authority vested with the power to deal with such issues as street naming, designating names to new, as well as to rename already existing suburbs of Windhoek and to which the envisaged campaign to change the name Katutura might be referred.
The name “Katutura” represents a portion of a particular struggle of the black residents of the “Old Location” of Windhoek, and at a given point in time (1959).
It was a part and parcel of the larger struggle against apartheid colonialism and a resistance to oppression of that system.
Therefore, it must be understood in the context of the dynamics of the time and not to be replaced by something that has no history or that does not relate to what had actually transpired.
There are people who were there today who can explain the origin of the name 'Katutura' as part of a history of a people rather than the likes of Hendrich Amutenya.
I happened to be around and participated in the Swanu executive meeting that evening at the house of the late acting- president of Swanu, Mr. Uatja Kaukuetu, when we agreed on the name. I am not boasting as if I am the only survivor of that time who can tell the story. I recall that Mr. Koujo Keimuine and Mr. Albert Katirori Katjiuongua (still with bandages around his ankle from the shooting and his two crutches) were in that meeting and are still alive to have their version.
The name issue was brought to the Chief Hosea Kutako Chief Council by Mr. Hijamakura Mungunda, a close relative of the chief and where the latter was staying at the time.
This Mungunda was an advisory member of the Black Section of the Windhoek Municipality and tipped the Chief Council off that the boers were looking for a name for the “New Location”, as it was being referred to before it got the name that it is today, and Chief Kutako sent a delegation of four men to consult with Swanu on a common name.
They were Katjikuru Theofelus Katjiuongua, Aaron Kapere, Franz Tjiueza and Nicklas Kahengava.
After they had explained the purpose of their coming to the meeting, Mr. Uatja Kaukuetu responded spontaneously – rhetorically or sarcastically, – and said, “Why shouldn't we call it “Katutura”?
This was in reference to a speech of Chief Kutako, read on his behalf by someone, Mr. Vitore, on the day when we were burying those shot by the white police and soldiers on 10 December 1959 in the Old Location Cemetery.
They were shot for demonstrating against the forceful relocation to the “Nuwe Lokasie” (New Location). These white police and soldiers were commanded by Mr. Jaap Snyman and General Lombard respectively.
It was that evening when the Herero lady Kakurukaze Mungunda was shot dead.
The speech of Chief Kutako was narrating how black people have been moved around from one ancestral land to another to give way for the whites from the German to the boers; moved from Omitara to Otumbo, to various concentration camps during the 1904 – 1908 Genocide, to the newly created “reserves” of Aminuis, Epukiro, from Okahandja to Ovitoto, to Okakarara, Omatjete, Otjituuo, “Welwitshia”, later to be renamed Khorixas, Soresores, Okombahe, just to name but a few.
Why not Katutura?
The Kutako speech stated that the first “black township” of Windhoek was where the present “Ludwigsdorp” is and from where the black residents were moved to “Oorkant” or, in English, beyond the Gamamms River.
After the “Old Location”, again we had to move to the New Location northward, and at the burial site where the Chief Kutako speech was read, it was to all these removals that Kutako was saying (in wonder, not really as a question) in the last words of his speech: “Hapo ovandu ovazorondu katutura”, meaning, “Really, don't we black people settle?”
The meaning of the one word KA T U T U R A is “we don't settle.”
He wasn't having in mind to name the new township.
It was only Mr. Kaukuetu who remembered that word and suggested, whether seriously or as a jest, to be the name for the new township that is today known as KATUTURA.
If we are serious about rewriting the history of our struggle for our freedom and independence, Mr. Hendrich Amutenya, we shouldn't start with de-writing it and, worst still, replacing it with a word that will in all probability have no meaning in any of the languages of the world like your “Ubuntura”.
The end word “-tura” in Otjiherero is a command word, meaning: settle, as if to command someone to settle or to reside and that has nothing to do with 'Ubuntu' and, mind you, if you take away the letters tu from the word Ubuntu to form the word tura, then Ubuntu will be Ubun, and that in turn will no longer be the philosophy of Ubuntu as is known, especially in South Africa where it was developed.
I am utterly flabbergasted by Mr. Amutenya calling “our own Namibian people to show pride and ownership of Katutura which has blossomed into a beautiful township that reflects the spirit of community and togetherness”.
Katutura was never meant to be 'beautiful' and its architectural apartheid design was never meant to promote a 'spirit of community' with 'togetherness' with its Herero Section, Nama Section, Damara Section and Ovambo Section all of which are nothing but Urban Bantustanisation-alas- Verwoerd style.
I would like to humbly implore the men and women of the Windhoek Municipality who have the constitutional and statutory powers to name streets and suburbs NOT to entertain the idea being advocated by Mr. Hendrich Amutenya, because the name Katutura is an embodiment of a people's history, and is a history of people whose blood watered our freedom.
The council's public relations officer, Desire Theunissen on Wednesday told Nampa that the council is in the process of terminating or restricting the supply of water and electricity to defaulters due to non-payment.
This, she explained is done in accordance with provisions of the Local Authorities Act of 1992, as amended.
“Suspension of services are due to non-payment. No payment, no service is the order of the day,” Theunissen recapped.
She further said the town council is losing money due to illegal connections, bypasses and tapping of electricity, adding that investigations confirmed that there were culprits who are stealing their own resources.
“We will be conducting a meter audit in due course at each household and anyone found guilty of illegal connections and tampering of meters will face the wrath of the law,” she warned.
She however thanked the loyal customers who are standing behind the council in support to bring about change in Rehoboth.
“We will not condone and will strongly fight back anyone who in their pursuit for votes use cheap political tactics to jeopardise the image we are building; that of effective and efficient service delivery with policies and procedures put in place that are guiding our operations,” she said.
The presidency said Geingob will spare no effort to perform tasks diligently for the socio-economic development of Namibians and will also continue to work for the SADC region as its chair.
In the same vein the presidency announced that Geingob will continue to travel abroad to attend SADC and African Union (AU) events.
According to presidential press secretary Alfredo Hengari, the president will travel to attend the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Niamey, Niger that will take place between 7 and 8 July.
Hengari emphasised that Namibia is privileged to chair SADC at a crucial time in its history.
“The role of chair of SADC imposes heavy demands of representation at statutory meetings of international organisations such as the AU and the United Nations (UN), including at summits and events across the globe. Representation is about seizing opportunities for the region, speaking on its behalf, defending the interests of SADC citizens, and positioning the region and the countries in it as sound investment destinations,” he said.
Town hall meetings
According to Hengari the president's town hall meetings and regional missions will take place between July and August.
He emphasised that the head of state has important domestic obligations, demands and expectations which require him to travel occasionally.
“This involves meeting with diverse domestic stakeholders, political actors, the diplomatic community, the private sector, learners, students and visiting delegations, to mention but a few,” he said in a statement.
Hengari added that the president will use these meetings to follow up on the concerns raised during the 2015 town hall meetings he president undertook throughout the country.
“This is part of the ethos of transparent, accountable and responsible governance President Geingob espouses,” he said.
The union also applauded NamWater for its speedy action in pumping water from the Olushandja Dam to Uuvudhiya.
NNFU president Jason Emvula said after several meetings with farmers, they were informed that many animals are in dire need of water, as community water points have been disconnected, while private water connections have accumulated massive debts, which many farmers are unable to pay.
Emvula said they are consulting farmers and other stakeholders involved in the matter.
“The most important thing for the livestock currently is water. If farmers can feed their livestock with the little they have and give them enough water they will survive.
Our plea is that the government must consider repairing all the damaged boreholes and public taps and also reconnect all the closed public water points,” Emvula said.
“We understand that some closed water points are due to unpaid water debts. Let us reconnect them for now and we can talk about the debts at a later stage, after we have assisted the farmers.”
Cabinet has announced that N$572.7 million is needed for a comprehensive drought relief intervention to assist drought-affected communities.
The money is earmarked for food assistance, water tanks, livestock management incentives, livestock transport subsidies to and from grazing areas, the transporting of fodder, the leasing of grazing areas, subsidies for crop farmers and lick and fodder subsidies. Farmers have been urged to reduce their herds to 25 cows and one bull per farmer. Regions have mandated the directorate of veterinary services (DVS) to register livestock owners for the drought assistance programme.
Emvula said the challenge is that areas with a better grazing have no water and people with private water connections already have high water debts.
“We are not talking about disconnected private water; our advocacy is on public water points. However, the situation of people using private water is also complex, because if there are no public water points, people are forced to use private water and people who have relocated their livestock are leaving others with high debts when they go back, because after the rains such people will go back,” Emvula said.
“Not all people with livestock can afford to pay water bills, especially those bills that are high because of livestock. The better option is for government also to open abattoirs so that farmers can destock their livestock.”
In May, Ohangwena regional council chairperson Erickson Ndawanifa told Namibian Sun that many farmers are driving their livestock into Ohangwena, in the hope of surviving the drought.
He said the region is now experiencing challenges in terms of managing grazing and infrastructure. He said boreholes are being damaged due to the added pressure and there was also a high risk of environmental degradation and erosion, because carrying capacities were being exceeded.
NamWater is spending over N$2 million to pump water from the Olushandja Dam to Lake Oponona at Uuvudhiya, in a bid to save thousands of thirsty livestock.
Tulisan's school tour began last year and so far he has performed at 11 schools. “The school tour is our way of doing groundwork and establishing and growing our fans.
“It is about understanding that social media hype and groundwork are two different things. My team and I do not just want to shine on social media, we believe in taking the music to the people and putting in the groundwork,” said Tulisan
He mentioned that being in the music scene ever since 2012 has taught him many lessons about the music business and finally after releasing his first fully fledged album in 2016, he is ready to follow it up with an 18-track sophomore album. “I am really in a good space; I have been touring and recording new music more often. My album is dropping next month and I cannot wait to share what I have been cooking up with my fans.
Tulisan has diversified his sound and started to incorporate cultural elements in his music, stating that we cannot stand out if we do not pay homage to our roots and keep our authentic sound. “I have switched up my style, I no longer just make kwaito music, I now refer to my music as Afro-kwaito, thus the album is a cocktail of different flavours (genres) which caters to everyone,” said Tulisan.
On why the album is going to be lengthy, Tulisan said that he feels like he has not said much as he only has one album out. He has learned that music consumption has changed over the years that is why he has only been releasing singles accompanied with music videos in recent years. “Studying the market is important; it has helped me navigate the music scene with ease. An album needs to have a certain theme and concept, and I am at a point where I have gone through so much and want to share my stories through the music and a single or an album with fewer songs won't suffice,” he said.
Tulisan's manager, Abraham Amushila said Tulisan has been granted complete creative direction of the album. Amushila added that he figured that was the best way to bring out the best out of him - by not limiting his creative control over his art. “A lot of times artists are held back by management because they do not let artists execute their ideas the way they see fit. We did not want to do that with Tulisan. He has full control of his music, which makes him easy to work with,” said Amushila.
On growing his brand, Tulisan revealed that he has also ventured into merchandise and will be launching it together with the album. He believes to stay relevant in the music industry, consistently releasing music alone is not enough. “There are a lot of avenues I am exploring as an artist. I have also started performing with a band and that has made performing a more exciting and meaningful experience.
“I won't say much as I prefer letting the work speak for itself. I am driven by the will to make timeless music. In 2025 and beyond that, people should still be listening to the music I am making now,” said Tulisan.
On his reaction when he learned that he was part of Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 class of 2019, Munana expressed that it was unbelievable and he was a bit taken aback. “I thought someone was pranking me, it was really unexpected. I could not believe it,” he said.
The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 is the most anticipated list of the game-changers on the continent. “This year, we bring you 120 of Africa's brightest achievers. For the first time, four categories featuring 30 in each; business, technology, creatives and sport,” read a caption from Forbes Africa's official Instagram page.
For Munana, the acknowledgement comes with pressure. However, he maintains that it is not bad pressure but the good kind - the type of pressure that motivates him to continue working harder. He added that being on the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list comes with expectations and projections that one needs to accomplish by a certain, stipulated time.
“Those expectations have now been placed on me. I now have to start working harder. It feels like I am going to start a new chapter of my life. It is like I had a fire burning and someone added fuel to that fire; I have more reason to challenge myself now” added Munana.
He attributes all of his business ventures in the entertainment arena for propelling him into this position. He however singled out his current project - Waka Waka Moo television series - as the main project that earned him recognition from Forbes.
“They did state that it is a collection or a combination of all the projects I have done but the one that stood out is the current project which is Waka Waka Moo the TV show, as well as the road show in various languages.
“That is the one thing that really propelled me into this position because not only is it aired in Namibia but also in other African countries, Europe and the United States,” shared Munana.
He mentioned that it took a lot of hard work, sacrifices, using personal funds, a lot of sleepless nights and a lot of convincing to get to this point. Munana upholds that it is not something that just happened overnight, stating that it is something that has been happening over a period of years, and eventually earned him a spot on the coveted list. His aspirations and dreams now are to one day see a Waka Waka Moo movie on the same level as the Lion King, Minions and so forth. “I would like to have that global reach in terms of the audience the Waka Waka Moo content reaches,” said Munana.
Munana's secret to longevity in the entertainment scene has been staying true to himself and reminding himself to not strive to fit in but rather run his own race at his own pace. “I am in control of my brand as I do not do things because someone wants me to do them, but I do what makes me happy.
“I stay in my own lane and run my own race without having to compete with anyone because there is only one Luis Munana and having this mentality helps me keep focused on things that matters and grow me as a person,” he shared.
Speaking on his Waka Waka Moo initiative, Munana admitted that creating content for Waka Waka Moo has not been easy as he comes from an accounting, fashion and entertainment background which has nothing to do with animation and kids. He admitted that it was quite a challenge because the project compelled him to learn new skills, do intensive research and adapt to a new creative environment. “It was new for me. It was like learning how to drive a car or ride a bike. It strengthened my humility because I had to ask people to do certain things for me that I cannot do, a lot of begging, and a lot of corrections,” said Munana. Waka Waka Moo is an animation show, which is intended for children from the ages of four to 12 and features Namibia's media personalities.
The show is aimed at preserving the Namibian story by making it fun and exciting.
Hinting on his next project, Munana said he does not want to give away too much information at this point but shared that his followers will finally know what he means when he uses the #Zuriel on his social media posts.
“People have been seeing the hashtag on all my posts on social media and they have been wondering what the hashtag means. So my next project will be #Zuriel.
“I do not want to say what it is now but I believe I created an impression in people's minds that there is this thing called #Zuriel so that is going to be my next project,” he shared.
Summing up the conversation with tjil, the model and all-round creative said the legacy he would like to leave behind involves changing people's lives and creating something that will live forever. He said he wants to die knowing that he changed at least one person's life and he changed perceptions of people.
“For me, it is about creating something that wasn't there before.
“Ideally, I would say my mission is complete if there is something that someone can look at and say that is there because of Luis Munana. That will make me happy and I believe I have done that now so on to the next project,” he said.
The Gospel Festival will also feature the /Ae //gams Youth Choir, Bethel Youth Choir, Vocal Reflections and Momentum A Capella Group.
In an interview with tjil, Brothers In Christ member and spokesperson Titage Uiseb mentioned that with this festival, they believe they will expose their music to the Windhoek audience. “We are based in Swakopmund and have hosted numerous shows over the years in different towns but this will be our first show in Windhoek,” said Uiseb.
Uiseb added that the show is intended to preach the word of God and unite gospel fans in Windhoek. The group recently released their first album titled #Nab di //Khoab and announced that they will start working on their second offering in September. “We have big plans for this Gospel Festival and we wish to grow it to an international standard.
“With this group, we want to establish a self-employment entity. We want to train our local people in different trades such as drumming, music theory, dancing, Bible study and much more. Our aim is to provide a platform for the out-of-school youth to showcase their talents in art and make a living from it,” added Uiseb.
The group urged music lovers to come in their numbers, stating that they will fill spectators with faith, hope and blessings.
He describes himself as a conscious street rapper from Windhoek who expresses his memoirs about his experiences of growing up in the hood with hard-hitting lyrics. He told tjil that his music is real rap laced with new-school beats with an old-school nostalgia feel to it. “I am well-known in the streets, having started out freestyle, battling on the corners of Katutura competing against rappers from other locations,” he said. His latest single lifted from the soon-to-be-released album is called Shilonga. He describes it as a well-composed conscious song about overcoming struggles and having an optimistic outlook on your future through hard work.
“The beat is laced with African sample vocals and backed by a theatrical drum and brass instrumental backdrop. The conscious track possesses a strong message spreading wisdom and the perseverance of the 'blue-collar' worker,” he said, adding that the song has been submitted to different radio stations and is available for streaming on online music platforms including Donlu Africa, Audiomack and Sound Cloud.
The music video for Shilonga was shot by Reggie Films and can be viewed on YouTube. He added that the video was shot in his neighborhood to visually represent what he addresses in the song.
He announced that his next single is titled Friend Zone and will feature his label-mate Balu Panda. His aim is to create enough hype around the album before it is made available for purchase. He revealed that the album is titled Full Time, Game Down and consists of 12 songs and will be released later this year. “I am passionate about creating music that is why I am versatile and open to experiment with different sounds. I can jump on any beat and I'm willing to collaborate with other artists,” he said.
He promised to carry on the legacy of late rapper Catty Cat and thanked him for the opportunity to be on the 061 Music label. “I thank the pioneers and everyone who granted me the opportunity and platform to showcase my talent. To my fans; look out for my new body of work, I promise to deliver and keep on supporting 061 Music,” he said.
I learned early in life that I cannot sing or rap, so being a musician was not an option from the start. I had sketching skills, but graffiti material was too expensive (why is that stuff so pricy?) and there was no wall I could polish that skill on without sparking anger. I dabbled in radio presenting and DJing under the alias Mike Swagganova (do not ask me how that came about) in my final year of university, wrote radio scripts and read news bulletins, and eventually, thank goodness, print journalism took me away and made me realise I am better off doing behind-the-scenes work.
Still, as I continue growing I know that entertainment isn't a 'thing', it is not going to be a phase that I look back on later in my life and think: “Wow, I cannot believe I used to be so in love the entertainment industry.” It was woven into the fabric of my life from an early age; it is life.
When I developed my mind and knew myself better, I eventually found myself working in the entertainment arena after all - except instead of a mic, I have a camera and instead of a stage, I have these pages. I thought sharing my story was necessary for all the young Michaels out there enamoured with the entertainment culture but either not talented in the conventional ways or are, but have other strengths that could better the entertainment industry and community at large. As the Namibian entertainment industry develops as a business it requires specialised skills; entertainment lawyers, brand consultants, accountants, publicists, songwriters, engineers, music publishers and directors. In this issue we feature a personality who has used his skills to contribute to the growth of Namibia's entertainment industry, gave others opportunities and recently got the nod of recognition by Forbes Africa – I am talking about Luis Munana.
Moreover, my story is about dreams and aspirations, and our cover star Waka embodies that spirit. As he prepares to release his fourth album, Waka gets into a challenging yet rewarding journey of fighting for your dreams to come true, no matter what. We caught up with him and found out what his forthcoming album will entail, and more.
Seeing that it is midyear, we also caught up with other artists who are preparing to release summer albums including Tulisan and JizziManiak.
As usual there is a whole lot more in this edition that I am obstructing you from getting to so that you may find out for yourself without any spoilers. I hope you enjoy it all and do not let them tell you that you cannot do it. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be a musician or an actor or anything that has to do with being in the forefront of a production, but it is important to realise that there is so much else you can do that is equally important and exciting in the entertainment space. Until next time, it is goodbye for now!!!
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Touch FM is a youth-centric commercial radio station, focused on programming that is informative, engaging, entertaining, empowering, inspiring, and respectful to the diversity of its listeners.
“Touch FM is a multi-media platform that ties in with the national broadcaster’s mandate to educate, entertain and inform all, while contributing to empowering and engaging with the youth of Namibia.
“The station aims to remain youthful and stylish, and provide progressive entertainment solutions. Touch FM coming on board the DStv and GOtv audio bouquets strengthens the broadcaster’s reach and thus ensures that the truly Namibian, entertainment-driven radio station reaches all borders of the country to complement the NBC’s over-the-top service, NBC Plus, “ said Mario Locke Touch FM’s manager.
NBC director-general, Stanley Similo, commented that NBC prides itself in leading and paving the way forward for the youth of Namibia. The national broadcaster aims to provide a voice for the youth to tell their stories in a manner that they understand and want to be understood.
“With the provision made for Touch FM to be available on DStv and GOtv audio bouquets, we can further cater for the void in youth segments and reach the masses, and add yet another milestone to the NBC’s achievements. The NBC strives to continue to push the envelope and remain on the leading edge of technology as was the case with NBC Plus that allows viewers and avid listeners the platform to stay connected to local television and radio programming from anywhere in the world, “ said Similo.
Roger Gertze, managing director for MultiChoice Namibia, said MultiChoice continues to be an aggregator of content, adding that they find and develop content, and then deliver it to viewers through various avenues of technology, developing their geographical footprint through collaborating with Namibians, while providing access to technical and content infrastructure. “On-boarding Touch FM speaks to our continued efforts to remain pioneers in the digital broadcasting space and as our partnership grows, we will remain as Africa’s favourite storyteller, bringing HD content to homes of all Namibians,” said Gertze.
With soulful sounds as his selling point and a lead single that makes you look forward to the album, Waka may just become a truly dominant force in the industry if his melodic catalogue is anything to go by.
With an album titled Bigger than Myself slated for release at the end of this month, Waka maintains that this body of work represents a bigger idea and way of thinking. He mentioned that his lead single Going Home featuring Top Cheri is a taste of what to expect on the album. “All I can say is people should expect a good masterpiece. I took my time on the album and made sure it is a project that will be consumed by both young and old.
“My music is for everyone, it has been my style ever since I got into the industry to drop music that appeals to everyone regardless of age and other factors,” he said. With his fourth album, Waka aims to export his music out of the country. “I still do not have music videos which play on international music channels and that is one thing I want to accomplish with this album. It is about time my music crossed borders,” said Waka, adding that he also wants to get the recognition that he deserves in the country.
To achieve this, Waka told tjil that he is going to put more effort into marketing his music. His first step was shooting the music video for Going Home, a video he maintains has been received well by music fans in the country. “Going Home is a very special song to me. I am happy with the response we have been getting, it is clear it resonates with so many people and I believe the song will keep on growing,” he said. Waka said that he cannot wait to share the new music with his fans, stating that beyond being entertained, they are bound to learn more from the stories he narrates through the music. “I believe one of the reasons I am recognised is because of making impactful songs. On this album I am continuing with that trend, but I also made sure to include songs to listen to when you just want to chill and relax, which is why I said it is for everybody” said Waka.
On the roll-out plan, Waka announced that the first album launch will be held at Ongwediva with dates to be announced later this month on his social media platforms. He further shared that he will treat his fans to another single just before the album is released on Wednesday, 31 July. “I am currently shooting the music video for my next single from the album titled Skills. It is a hip-hop song and people should expect it to drop very soon,” he shared.
Waka also said, Bigger than Myself has exciting features from Dion from PDK, Exit, Tate Buti, TKB and Sunny Boy. In terms of production, Waka teamed up with S2, Sean Bleazy, Thommy and Sway. “I produced the album but I trusted S2 to produce the majority of the work on the album, a decision I am happy with. I also tried to get different sounds from different producers. I selected the right beats for the right features. The music is really sounding nice,” promised Waka.
The album will be available at Antonio's Art and Galaxy Printing shops in different towns across the country. He called on music lovers to support local music by purchasing original copies and do away with music piracy. “We are going to put it on various digital platforms too, but that will only be after the physical copies are out.
“I call on music fans to support local music by not just talking but proving it with actions. As musicians there is so much we can achieve with the backing and support of our people,” said Waka.
Ranked 204 among 209 cities globally, Windhoek is not only one of the least expensive cities for expats in the world, but also in Africa.
The capital has moved 'down' eight points from 196 since last year's survey.
The survey found that a number of factors, including currency fluctuations, cost of inflation for goods and services, and volatility in accommodation prices, contribute to the overall cost of expatriate packages for employees on international assignments.
According to the report, N'Djamena, Chad takes the lead as the most expensive city in Africa.
Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (22) is in second place in Africa, while Libreville in Gabon (24) is the next African city on the list, followed by Lagos in Nigeria (25).
Luanda in Angola (26) still remains in fifth place.
Meanwhile, the top 10 least expensive cities in Africa are Algiers in Algeria (184), Johannesburg in South Africa (185), Harare in Zimbabwe (188), and Gaborone in Botswana (189).
Also among the top 10 are Nouakchott in Mauritania (192), Blantyre in Malawi (193), Lusaka in Zambia (196), Windhoek in Namibia (204), Banjul in Gambia (204) and Tunis in Tunisia (209). “Contrary to the perception that the African market is very volatile, certain factors like currency fluctuations and housing costs contribute to varying Cost of Living differentials in developed economies,” said Yolanda Sedlmaier, the principal of Africa Mobility at Mercer.
“Each African country has its own unique economy and this is why multinationals need not approach their expatriate packages for Africa with one single strategy. Let's look at it this way, a city like N'Djamena in Chad has been listed as the 11th most expensive city in the world, whereas Mali comes in at the 124th position in terms of cost of living,” Sedlmaier, added.
According to the survey, eight out of the top 10 of the world's most expensive cities for expatriates are Asian cities, resulting from high costs for expatriate consumer goods and a dynamic housing market.
Tokyo (2), Singapore (3) and Seoul (4) top the list, while the costliest city in the world for the second consecutive year is Hong Kong (1).
Other cities appearing in the top 10 are Zurich (5), Shanghai (6), Ashgabat in Turkmenistan (7), Beijing (8), New York City (9), and Shenzhen (10). The world's least expensive cities for expatriates are Tunis (209), Tashkent in Uzbekistan (208), and Karachi (207).
Mercer's widely recognised survey is one of the world's most comprehensive, and is designed to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees.
New York City is used as the base city for all comparisons, and currency movements are measured against the US dollar.
The survey includes over 500 cities throughout the world; this year's ranking includes 209 cities across five continents and measures the comparative cost of more than 200 items in each location, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment.
The figures for Mercer's cost of living and rental accommodation cost comparisons are derived from a survey conducted in March 2019.
Exchange rates from that time and Mercer's international basket of goods and services from its Cost of Living Survey were used as base measurements.