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- 07/15/19--16:00: _Dam levels dismal
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- 07/15/19--16:00: Ready to rumble
- 07/15/19--16:00: Samaria takes charge of Chan team
- 07/15/19--16:00: Gymnasium win close encounter
- 07/15/19--16:00: Omuniilonga gwaUnam otaka pangulwa
- 07/15/19--16:00: Itula ota tamekitha omahwahwameko ge muKotomba
- 07/15/19--16:00: Privaatskool Welwitschia spog met nuwe perseel
- 07/15/19--16:00: Dr. Lemmer klop M&K Gertze
- 07/15/19--16:00: A whole new world
- 07/15/19--16:00: 100 years of excellence
- 07/15/19--16:00: Kidney treatment comes to Katima
- 07/15/19--16:00: Quality education jaded at 'uneconomical schools'
- 07/15/19--16:00: Meatco to sue feedlot trustees
- 07/15/19--16:00: Russia digs deep to feed pupils
- 07/15/19--16:00: Preparing pupils for emergencies
- 07/15/19--16:00: Filing tax returns online
- 07/15/19--16:00: Poverty ministry clarifies its position
- 07/15/19--16:00: NDF troops accused of assault
- 07/15/19--16:00: Dam levels dismal
- 07/15/19--16:00: Genocide negotiations 'too slow'
Merero and Salam will fight for the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Pan-African cruiserweight title in Lagos on Sunday.
The fight was initially slated for 30 June, but was postponed to this month because of the ongoing Afcon 2019 finals taking place in Egypt. Meroro's manager Risto Ashikoto said the boxer is ready to represent his country in Lagos.
“I can confirm that everything is set because we have already signed the contract for the fight. I believe they will not postpone it again, because they will have to pay us if they do.
“Meroro is ready for this fight and I am sure that he will make us proud on Sunday,” Ashikoto said.
Meroro has a record of 27 wins and seven losses in 36 professional fights, while Salam will go into the bout with an impressive record of 13 wins and two losses in 15 fights.
The Namibian last fought in November last year, when he beat Mussa Ajibu via unanimous decision, while his opponent's last fight ended in a knockout victory over Kwesi Tutu in December 2018.
“It is going to be an interesting fight because our boxer will give it his all, in order to claim the title.
“Yes, the Nigerian has the home-ground advantage, but Meroro is an experienced fighter, who can handle the pressure.
“It is not going to be an easy fight for either of the boxers, regardless of where the fight is taking place.
“We believe in the abilities of Meroro and that is why we will go to Nigeria full of confidence,” Ashikoto said.
Meroro will also be accompanied by his trainer Andreas Moyanale.
“If anything comes up before Thursday, the public will be the first to know about any changes,” Ashikoto added yesterday.
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa
The Brave Warriors will head into the 2020 African Nations Championships (Chan) qualifiers with African Stars coach Bobby Samaria as their interim coach.
This is after Collin Benjamin, who was initially tasked to lead the team into the Chan qualifiers, turned down the job.
Fifa normalisation committee chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo confirmed Samaria’s appointment yesterday and called on the nation to support the team.
“We have got a coach for the Chan team and we believe Bobby has the right mentality and enthusiasm to lead the team at this juncture.
“We were never going to pull out these important qualifiers and the team starts training on Tuesday (tomorrow).
“The previous head coach initiated this project and players and we are just carrying it through for continuation. We will support the team in order to get the best out of them,” Basson-Namundjebo said.
Samaria won the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) title with African Stars in 2009.
He went on to win the league with Stars again the following year and also won the Leo NFA Cup.
In 2015, Samaria won the Bidvest Namibia Cup with Tigers, after parting ways with the Reds.
Samaria returned to African Stars after a short stint with Tigers and won the Standard Bank Super Cup.
He steered Stars to another premier league title and the Debmarine Namibia Cup trophy during the 2017/18 season.
Samaria then once again parted ways with the club, making way for Robert Nauseb at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.
Nauseb, however, did not impress during his short spell with Stars, prompting the club to call on Samaria again.
Stars finished second last season, but managed to win the Standard Bank Top 8.
“When I was approached to consider the offer to coach the national team, I was excited, and firstly needed to get the blessing from Africans Stars, who gave me that and then I accepted to serve my country in this capacity.
“I was ‘frozen out’ for some time and now I have grown wiser and bolder to serve. Being part of the set-up is not an entitlement and I’m ready to work,” Samaria said.
The Chan training squad is as follows: Larry Horaeb, Charles Hambira and Junias Theophilus (Tura Magic), Aprocious Petrus (Eleven Arrows), Kennedy Eib (Touch & Go), Mata Mbemutjiua (Young African), Jonas Mathias ( Citizens), Edmund Kambanda and Charles Uirab (Unam), Ratanda Mbazuvara, Treasure Kauapirura, Ivan Kamberipa, Obrey Amseb, Marcel Papama and Gustav Isaak (African Stars), Immanuel Heita, Dynamo Fredericks, Wesley Katjiteo, Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, McCartney Naweseb and Wendell Rudath (Black Africa), Mapenzi Muwanei, Llewelyn Stanley and Absalom Iimbondi (Tigers), Isaskar Gurirab (Life Fighters), Elmo Kambindu, Olsen Ameb and Bernard Horaseb (Mighty Gunners), Panduleni Nekundi (unattached) and Revered Matroos (Young Brazilians).
In a very intense Momentum schools’ league game between OK Foods Moria Private School from Outjo and Windhoek Gymnasium, played in the capital on Saturday afternoon, Gymnasium won by a single point. Moria led 14-10 at halftime, but the hosts pulled up their socks in the second half, and won the game 25-24.
Before the match, Windhoek Gymnasium coach Jaco Engels mentioned their previous games were not up to standard, and that they will deliver in their best in the match against Moria. “The team has been shuffled after the academy week, which took place in South Africa, due to a few injuries,” Engels said.
“There were a few players from the second team who assisted the first team players.”
Moria captain DJ Holtzhausen said the game was tough. “This was a stressful game, but we gave it our all and enjoyed it at the same time,” he said. James Heyman frightened the crowd when he sustained a serious neck injury.
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Nelson Antonio, 44, ngoka omuniilonga gwaUnam moRundu okwa holoka komeho yomupanguli Victor Nyazo momasiku ga 4 Juli noshipotha shoka osha undulilwa komasiku 26 gaSepetemba opo omukalelio gwaAntonio a vule okukala mompangu ko ku tokolwe kesiku lyoshipotha tashi pulakenwa mompangu.
Antonio okwa lombwele ompangu kutya ita vulu okukonga omukalelipo gwopaumwene omolwa ompumbwe yiimaliwa. Namibian Sun okwa li a lopota kutya oshipotha shoka oshuundulilwa kOmbelewa yOmupanguli-Ndjai opo a ninge etokolo.
Omupanguli-Ndjai okwa tokola kutya Antonio na pangulwe.
Omulumentu ngoka ota tamanekelwa iipotha iiyali yonkambadhala yedhipago nokukutha mo ondjembo pehala lyaayehe sho uumbu ondjembo nokweehameka Moses oshowo Gerson Batista, aanamimvo 25 sha ningwa momasiku ga 3 gaDesemba molukanda Kehemu moRundu.
Mboka yaali anuwa aakwanezimo yomukadhona nale gwaAntonio na oyali taya hingi ohauto yomukadhona ngoka pethimbo lyoshiningwanima shoka.
Antonio okuli pondje yondholongo koshimaliwa shooN$10 000.00.
Antonio okwa li a tindilwa omboloha kuMangestrata Hellen Olaiya pethimbo a holoka mompangu oshikando shotango momasiku 21 Desemba gwo 2018.
Nonando ongaaka okwa ningi eindilo mOmpangulilo yoPombanda yaVenduka, namangestrata Sonia Samupofu okwe mu pe omboloha.
Okwa popi kutya okwa li tiipopile. Okwa gandja uumbangi kutya okwa li a kuutumba mohauto ye sho aalumentu yatatu mwa kwatelwa oonakuninga iihakanwa yaali ye ya pohauto ye nokutameka okumu dhenga. Okwa popi kutya okwa umbu tango mombanda ihe kwa thiminikwa uumbe oonakuninga iihakanwa sho gumwe a li tayi kohauto a ka tale ekatana.
Antonio okwa popi kutya oku na aanona omulongo, na yatato oye ha kala nayo onkene okwa pumbwa a ke ya sile oshisho.
Epangelo olya li lya tindi nokupataneka omboloha netompelo kutya oshipotha shoka oshinene, naAntonio otashi vulika a ye moshipala omakonaakono.
Emma Mayavero oye e lilepo epangelo moshipotha omanga Boris Isaacs a kalelepo Antonio.
Nonando okuli oshilyo shoSwapo, okwa popi kutya kape na oveta yongundu ndjoka tayi indika iilyo yikuthe ombinga momathigathano gomahogololo yiithikamena.
Amushanga gwomauyelele mongundu yoSwapo, Hilma Nikanor okwa pula iiyo yongundu yi thigepo ongundu tango ngele oya hala okukutha ombinga momathigathano onga aahogololwa yiithikamena.
“Omadhilaadhilo goohandimwe taya pula aayambididhi yoSwapo opo ya yambidhidhe iiyetwapo yawo yaahogololwa yiithikamena omanga ye na natango uukwashilyo woSwapo, oshi li e yo pondje lyoompango dhomahogololo nomilandu dhongundu,” Nikanor a li a popi muMaalitsa.
Itula okwa tsu omukumo aakwashigwana yiishangithe opo ya kuthe ombinga momahogololo.
Pahapu dhaItula, okunyenyeta komapandja gomakwatathano gopamalungula inashi gwana.
“Owa hala okutsikila nokunyenyeta koWhatsApp ngoye ino pyakudhukwa okwiishangitha nokuhogolola?” Itula a pula. Itula, oku li oshilyo shoSwapo shi na uukwashilyo okuza omvula yo1971, na okwa popi kutya uuna a hogololwa otaka hanganitha Namibia na itaka kwatathana nongundu yontumba yopolotika na otaka kala owala naanapaliamende yahetatu.
Omahogololo guupresidende oshowo Omutumba gwoPashigwana otaga ningwa muNovemba nuumvo.
AakwaSwapo ya kunkililwa
Oshiwike sha piti, elelo lyongundu yoSwapo moshitopolwa shaKhomas olya ningi omutumba moka lya kunkilile iilyo yongundu opo kayi wayimine Itula.
Pethimbo a popitha iikundaneki Omukwatakanithi gwongudu yoSwapo moKhomas, Elliot Mbako okwa popi kutya okomitiye yokuungaunga nomautho otayi longo yiitulamo nethimbo owala eshona li li ko omanga iilyo mbyoka tayi ihumbata nayi ina yi katukilwe oonkatu.
Pahapu dhaMbako iilyo yongundu otayi pukithwa sho tayi hiwa okukala momitumba ndhoka kayi shi kutya odha shike.
MuMaalitsa ongundu oya kondema etokolo lyaItula okukutha ombinga methigathano lyomahogololo guupresidende onga omuhogololwa iithikamena omanga natango e li oshilyo shongundu. Swapo Party School nayo oyiikaleke kokule naItula.
Oshinima shimwe sha popiwa osho Itula a zala omwaala gongundu okulongitha omaimbilo goNdilimani, ethimbo ta ningi omahwahwameko ge.
Itula oshiwike sha piti okwa popi kutya ongundu yoSwapo, oye mu indike okulongitha ongalo yaJackson Kaujeua yedhina 'The winds of change' opo a ninge omahwahwameko ge gomauyelele goshigwana.
Mombaapila ya shangwa kuamushanga gwoSwapo, Sophia Shaningwa, Itula okwa popi kutya momasiku gatatu gaJuli lwopotundi onti 14:30, omunambelewa gwaNBC okwe mu lombwele kutya Swapo ota popi kutya ndyoka eimbilo lye. Pahapu dhaItula, okwa popi kutya omuniilonga ngoka gwaNBC okwe mu lombwele kutya Shaningwa okwa nyenyeta sho ta ningi omatseyitho ge ta longitha eimbilo yanakusa Kaujeua, ta popi kutya ngaaka otayi pondje uuthemba wuumwene weimbilo ndyoka.
Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwomalanditho moNBC, Umbi Karuaihe-Upi, okwa yelitha kutya NBC ina tinda okutseyitha omatumwalaka gaItula ihe okwe mu lombwele owala kombinga yaashoka sha holoka po.
Uuyelele mboka owa gandjwa kOmundohotola Glendah Kalunga, mwene gwoKidney and Dialysis Specialist Centre, na okwa ningi etseyitho ndyoka pethimbo lyoshituthi shokupatulula pambelewa endiki ndyoka oshiwike sha piti.
Endiki ndyoka olya patululwa pambelelwa kOminista yUundjolowele, Kalumbi Shangula.
“Onga oshitopolwa shepatululo lyendiki lyetu, otwa hala okugandja omakonaakono goshali kaapangwa ye li po 5 000 moKatima Mulilo muule woomwedhi 24 twa taalela,” Kalunga a popi.
Kalunga okwa popi kutya eindiki otali ka gandja omayakulo gomakonaakono gomauvu giiti yanathigo oshowo epango lyokukuthamo iiyekelwahi mombinzi taku longithwa eshina.
Endiki otali ka longekidhile woo aapangwa etando lyiiti yanathigo.
Omanga endiki ndyoka inali tulwa moshitopolwa shaZambezi, aantu mboka ye na uuvu wiiti yanathigo oya Ii ya thiminikwa okutembukila koondoolopa dhilwe opo ya vule okumona epango nenge taya longitha iimaliwa oyindji komalweendo kehe oshiwike okuya koondoolopa ndhoka.
Aapangwa ohayi koRundu, oshinano shookilometa 500 nenge koVenduka oshinano shookilometa 1 200 opo yaka mone omayakulo, ihe ngashiingeyi shoka otashi hulu sho endiki ndyoka lyapatululwa.
Shangula okwa popi kutya okwa nyanyukwa okumona kutya aanambelewa yuunamiti moshikondo shopaumwene otaya fala omayakulo ngoka ga pumbiwa popepi noshigwana.
Endiki ndyoka oli na omashina gaali na otali vulu okukala naapangwa yahetatu poshikando oshowo okupanga ya thika po 96 ngele otali longithwa okuudha.
Privaatskool Welwitschia het op 3 Julie amptelik die nuwe perseel van sy laerskool in Mozartstraat in die hoofstad ingewy.
Die hoërskool is steeds by Brakwater, 20 km noord van Windhoek, geleë.
Welwitschia maak voorsiening vir alle leerlinge, ongeag hul akademiese en fisieke vermoëns, asook emosionele behoeftes.
Volgens die skoolhoof, me. Magdalena Jann, is die skool se hoofprioriteit om aan elke kind in elke klas gehalte-onderrig te bied.
Sy het gesê 'n unieke eienskap van die skool is die multifunksionele ondersteuningspan wat aktief by die skool betrokke is. Dit sluit ? skooladviseur met kliniese agtergrond in wat ondersteuning bied vir die sosiale en emosionele welsyn van die leerlinge. Daar is ook ? opvoedkundige sielkundige wat assesserings doen en leerondersteuning bied.
Situmbeko Likando, die hoofseun van die laerskool, het gesê die verskuiwing gaan baie help. "Ek is 'n bietjie hartseer, maar dit was 'n goeie stap, want verandering is nodig.”
Een van die leerlingraadslede, Gerhard Awarab, het gesê die skuif is tot sy voordeel: "Ek staan gewoonlik laat op, wat maak dat ek ook laat is vir skool, maar nou is dit naby." Hy het gesê hy sal Brakwater mis, want hy hou van die natuur.
Me. Antonette Wentworth, een van die leerlinge se voog, het gesê die skool bied die nodige ondersteuning vir haar neef. "My neef het disleksie, wat veroorsaak dat kinders sukkel om woorde, letters en ander simbole te lees of te interpreteer, maar dit beïnvloed nie intelligensie nie. Die skool bied een-tot-een-opleiding, wat baie help," het sy gesê. Volgens haar bied Welwitschia ‘n rustige leeromgewing. Die kinders word nie onder druk geplaas of as ‘anders’ beskou nie, maar eerder as deel van ‘n groot gesin.
"Die onderwysers help hulle om die gawes buite hul disleksie te ontdek," het sy gesê.
“Die kinders kan ook vrylik rondbeweeg om met vrymoedigheid met mekaar te kommunikeer en mekaar te motiveer.”
Op 12 Julie het die o.19- eerste rugbyspanne van die hoërskole M&K Gertze en Dr. Lemmer mekaar op Rehoboth in die jaarlikse FNB Classic Clashes-reeks die stryd aangesê. Dr Lemmer, op wie se sportterrein die wedstryd gehou is, het ná naelbyt-aksie uiteindelik met 18-16 gewen. Die feesvieringe daarna was groot, aangesien M&K Gertze die vorige twee jaar koning gekraai het.
I am studying towards a bachelor of accounting degree at the University of Stellenbosch.
I started studying last year. I chose accounting because it is one of the things that I am very passionate about. Choosing it was easy, because I made up my mind in grade 8, so I chose the option that I find will bring me joy in the future.
The main challenge one experiences before being accepted at university is usually coming to terms with the fact that you'll be far from home. Also, finding accommodation in another country is quite difficult. I took national benchmark tests (NBTs), which is a requirement for South African university applications. The maths part was difficult, but the English was okay.
Three things I enjoy would be the people, as they teach me new things and they are fun, as well as the peace, because sometimes a little bit of quiet is needed, and some of the food, especially Burger King, because food is always important.
One of the biggest surprises will be the level of difficulty of your studies, but also the evident racial tension that exists in Stellenbosch.
My advice to someone who studies abroad would be that they should be certain about what they want to study, because it is mentally draining. Never lose touch with home and go home for holidays.
I personally wouldn't do anything differently, because I wouldn't have learned some of the lessons I have learned. After I graduate, I plan on working in Namibia, but I also want to finally accomplish my dream of getting published.
Three things that I like most about Stellenbosch is that it is a student town, you can walk everywhere you need to and just the atmosphere.
My favourite spot at the university is the Neelsie; that is because it's where I always meet up with my friends.
Did you know?
The institution became Stellenbosch College in 1881 and was located at the current University of Stellenbosch arts department.
Six facts about Jacobina:
· She is a poet.
· She loves J Cole.
· She can't spend a day without listening to music.
· Books have always been her life, so she’s always reading.
· Cooking is one of her passions.
· She plays soccer and is a huge fan.
One hundred years ago, on 8 July 1919, St George’s Diocesan School opened its doors for the first time with three staff members and 27 pupils, led by principal Mary Gould.
Fast-forward to today, and St George’s boasts a total of 778 pupils and 75 staff members.
It is a fully-integrated school that accommodates pupils of all races, creeds and nationalities.
The school belongs to the Anglican Diocese of Namibia.
The Christian faith is taught and upheld in the ethos and life of the school, and activities include regular visits to the cathedral.
In January 2003, the St George’s curriculum was extended to include grade 8 and this continued every year until the first grade 12s were admitted in 2007.
In 2015 the school introduced the Cambridge international curriculum, with the first group finishing their International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations in 2017 and their AS Levels in 2018.
St George's is the only Round Square school in Namibia and has been a global member of the Round Square organisation since 2013. Round Square is a global network of 180 innovative schools in 50 countries on six continents that share a passion for experiential learning and character education.
In line with celebrating its 100th anniversary, the school held a series of events, ranging from a family day, a Sunday service and founders’ assembly, to a cake decoration competition, gala dinner and many others.
The cake decoration competition consisted of four categories for grades 3-4, grades 5-7, grades 8-10 and grades 11-12.
Grades 3N, 6E, 9S and 12C walked away as the winners in each category.
Bakpro sponsored the school with cakes and icing for the competition, while Westlane Spar sponsored the winning prizes.
St George’s initiated the ‘Adopt a tree project’ to celebrate the school’s history and future plans. A total of 100 trees on the school grounds were identified that are up for adoption. The trees are numbered according to the years of the school’s existence, from 1919 to 2019. The trees are marked with red material and a poster saying ‘Adopt Me’. You can adopt a tree for N$500.
The St George's centenary theme is: “I am St George’s”.
It conveys a message of active participation, including: "I make St George's. I create St George's."
With this theme, the school gets an opportunity to show the community what it means to actively be a St Georgian at heart.
Speaking at the founders’ assembly, Michelle Mclean-Bailey, an alumnus of the school, shared her journey as a learner.
According Mclean-Bailey it is vital that every child has an education, and if you put your heart into it, you can achieve anything.
Mike Yates, the acting chairman of the school council, recognised the achievements of the school for the past 100 years.
“The hard work, dedication and determination of the teachers, principals and school council to make St George’s Diocesan School an educational home of excellence is acknowledged by us today,” he said.
Yates thanked the founders. He added that today they have a school that is not only based on Christian values, but also excels in offering a non-racial and non-discriminatory environment, a faith based education, as well as a place where character is moulded to meet the challenges of the world.
“It prepares a learner to speak up and live for truth, justice and freedom,” he said.
Kyla Grobler, a learner at St George’s, said anniversaries give us an opportunity to sit back and reflect on who we are and what role we play in society.
She said she is proud to be part of the St George’s community and has gained valuable skills from the school community.
The school excels in creating responsible and independent individuals who have the knowledge, attitude and skills to be successful in an ever-changing world.
This is according to Dr Glendah Kalunga, owner of Kidney and Dialysis Specialist Centre, who made the announcement during the official inauguration of the facility last week.
The facility was officially inaugurated by health and social services minister, Kalumbi Shangula.
“As part of opening our special Kidney and Dialysis Specialist Centre, we would like to offer screening to 5 000 patients in Katima over the next 24 months, free of charge,” Kalunga said. Kalunga said that the centre will offer diagnostic services for kidney disease in the form of kidney biopsies and therapeutic services in the form of dialysis treatments.
Dialysis treatment is the process of removing toxic waste from the blood through the aid of a machine.
The centre will also prepare patients for possible kidney transplantation.
Prior to the establishment of this centre, people in the Zambezi Region suffering from kidney failure were forced to either relocate to towns at which the kidney treatment services are provided, or spend heavily on transport every week going to those towns on a number of weekly trips.
Patients would travel over 500 kilometres to Rundu which is the nearest, or embark on the 1 200-kilometre journey to Windhoek for the service.
However with the establishment of this centre, this is a thing of the past.
Expressing his profound gratitude, Shangula said he is pleased to see that health professionals in the private sector are taking much- needed services closer to the people.
“I am pleased now that this service is in Katima Mulilo and I am confident that the new facility will radically improve the quality of service and infrastructure for patients and staff. The government through the health ministry is happy to partner with such doctors in delivering health services to every part of the country,” Kalumbi said.
Kalumbi revealed that Namibia has more than 300 confirmed cases of people suffering chronic kidney disease who are currently on treatment.
Kidney disease is set to become more prevalent as undiagnosed hypertension or high blood pressure becomes more common.
The centre currently has two machines however it can accommodate up to eight, and treat up to 96, patients if used to full capacity.
For some 1 036 learners from the Kavango East Region, however, who are still taught in lean-to structures, these basic requirements for decent education remain a dream. The number comes from a total number of 57 schools in the region classified as 'uneconomical schools' by the education ministry.
One such school is Shinunga Primary School (PS) situated about 120 kilometres east of Rundu in the Mashare constituency, where learners and teachers alike have to frequently dodge snake bites, endure mice eating their textbooks and the use of bushes to relieve themselves merely to impart knowledge on learners or access basic education.
The school's principal, Karupu Sebastian Kashindereki, told this agency during a recent interview that the quality of education offered to learners at the school is being compromised as the school does not have the required infrastructure.
“We are talking about the quality of education and when we talk about quality, there must be infrastructure where proper education can take place,” he charged.
The school, established in 1992, offers education to 68 students from grades 1 to 4, and only has two teachers.
Kashindereki, appointed as principal in 2008, said when he came to the school, he only found one hut which was in a deplorable state and through his efforts, managed to seek assistance from the Kavango East regional council and managed to mobilise parents to assist with the construction of another new hut through the work for food programme.
Since then, with only one hut and an increase in the number of learners, the principal made a request to the Kavango East regional council, through the education directorate, for the construction of an additional classroom but was told that there was no money and the school had a small number of learners.
Kavango East education director, Fanuel Kapapero, confirmed the situation at Shinunga PS and other schools in the region, saying that the ministry can only construct a permanent structure at a school where a lot of learners are enrolled.
“We actually look at the learner enrolment. If it is not growing, it becomes difficult for us to put up permanent structures,” said Kapapero.
In 2018, the directorate had intentions to close down schools categorised as 'uneconomical', a decision which it reversed, noting that the ministry had observed a growth in enrolment at those schools.
Furthermore, the director said another alternative to arrest the situation, is to construct prefabricated classrooms at the schools, establish hostels in the inland to accommodate learners from smaller uneconomical schools or improve the road network in the inland to attract and retain qualified teachers, but this requires financial resources.
About 385 classrooms are needed to address the current shortage of classrooms in the region, he added. Kapapero further stressed that parents should also learn to take responsibility, giving an example of Munganya Primary School, situated about 140 kilometres east of Rundu, where parents contributed funds to construct classrooms made from corrugated iron sheets, since the learners were previously taught under trees.
There are also schools in the urban areas where learner enrolment has doubled and have taken the route to construct similar structures to address the issue, he said.
One of such schools is Ndama Combined School, located just less than 10 kilometres east of Rundu along the Trans-Caprivi Highway, which has been battling with overcrowding.
The school has a total of 2 247 pupils from grades 4 to 9, where a classroom accommodates as many as 55 learners.
Yesterday, at a status hearing before Judge Herman Oosthuizen, the court heard that Meatco will continue its legal action despite Jooste being sequestrated on 18 May of this year.
The company has served its notices on the trustees of the estate, Dave Bruni and Ian McClaren. The parties are now waiting to hear from the trustees as to whether they intend to defend or settle the matter. It was agreed that the parties would give the trustees 10 days from the date of the order following the status hearing.
At the heart of the matter is an agreement which Meatco had signed with Big J Feedlot (as first defendant) and Johan Petrus Jooste (cited as second defendant).
Cattle would be procured for Meatco on a compensation basis and a profit-sharing basis.
In the case of the latter, the cattle would be raised by the feedlot until ready for slaughter. In the case of the former, the cattle were procured by Jooste for Meatco at “the maximum amount authorised by Meatco”.
According to its amended particulars of claim, filed on 18 February this year, Meatco says that in terms of its first claim against the first and second defendant, it seeks payment of N$2 095 726.47 in respect of the profit-sharing agreement for 484 cattle that had “disappeared”. In respect of the compensation basis agreement, it wants payment of N$1 757 526.21 for 580 head of cattle not returned to it.
Alternatively, Meatco says it is the owner of 1 064 cattle which it wants returned. Alternatively, it wants payment of N$6 820 423.50, being the value of these cattle.
Against Jooste, Meatco says payments were made for 413 and again 122 head of cattle, commissions were paid for 'on-the-hoof' animals and transport costs were paid, totalling N$5 247 395.23.
In the alternative, Meatco asks for payment of N$4 261 752.28 and as a second alternative to the claim, it asks for delivery of 413 cattle or payment of N$4 376 255.66, being the value of the said cattle. Meatco also lodged two further claims against Jooste for payment of N$66 335.48.
The company asked for costs and annual interest of 20%.
The agreement between Meatco and Big J Feedlot lasted from December 2013 to August 2014.
Meatco has contracted LorentzAngula Inc. as it counsel while Weder, Kauta and Hoveka act on behalf of the defendants.
The handover ceremony took place on Wednesday at Namib Mills in Windhoek.
Russia’s ambassador to Namibia, Valerii Utkin, said he hopes the donation will assist in alleviating the plight of schoolchildren who are suffering the consequences of the ongoing drought situation in the country.
The school feeding programme reaches out to children who are vulnerable or hail from food-insecure homes and provides them with meals. The project appreciates and encourages parental and community involvement in the preparation these dishes.
Education deputy executive director Charles Kabajani received the donation on behalf of deputy minister Ester Anna Nghipondoka.
“This gesture from the Russian Federation confirms our mutual recognition of the value of education to our children and the leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
“Through school feeding, a significant contribution is made towards us achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 (ending hunger) and SDG 4 (to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education), as well as promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
The role of Namib Mills is to store the grain and fortify and process it into pasta, which will then be packaged and thereafter delivered to the designated regional stores.
BaiMankay Sankoh, a representative from the United Nations World Food Programme, outlined the UN goal is to ensure that no child is at school with an empty stomach.
“No single government or organisation can achieve zero hunger alone, especially in a time when natural disasters like droughts are here to reverse some of the gains we have made in ending hunger,” Sankoh said.
He added that through education, Namibia can usher in higher development gains, adding the UN is committed to assisting this achievement.
The disaster risk management school quiz is an initiative driven by the City of Windhoek and was introduced with the aim of ensuring that schools are better prepared for emergencies.
It focuses, among others, on assisting schools to set up emergency preparedness plans and provides basic training on the use of fire extinguishers.
So far the initiative has engaged 118 schools since 2012.
This year’s edition concluded this past Friday.
Schools forming part of the initiative are educated on preparedness and risk-prevention.
Pupils also partake in a quiz based on the information they have learned. “Through a child, you can educate a whole community,” said City of Windhoek chief of emergency and disaster risk management, Raymond Kapia, while explaining why the project was targeted at scholars.
The top three schools each received a fire extinguisher and three reflective vests, and additionally, the winning school was awarded a floating trophy and gold medals, along with prizes that include a first aid kit and backpacks for the participants.
The second-place winners were awarded silver medals and a megaphone, whereas the third-place winners each received bronze medals. All participating scholars were awarded certificates at the end of the programme.
“I think this is very important because it provides a platform for the municipality to reach children while they’re young and can be moulded into future citizens who will care for their environment,” said City junior mayor Grace Mackinza.
She added that sustainable development is attainable through training children on how to respond to hazards within society.
This year, seven primary schools and two secondary schools took in the quiz competition.
In the primary school category, the trophy and gold medals were awarded to Omeya Private School. Aris Grundschule came second and Zanele Beke Primary School finished in third place.
In the secondary school category, the National Institute for Special Education (NISE): Visually impaired were declared the winners. For them to participate in the competition, the study material was converted to braille to enable the scholars to read and familiarise themselves with the content. For the learners from NISE: Hearing Impaired, the quiz was conducted in a crossword puzzle format, which they had to fill in within a given time. They were awarded second place.
According to programme director Paulus Ngolombe, they are thinking of new ways to keep engaging the schools beyond the competition.
The Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS) is a technology solution that allows taxpayers to file their returns online, which creates ease and comfort.
A feasibility study was done during 2008/09 to determine whether the finance ministry should procure a new system or enhance the existing TAXLIVE system.
It was found that it would be more expensive to enhance the existing system, hence the recommendation to acquire the new system.
It took close to nine years, including the time taken for the feasibility study, and on 17 January, ITAS became operational.
The Zone spoke with ITAS project manager Sirkka Masilo. She said that specific statistics are not available at the moment on how many young people make use of this online portal.
Asked how well tax-paying youth are embracing this new revolution, she said: “There has also been growing apprehension because many people could not undo the puzzle on how to use ITAS. It is not really a concern for us here, although ITAS is new, it is extremely simple to use.”
Jessica Ulrich, a life skills teacher at Delta Secondary School, said their grade 12 learners have been taught about the online portal.
“It’s was only in the curriculum for grade 12s, but has moved into the new grade 11 syllabus material.”
“And we have explicitly taught the online portal registration to them,” she said.
Masilo said the finance ministry has a training division responsible for giving tax training to all employed officials.
ITAS offers a self-service functionality to taxpayers, and the turnaround is immediate. This service allows taxpayers to register, file and update their basic information, view their accounts and returns and search for generic information, etc.
“The expectation is for all taxpayers to register on portal as e-filers as soon as possible. In addition, we have set up return filing centres countywide to assist those who need assistance. Although, we still accept manual returns, we don’t encourage taxpayers to do so,” Masilo added.
The ministry does not, at this time, procure any foodstuffs from AMTA or Agribusdev.
According to Ndamanomhata, both agencies were engaged.
“The ministry had given Agribusdev a list of rations that it needs for food provision. The ministry would like to reiterate that it was Agribusdev that had indicated they would be able to supply food items for the food bank and not Amta,” Ndamanomhata said.
As discussions advanced with Agribusdev, it was discovered that they would not be able to supply the ministry with the items needed for the food parcel, save for maize meal. This engagement was not done with Amta.
“The cost of maize meal and related costs (including transport) were too expensive,” he said, adding that the ministry could not continue with such an arrangement with Agribusdev.
Agribusdev would have provided maize meal in the Khomas Region and at Opuwo and Khorixas.
The police's weekly crime report indicates that the suspect has not yet been arrested. Five men, aged 24, 38, 43, 49 and 63, were allegedly assaulted by members of the Namibia Defence Force at Farm Etiro near Karibib on Thursday morning. The police say the men were beaten up after they had refused to remove their cattle from the farm. Charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property are being investigated.
A girl, aged seven, was raped at Kasivi village near Kahenge last Thursday. According to the police a 27-year-old man was arrested and has appeared before the local Magistrate's Court.
On Friday, another girl, aged 15, was raped in Block E at Rehoboth. A 21-year-old suspect was arrested.
“The suspect, who is apparently a friend to the victim, invited her to accompany him to his residence and raped her there,” the police report says.
Two murders took place on 11 July. The first was at Farm Eastwood in the Outjo district where Ronald Bock, 21, was hacked in the head with a panga. The attacker is not known to the police and investigations continue.
In the second case, two cattle herders in the Brakwater area saw a man lying in the veld. “They assumed he was drunk and proceeded to graze their cattle,” the police said. When the herders returned the next morning, they found the man lying the same place and in the same position. They took a closer look and found that he was dead. A knife was found next to the body. The police are asking the public to help identify the deceased.
At Okongo, the solar pump of a public borehole supplying farmers with water was stolen on Thursday. The police have asked members of the public to come forward if they know anything about the theft.
Several cases of theft and housebreaking have been reported in the Erongo Region.
The Markhams clothing store in Walvis Bay was burgled on Thursday night. The shop window in the central business district was smashed to gain entrance.
The thieves got away with clothes valued at N$208 800. The stolen items consist of 120 pairs of Relay jeans, 42 pairs of Levi jeans and 70 Levi tops. There have been no arrests.
A suspect was arrested after he forced open a garage door with an unknown object and stole a gazebo valued at N$15 000. The incident occurred on Friday at around 02:00 at Bank Bic in Walvis Bay.
Schonfeld Guest Farm near Omaruru was robbed in the early hours of Saturday morning, with the thieves getting away with computers, electronic equipment and cash. A house was burgled at Elim in the Oshikuku area. Goods worth about N$43 000 were stolen.
The latest dam bulletin, released by NamWater yesterday afternoon, paints a bleak picture. Most towns are by now relying on boreholes.
The central dams are on average 17.3% full. Von Bach is 41.2% full after having received water pumped from Swakoppoort, while Swakoppoort currently holds 11.2% of its capacity. Last year this time, Von Bach stood at 53.1% and Swakoppoort at 34.7%.
In the east, the picture is dismal with the Otjivero Main Dam currently at 2.6% of capacity, down from 8.4% last year. The Tilda Viljoen at Gobabis, which receives water from Otjivero, last year stood at 23.7% and now holds 2.5%. Its sister dam, Daan Viljoen, is at 1.2%, down from 19.1% last year.
The east's total water supply from dams stands at 1.5% of capacity. Hardap Dam is only 18.7% full, which is disastrous for the irrigation scheme there. At this time last year the dam was 42.8% full. The Oanob Dam outside Rehoboth is at 47.5%, compared to 64.9% last year. The ever-full Naute Dam near Keetmanshoop, fed by the ferocious Löwen River, is 86.3% full compared to 81.5% last year. The total dam level for the two southern regions is 33.4%.
Günther told President Hage Geingob yesterday that negotiations about reparations should be accelerated.
“When it comes to what is now called a genocide, we are also interested in finding a quick resolution for the negotiating, and I know it is has been going for a long time. And especially for your country, for you it is very important that the process speeds up and is concluded in good time,” he said.
However, Vice-president Nangolo Mbumba said the negotiations should not be rushed because there are matters that need to be carefully sorted out.
He added that it was important to properly and carefully ensure the law is correctly interpreted.
“A lot of research was done to make sure we know what we are talking about. Progress is being made, slow as it might have been.
“The elephant in the room is reparations – that of making right which was done wrong.
“The next negotiation session will deal with those exact matters.
“On our side they are preparing the full briefing to the highest authority,” Mbumba said
He added that a political declaration was in the final stages.
He added that the past injustices and subsequent inequalities are highlighted by the citizens of Namibia.
“We also want a clear separation between development assistance as it has been going and the major items we are going to address when doing right in terms of land, water, infrastructure, education or the children of those who survived those injustices,” said Mbumba.