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  • 09/08/19--15:00: Mugabe's divisive legacy
  • Mugabe's divisive legacyMugabe's divisive legacyFrom liberator to power-hungry ruler President Hage Geingob has paid tribute to the immense sacrifices Robert Mugabe made during his life, in the fight for Africa and Zimbabwe's freedom. While tributes have poured in for Zimbabwean revolutionary, politician and president, Robert Mugabe, some have also painted him as a self-absorbed and selfish despot.

    Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared a national period of mourning until Mugabe's burial. He died on Friday in Singapore at the age of 95. Many have lauded him, while others have highlighted human rights abuses, most notably the 1980s ethnic cleansing of at least 20 000 people in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland province. They also pointed to his lust to cling to power and the economic collapse of a country that was once known as the bread-basket of Africa. President Hage Geingob paid tribute to the immense sacrifices Mugabe made during his life, in the fight for Africa and Zimbabwe's freedom.

    Geingob said he had learned with sadness about Mugabe's death. “It is with a deep sense of sadness that I have learned about the passing of the former president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, comrade Robert Mugabe, an outstanding revolutionary, a tenacious freedom fighter and dedicated pan-Africanist.” Geingob said Mugabe had made enormous sacrifices in the struggle against injustice, racial subjugation and colonial oppression. “As Namibians, we owe president Mugabe a deep sense of gratitude for his immense and selfless contributions to the liberation of our country.

    “On behalf of the Namibian people, I extend sincere condolences to my dear brother, president Emmerson Mnangagwa, the family and the people of Zimbabwe. The loss of the people of Zimbabwe is Africa's loss. May his revolutionary soul rest in eternal peace.” Founding President Sam Nujoma said Mugabe will be remembered as one of the most iconic leaders, who fought for the liberation of his country and Africa.

    Nujoma released a video message through his foundation, in which he said Mugabe was a pan-Africanist and a “dear brother”.

    “He will be remembered as one who stood firm when others wavered. He was an iconic pan-Africanist. On behalf of the veterans of the Namibian liberation struggle, stewards and on my own behalf, I wish to express our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family and the entire revolutionary people of Zimbabwe,” Nujoma said.

    Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani also extended his condolences and empathy to the people of Zimbabwe.

    While Venaani said Mugabe was a hero of the liberation struggle, he also pointed out that he made many mistakes that undermined his legacy.

    “We all need to take our lessons. We put his country in prayer to seek unity and economic transformation.”

    Landless People's Movement leader Bernadus Swartbooi credited Mugabe for Zimbabwe's quality education system and agricultural development. “He empowered his people and returned dignity to people,” Swartbooi told Nampa. He said Mugabe was instrumental in land reform and ensured that the land was returned to his country's people.

    He further described the late leader as a qualified spokesperson for the African agenda and its concerns at international platforms.

    Swartbooi, however, said Mugabe became self-absorbed and selfish with state resources, which he used for self-enrichment. Swartbooi warned that Namibia is destined for the same fate. Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Mike Kavekotora told Nampa that Mugabe will be remembered as a great leader, who did not waver.

    “On the other hand, his political manoeuvres contributed to the economic downfall of his country in his later years,” Kavekotora said.

    Seasoned journalist and Zimbabwean commentator, Wonder Guchu, told Namibian Sun that Mugabe was everything in one.

    “He had a good side and a bad side.” Guchu stressed it was the Zimbabwean people who made Mugabe what he became. “Nobody held him accountable and he later thought he was irreplaceable, but from the beginning his intentions were good.” Guchu explained that in the beginning Mugabe had focus, but when he realised how much the people loved him, it made him what he became. “We create our own dictators,” said Guchu.

    “In the 60s Mugabe was never power-hungry, but in the 90s he got it in his mind that the Zimbabwe cannot do without him.”

    Guchu said people might blame Mugabe now for many things, but it was Zimbabweans that made him what he became. “It made him believe that he was some kind of God.”

    Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has conferred national hero status on Mugabe and called him “a great teacher” and a “remarkable statesman”, whose passing “leaves a national void”.

    Mugabe served as Zimbabwe's prime minister after the country's independence, before taking over the presidency in 1987. He held the position for three decades, until he was ousted in 2017.



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  • 09/08/19--15:00: Tourist dies in bus crash
  • Tourist dies in bus crashTourist dies in bus crash The Kavango East police are investigating a case of culpable homicide, after a German national died on Saturday when the bus she was travelling in was involved in an accident.

    According to Kavango East crime coordinator, Bonifatius Kanyetu, the accident happened at around 09:30 at Shinyungwe village in the Ndiyona constituency.

    Kanyetu said the tour bus, which was carrying 15 passengers, 14 of whom were German nationals, was travelling east, while the black Honda SUV, in which two Zimbabwean nationals were travelling, was driving in the opposite direction.

    Kanyetu explained the accident occurred after the SUV bumped into the right side of the bus, which resulted in both vehicles overturning, leading to the death of the German tourist, who died on the spot.

    The victim's identity is known to Namibian Sun, but cannot be publicised, as her next of kin have not been informed.

    While the other bus passengers, mostly pensioners, sustained light to serious injuries, 74-year-old Inge Reimann lost an arm.

    The driver of the sedan, Daves Nzenga (60), was seriously injured, while his passenger Ronald Cheka (41) was slightly injured.

    All the injured were rushed to the Nyangana Catholic hospital.

    No arrests have been made and police investigations continue.


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  • 09/08/19--15:00: Flores returns to Watford
  • Flores returns to WatfordFlores returns to Watford Quique Sanchez Flores has returned to the Watford bench after Javi Gracia was sacked just four games into the season, the Premier League team announced on Saturday.

    “Watford FC announces the appointment of Quique Sanchez Flores as the club's new head coach,” the club said in a statement

    Flores previously took charge of Watford in the 2015/16 season, as the Hornets finished 13th in the Premier League and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

    Gracia, meanwhile, had been a popular figure at Vicarage Road - guiding the club to 11th in the Premier League and a first FA Cup final for 35 years last season.

    However, his team were blown away 6-0 by Manchester City during the Wembley final, and the 32-year-old has paid the price for picking up just one point from the first four league games of the new campaign.

    “Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements,” said Watford chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury.


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    Celebrating 21 years of spring festivalsCelebrating 21 years of spring festivals Joggers, cyclists and enthusiasts joined Cycletec's 21st spring festival that took place on Saturday.

    Cyclists could choose between a 20km short ride and a 45km race. Runners, on the other hand, could decide between a 5km, 12km or 22km run or walk.

    For the bravest there was a duathlon, with a 10km run and 25km cycling event.

    According to Patrick de Goede of Cycletec, it was a great event.

    “The atmosphere was amazing. Not even the wind dampened the mood. The morning started chilly and the rest of the day was nice and hot. It was perfect.

    “It brings a community together.

    This is a family event, to spend time together while being outdoors. The event is for everyone, also those with small children, who joined in the walking and cycling races,” he added.

    Yolanda Nel

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  • 09/08/19--15:00: Tributes for Chester
  • Tributes for ChesterTributes for ChesterNamibians also hail Bok hero Chester Williams has been hailed as a trailblazer and transformation pioneer. Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chief administrator Freddy Mwiya has hailed Bok winger Chester Williams as a player who changed the way people look at rugby.

    Williams was the only black player who was part of the 1995 Rugby World Cup Bok team, who against all odds lifted the trophy on home soil.

    He died of a suspected heart attack on Friday at the age of 49.

    Williams played as a winger for the Boks from 1993 to 2000. He was the only player of colour in the side that defeated rivals New Zealand 15-12 at Ellis Park stadium in the final of the 1995 World Cup. The Springbok team was the sole domain of whites during the apartheid era until 1981.

    “On behalf of the NSC, and the sporting family in Namibia, we convey our deepest condolences to the sporting fraternity in South Africa, specifically to the rugby family, for the loss of one of the first black rugby players of the Springboks.

    “In the spirit of transformation in sport, he remains a living testimony of the road to transformation. Therefore, this loss is very sad news to us all,” Mwiya said. “Let his legacy shed more light on other new players, who will be joining rugby, as we continue to unite humanities through sport.”

    Former Namibian rugby player Ronaldo Pedro, who played between 1999 and 2003, and who is now a sevens rugby coach, sent his condolences to Williams' family, saying he was indeed a pioneer of the game that many have come to love.

    “I never got the chance to play against him, but he changed the dynamics in rugby and was indeed our hero, because we all looked up to him. He was an inspiration, as he was the only black (Springbok) player in a sport that was dominated by whites back then,” Pedro said. Former Namibian captain Jacques Burger, who played for the national team from 2004 to 2015, also tweeted: “Rest in peace, you legend.”

    South African president Cyril Ramaphosa also offered his sincerest condolences to the family, friends, former teammates and teams with whom Williams shared his life.

    “Chester Williams death at this tender age leaves all South Africans bereft of a rugby hero and national role model, who still had a great deal to offer his sport and his country,” Ramaphosa said.

    “We will miss the humility and joy of life with which Chester conducted himself during an illustrious career that inspired hundreds of thousands of South African children, who had previously been excluded from rugby, to take up the game.

    “We salute him for the extraordinary achievements he recorded in a life that has sadly ended prematurely,” Ramaphosa said.

    Nicknamed the 'Black Pearl', Williams was born in Paarl on 8 August 1970. He played for DHL Western Province and the Xerox Golden Lions during his provincial career, which stretched from 1991 to 2000. He also had two seasons of Vodacom Super Rugby with the Cats. Williams made his Springbok debut against Argentina in 1993 and played 27 Tests for South Africa, until his last Test against Wales in 2000. He scored 14 Test tries in the process. In total, he played 47 matches in the green and gold and scored 27 tries.

    In 1995, he was a member of the initial Springbok squad for the Rugby World Cup, but had to withdraw due to injury shortly before the tournament started. He was later recalled and scored four tries in the quarterfinal against Samoa.

    Williams was named SA Rugby Player of the Year in 1994. Apart from lifting the Webb Ellis Cup in 1995, Williams was also a member of the Springbok squad that won the Castle Lager Rugby Championship (then the Tri-Nations) in 1998, and he won the Currie Cup with the Xerox Golden Lions in 1999.

    Blessed with speed to burn and great anticipation, sevens rugby was also a natural fit for Williams, who played in 22 tournaments for the Springbok sevens team, including the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournaments in 1993 and 2001. He also captained the Blitzboks at the Commonwealth Games in 1998. After his playing days, Williams turned to coaching, where he was involved at various levels of the game, including the Blitzboks, the Cats (Vodacom Super Rugby), the national teams of Uganda and Tunisia, the Phakisa Pumas (Currie Cup), and more recently the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in the FNB Varsity Cup.

    Williams was also invited to be the bearer of the 2004 Olympic torch, which was on its way to Athens. As part of his legacy, Williams recently launched Chester's Lager, which will be sold during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

    Williams is the fifth member of the Springbok squad from 1995 to pass away, after Kitch Christie (coach), Ruben Kruger (flank), Joost van der Westhuizen (scrumhalf) and James Small (wing) died.

    Williams is survived by his wife Maria and three children, Ryan and twins Matthew and Chloe.

    -Additional info by NAMPA/ANA


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    Sport: A catalyst for patriotismSport: A catalyst for patriotism Talent and skill can get you onto the field, but having an identity will propel you to even greater heights.

    Being a sportsmen or women these days is very tricky.

    You have to constantly make choices that at times don't sit well with certain people, especially when it comes to loyalty.

    It can be a continuous choice between club and country. You have to choose to play certain matches, especially if those matches are crucial to the nation's hopes of qualifying for this or that tournament.

    It's difficult when people are constantly watching and following you, and want to see you play. Some players are only seen on TV; so imagine the disappointment of a fan who could have seen them live in Namibia, but they are absent because of this reason or that.

    Sometimes there are things are deeper and more complicated than meets the eye, but donning national colours should be and is an achievement that comes close to being knighted.

    It is the highest form of respect any player can achieve. It doesn't matter what sport you compete in. Being selected for the national team should be an honour and a privilege. It should humble you, because you became and inspiration and aspiration to many, young and old.

    It should be an honour to be an ambassador for your country, whether they give you a huge sum of money or not.

    I know some players don't feel things way and would rather invest more time in their clubs, as there is more money on offer there. I know many players who feel that national teams don't have resources, which they have grown used to at their overseas clubs.

    Some players fear getting injured while playing for the national team, thus ruining their club careers. Others are just tired of the inevitable politics in sport and would not even want to be part of the national set-up. This understandable, because one needs to protect one's own interest at times.

    But if people ask you which country you are from and how many caps you have for your national team, you should give your answer with, unless of course you are not regularly called up.

    You country is you identity. Look at a guy like Senegalese professional footballer Sadio Mane, for instance. Mane is the diamond of Senegalese football, representing his country wherever he goes. Be a Mane.

    When you are called up, return home and play for the national team and offer your services. That is of course if you don't have club duties. When you are called up say “yes, with pleasure”, because your response says a lot about you as a person. There is so much politics in terms of who should make squads, and who shouldn't. Don't focus on that; just do your job on the field and let the rest sort itself out.

    Let's value and treat national teams with maximum respect.


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    Volleyball heads to the coastVolleyball heads to the coastEight teams remain in Bank Windhoek NVF Cup Eight top volleyball clubs are headed to Swakopmund, where the winners of the Bank Windhoek NVF Cup will be decided. SPORTS REPORTER

    The top eight volleyball clubs in this year’s Bank Windhoek Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) Cup have managed to book their places for the semi-final round.

    The clubs who made it through, after first round clashes in Otjiwarongo recently, will compete for top honours during the semi-finals and finals that are set to take place on 28 and 29 September at The Dome in Swakopmund.

    The Otjiwarongo contest saw men and women teams from each of the participating six regional volleyball associations competing for bragging rights.

    The men’s category will see current titleholders Khomas Nampol Volleyball Club (VC), Navy VC, NamPower VC and Namibia Defence Force VC compete for the category title in Swakopmund.

    Revivals VC, who are the current women’s category champions, will look to defend their title against Khomas Nampol VC, Happy Du VC and Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS).

    “Thank you Bank Windhoek for being our main sponsor of our federation. Without your generous support over the years, our national events would not have been successful. We now look forward to hosting the Bank Windhoek NVF Cup finals at the coast,” NVF president Hillary Imbuwa said.

    “It has been an exciting season in this year’s Bank Windhoek NVF Cup, with more teams competing nationwide. We thank the organisers for managing the tournaments countrywide and developing the sport to grow year-on-year. Congratulations to all the teams competing in the upcoming finals and may the best teams win,” said Bank Windhoek public relations manager André le Roux.

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    Soldier to appear for murder Soldier to appear for murder ELLANIE SMIT

    The soldier attached to Operation Kalahari Desert, who allegedly shot a 32-year-old civilian last week, is expected to appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court today.

    The victim, Benisius Kalola, was shot at Single Quarters in Katutura on Thursday and later died in the Katutura state hospital.

    Police on Friday confirmed that a case of murder was registered and a member of Operation Kalahari Desert phase II was arrested.

    According to a statement, Kalola was allegedly shot by members of Operation Kalahari Desert while they were searching for narcotics.

    “A substantial amount of cannabis/dagga was recovered and three suspects were arrested.”

    It is, however, not known what sparked the shooting, as police investigations are still at an early stage.

    “The loss of life is regretted by the joint operation command of Operation Kalahari Desert phase II. However, it is firmly believed that the due process of law will follow its course.”

    The police further dismissed claims that the deceased had no criminal record.

    “Preliminary investigations have revealed the deceased had two outstanding criminal cases, being robbery with aggravating circumstances and armed robbery,” the police said.

    Police inspector-general Sebastian Ndeitunga told Namibian Sun the incident was regrettable.

    He said members in uniform should be cautious when firing live bullets at suspects.

    Ndeitunga said investigations are still ongoing to determine the circumstances under which the shooting took place and if anyone had given the order to shoot.

    He stressed the police were with the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) when the incident happened.

    “The person (suspect) has been arrested. This is a very serious incident. We must, however, focus on the prevention of these incidents in the future.”

    Ndeitunga had previously explained that no member of the anti-crime operation was allowed to use their firearm without being told to do so by their commander, and that the police should take a leading role during the operation, unless otherwise directed by the operation commander.

    “No member should apply force against any person during the operation, save where minimum force is to be applied, particularly during the arresting of resisting suspects or else actions should be taken against culprits.”

    Ndeitunga had also stressed at the launch of Operation Kalahari Desert phase II that all members had undergone a three-day intensive induction, particularly on the conduct, roles and rules of engagement during the execution of their duties.

    This was the second fatal shooting linked to the widely criticised anti-crime operation, which was first launched as Operation Hornkranz in December last year.

    In early June, outrage erupted when Zimbabwean taxi driver Talent Fambaune (22) was shot in the head by soldier Gerson Nakale (38), when he tried to avoid a temporary roadblock set up by Operation Kalahari Desert.

    Nakale was charged with one count of murder and remains in custody, after bail was refused.

    In August, it was reported that a man was shot and wounded by an NDF officer during a Kalahari Desert operation in Walvis Bay. The man survived.

    Meanwhile, political representatives of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and Swanu of Namibia, who visited Kalola’s family, have called on government to address the fatal shootings linked to Operation Kalahari Desert.


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  • 09/08/19--15:00: Harambee delight
  • Harambee delightHarambee delightPot too hot for Geingob's detractors The list of Swapo’s 96 National Assembly candidates for the November general election is dominated by President Hage Geingob loyalists. The outcome of the Swapo electoral college has seemingly confirmed President Hage Geingob’s unshakable grip on power, with most of his loyalists emerging in pole position to warm the National Assembly benches and cabinet seats after the upcoming general election.

    There was a sigh of relief when returning officer Sisa Namandje announced the outcome of the so-called pot in the early hours of yesterday morning.

    Geingob’s blue-eyed boys, former Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) MD Tobie Aupindi and National Youth Council (NYC) boss Mandela Kapere, are headed to parliament, after securing enough votes. Aupindi, who was last year convicted on a charge under the Anti-Corruption Act, ended 29th, while Kapere finished 45th.

    Geingob was also confirmed as the party’s presidential candidate and yesterday declared there were no losers in the contest.

    “Our party won. There are no losers. We should now work with unity of purpose for victory in the November 2019 elections,” he said.

    However, those who are not aligned to his so-called Harambee faction were dealt a major blow, and ended low on the parliamentary candidate list.

    Among those who performed badly include National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) pot candidates Job Muniaro (135th), Elijah Ngurare (141th) and Jezzy Nombanza, who ended up at 91, although making the 96-strong National Assembly candidate list.

    At least two cabinet ministers have been left out in the cold, after failing to make it high enough to return to the National Assembly in March next year. Safety and security minister Charles Namoloh and his labour counterpart Erkki Nghimtina performed dismally at the electoral college, while their cabinet colleagues earned top spots on the Swapo list.

    Namoloh, who in 2014 impressively came in at 11 on the Swapo list, completely lost out on a potential seat next year, after finishing at 103. Nghimtina, who finished 43rd during 2014, this time around sneaked in at 95th. However, this will not be enough to secure him a seat, as Swapo only won 77 seats in 2014.

    At least four other cabinet ministers, who are currently non-voting members in the National Assembly, were not delegates or candidates at the Swapo pot. They include poverty eradication minister Zephania Kameeta, Kalumbi Shangula (health), Martin Andjaba (presidential affairs and acting education minister) and Obeth Kandjoze (economic planning).

    Missing out

    Deputy minister Engel Nawatiseb, who was in 2014 part of former President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s ten president nominees, finished at 87, while deputy labour minister Tommy Nambahu also finds himself at the wayside, after finishing 109th. The deputy minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Chief Samuel Ankama, finished at 117th, while former cabinet minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana followed at 118th. Jerry Ekandjo, who was reduced to an ordinary backbencher after the 2017 Swapo congress, where he challenged Geingob for the party presidency, finished at 107, while Swapo Party Women’s Council (SPWC) secretary Eunice Iipinge ended 106th.

    Businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, who lost the Swapo deputy SG position to Marco Hausiku in 2017, also performed miserably and came 152nd. However, some of Geingob’s supporters fared badly.

    The notable poor performers include former education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa (82nd), works deputy minister James Sankwasa (81st), National Assembly speaker Peter Katjavivi (89th), National Council chair Margaret Mensah-Williams (92nd), deputy minister of economic planning Piet van der Walt (85th) and deputy minister of land Priscilla Boois (88th). Deputy public enterprises minister Veikko Nekundi secured 73rd position, while youth league leader Ephraim Nekongo ended 75th. Geingob still has to appoint his ten presidential nominees, who will feature in the top 40 of ruling party’s candidate list.

    Shifeta, Iipumbu top

    For the second time running, following the 2014 pot, environment minister Pohamba Shifeta dominated the male list of candidates, with well over 190 delegates giving him the nod.

    Deputy industrialisation minister and former youth leader Lucia Iipumbu topped the female list, improving from her second position in 2014. Mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and home affairs minister Frans Kapofi, as well as MP Johanna Kandjimi, are amongst the top pot performers. They were followed by the likes of Peya Mushelenga, Alexia Manombe-Ncube, Calle Schlettwein, Lucia Witbooi and current Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba. It is not clear at this point whether Mbumba will continue as the country’s vice-president next year, which means he would have to resign from parliament. Shifeta yesterday told Namibian Sun he was humbled by the support and votes he received at the electoral college. “I have no much word to express, in thanking all party members who continue to show confidence in me,” Shifeta said.

    “I have no political ambitions really, rather than serving the Namibian nation through my party, Swapo, and its leadership, which deployed me into positions to do my services to the nation to the best of my ability.”

    Iipumbu also expressed delight, adding she was overwhelmed by the faith shown in her by the pot delegates.

    “I believe those who voted for me see something that I don’t see myself,” she said. Iipumbu also gave an assessment of the performance of the youth, saying they have done relatively done well.

    “Myself, Verna (Sinimbo), Jennelly (Matundu) and Paula Kooper are young people of my generation. Even those that are still serving in the structures can prove themselves and eventually make it.”

    Dark horses

    The pot also served up some surprises and saw former journalist Modestus Amutse making the top 50. Amutse, who is a regional councillor for Oshikuku, finished 47th, while former Rundu mayor Sinimbo is number 34. Oshakati local authority councillor Katrina Shimbulu made the candidate list at 76th, while town CEO Werner Iita came in at 79. Former environment deputy minister Uahekua Herunga came in at 77, while SPWC Erongo regional coordinator Theresia Garises finished at number 80. Over 200 delegates participated in the electoral college.


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    Career change on the cards for CasterCareer change on the cards for Caster Two-time Olympic 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya appears to be preparing for a career outside of athletics, after joining a women's football club.

    According to the Independent website, the 28-year-old is currently appealing against a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which approved the IAAF's introduction of a new testosterone limit for female athletes. Semenya is unable to defend her 800m world title in Doha later this month without taking hormone-suppressing drugs, something she has refused to do.

    And the South African has started training with Gauteng-based JVW FC with a view to making her debut next season, as the transfer window is currently closed.

    “I'm grateful for this opportunity and I appreciate the love and support I already get from the team,” she told the club's website.

    “I'm looking forward to this new journey, and hopefully I can contribute as much as I can to the club.”

    Club founder and Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk said: “I'm absolutely honoured that out of all the other women's clubs around the world, she has chosen JVW as the club where she would like to start showcasing her football skills.

    “I welcomed her at her first training (session) with the team and was impressed to see that she definitely has all the fundamentals.”

    JVW FC, founded in 2012, is currently in second place on the Gauteng Sasol log, two points' adrift of leaders Croesus Ladies. The side will be looking to qualify for the playoffs, with the hope of reaching the National League.


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  • 09/08/19--15:00: Saving the best for last
  • Saving the best for lastSaving the best for lastNamibia eye win over Canada in final World Cup group match Namibia's chance of winning their first-ever match at a Rugby World Cup could well come when they face Canada on 13 October, says Unam coach Johan Diergaardt. Local rugby coach Johan Diergaardt believes Namibia have what it takes to win a match at the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan and that their chance will likely come against Canada.

    “The win will depend on the first three matches, as they will be difficult. It also depends on how the coach and his team manage the players and keep them fresh throughout. Canada are definitely not better than us,” Diergaardt said. Namibia are in Pool B with Italy, who they will play on 22 September, the Springboks, who they play on 28 September, and New Zealand, who are the defending champions and who they will clash with on 6 October. The match against Canada will be their last in the group stages on 13 October. Namibia are rank outsiders and are aiming to end a 19-match losing streak since debuting at the Rugby World Cup 20 years ago.

    Led by former Wales forward Phil Davies the Namibians came closest to ending the five-tournament horror run, when they lost by just one point to Georgia in England four years ago.

    Although the Canadians gave the Namibians a 61-point hiding in a previous World Cup, they were ranked 21st on 2 September, only two places above the Africans. The Namibians are confident after picking up wins in two warm-up matches against South African provincial side, the Southern Kings. They won the first match 28-22 and their second this past Saturday 21-17.

    Canada were, however, beaten 15-20 in their final tune-up match on Saturday.

    Namibia's World Cup squad is as follows:

    Forwards (18) - Andre Rademeyer, Nelius Theron, Desiderius Sethie, AJ de Klerk, Johannes Coetzee, Obert Nortje, Louis van der Westhuizen, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Tjiuee Uanivi, Johan Retief, Thomasau Forbes, Rohan Kitshoff, Max Katjijeko, Prince !Gaoseb, Wian Conradie, PJ van Lill, Adriaan Booysen and Janco Venter.

    Backs (13) - Cliven Loubser, Helarius Kisting, Damian Stevens, Eugene Jantjies, Darryl de la Harpe, Johan Deysel, Justin Newman, JC Greyling, Johann Tromp, Chad Plato, Lesley Klim, Janry du Toit and PJ Walters.

    Limba Mupetami

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  • 09/09/19--03:02: NDF soldier denied bail
  •  NDF soldier denied bail NDF soldier denied bail
    The NDF member accused of shooting a 32-year-old civilian during Operation Kalahari Desert was refused bail when he appeared in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court this morning. Darrel Mulele Nyambe was remanded in custody at the Wanaheda police station, while his case was postponed until 29 January next year for legal aid and for further investigations. Nyambe was informed that he can, however, make a formal bail application. Nyambe has been charged with murder after he allegedly shot Benisius Kalola in Katutura last week Thursday. Kalola later died in hospital. Nyambe appeared before Magistrate Atutala Namwenyo Shikalepo while prosecutor Victoria Likius appeared on behalf of the state.


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    Rankings don’t matter - SamariaRankings don’t matter - SamariaWarriors eye return win in preliminary World Cup qualifier The Brave Warriors will face Eritrea tonight at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, in the second leg of a preliminary World Cup qualifier. Limba Mupetami

    Namibia will play the second leg of a preliminary 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier against the Red Sea Camels of Eritrea tonight at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.

    The match kicks off at 19:00.

    In the first leg last week, Namibia beat Eritrea 2-1, but it was a match filled with many missed chances, something interim coach Bobby Samaria has been working on with the players.

    Namibia are the better side on paper, as they are currently ranked 30th in Africa and 121st in the world, while Eritrea are the lowest ranked African nation, at 54th, and are ranked 202nd in the world.

    Samaria, however, believes that rankings don’t matter, as Eritrea boasts seven Swedish-based players and can cause an upset if the Warriors are not vigilant and brutal on attack.

    “We did not know them well, but we did well. They are now an open book and surely our planning will be different. They had about seven European-based players, and I understand they will add four more, so it will not be an easy game at all,” Samaria said.

    “It means they still believe and that means we have to work very hard to get over the line.”

    Samaria said home support will be key on the night.

    “The stadium was packed over there. If we can get that, and more support, the boys can flourish. We have worked on our finishing and it all depends on our form on the day. Rankings don’t matter and after the first leg results across Africa, that is very clear,” Samaria said.

    Of the 28 lower-ranked African nations involved in the preliminary qualifiers, 14 countries are set to join the top 26 African nations in the main qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup next year.

    These 40 nations will be divided into ten groups of four each, who will face each other on a round-robin basis.

    The ten group winners will then be involved in five two-leg playoff matches, with the five winners qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

    The Brave Warriors will be captained by Peter Shalulile, scored the first goal last week in Asmara. He was also involved in the second goal, which came as a result of an own-goal by Eritrea.

    “It was very surprising for me to be given the armband. I never thought I would lead the team in this way, but I am equally glad I did. The players were very cooperative and now that we are playing at home, I have to keep doing what I can do to score and create for others to score. It comes with more responsibility, but for my national team, I can do this anytime,” Shalulile said.

    Eritrean captain Henok Goitom scored their only goal last week.

    Tickets for the match are selling for N$30 in advance at Football House in Katutura and at all Computicket outlets countrywide. Tickets cost N$50 at the gate.

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  • 09/09/19--15:00: Canjulo chases Olympic dream
  • Canjulo chases Olympic dreamCanjulo chases Olympic dream SPORT REPORTER

    Veya Information Communication Technology (Veya ICT) has partnered with 13-year-old junior swimming sensation, Jose Canjulo, in order to help him realise his goal of competing at the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar.

    Last Friday the ICT firm commenced with a N$170 700 sponsorship agreement for the year and has already provided financial assistance towards Canjulo’s participation at the South African Junior Championships and his attendance at holiday training camps with South Africa’s most prestigious swimming coaches.

    The sponsorship covers costs related to training, his attendance to all international competitions and monies related to dietary needs and training gear.

    Speaking at the handover on Friday, Veya ICT managing director Winnith Schrywer said the company is passionate about nurturing the next generation of sporting talent, by assisting them to hone their skills and participate in activities to aid their development.

    “Talented athletes are often prevented from developing and participating in competitions, due to limited funding; restricting opportunities only to those who have a financially superior background,” said Schrywer.

    Canjulo shared his gratitude towards Veya for their belief in his talent and praised the company’s willingness to support him to become the best he can be.

    “I’m fortunate to have this sponsorship at this age already and it has given me a lot of confidence to do my level best in competitions,” he said.

    Canjulo highlighted the opportunities the sponsorship has already given him, specifically the training sessions with some of the world’s best coaches, the opportunity to compete at the South African junior and Western Province champs, and now the CANA Junior Africa Championships.

    “I have learnt so much and I have grown so much,” said Canjulo.

    His aspiration is to not only to qualify and compete at the 2022 Youth Olympic Games, but also to compete at the Junior World Championships in 2021. Recently, at the CANA Zone 5 Championships held in Windhoek, Jose won seven gold medals and broke four national age-group records, and was awarded the junior victor ludorm accolade.

    He also won four gold and five silver medals at the South African Junior Championships, setting four Namibia age-group records. He also attained two junior world championship qualifying times in the 400m freestyle and 200m individual medley events.

    Now that he has qualified for the CANA Junior Africa Championships, Canjulo has already departed for Tunisia, thanks to the financial backing of his new sponsorship partner.

    “Given all his hard work, we are hopeful the upcoming championships will produce medals for Namibia, and Veya ICT would be honoured to be part of that effort,” Schrywer said.

    She went on to discuss Veya’s corporate social responsibility philosophy, emphasising the importance of thinking beyond the scope of the company’s operations and investing in Namibian youth wherever possible.

    “For us, developing the leadership skills of the next generation is absolutely vital for the future of our country, and we see this sponsorship as partly contributing to that. After all, it takes a great deal of mental strength to become a leader, and this type of mental strength is honed alongside the physical skills that are so important for young athletes to meet and exceed their potential.

    “To be a leader in sport means the development of skills that will benefit them greatly outside of sport, and these can subsequently be translated into any setting,” Schrywer said.

    She added the sponsorship of any talented young sportsperson can help to create a leader or an ambassador for the future. All it takes is the right level of support.

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    Black Stars stumble against Biwa ElevenBlack Stars stumble against Biwa Eleven Biwa Eleven beat Black Stars 3-1, inflicting a first defeat on the log leaders in the Hoachanas Development Trust Football League.

    The week-four game was played on Saturday at the Dolam stadium in Hoachanas.

    A brace by Reinholdt Nikodemus and a goal by Kevin Nakhom saw Biwa Eleven close the gap on Black Stars, with Innocent Howeka scoring for the log leaders.

    Both teams now sit on 16 points, with Black Stars having a superior goal difference of plus-15.

    Speaking to Nampa after the match on Saturday, Biwa Eleven coach Roderick van Neel said his side had intense training sessions during the week leading up to the match.

    “We worked on different tactics and strategies and implemented what we practiced during our sessions in the match. It was not an easy game, but the boys showed they were hungrier than their opponents,” he said.

    In other matches played on Saturday, Stout Makers defeated Sunrise Football Club 2-1 and Hoachanas Children Fund FC cruised past SKW United 3-1, while ||Kho-khoën and Black Stars played to a goalless draw.

    Black Stars, although dropping four points, still lead the log with 16 points after seven matches, followed by Biwa Eleven in second position, also on 16 points after the same number of matches.

    Stout Makers are in third place with 15 points after seven matches, while Hoachanas Children Fund occupy fourth place with 14 points, having played eight matches.

    Bafana Eleven are in fifth position with 13 points after seven matches and ||Kho-khoën in sixth with 10 points.

    SKW United are on four points in seventh position after eight matches, with Sunrise FC on three points after seven matches.

    ||Goa-!Haob are rock bottom in ninth position, on one point after seven matches.


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    Catching up with old friends Catching up with old friends Various schools have the tradition of inviting current grade 12s to their former primary schools. The day is spent reminiscing and catching up with former classmates and friends. On Thursday, the Class of 2014 of Flamingo Primary School paid a visit to their former school. Anne Einbeck, who was the principal of the school at the time, also joined in the festivities. Seen here is the Class of 2014, with teachers from Flamingo Primary School. Photo contributed.

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  • 09/09/19--15:00: A glamorous affair
  • A glamorous affair A glamorous affair It’s that time of the year again, when grade 12s are preparing to formally say goodbye to their schools by attending matric farewells. Walvis Bay Leandrea Louw

    Pro-Ed Academy in Swakopmund hosted a ceremony last week where the grade 12s received their invitations to their matric farewell that will take place on 11 October.

    This year’s theme is ‘A Night in Paris’. During the ceremony, each learner had the opportunity to ride a bicycle to the stage and receive their invite.

    The ceremony was hosted in the hall of the new school building, where the high school section recently moved to.

    Duinesig Combined School in Walvis Bay also hosted a special ceremony, where the grade 12s received their matric farewell invites. Their theme is ‘The Oscars’.

    The next set of farewells to look out for at the coast are that of The Dolphin Schools (11 October), Westside High School (28 October), Namib High School (1 November), Coastal High School (7 November) and Kuisebmond Secondary School (9 November).

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    Local school needs assistanceLocal school needs assistance Flamingo Primary School is hard at work to make itself the primary school of choice in Walvis Bay, despite numerous challenges. Walvis Bay Leandrea Louw

    One of the challenges is a lack of classrooms for the grade 2 pupils, who have to attend afternoon classes.

    The school caters for pupils from pre-primary to grade 7, with English as the first medium of instruction.

    Currently there are about 1 200 learners across all grades who come from Kuisebmond, Narraville and Walvis Bay proper.

    According to Ursula Damens, the principal of the school, in 2016 four additional class intakes were added to grade 1 by the government.

    “This resulted in the grade 2s having afternoon classes, so that all the grade 1 pupils could be accommodated. Currently, the grade 2 classes have all been moved to the afternoon, as the grade 1s have seven classes again this year,” she said.

    With the grade 2s attending classes in the afternoon this is has resulted in a number of challenges that have put a strain on learners, teachers and parents.

    “These learners start school at 12:00 until 16:30, resulting in a shortened school day. Teachers have to share classrooms with the grade 1 teachers. With this, they are not able to set up classrooms to their full capability with sensory teaching aids.

    “Parents have to arrange for supervision for their children in the mornings, as they are working. These learners do not partake in mainstream school activities, such as assemblies and events, as they only attend school after these items are concluded.

    “Parents cannot arrange for extra tuition for pupils that need assistance, as they are in school when these take place daily. Lastly, with the government budget, there is no possibility of classrooms for the grade 2 pupils being built in the current school year,” Damens said.

    She explained that with this in mind, the school management and Grade 2 parents have come up with a strategy to raise funds to build seven classrooms.

    “Each classroom will cost approximately N$200 000 for a complete build. Our parents are willing to assist physically with the building of the classrooms, to lower costs and complete the classrooms as soon as possible. These are only eight-year-old learners and we want to bring their routine back to normality as soon as possible.”

    Damens said they need monetary sponsorship and/or cement, 6” blocks, windows, doors, electrical supplies, plumbing supplies, building sand, building pebbles, a cement mixer to hire for the foundation and plastering, paint and/or miscellaneous items such as painting trays, paint rollers and trowels.

    “Thus far, with the assistance of our parents, community and donors, we have we have reached our halfway mark in constructing the classrooms.”

    Santam Walvis Bay recently donated N$150 000 to the school, as part of its corporate social responsibility activities.

    “We’re almost there and we are calling on the Walvis Bay community and the country at large to hear our cry to provide classrooms for our little ones,” Damens added.

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  • 09/09/19--15:00: Weather concerns rise
  • Weather concerns riseWeather concerns riseCould typhoons hit Rugby World Cup? Japan is one of the most seismically active countries in the world and tournament organisers are bracing for the possibility of an earthquake disrupting the Rugby World Cup schedule. The disruptions caused in Tokyo in the early hours of yesterday by powerful typhoon Faxai have reignited questions about contingency planning for the Japan Rugby World Cup, which starts in just 10 days.

    Here are some of the key questions, as one of the world's natural disaster hotspots prepares to host one of the world's biggest sporting events.

    The regulations vary depending on whether the match affected is during the pool stages or the knockout phase of the competition. According to section 3 of World Rugby's tournament rules for Japan 2019: “Where a pool match cannot be commenced on the day in which it is scheduled, it shall not be postponed to the following day, and shall be considered as cancelled.

    “In such situations, the result shall be declared a draw and teams will be allocated two match points each and no score registered.”

    With the tournament being hailed as one of the closest ever, this could have a dramatic impact on the initial phase. From the quarterfinals onwards, there is some wiggle room, however. “Where a knockout match cannot be commenced on the scheduled match day, it will be considered as postponed, and will be rescheduled to be played within the two days following the scheduled match day, or such longer period as determined by RWCL (Rugby World Cup Ltd),” the regulations state. The tournament, especially the early parts, is being played during prime typhoon season. Faxai, which battered Tokyo on Monday with torrential rain and hurricane-force winds, was the 15th tropical storm of the year. It has already had some impact on team preparations, as the Wallabies were forced to delay their arrival in Japan. France managed to touch down in Tokyo just before the storm hit. According to tournament director Alan Gilpin, contingency planning has been a huge part of the pre-competition activity.

    “Our view is that you can plan for it. You've just got to make sure you've worked through all those different permutations,” Gilpin told AFP in an interview earlier this year.

    “We've got to be ready for the 'what ifs'... We've got contingency venue plans, if we lose a venue to an earthquake or any kind of issue, (or) if we lose a major transport hub, because it's not just about venues.”

    England coach Eddie Jones, who would be familiar with Japan's extreme weather as a former coach of the Brave Blossoms, has been quoted as saying there is “no doubt” typhoons will have an impact on the World Cup.

    He said the team would train indoors on artificial turf, if weather conditions prevented them from playing outside. Aside from training, a major issue could be transporting the 20 teams and their fans around the 12 venues, spread out around the vast Japanese islands. Dozens of flights and shinkansen bullet trains were cancelled during Typhoon Faxai and large parts of the Tokyo train network were also shut down, causing chaos during the Monday morning commute. While there is a non-negligible risk of a typhoon or an earthquake striking at some point during the seven-week Rugby World Cup, fans should be comforted by the fact that Japan is extremely well set up and resilient to natural disasters. Even with record rains and winds battering Tokyo, the world's most populous city, there was only one death, a handful of light injuries and fairly minor damage. Buildings and transport networks are designed to withstand major earthquakes, and tremors of a magnitude that would destroy many cities result in a jolt, but limited damage.

    Authorities have worked hard to upgrade early-warning systems and information channels, in the event of a natural disaster, to make sure they are available in English.


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  • 09/09/19--15:00: Sjef-tasties
  • Sjef-tastiesSjef-tastiesSkolekompetisie beïndruk Jong sjefs het weer eens beïndruk met hul vaardighede tydens NamChefs se skolekompetisie wat op 5 en 6 September in Windhoek gehou is. Yolanda Nel

    Die wenners van vanjaar se Skolesjef van die Jaar-kompetisie wat verlede week plaasgevind het, is Olajumoke Lenntich van die Waldorf-skool in die afdeling vir individuele, en Laurika Burger en Kaylen Kuhn van Moria Privaatskool in die spanafdeling.

    Die kompetisie het bestaan uit twee afdelings. In die individuele kompetisie het sewe jong sjefs meegeding en in die spanafdeling het drie spanne mekaar die stryd aangesê. Vivaldo Coangelo van Windhoek Hoërskool het tweede geëindig en Thomas Blaauw van die Purple Fig Bistro in Windhoek het derde geëindig met puik vertonings tydens vanjaar se kompetisie.

    Mia en Christiaan de Sousa van Moria Privaatskool het tweede gekom in die spanafdeling, met Salomie Uys en Nika van Zyl van Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool in die derde plek.

    Volgens me. Sanet Prinsloo, ‘n lid van NamChefs, is dit belangrik dat kinders aan kosmaak blootgestel te word: “Ons gaan almal vir altyd eet en as iemand van ’n jong ouderdom af leer kook en kan toor met geure, dan is dit ’n stap in die regte rigting.”

    Prinsloo het gesê die deure is oop vir sjefs en beroepsmoontlikhede is soveel meer. “As jy’n passie vir kosmaak het, is die wêreld aan jou voete. Niks hoef jou hier te hou nie. Dalk jy is die volgende Jan van Namibië.”

    Prinsloo het gesê sy is opgewonde oor die belangstelling in die kompetisie. “Nie een van hierdie kinders word geforseer om hier te wees nie.” Volgens haar neem een van die deelnemers al vir vier jaar deel.

    Vanjaar moes die skoliere ’n Franse uiesop as voorgereg bedien, met hoenderdye, ’n aartappelgereg en twee groentegeregte as hoofgereg. Vir nagereg was gevulde pannekoek op die spyskaart.

    Verskeie pryse was vanjaar op die spel. Lenntich het met ’n sjefbaadjie van Cymot, opleiding by die Hilton Hotel, en geskenkbewyse van onderskeidelik Checkers, ter waarde van N$1 000, en Windhoek Stationers, ter waarde van N$400, weggestap.

    Die standaard van vanjaar se kompetisie was besonders hoog en deelnemers het hulle uitstekend van hul taak gekwyt.

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