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- 08/29/19--16:00: Capturing moments
- 08/29/19--16:00: A woman of vision
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Rent-A-Drum is the largest privately owned Namibian refuse-removal company, with a fleet of 80 trucks.
The company’s equipment resources are supported by a focused, experienced and committed management team who consistently aim to source more cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions, making it the leader in waste management and recycling in Namibia.
Established in 1989, Rent-A-Drum offers a comprehensive service to Namibian corporations, mines and smaller companies, as well as the residents of Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Oshakati and Rundu.
The company has a long-standing legacy and is firmly rooted in Namibia, working for the benefit of the country, its human and environmental health and green job creation, the latter based upon the principles of the International Labour Organisation.
Rent-A-Drum continuously strives to improve methods of proper and more effective waste removal and containment management processes. The company has a strong environmental focus and aims to reduce and control pollution to the absolute minimum.
The company has grown exponentially in the past 30 years:
· It has over 500 Namibian employees.
· About 96% of its staff are from racially disadvantaged groups.
· It has a 100% Namibian workforce and 42% of its workforce are women.
· Over 80 waste collecting and removal vehicles.
· The only material recovery facility in Namibia – launched in 2010.
· First refuse-derived fuel plant in Namibia inaugurated on 15 March 2017.
· It has branches and subsidiaries in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Rundu and Oshakati, and at the Husab Mine, Rössing Mine and Namdeb.
· Rent-A-Drum complies with all local environmental laws applicable to the workplace, the products produced, and the methods of manufacture.
The company cares for the safe working environment of its employees and will continue to focus on reducing the environmental impact and to be at the forefront with regard to legislation and market demands. It follows its core values and has these deeply embedded in the culture of the organisation: Commitment, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm.
Overall involvement in Namibia
The Finnish-Namibian municipal North-South partnership programme during 2007-2011, research on waste management systems in Namibia was executed and Rent-A-Drum was identified as the potential waste management company in Namibia to partner with the Finnish company.
Molok Deep Collection System (Investments in industrial and environmental development in Namibia) (Launched 8 November 2012).
A feasibility study by students from Polytechnic of Namibia and TAMK-Socio.
Economic and Environmental Planning (March-May 2013).
Insurance claims and expired product destructions.
Hazardous waste management.
Medical waste management.
Partners with previously disadvantaged individuals as SMME contractors.
Rent-A-Drum received its 16th consecutive PMR reward for the leading waste management company in Namibia.
Rent-A-Drum is an active member of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA), the Namibian Manufacturers Association (NMA), and a Founding Member of the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF).
With health and safety among its top priorities, the objective is clear - to protect its employees, customers and surrounding neighbourhood from harm or ill-health.
Rent-A-Drum is the only certified and compliant waste management company to the OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard.
Conducting its business responsibly means that they strive to stay well ahead of what government agencies and clients require. They maintain strict and total control over all industrial waste and ensure that as much possible waste is directed into the recycling sector.
Rent-A-Drum complies with all local environmental laws applicable to the workplace, the products produced, and the methods of manufacture.
The opportunity to be able to make a difference in people’s lives, whether at work or at home, is what inspires Adel Oosthuizen, the newly appointed sales and marketing coordinator at Sat-Com.
The former business owner realised after 20 years of running a business that she wanted to add value to a company with her knowledge, expertise, experience and personality, and the career growth she has gained over the years.
She additionally has a military background and thus felt that Sat-Com would be a great environment to thrive in.
She admitted that adjusting to a new working environment is challenging, but due to the nature of Sat-Com as an employee-orientated company, it was easy for her to settle in.
“The harmonious atmosphere is a blessing to work in and it is a pleasure to get up in the morning to come to work,” she said.
Oosthuizen shared that with her past experience, knowledge and skills, as well as the on-the-job training she has received, it is easier to implement good time management.
Her duties include the management of certain projects within the department, providing assistance to the sales and marketing team to showcase and sell products to customers and assisting with all administration duties.
Oosthuizen starts her day off on a high note, with two cups of coffee, and tries to keep a balanced sleep schedule during the week, which helps her keep positive energy throughout the day.
She often gets up from her workstation to optimise blood circulation.
“I focus on being positive and creating positive energy towards my colleagues, and tackle challenges with a solution-driven mindset.”
“Opportunities are like buses - there’s always another one,” Oosthuizen said, explaining that she is inspired by the many failures that she has had in life.
She has developed this way of thinking from business mogul Richard Branson, who emphasised that one should not be embarrassed by their failures, but should learn from them and start again. “His positive, solution-driven mindset inspires me.”
It takes hard work, determination, tenacity and courage to face your fears and rise above your situation and that is exactly what the beautiful and resilient Ragel Ipinge did.
Ipinge is a firm believer that your circumstances do not determine the person you can be or who you can become. “Growing up, I didn’t have much, but I always strived to be the best I can possibly be.”
After high school she took some time off and then struggled to find a permanent job, but when the going gets tough, Ipinge gets going.
“When the Food Lovers Market opened in Swakopmund I decided to take a chance and try my luck and was fortunate enough to be offered a position as a sales lady at the bakery.”
A distinct part of Ipinge’s character is her will to always strive to grow and be the best version of herself she can possibly be. This drive motivated her to work herself up in the ranks. When her journey started as a humble salesperson who loved interacting with people, she knew she was destined for greater things and that would require hard work and perseverance.
She was promoted to bakery supervisor, after which her curiosity led to her branching out within her career and she became a till supervisor and later a cash office controller. After receiving an offer from the Food Lovers Market in Windhoek she started in the admin office, but this motivated and dedicated woman never hesitated to step in when help was needed.
“I was everywhere and knew the ins and outs of every aspect of the company. Today I can proudly say I am the trading manager of the Wernhil branch of Food Lovers Market.
“I started at the bottom and just look where I am now. I am a woman in a management position in a field that is dominated by men. I’ll be happy when I can help others to progress and to prevent them from stagnating. Seeing people grow is what really makes me happy,” Ipinge says.
The saying goes that money makes the world go round and so many people sacrifice their dreams to ensure they can make a living. Ipinge disagrees.
“Life is not just about money. Even if you start at the bottom with next to nothing, you are able to grow. Take what life throws at you and make the most of it. Rejection is a part of life, so use it to your advantage.
“In my position I am able to mentor others, which is something I am extremely passionate about. I love being able to create a safe space where people feel comfortable to speak to me and where I am able to help others to reach their full potential. People are capable of so much more, all they need is someone to help them unlock that potential.
“I love public speaking, interacting with people and, funny enough, I love sitting in front of my computer. Being exposed to the world of debating and public speaking has made me so happy. You are given the opportunity to express yourself for once without being judged.”
Even though fear has a way of preventing one from doing what one loves, Ipinge decided to own her fear and take charge of her life.
“It’s not easy to manage others and instil discipline, but I have never been one to shy away from a challenge. I grew stronger and learnt that it’s not all about me, but about those around me. I used my struggles to grow stronger. I am not afraid of life, but I rather celebrate every opportunity. Stand up for yourself and look your challenges in the eye.”
Ipinge loves milk tart.
She starts every day with a Seattle Coffee.
She was a part of her school’s debating team.
She hopes to one day become a store manager.
She sees a tiger as her spirit animal.
In 2020 she will have been a part of the Food Lovers Market family for eight years.
Ragel Ipinge is the trading manager at the Wernhil branch of Food Lovers Market in Windhoek.
PHOTOS MARISELLE STOFBERG
Stephanie Viljoen wakes up every morning with the hope that she will impact somebody’s life and that they will be inspired by their interaction. Born in Windhoek and raised in South Africa, Viljoen recalls her best childhood memories as being her annual trips to Namibia with her family. “It’s the small things that make me happy; appreciating life and living in the moment,” she says.
Viljoen joined Bank Windhoek three years ago as human resources executive and was subsequently appointed as the Capricorn Group’s human capital and citizenship executive. She has over 20 years of experience as an HR executive. Viljoen finds her job very energising. Starting off wanting to become a private investigator, lawyer and even a microbiologist, she later chose psychology. She had the privilege of completing her master’s in industrial psychology at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. “I now get my criminal law fix by reading a lot of books in that genre,” Viljoen admits.
“My role in Capricorn Group is to ensure that the bank brings the focus of the organisation to each employee and makes it real for them.
“We need to allow employees to be the best that they can be irrespective of where they fit into the organisation.”
They do this through people practices such as recruitment, talent management, performance development and a learning framework to make this a reality. She says she has learned a lot during her time working at Capricorn Group. Admitting that challenges are always present when moving into a new role, she is appreciative of the rewards.
“What I appreciate most of this role is the relationships that you are able to build and the passion that you can ignite in people. There is a generosity and appreciation that is really admirable,” Viljoen says.
Viljoen believes that if you are passionate about what you do and you can live it daily, you are wealthy beyond the money in your bank account. For her, there are many proud moments when it comes to Bank Windhoek and Capricorn Group.
“What I would like to highlight is the embedding of The Capricorn Way,” she says.
The Capricorn Way is a set of beliefs that guides each employee in the organisation in terms of nine behaviours. It gives them identity and is a moral compass.
“It helps us to foster a culture of being connectors of positive change, not only our work lives but also in our everyday lives. Seeing that the employees have embraced the norms and values of The Capricorn Way has been rewarding.”
She says it has enriched not only their professional lives but also served as a guide in how to approach situations in their private lives.
Her advice for overcoming challenges is to surround yourself with positive thinkers.
“Don’t give up because a challenge is not a difficulty, it’s an opportunity. So in that you need to change your mindset,” she advises.
In an era where digitisation is at the forefront of change, Viljoen would like to create a space where she can bring technology and people together to create magic. She believes that people need to be able to learn, unlearn and relearn with passion and speed.
“Personally, I want to adopt a culture where failure is embraced and where we learn from it. We can fail fast and fail forward.”
Capt1- Stephanie Viljoen believes that a challenge is not a difficulty, but rather an opportunity.
Anatole France once said that until one has truly loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. Hanna Rhodin has unequivocally unlocked that part of her soul with her devotion to animal welfare.
Rhodin is the general manager at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and animals have always been a part of her life.
She was born in Kuwait and grew up with her mother and brother in the north of Sweden.
“Many of my memories from childhood involve animals. In fact, my earliest memory does too. I was about two years old and tried petting a hedgehog. As you can imagine, it did not work out that well and I was soon in tears after being pricked by the hedgehog’s spikes. Other memories involve galloping on horses across summer fields.”
Rhodin has always loved animals, but never really thought there were many opportunities to directly work with animals other than the veterinary field.
“As a teenager I would help and work in some of the bigger stables during specific projects. Animal shelters are virtually non-existent in Sweden and so animal welfare was not a field I was very exposed to. That all changed when I moved to Kuwait in my twenties.”
She started volunteering at a local animal shelter and after a few months they offered her a position there, overseeing the equine, wild, and exotic animals.
Rhodin has a bachelor’s degree in organisational development and ethnology and a master’s degree in communication for development.
“I slipped into animal welfare on a banana peel. After first accepting the position in Kuwait I was offered the shelter manager position a couple months later. I am extremely grateful that I had a great mentor who guided me through the ins and outs of animal sheltering and setting high standards.”
After five years working in Kuwait she moved to the United States and did some volunteering, finished her degree and joined a medium-sized animal welfare organisation.
“I have worked with anything from adoptions, surrenders, rescues, wildlife and animal behavioural assessments, to programme development, staff, volunteer and foster management.”
Four years later she moved to Namibia and even though the countries differ, they share many similarities too.
“What I have found by working with animals in a few different countries is that there are more similarities than there are differences. People surrender animals for the same reasons and people adopt animals because they believe in giving animals a second chance.”
Rhodin hopes to change the way people think about animal welfare and to provide the necessary education to ensure we have informed and responsible pet owners.
“Animal welfare has been around for hundreds of years in some places, and I believe that we do not need to reinvent the wheel, but rather learn from others and tailor it to our individual organisation, community and animal population.”
This passionate and driven woman gets her inspiration from those around her and by doing things that make her happy. “Inspiration seeps into my life through the individuals I meet, the roads I have travelled, and the books I read. I grew up around horses and going for a trail ride always makes my heart happy. I love the problem solving of rock-climbing and the feeling of mastering a difficult route.”
Working in animal welfare sometimes exposes one to the greatest moments, but forces you to confront the helplessness of animals in pain.
“Animal welfare has a high rate of compassion fatigue, which is similar to hospital, fire, and emergency personnel. We all get involved in not only this work, but the way of life because we are compassionate individuals trying to better the lives of animals.
“In an emergency involving an animal, you do not have time for feelings and you need to have a clear head so that you can make swift decisions to ensure that each animal gets the best care possible. Volunteers and staff may get attached to individual animals and saying bye can be bittersweet, but ‘goodbye is the goal’. We want to see these animals in loving forever homes. An animal shelter is only a short-term solution for these animals.”
Five facts about her that not everyone might know:
1. Her first pet was a caramel-coloured guinea pig. They would take naps together.
2. She has a soft spot for sea otters.
3. She loves hiking, being immersed in nature, and berries.
4. She is a pescatarian (vegetarian that occasionally eats seafood).
5. Their SPCA dog Bernie has a name that was auto-generated by a computer. Her husband insisted that they keep the name when they adopted him.
Hanna Rhodin has devoted herself to being a voice for those who cannot speak. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
Skelly Muuondjo-Fraser, who was formerly in an Oviritje group called Tjitjekura Tjeriama and now lives in Canada, recently returned home with gifts for young Namibians.
Muuondjo-Fraser says she saw the need in her country and decided to donate a variety of items, from stationery to maths books, to her alma mater, the C. Ngatjizeko Primary School at Otjinene.
“You don’t need any other inspiration than that of a child in need,” she said.
The Lady-Skelly Children’s Foundation strives to give hope to children all over the country by teaching them basic lifelong values and helping them with their primary needs. The foundation will be run by different members who signed up to help, seeing that Muuondjo-Fraser lives in Canada.
“We will be hosting a meeting for everyone involved, so that I can start to allocate different tasks to people who will help me run the foundation in Namibia,” she said.
The main objective is to help children, and that will remain the core goal of the foundation.
“If you do nothing at all, nothing will happen,” Skelly’s husband added.
With all the negative feedback and comments that they have received for not helping children in Canada instead, Skelly said they were trying to do good where the need is greatest.
Some of the projects they plan to bring to Namibia include sponsoring a disadvantaged child, a youth mentoring programme, volunteer teachers and school exchange programmes.
The future is bright for Lady Skelly Children’s Foundation. Keep looking out for them.
Capt1- Skelly Muuondjo-Fraser strives to give hope to children all over the country.
Gerhard Aizemi Muuoja started Koosking Productions for one reason only, and that is to make an impact.
Driven, creative and socially accommodating, is how Muuoja is known by friends and family. He has travelled extensively in the hope of honing his creative talent.
After finishing high school, Muuoja studied computer science at the London College of Computer Science for two years. He joined different groups who exposed him to different work experiences.
He says everyone in his family works hard to make a living and a name for themselves. Muuoja feels that this background inspired him to work extra hard.
“Always go the extra mile with everything you do. That not only shows your commitment but also your willingness to learn,” he says.
Muuoja believes that everyone can create and sustain a career, regardless of getting good grades in school.
Koosking Productions does everything from photography to graphic design and even marketing. His work has taken him to countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom.
“A career is still a career, irrespective of what you do and what you make from it. Always learn. Go through life asking, ‘What did I learn today?’ Only then will you know that you are living a full, purposeful life.”
Muuoja hopes to expand his business and create jobs for others during this tough time for the Namibian economy.
Caption 1: Gerhard Aizemi Muuoja, aka Koos.
PHOTOS ELIZABETH JOSEPH
Namutenya Hamwaalwa believes in always putting your home and family first, and your country second. This simply means that in everything you do, you should make sure it is of benefit to your family and your country.
Dying without leaving behind a legacy has always been Namutenya Hamwaalwa’s biggest fear and she seems to be tackling this head-on. She has been employed at the education ministry since December 2006, and currently holds the position of deputy director in the Namibia Library and Archives Service (NLAS).
Hamwaalwa was raised by two hardworking Christian parents, who ensured that she and her siblings attended school and church services almost every Sunday.
Growing up, there were two things that she loved dearly - school and sport.
“I probably loved sport more than school but the only way for me to do sport was at school, so the two fitted so well together,” she said.
After completing her matric, Hamwaalwa enrolled at the University of Namibia (Unam) and obtained a diploma in information studies in 2002, a degree in library and record management in 2004 and was also offered an opportunity to study further at the City University of London in England, where she obtained a master’s degree in library science in 2011.
In 2006 she started working as a librarian at the National Planning Commission (NPC) - an institution responsible for the economic development of Namibia. Later Hamwaalwa was promoted to the position of senior librarian in 2010, chief librarian for special or government libraries in 2014 and deputy director of the NLAS directorate in 2017.
Among her responsibilities is to ensure the functionality of libraries and archives in the country.
She thus ensures that the national policies and guidelines for libraries and archives are implemented and determines the training needs of staff members. Hamwaalwa also ensures that staff development programmes are in place.
“I do not always follow what other people do, and this has helped me to keep to the values that I know and believe in,” she said.
According to her she is blessed with the ability to stay calm when faced with turbulence.
“I believe all shall be well in the end; if it is not well, then it is not the end. One cannot solve a problem by addressing it negatively; just the same as one cannot put out a fire with fire,” she said.
As a librarian, she comes into contact with a lot of information everyday - both at personal and professional level. She does, however, believe that not all information is good and advised that people need to know how to evaluate information “mostly for accuracy, objectivity and reliability”, and make use of the information that will contribute to their personal development and the development of the nation.
Her goal is to influence her team to work tirelessly in contributing to Namibia’s Vision 2030. “We all want Namibia to become a knowledge-based society, which will then assist us to contribute to the attainment of the Africa we want,” Hamwaalwa said.
While working on the modalities and strategies to be used by librarians and archivists, she also successfully advocates to national leaders how important access to information is for development.
“I am looking forward to a day that all people in Namibia will know and understand the power of information and knowledge, and how it can contribute to the productivity of the country.
“A knowledge based society can only be attained once research and access to information is placed at the centre of national development,” Hamwaalwa added.
Photos: Evany van Wyk
Caption1- Namutenya Hamwaalwa is looking forward to a day that all people in Namibia will know and understand the power of information and knowledge.
I started working at King Price Insurance in 2017 as a broker manager and I was thrown into the deep end from day one. That was the quickest way to get a 26-year-old youngster going in the commercial space, as it was a major eye-opener for me. Being fairly fresh out of college, I had no idea how this commercial game was played. Nonetheless, it all became easier and now I am having a blast. Working with insurance brokers 90% of my time, we can often be seen at the nearest coffee bar discussing work-related things. They are also my business partners and one thing I have realised in our small market is that strong relationships will get you far in the commercial space but also in your personal life.
I have a strong sports background and an office job was the last thing I ever wanted. I am sure a lot of young professionals feel the same way but with great flexibility comes great responsibility and that is something I have always strongly believed in. It is also one of the factors that will get young professionals to the top in any industry, not only insurance.
I was part of the business development team when we opened our branches at the start of 2019 and being a part of that was really amazing. My team was faced with a lot of challenges in the beginning but our branches are booming in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Mariental, Otjiwarongo and Ongwediva and it is really awesome to see what impact we as King Price have on the whole of Namibia. It is a pleasure to be able to share the King Price experience with all people, even in the smaller towns of Namibia.
In conclusion, I believe entering the commercial space could be very beneficial to any young professional as the knowledge you gain is priceless. Any person with a good amount of logic can make a killing in the industry.
I thank King Price Insurance for this opportunity and for being an awesome company to work for.
* Heinrich Smit is a business development manager at King Price Insurance
Heinrich Smit is grateful for the opportunity to work at King Price Insurance.
Photo: Evany van Wyk
France moved back to the top of Group H with a 4-1 thumping of Albania, thanks to a Kingsley Coman's first international goals in more than three years and further strikes from Olivier Giroud and substitute Jonathan Ikone at the Stade de France.
Iceland briefly led the standings after beating Moldova 3-0 earlier in the day, but were joined on 12 points by Didier Deschamps side and Turkey, who needed a last-minute Ozan Tufan strike to edge Andorra 1-0, with the French on top on goal difference.
“The balance sheet is very positive. We could have won by more,” said Deschamps.
“We did what we had to do, even if we relaxed a bit at the end.”
The easy win was a good end to a night that started off in bizarre fashion, with the match kicking off late after the hosts mistakenly played the Andorran anthem, leading to the bemused Albanian players refusing to play until the right tune was played.
“It was a big thing. The players said they wouldn't start without the right anthem,” said Albania's Italian coach Edoardo Reja.
Portugal, meanwhile, are second in Group B on five points from three games, after they also struck four times in Belgrade, with William Carvalho, Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva giving Fernando Santos' side a 4-2 victory that was also their first win of the qualifying campaign.
They are eight points behind leaders Ukraine, who top the group and are unbeaten, having played five times after their 3-0 drubbing of Lithuania.
However, Portugal had a much trickier time than the French, with Nikola Milenkovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic twice pulling back goals at a loud Stadion Rajko Mitic, before Silva finally made sure of the three points four minutes from the end.
On Tuesday, Portugal have the chance to consolidate their position in the group, when they head to winless Lithuania, while Serbia travel to lowly Luxembourg, with both a point behind Ronaldo and co.
Earlier, England maintained their 100% qualifying record, as Harry Kane's hat-trick inspired a 4-0 demolition of Bulgaria at Wembley.
Kane has now scored 25 goals in 40 England appearances, after a 25th-minute tap-in and two second half penalties, which keep his side top of Group A with nine points from three matches, a point ahead of Kosovo, who stunned the Czech Republic with a 2-1 win.
Captain Kane also laid on a ball for Raheem Sterling for his strike 10 minutes after the break, highlighting his ability beyond just scoring.
“To be able to study him and the way he works at his game, for the youngsters he's an incredible example. In those moments he has supreme temperament and technique,” England manager Gareth Southgate said of Kane.
England will have a chance to open up a gap at the top of the group, when they host Kosovo at St Mary's stadium in Southampton on Tuesday.
Omiyalu omipe ndhoka dha pitithwa kopolisi odha holola kutya iipotha yi li 2 598 oya lopotwa muule woomvula mbali netata.
Miipotha mbyoka iipotha yi li 1 176 omakwatonkonga ngoka oga ningilwa aanona aashoka.
“Omakwatonkonga moNamibia oga ninga omukundu omunene na osha pumbwa okutseyithwa,” Charlemaine Husselmann gwoLifeline/Childline a kunkilile oshiwike sha piti.
Okwa popi kutya ope na ompumbwe onene opo omakwatonkonga moshilongo ga tseyithwe onga onkalo yopaulumomhumbwe molwaashoka oga lundalala noonkondo moshilongo.
Ye pamwe nayakwawo yalwe oya popi kutya onkalo ndjoka inayi nana natango eungaungiwo nayo okuza komalelo.
“Eningilo lyomiyonena dhopaihulo aanona inali talika ko we nomeho omanene. Itashi ulike Namibia ta ningi oonkambadhala dhokuya moshipala omiyonena ndhoka,” Dianne Hubbard, gwoLegal Assistance Centre (LAC) a kunkilile.
Iipotha oyindji yomiyonena dhopaihulo mbyoka ya konaaakonwa oyindji oya kwatelamo oofamili, ookume oshowo aashiinda yeshiwike kaanona mboka ya ningwa iihakanwa.
Husselmann okwa popi kutya, iikwatelelwa kontseyo ndjoka e na omiyonena odhindji dhoka otadhi ningwa kaapopepi naanona.
Omiyalu dhoka dha pitithwa kopolisi odha holola kutya iipotha 960 oya lopotwa momvula yo 2017, niipotha 436 yomiipotha mbyoka oya omiyonena dha ningilwa aanona.
Momvula moka aaakuluntu yeli po 596 oya pangulilwa iipotha omanga aanona aashona ye li 43 ya tulwa miipandeko nokupangulililwa iipotha yomakwatonkonga.
Momvula yo 2018, okwa lopotwa iipotha 1 121 moka iipotha yi li po 500 yomiyonena dhopaihulo dha ningilwa aanona.
Aakuluntu ye li po 633 oya tulwa miipandeko nokupangulilwa iipotha mbyoka omanga aanona aashona ya tulwa miipandeko ye li 47.
Pokati kaJanuari gwomvula ndjika oshowo omwedhi Juni, okwa lopota iipotha 517, niipotha 240 oya ningilwa aanona.
Pokati komwedhi Januari naMaalitsa aakuluntu yeli 146 oya tulwa miipandeko oshowo aanona yeli 12.
Omutseyinawa gwegameno lyaanona, Omundohotola Veronica Theron okwa popi kutya omiyonena dhopaihulo tadhi ningilwa aanona moNamibia otadhi londo pombanda sho oyendji ihaya lopota omiyonena dhoka omolwa uutile okupewa oombedhi koofamili dhawo.
Okwa popi kutya aanona oyendji mboka taya pumbwa esiloshisho enene oyo unene ya ningi iihakanwa yomiyonena ndhoka molwaashoka oyo haya hekwa nuupu na oshidhigu ya gandje uumbangi.
Okwa popi kutya egandjo lyuusama koonakuninga iihakanwa oshowo okwaahasila oshisho aanona nawa oyimwe yomiinima tayi limbililike noonkondo.
“Aakuluntu natango otaya popi kutya aanona oyo yeshi pula nenge aanona oyo ya nanene oonakulonga omiyonena dhoka mokuninga iimbuluma mbyoka.”
Yimwe po yomiipotha yimwe mbyoka ya ungaungiwa nayo kopolisi nuumvo, omwa kwatelwa omumati gwoomvula 18 ngoka a kwata onkonga okamwayinakadhona koomvula 10.
MuAguste omulumentu okwa kwatapo ombambyona okanona kokakadhona okuza koskola yawo nokukakwata onkonga.
Okanona hoka okeshiwike komulumentu ngoka okupitila mofamili.
MuMaalitsa omunamimvo 75 omulumentu okwa tulwa miipandeko omolwa ekwatonkonga lyokanona koomvula hamano hoka ke mu pamba.
MuAguste opolisi oya tseyitha kutya otayi kongo omulumentu gwoomvula 48 ngoka a yi ontuku moAngola konima, na ota fekelelwa ekwatonkonga lyokamonagona koomvula hetatu, sha ningwa pokati komwedhi Januari naJuli nuumvo.
Okanona koomvula 11 oka kwatwa onkonga kuhekulu gwoomvula 30, ngoka atulwa miipandeko.
Husselmann okwa popi kutya oshinima shimwe shoka tashi hingile komakwatonkonga omaihumbato guunankondo.
Okwa popi kutya mboka taya ningile aanona omiyonena ndhoka oye ya wete kutya kaye na oonkondo dhokwiigamena na aapu okuheka.
Okwa popi kutya eputudho nalyo otali dhana onkandangala, na okwa pumbiwa okulonga aanona yaamati kutya aanona yaakadhona oye na uuthemba okutya ahowe.
James Itana gwoRegain Trust Namibia, ndjoka hayi gandja omayambidhidho koonakuninga iihakanwa yomakwatonkonga okwa tsu omuthindo kutya uupyakadhi mboka itawu hulu ongele taku talika kekota lyawo.
“Otu li moshigwana shoka shi na aalumentu mboka yiitaala kutya omalutu gaakiintu ogawo.
Otu na uupyakadhi wokuulika oonkondo, shoka tashi hwahwamekwa koonkuluhedhi nomaitaalo gopambepo.”
Okwa popi kutya oshindji osha pumbwa okuningwa pakuninga omahwahwameko.
Okwa tsikile kutya ethimbo olya thikana opo aalumentu ya popye.
Okwa popi kutya ha aaalumentu ayehe taya ningile aakiintu omiyonena ihe aalumentu mboka oya mwena na ihaya popisha kombinga yaamboka taya ningi omiyonena ndhoka.
Konima sho a kuthwa koshipundi koonkondo muNovemba gwomvula yo 2017, uukolele we owa tameke tawu nkundipala nayi. Omumangululi gwoshilongo shoka sha kolonyekwa kuBritain na osha kala sha tseyika nedhina Rhodesia, Robert Gabriel Mugabe ota tseyika aluhe nokudhimbulukiwa onga omuleli ngoka a halakanitha po eliko lyoshilongo she papolotika. Okwatwe nale yiita ndjoka oya kuthako elelo lyoshilongo sha landula omahogololo gomo 1980 na okwa twatele komeho oonkundathana dhombili moshilongo shoka. Mugabe okwa kwatako ewawa lyaakwiita, ndyoka lyaakondjeli yemanguluko lyoshilongo lyoZimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) sha landula sho a mangululwa modholongo momvula yo 1974.
Kuume ke mekondjolomanguluko, nomuleli gwoZimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU), Joshua Nkomo, okwali a kuthwa miilonga mepangelo lyoshilongo sho a kala omukomeho gwiikwameni, konima sho sha monikamo kutya ope na ongundu yaakwiita moshitopolwa shaandjawo shedhina Matabeleland mo 1982.
Mugabe, ngoka ongundu ye ya kala neyambidhidho enene okuza unene kaakwashigwana yomuhoko gwAaShona okwa hwahwameke eponokelo lyaantu yomuhoko gwAaNdebele momahwahwameko taga ithanwa Gukurahundi na oga dhipaga aantu taya fekelwa yeli po 20 000. Konima okwa kwatako oofaalama dhoka dha li momake gaatiligane shoka sha etitha enyano okuza kuuyuni, nonando Mugabe okwa kala ependa muAfrica.
Omatokolo ngoka oga etitha egwo pevi lyoshikondo shuunamapya naapunguli oyendji aakwiilongo oya yi ontuku okuza moshilongo shoka, naashoka osha gwitha pevi nayi onkalo yeliko lyoshilongo. Pethimbo lyafaathana Mugabe okwa tindi ezo koshipundi nopehala okwa tula pevi uuthemba waakwashigwana oshowo okukengelela momahogololo.
“Okwa li omuleli omwaanawa ngoka elelo lya lya tula pevi Zimbabwe nokumweeta koongolo,” omuprofesa gwomoUniversity of South Africa, Shadrack Gutto a popi.
Amushanga naye gwiikwapondje gwaBritain, Peter Carrington okushi Mugabe nawa sho ya longa pamwe moonkundathana dhoLancaster House ndhoka dha etitha emanguluko lyaZImbabwe.
“Mugabe kali omuntu nande,” Carrington a lombwele Heidi Holland. Okwa popi kutya Mugabe okwa li e na uunongo nontseyo ombwaanawa ihe okwali woo omuntu omuwinayi.
Pomathimbo ge gahugunina gelelo, Mugabe okwa kala nokugandja uusama kiilongo yomuuzilo omolwa etekepo lyoshilongo she paliko.
Okwa kala taku popiwa kutya oku na uuvu wokankera ihe pamishangwa dhopapangelo omolwa omalweendo ge gokukala tayi koSingapore, okwa hololwa kutya okwa kala ta kongo uunamiti omolwa omeho. Omukulukadhi omutiyali gwaMugabe ngoka a li amushanga gwe nopokati kayo ope na eyooloko lyoomvula 41, okwa kala a talika ko onga omulanduli gwomusamane gwe.
Mugabe okwa valwa momasiku 21 gaFebruali momvula yo 1924 moKutama Mission monooli uuzilo waHarare. Mugabe okwa hokololwa kutya okwa kala hiikalele oye awike meputuko lye na okwa kala aluhe ka kala a humbata embo nonando okwa li ta litha oongombe miihwa. Konima sho he ngoka a li omuhongi gwiiti a thigipo ofamili ye omanga Mugabe a li owala e na oomvula 10, okwiitulamo meilongo lye na okwa ningi omulongiskola mepipi lyoomvula 17. Okwa ka tsikile eilongo lye koshiputudhilo shoFort Hare University moSouth Africa, hoka a tsakanene naaleli oyendji aaludhe.
Konima sho a longo moGhana, moka a hwahwamekwa komupresidende Kwame Nkrumah, Mugabe okwa shuna koRhodesia hoka a tulilwa miipandeko omolwa ekuthombinga lye miikwapolotika momvula yo 1964, na okwa tulwa modholongo uule woomvula 10.
Pethimbo e li modholongo okwa piti omailongo ge nokumona oodegree dhi li ndatu.
Okanona ke kokamati koomvula ne, komukulukadhi gwe gwotango omukwashigwana gwaGhana, Sally Francesca Hayfron, oka hulitha omanga a li modholongo, nomuleli gwaRhodesian pethimbo ndyoka Ian Smith okwa tindi okumupitika opo a ye kefumbiko lyokamona.
Okwali a li popi kutya ota lele oshilongo shoka sigo osho ena oomvula 100, noyendji oya li ye na inekelo kutya ota sile melelo. Nonando ongaaka uukolele we owa tsikile nokunkundipala, nelelo lyaakwiita olya tokola okumukutha koonkondo koshipundi opo ku yiwe moshipala oonkambadhala dhoku ninga omukulukadhi gweGrace omulanduli gwe.
“Ohokwe ye inayi kala eliko ihe oonkondo dhelelo,”Martin Meredith a popi.
Mugabe okwa thigako oyanamati yaali oshowo omukadhona gumwe, nomukulukadhi gwe omutiyali Grace.
Williams fell to 19-year-old Canadian, Bianca Andreescu, 6-3, 7-5 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on the same court where she won her first Grand Slam title 20 years ago, nine months before Andreescu was born.
“I love Bianca. I think she's a great girl. But I think this was the worst match I've played from all tournaments. It's hard to know that you could do better,” Williams said.
“Bianca obviously played well. I think her returns make me play better and put pressure on my serve. “At the same time it's inexcusable for me to play at that level.” Williams had 33 winners, but just as many unforced errors. She hit nine aces, but misfired eight double faults and hit only 44% of her first serves. She dropped 30 of 43 points on her second serve.
“I believe I could have played better. I believe I could have done more. I believe I could have just been more Serena today,” Williams said. “I honestly don't think Serena showed up. I have to kind of figure out how to get her to show up in Grand Slam finals.”
Williams, who remains one Slam title shy of matching Margaret Court's all-time record, has lost the past two Wimbledon and US Open finals, since returning after having a baby two years ago. And she's struggling to find answers for bad performances in her biggest matches.
“All of it honestly, truly is super-frustrating,” Williams said.
“I'm so close, so close, so close, yet so far away. I don't know what to say. I guess I got to keep going if I want to be a professional tennis player. And I just got to just keep fighting through it.” Williams, who turns 38 later this month, downplayed the pursuit of Court's record. “I'm not necessarily chasing a record. I'm just trying to win Grand Slams,” she said. “It's definitely frustrating, but for the most part I just am still here. I'm still doing what I can do.” Williams fell behind 5-1 in the second set, sounding somewhat embarrassed and humbled about her situation, before saving a match point in the seventh game to begin a fightback.
“I was just thinking, honestly at that point: 'Wow, this is terrible. You got to play better. I have to do better',” Williams said.
“I just couldn't go down like that, so I just wanted to play a little bit better.”
Most spectators in the crowd of 26 191 cheered on Williams, helping revive her to level the set at 5-5, before Andreescu broke again in the 12th game to win the title.
“Well, I was thinking, 'OK, Serena, you didn't miss a serve, you lost serve maybe twice in the whole tournament, and you didn't hit a first serve in today,'” she said.
“So that was obviously on my mind: How do I play at a level like this in a final?”
As her recent Slam finals losses go, she rated the effort superior to that against Simona Halep in dropping last July's Wimbledon final. “I definitely did better than I did against Halep,” she said, while discounting last year's Wimbledon loss to Angelique Kerber, saying: “Kerber doesn't count because I was exhausted. My baby was eight months, and that's tough.”
Williams, who has not won a Slam since the 2017 Australian Open, while she was pregnant with daughter Olympia, said the time after her loss was spent pondering why she played so woefully.
“I'm not really happy, but I have to take it one moment at a time,” she said. “I honestly didn't play my best. I could have played better. That's the only solace that I can take.”
Williams' figures time will heal the pain, but that won't be anytime soon.
“In 20 years, I definitely will be like, 'Wow, that wasn't so bad',” she said.
“It's very hard right now in the moment to take this and say, 'You did OK', because I don't believe I did.”
“The end, towards a new challenge,” the former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker posted on Instagram.
“Thank you all, big love, adrenalin. In a few months you'll see me doing something new,” Eto'o, who has campaigned relentlessly against racism during his playing days, later said on the margins of an economic forum in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
“I need a rest, I've been running for 19-years,” he added light-heartedly in Kinshasa.
He stands alongside Liberia's current president George Weah and Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba as a great of African sport, and cuts a mythical figure in his homeland, where he is close to president Paul Biya. He is slated for a major role in the Confederation of African Football (CAF), where he has vowed to fight corruption and ensure funds go into infrastructure.
CAF president Ahmed Ahmed said Eto'o would take up a key role.
“Samuel Eto'o will take charge of relations between the federations and CAF,” the Madagascan said last month. The most memorable period of his club career includes five hugely successful seasons with Barcelona from 2004 to 2009.
Despite an unfortunate knack for ruffling feathers, a return of 108 league goals from just 145 matches in five stunning seasons with Barcelona pays testament to his talent.
At his peak, he enjoyed electric pace, an impeccable touch and instinctive shooting, to make him one of the most feared centre-forwards in the world.
He won a pair of Champions League titles and three La Liga crowns before departing under a cloud for Inter Milan, after a row with Ronaldinho, leading to Pep Guardiola showing him the dressing room door.
He then spearheaded Jose Mourinho's charge to a never-to-be-forgotten treble with Inter of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in his first season in Italy.
He led Cameroon to an impressive four World Cups in 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 and enjoyed huge success at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), as the Indomitable Lions won in 2000 and 2002.
He was part of a golden generation that featured Rigobert Song, the late Marc-Vivien Foe and Geremi, as Cameroon also won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, with the emerging Eto'o both scoring and converting a penalty in the shootout win over Spain in front of a blockbuster 114 000 crowd.
His pace left him as his career slowed down, with low stints at Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League.
Last year, after a short spell with Turkish side Konyaspor, he joined Qatar league side Qatar Sports Club, his last club.
This was confirmed by council spokesperson Benjamin Makayi, who told Namibian Sun 19 people had applied for the position. However, only one candidate had met the advertised requirements for the position.
“Only one applicant was shortlisted, because only one applicant met the requirements set in the job advert,” Makayi said.
“It is true that the interview for the position of CEO is scheduled to take place on Monday (today).”
The town council has been without a substantive CEO since Romanus Haironga's contract expired in July last year and was not renewed.
Haironga had been at the helm of council since 2007, but fell out of favour with councillors and was placed on suspension for most of his last year in office.
However, no formal charges were brought against him.
Following Haironga's departure, the council advertised the CEO position and appointed Sikongo Haihambo as acting CEO, while it finalised the recruitment process.
Haihambo, a former acting statistician-general of the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) and the former deputy CEO for operations of the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia, acted for 10 months before his sudden resignation in May.
Haihambo's contract was expected to come to an end in August. He, however, threw in the towel amid political infighting among the town's five Swapo councillors, which saw the council operating without a management committee for more than six months.
The council's strategic executive for corporate services, Herman Haingura, has been acting as CEO since then.
The CEO position was advertised over a year ago, but Makayi said no timeframe is stipulated in the Local Authorities Act to complete the recruitment process.
“There is no provision in terms of recruitment and selection for local authorities, which places a timeframe limit on the filling of an advertised vacancy.
“Nonetheless, the council always strives to finalise all recruitment processes within the shortest reasonable period,” Makayi said.
The council currently owes NamWater N$75 million and is struggling to clean the streets of the town, and provide proper roads for residents and visitors.
It has also for many years failed to service land on its own and relies on private developers for servicing and the construction of houses, which are often not affordable for local income groups.
This has resulted in an increase in land-grabbing activities and the expansion of informal settlements, where illegal water and electricity connections are rife.
This is according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), titled 'Hotels outlook: 2019 to 2023 Future resilience'.
According to the report the total number of tourist arrivals in 2017 reached more than 1.6 million, which is an increase of 2.2% from the previous year.
However, 73.8% of these visitors were from neighbouring countries and predominantly fell in the business, friends and family-related travellers' category.
Only 19.9% (320 139) tourists arrived from Europe (mainly leisure tourism), 2.5% from North America (mainly hunters and leisure tourism) and 3.8% from the rest of the world.
The number of business travellers visiting Namibia declined by 8.6% in 2017 to 205 845.
“Namibia is yet to capitalise on the potential offered by business tourism or the larger meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) sector,” the report notes.
It says occupancy figures from 2013 to 2017 suggest there has been no total growth during this period, only peaks and lows in the hospitality and tourism industry.
According to the report, the Namibian accommodation landscape is made up of approximately 3 100 hospitality businesses registered with the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB). These occupy a range of segments, including hotels, lodges, tented lodges, backpackers, bed and breakfast establishments, campsites and guest farms.
Of the registered accommodation businesses, approximately 580 relate to hunting farms, which are considered to be a separate market segment.
Most of the accommodation businesses are located in the countryside in rural or remote areas, providing a very diverse nature, bush and wildlife safari experience to the traveller.
Only Windhoek, as the capital city of Namibia, and Swakopmund provide larger independent and branded hotels.
“The hospitality and tourism industry in Namibia contributed N$5.2 billion to the country's GDP in 2017, 3.5% of total GDP. The industry also provided direct employment for 44 700 (people),” the report said.
It added that Namibia ranks higher than all other southern African countries, besides South Africa, for both safety and security and tourist service infrastructure.
It is third behind Mauritius and South Africa, among the countries analysed in the report. The report also analysed South Africa, Mauritius, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria.
“Further improvements in these areas will help Namibia boost its tourism market, while greater efficiency in its tax regime could help improve the contribution of the sector to the economy.”
According to the report the industry shows potential in the coming years, but it also faces notable challenges, including a lack of funding from government to maintain and repair the existing infrastructure, a lack of technology enablement, as well as a strategy to broaden the appeal of the country as a holiday destination among a wider cross-section of international tourists.
It says the biggest challenge for accommodation providers in Namibia is the lack of technological enablement, resulting in a high dependence on a value chain that is no longer sustainable.
This was confirmed by health executive director Ben Nangombe, who said Shintango Mbambi had resigned from the ministry.
“The nurse actually resigned. He is no longer an employee of the state,” Nangombe said. Mbambi was arrested on 14 December 2018, eight days after the alleged rape, following an internal investigation by the hospital's management.
The incident allegedly happened on 6 December in the hospital's TB ward.
It is alleged that Mbambi drugged the victim, who is said to be a chronic tuberculosis patient, before having sexual intercourse with her without her consent. The victim informed the hospital staff, resulting in an internal investigation, which led to the matter being taken to the police.
The police subsequently opened a case on behalf of the complainant.
Mbambi made his latest court appearance on 29 July in the Rundu's Magistrate's Court, where Magistrate Sonia Samupofu remanded the matter to 24 October, because of outstanding laboratory results and for further police investigations. Mbambi was also told to secure legal representation.
During his first court appearance on 18 December last year, he was denied bail.
The State opposed bail on the grounds that the matter is very serious and that it will not be in the interest of the administration of justice to grant him bail.
He took a pass late in the game and accelerated quickly to the outside, and then powered his way past Canadian defender Shane O'Leary, before diving over in the corner.
This was the third meeting of the year between the two countries, with the Eagles having won the first meeting in March 30-25 and then again in June 47-19.
The Americans kept their six-year winning streak against Canada alive, but they had to come back from a 12-10 halftime deficit at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium to do it.
Cam Dolan and Dylan Fawsitt also scored tries for the Americans.
Canada scored tries through Gord McRorie and Peter Nelson and enjoyed the possession advantage with five minutes to go, but the American defence warded off their attacks.
Canadian prop Hubert Buydens needed stitches to repair a large cut on his forehead. He returned to the field, but was subbed again, with blood streaming down his face.
The Eagles' World Cup tournament kicks off against England in Kobe, Japan on 26 September.
Canada open against Italy on the same day in Fukuoka.
They still lead the all-time statistics against the US with 38 wins, 23 losses and two draws.
While protest songs were the order of the day during the liberation struggle, with independence came a new wave of change and new roads for artists to walk.
Providing one of those main roads was the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), which is in its ninth year.
It has given musicians the opportunity to be acknowledged, rewarded and respected for their efforts.
On Saturday, music enthusiasts gathered at The Dome in Swakopmund for the biggest Namibian awards show of the year.
The NAMAs were celebrated in true Namibian style, with a line-up so spectacular it had the crowd on their feet - every now and then - during the course of the show.
Performers included Tate Buti, Top Cheri, DJ Siya, Gazza, King Elegant, Adora Kisting, Allen Jonathan and many more.
With the awards show being broadcast and streamed live, The Dome was lit up in style.
Lize Ehlers was the biggest winner on the night, scooping the coveted Artist of the Year, Best Female Artist of the Year and Best House categories.
Exit was named Best Male Artist of the Year, beating DJ KBoz, Big Ben, Gazza and Sean K.
Exit also won the Best Kwaito category.
Gazza took home the Best Afro Pop and Best Song of The Year titles with his smash-hit Chelete, while Top Cheri won the Best Album of the Year and Best Newcomer categories.
Most performances were electrifying, with Sally Boss Madam pulling off the biggest stunt.
One of the best performances came from Best Rap/Hip-Hop category winner, Skrypt.
Development partners came together in a big way this past weekend to support the elimination of hepatitis E in Namibia.
United Nations (UN) Namibia, the health ministry, the City of Windhoek, Development Workshop Namibia and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are collaborating to positively impact the lives of residents.
Together with community members from the Samora Marchel and Moses Garoeb constituencies in the Khomas Region, the partners commemorated World Hepatitis Day on Saturday and simultaneously launched the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) campaign, to increase access to safe sanitation in informal settlements.
Following the declaration of a health emergency in December 2017, due to the hepatitis outbreak, there has been an increased focus on inadequate water supply and poor sanitation, which are reported to be the main drivers of the outbreak in the informal settlements.
According to a joint press release by the partners involved the CLTS launch, the initiative signals Namibia's commitment to fighting viral hepatitis.
This innovative approach mobilises community members in the two constituencies to eliminate open defecation.
It places the focus on mobilising behaviour change, to ensure sustainable improvements that go beyond the provision of toilets.
CLTS triggers the need for collective change and a self-assessment process, through which communities can better understand the risk of disease and the dangers of open defecation. Furthermore, it creates a greater sense of community ownership, in terms of considering their own wellbeing.
Health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe emphasised the need for communities to work together, to ensure the total elimination of the disease.
Additionally, he thanked the Japanese government for supporting Namibia, in its attempts to eliminate the disease, and urged the communities to take care of the facilities and not vandalise them.
“We are here to recognise that in order to curb the spread of hepatitis E in the urban and informal settlements, good sanitation and hygiene for all can be achieved in Namibia,” World Health Organisation (WHO) country representative Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses said.
According to a statement, access to improved sanitation is a basic human right, yet in Namibia 46% nationally (urban: 26% and rural: 70%) practice open defecation.
This is coupled with only 54% of the population practicing hand-washing at critical times.
Generally, when there is poor sanitation coverage, the health of populations is affected.
“The UN sister agencies are happy that the City of Windhoek and the line ministries have embraced the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach; not only to address the ongoing hepatitis E outbreak, but as a sustainable solution to address sanitation and hygiene challenges faced by Namibia,” said Sagoe-Moses.
He thanked the Japanese government for funding the hepatitis E project through United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as well as the CLTS taskforce that worked tirelessly to mobilise their communities to build their own toilets and improve their hygiene practices, such as hand-washing with water at critical times.
The elimination of hepatitis is imperative to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and universal health coverage by 2030.
UN Namibia will continue to support national and regional policymakers to increase political and financial commitments for hepatitis the response.
Since the onset of the outbreak in September 2017, the hepatitis E virus has become the leading cause of maternal deaths.
The latest statistics show that the number of the hepatitis E infections have eclipsed the 6 000-mark, with a total of 6 151 cases reported by 11 August.
The statistics showed further that of the cases reported, 342 were maternal.