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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 11/02/16--15:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day SURF''S UP: A surfer rides a wave off Praia do Norte (North Beach) near Nazare, central Portugal. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 11/02/16--15:00: One blunder after another
  • One blunder after anotherOne blunder after another It certainly has been an interesting 24 hours in the political landscape of our country. Just after lunch yesterday the embattled environment minister made a dramatic U-turn regarding the contentious issue of phosphate mining. After spending weeks defending his subordinate, the environmental commissioner, Teofilus Nghitila for granting Namibia marine Phosphate (NMP) an environmental clearance certificate to mine phosphate off the Namibian coast, Shifeta surprised all and sundry when he announced that the clearance must be withdrawn with immediate effect. The cancellation of the clearance, Shifeta says, will allow key stakeholders like the ministry of fisheries to give their input. The phosphate mining debacle has been the talk of nation, and to underline its massive impact on the country, a number of fishing federations and associations have approached the High Court with an urgent application to oppose the clearance certificate given to NMP. What is disturbing in this whole saga however is that government has failed to provide leadership and like a bunch of amateurs, they have been dishing out contradictory statements, left, right and centre, on this issue of national concern. Fisheries minister Bernard Esau didn''t pull punches in reaffirming his ministry''s position on the matter last week, while attorney-general Sacky Shanghala also provided dissenting views on phosphate in the absence of a complete investigation surrounding the detrimental environmental effects of seabed mining off the Namibian coast. We have always advocated for servant leadership in this country where leaders hold themselves and others accountable to their commitments. Obviously the issue of phosphate mining is not off the table as yet and anything can happen in the next coming weeks, especially in light of a special cabinet meeting scheduled for next week to deliberate on the matter. However, unfortunately we have seen many instances where “untouchables” are getting away with things, even if their blunders are obvious for all to see. While it really takes a strong person to admit fault - is Shifeta and company simply going to admit to this huge blunder and move on? Will heads roll this time around? What a shame!

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    Ondangwa land deal raises eyebrowsOndangwa land deal raises eyebrowsThe town council had initially promised to sell over 200 plots to desperate first-time buyers. Chinese bought 206 plots for N$8 million Questions are being asked after the Ondangwa Town Council sold an almost 14-hectare piece of land - which cost them N$20 million to service - to a Chinese property developer for N$8 million.

    The deal has put an enormous strain on the coffers of the town council which was hoping to recover its land servicing costs through land sales.

    In 2013 the council serviced 13.9 hectares in Extension 13 and the plots were earmarked to be sold to first-time buyers. However, the town council ended up selling the piece of land to Combo Investment cc for N$8 million.

    Ondangwa chief executive officer Ismael Namgongo confirmed to Namibian Sun that the Chinese developer is currently on site and building houses, with two-bedroom houses going for as much as N$750 000.

    He, however, declined to provide detailed information regarding the deal. “It is true that the developer is on site building for us beautiful houses, but unfortunately I cannot provide you with additional information because when that deal was done I was not the CEO,” he said.

    Ondangwa spokesperson Petrina Shitalangaho confirmed that council records are showing that only N$8 million was paid by the Chinese for the 13.9 hectares in Extension 13. Sources from the town council are alleging that the former Ondangwa town planner resigned after council approved the Chinese land deal.

    Sources also say the council has no land to service at the moment and has embarked on a strategy to reclaim land from residents who have failed to pay for plots allocated to them.

    In September, the council appealed to those with allocated plots to pay for the land or risk forfeiting it to the town council.

    “The town council is spending a lot of money in an effort to service land and make it available, but those who are allocated land are failing to buy it. I am appealing to people that they must apply for land when they are ready to build and not to for the purpose of speculating with it. We want people who are allocated land to pay it off so that we can continue servicing land and make it available to others, Namgongo was quoted as saying.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Ndeitunga vying for Interpol postNdeitunga vying for Interpol post Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force Sebastian Ndeitunga will contest Interpol’s presidency at the organisation’s general assembly next week.

    Ndeitunga, who is the current Interpol vice-president for Africa, goes up against China’s Vice-Minister of Public Security, Meng Hongweni, for the presidency of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol).

    Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said in a statement on Monday that the elections will take place during the 85th Interpol General Assembly to be held in Bali, Indonesia, from 7 to 10 November 2016.

    A delegation from Namibia will depart for Bali soon, she said.

    “This is indeed good for Africa as a whole and for Namibia in particular to serve on the second largest political organisation after the United Nations in terms of international representation. As a nation, we stand behind our candidate and hope Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga will emerge victorious,” said Shikwambi.

    In September 2016, the Namibian Cabinet authorised the Ministry of Safety and Security to intensify Ndeitunga’s campaign to garner enough support for his bid to replace current Interpol President Mireille Ballestrazzi from France.

    Interpol enables police in 190 member countries to work together to fight international crime by providing a range of policing expertise and capabilities through supporting three main crime programmes: counter-terrorism, cybercrime, and organised and emerging crime.

    During Ndeitunga''s tenure as the vice-president for Africa Interpol, a lot of milestones were achieved, including the inauguration of the Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (Sarpcco) Centre of Excellence in Zimbabwe, the launch of the West African Police Information System (Wapis) programme in Ghana and the establishment of the African Mechanism for Police Cooperation (Afripol).

    Ndeitunga was born in 1962 in northern Namibia and has been at the helm of the police force for the past 11 years.

    NAMPA

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     Pangolin suspects granted bail Pangolin suspects granted bail Yuefei Shen and Stanislaus Limwaya who were arrested on Sunday when they were found in possession of three live pangolins appeared before magistrate John Sindano yesterday and their case was postponed to 29 November to allow further investigations.

    The two were arrested following a tipoff.

    They are being charged with illegal possession of protected and endangered species.

    Shen and Limwaya made their first appearance at the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

    Prosecutor Faith Nyaungwa did not oppose bail and informed the court that the accused could be handed penalties of between N$150 and N$250 if found guilty.

    Sindano released the accused on N$3 000 each which both paid. Pangolins are listed as a protected species in Namibia under the Nature Conservation Ordinance of 1975 and as such, it is illegal to catch, kill or possess pangolins or their scales. The animals are believed to be the most trafficked species in the world.

    They are hunted and eaten in many African countries and regarded by healers as a source of traditional medicine.

    They are also in great demand in Southern China and Vietnam because their meat is considered a delicacy while some people believe that pangolin scales have medicinal values.

    Of the eight species of pangolin, four species are listed as vulnerable, two species are listed as endangered, and two species are listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

    OTIS FINCK

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     Aviation authority launched Aviation authority launchedThe Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb, wants to see an attractive aviation industry. Hopes to clean up its image Namibia’s aviation industry has made remarkable improvements in the area of safety and security over the past few decades.

    This is according to the Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb who said the country’s safety oversight within the aviation industry has improved remarkably due to proactive interventions that have been taken.

    !Naruseb was speaking at the launch of the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the inauguration of its first board of directors.

    He said the aviation industry in Namibia was in the past a very unattractive employer of choice and this was evident from successive audit findings that dated back to the 1990s by the Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Universal Safety and Security Oversight Programme.

    !Naruseb said the new Civil Aviation Act and the establishment of the NCAA will result in Namibia exceeding the ICAO effective implementation benchmark of 70%.

    According to him, the NCAA Act moves Namibia much closer to compliance with the five basic critical elements that ICAO consider are the fundamental foundation for a state to respond effectively to its safety and security oversight responsibilities in terms of the Chicago Convention.

    He explained that there is a need for governments to adopt aviation change and risk management policies and ensure operator service standards continue to improve in a financially sustainable way. The NCAA will be responsible for overseeing the safety framework within which these important developments occur in Namibia and in addition will be directly involved in providing modern communications, navigation and surveillance infrastructure directly to aviation operators.

    According to !Naruseb, the NCAA will operate largely outside Namibia’s budget raising funds for operations from cost-based user charges and fees and have the ability to borrow capital to invest in infrastructure which achieves the target rate of return set by the board.

    He said the current government commitment to the directorate of civil aviation which covers all aspects of operations will be restructured so that government will meet its obligations to fund public good services such as safety enforcement while the aviation industry will shoulder the cost of regulation and safety services such as air traffic control and air navigation.

    As part of the establishment of the NCAA, the funds accumulated over several years from the industry in the aviation suspense account will be transferred to it.

    This is currently around U$221 million. According to the minister, the current market demands and the increasing interest in Namibia creates untapped opportunities for the country as a participant in the global aviation network.

    “There are enormous demands on Namibia to be responsive to the fierce competition from airlines. Regulatory authorities too must undergo significant transformational changes to remain relevant,” said !Naruseb.

    He said that the aviation industry globally and in Namibia continues to be transformed by technological advances in aircraft and the aids to navigation, consumer appetite for international and domestic travel, rapidly expanding trade and business opportunities.

    According to him, nation states like Namibia are well placed to thrive in this environment particularly as government policies are designed to support and advance the role in international aviation.

    “However our full participation in the global aviation network requires compliance with the international standards.

    Recognition of international obligations through the establishment of the NCAA is good for the economy and the international reputation as a safe and secure business and tourist destination.”

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 11/02/16--15:00: Reho Spa flooded by sewage
  • Reho Spa flooded by sewage Reho Spa flooded by sewage JEMIMA BEUKES

    The once popular Reho Spa is now standing in a lake of sewage as a result of blocked drains in the area.

    Plans to renovate and upgrade the facility have been postponed indefinitely while the Rehoboth Community Trust looks for investors to kick-start the project.

    The Rehoboth Community Trust signed a 12-year lease agreement with Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) in 2014, but since this agreement the facility has deteriorated.

    At the time the trust promised that renovations would start in November that year and that the facility would be opened to the public by May 2015. That never happned.

    When contacted for comment, RCT chairperson Ronald Kubas said he was aware that the facility was flooded, but pointed out that the spa was not in use at the moment.

    “We are still busy sorting out the finances – N$26 million. We have submitted business plans to financial institutions and are still waiting for answers. We are not going to do anything until we find an investor,” said Kubas.

    The Reho Spa closed its doors in April 2011 after the company, Reho Spa Ltd, at the time owned by former National Youth Council acting secretary general Ralph Blaauw and Polytechnic of Namibia registrar Corneels Japhta, ran up huge unpaid municipal bills and failed to fulfil its obligations towards NWR.

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    Genocide negotiations ‘waste of time’Genocide negotiations ‘waste of time’ Previous agreement rules out reparations CATHERINE SASMAN



    The Namibian and German governments are asked to say whether an agreement reached shortly after independence means that reparation claims are null and void.



    The bilateral negotiations between the Namibian and German governments on the 1904-1908 genocide are a “public display of dishonesty” because of an agreement struck between the two governments at independence.

    This was the stark pronouncement on the negotiations by Festus Muundjua, member of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) at the non-governmental congress on restorative justice after genocide in Berlin in mid-October.

    Muundjua based his conclusion on a publication titled ‘The prospects of success for the Herero lawsuit against the Deutsche Bank for crimes committed during German colonial times’, written by researcher Jan Grofe.

    This study was sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Namibian Institute for Democracy (NID).

    Grofe wrote that by 1990 the two states had already agreed to establish a special relationship due to their historic ties, which for the German government meant more development aid to Namibia than any other country.

    The Namibian government agreed that continuing German development aid, together with the German Democratic Republic’s support for Swapo during the struggle for independence from South Africa, made reparations null and void, wrote Grofe.

    Muundjua now questions whether that agreement means that the development aid to Namibia, and whatever support was given to Swapo, had made reparation payments null and void.

    “The German ambassador [Christian Schlage] in Namibia has already said that there will be no reparations and that the admission of genocide has no legal consequences. Are these statements not said within the context of this betrayal agreement?” Muundjua asked.

    He argues that an apology, which would admit the crime of genocide and concomitant damage it caused, defeats logic if the German government refuses to pay reparations to affected Ovaherero and Nama communities.

    “It amounts to a criminal telling the judge that he pleads guilty but for punishment he will only offer what he dictates.”

    Muundjua also said the two governments must express themselves on the bilateral agreement as pointed out by Grofe and explain what consequences it has for current genocide negotiations and particularly the matter of reparations claimed by the Ovaherero and Nama.

    Muundjua said Namibia’s special envoy in the genocide negotiations, Dr Zed Ngavirue, should be in a position to shed light on the agreement since he was the director general of the National Planning Commission (NPC), which was signing development aid agreements on behalf of the Namibian government directly after independence.

    “I cannot believe that those who say no reparation payment and no legal consequences are not aware of this agreement. They should admit that there was and is such an agreement and also the circumstances under which it was agreed to put it into an agreement,” said Muundjua.

    Otherwise, he added, the current genocide negotiations are a waste of time because the outcome would already be known.

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  • 11/02/16--15:00: One Africa may retrench
  • One Africa may retrenchOne Africa may retrench STAFF REPORTER

    One Africa Television will implement a restructuring programme in the coming weeks, which may lead to job losses.

    The private television station’s CEO, Cyril Lowe, said the situation was caused by the competitive environment One Africa Television finds itself in.

    “Changes in the media landscape and the economic climate are once again forcing the company to re-assess its situation and to find a more viable model for its broadcasting operation,” Lowe said.

    “During the last three years the company has come under severe pressure, mainly due to escalating costs in an industry where supply of content and distribution of our signal is done in foreign currency. We are funded by advertising only.”

    According to Lowe, One Africa is in the process of streamlining its operations.

    “Our first priority now is to streamline our operations to cover our costs. The unfortunate situation is that this affects our staff complement. The cost of producing local news is of such a nature that we cannot grow or sustain a news service that would remain competitive and relevant in an environment where the public has access to an increasing number of alternative services via satellite and online,” Lowe added.

    He did not provide a timeline but said that the process was ongoing.

    “The restructuring process has begun and it will continue over the next weeks. One Africa Television currently employs 35 staff members. Up to 12 staff members may be affected by the process.

    “We are currently in consultation with these staff members. We have a high regard for our staff members who have served One Africa Television diligently and with commitment over a number of years. We thank them for their contribution towards the company,” Lowe said in conclusion.

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    Struggle kids camp at police training centreStruggle kids camp at police training centreNext batch to go for training next week Despite orders to return home and wait their turn for training, close to 300 struggle kids are camping at a police training centre in Ondangwa. About 80 children of the liberation struggle are picketing outside the Ruben Danger Ashipala Police Training Centre in Ondangwa while close to 200 are camping inside the facility.

    The group at the entrance are those who were camping at the Swapo Party regional office at Okandjengedi in Oshakati, while those inside the facility were brought in by the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) on Saturday.

    It is said that the group camping inside the facility were marching to the Simon Mutumba Police Training Centre in the Zambezi Region but the government intervened when they reached a certain border post. Six NDF trucks were provided to transport them to the Ruben Danger Ashipala Police Training Centre instead.

    One of the leaders of those camping outside, Petrus Haipinge, told Namibian Sun that they decided to walk there from Oshakati on Monday because they felt no different from those allowed to camp inside the government facility.

    Haipinge said Oshana regional governor Clemens Kashuupulwa addressed the group camping inside the facility and instructed them to leave but they refused.

    “We understand that those camping inside the police training centre were told to leave the premises because they are illegally there but they are still inside and it was on this basis we decided to come and camp here,” Haipinge said.

    “We will only move from here when those inside move out and we will go where government will take them. We are not different from them,” Haipinge added.

    Kashuupulwa confirmed that he addressed the group camping inside on Tuesday. He said he explained to them that the stance of the government is very clear - they must return to their homes and wait to be called for training.

    Kashuupulwa said he told the group that the government had promised that another group will be sent for training at Plessisplaas Youth Skills Training Centre in the Omaheke Region before Friday next week.

    “I just went there to remind them of what they were already informed about by the committee which is dealing with the training and job creation of those kids, that they are supposed to go back to their homes waiting until next week not later than Friday as they will be called from their homes in their respective regions to go for training,” Kashuupulwa said.

    Asked why the group camping inside were brought to Ondangwa, Kashuupulwa said it was because most of the struggle kids are from the four O-regions and because Ondangwa is centrally located.

    The governor said no provision had been made to feed and house the protesters and it would be better for them to go home.





    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 11/02/16--15:00: Giving back
  • Giving backGiving back PHOTO: SHONA NGAVA

    DONATION: As part of its corporate social responsibility Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) initiated a campaign to support cancer patients and enhance cancer awareness. NMH donated nappies worth N$7 000 to the cancer and medical wards at the Windhoek Central Hospital. Albe Botha, CEO of NMH, handed over the donation to nursing sisters Amanda Mootu and Selma Iipinge.

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    Marine phosphate mining on iceMarine phosphate mining on iceGovt withdraws environmental clearance Affected parties must make submissions on the controversial Sandpiper Project within three months. The environmental clearance granted for offshore phosphate mining will be withdrawn, and all affected parties now have three months to give input.

    This was announced yesterday by the minister of environment and tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, only days before a special cabinet meeting called by President Hage Geingob was supposed to discuss the certificate issued to Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP).

    The environmental clearance was issued by the environmental commissioner in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Teofilus Nghitila, for the Sandpiper Project located 120km southwest of Walvis Bay.

    Shifeta yesterday ordered Nghitila to inform the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, the fishing industry and all other interested parties to finalise their inputs within three months.

    He said the consultation process must be completed within six months and the order is binding on all parties unless set aside in the High Court.

    Namibian Sun understands that Founding President Sam Nujoma also reiterated his position around phosphate mining during the Swapo policy conference, which ends today in Windhoek.

    In fact, Nujoma had already made it categorically clear that he is against phosphate mining in 2013 during a New Era interview.

    “These imperialists think we Africans are stupid and they want to destroy our fisheries resource – which is the future of our children – they must go back to Australia,” Nujoma was quoted as saying.





    This week an urgent High Court application was filed by several fishing associations against the issuance of the environmental clearance, while an appeal was also lodged with the ministry against the granting of the certificate.

    It was about this appeal that Shifeta was giving feedback when he announced the decision to withdraw the environmental clearance.

    The appeal was lodged by Michael Gawaseb, a trustee of the Economic Social Justice Trust and a community activist.

    Giving a lengthy explanation of the process followed with regard to the environmental clearance, Shifeta yesterday said the decision prompted considerable debate and reaction.

    He said although the Environmental Management Act does not obligate the environmental commissioner to notify the public when issuing such clearance, he agrees that it should be done.

    Shifeta added that although the period for appeal was extended by three weeks only one appeal was submitted on the basis that this project will have devastating long-lasting impacts on the marine environment and that the public was not afforded the opportunity to be heard and give inputs.

    Shifeta said the matter of impact was comprehensively addressed in the environmental studies.

    According to Shifeta he did not find any procedural defects with the granting of the environmental clearance and he agreed with the commissioner that procedures were followed.

    He said there was failure on the part of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, whose performance might be affected by the mining of phosphate, to respond to the commissioner''s request to review the final report on the matter.

    “It is clear that on 13 June 2016 the commissioner''s request to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to review the final report was ignored or not seen necessary to respond…”

    Shifeta added that the fishing industry was supposed to channel their inputs to the final report for review, but their line ministry failed to respond to this for reasons only known to them.

    He said that the failure of the fisheries ministry to act on the final report and receive inputs from the industry or sensitise the industry to be proactive cannot be blamed on the entire fishing industry.

    “Since the matter of granting the marine phosphate came into public the reaction by the industry may be in bona fide. Hence, I am inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt in the matter.”

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    ICC withdrawal heralds banana republic - VenaaniICC withdrawal heralds banana republic - Venaani DTA president McHenry Venaani has condemned Namibia''s plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying it would make leaders untouchable and above the law.

    According to him the fact that the Namibian constitution bars local courts from trying a sitting president for criminal offences committed during his or her term of office aggravates the situation.

    “This extends to former presidents as well. Our laws say a president is untouchable, so if the president commits genocide to certain people that he does not want in the country our law protects him. Does he want to tell us that we should withdraw from ICC so that he can do whatever he wants as there is no court where he can be tried?” asked Venaani.

    He said the DTA admits that the ICC is not faultless but that Namibia should remain a member and campaign for robust reform.

    Venaani also expressed concern over the fact that Namibia intends to follow in the footsteps of Burundi, a country with a terrible human rights track record.

    He added that Namibia would not be taken seriously if it follows the example of Gambia or Burundi in withdrawing from the ICC.

    “Burundi is a complete economic and social mess. There are no rights, which is very advantageous for the president to remove all obstacles with impunity to keep power. Are these the countries we want to follow?” he asked.

    Countries that have recently withdrawn from the ICC include South Africa, Burundi and Gambia.

    Tanzania, Nigeria and Senegal have chosen to remain members and push for reforms instead.

    In November last year the Namibian cabinet approved a recommendation by the Swapo Party to have Namibia withdraw from the world court.

    President Hage Geingob also criticised the ICC, saying Africans have a right to withdraw from it if they no longer agree with it, but added that countries need to strengthen their judicial systems.





    Constitution

    The DTA has also called on President Hage Geingob to retract his comment that the constitution is “just a paper”, failing which the party will never respect him as a president.

    Geingob said on Monday at the opening of the Swapo Party Policy Conference that Namibians who are against the NEEEF bill must remember that the constitution is just a paper written by people.

    According to Venaani, such a remark by a president who swore to safeguard the Namibian constitution is worrying.

    “He is in fact one who has fiddled a lot with the constitution. We believed it was in good faith but if he is saying something like this then we are worried,” said Venaani.

    Contacted for comment on the DTA''s demand, presidential press secretary Albertus Aochamub said: “We have no information to respond to.”

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    Mbidi panics over Cosafa penaltiesMbidi panics over Cosafa penaltiesNFA leader urges corporate Namibia to rescue the situation The NFA president says Cosafa could penalise Namibia if the under-20 team does not pitch for the regional tournament. Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi has expressed concern about the consequences if the national under-20 team fails to participate in the Confederations of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament.

    The regional football tournament is slated for December in South Africa. But the NFA announced this week that the team might not travel to the championships due to a lack of funds.

    This is after the Ministry of Sports dissuaded the NFA from participating in international competitions because of the dire financial situation the country is experiencing.

    “I am not so worried about the team not playing in the tournament, but I am more worried about the consequences that which could transpire if we do not pitch up in South Africa.

    “This is a professional tournament and therefore we could be punished for snubbing the tournament.

    “Cosafa could suspend us for years and this can affect our football which is already in big trouble,” Mbidi said.

    The president further disclosed that the only money that the association has at the moment is the annual FIFA grant from the world football governing body.

    The NFA recently received U$500 000 (N$6.7 million) from FIFA as annual grant.

    “We could have sacrificed some of these funds and donated it to the under-20 team, but FIFA will not allow us to do so.

    “This money is strictly for administrative purposes like the development of referees and coaches, but not for trips of teams taking part in such competitions.

    “The FIFA money will also be utilised to sponsor the 14 second-division regional leagues who in total require around N$1.2 million,” he said.

    Mbidi pleaded with corporate Namibia to come on board and help the team to attend the tournament.

    “This is a Namibian problem and not just the problem of the football association.

    “Once again we call upon anyone with something to offer to contribute so that the team can travel to South Africa.

    “We have so many corporate companies in Namibia, and now is the time that we act as patriots of this country.”

    Namibia will be the second country to withdraw from the tournament if the NFA fails to raise funds. Rwanda withdrew from the tournament citing technical challenges.



    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    N$500 000 needed for Jarmann's fightN$500 000 needed for Jarmann's fight Kinda Promotions will need about half a million Namibia dollars to host a boxing bonanza slated for 18 November at the Windhoek Country Club, promoter Kinda Nangolo announced yesterday.

    The money is needed to pay for the venue and for the trips of the officials and the boxers taking part in the competition.

    The event will see WBA Pan-African super welterweight champion Anthony Jarmann trade leather with South Africa''s Nkululeko Mhlongo to defend his prestigious title.

    Nangolo said at a press conference in Windhoek yesterday that he will have to raise N$500 000 on his own because of a lack of corporate sponsors.

    “I have been staging fights on my own without the support of the corporate world and I will try and do the same again.

    “It is not easy, but there is nothing one can do if no one is willing to come to my rescue.

    “All I can say is that the fight will be on and that is what matters most for me and the boxers I look after,” Nangolo remarked.



    Controversy

    Namibian Sun understands that the fight between the two boxers has only been sanctioned by the WBA, but not the Namibia Boxing and Wrestling Control Board.

    Nangolo said he had sent the local control board numerous emails requesting it to sanction the fight.

    “I have been sending them emails, but they did not respond to any of my requests. My assumption is that they have received my request and that they are going to sanction the fight.

    “The good thing is that I have confirmation from WBA which gives me great confidence ahead.”



    Jarmann not distracted

    Jarmann refused to be distracted by the ongoing feud between his promoter and the boxing board.

    The fighter insisted that he is more than ready to fight given the special training he received in South Africa last month.

    “I have watched video footage of Mhlongo during his fights in South Africa and I can tell he is a very persistent boxer who will fight till the last round.

    “One thing he does not have that I have is speed and trickery, which will catch him off-guard.

    “I have been preparing for this fight for so long and that is why my opponent will be my bread on 18 November,” he said.



    Head to head

    Jarmann has a record of 15 professional fights, of which he drew one and lost one. Mhlongo has lost twice and drawn once in his 17 professional fights.

    On paper, Jarmann looks the hot favourite given that he only lost once in his professional career compared to the two losses his opponent has suffered.

    The Namibian will be fighting on home soil in front of a friendly crowd, which will also count in his favour.

    But the South African will be no push-over, seeing that he has fought more fights than Jarmann.

    There are eight fights lined up for the night. Ordinary tickets are selling for N$200 while VIP tickets cost N$300.





    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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  • 11/03/16--15:00: Njdavera 'feels dead inside'
  • Njdavera 'feels dead inside'Njdavera 'feels dead inside'The right back is worried about his teammates Talented Romario Ndjavera thought his football career was well under way until the 2016/17 premier league season failed to start. Tigers FC right back Romario Ndjavera says he feels dead inside because he cannot play football this season.

    Ndjavera, who burst onto the scene in the 2015/16 season, was tipped by many coaches as an amazing football talent that can go places.

    Just like the rest of the players in the Namibia Premier League, Ndjavera''s football career is on hold after the league failed to kick off in time because of financial problems.

    Namibian Sun met with Ndjavera this week to find out what he feels and what the future holds for him.

    “To be honest with you, I am a dead man because I lived and loved football with all my heart.

    “The situation has left me distraught with so many questions as to why this could have happened to us.

    “I am now just focusing on my school work because education will be the only option that most of the players must turn to now,” Ndjavera said.

    The player believes that the 2016/17 season could have been his breakthrough season because of the way he played for the league champions last season.

    He said he had hoped to attract big-money foreign clubs this season.

    The 21-year-old admitted that he sometimes hangs out in bars because of the depression that caught up with him after it was announced that the league would not kick off.

    “I am however trying to learn to live without the game for now by controlling my emotions.

    “I am not only affected by the fact that I can''t play, but I feel for so many players for whom football was the only source of income they had.

    “Some of the guys never went to school and it is also hard for them to get a job anywhere because the only thing on their CV is football,” Ndjavera said.

    He played for Namib Colts and Kaizen FC before joining Tigers FC at the beginning of the 2015/16 season. Ndjavera is a third-year accounting student at the University of Namibia.



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    Long-course gala set for Tsumeb Long-course gala set for Tsumeb SPORTS REPORTER

    Swimmers from clubs countrywide will gather in Tsumeb this weekend to compete in the second gala of the Bank Windhoek Long Course season.

    The event will see the country’s top swimmers competing in various categories.

    The first Bank Windhoek long-course gala for the 2016/2017 swimming season was held at the Olympia pool in Windhoek last Saturday.

    This is the fourth consecutive year that Bank Windhoek has sponsored the long-course swimming season.

    At this weekend’s gala, swimmers will compete in the following events:

    400m Freestyle

    200m Breaststroke

    100m Backstroke

    100m Freestyle

    200m Butterfly

    1500m Freestyle

    50m Butterfly

    50m Breaststroke

    50m Freestyle

    100m Breaststroke

    400m Individual Medley

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  • Man City go back to basicsMan City go back to basicsDe Bruyne warns of ''tough test'' after Barcelona rout English Premier League leaders Man City will be playing at home against Middlesbrough after a successful week in the Champions League. After beating the ''best team in the world'', playing lowly Middlesbrough on a November afternoon in the north of England should bring Premier League leaders Manchester City nicely back to earth.

    Saturday''s home game may look like three easy, if unglamorous, points after City''s 3-1 Champions League heroics against Barcelona but midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is warning against complacency.

    Tuesday''s stunning victory followed a 4-0 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion in the league last weekend, a result that ended a sequence of six matches without a win and Pep Guardiola''s worst run as a manager.

    “Obviously everyone will talk about it because it was Barcelona, but if you lose at the weekend it doesn''t matter (what happened in the Champions League),” De Bruyne told reporters.

    “We have to do the same as we did in these two games and try to win against Middlesbrough to go into the international break with a good series and try to maintain top spot in the league,” added the inspirational Belgian midfielder.

    “It is very difficult. Everybody will give everything they have got against us. We have to do what we know how to do. The game against Middlesbrough is going to be another tough test.”

    While City are top of the table from Arsenal and Liverpool on goal difference, Aitor Karanka''s promoted side are 15th and would be happy to beat the odds and take a point.

    Middlesbrough held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates in October, with former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes in fine form to keep the clean sheet, and their defence is the seventh tightest in the top flight.

    If it is eight years since Sven Goran Eriksson''s City lost 8-1 at the Riverside, home fans will have fresher memories of ''Boro''s January 2015 2-0 FA Cup fourth round win at the Etihad while the visitors were still in the second tier.

    The game will mark a return to old haunts for former City forward Alvaro Negredo, who joined Middlesbrough from Valencia on loan in July, but the visitors are without suspended Uruguayan playmaker Gaston Ramirez.

    If the City game will be the Saturday highlight, Chelsea''s home clash with Everton in the late kickoff should also be a sizzler.

    The North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is the pick of the Sunday fixtures, with both sides also in midweek Champions League action, while high-scoring Liverpool take on Watford at Anfield with a chance to go top if others stumble.

    Manchester United travel to Swansea and champions Leicester City are at home to West Bromwich Albion.

    The Chelsea game will be a return to Stamford Bridge for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, who will jump at the chance to overtake Diego Costa at the top of the league''s goal scorer standings.

    Lukaku, who joined Everton from Chelsea on a permanent deal in 2014 after a season on loan, has seven league goals to Costa''s eight.

    The Belgian international scored twice when the sides last met at Goodison in the FA Cup in March but fourth-placed Chelsea are reinvigorated under Antonio Conte and have won four of their last five games.

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    Ranieri heads candidates for FIFA best coach awardRanieri heads candidates for FIFA best coach award Claudio Ranieri''s latest reward for leading Leicester to an unlikely Premier League title is a nomination for FIFA''s coach of the year award.

    FIFA announced Ranieri and Zinedine Zidane among 10 contenders this week on Wednesday.

    Zidane, who lead Real Madrid to the Champions League title, is a candidate despite starting his first top-level coaching job only in January.

    Chris Coleman, the coach of another unheralded team, was nominated for taking Wales to the European Championship semi-finals.

    Euro 2016-winning coach Fernando Santos of Portugal and Didier Deschamps of beaten finalist France were also nominated.

    Last year''s winner, Luis Enrique of Barcelona, and 2011 winner Pep Guardiola are among club coaches on the list. It is completed by Juergen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone.

    Voting will be done by national team captains and coaches, selected media and an online fan poll. Each section will be weighted 25 percent of the final tallies.

    FIFA will announce a three-man shortlist on Dec. 2.

    The rebranded Best FIFA Awards ceremony will be held on Jan. 9 in Zurich.



    Candidates:

    Chris Coleman (Wales), Didier Deschamps (France), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich, Manchester City), Juergen Klopp (Liverpool), Luis Enrique (Barcelona), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Claudio Ranieri (Leicester), Fernando Santos (Portugal), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

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    Vidal, Bravo named in Chile squad for World Cup qualifiersVidal, Bravo named in Chile squad for World Cup qualifiers Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal and Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo were among 17 foreign-based players named in Chile''s squad for this month''s World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Uruguay.

    La Roja coach Juan Antonio Pizzi also included Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, Hoffenheim attacker Eduardo Vargas and Inter Milan defender Gary Medel.

    But there was no place for veteran midfielder Jorge Valdivia, who was dropped from the squad that lost to Ecuador and beat Peru last month.

    Pizzi will complement the squad with up to seven Chile-based players in the coming days.

    The reigning Copa America champions will play Colombia in Barranquilla on September 10 before a clash with Uruguay in Santiago five days later.

    La Roja are currently fifth in the South American zone standings with 16 points from 10 matches.

    The top four teams at the end of qualifying will secure a direct berth at the 2018 World Cup in Russia while the fifth-ranked side will earn a playoff spot.



    Chile squad:

    Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Manchester City)



    Defenders: Eugenio Mena (Sao Paulo), Gary Medel (Inter Milan), Mauricio Isla (Cagliari), Enzo Roco (Cruz Azul), Francisco Silva (Cruz Azul), Miiko Albornoz (Hannover 96), Erick Pulgar (Bologna).

    Midfielders: Arturo Vidal (Bayern de Munich), Charles Aranguiz (Bayer Leverkusen), Marcelo Diaz (Celta de Vigo), Felipe Gutierrez (Real Betis), Pedro Pablo Hernandez (Celta Vigo).



    Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Eduardo Vargas (Hoffenheim), Edson Puch (Necaxa), Fabian Orellana (Celta Vigo).





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