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  • 12/02/19--14:00: NFA development crisis
  • NFA development crisisNFA development crisisNo team for Cosafa u-20 championship Namibia will not be competing at the Cosafa under-20 championship for the fourth time in a row. Namibia will miss out on this year's Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) under-20 championship because the country does not have a team to compete at the tournament.

    The championship is taking place in Zambia from 4 to 14 December, with 12 Southern African teams competing for top honours.

    Fifa normalisation committee chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo confirmed yesterday there is no national u-20 team in place at the moment.

    “I believe the biggest issue here is that we do not have development structures in place and we therefore can't have an under-20 team.

    “The talent is there, but we need development structures first before we can assemble a team.

    “As we speak, there is no development officer and that is why there is no team,” Basson-Namundjebo said.

    Last year, Namibia failed to participate in the tournament after the football association struggled to get money for the competition.

    The under-20 team needed around N$1.2 million to travel to different countries, which they failed to raise.

    It is, however, a different scenario this time around, given that the association does not have a team to send to Zambia.

    “Jakes Amaning was the association's development officer and we all know that he is no longer there.

    “It will be the job of the incoming administration and the technical director to make sure that a development officer is appointed and that youth structures are in place.

    “The important thing that we want here is the scouting of young players from all regions across the country,” Basson-Namundjebo said.

    The Cosafa u-20 championship is a development tournament that over the years has produced top-quality players, who have gone on to forge successful careers as professional footballers and in their respective national teams.

    Zambia are the most successful nation in the Cosafa under-20 championship, with 11 victories in all. Their last win was in 2016.

    South Africa have traditionally been one of the powerhouses in the region in under-20 football and will be looking to defend the crown they won in Kitwe. They have won the competition eight times in all, with their first title coming in 2000.

    They also hosted the tournament for 11 consecutive years between 1999 and 2009. This year's participants are Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Comoros Islands, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles and Zambia.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Strawberry Fields Forever!
  • Strawberry Fields Forever!Strawberry Fields Forever!Local vocal training academy concludes the year Eighteen students and a vocal coach host an evening of music Tina Fraser; Strawberry Fields owner and founder: “Given the demand, we now know that we can open these events to the public.” Swakopmund • irene-mari@erongo.com.na



    Strawberry Fields Vocal Training Academy hosted a show on Saturday evening to celebrate the past year.

    “This evening was just for the Strawberry Fields family, but given the demand from outside we now know that we can host these kinds of events for the public,” said Tina Fraser, the owner and founder of Strawberry Fields, in her welcoming remarks.

    Recently, four Strawberry Fields students found themselves on their way to glory.

    Jillian Gong won second place in Voice of Namibia Kidz, with Annika Henckert in third place.

    Gong sang her rendition of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ at the Voice of Namibia Kidz and decided to perform the same song on Saturday evening. She also took to the stage with her sister, Lillian Gong, to perform a cover of Bruno Mars’s ‘Grenade’. Jillian also shared the spotlight with Paulina Indombo to perform ‘I’m Still Standing’ by Elton John.

    Lin-Mari Coetzee and Jessica Strydom shared the stage for Billie Eilish’s ‘Lovely’ featuring Khalid. Both passed their auditions for Voice of Namibia earlier this year. Staging will begin in February next year, according to Tina Fraser.

    The programme concluded with an emotional performance of ‘Last Christmas’, the classic 1984 Christmas hit by Wham!

    Fraser says the name of the Strawberry Fields Vocal Training Academy comes from the famous Beatles song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

    “It may sound quite random, but it’s not. It was actually inspired by the Beatles,” she explains.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Fast times at FNB Sandman
  • Fast times at FNB SandmanFast times at FNB Sandman Over 330 participants took part in the 2019 FNB Sandman triathlon on Sunday in Swakopmund.

    This was a significant improvement in turnout compared to last year, when around 270 athletes participated.

    The athletes took part in various categories, which included the ultra, standard, sprint and mini.

    “The bulk of the people that took part this year just came to have a good day. They did it for fun. I think the competition was more on the social side. The majority of the people were social and just enjoyed doing it,” said event organiser Mark Brinkman.

    The best swim time over a distance of 1.9km was recorded by Phillip Seidler (21:23). Conrad Marais had the fastest bike time over 90km (2:32:20), while Erich Goeieman ran a time of 1:16:11 over a distance of 21km.



    In the ultra-category the results were as follows:

    Male elite

    1. Conrad Marias - 4:53:51 (first overall, male)

    2. Petrus Laubsher - 5:22:41 (third overall, male)

    3. Hennie Fourie - 5:23:25

    Female elite

    1. Melissa Hinz - 5:18:42 (First overall, female)

    2. Berta Theron - 5:37:49 (Second overall, female)

    3. Elzane van der Linde - 6:04:15 (Third overall, female)

    Male veteran

    1. David Gardner - 4:53:51 (second overall, male)

    2. Michael Greef - 5:29:44

    3. Carol Fourie - 5:43:52

    Female master

    1. Adri van der Merwe - 6:31:39

    2. Marion Hemmel - 7:01:56

    Mixed female team

    1. The Warriors - 4:51:41

    2. The Lockness Monster - 5:18:20

    3. Tri Chicks - 5:27:30

    Mixed male team

    1. Simply Unfit - 4:33:46

    2. Etango - 5:11:56

    3. 2+1 - 5:22:16





    Adolf Kaure

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Waar vriende familie word
  • Waar vriende familie wordWaar vriende familie wordNóg ’n suksesvolle jaar vir Berg-Op Akademie ’n Privaatskool op Okahandja is trots op sy Christelike waardes waarmee onder meer sterk vriendskapsbande gesmee word. Mariselle Stofberg

    Berg-Op Akademie is meer as net ‘n skool. Dit bied ’n veilige hawe waar leerlinge gehalte-onderrig ontvang en die geleentheid kry om hulself te vind.

    Die skool het sy deure op 16 Januarie 2008 geopen. Dit het sy ontstaan te danke aan die stigters, mnre. Andre Berg en Willem Opperman, wat die behoefte opgemerk het vir ’n privaatskool op Okahandja waar kinders individuele aandag kan kry.

    Die skool se naam is ’n kombinasie van die stigters se vanne.

    Berg-Op Akademie beskou hulself as ’n familie wat saambou aan die toekoms van kinders, met die Bybel as die grondslag waarop die skool gevestig is.

    Mnr. Piet Greeff is sedert die skool se ontstaan die skoolhoof. “Van dag een af was Berg-Op na aan my hart, want dit waarin ons glo, word in die skool toegepas. Die onderwysers en leerlinge het dit van die begin af so maklik gemaak om lief te wees vir die skool, want liefde straal uit hulle uit.”

    Volgens mnr. Barend Koch, die voorsitter van die skool se beheerraad, streef Berg-Op na net die beste onderrig vir hul leerlinge.

    “Om gehalte-onderrig te kan gee, is individuele aandag en tyd vir kinders noodsaaklik. Daarom is ons klasse kleiner. Ons bied ook ’n program buite normale skoolure aan vir kinders om selfs verdere individuele aandag te kan kry,” het hy gesê.

    Berg-Op het tans ongeveer 200 leerlinge en 23 onderwysers in die laer- en hoërskool. Dit bring die skool se gemiddeld op ongeveer nege kinders per onderwyser wat verseker leerlinge ontvang die beste onderrig en individuele aandag.

    “Ons onderwysers is nou betrokke by ons kinders en kan ook enige probleme vinnig opmerk. By Berg-Op kan ‘n kind nie maklik in die massas verdwyn nie, want hier is ons baie meer persoonlik betrokke by mekaar. Moderne en innoverende onderrigmetodes en die ideale leeromgewing is ook baie belangrik. Ons is ook in samewerking met ons vennote uit Finland om hierdie aspekte op die Namibiese kurrikulum toe te pas en sodoende ’n nuwe standaard vir onderrig in Namibië te help bou,” het Koch gesê.

    Die Finse onderrigmetodes fokus daarop om kinders meer kreatief te laat leer en buite die boks te kan dink om probleme te kan oplos. “In die moderne toekoms waarvoor ons ons kinders opvoed, gaan dit ’n belangrike rol speel in hulle sukses. Daar word ook sterk klem op groepswerk as deel van die onderrigproses en selfstandigheid geplaas,” het Koch gesê.

    Die skool se e-leerprogram en die beplande robotika-kurrikulum vorm ook deel van hierdie proses. “Ons berei ons leerlinge nie net akademies voor nie, maar ook vir die lewe ná graad 12 en hoe hulle probleme moet hanteer in ’n moderne wêreld.”

    Koch het ook bevestig die skool is tans besig om moderne e-leerstelsels te toets wat onder meer aanlyn huiswerk, take en evaluering insluit. “Ons het die vak ‘Design and Technology’ geïdentifiseer wat baie toekomsgerig is. Ons beoog om addisionele periodes hieraan toe te ken waarin kinders ekstra en relevante praktiese opleiding gaan kry.”

    Verskeie veranderinge en herstelwerk is ook onlangs aan die skool gedoen.

    “Ons het met die hulp van kinders, ouers, onderwysers en ander vrywilligers die skool in twee dae heeltemal verander. Ons het odner meer binne en buite geverf. Spesifieke aandag is gegee aan die gebruik van kleure in klaskamers wat help om die regte area van die brein te stimuleer na gelang van die vak wat in die klaskamer aangebied word,” het Koch gesê.

    Die beligting binne die klaskamers is ook verander na ligte met ’n ligfrekwensiespektrum wat daglig simuleer, met navorsing wat bewys dat dié die beste resultate in ’n leeromgewing lewer.

    “In samewerking met ons sport- en kultuurvennote op die dorp bied Berg-Op ’n hele aantal sport- en kultuuraktiwiteite vir ons leerlinge aan. Dit behels onder meer atletiek, rugby, netbal, krieket, tennis, stoei, boogskiet, dans, vlugbal, skaak, drama en koor,” het Koch gesê.

    Van die skool se prestasies sluit in die o.13-rugbyspan wat die nasionale ligawenners is, die o.13- en o.14-seunstennisspanne wat nasionale kampioene is, asook ’n derde plek vir hul o.14-meisiespanne wat aan die FNB-skoleliga deelgeneem het

    Verder spog die skool ook met uitstekende prestasies in stoei tydens die Nasionale Namibiese Stoeikampioenskappe. Hier behaal die skool se leerlinge tweede plekke in die afdelings 24 kg, 27 kg, 34 kg en 43 kg. Leerlinge behaal ook eerste plekke in die afdelings 20 kg, 38 kg en 67 kg..

    Ná die Napso Kultuurfees spog die skool ook twee goue medaljes vir dans, met van die hoogste punte van die fees. By die Nasionale Namibiese Boogskietkampioenskappe het die junior span van Berg-Op Akademie brons ontvang, asook silwer in die algehele junior kampioen-afdeling.

    “Ons gaan voort om met goed gekwalifiseerde onderwysers ons leerlinge akademies goed toe te rus, maar ook om ons leerlinge deur ons Christelike beginsels voor te berei om goeie en volwaardige landsburgers te wees,” het Greeff gesê.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Hansen confirms Japan move
  • Hansen confirms Japan moveHansen confirms Japan moveToyota Verblitz to benefit from coaching guru's off-field mentorship Steve Hansen has confirmed he has taken up a consultant post at Toyota Verblitz. Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen on Monday confirmed his long-expected move to Japan, where he will take up a role as a coaching consultant with top league side Toyota Verblitz.

    The 60-year-old stepped down from his All Blacks role following their third-place finish at the Japan Rugby World Cup.

    He spent 16 years with the team, the last eight as head coach, and was a part of two successful World Cup campaigns.

    “I've got a new job which involves me mentoring, consulting and advising at Toyota Verblitz,” he said in a video on the All Blacks website.

    “It's not as a head coach, it's more as an advisor, a mentor, and it requires me to be up there for five to 17 weeks a year.”

    Toyota Verblitz is coached by fellow New Zealander Simon Cron, who was an assistant at the New South Wales Waratahs for two years, until the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season.

    “The key thing is to go in and work with the people in the environment,” Hansen added.

    “The opportunity to help him (Cron) grow is something that really excites me.

    “While it's not a full-time coaching role, it's a role that still allows me to stay in the game.

    It's also a role that will allow me to have the family time that I want to have and I'm really looking forward to it,” Hansen added.

    New Zealand media had reported earlier this year that Hansen was headed to Japan after the World Cup, but he said on Monday he had not signed anything until after the tournament had ended.

    He will link up with former All Blacks captain Kieran Read, who signed a one-year contract with Toyota Verblitz earlier this year.

    New Zealand Rugby are in the process of appointing Hansen's successor, with his former assistant Ian Foster and Canterbury Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson the leading candidates.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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    Verwerf kwalifikasies in AfrikaansVerwerf kwalifikasies in AfrikaansNamibiërs kan op eie bodem studeer Akademia beoog om 'n leiding­gewende ­verskaffer van hoëronderwys­kwalifikasies te wees. Mariselle Stofberg



    Akademia is 'n privaat hoër­onderwysinstelling en bied aan individue die geleentheid om 'n kwalifikasie te verwerf met behulp van interaktiewe nauurse klasse in Afrikaans by studie­sentrums oraloor Suid-Afrika en selfs nou ook in Namibië.

    Een van die instelling se studentesentrums is in Windhoek, wat aan Namibiërs die geleentheid bied om 'n diploma, sertifikaat of graad te verwerf.

    Mnr. Paul Vogel, ­bedryfsbestuurder van Akademia, sê die uitbreiding na Namibië is 'n groot mylpaal vir dié instelling. “Nou kan ons vir nóg meer studente 'n beter toekoms skep deur nie net hoëgehalte-onderrig te bied nie, maar ook by te dra tot hul vorming as mens en hul betrokkenheid in hul gemeenskap.”

    Die Namibiese sentrum het op 10 Februarie 2018 amptelik sy deure in Windhoek oopgemaak.

    Tydens die inligtingsessie wat Akademia aan voornemende Namibiese studente op 23 November vanjaar gebied het, het die instansie reeds groot groei ervaar met die hoeveelheid individue wat die geleentheid bygewoon het. “Ons is baie opgewonde, want ek dink Namibië raak nou meer bewus van ons en besef wat ons vir hul kan bied. Ek is opgewonde vir wat voorlê vir ons,” sê me. Chrisna O'Kennedy van Akademia. Sy is die studenteraadgewer by die studiesentrum in Windhoek.

    Akademia beoog om 'n leiding­gewende verskaffer van hoëronderwyskwalifikasies te wees.

    Wat Akademia van ander instansies onderskei, is die gebruik van moderne tegnologiese stelsels vir leergeleenthede en ondersteuning aan studente.

    “Ons model is van so aard dat dit gerieflik is vir werkende mense wat nauurs wil studeer. Ons onderrigmodel kombineer afstandsleer met 'n klaservaring. Akademia maak gebruik van gevorderde ­tegnologie om klasse vanuit die ateljee in ­Centurion in Suid-Afrika regstreeks uit te saai na 13 studiesentrums. Die model is ten volle interaktief en studente kan aan medestudente in ander sentrums vrae vra of deelneem aan 'n gesprek,” sê O'Kennedy.

    Elke studiesentrum is met moderne videokonferensie-tegnologie en gratis internettoegang toegerus waarmee studente toegang tot Akademia se digitale leerruimte, die Spens, kan verkry. Die interaktiewe aard van die kontaksessies bied aan studente 'n uitstekende afstandsleerervaring, aangesien dit voel asof jy werklik deel van die sessie en nie net 'n toeskouer is nie.

    Tydens kontaksessies kan studente die dosent se klasnotas of berekeninge op 'n groot skerm sien en op 'n tweede skerm word die dosent lewensgroot vertoon. Studente kan aan die klasgesprek deelneem deur eenvoudig 'n hand op te steek en 'n vraag te vra. Sagteware bring outomaties so 'n student na die voorgrond van die ­videovoer in ander sessies. Op 'n soortgelyke wyse kan die dosent vrae aan enige student in enige van die studiesentrums rig en word die ­bespreking regstreeks oor studiesentrums heen gedeel en ervaar. Na afloop van klaskontaksessies word die opnames geredigeer en binne enkele dae op Akademia se digitale leerruimte vir ­studente be­skikbaar gemaak. Hier kan studente video-opnames van die kontak­sessie aflaai, argiefmateriaal ­bestudeer, of selfs net die klankbaan op hul selfone laai om later weer as 'n klank­uitsending te luister.

    Akademia bied 'n nauurse rooster en 'n blokrooster. Nuwe studente by Akademia word outomaties op die nauurse rooster geplaas. Deur 'n maklike aansoekproses te voltooi, kan studente vir die blokrooster oorweeg word, mits hulle aan die bepalings en voorwaardes vir die blokrooster voldoen.



    Blokroosters

    Die instelling het onlangs die blokstelsel bekend gestel. Dit maak dit moontlik vir studente wat meer as 100 km van die naaste studente­sentrum geleë is, om aansoek te doen om te kwalifiseer vir die ­blokroosters. Hierdie studente kan gevolglik vier kontaksessies kies wat hulle dan kan bywoon.



    Finansiering

    Solidariteit se Helpende Hand ­Studiefondssentrum bied ook aan individue die kans om aansoek te doen om rentevrye studielenings wat eers betaalbaar is wanneer die studente afstudeer het.

    Akademia se aansoeke vind eksklusief aanlyn plaas, en kan op die instansie se webblad gevind word. Aansoeke kan binne 20 minute voltooi word. Vir jou aansoek benodig jy 'n gesertifiseerde matrieksertifikaat of jou mees onlangse ­matriekpunte, 'n gesertifiseerde identiteitsdokument, jou curriculum vitae en enige vorige naskoolse kwalifikasie (in die geval van mense ouer as 19).

    Vir meer inligting besoek www.akademia.ac.za of kontak O'Kennedy by 081 625 0167.

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    Oonkondo dhaSwapo moPaliamende dha kuthwa poOonkondo dhaSwapo moPaliamende dha kuthwa poGeingob naSwapo ya shuna pevi momahogololo ngaka Ongundu tayi pangele ya ndopa okumona omawi ogendji mOmutumba gwoPaliamende ngoka taga gandja oonkondo kongundu, okuninga omatokolo nokulundulula ekotampango ngaashi sha kala nale. Shika oshikando shotango mondjokonona yongundu, okuza momvula yo 1994 konima sho ongundu yoSwapo ya mono oopresenda 65 ndhoka tadhi kalelepo iipundi 63 momutumba gwoPaliamende.

    Ongundu oya li ya mono oopresenda 80 momahogololo ga ningwa momvula yo 2014 nokumona iipundi 77 yomiipundi 96 mOmutumba gwoPaliamende.

    Pwaahena oonkondo dhoka, Swapo itaka vula we okuninga omalundululo mEkotampango ngaashi a ningi momvula yo 1999 sho a gandja oshikako shuuleli oshitiyali kOmupresidende Sam Nujoma oshowo momvula yo 2014, sho ya tokola okutotapo ompito yomupeha presidende.

    Gamwe gomomalundululo okugwedhala omwaalu gwiipundi moPaliamende okuza piipundi o 77 okuya piipundi 96.

    Swapo natango itaka vula okundulula oompango pwaahena ezimino okuza koongundu dhompilameno ngaashi ompango yoMarine Resources yomomvula yo 2015.

    Elundululo ndyoka olyo lya gandja oonkondo kuminista nale, Bernhardt Esau, a gandje ookota dhokukwata oohi kehangano lyaIceland lyedhina Samherji, okupitila mehangano lya yama kepangelo lyoFishcor, mepingakanitho lyoombumbo.

    Esau okwa tulwa miipandeko shi na sha ekwatathano noshikumungu shoka na okwa holoka mOmpangu mOmaandaha pamwe naafekelwa pamwe naye yeli yatano.

    Geingob okwa mono oopresenda 56 okuza momahogololo ngoka ga ningwa oshiwike sha piti, okuyeleka noopreseda 87 dhoka a mono momahogololo ngoka ga ningwa momvula yo 2014,sho a hogololwa lwotango a ninge omupresidende.

    Oshotango woo mondjokonona yaSwapo omuulikwa presidende gwawo ta mono oopresenda ooshona dhomawi gaahogololi.

    Ongundu yoPopular Democratic Movement (PDM) oya mono oopresenda 16 okuza poopresenda 5 dhoka ya li yamono momahogololo gomomvula yo 2014, na oya mono iipundi 16 okuza piitundi itano. Ongundu ompe yoLandless People's Movement (LPM), oya mono oopresenda 4 ndhoka dha kalela po iipundi ine momutumba gwoPaliamende. Ongundu yoRally for Democracy and Progress oya gu pevi sho ya mono owala oshipundi shimwe shomupresidende gwawo, Mike Kavekotora, ongundu oya li ya mono iipundi 8 momahogololo gomomvula yo 2009.

    Ongundu yoUnited Democratic Front (UDF), National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo), Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) oshowo Republican Party (RP) adhihe odha mono iipundi iyali omanga ongundu yoChristian Democratic Voice (CDV) oshowo Swanu ya mono oshipundi shimwe.

    Ongundu yoCongress of Democrats (CoD), United People's Movement (UPM) oshowo Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) inaya mona iipundi.

    Nonando oongundu dhimwe dhopolotika odhe shi enditha nawa momahogololo iizemo okuza miikandjohogololo yimwe otayi patanekwa. Aaleli yoongundu dhompilameno inaya kalapo pethimbo, Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) ya tseyitha kutya Geingob oye a sindana omahogololo kakele komuleli gwoNudo Esther Muinjangue.

    Omunongononi gwekotampango, Nico Horn okwa popi kutya nonando Swapo okwa kanitha oonkondo dhoka itashi ka kala oshidhigu a vule okuninga omatokolo, molwaashoka okwa pumbwa owala omuntu gumwe e mu ya yambidhidhe momatokolo nomalunduluko ngoka taya kala yahala okuninga, onkene oku wete kutya kape na eyooloko lya sha.

    Ndumba Kamwanyah okwa taambako omalunduluko ngoka, ta popi kutya ndjika ompito yoongundu dhompilameno dhi tule ombinga yawo poshitaafula.

    Eshuno pevi lyeyambidhidho lyaGeingob oshowo Swapo, Kamwanyah okwa popi kutya aahogololi oya teka omukumo.

    Okwa gwedha po kutya shoka oshi li etumwalaka enene kuGeingob oshowo koSwapo, kutya aantu inaya nyanyukilwa omukalo moka iinima tayi ningwa.

    Omukomeho gwoInstitute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Graham Hopwood okwa popi kutya omalunduluko otaga ka etitha aakwashigwana ya yambidhidhe ishewe Geingob.

    Omolwa ekanitho noopresenda dha thika po 30, Hopwood ku wete kutya ethimbo lya Geingob lwokulundulula omukalo ngoka ta ungaunga nagwo nuulingilingi olya thikana. Okwa pumbwa woo okukutha mo momusholondondo gwongundu mboka ya monika ondjo muulingilingi.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Geingob otaka hupitha oolye?
  • Geingob otaka hupitha oolye?Geingob otaka hupitha oolye? OMUTOOLINKUNDANA GWOMENI

    Sho oominista oshowo aapevi minista 13 ya gumo momusholondondo gwiilyo yOmutumba gwoPaliamende shoSwapo e shi pondola owala okumona iipundi 63 moPaliamende, Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa taalela etokolo edhigu okuhogolola kutya oolye taka kwatelamo maahogololwa ye yahetatu mboka e na okuhogolola ya ye moPaliamende.

    Oominista dhilwe oonkulu ngaashi Erkki Nghimtina oshowo Charles Namolohoya gu mo momusholondondo.

    Yamwe ongaashi Anna Shiweda, Maureen Hinda-Mbuende, Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, Veikko Nekundi oshowo Lidwina Shapwa, James Sankwasa, Piet van der Walt, Engel Nawatiseb, Priscilla Beukes, Chief Ankama oshowo Tommy Nambahu.

    Ongundu oya kanitha woo oonkondo dhokuninga omalunduluko mEkotampango moPaliamende, sho ya mono owala oopresenda 66 dhomawi gaahogololi, omanga omupresidende gwongundu a kanitha oopresenda 30 sho a mono owala oopresenda 56.25 nuumvo okuyeleka noopresenda 86.7 dhoka a mono momvula yo 2014.

    Swapo okwa geelwa kaanyasha unene moondoolopa mboka taya kondjitha okwaahena iilonga hoka kwa londa pombanda, na oye li unene mongundu ndjoka yaantu kaaye na iilonga.

    Okulunga nokwiitapula mokati kaanapolotika oshowo egwo lyeliko lyoshilongo pevi, oshimwe dhomwaambyoka ya geyitha aahogololi.

    Etopoko mongundu ndyoka lya hwahwamekwa kompumbwe yuuleli mongundu nokweetitha aayambidhidhi ya topoke muungundu, oya etitha woo iilyo yongundu yimwe yi hogolole oongundu dhompilameno nokugwitha pevi omawi gaSwapo. Shoka otashi kolekwa sho ongundu yoPDM ya mono iipundi 15 moPaliamende okuza piipundi itano.

    Omolwa onkalo ndjoka oyo ya etitha Swapo a kanithe iipundi ya thika po 14 moPaliamende naGeingob okwa tegelelwa a ka tokole kutya ota hupitha oolye.

    Ominista ye yiikumungu yopaliko, Obeth Kandjoze nayo kayi mo momusholodondo onkene otashi vulika e mu tule momusholondondo omupe gwe gwaahogololwa ye moPaliamende.

    Eveline Nawases-Taeyele naye ke mu momosholondondo na otaka tala koshipala shaGeingob, ngele ta mono esilohenda.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Taking a gap year
  • Taking a gap yearTaking a gap yearConnecting with your true self One advantage of taking a gap is that you discover your true passion, but only if you are serious and dedicated throughout the year. Octavia Tsibes

    Ester Kamati

    one who doesn’t know what they want to do right after they obtain their Grade 12 certificate.

    According to Martha Uiras, a life skills teacher at a local school in Khorixas, nowadays a gap year is very essential for a scholar to discover themselves and what they want to do.

    “Matriculants must use the year to do job-shadowing to gain adequate experience and be sure if this is for them or not,” she says.

    There are advantages and disadvantages of taking a gap year. One advantage of taking a gap is that you discover your true passion, but only if you are serious and dedicated throughout the year.

    According to Uiras the one disadvantage is that you might not be emotionally ready to see your peers at university or college; therefore, you need be ready to take one (a gap year).

    It is very important to fully commit to the decision to discover yourself and what you want to study.

    1. A day in the life of an au pair

    Pull Quote: “You get to experience a different culture whilst living in the home of a foreign family.”- Inamarie Louw from Carlas Au Pairs.

    There are so many options when trying to find something to do while taking a gap year. One such option is being an au pair.

    An au pair is an unmarried young adult aged 18 to 30 years, who has no children and travels to a foreign country for a defined period of time to live with a host family.

    The au pair supports the host family with childcare and light housework.

    They are considered a full member of the family during the temporary period of the au pair’s stay. He or she then helps the family with childcare and can be asked to assume some light household tasks.

    In return, the host family provides free board and lodging, as well as pocket money. However, the au pair is neither a housekeeper, nor a nanny.

    The main purpose of the au pair placement is a cultural exchange, which gives the au pair an opportunity to improve his or her language skills.

    For this reason, child-minding in your own country doesn't count as an au pair stay. The au pair should also attend a language course in the host country.

    He or she should, however, have some basic language skills beforehand. Whether it is the au pair or the host family who pays for the language course depends on the prevailing practice of the relevant host country. The same applies to the cost of travel and insurance.

    Inamarie Louw from Carlas Au Pairs says that being an au pair can benefit you in many ways. “You get to experience a different culture whilst living in the home of a foreign family.

    “They provide you with room and board and either a weekly or monthly stipend, depending on the country you choose to au pair in,” she says.

    Other benefits include getting to travel within your new country, and in the case of Europe, you can travel to any European Union (EU) country on your au pair visa.

    2. Read little bookworm

    If you love reading and literature, reviewing books might be just what you need during your gap year.

    If you enjoy curling up on your sofa with your favourite book and you can completely immerse yourself in the literary world, you might enjoy doing some book reviews while you are taking that gap year.

    A book review is a form of literary criticism that includes analysing a book based on its content, style and merit.

    “It is extremely important for you to understand the intricacies of the book, to properly analyse the characters and to have a comprehension of how all the events and characters are intertwined,” says Lloyd Zandberg, a very successful and passionate book reviewer, who is also a famous comedian, journalist, writer, director and dedicated employee at Namibia Media Holdings (NMH).

    “I love reading because it exposes me to a fictional world, and I am able to immerse myself in a world that does not really exist, but offers me all the answers to my questions.”

    A good review, according to Zandberg, needs to be able to capture the essence of the book, without giving away the climax and turning points. “Your reader needs to have an idea of what the book entails, without giving too much away. This summary has sort of a marketing value, because the idea is to eventually sell the book through the review. The review needs to read like a story and has to have the same elements, such as an introduction, body and conclusion.”

    Zandberg highlights the importance of having a feel for literature when you want to venture into this field, because you need to be able to really understand the literature principles and intricacies the author uses.

    Zandberg uses different colour sticky notes to categorise important events or character growth, and this system might be useful for any aspiring reviewers.

    “If you want to become a book reviewer you need to start reading and start reviewing your books now. The more you read, the broader your knowledge of writers, authors and the different genres and styles will become,” Zandberg added.

    3. Entrepreneurship

    Irene-Marie van der Walt

    In a world full of decisions, it might seem difficult to choose something you must commit to for the rest of your life. Breathe, take it slow and make some pennies on the side!

    Jonathan Harris is the founder of JTH Photography and this has been a means by which the teen has earned a little bit of extra money since he got an entry level DSLR Nikon D3100 for his 15th birthday.

    Harris will not be taking a gap year but is definitely not opposed to the idea.

    “For some a gap year is necessary to find out what you actually want in life, whether the profession you want to go into is actually what you want to do for the next 20 to 30 years. For others it is just a free year to explore and find themselves, and through this, they see what they will be doing for the rest of their lives. But like I said I'm not going to take a gap year because I feel like I know what I want to study and I see myself succeeding in it,” Harris explains.

    Entrepreneurship may also be the way to go if you aspire to but cannot afford tertiary education. After launching your business, you can easily manage it while keeping busy with studies. In this way, you could manage to obtain a degree without the debt that many students make. And once you have your degree, there would be no reason to worry about being another unemployed graduate statistic, as you can easily jump back into your business as a means of income.

    4. Job-shadowing: The inside scoop

    This is a good option, especially when one has a career in mind that they are not sure about. Many companies in Namibia provide job-shadowing and internship opportunities. This is an inside look at a day in the life of a person in a specific career and basically puts you in their shoes to get first-hand experience of what it takes to survive in that career, which is vital information before committing. One such institution is Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) through their youth brand My Zone. The coordinating journalist Octavia Tsibes said the process is not complex. You only need to send a motivational email to her at octavia@myzone.com.na, which states why you would want to job-shadow and for how long will suffice. She will then get back to the applicant in due time, giving them the platform to join the team of journalists for a specified period of time.

    Another institution is Deloitte, which offers a two-day shadowing programme for students who are still at school. The student can send them an email, stating their request, after which the company can place them. They work closely with the student to ensure they receive as much info as required. Students can job-shadow in various fields, ranging from information technology, communication and finance, amongst others.

    5. Hand-in-hand for a beautiful life

    Justicia Shipena

    Gap year volunteering allows you to travel in a meaningful way. It is an authentic experience that exposes you to all the benefits of travelling, such as expanding your mindset, growing your independence and boosting your confidence, all while having a positive impact on communities in genuine need of volunteer assistance.

    The Zone spoke with AIESEC Namibia and touched on how a young individual can take their time to volunteer after high school. AIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organisation. It is an international non-governmental organisation that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe. The organisation focuses on empowering young people to make a positive impact on society.

    Established in 1948 after the Second World War, AIESEC also strives to achieve peace and fulfilment of human potential.

    Leadership can be an abstract concept, but at AIESEC they have four leadership qualities that they believe can help to develop leaders who can bring solutions to the world problems.

    Those leadership qualities are being self-aware, empowering others, being solution-orientated and a world citizen.

    According to Kleopas Johannes, country director for AIESEC in Namibia, to become an AIESEC volunteer only requires one to be a youth under the age of 30, as long as the youth wants to experience and contribute towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as all projects are linked to the SDGs.

    “These volunteering projects only run for a period of six weeks maximum and are available in more than 126 countries,” he said.

    He said taking a gap year is one of the best investments you can do for yourself, because during this period you become more self-aware and discover yourself and what you really want to do in life.

    “It also gives you an opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. It also gives you an opportunity to travel and meet new people; it's more of a self-discovery experience and it's totally worth it,” he added.

    If you find yourself having a keen interest in volunteering check out AIESEC’s Facebook page for more details.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: It wasn't war - Geingob
  • It wasn't war - GeingobIt wasn't war - GeingobGeneral election was 'a contest of ideas and programmes' The president says next year's parliament will be interesting to watch, as it will be composed of a variety of political parties. President Hage Geingob, whose popularity waned by 31% from his 87% in the 2014 general election to 56% in the just-ended 2019 poll, has admitted that this year's presidential election was a tough one.

    The results announced by Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) chairperson Notemba Tjipueja revealed that Geingob received 464 703 (56.3%) out of a possible 826 198 votes.

    While accepting the outcome of the election on Saturday night, Geingob acknowledged he faced stiff competition from his 10 competitors to retain his position.

    He was, however, quick to note that the election was not a war, but a contest of ideas and programmes.

    In his victory speech, he urged those that participated in the election to hold hands, as Namibia is the only country they have.

    “I said that this is the only country that we can call home. This was not a war on enemies. We are exercising our democratic right,” he said, adding the ECN had accomplished what he termed a very difficult task.

    “I would like to thank those who were participating (competing) in the elections, it was tough. I campaigned like hell, otherwise I couldn't be standing here. There is always a loser and winner if you go into an election or boxing ring,” he said.

    “Competition was tough. [But] I emerged as the victor. Yes, it is a high responsibility. It's not a joke… I was there already, so I will just continue. But there is a winner and a loser. But in this case, democracy was the greatest winner.”

    The head of state also congratulated Utjiua Miunjangue of Nudo, who was the first female presidential candidate to participate in the national elections.

    “It's a good start,” he said, as Miunjangue nodded in agreement.

    He also commended the manner in which political parties and the independent presidential candidate conducted themselves during their election campaigns. Geingob then addressed his own performance.

    “I would have said I am cheated because last time I got 87%, but am I going to say I am cheated, because I got 51% or 56%? That's what I got apparently. I will accept it, for there is a winner and loser,” he said.

    In the National Assembly, Swapo lost its two-thirds majority, something its leader took note of.

    Swapo now has 63 seats in the National Assembly, meaning it lost 14 seats during this year's election.

    Commenting on the outcome of the National Assembly election, Geingob said the next parliament will be interesting to watch, as it will be composed of a variety of political parties.

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    150 inmates moved to ease overcrowding150 inmates moved to ease overcrowding The Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) has transferred 150 inmates from the Oluno Correctional Facility in Oshana to three correctional facilities in the two Kavango regions.

    The Oluno facility was reportedly overcrowded by 151 inmates, which made it difficult for the wardens to manage the prison efficiently.

    Despite the NCS saying the recent transfers were done because the Oluno facility was full beyond capacity, according to documents obtained by Namibian Sun it was a general transfer of inmates.

    NCS spokesperson Laimi Hainghumbi said the facility has an official capacity of 557 inmates, but the congestion was caused by 708 inmates that were house there until recently.

    “The Oluno Correctional Facility transferred inmates to other correctional facilities for an approved motive aimed at alleviating the overcrowding at that facility. The first 100 inmates were officially transferred to the Evaristus Shikongo Correctional Facility, while 25 others were officially transferred to the Elizabeth Nepemba Correctional Facility on 22 November,” Hainghumbi said.

    “So far a total of 150 inmates have been transferred. On 12 November, 25 inmates were officially transferred to the Divundu Correctional Facility with the purpose of facilitating the work at the correctional farm.

    “At the Divundu Correctional Facility maize, wheat and vegetables are produced that are distributed to all correctional facilities for consumption by inmates; hence there was an urgent demand for farmworkers,” Hainghumbi added.

    The NCS runs 13 correctional facilities across Namibia of various sizes, functions and architectural designs.

    They have various types of offender populations and in some instances deal with challenge of overcrowded conditions.

    Ileni Nandjato

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    Namibia among top safari destinationsNamibia among top safari destinations Namibia has been named one of the top safari destinations in Africa for 2019 by SafariBookings.

    SafariBookings boasts that is the largest online marketplace for African safari holidays. It receives thousands of safari reviews and once a year analyses them to determine the country that should be crowned Africa's best for safaris.

    Namibia was ranked the seventh best safari destination in Africa, with Botswana topping the list followed by Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Other countries in the top 12 include Kenya (five), South Africa (six), Uganda (eight), Rwanda (nine), Swaziland (10), Mozambique (11) and Malawi (12).

    According to the website more than 4 000 reviews were analysed in the comprehensive study and safari-goers from across the world made their contributions.

    The analysis also included reviews from travel journalists who contribute regularly to Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer's, Bradt and Footprint. These industry professionals made up the SafariBookings expert panel.

    Under the Namibia safari reviews the country was rated 4.3 stars by experts and 4.7 stars by users. The SafariBookings overview of Namibia said the country is characterised by its desert habitat.

    “The harsh environment forms a magnificent backdrop for a different kind of safari. Animal populations are smaller, but sightings in this sparse setting tend to be rewarding.”

    The website further showed that Namibia had a higher user rating of 4.59 than its expert rating of 3.95, which resulted in a total rating of 4.27. Botswana's total rating was 4.61.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Children killed in explosion
  • Children killed in explosionChildren killed in explosionWounded admitted to Oshakati hospital The Katutura location at Opuwo was the scene of a devastating explosion that claimed the lives of two children. Two four-year-old children died and several others were seriously injured in an explosion at Opuwo on Saturday.

    Tjapona Hivandinga and Mukatokoo Nangopwa and other children were playing with an unidentified explosive device, which exploded.

    The incident occurred at the Katutura location at Opuwo. The injured were admitted to the Oshakati State Hospital, one of them in a critical condition.

    In other crime news, a 36-year-old woman was stabbed to death with a piece of steel wire at Epako, Gobabis, on Friday. According to the police Elfriede Afrikaner was stabbed in the chest by her lover. The man (25) has been arrested. On Saturday, a 36-year-old man, employed at a hospital in Lüderitz, was raped by two men on his way home from a bar. It is allegedly that the suspects followed the man and forced him into a toilet building at knifepoint, where they raped him. The suspects are known to the police.

    At Kahenge, a 21-year-old man was shot and wounded by a security guard at a nightclub on Saturday. It is alleged that the security guard had an argument with a group of young men at Mahenzere Night Club. He apparently pulled out a shotgun and shot into the group. The victim was admitted to the Rundu state hospital and the suspect was arrested.

    At Onamagongani village in the Ohangwena Region, Sergeant Andreas Petrus (53) of the Okankolo police station allegedly shot himself with his service pistol on Saturday.

    According to the police Petrus was deployed at a polling station for Friday's elections. He did not return the service pistol issued to him for the event and his body was later found by colleagues who went looking for him.

    An industrial accident at the Ohorongo Cement factory at Otavi claimed the life of a worker on Friday. Muthoko Shikongeni (42) was cleaning a conveyor belt when a colleague switched the machine on. Muthoko sustained major injuries and was taken to the Tsumeb private hospital, where he died. A police officer was shot and wounded during a sting operation in Windhoek on Thursday. The operation was aimed at catching suspects who had impersonated police officers and defrauded an 83-year-old man of N$300 000 last year.

    The police set up a meeting with the suspects in the Northern Industrial Area on Thursday, but when the suspects were approached they fled, some in a getaway car and another one on foot. The suspect who fled on foot was intercepted and arrested under a bridge in Monte Cristo Road near NamPower. A police officer was shot and wounded in the process. He was rushed to hospital and his condition is stable. The hunt for the other suspects continues.

    At Swakopmund, five people were injured at a railway crossing on Friday when a car driver failed to stop and crashed into a train.

    According to the police all five occupants of the car were admitted to the Swakopmund state hospital for treatment and are in a stable condition. No damage was caused to the train.



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    Lions are now livestock in SALions are now livestock in SA The Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa (OPHAA), which includes Namibia, has expressed concern over South Africa's reclassification of more than 30 species as farm animals.

    Lions, cheetahs, rhinos and zebras were among 33 species that became “farm animals” in May this year when the South African government approved an amendment to the Animal Improvement Act (AIA) which governs livestock breeding.

    The hunting association issued a statement saying it was troubled by the decision made by South Africa's Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on the listing of indigenous wildlife game species as landrace breeds in terms of the Animal Improvement Act.

    “This listing completely disregards one of the fundamental concepts of a natural world and wildlife as we know it, and will, without a doubt, threaten not only conservation efforts, but also the livelihoods of those who rely on well-managed and ethical hunting practices, as was clearly seen with the captive-bred lion issue in South Africa,” it said.

    The association further said that not only was the reputation of South Africa jeopardised, but it also had implications for bans of trophy imports from South Africa and other African countries.

    “OPHAA has taken a clear stance against the practice of captive-bred lions, and the shooting of such, as well as the artificial breeding of wild animals for hunting purposes, and where there is no conservation value. Our position on the listing of indigenous species as landrace breeds under the Animal Improvement Act is the same.”

    The association said there was no doubt that hunting in general is extremely negatively affected by this practice, and therefore detrimental to all conservation practices.

    The association further added that it directly influences the hunting industries of all other African countries negatively, and shows disrespect for other countries' views on conservation through hunting, thereby directly affecting its livelihood and conservation of natural resources.

    According to the association the ramifications of this decision by the department of agriculture in South Africa has left the country with yet another obstacle in its way to rebuild its reputation.

    “Despite the good conservation efforts of the wildlife sector in South Africa and the Department of Environmental Affairs, Agriculture and Forestry, OPHAA is of the opinion that if South Africa does not make a strong turnaround decision to take the high road in all its conservation efforts, that it might as well accept its total amputation from being a well-respected role player in conservation.”

    OPHAA represents professional hunters in Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: And the winners are…
  • And the winners are…And the winners are… Here are the prom king and queen of the four-month My Zone Snap Your Moment photo competition. The winning couple are from Kuisebmond Secondary School and scooped a total of 717 likes on their matric farewell photo after the competition shifted to @myzone_nmh on Instagram. They will receive an awesome prize courtesy of My Zone. Look out for My Zone at your matric farewell next year for your shot at the ‘Snap Your Moment’ photo competition.

    Photo Leandrea Louw

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    Namibian youth exercise their democratic rightNamibian youth exercise their democratic rightYoung people share their views on elections On 27 November 2019, young people from all over the country flocked to the polling stations to cast their vote for 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections. TUNOHOLE MUNGOBA



    Among the 1 358 468 registered voters, there are 403 106 born-frees (those born from 1990 onwards) and 8 623 millennials (born from 2000 onwards) according to statistics provided by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).

    The Khomas, Ohangwena and Omusati regions have the highest numbers of registered voters.

    The My Zone team was deployed at polling stations in Katutura, Khomasdal and Otjomuise to talk to young voters about their experiences.

    Titus Shitaatala, a 21-year-old student who voted at the Otjomuise Community Hall, said the process was extremely slow and he drove around Windhoek in search of a polling station that was not full.

    “It takes about five minutes for one person to vote and that is way too much time. With the help of the EVMs (electronic voting machines), one would think it would be twice as fast,” he said.

    Other young people shared the same sentiments after newspaper reports by Namibian Sun said that the voting process was delayed in a few constituencies because of malfunctioning EVMs.

    Rauna Iyambo, a 24-year-old student, said she decided not to vote because she was discouraged by the long queues.

    “When I registered to go and vote, I was really excited as it was going to be my first election, but when I did not get a chance to wake up early enough in the morning, I decided to go after 17:00. It was then when the queues were really slow and I gave up,” she said.

    Kimberly Mathe cast her vote at the University of Namibia (Unam) and she said the voting process was “satisfactory and encouraging”. She was joined in the queue by her close friends, which made the process much easier.

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    287 000 unclaimed certificates287 000 unclaimed certificates The ministry of education says more than 287 000 unclaimed certificates are currently still at the Directorate of National Examinations and Assessment. Elizabeth Joseph

    According to chief education officer Dr Elizabeth Ndjendja some of the reasons for the unclaimed Grade 10 and 12 certificates are learners not taking this seriously to some knowing that their results are not positive.

    She said these learners often go straight to an alternative institution to redo certain subjects and thus don’t need their certificates.

    The certificates date back to 1993.

    “You never know whether or not someone is even still alive, when trying to make sure that people pick up their certificates.

    “It places the ministry in deep difficulty, because we can’t get rid of the documents,” she says.

    The ministry wants to encourage people who never picked up their certificates to do so, this might help lessen stress and take some work off their hands.

    “All certificates that will remain unclaimed after a period of one year as from 31 August 2019 will be categorised as not having an owner or being unwanted by the owner, and will be earmarked for destruction,” a notice published recently by the Directorate of National Examinations and Assessment said.

    The ministry has appealed to the public to collect the unclaimed full- and part-time Grade 10 and 12 certificates from 1993 to 2016, as it is running out of storage space.

    Candidates have been notified to contact the examination directorate’s offices to confirm the availability of their certificates, before collection.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Jingle bells of hope
  • Jingle bells of hope Jingle bells of hope Hope Village in Katutura hosted its annual ‘Secret Santa Shoe Box’ on 1 December at its premises. Justicia Shipena



    Founded in 2007 with six children, the village is a long-term placement facility that has the stamp of approval of the child ministry.

    The event was aimed at highlighting the plight of less-privileged children as well as getting people to remember them during the festive season.

    Marietjie de Klerk, founder of Hope Village, said they endeavour to help each child reach his or her full potential educationally, psychologically, emotionally and physically.

    “We give them the opportunity to go to school, do sport, arts and crafts.”

    De Klerk said they currently have 95 children under their care. She added they are striving to give hope to all the children for their future, and make them feel wanted during Christmas time.

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Jingle bells of hope
  • Jingle bells of hope Jingle bells of hope Hope Village in Katutura hosted its annual ‘Secret Santa Shoe Box’ on 1 December at its premises. ith six children, the village is a long-term placement facility that has the stamp of approval of the child ministry.

    The event was aimed at highlighting the plight of less-privileged children as well as getting people to remember them during the festive season.

    Marietjie de Klerk, founder of Hope Village, said they endeavour to help each child reach his or her full potential educationally, psychologically, emotionally and physically.

    “We give them the opportunity to go to school, do sport, arts and crafts.”

    De Klerk said they currently have 95 children under their care. She added they are striving to give hope to all the children for their future, and make them feel wanted during Christmas time.

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    LPM, RDP claim daylight robberyLPM, RDP claim daylight robberyParties say elections were rigged The two opposition parties allege brazen hacking and manipulation of election results. CATHERINE SASMAN



    The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) and Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) have both declared last week’s presidential and National Assembly elections rigged, an allegation denied by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).

    On Friday, a day before the official election results were released by the ECN, LPM leader Bernadus Swartbooi claimed to have been visited by an intelligence operative who told him that the party would be allotted four parliamentary seats.

    According to this information, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) would have been allotted 10+1 parliamentary seats.

    The LPM said the PDM was “selected” by Swapo as the official opposition, that the UDF was “catapulted forward”, that LPM’s votes had to be reduced, and that independent presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula “had been robbed” of votes.

    According to the official results the LPM did get four parliamentary seats; the PDM got 16.

    At Friday’s press briefing the LPM claimed to have received information “on good authority” that five Indian nationals had flown into the country and were stationed inside the ECN’s head office and at a nearby address on Webb Street in Windhoek North, from where elections results were allegedly manipulated.

    This was allegedly the reason why the ECN website was switched on and off, and why the announcement of the results was delayed until Saturday evening at around 21:00.

    Swartbooi claimed information obtained indicated that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were “essentially irrelevant”, because an “alternative and parallel” system had been designed and constructed “solely for the purpose of rigging the elections in favour of Swapo Party and those they nominated and selected”.

    “In essence, therefore, the 2019 elections in Namibia, as in other elections before, have become not an election, but a selection process conducted from State House and spearheaded by cyber-criminologists from various countries (sic),” Swartbooi charged.

    Alleged modus operandi

    The LPM said it was reliably informed that the so-called cyber-criminals – or hackers – used a GAP computer after the results had been manipulated and loaded onto the ECN’s server with a USB device.

    The party claimed that the results posted outside polling stations were “not being used”, but were merely a tool to rationalise the manipulated results.

    “What it tells you is that the painful effort people have put in to garner votes, to put up manifestos, to really sweat to exercise their democratic vote and to compete in this space of ideas, have become irrelevant,” Swartbooi said.

    He also criticised election observers, particularly those from the SADC region, for not looking at the integrity of the elections, which he said was “messed up”.

    “The system is captured and the deep state is manifested probably at best in the election results,” Swartbooi said.

    RDP ‘planted’ voters

    The RDP, on Saturday and also before the election results were announced, concluded that the results on the EVMs had been pre-set and predetermined.

    It said on election day it had “planted trusted cadres” to vote at various polling stations across the country and later compared the results.

    Illustrating the point, RDP president Mike Kavekotora said he had voted at the Rocky Crest High School in Windhoek with 20 other RDP members. Official results showed that the RDP got 10 votes at this polling station.

    Another group of 35 RDP members voted at the Rundu ARPO Bambo School, where it was later announced that RDP got six votes.

    “What could that be? Daylight robbery and a mockery of the electoral process that is deemed and hailed to be free and fair,” Kavekotora said.

    Other anomalies observed, the RDP said, included EVM machines that were switching on and off by themselves during the voting process, random beeping of EVMs, and alleged cancellation of ballots. In some instances, it claimed, there were more votes cast on the EVMs than there were voters who had manually registered before proceeding to vote.

    RDP said the occurrence book was only available late on election day, party agents in some instances were intimidated by presiding officers, and votes counted at polling stations did not match the results at certain collation centres.

    “We are in the process of collecting more information and engaging other political parties to determine the right course of action. We will not allow Swapo to get away with this massive rigging in the same way they have been getting away with corruption over the past 30 years,” Kavekotora said.

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