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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 11/30/16--16:00: The sad pad situation
  • The sad pad situationThe sad pad situation It is by now a well-known fact that our schoolgirls, especially in the rural areas, have a problem with the affordability of sanitary towels or “pads”. In spite of this, and in spite of the fact that the parliamentary standing committee on gender already took a decision to establish a small-scale factory in Rundu as far back as 2013, this has not materialised. The then minister of trade, Calle Schlettwien, our current finance minister even approved the venture in 2014. So, as with most other projects initiated in Namibia, everything is gung-ho and rearing to go, and then – sadly – everything grinds to a screeching halt when it reaches implementation stage. That is of course unless one of our very elite, honourable, luminary brothers or sisters cannot benefit from the enterprise, and here we are not talking about small change, we are talking about millions, perhaps even billions that have to be siphoned off along the way in baksheesh (bribery and corruption). No baksheesh, no business, the equation is simple. Even sadder – none of our elected female luminaries are prepared to discuss the matter in parliament! It is evidently too embarrassing; in the meantime, we are still facing the implementation problem. The pad story is really a sad story, and only a symptom of a far greater problem - lack of implementation. Instead of empowering women (and girls) to live normal, dignified lives as our future mothers and providing them with the most basic of necessities – sanitary pads – their duly elected representatives have not even given them the time of day to discuss it, they do not even want to afford our women the very basic courtesy of discussing the matter in a dignified and mature way, despite the fact that they are women themselves. How sad is that? Yet, when there is a big scheme involving millions and billions of dollars, then you will see people bending over backwards, circumventing rules, laws and regulations, whatever it takes, because following the blitzkrieg approvals, many pockets are lined along the way and rich and the newly rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.

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    Green power brings money and jobsGreen power brings money and jobs Green power brings money and jobs Stakeholders have been urged to identify bankable projects after the EIF signed a letter of intent with the French Agency for Development worth almost N$700 million. The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) signed a letter of intent with the French Agency for Development (AFD) worth N$675 million over a three-year period in Paris, France.

    The signing took place during President Hage Geingob''s state visit to France. The CEO of EIF, Benedict Libanda, and AFD''s director for Africa, Jean-Pierre Marcelli, signed the letter of intent for their respective institutions.

    According to a statement issued by EIF, the letter of intent is a precursor to a formal agreement between the two organisations, which will see the Fund providing a technical facility for a green credit line through the launch of the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Energy Finance (SUNREF) Programme. Under the programme, selected financial institutions will provide concessional loans to finance renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and tourism business enterprises.

    Speaking after the signing Libanda was optimistic of the impending and immediate impacts of SUNREF.

    “Preliminary estimations show us that the targeted sectors could contribute in the range of 3 000 to 4 000 decent jobs while steep gains on Pillar 4 of the Harambee Prosperity Plan in terms of locally produced clean energy infrastructure could become a reality”, he said.

    Libanda further called on Namibian entrepreneurs to start identifying bankable projects in the areas of sustainable agriculture, tourism and renewable energy with the first call for financing envisaged for March or April 2017.

    According to the statement business and investment opportunities in the environmental sector were a key focus during deliberations between the Namibian business delegation and their French counterparts, as highlighted by President Geingob. “Investments in wind and solar energy are central to Namibia''s quest to secure a reliable and sustainable power supply to spur industrialisation. We recognise that issues of environment and climate change adaptation feature highly in the country''s development strategies, which is also the reason why Namibia was one of the first countries to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” Geingob said.

    AFD is a financial institution and the main implementing agency for France''s official development assistance to developing countries and overseas territories. The SUNREF Programme has been set up by AFD as a green finance label with the aim to offer significant economic development potential through environmental integration. SUNREF is currently implemented across three continents with over 40 projects successfully realised. The programme offers a unique financing approach that integrates technical support and financing in order to meet the demand of partner banks and project initiators.



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    Shebeens a concern in OtjozondjupaShebeens a concern in Otjozondjupa The constantly increasing number of shebeens in the Otjozondjupa Region is a serious concern for the police.

    The police commander of the region, Commissioner Armas Shivute informed a stakeholders'' meeting at Otjiwarongo that policing shebeens has become a concern to the members of the force.

    “These shebeens are huge role-players in the arena of crime generation,” he said.

    Shivute said alcohol abuse at these shebeens, the majority of which are unlicensed, is excessive.

    What makes the situation more worrisome is that new unlicensed shebeens appear to be opening on a daily basis, making it difficult for the police to establish exact figures. Shivute said the police have also discovered that it is at these shebeens where gang activities take place and where thieves sell stolen goods. The commander urged police officers and traffic officers to double their presence on the roads between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo and Otjiwarongo and Otavi. He urged them to be on the lookout for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.

    The meeting with the police stakeholders was aimed at looking at ways to make policing in the region more effective during the festive season.

    Policing activities for the festive season officially kicked off on 16 November and will run until 17 January 2017.

    Various stakeholders such as the Otjiwarongo municipality traffic and fire brigade, ambulance services, private emergency service operators and the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund were represented at the meeting.

    NAMPA

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  • 11/30/16--16:00: MultiChoice ploughs back
  • MultiChoice ploughs backMultiChoice ploughs back MultiChoice Namibia has donated N$50 000 to the Shack Dwellers'' Federation for housing and capacity building of their members.

    The federation is a network of housing saving schemes which aims to improve the living conditions of low-income earners living in shacks, rented rooms and those without accommodation, while promoting women''s participation.

    Speaking on behalf of the federation at the handover, Edith Mbanga expressed their gratitude to the MultiChoice general manager Roger Gertze for ploughing back into to the community as it shows the company''s generosity.

    “This is a way of us showing other organizations that we are not just sitting and waiting for something to be given but we are also meeting them halfway. Thank you MultiChoice for the donation,” said Mbanga.

    The money is currently being used to build a house in the Goreangab settlement to the value of N$30 000 whilst the remaining N$20 000 is for the members'' capacity building.

    The Office the First Lady, as a patron of the federation, was represented by Uajorokisa Akwenye who pointed out the fact that the Shack Dwellers'' Federation''s objectives are in line with that of One Economy Foundation. “We strive to empower communities to empower themselves.

    The lack of a home plays a major role in the social ills that are found in communities around Namibia. Providing a home is giving more than a structure or water and electricity.

    Thank you MultiChoice because it is not just a house you have given but you have impacted the lives of a whole family,” she said.

    She encouraged more corporations to assist organisations such as the Shack Dwellers'' Federation.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Wage talks on hold at TransNamibWage talks on hold at TransNamib Namibia Transport and Allied Workers'' Union (Natau) general secretary John Kwedhi told Namibian Sun that he was pleased that the TransNamib management and workers amicably settled the issue of a 13th cheque which will now be paid to the workers on Friday.

    “The union was not involved because the issue was an internal matter that had to be solved between management and workers'' leaders,” he said.

    However, he added that his union and TransNamib have a conditional agreement which makes provision for wage increase and working condition negotiations every year. At the moment, he said, wage increase talks are off the table because they still need to be briefed by management regarding TransNamib''s finances.

    “At the moment, everything is on hold. We are waiting for management to brief us so that we can discuss the way forward.”

    On Tuesday, deputy works minister Sankwasa James Sankwasa assured the TransNamib workers that their 13th cheque would be paid “latest by Friday this week”.

    “The money is there, you will get the 13th cheque,” said Sankwasa.

    He asked TransNamib''s employees to remain patient while the government tries to pay them their money.

    “Government will not abandon TransNamib,” said Sankwasa.

    Sankwasa said there was a difference between TransNamib''s bonus and the performance bonus offered by the parastatal. He said the employees were entitled to bonus payments and that it was their “right” to receive their bonus payment. He however stated that performance bonuses are paid based on their performance at the company and when they meet performance goals assigned to them by the company. He said TransNamib should work on performance bonus contracts for their employees.

    Employees who had the opportunity to speak to the deputy minister said they were disappointed that the company management did not notify them that they would not be getting their bonus at least 24 days in advance as stipulated by TransNamib''s internal policy. This follows after it was announced to employees on 23 November, two days before payday, that their bonus payment for the month of November would be delayed.

    SHONA NGAVA

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  • 11/30/16--16:00: Unethical hunting must end
  • Unethical hunting must endUnethical hunting must endWhile the trophy hunting industry is integral to Namibia’s economy and conservation practices, unethical outfitters and hunters can destroy the entire industry. No future for industry if it is not ethical Namibia’s hunting industry has made it clear that the only way that the industry will survive is if ethical practises are applied and future hunters are trained with a focus on conservation.

    Speaking at the opening of the annual general meeting of the Namibian Professional Hunting Association (Napha), its president Kai-Uwe Denker said that since the early 1970s there has been a coordinated international movement against hunting and more particular, against trophy hunting.

    He said that this has led to a continuous decline in the overall acceptance of hunting by the general public as well as by influential institutions worldwide.

    According to Denker the well-founded and well-meant principle of sustainable use of natural resources to a considerable extent has become a matter of sustainable abuse of natural resources.

    “Typical for human nature for many reasons including greed, many hunting operators have thrown to the wind not only generally accepted standards of ethical hunting but also the very important ecological and nature conservation linkage of the sustainable use principle,” he said.

    According to Denker financial aspects totally override any moral considerations, tarnishing the image of trophy hunting and placing a big question mark over the true motives of trophy hunters which results in losing the hearts of the general public.

    “Tourists hunting in Africa was largely perceived as being a perverted pastime of rich spoiled white people from the first world,” he said.

    Denker however said that 2016 was a year when hunters and pro-hunting organisations were able to bring across their message that if hunting is practiced in a sustainable and respective manner, it is an essential tool of practical nature conservation.

    He said that pro-hunting proponents have probably never before been able to bring this message across with such a concerted effort as this year.

    However according to Denker amongst the core issues that hamper the acceptance of hunting is the difficulty for the general public to understand that the only true acceptable justification for hunting is its claim of being an indispensible tool of practical nature conservation.

    He said respectful and ethical conduct within a strict animal welfare code has to be acknowledged.

    Denker said it is no longer acceptable to try and justify unacceptable hunting practices by claiming that ethics and morals are a matter of personal opinion.

    “The worldwide community has clearly told us with this you have crossed the line. It is not good enough for a professional hunter to be able to drive a land cruiser off road and to shoot a big boar with a rifle.”

    He stressed that the professional hunting sector in the future has to be educated and qualified on true conservation issues if the tide is to turn in favour of hunting.

    Denker also said if a critical inspection of the hunting sector time and again exposes manipulation and exploitation of nature let alone horrible abuses then the continuous and accelerated decline of hunting’s reputation will not be stopped and hunters can just as well hang up their rifles.

    Meanwhile the deputy minister of environment, Tommy Nambahu, said that trophy hunting in Namibia has undergone major challenges this year that threatened its sustainability as a contributor to conservation in the country.

    According to him these challenges included the prolonged drought that threatened wildlife and also the attack on, or advocacy against, trophy hunting following the shooting of Cecil the lion.

    He said that this incident led to calls for the banning of trophy hunting and airlines boycotting transporting of trophies hunted in Africa.

    Nambahu said that trophy hunting is a concept that is not well understood and at most times misinterpreted as to how it contributes to conservation and benefits people living with wildlife.

    “Therefore it is important for us as regulators, hunters, outfitters and communities to remain ethical in our dealings to avoid unbecoming criticisms that may diminish our reputation.”



    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 11/30/16--16:00: R Kelly still on the cards?
  • R Kelly still on the cards?R Kelly still on the cards? Well-placed sources in the music industry say it is highly likely that a new date will be set soon for the long-awaited performance by international R&B sensation R Kelly in Windhoek.

    The concert was scheduled for 25 November as the headline act for the annual Windhoek Draught live music event, but was cancelled at the eleventh hour.

    Neither Ohlthaver & List nor NamConcerts, which was responsible for the arrangements of the show, would confirm or deny this to Namibian Sun. Both said discussions were under way and a media release would be issued as soon as all the details were finalised.

    At the time of the cancellation of the show, NamConcerts issued a statement saying that the ticket sales were put on hold until further notice. The press release also stated that in the event of the concert being cancelled all ticket holders would be fully refunded.



    No refunds have been made to date.

    The unexpected cancellation of the R Kelly performance was nothing new for the superstar. A South African tour scheduled for 2013 was also cancelled at the eleventh hour. Allegedly this was due to low ticket sales because of the dates of the performances.

    Namibia Breweries Limited, through its Windhoek Draught brand, and Standard Bank Namibia are the main sponsors of the event, which would have seen local acts like PDK, Gazza and Oteya performing too.

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    Crayfish vessel owner's body foundCrayfish vessel owner's body found The remains of the owner of a crayfish vessel who went missing at the weekend was found on Tuesday morning.

    Peter John Raubenheimer, 57, was reported missing at 02:30 on Saturday in Namibian waters near Oranjemund after his boat broke down.

    Police spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi yesterday confirmed that his body was found by a search-and-rescue team on Tuesday at 10:30.

    He said strong waves had washed the body ashore.

    According to Kanguatjivi the body will be taken to the Lüderitz mortuary for a post-mortem.

    He said no foul play was suspected.

    The police previously reported that 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 MV Caladero.

    The ship''s propeller was damaged in the Oranjemund area. It is not clear what exactly happened, but Raubenheimer apparently left the vessel after the problem was identified. He then disappeared.

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

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 11/30/16--16:00: Rehoboth in report dilemma
  • Rehoboth in report dilemmaRehoboth in report dilemmaMinistry must explain recommendations The United People''s Party has accused the Swapo town councillors of being unwilling to implement the recommendations of a report on the Rehoboth town council''s affairs. The United People''s Party (UPM) wants the minister of urban and rural development, Sophia Shaningwa, to halt the re-election of office bearers at the Rehoboth town council until the recommendations of a report that incriminated the council''s human resources manager, Willie Swartz, are implemented.

    The report sent to the council last week recommended that all decisions taken at a council meeting on 14 December 2015 must be revoked because the council was in recess.

    Chief among these decisions was the reinstatement of Willie Swartz as human resources manager following his voluntary resignation earlier that year.

    In a statement yesterday UPM accused the Swapo councillors of being unwilling to implement the recommendations.

    “The UPM has complained several times about the incompetence of the Swapo councillors. The claim that they do not understand the report confirms claims of incompetence,” the party said.

    UPM councillor Lennie Pienaar confirmed that the council had discussed the report but according to him the Swapo Party councillors said they did not understand its contents.

    “We will give them the benefit of the doubt and see what happens after the meeting with the ministry officials,” he said.

    According to Swapo councillor Vincent Uirab the council resolved that the recommendations would be implemented once the ministry task team had explained the report to the councillors.

    “There are rumours that we are dilly-dallying around the report but we do not have a problem implementing the recommendations. It is also not an issue of not understanding the report but one person might understand while another might not,” he said.

    Uirab said the report had not been officially handed over to the council and therefore remained the property of the ministry.

    He added that Minister Shaningwa had offered to send a task team to present the report to the council on Tuesday, but that depended on the availability of the task team.

    Meanwhile, Rehoboth CEO Christophe /Uirab says he requested ministerial staff to be present at the meeting on Tuesday to clarify some issues in the report.

    “All I can say is that the council does have the right to ask for clarity on issues,” he said.

    Deputy minister Derek Klazen said the permanent secretary was instructed to explain the report since it was an “administrative” issue.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Governor's council plunged into confusionGovernor's council plunged into confusion The advisory council of the governor of the Hardap Region has been plunged into confusion following a text from their boss. They are not sure whether they are on holiday or jobless.

    The message sent by Governor Esme Isaack reads: “Good morning Honourable members. Please take note that I devolved the council as from today until further notice. I thank you all and wish you all a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. God blessings! [sic]”

    Hoandi !Gaeb, Gerhard van der Merwe, Sima Luipert, Uhuru Dempers, Alfred Dax, Paul Nghiwilepo and Reverend Willem Simon Hanse, who is the chairman of the advisory council, were all utterly confused by this message, with some fearing the council had in fact been dissolved and they were fired.

    The council was thrown into confusion by the use of the word ''devolve''. Two members who spoke to Namibian Sun said there is a major difference in the meanings of “resolve”, “absolve”, “devolve” and “dissolve”.

    According to the English Learner''s Dictionary, “devolve” is defined as “to gradually go from an advanced state to a less advanced state: to pass (responsibility, power etc.) from one person or group to another person or group at a lower level of authority: to be given to someone after the owner has died.”

    Some members said they hoped the notice suggested a recess until New Year.

    However, some of the members are not happy with the goings-on in the region.

    They say Isaacks wants “zombies that clap hands”.

    “People don''t like critical people!” one said.

    The affected members suggested someone should advise the president to shake up the cabinet and the regional leadership. “Autocracy is killing us,” it was argued.

    Members of the public in the Hardap Region said on social media that the launching of small projects throughout the year was the governor''s job. “No strategy and vision, and not articulated where she wants to see the region. It''s a shame,” said one comment in reaction to her “devolving” the advisory council.

    Alfred Dax, special advisor to the governor who was also part of her advisory council, confirmed that he too received the text message.

    “The governor''s advisory council was said to be devolved and not dissolved and this places me in uncertainty,” he said.

    Asked about a possible reason why the advisory council was dissolved, Dax said: “You are asking me something that I totally don''t know. I have no idea what prompted the decision.”

    FRED GOEIEMAN

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  • 11/30/16--16:00: The answer is in the test
  • The answer is in the testThe answer is in the testKnowing your status is the way forward A strong focus has been placed on the critical importance of self-testing for HIV allowing early medical intervention and altered sexual behaviour. Health minister Dr Bernard Haufiku has pleaded with Namibians, particularly men, to go for HIV testing in order to benefit from life-saving treatment.

    Haufiku''s plea coincided with the announcement of the World Health Organisation''s (WHO) new guidelines on HIV self-testing and partner notification that were released yesterday.

    According to Haufiku, 210 000 Namibians are infected with HIV while 150 000 are currently on anti-retroviral treatment. These are the figures we know of.

    The call for testing is in line with the findings of the new WHO progress report, which indicates that a lack of HIV diagnosis is a major obstacle to implementing the organisation''s recommendation that everyone with HIV should be offered antiretroviral therapy.

    The WHO country representative to Namibia, Dr Monir Islam, also said that there is need for increased awareness about HIV testing. He added that one of the biggest challenges in Namibia is that older men who do not know their HIV status infect young girls, hence the high HIV infection rate in Namibian girls aged 15 to 24.

    “This is one of the reasons why we see that the HIV infection rate is not reducing significantly. Furthermore, young girls also do not go for testing,” he said.

    He added that circumcision has not been embraced.

    “If we start talking about testing then the issue of human rights comes to the fore. Because of this, we are appealing for self-testing because now people can go to a pharmacy, buy a test and test themselves at home without the stigma attached,” he said.

    Monir pointed out that facilities that dispense these self-testing kits would provide the client with some form of counselling in order to comprehend the magnitude of the test. He also made it clear that it is important that people confirm these self-test results at a health facility, especially if it tests positive.

    The WHO further states that HIV self-testing is a means to reach more people with undiagnosed HIV and represents a step forward to empower individuals, to diagnose people earlier before they become sick, to bring services closer to where people live, and to create demand for HIV testing.

    Astonishingly, it also states that men account for only 30% of people who have tested for HIV. As a result, men with HIV are less likely to be diagnosed and put on antiretroviral treatment and are more likely to die of HIV-related causes than women. They also infect more women due to harmful cultural practices.

    According to the guideline report, barriers that hinder men from testing for HIV include the perception that health services, particularly antenatal care settings, are not male friendly.

    “As a result, many men remain untested, and those who are HIV positive continue to be undiagnosed and, therefore, linked to treatment and care far too late. Consequently, in many settings, males have a higher HIV mortality rate than their female peers,” the report states.

    These guidelines also state that although the number of existing studies that look at young people''s willingness to use HIV self-test kits are few, considerable interest in using the HIV self-test has been reported in Canada, France, South Africa and the United States.

    According to the guidelines similar findings were identified among South African university students who suggested that HIV self-testing was empowering and could “normalise” HIV.



    Attractive

    Nanaso executive director Sandie Tjaronda commended the Namibian government for its achievements but pointed out that it needs to repackage its HIV prevention packages to attract young people.

    “Young people have their own preferences, they may choose not to use the services used by the ordinary citizen. Government must look at this and bring in new ideas,” he said.

    According to him the high infection rate among girls and young women is driven by harmful cultural practices such as early marriages.



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Airport cop arrested in rhino-horn case Airport cop arrested in rhino-horn case ELLANIE SMIT

    A sergeant in the Namibian police has been arrested in connection with a case in which a Chinese national was arrested with 18 rhino horns at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg last week.

    Sergeant Pendapala Abraham Iitula,42, who worked at Hosea Kutako International Airport, appeared before the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura yesterday on a charge of defeating and obstructing the course of justice.

    Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said Iitula was granted bail of N$2 000 and the case was postponed to 3 February next year.

    Iitula was the person operating the scanner in the passenger screening area at the airport.

    Iitula was arrested on Monday at 18:00, only a few days after a full-scale investigation was launched into activities at Hosea Kutako International Airport.

    The probe was ordered after it was discovered that the 18 rhino horns found in the possession of Ye ZhiWe, 28, in Johannesburg had in fact been detected by scanners at Hosea Kutako.

    The investigations at Hosea Kutako were launched by Namibian authorities after it was found that even though the scanners detected these illegal rhino horns in the luggage of Ye, who was in transit from Windhoek to Hong Kong, he was still allowed to board a South African Airways flight.

    Ye was arrested after the South African Hawks received an anonymous tip-off and discovered the rhino horns hidden in his luggage. The rhino horns were tightly wrapped in industrial cling wrap.

    The rhino horns, weighing 43kg, were valued at around N$6.6 million.

    Ye made his second court appearance yesterday in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court. Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said the case was postponed to 13 December for a formal bail application. He was remanded in custody.

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  • 11/30/16--16:00: Namibia to mourn Castro
  • Namibia to mourn CastroNamibia to mourn Castro The government has declared a three-day mourning period for the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, starting today.

    Castro, Cuba''s long-time revolutionary leader, died at the age of 90 last week.

    A memorial service will be held next week Tuesday, 6 December, at the Parliament Gardens that will be addressed by President Hage Geingob, while all flags will fly at half-mast during this period of mourning.

    Namibians from all walks of life are invited to join Geingob to pay homage and respect to the Cuban leader who played a major role in the liberation of Namibia from South African apartheid rule.

    Cuba provided military, political and diplomatic support to the fight for Namibia''s freedom during the liberation struggle. It is reported that the country deployed more than 350 000 troops to Africa to the aid the MPLA in Angola and Swapo in Namibia, among other causes. Approximately 2 000 Cubans died fighting in the region.





    Speaking during Castro''s memorial service in Havana on Tuesday this week, Geingob praised Castro as a true liberator.

    He said the legacy of Fidel is an “eternally burning flame that will continue to inspire and ignite the passion of progressive forces of the world as it fights for economic justice and the realisation of an equitable world order.”

    “When global politics are no longer clear cut, when alliances are falling apart when people are losing faith, it is in this moment that we need the razor-sharp clarity of mind and purpose which characterised the life of Fidel Castro,” he said.





    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 11/30/16--16:00: ‘Kaapanda threatened us’
  • ‘Kaapanda threatened us’‘Kaapanda threatened us’Mother of missing herder says gag order was issued The mother of Fillipus Jurius, the cattle herder who went missing on former minister Joel Kaapanda’s land in 2015, says the minister has told the family to keep quiet. Former information minister Joel Kaapanda is accused of threatening the mother of missing herder Fillipus Jurius to stop communicating with the media regarding her missing son. Jurius disappeared from Kapaanda’s cattle post on 31 July last year.

    Jurius’s mother, 45-year-old Elizabeth Akooko, told Namibian Sun that after media reports regarding her missing son last year, Kaapanda called her, ordering her to stop mentioning his name to the media.

    A meeting was held at Outapi police station last week where Akooko and her family were allegedly informed of Kaapanda’s order to keep quiet. Namibian Sun was at the meeting but was not allowed in. When contacted for comment, Kaapanda denied the allegation.

    “He started calling me last year, saying that I was tarnishing his reputation and dirtying his name through media reports over my missing son. Last week Wednesday, after Namibian Sun published another report on 3 October, he went through the police to invite us to Outapi to go hear his threats and orders. During the meeting the police also supported him,” Akooko said.

    Akooko also accused the police of dragging their feet on the matter. She said they called her and her family to Outapi under false pretences. She said they told her that they were going to hear the DNA results, but when they arrived, she said it was “just to hear Kaapanda threatening us to stop taking his name to media because it is dirtying his name”.

    “He is more worried about his name and reputation, but I am worried about my son who went missing. We were quiet about it, but now he has provoked us. We have given him until end of December to tell us what happened,” she said.

    When contacted, Kaapanda denied the allegations, but maintained that it was not fair for them to run to the media while the police were still investigating the matter.

    “I am not the one who called the meeting and I did not call them, ordering not to talk to media. I know several reports were made about this, which is not serving any good at all or supporting the police investigation. I never threatened them,” he said.

    Deputy Commissioner Bonifatias Kanyetu of the Omusati police confirmed that he had called the two families (Akooko and Kaapanda) to his office. He also confirmed that the family was advised to stop talking to the media, but he denied that that was the sole purpose of the meeting.

    “We called the two families to inform them of the progress of the investigation. We also wanted to hear from them as to what they feel needs to be done while we are waiting for the DNA report which is not yet completed,” Kanyetu said.

    Meanwhile, Akooko said, “The invitation we received was that we were going to get the DNA report, but to our surprise we were invited to go hear Kaapanda’s threats. We are not the ones that take this to the media, they are the ones who call us for updates.”

    Akooko said she was very frustrated and could not wait any longer. She said it had been a long time since the police took her blood sample but they had not told her anything.

    She said the disappearance of her son and the way she learned about it were very traumatising.

    On the afternoon of 31 July 2015, Jurius was dropped off at Kaapanda’s cattle post in the Onamatanga grazing area of the Omusati Region by Pinias Nashilongo, a relative of Kaapanda’s.

    He was never seen again.

    Nashilongo reported Jurius missing at the Okahao police on 4 August and that same day Akooko heard Kaapanda announcing over NBC Oshiwambo community announcement programme that Jurius was missing.

    According to the police, on 4 August when Nashilongo reported the matter, decomposed human remains were discovered in the area.

    Akooko said: “This is not true. After hearing the announcement, I took the number that was given in the notice and when I called, I was told that it was former minister Joel Kaapanda who sent the announcement and the missing person was really my son. I requested to go with my family to his cattle post, but he refused and ordered me not to call him anymore. He gave me someone’s number that I must call whenever I need him. When I called that number on 25 August 2015 I was told that Kaapanda went abroad. On 15 October Kaapanda called me that he is back and my family and I could go to his post, but my family refused. On 20 October we were called to go to Okahao police to see the discovered body parts, which according to the police were discovered on 17 October 2015.”

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    NRU seeks local general managerNRU seeks local general manager Acting CEO of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) Elizma Theron says the union prefers to appoint a Namibian as general manager.

    But the union would be forced to consider a foreigner if it fails to recruit someone locally.

    Theron says the position will be advertised in the coming days so that an appointment can be made by February next year.

    Former general manager John Williams recently resigned, citing personal reasons.

    Williams returned to South Africa after having been the union''s general manager since January 2015.

    “We are encouraging Namibians to apply for the position once we advertise it because the NRU would love to have a Namibian general manager,” Theron says.

    “We hope to start with the interviewing process before the end of the year in order for us to have preferable candidate by the beginning of next year.

    “Having a local person who understands rugby is very important given that our aim is to empower locals.

    “The person must also be committed and devoted to the task since the rugby union has its sights set on raising the standard of the game in the country.”

    The role of the general manager is similar to that of the director and he/she reports directly to the CEO.

    The general manager will be required to monitor the day-to-day running of the union and contribute towards the development of the national teams.

    “The union has an aim to grow and that is why we brought in international expertise so that our locals can learn as much as they can while they are here.

    “We are happy with the work that Williams did during his time as the general manager of the rugby union,” Theron says.





    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    My parents will finally see the medal - ShikongoMy parents will finally see the medal - ShikongoPara-athletes accompany Shikongo home Paralympic gold medallist Ananias Shikongo and his guide, Even Tjiviju, will finally present their medals to Shikongo''s parents this weekend. Para-athletes will on Saturday accompany Ananias Shikongo to his home village where he will show his Paralympic Games medal to the community.

    Shikongo and his guide, Even Tjiviju, together with the Paralympic team, will be travelling to the North today where they will have a road show on Saturday.

    Originally from Okatope in the Okankolo Constituency, the road show will start at Onathinge, proceed to Onayena and stop at Okankolo village before proceeding to constituency offices at Onyuulaye where the event will take place.

    The event will be attended by the constituency councillor, Hans Nambondi, the Oshikoto governor, Henock Kankoshi, and other invited guests.

    Speaking to Namibian Sun yesterday, Shikongo said the wait was over and it was now time for his parents to see what he had achieved.

    “I have been waiting for this moment for some time now, so I am just glad that finally my parents will see and feel what their son has achieved, because I even felt that I was immediately supposed to take this medal home when I got back in the country from Brazil but because of the different programmes that have been going on it was not possible,” he said.

    He thanked the Directorate of Sports for providing transport and accommodation for him and his Paralympic Games teammates.

    “I am grateful that the ministry also values that it is important that I take the medal home where I come from so I would really like to thank the director of sports, Shivute Katamba, who made sure that we have transport,” he said.

    Shikongo said a celebration would be held at his parents'' house at Okatope village where his parents, friends and family members will deliver speeches.

    Coming from a constituency that is regarded as the poorest in the Oshikoto Region, Shikongo said he purposely organised the event to promote Paralympics in the country.

    “I wanted to make sure that I do not only go straight to my parents'' house because I want to show my community members what people with disability can achieve and that if there is anyone maybe hiding their people with a disability, that they see the goodness that we are able to produce,” he said.

    KAINO NGHITONGO

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  • 12/01/16--14:00: Zidane's son scores on debut
  • Zidane's son scores on debutZidane's son scores on debutLike father, like son Football legend Zinedine Zidane is celebrating the achievement of his team and that of his son, who scored in his senior debut. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane''s son, Enzo, scored on his senior debut as the European champions brushed aside third tier Cultural Leonesa 6-1 to progress into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey 13-2 on aggregate on Wednesday.

    By contrast, Barcelona still have work to do to reach the next round after being held 1-1 at Hercules in the first leg of their last 32 tie.

    Enzo, the eldest of Zidane''s four sons, all of whom play at different levels in Real''s youth teams, was introduced by his father, a legendary former player for Real and France, at half-time.

    The 21-year-old, who was previously coached by Zinedine at Real''s youth side Castilla before he took the top job at the Santiago Bernabeu in January, showed a glimpse of his father''s talent with a fine low finish from the edge of the area just after the hour mark.

    “If I take off my hat as a coach then I am happy for him as a father (too),” said Zidane.

    “But, in saying that, I watch what he does on the field as a coach and I am happy with how they all played.”

    With the tie over as a contest following Real''s 7-1 first leg win and El Clasico away to Barcelona to come on Saturday, Zidane made nine changes from the side that started the 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon last weekend.

    Norwegian starlet Martin Odegaard, 17, was also handed his full debut, but it was Dominican international Mariano Diaz who got Real off to a flying start as he slotted home the first of his hat-trick after just 23 seconds.

    James Rodriguez headed home the hosts'' second before Mariano smashed in a third, but Leonesa did have a moment to savour when Yeray Gonzalez fired into the top corner from long range in first-half stoppage time.

    Enzo was then handed his long-awaited bow by his father, but ensured there was to be no claims of nepotism when he finished off a flowing team move with a classy right-footed finish.

    Mariano completed his hat-trick two minutes from time before a Cesar Morgado own goal.

    Barcelona also fielded a side with 11 changes ahead of the Clasico, but were made to pay by third tier Hercules.

    David Mainz bundled home at the back post seven minutes into the second-half to give the side form Alicante a shock lead.

    However, Manchester United target Carles Alena capped his debut with a wonderful strike from 25 yards to spare Barca''s blushes.

    Yannick Carrasco scored twice as Atletico Madrid also hit Guijelo for six in the first leg of their last 32 tie.

    A Saul Niguez penalty and Sime Vrsaljko''s first Atletico goal gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead before the Belgian struck twice in five second-half minutes.

    Angel Correa and Roberto Nunez rounded off the scoring.

    Sevilla and Villarreal took huge strides towards the last 16 with comprehensive first leg wins over Formentera (5-1) and Toledo (3-0) respectively.

    Second division Cordoba were the only victorious lower league side of the evening with a 2-0 win over Malaga.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Hamilton hails Rosberg's 'well-deserved' titleHamilton hails Rosberg's 'well-deserved' titleWe are now both champions – Hamilton Despite not bagging the 2016 Formula One title, British driver Lewis Hamilton says they all wanted to be champions with teammate Nico Rosberg. Lewis Hamilton offered an olive branch to teammate Nico Rosberg on Wednesday, telling the German that his maiden Formula One world title was “well deserved”.

    Rosberg wrapped up the 2016 championship last weekend when he finished second behind fellow Mercedes driver Hamilton at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    Hamilton, however, was widely criticised for his attempts to ''back up'' Rosberg into the clutches of the chasing pack as he tried to engineer his own last-gasp title lifeline.

    But the three-time world champion Briton took to Twitter on Wednesday to ease any lingering tension between the two men.

    “We said we''d be champions back then, now we both are! Congratulations Nico, you did everything a champion needed to do. Well deserved,” tweeted Hamilton beside a photo of the pair in their junior racing days.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 12/01/16--14:00: See you at the court
  • See you at the courtSee you at the court Grab a racquet and grow old "If you want to stave off death for as long as possible, you might want to reach for a tennis racquet," The Guardian reports. A study looking at the impact of individual sports on mortality found racquet sports reduced the risk of death by around 47%.

    Researchers also found reduced risks of death for people who took part in cycling, swimming and aerobics.

    They didn''t find such effects for people who took part in rugby, football or running – although this unexpected finding may be explained by the low number of deaths, which may have skewed the statistics. The smaller the data set, the bigger the chance of the data being influenced by chance.

    What is clear from the study is that any sort of regular physical activity is likely to help us stay healthier and live longer.

    The study was carried out by researchers from the UKK Institute in Finland, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, Loughborough University and University of Exeter in the UK, Victoria University and University of Sydney in Australia, and University of Graz in Austria. It was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Most of the UK media reported that tennis and badminton were the "best" exercise, because people participating in these sports had the biggest reductions in risk of death compared to people not taking part.

    THE GUARDIAN

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    Anglo American plc exits ExxaroAnglo American plc exits ExxaroShare sale raises N$3 billion Anglo American no longer holds a direct equity interest in Exxaro. Anglo American plc has agreed to sell its approximately 35 million ordinary shares, representing a 9.7% interest, and Main Street 333 Proprietary Limited.

    Sale of Anglo American''s shares raised gross proceeds of approximately N$3 billion. Sale price represents a 10% discount to closing price on 30 November 2016.

    Placing shares represent approximately 14.7% of Exxaro''s issued share capital. Following sale, Anglo American no longer holds a direct equity interest in Exxaro.

    Anglo American intends to use proceeds from placing to reduce net debt.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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