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- 07/23/19--16:00: _A win-win for justice
- 07/23/19--16:00: _Orchard saga blooms...
- 07/23/19--16:00: _Spotlight on poison...
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- 07/24/19--16:00: _Mum's the word
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- 07/23/19--16:00: Oshikunde win Sport for Environment tourney
- 07/23/19--16:00: Iinyandwa mOmuthiya
- 07/23/19--16:00: Aakiintu naanona yaakadhona moNcamagoro ya yambidhidhwa
- 07/23/19--16:00: Khorixas residents eagerly waiting to engage Geingob
- 07/23/19--16:00: Challenge Air case to be heard in Namibia
- 07/23/19--16:00: A win-win for justice
- 07/23/19--16:00: Orchard saga blooms again
- 07/23/19--16:00: Spotlight on poisonings
- 07/23/19--16:00: Pregnant woman survives hippo attack
- 07/23/19--16:00: Silk Road brings cars from China
- 07/23/19--16:00: Air Namibia fleet boosted
- 07/23/19--16:00: Our curriculum consternation
- 07/23/19--16:00: Schoolgirls in lions' dens
- 07/23/19--16:00: ACC takes aim at city officials
- 07/23/19--16:00: UK new factory orders weakest since financial crisis
- 07/23/19--16:00: Investors cautious after Kumba Iron Ore's first half earnings triple
- 07/24/19--16:00: Mum's the word
- 07/24/19--16:00: Tour de Windhoek in September
- 07/24/19--16:00: Kavhura Cup round-of-16 draw concluded
Oshikunde reached the final after beating Mandume Ndemufayo Primary School 3-0 in the semi-finals, while in the other semi-final, Eembidi Combined School defeated Oumbada Primary School 4-3 on penalties after a zero-all stalemate.
“Eembidi were expelled and disqualified from the tournament after cheating, so Oshikunde were the eventual winners,” said one of the tournament organisers, Edward Kapewasha, during the prize-giving event on Sunday.
Oumbada and Mandume Ndemufayo finished second and third, respectively.
As the champions, Oshikunde scooped the top prize of 15 gold medals, a floating trophy and N$3 000.
Oshikunde were also declared the most disciplined team of the tournament. Oumbada, as the runners-up, took home 15 silver medals and N$2 000, while hosts Mandume Ndemufayo received the third prize of 15 bronze medals and N$1 000.
In the netball category, played on a round-robin basis, Weyulu Primary School were declared the winners after collecting 15 points. They received gold medals, a floating trophy and N$1 500.
Ndapona Primary School, as the runners-up in the netball category, received silver medals and N$1 000, while Oshikunde took home the bronze medals and N$800.
Amukoto okuli oshitopolwa shongundu yomOmuthiya ndjoka ya gandja omanyenyeto gawo omasiku ga piti komukwatakanithi gwongundu yoSwapo moshitopolwa shaShikoto, Armas Amukwiyu, moka ya totha mo iilonga yuulingilingi mbyoka tayi longwa kaaleli yongundu ndjoka melelo lyondoolopa ndjoka.
Amukoto okwa popi kutya Uusiku ogumwe gwomwaamboka taya longo uulingilingi noonkondo mOmuthiya sho iikuthile omwaalu gwooplota dhontumba inadhe futile sha, naGeingob okwa kunkilile Amukoto iiyageke okuninga omalundilo omanga ewi lye tali kwatwa, ihe Amukoto okwa yamukula kutya ke na uumbanda washa na okwa pyakudhukilwa kehe shoka tashi ya molwaashoka ota popi oshili.
Omukwashigwana gumwe okwa yambidhidha Amukoto ta popi kutya, uulingilingi owu li omukundu omunene mondoolopa ta popi woo kutya okwaahena iilonga okwa londa pombanda noonkondo naamboka ye na iimaliwa nenge oongombe dhokufuta oyo owala taya mono iilonga mOmuthiya, omanga yalwe itaya mono sha, pahapu dhaAune Vaino, sho a pulwa kuGeingob a opo a popye omukundu ngoka e na.
Omwaalu omunene gwookansela melelo lyaMuthiya otagu lundililwa uulingilingi omanga Okomisi yOkulwitha Uulingilingi ya koleke kutya otayi konaakona iipotha yuulingilingi mbyoka ya lopotela aaleli melelo ndyoka.
Omusita Eino Nangula okwa lombwele Geingob kutya elelo lyongundu olya topoka noonkondo naashoka otashi yi moshipala omayambulepo mOmuthiya, sho pehala lyokulonga shoka tashi yambula po ondoolopa ngaashi miitopolwa yilwe, elelo olyiipyakidhila owala nokukondjithathana.
Uusiku otaku popilwa kutya okwa hwahwameke elelo li kute miilonga omusamane gwe Thomas Uusiku, nonando ineshi enditha nawa mokakonaakono.
Natango okwa popilwa kutya mayola okwa hwahwameke opo omusamane gwe a tumwe komadheulo gokuhinga eshina lyograder koSouth Afrika kongushu yoshimaliwa shooN$100 000 iimaliwa ya futwa kelelo lyondoolopa.
Natango aniwa mayola ngoka oku na ooplota odhindji mondoolopa moka, nonando ina futa oshimaliwa sha sha mokulanda ooplota ndhoka.
Omupeha mayola gwondoolopa Hisikiel Nanyeni, ngoka a li nale mayola okwa popiwa kutya naye okwiipe oplota ndjoka ina futila sha mondoolopa moka.
Omunashipundi gwokomitiye yelelo lyondoolopa, Beata Nashongo, ota lundililwa uukombunda mokukuta miilonga aaniilonga yelelo lyondoolopa.
Kansela Enos Shipahu ota lundililwa ekwatelo komeho lyelanditholyehala lyoSwapo Party Women's Council property, lyonomola 2 mOmuthiya Proper, konima sho a Shaina oombaapila dhelanditho lyoplota ndjoka onga ombangi. Shipahu natango ota lundila kutya okwiikuthile ooplota odhindji mondoolopa inedhi futila.
Kansela Samuel Shivute, omunashipundi nale gwokomitiye yelelo lyondoolopa ndjoka, ota lundililwa ekwatelo komeho lyelanditho lyoplota yongundu yoSwapo, natango ota lundililwa woo egandjo lyooplota kaakwanezimo ye omanga a li omunashipundi gwokomitiye yelelo.
Aakiintu mboka naanona yaakadhona oya holola enyanyu lyawo sho NTA e ya pe omagano guukwathithitho mehuliloshiwike lya piti.
Okwa li kwa lopotwa kutya mboka ohaya longitha omatalashe, omafo gomiti omakukutu oshowo iinima yilwe molwaashoka itaya vulu okwiilandela uukwathitho.
Aakiintu ya ulukile owoo oNamibian Sun oshimweno hashi ithanwa epepo shoka yakala nokulongitha pethimbo yeli mompumbwe.
Oya ulike nkene haya kutha ko iipeta yoshimeno shoka nokushi ninga oshipu shi vule okulongithwa, naanona yaakadhona ohaya yi kooskola noshimeno shoka onga omukalo gwokwiigamena uuna ompumbwe ya holoka.
Omuyambidhidhi Omukuluntu kOmunambelewa Omukuluntuwiliki gwoNTA, Jerry Beukes, Carol Millward, okwa yelitha kutya oya gongele iinima ya yooloka kuyele nuumvo mwa kwatelwa uukwathitho mboka na oya tokola okuyamukula koshinyolwa shoNamibian Sun, mokugandja ekwatho ndyoka tali pumbiwa kaakiintu mboka oshowo kaanona yaakadhona. Omagano ngoka oga tumwa okuza mOvenduka okuya moRundu na oga gandjwa kwaamboka ga nuninwa mehuliloshiwike.
Nonando omagano ngoka oga gwana owala aantu aashona, mboka ya ningi elago oya holola enyanyu lyawo, taya popi kutya yamwe yomuyo oshikando shotango taya ka longitha uukwathitho mboka molwaashoka ohaya longitha owala omikalo dhawo dhopamuthigululwakalo.
The meeting was initially scheduled for Tuesday but has been postponed to 14 August by the Office of the President due to other commitments.
Acting Chief Regional Officer of the Kunene Region Kisco Sinvula, who chairs the organising committee for the event, said the committee is also still busy preparing for the meeting.
One of the town's residents, 28-year-old Rehabeam !Gawiseb said he cannot wait to meet with the president.
“We the young people want to discuss certain matters with him,” he said. !Gawiseb said these matters include youth unemployment and slow development at Khorixas. !Obo Schlepper, 24, on his part explained that besides the construction of a new shopping mall and a vocational skills development centre underway at the town, government should also look into improving the condition of roads in Khorixas. “During the town hall meeting I expect to also hear how government intends to benefit us with its national tender programmes so that youth unemployment can be reduced and so the transfer of technical skills to the local people can take place,” said Schlepper.
Another resident, Elizabeth Gawises, said she expects the residents to be brave enough when engaging the Head of State to discuss issues such as blockage of the local authority's sewage networks which has allegedly for many years posed health hazards at various local schools and streets. “This issue has been troubling us for many years because the local authority has failed to resolve it, maybe if we bring it out at the town hall meeting the president will use his influence to find a solution to it,” she said.
The meeting will take place at the Eddie Bowe Primary School hall.
Challenge Air and the two Namibian parastatals got involved in a dispute over the leasing and maintenance of a Boeing 767-33 AER aircraft in 2005. An award in favour of Challenge Air was delivered in August 2008.
When Air Namibia failed to adhere to it, a German higher regional court declared the arbitral award is enforceable.
Air Namibia countered that the arbitration award is a “foreign” award and cannot be enforced by a Namibian court. It had challenged the award without success and failed to pay the amounts set out in the arbitration award. According to the arbitration award, Air Namibia has to pay Challenge Air US$6.5 million in respect of unpaid maintenance, rent and insurance of the aircraft.
Air Namibia was also to pay Challenge Air US$13 million for interest on late and non-payment of maintenance, rent and insurance from July 2011.
Moreover, it was ordered to cough up other costs and expenses, which included €296 822, CHF1.7 million, R617 636 and US$226 257.
Baum intends to initiate legal proceedings in the Namibian courts seeking recognition and enforcement of the arbitral award. He has now been granted leave to do so.
The ministry was recently praised for its efforts to respond to public criticism and queries via social media platforms, including a recent SMS that appeared in a daily newspaper, in which a group of young mothers shared their frustration about the Grootfontein maintenance court and its officials.
The justice ministry promptly responded to the complaint on Facebook, noting that is ready to “rectify this so that the same does not happen again in future”.
The response was posted online, and included a detailed explanation of how child support complaints are dealt with at a maintenance court, and the relevant contact details. Moreover, the justice ministry underlined that it is “aware of a serious shortage of staff handling maintenance issues”.
The ministry reminded the public that the recruitment process of 10 maintenance investigators to be deployed at various magistrate courts countrywide, including Grootfontein, is underway, to help reinforce the existing staff “so that we can offer the best possible service to our clients in maintenance matters”.
Justice ministry spokesperson Simon Idipo told Namibian Sun they are serious about actively reaching out to the public, in order to provide feedback on various issues related to the ministry's services, including complaints.
“We value transparency at the ministry of justice and we believe such interaction is another step towards such practice,” he said.
Idipo underlined it is crucial for government institutions to receive and respond to public feedback.
“Apart from just providing information to our clients, such feedback plays a major role in helping us to identify our shortcomings and to improve on those.”
He said the ministry urges “all institution to prioritise energising their communication channels, because as a government we are doing or offering quite a lot of beneficial services, but without good communication, those targeted to benefit will not know of these services”.
Idipo said a lack of knowledge on state and government services deprives citizens from achieving a good quality of life.
“The public voted government into power and for that we owe them information and all the services government provides.”
Idipo said effective communication between the public and government institutions is a win-win for all, including improved trust, improved service delivery, an informed nation and transparency.
He said the ministry's decision to integrate various communication platforms, including new media tools, into its public relations strategy, has “proven to be really helping us convey our message to a larger audience than in the past”.
The integration of new media was made possible, he said, by the recent implementation of the government social media use guidelines, and through the “positive support” of justice ministry supervisors, who have helped to improve the ministry's communication efforts.
He said, to date, the ministry has received positive feedback on these new strategies and this motivates it to continue bolstering efforts to reach out to the public via online platforms.
During a town hall meeting at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region, where President Hage Geingob interacted with residents on Monday, farmers expressed their concern over why government would allow these orchards to dry and shrivel, instead of handing them over to community members to manage and operate them. The town hall meeting was hosted opposite the Omuthiya orchard, but the presidential delegation did not undertake a site visit to the project. Last year, the agriculture ministry terminated the contracts of about 200 workers who were employed at the 56 state orchards in the north. Abraham Shikongo, a member of the Oshikoto Farmers' Association, said a few years ago, when they started hearing rumours that the agriculture ministry could no longer afford to manage the orchards, they approached the forestry office in the region to lobby that they be given an opportunity to manage them, but this did not materialise.
“As a farmers' union we tried to engage the forestry officials in the region, and even through our constituency councillors' offices, pleading for the ministry not to let go of the orchards caretakers, but hand them to us or to community members to continue with the work.
“This engagement did not yield any fruitful results, as the officials told us they were waiting for answers from the director, and we were never given an opportunity, until we started seeing the plants drying,” said Shikongo.
When asked by Geingob to respond, agriculture minister Alpheus !Naruseb said last year the director of forestry, Joseph Hailwa, undertook consultative visits to the regions to engage community members to take over the orchards. Hailwa had reported that the community members were not ready.
“The government, through the ministry of agriculture, initiated the orchards in most parts of the country. I am not going to talk about why we are not able to continue with this project anymore, because the situation is known to us, that operational expenditure has been drastically cut because of obvious reasons,” !Naruseb said.
He added that if the community members are now ready, “we can still come on the table”.
Shikongo said the trees have already withered and that community members would only be willing to come on board now, if they can be assisted with water bill payments and money to buy essential tools.
“The cost to maintain the drying trees will be higher than the time when we were asking them (to take over the orchards),” he said.
In November 2017, agriculture executive director Percy Misika informed Namibian Sun that the 56 orchards cover 364 hectares and had generated an income of N$120 400 in the 2016/17 financial year, up from N$65 993 during the previous year.
It was also reported that many of the workers who were taking care of the orchards were locals who loved their work.
Earlier this year, Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary Ephraim Nekongo expressed his disappointment over the agriculture ministry terminating the contracts of the 200 orchard workers.
In 2003, the government, through the agriculture ministry, launched the tree-planting project in open grasslands in the Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto regions, which created hundreds of jobs.
The orchards were created with the purpose of supplying fresh fruit to the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) for selling and processing.
After the orchards were established it was ascertained that lemon, mango and guava trees were suitable for the areas. In 2014/15, 13 tonnes of mangoes, four tonnes of guavas, 1.5 tonnes of lemons and 0.24 tonnes of oranges were produced, which generated N$89 423. During 2015/16, 10 tonnes of mangoes, 0.72 tonnes of guavas, three tonnes of lemons and 0.6 tonnes of oranges were produced and N$65 993 was generated.
In 2016/17 they harvested 17.3 tonnes of mangoes, two tonnes of guavas, 5.2 tonnes of lemons and 0.73 tonnes of oranges, generating N$120 405.
An estimated 10 000 vultures have been poisoned across the region in the past five years, of which 6 000 were killed in Namibia and adjacent parts of Botswana, as a result of poachers poisoning elephant carcasses they had illegally killed for ivory.
In June alone, more than 700 vultures of five species, in addition to other wildlife, were killed by poison in five southern and east African countries. As a result the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) this month joined several local and regional organisations to submit an urgent plea to the African Union (AU), urging for cross-border efforts to address the threat. “It cannot effectively be addressed by a single nation. A continent-wide initiative is needed,” NCE CEO Chris Brown informed members this week.
The submission, addressed to AU chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, calls on the AU secretary-general and member stakes to undertake several urgent steps and collaborate among each other to tackle the crisis head-on.
The signatories to the letter, including the IUCN SSC Vulture Specialist Group, Birdlife International, the Zambia Lion Project, Birdlife Botswana, Aplori Nigeria, and many others, also warn that vultures are not the only wildlife species threatened by the use of poison.
Nevertheless, of the five vulture species most impacted, three of them are currently listed as critically endangered, while the remaining two are listed as endangered.
The AU submission explains poison is also used to respond to human-wildlife conflict, but that the masking of commercial poaching activities currently “poses the largest and most immediate threat to vultures”.
The experts warn that populations of these slow-breeding species, which are also subject to a range of other threats, “cannot sustain losses of this scale and thus face a significant threat of extinction”.
“Wildlife poisoning has long been the major cause of mortality for many species of scavengers and predators, perhaps best-documented in vultures and eagles,” Brown underlined.
However, previously the main source of poisoning stemmed from mainly small-stock farmers who “waged an ongoing battle against predators such as jackal, caracal, leopard and hyena”.
Studies showed that for every member of a target species killed by a farmer's poison - not necessarily the individual animal that was guilty of a killing, just a member of the species - over 100 non-target animals were killed in Namibia, mainly eagles and vultures, but also many other species, including bat-eared foxes, Cape foxes, aardwolf and mongooses.
“In fact, anything that eats meat,” the NCE said.
Brown said this “scorched earth approach to farming”, which was allowed to continue for decades, had a deadly impact on many species and particularly on the distribution of vulture species.
With the decline in small-stock farming in many parts of Namibia in recent years, and the conversion of land uses to wildlife and tourism, a hopeful, but “slow modest increase in vulture numbers” was observed.
This slight gain, however, has in recent years been pushed back again with the increased poisoning of carcasses by poachers.
“This is an Africa-wide crisis, but with the main impacts in southern and east Africa, which have the most remaining wildlife areas,” the NCE warned. Brown stressed that it is time African countries to pay attention to this issue and work together to address the problem.
“Commercial poaching is a cross-boundary and internationally-driven crime, often linked to other syndicate crimes such as drugs, arms, human trafficking and money laundering.”
The incident happened in the early morning hours of Monday along the Okavango River at Rugcuva village, when the hippo attacked Christine Ndumba, leaving her with a fractured left arm and a wound on her left ankle. Ndumba is seven months pregnant.
Speaking from her hospital bed yesterday, Ndumba narrated her ordeal, saying she was attacked from behind by the hippo, which damaged her left arm and left ankle before it fled.
“I went to water our vegetable garden, which is along the river. After that I went to go and set our fish traps in the river, and upon my return to the garden, the hippo attacked me from behind with its jaws on my left arm and then on my left knee.
It then fled the scene, as it went into the river,” Ndumba said.
She said after the attack, she screamed for help and her husband came to her rescue.
Her husband together with three villagers managed to carry her to the nearest clinic and hours later she was transported to the Rundu state hospital.
The nurses at the hospital said Ndumba's pregnancy was not affected, as her unborn baby is fine, while she is in a stable condition.
Ndumba indicated that a hippo has been causing problems at her village, including attacking livestock.
She said a number of cattle have been attacked by the hippo. The Kavango West police report said villagers indicated that the hippo is aggressive, as a result of being attacked by other animals.
“According to the villagers at Rugcuva the hippo has allegedly been terrorising them, as this is the third incident... The hippo apparently seems to be injured, either by elephants or other animals, making it aggressive,” the report said.
The move comes after sales in China contracted last year for the first time since the 1990s. Amid worries of a further decline, Beijing handed out tax cuts earlier this year to spur consumer spending.
In its latest bid to prop up the auto sector, the ministry of commerce said it had started allowing used-car exports from 10 Chinese cities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, and that it would offer more support to the sector.
On Tuesday, Xinhua reported that a ceremony was held the previous day in north China's Tianjin municipality for the export of 60 second-hand commercial vehicles, part of the first batch of used commercial vehicles exported from China. Having completed customs clearance in Tianjin, the vehicles, with a total value of over US$700 000, are to be exported from the Dongjiang Free Trade Port Zone in Tianjin to the Port of Apapa in Nigeria.
At the weekend, southern China's Guangdong Province reported the export of 300 second-hand vehicles. These vehicles, involving a total value of US$2.5 million, are expected to complete customs clearance in Nansha Port and be exported to Cambodia, Nigeria, Myanmar and Russia, said the ministry.
The second-hand automobile export business is conducive to accelerating the circulation of used automobiles, stimulating the domestic auto market vitality, and deepening economic and trade exchanges with countries along the Belt and Road initiative, according to the Tianjin Commission of Commerce.
The Dongjiang port will be built into the largest used vehicle export base in north China, according to Shen Lei, director of the management committee of the Dongjiang Free Trade Port Zone.
Nationally, the commerce ministry will start identifying companies that can handle such exports and has also called for the development of tests to ensure the quality and safety of second-hand car exports, it said in a statement. It described the potential for used-car exports from China as “huge”, saying that in most developed countries exports account for roughly 10% of used-car sales.
Such exports can “stimulate the vitality of the domestic automobile consumption market, promote the healthy development of China’s automobile industry, and promote the steady improvement of foreign trade”, it said.
China’s second-hand car market is still far smaller than that for new cars. In 2018, sales of used cars in China hit 13.82 million, less than half of the sales of new cars, at 28.08 million, according to the commerce ministry.
Allowing second-hand car exports “should be positive for the entire automobile market in the medium to long term”, said Alan Kang, Shanghai-based analyst at LMC Automotive. “If used cars sales are accelerated it will help smoothen sales of new cars,” he added.
The MOC said it will work with the ministry of public security and the general administration of customs to improve regulations and services to support the sector.
The aircraft had undergone heavy scheduled maintenance that was expected to last up until 29 July. Air Namibia was, however, pleased to announce that the aircraft will start operating from 29 July, bringing three out of its four A319s into service.
“With this development, we will be re-introducing some of our flight frequencies, which were withdrawn due to a reduced number of aircraft in the fleet,” the national carrier said.
Flight frequencies on the Windhoek-Johannesburg route were restored to 21 weekly flights, as per the normal published schedule.
Flights on the Windhoek-Cape Town route will be increased to 14 flights per week, in line with the normal published schedule.
Seven of the rotations will be direct and non-stop, while the other seven will be via Walvis Bay.
The airline also announced that it will re-introduce its two flights per day on the Eros-Ondangwa route.
“We will re-introduce the two flights per day, as per the schedule - one flight in the morning and the second flight in the late afternoons,” it said.
“We are also happy to announce that our domestic flights to Lüderitz and Oranjemund will, effective 29 July, be operated from the Eros Airport, and no longer from the Hosea Kutako International Airport.
“This change will enable our esteemed clients to connect the same day in both directions via Eros, to and from Lüderitz and Oranjemund and Ondangwa. Days of operation will remain the same, offering three weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,” Air Namibia acting MD Xavier Masule said.
The new curriculum has not only been criticised by outsiders, but teachers and senior education officials have also expressed concerns about the changes, including challenges around implementation. Government last year abolished external grade 10 examinations, meaning grade 9 learners will now write semi-external exams, while grade 10 forms part of the senior secondary phase. Secondary school is now divided into three phases, the junior secondary phase comprised of grades 8 and 9, the senior secondary phase comprised of grades 10 and 11 and the grade 12 advanced subsidiary level. More than 100 junior secondary schools across the country will be upgraded to senior secondary level, which means they will have to take in grade 11 learners in 2020. For a nation that is grappling with serious education challenges, a dynamic and responsive curriculum development and education process is necessary for the advancement of our society. However, teething problems such as funding are critical in any curriculum development process. The new curriculum requires that extra classrooms and teachers would be needed, as well as proper hostel facilities to accommodate learners. Given our precarious financial situation, it is almost certain that these problems will not be addressed in the current financial year, let alone in the next fiscal period, if the words of finance minister Calle Schlettwein are anything to go by. Similarly, it is ultra-disappointing that even though government should be commended for analysing the curriculum and evaluating it to make it easier for learners to access technical or vocational training opportunities at an early age, the current challenges do not inspire hope, considering that many other issues may arise during the different phases of implementation. It also remains to be seen whether the concept of inclusive education will be realised, given the mess surrounding the current implementation. We are indeed toying with our nation's future.
Corruption is as old as the evolution of humans. In Namibia we have our own history of corruption.
Neither colonialism nor Apartheid or the liberation struggle prepared Namibians for good governance. We are conversant with the harsh realities of Apartheid (Coetzee).
Violent and historic illegitimate government systems over a number of decades contributed partially to the current affinity to abuse power and our culture of entitlement. Abuse of power and greed is in stark contrast to the aims and objectives of liberation struggles.
Can corruption by the colonial masters such as the British Empire and the National Party of South Africa be perceived as a response to the Armblanke challenge? Poor whites were provided with land and work opportunities in mines and railway services.
Apartheid was an overreaction to fast-track the development of the Afrikaners that were humiliated by the British during the Anglo-Boer War of 1999-1902. The humiliation of the Germans after the First World War similarly contributed to the rise of nationalism in Germany and Hitler’s exploitation thereof as an overreaction.
Locally, overreaction is being illustrated by the magnitude of corruption triggered by the descendants of some of the liberation struggle heroes that are in control at different levels of society, namely politically and economically. What can be deduced from the historic humiliation of cultural and ethnic groups is that they overreact when the opportunity arises – it is a natural human response. In the bigger perspective it is understandable and expected.
However, such overreaction is no excuse for continuing the relentless enrichment of predatory elites, especially if the majority of the population that have contributed towards liberation are suffering the most from the impact of corruption.
How can we normalise our dysfunctional society to peace and prosperity? What will change the corrupt minds of predatory elites in control of the levers of power?
SYSTEMS VS PEOPLE
Each element in a complex system is ignorant of the behaviour of the system as a whole (Cilliers). We need to look away from individual elements, towards the whole system, its structure, e.g. relationships between those in power that manipulate systems for their exclusive advantage.
A corrupt system can be manipulated to create further opportunities for corruption. Those in power tend to take advantage of opportunities where checks and balances are not in place. That is human nature.
We can close down and limit opportunities for corruption. If not corruption, will be strengthened.
The target of anti-corruption strategies should not be people, but systems - limiting opportunities and implementing checks and balances. Corruption will always take place, but we can reduce the magnitude, the brutality of what can be called primitive corruption.
The penalties for corruption should be higher for professional people like lawyers, accountants and auditors compared to less educated people.
Those in power, are ignorant of the behaviour of the system as a whole. This implies that those in positions to exploit loopholes in a system, will do so if such loopholes are not "plugged".
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Coetzee, J.J. (2012). Systemic corruption and corrective change management strategies: A study of the co-producers of systemic corruption and its negative impact on socio-economic development. Unpublished PhD dissertation. Stellenbosch: University of Stellenbosch.
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Schlettwein was responding to issues raised by Onathinge circuit education inspector Naemi Amuthenu at a presidential engagement at Omuthiya in Oshikoto on Monday.
“Some learners have to travel long distances to reach these secondary schools; some are accommodated in community hostels and some are in shacks and they are all suffering.
“Some learners, especially girls, have become sweet birds in lions' dens, as they are being accommodated by whoever. My plea is for the government either to construct new hostels or expand the existing ones to accommodate these learners,” Amuthenu told the gathering.
Schlettwein responded: “We have discussed the matter and what I believe is… that not everything will be funded at once. We are now looking at how the introduction of the curriculum, especially when we have drought and there are constraints with funds, and we may delay some of the elements of the reforms to future years, when funding can be possible.”
Amuthenu argued that government did not make a wise decision when they took grade 10 learners from rural combined schools to senior secondary schools that are situated far away from their homes and have no hostels.
“Your excellency, I would like to register a humble concern. Right now the education ministry is implementing the revised education curriculum that dictates that grade 10 should be part of the senior secondary education phase. Grade 10 has been removed from the junior secondary (phase), which is offered by many combined schools in rural areas, to the senior secondary (phase), which is offered by few secondary schools in urban areas,” said Amuthenu.
When Geingob asked deputy education minister Anna Nghipondoka to respond, she expressed her disappointment with Amuthenu for raising these issues during the presidential engagement.
Nghipondoka said Amuthenu, as an education inspector, was supposed to be the one explaining the revised education curriculum to her communities, but instead she was the one complaining to Geingob.
Nghipondoka said she was disappointed.
She, however, explained why government took the decision to review the education curriculum.
“We had a problem with our students after they completed grade 12, with ordinary and higher (level learners) at the same level. When our children are going to study abroad that qualification was always being questioned. As the ministry, we are always tasked to explain in line with Cambridge education, which is accredited, and that is what forced us to revise the curriculum to have grades 10 and 11 at ordinal level, while grade 12 is at a higher level and this is also at an international level,” explained Nghipondoka.
“When it came to grade 10 becoming senior secondary, while having too many grade 10s at combined schools in villages and only few senior secondary schools with hostels, and mostly in towns, the ministry decided to select a few combined schools in villages and extend their curriculum to grade 11, so that some learners can still walk to schools from their parents' houses.”
Nghipondoka said the challenge is that schools with hostels are very few and the learners were many, and not all of them could not be accommodated in the available hostels.
She added when the school academic year started, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila instructed her to visit schools countrywide to see how they were coping with the revised grade 10 curriculum. She said she urged schools to give grade 10 learners priority, when it comes to hostel placements at all government schools.
“I urged schools to squeeze more learners into hostel rooms, to make sure that more learners are accommodated, while we are looking for funds to expand the hostels. We have already submitted our request to the finance ministry, to see if we can get funds,” Nghipondoka said.
Schlettwein, who was also part of the presidential delegation, confirmed that the ministry has submitted a funding request, in terms of implementing the revised curriculum.
However, given the drought situation in the country, funding is going to be a challenge.
“The drought situation has been prioritised and we are committed to fund everything that we have to fund. Coming to the issue of education curriculum reform, we assessed the matter and the expenses, as the deputy minister and inspector have mentioned, are pretty severe,” Schlettwein explained.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said last week at a Mariental town hall meeting that government has not managed to raise the targeted funding of N$500 million for drought relief.
According to The Namibian, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said a deficit still remains, as government only managed to raise over N$300 million.
The prime minister said the business and corporate sector donated about N$90 million towards the drought relief effort.
The revised curriculum sees the junior primary phase taking place from grades 1 to 3, while the senior primary phase is from grades 4 to 7. The junior secondary phase consists of grades 8 and 9, and requires pupils to write junior secondary semi-external examination at the end of grade 9 - similar to the old grade 10 exam.
One of the most significant changes is the phasing out of the grade 10 exit point system. In other words, the senior secondary phase starts at grade 10 and the National Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary Level (NSSCO) is a two-year course, covered in grades 10 and 11.
The National Senior Secondary Certificate Higher Level (NSSCH) is replaced by the Advanced Subsidiary (NSSCAS) level, a one-year course covered in grade 12.
This confirmation comes in the wake of Windhoek boss Robert Kahimise's vow to clean up the city's toxic culture of self-enrichment, especially in relation to crooked land deals and other alleged practices of corruption.
“Yes, the ACC is aware of alleged corruption practices at the City of Windhoek, and is currently investigating such allegations,” ACC spokesperson Josefina Nghituwamata confirmed yesterday.
She said while they could not yet disclose how many officials are being investigated, “several cases” based on allegations of corruption or fraud are being investigated.
The ACC will release more details once the investigations are completed, she said.
Kahimise recently released a no-holds-barred statement in which he confirmed he was served with charges related to serious allegations of mismanagement and other alleged wrongdoings “which warranted dismissal”.
He took the opportunity, however, to link these allegations to attempts to discredit him and his ongoing goal of cleaning up the city and improving service delivery.
He said he remains “resolute at all costs” to tackle the headwinds he is facing to “ensure that the city, as a public entity, transforms into an equitable, sustainable public entity that focuses primarily on service delivery”.
Kahimise claimed much of the infighting at the city is not necessarily about him or recently returned City Police chief Abraham Kanime, but that they were “easy targets for the purpose of directing attention from the bigger issues at play”.
“It is no secret that the city was embroiled in unethical behaviours involving underhand land deals and bribery for the allocation of land, involving very highly-placed individuals,” Kahimise charged.
He claimed several city officials, including some occupying “clerical positions” have amassed millions through corrupt dealings, and now own multiple properties, which many have registered in the names of their relatives.
He said frustrations with poor service delivery can be attributed to these officials, who created “unnecessary delays and unfair practices” in land applications and allocations.
Nevertheless, Kahimise said while he has been nicknamed the “Harambee CEO”, he will not cease to work towards decreasing poverty and improving prosperity for residents, in line with national objectives, and transform the municipality into a well-oiled service delivery operation.
Kahimise attributed the allegations against him to a “witch-hunt” and said he is not surprised that some councillors, senior executives and city officials wanted to “exact revenge” on him following his suspension of Kanime in March 2018.
He claimed a handful of officials, including two senior executives, were dismayed with an organisational restructuring process initiated under his watch, which they felt deprived them “of their strategic-beneficial positions”.
Moreover, he said he had been made a convenient scapegoat by people trying to disrupt the implementation of the five-year strategic plan and his goal to improve service delivery.
Kahimise alluded to a “smaller system, within a bigger system, and a smaller council, within the council at large”, which had contributed to the city's recent public in-house struggles.
Kahimise underlined that since he took up his position, the city had put a stop to two property loopholes that were excessively “exploited” by officials.
These included unsolicited public-private partnership agreements on land and housing delivery, and the private treatise.
He said the treaties allowed officials to create “dubious” land deals.
He said since then, pockets of land have been made available through tenders, offers to purchase and other means, and the city has approved the affordable housing concept.
He said tackling the loopholes was in line with his goal to “to try and protect the city's image and create a level playing field for all residents when it comes to access to land”.
Kahimise said while bribery continues to some extent, the city has managed to curb corruption and unethical behaviour, and has approved several policies to strengthen these efforts.
“The city is committed to reducing indiscipline throughout the organisation.”
The survey of 291 manufacturing firms also showed optimism fell at the fastest pace since July 2016 "just after the Brexit referendum â€" and investment spending plans weakened again.
"With orders, employment, investment, output and business optimism all deteriorating among manufacturers, it's crucial for the new prime minister to secure a Brexit deal ahead of the October deadline," CBI Chief Economist Rain Newton-Smith said.
Britain is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31, and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson - the leading contender to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May - has said he is open to leaving without a deal if the EU will not renegotiate.
In July alone the CBI's quarterly industrial orders index fell to -34 from -15 in June. The median forecast in a Reuters poll of economists had been for another reading of -15. - Nampa/Reuters
JOHANNESBURG - South African miner Kumba Iron Ore Ltd saw its first-half earnings soar 239% as it benefited from higher iron ore prices and a weaker rand/dollar exchange rate.
Shares in the company, owned by Anglo American, jumped more than 6% after Kumba reported on Tuesday headline earnings of 10.1 billion rand ($725.48 million) for January-June, up from 3 billion a year ago, but the shares then gave up most of those gains as analysts said the high iron price was unsustainable.
Kumba's headline earnings per share (HEPS) - the primary profit measure in South Africa that strips out certain one-off items - came in at 31.51 rand for the six months ended June 30, compared with 14.51 rand a year earlier. Total revenue jumped 77% to 34.5 billion rand, largely driven by a 57% increase in iron ore prices to $108 per tonne and the rand weakening by an average 16% against the dollar.
"If you take out the higher iron ore price, Kumba had a relatively difficult time period production wise," said Wayne McCurrie, economist at FNB Wealth and Investments. "An iron ore price above $100 per tonne is unsustainable over time because there's no shortage of iron ore worldwide there might be a temporary shortage now."
Kumba's total sales volumes in the first half were flat at 21.4 million tonnes. The company also suffered operational issues in the first quarter due to unscheduled plant maintenance which reduced volumes by 11%. While it was able to increase volumes by 12% to 6.3 million tonnes in the second quarter, production was still down marginally by 2% to 138 million tonnes compared to last year.
"For the second half of the year, we aim to improve our safety performance, increase production volumes and deliver on our full-year 700 million rand cost-savings target while continuing to achieve optimal market premia," Chief Executive Officer Themba Mkhwananzi said in a statement.
Kumba's share price rose 6.5% to 522.69 rand by 0733 GMT before pulling back to 498.02 rand, up 1.6%, by 0820 GMT. The company said that while it expected the higher iron ore price to encourage rival producers to re-enter the market, it expected the impact to be limited. - Nampa/Reuters
With about a month to go before the NFA congress, no one has publicly announced they will be contesting for the presidency.
In the past, interested individuals officially declared themselves available months prior to an NFA congress, but it seems no one is willing to put their hand up this time around.
With strict criteria in place in terms of who will be eligible for the top NFA positions, individuals may be cautious of making any move that would expose them to public scrutiny.
This time around, interested candidates will be subjected to ITC and criminal records checks.
Basson-Namundjebo confirmed that no one has indicated their candidacy, given that some of the regions are still getting their houses in order. Omusati will hold its regional football elections this weekend.
“I can assure you that things have changed and that is why you will not see anyone running out there to say that they want to become president.
“Things will be done in a procedural manner and that is why no one will be stupid enough to declare their interest in the presidency seat at the moment.
“I also believe that it is still too early for people to declare their interest, because some regions still need to hold elections,” Basson-Namundjebo said.
Former NFA president Frans Mbidi was dismissed by the NFA executive committee last year, amid an ongoing turf war within the association, which eventually led to an intervention by Fifa and the appointment of a normalisation committee by the global football body. The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions on the NFA executive under any circumstances.
The NFA constitution states that the organisation's executive committee will consist of 11 members, comprised of the president, first vice-president, second vice-president and six members, with at least one being a woman.
The chairperson of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) executive committee and one representative from the nationwide first division streams, selected from the chairpersons of these streams, are also supposed to serve on the NFA executive.
Article 33.2 of the constitution states: “The president, vice-presidents and members of the executive committee shall be elected by the congress.”
The president, vice-presidents and six other members are normally proposed by at least one delegate.
The representative of the NPL is normally the chairman of the league. The representative of the chairpersons of the nationwide first division streams is a chairperson, unless there is a deadlock, in which case the congress will elect the representative.
All members of the NFA executive committee shall be no older than 70 or younger than 23.
The members of the executive committee, except the NPL chairperson, should already been active for years, serving as executive members or a member of the NFA.
The members of the executive committee must not have been previously found guilty of a criminal offence incompatible with the position and must have residency within Namibia.
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The tour, sponsored to the tune of N$136 000, will take place from 20 to 22 September, with 15 teams expected for the men's race and four teams for the women's race.
The Tour de Windhoek Light will see individuals taking part.
The men's main race will consist of a maximum of six cyclists per team and will take place over 400 kilometres.
The entry fee per team is N$4 000. The women's race will have a maximum of five cyclists per team and the entry fee is also N$4 000.
The Tour de Windhoek Light will see close to 150 participants participate in the 201-kilometre race. The entry fee per cyclist is N$600.
Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF) secretary- general Nick du Plessis is optimistic that the tour will be a success, as time is on their side to get as many teams as possible to enter the competition.
“The tour has been on and off for many years now.
Its proper and fitting that we have it again this year. We have received great support locally and from our neighbours South Africa and we are expecting around four or five teams from that side,” Du Plessis said.
NCF president Mannie Heymans said cycling fans can expect to see South African cyclist Nolan Hoffman, who has shown an interest in competing in the event.
“Hoffman has formed his own team and has shown an interest. I mean it is no brainer for them to enter the tour.
The routes and prize money is good,” he said.
Heymans added the prize money will be divided between the tours, with the winner of the Tour de Windhoek expected to walk away with N$12 000 and the top team set to receive N$8 000. Prizes for the women's tour as well as the light tour will be announced.
Diva United FC will clash with Young Kangweru FC at 8:00 at the Kagcuva soccer field on 24 August.
The second match of the day will be between Kagcuva FC and Young Heroes FC at 10:00 at the same stadium. Kanyumara FC will battle it out with Koro FC, before John Mbambi FC and Makandu FC close of the round-of-16 at 14:00. The zone two teams have already booked their places for the semi-final stage.
“All these teams deserve to be here and these are set out to be very exciting clashes… We hope that the fans will come in their numbers to support the teams,” PKC spokesperson Poulus Haingura Poulus Haingura said.
“The level of football quality is improving all the time, given that teams are going through proper preparations.”
Hoha FC and Makuni FC from zone two have already advanced to the semi-finals.
The champions will walk away with N$10 000, while the runners-up will take home N$6 000.
The third-place finishers will receive N$4 000 for their efforts, while the fourth-placed team getting N$2 500.
Recognised by the sports ministry and the Namibia Football Association (NFA), under the Kavango East second division, the cup is aimed at developing sport at a rural level.
The PKC is played in the Ndonga-Linena and Ndiyona constituencies, with over 30 teams competing against each other annually.
Last year's winners, Rucara Brave Fighters, walked away with a floating trophy, 30 gold medals and N$10 000.
Makandu Young Stars received 30 silver medals and N$6 000, while Gumma Golden City, who have won the tournament twice since its inception in 2016, finished third, and walked away with 30 bronze medals and N$4 000.
Power Stars finished fourth and were awarded N$2 500. All the quarterfinal losers received consolation prizes of N$1 000 each, while the round-of-16 losers received N$700.
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