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  • 11/22/16--14:00: Grazing dispute turns ugly
  • Grazing dispute turns uglyGrazing dispute turns ugly22 charged for vandalising farm in Oshikoto Emotions are running high in the Oshikoto Region, where Oshikwanyama-speaking and Oshindonga-speaking farmers are competing for scarce grazing. ILENI NANDJATO

    A shortage of grazing has turned into a tribal dispute in the Oshikoto Region, leading to the arrest of 22 community members for vandalism.

    Both the Ondonga senior headman for the Onalusheshete district, Eino Shondili, and the Oshikoto regional councillor for the Nehale lyaMpingana Constituency, Leevi Shiningombwa, have confirmed that a lack of grazing sparked a tribal dispute in the area.

    Shiningombwa told Namibian Sun that Oshikwanyama-speaking farmers are being targeted and forced to leave their grazing areas.

    Their farms are being vandalised, grazing on their farms has been burnt and they have also reported being threatened with physical harm.

    The conflict came to light when 22 villagers from Elavi No. 2 in Onalusheshete district of the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) appeared in the Tsumeb Magistrate’s Court two weeks ago.

    They were arrested for allegedly vandalising a farm belonging to the Oshikwanyama-speaking Jonas Shiningeni to have a farm among the Aandonga near their village.

    When Namibian Sun visited the area near Omangetti last week, it was informed that in the 1980s, the OTA reserved Onalusheshete district as a grazing area.

    Whoever wanted farms was allocated communal land.

    The tracts of land issued then were large and now with the scarcity of grazing, the Aandonga are claiming their land from the Aakwanyama.

    Many were forced out and those who remained behind are allegedly still being victimised.

    “It has been reported to me that Oshikwanyama-speaking people are being victimised by the Aandonga. Grazing on their farms is being burned down or their fences are being cut to make life difficult for them. Recently people of Elavi No. 2 were arrested after vandalising a farm belonging to an Oshikwanyama-speaking owner,” Shiningombwa said.

    Shiningeni told Namibian Sun that in the 1980s, together with other farmers who are still in the area, they were allocated land by the OTA to set up communal farms.

    Like others, he fenced off his portion but the fence was removed by members of the community in 2005 after he was labelled a “foreigner”.

    “It is a big loss for me. Every time I buy new fencing material and people vandalise it. Currently, the community destroyed four to five kilometres of the fence. I just travelled from Windhoek to see what happened and I am not happy with it,” Shiningeni said.

    Oshikoto police spokesperson Stephan Nuuyi confirmed that 22 people from Elavi No. 2 appeared in the Tsumeb Magistrate’s Court on 15 November on charges of malicious damage to property.

    According to Nuuyi, the people started vandalising the fence in the presence of the police.

    “When community members threatened to remove this fence, the OTA sent us to that area to engage the community members not to take the law into their own hands because the fence is legally there. The owner had been authorised by the OTA to set up his farm.

    “While we were busy engaging them, these people just walked out of our meeting and started vandalising the fence. We were left with no other option but to arrest them,” Nuuyi said.

    Headman Shondili said when that fence and others belonging to non-Aandonga farmers were vandalised in 2005 the perpetrators were summoned by Ondonga King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas.

    “I am urging people of Ondonga not to be tribalistic. Ondonga belongs to everybody and we are even having non-Aandonga people heading villages. Let us respect one another. Whoever has a problem with another person must take up the case with the leadership of Ondonga,” Shondili urged.

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    Namibia in denial about prison sexNamibia in denial about prison sex JEMIMA BEUKES

    Namibia must acknowledge that sex is taking place in prisons and amend the old apartheid sodomy law in order to allow correctional authorities to distribute condoms in the country’s prisons.

    This was the plea of health minister Bernard Haufiku, who said he was prepared to help safety and security minister Charles Namoloh to prepare and table a law to address the issue.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the ''UNAIDS Get on the Fast-Track: The Life Cycle Approach to HIV'' launch in Windhoek yesterday, Haufiku emphasised that HIV transmission in Namibian prisons was a reality and remained a grave concern.

    The report states that for men who have sex with men, new infections rose by about 12% from 2010 to an estimated 235 000 new infections in 2015.

    According to Haufiku Namibia can no longer be in denial about what is happening in its prisons.

    “We want to end the HIV epidemic; there is no doubt that there is transmission going on there. And the danger there is that these people are incarcerated and one day they will be out of prison and integrated back into their communities and it will be a problem if we do not arrest the problem there,” he urged.

    In Namibia sodomy is considered a punishable crime under the Combating of Immoral Practices Act 21 of 1980, but is a common-law crime under the Roman-Dutch legal system that the country inherited at independence. The courts have not yet declared the Act or the section on sodomy unconstitutional.

    In August this year, justice minister Albert Kawana said there was no way same-sex marriages could be allowed based on Article 14 (1) of the Namibian Constitution. The article stipulates that “men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, creed or social or economic status, shall have the right to marry and to find a family.”

    Ombudsman John Walters said he hoped the government would endorse Haufiku’s stance, distribute condoms in prison and decriminalise sodomy.

    “This is the most welcome statement from a government officer and I am happy that I am not a lone voice. If people want to engage in sexual activity let it be their choice, but let us at least give them protection,” said Walters.

    UNAIDS country coordinator Dr Tharcisse Barihuta said for the country to end Aids as a public threat, it will have to make sure every person, including those in prisons, has access to testing facilities and treatment.

    A civil society report on Namibia’s compliance with the UN Convention Against Torture with regard to the rights of sexual minorities also calls on the Namibian government to abolish the common-law crime of sodomy.

    The report states that the government has continued to deny access to condoms in prisons for “fear of promoting immoral practices” like sodomy.

    The report that was reviewed for the 59th session of the Committee Against Torture states that transgender women are often placed in men’s jail cells, which puts them at a high risk of sexual assault.

    The civil society report also states that medical personnel are understaffed in prisons, resulting in medical assistance not being consistently available within the facilities on a 24-hour basis.

    Attempts to obtain comment from the minister of safety and security, Charles Namoloh, failed.

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    Uushona's redemption fight is onUushona's redemption fight is onEverything in place for Salute - Mwandingi The Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board has given Salute Boxing the green light to host a title fight. The Salute Boxing Academy will be hosting a tournament in Windhoek on 3 December.

    Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board vice-chairman Philip Mwandingi said Salute managed to pass the test. “We went through a process and there where many shortcomings but all that has been solved.”

    He said medicals were the main concern but that has been sorted out.

    “The issue of the contracts between the boxers, promoters have been signed by boxers, and with the funding issue, Salute has deposited the required fees in the control board''s account and have been given a green sheet.”

    He maintained that they do not foresee anything that will prevent the tournament from going ahead.

    Salute''s vice-chairman Linus Indongo also promised the nation that the fight is on as scheduled.

    “We can confirm that the fight is on and it is the first of its kind in Windhoek since we launched because we were busy in the regions.

    “The bout is on as promised and we believe that we have met all the requirements of the control board,” he said.

    Lukas Ndafoluma, who will feature in the supporting bout of the IBO Middleweight All Africa title, said he was ready for the fight.

    “I am super fit and have never been like this before so come and witness the best of the best as I am not going to let anyone spoil it for me, not even my opponent, so I am going to shine,” he said.

    The main bout of the evening will be between Bethuel ''Tyson'' Uushona and Rafal Jackiewicz for the WBF Welterweight world title.

    Uushona''s opponent is expected to arrive in Windhoek on 28 December.

    Tickets for the fight are being sold countrywide, and at all Airtime kiosks in Windhoek. General tickets cost N$100, VIP N$500 and table for ten N$20 000.


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    Rugby prospects look good – WaccaRugby prospects look good – Wacca Former senior national rugby team lock Wacca Kazombiaze believes that Namibian rugby is finally taking a bigger step towards achieving great things.

    Kazombiaze feels the fact that the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) has brought in international expertise is a sign that the union is trying harder to improve the game.

    Welsh and Irish internationals have been in Namibia for the past two weeks, working on improving various aspects of the game.

    “I believe that credit has to be given to the rugby union for bringing in people that have so much expertise.

    “Phil Davies is a remarkable coach and I trust that many Namibians are going to learn so much from this guy and his coaching team.

    “Under Davies, Namibia has also played very beautiful rugby which we have not seen in recent years,” Kazombiaze says.

    The former player says he has seen the love the Welshman has shown towards Namibia since coming here.

    “The fact that these guys are so passionate about the country will help us in different aspects as far as developing rugby is concerned.

    “All that they will need is the support from the rugby fraternity and I can assure you that things will be great for the country.”

    Kazombiaze, who is the City of Windhoek''s sport and recreation officer, warns rugby clubs against prohibiting their players from taking part in the rugby union''s development plans.

    He feels that is something that will have implications for the future of Namibian rugby players.

    “There have been always concerned groups in rugby, but I honestly feel that they should consider the future of the players rather than settling scores.

    “This is a time when the players must actually gain more knowledge because of the expertise which is on the ground,” Kazombiaze says.


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    Indongo knockout a December bonusIndongo knockout a December bonusTobias camp prepared Julius ''Blue Machine'' Indongo is ready to bring the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) super lightweight belts home. Namibian boxer Julius ''Blue Machine'' Indongo feels that a knockout in his next title fight will be a bonus for him and his camp.

    The WBO Africa super lightweight champion is leaving for Russia on Sunday to fight Eduard Troyanovsky for the IBO and IBF super lightweight world titles on 3 December.

    Speaking at a press conference in Windhoek yesterday, Indongo said he was more than prepared to face the Russian in his own backyard.

    “As a boxer, we prepare for a fight over 12 rounds and a knockout is something which will be a bonus for me.

    “I have been sparring with the likes of Paulus ''Hitman'' Moses, who has fought for a world title before.

    “Therefore, my confidence is very high given the level of my fitness and determination to win the world title,” Indongo said.

    It will be the Namibian''s first professional fight outside the country since turning professional in 2009.

    The boxer said he would not be intimidated by the fact that he is fighting away from home, given that he had fought in 15 countries during his amateur days. Indongo will travel to Russia with a record of 20 wins in 20 fights, with 10 knockouts to his name.

    The ''Blue Machine'' will go against a man with a record of 25 fights, of which he won 25, with 22 knockouts.

    Promoter and trainer Nestor Tobias admitted that the fight won''t be easy.

    “The guy he is going to fight is not easy, but Indongo is a fighter with a wealth of experience. We are travelling to Russia with the aim to win the title.

    “Indongo is rated third in the world by the WBO and is in the top 15 overall, which makes him a great boxer.

    “We have prepared him for 12 rounds but a knockout will be great for us, if it does happen,” Tobias said.


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    Mogane not in support of acting appointmentMogane not in support of acting appointment Former Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chief administrator Rusten Mogane says he does not believe it is a good decision to appoint a commissioner as acting chief administrator.

    Mogane was speaking in response to the recent appointment of Peter Wilson, who became a commissioner in June, as acting chief administrator for two months.

    “When you look at governance in general at any institution, there must be segregation between the administration and the commissioners so if there is an overlap or interference it can cause a lot of conflict in that institution.

    “So I don''t believe it is a healthy situation that a commissioner should act while there are management members who can do the work,” he said.

    He pointed out that having a commissioner acting in that position is a conflict of interest.

    “A commissioner oversees the administration and if you now have one acting as chief administrator I don''t believe that it is a good practice and think that it is a conflict of interest.

    “You have management members who can act or they could have even asked someone from the ministry to act while they are sorting out whatever they want to sort out so as a person who was there I don''t think it is a very good sound management principle that a commissioner should act,” he said.

    In the meantime, Sports Commission chairperson Joel Matheus has explained that Wilson will not be serving as a commissioner for the two months that he''s acting as chief administrator.

    Wilson is set to assume that duty on Monday next week.

    Matheus said Wilson will be allowed to sit in on the commissioners'' meetings during the two months.

    “He will be allowed to sit in our meetings, not as a commissioner but in his capacity as the acting chief administrator and will not be entitled to any sitting fees,” he said.

    The position of chief administrator has been vacant since 2013, when Mogane left.

    Three people have since acted in that position, including Walter Haseb who was removed to take up his former position of finance and administration manager.

    Harald Fülle and Sivhute Katamba acted as chief administrators before Haseb.


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    I'm no cheat, says du PlessisI'm no cheat, says du Plessis Lorgat alleges tha tball-tampering is not new Faf du Plessis has been found guilty of ball-tampering and fined his entire match fee from the second test against Australia in Hobart. South Africa cricket captain Faf du Plessis yesterday insisted he wasn''t a cheat and warned cricket authorities had opened a ''can of worms'' after he was found guilty of ball-tampering in controversial circumstances.

    Du Plessis was fined his match fee on Tuesday after being caught on camera sucking a mint and rubbing saliva into the ball during last week''s second Test against Australia in Hobart.

    But Du Plessis, who won backing from leading figures including Australian captain Steve Smith, said he didn''t think he had done anything wrong.

    “I still completely disagree with that (decision),” Du Plessis told reporters in Adelaide. “I feel like I''ve done nothing wrong... it''s not like I was trying to cheat or anything.

    “For me [ball-tampering] is picking the ball, scratching the ball. Shining the ball, I think all cricketers would say, is not in the same place.”

    Du Plessis argued the science was unclear about the effects of rubbing sweetened saliva on a ball, and said it was impossible to police such a rule given the drinks, sweets and chewing gum players use on-field.

    Previous ball-tampering cases have involved the use of dirt, fingernails and beer-bottle tops to rough up the ball and alter its flight in the air. “I just think it opened up a can of worms with what''s going to happen now going forward with the game,” Du Plessis said. “Something like this needed to happen to create a bit more awareness around it.”

    He added: “Obviously the ICC has taken a stance against me, to use me as a scapegoat now. But all I can ask for is that everyone gets treated the same.”

    It is the second time Du Plessis has been fined for ball-tampering, after he was docked 50% of his match fee in 2013 for scuffing the ball on the zip of his trousers in the second test against Pakistan.

    However, Du Plessis escaped a ban at Tuesday''s hearing and is free to lead the Proteas on Thursday in the third test against Australia in Adelaide.

    Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said he would raise Du Plessis''s case with the International Cricket Council and ask for greater clarity in the rules.

    “It''s not something new. But it''s something that needs to be looked at,” he said.

    “We will pick this up with the ICC. I understand the cricket committee had already earmarked this particular discussion at their next meeting in May next year,” added Lorgat.

    Australia skipper Smith also voiced his support for his opposite number, saying: “I think every team around the world shines the cricket ball.

    “I''ve seen Faf''s comments and look, from my point of view, and I make it very clear, that we haven''t come out and said anything about Faf or about how he was shining the ball or anything like that,” Smith said.

    “We, along with every other team around the world, shine the ball the same way.”

    Du Plessis joked that the incident had taken “shine” off South Africa''s achievement in thrashing Australia in the opening two tests, leaving the hosts on the brink of their first-ever home whitewash.

    With Australia plunged into crisis, chief selector Rod Marsh quit and they will go into today''s day-night test with five changes to their team, including three debutants.

    “When you think of Australian cricket teams of past, to see the changes now, that brings pleasure to see what we''re doing,” Du Plessis said.

    He said he would continue to shine the pink ball which will be used in this week''s day-night test - but that he would be careful about sucking mints.

    “Probably just for bad breath now, not for shining the ball anymore,” Du Plessis quipped. “Possibly for this one game I maybe need to stay away from mints.”


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    Real Madrid Foundation to launch football clinicsReal Madrid Foundation to launch football clinics The Real Madrid Foundation and the Swakopmund Dome will launch football clinics in Namibia next month.

    The first clinic will take place at The Dome in Swakopmund from 10 December for coaches and then 12 to 16 December for children.

    A maximum of 30 coaches and 200 children will be allowed to benefit from the foundation''s knowledge.

    The five-day clinics are set to train young players in U-9, U-11, U-13 and U-15, as well as mentor local coaches.

    Professional coaches selected by the Real Madrid Foundation and Real Madrid''s youth academy headquarters in Madrid, Spain, will be conducting the clinics.

    The objective of the clinic is to export the values of Real Madrid by teaching the methodology used in the club''s youth academy. In return, part of the revenue from the clinics will go to support social charity activity projects by the Real Madrid Foundation in Swakopmund.

    Real Madrid Foundation project manager for Africa and the Middle East Iñigo Arenillase explained that the objective of the foundation is “to be nearer to those who need it the most in order to build a fairer world, using sport to transmit values.”

    “Real Madrid has more than 114 years of history and during all this time they have received love and affection from the fans, which has allowed us to be who we are today, the most important club in football.

    “We are currently developing programmes in 73 countries, with 419 socio-sporting programmes and almost 50 000 people benefitting,” he said.

    The head of new projects at Real Madrid Andrés Muntaner said, “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of Real Madrid''s Foundation clinics here in Swakopmund.

    “We believe that it''s important young people appreciate the values and self-discipline that football teaches all of us. It''s the perfect sport to instil team-building and respect from an early age.”


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    Prophets of doom anticipate downgradeProphets of doom anticipate downgrade SA may become ''junk'' for investors A Bloomberg survey among leading South African economists suggests that a credit downgrade is inevitable. South Africa''s political turmoil and weakening economy will come under the harsh spotlight of international credit ratings from this week amid predictions the country could lose its investment-level status.

    Moody''s will release its updated grading on Friday, before Standard & Poor issues its key announcement a week later on 2 December. S&P currently has South Africa rated at the lowest investment grade, and a downgrade would put the country''s bonds into so-called ''junk'' status. Moody''s currently rates it one level higher than S&P.

    Any downgrade would trigger a further crisis of confidence among investors who have become increasingly wary of South Africa''s economic prospects under President Jacob Zuma. The country has endured a year of political scandals and falling economic growth, set against record unemployment and huge social inequality more than two decades after the end of apartheid.

    The outcome of the ratings reviews is uncertain, but more than half of 12 economists surveyed by Bloomberg said the S&P would downgrade South Africa to junk.

    Peter Montalto, Nomura bank analyst, however said S&P could freeze its rating until next year, while Moody''s might cut it by one notch. “The agencies may want to see the outcome of the budget in February for specifics on revenue changes and also where growth is at the time,” he said.

    “Many policy makers have been talking up the chances of ratings staying on hold in recent days.”

    A rating downgrade could trigger a bout of bond selling by foreign investors. Some investment funds have rules that allow them to only hold bonds that have investment-grade ratings. A downgrade would also likely fuel fierce criticism of Zuma''s leadership. South Africa''s struggle to retain its investment-grade status has been at the centre of a political battle in recent months.

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who is widely feted by investors, has appeared to have only a fragile hold on his job in a clash with Zuma.

    Gordhan was due to appear in court earlier this month on graft charges that many analysts saw as an attempt by Zuma loyalists to oust him. The charges were dropped at the last minute, exposing deep tensions in the ruling ANC party as several ministers came out in his support. Gordhan was appointed only last year to calm panicked investors when Zuma sacked two finance ministers within four days.

    South Africa on Monday unveiled the proposed figure for its first minimum wage, N$3 500 a month, in a move that could improve labour relations.

    Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the issue was raised in meetings with the Fitch rating agency, which is also expected to issue its latest credit grading within two to three weeks. “They wanted to know what progress we are making and they wanted to hear about the minimum wage,” Ramaphosa said. “By and large we had a good meeting.”

    But South Africa''s dire economic situation was underlined on Tuesday with the release of figures showing the unemployment rate had risen to its highest in 13 years, at 27.1%.

    Growth is projected to slow to just 0.5% this year.

    “I don''t think... that we are seeing enough being done,” Christie Viljoen, an economist at KPMG in Cape Town, told Bloomberg. “It might be enough at the moment to avoid an immediate downgrade... but if it is avoided in December, it''s going to happen next year.”


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  • 11/23/16--14:00: Stop queuing, start clicking
  • Stop queuing, start clickingStop queuing, start clicking STAFF REPORTER

    In line with their How Can We Help You approach, FNB has introduced e-helpers at their busy branches, employees who are tasked specifically with checking with customers their reasons for choosing to come into a branch, rather than opting for self-service via electronic options.

    When customers realise that queuing is no longer necessary, because they can manage their banking needs electronically and outside of a branch, pure relief and smiles become the liberated order of the day.

    Try FNB online banking, fnbna.mobi, cellphone banking, download the FNB banking app and make use of the newly introduced FNB automatic deposit-taking teller machines to do your cash deposits any time of the day or night, for the most cost-effective way to keep your money in your account as a saving and not have it disappear to an unnecessary expense.

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  • 11/23/16--14:00: SA experts share insights
  • SA experts share insightsSA experts share insightsSpecialists share expertise at PPP conference Two South Africans with extensive experience of public-private partnerships will speak at a conference in Windhoek today. STAFF REPORTER

    Having facilitated numerous public-private-partnership initiatives across the continent, South African experts John Gibbs of PricewaterhouseCoopers and David Humphrey of Standard Bank will share their insights into making public-private partnerships successful at the first ever PPP conference today.

    Humphrey joined Standard Bank in October 2009, and is the global sector head for power & infrastructure, client coverage. He is responsible for developing the bank’s involvement in the growth of this core sector in Africa, and helping clients expand their activities into or within Africa. Humphrey has had a career in asset-based project finance deals in Europe and Africa, and has specialised in rail and telecoms. He has recently been involved in projects in Mozambique, Congo and Sierra Leone.

    Humphrey was formerly employed at the Strategic Rail Authority and then Babcock & Brown in the UK, specialising in rail finance. He was involved in many of the major projects in the late 1990s and 2000s, including the West and East Coast Main Line developments in the UK, and investment in the rolling stock market in Europe, including the purchase of Angel Trains from RBS in 2008. David holds a MA in History from Merton College, Oxford University.

    Gibbs is an advisory partner based in Johannesburg where he has particular responsibility for PwC’s infrastructure & finance business across Africa with a focus on project finance and public-sector procurement.

    In his 25-year career in infrastructure Gibbs has worked for public-and private-sector clients across the globe. He has particular experience of applying PPP techniques to complex multi-service contracting environments including waste management, power and utilities, and health services. As a lead financial adviser, Gibbs has played a central role in the design, tendering and successful negotiation of a significant number of major PPP transactions.

    Gibbs has worked extensively in southern and eastern Africa and is currently one of the lead advisers to the Department of Energy in South Africa on the Renewable Energy IPP programme, now in its fifth round of competitive capacity allocation. He is also advising the government of Sierra Leone on a major hydropower project, the government of Kenya on the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway PPP and the provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal on health and accommodation PPPs.

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  • 11/23/16--14:00: Rebar foundry takes shape
  • Rebar foundry takes shapeRebar foundry takes shape Deal with South Koreans sealed Work on constructing the first foundry plant is progressing well according to its developers, Otavi Rebar manufacturing. Plans to set up the first foundry plant are progressing well and ready for implementation, according to developers Otavi Rebar and Steel. The plant will be integrated into the envisaged Rebar manufacturing plant in Otavi. Initial capacity is anticipated at 60 tonnes per month and its developers are confident the operation will be successful grabbing 20% of the existing market share.

    Namibian Sun spoke to project coordinators, André Neethling and Sakkie Kaulinge. The duo revealed that discussions had been held and that the foundry project was ready for implementation. “We have had several discussions with relevant stakeholder following the feasibility study in August 2015 and we are ready to go.”

    Said the duo: “However, what is important is that the foundry project will be incorporated into the steel project at Otavi, as the size of the furnace, in this case 70 tonnes, is a critical factor in operating a large foundry productively to serve Namibia and neighbouring countries. Serious discussions have taken place in this regard.

    “The modalities and structures of integration and cooperation will be finalised between the different stakeholders in due course. We have been informed that a used foundry plant is available in one of the Balkan states. This opportunity will be assessed by the project team.”

    In a motivation published in an investor handbook that was available to delegates that attended the Invest in Namibia International conference, Otavi Rebar said: “There is significant market potential and interest to warrant the establishment of a foundry facility. There is currently no foundry industry and imports of products relevant to castings are estimated at N$740 million per annum. More than sufficient scrap metal is generated locally to support a medium-sized foundry operation.”

    Regarding Otavi Rebar and Manufacturing, both Neethling and Kaulinge stated that the deal with MK Steel had been closed.

    “We had serious discussions with our partner, MK International from South Korea in the months leading up to the conference and managed to finalise all the outstanding matters to allow us to close the deal. We utilised the conference to discuss the project with several business and related entities that will be required for the successful implementation of the steel manufacturing project in Otavi. This is a joint venture between Otavi Rebar and MK international, based in South Korea.”


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    Don’t compromise on qualityDon’t compromise on quality Construction companies should not compromise on quality despite the challenges they face, the deputy minister of industrialisation, trade and SME development Piet van der Walt has said.

    Van der Walt said the government is aware of challenges like the current water shortage and the suspension of government tenders due to the national budget cuts, and is working hard towards minimising these problems.

    He made these remarks during the signing of a cooperation agreement by the Namibian Standards Institution and the Construction Industries Federation of Namibia (CIF) in Windhoek on Tuesday.

    The cooperation agreement enables NSI to advise CIF members on applicable standards for relevant industry sectors.

    The NSI will also offer training to CIF members on the importance and application of standards, as well as provide discounts on certification fees for CIF members on all marks of conformity during the member’s first year of application.

    “This cooperation agreement between the NSI and CIF speaks to the ideals of the Harambee Prosperity Plan where institutions work together for a common goal, raising awareness on application of standards in the construction industry for safety of consumers and the protection of environment,” Van der Walt said.

    Also speaking at the event was NSI CEO Chie Wasserfall, who emphasised the importance of adopting regional and international standards, saying that they make the industry more efficient and effective.

    “They solve problems and provide solutions in all stages of the construction development process. They also provide construction industry stakeholders with the information they need to compete in the global market,” she said.


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    No worries about Trump
– Dalai LamaNo worries about Trump – Dalai Lama Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Wednesday he has “no worries” about Donald Trump''s election as US president and expects the businessman will align his policies with global realities.

    Commenting at the conclusion of a four-day visit to Mongolia, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism says he looks forward to seeing Trump at some point following the 20 January inauguration. It was not immediately clear if a meeting between the two has been planned. Such meetings usually draw China''s ire.

    The 81-year-old monk said he has always regarded the US as the leader of the “free world” and wasn''t concerned about remarks made by Trump during the election campaign. Some of those comments have been cited as offensive to Muslims, Hispanics and other US minority groups.

    “I feel during the election, the candidate has more freedom to express. Now once they (are) elected, having the responsibility, then they have to carry their cooperation, their work, according (to) reality,” he told reporters. “So I have no worries.”

    China accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking to split Tibet from China and had demanded Mongolia scrap his visit. Mongolia''s fragile economy is heavily dependent on China, and the countries are in discussions on a US$1.2 billion Chinese loan to help pull it out of a recession.

    In his comments, the Dalai Lama said his visit to the landlocked, primarily Buddhist, nation had no political purpose and said he had not publicly advocated independence for Tibet since 1974.

    The Dalai Lama has long called for Tibet to remain under Chinese rule, but with greater political participation by Tibetans and stronger protections for its traditional Buddhist culture.

    China says Tibet has been part of its territory for centuries, although many Tibetans say they were effectively an independent country for much of that time.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Trump in a phone call and the country''s state media has welcomed his election as harkening a less confrontational policy toward China. Those outlets have also applauded Trump''s announcement that he would abandon a US-led free trade agreement in Asia that had excluded China.

    However, Trump has also accused Beijing of unfair trade practices and pledged to bulk-up the US military, leaving questions as to his ultimate approach to relations with the world''s second-largest economy.


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  • 11/23/16--14:00: 'Hyaena' gets two years
  • 'Hyaena' gets two years'Hyaena' gets two years Parents paid him to have sex with their daughters A Malawian man, who is HIV-positive and was paid to have sex with young girls in ''cleansing rituals'' was sentenced to two years'' imprisonment. An HIV-positive Malawian man who said he had sex with at least 100 girls and women in traditional cleansing rituals was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail for “harmful practices”.

    Eric Aniva, 45, was prosecuted on the orders of President Peter Mutharika after publicly speaking about his role as a “hyaena” in a BBC radio documentary earlier this year.

    “I convict you to serve 24 months'' imprisonment,” judge Innocent Nebi told Aniva in a packed courtroom in the remote southern district of Nsanje.

    In the first case of its kind, Aniva was found guilty on two charges on Friday after a one-day trial.

    Custom in some parts of southern Malawi demands that a man, known as a “hyaena”, is paid to have sex with bereaved widows to exorcise evil spirits and to prevent other deaths occurring.

    At the request of a girl''s parents, the “hyaena” is also paid to have sex with adolescent girls to mark their passage to womanhood after their first menstruation.

    Aniva, who pleaded not guilty, told AFP immediately after the sentence: “I am disappointed because I thought I would be given a suspended sentence.”

    The charges, brought under the gender equality act, involved sex with bereaved widows as none of the younger girls would testify.

    International outcry

    The ritual, which many Malawians say is rarely practised today, is believed to also train girls to become good wives and protect them from disease or misfortune that could fall on their families.

    “The convict had no regard to the feelings of widows, no regard to dignity of women and it is even doubtful that condoms were used,” the judge said. “Such a culture has no place in Malawi.”

    After an international outcry over the documentary, President Mutharika ordered Aniva''s arrest in July.

    “This case represents the reality on the ground and is a breakthrough because the law has taken its course,” Charles Mazenga, deputy director in the gender and children ministry, told AFP.

    He said Malawi had “passed a big test” and he hoped the punishment on Aniva “would help put sexual cleansing to its end.”

    Malawi is one of the worst HIV-affected countries in the world, with 27,000 deaths from Aids-related illnesses and nine percent of the adult population infected with the virus.

    Aniva faced a maximum five-year jail term, and his lawyers said they would launch an appeal.

    “This is a miscarriage of justice,” said lawyer Michael Chipeta. “There were a lot of errors made in the conviction and sentencing.”

    Aniva had told the BBC that he had slept with at least 104 women and girls, some as young as 12, in a ritual that lasts three days.

    He said each family paid him a fee of between US$4 and US$7.

    “As a country we have a lot of work to do in raising awareness on HIV and Aids prevention and its impact,” Maziko Matemba, director of the Health and Rights Education Program non-profit group, told AFP.

    “The sentencing has opened a new chapter.”

    But, outside the court, local farmer Ganizani Ngololombe, 38, told AFP that the ritual of sexual cleansing by “hyaenas” would not be easily stopped “because it is deeply rooted here”.


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  • 11/23/16--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day TOUGH JOB: A man cleans the glasses of the vault of the Mexican stock exchange building in Mexico City. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 11/23/16--14:00: Whose child is it anyway?
  • Whose child is it anyway?Whose child is it anyway? It is high time we discard for good, the oppressive cultural values that contradict the human rights gospel our government preaches at home and abroad.

    It is saddening to learn that the child registration policy tramples on those very rights our government has pledged to uphold in regional and international human rights treaties and conventions on birth registration. According to the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF), Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child specifies that every child has a right to be registered at birth without any discrimination.

    UNICEF further says birth registration, as the official record of a child''s birth by the government, establishes the existence of the child under law and provides the foundation to safeguard many of the child''s civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

    But, the revelation of obstacles that women are encountering in this country to register children are grossly violating these very rights. What is disturbing is the cultural requirement to have the father present in order for the child to be issued with a birth certificate.

    Especially where fathers who are not able to be physically present have given their identity documents to the mothers of their children, yet home affairs officials insist on their physical presence.

    What a counterproductive requirement! With so many cases of absentee fathers, it is ironic that home affairs officials are asking for the fathers of these children, whom the children have in some cases never seen. While paternity test results are corruptly falsified, policies surrounding the issue of birth certificates nevertheless demand the presence of the fathers.

    We disagree that women must discuss the registration of children of absentee fathers with the family of the father.

    If the men duck and dive after impregnating the mother of the child, why can''t the child have the mother''s name? After all it is the woman who carry the pregnancy so, whose child is it anyway?

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    Love triangle murder trial set for 2017Love triangle murder trial set for 2017 The trial of a Gobabis woman who allegedly connived with her lover to kill her husband in August 2013, will begin in the High Court here in June 2017.

    The 45-year-old Rachel Rittmann is charged in the matter alongside her alleged lover, Ryno Ricardo du Preez, 32.

    The two accused made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Wednesday during a pre-trial case management review, when they were informed the trial of their alleged murder case will start on 19 June 2017.

    The trial is set down to run until 15 September 2017 as per agreement reached by prosecution representative, deputy prosecutor-general Advocate Antonia Verhoef and the accused''s State-funded defence lawyers Boris Isaaks and Hipura Ujaha in court.

    However, the duo was ordered to return to the High Court again on 24 May 2017 for a final pre-trial conference of case management review in respect of their matter.

    The two face one count of murder each, amongst other charges in respect of the death of Rudolf Rittmann, 35.

    According to the indictment, the Rittmann couple had marital problems that would often lead to temporary separation stints during 2012 and 2013.

    It is suspected the two accused plotted Rudolf''s murder and worked together to that effect.

    The motive of the murder was apparently to cash in on inheritance.

    It is alleged that on 23 August 2013, Rachel fed her husband unidentified tablets through a drink, which caused her husband to become drowsy.

    She then called in Du Preez, who was waiting nearby, apparently to kill Rudolf.

    The police suspect Rudolf was stabbed 20 times with a sharp object, presumably a knife, while he lay in a state of confusion in his bed.

    The two accused then allegedly loaded his body into his car and drove it up to the Kapps Farm area, east of Windhoek and a few kilometres from the police check point, where the car was found burnt.

    They apparently set the vehicle on fire in an effort to cover their tracks.

    In addition to the murder charge, the duo each face a count of defeating or obstructing the course of justice and a count of violating a body by setting it alight.

    They also face a count of malicious damage to property.

    Rachel is being held at the Klein Windhoek Police Station, while Du Preez is at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility''s holding cells.


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    Nehale lyaMpingana San without papersNehale lyaMpingana San without papersAllege that voters'' cards were issued without documents Disgruntled San people in Nehale lyaMpingana constituency in the Oshikoto Region are blaming the government for contributing to their impoverished life. The San people in the Nehale lyaMpingana consituency claim that while it is easy for them to acquire voters'' cards, it is very difficult for them to get national documents and without them, hundreds of pensioners and children cannot get social grants meant for the elderly and children.

    Constituency councillor Leevi Shiningombwa confirmed that hundreds of San people in his constituency are not benefiting from government social grants because they do not have national identity documents. The situation, Shiningombwa said, has forced the San people into severe poverty.

    Shiningombwa made the revelation to home affairs and immigration deputy minister, Erastus Uutoni who was inspecting the mobile birth registration campaign in Nehale lyaMpingana constituency last week. Shiningombwa lauded the ministry for rolling out a mobile birth registration and national identity documents exercise in his constituency saying many people in the area do not have identity documents because the issuing offices are in towns, far away from the people.

    “These people have to travel about 100 km to register for national documents in Tsumeb, or about 300 km to Omuthiya or over 200 km to Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region. These people are already poor. Who will give them transport money to travel all that distance? It is a good thing that the ministry decided to bring these services to us,” Shiningombwa said in appreciation of the mobile service.

    Currently, there are only two national document issuing points in Oshikoto Region in Tsumeb and Omuthiya, and a birth registration point at Onandjokwe hospital.

    Shiningombwa further said without the national documents, many people in his constituency are not benefiting from the poverty eradication programmes rolled out or planned by the government. According to some members of the San community, the voters'' registration process was smooth and the cards were issued without national identity cards required.

    “Senior citizens are not getting their N$1 100 monthly pension grants and orphans and vulnerable children are not getting their N$500 monthly social grant. My office has made several efforts for these people to get documents, but it is very difficult. Children were born by parents without documents, while elders require people to represent them when they swear that they are indeed Namibians,” he said.

    Shiningombwa also told Namibian Sun that San people do not even get sufficient food aid from the government. “They are only getting tinned fish and cooking oil. What are they eating them with?” he asked in awe.

    Uutoni announced during his tour, that the home affairs ministry has approved the establishment of new offices in the Oshikoto Region''s remote areas of Eengodi, Okankolo, Tsintsabis, Omuntele, Emanya, Oshana shaNgwali, Omboto, Ekonghola, Ongudi, Olukupa, Ohahati, Omnyekadi, Oshongwe and Okoloti, as soon as funds are available.

    Nine officials from the ministry and two members of the Namibian police are in Nehale lyaMpingana until 30 November, issuing national documents and registering births. Responding to concerns raised by Shiningombwa, Uutoni said the exercise should have included officials from the poverty eradication, and gender and child welfare ministries.

    “What I heard from the councillor is a lot and it means that officials from ministries of gender and poverty eradication are supposed to be part of this operation. I am going to tell them about this because we need to be together in this operation,” said Utoni.

    Civil registration deputy director for the north and western regions, Simeon Nghipandwa said according to an assessment that was done in October this year by the ministry, in Nehale lyaMpingana, they are expecting to issue over 200 people in need of national documents during their stay in the constituency.


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    Single buyer model under reviewSingle buyer model under review The single buyer model that allows only NamPower to sell electricity to regional electricity distributors, mines and large transmission users is set to come under review.

    This was announced by the energy minister at the Invest in Namibia International Conference recently.

    Minister Obeth Kandjoze used the same opportunity to announce that many energy policies were subject to come under review while the White Paper on Energy of 1998 would also be reviewed. Work on the electricity bill, and energy regulatory authority bills are expected to be completed by March 2017 while work on the gas bill was expected to come to completion in December 2017, Kandjoze announced at the conference.

    More significantly however, was Kandjoze''s indication that the single buyer model would itself also come under review. Currently, the single buyer model makes provision for only NamPower to buy electricity from existing independent power producers. “To accommodate the ever-changing environment, a modified single buyer model is being discussed to allow independent power producers to sell directly to off-takers other than the single buyer.”

    Continued Kandjoze: “While the Electricity Bill of 2016 lays the groundwork for an updated market model, the impacts of the proposed model remain uncertain, especially with regard to its economic and institutional implications. The electricity market model therefore, requires additional work before it is ready for implementation. The process of reviewing and updating the market model will be finalised by the last quarter of 2017.

    The National Integrated Resource Plan Kandjoze said, was expected to be presented to Cabinet before the end of the year. The resource plan he explained, set the planning parametres for the electricity generation capacity for the next 20 years.


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