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    Fan confronts Ronaldo over no-showFan confronts Ronaldo over no-show An angry South Korean fan flew to Sweden to confront Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for sitting out a friendly in Seoul, the latest in a bizarre row that has prompted a police investigation.

    In an 11-minute clip posted on his YouTube channel, which has racked up nearly 3 million views, Kwak Ji-hyuk approaches the Portuguese striker Ronaldo at a hotel in Stockholm.

    As Ronaldo appears in the lobby of the hotel, where Juventus were staying for last week's International Champions Cup final, Kwak shouts in English: “Why didn't you play in Korea?”

    He was ignored. Ronaldo remained on the bench throughout last month's exhibition game in the Korean capital, enraging fans who threatened a class action lawsuit and prompting a police probe into alleged fraud. Kwak, who describes himself as a former diehard fan of Ronaldo, films himself making several more attempts to grab the star's attention, including waving a sign written in Portuguese.

    “Even when I put the sign right in front of his eyes, I was utterly ignored,” Kwak says in the video.

    “You are so nice to your fans here, but why did you do that to us?” he adds bitterly.

    The row over Ronaldo's no-show has spiralled into a blame game, with the K-League accusing Juventus of “deception” - a claim that was quickly rejected by the Italian club.

    A police investigation is under way into alleged fraud after a criminal complaint was filed against Ronaldo, Juventus and the South Korean agency that organised the match.

    According to South Korean reports, Kwak plans to fly to Italy next month to confront Ronaldo again.


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  • 08/15/19--16:00: Kolisi back for Boks
  • Kolisi back for BoksKolisi back for BoksBut Brits is captain for World Cup warm-up clash Bok fans can expect to see Siya Kolisi in tomorrow's Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Argentina. Flanker Siya Kolisi will make his first appearance for South Africa this season in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Argentina tomorrow, but not in his usual role of captain.

    Coach Rassie Erasmus said Kolisi, who is recovering from a knee injury, may be substituted during the first half in Pretoria and chose veteran hooker Schalk Brits as skipper.

    Number eight Duane Vermeulen (twice) and lock Eben Etzebeth (once) captained the Springboks during their Rugby Championship campaign in which they beat Australia and Argentina and drew with New Zealand.

    At 38 years and three months, Brits will become the second oldest captain of the Springboks after retired lock Victor Matfield, who had the honour when 38 years and 172 days.

    “I have asked Siya to empty his tank and go hard for as long as he can,” Erasmus said, after making 15 changes to the side that triumphed 46-13 in Argentina last Saturday to win the Rugby Championship.

    “I told him he might even come off in the first half, as he has played less than 50 minutes of Currie Cup rugby in the last 12 weeks.

    “But I need him to have a taste of Test rugby again before we leave for Japan,” Erasmus said, while referring to Kolisi's absence from the team since a loss in Wales last November.

    While Kolisi is guaranteed a place in the 31-man World Cup squad to be named on 26 August, many of those who will face the Pumas at Loftus Versfeld are fighting for seats on the flight to Tokyo.

    “Some of these players will know they are on the plane but for others it is make or break - and even if they do not make the plane there will be six standby roles to be identified,” said Erasmus.

    “I'm really excited to see what they can do on Saturday, to prove their own cases, and also show just how strong South African rugby is.”

    In the backline, fullback Warrick Gelant, centre Andre Esterhuizen and winger Dillyn Leyds are marginal cases for inclusion in the squad.

    Props Thomas du Toit and Vincent Koch and loose forwards Rynhardt Elstadt and Marcell Coetzee are in similar positions.

    South Africa face defending champions New Zealand on 21 September in their opening World Cup Pool B match, and then play Canada, Italy and Namibia.


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  • 08/15/19--16:00: Kwateni omeya nawa
  • Kwateni omeya nawaKwateni omeya nawa Sho momwedhi Juli AaVenduka yeshi pondola okukwata nawa omeya, elelo lyoshilando shaVenduka otali kunkilile aakalimo opo ya kwate nawa omeya sho kwa tegelelwa e yo pombanda lyelongitho lyomeya moomwedhi dhokwenye.

    Pokati komwedhi Mei naJuni, elongitho lyomeya koshiwike lyoocubic metre 465 00, ndyoka lya tulwa po onga oongamba dhelongitho lyomeya, inali adhika, nonando oopresenda 10 dhelongitho ndyoka odha adhika miiwike yimwe po.

    Elelo olya kunkilile kutya ekwato nawa lyomeya noopresenda dha thika puntano inali adhika omathimbo ga piti.

    Moshiwike sha piti, okwa lopotwa kutya okwa longithwa omeya ga thika poocubic metres 463 252.24, opresenda yimwe okuya poocubic metres 465 000, ndhoka dha tulwa po.

    Moshiwike shomasiku ga 5 gaAguste, aakwashigwana okwa lopotwa ya longitha oocubic metres 447 771 naandyoka olya li ehupitho lyomeya noopresenda 4. Moshiwike shomasiku 29 gaJuli, aakalimo oya longitha omeya geli pombanda nopresenda yimwe, yoongamba dhoka dha tulwa po, sho kwa lopotwa kutya okwa longithwa oocubic metres dhomeya dhi li po 467 924.29.

    Moshiwike shomasiku 22 Juli, aakalimo okwa lopotwa ya longitha oopresenda 97 nokuhupitha omeya noopresenda 3, sho kwa longithwa omeya goocubic metres 452 757.27.

    Moshiwike shomasiku 15 Juli elongitho lyomeya olya li poopresenda 99, sho kwa longithwa oocubic metres dhi li po 459 783.04.

    Elelo lyoshilando olya holola kutya nonando elalakano okuhupitha oopresenda 15 dhomeya, oongamba dhelongitho lyomeya goocubic metres 465 000 odha adhika miiwike ya piti, okutameka omwedhi Mei.

    Aakwashigwana otaya kunkiliwa opo yiiyuthe koompango nomalandulathano ngoka ga tulwa po mekwato nawa lyomeya, opo ku kwashilipalekwe kutya okwa hupitha omeya ga gwana omanga ethimbo lyokwenye ndyoka hali kala lya pupyala nayi inali thikana.

    Momwedhi Mei, oshilando shaVenduka osha li sha tseyitha kutya omolwa ondjele yomeya ehangano lyoNamWater olya shunitha pevi omwaalu gwomeya ngoka hali gandja koshilando nokukala tali gandja owala omeya goocubic metres 163 172 nonando ompumbwe yomeya moshilando oyi li poocubic metres 539 350.

    Oya tsikile kutya NamWater oha gandja opresenda 35 dhomeya ngoka ga pumbiwa moshilando, omanga oondama dhelongululo lyomeya hadhi gandja oopresenda 26, noopresenda 39 ohadhi gandjwa koomboola dhelelo lyoshilando.

    Oshilando osha kunkilile ekwato nawa lyomeya mokati kaakalimo yawo, tali popi kutya uuna kwa longithwa omeya ge vulithe poocubic metres 465 000 ndhoka dha tulwa po, nena shoka otashi thiminike oshilando shi ka kuthe omeya moompungulilo ndhoka dha nuninwa oonkalo dhopaulumomhumbwe.

    Olopota yondjele yomeya moondama dhomoshilongo ndjoka ya pitithwa kehangano lyaNamWater momasiku 12 Auguste oya holola kutya, oondama dhomoshilongo odhi na omeya geli pevi lyoopresenda 26, okuyeleka noopresenda 40.1 ethimbo lya faathana omvula ya piti.


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    Iigongi yomupresidende kayi shi omahwahwameko gomahogololoIigongi yomupresidende kayi shi omahwahwameko gomahogololo Omupopiliko gwomupresidende, Alfredo Hengari okwa tindi omapopyo ngoka taga ningwa kutya iigongi mbyoka tayi ningwa kOmupresidende Hage Geingob noshigwana, oyi li omahwahwameko gomahogololo taga ningwa palongitho lyiimaliwa yoshigwana.

    Omupeha omupresidende gwongundu yoPopular Democratic Movement (PDM), Jennifer van den Heever okwa popi oshiwike sha piti kutya iigongi mbyoka, oyi li omahwahwameko gomahogololo gongundu yoSwapo.

    Okwa popi ta nyana omukalo moka tamu ningwa iigongi mbyoka sho kwa lopotwa kutya iilyo yoongundu dhompilameno otayi tindilwa mo miigongi moka.

    Van den Heever okwa popi kutya, Geingob ota longitha iigongi mbyoka mokuhwahwameka iiyetwapo yongundu ye, ta popi kutya PDM oyali ya pula Omuprima Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila a yoolole pokati kiiyemo yepangelo niiyemo yongundu.

    Okwa popi kutya pehala Geingob a ye pamwe naamboka aluhe ya gama kuye nokwiitaala kehe shoka ta popi, okwa pumbwa a ye moonkundathana noongundu dhompilameno dho dhi mu pe uuyelele kombinga yiikumungu yopashigwana.

    Iikumungu yimwe po mbyoka a tothamo ongaashi elongo lyoshigwana, uundjolowele, evi, egwo pevi lyeliko lyoshilongo oshowo okwaahena iilonga unene mokati kaanyasha.

    Hengari okwa popi kutya kape na ngoka a tindilwa okukutha ombinga miigongi mbyoka omolwa ekwatathano lye lyopolotika, naamboka taya popi ngaaka otaya taandelitha iifundja.


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    Oopresenda 39 dhAaNamibia otaya si ondjalaOopresenda 39 dhAaNamibia otaya si ondjalaMomvula yo 2018, Africa oshowo Asia oya lopotwa oopresenda dhi li po 54.9 oshowo 39, dhaanona mboka Olopota ompe ndjoka ya pitithwa yoState of Food Security and Nutrition muuyuni nuumvo, oya holola kutya oopresenda 39 dhaakwashigwana yaNamibia odha taalela oshikukuta okuza momvula yo 2018, omanga aantu yeli poomiliyona 821.6 muuyuni, kaye na oondya dhagwana. Olopota ndjika yonuumvo oya tala unene kondjala, ompumbwe yegamenenepo lyoondya oshowo omanyutu, na oya holola kutya ndhika oomvula ndatu dhalandulathana ondjele yondjala tayi londo pombanda muuyuni.

    Omwaalu gwaantu mboka ya taalela ondjala unene okwa lopotwa gwa londo pombanda okuza paantu oomiliyona 804 momvula yo 2016, okuya paantu yeli poomiliyona 821 momvula yo 2018. MoNamibia okwa lopotwa kutya aantu mboka ya taalela oshikukuta omwaalu gwawo ogwa londo okuza paantu 500 000 momvula yo 2016 okuya pomiliyona yimwe momvula yo2018 nomwaalu ngoka ogwa kalela po oopresenda 39 dhaakwashigwana yomoshilongo.

    Olopota oya tsikile kutya ondjala otayi londo nayi pombanda muAfrica, moka aantu ya thika poomiliyona 260 kwa lopotwa taya dhengwa koshikukuta momvula yo 2018 noopresenda 90 dhaantu mboka aakalimo yomenenevi sub-Saharan Africa.

    MoNamibia omwaalu gwaanona ya taalela ondjala oguli pombanda okuyeleka niilongo yilwe yaAfrica, sho omwaalu ngoka gwa thikama poopresenda 27.3.

    Omiyalu odha holola kutya oopresenda 7.1 dhaanona yoomvula dhili kohi yantano moNamibia oya taalela uupyakadhi wiiviga yawo yili pevi okuyeleka nomithika dhawo, omanga omwaalu gwaanona mboka yeli kohi yoomvula ntano omithika dhawo omishona okuyelela noomvula dhawo, pauyelele mboka wa tulwa molopota ndjoka.

    Nonando ongaaka aanona mboka ye na omithika omishona okuyelaka noomvula dhawo okwa lopotwa kutya omwaalu gwawo ogwa shuna pevi noopresenda 10 muule woomvula hamano dha piti, omanga oomiliyona 149 ye na natango uupyakadhi mboka.

    Africa oye e li pevi moka uupyakadhi womithika omishona okuyeleka noomvula itawu shuna pevi.

    Momvula yo 2018, Africa oshowo Asia oya lopotwa oopresenda dhi li po 54.9 oshowo 39, dhaanona mbok

    Olopota oya tsikile natango kutya iiviha yili pombanda mokati kaantu yoomvula dha yooloka oya lopotwa unene maanona yoomvula dhokuya koskola oshowo maakuluntu.

    MoNamibia, ondjele yaakuluntu ye na iiviha yi li pombanda oya lopotwa yili poopresenda 15 na oya guma aantu ye li po 200 000, omanga aanona yeli poopresenda 12.9 na ya guma aanona yeli kohi yo100 000.

    Palopota ndjoka ondjala otayi dhenge unene iilongo moka onkalo yeliko tayi shongola, nolopota ndjoka yoState of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 oya longekidhwa komahangano giimanga kumwe lyoFood and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) oshowo World Health Organisation (WHO).


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  • 08/15/19--16:00: Save water before summer
  • Save water before summerSave water before summerResidents urged to take extra care The City of Windhoek says based on overall usage since May this year, the average weekly water consumption is still 2% over the target for the season. Windhoek residents managed to meet the municipality's water savings target in July, but need to redouble their efforts as temperatures start rising.

    The municipality is urging residents to save an additional 5% to 10% to compensate for the expected spike in water consumption this summer and to balance out the overconsumption of water prior to July.

    Between May and June, the weekly consumption target of 465 000 cubic metres was not once reached. In fact, residents exceeded the target by as much as 10% some weeks.

    “During winter months 5% to 10% additional water savings, beyond the 15%, are required to compensate for the expected high consumption during summer,” the municipality's weekly water watch warned this week.

    The municipality also warned that the 5% additional savings have not been achieved once in the past season. For the week ending 12 August, actual consumption reached 463 252.24 cubic metres, less than 1% below the maximum weekly consumption target of 465 000 cubic metres.

    For the week ending 5 August, residents consumed 96% of the target consumption, or 447 771 cubic metres, a 4% additional saving above the targeted consumption.

    For the week ending 29 July, residents consumed 1% more than the allowable weekly target, with the actual consumption recorded at 467 924.29 cubic metres.

    For the week ending 22 July, residents consumed 97% of the targeted consumption, achieving an additional 3% savings with actual consumption at 452 757.27 cubic metres.

    For the week ending 15 July consumption was at 99% of the allowable benchmark target, with actual consumption at 459 783.04 cubic metres.

    Take extra care

    Nevertheless, the municipality says based on overall usage since May this year, the average weekly water consumption is still 2% over the target for the season.

    Residents are urged to comply with water use regulations in order to stave off a crisis.

    In May, the City of Windhoek announced that based on the annual water supply outlook for the next two rainy seasons, NamWater had reduced its supply capacity to Windhoek to 163 172 cubic metres of the required weekly demand of 539 350 cubic metres demand.

    In line with this, and the increasing drought conditions, the City downgraded the city's Category C water scarcity to a Category D, thereby tightening water use regulations as well as increasing the mandatory water savings from 10% to 15%, effective as of 1 July.

    The new weekly water consumption target for Windhoek was set at 465 000 cubic metres per week in line with supply abilities.

    The City stated that NamWater would supply around 35% of the demand target of 465 000 cubic metres, the reclamation plant would supply 26% and the remaining supply requirements would be met by the City's boreholes from the aquifer (39%).

    Any consumption above the maximum target of 465 000 cubic metres would require the City to dip into the aquifer, the municipality warned.

    “All water consumed more than the target consumption of 465 000 cubic metres per week needs to be produced from the Windhoek boreholes (aquifer). All possible savings achieved will thus be offset against the supply from the Windhoek aquifer which would then further preserve our aquifer,” City CEO Robert Kahimise explained.

    He warned that the aquifer cannot be exploited indefinitely and “thus consumption should strictly be managed to remain within the quota.”

    NamWater's 12 August dam report shows that the country's storage dams are on average only 26% full, compared to last season's 40.1%.


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    Air Nam flight delays due to grounded pilotsAir Nam flight delays due to grounded pilots Complaints are flooding in from frustrated Air Namibia customers who say they had to spend hours at Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) because of delayed flights.

    Flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Frankfurt were delayed for one to two hours on Monday, and irate travellers say delays and cancellations seem to have become a regular occurrence. Air Namibia spokesperson Paul Nakawa says the delays of these three flights were a ripple effect caused by the cancellation of the flight from Victoria Falls to Windhoek the day before, on Sunday, 11 August. He said the Victoria Falls-Windhoek flight had to be cancelled because Eros Airport, which was as the designated alternate airport, would have been closed by the time the flight arrived in Windhoek.

    “Aviation law requires that there must be an alternate airport for every flight in case you cannot land at the destined airport. Due to the fact that the [Eros] airport was closed at the estimated time of arrival, passengers on the affected flight had to sleep over at Victoria Falls and the flight had to be cancelled,” Nakawa said yesterday.

    Pilots' licences

    In addition, Nakawa said other flights were cancelled or delayed because some of the airline's pilots on the A319-100 and ERJ 135 fleet are currently grounded because they have yet to undergo “internal operational proficiency checks”.

    “These pilots' licences as issued by the regulator [Namibia Civil Aviation Authority] are valid, but the internal checks are required to ensure they are still proficient and able to handle the aircraft,” Nakawa said.

    He said the simulators in Johannesburg that Air Namibia normally uses were undergoing maintenance and were therefore unavailable.

    “The other option we could have considered was to send these pilots to Europe, an option which is quite expensive and at this time when we have financial pressure, it was difficult to use,” Nakawa said.


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    Presenters bring flare and witPresenters bring flare and witMeet the hosts for the 2019 NAMAs With the biggest night on Namibia's entertainment calendar heading to Swakopmund next month, MTC and NBC are excited to announce this year's presenters for the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs). The NAMAs have grown in leaps and bounds, and year after year organisers have staged a world-class event.

    Steering towards its 9th edition, the awards show continues to celebrate excellence and creativity in the local music industry by awarding musicians who have shown their ability to break boundaries and reach new heights.

    For many people, it is difficult to imagine how much effort goes into staging an event as glamorous and magical as the NAMAs, including months of planning and sleepless nights for the production team, while having to find the perfect hosts.

    The search for this year's hosts birthed numerous auditions and training sessions. However the NAMA executive committee is confident that this year's presenters will bring flare and wit - building on the success of last year's extravaganza.

    The presenters are all young and vibrant, with enchanting personalities to entertain a live audience, while also offering a mix of experience and freshness.

    Main stage

    Television and radio personalities Tanya Daringo and Paul Munanjala will hold it down on the main stage. The two University of Namibia graduates have found their feet in front of the camera as well as on radio studios, thus they offer experience and tenacity.

    Daringo has interviewed some of the biggest names in local showbiz and crept into Namibian hearts and homes when she became the face of the popular NBC lifestyle magazine programme Tutaleni.

    Daringo is known for her bubbly yet professional flair and has worked with some of the world's leading brands. She loves the idea of shaping and redirecting perceptions within the media.

    Some of her career highlights include hosting the Namibian Annual Music Awards in 2018 and 2015 NAMA Blue Room; Tutaleni; Tupopyeni and MTC Interact, among others.

    On the other hand, Daringo's main stage counterpart Munanjala has gained popularity as NBC's Whatagwan presenter. The 27-year-old is arguably one of the most sought-after MCs right now, and has found himself hosting some of the biggest events in the country. He has been a familiar face on the NAMA stage since his debut in 2015 and continues to impress. A highlight of his young career however has been hosting Supersport's Homeground alongside Minnie Dlamini-Jones and Lungile Radu as a guest presenter last year.

    The NAMA Blue Room

    The NAMA Blue Room offers an exciting combination of two young Namibians who are moving towards making big stages their playground. They first worked together on the NAMAs 2019 nomination show, and the combination turned out to be golden. They had chemistry and cooperated in ways often only demonstrated by seasoned television presenters.

    The first half of the duo is radio presenter and dancer, Joe Mulisa. Like Daringo and Munanjala, Joe too is a former student of the University of Namibia, and while he is carving out a name for himself in the local entertainment industry, few know that he actually graduated with a law degree.

    Mulisa is the producer and presenter of the new generation drive time show The Daily Dose on Touch FM. He first introduced himself to Namibians when he made the NAMAs 2017 presenters cut. His return to the NAMA stage speaks to his holistic growth as a presenter. No one-trick pony, apart from his law degree and doing radio and hosting events, Mulisa is also a professional dancer and model, and he does acting and writing as well. He will be joined in the NAMA Blue Room by Elago Shitaatala. Born and raised in Windhoek, the 24-year old Shitaatala is no stranger to the behind-the-scenes madness. She offers her artistry and creativity when it comes to video editing to the NBC as a production officer, working on news and current affairs. This year she has been on a mission to prove that she doesn't only create magic in the editing booth, but that she can also hold her own on a live stage, as she did at the NAMAs 2019 nomination show.

    Shitaatala started her on-air presenting career as a radio presenter at a community radio station in 2016. She has also been a presenter for 2030 In Focus on NBC and currently, Shitaatala is a daily sport news anchor on NBC.

    The Blue Carpet

    The Blue Carpet remains one of the most exciting features of the NAMAs awards night. It's a celebration of fashion, grace and style that allows Namibians at home to get a glimpse of their favourite movers and shakers. This year's blue carpet will be hosted by Adriano Visagie and Ndapewa Ambambi. The youngest among this year's presenters, Ambambi is 21 years old and from Ondangwa. She is a final year journalism and media technology student at the Namibian University of Science and Technology. She made her debut in front of the camera when she co-hosted the NAMAs nomination show blue carpet. Her co-host Visagie has been in the local entertainment and arts industry for some time now, acting in a number of theatre productions, and having an Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Award nomination under his belt. He has worked with a respectable list of corporate, and offers a gentle flare to the NAMAs 2019 Blue Carpet.

    This year's awards show will be hosted at the Dome in Swakopmund on Saturday, 7 September.


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    Essentials for red carpet stylingEssentials for red carpet stylingReinhard Mahalie and his healthy appetite for fashion It is not easy to find out what you need to make sure you separate yourself from the rest. That's why so many people need a fashion stylist. Reinhard Mahalie's job description includes choosing and coordinating outfits for models in photo shoots, or actors in television and film, and choosing props and accessories and preparing them for shoots, as well as red carpet events. Following his Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards (SYMLAFA) Favourite Stylist win last Saturday, Mahalie is now the most awarded and most nominated fashion stylist in Namibia.

    Other big platforms that have acknowledged his work include the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFA) hosted in Uganda and the Icons Awards hosted in Nigeria. “My victories include the ASFA Stylist of the Year 2016 Southern Africa and Simply You Magazine Favourite stylist 2019.

    “Also, my other nominations include the ASFA Stylist of the Year Africa 2017, SYMLAFA Stylist of the Year 2018 and Icons Fashion Awards Stylist of the Year 2018,” he shared.

    Speaking on what informs his fashion sense, Mahalie shared that he draws inspiration from travelling, the person on the street and he also does a lot of research on the internet.

    “I also just trust my instinct. As a fashion stylist you need to be able to think how to put outfits together and avoid repeating the same look.

    “You need to push yourself to style all your clients differently and put something together suited to their personality and style,” said Mahalie.

    Expounding on his job description, the stylist mentioned that he goes with the clients to measurements and fittings and also assists in picking out the fabrics. He is the middleman between the client and the designer. “I am more of the image consultant, I am the one who comes up with the concept as to what you are going to look like, the design of the outfit and more.

    “I also assist with what hair or makeup would go with the look as well as look around for accessories and shoes that would go with the look,” he said.

    Even though he mentioned that he styles everyone for most occasions, he stressed that his niche is red carpet styling - the glitz and the glamour. He recalled that growing up he always enjoyed watching red carpet award shows and would be inspired by the looks.

    Besides being a fashion stylist, Mahalie is a banker and MC. “Balancing my time isn't really challenging for me because I dedicate my after hours and weekends to fashion styling. I also make sure to not overbook myself,” he said.


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    Focused on building his brandFocused on building his brandKennedy Amadhila shares his success in the modelling world Namibia's favourite male model tells all. Pull quote: “I am here to stay, so I am looking forward to building a stronger brand, grow as a person and do bigger shows.” - Kennedy Amadhila. This week, tjil caught up with model Kennedy Amadhila to share what winning the Favourite Male Model at Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards (SYMLAFA) means to him.

    Not long ago, Amadhila also represented Namibia at the Man of The World pageant hosted in the Philippines. The Man of The World pageant is a competition that promotes masculinity with responsibility and this year's theme was Education and Heritage. At this competition Amadhila won the Top Fashion title. “The experience was actually out of this world. It taught me so much, I realised that there is more to the modelling industry, there is still more that Namibia still needs to catch up on.

    “Most importantly I like the message the pageant advocates for. Being violent does not define that you are masculine,” said Amadhila.

    Amadhila, who started modelling a year ago mentioned that he is happy with what he has achieved thus far and looks forward to strengthening his brand. His modelling debut was at the 2018 Mr and Miss Unam and has since then, he taken part in multiple other pageants. “People think I am a fulltime model, but I actually do it on part-time basis as I am a student,” he shared.

    On his SYMLAFA victory last weekend, the model praised organisers for the platform. For Amadhila wining Favourite Male Model means his brand is viable and he is doing the right thing in his line of work. “SYMLAFA is the biggest platform in Namibia currently in the fashion and modelling industry so a nod from them is a big deal to me, especially since I am still relatively new. I am grateful to those who voted for me; this is our success.

    “I am here to stay so I am looking forward to building a stronger brand, grow as a person and do bigger shows,” he added.

    Speaking on challenges he has endured so far, Amadhila pointed out raising funds for his flight ticket to the Philippines as one of his most difficult times in his career. “That was a challenging time for me because of how badly I wanted to take part, by the grace of God things worked out for me.

    “Another challenge I endure is that I had to let go of many things. I am advised to not go out so much now and not do certain things because I am a brand now,” he said.

    Amadhila attributes his success to his work ethic and his manager Bobby Kaandjosa, who he says understands his vision and has provided him with many opportunities. “In this industry having the right team is important. You need to be under the right direction and be professional at all times,” he said.

    Giving advice to those who wish to follow in his footsteps, Amadhila said that it is important to be confident and not lose yourself in the money and the fame that comes with it. “A lot of people want to be models but they are limited by their comfort zones, just grow out of it because the world is yours to conquer,” he said.


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  • 08/15/19--16:00: New season, new music
  • New season, new musicNew season, new music Trio AmaZonkies are among the artists releasing a new body of work this summer.

    Afro-pop and dancehall trio AmaZonkies made up of Tommy, Ferry and Starking are gearing up for the release of their second album titled Lose Control, at the end of September. The 14-track album will be released under Ees' Namflava Music record label. tjil caught up with spokesperson of the crew, Tommy to share what the album is all about.

    Back with their sophomore, AmaZonkies definitely prepare to rise to the occasion aiming to reach urban masses, courtesy of a multitude of collaborations.

    Tommy revealed that the album was produced by award-winning producer Araffath Muhure. In an effort to give their fans a taste of the album, the trio will be releasing their third single off the album titled Teka on Saturday, 23 August. “Teka is an Afro-pop song that will make people dance,” said Tommy.

    Speaking on his business relationship with AmaZonkies, Ees said that he first noticed the trio when he saw a really well-executed music video by them on YouTube. It was then that he saw potential in the group. They then got into contact and ended up working on a song together which was called Gimme That. “I feel as established artists we should support the upcoming artists and help them to get into the industry the right way by mentoring them.

    “Mentoring them contributes to our Namibian music industry becoming a better place for artists in the future. We need to promote the spirit of unity and discourage the 'everyone for himself' behaviour and tribal divide,” said Ees.

    Tommy announced that prior to the release of the album, the trio will host a listening party with their fans at Fuji Lounge in Ongwediva on Friday, 6 September. “At the listening party, we will be joined by King Tee Dee as our special guest, he will also give away 100 free tickets to his 28.09.19 concert, so we urge people to come out in their numbers,” he said.

    With the album being released under Namflava Music, Tommy added that they hope to sell many units of the album. He clarified that AmaZonkies are not signed to Namflava Music, but have a distribution deal with the label. “With this album we intend to invest the profit in building a recording studio. There is so much talent in the north but few good standard recording facilities,” said Tommy.


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    Teamwork makes the dream workTeamwork makes the dream workM.I.G. announces second album coming in September Picture this - one day, you're a regular group of friends casually rapping in class, and the next day, in the snap of a finger, you are sharing a stage with some of Africa's biggest names in music. It happened to Mighty Ill Game (M.I.G.). Pull quote: “People look at us and wonder how we make it work as we are a big group. It is not a challenge to us because we share the same goals and enjoy the process of creating music together.” - Callous So it's like this, right? I met two of the M.I.G. members; P-Star and Callous many years ago. We both went to a school called Elia Mukongo Neromba Senior Secondary School (Elia Neromba stand up!). We were in the same grade but we specialised in different fields as they did agriculture and I did accounting.

    Quite frankly I never thought much of them. Like now, back then they were young men of very few words, seemed unaware of their surroundings and generally zoned out. The earliest specific memory I have of them was me praising them for their rap skills.

    So there is a very real possibility that with all the “shout out to my day ones” lines riddled across their debut album Unkurungu, I am included in the group of those who believed in them from the start.

    Unlike back then, they are stars now and have added four more members that make up M.I.G. and in their own words, it has taken every bit of conviction, teamwork and perseverance to get to where they are today. Overall, M.I.G is made up of P-Star, Callous, Slim, Chuwee, Jimmy and Rockid.

    In an interview with tjil, fresh after their GazzaMilli Concert performance, the group announced that they are releasing their second album in September.

    They have just released their lead single titled Gang Gang from the forthcoming album, a song they have been performing before its official release. “People love the lead single already, and we cannot wait to share the entire album with them,” said Slim.

    Rockid added that they took a different sonic direction on the new album compared to their previous work.

    The album will be a montage of different genres including Afro-pop, dancehall, and trap music.

    “On our first album the concept was sharing what we are about through our vernacular languages and incorporating cultural elements in our music; the new album on the other hand has a universal sound,” added Rockid.

    The group's music manager Prince Muha told tjil that he has big plans for the group's second offering. He mentioned that with this album, he wants M.I.G. to break through in all spheres of the commercial music scene.

    “Our rollout plan entails a lot of strategies. It is not only going to be about launching the album, we will have listening sessions with different media houses and the fans. We are bringing the music to the people.

    “The physical copies will also be available countrywide, not just at Antonio's Arts like it was the case with Unkurungu,” said Muha.

    Summing up our conversation, Callous described the group's working dynamics.

    He said, they do not clash a lot as they leave their egos out when creating music.

    “People look at us and wonder how we make it work as we are a big group. It is not a challenge to us because we share the same goals and enjoy the process of creating music together,” said Callous.


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  • 08/15/19--16:00: Doing it independently
  • Doing it independentlyDoing it independentlyMiss Rose – an Afrosoul singer to lookout for Blooming and blossoming with her first album under her belt. Pull quote: “I am still on a journey of discovering myself musically. Record labels come with a lot of expectations and I do not think I am ready to be under anyone at the moment,” – Miss Rose. You know when you are on YouTube and you search for an awesome song that also happens to be very popular, but instead of the actual video you are met with a clip of an aspiring singer doing a very underwhelming a cappella cover of that song? Yes, Miss Rose is the complete opposite of everything in that scenario.

    She started singing in 2016; initially she used to occasionally do covers but has polished her singing skills. Miss Rose released her first album Ohole Yandje in December 2018. “I did a radio tour when my album was released and the response was positive. People have already started asking for new music but I do not like rushing things.

    “I am still promoting Ohole Yandje, I want it to reach as many people as is possible,” said Miss Rose. The singer recently partnered up with Versatile Media Agency to handle her brand's public relations. The first project the two parties are working on together is the Wine and Music with Miss Rose event that will take place at the Wine Bar on Saturday, 31 August. “The Wine and Music with Miss Rose is an idea I have been pondering on for a while now. I am excited for it. This event is for everyone, it is also an opportunity for people to watch me perform live with a band the songs from my album,” shared Miss Rose.

    Miss Rose, who is currently an independent artists mentioned that she is no rush to be signed to a record label. “I am still on a journey of discovering myself musically. Record labels come with a lot of expectations and I do not think I am ready to be under anyone at the moment,” she said.

    She promised more music videos from her current album, stating that she has been having a hard time deciding on the next single off the album. “I love all my songs and wish they could all have music videos,” she said.


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    More exposure for new artistsMore exposure for new artists I am not advocating for a generational divide in music, but I do feel like new and emerging artists do not get sufficient airtime on our older radio stations.

    I am a fan of the culture, a fan of the arts, and a fan who has shown support from day one. What really busts my head is radio airplay when it comes to new artists. To a great extent, the reason established artists get the most love, support, money and shows is largely based on the extensive airplay they get across all national radio stations. I would know because I am a radio junkie. If the same amount of time was allocated to new artists, they could also book sell-out shows all the time, get government to back them up and overall, get taken more seriously by the general public.

    Album sales are dismal. Have you even seen how they package new artists' albums at music retail outlets? Who's taking these kids seriously? I believe it starts with radio because it's all about the audio and it's far from an extinct medium in Namibia. I commend urban and vibrant radio stations like NUST FM, Fresh FM, Energy 100 FM and 99 FM because they seem to be aware of young people's music and playlist them. Maybe their audiences are different, but the more traditional radio stations need to incorporate more new music on their playlists. Music compilers at radio stations need to study the game, know which of the new artists have big numbers online and bring these artist on board. In Namibia, LMPC and PhredGot1 have the highest plays on Sound Cloud and Donlu Africa respectively, yet radio overlooks them.

    I pray that the print medium will never die - otherwise who's going to give music fans the best pages of new talent? But back to radio, look at Gazza and King Tee Dee, part of the reason they are able to fill big venues for their shows is because radio was behind them from the early stages of their careers. I am not saying it was much easier for them, they probably also fought the same fight at some point of their careers. I wish in the near future King Elegant or Kp Illest can have the same amount of success, why not?

    To the new artists, I urge you to not give up on pushing your music on radio. Yes, there are various platforms digitally that you can market your music on, but it's important to prioritise radio too. I know there are certain new artists who believe radio airplay is not essential for you to be successful in today's music environment. You may argue that this isn't the 90s anymore where radio play was the be all and end all for artist's career. I beg to differ, because having radio play will expose your music to a wide audience and most likely get you new fans. This is Namibia, radio is still a huge part of many people's lives.

    Lastly, I would just like to emphasise that let us settle our differences and build a music empire. Let us keep Namibian music alive, let us hustle together, make money and split it. Let us make corporates see sense in this art form.

    michael@namibiansun.com; @MichaelMKAY on Twitter

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  • 08/15/19--16:00: The birth of Vague
  • The birth of VagueThe birth of VagueDetermined to make it in the arts industry The importance of funding arts was once again demonstrated at a Bank Windhoek initiative last week. Vague, a new performing arts group emerged the victors after taking part in a three-day Arts Entrepreneurship Workshop.

    Hosted by Bank Windhoek and the College of the Arts (Cota), the workshop was an initiative aimed at assisting art students develop skills needed to build their careers as entrepreneurs.

    Vague, a young quartet of first-year students majoring in performing arts was crowned the overall winner of the talent show, which concluded the workshop on Friday, 9 August at Cota’s main campus in Windhoek. The talent show required the participating students to present what they have learned throughout the duration of the workshop.

    Vague specialises in a variety of dance genres and is made up of Angelina Akawa, Amy Afrikaner, Ndeweenda Immanuel and Freddy Ndaitwah. The group performed a contemporary dance piece which articulated a story of social issues the youth face on a daily basis.

    “The story was about the choices we encounter as we are faced with social evils such as alcohol and drug abuse. It was like the battles in our minds and how we fight negative energy,” said Akawa.

    Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.

    The group said that the Bank Windhoek Arts Entrepreneurship Workshop was the main reason they decided to form Vague. It made them realise that it is possible to make a living from the arts. “This can be achieved once we are grounded, resilient and have a business mind-set,” said Afrikaner.

    Bank Windhoek’s executive officer of marketing and corporate communication services, Jacquiline Pack, said that the bank is a leader in the development of the arts in Namibia and supports various initiatives of artistic expression and the invaluable contribution it makes to society.

    “As a bank firmly rooted in the community and understanding the needs of the different contributors to the arts industry, we believe that supporting the arts not only speaks to our values of being connectors of positive change but enables us to be a catalyst of opportunities to those who need it the most,” added Pack.

    Cota’s rector, Angelika Schroeder, said: “We received positive feedback during the workshop. For most of our students, especially the first-years, this was good exposure for them to start their careers in the arts industry.”

    The Bank Windhoek Arts Entrepreneurship Workshop exposed participating students to subject matters such as: artists’ professional business writing, crafting and writing winning proposals, oral presentations, brand building, understanding public relations, how to operate a business, marketing and revenue generation and how to groom a business effectively.

    Vague commended Bank Windhoek for joining hands with Cota to allow a platform for them to realise their dreams, and encouraged other youths to stand up for themselves and have passion at all times. They assured the nation will get to see them soon as they prepare to take the arts industry by storm. “We hope that Bank Windhoek continues to support Namibian art in all its forms and genres,” said Ndaitwah.


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    BBNaija housemates kick off new football seasonBBNaija housemates kick off new football season Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo and SuperSport Presenter, Mozez Praiz thrilled the Big Brother Naija Pepper Dem housemates last Friday with a surprise visit as part of activities to kick off the 2019/10 football season.

    The housemates were given a football themed task which included a puzzle challenge, target practice and ball juggling, in which they partook with their respective teams, kitted in DStv and GOtv branded T-shirts.

    Gedoni took it home for Team Cruisetopia as he juggled the ball 35 times during the football challenge while Team Icons won the puzzle challenge.

    Joseph Yobo and Mozez Praiz enjoined the housemates to actively pursue areas of improvement and engagement by leveraging the platform provided by Big Brother Naija. Yobo said: “You may not win the 60 million naira prize, but you can build over that and use this great opportunity given to you to launch new careers and pursue bold dreams. Everyone here is a star already as the entire continent is watching you and knows your name.”

    Another surprise visitor to the Big Brother house was Super Eagles and English football star Alex Iwobi, whose goodwill message was played on the screen for the housemates. Speaking about his love for and followership of the show, Iwobi also spoke of his support for all the housemates even as he urged all of them to keep putting their best feet forward. The newly-signed Everton forward also expressed his desire for the best and most deserving housemate to win the show.

    MultiChoice through its SuperSport channels will deliver unmatched football action with some of world's top leagues in the 2019/20 football season, starting this August on DStv and GOtv.


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  • 08/15/19--16:00: On the verge of greatness
  • On the verge of greatnessOn the verge of greatness Top Cheri talks NAMA nominations and new ventures It's been quite interesting to watch BlvcBoxx Entertainment take in new artists as part of their growth, with the latest one being Slime, who has managed to grab the people's attention through the songs he's dropped thus far. tjil recently took the time to have an open conversation with BlvcBoxx Entertainment's first lady - Top Cheri - who has been with the label from its early stages. The conversation was of course based on her Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) nominations, the projects she is involved in and the moment also gave us an opportunity to find out about her new ventures.

    On her nominations, Top Cheri shared that the nod from Namibia's biggest music body means a lot to her. “I'm really honoured to have been nominated; it means that my work is being acknowledged,” she said.

    Top Cheri released her debut album Fertile last year and the project spawned chart-topping hits like Danisa, Johnny and Hang Over, featuring her label mates Athawise and King Elegant. “Surprisingly, my album did very well. Fertile dropped the same time as two of the most celebrated artists in the country; Exit and Tate Buti but it sold incredibly well.

    “It's still in the top 10 bestselling albums at the moment,” she added.

    Besides creating her own music, Top Cheri is also a judge on Visible Talent Namibia - a road show scouting talent across the country. She mentioned that being part of Visible Talent Namibia has been an amazing experience, adding that at every audition they find some really talented young people with so many different talents. “Through visible Talent NamibiaI get to experience my country,” said Top Cheri.

    She admitted that Visible Talent Namibia is time consuming, thus it's been a challenge to fit in other music projects on her schedule. However, Top Cheri revealed that she is in studio working on new music. “Mr Andrew won't leave me alone. Every chance we get its work, work, work. I'm also currently busy putting together a project with Neo Paints Namibia. Something very exciting for my people,” she disclosed.

    Even though she could not say much on her follow-up album, she assured that the project will be exciting.

    “My management actually begged me to not give away too much on this because it's meant to be a surprise, even me saying that is definitely going to put me in trouble with my management. But rest assured it is fire. I'm all about the fire and force,” she promised.

    With the amount of limelight on her, tjil was curious to know what and how she stays grounded. For Top Cheri staying at home helps in this regard. She stated that she minds her business and does not let compliments get to her head. “People lose themselves when too many people tell them they are this or they are that.”

    On being the queen of BlvcBoxx Entertainment and what it is like being a part of such a noble squad, Top Cheri regards it as a blessing. She said they support and push each other in every way possible. “The guys are sometimes over-protective but that's because I'm extremely over-protective of them too. It's real love,” she shared.

    On a more serious note, Top Cheri announced that she is starting a campaign that is aimed at ending cancer. She expressed concern on how many women have never had their breasts checked and emphasised that cancer is real. “Every Wednesday I will be accompanying five females to a doctor's practice for them to get their pap smears, as well as to inform and educate them on breast self-examinations and so forth,” she said.


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    NIP employees demand increasesNIP employees demand increases Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) employees staged a peaceful demonstration during their lunch break on Wednesday and handed over a petition to the health ministry listing a myriad of labour grievances and demands.

    The petition made several allegations of mismanagement by the NIP board.

    It claimed that NIP treats its employees unfairly and subjects them to tough working conditions.

    Further, the petition claims that the NIP “is under-resourced to the point of lacking basic critical necessities, which puts its core laboratory services at risk of poor delivery or non-delivery altogether.”

    It further states that a 2017 collective agreement signed between NIP and employees represented by the Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU) has not been adhered to.

    According to the protesters, that agreement provided for a 10% salary increase in April this year, plus a bump in transport allowances and a 35% housing allowance increase.

    The petition alleges that on 12 July employees were informed by the board that there would be no salary adjustments for the 2019/20 financial year, “which totally denies the signed agreement”.

    “This is sheer arrogance and a total disregard for the signature of the agreement as shown by the board and acting management,” the petition argues. The petition further claims employees are afraid of expressing their grievances because that might lead to “unfair disciplinary procedures and being victimised”.

    The petition states that the NIP faces a number of challenges including the non-payment of third parties such as the finance ministry, medical aid funds and suppliers. Moreover, the petition claims that money is wasted on lawyers called on to handle disciplinary hearings as well as acting allowances. The protestors' petition included a demand that the health ministry pay NIP “what it owes” in order to manage and sustain the laboratory services.

    Moreover, the employees demand that their right to join a labour union be respected, that NIP “stop creating unnecessary managerial positions” and that the board of directors “stop the mentality of divide and rule over the workers”.

    A similar protest by NIP employees was slated to take place yesterday in order to deliver the same petition to the public enterprises ministry.


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  • 08/15/19--16:00: Opposition: Remove Katrina
  • Opposition: Remove KatrinaOpposition: Remove KatrinaCalls for former minister to be rehabilitated While the opposition welcomed the judgment in the former education minister's corruption trial, they feel that she should lose her seat in parliament too. The youth league of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDMYL) has called for the removal of disgraced former education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa from the National Assembly.

    Hanse-Himarwa was sentenced to a N$50 000 fine, alternatively a 24-month jail term, plus 12 months' imprisonment suspended for five years, after being convicted of corruption.

    PDMYL secretary general Benson Katjirijova welcomed the sentence handed down by Judge Christie Liebenberg on 31 July, saying it signalled that no one is above the law.

    Katjirijova said the sentence reflected the “best possible outcome” the State could get.

    However, he said, the National Assembly cannot continue to “accommodate convicted criminals” of the ruling party.

    “It seems like the National Assembly is now the dumping ground for disgraced Swapo politicians to come and spend the last days of their controversial political careers,” Katjirijova said, calling on the ruling party to “remove all convicts” from parliament.

    “Members of the National Assembly must demonstrate the highest ethos and values. Having people like Katrina Hanse-Himarwa in the National Assembly does not serve the decorum of the National Assembly,” he added.

    Hennie Seibeb, deputy leader of the Landless People's Movement (LPM), would not comment on Hanse-Himarwa's sentence, but said it was important to fight corruption on all levels.

    “If you want to achieve higher economic growth, you need to stamp out corruption, because corruption by definition takes place in the public and private spheres, and if you don't want things to fall apart, you need to act decisively,” Seibeb said.

    He added that any politicians “informed by a moral perspective should step down before being asked” if they found themselves in a position such as Hanse-Himarwa's.

    “She should have stepped down and underwent a rehabilitation process to prove herself worthy of any other position of authority or responsibility,” Seibeb said.

    Seibeb suggested that Hanse-Himarwa “can do community work” to show remorse, and further suggested that Tobie Aupindi (who was also given a N$50 000 fine after being found guilty on a charge under the ACC Act), should also do the honourable thing and step down as member of Swapo's Politburo and Central Committee.

    “There are many in parliament who are implicated in the GIPF's missing millions and the SME Bank saga. It is a criminal cabal, a deep state. They should be made to vacate their parliamentary posts,” Seibeb said.


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    Prison authorities face fresh N$900 000 lawsuit Prison authorities face fresh N$900 000 lawsuit JANA-MARI SMITH

    Court-ordered mediation related to a N$900 000 lawsuit brought by a Windhoek prisoner in April stalled this month after prison authorities failed to deliver him to the appointment due to a broken vehicle.

    Max Kleophas is suing five prison guards, in addition to the safety and security ministry and correctional services, for physical and psychological suffering and trauma he had allegedly sustained in an allegedly unprovoked attack on 7 October 2018.

    He alleges that he was unlawfully and wrongfully assaulted by five men – a correctional services superintendent and four senior officers - in the corridor leading to the visitor’s area of the Windhoek prison.

    He claims that he was assaulted with “fist punches, kicks with boots, and a hard dry stick all over the body and on the head” while he was handcuffed.

    He alleges that he fell to the ground, where the five men continued to assault him “again and over again to the point that [he] became unconscious.”

    He claims he was examined by doctors at a hospital two days later, after he had been admitted for “ear pain, neck pain, back pain, stomach pain and post-assault-trauma”.

    Further, that on 10 October, a specialist medical report noted that he had sustained “poor hearing as a result of the unjustified and unprovoked assault.”

    His medical passport with the doctor’s notes was submitted as evidence.

    The five officers named in the lawsuit, as well as the other parties, have indicated they will defend the matter.

    In July, the case was referred for court-ordered mediation on 9 August, but a letter by the mediator, Lotta Amubunda, was filed last week notifying the court that the mediation could not take place as the prisoner was not present.

    “He is an inmate and the prison authorities did not have transport to bring the plaintiff on time for the mediation as the car that was accordingly available broke down,” she wrote.

    She asked that the matter be postponed to 23 August for mediation.

    Kleophas is suing for N$200 000 in general damages, in addition to N$500 000 for psychological and emotional pain and suffering, and N$100 000 each for loss of amenities of life and for future medical expenses.

    High Court Judge Herman Oosthuizen is presiding, while Kleophas is represented by Francois Bangamwabo and the state parties by government attorney Monique Meyer.

    Namibian Sun was unable to establish whether Kleophas was one of the men convicted for the Goreangab Dam murder and robbery in 2007.

    In 2014, three men, including a Max Kleophas, were each sentenced to an effective 35 years behind bars for the murder of Windhoek resident Cornelius Swiegers.

    Swiegers and his family had gone to the dam to take photos of a passing comet. He was shot point blank in the chest.

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