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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Industry, campaigners spar over SA's carbon taxIndustry, campaigners spar over SA's carbon taxMass job losses expected The new tax was cautiously introduced last month It is pretty weak but very important symbolically. - Ismail Momoniat, Deputy DG: National Treasury Béatrice Debut - South Africa's new carbon tax has provoked a storm of criticism from environmental campaigners who say it is too weak - and from industry that predicts it will cause mass job losses.

    The new tax, the first of its type in Africa, was cautiously introduced last month in the first of several gradual steps and is scheduled to come into full force in three years' time.

    The tax has been planned for almost a decade. But it was delayed in a country that is struggling to boost economic growth while also being the 14th largest polluter in the world, according to Greenpeace.

    Canada, France, Colombia and Sweden all have carbon taxes, with the World Bank saying a total of 46 countries now have such levies or similar schemes in place or scheduled for implementation.

    The tax puts a price on releasing greenhouse gases from fuel combustion and industrial processes as countries work to meet the global climate change targets negotiated in Paris in 2015.


    In South Africa, environmental groups such as the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) hailed the new tax as "a significant first step", but said it was far too weak at its present level.

    Set at R120 per tonne of carbon dioxide, the tax will be largely offset by allowances to lower it to an effective rate of between R6 and R48 per tonne in the first three years.

    That is far below the US$40 to US$80 cost per tonne the Carbon Market Watch non-profit group says is necessary to reach the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

    "It is pretty weak but very important symbolically," said Ismail Momoniat, deputy director general of the National Treasury, promising that a reassessment would be held after four years.

    Nevertheless, industry is indignant that the tax has been introduced by a government that says its priority to foster growth and create jobs by promoting investment.


    South Africa's key mining sector, which is in long-term decline, fears the tax will further hasten its demise as one of the country's main employers.

    The Minerals Council South Africa, which represents mining companies employing 450 000 people, said the tax could wipe out 6 800 jobs in the next two years and then about 6 000 jobs annually after that.

    It described the tax as "the wrong method at the wrong time - a time of already deep financial stress", adding it would "erode profitability through increasing costs resulting in a shrinking sector".

    Trade unions have taken a more mixed stance.

    Matthew Parks, of the umbrella union Cosatu, said it was "worried about the impact of pollution and global warming on poor working class communities".

    But he added there were also major fears of the impact on jobs.

    South Africa's unemployment rate is at near record highs of more than 27%, with youth joblessness above 50%.

    Parks said climate change could be "a perfect opportunity" to create jobs in South Africa through the manufacture of environmentally-friendly cars and solar energy exploiting the country's abundant sunshine.


    But he said that "we feel that businesses just want profit and are reluctant to change".

    At shop floor level, the tax has created uncertainty and resistance.

    "For me, the only way I can reduce my emissions is literally by switching furnaces out," said Theo Morkel, the boss of Transalloys, an iron alloy manufacturer in Mpumalanga province that employs 400 people.

    The cost of the tax is already being passed on to motorists.

    Fuel prices have been put up by R0.09 a litre for petrol and R0.10 for diesel, according to the Automobile Association.


    The national energy supplier Eskom, already on the brink of collapse as it struggles with US$30 billion in debt, will not be hit until 2023.

    But then Eskom's carbon tax liability is projected to be in the region of R11.5 billion a year, according to Gina Downes, Eskom's environmental economics advisor.

    Eskom, which produces more than 90% of South Africa's electricity and more than a third of its greenhouse gas emissions, said the national plan to meet Paris Agreement targets included winding down its coal-powered stations and boosting low carbon energy production.

    But Eskom is still finishing two huge new coal power stations that are far behind schedule and over budget.

    Noelle Garcin, project manager at African Climate Reality Project, said the squabbling over the tax bore no relation to the threat of climate change.

    "The costs will be very low for industries and the big emitters in the next three years," she said.

    "When we look at the timeframe that we have, I feel like it is three years lost, which we can't really afford," said Garcin. "The burden will be much more on the next generation. I don't even know if we can talk about the next generation anymore."– Nampa/AFP

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  • 07/18/19--04:27: Diamond production tumbles
  • Diamond production tumblesDiamond production tumbles Namdeb Holdings produced 335 000 carats of diamonds in the second quarter of this year, results released this morning by Anglo American show.
    This is a drop of 35% compared to the same quarter in 2018.
    Anglo said the slump was driven by Elizabeth Bay transitioning onto care and maintenance in the last quarter of 2018, as well as planned maintenance for the Mafuta crawler vessel.
    Anglo American, the holding company of De Beers, is dual-listed on the Overall Index of the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX). It closed at N$381.23 per share on Wednesday.
    De Beers owns 50% of Namdeb Holdings, while the Namibian government has the other half.

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  • 07/18/19--16:00: Lifeline for school sport
  • Lifeline for school sportLifeline for school sportDebmarine Namibia bridges funding gap The dreams of young sporting enthusiasts have been reignited, after Debmarine Namibia stepped in with a N$2-million rescue package. The embattled school sport fraternity has received a massive boost, after Debmarine Namibia committed N$2 million towards nurturing and developing the sporting dreams of pupils.

    The sponsorship will be used to stage an under-15 football and u-17 netball tournament, in conjunction with the Namibia School Sports Union (NSSU).

    The first part of the tournament will be played at various schools throughout the country's 14 regions from 7 to 14 September.

    About 40 schools in each region will first lock horns against each other.

    The NSSU, with the help of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and Netball Namibia, will then select players from participating schools to form regional teams.

    All schools that will be competing in the tournament will receive playing gear sponsored by Debmarine Namibia.

    The competition will then continue to its next stage, where the 14 regions will challenge each other for top honours at the Oshakati Stadium from 4 to 6 October.

    Debmarine Namibia CEO Otto Shikongo said the plan is to invest in youth to ensure that the country has future stars available.

    “I gave a directive that I want to see children playing sport in this country. Investing in the youth is very important, because if we do not have youth, we do not have a nation,” Shikongo said.

    The sponsorship comes just a month after the sports ministry announced there are no funds to implement various international sport programmes planned by the NSSU.

    The ministry suggested that the NSSU should implement school league systems in circuits, clusters constituencies and regions, which have limited or no transport implications.

    The NSSU represents 12 sports codes and provides opportunities for learners to become involved in sport and physical recreational activities at primary and secondary school level, in order for them to realise their full potential.

    The sponsorship is only for this year, but Debmarine Namibia has hinted at a possible extension if everything is handled well.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 07/18/19--16:00: Playing like champions
  • Playing like championsPlaying like champions Russell Bartlett Hockey Mini World Cup kicks off The 17th edition of the Russell Bartlett Hockey Mini World Cup will be held at Windhoek Gymnasium this weekend.

    K5 Sports CC alongside Standard Bank Namibia launched the competition on Tuesday. The tourney will take place today and tomorrow at the school premises.

    Over 600 children from nine schools are expected to take part in 74 games of hockey.

    Each school is assigned a country and they compete to decide the overall winners of the mini world cup. The cup will see schools from Katutura and Khomasdal, the coast and the wider central region competing for top honours.

    The tourney started with a dream that Russel Bartlett and his daughter Shayne Cormack had. With the passing of her father, Cormack decided the tourney should be named after him.

    According to Isack Hamata, Standard Bank's public relations and communications manager, their decision to come on board was based on their resolve to play a meaningful role in providing opportunities for growth and development in various sectors.

    Hamata added that the bank and K5 Sports CC entered into a three-year sponsorship agreement.

    “Our initial investment for this year is N$100 000. This will increase to N$120 000 next year and N$140 000 in the third year,” he said.

    Hamata also touched on the benefits of sport for young people.

    Shayne Cormack, one of the organisers and the founder of K5 Sports CC, said in 2002 she came up with the idea of the hockey mini world cup and it has continued to grow over the past years.

    Cormack stressed the aim is to inspire youth to be involved in hockey and expose them to high-level platforms of competition.

    “Through the years we have produced many national hockey players through the hockey mini world cup,” she said.

    She said they have grown from six 'countries' to nine, and hope to extend the tourney to other regions.

    Justicia Shipena

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    Mayweather has 'zero interest' in Pacquiao rematchMayweather has 'zero interest' in Pacquiao rematch Floyd Mayweather has “zero interest” in coming out of retirement for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, after their money-spinning 2015 super-fight, close confidante Leonard Ellerbe said on Wednesday.

    Ellerbe, the chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, told boxingscene.com that not even the prospect of another lucrative payday would tempt Mayweather back into the ring. Mayweather is believed to have earned an estimated US$300 million from his points' victory over Pacquiao, which remains the most lucrative fight in history, which generated more than US$600 million in revenue.

    Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie Roach said last week he would be keen for the Filipino icon to set up a rematch with Mayweather after a frustrating defeat in their first meeting.

    However, while Mayweather will be ringside for Pacquiao's world title fight against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas tomorrow, Ellerbe says there is no chance of a rematch.

    “Floyd has no interest,” Ellerbe said.

    “He has zero interest. He's been doing this all his life. And after a while, you get burned out.

    “He's given the sport everything.”

    Ellerbe said Mayweather was, instead, happy in his retirement.

    “He's very content. He's living his best life. I just talked to him earlier today. We went over some business stuff. He's travelling, spending time with his kids, spending time with his family.

    “He's doing all the things that he never got a chance to do because boxing has consumed his life ever since he was five years old,” Ellerbe added.

    Speaking to reporters last week, Roach said he was still bothered by Pacquiao's loss to Mayweather, when the Filipino's challenge was hampered by a shoulder problem.

    “Hopefully we can get Mayweather to come to the table,” Roach said.

    “I would like us to have one more crack at him. We didn't fight a great fight that night. Manny's shoulder didn't help at all.

    “He's had surgery since then, he's 100% now. I would like us to fight Mayweather again, because I didn't like the way we performed.”


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    Elelo lyaRundu lya yi metsokumwe noonakwiikuthila eviElelo lyaRundu lya yi metsokumwe noonakwiikuthila evi Elelo lyondoolopa yaRundu olya yi metsokumwe uvathano noonakwiikuthila evi shaaheli paveta molukalwa lwaTumweneni popepi nondjila yaCuma.

    Shoka osha hololwa kombaapila ndjoka ya monika koNamibian Sun ya shangwa momasiku ga5 gaJuni kwaangoka ta longo pehala lyOmunambelewa Omukuluntu moRundu, Sikongo Haihambo ngoka a popi kutya elelo lya ya moonkundathana naakwashigwana mboka nokuya petokolo lyetsokumwe.

    Ombaapila ndjoka oya shangelwa woo menindjela gwoNamWater miitopolwa iyali yaKavango, John Muremi, moka ehangano ndyoka lya pulwa opo li tsikile nokugandja omeya kaakwashigwana mboka noshikumungu shetsokumwe ndyoka osha yelithwa.

    Haihambo okwa popi kutya omutumba ngoka ogwa ningwa momasiku 24 gaMei, moka okomitite yoCuma Road Temporary Committee ya totwapo okukwatela komeho iikumungu yevi nokuhulitha po eikuthilo lyevi momudhingoloko ngoka.

    Omutumba ngoka ogwa kaliwa woo kelelo lyopolisi moshitopolwa shaKavango East, aaleli yelelo lyondoolopa oshowo elelo lyopapolotika.

    “Pethimbo lyomutumba ngoka okomitiye ndjoka oya pewa oshinakugwanithwa shokuungaunga noshikumungu shokwiikuthila evi neyambulepo lyomudhingoloko gwoCuma Road. Onkene ombelewa yeni otayi indilwa opo yi gandje omeya komudhingoloko gwaCuma Road nekwashilipaleko kutya okwa tulwa pomahala omilandu. Egandjo lyomeya nali tsikile sigo uuna elelo lyaRundu tali ka gandja elombwelo lya gwedhwa po.”

    Mayola gwondoolopa yaRundu, Isak Kandingu ngoka a li oshitopolwa shaamboka ya ningi omutumba momasiku 24 gaMei okwa popi kutya ke na ontseyo kombinga yetsokuwe ndyoka lya ningwa.

    Eyamukulo ndyoka natango olyo lya gandjwa kwaangoka ta longo onga omupeha pehala lyomunambelewa Omukuluntuwiliki gwondoolopa, Herman Haingura ngoka a popi kutya naye okwa li momutumba ngoka gwa ningwa ihe omukanda gwetsokumwe ngoka ogu li oshinima oshipe kuye.

    Okwa tsu omuthindo kutya ke na ontseyo kombinga yetsokumwe ndyoka, nonando otashi ulike kutya naye omukanda ngoka okwe gu tuminwa.

    Haingura okwa yelitha paufupi kutya etsokumwe ohali vulu owala okuningwa tashi landula okatokolitho taka ningwa kelelo lyondoolopa mwakwatelwa iikondo ayihe yomondjila.

    Nonando ongaaka shoo Namibian Sun ya talele po olukanda lwaTumweneni omupeha omunashipundi gwongundu ndjoka, Alexander Muyambango okwa popi kutya oya nyanyukwa okuya moonkundathana nelelo lyondoolopa nokutota po okomitiye ndjoka Cuma Road Temporary Committee.

    “Otwa nyanyukwa okukala tu na ehala ndyoka ta tu ithana egumbo,” Muyambango a popi.

    Muyambango okwa popi woo kombinga yoshituthi shedhimbuluko lyekalo lyawo pehala ndyoka uule womvula yimwe, oshituthi shoka ya ningi momasiku 25 gaJuni.

    Sho a pulwa kutya omolwashike yatokola omukalo gwokwiikuthila evi, okwa yamukula kutya ngoka ogwo omukalo gwokumona evi moRundu, ta popi kutya omalukalwa galwe mondoolopa moka ngaashi Kehemu oshowo ga totwapo ngaaka.

    Okwa popi kutya oya thiminikwa woo kendopo lyelelo lyondoolopa okuwapaleka evi nokugandja koshigwana shi vule okwiilandela evi.

    Okwa popi kutya oyendji yomuyo oya ningi omaindilo gevi okutameka momvula yo 2002, ihe sigo onena inaya mona evi, yo ohiila oya ninga ondilo na itaye yi vulu sho oyendji ye li aakwanaluhepo. Kombinga yetsokumweuvathano, Muyambango okwa popi kutya oya tegelela natango elelo lyondoolopa.

    Okwa holola kutya oya tulapo etsokumwe pethimbo lyomutumba ngoka gwa ningwa momamsiku 24 gaMei ndyoka tali indike eikuthilo lyevi lya gwedhwa po momudhingoloko ngoka.

    Omudhingoloko ngoka ogu na omagumbo ga thika po 700 na omu na woo oskola yopevi.


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    Omitumba dhaGeingob tadhi nyenyetwaOmitumba dhaGeingob tadhi nyenyetwaEtalelepo lyaGeingob olya kwatelamo omitumba naaleli yoSwapo Omitumba ndhoka tadhi ningwa kOmupresidende, Hage Geingob, miitopolwa odha nyenyetwa koshigwana, sho ta longitha natango ompito ndjoka okutsakanena naaleli yongundu yoSwapo omolwa omutumba gwongundu omunene gu na sha nomahogololo ngoka tagu ningwa kuyele muSepetemba. Omupresidende Hage Geingob ota tsakanene naaleli yongundu yoSwapo omutenya konima yomitumba dhomiitopolwa dhoka ta ningi noshigwana.

    Momukanda ngoka gwa shangelwa amushanga-ndjai gwongundu yoSwapo, Sophia Shaningwa, momasiku 3 gaJuli, Geingob okwa popi kombinga yoompangela dhe okutalela iitopolwa ayihe 14 moshilongo, nokuya moonkundathana noshigwana.

    “Sha simana natango onda hala okutsakanena naaleli yongundu yoSwapo miitopolwa ayihe 14, mwakwatelwa elelo lyiikandjohgololo yopoondondo adhihe, omutenya omolwa oonkundathana,” Geingob a tseyithile Shaningwa.

    “Moshinima shoka, komrade amushanga-ndjai alikana kwashilipaleka kutya aakwatakanithi ayehe yiitopolwa oya tseyithilwa nokuninga omalongekidho gomalweendo mongundu yoSwapo omolwa omitumba ndhoka melongelokumwe nOmbelewa Onene yoSwapo. Hiya woo aanashipundi oshowo aaleli ayehe yapewa iitopolwa opo ya kale oshitopolwa shomitumba ndhoka.”

    Geingob natango okwa tumbula kutya elalakano lyomitumba ndhoka ta ningi miitopolwa, shoka dha yooloka komitumba dhe dhomutenya ndhoka ta ningi nAakwaSwapo odha nuninwa okuya moonkundathana noshigwana nokupulakena komikundu dhoka dha taalela oshigwana unene kombinga yonkalo yoshikukuta ndjoka tayi dhenge oshigwana.

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo kombinga yombaapila ndjoka, amushanga gwiikundaneki mombelewa yomupresidende, Alfredo Hengari, okwa pula opo a tuminwe ombaapila ndjoka, shoka sha ningwa ihe inaya mukula sigo onkundana ya nyanyangidhwa. Nonando ongaaka okwali a popi nale kutya omitumba dhomupresidende dhoka ta ningi miitopolwa kadhi shi dhopapolotika.

    Pahapu dhaHengari, omupresidede oku na iinakugwanithwa iyali, shotango onga omuleli gwoshilongo noshitiyali onga omuleli gwongundu yoSwapo, nomanyano ngoka ta ningilwa naga tongolwe kwiikwatelela kiinakugwanithwa ye mbyoka.

    “Ngashiingeyi ethimbo lyomupresidende okuya miitopolwa ngaashi he shi ningi shito, nokukapopya nAaNamibia nokuuva shoka sha ningwa nokutulwa miilonga kombinga yonkalo yoshikukuta, nokuuva kutya oshigwana otashi ti ngiini shi vulithe okukala owala iikolela koolopota ndhoka tadhi zi koombelewa.”

    Sho a pulwa kombinga yombaapila, Shaningwa okwa yamukula kutya omupresidende ina ngambekwa okutsakanena nakehe ngoka a hala okutsakanena naye.

    Omitumba itadhi popilwa

    Ongundu yoLandless People's Movement (LPM) oya popi kutya epangelo otali hepitha iimaliwa mbyoka ya pumbiwa unene moshigwana pethimbo lyomitumba ndhoka tadhi ningwa kuGeingob.

    Omupeha omuleli gwoLPM, Henny Seibeb okwa popi kutya molwaashoka olweendo ndoka olyopapangelo, Geingob na tsakanene noongundu adhihe dhopolotika na haSwapo ashike.

    Okwa tsikile kutya Geingob ota ningi omalweendo ngoka okumweneka omalugodhi ngoka ga dhidhilikwa kuSwapo miitopolwa.

    Seibeb okwa popi kutya omitumba noshigwana otadhi longithwa owala onga omahwahwameko gaSwapo, moka iimaliwa yoshigwana tayi longithwa, unene sho oominista odhindji tadhi ende pamwe naGeingob, a gandja oshiholelwa shaNangolo Mbumba ngoka aniwa oshilonga she shokutseyitha Geingob.

    Okwa pula natango kutya ngele elalakano lyomitumba ndhoka okutala konkalo yoshikukuta omolwashike tadhi ningilwa moondoolopa, omolwashike itaku yiwa moofaalama moka mu na aantu taya mono iihuna koshikukuta.

    Omunongononi gwonkalo yopapolotika, Ndumba Kamwanyah okwa popi kutya omupresidende ngoka ombelelwa ye ya tindi omapopyo kutya ota longitha iimaliwa yoshigwana mokuninga omahwahwameko goSwapo, otii pataneke yemwene, sho ta ningi omitumba nelelo lyoSwapo pethimbo lyomitumba ndhoka ta popi kutya ota ningi noshigwana okutala konkalo yoshikukuta.

    “Otaya ka popya shike nelelo lyoSwapo miitopolwa? Itaya ka popya kombinga yomayambulepo ihe opolotika.”

    Nico Horn okwa popi kutya aantu otaya vulu okukala ye na omafekelo geli mondjila ihe oshidhigu okumona uumbangi ngele omitumba ndhoka ta ningi noshigwana kadhi shi oonkambadhala dhomondjila okutala konkalo yoshikukuta.

    Omuleli gwongundu yoPopular Democratic Movement (PDM) McHenry Venaani okwa popi kutya shoka tashi ningwa komupresidende osha puka.


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    Removed equipment threatens airlinesRemoved equipment threatens airlines'Precautionary measure' The Civil Aviation Authority has withdrawn all instrument approaches from the country's two international airports, infuriating airlines. Airlines operating in Namibia and those flying over Namibian airspace are up in arms after the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) withdrew all instrument approaches from the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) and the Walvis Bay airport.

    Instrument approaches are procedures which are based on equipment mounted at airports to help pilots manoeuvre aircraft to safely land in cases of poor visibility such as thick clouds or during the night.

    These have to be part of the requisite flight plan files to be distributed to civil aviation authorities as aircraft have to show preparedness for worst-case scenarios.

    The two airports use two types of approaches: the visual omnidirectional range (VOR) approach used at HKIA and the Walvis Bay airport, and the Instrument Landing System (ILS) used only at HKIA.

    It is understood that the only instrument approach now available is the Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approach, which is a GPS-based satellite guidance system, which only large and expensive aircraft are certified for.

    The Walvis Bay airport does not have the RNP system at all.

    It is understood that pilot instrument flight rules (IFR) training is severely affected at the coast, as well as in Windhoek.


    Industry players said not even all aircraft of Air Namibia or Comair (the British Airways operator) can fly on the RNP approach, much less smaller operators.

    “This affects practically all airline operators, those using the two airports as well as those flying over the Namibian airspace using Windhoek as an alternate in case something might happen. These now have to use an alternate on their route instead of using the Namibian airspace,” one industry player observed. What makes matters worse, the industry player said, is that the Namibia Meteorological Service equipment is not calibrated, which means that pilots cannot even rely on weather reports.

    He added: “It affects everyone, even the emergency flights such as medical evacuation flights that need to fly at night. Someone is playing games with the safety of passengers and money as if Namibia is a cash cow. The bottom line is that the airline industry is crippled.”

    Other industry players are livid over the withdrawal, not only because it paralyses much of their operations, but also because the instrument approaches, which were only recently implemented, cost the taxpayer “hundreds of millions of dollars”.

    The new approaches were acquired at the behest of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which felt that the previous approaches were not functioning.

    NCAA responds

    The interim executive director of the NCAA, Reinhardt Gärtner, acknowledged that the withdrawal could “cause inconvenience to certain local operators”, who he said are mainly those using the approaches for training purposes.

    “But the NCAA is doing its best to have the reviewed approaches commissioned as soon as possible,” he said.

    Gärtner said the withdrawal of the instrument approaches at the airports was done as a “precautionary measure”.

    “It is an international standard that procedures shall be reviewed periodically to ensure they are still meeting the regulatory safety requirement. The ILS and VOR (VHF omnidirectional range) procedures are due for scheduled review in 2020 but it was decided to do it now already,” Gärtner said.

    He said the procedures will be reviewed and republished “as soon as practicable in accordance with regulations”, adding that the best time of the year for the withdrawal is in the dry season, which is free of cloud cover.

    Asked how airlines will be affected by the withdrawal, Gärtner said operators executing the RNP, a procedure requiring on-board navigation performance monitoring and alerting capability, will be unaffected except in the event that the cloud base is lower than the published minima for the approaches and aircraft types.

    “Operators unable to execute the RNP procedures at Hosea Kutako may be affected in the event that low visibility and low cloud and/or fog conditions occur,” Gärtner said.

    He said all aircraft operators have been duly informed by a Notam (Notice to Airmen) published on the NCAA's website, which is used worldwide in aviation to notify aviators of any changes in the aviation system.


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  • 07/18/19--16:00: Huang wins again
  • Huang wins againHuang wins again Jinhao Investment CC, of which trade unionist Petrus Nevonga and former Swapo councillor Christian Itope are members, while Jack Huang's membership is still part of a court challenge, has lost a bid to appeal to the Supreme Court following a High Court judgment handed down in Huang's favour on 12 March this year.

    Supreme Court Judge of Appeals Dave Smuts last week dismissed the appeal after hearing it in chambers on 3 July. In his judgment, Smuts said that “the inference is inescapable that the defendant's notice of appeal has been filed for the purpose of delay and to frustrate the plaintiff's (Huang) execution of its judgment duly given by the High Court and thus, constitutes an abuse of process.”

    He described the appeal as so “unmeritorious” that it is an “exercise in futility” as well as being “vexatious” and “frivolous”.

    He also ordered Jinhao to pay Huang's costs as well as the costs consequent upon noting an appeal against a judgment of the High Court.

    The background to the matter is that Huang, through his company Sun Investments, sued Jinhao Investment for N$715 000, and Judge Shafimana Ueitele granted him payment of N$550 000 in March.

    In his claim, Huang told the court that on 3 October 2016, a loan of N$550 000 was made to Jinhao for “business operations”.

    Huang had set up Jinhao along with Nevonga and Itope on 27 October 2015.

    The company was trading as Super Foods in Ondangwa.

    The money was due to be paid back by 30 May 2018, which Huang says was not done, and thus he asked the court to enforce a payment of N$715 000, which includes 20% annual interest.

    In his papers, he included a letter from Itope which acknowledged the debt, and that stated “we have been experiencing some financial hardships”.

    Huang is also embroiled in a N$3.5 billion fraud and money-laundering case, which is still before the courts. Nevonga is the long-serving Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) secretary-general, while Itope is a former Ondangwa councillor. Huang's other lawsuit against Nevonga, Itope and Jinhao, over a total claim of N$3.7 million, is still ongoing in the High Court.

    Huang was represented by Appolos Shimakeleni and Kadhila Amoomo appeared for Nevonga and Itope.


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    Tackling mental health issuesTackling mental health issues The 'Unleashing Mental Toughness' panel discussion took place on Friday, 5 July at The Namibian Women's Expo at the Eros sports field.

    The discussion created a unique platform where panellists and members of the audience engaged each other on what it is like being a woman in today's world and what it takes to be a successful woman in your field.

    This served as an opportunity for the panellists and members of the audience to exchange opinions and views. The panel consisted of Miss Namibia 2018 Selma Kamanya, entrepreneur Twapewa Kadhikwa, media personality Josy Nghipandua, musician Top Cheri and former Nust SRC president Marvellous Shilongo. Initiated by Kamanya, the panel discussion was moderated by Ann Hambuda.

    In her closing remarks, Kamanya said in light of recent events, she thought that it was necessary to bring up this topic of conversation as it ties in with mental health that was her national project as Miss Namibia. As expressed in her statement, her mental health has been severely affected over this past year. She shared that she has struggles with mental illness; she questioned herself; she has questioned her position, and found it especially difficult because she was advocating for a cause that she struggled with herself.

    “Although I have not overcome, I am overcoming, and using that to fuel me. I have spoken my truth and I owned it. And I am here to ensure that other women find the courage to do the same no matter the position they're faced with or put in.

    “Liberation is the objective. I hope you enjoyed unleashing mental toughness! Thank you for celebrating and being my guests of honour at my last event as Miss Namibia. Thank you for the endless support,” said Kamanya.

    The main aim for this event was to connect the panellists and the audience on the various topics regarding women empowerment and how they cope with mental health.


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    Miss Namibia receives her prizeMiss Namibia receives her prizeTop three at the pageant 2019 rewarded The Namibia National Reinsurance Corporation Ltd (NamibRe) held the handover ceremony last week Friday in Windhoek. The Namibia National Reinsurance Corporation Ltd (NamibRe) pledged a cash prize of N$30 000 to the top three winners of the 2019 Miss Namibia pageant. The prize money consists of a cash prize of N$20 000 for Miss Namibia Nadia Breytenbach, and N$5 000 each for the two runners-up, Julita-Kitwe Mbangula as first runner-up and Johanna Swartbooi as second runner-up, respectively.

    NamibRe for many years has partnered with countless organisations, including the government, to undertake and support initiatives which aim to uplift, develop and empower the livelihoods of all Namibians.

    NamibRe thus recognises the importance of the Miss Namibia pageant and was proud to be one of its sponsors this year. The leadership of NamibRe believes in the Miss Namibia brand and the benefits the beauty pageant offers to young women. The corporation believes that when young ladies participate in the Miss Namibia competition or any other pageant, they develop skills and obtain exposure which makes them strong women. Moreover, the young women who've participated in the Miss Namibia competition will become role models to other young girls in their communities.

    “We are therefore proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2019 Miss Namibia and wish Miss Namibia and her two runners-up all their best during their reign and with their future, because the journey begins now,” read a statement from NamibRe.


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    Meet Kapa Kamandela… the Quality hit-makerMeet Kapa Kamandela… the Quality hit-makerChasing his musical dreams Multi-genre singer, Johannes Namuhuja, popularly known as Kapa Kamandela, is not new to the music industry. He made his musical debut when he used to be a part of a band called Young Kasi, based in the northern part of the country, but he parted ways with the group last year to go solo.

    Ever since he started singing alone, Kapa Kamandela has been making waves, especially with his single, Quality where he features Dama Monique.

    Quality is a love song that speaks of finding a woman with substance and was produced by Glo of Glo Productions. The song went viral just few days after its release on social media platforms, and has been playing all over, including radios stations, taxis and jukeboxes, countrywide.

    Currently, the song is also one of the most played and downloaded songs on the Namibian Music website. The 29-year-old singer is also a graduate in machine operations from Nirvana Training Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    In 2004, he joined the group Young Kasi and they performed at various music events, mostly in the northern part of the country. Kapa Kamandela says he parted ways with the band because all five members from the group followed different paths.

    “Filly-zo went solo first because of distance; he got a job in Grootfontein. Da Silva started to manage events and artists, Sedjo Mind went to Angola and Dre went for studies,” said Kapa Kamandela, adding that there was not enough time for them to meet up and start recording together.

    The group decided to do different things and launch Young Kasi as a record label. “I am an Afro-pop musician, but these days it is about doing music that can bring you money.

    “So, I mix different styles, but I love melodies more than rhymes,” he said.

    Kapa Kamandela is busy promoting his 14-track solo debut album titled Kukuta. He explained that the name of his album is derived from his upbringing, saying life was hard for him and he encountered many challenges along the way.

    The album was released in May this year, and continues to gain momentum.

    On it, he worked with different artists and producers such as Glo, King Mex, Dj Chronics, Flame and VDKEI.

    He also recently released his music video for the song Uuyuni, which airs on Namibia Broadcasting Corporation's Whatagwan, and on One Africa. The video is also available on YouTube, and has thus far garnered over 24 000 views.

    Commenting on the music industry, he said the competition is great and he feels like only a few artists are making it out because of funds. “In three years, we will compete with the world as the Namibian industry keeps on getting better,” he said.


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    I'khoba Textiles presents Christmas in JulyI'khoba Textiles presents Christmas in July The I'Khoba Textiles Farm Project opened their 8th annual Christmas in July exhibition on Wednesday, 17 July.

    The exhibition will run until Saturday, 31 August at the Omba Gallery at the Namibia Craft Centre in Windhoek.

    This year the I'khoba team, led by Mildred von Frankenberg-Lüttwitz and Heidi Lacheiner-Kuhn, has joined forces with different artists from Namibia to host the exhibition under the theme Tinga-tinga.

    “Alongside our traditional handcrafted Christmas decorations, visitors will find 'Tinga-tinga' inspired paintings and embroidered interior deco-pieces. We have also incorporated some of the Shy Wild series by Anne Lacheiner-Kuhn, who is a well-loved Namibian artist living in London. “We want to surprise and capture the local- and tourist market. We also want to offer the local market a fresh range from the previous years and new inspired topics to consider,” said Von Frankenberg-Lüttwitz.

    This year's theme was inspired by a trip to Zanzibar where the art scene is dominated by paintings and art of the well-known artist Edward Saidi Tingatinga. The Tinga-tinga painting style developed in the second half of the 20th century in Oyster Bay, Tanzania. This painting style later spread to most of East Africa. Today it is a widely represented form of tourist-orientated painting style in Tanzania. Tinga-tinga paintings are usually very colourful and have an African theme such as the big five and other African fauna and flora. The drawings can be described as naïve, almost cartoon-like, and the humour and irony are often unambiguous.

    When Von Frankenberg-Lüttwitz returned from her holiday to Zanzibar she was excited to see what the Namibian interpretation of the Tinga-tinga art form would bring.

    At this year's exhibition visitors will find large scale Tinga-tinga acrylic paintings and finely embroidered Tinga-tinga scenes on cushion covers. There will also be baskets, fashion jewellery and deco-accessories on display from talented artists from all over Africa. These items come in high-end fashion colour combinations to complement the paintings and tie in with this year's theme.

    Each year the artist group purposely pushes the boundaries to polish a crisp assortment of merchandise and to showcase African handcrafts and skill from a distinctive viewpoint while keeping with their ambition of recycling and sustainability.

    The range of Christmas-themed decorations and ornaments will include items made from old beverage cans and lids and reused plastics, espresso capsules and water bottles.

    The artworks presented by Anne Lacheiner-Kuhn are also a form of up-cycling as her collages are carefully put together by finely cut images from magazines and books. Lacheiner-Kuhn gives old discarded pictures a new composition, look, meaning and life.

    “The idea for a Christmas exhibition in July came to life as it is a great opportunity to exhibit Namibian Christmas traditions and symbols to visitors at the peak of the tourist season, in addition to presenting Namibians with some early Christmas ideas and presents,” said Kehrmann, adding that while Christmas plants in the northern hemisphere include the traditional Christmas tree and mistletoe, Namibians have thorn trees and dried agave stems as decoration - all of which will be on display and beautifully decorated at this exhibition.


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    Media maven under constructionMedia maven under constructionLeena Shipwata's making her dreams come true Driven, ambitious, informative and opinionated… these are some of the words one can use to describe Leena Shipwata. What separates Leena Shipwata from her peers is the amount of work she is entrusted with by various media platforms, the established media personalities in her circle, and her bravery to take on challenges in her line of work. She is also good at adorning her social media pages with visually pleasing aesthetics thus, if you roam around on Instagram streets, many will recommend that you follow her.

    tjil got an opportunity to sit down with Shipwata to find out what goals she is chasing in the media world, how she is balancing studies with various media projects she is involved with, and more.

    Currently her biggest role is being the host and face of Visible Talent Namibia, a road show scouting talent around the country. “Tate Buti came up with the initiative and brought Top Cheri, Dion from PDK and others on board.

    “I am grateful to be a part of this show because it is a show that is giving talented people in smaller towns an opportunity to share their talent,” said Shipwata. On how she got her foot in the industry, Shipwata shared that she started off hosting small and intimate events when she was in high school. She then started modelling which she said boosted her confidence to take on big-stage MC'ing. “I knew what I always wanted to do from a young age. When I would read magazines and watch television, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this industry,” she said.

    On her modelling career, Shipwata said it has opened doors for her and has been a learning experience. For her, modelling is not just a hobby but an arena to make her dreams come true. “I was recently nominated in the Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards, in the Favourite Female Model category.

    “It is my first-ever nomination and I am so excited because it means my work does not go unnoticed,” said Shipwata.

    On top of being a model, events host, television director, and final-year media student, Shipwata is also a bikini designer.

    She exclusively announced to tjil that she will be launching her bikini line this summer, a business move she said she is very excited about. “I launched something similar but on a small scale last year just to test the waters; the response was awesome so I believe I am ready now to do something bigger and better,” she shared.

    Being a busy person, Shipwata admitted that this year has been challenging in terms of balancing between her work and studies. “I have grown as a brand and this growth comes with a lot of opportunities.

    School is also more demanding as I am in my final year. I am not complaining though because I have always had side hustles ever since my first year so I know how adjust and make time for everything that I do,” said Shipwata.

    Summing up the conversation with tjil, Shipwata said that her dream is to one day open an arts school.

    She also said she is passionate about the girl child and willing to help others. “I get a lot of direct messages (DMs) from a lot of girls asking me for advice on how to breakthrough in the industry; my advice is just start.

    “I want to be one of those people who contributes to growing the art and entertainment scene in Namibia, hence my dream of one day opening an arts school,” she said.


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    The White Line ready to hit the big screensThe White Line ready to hit the big screens A media screening of the movie The White Line took place on Monday, 16 July at MultiChoice in Windhoek.

    Produced by Jus Think, The White Line is a Namibian love story in the era of apartheid. The story is set in 1963, after the Old Location uprising that shook the then South West Africa.

    The movie tells a story of a police officer who falls in love with a black domestic worker. It stars Girly Jazama as the domestic worker with the character name Sylvia Kamutjemo. Jan-Barend Scheepers plays the police officer, Pieter de Wet, Sunet van Wyk is the boss. Other cast members include Anna Marie van der Merwe, Mervin Uahupirapi, Unotjari Katupose and Desmond Katamila.

    The film demonstrates that love does not see boundaries nor does it see colour. At the media screening Desmond Katamila, formerly known as Lil D had this to say: “I won’t lie, I was uncomfortable acting at first. I have way more respect for filmmaking in Namibia,” he said.

    Commenting on her character, Sunet van Wyk who plays out a racist role in the movie said she struggled to adjust to it at first. “When you act a character you have to get into it and I was scared of what people would think of me,” she said.

    The movie is shot in Afrikaans and Otjiherero and will have English subtitles. The official premiere of The White Line is slated for Monday 22, July.


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  • 07/18/19--16:00: Get to know Mr Diamonds
  • Get to know Mr DiamondsGet to know Mr DiamondsRapper guns for top spot Ever heard of Mr Diamonds before? If you haven't you might be considered not cool, but it's okay, here comes a quick breakdown for you. Mr Diamonds, real name Mayaya Rafael, is a rapper with three projects to his name; Number One Whyler (2013), Tate Geld (2015) and Trap Dealer (2016). He recently got into business with the Alvara Media Group to handle his public relations. With the release of his first official 2019 single titled Finally and featuring Brown Klaxic, Mr Diamonds shared with tjil what he has been working on.

    He mentioned that he is happy to be associated with Alvaro Media Group, as he believes they are good with public relations and branding. “For the longest time I did not have a solid structure behind my brand. They give me direction on a lot of things that have to do with my brand. We have joined forces for a mutual goal.

    “They are working on putting me in a better position than I have been in my career,” said Mr Diamonds.

    On the response to his latest single, the rapper said he is pleased with the way music fans have received it.

    He added that he is in the process of conceptualising the music video for it and will be shooting it in two weeks' time. “I am really happy with the attention Finally has been receiving. It has been received well, not just by the rap community but everyone in general. I am taking time with the visuals for it because I do not just want to put out a mediocre music video, I want to give my fans real art,” he said.

    He shared that he is still going to be releasing three more singles and hopes to release a body of work in the form of an EP at the end of the year.

    He added that he is working on music that is going to make him a household name, but he understands and acknowledges that success in the music game takes time. “I have big dreams for my musical career at which I am working tirelessly to realise, along with my team.

    I want to be able to support my family through music and I want to get to the point where I am not told that I have 30 more minutes left of my studio time,” he said.

    He describes his sound as mainstream hip-hop with the potential to be recognised on an international level.

    Mr Diamonds believes Namibia has enormous talent that should be shared with the world.

    “I believe as artists, we grow with our listeners that's why I would really love to have the attention of the youth.

    “Their support is going to carry me through and take me places,” said Mr Diamonds.

    His goal is to penetrate the African market and one day eventually break through on a global level. He said it may sound like a big and unattainable dream to many but he strongly believes with hard work and consistency he will realise it. “I just want to live out my dreams through my passion which is music; I know hard work will get me there,” he said.


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  • 07/18/19--16:00: Something newz on DStv
  • Something newz on DStvSomething newz on DStv The channel will be available to active customers on all DStv packages.

    MultiChoice Africa is delighted to announce the launch of a new 24-hour news service, Newzroom Afrika, on the DStv platform across the continent on channel 405 from Monday, 15 July 2019. The channel will be available to active customers on all DStv packages.

    The expansion of news service comes just two months after it launched in South Africa to delight viewers with programming that includes Your View Africa Round Table, hosted by South African talk-show veteran, JJ Tabane. The show takes an in-depth look at issues across the continent while interacting and engaging with relevant subject experts. Another show to look out for is Newz World, whose lead anchor Vic Naidoo gives a round-up of continental and global news with audience engagement and an alternative to traditional news bulletins in the form of roundtable discussions.

    DStv viewers on the continent will also have the pleasure of interacting with respected news practitioners such as lead anchor, Cathy Mohlahlana, South African politics stalwart, Thulasizwe Simelane and self-confessed sports-fiend, Marc Lewis, alongside many other on-air personalities who form part of the channel's compelling line-up.

    Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment at MultiChoice said that the company is proud to bring this news channel.

    “The addition of Newzroom Afrika will increase the diversity of voices and perspectives in Africa's news media space. We remain committed to delivering quality news and current affairs that keep our customers updated and informed about what's happening in the world,” said Phahle.

    Everything from breaking news and in-depth analysis, to expert panel discussions, business and sport is covered in a refreshing style unique to the channel. Cutting-edge systems and technology allow Newzroom Afrika to be broadcast in high-definition, with unmatched remote broadcasting capabilities that give journalists the freedom to roam wherever the news takes them.

    Newzroom Afrika is available for streaming on-the-go via smart phones, tablets or desktops through the DStv Now app and will be available on all DStv packages.


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    The Rhythm share Durban July experienceThe Rhythm share Durban July experienceExporting Namibian music The Vodacom Durban July is not only Durban's most prestigious event of the year but one of the biggest horseracing events in Africa. Durban July is primarily a horseracing event but it strongly incorporates fashion and music elements.

    In attendance at this year's event from Namibia was the DJ duo The Rhythm made up of DJ Kido and DJ Sandile.

    The duo shared that their aim is to create a gateway for Namibian DJs to cross the border and reach out to South Africa and explore that market as well.

    “We want to pave a way for all Namibian DJs to have a chance to be invited to play at the Durban July - not just established DJs,” said DJ Kido.

    DJ Sandile added as a duo that was part of this big event they want to inform Namibians that there are people who see potential in Namibian art and entertainment scene. The Rhythm urges Namibian artists to be consistent as they believe that is what will attract more opportunities for them to showcase their talent at events of this magnitude.

    “We were given a chance last year to showcase our talent and we returned this year. We kept our consistency regardless of the negative comments we received.

    “We want to thank everyone who was and still is part of the dream,” said DJ Sandile.

    The two DJs got the chance to share the deck alongside Vinny Da Vinci, Mlindo the vocalist, DJ Loyd, Intro Fam and many more.


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    Making the right collaborations Making the right collaborations The Namibian art and entertainment space keeps growing and as a result, different brands are starting to work with various influencers and overall creatives. This is a good thing because it is growing the industry and aiding creatives with resources to be able to put out great content and grow their brands as well.

    In the past, a lot of brands were sceptical to work with Namibian public figures in the entertainment space, and this trend still persists, however, I applaud the brands that have been brave enough to work with Namibian influencers. But it should not just be about collaborating; I believe collaborations between brands and influencers should make sense, not just for the sake of the two parties involved but for the growth of the industry at large. I believe as a brand, before you can agree on your collaboration terms, you need to find the right influencer and vice versa. This means doing your homework to ensure the chosen influencer is consistent with your brand's look, feel and tone. You can start by learning what other brands are doing. Research your competitors and look at other brands that aren't necessarily competition, but share a similar audience or following. It is important to study the performance of your current posts and establish which ones are doing best and explore why.

    Another point worth mentioning is that it is important to choose an influencer who is relevant to your brand. Choosing the wrong one could be extremely costly, so it's important you get it right the first time. The same goes for the influencer, it is important that you take on gigs and campaigns that will help grow your brand too. Sometimes influencers tend to get into business with brands that do not add value to what they have been doing for years. It is not beneficial to be in business with a company that does not grow you in any way; this is how influencers end up being exploited and taken for granted.

    Moreover, it helps to know what works best for your industry and brand; having this knowledge can help you create a working plan for your influencer’s marketing campaign. It's important to consider giving your influencer a high level of creative freedom. Instead of setting strict conditions, give them a mood board that demonstrates the general vibe you want to follow.

    Another important aspect that some influencers tend to forget when taking on different campaigns with brands is having an actual agreement on paper. Even though our industry is small, it is important that we take ourselves seriously by requesting an influencer collaboration agreement. This agreement is important for the same reason a contract between an employee and company is, it is meant to protect the interests of all parties involved. Know your worth and do not be afraid to demand what you deserve. To sum it up, I once again commend brands that have been brave enough to work with Namibian influencers, your effort does not go unnoticed, and to the brands that are still doubtful of the influence our Namibian influencers, have please catch up and get with the programme.

    michael@namibiansun.com; @MichaelMKAY on Twitter

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    NAMAs 2019 nominees announcedNAMAs 2019 nominees announcedNew category introduced The biggest night in Namibian music - Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) - is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 7 September, in Swakopmund at The Dome. The NAMAs nominee announcement took place at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) last Friday. John Ekongo, corporate communications specialist at MTC shared that the company is investing an amount to the tune of N$7.8 million this year.

    Moreover, Tim Ekandjo, chief human capital and corporate affairs officer of MTC announced that only 64 artists have been selected out of the thousands of applications received. Out of the 64 artists nominated, the number will still be narrowed down to 24 winners on the big night.

    Ekandjo mentioned that in the past the public has been complaining that upcoming artists are not given a platform to showcase their talent. He mentioned that the NAMAs is unfortunately not the appropriate platform. “The NAMAs is not a development platform for upcoming artists,” he said.

    The cherry on the cake for this year’s NAMAs is that there has been a new category added to the existing categories. The new category introduced is Artist of the Year where the winner will walk away with a whopping N$250 000 cash prize.

    The top honours with four nominations each went to Gazza, Kinnzo, Lindsey, Top Cheri and Tswazis followed closely by DJ Kboz, Exit, Franklin & Dee’a, Lize Ehlers, Sean K, Shaeto, Tate Buti and Vaughn Ahrens receiving three nominations each.

    Rapper Skrypt is among the artists nominated for the first time and he had this to say: “It’s a different feeling, it was out of my hands to be nominated and it will continue to be out of my hands and I’m thankful to be part of the industry, for real, this time,” he said with a chuckle.


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