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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Historic Ireland win ends record NZ runHistoric Ireland win ends record NZ runNo excuses for All Blacks in historic loss, says coach Ireland ended a century-long losing streak to claim a historic first-ever win over New Zealand on Saturday, sending the All Blacks spinning to a 40-29 defeat with a scintillating display. Just days after the Windy City erupted in celebration after the Chicago Cubs landed their first World Series baseball crown in 108 years, Ireland booted their own 111-year rugby hoodoo firmly into touch.

    Roared on by army of green-clad fans in a 62 300 crowd at Soldier Field, the Irish outscored the All Blacks by five tries to four to seal their first win over the Kiwis in the 29th instalment of a rivalry dating to 1905.

    “It has been a long time coming and history (has been) made. We''re absolutely ecstatic,” Ireland skipper Rory Best said after leading his team on a raucous lap of honour at the famed NFL venue.

    “We knew they are a great side. You can see how good a side they are and how much it means to our boys to have won that.”

    Ireland were forced to cling on in the closing stages after a ferocious New Zealand fight back, which saw the All Blacks recover from a 30-8 deficit to go within four points at 33-29 with around 15 minutes to go.

    But with the crowd roaring them home, Ireland scored a fifth and final try through outstanding centre Robbie Henshaw, converted by replacement flyhalf Joey Carbery, to clinch a famous victory.

    It was New Zealand''s first defeat since their loss to Australia in August 2015.

    Only last month, the All Blacks had set a world record for consecutive victories with their 18th win in a row.

    New Zealand''s preparations for the Test had been thrown into disarray by the absence through injury of first-choice locks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock.

    The further absence of second row Luke Romano following a family bereavement had forced them into starting a makeshift pairing of Jerome Kaino and Patrick Tuipulotu.

    But New Zealand coach Steve Hansen refused to blame the injury crisis for the loss.

    “The right side won,” Hansen said. “The Irish side played very well and congratulations to them.

    “We don''t want to use (the injuries) as an excuse. We trained well enough, we prepared well enough, we thought. We''re not going to make any excuses about not having the right people.”

    The moments before the match had seen Ireland pay an emotional tribute to beloved former international Anthony Foley, who died suddenly last month at the age of 42.

    As New Zealand lined up to perform their traditional haka, Ireland''s players stood before them in a figure of eight - a reference to Foley''s position.

    “We felt it was the right thing to do,” Best said. “There was a lot of emotion.”

    Once the game got under way, Ireland wasted no time in exploiting New Zealand''s weakness at second row.

    Johnny Sexton kicked Ireland ahead with a penalty after only four minutes when French referee Mathieu Raynal whistled the All Blacks for not rolling away at the breakdown.

    But New Zealand hit back immediately with the opening try of the game, George Moala finishing off after Waisake Naholo''s electrifying break.

    Fly-half Beauden Barrett scuffed his conversion attempt to leave New Zealand''s lead at 5-3.

    Ireland were then handed a crucial advantage after All Black prop Joe Moody was sin-binned for a clear tip tackle on Henshaw.

    The ensuing 10-minute period saw Ireland score 12 unanswered point through tries from Jordi Murphy and C.J. Stander to make it 15-5.

    Barrett closed the gap to seven points with a penalty after Ireland were offside but Sexton restored Ireland''s 10-point lead with a further three-pointer.

    Ireland were forced to make a change in the 26th minute when Murphy was stretchered off with what looked like a knee injury, replaced by Josh van der Flier.

    But the disruption was fleeting, with scrum-half Conor Murray dummying Aaron Smith to scamper over for Ireland''s third try. Sexton converted to make it 25-8 at half-time.

    The second half began with New Zealand looking sharper and faster, but it was Ireland who scored next, Sexton feeding Simon Zebo for 30-8.

    Yet New Zealand roared back through tries from replacement scrum-half T.J Perenara and Ben Smith to take the score to 30-22.

    A Murray penalty put Ireland 33-22 ahead but a 64th minute try by All Black debutant lock Scott Barrett, took New Zealand back to 33-27.

    Brother Beauden added the conversion and New Zealand were suddenly within four.

    Ireland''s defenders resisted furious late pressure, though, and Henshaw crashed over with four minutes to go to complete a magnificent win.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Nam boxing is above average-KaperuNam boxing is above average-KaperuMTC, government roles praised The secretary-general of the Boxing and Wrestling Control Board is pleased with the country''s boxing fraternity. Namibia Boxing and Wrestling Control Board secretary-general Joe Kaperu last week lauded the board and the people working in the boxing fraternity.

    Kaperu believes that Namibia''s boxing has made huge strides since Namibia gained independence 26 years ago.

    Speaking in an exclusive interview, he said he was happy with the way the boxing control board has handled its operations over the years.

    “Compared to two decades ago, we are definitely above average because there have been a number of boxers who won professional titles across the continent.

    “Namibia has shown the world that we are a country with boxing potential after winning more than three world titles and many African titles.

    “In boxing, it is clear that you must have a title for the market value and Namibians have been experts when it comes to that.

    “The reason is that people with titles get invited for mega-bouts because of the way they are ranked under specific boxing organisations,” Kaperu said.

    Boxers like Harry Simon, Paulus Moses and Paulus Ambunda have won world titles over the years.

    Kaperu stressed that there is a need for Namibia to produce heavyweight boxers in order to further improve the country''s boxing.

    He said he is concerned because Namibia has not had a heavyweight champion since independence.

    “Namibia still has a long way to go before it can produce heavyweights because most of the people in the country do not grow bigger due to the genes.

    “This has been a very big challenge to boxing promoters for the reason that a few of the big guys prefer something else than choosing boxing as a profession.

    “That is why I believe that producing heavyweights has been the biggest challenge which promoters have had over the years,” he said.

    Kaperu urged larger men to consider boxing as a profession.

    He also advised amateur boxing officials to scout for potential heavyweight boxers in all 14 regions from an early age.

    “MTC and the government have done so much for boxing that one will not be able to forget thanking them for the hard work.

    “There are also other companies like Telecom which have invested some of their money in the boxing fraternity.

    “It is because of these companies that boxing has been doing better than any other sport code in the country.

    “I also can''t go without thanking the public who have been supporting boxing for so long.

    “I call upon the corporate world to come on board and invest in boxing in order to improve Namibia at world boxing levels,” Kaperu said.

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    Haitope and Kauanivi win RKC Hardap ChampionshipHaitope and Kauanivi win RKC Hardap Championship Lavinia Haitope and Mynhardt Kauanivi won the women''s and men''s races of the annual Rene Kids Centre (RKC) Hardap Championship on Saturday.

    Haitope beat three-time winner Beata Naigambo to the finish line in a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 0.28 seconds (1:19:0.28) to win the open women''s category over 21km. Naigambo clocked 1:19:06.57 in second place and Sofia Nambabi 1:29:38.61 to end third.

    In the open men''s category, Kauanivi beat competition from Jeremia Shaliaxwe to finish first in a time of 33 minutes and 59.79 seconds (33:59.79). Shaliaxwe recorded 34:25 and Kondjashi Kefas 34:41.93.

    Sieglinde Gontes won the veterans'' category in a time of 1:47:18.21.

    Speaking to Nampa after her victory, Haitope said the competition was fierce, but she managed to shake off an early onslaught from Naigambo to win the race.

    “It was a very competitive race and the route was not an easy one. In the end I came out tops and thank my opponents for pushing me so hard,” Haitope said.

    It was her last race for the year. Haitope said she will resume training early next year in preparation for the World Championship in London, United Kingdom.

    Over 100 athletes across the country participated in the race in good weather conditions.

    The first edition of the RKC Hardap Championship was hosted in 2010 as part of community upliftment programmes of the centre.



    Other winners:

    Masters – 10km

    1 - Albert Papama – 46:14.60

    2 - Achim Herma – 51:36.09

    3 - Manie Ross – 55:54.55



    Open Category – 21km

    1 - Kristof Ndunga – 1:19:07.98

    2 - Attie Weyers – 1:35:14.74

    3 - Robert de Klerk – 1:39:29.15



    Junior Category Female 21km

    1 - Ndinelao Dumeni – 1:40:03.99

    2 - Julia Mbwale – 1:42:27.27

    3 - Selma Stefanus – 1:46:11.70



    Junior Male 21km

    1 - Daniel Paulus – 1:11:54.81

    2 - Simon Paulus – 1:12:41.94

    3 - Ambrosius Pieters – 1:17:11.95



    Sub Veteran 21km

    1 - Paulus Vilho – 1:09:58.63

    2 - Erich Goeieman – 1:12:12.62

    3 - Simon Shipanga – 1:12:34.03



    NAMPA

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    Social leagues take centre stageSocial leagues take centre stageFootball lovers devoted to community games Towns across the country still have their social leagues up and running in the absence of Namibia Premier League games. Between Greenwell Matongo and Wanaheda lies an uneven gravel football field that on a Saturday or Sunday cannot be ignored as a group of people gather to watch football.

    Speaking to Sport Wrap Samora Machel soccer league chairperson Professor Iyambo said the Samora field in Katutura has become the place to be every Saturday and Sunday for people from all walks of life.

    He mentioned that the league consists of 18 teams and they make sure that each team gets a chance to play during the weekend.

    The games kick off as early as 08:00 and finish at 17:00 or 18:00 during those two weekend days.

    Iyambo explained that despite the huge interest from teams in the informal settlements, the league still has to remain competitive.

    “For one to be part of the league, you have to pay a registration fee for your team, which is paid in instalments.

    “The amount to be paid is decided by the committee that is leading the league and that same committee then adds up that amount which at the end of the year will be used to reward the top five teams on the log,” he said.

    He mentioned that because they want to remain competitive only the best five are rewarded. “We want all teams to be competitive and aim to be in the top teams that get a reward, so the team that finished seventh that season can pull up their socks next season to aim for top five as well.”

    He further explained that not all teams are carried through to the next season, as three at the bottom are relegated to welcome new teams.

    “We do not just carry the teams from January to December but we do relegate some of the teams so that we can welcome the new teams because there are other teams that really want to play so we relegate the last three.

    “We have to stick to 18 teams because those are the ones we can manage and that is why we have decided that we will be relegating some to welcome new ones,” he said.

    Iyambo said because people in informal settlements have not been close to the game, they have seen how the league is keeping the people entertained, “that is why our song is to bring the game to people and get people closer to the game.”

    Having produced players such as Peter Shalulile, who now plays for Highlands Park in South Africa, Iyambo mentioned that as the chairperson of the league, “what they are investing in the community is not in vain as we are working tirelessly so that gives us so much courage to know that we have produced premier league players and national team players like Peter Shalulile for example”.

    “We have produced a lot of players who have joined so many teams and that gives us hope that what we are doing is not just for nothing but important in the community,” he said.



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    In Walvis Bay, football lovers also continue to keep each other entertained and Nathaniel Maxuilili football club''s PRO Sebby Johannes said social leagues are important and should not be overlooked.

    “It is important to have teams playing in the social leagues because this is where you get the best players who can join the premier league teams because in order for them to get there they have to start from social leagues,” he said.

    In his town clubs organise matches and contribute a fee that they can use as prize money.

    Because of different duties, most teams opt to play on Sundays and at times they play for fun without having to put money together to compete for.

    He mentioned that the interest is immense. “When you come to stadiums where we play they are ever packed and that just shows you that people are thirsty and hungry to watch local football.

    “I think it is important that we don''t kill social leagues because the more we have them the more players we are producing and in order for a player to go to the premier league they have to start from the ground,” he emphasised, adding that all towns that have social leagues going on should continue doing so, “especially this hungry time that we still do not have our league running, we need to be close to the game of football this time.”

    KAINO NGHITONGO

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    Ndeilenge wants coaching coursesNdeilenge wants coaching coursesTop guides want to see more joining them Having chosen to be a guide may seem to be an easy task but the country''s top four Paralympic guides say it is not easy. The four Paralympic guides in the country want to see the team bring more medals from the 2020 Paralympic Games, but indicated that there is a need for more guides.

    Speaking to Sport Wrap on the sidelines of Disability Sport Namibia''s recognition event last week Thursday, guide Andre Oberholster said running on his own is easier than being a guide but having built a brother relationship with someone excites him.

    “Running on your own is easy because with being a guide there is always somebody to run with, somebody faster, new techniques and everything new but what keeps you motivated is you are not only in the race yourself, you gain a brother, a second limb, a person next to you that you can run with and that is also great to have a relationship with someone like that with so much trust,” he said.

    He added that “in the world of today you need a friend like that whom you can trust, sweat with, bleed with, cry with, so it is just so fun because a lot of people only see it as a partnership on the track but it is a big partnership off the track as you share a room, go to the dining hall together and make sure he gets his proper meal.”

    Oberholster, who is Moses Tobias''s guide, said despite having to do a lot of things together they still have to separate their personalities , “because it is two different people coming together and creating magic on the track and a lot of people just see us running together but they do not see the personal investment involved in sacrificing your personal stuff like Moses and I do not have the same taste in music but exciting enough is we are all Liverpool fans so we can watch football together so we don''t fight when it comes to sports so it is a special bond.”

    Junior Sportswoman of the Year with Disability Lahja Ishitile''s guide David Ndeilenga mentioned that it “feels so special knowing that I am helping someone who is in need, because it is not easy working with people with disability especially the T11 because at times you are telling them let us walk this way for example they will argue.”

    Ndeilenga said being a guide for some time now excites him because it also requires hard work.

    “You don''t just wake up and then you are a guide, you have to build a bond with the person that you are going to guide and that affection of saying we are brothers or sisters, that is how it should work and also build that coordination on the track,” he stated.

    Meanwhile, Ndeilenga feels that guides in the country are not recognised like in other countries and would like to see the trend changed.

    “In most countries they are recognised either as coaches or officials but it is not like that in Namibia and I want people to be looking at an athlete and a guide as a pair.

    “For now I wish that our team could introduce even a coaching course or something for guides and call people who are interested because we really need a lot of guides as we have a lot of T11 who wish to have guides like us and wish to take the world in any competition,” he said, adding that there should also be something to motivate those upcoming guides.

    Ananias Shikongo''s guide, Even Tjiviju, said he wants to see them rewarded equally with the athletes.

    “I am always motivated when we run and win a medal because we all get, like now in Rio we all got our gold medals so that keeps me motivated as well and that is want I hope to see back home,” he said.

    He indicated that the guide is the eyes of the athlete, “so I think people need to start recognising both the athlete and the guide like they did in Rio, so what they give him they must also give me because without me Ananias won''t be able to run like that, I am his eyes.”

    The 400m guide Sam Shimanda shared the same sentiments, stating that as they prepare for the next Paralympic Games, there is a need to have more guides.

    “We need at least two three more guides so that we just know that this guide runs with this athlete in this event and not have one guide running all the events which at times becomes hard for us now,” he said.

    He wants the team to start training as soon as they can, mentioning that proper training will also serve as great preparation to bring back more medals from the next games.

    KAINO NGHITONGO

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    Is there any solution in talking?Is there any solution in talking? KAINO NGHITONGO



    We have all become experts in football now, which is fine but is there any solution in talking?

    We may sit around table until kingdom comes but if we are not setting out what the solution can be then I clearly think we are wasting our time.

    Am pointing this out because of the discussion that attracted the nation''s attention and that is the Talk of the Nation show which was an embarrassment at the highest level.

    The platform which was supposed to be used as a way of drawing out what is next was wrongly used to still mourn about who is a bad leader and what the problem is.

    I am so sure that by now we all know or have heard so much about what the problem is and what has caused us to be where we find ourselves now but that cannot go on anymore.

    It is about time we move on to what is best for those who play the game and not what is best for those who sit in offices.

    Like the statement says, you cannot solve a problem with another problem and it is for this reason why I''m saying OKAY, now we know the problem so what is next.

    I think we need to come down as stakeholders in sports and for good not to point fingers anymore but to draw out what we can do to rescue football in the country and make it an industry that can feed so many people in years to come.

    Let us get away with thinking about now but rather draw up a plan of where we want to be five years from now.

    I must concur with the deputy minister of sports who said we should stop being satisfied with one sponsor but rather use that as an opportunity to lure more.

    While so many of us are suggesting for a sport indaba, we also need to collectively come together and plan it very well so that it will not just be an event for people to sit and discuss issues and get no solution.

    Let me hope that if that is ever to take place, the resolutions from such an event be implemented and not just have documents collecting dust in shelves.

    I am sure there we great ideas shared at the sports conference but then did any of those ideas materialise? So those are some of the questions we need to ask ourselves as we sit at think of a sport indaba because we may have it and still share the brilliant ideas but will not help us much.

    As much as funding remains the problem, a platform of having all stakeholders around the table and discussing all the sport issues which also includes funding will help us come up with a document to present to the head of state and the finance ministry on the importance of sports and why it is important to pump in money in sports.

    So while we have new sport commissioners, I hope they have been thinking about something along those lines and if not then they should think of one already.

    But before all that happens, let us have our documents in place and those are the sport act, the categorisation of sports and school sports policy.

    Not only will such documents serve as a guideline into the direction we want to go but as an indication of how serious those at the forefront are and that will not only be by talking but by actually making sure that the documents are implemented.

    Like all are saying, all hope is not lost so let the current state of sports in the country draw all of us together and map out the future of the industry that has the power to build a nation.



    Kaino@namibiansun.com

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  • 11/06/16--14:00: Facebook comments
  • Facebook commentsFacebook comments Standard Bank Namibia announced last week that it will build a house worth N$500 000for Paralympic gold medallist Ananias Shikongo. Here is how the public reacted. Bukalo Simubali: Wonderful, but what about his guide? Haven''t they done an equal amount of work, why is he not recognised? Besides he couldn''t have done it without him! If it was up to me, they should give the same gesture to both. They deserve it.



    Titus Nalimanguluke Endjala: Thanks but N$500 000 is not enough to build even a two bedroom house, let alone to afford a plot in Windhoek. The cheap contractor will not quote below N$7500 per sq/m. Standard Bank could have donated money without mentioning a commitment to build a house. The bank is simply doing its public relations exercise and it is bad.



    Khlo Letha: Low cost housing cost that much to build, they didn''t say mansion...seeing that he is from a humble shack, having a decent house will be welcomed....



    Enatha Nehova: That is very good of Standard Bank, other institutions should follow suit. His guide should also get something but not equivalent…



    Mirjam Kamati: We need to learn how to be grateful for the little that we get, so well done to Standard Bank.



    Hansie Matheus Hanse: That''s something exemplary so that others could follow in their footsteps thumbs up Standard Bank for moving him forward…



    Elizabeth Mutaleni: That''s so good, at last he is getting a reward he deserves, thanks Standard Bank.



    Geraldo Gladwin Groenewaldt: Great gesture. A house to the value of N$500 000 + NamPower''s N$100 000 prize money received at the Sports Awards.



    Alina Nestor: Thanks it is better than nothing, keep up bro you are the best.



    Linus Samwele: Thank you Standard Bank, you have just won yourself extra clients...



    Sarah Eliaser: He deserves it, Omake to Standard Bank…



    Lahja Jonas: Well done my uncle, I am proud of you always!



    Pallas Nepembe: That is good motivation and encouraging those who''s struggling to do better and improve their lifestyle. Thanks Standard Bank



    Remisia Raudika Tuyenikelao Nghidipa: Wow I love this bank I will move to Standard Bank God has just remembered this man even prophet Jackson Babi gave him a car....



    Lahja Kaluvi: That''s putting your money where your mouth is, proud to be a Standard Bank client.



    Ester Hainane: His life will never be the same again, I am sure even in the coming Paralympic Games he will work hard to win big....may poverty never be your portion!!



    Costa Niilo Niilo: That''s beautiful Standard Bank of Namibia my God bless your standard manager we love you ?.



    John Matias Keukeni: Moving forward indeed, my bank my pride. Well done Standard Bank.



    Mendrut Namaseb: Started from the bottom now here we are, out of shacks of Soweto into the global limelight… Hustle game never ends, bravo brother.



    David Mbonga: This is a very good example. That''s why I am a standard bank customer.



    Prince Semie Tchamille Negumbo: Congratulation Paralympic Hero... now the City of Windhoek should donate a land/plot. I''ll not leave your bank anymore; make our stars look like stars! He deserves it!!!



    Esitwalud Somseb: Wow this is a good move I can''t wait to see other companies doing the same…



    Amukwa Joel: Good work Standard Bank, hopefully next is to get him a plot in Klein Windhoek.



    EL''Jozze BigBozz Linyondi: Wow, I will start doing sports…



    Maska Mupiya: Well done Standard Bank, you have done your part… Harambee, Ananias is a blessed hero!!!



    Helena Magano Ndikuhole: Standard Bank is serious with its social responsibility, thanks for such a gesture, banks like FNB make so much money but hardly contributed to the social wellbeing of this country... they need to follow suite.



    Otja Tjipetekera: If Johanna Benson was given a house upon her return, why can''t the government do the same gesture to Shikongo? Or was it the municipality of Walvis Bay that donated the house?



    Mathews Mbala: Congrats to the athlete, Standard Bank has demonstrated its care and love to the nation and the poor hard working individual in particular. I will continue to bank with the bank that cares for its people.



    Mundia Victoria Mabuku: Congrats. He deserves it, he has put Namibia on the map but companies and the Namibian government should consider his partner as well.

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  • 11/06/16--14:00: Pic of the week
  • Pic of the weekPic of the week PHOTO: NAMPA/AFP.



    COMEBACK PRAYER: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his unanimous-decision victory over Jessie Vargas to win the WBO welterweight championship title at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Appolus targets international triumph Appolus targets international triumph Bodybuilding competition a big hit The overall champion of the Nucleus bodybuilding championship is aiming higher. JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



    Nucleus bodybuilding championship overall winner Jackson Appolus has set his sights on going international.

    Appolus outclassed 2015 champion Ryno Jacobsz, who had to settle for second place at the Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek on Saturday.

    The 29-year-old impressed the judges and had the audience on their feet as he displayed his muscles. He walked away with an N$7 000 cheque.

    Speaking after the event, Appolus said, “I was sure in the beginning that I was going to win this competition because I worked very hard.

    “The condition I am in at the moment gave me so much confidence and that is why I was sure I had this one in the bag.

    “I am delighted with winning this competition because I felt I deserved it after all the hard work.

    “I am now motivated to participate in international bodybuilding competitions because of the victory I had today.

    “I will first target events in South Africa before I explore other international competitions around the world.

    “For now I will go back to the gym and work harder in order to reach the optimum level.”

    Appolus urged people who would like to join the competition to work hard in the gym.

    He said a healthy diet was one of the things that steered him to victory.

    “Bodybuilders are different from many people because we have to keep a constant diet plan.

    “However, it is to our advantage because we stay healthy most of the time in our daily lives.

    “I would like to encourage all bodybuilders I contested with to keep working hard and maintain a proper healthy lifestyle.

    “I would like to thank my gym trainer for the effort he made to shape me up in the way I am at the moment.”

    The owner of Nucleus, Henk Cloete, was amazed by the attendance at the bodybuilding contest.

    “It was simply incredible because the guys and the ladies delivered when they had to.

    “The crowd was amazing and I believe the judges were spot on with most of their judgements,” Cloete said.

    The overall winner in the fitness category was Wileen Visser who impressed the judges and the onlookers with her perfectly shaped body while Ilka Adams won the fitness bikini category.

    The men’s middleweight division was won by Jackson Appolus while Adreas Paliuvecius won the heavyweight division.

    Romario van Wyk scooped the lightweight category with an impressive bodybuilding display.

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  • 11/06/16--14:00: Pravin to be charged again
  • Pravin to be charged againPravin to be charged againFinance minister is ''accused number 1'' Pravin Gordhan will be charged for establishing a “rogue unit” in Sars in 2007, according to a report by the City Press. South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan is expected to be charged again next month.

    And this time, a determined Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) team want to make sure they have a strong case against him and his co-accused.

    The new charges will relate to the establishment of the so-called rogue unit in 2007, when Gordhan was commissioner of the SA Revenue Service (Sars).

    Two senior Hawks officials and an NPA executive close to the investigation have told City Press that Gordhan and his former Sars deputy, Ivan Pillay, will be charged “before Christmas”.

    “This is not overnight work. There is a lot that we still have to do, but they will be charged before Christmas,” said a senior Hawks official this week.

    Another senior Hawks officer said: “The charges laid against them will include fraud, defeating the ends of justice and contravention of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act.”

    City Press has learnt that the Hawks and the NPA are aiming to list Gordhan as “accused number 1” on the charge sheet.

    National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams surprised many on October 11, when he announced charges against Gordhan, Pillay and former Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula.

    He spent most of that press briefing speaking about the alleged illegal Sars unit – but opted instead to charge the three with fraud and contraventions of the Public Finance Management Act relating to Pillay''s early retirement.

    City Press has also established that the Hawks team investigating Sars'' High Risk Investigation Unit, dubbed the rogue unit, has been beefed up with an additional two investigators as it scrambles for further evidence against Gordhan and several other former Sars employees, including former group executive for investigations Johann van Loggerenberg.

    The Hawks detectives “recently” approached former deputy finance minister Jabu Moleketi for a statement, and asked him to provide information about the formation of the investigation unit, which he initially opposed.

    According to a “secret” information note sent by the Hawks to State Security Minister David Mahlobo on January 20, Moleketi had expressed misgivings about the unit''s establishment in February 2007, when Gordhan approved it and then finance minister Trevor Manuel signed it off.

    In the note, it states that Moleketi wrote on Gordhan''s application: “Supported – however, this is a strange way of executing what I consider to be an economic mandate of NIA [the National Intelligence Agency]. It seems as though it is an add-on rather than part of NIA''s mandate.”

    Moleketi yesterday confirmed he was approached to provide a statement to the Hawks.

    “I was approached and I submitted a statement through my lawyers,” he said.

    A senior Hawks officer said the probe into the unit was a “prosecutorial-led investigation”, and the NPA was providing the team with guidance and instructions.

    The information note sent to Mahlobo by lead investigating officer Brigadier Nyameka Xaba alleges that Gordhan and Pillay were instrumental in the creation of the rogue unit. Xaba heads up a specialised Hawks unit, which has been set up to probe crimes against the state.

    City Press has learnt that the NPA has allocated four prosecutors – all from the Priority Crimes Litigation Unit, which Abrahams used to head – to lead the investigation team.

    Abrahams told Parliament during his grilling before the justice portfolio committee on Friday that the investigation into the rogue unit was at an advanced stage, “and we will make sure we do not make the same mistakes here”.

    A senior prosecutor, based at the NPA''s headquarters in Silverton in Pretoria, said it was the “first time I have seen four prosecutors being allocated to one case”.

    The prosecutor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Hawks detectives Xaba – as well as a Colonel H Maluleka, a Lieutenant Colonel S Palaza and a Captain M Sewele – were “regulars” in Abrahams'' office.

    “They always meet in Shaun''s office. Lately, they have been given access cards. They are no longer required to sign the visitors'' registry and are no longer escorted through the building,” the prosecutor

    said.

    NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said no decision to prosecute Gordhan had yet been taken, adding: “The investigation is still under way.”



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  • 11/06/16--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day PRETTY: This photo shows visitors walking past a pumpkin lantern show in front of a shopping mall to mark the Halloween in Shenyang, northeast China''s Liaoning province. This year''s Halloween will fell on 31 October. NAMPA/AFP

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    The plight of security guardsThe plight of security guards News that security guards are planning to down tools and embark on a festive season strike over low pay should not be taken for granted. The unions representing the security guards have threatened to spoil the Christmas holidays of security guards'' employers if their demands for better wages are not met. It is true that these officers are often regarded as objects, ill-treated by their bosses, forced to work abnormal hours and sometimes under very dangerous conditions. These women and men in uniform operate under very difficult conditions and occupy high risk jobs that continuously underpay and exploit them. The staging of a demonstration by the security guards last week is already an indication that the workers are ready for an all-out strike, which will definitely leave an unimaginable crisis. The security guards, who have condemned their shameful wages and poor working conditions, are demanding a N$12.50 per hour minimum wage, instead of the current N$7 for employees with old contracts and N$6.75 for new workers. In addition, the employers have been accused of not been seriously trying to resolve the dispute, ever since negotiations started in August this year and reached a deadlock about a month ago. We also feel that this issue is also not being handled with utmost urgency compared to the recent teachers'' strike, which saw politicians burning the midnight oil to avoid an elongated strike action. Although government officials were directly involved in negotiations with Nantu over teachers'' salaries, the current showdown pitting security guards against their employers should also not be allowed to spiral out of control considering the impact such a strike has on the economy. We are not saying that the security guards should not embark on strike action, but both sides and other stakeholders must play their part in calling for an urgent resolution to the dispute. Equally the struggle of the demonstrating security employees and their justified demands for a living wage and an end to exploitation should not be ignored.

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  • 11/06/16--14:00: Nantu wants apology
  • Nantu wants apologyNantu wants apologyMinistry condemns ''attacks'' on Hanse-Himarwa The education ministry has slammed Nantu for demanding an apology from Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa for what she said about striking teachers. The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has condemned what it called “insulting slurs and attacks” on Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa by people calling for her removal from office.

    This is according to a statement issued on Thursday by the ministry''s permanent secretary, Sanet Steenkamp, with regard to allegations that Hanse-Himarwa made derogatory statements during the recent teachers'' strike.

    The statement came a week after the Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu) northern executive demanded a public apology from Hanse-Himarwa to the teaching fraternity for statements she made during and after the strike.

    The statements were apparently made by the minister when she thanked teachers who voted against the strike, referring them to as people with sober minds who showed maturity. Nantu regarded that as an insult to those who voted for the strike.

    Nantu also wants the minister to apologise for saying “Nantu must learn where to start and where to end” and “teachers are not patriotic citizens”.

    According to the education ministry''s statement, all statements made by Hanse-Himarwa during, before and after the strike were in line with the government''s stance on the salary negotiations.

    “The ministry wishes to reiterate that all official statements made by the minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, were consistent with the position of the Government of the Republic of Namibia in terms of the salary negotiations between the government negotiation team and Nantu,” the statement read.

    “While we value honest, analytical and constructive criticism that would redirect our efforts, we denounce the insulting slurs and attacks on the person of the minister,” the statement further read.

    It there was nothing on record that Hanse-Himarwa threatened the teachers with action after the two-day strike was called off.

    “In all our official statements made, it is clear that the minister had the interest of teachers and learners at heart. Information provided through statements made by the minister was to ensure that teachers, who are our direct and trusted stakeholders, were well informed and engaged,” it read.

    “To allege and insist that the minister undermines and insults the teachers is in strong contrast with the genuine efforts of the minister since she took office one year and nine months ago.”

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Damaras should speak up about lost landDamaras should speak up about lost land The Damara community must speak up about the land lost during the colonial era, and if people do not like the truth then so be it, deputy minister of land reform Bernardus Swartbooi said on Saturday.

    Addressing a large crowd at the four-day Damara Cultural Festival in Okombahe, Swartbooi said just like the OvaHerero and Nama people, Damaras also lost land to Germans during the colonial era.

    He said the German colonial forces took the fertile land with water and gave the three communities desert and semi-arid land where farming is a struggle.

    Swartbooi said sometimes people label politicians as regionalists or tribalists for speaking the truth such as this, but it is high time for the truth to be spoken and action taken.

    “The truth remains the truth, if you do not like what I say then be it. We cannot be silenced.”

    He said sometimes it is easy for people to say that some of these communities are in poverty because they do not work hard but it must also be understood that poverty is brought by the fact that their land was taken away from them.

    “We are united for a good cause, however those affected still need to talk about the lost land and how we can get it back for their children.”

    His message to traditional authorities on the way forward is that they must put young people in leadership positions for them to start leading now.

    “It is high time that young people are given a chance to leadership in the traditional authorities, as for too long this has not been forthcoming as desired.”

    Swartbooi further encouraged all Namibians to be supportive of President Hage Geingob in his effort to eradicate poverty.

    He said Geingob has dedicated his youth, if not the rest of his life, to liberate and build the country. His heart is about building a prosperous Namibia for all.

    “Let us support his wishes without hesitation. It does not matter where you come from. Let us unite for the benefit of all Namibians.”

    The well-attended four-day cultural festival which celebrates Damara culture and customs ended on Saturday.





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  • 11/06/16--14:00: The looting continues
  • The looting continuesThe looting continues PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED



    SHIPMENT DOWN: Passers-by that come across lorry accidents continue to loot the consignments. The latest incident happened last week between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo when a truck carrying soft drinks overturned about 80 kilometres from Okahandja. According to the Otjozondjupa police the truck driver had swerved to avoid two kudus crossing the road. The driver was uninjured.

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    Geingob did not diss the constitutionGeingob did not diss the constitution President Hage Geingob says the Namibian constitution and laws should be properly understood by all its citizens, and not only exist on paper.

    He was speaking during the closing ceremony of the Swapo Party''s second policy conference last week.

    “When I referred to the constitution as just a paper, I was not trying to devalue its relevance.

    “All that I was saying is that the constitution is written in English and therefore many Namibians have not been able to internalise it. We are trying to rectify this by translating the constitution in all our languages,” Geingob said.

    Geingob made reference to the constitution of the United States of America, which was drafted in 1787, saying until today scholars study it in an attempt to fully understand and internalise it.

    He reiterated that the Namibian constitution is a living document and should be respected.

    Geingob also took a swipe at the president of the official opposition DTA, McHenry Venaani, for asking him to retract his comment made at the opening of the policy conference that the constitution, which he took an oath to defend, was “just a paper”.

    The president used the platform to question Venaani''s contributions to the drafting of the constitution. “Where was Venaani that time? Please do not question my credentials when it comes to democracy,” he said.

    He also invited Namibians who are against the New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF) Bill to propose viable alternatives instead of “hiding behind the laws of the country”.

    “We are serious about this matter. Let us do it together,” Geingob said.

    NEEEF was crafted to promote equitable, inclusive and shared economic development, and to narrow income disparities between the rich and the poor. Under NEEEF, at least 25% of all existing and new businesses must be owned by previously disadvantaged Namibians.

    The conference, described as a “frank and open discourse”, started on Monday to select definite guidelines that will direct and determine present and future decisions of the party.



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    Villagers against oshana saleVillagers against oshana saleBusiness people eye Oshikuku community land A village headwoman in the Omusati Region says she won''t sell her community''s lifeline despite pressure from well-known business people. A number of people at Okaku No. 3 village in the Oshikuku area of the Omusati Region are against the sale of the village''s only oshana, saying that it is the heartbeat of the village and it should not be for sale.

    Sources at the village who spoke to Namibian Sun on condition of anonymity expressed alarm over a rumour that well-known business people are interested in buying the only oshana in the area, which benefits hundreds of villagers when it comes to grazing and trapping floodwater.

    One of them said a number of business people had asked villagers to convince the headwoman of the village, Eveline Nangolo, to sell the oshana, which stretches from the Eesiku neEsiku cuca shops to the Ehafo cuca shops.

    The source said the oshana benefits farmers from Okaku No. 3, as well as Iipumbu, Oshikuku and Oshuungu villages, as thousands of animals graze in the oshana when it''s not full of water.

    The source asked what would happen during the annual Efundja flood if somebody built in the oshana. If the floodwater could not flow into the oshana, it would flood the villages, leaving people homeless, the source said.

    “People must learn to think about others, most importantly about the future generations.

    “Whatever those that are influencing the headwoman were promised by the business people, it is not for the [benefit of the] community but for themselves and it is pure corruption and should not be allowed in our village,” the source said.

    Contacted for comment, Nangolo confirmed that she had been approached by some villagers trying to convince her to sell the land to business people. But she said that would not happen, as it would not be in the interest of the community.

    She said the intermediaries promised that the business people would bring development to the village but she would not approve such initiatives at the expense of the people she serves.

    “When I tell them I have to discuss it with my people before deciding on development projects, they persist and say that I have the power to make the decision but I tell them I only have the power when I talk to my people first,” she said.

    Nangolo said all her decisions are made after consultation with community members at meetings and therefore individuals cannot make her sell land just like that without the people''s input.

    She said the business people never made an effort to communicate with her directly about their plans, and stressed that there was no reason that would convince her to sell that piece of land.

    “I will have to set up a meeting and talk to my people about it but as it stands my people are not in favour of the sale of that land and I have to listen to them. I know we need development in our villages but people should not suffer,” she said.





    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Four die in crash at OmutsegwonimeFour die in crash at Omutsegwonime The Oshikoto police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after four people died in a crash that involved three vehicles at Omustegwonime village between Oshivelo and Tsumeb on Friday.

    According to the regional crime investigation coordinator, Naomi Katjiua, the accident happened just before noon when an Isuzu bakkie with a government registration collided head on with a Mazda station wagon carrying five people.

    The driver of the Isuzu bakkie was Matheus Nakafingo (52).

    Katjiua said the driver of the station wagon, Teofelus Salomo (33) and three passengers died on the spot. One of the deceased was identified as Festus Lukas (51). The only surviving passenger is Petrus Ntinda.

    She said two of the bodies could not be identified as they did not have documents on them.

    Katjiua said the driver of a Quantum bus with 14 passengers swerved to avoid the wreckage and lost control. The bus left the road, hit a tree and burst into flames.

    All the passengers survived, but Tresia Shivute (57) sustained serious injuries. Sakaria Jonathan Mweneni was the driver of the bus.

    The injured were transported to the Omuthiya hospital.



    Unnatural death

    On Saturday afternoon a seven-year-old boy, Tomas Petrus from Engodi Ndanatuwe village in the Oshikoto Region, died after drinking traditional liquor known as Ombike.

    Katjiua said the boy drank from a bottle that was left unattended in the house. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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    Dispute declared over Kommando groundsDispute declared over Kommando groundsThe paramount chief of the OvaHerero, Vekuii Rukoro, says neither central government nor the office of the attorney-general has a say in a private transaction. AG accused of becoming ''prostitute law office'' The Maharero Royal House Traditional Authority has declared a legal dispute with the Okahandja municipality over the sale of Erf 1755 in the Nau-Aib neighbourhood of the town to the OvaHerero Traditional Authority (OTA).

    The Maharero legal representative, Shikale & Associates, wrote a letter to the municipality on 20 October in which it declared the dispute. It argued that the sale to the OTA was “null and void” as it was entered into “unprocedurally”, since it was neither advertised nor approved by the minister of urban and rural development, Sophia Shaningwa. The Maharero therefore concluded that the plot is still the property of the municipality.

    Attorney-General Sacky Shanghala wrote a letter to Shaningwa''s office on 18 October in which he stated that the sale of the plot to the OTA in December 2014 was a “nullity for various reasons”.

    Shanghala said although the erf was currently in possession of the OTA, the OTA had “no right” to remain there and that the Okahandja municipality should immediately take legal action to evict the traditional authority from the plot.

    He suggested that the municipal council place the proposal of eviction on its agenda at the earliest convenient time and “pass a resolution to take the necessary legal steps” to effect the eviction.

    Shaningwa on the same day wrote to the mayor of Okahandja, Johannes Congo Hindjou, to relay Shanghala''s advice.

    Paramount Chief Rukoro said the purchase agreement between the municipality and the OTA for the erf was “transparent, an arm''s length transaction”, which was market related and on commercial terms.

    “The OTA has bought the erf in broad daylight. We have a deed of sale and have the right of occupation. It is unreasonable for the minister to withhold her consent for the transaction and any High Court will find her wanting. The terms and conditions are exactly the same as those under which hundreds of other transactions in Okahandja and other towns took place and which the minister subsequently allowed,” said Rukoro.



    AG meddling in tribal matters

    Taking a swipe at Shanghala, Rukoro said the AG should uphold the law and particularly Article 10 of the Namibian constitution, which prohibits discriminatory and unequal treatment.

    Rukoro said Shanghala''s advice to Shaningwa amounted to interference in a private transaction and, therefore, he was violating the property rights of the OTA as an investor.

    He said neither Shanghala nor Shaningwa gave a single reason why the OTA should be evicted from Erf 1755.

    Rukoro said while the Maharero Royal House acted within its rights to lodge an objection to the sale of the erf to the OTA, the Okahandja municipality also acted within its rights to reject the said objection.

    “When everything is said and done, where does the central government come in?” Rukoro asked, and charged that the AG has become a “prostitute law office”.

    “The Okahandja municipality has its own lawyers and says that the transaction with the OTA was above board. It is clear that the AG is carrying out instructions from some higher office which is hell-bent on bringing President Hage Geingob''s name into disrepute because the case will ultimately end up in court,” said Rukoro.

    He said Shanghala''s “meddling in tribal matters” and “uncalled-for political interference will be found wanting and other skeletons will come out”.

    Asked what he meant by this, Rukoro responded that there was a “third-force element” in government that is determined to create instability in Geingob''s administration while the president is trying to pull the nation in a different direction for peace and inclusivity.

    He said the so-called third force intended to “embarrass the government in defence of a small but politically connected clique”.

    “Let them do what they want to do; justice will prevail,” he said.

    While he would not mention names, he said the so-called destabilising “third force” was well-known and had lost all respect among ordinary Namibians.

    “It is not only me but many from the legal fraternity that are not impressed by the AG''s office in this matter,” said Rukoro, who served as attorney-general from 1995 to

    2000.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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  • 11/06/16--14:00: Opuwo sells sport grounds
  • Opuwo sells sport groundsOpuwo sells sport grounds The Opuwo town council has sold sport grounds developed by the Ministry of Sport to property developer Erastus ''Chicco'' Shapumba on condition that he will build a new sport complex for the town.

    According to a document seen by Namibian Sun, the council''s management committee agreed at a meeting in February 2013 to sell the Opuwo sport complex situated in the centre of the town to Shapumba, who wanted to develop a shopping centre.

    According to the conditions attached to the sale, Shapumba will build a new sport complex behind the OK supermarket.

    According to council sources Shapumba bought the 20 hectares of land for N$1.3 million and paid it in June this year.

    The council''s CEO, Alfons Tjitombo, whose term of office ended last week, refused to provide information on the deal, saying he was not mandated to talk to Namibian Sun.

    “Just stick to your sources, I have no mandate to talk to you, thank you,” he said.

    In June this year, a group of Opuwo community members demonstrated against the deal. They stated in their petition that the council had sold the sport complex without giving people the opportunity to submit objections.

    In response to the petition, Opuwo mayor Albert Tjiuma said the council was investigating the land

    deal.

    When asked when he is going to construct the new sport complex, Shapumba refused to comment and referred all questions to his lawyer.

    “I am very busy. You better ask my lawyer,” Shapumba said before he hung up the phone.

    The council sources also said the Ministry of Sport had not been consulted before the land was sold.

    When asked for comment, ministry spokesperson Aina Shikesho said: “The matter has been taken up with the relevant directorate. However, the director of sport is currently out of office. As soon as he is in the office, the ministry will do its best to provide you with a response.”

    ILENI NANDJATO

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