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  • 11/04/19--14:00: Learning made fun
  • Learning made fun Learning made fun Pre-primary learners at Narraville Primary School in Walvis Bay visited the Namibian Pie Company last week. The company produces about 7 000 pies a day, and the learners were shown the entire process from scratch. After the tour, the learners happily gobbled down sausage rolls, courtesy of the Namibian Pie Company. The learners said they enjoyed this immensely and couldn’t wait to tell their friends and families about the exciting tour they had. Photos Leandrea Louw

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  • 11/04/19--14:00: Eco-warriors!
  • Eco-warriors!Eco-warriors! Private School Swakopmund hosted its Entrepreneur Day recently. Each grade had their own business to market and products to sell. This year one of the categories the stalls were judged on was eco-friendliness. The majority of learners took this into consideration, as many of the products on sale included second-hand books, cloth shopping bags, natural fibres, recycled materials, paper and glass packaging, reusable packaging and products that required no packaging at all.

    PHOTO contributed

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  • 11/04/19--14:00: 2020 prefects inaugurated
  • 2020 prefects inaugurated 2020 prefects inaugurated Duneside High School in Walvis Bay inaugurated their 2020 prefects last week. Seen here is Rowan Narib, Vanella Amukwa, Abishai Ndeyanayi, Jesse Kabooy, Johannes Kauhondamwa, Pretty Mufalali, Tamsin Jacobs, Zachary Strauss, Jacky Geirises (head prefect), Anna Uupindi (head prefect) and Rosalia Kambonde. Seated is the Mr Doro, principal Mrs Einbeck and Mrs De Wee. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

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    Gomes undergoes surgery on broken ankleGomes undergoes surgery on broken ankle Everton midfielder Andre Gomes had surgery yesterday after suffering a fracture-dislocation to his right ankle in their Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, his club said.

    The Portugal international sustained the injury in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday after landing off balance at speed following a tackle from Spurs forward Son Heung-min.

    Everton released a statement confirming Gomes would need surgery, but did not set out a timeline for his return. Manager Marco Silva has backed the 26-year-old to make a full recovery.

    “We will give all support to Andre and his family,” Silva told reporters. “As a group we have to stay together.

    “He is seriously injured but I am 100% sure Andre will become stronger as a football player and as a man because he is a fantastic lad, a fantastic professional.”

    Son was shown a red card for his part in the incident and was in tears in the dressing room afterwards.

    Yesterday the 27-year-old was called up to the South Korea squad for two matches later this month and national team coach Paulo Bento said his international team mates would rally around him.

    “What happened in that match is really unfortunate,” Bento told Yonhap News Agency. “It doesn't matter which country a player is from. You never want to see anyone get hurt that seriously, but it's also part of the game.

    “Heung-min has to pick things up and move forward, and we'll try to help him the best we can.”

    South Korea play Lebanon in a World Cup qualifier on 14 November before facing Brazil in a friendly five days later in Abu Dhabi.


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  • 11/04/19--14:00: Jones slams critics
  • Jones slams criticsJones slams criticsCoach stands by his players after stinging World Cup defeat England coach Eddie Jones says they were beaten by the better team on Saturday, but he is still proud of his players. England boss Eddie Jones has hit out at “negativity” over his side's performance after they were smashed 32-12 by South Africa in the World Cup final.

    The Australian stood by his players after Saturday's stinging loss in Yokohama, where England looked a shadow of the team that had stunned defending champions New Zealand 19-7 a week earlier.

    “We were beaten by a better team, but I'm so proud of the players,” he insisted after finishing as the losing coach for the second time in a World Cup final.

    “I'm disappointed there's such a negative attitude about our performance,” bristled Jones, noting that he had taken a team that crashed out in the pool stage four years ago to the brink of a first world title in 16 years.

    “We weren't good enough today - sorry, I apologise! We've just got beaten in the final and there's all this negativity - I find it incredible.”

    Jones, Wallabies coach when Jonny Wilkinson's extra-time drop goal brought England rugby's Holy Grail in 2003, struggled to explain why his team had been destroyed in the scrum and at the breakdown, as Handre Pollard kicked six penalties before tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe completed the rout.

    “If I knew, I'd be able to fix it,” he snapped after England lost in a World Cup final for the third time following heartbreak in 1991 and 2007, when they were also beaten 15-6 by South Africa and Jones had a consulting role with the Springboks.

    “They won a significant area of the game, which was the scrum, and that trickled down to the rest of the game,” added Jones, who masterminded Japan's jaw-dropping upset of South Africa at the 2015 World Cup.

    “If you can't get on the front foot you look like a team that lacks ideas, lacks energy and looks tired.”

    Turning his famous “stink eye” on the British press pack, Jones denied England had choked.

    “You write that, you're the clever guy,” he fumed. “We put everything in we could - we just weren't good enough today. We're the second-best team in the world.”

    He dismissed opposite number Rassie Erasmus's theory that the English pack had come into the decider fatigued, while South Africa's split of six forwards - dubbed the “bomb squad” - and only two backs on the bench allowed the Boks to replace their hulking pack for the last half-hour of games.

    “Winning coaches have got all the answers - I've got no answers, mate,” growled Jones, who lost prop Kyle Sinckler - so explosive in England's 40-16 quarter-final thrashing of Australia and against All Blacks - to a head injury after just three minutes.

    “It is bad luck when you lose a tighthead in the first minute, but it's not an excuse. You're better off putting that game to the side and getting on with it.” Jones refused to be drawn on whether he would seek to extend his current deal with England beyond 2021.

    “That's not my decision,” he barked, admitting England would be “kicking stones for four years” after such a devastating end to the tournament.

    “Remember three weeks ago, I was going to get the sack - there was going to be blood on the walls at Twickenham. Sorry guys, but you've got me for another two years.”


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  • 11/04/19--14:00: Regstelling
  • RegstellingRegstelling Op 28 Oktober 2019 het The Zone in die berig “Terug na die begin” verkeerdelik berig Mej. Namibië het besoek by Hoërskool Delta afgelê, pleks van Laerskool Delta. Ons vra verskoning vir enige ongerief wat hierdeur veroorsaak is.

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  • 11/04/19--14:00: Rugbyballe vir onderwys
  • Rugbyballe vir onderwysRugbyballe vir onderwys Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) het Vrydag as deel van sy korporatiewe sosiale verantwoordelikheid N$20 000 aan die Amos Meerkat Skoleprojek (AMS) oorhandig ter ondersteuning van sy sillabus. Die bedrag is ingesamel uit die opveil van rugbyballe wat die Namibiese nasionale rugbyspan tydens die onlangse Wêreldrugbybekertoernooi geteken het. Op die foto is mnr. Johan Deysel, ‘n AMS-raadslid, me. Martha Shamalza, een die AMS-sillabus se moniteerders, en mnr. Albe Botha, die uitvoerende hoof van NMH. FOTO JUSTICIA SHIPENA

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    Hupstoot vir navorsing oor kleinste katHupstoot vir navorsing oor kleinste katKampvegters vir Namibië se natuurskoon Nagraadse studente aan die Namibië Universiteit van Wetenskap en Tegnologie (Nust) gaan navorsing oor die swartpootkat in Namibië doen. Justicia Shipena

    Aus Motors het op 31 Oktober 'n voertuig ter waarde van N$260 000 aan die Namibië Universiteit vir Wetenskap en Tegnologie (Nust) in Windhoek oorhandig.

    Die voertuig gaan vir navorsing oor die skaars swartpootkat (Felis nigripes) in Namibië gebruik word deur Nust se fakulteit vir natuurlike hulpbronne en ruimtelike wetenskappe, in samewerking met die Black-footed Cat Working Group (BFCWG).

    Die studie fokus op die ­ekologie en gedrag van die swartpootkat in sy ­natuurlike omgewing.

    Die Omaha-­dieretuin in Amerika en die Internasio­nale Organisasie vir die Beskerming van Bedreigde Katte het finansiering vir radiohalsbande en ander veldtoerusting voorsien.

    Die projek gaan ook help om jong Namibiese natuurbewaarders deur Nust se nagraadse natuurbewaringsprogramme op te lei.

    Die swartpootkat is een van die kleinste katte ter wêreld en uiters skaars. Inligting oor die katte is deur dr. Alex Sliwa op twee plase in die Karoo in Suid-Afrika oor die loop van 25 jaar aangeteken. Nust, die BFCWG en dr. Silwa het in vennootskap 'n kat­bevolking in Namibië geïdentifiseer vir verdere navorsing.

    Ná jare se navorsing deur Martina Küsters, die BFCWG se veldnavorser, is 'n paar moontlike gebiede uitgewys waarin die katte kan voorkom. Die Nust-BFCWG-groep het in Janua­rie vanjaar sukses behaal toe 'n klein groepie katte tussen Grünau en die Visrivier-canyon gevind is.

    Tydens die oorhandiging van die voertuig het Jordaania Andima, Nust se direkteur vir bemarking en kommunikasie, namens die adjunkvisekanselier, dr. Andrew Niikondo, gesê projekte soos dié gaan help om ­toekomstige leiers in bewaring en ­navorsing op te lei.

    “Tans is baie min bekend oor Nami­bië se natuurlewe, veral die skaars diere. As Namibiërs moet ons trots wees op hierdie navorsers,” het Andi­ma gesê.

    Volgens haar is die ­swartpootkatte op kommersiële en gedeelde plase gevind. Sy het gesê samewerking met boere, eerder as teenkanting wat betref natuurbewaring, sal die voortbestaan van die natuurlewe verseker.

    Gerhard Vermeulen, die hoofbeamp­te van Auas Motors, het gesê om men­se te laat verstaan wat hierdie unieke kat behels, is wat van elke projeklid 'n baanbreker en kampvegter maak. “Om ons waardering vir hul werk te toon, het Auas Motors hierdie bakkie geskenk. Ons sal die voertuig diens en in stand hou sodat hulle hul ­doelwitte kan bereik,” het Vermeulen gesê.

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    Geingob taka tala ketulo miilonga aniwa lyobasic income grantGeingob taka tala ketulo miilonga aniwa lyobasic income grantGeingob a pula a pewe natango oomvula ntano dhelelo Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa uvaneke kutya ngele okwa hogololwa oshikako shoomvula ntano twa taalela, otashi vulika a ka tule miilonga oBIG, na okwa uvaneke ngaaka pethimbo lyoshigongi shomahwahwameko gomahogololo shoka sha ningwa mehuliloshiwike moRundu. Sho a popi poshigongi shongundu yoSwapo shoka sha ningilwa mondoolopa yaRundu, Geingob okwa uvaneke okuyambulapo aakwashigwana pakuya pa oompito dhiilonga oshowo okuyambulapo iikwaniipangitho meyambulepo lyoshilongo.

    Aakwashigwana oyendji oyambombolokele pokapale mpoka pwa ningilwa oshigongi okuza potundi onti 05:00, nonando Geingob okwa ningi oshipopiwa she potundi onti 15:00.

    “Aantu ya thika po 813 oya shangithwa moshitopolwa shaKavango East moprograma yombaanga yiikulya. Moshitopolwa shaKavango West, oprograma ndjoka oya tulwa miilonga momasiku 24 gaAguste omvula ya piti mondoolopa yaNkurenkuru, na oya nuninwa okukanddula po ondjala noluhepo moondoolopa,” Geingob a popi.

    “Otatu tsikile nokulonga opo tu kwa shilipaleke kutya AaNamibia oyendji oya mona eyambidhidho okupitila mprograma ndjika. Otatu ka konaakona woo omikalo dhokutula miilonga obasic income grant (BIG).”

    Geingob okwa popi woo kombinga yoshikukuta, ta popi kutya epangelo lyoSwapo oli itula mo mokugandja oondya dhoshikukuta kwaamboka ye li mompumbwe onene yiikulya.

    Geingob ina popya kombinga yegandjo lyoompito dhiilonga miitopolwa mbyoka iyali ya dhengelwa pevi ngele tashi ya konkalo yokwaahena iilonga na osho tashi etitha aantu oyendji ya kale yiikolelela momayambidhidho gepangelo.

    Oshitopolwa shaKavango East okwa lopotwa shi na ondjele yaanyasha mboka kaye na iilonga ye li poopresenda 62.5 omanga aanyasha mboka kaye na iilonga moKavango West ondjele ya thikama poopresenda 46.8.

    Oopoloyeka dhomayambulepo dhimwe dhoka dha tumbulwa kuGeingob ongaashi etungo lyendiki lyoRupara Rural Development Centre, etungo lyomunino gwokuekelahi iiyekelwahi nelongululo lyomeya oshowo oxidation pond moNdiyona, naambyoka oya tungwa kongushu yoshimaliwa shoomiliyona 14.5.

    “Epangelo lyaSwapo otali tula miilonga oopoloyeka odhindji moshitopolwa shaKavango East oshowo Kavango West. Otatu pangele okutunga oopoloyeka odhindji dhomayambulepo miitopolwa mbika iyali ngele omwe tu pe oomvula ntano ishewe dhelelo.”


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    Omukokele a dhipagwa komboma mOmusatiOmukokele a dhipagwa komboma mOmusati Omukokele gwoomvula 69, Johannes Sheehama Hamukwaya, okwa hulitha ombaadhilila mOsoondaha sha landula etopo lyomboma popepi nOmugulugwombashe.

    Olutu we oshowo iilongitho ye oya hanagulwapo miintoko, sho omboma ndjoka ya topa omanga Hamukwaya a li iipyakidhila nokufulamo omuti okuza mevi mondjila ndjoka ya pita megumbo lye. Oshiningwanima shoka osha ningilwa momukunda Ontanda A moshikandjohogololo Tsandi moshitopolwa shaMusati.

    Pahapu dhomunambelewa omupopiliko gwopolisi yaMusati, Linekela Shikongo omboma ndjoka oya topa lyopotundi onti 07:30, lwopegumbo lyaHamukwaya. Shikongo okwa popi kutya pauyelele mboka ya pewa, nakusa okwa li ta kutha mo omuti mevi sha etitha pamupya a gumwe omboma inayi topa ya li mevi, nolutu lwe olwa hanagulwapo italu vulu nokudhimbululwa. Omboma ndjoka yomevi otaku fekelwa ya tegwa kaakwiita yaSouth Afrika sho ehala ndyoka lya talikako kutya olya li lya longithwa kaakwiita mboka momalugodhi gawo.

    Pandjokonona, ekondjelomanguluko lyaNamibia oya tamekele momasiku 26 gaAguste momvula yo 1966 mOmugulugwombashe, sho Opolisi yaSouth Afrika ya ponokele okamba yaSwapo.


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  • 11/04/19--14:00: WAP klop Gim op krieketveld
  • WAP klop Gim op krieketveldWAP klop Gim op krieketveldTiende jaar van Gentleman's Cup gevier In die gewilde Gentleman's Cup tussen Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool en Windhoek Gimnasium is die mededinging tussen die skole soos altyd in 'n baie goeie gees afgehandel. Mariselle Stofberg en ­Andrew Poolman

    Die Gentleman's Cup tussen Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool (WAP) en Windhoek Gimnasium het vanjaar sy tiende bestaansjaar gevier en goeie krieket en sportmangees het tydens die toernooi geseëvier.

    Die toernooi is die afgelope Donderdag en Vrydag in Windhoek by die Affiespark-sportveld in Pionierspark gehou waar die twee skole se krieketspanne vanaf o.11 tot o.19 mekaar die stryd aangesê het.

    WAP was vanjaar die gasheer vir die wedstryde waarin selfs die onderwysers en tjokkers ook hul skool op die krieketveld verteenwoordig het.

    WAP het uiteindelik die toernooi met ses punte teen drie gewen. Dit was Affies se eerste triomf in die Gentleman's Cup sedert 2012, met Gimnasium wat afgesien van die gelykopuitslag drie jaar gelede sake oorheers het.

    Oor die vorige nege jaar van die toernooi het ongeveer 1 300 krieketspelers deelgeneem, en vanjaar het nog 100 die krieketveld betree.

    In die hoofwedstryd tussen die o.19 eerste spanne het Gimnasium eerste gaan kolf en het in hul twintig boulbeurte 114/8 aangeteken. Gim het sy kaptein Jan-Izak de Villiers vir net vier lopies verloor toe hy uitgevang is, maar Ramon Wilmot was hul voorste lopiemaker met 42 van 23 balle (drie viere, drie sesse) wat steun van Renier van der Merwe (19) gekry het.

    JC Balt (2/21) en Keanu Engelbrecht (2/25) van Affies-boulers was wat deurbrake gemaak het.

    WAP was vroeg in die moeilikheid toe Lloyd Mills en JC Balt beide vir nulletjies moes terugstap, maar hul talentvolle kaptein, Nicol Loftie-Eaton, het hom as kolwer behoorlik ingegrawe en was onoorwonne met 78 lopies (40 balle) wat sy span gehelp het om oortuigend met sewe paaltjies te wen, met meer as ses boulbeurte oor.

    Loftie-Eaton was op stryk met elf viere en drie sesse, terwyl sy kolfmaat Keanu Engelbrecht 19 nie uit nie van 15 balle bygedra het. Jan-Izak de Villiers se twee paaltjies vir 29 lopies was uiteindelik tevergeefs.

    Die samesyn en ondersteuning tussen die twee skole was weer opmerklik en het gesorg vir nog 'n toernooi waar bande gesmee is en vriendskappe gebou word.

    Die vernaamste uitslae van die 2019 ­Gentleman's Cup:

    O.11A: WAP wen met 16 lopies (WAP 133/6; Gimnasium 117/8).

    O.11B: Windhoek Gimnasium wen met agt lopies (Gimnasium 112/6; WAP 104/8.

    O.13: WAP wen met sewe paaltjies (Gimnasium 111/6; WAP 112/3).

    O.15: Windhoek Gimnasium wen met 12 lopies (Gimnasium 140/95; WAP 128/8).

    O.19 eerste spanne: WAP wen met sewe paaltjies (Gimnasium 114/8; WAP 117/3 na 13.2 boulbeurte).

    Die individuele Gentleman's-toekennings in die onderskeie ouderdomsgroepe is soos volg oorhandig:

    O.11A: Stephan Venter (WAP) en JP ­Blignaut (Windhoek Gimnasium).

    O.11B: Pieter le Roux (WAP) en Stefan le Grange (Windhoek Gimnasium).

    O.13: Renier van der Merwe (Windhoek Gimnasium) en Ewan Lombaard (WAP).

    O.15: Michael Feely (Windhoek Gimna­sium) en Christiaan Hennes (WAP).

    O.19: Clive Raines (Windhoek Gimna­sium) en André Siepker (WAP) .

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    Reforming the education system Reforming the education system Committing to lifelong learning The Finnish education system is regarded as one of the best in the world, with its government attributing its success to an investment in teacher qualifications, vocational training, e-learning and a focus on group participation from an early age; hence, Namibia could learn a few lessons. Justicia Shipena

    Under the theme 'Education - key to a nation's success' the embassy of Finland hosted an education conference at Droombos, Klein Farmlands in Windhoek last Tuesday.

    The conference was aimed at reviewing the education sector from various perspectives, with special weight given to the present success stories of Finnish-Namibian cooperation.

    Windhoek-based Dololo Namibia co-founder and CEO Tim Wucher believes Namibia can learn from Finland in the area of the academic practice teaching.

    Dololo Namibia is an organisation that specialises in the development of the entrepreneurship ecosystem and offers workshops to develop entrepreneurs, including an entrepreneurial culture among start-ups at primary education level.

    "For the last two years we have been trying to learn from some of the successes of the Finnish education system and adopt them, as well as localise that so we can use them and make them valuable in the Namibian or Southern African context to develop sustainable and saleable solutions," he said.

    Wucher said they have had a lot of active engagements with the public sector.

    "I see better opportunities, a more lean approach and faster experimentation and results in the ‘how we teach' opportunities and that is something that we are excited about scaling," he said of the Finnish education system and how its lessons can assist Namibia.

    Finnish ambassador to Namibia, Pirkko-Liisa Kyostila, said in August they gathered with over 120 Namibian youth to talk about democracy, freedom of speech and the importance of being accepted in society as an individual.

    She said she was impressed by the wisdom and critical thinking of Namibian youth.

    "It got me to realise how well-educated the youth are and how well they are taken care of in Namibia. Education and lifelong learning are the basis for prosperity in Namibia and Finland," said Kyostila.

    She said one the greatest strengths of education in Finland is that it offers everyone equal opportunities to study, regardless of their social and financial background.

    She said though the Finnish education system continues to be successful, there are also challenges; hence, everyone working in education is certainly pondering how to keep abreast of socio-economic changes and the growing number of pupils with special needs.

    "In Finland inclusion is dividing opinions. Every pupil has the right to have education at the closest school, but if the resources for addressing special needs are not in place, the situation can be very demanding for teachers and students," she said.

    According to Kyostila, next year marks 150 years of the partnership between the people of Namibia and Finland and the embassy's key task is to maintain this relationship and deepen it further.

    "Education is one of the cornerstones of our society. We are happy to share our model and explain about our philosophy. Organising events like this is one of our embassy's core functions."

    She added that one of their strengths is high-quality teacher education.

    Finnish teachers are motivated and competent and the teaching profession is highly respected. Recently 49 Namibians finished their teacher training at Finnish universities.

    According to Edda Bohn, the director of programmes and quality assurance in the education ministry, they reformed the education system with major changes, through the introduction of a learner-centred approach after independence.

    This is based on the social constructionist paradigm, where knowledge is built collaboratively with the learner. The learners, with the teacher as a facilitator, learn in a collaborative way.

    "One year of compulsory pre-primary education under the leadership of the ministry was reintroduced as of 2008, and about 50% of all eligible learners attend pre-primary as part of the junior primary phase, which is seen as the years of pre-primary to grade 3. The senior primary phase comprises of grades 4 to 7," she said.

    Bohn added enrolment rates are high for grade 1 - up to 98% - but according to the 15th school day statistics, which is a snapshot at a particular instant in the year, a significant drop was revealed, as enrolment for the grades up to senior secondary was just below 60%.

    This is also substantiated by EMIS data, which is published every year after the annual education census in August.

    She further explained that the recent review of secondary education has phased out the Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC), which was awarded at the end of grade 10.

    Grade 10 and 11 now cover the localised National Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary (NSSCO) Level learning content.

    She said the grade 12 year builds on the NSSCO and offers advanced subsidiary learning content, of which learners should chose at least three subjects, which they would have had passed with a symbol C at NSSCO Level.

    "With regard to the challenges in terms of curriculum attainment and academic performance of learners at the NSSCO Level, it reveals a less desirable picture, when analysing the NSSCO Level results over the past five years. It shows that more learners obtain a D symbol and below, then what the targets aspired to."

    According to the public expenditure review report of 2017, the ministry is allocated a fair share of the national budget.

    However, the majority of these resources pay the salary of teachers and leave very little for infrastructure development, learning materials and support in terms of teacher training and development.

    Bohn explained that policies such as the national standards and performance indicators for schools, implemented for improved school governance and safer schools, fully recognises that education is a shared responsibility.

    "This means that communities, parents, guardians, leaners, teachers and the school leadership jointly carry the responsibility for a successful education, which needs to unlock the hidden potential of all learners to be able to make their contribution to economic development and the social upliftment of themselves and the nation at large," she added.

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    Thieves target neighbouring schoolsThieves target neighbouring schools The Oshana police are hunting for thieves who stole 67 laptops valued at N$223 800 from two neighbouring schools in Ongwediva.

    The latest incident happened last week when thieves broke into Hashiyana Combined School and got away with 35 mini-laptops and a camera and accessories valued at N$83 800. Hashiyana is about 100 metres away from Kleine Kuppe Private School, where thieves stole 32 laptops and a scanner valued at N$140 000 last month.

    None of the items have been recovered.

    According to Oshana police spokesperson Inspector Thomas Aiyambo thieves gained entry to Hashiyana Combined School on 29 October by cutting the burglar bars on the window of the principal's office.

    “They did not take anything from the principal's office, but proceeded to the head of department's office, and again they did not take anything. They went on again and broke into the computer lab and took 35 mini-laptops, a Canon camera and it's charger, a camera bag, a camera stand, a Lenovo laptop, with its charger, a Lenovo laptop bag and a 16GB memory card, all with an estimated value of N$83 800,” Haiyambo said.

    On 28 September, 32 laptops and a scanner valued at N$140 000 were stolen from the Kleine Kuppe Private School.

    “No arrests have been made yet and the method used to steal is also not yet known,” Aiyambo said.

    He appealed to members of the public to assist with any information they can.

    “We have people who remove laptop passwords or systems, and we are appealing to them if they happen to get people approaching them for assistance to tip us off.

    “If there are people out there who have seen people loading or offloading laptops they must also contact us. To those who buy stolen items, you better not do it, and just report the sellers to the police, because if we find you with stolen items, you are an accomplice to theft and we can arrest you as well,” said Aiyambo.


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  • 11/04/19--14:00: Children under siege
  • Children under siegeChildren under siegeChild labour, sex exploitation still prevalent in Namibia Children in Namibia engage in the worst forms of child labour, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking, a global report says. Namibia made moderate progress in efforts to eliminate child labour in the country, which involves children being exploited for commercial sex that results from human trafficking, doing domestic work and also working on the streets.

    The United States (US) Department of Labour released its Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labour for 2018 recently.

    The latest annual report says that although the Namibian government has established laws and regulations related to child labour, gaps exist in Namibia's legal framework to adequately protect children from the worst forms of child labour.

    This includes the lack of a comprehensive hazardous work list that includes children's work in the services sector.

    Outlining developments since 2017, the report said last year Namibia made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour.

    “Children in Namibia engage in the worst forms of child labour, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in domestic work and street work. Hazardous work prohibitions for children in the services sector are not comprehensive. In addition, social programmes do not address child labour in agriculture,” the report says.

    It further noted that in the agriculture sector forms of child labour include the herding of cattle, while in the service sector children are involved in doing domestic work and working in shebeens.

    Street work includes children selling candy, fruits, handcrafts and airtime vouchers.

    “Forced labour for agriculture and domestic work sometimes occur as a result of human trafficking. Children are trafficked within Namibia for forced labour in agriculture, cattle herding, domestic work, and commercial sexual exploitation.

    “San children are particularly vulnerable to forced labour on farms or in homes. Some Angolan children are trafficked into Namibia for forced labour in cattle herding.”

    According to the report the Namibian government passed the Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Act and approved the National Referral Mechanism that directs first-line response teams on how to detect and provide services to victims of trafficking.

    The act criminalises trafficking in persons and related offenses, protects and assists victims, and provides for the coordinated implementation and administration of the Act.

    In addition, it also provided substantive training for law-enforcement pertaining to child protection, including child labour.

    “The government has not collected and published data on child labour, including its worst forms, to inform policies and social programmes,” the report, however, points out.

    It adds that although there are hazardous work prohibitions for children, these prohibitions do not specifically include hazardous work in the services sector.

    It said that while labour law-enforcement agencies in Namibia last year took actions to combat child labour, gaps exist within the operations of the labour ministry that may hinder adequate labour law-enforcement.

    This includes a lack of inspection planning and execution in all relevant sectors and geographic regions.

    The report said research also indicated that the labour ministry primarily conducts inspections in the formal agricultural sector and urban areas, leaving children working in remote rural areas less protected.

    According to the report it was previously reported that although inspectors have the legal authority to inspect private farms, they often encounter difficulties accessing these farms due to locked gates. In an effort to access farms with locked gates, the inspectorate began working with the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU).

    In 2018, criminal law-enforcement agencies in Namibia took actions to combat child labour. However, gaps exist within the operations of the safety and security ministry, with the police being hindered by inadequate criminal law-enforcement, including investigation and prosecution planning.

    The report said research could not find information about the number of complaints concerning child labour, including its worst forms, which were received through the police's toll-free hotline.

    During the reporting period, criminal investigators received training to address child labour, including gender-based violence, violence against children and violence against women training programmes. Four training sessions were conducted across the country over a nine-month period.

    A total of 230 professionals were trained, including 78 police investigators. Police, prosecutors and social workers were trained on essential services provision and integration, as well as their responses to gender-based violence incidents.


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    Turkey assists with drought reliefTurkey assists with drought relief The Turkish government, through the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), has pledged its support to Namibia and has assisted in a number of areas, including with drought relief.

    This support includes food parcels to families living in Windhoek, Oshakati, Osire, Okahenge and Oshikango, as well as food and milk for the basic nutritional requirements of pupils at People's Primary School at Katutura.

    Turkey also donated five 10 000-litre water tanks to the Tsandi constituency in the Omusati Region for use by people living at Oluhalu, Amaupa, Okatseidhi East, Iitatu and Ombwata B.

    TIKA is also in the process of providing support for water and solar energy provision, through drilling a borehole at Nyondo West in Kavango East.

    This was revealed by Berin Tulun, Turkish ambassador to Namibia, during an interview with Namibian Sun.

    She emphasised that Turkey strives to be able to provide speedy humanitarian aid to those in need, without discriminating on the basis of race, religion or gender.

    “TIKA's projects in Namibia mainly focused on various fields such as healthcare, formal and vocational education, training, agricultural development, irrigation, water and sanitation, women empowerment, solar energy, capacity-building, wildlife preservation and humanitarian aid. In this regard, the TIKA Windhoek office has been developing projects in all regions of Namibia for the well-being of all Namibian people,” said Tulun.


    She is also confident that there is political will on both the Turkish and Namibian side to boost relations between the two nations, adding she is doing her very best to expand and diversify these relations.

    “Namibia may be considered far from sight of Turkey, in distance. However, I should very sincerely say that Namibia is always in our mind. After establishing our diplomatic relations, the Turkish embassy in Windhoek was opened. Turkey now has 42 embassies in Africa. We are waiting to see the Namibian resident embassy in Ankara, along with the 35 embassies from the African continent,” she said.

    Tulun is also confident that a number of cooperation areas between the two countries will pay off, including a Trade and economic committee meeting and the first meeting of Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group that was held in Windhoek recently.

    Other interactions include the second round of political consultations that were held in Ankara, which allowed various countries to exchange views on bilateral and multilateral matters.

    She added that Namibia's health ministry's leadership this year attended the Health Conference and Expo, as well as the sixth Turkish Medical World Congress.



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  • 11/04/19--14:00: Cattle marketing boon
  • Cattle marketing boonCattle marketing boonDrought, competitive prices fuel slaughtering Year-on-year, a 9.69% increase was witnessed in the total cattle marketed during the months of January to September 2019. Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) conditions in South Africa continue to exert a negative influence on Namibian live cattle exports, while drought-induced marketing and competitive prices offered by export facilities have supported an overall positive performance in the local cattle sector.

    Year-on-year, a 9.69% increase was witnessed in the total cattle marketed during the months of January to September 2019, compared to the same period last year.

    Marketing increased from 348 381 in the first three quarters of 2018 to 382 149 in the corresponding period of 2019.

    According to statistics provided by the Meat Board of Namibia, due to prevailing drought conditions, coupled with better producer prices, slaughtering at export abattoirs increased substantially by 83.21%. This induced an overall improvement of 9.69% in total marketing, even in the face of the poor performance of B and C class abattoirs and live exports that recorded declines of 10.66% and 5.14%, respectively.

    The Meat Board said that although weighted average capacity utilisation of export abattoirs for the first three quarters stood at 89.76%, it is worth noting that Meatco alone registered a 93.77% monthly capacity utilisation during the period.

    “The increase in total marketing was mainly driven by increased slaughtering at export abattoirs, due to drought conditions forcing farmers to bring their livestock herd to manageable levels. This driving factor was supported by better carcass prices at export abattoirs.”

    Of the total cattle marketed, 62% were live exports, 29% were taken up by export abattoirs, while B and C class abattoirs only enjoyed 9% of the market share. Compared to the first three quarters of 2018, live exports lost 10% of market share to export abattoirs, while butchers also lost footing by 2% to export abattoirs.

    A total of 10 328 cattle were declared to the Meat Board by the registered B and C class abattoirs during the second quarter of 2019, bringing the total slaughter for the year to date to 33 452 cattle.

    This compares adversely with 10.66% to the 37 445 cattle slaughtered during the period January to September in 2018.

    For the last quarter of the year livestock prices are expected to improve, owing to expected rainfall that will see less animals earmarked for marketing, in favour of restocking and production.

    The Meat Board said although the drought shocked the sheep market, the suspension of the small stock scheme offers the industry an opportunity to evaluate the effect of market forces outside quantitative restrictions. It also provides a chance to devise a strategy for not only the reinforcement of the 'Growth at Home' policy, but also the reversal of the negative production trend in the sheep sector.

    According to the Meat Board, the sheep sector performed consistently poorer during the third quarter of 2019, compared to quarter three of 2018. A total of 143 379 sheep were marketed in the third quarter of 2019, compared to 215 846 during quarter three of 2018.

    All market segments performed poorly during the third quarter, an unexpected occurrence in a drought year, which is indicative of declining sheep stock.

    “A short-term suspension of the small stock scheme was effected to allow the industry to address not only the retention of sheep for slaughtering and value-addition locally, but also the reversal of the downward sheep production trend.”

    A total of 632 067 sheep were marketed through various formal channels during quarter one to quarter three of 2019, translating into a 3.59% decrease in comparison to the same period in 2018, when 655 579 sheep were marketed.

    “Sheep marketing has consistently recorded a poor performance since the end of the second quarter and during the entire third quarter of 2019.”

    While live exports registered a 5.6% increase during January to September 2019, by recording 394 450 sheep compared to 373 576 during the comparable period of the previous year, the increase was insufficient to cause an overall better performance in the sheep sector, due to the steepness of declines in other marketing platforms like export facilities and local butchers.


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  • 11/04/19--14:00: Maltas assists Havana
  • Maltas assists HavanaMaltas assists Havana In partnership with Come Namibia Photographers, the Maltas Club team visited the Havana informal settlement and handed over clothing items as well as schoolbags to community members. “Volunteerism is a way through which I try to heal my soul,” said Karu Njarakana, the 2019 community development manager of Maltas. This last visit was embraced by Elifas Dingara, a member of the National Assembly, who spoke about the existing disconnect and gap between national leaders and grassroots communities. “The conditions of poverty-stricken communities such as Havana can be bettered if people are guided on how to produce food at their houses,” said Dr Wilfred April, while giving an example of how community leader Fillipus Sabwaya runs a garden in his yard, which provides food for the community. Sabwaya received the clothes on behalf of the community. Dingara is pictured with members of the community and the Maltas team.


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  • 11/04/19--14:00: Planting the seed in youth
  • Planting the seed in youth Planting the seed in youth A talk recently held at the American Cultural Centre, hosted by Mandela Washington Fellow Alphons Koruhama, sought to change youth perspectives on farming. Ester Kamati

    On 31 October, a group of young people flocked to the third floor of the Sanlam building, where they heard, amongst others, the story of how Koruhama became a stakeholder in Namibian agriculture.

    According to him, it started with his journey of volunteering at a centre in Katutura that gets children off the streets.

    From his research in Gobabis, where most of the children are from, he learnt that the children barely get sufficient nutrition at home and thus take to begging in Windhoek.

    He then identified a garden structure in Grysblock, Katutura, which he and his team used to “teach the street kids the skills they can take back home and integrate in their communities”.

    Project manager Eslien Tsuses spoke about youth perspectives on agriculture, as well as the challenges faced by agriculturalists in the country. Tsuses reflected on the extreme drought that struck her home village when she was young, which led to the loss of many jobs.

    Agriculture contributes 5% to GDP in Namibia, and although 40% of produce is produced locally, 56% is imported from South Africa, which leaves little room for farmers to enter the market.

    “People are only focussed on ‘I’m trying to produce something’, but don’t look into ‘how better can I produce this’,” she said.

    Tsuses added that subsistence farmers are reluctant to seek loans to improve their farming processes.

    She advised farmers to formulate risk preparedness strategies.

    She said unnecessary losses can be caused by hiring unqualified individuals, who don’t know “how to treat an animal and how to actually grow a crop”.

    “I always would advise farmers to make sure they comply with regulations to avoid, at a later stage, to be told to go back and start again, because they were not able to fill out a form or get a permit,” said Tsuses.

    She added that farmers need to pay attention to demand, as individuals may often invest in the production of a crop that consumers may not be interested in.

    Sophia Komeheke, a receptionist by profession and part-time agriculturalist, discussed the idea of hydroponics, which is a system that does not need a huge farming area. According to Komeheke, this system can be used in a room, and you need not use land, and thus can be established anywhere.

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  • 11/04/19--14:00: A beacon of hope
  • A beacon of hopeA beacon of hopeWIL recognises stakeholders Eight years ago, the Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) was established at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) as a custodian of the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course, and it continues to be a beacon of hope for many students intent on entering the job market. Justicia Shipena

    Due to lack of work experience, many young people struggle to enter the labour market, hence the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) introduced the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course, which is compulsory for all undergraduate students.

    In this vein, last Thursday the university’s Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) hosted an industry recognition breakfast.

    The breakfast was aimed at expressing gratitude to companies that recently made available internship placements to Nust students.

    WIL aims to give young people the opportunity to gain experience, with a specific focus on practical skills, thus improving their employability.

    According to Nust deputy vice-chancellor Dr Andrew Niikondo cooperative education is a powerful element of Nust’s curriculum framework, in which it pledges to offer career-orientated programmes.

    “All our programmes allow students to benefit from both classroom education and training, along with first-hand work experience in the marketplace,” he said.

    Niikondo thanked MTC for steering the MTC Namibia National Internship Programme, through which about 45 Nust students and 115 students from other institutions of higher learning in Namibia have benefitted in the second quarter of the year.

    He added that the CEU has played a significant role to enhance the employability of graduates through the integration of theory and practice.

    “Students are required to undergo a period of on-the-job training as part of their studies. This period of work placement varies from a few weeks undertaken throughout the period of study, to six months and a year in some programmes,” he explained.

    Niikondo said because of this experiential learning approach, students hit the ground running when they enter the workplace.

    “Employers, on the other hand, do not have to waste time and resources training employees who only have a theoretical background of knowledge.”

    Tim Ekandjo, patron of the unit and MTC’s chief human capital and corporate affairs officer, said WIL or internship is vital and it is one of the aspects in higher education that ensures that education and qualifications speak to the needs of the industry and the country at large.

    “Producing graduates who are innovative critical-thinkers significantly impacts the development of our country. An education system that produces a well-rounded graduate is a result of stakeholder collaboration,” he said.

    Ekandjo highlighted some of the benefits acquired from industries through their continued support of WIL.

    He said industries help the university in moulding and crafting graduates with employability skills that are ready for the market.

    He added the university has and continues to receive feedback from employers on the quality and relevance of their programmes and curricula, which improves alignment with industry needs in terms of human resources.

    Ekandjo said taking on students straight from university brings in new ideas, fresh perspectives and a different kind of enthusiasm to the workplace.

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  • 11/04/19--14:00: Education revolutionised
  • Education revolutionised Education revolutionised Edulution strengthens math skills through ICT The FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust has shown generous support to make the programme a success. Ester Kamati

    The Katutura-based St Barnabas Primary School recently launched the Edulution programme, courtesy of First National Bank (FNB) Namibia, which donated N$211 680.

    Edulution is a global programme that originated in Zambia, which aids scholars to strengthen their mathematics skills through transformed systems, including the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the form of tablets.

    Although the programme has been active at the school since March, the official launch took place on 22 October.

    Edulution currently has 10 centres at local primary schools, with about 2 600 children between grades 4 and 7 taking part in the programme.

    Edulution Namibia marketing and communications officer Mike Clarke said each learner gets their own tablet to use during lessons, for online programmes and exercises.

    Learners attend Edulution lessons twice a week for two hours after school.

    Clarke added that they work closely with the school and math teachers to identify children who are struggling.

    “They all work at their own pace; that is what’s special.”

    The learning process is facilitated by grade 12 learners who act as coaches.

    They are paid based on the performance of the learners they teach or tutor.

    In this way they are incentivised. There are three coaches per centre and 30 coaches in total.

    “It is a reality that in Namibia school learners lag significantly behind their peers from elsewhere in the world, with regard to numeracy and literacy skills,” said Nahason Mbangura, the school principal.

    He added that the FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust has shown generous support to make the programme at the school a success.

    “FNB Namibia strives to play a big role in offering a helping hand, in ensuring that every child has an opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Clara Bohitile, chairperson of the FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust.

    She further urged teachers and parents to support the children, as they use this opportunity to learn and embrace technology.

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