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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Schoeman ready to reclaim her titleSchoeman ready to reclaim her title SPORT REPORTER

    Desert Dash women’s champion Rene Schoeman has her sights set on retaining her title at this year’s Nedbank competition.

    The gruelling race will take place on 9 December. It starts in Windhoek and riders will make their way through the desert to Swakopmund.

    Schoeman won the women’s solo race in impressive fashion in the 2015 Desert Dash.

    “After my first mountain-bike ride, I haven’t looked back. I’ve loved every minute of it since. There have been multiple city rides that I have done and with the wind in my hair and the sun on my face, I felt free and alive as if I was riding in the countryside.

    “At the start I was really nervous, of everything, every little drop-off, root or rock, but regardless of the fear I felt it was exhilarating and exciting and I found myself with a permanent smile on my face and wanting more,” Schoeman says of her first Desert Dash.

    She believes that the Desert Dash is a race against herself and there are many variables in such a long race.

    Schoeman hopes that she can race this year with no technical problems and get to the finish uninjured.

    Schoeman and her family emigrated to Australia last year and she is eager to return to Namibia to enjoy the hospitality, the challenge and the experience.

    “If I can inspire others to participate, all they need to do is to come prepared and to enjoy the experience, it’s a life-changing one”, she says.

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  • 11/15/16--14:00: Shooting future in limbo
  • Shooting future in limbo Shooting future in limbo NDF bans competitions at military bases The shooting union is disappointed with the treatment it has received from the Namibia Defence Force (NDF). JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

    Namibian Shooting Union president Jurgen Hoffman has revealed that the union cannot stage any events at this stage because the Defence Force has banned it from military premises.

    In the past the union used the shooting range at the Luiperdsvallei army base outside Windhoek.

    However, the union and all its affiliates have been banned by the Namibia Defence Force from entering the premises.

    In an interview yesterday Hoffman said: “There have been so many excuses as to why we are not able to have any activities on that ground anymore.

    “First we were told that the place was closed because of Koevoet threats and for state security.

    “The next time we were told that someone from our union had removed the lock of the premises and left it open, which is not true.”

    Hoffman said the suspension of activities has deprived shooters of events where they could have qualified for the Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics.

    He said they have asked the National Namibia Olympic Committee (NNOC)to look into the matter.

    “We have equipment worth millions in that area and we are getting worried that these things could be damaged in our absence.

    “The Namibian Shooting Union does not want to argue with anyone or have court cases, we just want to know what is going to happen next.

    “We have already lost one shooter who opted to compete for another country because of the situation on the ground.

    “I believe that more people will be discouraged because of the things that are happening.

    “People might have lost their touch by now because it has been three months since they had practice sessions.”

    The shooting union is affiliated to the Namibia Sports Commission and has produced stars like Gaby Ahrens, who represented the country at the 2016 Olympic Games.

    The NNOC president, Abner Xoagub, was out of the country yesterday and could not be reached for comment.

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    WADA suspends Doha test lab for four monthsWADA suspends Doha test lab for four months The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the main Qatar drug testing analysis laboratory in Doha for four months for failing to meet tougher guidelines.

    The suspension, which began on 7 November, prohibits the laboratory from any anti-doping measures, such as analysis of urine or blood samples. Those must now be transported to another WADA-accredited lab.

    A WADA announcement said the lab accreditation was suspended due to stringent new quality assessment procedures.

    The Qatar lab has 21 days from the serving of notice to appeal the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    Details of exactly what areas the Qatar lab failed to measure up were not revealed.

    Speaking yesterday ahead of the Association of National Olympic Committees'' general assembly in Doha, WADA deputy director-general Rob Koehler said the suspension was not to do with foul play.

    “It''s nothing to do with cheating, it''s a procedural issue that we have found that needs to be corrected,” he said.

    “They have been suspended for four months which allows them the time to correct the procedures and get back to analysing samples.”

    The lab can apply for reinstatement earlier than next March if it makes changes to conform, while it could face an extra six months suspended if it fails to improve within four months.

    Another site assessment would be required to reinstate the Doha lab, but it could also uncover other areas that would also need to be addressed before reinstatement.


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  • 11/15/16--14:00: Clippers crush the Nets
  • Clippers crush the NetsClippers crush the NetsLos Angeles Clippers remain consistent After winning five home contests, Los Angeles Clippers manhandled the Brooklyn Nets on Monday. The Los Angeles Clippers have been a juggernaut at home this season, which is why they have the best record in the National Basketball Association.

    The Clippers have won by an average of 25.2 points over their last five home contests, and Monday night was no different as they manhandled the Brooklyn Nets 127-95 at Staples Center arena.

    But despite their success point guard Chris Paul insists he and his teammates are not getting ahead of themselves.

    “Seriously, 10-1 is all good and well, but you guys know and you''ve been around the league, it''s not about right now,” Paul said.

    “I think for us, with some of the heartache we''ve had in the postseason and stuff like that, we expect to do this, no disrespect to anybody.

    “For us, it''s all about the process. Every night it''s about getting better and building.”

    Paul was at his best for three quarters, finishing with 21 points, nine assists and five steals.

    Blake Griffin added 20 points, six rebounds and six assists, while J.J. Redick contributed 18 points for the Clippers, who won their seventh straight.

    Jamal Crawford had 17 points off the bench for Los Angeles. Defensive specialist Luc Mbah a Moute reached double figures for the second game in a row, finishing with 11 points and hitting all five of his field-goal attempts.

    Not only can the Clippers perform offensively but they have the NBA''s top-rated defensive unit.

    “It was definitely our defence,” said Clippers centre DeAndre Jordan, who had a game-high 14 rebounds.

    “We were limiting those guys to one shot. Our defence really has an effect on the offence.

    “If we come out and are not scoring or our shots are not falling, we can still come out and play defence and still get stops. That''s what we did tonight.”

    Brooklyn played without leading scorer Brook Lopez, who rested in order to avoid playing back-to-back games.

    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18 points, and Sean Kilpatrick finished with 14 for the Nets, who fell to 4-6 overall and 1-4 on the road.

    “The Clippers are a great team, a very offensive threat,” Ferrell said.


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    Trump win won't harm LA bid – mayorTrump win won't harm LA bid – mayor Donald Trump''s election as US president will not harm Los Angeles'' chances of winning the right to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, the city''s mayor


    Eric Garcetti was speaking to AFP ahead of the Association of National Olympic Committees'' General Assembly, which begans in Doha yesterday.

    “Our bid transcends politics,” said Garcetti, when asked about the impact of Trump.

    “Everyone knows the LA bid is quintessentially American.”

    He added that the bid had received the backing of Trump and Hillary Clinton during the recent presidential election.

    There has been speculation that Trump''s election victory could harm the chances of Los Angeles.

    His remarks on policy issues during the campaign, especially regarding a potential ban on Muslims going to America and calling illegal Mexican immigrants rapists, could be particularly harmful to Los Angeles'' bid outside the US.

    During the two-day meeting, the three candidate cities for the 2024 games - Budapest, Paris as well as Los Angeles - will give a 30-minute presentation on their bids.

    It will be the first detailed outline of each bid to ANOC members.

    It is not yet known if the Los Angeles bidding team will address the recent presidential election in its presentation.

    More than 1 000 delegates have gathered in Doha for the meeting.

    Paris is seen as the favourite in a close-race for the bid to host the summer games.

    The International Olympic Committee will make its final decision in September.

    Los Angeles previously hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984.

    If it wins, Los Angeles will be the first American city to host the Summer Olympics since Atlanta in 1996.


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    'Embarrassed' Smith urges Aussie changes'Embarrassed' Smith urges Aussie changesSA humble Australia in Test series triumph South Africa emulated the intimidating West Indies sides of the 1980-1990s with three straight series wins in Australia. South Africa demolished Australia by an innings and 80 runs after yet another batting collapse to claim their third successive Test series Down Under Tuesday, plunging the hosts further into crisis.

    The Proteas bowled out the home side for 161 before lunch on the fourth day, rattling through their last eight wickets for 32 in 116 balls, after routing Australia for 85 in the first innings.

    The overpowering victory followed a 177-run win against Steve Smith''s shattered team in the first Perth Test, with South Africa emulating the intimidating West Indies sides of the 1980-1990s with three straight series wins in Australia.

    “I didn''t expect it to happen that quickly, to get eight wickets in one of those sessions and one we will always remember as a team that won us a series,” victorious skipper Faf du Plessis said. “That ranks right up at the top.

    “It is special for us. To win a series 2-0 with one game to play, I am very proud of the way the team is moving forward.”

    The second innings destruction cranked up more pressure on Australian skipper Smith and coach Darren Lehmann and intensified calls for significant team changes for the final day-night Test in Adelaide next week.

    It was Australia''s fifth consecutive Test defeat this year, having also lost all three Tests in Sri Lanka in August.

    “It is not working. Obviously on the back of five losses there is going to be a lot talked about in regards to selection and things like that,” Smith said.

    “We''ve got to start finding a way to turn things around. Whether the ball is seaming or spinning or swinging we don''t have an answer at the moment.

    “We are not resilient enough, we are not digging in enough, we are not having the pride in our wicket ...something has got to change.”

    The Australians fell apart again on Tuesday, losing their last eight wickets with all the apparent weaknesses painfully exposed by potent South African pace bowling.

    Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada led the rampage with Abbott taking six for 77 and young gun Rabada four for 34.

    Once Usman Khawaja was out just 20 minutes into the fourth day, the wickets continued to tumble.

    Khawaja was twice beaten by Abbott''s movement off the pitch before he went for a cut on the last ball of the over and nicked to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for 64.

    It was a body blow for Australian hopes of salvaging a Test which was effectively on day three after Sunday''s play was entirely washed out, and ended a 50-run stand with Smith.

    It brought Adam Voges to the crease under immense pressure to save his faltering Test career after a highest score of 47 in his last 10 innings.

    But Voges'' self-doubt showed when he tried to withdraw from an attempted pull shot only to glide a deflection to JP Duminy in the gully for two after scoring a duck in the first innings.

    Callum Ferguson was the victim of another ugly dismissal, bending to evade Rabada only to glove to Dean Elgar at third slip for one after scoring three in the first innings of his debut Test.

    Wicketkeeper Peter Nevill was the next to go, failing to avoid a Rabada bouncer and gloving to Duminy in the gully for six, while Joe Mennie lasted just two balls before he was leg before to Rabada.

    The Proteas claimed Smith''s prized wicket, caught behind off the rampaging Rabada for 31, after his defiant unbeaten 48 in the first innings shambles.

    Mitchell Starc came to the crease but became Abbott''s fifth victim, caught behind for a duck, with Nathan Lyon the last man out, giving man-of-the-match Abbott his sixth dismissal.


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  • 11/15/16--14:00: Buffett buys aviation shares
  • Buffett buys aviation sharesBuffett buys aviation sharesNot scared off by declining profits Billionaire Warren Buffett is looking to the sky for new acquisitions despite declining airline profits. NAMPA / AP

    Warren Buffett is changing his mind about airlines and buying stakes in several major carriers including American Airlines Group and Delta Air Lines.

    The billionaire investor has famously avoided the volatile sector in the past, although his Berkshire Hathaway does own NetJets, which sells partial ownership interests in business jets.

    Buffett disclosed the new investments, which also include United Continental Holdings, on Monday in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    He purchased 21.8 million shares of American, 6.3 million Delta shares and 4.5 million United shares. The regulatory filing lists his investments as of 30 September.

    In separate statements, Atlanta-based Delta and Fort Worth, Texas-based American both said they welcome the investment.

    The investments were announced the same day Moody''s Investors Service lowered its outlook for the global airline industry to "stable" from "positive." Moody''s said the airline sector''s operating margins and operating profits are expected to decline in the next 12 to 18 months as capacity continues to outstrip demand.

    "For US airlines, a combination of slightly higher fuel costs and higher labour costs at American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Continental Holdings will contribute to a 20% contraction in operating profits over Moody''s outlook horizon," the ratings service said.

    Berkshire Hathaway, based in Omaha, Nebraska, already owns more than 90 subsidiaries, including clothing, furniture and jewellery firms. It also has major investments in such companies as Coca-Cola and Wells Fargo.

    Shares of the three carriers rose at least 2% in after-hours trading.

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    Stay ahead of fraudsters, warns FNB NamibiaStay ahead of fraudsters, warns FNB Namibia FNB Namibia, as a responsible citizen, is proud to create enhanced awareness during the 2016 International Fraud Awareness week which runs from 13 – 19 November.

    Ingrid Kahona-Katjiukua, forensics expert at FNB Namibia, says this week is organised by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, a global effort dedicated to fraud awareness, detection and prevention.

    She adds: “Organisations worldwide lose an estimated 5% of their annual revenue to fraud, according to the 2016 ACFE Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse. This translates to a global average of almost U$ 3 trillion dollars annually.

    “Fraud takes many shapes and forms, such as corporate fraud, consumer fraud, tax fraud, identity theft and many more. As a bank, it is our duty to protect the money that our customers have entrusted to us and we thus wish to create even more awareness this week. Allow us to educate Namibians on three of the most of the most prevalent forms of fraud that we are aware of and faced with regularly.

    “People will receive a call from a person introducing themselves to be an employee of FNB Namibia. The person would advise that you either have an investment that matured or a policy with FNB or any other insurance company and that you are the beneficiary to the policy and it is due for payout.”

    “The fraudster would then advise you that for funds to be released you need to dial a certain code and they guide you through to dial the wallet and or cellphone banking string and ultimately part with your money and or link the fraudster''s cellphone to your account profile which then allows the fraudster to transact on your account uninterrupted,” explained Kahona-Katjiukua.

    “Be aware that no bank will ask you to do a eWallet payment or request you to dial a code *140*392#, for funds to be released, not even for an insurance or life assurance policy. This is unheard of and a scam. If you are called via the telephone and instructed to do a eWallet payment to release funds,” she concluded.

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    SS Nujoma sea trials commenceSS Nujoma sea trials commenceFinishing touches to sampling system Debmarine Namibia’s six mining vessel is expected to be commissioned next month. STAFF REPORTER

    Debmarine Namibia’s new, N$2.3 billion diamond exploration and sampling vessel, the SS Nujoma, left the Port of Cape Town yesterday to start two weeks of sea trials.

    The mining vessel SS Nujoma has been in the Port of Cape Town since arriving from Norway on 20 August, where it was being outfitted with a sampling system.

    The SS Nujoma will ensure sustainable diamond production levels long into the future and has created 140 new direct jobs for Namibians who will operate the vessel.

    The sampling system was built in large modules with a combined mass of 2200 tons, in parallel to the vessel construction in Norway. These modules were lifted onto the vessel using the second-biggest super-lift crane in Southern Africa, with the heaviest module weighing over 220 tons. The project is well ahead of schedule.

    The two weeks of sea trials will test vessel performance with the new sampling system and it will return to the Port of Cape Town for final completion works.

    The SS Nujoma is scheduled to be commissioned next month.

    Debmarine Namibia chief executive officer Otto Shikongo said: “The mv SS Nujoma makes Debmarine Namibia’s operations independent as it is the first sampling vessel owned by the company. Debmarine Namibia has been chartering sampling services from De Beers Marine South Africa and a Namibian service provider. ”

    The De Beers Marine project head, Michael Curtis, remarked: “This unique and technically challenging, global project has been successful thus far in exceeding its objectives. The project team understand how important the project is to our client, Debmarine Namibia, and have been committed from the approval of the project in April 2015 to fast-track the delivery.

    “The project was able to maintain the momentum of the early completion of the vessel and the mission equipment modules, through the integration phase, placing the team in a satisfying position to deliver the project early. The close working relations between the project team and the client have ensured the success of the project to date.”

    The mv SS Nujoma is the sixth vessel of the Debmarine Namibia fleet. Debmarine Namibia currently owns, manages and maintains five diamond-mining vessels, namely the Mafuta, Grand Banks, Debmar Pacific, Debmar Atlantic and the !Gariep.

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    Sanlam's acquisition of Welwitschia completeSanlam's acquisition of Welwitschia complete Capricorn Group and Sanlam Namibia Holdings have successfully concluded a transaction whereby Capricorn Group has sold 100% of its shareholding in Welwitschia Insurance Brokers to Sanlam Namibia Holdings Group Limited.

    “The shareholding of Capricorn Group in Sanlam Namibia Holdings will not be affected by this transaction. Staff members of WIB will all remain in the employment of Welwitschia Insurance Brokers but will henceforth form part of the Sanlam Namibia Holdings group.

    “The transition of our employees at WIB to Sanlam Namibia Holdings was carefully managed and planned so as not to disrupt the service to our valued clients and also considered any potential impact on staff,” said Thinus Prinsloo, managing director of Capricorn Group.

    “I want to assure the clients and stakeholders of WIB that Riaan Louw, acting managing director, and the management team of Welwitschia Insurance Brokers will continue to lead the company with the support of Sanlam Namibia Holdings.

    “The benefits of this transaction to the clients of Welwitschia Insurance Brokers are an improved offering and service to clients, more streamlined processes and increased support,” said Tertius Stears, chief executive officer of Sanlam Namibia Holdings.

    Reflecting on the concluded deal, Prinsloo added: “Capricorn Group is proud of its association with Sanlam Namibia Holdings and look forward to strengthen our bancassurance relationship with this well-diversified financial services group, to the benefit of our mutual clients and stakeholders.

    “I am pleased to confirm that, for the convenience of our clients, WIB will retain their offices in the Bank Windhoek branches and we trust that the excellent client service provided by the WIB team will be even better going forward.”


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    Fabupharm expands product rangeFabupharm expands product rangeMore medicines produced locally Local pharmaceutical company Fabupharm is keen to roll out new products. Bolstered by equity partner EOS Capital, Fabupharm is shifting some of its attention towards the production of additional tablets and capsules.

    This was revealed to Namibian Sun by one of the pharmaceutical company''s senior managers, Fanie Badenhorst.

    The new product range will include cardiovascular, anti-diabetic, antimalarial and anti-inflammatory products.

    Fabupharm has already started work on the expansion of its facility and the registration of the envisaged new products, hoping to be ready by the government''s next tender period in December 2017.

    Said Badenhorst: “We are going to focus on the manufacture of different dosage forms such as capsules, tablets and sachets.”

    He explained that the process would require significant additional capital, financed by selling 35% stake to equity partner EOS Capital.

    “When our new production facility is finalised our production capacity will be 50 000 capsules and 180 000 tablets per hour.”

    He said Fabupharm has until December 2017 to make sure its new solid dosage forms are registered with the Namibian Medicines Regulatory Council.

    Asked whether Fabupharm would supply the additional products to the Ministry of Health, Badenhorst responded cautiously: “There are not exactly any guarantees but we also focus on the private and export markets.”

    Giving an update on Fabupharm''s planned manufacturing of antiretroviral drugs, he added: “It was put on hold following government''s decision to set up a facility of their own. We did not go through with it, pending the final decision by the government.

    “The physical planning of such a facility and sourcing of equipment has already been done. Some of our new equipment can be utilised for the production of ARV products but must be in a separate facility. The government''s project team did meet with us, but we are not sure about their intentions to manufacture antiretroviral drugs.”


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  • 11/15/16--14:00: Slowdown in meat trade
  • Slowdown in meat tradeSlowdown in meat trade Challenging time for farmers, abattoirs A confluence of factors, including the prevailing drought, has caused a decline in animals marketed, slaughtered and auction prices. While the availability of slaughter-ready sheep poses a serious challenge to the slaughtering industry in Namibia, a drop of more than 28% was recorded in the total number of cattle marketed during the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2015, and weaner exports have dropped with 30% due to the stringent import restrictions imposed by South Africa.

    According to an overview of the performance of the meat industry by the Meat Board of Namibia, by September this year a total number of 229 109 head of cattle were marketed in comparison to 320 709 head of cattle marketed last year during the same period.

    This signifies a drop of 28.6%.

    The Meat Board says that South Africa''s revised import requirements remain an obstacle for the Namibian livestock sector while the current drought and the overall water crisis in the country also weighs heavily on the industry.

    It however points out that predictions indicate that above average rainfall might give a more positive outlook on the performance of the sector.

    It says that more rain will lead to the full operation of export abattoirs and increased fodder availability for livestock and this will in turn ensure quality production.

    According to the overview the total number of 229 109 head of cattle that were marketed, 80 439 cattle were slaughtered and 127 397 were live exports.

    Those slaughtered at the B and C class abattoirs totalled 21 273 and represent 9% of the total market share.

    “Cattle producers were unable to export their weaners to preferred South African markets due to costly export legislation. New establishments registered have committed to assist Namibia in resuming exports so that normal levels can be reached over time.”

    The Meat Board says that despite the reduction in live exports of weaners, live exports still take up a bigger portion of the total production and accounts for 56% of the market share.

    It says that a steady decrease can be observed from June to July from 31 837 weaners exported in June to only two weaners in July 2016. A total of 153 weaners were exported in August and 1 114 cattle were exported in September.

    A decrease in the price for weaners was specifically observed in July 2016, decreasing from N$17.06/kg in June to N$15.64/kg in July.

    Despite the prices increasing to 16.68/kg in August, the lowest auction price was recorded at N$14.51/kg.

    Meanwhile from January to September this year a total of 579 501 sheep were marketed. There was a slight decrease of 25.3% from 775 374 sheep marketed in 2015 over the same period. Local slaughtering accounted for 59 % of the total market share with live exports making up 41% of the market share. Out of the total live exports to South Africa from January to September 8 760 sheep were exported under the “too lean too small” export arrangements.

    According to the Meat Board sheep exported under the normal quota were 227 143 units accounting for 96% of the live exports. Opposite thereto stud exports and fat-tail sheep were equivalent to 56 and 700 sheep units respectively.

    The implementation of the South African import conditions on 1 July 2016 had a negative impact on the number of sheep that were exported, with a decrease from 56 881 sheep to 7 588 in July 2016.

    According to the Meat Board there has also been a steady decrease in sheep slaughtering from January to September this year with a more significant decrease being witnessed between August and September. A decrease from 32 586 in August to 23 574 sheep was recorded in September.

    It was also noted that with a nine-month capacity of 297 000, a total of 116 565 sheep were slaughtered at the Mariental abattoir. This represents a 39% capacity utilisation of the abattoir from January to September 2016.

    The Keetmanshoop- and Aranos abattoirs utilised 3% and 24% of their nine-month slaughter capacity respectively. The overall percentage utilisation of the three export abattoirs between January to September remains below the 80% abattoir capacity utilisation. “The availability of slaughter-ready sheep poses a serious challenge to the slaughtering industry in Namibia,” said the overview.


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  • 11/15/16--14:00: Meatco fills Norwegian quota
  • Meatco fills Norwegian quotaMeatco fills Norwegian quota Meatco has managed to fill its Norwegian export quota of 1 600 tons for this year despite the Okapuka feedlot that was closed for eight weeks.

    According to Meatco, the Norwegian is a significant business relationship that Meatco will continue to nurture.

    Meatco said that despite the closure of the feedlot the company managed to fill the quota, which is good news for them, producers and the Namibian industry as a whole.

    The closure of the feedlot has had a major negative impact since the benefits derived from the quota will be absorbed by the losses incurred and will not necessarily benefit Meatco.

    “However, by fulfilling the quota Meatco continues serving niche markets and placing the Nature''s Reserve product range onto shelves that will bring maximum yields for our valued producers,” the company said.

    “By fulfilling the quota we have proven to the Norwegian authorities that we have the capacity and capability to fully utilise the allocated and additional quota in future,” said Cyprianus Khaiseb, executive for sales and marketing.

    Meatco was awarded the remaining 400 tons of the Norway quota by the Meat Board of Namibia on 18 August of this year.

    Through government, the Meat Board had requested Meatco to fill the Norway quota by 31 December so that Namibia can negotiate for a quota increase in future.


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  • 11/15/16--14:00: US-German ties to sour
  • US-German
ties to
sourUS-German ties to sour Conflict expected on migration, climate, trade, Russia Donald Trump''s victory has been a shock for America''s major partners around the world. But perhaps nowhere has the blow been more painful than in Germany, a country that under Angela Merkel has come to see itself as a bastion of openness and tolerance. Donald Trump''s victory has been a shock for America''s major partners around the world. But perhaps nowhere has the blow been more painful than in Germany, a country that under Angela Merkel has come to see itself as a bastion of openness and tolerance.

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    Mugabe’s battle with war vets heats upMugabe’s battle with war vets heats up Zimbabwean War veterans have reportedly told President Robert Mugabe to ditch the Generation 40 (G40), which is largely believed to be allied to his wife Grace, if he wants to work with them again.

    According to NewsDay, the war veterans'' chairperson, Christopher Mutsvangwa said that they would only start working with Mugabe again if he ditched the G40 group.

    The war veterans made a significant break with Mugabe in July for the first time, calling him dictatorial, manipulative and egocentric.

    The former freedom fighters had been a pillar for the 92-year-old leader for decades, always ready to defend the veteran leader and "unleashing violence" on those who opposed the government.

    According to reports the war veterans were believed to be backing Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over from Mugabe when he left office.

    But, the G40 group allegedly led by Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo and Minister of Local Government Saviour Kasukuwere were backing Grace.


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  • 11/15/16--14:00: Kabila to stay
  • Kabila to stayKabila to stay Controversial deal set to retain Kabila as DRC president Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata has resigned to make way for an opposition figure to take his place following a controversial deal that effectively extends the president''s term in office. The DRC government’s decision to delay presidential polls until at least late 2017 was part of a deal agreed to in October by the government and fringe opposition groups that has been boycotted as a sham by the mainstream opposition.

    The deal, which followed a "national dialogue", was aimed at calming soaring political tensions.

    "I have offered my resignation as well as those of the members of my government... to respond to the spirit and the letter of the accord," said Matata as he left a meeting with President Joseph Kabila.

    The opposition has accused Kabila, who has been in office since 2001, of manipulating the electoral system to stay in power after his second term ends on 20 December.

    Kabila will address the situation on Tuesday when he speaks to parliament to discuss "the state of the nation", according to a statement read on state media.

    Vital Kamerhe, who led the fringe opposition bloc that participated in the national dialogue, is the favourite to succeed Matata as prime minister.

    Following a meeting with Kabila, Kamerhe said that the nomination of a new premier was "imminent" and the formation of a new opposition-led government would be complete within a week.

    ''Get on board''

    He added that the opposition groups which boycotted the "national dialogue" could still "get on board at any moment. We are still open".

    The main dissident coalition Rassemblement (Gathering) - which has rallied around veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi - has rejected the deal that followed the "national dialogue" and stepped up its calls for Kabila to leave office by 19 December when his term ends.

    Tshisekedi''s UPDS party said the resignation was meaningless.

    "The UDPS notes the resignation of Mr Matata," said spokesperson Augustin Kabuya, adding that it "will however not resolve the crisis.

    "The Congolese people don''t want a new prime minister to be named but that Mr Kabila quits power" next month, he said.

    The country has been in a state of crisis since disputed elections in 2011 returned Kabila to office for a second term.

    A 2006 constitutional provision limits the presidency to two terms.

    Violent anti-Kabila protests on 19 and 20 September triggered by the political instability claimed 53 lives, according to the UN.

    A UN Security Council delegation in the country has called for a peaceful transition of power following the government''s decision to delay elections.

    Kabila took power in 2001, ten days after the assassination of his father, the then-president, Laurent Kabila.

    Joseph Kabila was first elected to a five-year term as president in 2006. He then won a hotly-disputed election against Tshisekedi in 2011.


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  • 11/15/16--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day PHENOMENA: A birds stands on an antenna as the full moon sets early in Rome. This ''Extra Supermoon'' appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual and this is the closest it''s come to earth since 1948. The moon is 14% closer to earth than its farthest point or apogee, and will not come this close to earth again, until 34 years from now. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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    Sport mess continues unabatedSport mess continues unabated It is clear that the sport ministry has failed to show leadership in the ongoing crisis that has bedevilled the sporting sector.

    The Jerry Ekandjo-led ministry has been unable to assert its authority over a number of issues plaguing sports in this country.

    In an earlier interview with Namibian Sun, deputy sports minister Agnes Tjongarero didn''t mince her words when she boldly stated that Namibian sports needed committed and serious administrators.

    “A good administrator will always have some minutes, discussion and having things in order and the sports commission is supposed to sit and say to these federations that we need their reports. We need to have annual reports and do not want weekly things, but it can be done once you have got committed and dedicated people who are serious about the issue,” she was quoted as saying.

    As a former sports administrator herself, Tjongagero knows exactly that many officials are inept and out of their depth when it comes to successfully running sports affair. But that is all just talk. There is little action on the part of our leaders in holding sports officials accountable, and mind you, this has nothing to do with interference.

    What the honourable minister also failed to add is that many people get into sport administration for personal gain rather than to help uplift the standard of sports.

    If one looks at the bickering at the Namibia Sports Commission and the infighting between officials in boxing, rugby and soccer, amongst others, there is a huge premium placed on ''fighting the man'' and settling old scores among officials. Officials spend more time on non-issues and petty personal fights instead of developing the sport.

    Our leaders must crack the whip and take drastic action against sport codes that are failing sportsmen and –women.

    If they don''t take these officials to task, then their pronouncements on poor sport administration should be dismissed as a mere bark without a bite.

    The time of handling officials with kid gloves is over now.

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  • 11/15/16--14:00: CRAN reviews spectrum fees
  • CRAN reviews spectrum feesCRAN reviews spectrum fees The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) recently hosted a public hearing to introduce new regulations on spectrum fees.

    Stakeholders such as telecommunication service providers, broadcasters, maritime, aeronautical and amateur licensees were afforded an opportunity to provide their input.

    Speaking at the public hearing, CRAN chief executive officer Festus Mbandeka said the current spectrum fees had not been reviewed since 2007.

    He said CRAN wanted to ensure that charges are easy to understand and practical. It also wanted to minimise collection costs. Upon finalisation, the proposed fees will come into force on 1 January 2018.

    Spectrum pricing, through frequency-user fees, is one of the tools through which CRAN aims to efficiently manage and maximise the economic benefit from the use of spectrum in Namibia. The main aim is to achieve both optimum spectrum occupancy and effective frequency utilisation.

    CRAN is mandated in terms of section 99 of the Communications Act to regulate the full scope of activities related to spectrum management.

    There are various spectrum licence types, which include the following: amateur services, maritime services, aeronautical services, various types of satellite services, mobile services, fixed services, land mobile services, broadcasting services, and radio communications systems.


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  • 11/15/16--14:00: Newcastle controls intensify
  • Newcastle controls intensifyNewcastle controls intensify No birds or eggs in or out of the Newcastle disease in the north of Namibia has killed 4 000 birds and the ministry has intensified control measures. The ministry of agriculture has announced a ban on the movement of live birds and hatching of eggs from countries outside Namibia and an immediate withdrawal of all import permits issued prior to the ban.

    The stricter restrictions come in the wake of intensified control on the movement of live birds following the outbreak of Newcastle disease in the Northern Communal Areas.

    The ministry announced yesterday that the movement of live birds and the hatching of eggs from countries outside Namibia, as well as regions south of the veterinary cordon fence into affected regions, have been banned with immediate effect. The ministry stressed that strict control measures have already been implemented following the outbreak that has killed over 4 000 chickens.

    According to the ministry, the outbreak is still confined to the four regions of Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikoto and no new cases have been reported outside these regions.

    The ministry said that all movement of live birds, uncooked eggs, and feathers within, from and into Omusati, Ohangwena and Oshikoto are still banned.

    Live birds include chickens, ducks, ostriches, guinea fowl, caged birds, pigeons and doves.

    Chicken feed originating from establishments where live chickens are kept is also included in the quarantine.

    The ministry however said that the movement of birds into infected areas may be allowed under a veterinary permit if the birds are fully vaccinated.

    This means that they should be vaccinated three times against Newcastle disease.

    Furthermore, the ban on the movement of live birds, frozen poultry meat, uncooked eggs and feathers from neighbouring countries that border the affected northern regions of Namibia also remain in place. The ministry said that the movement of frozen poultry meat may only be allowed provided that the relevant veterinary documents are present.

    However, frozen poultry meat from the infected areas is not allowed.

    Inspections are being conducted at roadblocks within the affected areas. There are also regular patrols along the international borders.

    Commercial poultry or bird farmers have been urged to vaccinate their birds against the disease.

    The public is advised not to eat any poultry or birds that have died from the disease, or any other disease.

    Such carcasses must be destroyed by burning.

    Newcastle disease is a highly infectious viral disease of birds.

    It is characterised by diarrhoea, bowing of heads, swollen head and wattles, paralysis and twisting of the neck, sneezing, coughing, gasping and nasal discharge.


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