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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 10/24/19--15:00: Boss up like you mean it!
  • Boss up like you mean it!Boss up like you mean it! Saima Nghihalwa, the chief risk and compliance officer for Alexander Forbes Holdings Namibia, gives us a sneak peek into her life. Pull Quote “Passion is a state of mind. When one is passionate about what one does, you not only love what you do, you are also fulfilled by what you do.” - Saima Nghihalwa, Alexander Forbes risk and compliance officer. ELIZABETH JOSEPH

    Saima Nghihalwa, who holds B Juris, LLB and LLM degrees, believes that without passion we would all just be slaves to the corporate world.

    “We spend most of our active hours in a day at work; therefore passion is really important in any line of work,” she says.

    “Passion is a state of mind. When people are passionate about what they do, not only do they fall in love with what they do, they are also fulfilled by what they do,” she says.

    In an interview with Careers, she had the following to say:

    Women have been stepping out of conventional ‘female’ careers and more into male-dominated careers. What role do you want to play in this?

    I firmly believe that anyone can excel in anything they put their minds on, whether male or female. And slowly but surely we are breaking the barrier of the ‘male careers’. If one looks at the senior teams within Alexander Forbes they would notice that most of these positions are filled by women.

    My message to the girl child, young lady or aspiring executive: It can be done. Although you will have to work twice as hard as your male counterparts, remember that it can be done.

    What has been your most valuable life lesson?

    Looking back I would say that the most valuable lesson I have learned is that life is what it is. We may have a version of what life ought to be, but it is what it is. My mother would always tell me, Nowele, how you handle the WHAT IS is very important. Be careful of how you handle what you find yourself in. Do the best you can and the rest will follow.

    What are your objectives for the next few years?

    Working towards being the best version of myself and accomplishing the targets I have set for myself.

    If you could give young people one piece of advice, what would it be?

    Find a mentor.

    10 fun facts about Saima

    · I Google everything, and I mean anything.

    · I have been boxing for fitness for almost two years now.

    · The colour black dominates my closet.

    · My grandmother named me Ndapewaoshali.

    · I used to pass most of my spare time reading up on astrology and numerology. I wonder what happened to all my books.

    · The biggest fear I had to overcome was public speaking – Thank you Erica Gatawa.

    · I was a mentee in the Katuka Mentorship programme in 2018.

    · I have replaced Coca-Cola (one of my previous bad habits) with sparkling water.

    · I’m a great believer in affirmations.

    · When I was in grade 11 I came up with a career timeline for myself.

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    Principles above personalitiesPrinciples above personalities The build-up to next month's elections serves as a stern litmus test of character for many a politician. This is a window through which contenders and pretenders will be pulled apart in spectacular fashion.

    We are talking about those who thrive on name-calling instead of advancing the gospel of how they'll change the face of Namibia if elected. This is no longer the time to ask people to “respect elders” who, more often than not, do nothing to warrant the respect they are demanding.

    Inevitably, there will be conniving and mudslinging, as is the characteristic of Namibian politics. It is no longer just between political opponents housed in rival parties. It is now occurring inside parties, where factionalism has taken a strong hold.

    Such factions are not formed around principles or ideologies. They are formed out of greed and contestation for parochial and nefarious ends.

    Swapo, our governing party, has not been able to rid itself of camps since 2012. It has been seven years of intra-party war, rooted in the lust to control the body and soul of once a thriving revolutionary movement.

    Swapo's offspring, the RDP, is even worse. We are on the eve of a general election next month and RDP factions are tearing each other to shreds over who should sit on its throne.

    There is a strong sense that the RDP factions are headed for court as tension intensifies ahead of the elections. It's a dog-eats-dog affair in a once promising party that many thought threatened Swapo's hegemony.

    Leather was almost traded at the Nudo congress this year, with members literally threatening to beat up their own comrades over vacant posts in the party. Every delegate knew how close they were to securing well-paying jobs as members of parliament, if they occupy at least the top three positions.

    None of these silly arguments are about the welfare of the general populace. It's not about how to make the lives of voters better, but how thicker the butter on their bread should be.

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    Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Melkisedek-Shivute Ausiku

    Starting and running a business is very much like riding a crazy rollercoaster at a funfair.

    It’s exciting, dangerous and assaults the senses like nothing else. Do you sit and scream and close your eyes, or do you sit and enjoy the ride and anticipate the next loop, dip or climb? When I started LEFA, the ride-hailing company right here in Namibia that works through a smartphone app, I was full of optimism. I still am, but it has been slightly tempered and it’s been a crazy ride so far.

    We all feel our struggles are unique and in some ways they are. However, as an entrepreneur we all go through several similar stages. Once you’ve started the business, the various stages of this rollercoaster ride occur over and over again. Simply making payments that are due every month provides enough excitement and sometimes cold sweats.

    Stage 1: The first stage of the concept is called ‘Uninformed Optimism’. At this stage on a rollercoaster, just getting to the top, you experience feelings of an adrenalin rush, characterised by excitement and nervous energy. LEFA definitely made me experience this when it launched. Would the people embrace it? Would there be sponsors and would investors showing an interest? We assumed they would and thought we would be an overnight success… well, ‘an over one-month’ success, perhaps.

    Stage 2: The second stage is called ‘Informed Pessimism’. As you ride over the top of the curve you now have a bit more information. Feelings of fear, nervousness, and frustration begin to set in. Perhaps you even want to get off of the rollercoaster. This too was a sensation I embraced almost unknowingly. Will it work, will people download the app, will drivers sign on? These were all things that kept me awake at night. Being a young entrepreneur suddenly seemed a lot more daunting.

    Stage 3: The third stage is called ‘Crisis of Meaning’. You’re past scared. You feel despair. It’s as if you’re standing on the edge of a cliff ready to jump, and you begin to think, “Today the rollercoaster’s going off the bottom of the track for the very first time.” LEFA was getting downloaded, but the expenses kept coming and discussions with drivers and potential investors took much longer than anticipated.

    At this point, you face a critical juncture. You can come off the bottom of the curve and crash and burn, which is when your business goes bankrupt or get a stress burnout. Or you can come around the corner because you’re getting support during ‘Crisis of Meaning’ and you can enter an upward swing call ‘Informed Optimism’. LEFA started getting traction in the media. I was able to attend Vivatech Paris and FABlab Namibia became a big supporter and LEFA was invited on a trade mission by the Namibian government to Portugal. Along with Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) as a sponsor, seeing some investors becoming interested meant that LEFA and I were weathering the storm. We weren’t on dry land yet, but the hellish conditions were behind us for now.

    Stage 4: ‘Informed Optimism’. You’re calm. You’re informed. You might even say you are cautiously optimistic. It’s very fragile at best. But it does seem as if LEFA has gone from being a rollercoaster ride with its hair on fire to a more manageable ride with bumps, but definitely no fire.

    In Namibia we dream of a good paying job and alternatively we dream of making it big as an entrepreneur. There’s something to be said for both sides. I have experienced both, and despite the crazy moments, the uncertainty and the ever-looming moment of your hair being on fire, being an entrepreneur is definitely the way forward; especially with a business like LEFA, where we are offering a great service which has proven successful internationally and which keeps Namibia’s roads safe. I will choose entrepreneurship each and every time.

    *Melkisedek-Shivute Ausiku is the founder of LEFA

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  • 10/24/19--15:00: Attitude equals altitude
  • Attitude equals altitude Attitude equals altitude Making hard work look effortless Ian de Waal finds it very rewarding to transfer insurance knowledge and skills to his colleagues. Evany van Wyk

    Every morning when Ian de Waal, the founding member and chief operating officer (COO) of King Price Insurance Namibia, walks into the office, he makes himself a cup of coffee and then starts grafting.

    It’s not long before he cracks a joke or tells a funny story to lighten things up.

    “I find it very useful, because in that moment all of us forget about our stress, and when we get back to what we’re working on, we’re in a better mood and the work is better,” De Waal said.

    September 2016 was the start of a new adventure for De Waal when he and two other partners launched King Price Insurance in Namibia. Admittedly, although the strategy they undertook was challenging, the journey has been a lot of fun and very rewarding.

    “We have had to work very hard and smart to go up against the established insurance giants in the country,” De Waal said.

    But hard work and the right business model pays off.

    “The day our gross written premium reached N$100 000 000 and we had over 8 000 happy clients enjoying their monthly decreasing premiums, I realised we’re onto something big,” he explained excitedly.

    And all of that in only three years! De Waal is a firm believer that attitude equals altitude. “With the right attitude you can accomplish anything. Reach for the stars, but be mindful of the ceiling,” he added.

    Upliftment and job creation remain an important part of the company’s culture, as it strives to employ mostly Namibians.

    They spend a lot of time and effort on ensuring that employees gain as many skills as possible, while at the same time making King Price the best in the business.

    “I’ve learnt that people start off as colleagues and usually end up being more of a family,” said De Waal.

    “I know that we’ve achieved this goal when clients inform me that they have never seen so many happy people under one roof.”

    As a child, De Waal wanted to become a fireman or policeman.

    “Today, instead of putting out fires and saving lives, I save a lot of people money with their premiums and help extinguish their proverbial ‘financial fires’,” he explained.

    After matriculating, De Waal went to study at the University of Stellenbosch towards his BCom degree in marketing management, and ended up working in the insurance industry. As an underwriter, he was able to attend several workshops and training seminars presented by well-known and established firms in the global short-term insurance industry. “One of these workshops was presented by Munich Re, the largest reinsurer in the world. Today, they are not only our reinsurer, but also one of our shareholders,” he said.

    The success of King Price is thanks to a lot of focus being put into ensuring that everyone gets a good deal and great service.

    “My goal for King Price is that within the two years we will have strategically positioned the company in the minds of the consumers as the go-to insurance company in Namibia. Low premiums, hassle-free claims and making insurance fun,” De Waal added.

    As they always say, the only way to do great work is to love the work you do.

    De Waal says that helping fellow Namibians save some moolah and making sure that, in the event of a loss, accident or an unforeseen misfortune they are insured correctly, is what makes him love his job.

    “I also find it very rewarding to transfer insurance knowledge and skills to my colleagues. Teach a man to fish and you've fed him for a lifetime.”

    De Waal fun facts

    · He can’t sleep with long pyjamas.

    · He says nothing beats a cold beer, biltong and a Rugby World Cup game, or any rugby match for that matter.

    · He enjoys watching documentaries.

    · He grows, nurtures and prunes his own bonsai trees from seeds.

    · He loves getting home, entering his house and being overwhelmed with hugs and kisses from his kids. Or dancing ridiculously with them.

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    Wealth is more than just moneyWealth is more than just moneyHow much is enough? Wikus Fourie, Old Mutual Wealth CEO, stresses the importance of wealth management and investing in tough times. The current tough economic environment should not stop Namibians from investing and applying basic good financial principles such as budgeting and living within their means, says Old Mutual Wealth chief executive officer Wikus Fourie.

    In a conversation that touched on a wide range of topics on wealth creation and investing, Fourie says according to his understanding, wealth means there is substantially more to money than just having money.

    “Wealth management to my mind speaks to more than managing a portion of your money; it manages your entire holdings, entire financial position and it speaks to a bigger generation and not just yourself. The timeline of wealth management is longer than managing a short-term expense budget.”

    He agrees with the old saying that money is never enough but says with disciplined planning and budgeting, everybody is capable of investing and creating wealth for themselves and their families.

    “Numbers are infinite; money can never be enough. That is the quote that I always keep in the back of my mind when dealing with clients’ funds as well. To get to grips with your finances you need to understand the whole picture and have a realistic view of what your finances entail. You can only do that with proper planning and it comes back to a word that a lot of people hate, which is ‘budget’,” says Fourie, whose work experience include working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Sanlam Namibia, Trustco and FNB Namibia.

    Stick to the basics

    Fourie, who studied at the University of Stellenbosch, advises Namibians to live by basic financial principles and avoid overspending on non-productive things.

    “We need to step back and avoid a lot of fancy things by just doing basic things. Look at the budget and you will then start to take control because a budget and a plan give you a whole picture on how you can manage your spending. I think it is an important step for a lot of people. We tend to have a lot of plans for our lives but we don’t have plans for our own finances and then we expect to have a goal but we don’t have a plan on how to get there.”

    A frequently asked and debated question is: “Does money bring happiness?”

    “We equate having money with being happy. It’s a very controversial topic in the sense of how much is enough, or can enough money be enough? I don’t subscribe to the theory that financial security can buy happiness or that money can buy happiness. It certainly will make life easier but it does not necessary create happiness. If you are unhappy with money or without money, the other won’t change that. In that essence, happiness starts with the person that you are and you need to breed contentment within yourself in order to be happy,” Fourie says.

    He believes that money will facilitate certain things, but that it can’t buy relationships, friendships, peace of mind or health.

    “So, in that sense I would be wary to say that financial security and happiness are equal to each other. One can certainly assist the other but you can be unhappy with financial security and there are many people out there that can attest to that fact.”

    Plan in difficult times

    Fourie emphasises that financial planning is important even in difficult economic times. In his view, many clients see the current times as a probative factor in establishing sound financial principles.

    “It can be an opportunity to gain or acquire certain assets at very reasonable prices but you can only do that if you have planned. The current economic situation in the country is well documented and we can’t escape that, but it does not mean that it precludes us from sticking to laid-out plans and budgets. Also, if we plan accordingly, we can then look at opportunities within the market as they present themselves, maybe acquiring a property that is below market value or investment in a company that is currently discounted. That is where we need to start seeing opportunities as well.”

    Furthermore, Fourie states that it’s never too late to start planning, budgeting and saving.

    “As the old saying goes, it was a good time to plant a tree 20 years ago. When is the second best time? Today. So if you have not started, today is a good time to start, it’s never too late to practise good financial stewardship. You have to sit down and assess your situation based on your income and expenses and make informed decisions.”

    Tough times are opportunities

    In Fourie’s experience, successful and wealthy people are the ones who see tough times as opportunities.

    “Throughout my career, people that have been successful in accumulating wealth are the ones who have always seen opportunities rather than obstacles. Obstacles will always be there but they choose to look at the positives rather than the negatives.”

    When he is not creating wealth for his clients, Fourie likes being in the outdoors, exploring Namibia and playing golf.

    Fourie strongly believes that creating a saving culture must become part of the national conversation.

    “We talk a lot about life skills at school. I think this should form part of the education curriculum. If we want to raise a generation of people that are financially equipped, we need to address this at a younger age. Our saving culture in Namibia is one that can only improve and we are our own detriment sometimes in the way that we create and acquire new debts in our personal capacity. We must try and create a platform where from a young age we can talk about such things in a classroom.”

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    Cybersecurity is not a ‘nice-to have’Cybersecurity is not a ‘nice-to have’ Johann van Rooyen

    Namibia seems a safe and secure haven; we go about our business and relish the idea of telling foreigners about our beautiful country in Southern Africa, assuming that almost no one has ever heard of it. However, there’s a group that has definitely heard of us as a nation and they are cybercriminals. We seem to be so welcoming to cybercriminals that we top the list of countries in Africa most targeted by cybercrime. This is hugely worrying and even dangerous.

    According to Check Point, an internationally renowned provider of ICT Infrastructure and IT security, Namibia is number one in being targeted by cybercriminals who want to exploit ICT infrastructure weaknesses. Cybercriminals try to target as many networks as possible and as soon as they find vulnerabilities they start to exploit them for financial gain, often wreaking havoc in the process. This can range from blackmailing to stealing company secrets, ransomware attacks, releasing viruses or Trojan horses, hacking accounts or other forms of compromising people, leaving them to feel they have no choice but to pay a ransom. One of the newer forms this has taken is known as ‘Business Email Compromise’ or ‘sextortion’, to give it its more common name.

    This form of extortion works by tricking victims into making a payment as a result of possibly compromising material the blackmailer may or may not have. The person to be blackmailed is led to believe there’s potentially embarrassing information which the blackmailer has acquired through hacking their data. The only way in which they can stop this from being released to the public is by paying. The release of this information is almost never done and usually the blackmailers just try to fool the person into believing they have the info. People are so frightened of any material being released that they simply pay up. The less secure a network, the easier it is for cybercriminals to exploit.

    Due to our lack of robust cybersecurity, whilst more advanced countries know the risks and constantly beef up their security to stay ahead of the cybercriminals, Namibia has become the focal point for these criminals. Companies are required by law to have robust safety features like firewalls, antivirus software and backups in place. This requirement needs to be enforced rigorously. It is essential that Namibians, both as private citizens and as companies, step up their cybersecurity game. This is not a list we want to be at the top of.

    Most companies and organisations believe they are on top of things. However, as this list demonstrates we clearly aren’t. An organisation and its security, especially online, is only as strong as its weakest link. Companies need to take their responsibility seriously when it comes to their ICT environment in the broadest terms. This includes mobile applications and devices as well as third-party access to the applications, networks, and computer systems.

    It is clear we need to step up our cybersecurity game as a nation and strengthen our cyber-defences. If we are to be attractive as a business destination both our public and private ICT security needs to be on point. Cybersecurity can never be an afterthought and is not a ‘nice-to have’!

    Johann van Rooyen

    Cybersecurity Specialist at Green Enterprises

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    Cash-strapped health defies N$730k court orderCash-strapped health defies N$730k court order The health ministry has blamed a lack of money for failing to comply with a court order to pay a grieving widower N$730 000 by December last year.

    In June, Vilho Sakaria was forced to turn to the Windhoek High Court for a second time in an attempt to force the ministry to comply with the settlement agreement reached last year.

    The health ministry has filed a notice to oppose Sakaria's application. Joseph Siseho, the deputy director of legal services at the ministry, explained in a brief answering affidavit that “the non-payment is not due to wilful non-compliance but due to difficulty of budget shortfall.” Sakaria sued the ministry for the death of his wife, Rachel Shaulwa, who bled to death a few hours after she had given birth to their daughter on 18 February 2015. Sakaria accused staff in the Windhoek Central Hospital's maternity ward of negligence and failure to exercise the due care and diligence that could have saved her life following a difficult two-day labour. In May 2018 the parties reached a settlement, in which the health ministry agreed to pay Sakaria N$730 000 on or before 2 December 2018.

    The settlement was made an order of the court in September last year.

    In their initial plea in response to the million-dollar lawsuit brought by Sakaria, the ministry denied any wrongdoing on behalf of medical staff, and asked that the matter be dismissed without cost.

    It agreed to the N$730 000 settlement a few months later.

    The money remains unpaid despite attempts by Sakaria's lawyers at the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) to demand finalisation of payment.

    In his June affidavit, Sakaria informed the court that a letter of demand was sent to the health ministry on 4 April this year.

    He is asking the court to order the health ministry to comply with the agreement.

    Moreover, he asked that the ministry should be held in contempt of court if it still did not comply.

    In September a joint case management report filed at court noted that the respondents acknowledged they had no defence to the claim, and the court ordered that a ministry representative should come to court “and explain if there will be any delay in signing of the settlement agreement.”

    Yesterday, Judge Hosea Angula postponed the case to 6 November for a status hearing and ordered the ministry's deputy director of legal services, Siseho, to make an appearance at the status hearing.

    Sharen Zenda of the LAC is appearing on behalf of Vilho, while government attorney Immanuel Wynand Dausab has been appointed to represent the health ministry.


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  • 10/24/19--15:00: Prison can of worms
  • Prison can of wormsPrison can of wormsOfficers smuggle in drugs, knives and cellphones A former prison warder has spilled the beans on young officers being used by gangs to smuggle weapons, drugs and other contraband into jails. A former prison warder has opened a can of worms by claiming that correctional service officers are smuggling drugs, knives and cellphones into prisons. Jackson Rungondo (25), who fled Namibia after allegedly being threatened by prison and street gangs involved in the lucrative drug trade being run inside Namibia's prisons, says he is among the young officers that fell into the trap of smuggling contraband into prison. He says officers also assist undeserving offenders get out of prison by furnishing wrong information for parole and remission assessments. The board handling remissions and paroles receives recommendations from prison section heads, which are recorded on a daily basis. The behaviour of inmates towards warders and other prisoners is recorded, which is open to abuse by some officials who lie about the good behaviour of some inmates.

    Rungondo is currently seeking asylum in Europe after resigning from correctional services, where says he was involved in smuggling in contraband for inmates at the Oluno correctional facility while working there for three years.

    Rungondo was appointed as a warder on 29 April 2015, after completing his training at the Lucius Sumbwanyambe Mahoto correctional service training college.

    The NCS has confirmed that Rungondo was an employee.

    Its spokesperson Laimi Hainghumbi also said that since March 2018, 13 cases of correctional services officers smuggling contraband into the Windhoek, Gobabis, Oluno, Walvis Bay, Hardap and Kavango West (Elizabeth Nepemba) correctional facilities have been reported.

    Young officers are increasingly falling into the traps set by prison gangs, and when they are caught, they resign or are dismissed from work if found guilty.

    Rungondo said the risky activity of smuggling in contraband is a profitable industry for junior officers, who often work years without being promoted.

    He told Namibian Sun that when regret starting settled in, it was already too late, as he had become part and parcel of prison gang smuggling activities.

    “As a young officer I was subdued by these gangs of criminals using me every day to smuggle cellphones, knives and drugs into the correctional facility, with some payments made to me.

    “I was not so happy being used, as I knew I was breaching the prison rules and as an officer I was also breaching my oath of office to be a loyal and law-abiding citizen of the republic of Namibia,” Rungondo said.

    He attempted to stop, but the prison gangs threatened his life and those of his family.

    “I regret being part of this and in 2017, having realised that I was risking my job after people became suspicious at work, I attempted to stop assisting the offenders, but I could not succeed.

    “The inmates involved in the G7 prison gang threatened my life and my family. I started suffering from stress.

    “I even attempted suicide several times and at one point I went to seek psychological help at a local social worker.”

    This did not help, as the criminal syndicate that was supplying drugs to prisoners in exchange for cash continued threaten him.

    They said they would kill him or burn his car if he stopped.

    “It later happened that my Mazda 6 was burnt at a house where I was renting in Ondangwa. I continued with the dealings, but I was fearing my life and that of my family, due to these gang-related smuggling stories. I did not know where to seek refuge, and work became a very risky environment,” Rungondo said.

    He said it was a devastating experience and he could not report the matter to the police, because he feared the gangs would find out, and that he could easily be killed at work or in public.

    He said even being transferred to another facility was not an option, as these prison gangs operate in all 13 correctional facilities across the country.

    They also smuggle illegal items from prison to prison.

    Rungondo said the situation worsened when two female correctional officers at Oluno were arrested, charged and fired from work in 2018 for smuggling.

    “It turned out that the one female officer was used for a longer period of time by the gang of criminals to smuggle cellphones, marijuana and cocaine into the correctional facility, the same way I was being used.

    “In another incident that same year, another female correctional officer was fired from her job after she was found guilty of smuggling in contraband. This officer got married to an ex-offender who was released in 2018 on remission of sentence.”

    Rungondo said in February 2018 he resigned from his work under the pretext him going to further his studies at a local university.

    “When the gangs later found out that I resigned and there was nowhere they could be find me around Ondangwa, they went on a hunt for me through my family members. That year my brother escaped an attack by a gang in Tsumeb.

    “After that I went to seek refuge in Zambia, where I eventually secured a flight to Europe, where I am currently living. I fear returning home due to threats from prison gangs as well as street gangs who threatened my life in Namibia,” Rungondo added.


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    N$54m lifeline for ailing NBCN$54m lifeline for ailing NBC Finance minister Calle Schlettwein has emptied state coffers to the tune of N$54 million to bail out the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

    While Schlettwein may have closed the tap for Air Namibia during his midterm budget review on Tuesday in the National Assembly, the public broadcaster, which strong-armed the government with threats that it would not be able to cover the elections because of its precarious financial position, has received its bailout.

    “We believe the NBC is an important institution that has a wide variety of functions.

    With the mid-year budget review, we have created opportunity to do that [funding],” Schlettwein said at a post-budget discussion.

    “One has to recognise that the function of the NBC is not one that we can just ignore and if resources are needed, we have to provide them,” added Schlettwein. Despite the bailout to help the broadcaster sustain its operations, Schlettwein cautioned that it would have to do more with less.

    “We do believe that there is a significant amount of spending that can be much leaner without reducing the service that is delivered.

    “We believe that there needs to be some serious restructuring in that organisation to be more efficient and effective to bring about better service delivery and we hope some financial envelopes will spur them to do exactly that,” he said.

    Schlettwein doubted that the broadcaster was being managed in the best manner.

    “Have they checked their wage bill? Have they looked if every manager that earns above a million is actually delivering a million a month? Have they looked whether their procurement is efficient? Have they bought equipment for the best prices available? Have they seen that service delivery can be streamlined and improved? We don't see those signs,” said Schlettwein.

    The reduction in state funding should have been an indication to the NBC that it would have to manage its resources better, Schlettwein felt.

    “If you get a lesser subsidy from your shareholder, I thought that is an indication for the state-owned enterprise to go back, look into your organisation and see how you can do more with less,” said Schlettwein. “They need to come to the party.”

    In an effort to contain costs, the financially crippled public broadcaster in September announced a host of austerity measures, which included removing indigenous news content from its screens.

    Among the measures introduced, the broadcast hours of NBC1 were reduced to 07:00-21:00 daily, while the main English news bulletin is aired only once a day at 20:00. The live broadcasts of parliamentary proceedings were also discontinued on NBC2.


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  • 10/27/19--15:00: Johannes takes gold in China
  • Johannes takes gold in ChinaJohannes takes gold in China LIMBA MUPETAMI

    Road-running queen Helalia Johannes scooped gold on Thursday at the World Military Games in China in a time of 15:14:23.

    Coming from the IAAF World Championships in Doha, where she took bronze, the in-form Helalia Johannes brushed aside competition from Winfred Yavi of Bahraini and Kimais Irene of Kenya to take first place.

    Yavi finished the race in a time of 15:15:93 to take second place, whereas Irene finished in third in a time of 15:29:74.

    “She is a phenomenal athlete and I’m proud of her,” said her coach, Robert Kaxuxuena. He further said that her hard work is being recognised and that they will keep pushing and working hard.

    This year Johannes became the first Namibian in the marathon discipline to win bronze at the IAAF world championship.

    But that’s not all. In 10 March, she won gold at the Nagoya Marathon in Japan, setting a Namibian record time of two hours, 22 minutes 25 seconds.

    That time smashed her previous Namibian record time of 2:26:09 which she had set at the 2012 Olympic Games.

    A month later, she won the Two Oceans Half Marathon in Cape Town, breaking her own long-standing record of 1:11:56 by more than a minute with a new time of 1:10:30.

    Furthermore, Johannes went on with a record-breaking run in the Spar Women's Challenge 10km series in South Africa, winning all five legs of the competition in record times.

    She now sets her eyes on Tokyo 2020 and hopes to return with a medal for Namibia.

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  • 10/27/19--15:00: No scouting yet – Mensah
  • No scouting yet – MensahNo scouting yet – MensahNamibian players waiting for offers NRU's Corrie Mensah said he is not aware of any players who have been approached by foreign clubs since returning from the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The president of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) Corrie Mensah says the only time one becomes aware of a player being offered a contract is when you are approached to sign to release the player, and so far he hasn't been approached by anyone.

    The Namibian team exited the World Cup competition in the group stages after being defeated by Italy, South Africa and New Zealand and despite having hopes of beating Canada in their last match, they unfortunately returned home as their match was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis.

    A victory in that match would have finally ended a string of 22 straight losses at the World Cup since 1999.

    However, despite the early exit, the underdogs performed exceptionally well at the World Cup, which is now in the final stage with England scheduled to take on the Springboks on Saturday.

    Even though Namibia didn't make it through the stages, there were many scouts eyeing new and raw talent and the hope is that certain players from the Namibian squad may be called up to join foreign teams.

    Players such as 24-year old Damien Stevens, despite his small frame, proved that he is a world-class player. Stevens has smooth and accurate passing as well as speed.

    The dynamic 21-year-old wing Chad Plato also has a chance with the brilliant late try he scored against Italy as well as the action he displayed with a 40-metre sprint through the midfield against South Africa. The former under-20 captain Prince !Gaoseb was phenomenal against New Zealand. He is tough as nails and any team that signs him would certainly have found a gem.

    Another player who is a marvel to watch is flyhalf Cliven Loubser. The 22-year-old's kicking was on point for the Namibians.

    The 25-year-old utility back Helarius Kisting showed remarkable big-match temperament and is an attacking threat, and defends well too.

    Another young flanker who shouldn't be missed is Wian Conradie. The 24-year-old flanker has a lot to offer the Namibian nation.

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    Dagbreek School gears up for Nedbank Desert DashDagbreek School gears up for Nedbank Desert Dash SPORTS REPORTER

    The Dagbreek School for the Intellectually Impaired elite cycling team is stepping up their preparations for the annual Nedbank Desert Dash, following their participation in the Marathon Sugar Three Mountain Passes cycle tour.

    “The races certainly tested both the fitness and endurance of our boys and showed us the areas in which we need to focus our training for the next few weeks,” said Paul du Plessis, the school's principal.

    “Since taking up mountain-biking and participating in races countrywide, we have seen a sharp increase in the skill levels of our cyclists. Also, the work done by our cycling coach, Willem Engelbrecht, in preparing the boys has been exceptional.”

    Engelbrecht, who will be cycling in his fifth Nedbank Desert Dash solo in December, says the commitment shown by the school's elite cyclists has been heart-warming.

    “They turn up for every single practice and give it their all, even when they clearly feel unwell,” said Engelbrecht.

    He further said that cycling has become a core sporting discipline at the school as it teaches the cyclists everything they need to know about dedication, commitment and perseverance.

    “As a solo cyclist, I have appreciation for the mental fortitude that one has to show if you intend completing the race. And nothing tests your mental toughness quite like the Nedbank Desert Dash,” he added.

    The school's participation has been made possible by generous sponsorships from the Namibian Oncology Centre and Nedbank.

    The centre's financial manager, Willemien Maree, will also be leading a mixed four-person team in tackling the longest single-stage mountain biking event in the world for solo riders.

    “We are excited about this challenge, but nothing gives us greater gratitude than playing our part in supporting the schools participation in our country's most iconic cycling race.

    “The Namibian Oncology Centre is fully supportive of the exceptional work done at Dagbreek and hopefully our training regimes will align such that we can train with Willem and the boys in the lead-up to the Nedbank Desert Dash,” added Maree.

    Cornell Meeks, head of Nedbank private wealth suite said all Nedbankers are inspired by the school's elite cycling team.

    “A young lad like PJ Diergaardt has already shown what can be achieved through hard work, having been crowned as a top two rider in his age category in the local schools league.

    “As a bank, we have always strived to be highly involved in the communities that we serve, and our long-term association with the Nedbank Desert Dash has made our sponsorship a no-brainer,” she said.

    “While we have such high regard for every single one of the 1 000 cyclist at this year's event, our private wealth team will be cheering just a tad louder for the Oncology Centre and Dagbreek teams.”

    Joining Maree in the Namibian Oncology Centre team are Lani du Plessis, Sybil Eksteen and JD Samson, while PJ's teammates in the Nedbank/Dagbreek colours will be Rodney Stewe, Yvad Jansen, Taryll Gawachab and Tjitjai Novengi.

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    Pulisic is Chelsea hat-trick hero as Man City close inon LiverpoolPulisic is Chelsea hat-trick hero as Man City close inon LiverpoolSizzling football wrap Christian Pulisic hit the first hat-trick of his career as Chelsea crushed Burnley 4-2 on Saturday while Manchester City overcame a sluggish start to beat Aston Villa and increase the pressure on Liverpool. NAMPA/AFP

    Away from the top end of the Premier League table, pressure is mounting on Everton boss Marco Silva after the Merseysiders' fifth defeat in their past six league games.

    US international Pulisic, who was without a goal for Chelsea since his £58 million ($74 million) move from Borussia Dortmund, had not started a Premier League match for Frank Lampard's young side since August.

    But he made an emphatic case for himself at Turf Moor with a “perfect” hat-trick scoring with his left foot, right foot and head.

    The 21-year-old capitalised on some indecision from Burnley to drive into the penalty area, producing a step-over before steering a low left-footed shot into the corner of Nick Pope's net midway through the first period.

    The former Dortmund winger doubled his tally for the Blues with a second goal just before half-time, benefiting from a big deflection off Ben Mee, and grabbed his third with a second-half header.

    Willian added a fourth for rampant Chelsea in the 58th minute to take the score to 4-0 and despite late goals for Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil, the visitors avoided further shocks to win 4-2.

    “It's my first professional hat-trick so I nearly forgot the match ball,” Pulisic told the BBC. “Luckily my teammates helped me out.

    “I just want to be on the field, help the team and make an impact. I didn't think it would be super easy. But I have come on a few times the past few weeks and was happy to start today. It was a special day.”

    Lampard defended his cautious handling of Pulisic.

    “He had a week's break this summer,” the Chelsea boss told Sky Sports.

    “He arrived for a big price and wanted to come straight back in but at the same time why am I going to throw him in? So I have to do it in the right way and get the best out of him. I'm delighted for him.”

    The victory consolidates Chelsea's position in the top four. They have 20 points; the same number as third-placed Leicester, whom they trail on goal difference.

    In the early kick-off, a frustrated Pep Guardiola watched his side recover from a tepid first half to defeat Villa 3-0 and close the gap on Jurgen Klopp's Premier League leaders to three points.

    “The first half we played football but we don't play in the way we should play,” Guardiola said, after second-half goals from Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan.

    “We were better in the second half. I don't know if it was because of the early goal. In the second we play in the way we normally do but we have to try and play 90 minutes. We played just 45.”

    At the Amex Stadium, Everton blew a 2-1 lead over Brighton in the final 10 minutes to leave boss Silva fighting to save his job.

    Everton recovered from conceding the first goal to lead but Brighton's Neal Maupay scored an 80th-minute penalty after Michael Keane was controversially ruled by VAR to have fouled Aaron Connolly.

    And Everton defender Lucas Digne added to Silva's woes when his stoppage-time own goal from Leandro Trossard's cross left Everton two points above the relegation zone.

    Watford remains bottom of the table after a 0-0 draw against Bournemouth.

    Lys Mousset, who scored the winner against Arsenal last week, finished a memorable week on a high note with the equaliser in Sheffield United's 1-1 draw at West Ham.

    Saturday's action could not eclipse Leicester's incredible 9-0 thrashing of Southampton at St Mary's 24 hours earlier.

    Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers believes there is even better to come from his side after they equalled the biggest margin of victory in the Premier League era.

    Hat-tricks from Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy secured the biggest away win in English top-flight history.

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    John Steenhuisen elected unopposed as DA parliamentary leaderJohn Steenhuisen elected unopposed as DA parliamentary leader Replaces embattled Maimane Maimane's statement that the “DA is not the best vehicle to take forward the fight for one SA for all” prompted the party to seek a new parliamentary head.

    The DA yesterday confirmed that former party chief whip John Steenhuisen will assume the position of parliamentary leader.

    Annelie Lotriet, the chair of the DA's parliamentary caucus said nominations for the parliamentary leadership position officially closed Friday night at 8pm.

    “I can confirm that the position was uncontested with only one nomination. Therefore the new parliamentary leader is John Steenhuisen,” Lotriet said.

    “The DA's parliamentary caucus looks forward to working with Mr Steenhuisen and he can be assured of our support,” she said.

    On Wednesday, Mmusi Maimane announced his resignation as DA leader, plunging the party into chaos. He said, however, that he would remain in his role in parliament until the end of the year. Maimane subsequently resigned as MP and from the DA entirely the following day after party members indicated that they would not be willing to be lead by him in the National Assembly following his utterances in his resignation speech.

    “Despite my best efforts, perhaps the DA is not the best vehicle to take forward the fight for one SA for all,” Maimane said in his resignation speech.

    It is this statement that left many of the party's MPs furious.

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    Islamic State head Baghdadi believed dead after US strikeIslamic State head Baghdadi believed dead after US strike Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was believed to be dead after a US military raid in Syria's Idlib region, US media reported early yesterday.

    Baghdadi may have killed himself with a suicide vest as US special operations forces descended, media said citing multiple government sources. He was the target of the secretly planned operation approved by President Donald Trump, officials said.

    Long pursued by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS), Baghdadi has been erroneously reported dead several times in recent years.

    Officials told ABC News that biometric work was underway to firm up the identification of those killed in the raid.

    The White House announced Trump would make a “major statement” Sunday at 9am (1300 GMT), without providing details.

    Baghdadi, a native of Iraq around 48 years old, built the violent jihadist movement into a potent force, in 2014 establishing its own “caliphate” territory across large swathes of Syria and Iraq.

    It was blamed for the deaths of thousands of civilians, in summary executions and beheadings, and accused of war crimes.

    But Baghdadi has been on the run since a US-led coalition slowly destroyed the group's organization and ousted it from its claimed territory in a two-year campaign, finally declaring victory over IS in March of this year.

    The United States had posted a $25 million reward for information on his whereabouts.

    In rare video and audio messages this year Baghdadi called on IS fighters to regroup and try to free thousands of their comrades captured by the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria.

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    US sanctions minister amid Zimbabwe protestsUS sanctions minister amid Zimbabwe protests BBC NEWS Owen Ncube would be denied entry to the US because of evidence he was involved in “gross violations of human rights”, a state department statement said.

    It called on Zimbabwe's government to “hold accountable officials responsible for human rights violations”.

    The announcement came the same day that thousands marched in Zimbabwe against US and EU sanctions.

    Both the US and EU say the sanctions have been imposed on individuals and companies and have no impact on the economy.

    “State-sanctioned violence creates a culture of impunity for human rights abusers,” the state department said. Zimbabwe's government made Friday a public holiday and provided buses for anti-sanctions marchers.

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly told crowds the sanctions are “neither smart nor targeted”.

    “Their impact on our daily lives is immeasurable and the consequences are dire,” he added.

    But critics argue the president is trying to distract people from a deep economic crisis that has sent inflation soaring and caused incomes to plummet.

    Fewer people than expected turned up to the main protest, with only 15-20,000 people in a stadium with a capacity of 60,000.

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    Springboks to meet England in finalSpringboks to meet England in finalEpic clash set for weekend South Africa and England will clash on Saturday in an epic showdown in the Japan Rugby World Cup. NAMPA / AFP

    South Africa's Faf de Klerk may have been the smallest man on the pitch but that did not stop the scrum-half making his presence felt as the Springboks edged out Wales 19-16 in Yokohama on Sunday to secure a place in next week's World Cup final against England.

    Before kick-off, much had been made of the sheer physical threat posed by South Africa's forwards but de Klerk, not for the first time this tournament, demonstrated that even modern rugby union can still be a game for all shapes and sizes.

    Amid a dire first half that ended with the Springboks 9-6 ahead after Handre Pollard kicked three penalties to two from Dan Biggar, de Klerk provided a few moments of wit and invention.

    The 28-year-old, who credits his time with English Premiership side Sale for sharpening his game, was a buzzing figure in both attack and defence.

    He caught Wales napping with a blindside break off a scrum before kicking into open space and then chasing up his own punt ahead, and then made light of a considerable size difference to tap-tackle George North as the powerhouse Wales wing looked to counter-attack.

    One of de Klerk's better box kicks was then just inches away from being re-gathered by wing Makazole Mapimpi.

    De Klerk proved his defensive worth again with another fine tap-tackle on North that snuffed out the threat of a rare Welsh visit to the Springboks' 22.

    He did, however, make a rare error early in the second half when, under no pressure, he dropped a high Wales kick and knocked the ball into touch to concede a line-out.

    De Klerk then also found himself involved in a confrontation with towering Wales lock Jake Ball, the Springbok number nine grinning broadly as they grabbed each other's shirts despite the huge physical disparity between the pair.

    He also marshalled the backline, linking well with fly-half Pollard, in the build-up to centre Damian de Allende's converted try that saw the Springboks into a 16-9 lead in the 57th minute.

    At the other end of the pitch, de Klerk was on hand to cover a Rhys Patchell kick into the in-goal area as Wales pressed for a try.

    And with just a couple of minutes left to play, de Klerk kept his composure superbly to produce a chip behind the defence that bounced into touch to set up a line-out deep into Wales' 22 that helped the Springboks close out the game.


    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admitted that a restless night's sleep had done little to numb the pain of their “gut-wrenching” 19-7 World Cup semi-final defeat by England.

    The treble-chasing All Blacks suffered only their second defeat in 17 matches against England as their astonishing 18-match unbeaten run at the World Cup came to a shuddering halt in Yokohama on Saturday.

    “Nothing will alleviate the pain,” said Hansen, whose seven-year reign as coach ends after next week's third-place playoff.

    “You've got to bank that. We're still hurting as you'd expect, I'm sure the whole country's hurting. It's gut-wrenching, but when you lose you need to show humility - bite down on your gum shield and suck it up,” he added.

    “You measure your character on how you deal with adversity.”

    Hansen, who has been linked with the director of rugby role at Japanese club Toyota Verblitz, paid tribute to England after they beat the All Blacks for the first time in four attempts at the World Cup, revealing he had shared a beer with his old rival Eddie Jones after the game.

    “England didn't sneak up and hit us in the face,” he said, noting how desperate England have been to exorcise the demons of their 2015 flop when they became the first host side to crash out in the pool stage.

    “They were a team coming into this tournament with a massive amount of pain themselves; not making the playoffs in their home tournament hurt them.

    “They worked their butts off. They don't play a sophisticated game: win the ball, give it to a big bloke and run hard. It's simplistic but it's beautiful,” added Hansen. “We were beaten by a better team.”

    For regular updates on the Japan Rugby World Cup please log onto http://rwc.my.na

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    Athletes set for World Para AthleticsAthletes set for World Para AthleticsStage to light up with Namibia's finest Namibian Para-athletes will take part in the upcoming World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai. The competition will take place from 7 to 15 November and will serve as qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Here Sports Wrap features three of the athletes who are in camp in Swakopmund. Full Name

    Denzel Namene

    Date of Birth

    25 September 1994

    Impairment class

    T 44 foot deformities

    Town of residence


    Sporting discipline:

    Athletics 100m and 200m

    What is your motivation as an athlete?

    When I was younger I was running with the normal athletes and I just wanted to show them how good I could be.

    How often do you train or practise?

    What is your best skill/technique?

    I train five days a week.

    To date what is your greatest/highest achievement in sport. (list trophies, awards, etc) – mention any other national competitions attended.

    At the 2019 IPC Grand Prix meet in Paris, France, I came third in the 100m and second in the 200m.

    How do you feel about representing Namibia in Dubai?

    Excited as this my first world championships and I don't want to disappoint.

    What are you hoping to bring back to your country (Gold, silver, bronze)?

    I just want to do the best I can and hopefully get my personal best time.

    Describe the training camp in a few words?

    It's been great and I have really enjoyed it.

    What challenges if any are you facing in

    preparation for Dubai?

    No challenges as my body is in great shape and ready to perform.

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    Omadheulo gaapolisi ga lelepekwaOmadheulo gaapolisi ga lelepekwa Ngashiingeyi otashi ka kutha aadheulwapolisi oomwedhi dha thika po 12 opo ya kale ya mana omadheulo gawo uuna ya taambulilwa metanga lyopolisi. Ø Kwa longithwa oomiliyona 2 metotepo lyomadheulo ngoka

    Ongundu yaanambelela yopolisi mboka opo ya tambulwa miilonga ye li po 707, na oya tameke omadheulo gawo mendiki lyaRuben Danger Ashipala Police Training Centre mOndangwa momwedhi Sepetemba, otaya ningi aadheulwa yotango yopolisi okupewa omadheulo uule woomwedhi 12.

    Etanga lyOpolisi yaNamibia olya lundululwa omusindalandu gwawo gwomadheulo, okuza koomwedhi hamano okuya kuule woomwedhi 12, opo ya vule okugandja uunongo awuhe tawu pumbiwa kaanambelela yopolsii mboka ya taambulilwa miilonga, ya vule okukagwanitha po iilonga yawo okuza komadheulo.

    Uuyelele mboka owa tseyithwa komukomeho gwetanga lyopolisi, Ndjai Sebastian Ndeitunga mEtitano, pethimbo kwa patululwa pambelewa omadheulo gotango gomvula yo 2019, mendiki lyaRuben Danger Ashipala Police Training Centre mOndangwa.

    Ndeitunga okwa popi kutya shika oshikando oshititau omadheulo ngoka taga lelepekwa, sho gali ga tameke noomwedhi ndatu ihe oga lelepekwa noomwedhi hamano momvula yo 1994. Ndeitunga kwa popi kutya omadheulo ngoka agehe ga kala nokuningwa oge na oshilonga oshinene ihe inaga gandja uunongo niizemo tayi pumbiwa miilonga yopolisi, mekwatelepo lyuundemokoli, uuthemba woomuntu nemanguluko ndyoka tali tyapulwa koshigwana ndyoka lya thigululwa okuza kEkotampango.

    Okwa tsikile kutya e yo pombanda lyomwaalu gwaakwashigwana moshilongo, e yo pombanda lyiimbuluma oshowo omwaalu gwiipotha tayi kana omolwa ompumbwe yomaumbangi nokweetitha etanga lyopolisi li kale tali futithwa koshigwana oshimwe shomomatompelo geetitha omadheulo gopolisi ga lelepekwe.

    Ndeitunga okwa kumagidha aadheulwa ya kalekepo eihumbato lyonawa oshowo ehalo lyohokwe miilonga yawo. Ominista yOpolisi, Charles Namoloh ngoka naye a kala poshituthi shoka, okwa popi kutya epangelo olya longitha iimaliwa ya thika poomiliyona 2 metotopo lyomambo gomadheulo omape ngoka ga ningwapo mekwatelo komeho lyoshiputudhilo shaUnam.

    Namoloh okwa tsikile kutya omusindalongo gwawo ngoka omupe ogwa ningwa po neyambidhidho okuza kiiputudhilo ngaashi oNamibia Training Authority (NTA), Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA), Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), Southern Business School oshowo International University of Management (IUM), neyambidhidho okuza wo kiilongo ngaashi Botswana, South Africa oshowo Zimbabwe.

    “Uuna wa manitha omadheulo ngoka owa pitikwa tango okulongela opolisi uule wethimbo lyontumba molwaashoka otwa longitha iimaliwa yetu mungoye na otwe ku tulile woo miilonga omusindalongo omupe. Moprograma yomadheulo omape otwa kutha woo omaiyuvo goshigwana kombinga yaashoka sha pumba maanambelela yetu yopolisi,” Namoloh a popi.

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    Environmental clearance now onlineEnvironmental clearance now onlineRelief for out-of-town applicants The environment ministry has made it easier to apply for the clearance certificates required for certain types of developments. In order to improve the environmental clearance process the environment ministry has implemented an on-line application system.

    Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta says the ministry continues to receive increasing volumes of applications for environmental clearance.

    A total of 853 applications were received in the 2018/19 financial year, representing a 30% increase on the applications received in 2017/18.

    “In order to better service the increasing demand for environmental clearance certificates in a more efficient manner, the ministry developed and is now implementing the online application system,” Shifeta said.

    Speaking at the launch of the online system, Shifeta explained that the need to apply for environmental clearance is mandated by the Environmental Management Act, which provides a list of activities that may not be undertaken without an environmental clearance certificate.

    This list covers a range of developmental activities that are likely to have significant impacts on the environment such as mining, quarrying, infrastructural developments, removal of living natural resources and waste management. According to Shifeta the processing of applications for environmental clearance is one of the key functions of the ministry and is done by the office of the environmental commissioner.

    “As one of the ten offices, ministries and agencies that were identified in the E-Government Strategic Action Plan for the Public Service to undergo e-government transformation during 2014-2018, this is one of the key functions of the ministry to go electronic.”

    He said the online system would prove to be more rigorous, transparent and client-friendly than the existing manual system.

    According to him, it further enhances accessibility, as it allows people from outside Windhoek to submit their applications online and track progress online rather than having to travel to Windhoek.

    “As a ministry, we are extremely conscious of the need to act quickly and not to delay projects that are critical for the development of this country. I am confident that this system will assist the office of the environmental commissioner to process applications more quickly,” the minister said.

    Shifeta advised applicants to familiarise themselves with the system and to submit required documents on time to avoid unnecessary delays.

    He said apart from making it easier to apply for, transfer and renew environmental clearance certificates, the system would strengthen public engagement in the environmental assessment process.

    He said the third principle of environmental management in terms of the Environmental Management Act states that the participation of all interested and affected parties must be promoted and decisions must take into account the interest, needs and values of interested and affected parties.

    “This system allows for interested and affected parties to provide comments on environmental impact assessments and related documents and offers the opportunity for members of the general public to report concerns and potential cases of non-compliance with the Act.”

    Shifeta in conclusion thanked the Office of the Prime Minister and the information ministry for their support for the planning, design and implementation of this online system and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) for technical support and hardware.

    “Applying for environmental clearance can be a complicated process requiring interaction with a diverse range of stakeholders and authorities.

    I therefore thank you for your support to this process and for assisting us to put in place a system that is working well and making life easier for both our clients and staff.”

    The new online system is available at www.eia.met.gov.na

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