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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Seven arrested, police searching for two moreSeven arrested, police searching for two more The police were yesterday afternoon still on the hunt for two fleeing suspects involved in a break-in at a lodge in the Omaheke Region.

    They had arrested seven suspects in the early hours of yesterday morning for two separate break-ins in the Omaheke Region. Speaking to Namibian Sun yesterday from Otjere Lodge, about 19 kilometres from Steinhausen, the Khomas regional commander, Commissioner Joseph Shikongo, confirmed that two separate burglaries had occurred in the Omaheke Region on Wednesday night, involving nine suspects. The first break-in was reported at a well-known business in Gobabis on Wednesday night and three suspects were arrested in connection with this incident.

    Shikongo said he was informed of the second break-in at Otjere Lodge at about 02:00 on Thursday morning. Six men broke in through the gates at the lodge and managed to steal 2 000 euro, N$6 000 in cash, seven rifles that the guests make use of, as well as liquor and meat.

    He said four of the suspects were arrested and five of the rifles, the meat, alcohol and some of the stolen money were recovered.

    The two gangs, which apparently operated independently, were apprehended on the road between Seeis and Steinhausen by the same patrol team from the Hosea Kutako Airport police station.

    The officers, investigating the lodge break-in, spotted a suspicious vehicle and tried to stop it.

    The suspects fled but near Seeis their vehicle left the road and they fled into the bush.

    Shikongo said four suspects were eventually arrested between 07:00 and 09:00 yesterday morning.

    While the police were still busy with the Otjere investigation another suspicious vehicle was spotted and pulled over near Heja Lodge.

    Three suspects in the robbery at Gobabis were found in the taxi and were arrested. Shikongo said officers from the Omaheke and Khomas regions were deployed after the first break-in was reported at Gobabis. A police helicopter was deployed to track the suspects from the second robbery. “We are still hard at work to apprehend the other two suspects,” he said.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 08/08/19--16:00: Our drinking problem
  • Our drinking problem Our drinking problem Namibia has an alcohol problem. Namibian drinkers, according to the latest global report, take in 70.1 grams of pure alcohol each daily, while they also consume a whopping 32.4 litres of pure alcohol, on average, per person a year. The report projected that by 2020, Namibia’s total alcohol consumption will be 10 litres of pure alcohol per person. It indicated that of the pure alcohol consumed in Namibia 60% is beer, 10% is wine, 13.9% is spirits and 15.6% is other alcohol products. The same report concluded that a number of deaths in the country were caused by alcohol-related traffic accidents, while some perished from cancer and liver cirrhosis attributed to alcohol use. Excessive drinking is also said to be a driver of sexual immorality, giving rise to the spread of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/Aids. We have read torrid stories of child negligence and failure to provide for one’s family, gender violence and absenteeism from work, mostly with alcohol abuse playing a role. In fact, startling figures show that alcohol and substance abuse is a major contributing factor to crime in Namibia. This worrying trend is exacerbated by the fact that some shebeens and bars are given leeway to operate as they wish. The spate of violent crimes, including rape, assault and various forms of abuse, have all been linked to either alcohol or drug abuse. Alcohol abuse has also spiralled out of control due to minimal regulation and this has led to drinking at an early age. This exposure to alcohol is a major cause of concern and something tangible, including coming up with a much tougher policy that will regulate alcohol consumption in the country must be considered given its impact, especially on young Namibians. We have also seen a major trend of people with an alcohol addiction go untreated instead of helping them through intensive rehabilitation programmes. We can no longer continue to ignore this worrying eventuality.

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  • 08/08/19--16:00: Sewerage tussle spills over
  • Sewerage tussle spills overSewerage tussle spills over Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) and Windhoek municipality representatives are to continue negotiations in September to resolve a close to N$4 million lawsuit brought by NBL in connection with disputed sewerage service charges and wastewater sampling results.

    The parties attended a High Court ordered mediation on 31 July and this week informed Judge Hannelie Prinsloo that they had agreed to continue settlement negotiations in September.

    In March, NBL sued the municipality for N$3 933 426.07 in damages, based on penalty charges imposed by the municipality in 2017 for sewerage services at the NBL brewery in Windhoek's northern industrial area.

    NBL informed the court that it had received a municipal bill for effluent services in March 2017, and then became aware that the municipality had, in addition to the normal monthly charge for sewerage, levied a penalty charge.





    NBL further claims that although it objected to the multimillion-dollar charges levied against them for September and December 2016, and January and February 2017, it ultimately had to pay the charges, as the municipality refused to budge.

    The NBL claims that the municipality, as the service provider, had a duty of care to exercise the skill and care of a reasonable supplier of the sewerage services, but was negligent in that regard, which led to the charges imposed on the NBL.

    The negligence is related to the penalty charges based on samples taken of wastewater at the NBL plant.

    The NBL argues the samples were “faulty and inaccurate”, and, moreover, that the municipality failed to take further samples to correct the mistake or inaccuracy of the original samples.

    The NBL concludes that the municipality analysed these faulty and inaccurate samples and on that basis charged penalties that were “in excess of what the defendant was entitled to charge in terms of the sewerage regulations”.

    They claim the sampling was not done in accordance with relevant regulations, and that moreover NBL was denied its rights to obtain half of the sample taken by the municipal engineer, and was not informed accordingly.



    Denied

    In its plea filed at court, the municipality denied wrongdoing, underlining that the samples were taken correctly and the analysis was accurate.

    It further stated that the additional charges were a service charge for “dealing with the treatment of the excess industrial effluent and to address the environmental damage caused by the plaintiff's industrial effluent discharged into the defendant's sewerage system.”

    NBL in a responding plea denied that the effluent discharged from its premises had caused any environmental damage.

    The municipality further informed the court that the municipality charges a monthly service fee for authorised industrial effluent and any excess effluent.

    It claims NBL was issued a sewage service permit, which sets out allowable thresholds of industrial effluent discharged into the sewerage system.

    “It was a condition of the permit that the [NBL] is obliged to pay for excess.”

    The municipality further denied that the sampling methods were faulty, stating it had used “prescribed methods of testing samples in determining the level of pollutants that the plaintiff dumps into the municipal sewerage system”.

    It said in the case of testing samples at NBL, a composite or grab sample was taken to determine the pollutant levels, as per regulations.

    Based on these samples, the municipality says it “then made a determination of the applicable charge, which is correct, fair and reasonable”.

    A report submitted to court, based on an investigation launched by the municipality following NBL's inquiry into its effluent charges, states that the sampling found unusually high chemical oxygen demand (COD) levels in its industrial effluent in September 2016 and February 2017.

    The investigation report indicates that the NBL at the time wrote to the municipality that the “possibility of such high COD is nearly impossible”.

    Mark Kutzner of Engling, Stritter & Partners is representing NBL while the municipality has brought on board Orben Sibeya of Sibeya & Partners Legal Practitioners as their representative.

    The case was postponed to 19 September for a status hearing.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 08/08/19--16:00: 'We have no other home'
  • 'We have no other home''We have no other home'Natives open up to Ancestral Land Commission The people of Dordabis have been forced to eke out a living on corridors, having to use a 'dompas' to access certain areas. The poverty level at Dordabis knows no boundaries; it is here that man and animal drink from the same waterhole and share the same living space.

    On Thursday Dordabis's displaced people, many who live with no dignity under trees in corridors, plucked up their last flicker of hope to plead with the Ancestral Land Commission for their land back, or at the very least a piece of land to call their own.





    Fritz Araeb, one of the residents, said they are treated like “sub-humans” by the white farm owners in and around Dordabis.

    “We cannot even pick up firewood. One day I picked up a stick under a tree here and the white woman told me to put it down because the land is hers,” he said.

    Martha Namises told the Commission that some white farm owners have introduced some sort of “pass system” for people who want to visit their family's graves or even their relatives who work on the farm.

    “We cannot go onto their farms without that paper,” she said as she was fighting back the tears while relating how her family have lost their land to white farmers.

    “The white people enslaved our parents, we have nothing,” she sobbed.

    Another painful thing, she added is that they now have to beg the Russian billionaire Rashid Sardarov for grazing land.

    Sardarov bought farms outside Windhoek for more than N$43 million, despite a public outcry about the sale of land to foreign absentee landlords.

    Sardarov, who already owned a 28 000-hectare property on which the state-of-the-art game ranch known as Marula Game Lodge is located, re-entered the media spotlight last year when it emerged he had purchased four farms, donated them to the Namibian government and was then granted a 99-year lease for the properties.

    The deal was signed 13 days before Namibia's second national land conference, which spoke out strongly against foreign ownership of land.

    Sardarov paid N$2 500 per hectare for four farms totalling around N$43.5 million.

    Farms Rainhoff, Kameelboom and Smaldeel, totalling 11 402 hectares, were sold as a unit for N$28.5 million while Farm Wolfsgrund was sold for N$14.9 million and is 5 989 hectares in size.

    Under the lease agreement Sardarov pays N$160 168 in rent for the first quarter of each year in 2018/19 and thereafter the land tax paid by owners of commercial farms must be paid. Sardarov now has in his control slightly more than 45 000 hectares of land in Namibia.

    Namises who lives in the corridors with her family and told Namibian Sun that “we do not have a fixed address. One day we are here, and the other day we are someplace else. We do not even have proper furniture because of this way of living.”

    The Dordabis community, mostly Khoekhoegowab-speaking people, are all crammed into a portion of land almost like a reserve while the rest of the land is private property.

    “We cannot even keep animals, because if they wander off into the white people's land then they are impounded and only released once a fine is paid,” said Araeb.

    “That is why you will find a kaya and the kraal right next to it,” he added.

    The only beacon of hope in Dordabis is the post office because this is where the social grants are paid out.

    Namibian Sun visited Simon Witbooi, a 65-year-old man who was born in Dordabis who said he has no other place to call home.

    The stench of rotten meat is thick in the air as he laments how they are not allowed to pick up firewood.

    “So even if we do have food we cannot cook it, because we do not always have money for electricity. It is again as if we are in the apartheid years,” he said.

    Witbooi's parents, their parents and those before them, all were born and lived at Dordabis for years.

    Witbooi's lives with his wife more than six adult children who share the four makeshift shacks with their own children.

    “We have no other place. This is where we will die, he said.

    Just a few metres away from Witbooi lives 38-year-old Cleofas Gomchob, who lives with his two disabled brothers, his grandmother and his own two children.

    Gomchob said he cannot go away with a job because of his family and on a number of times he was summoned after being away with work because the brothers got ill.

    “If I could just have a piece of land where I can keep a few goats or even make a garden then we can fend for ourselves,” he said.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Exclusion claims in the spotlightExclusion claims in the spotlight President Hage Geingob yesterday hit back at his detractors who have over the years accused his administration of allegedly side-lining the people from the two Kavango regions.

    A spokesperson for a pressure group yesterday renewed its claim that people from Kavango were still excluded from top government positions. The call was made during the presidential town hall meeting at Nkurenkuru in Kavango West.

    “The Namibian state is founded upon the principles of democracy, the rule of law and justice. Despite these principles, the majority of people from the Kavango West Region, like some other regions, are on the basis of evidence deliberately excluded and thus underrepresented in political, economic, and employment opportunities in Namibia. Anyone who can dispute this can look at representation in parliament, cabinet, senior position in government,” Paulus Hamutenya from the Muzokumwe Volunteers Association (MVA) put it to Geingob yesterday.

    A seemingly unimpressed Geingob shot back, saying he was aware of such claims that were being circulated on social media.





    He also questioned the struggle credentials of those making such claims.

    “Those who are saying it were not in the struggle. I doubt that, because those who were in the struggle don't talk like that,” Geingob said.

    A couple of months ago, acclaimed academic and renowned political analyst, Professor Joseph Diescho, whose fallout with Geingob is well documented, also claimed the people of Kavango were merely being used as 'voting cows' buy the ruling elite.

    Geingob condemned this notion of people using their constitutional right to vote as a means to persuade his government to address issues.

    “Let me make something clear. Voting is your right. It's not mercenary to give me your vote; that is a vote I don't need. If the vote is given because you want to get something in return, that is mercenary. You vote out of commitment. But a vote to get things is not how it works.”

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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      SADC condoles with Tanzania after fuel tanker blast SADC condoles with Tanzania after fuel tanker blast
    Outgoing SADC chair President Hage Geingob has extended condolences to the government and people of Tanzania over the victims of a fuel tanker explosion, which killed 64 people and left scores injured. The 64 people died when a crashed fuel tanker exploded as crowds rushed to syphon off leaking petrol. “On behalf of the SADC Member States and indeed on my own behalf, we wish to express our deepest condolences to His Excellency President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the Government and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania, and the families of the deceased. This is a loss not only to Tanzania, but to the SADC region as a whole,” Geingob, who will this week hand over the SADC chairmanship to Magufuli, said in a statement. “SADC sympathizes and remains in solidarity with the Government and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania during this painful and sad moment. We wish all Tanzanians courage and strength as the Country faces this big loss.”

    STAFF REPORTER






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    Women's game is here to stay - GertzeWomen's game is here to stay - GertzeCaf creates more opportunities Jacky Gertze from the NFA Women's Desk welcomes the decision by Caf to allow more women's teams to participate in competitions. The Namibia Football Association's (NFA) Women's Desk under Jacky Gertze has welcomed the decision by Caf to expand the number of teams to qualify for the Women's Africa Cup of Nations, the Under-17 and the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations, saying it's a step in the right direction.

    A former footballer herself, Gertze said the announcement by the executive committee to increase the teams from eight to 12 is one they had been waiting for since last year's Caf Symposium.

    “We now have more competitions at Cosafa and more at Caf level. It's here now,” she said, imploring club owners, coaches and managers to make use of the opportunity to push for the girl child.

    Gertze further said that they need the highest leadership of the Namibia Football Association to prioritise the needs of the girl child in football.

    “It starts with listening to the women football leadership's plea to equally enable women's football leagues, teams and more constructive training.

    “The leadership must open the door for both men and women when putting up their agenda with regard to sponsorship funding, events and competitions.”

    She further said that that everyone should deal with the fact that the women's game cannot be wished away.

    “It is the most successful career and health opportunity girls in Namibia have and we want to see if we can open more doors for women and girls by maximising its relevance and opportunities,” Gertze added.

    In July this year Caf president Ahmad Ahmad said the number of countries that want to participate in these competitions has increased “and we have to make room for everyone, and make room for the growing interest”.

    “We have observed the competitions in the zone and the level is growing. It is only imperative on us to increase the competition up because we see what is happening in the zones,” Ahmad said.

    He added: “For women's football as we have seen during the World Cup, two out of three reached the second round and this is encouraging. This shows that women's football is growing and for us to support that growth, we need to create more opportunities.”

    -Additional info by Caf

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    Sterling shines in Man City rout as Spurs hit back to beat VillaSterling shines in Man City rout as Spurs hit back to beat VillaDefending champs set the tone early Manchester City set the tone for this season after hammering West Ham 5-0. Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City launched the defence of their Premier League title in style on Saturday before Harry Kane scored two late goals to complete a dramatic comeback against Aston Villa.

    Pep Guardiola's City thumped West Ham 5-0 in the early kick-off but despite City's devastating display, the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system for the first time in the Premier League proved the big talking point.

    In the later match, Champions League finalists Spurs recovered from the shock of conceding an early goal to beat newly promoted Villa 3-1, with a goal for new signing Tanguy Ndombele and two in the last five minutes for Kane. Elsewhere, there were big wins for Burnley and Brighton.

    City, whose match at the London Stadium was interrupted by a series of reviews, had a goal ruled out for the tightest of offside calls against Sterling and Sergio Aguero was given the chance to retake a penalty by VAR after seeing his first attempt saved.

    “What I wish is that VAR doesn't make mistakes please,” said Guardiola, who felt that his side's disallowed goal should have stood.

    Liverpool's 4-1 victory over Norwich on Friday sent the message to City that they are up for another titanic title battle after missing out by just one point last season.

    But in a worrying sign for those trying to stop Guardiola's men romping to a third straight league crown, City cruised to victory despite being far from their best before half-time. The visitors led at the break thanks to Gabriel Jesus's opener, but moved through the gears after the break as Sterling scored twice.

    Aguero then denied the England international the chance to seal his hat-trick from the spot, before the 24-year-old eventually grabbed his third goal of the game in stoppage time.

    “Perfect start? It terms of the result yes, in terms of the performance no,” said the ever-demanding Guardiola. “In the first-half we were sloppy with our passes.”

    In the evening kick-off Spurs were given a huge scare by Villa, who led for the bulk of the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium through John McGinn's early strike.

    But relentless pressure from the Champions League finalists eventually told as France midfielder Ndombele equalised in the 73rd minute.

    England captain Kane broke the visitors' hearts with a finish from close range in the 86th minute and made sure of all three points with a composed finish into the bottom corner with 90 minutes on the clock.

    “We came out in the second half with a high tempo, pressed well,” said Kane. “When Tanguy got his goal it was full throttle until the end. Thankfully a couple of chances fell to me.”

    “It's the first game but it's always nice to win, at home as well,” added the England captain. “We know we have the quality, we have been in big games. It's down to us players to perform on the pitch.”

    Brighton's new manager Graham Potter enjoyed a dream start to his time in charge as the Seagulls beat last season's FA Cup finalists Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road.

    Abdoulaye Doucoure's own goal gave the visitors a half-time lead before Florin Andone and Neil Maupay on his debut sealed a highly impressive three points for a Brighton side that narrowly escaped relegation last season.

    Burnley were also 3-0 winners at Turf Moor as an Ashley Barnes double and Johann Gudmundsson's strike condemned Southampton to a heavy defeat.

    Crystal Palace's wantaway star Wilfried Zaha put his grievances with the club's hierarchy behind him to make an appearance as a second-half substitute against Everton, but neither side could break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw.

    Sheffield United grabbed a late point away to Bournemouth on their return to the top flight, with Billy Sharp cancelling out an earlier Chris Mepham strike to salvage a 1-1 draw for the Blades.

    NAMPA / AFP

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    Namibia picks strong contenders for AGNamibia picks strong contenders for AGMedal and qualification hopefuls set for Morocco A team of 52 athletes will represent Namibia at the upcoming 12th edition of the Africa Games to be held in Rabat, Morocco, from 16 to 31 August. Twenty-nine sport codes have been announced for the 2019 Africa Games (AG), with about 7 000 athletes geared to scoop medals at the games.

    Namibia will participate in ten codes, namely athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, karate, shooting, swimming, beach volleyball, wrestling and archery.

    The athletes have a huge task as they eye qualification to the 2020 Olympic Games which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

    “It's going to be a tough competition but we go to Morocco to compete,” said Commonwealth medallist boxer Jonas Junias Jonas.

    Local sprinter Ernst Narib also added that the team looks strong and doing well is the focus.

    “We won't leave any stone unturned,” he said.



    Athletics

    Ernst Narib, Sydney Kamuruuma, Roger Haitengi, Chenoult Coetzee, Mahmad Böck, Jeremia Shaliaxwe, Beatrice Muwaye Masilingi, Tjipekapora Herunga, Beata Naigambo, Jolene Jacobs, Even Tjiviju, Thasisa Aochamub, Warren Goreseb, Globine Mayova, Gilbert Hainuca, Dantago Gurirab, Ryan Williams, Lavinia Haitope and Hendrik Petrus Botha.



    Boxing

    Andreas Shikongo, Jonas Junias Jonas, Nestori Thomas, Tryagain Ndevelo, Martin Kambalili, Ovia Ueitele, Naftali Shoya and Immanuel Shaanika.

    Cycling

    Dirk Coetzee, Xavier Papo, Martin Fryer, Dan Craven, Denzel Junior de Koe, Andre de Klerk, Tristan De Lange, Alexander Miller, Michelle Vorster (flag bearer) and Vera Adrian.

    Fencing

    Jens Pinsenschaum, Johan Pieterse and Connor Herman Strydom.

    Karate

    Mechelle Tjimuku, Namakau Lilly Mwiya, Suzelle Pronk, Michael Nakapandi, Stefan Carl Van Der Merwe and Bryan Nakambonde.

    Shooting

    Frans Johannes, Cornelius Venter, Hendrik Petrus Coetzee Roos and Ian Kriel.

    Swimming

    Kiah Tatiana Borg and Alexander Skinner

    Beach volleyball

    Kim Seebach and Kristin Schulz.

    Wrestling

    Romio Goliath and Kevin Vleermuis.

    Archery

    Quinn Redding and Andriaan Grobler.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    State Wars teams collect seven medalsState Wars teams collect seven medals The seven Namibian teams that competed at the recently ended State Wars inline hockey tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana, returned with seven medals.

    They won three gold, one silver and three bronze medals in the competition.

    This accomplishment led to a warm homecoming reception organised by the Namibian Ice and Inline Hockey Association (NIIHA) for the youthful athletes at the DTS sports grounds on Saturday.

    NIIHA president Holger Mentzel got all the youngsters together dressed up in their national colours and congratulated the teams.

    “Seven teams and seven medals. It is quite an accomplishment for the 33 youngsters who gave all they got, representing their country with pride and honour,” said Mentzel.

    The Namibian team competed in 48 matches over 10 days, winning 37 games and losing only 11.

    According to Mentzel this development effort was Namibia's largest ever, as the 33 players came from all five clubs affiliated to the NIIHA.



    STEFAN NOECHEL

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  • 08/11/19--16:00: NSF wins NDF tournament
  • NSF wins NDF tournamentNSF wins NDF tournament The Namibian Special Force (NSF) stole the show and was crowned the champions of the sixth Namibian Defence Force (NDF) Annual Sport Games at Keetmanshoop Stadium on Saturday.

    The NSF claimed the floating trophy from 26 Brigade when they beat Namibian Air Force 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw in the football final, while 21 Brigade took third spot.

    Another clash in the netball final was between Composite Depot and the Namibian Navy who went into extra time after a 29-29 draw, where Composite Depot narrowly won the match by 37 to 36 points, leaving third position to 21 Brigade.

    Fourth Artillery Brigade won the volleyball, followed by the Namibian Navy while the hosts 12 Brigade came in third.

    Meanwhile, in pool, APSOHU were crowned the new champions with 12 Brigade in second and 26 Brigade in third place.

    The event was graced by the presence of the minister of defence, Penda ya Ndakolo, and the deputy minister of gender and child welfare, Lucia Witbooi, among others.

    In his closing remarks, Ya Ndakolo said sport unifies people, adding that the community of Keetmanshoop has experienced a tremendous gesture from the members of the NDF.

    He thanked all participants and the 12 Motorised Infantry Brigade for successfully hosting the tournament.

    He emphasised that sport should be supported adequately to enable men and women in uniform to participate both regionally and internationally as recorded in the history of the NDF by international athletes such as Paulus 'Ali' Nuumbembe, Reinhold Iita, Helalia Johannes and Paulus Ambunda.

    He added that the tournament aims at promoting the sportsmanship, morale, mental and physical health of soldiers.

    Ya Ndakolo also used the opportunity for a minute of silence in honour of the NDF Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer Class One, Leonald Iiyambo, who died on Saturday morning at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital after a short illness. The week-long competition started on Monday.

    NAMPA

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    Ehangano lyaanataxi lya hala omayamukulo okuza kuGeingobEhangano lyaanataxi lya hala omayamukulo okuza kuGeingobJanuarie a kumike aahingi ya kuthe ombinga moshigongi shoka tashi ningwa komupresidende Omupresidende gwehangano lyoNTTU, Werner Januarie okwa ningi omatilitho gokutuulapo okakalata ke kuukwashilyo wongundu yoSwapo, kakele ongele omupresidende e ya pe omayamukulo ngoka ya hala pethimbo lyoshigongi she naakwashigwana mOvenduka. Ehangano lyoNamibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) olya tseyitha kutya otali ka ninga ehololomadhilaadhilo okutameka momasiku 20 gaAguste omanga lya hala okupewa omayamukulo okuza kOmupresidende Hage Geingob, pethimbo taka ninga oshigongi naakwashigwana mOvenduka.

    Omupresidende gwoNTTU, Werner Januarie okwa popi kutya ehangano lyawo otali ka kala momutumba ngoka tagu ningwa kuGeingob mOvenduka momasiku 15 gaAguste na okwa hiya aahingi ayehe yootaxi opo ya kuthe ombinga momutumba ngoka.

    “Molwaashoka ngoka omutumba gwoshigwana nakagushi omutumba gwopaumwene naGeingob, etseyitho lyandje olya thikama natango kutya ngele keshi ewaya na tsakanene nangame momasiku 15 ga Aguste nenge omanga omasiku ngoka inaga thikana,” Januarie popi.

    Okwa popi kutya ngele ina mona omayamukulo ngoka a hala otaka tuulapo okakalata ke kuukwashilyo woSwapo opo uulike kutya ina pumbwa okwiikwatakanitha nelayi.

    Januarie natango okwa tseyitha kutya oohahende dhehangano lyoSilas Kishi Shakuma & Co odhiikuthamo moshipotha shokukalekapo ehangano ndyoka moompangela dhawo dhokufala epangelo kompangu.

    Pahapu dhaJanuarie, okwa holola kutya shoka otashi gandja omalimbililo kehangano lyawo molwaashoka Shakuma okwa popi kutya ehangano inali kala momutumba ngoka tagu ningwa komupresidende naJanuarie na hulithepo okupopya niikundaneki.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ehangano olya pewa omayele kuShakuma opo kali ninge we omahololomadhilaadhilo moshigwana na olya pumbwa okugandja uuyelele wawo kombinga yuukwashilo oshowo iiyemo kehangano ndyoka lyoohahende.

    Januarie okwa popi kutya oohahende mbyoka inaya itulamo shili ngaashi andola okushangela epangelo omukanda pehala lyawo nenge okuya moshigwana nokutseyitha kutya otaya ka kalelapo ehangano ndyoka mompangu.

    Okwa pula kutya ngele oohahende moshilongo inaya pyakudhukwa shili okuya kalelapo nena inaya manapo ethimbo lyawo.

    Hugunina okwa popi kutya ehangano lyawo olya uvu nayi mokuuva okupitila miikundaneki kutya Ontotwaveta yOmalweendo gAayehe ndjoka tayi tulwa miilonga, oya indika elongitho lyuumbesa wiipundi iheyali momalweendo giinano iile, ta popi kutya ehangano inali ningwa nalyo oonkundathana pethimbo kwa tokolwa ngaaka montotwaveta ndjoka.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    AaNdangwa ye na oondjo dha thika poomiliyona 51AaNdangwa ye na oondjo dha thika poomiliyona 51 Elelo lyondoolopa yaNdangwa otali pangele okulikola oshimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 51 dhoka dhi niwe oongunga kaakaalimo yomondoolopa ndjoka onga iifuta yomayakulo gamuni.

    Aakwashigwana ya thika po 8 077 mboka ye na ooakaunda nelelo lyondoolopa ndjoka, oye na oongunga dhelelo dhi li poomiliyona 50.77.

    Pahapu dhomunambelewa omupopiliko gwondoolopa ndjoka, Petrina Shitalangaho, elelo otali ka gandja oshinakugwanithwa shokugongelako oongunga ndhoka kehangano lyokukonga ko oomikuli.

    “Elelo olya kambadhala okuya mekwatathano naakwashigwana mboka paku ya nyolela oombaapila ihe inaya futa oongunga dhawo. Ngashiingeyi otwa thigwa katu na we shoka tatu vulu okuninga ihe okufala mboka ye na omikuli kehangano lyokugongela ko omikuli. Elelo olyiikokelela miimaliwa mbika mokugandja omayakulo mondoolopa.”

    “Ooakaunda dhoka tadhi ka pewa ehangano lyokukonga ko omikuli, oodhoka dhili konima niifuta uule womasiku 120 na oye na oongunga dhelelo lyondoolopa dha thika poomiliyona 36. Otaku kalandula ooakaunda dhili pe 1 765 dhaamboka ye na ye na oongunga inadhi futwa lyopokuya pomasiku 120 na oye na oongunga dhelelo lyondoolopa dha thika poomiliyona 16.5.”

    Shitalangaho okwa popi kutya aakwashigwana natango otaya vulu okuninga ekwatathano nelelo nokutulapo omulandu gwokufuta opo ya yande okugandjwa komahangano gokukonga ko omikuli, naamboka ye na oondjo omwakwatelwa oohandimwe ooyene yomagumbo, aanangeshefa, iikondo yepangelo oshowo iiputudhilo yepangelo.

    Okwa popi kutya iiyemo mbyoka haya mono okuza kuuministeli weyambulepo lyoondoolopa niitopolwa inayi gwana na oyiikolela miifuta mbyoka opo ya vule okupulitha komeho noopoloyeka mondoolopa, nokutsikila okugandja omayakulo kaakalimo yomondoolopa.

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  • 08/11/19--16:00: Boks dismantle Pumas
  • Boks dismantle PumasBoks dismantle PumasPollard stars as Springboks win Rugby Championship The Springboks put the icing on their Rugby Championship triumph with an emphatic 46-13 win over the Pumas. Handre Pollard scored 31 points as South Africa thrashed Argentina 46-13 in Salta Saturday to win the Rugby Championship for the first time.

    The Springboks last won a competition in 2009 when they finished first in the Tri Nations, the forerunner of the Rugby Championship.

    Fly-half Pollard notched two tries and kicked three conversions and five penalties in a bonus-point victory for South Africa, who led 24-13 at half-time.

    South Africa finished with 12 points in a competition reduced to one round from the traditional two because of the World Cup in Japan from September 20.

    Australia, who stunned world champions New Zealand 47-26 earlier Saturday, came second with eight points followed by the All Blacks with six and the Pumas with two.

    Argentina collapsed in the second half after holding their own during the opening 40 minutes until a Pollard try gave South Africa an 11-point lead at the break.

    The nations meet again next Saturday, this time in Pretoria, in a warm-up international for the World Cup.

    “It is a fantastic feeling winning a major trophy for the first time in 10 years,” said Springboks skipper and number eight Duane Vermeulen.

    “This is a nice thing for the team for all the hard work put in and it is also a big thing for us going on to the World Cup.

    “We played the best teams in the southern hemisphere so it is good to have this one step up, although a lot of work still needs to be done before the World Cup.

    “We are very happy where we are at the moment and winning the Rugby Championship is a fantastic achievement.”

    It took the Pumas just 100 seconds to take the lead through a Santiago Cordero try on a clear, late southern hemisphere winter afternoon before a sell-out 22,190 crowd in the northwestern city.

    Cordero gathered a perfectly weighted cross kick from Nicolas Sanchez and held off Makazole Mapimpi to dive over in the corner. Sanchez converted and Argentina could not have wished for a better start as they sought to defeat the Springboks in South America for the third time in four seasons. Pollard reduced the deficit off a ninth-minute penalty and the visitors went in front soon after when Bongi Mbonambi scored off a rolling maul after a lineout.

    It was a particularly pleasing score for the Springboks, who have struggled this season to turn mauls into tries.

    The opening half then became a goal-kicking battle between playmakers Pollard and Sanchez with the South Africa kicking three penalties and converting his try in the final minute of the half.

    Sanchez had fewer opportunities and made the most of them, slotting the two penalties to keep the Pumas in touch for most of the half.

    But the Pollard try and conversion gave South Africa a 24-13 half-time advantage after a half in which the major difference between the teams was the scrums.

    Argentina have struggled for some years in an aspect of the game where they used to be world class and there was no sign of any improvement in Salta.

    The Pumas conceded a number of scrum penalties despite the return after a shoulder injury of star hooker Agustin Creevy and they backpedalled several times at the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena.

    Pollard kicked an early second half penalty and then scored his second try even though the Springboks were temporarily down to 14 men with Faf de Klerk sin-binned.

    As the match entered the final quarter, South Africa held a 32-13 lead against opponents who could not translate spells of pressure into points.

    Clinical South Africa scored further tries through Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe and Pollard converted both for an unexpectedly comfortable triumph.

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    Ohorongo shares not on DBN radarOhorongo shares not on DBN radarBank not approached to buy shares The Singaporean bourse has turned down International Cement Group's plan to purchase Schwenk Namibia's shareholding in Ohorongo Cement. The Development Bank of Namibia says it has not been approached to purchase shares Schwenk Namibia wanted to sell to Sino-Singaporean Company International Cement Group.

    This follows the rejection of a bid by the company to buy Schwenk Namibia's shareholding in Ohorongo Cement by the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX). The bank has also not indicated whether it remains open to the possibility of acquiring more shareholding, saying that such a decision would need to be well considered. The Singaporean bourse recently turned down International Cement Group 's (ICG) intent to purchase Schwenk Namibia's shareholding in Ohorongo Cement, saying that it did not see how the company would derive any benefit from the purchase of the shares. SGX said it is of the view that the proposed acquisition would not be profitable enough for ICG to satisfy stock exchange rules Business Times of Singapore reported.

    SGX also noted that ICG does not have sufficient cash resources to fund the acquisition and intends to possibly obtain significant external loans from financial institutions and shareholders' loans.

    “Such loans when considered with the potential losses of Schwenk Namibia will result in a material adverse financial impact on the enlarged group,” SGX said.

    There was also no certainty that the target business will be able to generate sufficient profits to service the loans, and SGX said the acquisition would have put ICG out of a healthy financial position. When approached for comment to determine whether they were open to the possibility of acquiring more shareholding, the bank said it had not taken a position on a potential purchase and had not been approached either. DBN has not been approached to purchase Schwenk's shares in Ohorongo Cement, and the bank has not initiated talks for such acquisition,” its spokesperson Di-Anna Grobler told this publication when approached for comment.

    According to her, DBN would have to properly assess any decision to buy into, or make an investment in, Ohorongo and would not go about it haphazardly. “Any investment decision is made subject to the bank having satisfied itself on the viability and developmental impact of the investment. We can therefore not speculate or pre-empt such a decision,” Grobler said. Grobler however did not respond to a question on whether its relationship with Schwenk Namibia had been affected in light of it wanting to dispose of its shareholding.

    DBN had earlier said it would consult with government on the way forward when the news initially broke of Schwenk expressing its desire to sell to ICG. “The DBN is not familiar with ICG or its strategic intentions in Ohorongo Cement at this stage. However, a shareholders' meeting which includes ICG is scheduled to take place in due course,” the bank said in April in a statement.

    The other minority shareholder in Ohorongo Cement, South African based lender the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has previously indicated to this publication that it would be open to acquiring a bigger stake. The IDC remains committed to Ohorongo. Further to this and in support of Namibia's indigenisation programme, it is our view that the locals (Namibians) should hold a considerable shareholding in Ohorongo. IDC, in consultation with other minority shareholders, is exploring possible opportunities aimed at achieving this objective,” its spokesperson Zama Luthuli said in April.

    Schwenk Namibia owns a 69.83% stake in Ohorongo Cement together with DBN with an 11% stake, the Industrial Development Corporation with a 14% stake and the Development Bank of Southern Africa with the remainder of the shareholding. The Otavi based plant has a capacity of 1 million tonnes annually. Schwenk Namibia also holds a 100% interest in alternative energy sourcing firm EFF. The firm had entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with vendor Schwenk Zement International GmbH for the 100%. It had intended to fund the proposed acquisition through third-party financing or borrowings.

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    Taxi union wants answers from GeingobTaxi union wants answers from GeingobJanuarie urges drivers to attend town hall meeting NTTU president Werner Januarie has threatened to tear up his party card unless the president provides 'satisfactory answers' at his upcoming town hall meeting in Windhoek. The Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) announced last week that it will hold demonstrations starting on 20 August, while it is adamant that President Hage Geingob must provide satisfactory answers to pressing issues at his upcoming town hall meeting in the capital.

    NTTU president Werner Januarie said the union would attend the town hall meeting Geingob will hold in Windhoek on 15 August and invited all taxi drivers to attend.

    “Since this is a public gathering and not a private meeting with him (Geingob) my statement still stands: if he is not a coward he must meet me on or before 15 August,” Januarie said.

    Should he not get satisfactory answers at the town hall meeting he will tear up both his Swapo cards in order to prove that he does not need to be associated or affiliated “to any idiot” in order to succeed in life.

    “These people have already proven their uselessness due to the fact that for about 16 years of my advocacy and activism, they are still nowhere near comprehending the issues,” he said.

    Januarie further announced that the legal practitioners Silas Kishi Shakuma & Co had withdrawn from representing the union in its planned court bid against the government.

    According to Januarie this seemed suspicious to the union, as Shakuma had said that the union should not attend the town hall meeting and that Januarie should not make any further comments to the media.

    The union was also advised by Shakuma not to embark on any further public demonstrations, and to provide the firm with information about its membership and funding.

    Januarie claims that the lawyers were unwilling to make a serious commitment to the union such as writing a demand to the government on their behalf, or making a public statement that they would represent them in court.

    “I would like to send a strong message to Namibian lawyers, if you are not serious or have no interest in our case, please do not waste my time.”

    He said there are individuals who wish to “steal” the union from him because they can see the potential it has.

    “Many are afraid of the power as well as the influence the law will give the union that is in any case headed by someone not even under their control and are very afraid of the damage the union will do to their reputation as well as to their egocentric tendencies, but surprise, surprise it is exactly what I intend on doing.”

    Januarie further said that the union, as the main sponsor of the Public Transport Bill, was disappointed to hear through the media of the ban on seven-seat buses operating on long-distance routes. He said the union was never consulted on this issue, which is utter nonsense.

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    Paratus links Africa coast to coastParatus links Africa coast to coast Paratus recently pushed the envelope by extending the Trans – Kalahari fibre network 4 160 kilometres east to connect to the West Africa Cable System in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

    The route is under one single Autonomous System Number (ASN), a feat that has been eluding most African operators.

    The fibre network interconnects with selected operators in various countries en route to ensure reliability in the overall management of the fibre network across the continent.

    Paratus Group chief operating officer Schalk Erasmus said the project is part of Paratus Africa's aggressive infrastructure expansion strategy with Nimbus Infrastructure.

    Paratus started with construction of the cable route from Windhoek to Swakopmund in 2017 and at the end of April 2018, completed the second-phase route from Windhoek to the Botswana border.

    Part of the capital used for this project through Namibia was funded by Nimbus Infrastructure.

    “This is a huge milestone and also a massive achievement. We can now deliver WACS capacity to landlocked countries in which we have operational branches, including Botswana and Zambia,” he said.

    Operators on both the east and west coast of Africa are dependent on undersea cable access and when outages occur, are mostly reliant on alternative cables on the same side of the continent.

    Erasmus said this new route would allow operators to think differently about their requirements for diverse routes within and around the African continent.

    “Paratus Africa will continue to extend fibre routes with own infrastructure builds in order to maintain uptime, reliability and scalability to its clients, should there be any degradation in service levels,” Erasmus said.

    “We believe that the fibre-optic network provides high-quality reliability and scalability with high access speeds to contend with the demand on bandwidth.

    “We certainly want to take advantage of the countless opportunities in Africa and we're therefore engaging other landlocked nations to leverage our fibre backbone and WACS capacity,” he added.

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    Ondangwa council owed N$51 millionOndangwa council owed N$51 million The Ondangwa town council plans to recover nearly N$51 million owed by residents for municipal services.

    A total of 8 077 account holders in Ondangwa owe the town council N$50.77 million.

    According to the council spokesperson Petrina Shitalangaho, the municipality will contract a debt collector to recover the money.

    “The council tried to contact all account holders in arrears by writing letters to them, but they never came forward to settle their accounts.

    We are now left with no other option but to take account holders in arrears to debt collectors. The council depends on this money for the supply of services to residents in town,” said Shitalangaho.

    “The accounts that will be handed over to debt collectors are those of 1 699 holders who are in arrears for over 120 days, who owe the council a total of N$36 million.

    “They will be followed by 1 765 account holders whose accounts are in arrears for close to 120 days, who owe the council over N$16.5 million.”

    Shitalangaho said debtors could still approach the council to agree on a repayment plan and avoid being handed over to the debt collectors. She said the debtors include individual residents, businesses, ministries and other government institutions.

    “Our funding from the urban and rural development ministry is not sufficient and we depend on the collection of rates and taxes to fund our capital projects.

    “Therefore, we can continue providing quality services and developing the town only if residents pay their accounts on time,” she said.

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    Ongwediva walks away with N$30 000Ongwediva walks away with N$30 000Northern school takes Copa Coca-Cola Cup Ongwediva Junior Secondary School is the winner of the Copa Coca-Cola Under-15 football tournament. On Saturday the Ongwediva Junior Secondary School from the Oshana Region won the inaugural Copa Coca-Cola Under-15 football tournament, scooping a cash prize of N$30 000 after beating A Shipena Secondary from Khomas 1-0 at the Rehoboth Soccer Stadium.

    The opening goal came from A Shipena's captain Efraim Mbango, who took a calm and collected penalty kick to put his side in front. He was awarded the golden boot for the five goals he scored.

    Not much happened after that in terms of goals. In the second half of the match, A Shipena also got a chance to bury a penalty but the spot kick was blasted wide by Tuli William.

    The match then ended in Ongwediva's favour.

    Their coach, Joseph Mikka, was satisfied with the boys' performances. He said he had pushed them to come out of their comfort zones and to play to their best ability.

    He further said the tournament is a great initiative because national selectors can scout players and keep an eye on their growth.

    Mikka added that every coach at youth level should do his or her part to expose the players to opportunities opened by football.

    The winning captain said they were tired after playing so many matches but that lifting the trophy was their aim. “All the teams wanted to win but there can only be one winner. We still need to train harder to improve our skills,” the youthful player said.

    A visibly upset Moses Josef, coach of A Shipena, said his players were heartbroken after the loss.

    “It was just not our day. We missed a penalty that could have changed the game,” he said. The tournament saw 14 regional teams vying for the ultimate prize.

    A Shipena received N$25 000 for taking second place. Otjozondjupa's Donatus Combined School took third prize after beating Tutaleni from Erongo 1-0. Tutaleni settled for a consolation prize of N$15 000.

    In the girls' exhibition match, Omaheke (yellow) was beaten 5-0 by a team of players from the Khomas Region (green and blue).

    The third place went to //Karas, who beat Erongo 1-0.



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    Sportsmanship the winner at Hage Geingob StadiumSportsmanship the winner at Hage Geingob Stadium TIELMAN VAN LILL



    The 2019 Momentum Rugby Championships for secondary schools drew to a close this past weekend.

    Gobabis Gymnasium and Dr Lemmer (U-14B final) started the day’s action, followed by Gobabis Gymnasium 1 versus HTS 2 (under-19D final) and Windhoek High School 2 (WHS) against Windhoek Gymnasium 2 (U-19B final) in the last clash of the day.

    Although Dr Lemmer scored the first three points with a penalty in the opening minutes of the match to lead at halftime, it was the forwards of Gobabis Gymnasium under leadership of their number seven flanker that laid the foundation for a dramatic comeback in the second half.

    Gobabis lost their big eighth man within five minutes of the first half and that cost them dearly, but the boys from the Cattle Country fought their way back to outnumber the quick-paced players of Dr Lemmer to clinch the under-14B title with a 19-17 victory.

    Points: For Dr Lemmer Under-14B their eighth man Aswin Loxton and scrumhalf Jason Isaacs scored a try each while inside centre JP van Wyk successfully slotted through a penalty kick and two conversions. Gobabis Gymnasium under-14B’s tries were scored by Elle-Jay August, Irohan Human and Luan Oosthuizen. Dandré du Plessis converted twice.

    HTS versus Gobabis Gymnasium

    In the second match of the day, the first team of Gobabis Gymnasium locked horns with HTS 2 in the under-19D final, which the latter won 25-12.

    HTS scored their first six points via the accurate boot of Dantago Isaacs, followed shortly afterward by a five-pointer from right winger Dillon de Klerk to extend their lead with a second penalty to 16-0. The players from Gobabis tried their best, but they could not successfully compete against the busy whistle of the referee and 15 players of HTS with the score 16-0 against them at halftime.

    Gobabis scored two tries against the one of HTS, but the six penalties kicked by Isaacs sank the spirited and passionate Bulls from the Omaheke Region. The Bulls scored their first try of the match in the second half, converted by Marco Smit’s only successful kick, to trail by 16-7.

    Things then suddenly looked a lot brighter for Gobabis. Isaacs made another penalty count for HTS (19-7) and a try by number four lock Henco van Niekerk of Gobabis (19-12) brought them within reach of HTS. But that was the last points for the Bulls, who had to concede the game.

    Points: Gobabis Gymnasium 1: Tries by Michael Coetzer and Henco van Niekerk (one each), conversion by Marco Smith (one). HTS: Try by Dillon de Klerk, penalties by Dantago Isaacs (six).

    WHS 2 versus Windhoek Gymnasium 2

    The second team of WHS, with Forché Windstaan at the helm, drew the curtain on an exciting match at the end of the day to win the under-19B title by 18 points to 13.

    Gymnasium hit the scoreboard first with two penalties (6-0), but WHS answered with their own to draw level at six each. Altus Opperman of Gymnasium had other plans and went over for Gym’s only try that was converted by Breslin Bruwer to lead 13-6 at half time.

    Gymnasium could not score a single point in the second half, whereas WHS managed to score two tries. Both were gems, but the second one in the dying seconds will be long remembered by WHS supporters.

    Prop Rowan Jansen went over first (13-11) for a try that was converted by halfback Sergio Diniz to draw thirteen-all. The score line did not change again till the last minute when fullback Coburn Claassen outclassed his opponents to score the winning try for WHS.

    Points. Windhoek Gimnasium 2: Try by Altus Opperman, two penalties and one conversion by Breslin Bruwer. WHS 2: Tries by Rowan Jansen (one) and Coburn Claassen (one), one conversion and two penalties by Sergio Diniz.

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