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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 11/23/16--14:00: Seize the opportunity
  • Seize the opportunitySeize the opportunityHaukongo urges youth to be innovative The third consortium launched in the north through the Affirmative Repositioning movement, is inspiring youth to create their own jobs and wealth. An initiative of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) to establish business groupings in all 14 regions to give impetus to overcoming economic and social challenges has led to the launching of the Omusati Business Consortium.

    Speaking at the launch held recently, Nathaniel Haukongo, a business consultant and the coordinator for the small business development centre at the University of Namibia, urged young people to find opportunities and see solutions in challenges they face.

    “A real entrepreneur is the one who does not see problems, but the one who sees opportunities. Many businesses were registered, but owners are only talking about challenges and not opportunities. If you have a viable business plan it will open any door on which you knock,” Haukongo said.

    He told the youth that a business person that only sees problems will not go anywhere no matter how great the business idea is.

    “Before starting a business you need to formulate a proper business plan, conduct economic research and have a monitoring strategy. Then you develop a consolidated strategic plan for all the other documents. Fragments of ideas will not take you anywhere,” he advised.

    The Omusati Business Consortium 103 (Pty) Limited in Oshikuku is another branch of the AR movement''s youth empowering projects. Haukongo added that from past experiences as a business consultant, many people rush to register companies but they do nothing after acquiring business registration documents.

    Praising the AR consortium idea, Haukongo hailed the project as a way of rescuing the youth from the social challenges they encounter. He said this can only be achieved if the youth involved in consortiums take marketing and economic research seriously and venture into economically viable business ventures. “Money will never be a challenge or a problem if you have a viable and marketable business plan.”

    Youth activist Job Amupanda told trustees and founders of the consortium to make use of Chinese business research.

    “Chinese people listen to what people in the community need and then they attend to those problems. Let us start thinking creatively and start solving our own problems on our own,” Amupanda said.

    He also said the concept of establishing business consortiums in all the regions was inspired by the honest goal of assisting young entrepreneurs to have access to business opportunities through collective capacities.

    Consortiums will incorporate entrepreneurs who are able to assist one another in realising their economic freedom through various projects and tenders from the government.

    “This is a collective capacity which will generate more opportunities. Consortiums have the capacity which will directly benefit the youth entrepreneurs and others who will benefit in terms of employment. Let us be creative and know what our community needs are,” Amupanda urged.

    Consortium 103 has 11 trustees and Josef Alweendo is the chairperson. Oshana already launched their Consortium 101 in January this year followed by 102 in Ohangwena.


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    Onamavo villagers allege witchcraftOnamavo villagers allege witchcraft Some residents of Onamavo in the Oshana Region have accused three men of harvesting elderly women''s body parts for witchcraft.

    Last month, a 76-year-old woman died in the village and her relatives claim that her nose, lips and genitals were cut off.

    The police, however, say an autopsy showed that all of the woman''s body parts were intact.

    Rauna Shikongo''s body was found in front of one of her kitchen huts at the village in the Ompundja Constituency on 2 November.

    Shikongo''s daughter, Julia Erastus, told Nampa on 9 November in the presence of other relatives that her mother''s body parts had been removed.

    “We believe the missing parts have been removed for witchcraft,” she said.

    The deceased''s mentally ill grandson lived with her. He told his relatives three men entered their homestead on 31 October.

    He further alleged that the men attacked his grandmother.

    “My mother was healthy so we are shocked by her death. We are even thinking of leaving this village as we fear for our lives,” Erastus said.

    Shikongo''s relatives and other Onamavo villagers, as well as people living in Nguwantale, Etilahi and Uupeke insist that the three men are targeting elderly women, although there is little evidence of this.

    Villagers have become so paranoid that children from the local school, Enguwantale Combined School, on their way home last Wednesday ran away when an unfamiliar car approached them.

    Police said they were not aware of elderly women being targeted for witchcraft. Approached for comment last Tuesday, Sergeant Frieda Shikole of the police public relations unit in the Oshana Region said an autopsy was carried out and none of Shikongo''s body parts were missing.

    She said an inquest had been opened in connection with Shikongo''s death.

    Also approached was Reinhold Iita, the spokesperson of the Uukwambi Traditional Authority, under which Onamavo village falls. He said the traditional authority does not deal with witchcraft allegations.

    “We unfortunately have no ability to resolve such cases,” Iita said, adding that they advise communities to report such matters to the police.

    He said this is mainly because such cases are difficult to prove. In cases where someone is accused of poisoning another person, Iita said, they also refer relatives to the police.

    Shikongo was buried at the village on Tuesday.


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    Shifeta takes issue with Chief ArnoldShifeta takes issue with Chief Arnold The minister of environment and tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, has expressed the hope that the !Kung traditional authority and the Na‡aJaqna conservancy committee will bury the hatchet and work together for the common goal of improving the lives of their communities.

    Shifeta was responding to a public spat between Chief Glony Arnold of the !Kung traditional authority and members of the N‡aJaqna conservancy committee over land use in the Tsumkwe West area and about who has a say over resources.

    Arnold had lashed out particularly at senior councillor Sarah Zungu, former chairperson of the conservancy committee, and claimed that the conservancy committee had no say over land allocations.

    Arnold also claimed that the conservancy office did not have a right to enlist the assistance of the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) in its High Court challenge over alleged land invasions and questionable land allocations.

    She also lashed out at Shifeta who had commented on steps “outsiders” ought to have taken to be legally settled in the area.

    Shifeta contended that some individuals had illegally settled in the conservancy area without permission from relevant authorities such as the Otjozondjupa Communal Land Board and the Ministry of Land Reform.

    These illegal settlers, he reiterated, had put up illegal structures, fences and brought their livestock into the conservation area.

    Shifeta said the conservancy committee had therefore raised a legitimate concern over the illegal settlers. He said it is only after the conservancy felt that its concern was not addressed in time by the communal land board that it brought the matter to the High Court, which led to an eviction order against 22 illegal settlers.

    “It should be clarified that the conservancy has indeed no powers in the allocation of land but their interest in the allocation of land is about the impact which such allocation can cause to the management and use of natural resources, in this case wildlife and plant products,” Shifeta said.

    He said the ministry''s sentiments expressed previously were directed at the illegal settlers and any other person who intends to settle in the conservancy.

    Shifeta added that the !Kung authority is represented on the conservancy committee and all its decisions and activities should thus be shared by the traditional authority.

    He said his ministry would similarly continue to work with the two bodies in the management of wildlife and benefits.

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  • 11/23/16--14:00: Bonus row at TransNamib
  • Bonus row at TransNamibBonus row at TransNamibCash-strapped parastatal can''t pay bonuses TransNamib workers are up in arms after they were informed that there will be no customary Christmas bonuses this year. Workers at the rail parastatal threatened to down tools after they were informed that the company will not pay them their customary year-end bonuses.

    An internal memo sent out to employees on Tuesday stated that November salaries would be paid late too.

    However, that was resolved yesterday after the board and management held an emergency meeting and the company promised to pay the workers tomorrow.

    TransNamib employees normally receive their salaries on the 25th of each month.

    The cash-strapped company will not be in a position to pay bonuses this week due to a precarious financial situation, but might do so at a later stage, Namibian Sun understands.

    Irate workers yesterday complained that they had already made holiday plans and were looking forward to receiving their year-end bonuses. “You cannot come and notify me today, two days before payday, that I won''t be getting paid,” said a worker who requested anonymity.

    “We want them to have an emergency meeting right now with all affected entities so that they can rectify the issue,” he said.

    An official from the TransNamib human resources department, Carsia Husselmann, said they had received communication from the board indicating that the company won''t be able to honour bonus payments this week.

    The same email also informed all employees to meet outside the company''s headquarters for an information session yesterday.

    “We confirmed that we are getting paid on Friday but we won''t get our bonus and they cannot guarantee us whether the bonus will be paid or not,” she said.

    TransNamib workers have signed up for a package that guarantees a year-end bonus.

    Another employee said they would go on strike if the company did not give them a satisfactory response about their bonus.

    “We are giving them 24 hours or else the trains will stop and it will be a loss for the company,” she said. She added that the company experienced a similar strike a year ago and the production loss amounted to millions.

    “There was a strike that lasted four days and the company lost up to N$2 million. The company had to bribe their drivers to stop the strike,” she said.

    The employees further accused the board and management of mismanaging the company funds.

    Simon Gariseb, 75, who has worked for TransNamib for the past 39 years, said he was disappointed by the board.

    “I''m heartbroken, the company mafias are eating our money,” he said. Karl Fisch, a fuel attendant, also expressed his frustration at the board for not paying them their


    “Even if they have to cut their salaries they must pay our bonus,” said Fisch.

    Attempts to reach board chairperson Paul Smit and acting CEO Hippy Tjivikua were unsuccessful.


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  • 11/23/16--14:00: NDP5 draft due this month
  • NDP5 draft due this monthNDP5 draft due this month The logistics sector is putting the final touches to its contribution to the fifth National Development Plan. This is according to the director of transport regulation in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Cedric Limbo.

    The transport sector''s importance is coming under review yet again in the fifth National Development Plan.

    “Under NDP4, the idea was that the transport sector would have a key impact on other sectors not mentioned in the development plan. NDP5 will behave in the same way,” Limbo says.

    “Some sectors did not really fully participate in realising the goals of the fourth National Development Plan. There will be deliberate action to force you to participate. This is a national development plan, we need to adhere to it.

    “The government will take a deliberate action to tell you to look at our corridor routes,” he adds, suggesting that transport corridors are under-utilised.

    “We are already in the fifth National Development Plan. We will adopt the same approach we had with the fourth development plan. There will be bold and aggressive decisions taken. We want to increase the implementation rate [of our projects].”

    According to him, Namibia needs to look at alternatives to road transport.

    “If we do not look at rail, it will have a knock-on effect on our roads,” he says.

    Limbo says President Hage Geingob wants to have the development plan ready by March 2017.

    “The final draft is due in November. The president wants to do the launch by March 2017. Come hell or high water, we need to finish it.”


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    Whites must surrender ‘stolen property’Whites must surrender ‘stolen property’Swanu wants to stop reparations talks Swanu’s Usutuaije Maamberua believes all white Namibians “unduly benefited” from the spoils of genocide and must surrender their property. JEMIMA BEUKES

    Swanu president Usutuaije Maamberua has called on the Namibian government to immediately suspend the genocide reparation negotiations with Germany, saying they undermine the affected parties.

    Maamberua also demanded that the government explain how it could negotiate on reparations when Germany had failed to officially apologise for the atrocities committed during the 1904-1908 Nama and OvaHerero genocide.

    “An apology will determine reparations and inform the form of restitution. How can reparations be negotiated without an apology? In other words, it is only when we have agreed that the aggressor have apologised that we can negotiate. How do we know what the Germans will apologise for?” he asked.

    According to him, an apology and reparations must be done separately and not in one process as the situation is currently.

    “It is also expected that an unconditional apology be offered through a German parliamentary resolution as was the case with the apology for the Jews after the holocaust. It is also expected that the apology be delivered to Namibia by preferably the German chancellor or president as a way to express its remorse,” he urged.


    Maamberua further said the local white community, who have “unduly benefited” from the spoils of genocide, must also be part of the restitution process.

    “What was taken from us was the land, assets and many other things and these things are here in Namibia under the possession of some of our white compatriots. They must be engaged to determine what is going to come from them – they have to surrender,” he said.

    According to him, the pre-imposed genocide land grab by white people cannot be legitimised by apartheid laws.

    “Stolen goods are stolen goods, no one is entitled to stolen property, and there is no law that allows the acquisition of stolen property. Therefore, they must come to the table so that they can discuss what they will surrender,” Maamberua said.


    Maamberua urged the government to change the land resettlement policy so that only those communities who lost land during colonialism benefit. He further urged the government to give special priority to poor people who have no land.

    “We want government to be realistic and stop resettling those who can afford to buy farms. This practice is unfair and creates tension,” he said.

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  • 11/23/16--14:00: MP threatens to grab land
  • MP threatens to grab landMP threatens to grab land JEMIMA BEUKES

    Opposition parliamentarians have criticised sections of the Land Bill and threatened to grab land if the issue is not addressed urgently. The bill is being debated in the National Assembly and this week opposition MPs called for the withdrawal of the bill to allow for more consultations.

    RDP MP Agnes Limbo said she would be the first to grab land if the government does not address the land delivery process, which she called “questionable”.

    Limbo said she applied for land more than 20 years ago but has received no response. She alleged that all her documents have disappeared.

    Another RDP MP, Mike Kavekotora, asked the lands minister how the bill in its current form intends to address the issue of dispossession in a way that “makes historical sense”.

    At the time of going to print yesterday, there was no immediate confirmation whether the bill has been withdrawn or not.

    Namibian Sun understands that a withdrawal is on the cards.

    The Nangof Working Group on Land Reform said in a statement that all future legislation related to land reform must be put on hold until the holding of a second national land conference.

    ‘Lip service’

    RDP’s Kavekotora also argued that the use of the word “dispossession” in the bill, without any further indication how it will be addressed, is nothing but lip service from the government.

    “To do justice, the bill should start by identifying and acknowledging those whose land was taken away at gunpoint, in the same that the government identified the veterans and deemed it necessary for them to receive veteran status,” he said.

    Swanu president Usutuaije Maamberua said the bill is riddled with inconsistencies and does not address ancestral land or the plight of descendants of genocide victims.

    According to him, the government has failed these communities because it does not explain in the bill what mechanism or plans are in place that will address dispossession of land.

    “It also does not talk about ancestral land. There is no way you can address land if you are not addressing ancestral land. Not every community lost land. Ancestral land is central to the land question,” he said.

    Nudo’s Meundju Jahanika said the Land Bill is long overdue but pointed out that a land bill which does not recognise that the Nama and OvaHerero were dispossessed is not correct.

    “The bill must make provision for Namas and OvaHerero to reclaim their ancestral land because they know where their forefathers and mothers used to live, as most farm names south of Oshivelo to the south are either in Otjiherero or in the Nama language. In Namibia you cannot talk about land without talking about the OvaHerero and Nama genocide,” he said.

    Although welcoming the bill as an important piece of legislation, Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) MP Salmon Fleermuys warned that violence could erupt if the land issue is not addressed urgently.

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    Unclaimed bodies still at morgue Unclaimed bodies still at morgue No progress after four months Staff at the police mortuary in Windhoek are despondent about the red tape holding up the cremation of unclaimed bodies that are overwhelming the refrigeration equipment. JANA-MARI SMITH

    The number of bodies at the Windhoek police morgue remains the same, four months after a public appeal was made to help identify and bury unclaimed bodies.

    This week the unit commander, Deputy Commissioner Jooste Mbandeka, confirmed that the cremation of 76 unclaimed bodies, with the help of the health ministry, is likely to start shortly.

    He said although the public appeals earlier this year resulted in some bodies being claimed, new unclaimed bodies have been added.

    Staff at the morgue this week expressed mounting frustration about the fact that not much has changed in the past few months.

    A staff member said the solution would be to implement clear procedures for unclaimed bodies and provide a budget for cremations or burials.

    “When a body has been here a certain time, then we could go to the budget for unclaimed bodies instead of running around every time, and saying we have unclaimed bodies and no one comes to help.

    “We don’t know even who to blame and who to ask for help. We don’t know who is supposed to be in charge of unclaimed bodies. So no one can really be blamed for this.”

    In July, it was reported that the police morgue was overwhelmed with 180 bodies in a cold-storage unit designed to hold a maximum of 30 bodies.

    Some bodies were stored in the health ministry’s storage unit nearby.

    The high body count caused delays in the performing of post-mortems.

    There was concern about the health risks posed by slowly decomposing bodies in an overloaded refrigerator.

    This week, the morgue confirmed that it was holding 173 bodies, 78 of which were unclaimed. In July, the total number of bodies stood at 184 at one point.

    “Until these unclaimed bodies are removed, the situation will continue to become worse,” a morgue staff member told Namibian Sun. He added that the overpowering odour of the unit was unbearable, and made worse by hot summer weather.

    He said some staff had complained of falling ill because of the conditions at the morgue. He said the conditions made some fear they “might be in danger” while working at the morgue.

    One of the main factors contributing to the problem is the fact that the police do not have a budget for burying or cremating unclaimed bodies.

    In July, the police confirmed that discussions were under way with the attorney-general and the Ministry of Finance, in order to request that N$5 million be made available to the police to cover cremation expenses.

    At the time, Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said the police would also look into the relevant legislation to find a solution to the problem.

    Ndeitunga said he could not yet give further comment on the matter. Attempts to contact the head of the National Forensic Science Institute, Dr Paul Ludik, to enquire about the budget were unsuccessful.

    Mbandeka, head of the Namibian Police’s forensic pathology unit, said 76 unclaimed bodies would be cremated soon.

    “The process of cremation did not yet start, but everything is almost in place now. We are likely to start very soon,” he said.

    Mbandeka could not say whether progress had been made with talks about a regular budget for cremations.

    He added, however, that there will always be unclaimed bodies and in the past, when regular cremations or burials of these bodies were conducted, the average number was 20 a year.

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    Chinese national bust with 18 rhino hornsChinese national bust with 18 rhino horns A Chinese national who departed Hosea Kutako International Airport bound for Johannesburg this morning at 06:40, was bust with 18 rhino horns in his luggage at Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. He was bound for Hong Kong. At this stage, it is not known whether the horns originate from Namibia although experts say it is highly likely as he departed from Windhoek. The horns were in a sealed and wrapped suitcase. He is in custody in Johannesburg and investigations continue.

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    Moses slams 'low-class' boxing titlesMoses slams 'low-class' boxing titles Boxing trainer Immanuel ''Imms'' Moses says he is sad that some boxing promoters are lowering the level of boxing in the country.

    Moses expressed concern over the growing rate at which Namibian boxers are fighting for “low-class” titles.

    He warned that it could have a negative impact on the growth of boxing if people continue to fight for shoddy boxing titles.

    “The MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy has done its best to get boxing to the level where it is now.

    “However, there are boxing promoters who continue to bring boxing down by making their fighters battle for cheap international and world titles,” Moses said.

    He believes the only authentic boxing associations are the International Boxing Federation (IBF), International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and the World Boxing Association.

    According to Moses, other associations make themselves guilty of shady deals.

    “The fact that a boxer who lost three times in a row is able to fight for a world title is something which I regard strange.

    “One has to fight for the world title when you are in the top fifteen of an organisation or when you are a mandatory challenger and not just because you are a boxer.

    “Some people will call us haters, but we are just here to protect the interest of boxers and Namibian boxing as a whole.

    “I seriously do not care what the people will say about me, because if people are not able turn a blind eye to these things, boxing will return to a level where it was about 20 years ago,” he said.

    Moses has worked with Namibia''s top promoter, Nestor Tobias, for over ten years and has trained African and world champions like his own brother Paulus Moses, Paulus Ambunda and Immanuel Naidjala.


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    NFA expects arbitration successNFA expects arbitration successLabour battle going to the wire The Namibia Football Association (NFA) and Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU) are both prepared to appeal against the verdict of the arbitrator at the labour commissioner''s office. The Namibia Football Association has expressed confidence that the arbitration decision in a case between them and NAFPU will swing in their favour today.

    NAFPU dragged the football association to the labour commissioner for refusing to recognise the players'' union.

    NAFPU also accused the NFA of having failed to establish a players'' status committee and a dispute resolution chamber.

    Therefore, NAFPU demanded that the NFA meet its request or face legal consequences.

    Arbitrator Nicholas Mouers will have to decide whether to dismiss the case or allow NAFPU to continue with the case.

    NFA and NAFPU will be given a chance to appeal within 30 days if they feel that the arbitrator''s decision was biased and not made on the facts presented by both parties.

    NFA president Frans Mbidi and his secretary-general have been representing the NFA, while Olsen Kahiriri has represented NAFPU in the arbitration procedure.

    Mbidi said: “I believe that we do have a strong case here because none of the players NAFPU is representing are known by the association.

    “Things went well last week and I am confident that they will go well today because we are not here to be shoved around by an outsider.

    “However everything that comes out of the decision will be in the best interest of the country''s football.”

    NFA has been arguing that the players represented by NAFPU are not employed by the NFA, but by their clubs.

    The NFA further claimed that NAFPU was not an authentic players'' representative and aimed to cause havoc in the sport.

    NAFPU''s Kahiriri, on the other hand, feels that they have presented enough facts for the case to swing in their favour.

    In an interview yesterday, Kahiriri said: “We expect a fair and unbiased verdict because we believe in the proficiencies of arbitrator Mouers.

    “I do believe that the NFA did not give any concrete arguments on why this case should not continue at the labour commissioner.

    “If the decision is not in our favour, we are also going to appeal until our voices and the voices of the players have been heard in court.”


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    Amateur boxing bonanza at OtjiwarongoAmateur boxing bonanza at Otjiwarongo Amateur boxers from Otjiwarongo, Outjo, Ondangwa and Eenhana are expected to trade punches at Otjiwarongo on 3 December.

    The event, which will take place at the community hall at Etambi, will be hosted by the Otjiwarongo Amateur Boxing Academy.

    The chairperson of the academy, Onesmus Kalipi, on Tuesday told Nampa that the purpose of the event was to promote boxing in rural areas and encourage young people to start boxing.

    “Everything has been organised for this event and we are prepared to host a total of 44 young boxers from four boxing clubs,” he said.

    Kalipi said 12 young boxers from Otjiwarongo, another 12 from Outjo, 10 from Eenhana and 10 more from Ondangwa will participate in the bonanza. The boxers are between 18 and 27 years old.

    Entrance is free as the event is sponsored by the former CEO of the Otjiwarongo municipality, Manfred /Uxamb, and his family.

    Kalipi urged businesspeople in Otjiwarongo to support boxing and other sports.


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  • 11/24/16--14:00: NAFPU upsets Pirates
  • NAFPU upsets PiratesNAFPU upsets PiratesKahiriri wants Pirates miserable – Auchamb Orlando Pirates football club has paid almost 50% of the money it owes its players. FNB Orlando Pirates chairman Axab Auchamb says he does not understand why the Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU) is still pushing for players'' payment even after the club signed a settlement agreement with the players.

    Olrando Pirates had lost a labour court case against eight players whom it had owed money.

    The club was given ten days to settle the N$122 000 payment. The club was also ordered to pay the applicants'' legal fees.

    The club was represented in court by Auchamb, while the eight players were represented by NAFPU.

    Players Union secretary-general Olsen Kahiriri this week showed Namibian Sun a letter to the sheriff from the labour commissioner office.

    “You are hereby directed to attach and take into execution goods of Orlando Pirates, the above-mentioned respondent of Erf 4551, Dollar Street, Khomasdal, to be put on public auction to the sum of N$122 000,” the letter reads.

    However, according to Auchamb the club has already paid the eight players.

    “We all know that football in this country does not have money and therefore we had to gather money to pay some of the funds we owed to the players.

    “The players agreed that they will wait for the remaining money and this was signed on paper.

    “I actually do not know what Kahiriri still wants from us even after everything we have tried to do. He wants us down maybe.

    “He even came to us asking for the N$2 000 which was the extra charges we were ordered to pay by the labour court,” Auchamb said in an interview.

    He said he refused to pay the N$2 000.

    Auchamb said he was organising a meeting with the labour commissioner, NAFPU and the eight players to settle the dust that Kahiriri has been creating on social media.

    Kahiriri maintained that he has nothing against the club or individuals.

    “Our aim is to make sure that the players are fully paid and are happy with what NAFPU has done for them.

    “We are not here to make anyone look bad, nor are we here to create any havoc,” Kahiriri said.


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    McNair's injury a real shame, says MoyesMcNair's injury a real shame, says Moyes Paddy McNair''s season-ending knee injury is a “real shame” as the defender was just about settling into his groove at Sunderland, manager David Moyes has said.

    The Northern Ireland international ruptured a ligament right before half-time during his club''s 3-0 win against Hull City at the Stadium of Light last week.

    He continued to play till the 88th minute when the former Manchester United player suffered another blow and had to be replaced.

    “Paddy was starting to understand more about the club, the supporters and the general game, so it''s a real shame for the boy,” Moyes told the club website www.safc.com.

    “He''d just started to find his way in the Premier League... the games he was having were bringing him on and giving him confidence... we can hope getting him right for the start of next season.

    “We''re incredibly disappointed because we want to build a young team going forward and Paddy was part of that.”

    The 21-year-old, who featured in nine league games and scored a brace in the Black Cats'' 2-1 League Cup win over Queens Park Rangers in September, also suffered a cut on his knee, which will delay treatment.

    “They can''t operate while there is an open wound, so we have to wait until that heals. It might be a week or two,” Moyes added.

    Sunderland are on eight points after 12 league games and in the relegation zone, sandwiched between Hull City, who are on 10 points and bottom-placed Swansea on six.

    Sunderland''s next fixture will be against Liverpool on Saturday for their next league game.


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    Tokyo won't make 2020 venue changesTokyo won't make 2020 venue changesExpenses review under way Tokyo''s government is weighing expenses which could come from 2020 Olympic Games preparations. Tokyo''s government is unlikely to make major changes to the plans for several 2020 Olympic Games venues, including one it had proposed moving elsewhere, but it will make efforts to pare costs, Japanese media said on Thursday.

    Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike ordered a review of ballooning Olympic expenses that recommended changing three venues in an effort to rein in costs projected to hit 3 trillion yen ($26.6 billion), some four times the initial estimates made when Tokyo won the right to host the Games. Among the proposals was moving rowing and canoe/kayak sprint events some 400km north of Tokyo to use existing facilities rather than building new ones in the capital, a move opposed by both Olympic and sports officials.

    But the city is now leaning towards building new venues for these and several other events in Tokyo as originally planned, although it would cut the price tags by modifying plans, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) and other papers reported, quoting people connected with the matter.

    For the rowing and canoe/kayak site, known as the Sea Forest Waterway, the city planned to cut costs to 29.8 billion yen from 49.1 billion yen by building temporary seats, the Nikkei said.

    Similar modifications would be made for planned gymnastics and swimming venues, it said, adding that a final decision will be made at a working group meeting of officials from Tokyo, the central government, 2020 organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the end of November.

    Both a Tokyo government official and Tokyo 2020 declined to comment, citing ongoing discussions.

    “As for the process and the details of the working group meetings, all four parties have already agreed that these will not be announced publicly until we reach a conclusion,” Tokyo 2020 added in a statement.

    Tokyo''s original bid pledged to keep most venues within 8km of the athletes'' village in downtown Tokyo, though several have already been moved. Cycling will take place in Shizuoka prefecture, about 200km west of Tokyo.

    IOC reforms known as “Agenda 2020,” carried out with the aim of keeping the Olympics more sustainable, urge the use of existing facilities when possible - even in other cities or countries - if it makes financial and practical sense.

    But IOC president Thomas Bach said last month that while the IOC was concerned about rising costs for the Tokyo Games, the experience of the athletes had to be a priority for any planning.


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  • 11/24/16--14:00: It's a sad situation
  • It's a sad situationIt's a sad situation The Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) will host a German basketball commissioner who is visiting the country for three days to familiarise himself with how the game is run here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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  • 11/24/16--14:00: The woes of body shaming
  • The woes of body shamingThe woes of body shaming I’ve always been on the heavier side of the scale when it comes to weight and unsurprisingly; I’ve gotten tons of flak for how ‘big’ I was from my toddler years. As a very impressionistic young girl, these messages about there seeming to be something wrong with the way I look, drove me to the extent of trying all sorts of things to keep the weight off. Imagine my surprise after giving birth and losing tons of weight and having people come up to me and then making comments about how ‘unhealthily skinny’ I was! The transformation of my body during all these different stages has really forced me to dedicate time and effort towards loving myself and not just on the inside, but on the outside too and not just the bits that I like, but the parts that I’m often made to feel don’t meet the imaginary standards set up by the invisible societal hands that try to control how we ‘should’ look! After all these years of taking insults against my body and how I look, I only recently learned that there is an umbrella term that refers to these types of verbal attacks on the body called ‘body shaming’. Very simply put, body shaming is the act of harmful criticism directed toward yourself or others solely based on aspects pertaining to physical appearance. A recent social media episode really displayed just how body shaming leads to a vicious cycle of disparagement and judgement and how it only perpetuates a self-loathing, hatred-spewing society. Other than that, the act of body shaming can have some adverse emotional and psychological impacts on those at the receiving end of body shaming. Some disorders that can be worsened because a person is being judged and criticised because of their physical appearance are, anorexia nervosa, bulimia and body dysmorphic disorder. The most commonly known of the three being anorexia nervosa which is a serious, potentially dangerous eating disorder characterised by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Some of the symptoms of anorexia include excessive weight loss, denial of hunger, weight anxiety and excessive exercise routine. The second most commonly known in my opinion is bulimia nervosa is also an eating disorder that is characterised by periods of binging, overeating, which is followed by purging (forcing yourself to vomit). Usually people with bulimia have an overwhelming fear of gaining weight. Finally, there is body dysmorphic disorder which is a mental disorder whereby you are unable to stop thinking about perceived defects or imperfections in your appearance. These perceptions can make you feel so ashamed and anxious that you may avoid many social situations. Generally speaking; body shaming can manifest in various ways by thinking or speaking about your appearance in a negative way, by thinking or speaking negatively about or towards others. Regardless of how it manifests, body shaming oftentimes builds towards comparison and shame, creating the notion that people should be judged and reduced only to their physical appearance.


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  • 11/24/16--14:00: Fun in the sun
  • Fun in the sunFun in the sun Safety is paramount It''s natural to enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities over the festive season, but be safe by following these sun-safety tips year-round to help prevent serious skin damage - and possibly skin cancer - later! Sun safety tips

    Keep in mind the sun is strongest between 10:00 and 16:00.

    Wear clothing that''s dark and tightly woven.

    Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

    Remember that UV rays bounce off sand, snow, concrete, and water.

    Keep very young children (6 months or less) out of the sun. Sunscreens need to be applied liberally and evenly over all exposed areas.

    Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher whenever you''re outdoors, 20 minutes before you go out. And reapply. For children, use an SPF 30 or higher.

    Provide complete sunscreen coverage for your skin (including neck, ears and lips!).

    For people with thin or thinning hair, apply sunscreen to the scalp as well.

    And remember, stay in the shade whenever possible!


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  • 11/24/16--14:00: Private German investment?
  • Private German investment?Private German investment? Five German businesspersons eye Namibian market The most recent delegation to visit Namibia is the fourth group to arrive in the country this year. A German five-member business delegation from nine companies visited Namibia this week to explore business opportunities with their local counterparts.

    Ullrich Kinne from the German embassy said the delegation looked for opportunities in the mining and infrastructure sectors.

    It was headed by a senior official from the German economic ministry, Gisela Will and facilitated by the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    The companies were K-UTEC AG Salt Technologies; Actemium Fördertechnik Rheinland GmbH; Höft GmbH; Intectus GmbH; Haver & Boecker OHG; Liebherr-Werk Biberach GmbH; NAUE GmbH & Co. KG; voestalpine Böhler Welding Germany GmbH; and GP Papenburg Maschinenbau GmbH.

    He said the delegation attended a roundtable with representatives of the Namibia Investment Centre; Chamber of Mines; and Ministry of Works and Transport, followed by a meeting with Lithon Project Consultants.

    They also visited companies in Walvis Bay such as Walvis Bay Salt Holdings; Namibian Uranium Association and NamPort.

    This was not the first visit of a Germany delegation to Namibia with others here in April, September, October and November this year.

    Kinne said German companies can contribute significantly to mineral beatification and a modern, reliable infrastructure in Namibia, thus by organising these visits, the embassy supports the government''s Growth at Home Strategy and the Harambee Prosperity Plan.


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    Turkish duo sings national anthemTurkish duo sings national anthem THE NIGHT THAT WAS: On the occasion of the 93rd Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, which recently took place, Mezzo Soprano Turkish artists, Serap Çiftçi and Pianist Nurser Ugan, were invited to Namibia. The artists were the first to sing the National Anthem of Namibia.

    Mezzo Soprano Serap Çiftçi created the concept of blending opera with the traditional Turkish tunes. Their aim was to introduce Turkish folk music in the polyphonic form representing the rich culture of Anatolia and to present the diverse nature of Turkish music to the world.The Duo have met with audience in various cities and capitals in Europe, Americas and in Africa over the last two years.

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