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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Are we celebrating our local artists enough?Are we celebrating our local artists enough? The Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) will host a German basketball commissioner who is visiting the country for three days to familiarise himself with how the game is run here.

    The president of the Basketball Association of Baden-Wuerttemberg (BBW), Joachim Spägele, has been assigned as a basketball commissioner to Namibia to engage NBF and other stakeholders in basketball development affairs.

    Spägele touched down in Namibia on July 25 and is expected to leave tomorrow. Among other things, he will discuss the way forward with the NBF.

    He will also be paying a courtesy visit to the Sports Commission and the Directorate of Sport to discuss cooperation to develop the game of basketball in Namibia.

    Speaking to Nampa last Thursday, NBF president Andrew Masongo said Spägele’s visit would mean a lot to Namibian basketball, as they expected to learn a lot from him during his three-day visit.

    “We had a memorandum of understanding with the German Basketball Federation (Deutscher Basketball Bund – DBB), which ended last year.

    “They have now assigned someone to come and observe on what never worked between the two organisations and how we can improve on their support in going forward,” he said.

    He added that the BBW would be engaging with the NBF from the grassroots level, which is the most important part of any sport development programme.


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  • 11/03/16--15:00: Zuma faces demands to quit
  • Zuma faces demands to quitZuma faces demands to quitMadonsela''s report suggests crimes South Africa''s former public protector, Thuli Madonsela, ordered that a judicial commission be set up to probe President Jacob Zuma''s relationship with the Gupta family. South African President Jacob Zuma is under increasing pressure to quit after the nation''s graft ombudsman ordered a judicial inquiry into possible criminal and corrupt dealings between government officials and the prominent Gupta family.

    After thousands protested against state corruption in Pretoria on Wednesday, a 355-page report said Zuma and some ministers may have breached the government''s code of ethics in their relationship with the family, who are Zuma''s friends and in business with his son.

    It details allegations that the Guptas may have influenced the appointment of cabinet members and received special treatment for a coal business linked to the family and Duduzane Zuma.

    The allegations of corruption at the highest levels of government are the latest blow to Zuma''s presidency. The report was released on a dramatic day when Zuma abandoned his request to the High Court to block its publication and protesters demanding an end to state corruption demonstrated in Pretoria.

    Since taking office in 2009, he''s been implicated in a series of scandals, including a March 31 ruling by the nation''s highest court that he had violated the constitution by refusing to repay taxpayer funds spent on his home.

    “It further erodes confidence in President Zuma, who is reeling already,” Daniel Silke, director of the Political Futures Consultancy in Cape Town, said by phone.

    “Having this report in black and white from a source like the public protector is the final straw in the curtailment of the Zuma era before his term ends in 2019.”

    Among the most striking revelations in the report are an allegation by deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas that the Guptas offered to pay him R600 000 in cash and deposit R600 million into an account of his choice, if he took up the family''s offer to become finance minister and remove key treasury officials who were thwarting the family''s business ambitions. The Guptas have denied making the offer.

    The ombudsman said Zuma''s failure to investigate Jonas''s allegation may have violated the executive ethics code. Zuma fired the respected Nhlanhla Nene as his finance minister in December and gave the post to little-known lawmaker David van Rooyen. The ombudsman''s report was completed just days before Thuli Madonsela''s seven-year term as graft ombudsman came to an end and she was replaced by Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who didn''t oppose the court bid to halt the report''s release. Zuma and the Guptas have denied wrongdoing.

    Madonsela said she should have taken a harder stance against Zuma in her report, and accused the president of breaking his word by failing to answer her questions and failing to show up for planned meetings. Zuma is legally bound to abide by her directives, she said.

    “I regret listening to lawyers who represented the broader legal community that I should tread softly with this report mainly to avoid a successful court review of the report,” she said by phone from Johannesburg. In her report, Madonsela said she had decided to direct that a judicial commission be set up to probe Zuma''s relationship with the Guptas because her office hadn''t been given sufficient funds to complete the job.

    Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance, which originally asked the public protector to investigate his relationship with the Guptas, called on Zuma to resign.

    “Given the scale of the state capture that is detailed in the report, which he has allowed and indeed fostered, he cannot continue in office,” he said in an e-mailed statement.


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    FNCC a place you can call homeFNCC a place you can call homeAs one of the most important players in Namibia’s cultural scene, the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) aims to intensify the cultural cooperation between Namibia and France while promoting and supporting Namibian cultural identity. Namibia and France; together for cultural diversity The FNCC aims to promote and support Namibian artists and cultural projects by offering our know-how, resources and equipment. The FNCC offers French language cultural activities by making a public library and periodicals available, organising French language courses and facilitating lectures, film screenings, theatre plays, concerts and exhibitions. “We are here for anyone who wants to use us as a platform,” says Isabel Katjavivi the cultural officer.

    The FNCC welcomes professional artists and amateurs to exhibit their work for free. “You can come in and see us or you can send us an email alongside your artwork. We will then see how we can help you from there,” said Isabel. The artist does not pay but the FNCC will add commission on top of the artist’s price or they can include their commission in the price range, she further explains. The centre hosts an opening of every exhibition and the exhibition usually runs for a month. The FNCC designs posters for marketing, write the press releases and it is featured in their newsletter and their Franco booklet which is published monthly. It also keeps the artist’s contact details which allow them to communicate after their showcasing.

    The cultural centre has two spaces that artists can use to showcase their work. “We have the down stairs main gallery which is nice because it has panels that allow us to create the space the artists want. The other place is the restaurant where we use the walls around the restaurant which is also beneficial as it gets more traffic. It’s a nice place for beginners and new comers,” said Isabel. The FNCC also has a booklet where visitors can leave comments about the exhibitions.

    Isabel says she would like to see a way the FNCC in partnership with SADC regions can allow Namibian artists to exhibit in other countries and vice versa.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 11/03/16--15:00: COTA cares about arts
  • COTA cares about artsCOTA cares about artsIf there are people who are passionate about the Namibian art industry we should definitely not forget the College of the Arts (COTA) staff. Making an artist difference Tjil caught up with visual arts lecturer, Fillipus Sheehama who spoke about the contribution of the arts to the economy and how people need to be open minded about arts.

    Having a career in Namibia as an artist is hard but possible. The first thing that makes it dicey is the fact that the population is small and secondly, Namibians are not really exposed to arts as compared to other countries.

    These are some of the reasons for the low appreciation of arts in Namibia. “Many people don''t see the importance of having a piece of artwork in an office or at home.

    There are companies that are making a lot of money but if you go to the premises there isn''t even one sculpture,” said Sheehama.

    He also said more black people need to acquaint themselves with art as it is mostly tourists and white people that support local arts.

    Asked how Namibians can be made more aware of arts, Sheehama said arts should be introduced in schools as a subject. “Its pity that arts as a subject are not considered an important subject.

    “Many schools treat arts as a break period which makes students disregard the importance of it all together,” said Sheehama. He suggested that the COTA students can offer holiday workshops and sessions. He also stressed that there is more to arts than drawing and painting including sculpting, fashion and technologies.

    “We need to start appreciating our local products because we have all the things that we purchase from outside, why can''t we get them locally? What happened to Ramatex?” he questioned Sheehama.

    He concluded by saying that arts will only get recognition once a minister who understands arts is appointed.

    “We don''t need a politically appointed minster who understands nothing about arts and its effectiveness to the economy of the country.

    “The directorate and permanent secretary should understand arts. There are so many people who could do a much better job once appointed.” Sheehama said he believes once that is changed, budgets will be structured that will cater for the grassroots.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 11/03/16--15:00: I love him more
  • I love him more I love him more I love him more
    Auntie Nangy, I am a 20-year-old girl and I have a problem with my boyfriend. We dated last year and he dumped me. This year, we are back together again, but he behaves like he is not interested in me, but I love him too much. What can I do, please help me auntie.

    I can see that you are blinded by love emotionally and physically and so you cannot make a bold decision. If you can see that you are falling into a pit and you keep walking, it can only mean that you are stupid. Love is reciprocal or you do good to a partner who is also good to you. At 20 you are too young to sound so desperate. There are many young men out there who are ready to show you what love is – Leave him and find a more deserving lover.

    I missed my period

    Aunty Nangy, I'm really worried about a new girl friend I proposed using the cell phone several days back, but I got her number from her relative. We met for the first time just to meet each other, because we had never met before. She also asked me to bring something for her and I did. But since that day we met, up to now, she does not even send messages to me, but I'm the only person who sends messages. She used to reply to me very well at the beginning. I don't know now if she also loves me as much as I do love her, because she no longer sends messages to me like the way she used to before we met. Please I need your help on this.

    From what you have said, this girl never meant to take you seriously. Firstly, she asked for a gift from you before you even met and you gave her this at your first meeting. After that she starts to run away from you by not communicating. There is nothing that shows that she is serious. What I see in her is a girl who is out to use you by asking you to buy her gifts. She got what she wanted and probably is not happy about what she saw when you met. Just leave her and move on.

    He is a liar

    Aunty Nangy, I am in love with a guy who is 18 years old. The problem is he is always lying to me, what must I do?

    My honest advice to you is to just dump the liar. What do you expect from a teenager? I don't know how old you are and if you had said your age I would understand you better.

    Shelving my love

    Aunty Nangy, he loves me too much. The problem is that I am writing my grade 12 exams and so far I wrote Oshindonga and Biology and I want to end this relationship for a while until next year when I get my results, but I am afraid to tell him. What can I do?

    Your reasons are not very convincing to me. You seem to be hiding behind your studies to justify the break up. Otherwise just tell the guy the honest truth about your feelings rather than play this game of hide and seek. It is unfair and it hurts.

    I used contraceptives, but may be pregnant

    Aunty Nangy, I am a girl aged 21 and I am confused and do not know whether I am pregnant or not. I had sex with my boyfriend on 18 August and I used contraceptives, but I did not get my period. Am I pregnant?

    It is difficult to say so the best is to buy a pregnancy test kit from the pharmacy or go to the clinic. Some men tell women lies that if they take contraceptive pills before sex they will not fall pregnant and this sounds like what you did. Thinking too much and worrying about pregnancy can also delay your periods.

    Whose problem is it?

    Auntie Nangy, l am 31 years old and I am dating a woman who is 26 years old. She doesn't have a kid in her life, but l have a child from another woman. We have been together for seven years, but have no kids together. Who has a problem?

    You have to be very careful here, because indirectly you are saying it could be the woman, because you have a child with another woman. What makes you so sure that child is yours, because some women sleep with several men and just choose to give one man the child. I also know couples who both had children before meeting, but they failed to have children together. Both of you must see a gynaecologist to see where the problem lies.

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    28 days left for NAMA'17 applications28 days left for NAMA'17 applications The NAMA Executive Committee this year started the entry process earlier than usual to allow more time for artists to enter, especially artists who are not necessarily based in the city or close to the awards offices in Windhoek. Entry is free of charge, and artists can enter either manually or electronically. For manual entries application forms must be accompanied by the following, copy of Identity document, 1 x Image disc containing the individual/band''s image of album cover in high resolution between 500-1000 pixels in height and width, not exceeding 1Mb and 2 x original copies of the album with its cover.

    All recordings submitted for the Namibia Annual Music Awards must have been commercially released (in other words first made available for sale by a recognised retail trade) in Namibia during the period 1st December 2015 to 30th November 2016, to qualify for entry. Written proof of release details for the entry period must be submitted together with the fully completed entry. Artists can either drop entries sealed in an envelope at any NBC office country-wide or at the MTC Head Office in Windhoek. If you have entered online, you will be allowed to submit your physical entry form with your albums after the closing date. Late entries will be disqualified; entry forms can be downloaded from www.nama.com.na. For awards rules, entry requirements and other details please visit www.nama.com.na

    The two NAMA information sessions are scheduled to take place in Swakopmund and Ongwediva respectively and is aimed at explaining the nitty gritty''s of the NAMA''s that artists should be aware of before they submit their applications. This information session is a platform which will grant the artists that wish to enter the NAMA''s and entertainment journalists the opportunity to ask questions and for clarification on how and in which categories to enter; to explain the rules and regulations and also to provide guidance and demonstrate how to enter for the awards online. “Previous experience is that some artists didn''t know exactly what was anticipated of them and the prerequisites of categories, consequently some of the applications were disqualified. The NAMA committee has decided to hold the information session to inform and enlighten the artists on the matter. We thus urge artists to attend,” explained Tim Ekandjo of the NAMA organising committee.

    The workshops are scheduled to take place as follows: in Swakopmund at the Sands Hotel on 12 November from 10:00 to 11:00 and at Ongwediva on 19 November at the Destiny Hotel at the same time.

    Staff reporter

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  • 11/03/16--15:00: Saima's artistic journey
  • Saima's artistic journeySaima's artistic journeySaima Iita is one of the many talented artists who decided to pursue his talent and is now a qualified mixed media artist. All he wanted was to become an artist and that''s what he did. He talks to tjil about his journey from the village to Windhoek where he is deriving joy from his work.

    At the age of 10, whilst his age mates played skululu and only cared about the present, Saima already had an idea of what he wanted to do when he grew up and to this today, he has remained true to his vision. His artistic eye matured and blossomed. Growing up in a little village in the north, Saima and his peers had to make their own toys to play with. He stood out of the crowd and would always get praises from people in his village. “I would make wire cars and wooden cups that were used to drink traditional brews. I believe I got the talent from both my parents as my mother weaves baskets and my father makes cups and other things. They are my inspiration,” said Saima. Saima recalls having a very keen eye and always copied what his father did when making crafts.

    He also remembers that his school note books always had drawings at the back. “I didn''t really care much about those Geography and Science subjects. There was nothing else that I wanted. Just arts,” he said of his passion for art. His parents and school teachers were very supportive of his career choice from the beginning and immediately understood that he wanted nothing to do with nursing or teaching but just arts. Upon completing his grade 12, Saima was still determined to study something in line with arts but he didn''t know much. He went to Oshakati to seek career opportunities. Saima said he got a lot of help from the youth centre and it here where his journey really began. “I got help from a lady at the youth centre who told me to apply to the College of the Arts (COTA) and three months later, she gave me a form. There were only 6 forms sent to the Oshakati youth centre and I managed to get one,” he says.

    In 2013, Saima began his srtistic journey in Windhoek and says it was the best thing that ever happened to him. “When I came to COTA I was thinking arts only had to do with painting and drawing but, I was so very wrong. I learned a lot and the lecturers taught us everything from how to major in arts and what to do after studies for instance,” says Saima. He got motivation from local artists like Papa Shikongeni and he would often ask himself, “if they can do it, why can''t I?” And with patience and courage, that kept him going. Saima was awarded a scholarship in his first and second years by COTA for being the best student overall in the visual arts department. “In my third year I was awarded a bursary by the National Arts Council and in 2015 I graduated as the best student,” Saima said. He is currently employed by COTA as a lecturer''s assistant.

    Saima and his friend Shiimi registered a company called Art Zone that does industrial arts of all genres from painting to 3D sculptures, mannequins just to mention a few. “Art Zone currently doesn''t have a studio but we work from the COTA as graduates are allowed to work from the scrap yard as your work space. Unfortunately, I am only at the COTA as assistant for this year and after that, I can no longer use the facilities,” said Saima. Art Zone is however grateful for companies like Advantage Facilities that refers clients and Saima is hopeful that they can get space to work from in future. Saima also spoke about talks with a potential partner who is willing to offer studio space and this partnership prompted them to change the name of the company to Broad Creations. The deal is yet to be finalised.

    Saima has so far sold his artwork at Art Splash and some to a German exhibitor for her museum. “There is a career in the market because it is a broad field. Art is not only what we are taught because things like paintings and sculptures have seasons when they sell. That is why my friend and I came up with Broad Creations to sustain us. It''s all about creativity,” he said

    Some of the gigs that Saima has had include designing the Events Today sign which is hanging outside warehouse today. “Broad Creations latest gig is of the Windhoek Fashion Week letters that will be displayed at the event, do come out and see!” said Saima urged.

    Lastly, Saima encourages more locals to come out and support Namibian artists'' work saying they are mostly supported by foreigners. “The only locals you see are white people. Organisations like FNCC and National Art Gallery usually host exhibitions. People that want a career in arts must not fear if they have the talent. We can develop the country through arts. Don''t cry because of hunger when you have no job. COTA is there which a government initiative to assist, “he concluded.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Are we celebrating our local artists enough?Are we celebrating our local artists enough? By J. Or

    That is the question each one of us should be asking ourselves. Radio presenters have a great part to play in this case, as a presenter you are in control of your playlist, you decide which artists you want to play on your programme. Do we as radio presenters take time to listen to local music as much as we listen to international artists'' songs, we have the power to create a hit song, because that song that is a hit now, was once unknown, till it started being played on the radio. You have local upcoming artists with a great song possible, a massive hit, but it''s not played, because this artist is unknown and we as radio presenters and DJ''s only want to play the well-known artists. We need to put laziness and favouritism aside and start celebrating and playing all of our local artists.

    Local artists should also start having listening sessions with radio presenters before they release their albums for feedback and input, these are the people that will be playing your music on their programmes and share it on their social media platforms, so why not involve them from the start. Artists need to start thinking beyond the borders of Namibia in terms of getting their music played, on African radio stations. How are you selling your brand as a Namibian artist? Every local artist must have a twitter and a YouTube account, it''s how you put yourself out there for the world to see. If you don''t have one please, after reading this article, go and open one and don''t let it be a ghost account, we have a lot of those – this is one of the ways how you can stay relevant. Let''s create great hits that will be still be played five years later, let''s celebrate Namibian Music, because local is lekker.

    *Johannes is a Radio Presenter at Base Fm. Follow him on twitter Joe1orr and Instagram johannes_joe_orr.

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  • 11/03/16--15:00: Have a heart for art
  • Have a heart for artHave a heart for art I was one of the very few uninformed people when it came to local arts and thought that we don''t have talented artists in Namibia at all. I''m not talking about art-like artists, because in that department we are quite clear and on the same page. I am however referring to art like Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci art, like! I had this poor perception until I met some artists and had the greatest chats ever! Hear it from me that we have talented guys in Namibia.

    My poor belief and judgement was influenced by the fact that many parents don''t consider the arts as a career, I mean my dad still wants me to go and do a “real” course after I finish my journalism degree so. But it turns out that if your parents know for sure that you are just not going through a bad puberty patch or an adolescent change, then they will actually support you in all your endeavours. Like Pablo Picasso said – every child is an artist, the problem is how they remain an artist once they grow up, which could prove otherwise. One can tell whether a child is an artist from the time they start drawing the a point where they can make decisions for themselves.

    I''m glad to have found out that even the government is also playing a major role in developing arts within the country. There are many government funded art programmes that aim at creating awareness and there are experienced artists coming to Namibia and take part in these programmes. Big up''s to that one. There are also private organisations like Bank Windhoek who also have done a lot to contribute to the arts in Namibia.

    This is so helpful to many artists, because not all of us are meant to be good in school subjects, but when it comes to using our hands for creativity, it''s just something magical. This also reduces the numbers of people on the streets, because they are school dropouts or those that never got an opportunity to attend school for different reasons.

    I encourage and urge people that are artists to try it out, because you never know who sees your work and what they are willing to pay, or how far they are willing to take your work. Like any other career, nothing comes easy of course, and patience is a virtue after all, hence keeping this in mind is crucial.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 11/03/16--15:00: Taking back the hood
  • Taking back the hoodTaking back the hood Tity Tshilumba''s contribution to the Namibian art scene has been coloured by his passion for everyday life and stories. His main focus comes back to his keen interest in depicting scenes from the world around him, especially landscapes, animals, people and everyday objects. The Daily Life exhibition by Tity focuses on the daily lives of Namibians, drawing from his experiences in both rural and urban areas.

    Tity''s inspiration for the exhibition comes from the stories that he hears on a daily basis. “I got very interested in what do on a day to day [basis] and I decided dedicate my exhibition to that,” he says. One of Tity''s favourite drawings at the exhibition is that which is titled “Life with Granny”. Tity explains “It''s with regard to a common practice in Namibia. It''s something I''ve always heard around about how people send their children to the north or villages whilst they stay in the city. My worry is that it is happening way too much and parenting is not just about sending a few dollars here and there for the child you know. In the drawing the child in uniform is showing granny their homework, but granny only knows how to ensure that the child is fed and has a roof to sleep under.”

    Tity says on average it takes him a week to complete a drawing, which is something he can do in his sleep, having 18 years of experience. He started working on his artworks last year November when the exhibition was approved by National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) and continued until five days before his exhibition.

    The turnout for “The Daily Life” exhibition thus far has been great according to Tity, but he hopes more people will turn up. “I always find people here and I have also sold some. Hopefully most of them will be gone before Saturday,” says Tity. Alternatively Tity will have to take the paintings elsewhere to be sold.

    Tity encourages other artists to be patient as the industry is tough due to the size of the population and mostly depends on tourists. “We always get the same faces at exhibitions; it''s rare and hard to find new people. Locals need to put in an effort to support us. Make time to find out what''s happening at the FNCC or the NAGN,” he concludes.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Rundu talks cooperation with Russian cityRundu talks cooperation with Russian city NAMPA

    A delegation from the city administration of Cheboksary in Russia is in Rundu on a week-long visit to further establish its twin city relationship with the town council.

    Since the two towns signed their twinning agreement in Cheboksary in 2009, the areas of cooperation have not been decided on.

    Rundu chief executive officer Romanus Haironga told Nampa that the two parties will now come up with an action plan on the areas they want to cooperate in.

    “We will come up with the sectors such as education, urban agriculture, science and technology, tourism and housing and look at the specific programmes that we can work on,” he said.

    Speaking at the same meeting, Rundu mayor Verna Sinimbo said she was eager to listen to the ideas that would be shared at the meeting on the areas of cooperation. She was also keen to see the changes the discussions will bring about.

    “I believe you can all agree that this is a moment of great excitement for the town of Rundu as we join hands with our Russian counterparts to identify opportunities for the development and improvement for our town,” she said.

    Sinimbo said Namibia has long enjoyed a peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship with Russia, and she is glad that the two towns can further deepen those relations and explore new ways to work together.

    Speaking on behalf of the Russian delegation, Roman Filin of the Russian embassy said he too was looking forward to the discussions and hoped that the two towns would find ways to implement the agreements.

    The agreement will be effective for five years and comes into effect upon signing.

    The Russian delegation will return to their country today.

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    Eskom CEO Molefe found wantingEskom CEO Molefe found wantingState capture report: Eskom board should be dissolved Eskom is one of five state-owned enterprises implicated in allegations of impropriety mentioned in South Africa''s state capture report. The board of Eskom should be dissolved after former public protector Thuli Madonsela''s report into state capture was released, according to respected economist Iraj Abedian.

    Eskom is one of five state-owned enterprises (SOEs) implicated in allegations of impropriety mentioned in Madonsela''s report titled ''State of Capture''.

    The report into allegations of improper influence by the wealthy Gupta family over President Jacob Zuma and his family was released on Wednesday following a court ruling.

    Eskom''s board has been singled out as appearing to be in “severe” violation of the Public Finance Management Act.

    “It appears that the Board at Eskom was improperly appointed and not in line with the spirit of the King III report on good Corporate Governance.”

    Madonsela stated that Ajay Gupta admitted during an interview that Eskom CEO Brain Molefe is his “very good friend” and often visits his home in Saxonwold.

    “Even though certain conflicts may have arisen after the board was appointed, there should have been a mechanism in place to deal with the conflicts as they arose and managed actual or perceived bias,” Madonsela wrote.

    “A board appointed to an SOE is expected to act in the best interests of the Republic of South Africa at all times and it appears that the board may have failed to do so,” she said. This referred to the board''s fruitless and wasteful expenditure relating to the Gupta-owned Tegeta Resources & Energy for a coal tender. Madonsela noted that it appears the conduct of the Eskom board was solely to the benefit of Tegeta in awarding contracts to them.

    “It appears as though no action was taken on the part of the minister of public enterprise as government stakeholder to prevent these apparent conflicts.”

    The 355-page report states that public enterprises minister Lynne Brown was one of the people issued with notices by the public protector.

    While board appointments would be discussed and approved by cabinet, former minister of public enterprises Barbara Hogan, who was axed in October 2010, told Madonsela that Zuma took special interest in the appointment of board members at Eskom.

    Abedian told Fin24 the report highlights Eskom''s failure at many levels.

    “This is a fairly straightforward case of corporate governance failure, director failure and shareholder failure.”

    He said the chairperson of Eskom''s board should resign immediately and be subjected to the failure of fiduciary responsibilities. “So should each and every director on that board be sued for failure regarding fiduciary responsibilities.”

    More importantly, Abedian placed the blame on the shoulders of ministers Brown and her predecessor Malusi Gigaba, who is currently the minister of home affairs.

    “Brown failed to exercise her role as the shareholder representative, which is in violation of her oath of office as a minister. Her predecessor likewise.”

    He said two interventions need to take place immediately:

    “The current board should be dissolved and each member subjected to the provisions of the Company Act. They carry personal liability in this regard.

    “A new board should be appropriately constituted and should be put in place.”

    Meanwhile, Abedian said parliament should also take action in line with the provisions of the Executive Members Ethics Act with regard to minister Brown, and possibly before her, minister Gigaba.

    “It is now time for parliament and its relevant committees to jump into action to fulfil their responsibilities,” he urged.

    Eskom and the public enterprises ministry did not respond to Fin24 ''s questions.

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    Namibia signs agreement with BelarusNamibia signs agreement with Belarus Namibia and Belarus have agreed to exchange information on technological, financial, educational, training and scientific capabilities.

    The minister of international relations and cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, and Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei signed the agreement at a meeting in Belarus from 22 to 25 October.

    A joint statement issued on Wednesday said the two ministers agreed to explore the possibilities of Belarus supplying fertilisers and agricultural equipment, and setting up a manufacturing or assembly plant for such equipment, through joint ventures with Namibian partners. They further agreed to exchange expertise in different areas.

    In the field of education, the two countries agreed to facilitate direct cooperation between the Namibian Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation and the Belarus Ministry of Education as well as institutions of higher education.

    In the area of mining, the two ministers agreed to encourage JSC ''BelAZ'' to establish direct contact with the Namibia Chamber of Mines. BelAZ is a Belarusian manufacturer of haulage and earthmoving equipment.

    “The Belarusian side informed on the financial mechanisms in supporting international trade and investment and undertook to provide detailed information on this issue through diplomatic channels,” said the statement.

    The Namibian side invited the Belarusian business community to attend the Invest in Namibia Conference scheduled for 8 to 9 November.

    The two ministers also signed an agreement on political consultations between the ministries. The first session will be held in Windhoek next year.


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  • 11/03/16--15:00: EBank's Mukete quits
  • EBank's Mukete quitsEBank's Mukete quits EBank announced this week that its chief executive officer, Michael Mukete, has resigned, effective 28 February 2017.

    Mukete will remain on the board of EBank.

    “As the founding CEO of EBank, I had the privilege of leading an exceptionally talented and dedicated team. As a transformational entrant into the Namibian banking sector, EBank has managed to continuously evolve within a changing banking environment while retaining its twin goals of financial inclusion and innovation in banking,” said Mukete.

    EBank board chairperson Monica Geingos thanked Mukete for his steady leadership which saw EBank transform itself from a start-up to a well-established brand with over 50 000 customers and points of presence at more than 120 outlets countrywide.

    “With every change comes opportunity and we are confident that Mike will apply his financial and economic understanding, in combination with his unique operational and strategic experience, for the continued benefit of the country. We are pleased that he remains a director of the board and we look forward to his continued strategic involvement,” Geingos said.

    Mukete added: “EBank has reached a unique point in its lifecycle and this is an opportune time for me to hand over the baton to a highly capable team. I value the experience I have gained as CEO of a new bank, which I leave with great relationships and memories.”


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    Diversify, implores FNB's KaliliDiversify, implores FNB's KaliliDiversification away from mining to spur growth Mining is not the be-all and end-all for the Namibian economy, a leading economist has said. OGONE TLHAGE

    FNB Namibia economist Namene Kalili recommended diversification away from the mining sector when he spoke at the Namibia Scientific Society’s talk on marine phosphate mining this week.

    Addressing an unsurprisingly packed hall in the capital, Kalili advised the government to seek other forms of income in the face of strong economic headwinds.

    “We need to create exports but we must do it sustainably. We need to start building new industries as revenues come under huge amounts of pressure,” the economist said.

    Kalili explained that growth would primarily be driven by activities in the construction, water and electricity and health sectors, keeping the construction of the Neckartal Dam and the addition of two new state hospitals in mind.

    “Investments required in these areas will drive growth. We have been busy spending quite a lot on building hospitals. A lot is happening in the health sector. We have a massive housing backlog. There is massive opportunity with mass housing.”

    Shifting his attention to phosphate mining, Kalili played it safe.

    “I hold no position on phosphate. We [FNB Research] are not phosphate experts and we do not know where we are going. We do not understand phosphate mining. Once we have the facts we will run them through our models.”

    Environmentalist Dr Mary Seely tore Namibia Marine Phosphate’s claims into shreds in her speech. Setting the tone of her talk, she began: “The first attempt to extract manganese from the ocean floor ended in failure,” suggesting that marine phosphate mining likewise would end in failure.

    “Why was the assessment for phosphate conducted in such secrecy? We have heard that there must be a subsidy for this project. 100% of the coast will be directed towards the Namibian environment while the profit will be shared by an Omani billionaire and one Namibian businessman,” she said.

    Seely suggested finding alternatives to marine phosphate mining.

    “We have people doing good things using organic agriculture. Manure is a very important source of phosphate and that source is increasing. We can even look at using human excrement. Maybe we ought to get ourselves around that.”

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  • 11/03/16--15:00: Fight to the end
  • Fight to the endFight to the endIS boss Baghdadi urges Mosul jihadists ISIS has released a rare audio message purportedly from leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, attempting to rally the terror group''s fighters as Iraqi troops enter the key city of Mosul. The reclusive leader of the Islamic State group broke a nearly year-long silence as Iraqi forces closed in on Mosul yesterday, urging his jihadists to hold their ground.

    It was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi''s first statement since Iraqi forces launched a massive offensive on October 17 to retake Mosul, where the IS chief declared the group''s "caliphate" two years ago.

    "Do not retreat," Baghdadi said in a purported message released by an IS-affiliated outlet.

    "Holding your ground with honour is a thousand times easier than retreating in shame."

    In June 2014, days after jihadist fighters swept across swathes of Iraq, he made a rare public appearance in Mosul and announced the creation of an Islamic "state" straddling Iraq and Syria.

    The "caliphate" has been shrinking steadily since last year and Iraqi forces earlier this week reached the outskirts of Mosul, the jihadists'' last major stronghold in Iraq.

    If authentic, the recording entitled "This is what God and his messenger has promised us", would be Baghdadi''s first since December 2015 and a rare sign of life.

    Rumours have swirled about the Iraqi jihadist leader''s health and movements but his whereabouts are unclear.

    IS has fallen back when massively outnumbered in recent battles, giving up some of its emblematic bastions - such as Fallujah in Iraq and Dabiq in Syria - without following its own apocalyptic ideology of fighting to the bitter end.

    In his latest message, which is undated but makes reference to events that are at most a few weeks old, Baghdadi also calls for attacks against Saudi Arabia - a favourite target - and Turkey.

    Ankara has troops stationed at a base just outside Mosul and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan''s escalating rhetoric has raised fears of a unilateral Turkish intervention in Iraq.

    Baghdadi also said that his followers who could not travel to Syria or Iraq should aim for Libya and urged all IS fighters to remain united in adversity.

    He attempted to stir up sectarian resentment by referring to religious flags and slogans of Shiite fighters among Iraqi forces and by accusing other Sunni groups and politicians of treason.

    The recapture of Mosul by Iraqi forces could spell the end of the group''s days as a land-holding force in Iraq and deal a death blow to the "caliphate".

    The US-led coalition supporting the Iraqi offensive estimates the number of IS fighters holed up in Mosul at 3 000 to 5 000 and has warned the battle for the city could be long and difficult.

    Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul from three main fronts have retaken dozens of villages and towns scattered over hundreds of square miles.

    Earlier this week, federal forces reached the eastern edge of Mosul and on Wednesday were clearing the most recently reconquered areas to set up a breach of the city.

    Gunfire echoed across the village of Gogjali on Mosul''s eastern edge Wednesday as elite Iraqi forces worked to clear the area.

    An AFP reporter in Gogjali, on the eastern front line, saw larger than usual numbers of civilians walking to safer areas with little or no belongings.

    "Some of the kids that arrive are barefoot, and they don''t have sufficient water and food," said Alvhild Stromme, a media adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council, one of the most active aid groups in Iraq.

    Some were leaving Gogjali and others the eastern Mosul neighbourhood of Samah, in what may be a rare breach for civilians trapped inside the city.


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  • 11/03/16--15:00: The virtue of patience
  • The virtue of patienceThe virtue of patience I always had a tough time abiding by the ‘love thy neighbour’ principle of Christianity. Don’t get me wrong, I do not hate my neighbours, but loving them… well, I am not so sure. You see, my neighbours are the type that hardly ever return what they borrow from you. They would often keep your stuff so long, that we have to borrow it back from them.

    Seriously, they would borrow the broom and keep it for so long that I forget I ever owned one. So every time I need to use one, I would send kids over to their house to borrow it back and a few minutes later my neighbour would send his boy asking if we are done with the broom!

    My neighbours are the kind that would be the first to notice that I bought a new shirt.

    Trust me; even my wife is often beaten to it! When one of my neighbours sees me with a new shirt, they complement me by saying it is the best shirt I have ever had on, which always makes me think I have a bad fashion taste. I try to live according to the principles of Christianity, but my nosy neighbours are not making it easy for me.

    The other day I parked in front of my gate and was about to open it, when my neighbour’s boy came running and opened it for me. As a token of my appreciation, I handed him the apple I had bought for my little girl. He thanked me and jetted off to his parents’ house.

    A few minutes later there was a knock on my front door. It was the same boy.

    “Mommy said she also want an apple,” the boy said.

    I looked at him not knowing what to say. Beaming a fake grin, I took another apple from the shopping bags and handed it to the boy, who returned to his home.

    Minutes later, the same boy returned.

    “What now? Don’t tell me your uncles and nieces also want apples?” I protested.

    “No Oom Charlie, my father asked how you could give my mom an apple, without a knife to slice it.

    Can I borrow your knife?” he asked.

    That was it; I drew a line not to lend them any of my stuff anymore. What the hell do they take me for? A pawn shop? At least pawn shops make money. What the hell do I have to show for my efforts?

    Johannes from next door came fuming into my house the other day, complaining that my dog prefers taking a dump on his lawn, instead of doing so on mine. I referred him to Oprah. He is still waiting to secure an appointment.

    The only thing I love about my neighbours is when their stove breaks down. Yeah, that is the time when my neighbour’s wife, Ndamona, comes clad in only her towels to ask for help. I am no handyman, in fact what I know about electricity could be fatal, but that is beside the point. I figured what she does not know will not hurt her.

    So every time she calls on me for assistance, I grab my toolbox and softly hum Clarence Carter’s “I got caught making love to another man’s wife”. Not that the song mean anything about the situation at hand, I mean - it is the only song I know!

    My weak training in the game of seduction, however, always ends up with me talking about the birds and the bees – literary - instead of focusing on the ‘game’ at hand.

    Sorry Clarence Carter, I am not as strong as you.

    Be that as it may, Johannes and Ndamona are wonderful people. They are the type that never minds keeping an eye on my house, when I am not there - provided I give them the key ‘in case the house catches fire’.

    When the Holy Spirit engulfs my neighbours on a Sunday morning, they play Rebecca Malope at full blast, while cleaning around the house. Ndamona always takes the cake when she says: “Oh I so addicted to these songs of Yvonne Chaka Chaka.”

    Until then…


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  • 11/03/16--15:00: Namibia must come first
  • Namibia must come firstNamibia must come first The political events in South Africa around state capture have captivated our minds in recent days, with locals showing a keen interest in reading and analysing the report released by former South African public protector Thuli Madonsela. The 355-page state capture report was only released to the general public on Wednesday after Madonsela was granted leave to do so by the High Court.

    As expected, the report is a damning one and many who have earlier claimed that the ANC was turning South Africa into a “mafia state”, certainly feel vindicated. The report indeed confirms that the South African President Jacob Zuma''s friends – the Guptas – had offered to arrange cabinet posts for politicians. Besides Zuma, Eskom boss Brian Molefe, mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane and cabinet minister David van Rooyen are all implicated through their apparent close ties with the Guptas, among others.

    Although South Africa is facing its most severe political crisis in recent years, there is one thing that we cannot take away from them and that is the fact that our neighbours have robust oversight institutions par excellence.

    This is a show of true democracy which must inspire Namibia and the rest of Africa.

    The opposition parties and the citizenry never gave up in their pursuit to hold power to account and have seemingly declared war against those compromising their democratic state and looting their resources.

    There are many powerful lessons that we can draw from the organised manner in which South Africa has handled the issue of state capture.

    Politicians must be reminded again that they need to lead lifestyles that are worthy of emulation, including exhibiting a high sense of commitment to the Namibian people at all times. Politicians must give us hope for a better Namibia through their actions. Never in our lifetimes can we tolerate being served by politicians who are driven by self-interest instead of public service.

    Namibia and her people must always come first and our national watchdogs mandated to fight corruption, just like Thuli Madonsela, need to go after the big fish, not just always the small fry.

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    Swapo is not everything - MaamberuaSwapo is not everything - Maamberua President Hage Geingob should pronounce himself about developing a synergy between the Swapo politburo and cabinet as it will only deepen state control by the ruling party.

    Swanu President Usutuaije Maamberua told Nampa on Tuesday that he was “surprised” by Geingob''s announcement during the opening of Swapo''s second policy conference on Monday.

    Geingob raised the concern of policy implementation noting that there had been no action by party members on some of the resolutions taken during the conference last year.

    “At the end of the day we must realise that cabinet has to incorporate Swapo policies in order to turn them into Namibian policies. In other words, it is the duty of cabinet to domesticate the Swapo party manifesto,” Geingob told the conference.

    Maamberua said he had too many questions to ask the ruling party about how this system would work.

    “I cannot see how the two can be linked or is it now a formalisation? This clearly demonstrates there is a lot of blindness in the different roles that are supposed to be played by different institutions.

    “That is why Swapo without any shame is even linking the party''s politburo to cabinet because the leaders cannot see those clear and distinguishable different roles of different institutions. They think everything is Swapo and Swapo is everything,” Maamberua said.

    He added that these were all indications of how the ruling party was dominating, influencing and taking advantage of state institutions instead of creating good governance and transparency.

    He asked whether the Swapo leaders were intent on merging the party and government, as well as the funding mechanisms if implemented.

    “Who do they want to confuse? They must draw a distinction and a difference between a political party and the executive. I think it is a totally wrong direction,” Maamberua said.

    Meanwhile, the secretary-general of Nudo, Meundju Jahanika told Nampa that Swapo had failed to implement various policies in the country.

    He said Swapo leaders lacked the political will to implement Swapo policies such as decentralisation and many other laws which had gathered dust on shelves at various ministries.

    Swapo leaders must also address the problem of separating the party and government. Most Swapo departments are headed by ministers meaning that if resolutions are not being implemented they must blame themselves, Jahanika added.


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  • 11/03/16--15:00: NCCI against seabed mining
  • NCCI against seabed miningNCCI against seabed miningThe northern chamber says phosphate mining will cause irreversible destruction to the marine ecosystem. Applauds Shifeta for withdrawing enviro clearance The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) northern branch has condemned the mining of phosphate off the Namibian coast, saying that the interest of Namibians should always come first.

    The northern branch also slammed the issuing of the marine phosphate environmental clearance certificate to Namibian Phosphate Mining (NMP) by the environmental commissioner Teofilus Nghitila.

    The certificate was subsequently withdrawn by environment minister Pohamba Shifeta who has since 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.

    The cancellation comes in the wake of an urgent High Court application filed by several fishing associations citing irregularities in the issuance of the environmental clearance certificate. The NCCI is convinced that marine phosphate mining is a harmful process that poses a great risk to marine ecosystems.

    “The extraction of marine phosphate is associated with a lot of possible irreversible destruction which can and will be detrimental to the sea ecosystem, with absolutely no possible mitigation factors,” the statement read.

    “The negative destruction ranges from extraction to the end results and it gets worse with every stage of beneficiation.” The statement acknowledges the contribution of the fishing industry to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the economy and its significant role in reducing the high unemployment rate in the country.

    Furthermore, the chamber argues that the foreign shareholding of NMP will contribute insignificantly to the Namibian economy. NMP is owned by Mawarid Mining LLC (85%), an Omani company, and Havana Investments (Pty) Ltd (15%), a Namibian company, belonging to businessman Knowledge Katti.

    “It is important to note that fisheries contribute immensely to our GDP. It brings in a lot of foreign currency through the export of our fish products, most of which are value-added products. Through the value addition, a lot of employment opportunities are created and a lot of Namibians are employed,” the statement further says.

    “It is therefore important to understand that, in the first place, phosphate mining will not benefit our sustainable economic development in the long run; no matter how beautiful the picture might be painted. The biggest stake of the shareholding belongs to the foreigners.”


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