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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 11/28/16--14:00: Zim rolls out bond notes
  • Zim rolls out  bond notesZim rolls out bond notes Zimbabwe on Monday starts issuing “bond notes”, its own currency equivalent to the US dollar in a bid to ease critical cash shortages amid widespread fears of a return to hyperinflation.

    The crisis-hit southern African country has used multiple foreign currencies, including the greenback since 2009 after a rate of inflation that peaked at 500 billion percent rendered the Zimbabwe dollar unusable. The introduction of US$2 and US$5 bond notes into circulation follows the issuing of bond coins over a year ago to ease shortages of change in smaller denominations.

    The country has experienced a severe shortage of US dollar banknotes in recent months which forced President Robert Mugabe''s government to print what locals have dubbed “surrogate money”.

    “Citizens are generally opposed to the introduction of bond notes because they are still smarting from the death of the Zimbabwe dollar, which was abandoned in 2009 due to hyperinflation,” said an editorial in the weekly independent newspaper The Standard.

    “The government has been arrogant, dismissing those opposed to the surrogate money as unpatriotic.

    “As we have warned the government before, a currency can only be sustained through confidence it inspires on the market.”

    The central bank has launched a media advertising blitz trying to allay people''s fears, saying retailers and businesses have agreed to accept the bond notes. The introduction of bond notes stoked fears of fuel shortages over the past week and queues surfaced at some fuel stations. The government sought to calm panicking drivers, saying the country has enough fuel stocks.

    “We wish to assure the nation that there is no basis for alleging that the country will go dry in terms of fuel supply,” it said in a statement at the weekend.

    Depositors will be limited to a maximum withdrawal of US$150 a week.

    The introduction of bond notes has also stirred anger that has erupted into street protests.

    In the past fortnight several activists were beaten up and arrested ahead of a planned street protest to oppose the introduction of the notes.

    The government said the new notes will be backed by a US$200 million support facility provided by the Cairo-based Afreximbank (Africa Export-Import Bank).

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 11/28/16--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day LARGER THAN LIFE: An elderly woman looks at a mural depicting Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in a street of Havana on 26 November 2016, the day after he died aged 90. One of the world''s longest-serving rulers and modern history''s most singular characters, Castro defied 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 11/28/16--14:00: Always in our hearts
  • Always in our heartsAlways in our hearts There has been glowing tributes celebrating the life of former Cuban leader and the revolutionary Fidel Castro who died at the weekend aged 90. There is no doubt that Castro was a towering figure and saw himself as a modern day revolutionary. It was his revolutionary spirit that inspired many, and not only in the Americas, but also in Southern Africa when many countries were still oppressed by the apartheid regime. El Comandante is well respected in Namibia and remains a symbol of hope to many to this day. During Namibia''s liberation struggle, Cuba under the leadership of Castro rendered all political, diplomatic and material support to liberation movements in Southern Africa. The likes of Swapo, ANC and Angola''s MPLA, among others, can all speak fondly of the selfless contribution of the Cuban people to self-determination, national liberation and international solidarity. An all-weather friend indeed and as Cuban ambassador to Namibia Giraldo Mazola stated at the weekend, Namibia and Cuba''s friendship is an “irreversible” relationship. The battle of Cuito Cuanavale indeed remains an unshakable memory in the lives of Namibians, Angolans and Cuban Internationalist Forces who defeated the white minority regime of South Africa. One can simply not refer to the battle of Cuito Cuanavale without mentioning Namibia''s independence.

    History tells us that Cuba deployed more than 350 000 troops to Africa to aid the MPLA in Angola and Swapo in Namibia, among other causes. Approximately 2000 Cubans died in fighting in the region. It is true that Castro was loved and loathed. His death not only brought tears to some, but many others celebrated his demise and labelled him a tyrant. Some still took issue with his human rights record despite the revolutionary ideas he epitomised. The revolutionary spirit of Fidel Castro lives on in Namibian hearts and may his soul rest in peace. Long live the people of Cuba.

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  • 11/28/16--14:00: TARGETING THE SDGs
  • TARGETING THE SDGsTARGETING THE SDGs FOR EVERYONE: A partnership between Namibia Media Holdings (NMH), the United Nations Development Project (UNDP), the Hans Seidel Foundation, First National Bank (FNB) and the Economic Association of Namibia (EAN) was launched to ensure that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are attained and that that the public is made aware of their scope. The goals, to be attained by 2030, focus on social upliftment including poverty eradication, clean energy, a healthy environment, education, peace and justice, amongst others. At the event were Clemens von Doderer (Hans Seidel Foundation), Kiki Gbeho (UNDP), Daniel Lukas (FNB), Carolin Guriras (NMH) and Klaus Schade from EAN. Photo: Shona Ngava

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  • 11/28/16--14:00: Water marshals coming
  • Water marshals comingWater marshals coming The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry with its partners SABMiller Namibia, City of Windhoek, Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ) and Ogilvy and Mather, recently launched a national water-saving campaign codenamed “My Water, My Future, Our Namibia”, to encourage more Namibians to save water until the dams in the central area have recovered.

    Speaking at the launch of the campaign, SABMiller''s corporate affairs officer, Maija-Liisa Prinzonsky said they aligned themselves with the campaign because the company supports internal and external forces that influence the country''s potential growth. Prinzonsky said SABMiller as a stakeholder in the campaign wants to assist the government to meet its objectives.

    “We can contribute as a positive role model in the communities in which we operate. This means supporting jobs, stimulating growth, promoting responsible alcohol consumption and being a good steward of water and other natural resources,” she said.

    Tjivekumba Tjivikua, a City Police superintendent called for residents in Windhoek to adhere to water-saving measures put in place by CoW. Tjivikua requested more stakeholders to come on-board and create more awareness about saving water.

    The head of planning and water resources management at NamWater William Venter said Namibians needed to save more water. “There is no guarantee the current rainy season will replenish the water supply in the dams,” said Venter.

    During his keynote address, the deputy permanent secretary at the agriculture ministry Abraham Nehemia reiterated that water is an important resource.

    “Many public institutions, such as government offices, schools hospitals and correctional facilities do not employ proper or regular maintenance programmes meant to save water,” Nehemia said. “Often taps in public institutions are left leaking for a lengthy period of time or in some cases, are left open which leads to high water losses and huge bills for government,” he added.

    He called on all Namibians to play their part in saving water. “There are many ways each of us can save water at home and our workplaces. These range from fixing leaks, and replacing old and aging infrastructure,” said Nehemia.

    It was also revealed at the launch of the event that water marshals have been appointed to monitor and report all water use inefficiencies.

    The water marshals are expected to fix small leaks and share water management messages with the nation. Nehemia added that the water marshals will need support from the public to ensure that water is used efficiently.

    “Water marshals will be introduced to the public and everyone will have access to them in case they need to report water leaks in their respective institutions. The marshals have undergone basic training in this regard and will be supported further up the line,” said Nehemia. The campaign is scheduled to run for two years.

    Shona Ngava

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  • 11/28/16--14:00: Vessel owner disappears
  • Vessel owner disappearsVessel owner disappearsDrownings and death mark other weekend crime The owner of a crayfish vessel has disappeared in Namibian waters after he reported problems with his vessel and vanished after he disembarked. A 57-year-old owner of a crayfish vessel was reported missing in Namibian waters near Oranjemund on Saturday.

    Peter John Raubenheimer was reported missing at 02:30 after his boat broke down.

    The head of the Namibian police''s public relations division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said Raubenheimer had been sailing from Cape Town to Lüderitz when his vessel experienced problems.

    There were two other crew members on the newly bought crayfish vessel, M/V Caladero.

    The ship''s propeller was damaged in the area of Oranjemund. It is not clear what exactly transpired, but Raubenheimer is said to have gotten out of the vessel after the problem was identified. He then went missing.

    The two other men are the 46-year-old Aldo Zane Peterson, an engineer and Derrek Bradley Bester, 20.

    Kanguatjivi said rescue teams were sent to the vessel and it was towed to the Lüderitz harbour. The boat arrived there at 17:25.

    Two men were run over and killed during the early morning hours of Saturday. A 22-year-old man was hit by two vehicles and died at the scene in Independence Avenue opposite the Katutura Central Shops on Saturday at around 00:30.

    The drivers of the vehicles, a 24-year-old Malawian national and a Namibian aged 23, were arrested and will appear in the Katutura Magistrate''s Court on Monday.

    The 51-year-old Fredrick Genoroma was also run over near the Katutura Central Shops and died at the scene.

    The unknown suspect fled the scene and police investigations continue.

    Kanguatjivi also reported that a five-year-old boy drowned in a well at Okalondo village on Friday. The boy was playing under a nearby tree with other children when he walked away from them and went to the well.

    A 42-year-old man drowned in the Zambezi River on Saturday.

    It is alleged that Matendo Simasiku''s canoe capsized and he fell into the river and drowned.

    His next of kin have been informed.

    NAMPA

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    The future we can build togetherThe future we can build together By Joseph Kalimbwe & Goli Banda

    Regarded as one of the best philosophers that ever lived, Plato’s view is that republics are to take full responsibility of three things; the prevailing of justice, the defence and the education of citizens. All the other things are up to the individuals to search and find on their own.

    Former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt once lamented similar sentiments. “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

    Plato further goes to say that it’s the responsibility of governments to cultivate and bring forward its citizens’ best side. However, when governments fail in their jobs, the pressure on the individuals mounts to correct that. Therefore, those people should break away from dependence and work hard towards building a future for themselves.

    No one is immune - the fundamental difference is that some triumph over challenges while some become the challenge. It only takes preparation to triumph, you reap only what you have sown.

    This is to the broken, hopeless, the almost or already at the point of quitting and the frustrated young people with no future prospects of what the future will be. Problems are defined as problems only if you define them so. Some see them as temporal re-enforcers that prepare them for tomorrow and others see them as teachers signaling that they were meant for something else rather than the previously failed pursuit, while others just give up.

    If you believe you can do that which you are destined to do, you have to step forward and accept the task presented. It may require one getting several negative comments from external factors. It is also significant to note that among the external factors are the people who pretend to want to see one succeed. It is in your hands to choose how you take the advice.

    As people, we have a role to play in our lives, and our existence is not by mistake. We are part and parcel of the leaders of tomorrow. It is important that one must realise one’s full potential and self-visualise the better person. Oftentimes you feel helpless and you conclude that there is absolutely nothing you can contribute to society. The question is what have you tried? How many times? The wise have spoken also that “it is not about how long you have tried something but how you tried it”. In short you will not get a different result if you continue the same way.

    Notice that what pleases your heart more than another endeavour you undertake is where you are the ardent than the other. Quoting Chinua Achebe who says “it is writing that when I am doing it I do not feel like I should be doing something else.”

    It is sad that youth with the potential to contribute to this country are in liquor stores feeling worthless. For many years, the world has been made to believe the highest earning job is in the mining and agricultural sectors, or in engineering. It stunned the world when the late Dr Myles Munroe famously stated that “it is the graveyard,” that has the richest resources, “because that is where you will find unfinished books and unfulfilled dreams and visions.” What we see rather is an identity crisis in our fellow youth who have given up on their dreams.

    The United Nations convened at a conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2012 to discuss how they wanted to build a future. They endorsed a document “The future we want” with their common vision being renewing their commitment to a sustainable future for the planet and the generations of people who will come after. They acknowledged eradicating poverty as the greatest global challenge facing the world today. They then vowed to freeing humanity from poverty and hunger. The results of that UN conference are a long process, but governments in Africa must provide mechanisms to help young people to prosper.

    We need to work hard to achieve our success but governments should also step in and help us do that which we cannot do individually.

    In some instances the youth are isolated, perhaps busy pursuing individual interests with no hope of coming together or collaborating in a business idea. The future we can build is about piercing the soul of the individual with a sense of relevance in his daily physical awakening. It is not just a calling to the youth in the shebeens, in the unintended ventures or unwise pursuits, it is a calling to the genius who is pursuing his endeavour individually to involve those around him. That is why in today’s Astute Conversation, we have not collaborated just for the sake of doing so but for the sake of instilling an awakening of the forgotten dream of an individual youth. There is an African saying, “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go as a group.” It’s a legacy of togetherness that lasts because if we are together, if young people stand together as one, there is nothing they cannot achieve.

    *Joseph Kalimbwe and Goli Banda are final-year students studying towards their Honours degrees at the University of Namibia.

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    To whom does tomorrow belong to? To whom does tomorrow belong to? It is true that we have no control over tomorrow. Indeed, tomorrow is not similar to the present where one can make decisions on the basis of certainty. As is said in the social sciences, tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Be that as it may this does not mean that we are to approach tomorrow recklessly and unconcerned. Tomorrow always belonged to those crafting it today. Indeed, those that are preparing for tomorrow, particularly in the form of what is called in political science, ‘scenario planning’, stand a better chance of receiving better outcomes than those who take a hands-off approach. We must be concerned about tomorrow.

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    The politically unconscious become SRCThe politically unconscious become SRC By Matheus Pendapala Taapopi

    There are self-imposed myths, limitations and serious contradictions in the Unam management, and its SRC, that beg for honest engagement and critical analysis. The student body’s potential to produce and nurture leaders of an ‘astute intellectual and social calibre’, is confined and reduced to false notions that anybody who has a theoretical understanding of university literature, who is popular for the wrong reasons, who is in favour with management, or with a good academic record, with some sense of leadership experience as requirement, is enough and thus qualified to be a Student Representative Council (SRC) member. This is a fatal flaw. It sets forth a bad precedence for the present and future SRC body, and has thus devalued and discouraged progressive and potential student activists from being SRC members, to enter a system that will reduce them to complacency and mediocrity.

    As of note, the current SRC members, lack political orientation and consciousness, they have detached politics from the operations of their responsibilities and objectives. This is of course due to the fact that most fail to understand that the SRC subscribes to democratic principles, hence it’s a political body for students, it comes with political objectives and structures, for which no SRC members are held accountable, the financial process lacks transparency and this is certainly due to the fact that these bodies are pure window dressing, while the SRC Constitution is vague and begs for critical amendments. We have allowed a situation where the SRC decides the fate of the students without their active contribution to the determination of those decisions, the SRC should not act a decision-making body, but a decision-implementing body. Students have been reduced to mere voting fodder that are only ever seriously engaged at the SRC Manifesto, when candidates want their votes, only to be remembered the following year for the same reasons. Students are not engaged on every issue, students are not leading with the SRC and ideas are birthed without their input.

    The SRC doesn’t exist in a vacuum, it most certainly is an integral component of a broader pattern of representatives in society. Hence the individuals who are elected are not just for the SRC and its university, but are the face of the future of this country and it’s a future that has been tempered with, since they have neutralised and compromised the student body. The SRC has assumed roles that are far from their roles and objectives, they became genuine representatives of management, they now ensure toilets are cleaned, lecture halls’ lights and projectors are in service, they became assistants for NSFAF and continue to be more invested and dedicated to entertainment events instead of policy reform and advocates of social justice.

    As a result Unam is no longer a breeding ground where student leaders are birthed; it is not a breeding ground for political leaders, for they don’t find a voice here. This is because Unam’s management doesn’t tolerate and promote academic thought and freedom, especially radical and militant views. From conceptualisation, the university is expected to engage in critical inquiry, it ought to acquire information, develop into a body of knowledge to be disseminated for improving the conditions of humanity and address the challenges we face as a society. Secondly, universities are a community of members concerned with and engaged in seeking truth, with a scholarly primary concern and a reformist secondary concern. Moreover an inevitable product of knowledge and enlightenment is the desire to bring change to the status quo.

    In that regard, if it is to achieve the objectives that are espoused in its constitution, the SRC should understand their responsibility to be that of determining the politics of the day and leading public opinion. The SRC should assume a role of activism, students should rise and oppose injustice, focus should be shifted to critically assess government’s performance, in as far as it relates to students, employment security upon graduation and youth empowerment, and equally oppose the slow pace of development in communities where their students live. The SRC must be in contact with Nanso, the umbrella body of student activists and the political umbrella of all students, so as to align responsibilities, objectives and share ideas.

    The SRC must be a body capacitated with individuals that understand student governance, who will carry forth the mandate given to it by the students, as well be able to contribute significantly to the broader objectives of national development, so as to serve as a cornerstone of policy analysis for the government. This is a humongous responsibility that needs the most dedicated, capacitated and political conscious crop of student leaders. It is therefore not a task just for any student who wakes up ambitious, with mercenary reasons. Leaders are made, not born, and the notion that “everyone is a leader”, perpetuates an untruth that has found a home in the minds of young people that are politically unconscious. As students, we must no longer allow anyone to contest in elections, without political orientation, consciousness and an understanding of student governance, because they are going to fail to locate the SRC in the broader sense of politics of society it belongs.

    * Matheus Pendapala Taapopi is a third-year student, studying towards a Bachelor of Public Management (Hons), at the University of Namibia.

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  • 11/28/16--14:00: RCC attempts a comeback
  • RCC attempts a comeback RCC attempts a comeback RCC attempts a comeback The leadership of the parastatal admits that the company is going through a turbulent phase but has expressed confidence that it will grow into a significant contributor to the country''s economy. The new board and management of the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) intend to turn the parastatal from a historic liability to a shareholder''s investment within the next three to five years.

    “As a public enterprise we need to and have to show our corporate responsibility and accountability to our shareholders, be it our employees, customers, our shareholder [government], our financiers, the public at large,” says board chairman Fritz Jacobs.

    He says the RCC is not supposed to be a burden to the shareholder but rather a profitable, sustainable, responsible and dividend-paying national contractor.

    To date, the RCC has not been a position to pay over any dividends to the government and its last finalised audited financial report was for the 2012/13 financial year.

    The new board and management have, however, prepared audit reports for the subsequent years over the last 12 months, Jacobs says.

    In the past year the RCC has put in place and developed a number of initiatives, plans, and implemented and pursued several strategic efforts.

    These included putting in place board governance structures, finalising a five-year strategic business plan and restructuring the organisation to address its mandate.

    The restructuring, however, is not the turnaround strategy that the former acting general manager, Pieter Oosthuizen, had put in place, but an attempt to start afresh, Jacobs says.

    “We look at everything afresh because we cannot allow the process that has been in place in the past to just be adjusted because for 15 years they have not produced anything. We have to get our house in order.”

    He says the RCC is in the process of modernising its plant equipment and fleet after a recent auction of old and obsolete equipment.

    The parastatal intends to improve and diversify its revenue base.

    But it faces real historical challenges, which affect its financial situation and which meant that over the last five months it was under severe pressure to pay salaries and creditors.



    Bold plans

    Notwithstanding its difficulties, the RCC has announced that it intends to bolster its financial position from a net liability of about N$256 million to a net asset base of N$900 million over the next three to five years.

    It is therefore requesting a one-off investment of N$300 million by the government.

    “This is not the only possible option for RCC, if all possible options of turnaround and transformation can be considered. However, time is of the utmost essence and shareholder appreciation of the historic challenges we face is important,” Jacobs says.

    He says the RCC is an operating company which generates revenue and that can continue to grow its revenue from operations on a sustainable and commercial basis without continued bailing out by the government. The RCC is therefore setting its sights on becoming a bigger player in the road, infrastructure and housing development sectors.

    Jacobs says the company has realigned itself over the last 12 months to improve its prospects of doing business. It is participating in projects valued from N$750 million to about N$2.6 billion. Of the N$2.6 billion worth of bids submitted, about N$800 million has been awarded.

    This, says Jacobs, means that the RCC is starting to establish a positive trend in its revenue pattern.

    If things turn for the better for the beleaguered company, it intends to recruit additional engineers, as well as commercial and other technical staff.

    Jacobs says while it is true that the company is going through a turbulent phase, the board and management are confident it will grow into a significant and positive company.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    South Africa drops livestock restrictionsSouth Africa drops livestock restrictions The South African government seems to be backtracking on the stringent livestock export requirements that it implemented nearly six months ago.

    In a surprise move South Africa announced that it will suspend all bovine tuberculosis (TB) testing for cattle imported from Namibia to approved feedlots and abattoirs. There is still a minor misunderstanding in the interpretation of Namibia''s TB- free status. The South African government on 1 July imposed strict livestock export requirements which resulted in cattle exports from Namibia grinding to a halt. Among the requirements were that cattle from Namibia had to undergo two sets of TB tests before they could be exported to South Africa. This resulted in cattle standing up to 90 days in quarantine before they could leave the country. In September the South African government relaxed its requirements by announcing a new export permit that reduced the need for compulsory pre-export brucella testing and double TB testing.

    This meant that small stock did not have to be tested anymore and that cattle only had to be tested for TB once within 30 days before export.

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry yesterday announced that following successful negotiations with the South African Veterinary Authority all TB testing requirements for cattle exported to approved feedlots and abattoirs had been immediately suspended.

    According to the latest figures 18 South African feedlots and abattoirs have been accredited to receive livestock from Namibia under less stringent import regulations.

    Statistics from the Meat Board of Namibia indicated that comparing year-on-year figures there was a 30.1% decrease in exports of weaner calves from January to August. The South African restrictions had a significant impact.

    It said a steady decrease could be observed from June to July. In June, 31 837 weaners were exported and in July only two.

    Exports of weaners to South Africa almost doubled after the more relaxed regulations came into effect in September.

    The ministry has requested all farmers to contact their nearest state veterinary office for information on export certification. It also urged farmers to continue adhering to export conditions for the maintenance of valuable markets.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Legal battle over phosphate to be postponedLegal battle over phosphate to be postponed The legal matter regarding offshore phosphate mining will today be postponed in the High Court to a later date for parties to file their arguments.

    This was disclosed yesterday by Sisa Namandje, who is representing several fishing associations who filed an urgent application after environmental clearance was issued to Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) recently.

    The environmental clearance was issued by the environmental commissioner in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Teofilus Nghitila, for the envisaged Sandpiper Project to be located about 120km southwest of Walvis Bay.

    The minister of environment and tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, withdrew the environmental clearance after a public outcry and accusations that the proper procedures had not been followed.

    Although Shifeta was adamant that the correct procedures had been followed, he said further consultations were needed.

    Since then there have been more allegations that Nghitila had not followed the proper procedures, but this he has fought tooth and nail.

    The chairman of the Confederation of Namibian Fishing Associations, Matti Amukwa, confirmed to Namibian Sun that they would continue with the legal challenge as planned even though the environmental clearance had been withdrawn.

    The legal action was launched by the Confederation of Namibian Fishing Associations, the Namibian Hake Association, the Midwater Trawling Association of Namibia and Omuala Fishing.

    The first respondent in the case is Nghitila, while the other respondents are Shifeta, the minister of fisheries and marine resources, Bernard Esau, and the minister of mines and energy. Other respondents are the attorney-general and NMP.

    The fishing associations argue that NMP did not have a valid mining licence at the time of applying for the clearance certificate, and that the environmental commissioner did not have the competency to grant the certificate, according to the Environmental Management Act.

    The application seeks that NMP''s mining licence be declared invalid.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Rogue estate agents' days numberedRogue estate agents' days numberedEstate Agents Board clamps down Unregistered estate agents are illegally advertising properties on social media and in newspapers. The Namibia Estate Agents Board has embarked on a concerted campaign to clamp down on individuals or companies that perform the functions of an estate agency without the requisite Fidelity Fund certificate.

    The board started investigating such rogue agencies in March and has already identified 39 culprits. Twenty-two criminal charges have been lodged with the Commercial Crime Unit of the Namibian Police.

    It is suspected that more than 100 unregistered agents are advertising on social media platforms and even in the print media. Others have developed seemingly legitimate web pages to lure clients.

    “We are not saying everyone advertising on Facebook does not have a fidelity fund certificate.

    Everyone can advertise on Facebook but then you have to be properly registered.

    The public will never know,” commented Eben de Klerk, who is working on a consultancy basis for the Estate Agents Board.

    He added: “The unethical behaviour of unregistered agents induces unethical conduct in the industry in general and places the entire economy in jeopardy.”

    The property sector contributes roughly 8% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is three to four times more than the contribution of the agricultural sector.

    Many of these fraudsters admit that they are not estate agents but act as middlemen “only assisting” the buyer or seller or “connecting the buyer and seller”. Others use fancier but nondescript titles such as “property brokers”.

    Cases were found where the illegal operators indicated that they were advertising properties “for sale by the owners” but then still charged commission on the sales.

    Such fraudsters are easily identifiable because they provide only the bare minimum of information, such as a cellphone number, in their advertisements.

    By law, estate agents are supposed to clearly provide the company name and personal names when advertising, and, when they present themselves directly to clients they should provide an identity card which also carries the name of the board.

    “When you are interested in a property make sure the estate agent is registered or when in doubt, contact the Namibian Estate Agents Board,” said Annelie Aerla of the board.

    The Estate Agents Act of 1976 stipulates that an estate agent is a person who for gain on his or her own account or in partnership directly or indirectly advertises that he or she, on the instructions of or on behalf of another person, sells or buys immovable property, lets or hires immovable property, collects or receives any money payable, or renders such a service.

    There are 430 registered estate agents in Namibia at the moment.

    Only 200 agencies have so far registered for Fidelity Fund certificates for 2017, which means only half of those who have legally operated as estate agents this year will be properly registered next year.

    Thirty applications for 2017 have been rejected due to non-compliance.

    The board intends to publish a list of all estate agents and agencies that have registered for 2017 in newspapers in January.



    Kickbacks

    The board said it is aware that some banks provide what is called “perverse incentives” to estate agents in the form of annual awards, gratuities, inducement fees and benefits of many descriptions in return for referrals of sale agreements from which banks obtain additional business.

    The board''s president, Anne Gebhardt, said it appears some legal practitioners, especially conveyancers, pay kickbacks to agents for conveyancing work.

    “These kickbacks are paid to agents while the principals (sellers) to the agency agreements are unaware of these additional incentives from which agents benefit in their personal capacity,” Gebhardt said.

    The regulator said it will act against any agent who takes kickbacks or any form of secret profits.

    The regulator can institute disciplinary and criminal proceedings.

    The board has issued this warning to estate agents in newspaper advertisements since 21 November.

    Ironically, on the same day The Namibian reported on the conclusion of one of the commercial bank''s “estate agents home loans campaign”, which boasted with an increase in agent participants by 34% that resulted in a year-on-year growth of 25% in new business generated for the bank.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    Mysterious death in police cellMysterious death in police cellNo witnesses to fatal throat injury The family of a man who died in a police cell last year after a fight at a construction site are accusing the police of dragging their feet in investigating the case. ILENI NANDJATO



    Under the ombudsman’s watch, the police are exploring all avenues to determine the cause of 38-year-old Nestor Nghinamulili’s death in police custody at Ongwediva last year.

    Family spokesperson Lavinia Nangolo told Namibian Sun that it is now a year since he died, but they are still in the dark as to who killed him and why.

    Nghinamulili, who hailed from Oshihepo village near Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region, was arrested by the Ongwediva police on the evening of 11 October 2015 for allegedly assaulting a colleague with a pickaxe handle during an argument at a construction site. The victim was found unconscious and ended up in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital. He survived the attack.

    Nghinamulili, however, died two hours after his arrest. The regional police commander for Oshana, Commissioner Rauha Amwele, ordered a post-mortem to be carried within 24 hours of his death, but did not inform Nghinamulili’s family of this.

    Nghinamulili was arrested around 22:00. He was put alone in a cell and at around 00:00 he was found dead in his cell. The autopsy was conducted on 12 October and in the report the pathologist indicated that, “the cause of death to the best of my knowledge and belief was undetermined”.

    However, the doctor went further to say “prior to my examination, the cause/causes of death was/were a neck injury.”

    The police failed to explain to the family what happened and they vowed not to bury the body while the death certificate states the cause of death as “the police investigation continues”.

    They also want to know why an autopsy was carried out without the family’s consent. The family reported the issue to the ombudsman and they were advised to bury the body while the police investigation continued. Nghinamulili was to be buried on 22 October last year.

    On the morning of 22 October, however, the prosecutor-general ordered a second autopsy and the body was reclaimed by the police while the family was busy with the burial at the Eenhana cemetery.

    The second post-mortem that was conducted in Windhoek on 23 October indicated that Nghinamulili died of “blunt force neck trauma”. The post-mortem also indicated that there were contusions and blood loss in the soft tissues in the front of the neck and a fracture of right greater horn of the hyoid bone. The hyoid bone is a horseshoe-shaped bone situated in the front of the neck between the chin and the Adam’s apple. Due to its position, the hyoid bone is not susceptible to fractures and thus a fractured hyoid strongly indicates throttling or strangulation in an adult.

    Nghinamulili was finally buried on 30 October last year after the police released the two autopsy reports.

    The director of investigations in the ombudsman’s office, Timoteus Shangadi, confirmed to Namibian Sun that the family had reported the matter to them. He said that the office had not carried out any further investigations due to the complicated nature of the case and was monitoring the police investigation to make sure that it is a fair process.

    “The problem is that there is no evidence that police could have assaulted the deceased. Witnesses are not open to talk, while police are also not providing evidence as to whether Nghinamulili was showing any signs of injury during the arrest. The police have not closed the investigation yet. They are now waiting for a toxicology report to determine if Nghinamulili had any toxic substances in his blood before he was arrested,” Shangadi said.

    Namibian Sun has also learned that the police are considering only two options: Either Nghinamulili was assaulted by his attack victim, or he died of a toxic substance consumed before his arrest. They have already opened an inquest docket alleging that the attack victim had assaulted Nghinamulili.

    “Now the hope is in the toxicology report. If it emerges that he was not intoxicated, the matter will go to court to determine who murdered him. Doctors who performed the autopsy, witnesses and police officers who arrested him will testify in court,” Shangadi said.

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    Red tape bogs down pad factory Red tape bogs down pad factory JEMIMA BEUKES

    A 2013 decision by a parliamentary standing committee on gender to establish a small-scale factory at Rundu to produce sanitary towels is now in limbo as a result of administration changes.

    According to the deputy gender minister, Lucia Witbooi, the committee came to the conclusion that the plan to establish such a manufacturing facility was viable, following a nationwide investigation that revealed that girls miss two or more days of school when they menstruate.

    Agnes Limbo, also a committee member, said the idea came about after it came to light that a lot of children are missing school because of a lack of sanitary towels. She added that it was decided that Rundu was the perfect location for the project because of the available water supply.

    “We last discussed it in a real sense in 2014. We now have to follow up to see what has been done,” she said.

    The committee was given the go-ahead by the then minister of trade, Calle Schlettwein, who concurred at a meeting on 24 February 2014 that Namibia should indeed have such a project.

    On 30 May that same year the trade ministry wrote an approval letter to the committee for their request to conduct a feasibility study to set up the project.

    In the letter the committee was requested to obtain three quotations from consulting firms approved by the ministry’s business support services programme. A list of names of these firms was provided.

    However, by last week neither Witbooi nor Limbo knew whether any quotation had been submitted or if any progress had been made.

    “The committee came up with idea, and already met with the Ministry of Trade. We were just in the process of submitting quotations for the feasibility study when the administration changed. And this is where the process got stuck,” said Witbooi.

    According to her the new parliamentary committee responsible for gender issues must now take over this process.

    But according to the chairperson of the new committee, Ida Hofmann, the committee is yet to receive a progress report from their predecessors.

    The deputy director of business and entrepreneurial development and promotion division in the trade ministry, Diina Nashidengo, could also not shed any light on whether the committee had submitted any quotations to date.

    Girls

    Meanwhile, according to the permanent secretary in the education ministry, Sanet Steenkamp, to date no comprehensive statistics have been compiled on how the education of girls has been affected by a lack of sanitary pads.

    According to her the ministry is evaluating the situation with the assistance of Fawena, an inter-ministry organisation that addresses the plight of the girl child.

    Fawena, the Forum for African Women Educationalists in Namibia, is a non-governmental organisation. The Namibian chapter opened its office in 1999 with the support of the education ministry to help address the educational challenges girls face in Namibia.

    Steenkamp said the project through Fawena will be piloted only at schools where poverty is a big problem.

    A school principal who spoke to Namibian Sun on condition of anonymity said no provision was made for sanitary towels at the school.

    “We will make a plan if a girl comes to report that she does not have pads but only to help her away. I mean if we buy them pads they will never buy pads again,” she said.

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    Alemu dominates tennis championshipAlemu dominates tennis championship Minichel Alemu dominated the 2016 Central Tennis Club (CTC) championship at the weekend by winning the men''s A-section singles and the men''s double sections.

    In the singles Alemu defeated vastly improved FNB/NTA development player Risto Shikongo 6/4 7/5. In a tight final Alemu used his experience to overcome the hard-hitting junior player. The A-section consisted of 12 players who are the club''s best players and play club tennis in the Namibia Tennis Association''s (NTA) first league.

    In the men''s doubles section, Alemu teamed up with veteran player Augusto Cosulich to defeat the partnership of NTA development coach Nqobilizwe Moyo and Armid Azadeh 6/2 6/1. In semi-final matches played on Friday, Alemu and Cosulich managed to beat SP van Wyk and Johannes Swartz 6/3 6/3, while Moyo and Cosulich beat Bob Mould and Walter Kamukono, 6/1 6/4. The doubles were played on a knockout basis and A-section and B-section players competed in one section. In the women''s section, which was played on a round-robin format, Melissa Khupe was the overall winner and is the 2016 women''s club champion, while Browyn Kavarure was the runner-up. In the women''s doubles section Melissa Khupe teamed up with Katherine Carter to win that section. The tournament also featured a men''s B section which saw 24 club members taking part.The men''s section was won by top-seeded Jurgens Twyman who defeated second-seeded Eno Akpabio 6/3 6/3. After losing the first set, Akpabio picked up his game and tried to force a third set but Twyman refused to budge and used his solid all-round game to win the match in straight sets. In the veterans'' section Augusto Cosulich retained his crown when he was the overall winner of the round-robin section. At the tournament''s prize-giving ceremony on Saturday evening, former Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) president Bob Mould congratulated the winners and the CTC committee for successfully holding the annual tournament. Mould said the tournament was testimony of a healthy and active tennis club.

    SPORT REPORTER

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  • FULL OF CONFIDENCEFULL OF CONFIDENCE PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED.

    DETERMINED TO DELIVER: Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo and his team have left for Russia to fight Eduard Troyanovsky for the IBF/IBO Jnr Welterweight/Super Lightweight world titles. Blue Machine is accompanied by promoter Nestor Tobias and trainer Josef Hantindi. The fight is scheduled for 3 December at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow, and they will return on 5 December.

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  • Arnold festival on the cardsArnold festival on the cardsFootball, netball and horse racing this weekend The annual John Arnold sport festival has received a sponsorship boost from various companies. The Omatako Constituency will host the third edition of the annual Chief John Arnold sport festival from Friday to Sunday.

    The festival is held in honour of the late Chief John Arnold of the !Kung Traditional Authority .

    The event will see teams from Tsumkwe Constituency as well as teams from the Grootfontein military base competing for top honours.

    Football, netball and a horse race will be witnessed at the event.

    The chairperson of the local organising committee, Lot Ndamanomhata, says the tournament is aimed at promoting unity in the small communal area.

    “The tournament is there to raise awareness of sport in the constituency and also to promote healthy living.

    “I salute the traditional authority for wanting to make sure that their people have an interest in sport.

    “It is not easy for them because they have no resources, but I salute the organising committee for volunteering their time and resources to make this happen.

    “This tournament honours the late Chief John Arnold for the work he did for his people and the development that he inspired in the Omatako area,” Ndamanomhata said at a press conference.

    The winners of the football tournament will walk away with N$5 000 while the runners up take home N$3 500 and the team that finishes third will be compensated with N$2 000 for their efforts.

    The netball winners will receive N$3 000, the runners-up N$2 000 and the third-placed team N$1 000.

    The owner of the winning horse in the horse race will receive N$1 000, the runner-up N$700 and the third-placed horse N$500. The best football and netball players of the tournament will receive N$300.

    “I wish to thank all the partners that made this event possible, namely the !Kung Traditional Authority and our sponsors,” Ndamanomhata said Uukumwe Youth Empowerment is the main sponsor of the festival after pumping in N$50 000, while Camposatu Investments handed over a cheque of N$30 000.

    Nampower donated sport equipment worth N$10 000 and Oluzizi World of Commerce contributed N$1 000 towards the event.

    Uukumwe Youth Empowerment owner Solomon Ilovu said: “We are a youth consortium and our job is to help young people.

    “Last year, we sponsored the festival and this year we are doing it again. We will sponsor this festival for as long as we can.”

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    Pain is terrible, says Chapecoense VPPain is terrible, says Chapecoense VPPain is terrible, says Chapecoense vice-president A plane carrying about 81 people, including a Brazilian football team, has crashed in Colombia, killing over 70 people. The vice-president (VP) of the Brazilian club Chapecoense, whose plane crashed in Colombia yesterday, lamented that the tragedy had struck at the cruellest moment.

    The plane carrying the Brazilian top-flight football team crashed in the mountains near Medellin, Colombia after “electrical failures” with just five survivors from the 81 people on board.

    “The pain is terrible. Just as we had made it, I will not say to the top, but to have national prominence, a tragedy like this happens. It is very difficult, a very great tragedy,” club vice-president Ivan Tozzo told SportTV.

    Officials opened the club''s stadium at Chapeco in the state of Santa Caterina in Brazil''s south to console the grieving families and fans.

    “We''re all here at the stadium to help the people connected,” said Tozzo.

    “It hasn''t really sunk in yet. We have to trust in God. Our team must carry on,” he said.

    The team had been due to play the Colombian side Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.

    The South American Cup final was suspended after the crash, the region''s football confederation Conmebol announced yesterday.

    “All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” Conmebol said.

    One of the survivors was Alan Ruschel, a defender for the Chapecoense Real, the head of Colombia''s civil aviation agency, Alfredo Bocanegra, told reporters.

    Two other players - Marcos Danilo Padilla and Jackson Follmann - also survived and were taken to area hospitals, along with a flight attendant and a journalist.

    “We were able to rescue six people alive, but one of them died on the way to the hospital,” Jose Gerardo Acevedo, a police commander, told reporters.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    41% of players made to wait for wages41% of players made to wait for wagesOne in ten experienced physical violence It has been found that professional footballers are kept waiting for their salaries and FIFPro says it cannot accept it any longer. Over 40% of the world''s professional footballers have experienced delayed payment of wages, according to a wide-ranging survey published by global players'' union FIFPro on Tuesday.

    In the survey, carried out by the University of Manchester, 41 % of the 13 876 players who responded had been forced to wait for their salaries over the past two seasons.

    “It''s a wake-up call for clubs and governing bodies,” FIFPro general secretary Theo van Seggelen told reporters during a recent briefing in London. “We cannot accept it any longer.”

    The FIFPro Global Employment Report 2016 also found nine percent of players had suffered from violence and seven percent had been approached to fix matches.

    FIFPro hopes the survey, which is the biggest of its kind, will shed light on the problems faced by players playing outside glamorous championships such as England''s Premier League or Spain''s LaLiga.

    The median net monthly income of players surveyed was $1 000 to $2 000, with 60% of respondents earning under $2 000 per month.

    FIFPro has used the example of Nigeria international Michael Uchebo, who has not been paid by Portuguese top-flight club Boavista since April, to illustrate its findings on late payments.

    The 26-year-old striker has been prevented from playing since the end of last season and, according to FIFPro, risks eviction from his house.

    He has been banned from first-team training and has posted footage on social media that appears to show him being forcibly removed from Boavista''s gymnasium and threated with violence by security staff.

    “I don''t understand why Boavista treat me like this,” Uchebo said during a press conference in Lisbon organised by the Portuguese players'' union.

    “I asked them if I did something wrong. They are treating me like a slave.” Boavista did not wish to comment on the matter when contacted by AFP, but in a video posted on Facebook earlier this month, club president Alvaro Braga said Uchebo''s statements “do not correspond to the truth”.

    Braga said Uchebo turned down opportunities to join other clubs during the close-season transfer window and had rejected a settlement - which FIFPro says was one month''s salary - to terminate his contract. World governing body FIFA''s rules on overdue payments allow clubs to be 90 days late and the survey found 78% of players experiencing salary delays were paid within that timescale. FIFPro wants the non-payment buffer to be reduced to 30 days, in the short term, and ultimately abolished.

    “Not every football player has three cars in three different colours,” said Van Seggelen. “Our players are normal human beings and they deserve to be paid on time. Because they also have children and a mortgage.”

    The survey found there is an 11% chance a player will have been approached to fix a match by the time he passes the age of 33.

    Players on relatively low salaries were found to be twice or three times more likely to be targeted by match fixers. Nearly one in ten players reported experiencing physical violence, with almost 16% reporting threats of violence.

    Of those who said they had been victims of violence, 51% had been attacked by fans, 25% by fellow players and 12% by club officials or coaches.

    Democratic Republic of Congo was the worst country for both violence and threats of violence from supporters on match days. Scotland was surprisingly in second place in the latter category, with Brazil fifth and Italy sixth.

    For threats of violence on non-match days, Italy was by far the worst country, with 24% of players saying they had been menaced by fans.

    Fifteen percent of players said they had been victims of bullying or harassment, while 7.5% alleged discrimination based on ethnicity, sexuality or religious beliefs. The survey contained no data from players in England, Spain, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Argentina or Mexico due to non-existent or insufficient feedback.

    NAMPA/AFP

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