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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 12/15/16--14:00: Waited until the 11th hour
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  • 12/15/16--14:00: Parties ignore Electoral Act
  • Parties ignore Electoral ActParties ignore Electoral ActOnly DTA submits audited statement Only one party has complied with a new legal requirement that parties must account for money received from the state. Seven of the eight political parties represented in the National Assembly are yet to comply with an Electoral Act requirement that they must account for the funding they get from state coffers.
    According to the Electoral Act of 2014, sections 158 and 160, political parties must present audited reports on how they spent the funding to the National Assembly within six months of the end of the financial year in April.
    Only the DTA of Namibia has presented an unqualified audited financial report to the National Assembly this year.
    Last year, finance minister Calle Schlettwein announced that N$116 million of the national budget had been allocated to political parties for the 2015/16 financial year.
    The ruling party Swapo, with 101 seats in parliament, received up to N$96 million while the DTA, the official opposition with six seats in parliament, received a maximum of N$5.7 million.
    The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and United Democratic Front (UDF), both with three seats, received N$2.8 million each.
    The All People’s Party (APP), National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) and the Workers’ Revolutionary Party (WRP), each with two seats, received up to N$1.9 million each.
    Parties such as the Republican Party (RP), South West Africa National Union (Swanu) and United People’s Movement, with only one seat, received about N$958 000.
    The Electoral Act stipulates that only political parties with seats in parliament can receive public funds.
    Contacted for comment, the director of elections, Paul Isaak, said the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) was in the process of reminding parties that they must account for the funds.
    “They are obligated to account within six months and it should at least be published in two daily newspapers,” Isaak said.
    Asked whether he thought the failure was deliberate, Isaak said the Act was still new and it could be that the political parties were not well informed about it. He said the ECN was willing to assist them.
    The ECN has been accused of being too lax not using its power to ensure that the parties comply with the Act.
    Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) research associate Max Weylandt said the parties had too much of a say in such matters, which made it hard for the ECN to implement the Act.
    Weylandt said political parties must be accountable because it is the taxpayer’s money they were spending.
    He said the more time was allowed to pass, the more complicated the accounting would become. Therefore, the parties must find a solution soon.
    Namibian Sun understands that at the beginning of this year the ECN had a meeting with representatives of the various political parties at which they were told to give feedback to the commission. No deadline was apparently set.
    Talking to the party leaders about why they have not submitted the audited reports as required by law, some indicated that they still needed clarity from the ECN as to what they should account for while the majority indicted that their reports would be finalised by February 2017.
    According to Swapo’s secretary-general, Nangolo Mbumba, his party’s books are not up to date but as soon as the auditors have finalised everything the report will be submitted.
    Mbumba added that all political parties should comply with the Act.
    Nudo’s secretary-general, Meundju Jahanika, said the delay was unintentional. He said the party had some administrative problems but understood the importance of complying with the Act.
    Jahanika said Nudo’s audit report would be ready by the end of January 2017.
    When contacted for comment, Swanu’s president, Usutuaije Maamberua, wanted to know why the ruling party had not submitted its report.
    “Ask the ruling party, they get the biggest chunk,” Maamberua said.
    He said his party had submitted its financial reports to its auditors.
    UDF’s secretary-general, Hage Gawaseb, said the party was still waiting on the ECN for clarity. He said at a meeting this year with ECN questions were raised about the regulations. The ECN was to respond to their questions but that had not been done, he said.
    “There were some issues surrounding the Act which needed clarity as to what the money must be spent on and what not, and we are still waiting for them to get back to us,” he said.
    He said they did not want to submit a report to the National Assembly only to be told later that they had spent money for the wrong reasons.
    Gawaseb said although they were still waiting on the ECN for clarity the party’s books were up to date.
    UPM’s Jan van Wyk told Namibian Sun that their report was complete in August already but there were internal issues that delayed its submission.
    “Our report will be submitted within the course of the week,” he said.
    RP president Henk Mudge said the party had a very busy year and requested parliament to give them up to the end of January 2017 to submit their report.
    “This is not an excuse… we have nothing to hide, it’s just that we did not have this in the past,” Mudge said.
    Attempts to get comment from the APP were not successful at the time of going to print.
    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 12/15/16--14:00: ''''You tell us stories''''
  • ''''You tell us stories''''''''You tell us stories''''Ndeitunga meets with Chinese business leadersa While Chinese business leaders in Namibia have condemned poaching and wildlife crime, police chief Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has said that the Chinese, along with Namibians, are plundering our wildlife. With the recent increase in arrests of Chinese nationals for wildlife crimes the inspector-general of the Namibian police, Sebastian Ndeitunga, yesterday addressed the Chinese business community in Windhoek on matters pertaining to wildlife crime.
    Seated to his right was well-known Chinese businessman and philanthropist Jack Huang from Sun Investments.
    Huang recently came under the spotlight when a link was made between his company and Welwitschia Aquatic and Wildlife Scientific Research (Pty) Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Sun Investments and managed by Jeff Huang, his son. It had applied to export wild-caught dolphins, whales, orcas and penguins to Beijing Ruier Animal Breeding & Promoting Co., in China.
    Interestingly Huang told Ndeitunga, “We strongly maintain that it is not only the police’s responsibility to crack down on criminals, but it is also the duty of the entire society including the Chinese business community. Neither of us shall participate in their malefaction nor provide them any convenience, in addition we shall closely cooperate with the police authority providing any valuable clues in order to avoid similar issues to happen again.”
    Ndeitunga told the Chinese businessmen that poaching was being organised by international groups committing transnational criminal activities and this was affecting China, Namibia and the world community.
    “It is affecting the peace-loving nations of the world and poachers are coming from all countries. They work in solidarity to destabilise the economies of a country.”
    According to him this is a crime that is affecting the fauna and flora of Namibia and threatens the extinction of wildlife, especially rhino and elephant.
    He also made reference to “some people” that are playing down the problem of poaching.
    “Poaching is extremely serious and it is costing the police force a fortune to deploy resources.”
    He said there were hundreds of police deployed in Etosha and Bwabwata national parks and this was costing thousands, if not millions, of dollars per day.
    “I was not supposed to have them there on a daily basis and it is costing the country millions to protect the wildlife because they are under threat from humans.”
    He pointed out that Namibian and Chinese nationals alike are involved in committing these crimes.
    “We should work together to expose them,” he urged. According to him it is only a small fraction of Chinese nationals who are involved in this illegal activity. “They come to Namibia and go and they are working together with Namibians.”
    He revealed that the Chinese national who was recently arrested at OR Tambo International Airport with 18 rhino horns after departing from Hosea Kutako International Airport was actually invited by members of the Chinese business community to visit Namibia.
    “When we asked why, you want to tell us stories that even the devil cannot agree with. You claim that you do not know him. Tell the truth. How many others have been invited to get the product and then leave the country,” said Ndeitunga.
    Ndeitunga also said the fact that officials only detected the contraband in South Africa and not at the airport in Windhoek might be because they are not “suffering from cataracts”.
    He further said he is ashamed of the fact that Namibians are not protecting their resources.
    “You should see how many Namibians have been arrested in comparison to Chinese nationals.”
    Ndeitunga added that he will not hesitate to ask government for the assistance of the Chinese police to combat poaching. He said that he will also not hesitate to give a list the Chinese police of suspected poachers to be brought to book.
    The deputy head of the Chinese embassy in Namibia, Wu Wei condemned poaching involving Chinese nationals and said that these offenders are tarnishing the good name of the Chinese community in Namibia.
    He said that offenders are only a few and that the embassy as well as the Chinese community at large will not allow them to tarnish the image of Chinese nationals.
    “The Chinese embassy will as it always does, never condone any illegal or criminal acts by any Chinese national and supports righteous law enforcement efforts carried out by Namibian authorities.”
    Also speaking at the event was the Chairman of the China-Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lin Jindan who said that due to a lack of knowledge about the local laws and a language gap some people make mistakes leading to some becoming “black sheep” in Namibia.
    “We want these black sheep to be punished by the law,” he said.
    ELLANIE SMIT



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  • 12/15/16--14:00: Swartbooi saga not over
  • Swartbooi saga not overSwartbooi saga not over The Presidency yesterday announced that President Hage Geingob had accepted former deputy lands minister Bernadus Swartbooi’s verbal resignation. In a release to the media, it was announced he would be replaced by deputy poverty minister Priscilla Boois.
    This follows after Swartbooi on 4 December lashed out at his senior Utoni Nujoma at Hoachanas.
    “It is unacceptable what Utoni does with resettlement. He must be called to order,” was one of his statements.
    Boois’s appointment was not well received by all. Veteran Swapo politician Ida Hoffmann said she was disappointed by Boois’s decision to accept the position.
    Boois confirmed to Namibian Sun that she had accepted her new position.
    According to Hoffmann, Geingob is pitting Nama against Nama with this appointment.
    “It is so disappointing. It was a Nama son who raised the real issues affecting the Nama people. The poverty, the unemployment and the discrimination, and yet, a Nama person decides to accept the president’s offer,” said Hoffmann.
    She added that one must also understand some people may think about their bread and butter and not necessarily about the fact that someone lost their job over what is a legitimate cause.
    Swartbooi, who insists he never indicated that he will resign from his position, will be replaced Boois with immediate effect.
    However, since the president does not appoint parliamentarians, Swartbooi retains his position in the parliament – as a backbencher.
    Support for the booted deputy minister is building and Keetmanshoop residents are calling for Swartbooi’s reinstatement and for Geingob to retract his demand for an apology.
    During a peaceful demonstration Keetmanshoop residents under the leadership of land activist Paul Thomas handed over a petition directed to the president’s office at the office of the governor yesterday.
    “Our cultural and traditional values like the graves of our forefathers, and the plants and objects we use for our traditional practices, are rooted on this land, therefore, by settling others on the land, you are eliminating the Nama people from their roots and culture,” read the petition.
    The community further threatened to invade and lock German-owned farms in the south of the country if government does not urgently address the land concerns raised by Swartbooi.
    “We are also planning to camp outside the local lands ministry office until our demands are met,” said Thomas.
    According to land activist Ronnie Dempers, a mass march will take place today from Katutura to State House.
    “There is also a plan to go to Heroes Acre to give honour to our fallen heroes,” said Dempers.
    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 12/15/16--14:00: Dying to get a drink
  • Dying to get a drinkDying to get a drinkCanal fails, drought intensifies Uuvudhiya, once the hotspot for farming the north, is a wasteland of carcasses as cattle die of thirst. The town council of Opuwo, in a bid to better its overall performance will be creating management and head of department positions which were not considered before.

    A part-one level local authority, Opuwo has been operating without managers or heads of departments since inception. According to the mayor Albert Tjiuma, all departments are controlled and managed by town officials.

    "We are putting an end to this era. We are going to appoint managers and heads of departments to run our different section so that we can run our town effectively," Tjiuma said.

    He said that currently the town is behind other towns in the country in terms of development because it does not have staff to actually do and oversee the work.

    "We are in consultations to design eight key top positions for our town council. These are the people who will be held accountable for our town’s development,” he said.

    Tjiuma could not say which positions will be created, but Namibian Sun is reliably informed that the eight positions include a technical manager and finance or administration manager, a town planner, building inspector, environmental health officer, fire fighter, public relations officer and personal assistant to the CEO.

    Currently the council has appointed Abel Katjoho as acting CEO to facilitate the new CEO’s appointment as the current contract ended in October.

    Katjoho is currently the official responsible for the maintenance and technical department.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 12/16/16--01:24: Hundreds march for Swartbooi
  • Hundreds march for SwartbooiHundreds march for Swartbooi Close to 400 people gathered this morning at the ministry of land reform to give a petition about their grievances concerning the dismissal of deputy minister Bernadus Swartbooi.
    Minister Utoni Nujoma who was supposed to receive the petition reportedly got into his car and drove off without receiving the petition.
    According to social activist Rosa Namises who was also at the gathering, president Hage Geingob only replaced Swartbooi with Priscilla Boois because he is guaranteed that she does not speak up for things.

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  • 12/16/16--01:34: Hundreds march for Swartbooi
  • Hundreds march for SwartbooiHundreds march for Swartbooi Close to 400 people gathered this morning at the ministry of land reform to give a petition about their grievances concerning the dismissal of deputy minister Bernadus Swartbooi.
    Minister Utoni Nujoma who was supposed to receive the petition reportedly got into his car and drove off without receiving the petition.
    According to social activist Rosa Namises who was also at the gathering, president Hage Geingob only replaced Swartbooi with Priscilla Boois because he is guaranteed that she does not speak up for things.

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  • 12/18/16--14:00: Uranium producers positive
  • Uranium producers positiveUranium producers positiveWeathering the commodity storm Namibia’s two uranium producers are confident that they can survive the current slump until uranium prices pick up again. OGONE TLHAGE



    Uranium producers Langer Heinrich and Rössing Uranium remain positive despite depressed uranium spot prices.

    Sharing their views of what lies ahead for 2017, Langer Heinrich spokesperson Bernadette Bock and Rössing Uranium acting managing director Shaan van Schalkwyk both believe their respective mining operations can weather the storm.

    On the issue of possible job cuts and continuing operations uninterrupted, Bock said: “We believe that we can sustain our mining curtailment operating strategy for at least the next year at prices around US$20 per pound and above.”

    Sticking to price issues, she continued: “We do not like to speculate, but believe that the price of US$18-19 per pound is near the bottom of the market. We are hopeful that it will improve over the next year to at least US$25 per pound. In fact, we have already seen a slight upward trend over the past two weeks.”

    Unlike Bock, Van Schalkwyk would not comment on the price level, instead saying: “Rössing Uranium is focused on being resilient in this tough economic climate by continuously improving our production efficiency, implementing various cash-generation projects and carefully reviewing spending money on capital and expense items.

    “We believe these efforts will take us through 2017 and beyond, while we position ourselves to make full use of future opportunities presented by an eventual recovery in the market.”

    Regarding the Husab mine reaching full production, Van Schalkwyk said: “Our market remains a global market and it would be inappropriate to consider the impact of the starting or closing of a single mine in isolation, without taking the entire supply demand fundamentals into account.

    “Our views are therefore based on the best information we have regarding the global situation. As we approach year-end, it remains our number one priority to work safely while we focus on reaching our production targets.

    “We do not foresee Husab’s production having much impact on Langer Heinrich Uranium (LHU) when it achieves full production, since LHU sells on the open market, whilst Husab’s product is targeted for internal consumption by China with only small quantities made available for sale on the open market.”

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  • 12/18/16--14:00: Police survey slammed
  • Police survey slammedPolice survey slammed Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi this week slammed a recent corruption survey conducted by the Namibia University of Science and Technology.

    Calling into question the survey he said: “It is interesting to note what the reasonable population size is, what the area of the population surveyed is and how the sample was the area surveyed and. It is also disheartening to note that the survey was done and published and no one cared to contact the Namibian Police Force.”

    According to him, only 47 members were ever found to be corrupt. This dates back to March 2015 up until much recently. He argued that the number should have been much higher if corruption was a problem, considering the fact that the force was approximately 14 000 members strong. The ratio according to Kanguatjivi was too low to indicate that corruption was indeed a problem in the force.

    Said Kanguatjivi: “that person that paid to have that survey done did not get their money's worth. Obviously the 1855 people interviewed cannot represent the entire population that report is devoid of any truth. If we were so corrupt, we should have been at 67%. Instead if you had to collect that percentage would be something like 0.2 something%.”

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Independence is meaningless - protestersIndependence is meaningless - protesters Supporters of former lands deputy minister Bernadus Swartbooi on Friday handed over two petitions to Christine //Hoebes, the deputy minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.

    This followed President Hage Geingob's decision to fire Swartbooi and replace him with former poverty deputy minister Priscilla Boois on Thursday.

    The group marched from Katutura to the lands ministry building where they demanded to see lands minister Utoni Nujoma, presidential affairs minister Frans Kapofi, or Boois.

    Four more than four hours the group who chanted “down Hage” and refused to hand over their petition to the permanent secretary in the Presidency, Samuel Goagoseb.

    “Why is Utoni being protected like this? We have created his luxury, let him come. Geingob is accusing Swartbooi of tribalism but he replaced him with a Nama and sent a Damara/Nama PS to receive our petition, it that not promoting tribalism,” the group shouted.

    After a quick caucus in Nujoma's office a visibly nervous Goagoseb returned to inform the group that Nujoma was on leave, although Nujoma had just got into his vehicle and left.

    “We know he is in there – let him come out. We will receive the petition from Goagoseb when we go to State House, now we are at the lands ministry to see Utoni,” the group shouted.

    After negotiations failed to have the petition handed over to him, Goagoseb made a call to ask for a political leader because “the anger is getting out of hand, if we do not handle it carefully. And please do not send a Nama, they just told me they will not deal with a Damara/Nama PS.”

    Although they threatened to camp outside the lands ministry the group eventually agreed to hand over the petitions to //Hoebes.

    In the petition handed over by the landless Namibians the group gave Geingob 24 hours to make sure the land question is addressed urgently.





    They also called on the head of state to agree to the demands and recognise the ancestral claims of indigenous people who had lost their ancestral land to successive colonial regimes.





    The group also demand that the current land resettlement policy and programme be set aside pending the outcome of the scheduled land conference.

    “We demand an advance announcement of the hosting of the second land conference in 2017,” said the group.

    The group also demand a reshuffling of the land reform department as it is allegedly full of corruption, nepotism, favouritism, discrimination, ethnicity and tribalism, and rent-seeking.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Commission to probe Swapo abusesCommission to probe Swapo abusesMore to join A list of names has been released of Namibians who have agreed to serve on an international inquiry into alleged human rights transgressions by Swapo. The Committee of Parents and the Truth and Justice Committee have announced the names of Namibian and other players who have agreed to investigate claims of human rights abuses perpetrated by Swapo in exile.

    The Namibian commissioners on the international inquiry into crimes against humanity committed during 1966 to 1989 and in postcolonial Namibia are Dr John Nakuta, Leah Shaanika, Hendrik Christian, Monika von Wietersheim and Paul Thomas.

    Paul Threwela from the United Kingdom, a former Robben Island prisoner and member of Umkhonto we Size, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC) during the liberation struggle, has agreed to assist the inquiry with international press coverage.

    Erica Beukes, chairperson of the Committee of Parents, said the names of foreign members of the commission would be released soon.

    The names of the commissioners will be submitted to attorney-general Sackey Shanghala, who is tasked to address the concerns of the joint committee on behalf of the Namibian government.

    Beukes said the names would also be submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT), international churches and all instances in this matter.

    The joint committee wants the commissioners to investigate killings and detention of Namibian refugees, torture, forced confessions of detainees, complaints against Swapo's leadership made by members of its youth wing in 1976, as well as members of PLAN, the involvement and complicity of foreign missions and other instances, the probing of the Johnny Ya Otto Commission of Inquiry, and other related matters.

    The groups said a commission of inquiry was necessary because the Swapo leadership had to date refused to account for killings and disappearances of fellow Namibians in exile.

    They said the Swapo leadership refused to account for the whereabouts of the remains of murdered Namibian refugees while it continued to slander and defile both the murdered refugees and the survivors of the so-called Swapo dungeons.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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  • 12/19/16--14:00: Boxing bonanza blown away
  • Boxing bonanza blown awayBoxing bonanza blown away Embalangandja calls for unity in boxing The much-anticipated bout between Kapena Naindjala and Valde Ndayambekwa could not go to the final round as strong winds destroyed the tent where the boxing bonanza was being held. The main bout fight between Kapena Naidjala and Valde 'Swapo' Ndayambekwa was declared a non- contest at Outapi on Saturday night after strong wind blew the tent to the ground during the fourth round of the bout. No one was injured.

    The strong gust blew around midnight at the Embalangandja boxing bonanza which was held at the Olufuko centre in Outapi by the Embalangandja Investment CC owned by John Hakaye. Naidjala and Ndayambekwa were battling it out for the junior welterweight national title when the white tent was lifted out of the ground by a strong wind after which rain started to fall.

    The more than 100 spectators who wanted to see more of the fight which Naidjala was dominating, had to return home with only the good fights by the five entertaining undercut bouts which took place earlier. Talking to Namibian Sun Naidjala said he was disappointed by what transpired saying that he trained very hard for the fight, which he says was evident the moment he stepped into the ring.

    “Even my opponent came to me after the show was interrupted and told me I was too fast for him,” Naidjala said.

    This fight was a rematch between Naidjala and Ndayambekwa which took place last year in Outapi as well. Naidjala was the winner of that fight.

    Meanwhile, the first undercut bout was between Fillipus Nghitumbwa and Gerson Vaeta which Nghitumbwa won on points after the four rounds of heavy punches and sweat.

    The second bout between Josua Ndemunonga and Julius Sheefeni also went all the way as Sheefeni won the four-round bout on points.

    Lazarus Namalambo also won his fight against Niikoti Johannes on points after the six rounds lapsed.

    One of the highlights of the night was when Shililitha Johannes won by technical knock-out (TKO) when in the second round of the six-round bout he managed to force the team of Kativa Frans to throw in the towel.

    Just before the main bout Immanuel Andreki and Matheus Kandala entertained the spectators with their interesting fight which from the onset showed great boxing skills. Andreki won the fight on points after their eight-round fight. Meanwhile before the main bout, Hakaye in the presence of boxing promoters of different stables shared some words of wisdom and encouragement to the boxing fraternity calling for unity amongst all stakeholders.

    Hakaye also thanked those that supported him in making the bonanza materialise.

    However attempts to get comment from him about the ending of the bonanza failed as he was not reachable at the time of going to print.

    Warriors Promotion who promoted the boxing bonanza plans to host a rematch between Naindjala and Ndayambekwa.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Namibia finishes sixth at AUSCNamibia finishes sixth at AUSC Namibia ended sixth overall with 40 medals at the 2016 African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five Under-20 (U20) Youth Games held in Luanda, Angola from 9 to 18 December.

    The team of 125 athletes competed in women's football, track and field, boxing, basketball, netball, swimming, and tennis against nine other southern African countries.

    The teams included athletes with disabilities.

    Namibia collected five gold medals, 19 silver and 16 bronze.

    South Africa are the overall winners with 125 medals of which 63 are gold, followed by Botswana with 35 medals (14 gold); Zimbabwe third with 76 medals (12 gold); and Angola fourth with 33 medals (12 gold).

    Lesotho finished off the top five positions with 16 medals (six gold).

    Mozambique ended seventh with 22 medals (four gold); Zambia eighth with 15 medals (four gold); Malawi ninth with nine medals (no gold) and Swaziland 10th with one bronze medal.

    Namibia's athletes with disabilities won 23 medals (two gold, 13 silver, eight bronze) in track and field. Lahja Ishitile won two gold medals in the T11 100 metre (m), and 200m.



    Swimming

    Namibian swimmers collected two gold medals, two silver and seven bronze. Ronan Wantenaar won a gold medal in the 200m backstroke and Toni Roth gold in the women's race over the same distance and style.



    Boxing

    Namibia's six young boxers did exceptionally well at the games, finishing second overall behind South Africa. Namibia collected one gold and two silver medals. Kadhila Andreas Shikongo won the gold medal.



    Basketball

    Namibia and Angola were the only two basketball teams at the games. Namibia lost two matches against Angola and received silver medals.



    Track and field

    Sandro Diergaardt and Anjone Swanepoel won bronze medals each in discus throw and long jump, respectively.

    Football

    The national U20 women's football team finished second behind South Africa who won the final 5-0.



    Netball

    The Namibians ended fourth in a group of five teams. South Africa won gold, Botswana silver and Zimbabwe bronze. Lesotho ended fifth.



    Tennis

    The tennis team missed out on medals in both singles and doubles matches.

    The next edition of the Youth Games will be held in Botswana in 2018.



    NAMPA

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  • 12/19/16--14:00: Darts target schools
  • Darts target schoolsDarts target schools Development key at Khomas darts The financial crisis facing sports will not be a limiting factor for the Khomas Region's newly elected darts committee, as they strive to survive all odds. The darts of the Khomas Region's new committee will dedicate more of its efforts to developing the sport and introducing it in schools.

    This was announced by the chairman Christo Titus recently when he was introducing the newly elected committee.

    The new committee was elected to serve Khomas darts for two years.

    He assured lovers of darts in the region that the leadership is committed to lead the game to greater heights.

    “We are committed to lead darts in the region but we cannot do it alone as we need the input of every player and individual involved in darts to assist us in our endeavours,” he said.

    He stated that their objective as a committee is to promote darts vigorously in the immediate future.

    Titus further stated that many people do not know what darts is and that it is their objective to take the game to every corner of the region and beyond.

    “Our main focus will be development where our intention is to introduce the game to more schools and in the process develop young talent,” he said.

    He went on to say that as a committee, they are aware of the difficulties facing Namibian sports and they say darts is no exception.

    “We however trust and believe that a solution to this problem will be found sooner rather than later, and hereby call on our partners in the corporate world to assist sport in Namibia as sport in general cannot exist without your help,” he said.

    He also urged his committee members to come up with initiatives to generate money for them to fulfil their objectives.



    KAINO NGHITONGO

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    Iimbuluma yaSwapo tayi konaakonwaIimbuluma yaSwapo tayi konaakonwa Miimbuluma moka omwa kwatelwa omadhipago nekano lyaakwashigwana Okwa pitithwa omadhina gAaNamibia mboka ya zimine opo ya ninge oshitopolwa shokomisi ndjoka tayi ka ninga omakonaakono omolwa iimbuluma yuuthemba waantu mbyoka taku popiwa ya longwa kuSwapo. Okomitiye tayi ithanwa Committee of Parents and the Truth and Justice Committee oya tseyitha omadhina gaamboka ya tokola okuninga omakonaakono giimbuluma mbyoka ya longwa kuSwapo, pethimbo lyekondjelomanguluko.

    Iimbuluma mbyoka oya longwa pokati ko-1966 sigo 1989, niilyo yokomitiye ndjoka oya tumbulwa kutya oDr John Nakuta, Leah Shaanika, Hendrik Christian, Monika von Wietersheim naPaul Thomas.

    Paul Threwela a za koUnited Kingdom, na okwa li nale onkwatwa ya Robben Island noshilyo shoUmkhonto we Size, oshitopolwa sho African National Congress (ANC) pethimbo lyekondjelomanguluko okwa zimine opo a kwathele momakonaakono ngoka pandondo yopashigwana.

    Erica Beukes, ngoka eli omunashipundi gwokomitiye okwa popi kutya omadhina giilyo yokomitiye ndjoka gaamboka ya za pondje yoshilongo otaga ka tseyithwa mbala.

    Omadhina ngoka otaga kapewa Hahende-Ndjai gwepageo, Sackey Shanghala, ngoka a pewa oshinakugwanithwa shokulonga nokomitiye ndjoka, pehala lyepangelo lyaNamibia.

    Beukes okwa popi kutya omadhina ngoka otaga ka gandjwa koUnited Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT), oongeleka dhopaigwana oshowo aakuthimbinga ayehe moshikumungu shoka.

    Okomitiye ndjoka oya hala ookomufala mboka ya ninge omakonaaono momadhipago nekwatepo lyoonkwatwa dhaazaizai AaNamibia, omamonitho giihuna oshowo iimbuluma ayihe mbyoka tayi pelwa ombedhi elelo lyaSwapo taku popiwa kutya oya longwa kewawa lyaanyasha yongundu ndjoka mo-1976 oshowo kiilyo yoPLAN.

    Ongundu ndjoka oya popi kutya eningo lyomakonaakono olya pumbiwa molwaaashoka, Swapo sigo onena okwa tindi okugandja omatompelo omolwa omadhipago ngoka nekano lyaakwashigwana.

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    Iiningwanima melelo lyaShakati tayi tsikileIiningwanima melelo lyaShakati tayi tsikile Omupevi mayola gwondoolopa yaShakaati Ndamonongheda Namunyela oshowo omushipundi gwelelo lyondoolopa ndjoka, Gabriel Kamwanka, oya kala taya kwatelele omitumba dhevi shaaheli paveta.

    Mboka yali oya dhigipo okomitiye ndjoka ihe kape na ngoka eshi shi melelo ndyoka kutya osha ningwa uunake, na osha ningwa ngiini.

    Kamwanka okwa kala omunashipundi gwokomitiye ndjoka okutameka mo-2011 pamwe nomupeha omunaashipundi Hamunyela.

    Sha landula oolopota dhuulingilingi dhoka dha lopotwa koshifokundaneki shika, elelo lyondoolopa ndjoka olya ningi omutumba oshiwike sha piti, moka lya tseyitha kutya Kamwanka keshi we oshitopolwa shokomitye yevi.

    Okomitiye ndjoka ohayi gandja nomayele kombinga yiikumungu yevi kelelo lyondoolopa. Omauyelele ga gandjwa kelelo lyondoolopa otaga holola kutya okomitiye ndjoka ohayi tala omaindilo gevi ngoka ga ningwa nokugandja omagwedhelepo kelelo lyondoolopa kombinga yegandjo yomavi.

    Ombaapila ndjoka ya monika koshifokundneki shoNamibian Sun oya tuminwa Omunambelewa Omukuluntu gwelelo lyondoolopaa yaShakati, Werner Iita okuza kuAmushanga mUuministeli wEyambulepo lyOondoolopa nIitopolwa Nhgidinua Daniel, muNovemba, ta pula opo mboka yaali yiikuthe miilonga onga oshitpolwa sho komitiye ndjoka.

    Oonzo melelo ndyoka oya popi kutya mboka oya tindi okuza miilonga onga iilyo yokomitiye ndjoka opo yagamenenepo uuwananwa wawo.

    “Konima yoshikumungu shomatala, okomitiye ndjoka oya tameke tayi kundathana omaindilo gomavi ngoka ga ningwa kuKamwanka naNgoloneya gwaShana, Clemens Kashuupulwa. Okwa zi miilonga ihe pethimbo ndyoka omonamati gwamupeha mayola ngoka eli menindjela gwiiyemo melelo ndyoka Damian Hamunyela okwa pewa evi,” onzo ya popi.

    Iilyo mbyoka ohayi ulikwa kelelo lyondoolopa ihe shoka otashi ulike kutya Kamwanka naHamunyela oyiiulike yoyene. Iilyo yilwe mokomitiye ndjoka, Iita, omupeha menindjela gomayakulo gopautekinika, Lucas Amushembe, Omunambelewa gomayambulepo gondoolopa, Tunomukwathi Muma, Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwiiyemo Emily Alweendo, omunambelewa omukuluntu gwoonzo dhopauntu, Erastus Anguku, Asser Iita naLembi Iipinge onga amushanga.

    Pethimbo lyomutumba ngoka gwa ningwa elelo olya tseyithaa iilyo iipe mbyoka tayi longo sigo omo-2019. Okomitiye ompe otayi kwatelwa komeho kuIita nomupeha gweMartha Kaulwa a za koShack Dwellers Federation.

    Iilyo yilwe oSofia Henock a za koShack Dwellers Federation, Omunambelewa gwomaliko Kanisius Gideon, Muma, Omunambelewa gwuundjolowele Kornelius Kapolo, Alweendo, Amushembe oshowo omukwashigwana Lisias David.

    Kamwanka okwa tindi okutya sha. Kuyele okwa li a lombwele oshifokundaneki shika kutya okwa hogololwa opo a kwatele komeho okomitiye ndjoka.

    Omunambelewa gwomauyelele melelo ndyoka, Katarina Kamari, oshowo ngoka ta longo pehala lyomunambelewa omukuluntu, Kornelius Kapolo, oya popi kutya kaye na uuyelele moshikumungu shoka.



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  • 12/19/16--14:00: Greenback gains slightly
  • Greenback gains slightlyGreenback gains slightly The Rand traded lower early on Monday this week, hovering near its weakest level in three weeks as a US Federal Reserve rate hike last week continued to weigh on emerging market currencies.

    By 06:50 GMT the rand had slipped 0.23% to R14 per dollar compared to close of R13.98 per dollar on Friday in New York.

    The currency fell to R14.18 last week in a risk asset sell-off as the Fed signalled a faster-than-expected pace of interest rate rises in 2017.

    In bonds, yield on the government issue due in 2026 fell two basis points to 9%.

    Stock futures index up 0.37%, signalling the Johannesburg bourse will open higher when trade resumes at 07:00.



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  • 12/19/16--14:00: Monju nuclear canned
  • Monju nuclear cannedMonju nuclear canned Japan pulls plug on troubled fast breeder reactor Japan has scrapped plans to generate electricity at a multi-billion dollar experimental nuclear reactor the government said Monday, giving up on the decades-old project due to spiralling costs. Once touted as a 'dream reactor', the Monju facility was designed to generate more fuel than it consumes via nuclear chain reaction, an attractive alternative in a country with few natural resources. But its complex fast breeder reactor technology has been plagued with problems that have left it idle for more than a decade. It has also been a financial black hole since construction began in 1986, given its initial US$8.5 billion construction cost and daily operating costs of US$426 621, even while shut down.

    “The government will not restart (Monju) as a nuclear reactor and will take steps to decommission it,” science minister Hirokazu Matsuno told the governor of western Japan's Fukui prefecture where it is located.

    Fukui governor Issei Nishikawa, who was informed by Matsuno and industry minister Hiroshige Seko at a meeting, criticised the decision as fast and sloppy. “I don't think there were sufficient deliberations,” Nishikawa said.

    Japan has become increasingly nervous about nuclear power in the years since the 2011 tsunami disaster that triggered the Fukushima meltdown crisis, the world's worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

    While some local governors in Japan have opposed the restart of reactors, not all are opposed due to the economic benefits and jobs nuclear technology brings.

    The Fukui government, for example, has been cooperative, partly in return for financial rewards from Tokyo.

    Despite the decision to scrap Monju, the government has not completely given up on fast breeder technology.

    The area around the Monju facility will be turned into a research centre for nuclear technology, including plans to explore a different type of fast breeder reactor, according to the ministry.

    It will remain a long-term project that will also involve cross-border joint research, it said.

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  • 12/19/16--14:00: Eurowings to fly Windhoek
  • Eurowings to fly WindhoekEurowings to fly Windhoek The Hosea Kutako International Airport is set to welcome yet another European airline as it continues to rise in prominence.

    The latest arrival is Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings which announced that it will start flying to Windhoek as of July 2017.

    The airline added Windhoek to its international legs after updating its long-distance targets it announced in a statement recently. Eurowings will serve Windhoek from its Cologne Bonn Airport base from as little as N$4 390 one-way. Eurowings will service Windhoek from its Cologne Bonn base and will operate twice a week

    Eurowings also serves Berlin, Dresdan, Leizig and Sylt in Germany as well as other European destinations.

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  • 12/19/16--14:00: Less oil, more farms
  • Less oil, more farmsLess oil, more farms Continent needs vibrant agriculture sector - UN The International Fund for Agricultural Development has urged African countries to prioritise farming over oil production. African countries need to increase their focus on agriculture investment and lessen emphasis on oil and mining to improve food security for their citizens, a United Nations agency said.

    Most African governments have focused on growth in extractive industries such as oil and mining, resulting in some neglect of agriculture, said Kanayo Nwanze, the president of the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). That's heightened food insecurity and crippled opportunities for the majority of the continent's population that lives in rural areas, he said in a telephone interview from London.

    “Oil hasn't fed people,” Nwanze said. “It has enriched the pockets of a few people and the majority have become poorer. A vibrant agricultural sector not only feeds your population, it creates jobs, it generates wealth and it will keep people on their land.”

    Countries such as Nigeria, the continent's most-populous nation, Angola and Zambia rely on exports of commodities such as oil, natural gas and copper for revenue. Their vulnerability to price swings was laid bare last year as commodity prices collapsed, leading some nations to seek help from the International Monetary Fund. Agriculture comprised about 17% of sub-Saharan Africa's gross domestic product in 2015, while industry, which includes mining and manufacturing, accounted for about 25%, World Bank data shows.

    While each nation is different, “there is no doubt that African countries in general are not providing the minimum allocation of resources as agreed in the Maputo Declaration of 2003,” Nwanze said. The agreement, signed by most African states, obliges countries to allocate 10% of their budget to agriculture development. There are probably eight countries that have done it consistently, according to Nwanze.

    “Africa's development is not going to be sustained or maintained by the extractive industries or non-farm sector,” Nwanze said last week. “The rural agriculture communities are the backbone of development.”



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    There are signs of change. Nigeria, which relies on oil for two-thirds of state revenue and 90% of foreign-currency earnings, is turning to farming as dwindling oil income has driven the economy to the brink of its first full-year contraction in 25 years and more people go hungry. The government plans to capitalise the state-owned Bank of Agriculture Limited with US$3.2 billion so it can lend to farming projects at less than half the commercial rate.

    About 45% of IFAD's investments in loans and grants go to sub-Saharan Africa, which has 25% of the world's arable land, but generates only 10% of its agricultural output, according to IFAD. The organisation's investment on the continent more than doubled to US$2.7 billion in 2015 from 2009.



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