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Russian authorities this month attributed some of the vast wildfires that have engulfed portions of Siberia in recent weeks to arsonists trying to conceal illegal logging activity.
Dmitry Kobylkin, Russia's minister of natural resources and environment, used an interview with the daily Vedomosti newspaper to complain about what he said was China's unsatisfactory attitude towards the problem.
"They come, buy up the [illegal] timber and leave us to clear up the debris," Kobylkin said of Chinese loggers.
"China must clearly understand that if they don't take part in resolving this issue, then we will have no other option but to completely ban timber exports."
Kobylkin added that he wanted China to help Russia plant saplings on the Russian side of their shared border to compensate for the damage caused by illegal logging in order to restore the area for "our children and grandchildren."
Russia exported 17.4 million tonnes of timber in the first half of 2019, according to data from the Federal Customs Service. – Nampa/Reuters
Lukas Nanyemba has been Bank Windhoek’s executive officer of corporate and institutional banking (CIB) since 2015, having served as the regional executive for corporate and executive banking since 2008.
Nanyemba works closely with the executive management team to implement and deliver the approved strategy of the bank. Having to lead and manage the CIB department puts Nanyemba in a position to ensure that personalised, strategic focus is given to businesses that are in their infant stage as well as pre-existing firms. He also ensures that intensive judgement is applied to the motivation and assessment of strategic and corporate deals.
He describes corporate and institutional banking as “a business model whose capabilities cut across customer segmentation, products and services and channels supported by an operating model with capabilities that are intertwined with strategy management, sales and service, operations and execution and the underlying business enablers.”
Nanyemba encounters businesses in the private and public sectors, as well as non-government organisations (NGOs).
He describes his greatest hindrance as the attempt to satisfy all stakeholders when seeking solutions that will fulfil a customer’s need or request. This is challenge because he needs to strike a balance between the expectations of the various stakeholders and the interests of the bank without compromising the interests of either party.
He describes himself as a collaborative individual leading a diverse team. Nanyemba emphasises that the collective achievements of the division are what he is most proud of.
“As a division, CIB has made great strides by delivering on its mandate, among others financing and facilitating various projects.”
According to him, this was achieved through an agile environment created by the current economic conditions which prompted innovation.
The executive officer says every day is unpredictable because business dynamics dictate his diary and whereabouts. “In most instances, my day is mostly influenced by the priorities that assist us to achieve our set objectives,” he says.
He describes his cellphone as his tool to stay connected and because he’s always on the move, it has become an integral part of his being. “I cannot do much without my mobile phone,” he admits.
A sports enthusiast, Nanyemba is very involved in Namibian sport codes, specifically soccer and netball.
Nanyemba serves on the executive management committee of Tigers Sport Club and also previously served on the management committee, now known as the executive committee, of the Namibian Premier League (NPL). He was also part of the team that drafted the Namibia Football Association’s (NFA’s) statutes and the NPL constitution.
Nanyemba grew up in Katutura in Windhoek, is married and has four children. The avid reader is currently reading ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen and ‘Exponential Organisations’ by Salim Ismail.
Caption: Lukas Nanyemba describes himself as a collaborative leader. Photo: contributed
Sarah Kahima’s choice of pursuing a degree in electrical engineering has a lot to do with what sparked an interest In her while she was still in high school. She loved mathematics and physical science.
She is a go-getter and knew that when she got the opportunity to study, she would need to study something that is a challenge, and something that could help her broaden her knowledge.
“I always found it interesting how we could analyse something that we could never see, but could merely see its effects and detect its presence. Till this day I find it fascinating how we are able to achieve so much, because electrons can move. Of course not everybody would understand this, because as they say electrical engineers have to possess great imagination, because we deal with something we cannot see, yet are trained to be able to manipulate it into what we desire,” she said.
NAMWIE and WomEng
Kahima is involved in Namibia Women in Engineering (NAMWIE) and says the society has been an eye-opener and a starting point for changing the narrative about what is deemed normal in the field of engineering.
“NAMWIE has exposed me to so many successful female engineers, who are thriving in their careers while still being moms, wives and daughters. Also just recently I was given the honour to attend a fellowship with WomEng South Africa in Johannesburg, sponsored by De Beers.
“Again, this was truly a great experience for me. I can say that I have learned so much and my mind was exposed to a completely new level of thinking. Together, these experiences continue to help me defend why it is important to have women on board. Economic emancipation and economic growth in a country starts with having a good and strong workforce,” Kahima said.
She believes that women have gradually started to take their rightful positions in society and have come very far in doing so in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
Kahima operates in the electrical engineering field, specifically power engineering. Power engineering has to do with analysing, exploring and assuming the most efficient yet economical way of generating, transmitting and distributing electricity to consumers.
“After completing my undergrad I would definitely like to get some industry exposure and experience and then, depending on the needs of the industry and society, further my studies. Particularly, I would like to work for a service delivery body in Namibia to help ensure that the needs of Namibians are taken care of in terms of affordable and reliable electricity supply.
“I also see myself encouraging, motivating an advising girls and women in the engineering field on how to go about taking on the pressure and continuing to thrive,” she added.
Cap1- Sarah Kahima sees herself encouraging and motivating girls and women in the engineering field.
Cap2- Sarah is part of the WomEng fellowship programme.
It has become widely recognised that the prevalence of economically motivated crime is a substantial threat to the development of economies and their stability.
Financial crime such as identity theft and card fraud puts financial institutions and their customers at risk, and if left unchecked, criminals will continue to use the financial system to try to profit from illegal activity.
To further ensure the financial safety Nedbank’s customers, Nedbank’s financial crime risk officer, Hennie du Plessis, who sits within the bank’s financial crime unit, recently completed the anti-money-laundering (AML) compliance certification from the Association of Certified Compliance Professionals in Africa (ACCPA).
The ACCPA AML certification is unique in that the programme is specifically designed for AML professionals in Africa. “The certification has equipped me with techniques to interpret global AML regulations in the ‘African reality’, and has helped me appreciate the nature of the profession, as well as my role at Nedbank, and in turn, the role which financial institutions play to protect Namibia against money-laundering and terrorist financing,” Du Plessis explained.
He was born in Windhoek. However, due to his father’s work as a banker, his family stayed in several towns over the course of his childhood, including Otjiwarongo, Walvis Bay and Outjo. After completing school, Du Plessis followed in his father’s footsteps and also pursued a career in banking. He started with Nedbank in 2002 in the internal audit department and later moved to compliance. “Due to my experience in foreign exchange control and operations in the global business environment, I was asked to join the financial crime unit at Nedbank in 2017.”
Du Plessis describes himself as loyal employee and a loving father. “The job satisfaction of being involved in the daily quest of protecting Nedbank and the financial system of our country against the abuse of money-laundering is immeasurable. I am proud to be in the fight to ensure Namibia’s development and a prosperous future for our children’s children,” he added.
Cap1- Hennie Du Plessis ia a loyal employee and loving father.
Visitors from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand will no longer require a visa to visit for holiday, conferencing and business purposes, home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi said.
The unilateral decision comes as official tourism figures released in May reflected a dip in the overall number of visitors to South Africa from Europe and the Middle East in the first financial quarter of the year, normally one of the most popular times to visit.
Foreign traveller arrivals decreased by more than 10% between April and May 2019 alone.
South Africa is in talks to extend the visa waiver to Ghana, Cuba and Principe and Sao Tome. The country has already waived the visa requirement for 82 of the 193 countries who are UN members. – Nampa/AFP
Zambia leader, Vedanta boss meet
Zambia's president Edgar Lungu on Wednesday held talks with Vedanta Resources chairman Anil Argawal after the copper mining giant faced expulsion from the country for allegedly failing to pay taxes.
London-based Vedanta is the majority owner of Zambia's largest copper mining firm, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), which has been at the centre of a standoff with government. The state-owned ZCCM-IH is a minority shareholder in KCM.
Lungu has vowed to dissolve the firm, accusing KCM of violating its operational licence and not paying all its taxes. Vedanta has denied the allegations and is locked in a legal battle with the government.
Lungu has targeted the mining sector to generate tax revenue as Zambia struggles with growing debt, and has told international mining companies to leave the copper-rich country if they opposed government policy.
In a statement, the presidency said Lungu met Argawal at the request of the investor. "The president accepted to meet him to listen to what he had to say," the statement said. Argawal "expressed his desire to continue running the mine" and pay debts owed to suppliers and restructure the company shareholding, it added.
However, Lungu said he would not back down because the "position that the government has taken has the support of the people of Zambia and the meeting will not affect any ongoing liquidation process", the statement read. – Nampa/AFP
Kenya approves issuance of first green bond
Kenya has approved its first ever issuance of a green bond, which will raise 5 billion shillings (US$48.45 million) for student accommodation, the capital markets regulator CMA said yesterday.
So-called green bonds are fixed income securities that raise capital for projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, green transport and waste-water treatment.
The bond, to be issued by a Nairobi-based property developer called Acorn, comes after authorities unveiled new rules in February designed to guide the issuance of green bonds.
"The issuance is a critical step in advancing the development of an effective ecosystem to support the establishment of green capital markets in Kenya," the CMA said in a statement.
Acorn's issue, which will not be listed, will finance the construction of "sustainable and climate-resilient student" hostels, CMA said.
It will be structured as "restricted public offer", meaning the issuers will target sophisticated investors who will get a 50% guarantee from credit guarantees provider Guarantco on both their investments and the interest, CMA added. – Nampa/Reuters
Vincent Weyulu is a picture of determination. At 26 years old has proven that age is just a number when you are determined and focused on chasing your dreams. Weyulu is the managing partner and CEO of Motlee HR Systems Namibia, which is a Cloud-based human resources platform.
“We always win the game,” is a quote by his father that has motivated this young businessman to reach beyond his current circumstances and achieve the dreams he has for his life.
Growing up in a small village near Ondangwa, Weyulu knew that life had bigger plans for him and he wanted to create his own destiny.
“Every holiday my grandfather would take us to the farm and at times I did not like it because I wanted to travel to Windhoek and experience the city life, where I knew my dreams were. I soon realised that education was my escape and it offered me the road to my dreams. The experience taught me endurance, patience and to never to give up on my dreams,” he said.
Even though Weyulu has achieved great success in his career so far, he started from humble beginnings and can identify with the current unemployed youth.
Even with a degree in information technology (IT), majoring in the field of informatics in business computing, Weyulu struggled to make ends meet.
“My challenges in my career have included unemployment and job-seeking for more than three years, which many young people are going through; while hustling on the streets with a degree, as a driving instructor to make a few bucks, to losing my brother to cancer and having no place to stay permanently, while I hustled to pay rent,” he said.
“I studied and graduated from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) in 2016. I began my career as an intern IT technician, working for the ministry of labour and industrial relations in 2014, and during that period I began to find an interest in business and entrepreneurship.”
He then started his first venture - a small manufacturing company with a high school friend.
“After many years of job-seeking, working in various jobs and trying many business ideas, I finally resigned in 2018 as an IT supervisor working at the International Zannier Luxury Hotel (Omaanda Lodge) to pursue my passion, a full-time career in entrepreneurship. Today I am proud to say I am the managing partner and CEO of Motlee HR Systems Namibia.”
Weyulu believes that our challenges in life make us stronger and he has used his challenges to learn and grow.
“I have encountered a few challenges, which I am grateful for on my journey, because they have helped me to discover my strength and build my character.”
Motlee HR Systems was chosen as one of 50 African digital start-ups to participate in the EU-Africa Digital Start-up Fair in Abidjan, Ivory Coast at the EU-Africa Business Forum in 2017.
“We were also the only Namibian company represented. In June 2019 we launched our e-recruitment/career development platform. We currently have over 1 200 jobseekers signed up and this number is rising.”
Weyulu has been privileged to work in an environment where he can have the freedom and confidence to follow his dreams, with the support of his colleagues.
“I have a great team of partners and young professionals who are dedicated and understand my vision for the company as the leader; this gives me great confidence to effectively execute my work knowing well that they all have my back and I can rely on them at any time. So far my experience as CEO and managing partner has been one win after another in all that I do, and I hope to continue that winning culture at Motlee.”
The company has achieved great success in Namibia thus far, but Weyulu has even bigger dreams, beyond the country borders.
“We are currently working to enter the Kenyan market this year already and are in advanced talks with Kenyan partners. This we believe this will be a good starting point to enter the East African market. We also have plans to enter French-speaking West Africa in the next two years. We are currently in preliminary talks with a partner in Cameroon. That is the power of the internet; we believe that with Cloud, borders are just lines on a map.”
Weyulu gets his inspiration from the people around him, his friends, family and co-workers.
“Knowing their backgrounds in terms of where they are and where they came from gives me the drive to also keep pushing and improve myself. What truly makes me happy is having the freedom do to what I like with my time when I want to.”
Fun facts about Weyulu:
He doesn’t like waking up early, unless he has to.
He doesn’t eat red meat.
He only wears brown shoes.
He practices yoga and meditation.
He is passionate about teaching.
He is learning how to play the guitar.
His favourite place in the world is Indangungu.
His favourite car is a Mercedes-Benz G63.
He has three featured recorded songs on SoundCloud.
Vincent 1- Vincent from Motlee HR system believes borders are just lines on a map.
Vincent 2- Vincent is the CEO and Managing Partner at Motlee HR Systems
Public relations (PR) is a function of many facets and PR practitioners are expected to evolve along with the different technologies that they require in order to carry out their functions.
One thing that remains constant in the field of PR is the external stakeholder.
Internal stakeholders such as employees, directors and shareholders come and go, but the public an organisation serves remains a constant.
A PR practitioner would be failing in the execution of their duties if the stakeholder is not kept abreast of the latest news and developments of an organisation. External stakeholder engagement should, however, not be seen as a one-size-fits-all exercise, as stakeholders have different information needs. For instance, the main external stakeholders of a university are most likely to be its students. However, the students are not the only external stakeholders the university has, as parents, guardians and bursars are also crucial stakeholders, but their information needs will vary from those of the students.
In order for an organisation to effectively engage their external stakeholders, it needs to identify their specific information needs. This can be done through short surveys or reviews on websites and social media pages. This will assist organisations in determining what exactly each stakeholder needs to know and what their preferred method of communication is. The PR function is built around communication - an important requirement for the success of any organisation. Regardless of the importance of communication, it can easily be classified as ineffective if it does not fulfil its intended purpose. An overload of general information is not necessarily a good thing. Sometimes moderation is key, provided it’s customised for a specific audience, based on their needs.
Effective stakeholder engagement allows for growth and improvement, as an organisation will know exactly what is required from them, why and how. The practice of stakeholder engagement should be continuous, consistent and should not be taken lightly, because as previously alluded to, people have different information and service needs, and organisations can only keep abreast of these needs by continuously engaging the stakeholder. Take a look at your PR plan and evaluate whether or not your external stakeholder engagement is working for both you and the stakeholder; if not, it’s time to re-strategise and take a more specific approach.
*Aurelia David is a public relations officer in the Office of the Ombudsman
Last month’s figure is the lowest July inflation since 2015, when the rate was 3.3%. In July 2016, the rate was 7%, followed by 5.4% in July 2017 and 4.5% in July 2018.
The staple items in the food basket – bread and cereals, meat and fish – all recorded tender rates, the latest data of the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) show. Bread and cereals inflation was 6.2%, down from 8.2% in June. It is, however, significantly higher than the 1.5% of July 2018.
Meat spent its third consecutive month in deflation, recording a rate of -0.9% - a massive drop from the tough 5.1% a year ago. Fish reeled in a rate of -0.3% compared to 7.6% in July 2018.
Figures for fruit and vegetables were a lot less mouth-watering.
Fruit inflation last month ripened to 10.5%, up from 8.1% in June and the highest so far this year. A year ago, fruit inflation was 12.7%. Vegetable inflation was 7.9%, up from 7.3%, but significantly softer than the 18.8% in January. In July 2018, vegetable inflation was 8%.
Other food items in deflation were oils and fats (-1.9%; 4% in July 2018), as well as coffee, tea and cocoa (-1.1%; 4.2% in July 2018).
Inflation for milk, cheese and eggs was 3.7% compared to -0.6% a year ago.
Housing, water and electricity – the heavyweight in the national consumer basket – recorded a rate of 2.2%, higher than the 1.9% of June, but down from 3.7% a year ago.
Transport inflation slowed from 7% in June to 6.9%. Last July, the rate was 8.9%.
July’s inflation in other categories was: Alcohol and tobacco (3.5%; 6.8% in July 2018); clothing and footwear (1.2%; -5%); furnishings, household equipment and maintenance (1.8%; 0.6%); health (2.9%; 5.1%); education (12%; 9.9%); as well as hotels, cafes and restaurants (3.9%; 6.1%).
The protests planned for today will be the first since rallies in January against president Emmerson Mnangagwa's decision to hike fuel prices that ended in deadly clashes with troops.
"It's all systems go, we are emphatically clear that on Friday we are going ahead in Harare," the MDC party's spokesperson Daniel Molekele told a press conference.
He said the "peaceful" demonstrations will roll out across four other cities in the next few days.
In January's protests, soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters, leaving 17 people dead. Several businesses were torched and looted in cities and towns.
Police have refused to sanction this week's planned marches.
Home affairs minister Cain Mathema has warned the police are ready to deal with protesters, raising fears of unrest.
"The police are ready to deal with unruly elements who want to cause alarm and despondency in the country," Mathema said in a statement last week.
But the MDC is adamant that the constitution only requires that the police be informed of the planned protests and that the party does not require police authorisation for the march.
The ruling Zanu-PF party's youth wing has also weighed in, threatening to block the demonstrations.
Pupurai Togarepi, the party's youth league leader, last week warned that "any thuggery will be confronted with equal measure."– Nampa/AFP
Speaking at the Khomas town hall meeting in Windhoek Thursday, the governor said after the state of emergency pertaining to drought was announced earlier this year, the region made an assessment to determine the effect of drought and the results were not pleasing.
She said there is a shortage of water for both human and animal consumption.
“Boreholes are dry… There is severe food insecurity as more vulnerable households are surviving on the drought relief programme,” she said.
The governor added that grazing areas in the region range between severe poor to poor and livestock body masses and conditions are rated poor to fair.
“This compressing situation in the region compelled us to immediately commence with registration of beneficiaries [and] as result 2 874 households were registered and submitted to the Office of the Prime Minister,” she said.
McLeod-Katjirua said after re-verification of the situation on the ground, the region registered 1 832 households to immediately benefit from the drought relief programme.
Out of 1 832 households earmarked to benefit from the drought relief programme, only 1 229 households are however currently benefiting as the supplies were insufficient.
The remaining 603 houses will start receiving support as from September.
The governor said the region was directed by the ministry of agriculture, water and forestry to identify drought-stricken farmers to benefit from the drought relief programme. They have registered 271 farmers, who have a combined total of 2 171 cattle, 6 396 goats and 2 527 sheep.
To mitigate the water shortage, the region received N$1.5 million from the ministry to install and rehabilitate boreholes.
Three new boreholes will be drilled, while four will be rehabilitated in addition to the provision of five water tankers and 10 solar power systems that will be installed to replace faulty engines.
McLeod-Katjirua said the marketing incentive for livestock has picked up at a slow pace, explaining that only 18 claims of animal sales worth N$172 560 and 14 claims of fodder worth N$16 222 have been made so far in the region, with no transport or grazing claims recorded. - Nampa
Kaxuxwena said many athletes fear running against the best distance runners in the world, but Johannes has shrugged off this fear, and is blossoming.
“Because of her hard work, she has hit the kind of brilliant form which puts her on that top level; now Kenyan and Ethiopian runners fear her. Before that she feared them, but with encouragement she shrugged off that fear and only focuses on her performance,” he said.
Johannes still has a lot to deliver in long-distance running before she decides to call it quits. Many Namibians don't want to see her retire, as she continues to fly the country's flag high. Her coach said before that happens, he wants to rope in a young runner so that she can learn from Johannes. “There are aspiring young runners. I also have the likes of Martha Shivolo in my team, who just won the 10km challenge in the Old Mutual Victory Race. I want someone to train closely with Johannes, and instead of hearing stories from others, they need to see the amount of hard work she puts into her training.
“Long-distance running is not easy. Many male runners fail to come to Johannes' level. She is really in a class of her own, because she works extremely hard and local runners should be motivated and work hard to match her,” Kaxuxwena added.
Johannes broke another record in the Spar Women's 10km Challenge on Sunday, running a time of 32 minutes and 23 seconds.
She has successfully broken five records now in the challenge and is eyeing the Doha world marathon championships in September, the Joburg Spar Challenge race in October, as well as the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games in July next year.
This past weekend she was followed home by Ethiopian junior Tadu Nare, who ran a time of 33 minutes and six seconds, and last year's Spar Grand Prix winner, South African Glenrose Xaba, who came third with a time of 33 minutes and 41 seconds. Johannes said she had a persistent headache before the race, so she was very happy to have done so well.
“It was tough at the start, but the hills didn't affect me, as I train in hilly terrain. The weather was perfect for running, as it was quite cool,” she said. Johannes remains her nation's hope for glory at the marathon championships and in Tokyo next year.
“The qualifying standard has become tough. The 10km race in South Africa will also be tricky because the route is difficult. The 42km challenges are not that fast, but very tactical. The time and altitude difference will also come into play.
“This means that we have to change our training tactics. We also have to change her diet and sleeping patterns, so that she adapts. We have to also prepare thoroughly, because these races are all about tactics,” Kaxuxwena said.
“One needs strong legs to break away from the pack and keep going, and so far we have seen the quality Johannes possesses, and if she continues on the level she is at right now, I'm positive that she will do well. We are really looking forward to see what she can do. Whatever happens, we want a top 10 finish.”
The Namibian will take on the 42km challenge at the Doha world marathon championships and then see how her body feels before the 10km race in South Africa in October.
“She will meet familiar faces in Doha, because most of the ladies she ran against in the Bogota half-marathon in Colombia, where she came second, will also compete,” Kaxuxwena added.
The first leg was played in Windhoek on 10 August, which Stars won 3-2. The second leg is in Uganda and the normalisation committee, on behalf of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), encouraged the ambitious club to represent the country well.
“African Stars' commitment to taking Namibian football to Africa is commendable and we can only wish them well and support them, where possible, to ensure that they do all Namibians proud.
“They remain our only hope in continental competitions of late, and we are indeed proud of their enthusiasm.
“Competing in Africa demands a lot from a club, and for Stars to have taken on that responsibility, they should be applauded. We urge all football-loving people in Namibia to set aside their club differences and support Stars in this important fixture, as they are flying the flag of this country high,” said the Fifa normalisation committee vice-chairperson Franco Cosmos. Stars are hoping to finish the job at the KCCA Startimes Stadium in Lugogo. The match kicks off at 16:00.
The 18-man Stars squad is as follows: Ratanda Mbazuvara, Mbemutjiua Mata, Dennis Tjetjinda, Tjiuana Tja Tjatindi, Ivan Kamberipa, Pat-Nevin Uanivi, Edmund Kambanda, Obrey Amseb, Youssouf Ibrahim, Ronald Ketjijere, Marcel Papama, Alfeus Handura, Gustav Isaak, Treasure Kauapirura, Gabriel Kapopo, Chrispen Mbewe, Deon Tjizumaue and Kaejarukapo Katjimune.
I got to the capital from my home in Rundu to embark on my journey to the United States.
This had me doubting whether I would be able to look after myself far away from home, without my family and friends.
I would be going overseas for the first time.
I had only ever visited South Africa and Angola prior to my US journey.
I calmed myself down and told myself I was going to be okay.
At around 15:00 we had to collect our documents from the United States embassy; then minutes after, we departed from the embassy to the Hosea Kutako International Airport.
Upon arrival we waited for our boarding passes. I was still frightened that we had to take three different flights to get to our destination in Atlanta, Georgia; the reason being that I am alarmed by heights.
The time finally came and we got our boarding passes. We had our luggage wrapped and instantly headed into the British Airways aircraft. We got in, got our flight instructions and immediately departed.
Two hours later, we arrived at OR Tambo Airport in South Africa, and since I was separated from my team on the plane, I then got the chance to enthusiastically engage them on the experience, as we waited for our next flight.
After a four-hour break we later continued from South Africa to London’s Heathrow Airport. We arrived at Heathrow at 02:00 and then proceeded to Atlanta.
We got picked up by a vehicle that took us to the Hyatt hotel, where we slept for two nights and met fellow African participants with their mentors from 18 different countries.
In the US it was cold. The first morning (a Sunday), we went to Ebenezer Baptist Church, where we met Martin Luther King Jr's older sister.
We got to see the old church he preached in and were offered lunch by the congregation.
Afterwards, we headed straight to the hotel to commence with programme orientation, which included our state and host family allocations.
Namibia was allocated to the state of Vermont, together with Uganda, Tanzania and Liberia, under the supervision of Vincent Pierce from the Vermont Council on World Affairs. After my Vermont experience of being coached in leadership skills and society work, I intend to foster women empowerment.
My vision is to donate sanitary products, through the assistance of life skills teachers, and distribute them to disadvantaged girls countrywide.
Thus far my team has worked to start up an organisation called EcoPads Namibia and we are working on donating reusable sanitary wear to Mount View High School in Babylon, because we feel absenteeism is linked to the lack of sanitary products for girls at the school.
It is to my advantage that I am the head girl of my school. I have initiated a girls’ club at the school. On a weekly basis we host campaigns by selling little treats to assist our life skills teacher with distributing toiletries to disadvantaged girls at schools, as well as donating to needy.
We have also partnered up with the Forum for African Women Educationalists Namibia (FAWENA) and other schools in the region, to build up a strong foundation, focused on eliminating inequalities between the girl and boy child, upholding their rights and giving a helping hand to the girl child.
Lastly, I am the branch secretary for political and internal affairs in the Namibia National Students Organization (Nanso) branch at my school. I use my leadership positions to fight for the rights of learners at my school and to influence many people in the society to offer a helping hand to those that are in a dire need of it.
I want to give a special thanks to the United States embassy for the platform granted to explore, learn and understand the other side of the world!
The University of Namibia (Unam) cultural festival was held last week under the theme ‘Culture, our way of life’.
The opening ceremony was held at the Unam main campus on Thursday, although the festival already got underway the day before with cultural performances.
The flea market officially opened on Friday, giving students as well as external exhibitors and business people the platform to not only celebrate and educate others on culture, but also showcase their products and innovation.
Michelle Nyambe, a student who attended the festival, said regulating alcohol is one of the ways to curb conflict and chaos during such events, because students often lose sight of the aim of a cultural festival and get lost in a drinking spree.
One stall that stood out was under the management of Toyo Junis Blackie, who was selling traditional Wambo food items and household accessories.
The items included traditionally woven baskets and traditional cups, which she and her team normally sell at their business venue in Ongwediva.
Toyo believes that cultural festivals are a great platform to teach the younger generation about their roots and the old ways of doing things. Additionally, it is a platform to educate people from outside the country on what Namibia is all about.
“When people came to the stall, some of them asked things like: What is this?
“Some of the people learned stuff that they did not know before and that humbled me,” said Toyo.
She believes that culture is upheld through learning and teaching, and emphasised that it is an easy income produce items yourself and sell them.
Another exhibitor, who is also a Unam student, said the cultural festival gives students a platform to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and make an additional income.
“If Unam can create a space for us to make money, which we will eventually use to pay off certain bills, that’s a good thing,” Paddington Musonza said.
He sold beverages at this year’s festival, saying amidst the cultural activities and learning, there was still room for youth to chill and unwind. Additionally, he urged the youth to find more creative ways of expressing their traditions, instead of the same repetitive routines performed at cultural festivals.
Team coach James Verrinder said he is proud of their achievement at the championships.
“We made a lot of errors in the first set of the game, because the girls had to wait for 50 minutes for another team to arrive for the game, which frustrated them.
“In the second set we played really well, but in the third one we buckled. However, I'm happy to see that these young athletes did well, despite this being Kristin's first major senior competition,” he said.
The coach added his goal is to see Namibia qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games, but before that the youth team should compete well at the 2020 Youth Commonwealth Games.
The saying goes that cricket is a gentleman's game and this was evident during the annual under-15 and u-17 Cricket Festival, sponsored by Africa Personnel Services (APS).
The slogan for the tournament was 'respect', with all the players and teams showcasing great team spirit and respect towards each other.
The five-day tournament finished on Sunday. The matches were played at three venues in Pioneers Park, namely the CCD Tigers cricket grounds, the Wanderers sports club and Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool (WAP).
The overall winning team of the tournament was the APS Hurricane Wolves, who also won last year.
The Wolves dominated the final against APS Thunderous Cheetahs to win by 64 runs.
Batting first, the Wolves accumulated a highly competitive total of 174 for seven in their 20 overs. The star performer was Jan Hendrik Potgieter, who raced to 71 runs off only 32 balls, hitting four fours and four sixes.
Ben Burger provided solid support, scoring 24 off 34 balls (1x4).
Regan Elliotte from the Thunderous Cheetahs, took four wickets for 21 runs off four overs.
During the match the Cheetahs were in early trouble chasing the huge total, after losing their first three batsmen for only four runs.
A good fightback came during a partnership between William Lottering (38 off 39 balls, 6x4) and Gerhardus Greeff (33 off 36 balls, 2x4 and 1x6), but the team could only put together 110 runs.
Daniel van der Walt, who opened the bowling for the APS Hurricane Wolves, did the early damage as he took three wickets for 12 runs off four overs.
Wessel Myburgh, the CEO of APS Cricket, is excited about the coming u-19 tournament and the other tournaments that will follow. “We are hoping to see even more teams in our next tournament, seeing as we have a waiting list of 25 to 30 learners, who still want to participate.
“We hope to accommodate more learners by creating more teams to allow all the kids to participate,” Myburgh said. He encouraged aspiring cricketers to believe in themselves and their abilities.
“The moral of the story is that no matter how underrated your team, or you as an individual is, always believe in yourself and you will reach the highest of accomplishments.”
Myburgh further advised the players to play hard, fair and always respect their opponents and the game.
Ramon Wilmot, one of the experienced players of the Meteor Lions, said: “You need to practise well if you want to perform, and never give up.”
APS showed that the sport is not only limited to men, but is open to anyone with the necessary skills and determination.
Edelle van Zyl, a female player at the tournament, was excited to showcase her abilities and skills.
“I want to prove those wrong who might think because I am a girl I don't have the same skills as they do. I take the game and the sport very seriously and want to show what I am capable of.”
The summarised results of the matches were as follows:
Group stage, day one (format: time cricket)
Striking Eagles vs Thunderous Cheetahs (two league points each).
Meteor Lions vs Volcanic Rhinos (two league points each).
Hurricane Wolves (238/7) beat Vicious Falcons by an innings and 175 runs.
Group stage, day two (format: 50 overs)
Volcanic Rhinos (184/6) beat Striking Eagles (182 all out) by four wickets.
Thunderous Cheetahs (337/8) beat Vicious Falcons (108) by 229 runs. Ettienne Beukes (Cheetahs) scored 127 off 127 balls.
Hurricane Wolves (206/7) beat Meteor Lions (205 all out) by three wickets.
Group stage, day three (format: 50 overs)
Hurricane Wolves (130/8) beat Volcanic Rhinos (127 all out) by two wickets.
Striking Eagles (322/9) beat Vicious Falcons (154 all out) by 168 runs. Kristihan Brits (Eagles) scored 117 runs off 133 balls (12x4) and also took 2/38 in 10 overs.
Thunderous Cheetahs (157/8) beat Meteor Lions (156 all out) by two wickets.
Group stage, day four (format: T20)
Thunderous Cheetahs (126/6) beat Volcanic Rhinos (109/5) by 17 runs.
Meteor Lions (134/1) beat Vicious Falcons (133/2) by nine wickets. Ramon Wilmot (Lions scored 103 not out off 35 balls, 16x4 and 2x6).
Hurricane Wolves beat Striking Eagles by 24 runs.
Volcanic Rhinos (122/6) beat Vicious Falcons (105/8) by 17 runs.
Meteor Lions (163/1) beat Striking Eagles (162/6) by nine wickets.
Hurricane Wolves (133/2) beat Thunderous Cheetahs (132) by eight wickets.
Day five, finals (format: T20)
Fifth place playoff: Striking Eagles (96/0) beat Vicious Falcons (94/6) by 10 wickets. Gerhard Janse van Rensburg (Falcons) scored 44 not out off 62 balls.
Bronze final: Meteor Lions (132/2) beat Volcanic Rhinos (130/3) by eight wickets.
Gold final: Hurricane Wolves (174/7) beat Thunderous Cheetahs (110) by 64 runs. Jan Hendrik Potgieter (Wolves) scored 71 runs off 32 balls (4x4 and 4x6).
Sho a popi niikundaneki konima yetulo miilonga lyoshitopolwa oshitiyali sho 'Operation Kalahari Desert' moRundu mEtitano, Kalweenya okwa popi kutya omasiku goongangala oga yalulwa molwaashoka otaya ka taalela oveta. Kalwenya okwa popi kutya oya taalela uupyakadhi waakwashigwana taya longelekumwe noongangala nokumona omauwanawa okuza miilonga yuungangala.
“Aantu yamwe oye hole oveta nelandulathano molwaashoka kaye hole iimbuluma ihe ope na aantu mboka taya mono omauwanawa okuza miimbuluma na oye li ompinge nopolisi. Mboka AaNamibia mboka kaye hole ombili na otaya longele pamwe noongangala mokunyateka edhina lyopolisi opo ya vule okutula opolisi pevi yo ya tsikile nokulonga iimbuluma yawo. Naya kale ya tseya kutya omasiku gawo oga yalulwa,” Kalwenya a popi.
Omaupyakadhi gamwe ga taalela opolisi unene moRundu omidhingoloko dhi na iihwa, ompumbwe yomalamba momapandanda oshowo okwaahena omathano guuvideo momapandanda. Kalwenya okwa popi kutya oshitopolwa oshitiyali shopatolola ndjoka otashi ka longa uule woowili 24 momalukanda gaRundu. Ondoolopa yaRundu oyi li ondoolopa ontiyali moshilongo yi na omwaalu omunene gwaakalimo sho yi na aakalimo taya tengenekelwa po 90 000, noyendji yomaakalimo mboka ohaya zi momalukanda, ngoka ga ningwa omahala gokulongela iimbuluma kongangala.
Kombinga yompumbwe yomalamba gomomapandanda ndjoka oyo tayi etitha aakalimo yomondoolopa ndjoka ya ninge iihakanwa yiimbuluma, Kalweenya okwa popi kutya opolisi oya yi moonkundathana naakuthimbinga ya yooloka na otaya tala kutya otaya kandulwa po uupyakadhi mboka ngiini.
Kalweenya okwa indile woo aanangeshefa mboka ye na oongeshefa dhi li popepi noondjila oonene opo ya tule omathano guuvideo pondje yoongeshefa dhawo, opo ku vule okukwathela opolisi yi kondjithe iimbuluma nuupu.
Opo ya vule okuhupa ohaya longo iilonga oyindji oowili oonde, opo ya vule ya gwedhe kiiyemo mbyoka haya mono.
Omauyelele ngoka ogeli oshizemo shomapekaapeko taga ithanwa 'When the minimum wage is not taking the worker home', ngoka ga ningwa koLabour Resource and Research Institute Namibia (LaRRI) na oga tulwa miilonga oshiwike sha piti.
Omapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa oga holola kutya aaniilonga mboka ohaya longitha po ondjambi yawo ayihe yokomwedhi.
Natango oya holola kutya oopresenda dhi vulithe po dhaakuthimbinga yeli po 203 ( aaniilonga yomomagumbo ye li 155), oya holola kutya oondjambi dhawo inadhi gwana okugwanitha po oompumbwe dhawo adhihe.
Aaniilonga yamwe oya holola kutya ohaya longo iilonga oyindji uule woowili oonde, taya longele aantu ya yoolola opo ya vule okugwedha koondjambi dhawo ihe natango itaya vulu okukandulapo oompumbwe dhawo.
Oopresenda ooshona koopresenda 18, aaniilonga ye li po 35 mboka ya popi kutya oondjambi dhawo otadhi vulu okukandulapo oompumbwe dhawo dhoondya oshowo dhoka kadhi shi dhoondya komwedhi.
Momvula yo 2017 okwa tulwa miilonga opo ondjambi yopetameko yaaniilonga yomomagumbo yi kale pooN$1 502.05 komwedhi nenge N$346.89 koshiwike, ooN$69.37 mesiku nenge ooN$8.67 mowili. Aaniilonga yopokathimbo naya futwe oshimaliwa shooN$43.35 mesiku ngele ohaya longo oowili ntano.
Aaiilonga yomomagumbo yeli 203 mboka ya ningilwa omapulaapulo oopresenda dhi vulithe po 74.4% nenge yeli 151 oya popi kutya ondjambi yawo oyi li pooN$3 000 komwedhi nenge yili pevi, omanga ye li 122 ya kalelapo oopresenda 60 haya mono ondjambi yopetameko yooN$1 502. Aaniilonga owala 20 ya kalelapo oopresenda 9.9 ya popi kutya ohaya futwa oshimaliwa shi vulithe pooN$3 000 komwedhi.
Olopota ya manitha kutya sho aaniilongaa oyendji taya mono ondjambi yi li pombanda yondjambi yopetameko otashi fatululwa kutya, oyendji oya kala miilonga ethimbo le na ohaya longele moshilandopangelo moka ontseyo yondjambi yopetameko yuuvitike, noyendji ohaya longele aagandji yiilonga ye vulithe pugumwe.
Aaniilonga yeli po 79 oya popi kutya haya futwa ondjambi oshona yi li pevi lyoN$1502 kehe omwedhi omanga ye li 44 ya popi kutya ohaya futwa oshimaliwa shi li pokati koN$1 000 noN$1 500 kehe omwedhi omanga ye li po 26 ya popi kutya ondjambi yawo oyi li pokati koN$600 neN$1 000 kehe omwedhi.
Konyala oopresenda 42 dhaaniilonga mboka odha gandja omayele kutya ondjambi yi li pokati kooN$2 301 oshowo N$3 000 otayi kala ohwepo, omanga oopresenda 22 dha popi kutya andola ondjambi yopetameko nayi tulwe pooN$3 301 noN$4 300 , omanga yamwe po ya popi kutya ondjambi yopetameko ndjoka yi li pongashiingeyi oyi li nawa kwaamboka opo taya tameke iilonga.
Oshikondo shoka okwa holola sha kuta miilonga aaantu ye li po 72 000, noyendji unene aakiintu. Omakonaakono ngoka ga ningwa momvula yo 2018 oga holola kutya aaniilonga ye li po51 744 yomaaniilonga yomomagumbo 72 184 aakiintu.
Aakuthimbinga momapekaapeko ngoka ye li po 203, ye li 171 (84%) aakiintu omanga 32 ya kalelapo oopresenda (16%) aalumentu.
Jong akteurs het die gehoor op die rand van hul stoel gelaat tydens die streeksfees van die ATKV-Tienertoneelkompetisie in Namibië.
Met skaterlag tot hoendervleis het dié verskillende toneelstukke die talent en passie vir die verhoog duidelik ten toon gestel.
Onsekerheid oor seksualiteit, ’n realiteitsprogram vir verloofdes, die druk en emosionele kwesbaarheid van tieners, en die pyn wanneer familie jou seermaak was onder meer van die onderwerpe wat hierdie opkomende akteurs aangedurf het.
Vanaf 14 tot 16 Augustus het vyf Namibiese skole met nege produksies die geleentheid gehad om hul talent ten toon te stel tydens hierdie gesogte kompetisie wat vanjaar by Windhoek Gimnasium se skoolsaal aangebied is. Beoordelaars het repliek gelewer op die stukke en Privaatskool Elnatan, Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool, Walvisbaai Privaat Hoërskool en Windhoek Gimnasium het tot die streeksfinaal op Vrydag deurgedring.
Windhoek Gimnasium is as die wenners van die streeksfees in Namibië aangewys.
Die toneelgroep sal van 23 tot 28 September sal die land by die finaal op Stellenbosch in Suid-Afrika verteenwoordig.
Met hul toneelstuk Doodmoeg, saamgestel deur die regisseur Magdaleen van Zyl, het die akteurs van Windhoek Gimnasium vir hoendervleis tydens hul optrede gesorg.
“My toneelgeselskap het reeds vanaf Februarie baie hard gewerk. Hul fokus was nie altyd die wen nie, maar om die tieners wat moed opgee met die lewe, se stories te laat hoor. As daar een mens was wat kon wegstap met hoop omdat hul stem laat hoor is, dan is ons dankbaar. Ons is ongelooflik trots en dankbaar oor die wen.”
Ira Blanckenberg, Craig Morris en dr. André Gerber was die beoordelaars van die streeksfinaal. “Wat ’n ongelooflike aand van toneelspel. Dit maak my sommer emosioneel om te sien hoe die groepe en stukke gegroei het,” het Blanckenberg gesê.
Morris het telkens opgemerk hoe die stukke in slegs een dag ná die repliek verbeter het, wat spreek van die gehalte en standaard van vanjaar se deelnemers.
Walvisbaai Privaat Hoërskool, wat derde geëindig het, het ’n eenmanstuk op die planke gebring wat Morris duidelik beïndruk het. “Ek kon nie glo hoeveel die stuk gegroei het in slegs een aand nie. Dit is opwindend om te dink waarheen dit op pad is.”
Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool was tweede met hul oorspronklike teks, Uit Een Mond, geskryf deur Lloyd Zandberg, wat ook die regisseur was. Die akteurs het die gehoor laat skaterlag met skerp humor en flink toneelspel. “Daar is min dinge wat my so opgewonde maak soos die verhoog en dit was ? wonderlike ervaring om by Tienertoneel betrokke te kon wees. Ek dink die gehalte van vanjaar se produksies was ongelooflik en dit maak my opgewonde om te weet daar is sulke natuurlike en ongelooflike talent in Namibië,” het Zandberg gesê..
Elizmi Fourie, wat die rol van Zel vertolk het, het ‘n goue sertifikaat ontvang vir haar spel wat al die beoordelaars beïndruk het.
“Vanjaar se Tienertoneel was definitief ? uitsondering vergeleke met die ander en dit is die beste wat ons skool nog presteer het. Drama is wat ek met my lewe en toekoms wil doen, en met die goud wat ek gekry het, wys dit ek kan dit maak in die bedryf. Drama is die plek waar ek myself kan wees en ek voel altyd tuis op die verhoog,” het Fourie gesê. Sy was die enigste speler wat goud ontvang het.
Volgens Van Zyl bied die streeksfees aan leerlinge die geleentheid om mekaar beter te leer ken en as mens en groep te groei. “Ons het waardevolle lesse geleer hierdie week, by mekaar, by die ander stukke, by die beoordelaars. Alhoewel ons stuk se produksiepunt nie so hoog is soos die vorige jaar nie, sou ‘n mens amper kon sê die impak wat die leerlinge op mekaar en mense daar buite gehad het, is veel groter, en daarvoor is ek dankbaar.”
“As regisseur is dit vir my ongelooflik belangrik om werklik ‘n impak te maak met die storie wat vertel word op die verhoog. Ook die proses wat ek met my leerlinge deurgaan om by daardie karakters uit te kom, is priceless. Dit was ‘n ongelooflike reis tot dusver en ons sien uit vir wat voorlê,” het Van Zyl gesê.
Foto 1: In Privaatskool Elnatan se stuk Kandas het die emosies hoog geloop.
Foto 2: Uit Een Mond’ van Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool het die gehoor laat lê van die lag.
Foto 3: ‘n Toneel in Doodmoeg’ van Windhoek Gimnasium.
Foto 4: Walvisbaai Privaat Hoërskool se uitdagende eenmanstuk, Hulle Sal Nog Bel, het die kwessies rondom seksualiteit uitgelig.
Foto 5: Windhoek Gimnasium is as die wenners van die ATKV-Tienertoneelstreeksfees in Namibië aangewys.
FOTO’S MARISELLE STOFBERG