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  • 01/15/17--14:00: NSSU seeks more power
  • NSSU seeks more powerNSSU seeks more powerMore schools targeted in 2017 The school sports union has been criticised for not extending its operations to all schools in the country, but the union's coordinator is determined to prove the critics wrong. In its efforts to strengthen school sports, the National School Sports Union (NSSU) wants to have more power over the learners.

    The national coordinator Solly Duiker told Namibian Sun that talks are on track between the education and sports ministries.

    He said at the moment NSSU cannot dictate what sport the learners should do as that mainly relies on the school's management, but is now happy that a document has already been prepared and will soon be sealed

    “We will soon have the signed agreement between the two ministries, and that will be an important memorandum of understanding because only then will we have the power to go to schools and say they must do sports else we will report them to the authorities,” he said.

    Duiker maintained that the process is nearing completion.

    “That understanding will also give us power as we do not have say over the learners because they belong to the ministry of education and not to sport,” he said.

    He also pointed out that NSSU is determined to reach out to all schools this year.

    “For this year we just want to make sure that we have reached out to as many schools as possible as one of our goals is empowering the teachers as well as some volunteers to get into schools and develop sports at grassroots level because that is actually where our major problem starts,” he said.

    He further pointed out that a sport calendar has already been drawn up and schools have started picking them up from his office.

    “We are starting now at all schools with inter-house competitions so the schools will now start preparing and after that we will have our cluster meetings where schools that are participating can select their cluster teams and then have nationals late in April,” he said.

    Duiker said they are encouraging schools to start with their sport activities as easy as possible, “because we have now set up a due date by when all inter-house events should be completed.

    “A lot of schools have already started with getting their calendars so that they can start planning when to have their inter-house competitions, and there is a good response from the schools as they want to start with their school activities as early as possible,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Duiker also indicated that the union is working on a plan of how to sustain itself.

    “After having learned that the sports budget was cut, we have embarked on 'hunting season' to engage the corporate world to help to sustain the NSSU.

    “We have so far engaged two and we are waiting for feedback. They have indicated to us that they would respond by end of this month, because we want to ensure that we are on par when it comes to the development of schools sports without relying on government,” he said.

    He added that there is also progress being made in strengthening the union's office operation.

    “My PA has just started so I am not alone anymore and that is already a positive.

    “So there are also efforts being made in strengthening the office operations, as that would also give me a chance to really reach out into the regions,” he said.


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    Rössing Marathon on next monthRössing Marathon on next month The popular Rössing Marathon has over the years attracted elite and upcoming athletes and this year's one is slated for 11 February in Swakopmund.

    The day is sponsored, for the 26th consecutive year, by Rio Tinto Rössing Uranium Mine and hosted by Swakop Striders Athletics Club, which includes two running events open to the general public, the 42.2-kilometre full marathon, and the shorter 10-kilometre run.

    Last year's winners were Reonard and Alina Namupala from the NDF sport club, winning in 2:22:04 and 2:41:11, with Alina Namupala registering her fourth consecutive win.

    The 10-kilometre run was won by Jeremia Shaliaxwe from Namibian police's sport club in 29:19. The first prize for the marathon is N$10 000 each for the men's and ladies open winners, with the Namibian marathon winning athletes also each receiving an extra N$20 000 in-kind development bonus during their reign as Namibia's national marathon champions.

    There are also cash prizes for runners finishing second (N$5 000), third (N$2 000), fourth (N$1 000) and fifth (N$500) in the marathon which is the day's main event.

    An extra N$1 000 cash bonus will also be won by athletes who will break the marathon's record in the open categories.

    The Rössing Marathon record of two hours, eleven minutes and twenty-three seconds (2:11:23) by Luketz Swartbooi was set in 1992.

    The total prize monies for the event in 2017 amount to more than N$70 000.

    Meanwhile, the Uranium Relay for Erongo mine workers (mine contractors included) over 10 kilometres (four runners, running 2.5 km each) and a five-kilometre Fun Walk is also back on the programme this year with proceeds collected from participation in both events going to the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) for the fight against cancer in Namibia.

    The Uranium Relay will have three categories, ladies, men and mixed (two ladies and two men) with a first prize of N$1 500 in each category (N$1 000 for second place and N$500 for third place).

    The five-kilometre Fun Walk is popular with families, corporate entities for team building, and the otherwise health-conscious public.


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    Sportsmen and women back to trainingSportsmen and women back to trainingKatutura youth complex abuzz with training Different sport codes have started with their year calendars and many athletes were spotted at the Katutura youth complex, training. Local sports men and women have started training for various upcoming events.

    Sport Wrap visited the youth complex this past Thursday afternoon where the country's pride and world champion, Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo was seen jogging around the field with former world champion Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda.

    Indongo has started his preparation for his super fight slated for April against Ricky Burns of Scotland.

    Meanwhile, a group of Para athletes were also seen making their way to the sport field where they train daily.

    Founder of Namib Lion Athletics Club Mike Hamukwaya uses the same facility to train his athletes.

    He said the club that has been in operation for about four years, is trying to give high technical training.

    “We train both abled and disabled athletes and our aim is just to give them the necessary training so that they can be prepared for whatever competition,” he said.

    The club so far has Paralympic champions such as Ananias Shikongo and silver medallist Johannes Nambala and hopes to house more professionals.

    “We are now trying to have elite athletes and maybe also have champions in the abled body athletes,” he said.

    A group of young basketball players was also training.

    Speaking to Sport Wrap Basketball Artist School director, Ramah Mumba said the programme started in 2010 with only 24 schools kids.

    He explained that the programme is run in the afternoon alongside education activities as well as basketball.

    “The programme is more of an education and sports programme, so we mostly tutor the kids in subjects they have a problem with but we mainly focus on English and Mathematics,” he said.

    He said assistance is offered to learners from Grade five to 12 and the learners meet every day after school at the youth complex.

    Mumba further explained that the leaners come from schools the training centre is working with.

    “We do go to schools and ask to do trials because we would also like to get kids with some basic skills and then also look at their academic performance,” Mumba said adding that it is not everybody that can join the programme because there is a selection criterion that is used.

    He also mentioned that the selection criteria can take up to four months in order to monitor the commitment of the learner.

    At the moment the programme has recruited 50 learners and selection is not done every year.

    Local people were also seen at the venue engaged in different fitness activities.

    Namibia's Special Olympics gold marathon runner Ruben Gowaseb made rounds at the field, shouting “no pain, no gain.”


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    Hayatou to stand for another termHayatou to stand for another term The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee has after deliberations last week deemed candidatures for the CAF President and CAF Executive Committee elections for the 2017-2021 valid.

    The outgoing president Issa Hayatou has indicated to stand for the position again, and will vie for it with Ahmad, who uses just one name - Madagascar.

    Hayatou, 70, was initially elected to the role in 1988 and, if he wins re-elections at the CAF Congress in two months’ time, will extend to 33 years his reign as head of African football’s governing body.

    The next election is in Addis Ababa on March 16.

    Other decisions are:

    Elections for CAF Executive Committee for the period 2017-2021

    Northern Zone

    Outgoing member: Mohamed Raouraoua (Algeria)

    Candidates: Anwar El Tashani (Libya)

    Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco)

    Mohamed Raouraoua (Algeria)

    West Zone A

    Outgoing member: Amadou Diakite (Mali)

    Candidates: Amadou Diakite (Mali)

    Hassan Musa Bility (Liberia)

    West Zone B

    Outgoing member: Anjorin Moucharafou (Benin)

    Candidates: Amaju Melvin Pinnick (Nigeria)

    Anjorin Moucharafou (Benin)

    Central Zone

    Outgoing member: Adoum Djibrine (Chad)

    Candidates: Adoum Djibrine (Chad)

    Central-East Zone

    Outgoing member: Magdi Shams El Din (Sudan)

    Candidates: Juneidi Basha Tilmo (Ethiopia)

    Magdi Shams El Din (Sudan)

    Moses Magogo (Uganda)

    Suleiman Hassan Waberi (Djibouti)

    Southern Zone (2 Vacancies)

    Outgoing members: Ahmad (Madagascar)

    Suketu Patel (Seychelles)

    Candidates: Danny Jordaan (South Africa)

    Frans Mbidi (Namibia)

    Rui Eduardo Da Costa (Angola)

    Suketu Patel (Seychelles)

    Female Candidate (1 vacancy)

    Candidates: Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone)

    Lydia Nsekera (Burundi)

    Elections of African representatives to the FIFA Council for the period 2017 – 2021 and subject to eligibility confirmation by FIFA, the following candidates were approved for the election of African members onto the FIFA Council:

    Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish Grouping

    Tarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia)

    Francophone Grouping

    Constant Omari Selemani (DR Congo)

    Augustin Sidy Diallo (Cote d’Ivoire)

    Anglophone Grouping

    Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana)

    Leodegar Tenga (Tanzania)

    Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia)

    Open applications (3 vacancies, including one female member)

    Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea)

    Chabur Goc (South Sudan)

    Danny Jordaan (South Africa)

    Hani Abo Rida (Egypt)

    Lydia Nsekera (Burundi)

    Meanwhile, following the reports of the CAF inspection teams, the CAF Executive Committee unanimously decided (with the exception of the President of the Malagasy Football Federation) to withdraw the hosting rights of the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations 2017 from Madagascar.

    The CAF Secretariat will launch a new bid for applications within a limited period (until 30 January 2017) for the selection of a new host.


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    Jack and DeGale's fight end on drawJack and DeGale's fight end on draw Badou Jack knocked out a tooth and almost knocked out the referee but he couldn't convince the judges Saturday that he did enough against James DeGale to become the unified super-middleweight champ.

    Both boxing champions suffered knockdowns in the action-packed title fight which ended in a draw after two judges scored it 113-113 and the other had it 114-112 in favour of DeGale.

    The fighters retained their belts and each complained afterwards that they had won the fight at the Barclays Center arena.

    World Boxing Council champion Jack was knocked down in the opening round when he got hit by a left hand.

    It was the third time he had been knocked down in his career, but he gained a measure of revenge by knocking out one of DeGale's teeth in the 10th round. DeGale barely survived the final round when he was knocked down by a right uppercut on the chin. He managed to get up but threw very few punches during the rest of the 12th round.

    “I thought I won the fight,” said Sweden's Jack inside the ring immediately following the fight. “I finished stronger. His knockdown was a flash knockdown.”

    International Boxing Federation champ DeGale was standing next to Jack and had heard enough.

    “Don't listen to this rubbish. I threw the cleanest shots,” said DeGale, who is the first Briton to win both Olympic gold and a professional world title.

    “I got huge respect for this man. He is tough, he's durable, he's skillful. You are the man. I won that fight.”

    DeGale said he felt those punches from Jack in the 12th. He managed to gather his senses and buy some time by getting into a clinch.

    “I was kind of hurt. I am willing to do it again,” DeGale said.

    One of the strangest moments in a brutal, but thrilling, fight took place at the end the fifth round, when Jack accidentally punched Arthur Mercanti Jr., sending the referee staggering across the ring.

    Mercanti shook it off, took a couple of sips of water, and returned to action for the sixth round.

    Jack's promoter Floyd Mayweather also complained about the scoring.

    “This is the second time in a row Badou has gotten a bad decision,” Mayweather said.

    “James DeGale is a hell of a fighter, but tonight he didn't win. At the end of the day, I don't know what the judges are looking at.

    “This is bad for boxing.”

    Mayweather my win out in the end as the two will probably have to set up a rematch to determine who is the best 168-pound fighter in the world.

    On the undercard, Gervonta Davis knocked out Jose Pedraza in the seventh round to capture the IBF junior lightweight title.

    The 22-year-old Davis won his 17th straight fight with no losses with a dominating performance against the Puerto Rican, who was making the third defence of his title.


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    Young Gladiators' Nanamus shinesYoung Gladiators' Nanamus shinesNFA Girls' Centre filling the needs gap In less than a year after opening its doors, the NFA Girls Centre beneficiaries are starting to reap the benefits of enrolling at the centre while pursuing their studies. Young Gladiator's Captain, 18-year-old Lydiana Nanamus in one of the first 14 girls who were offered places to stay at the NFA Girls Centre in Katutura in Windhoek.

    The centre and the brainchild of NFA, was established to assist girls who play soccer in Namibia.

    The 14 girls entered the centre in September last year and after moving into the centre Nanamus had to sit for her grade 12 final year examination after staying at the centre for two months.

    The Young Gladiators captain is now a proud product of the centre after improving her points from 28 in six subjects she got in August to 39 points in the past national exams she wrote in November 2016.

    Nanamus attributes her success to the help she received from teachers, coaches and tutors hired to help them by NFA Women's department.

    “My success was not because I did it on my own but because of the people around me. My mother was my daily motivator but it was also because of my coaches that I achieved this. Whenever I felt like giving up, they would always motivate me and showed me how to be a strong person not only on the field but also in life.

    “My friends and family also played a role towards this success because they always encouraged me and believed in me,” she said.

    Nanamus said it was not an easy year for her, as she had to juggle between playing football and studying and her duties in the learner's representative council at Jan Möhr Secondary School.

    “Sometimes it was tiring but then I told myself giving up wouldn't help and I had to benefit from the 12 years I had spent schooling,” she said.

    Activities at girl's centre

    The girls centre is not just a place to talk about football but where the girls receive help in their school work and studies.

    “We have a weekly schedule and do not only concentrate on playing football but also education.

    “We have afternoon classes from Monday to Thursday from 14:00 to 16:00 and we have a break for 30 minutes then we go for training.

    “The centre hired tutors to help us with our school work and I think that really helped me to get the results that I got,” she explained.

    Nanamus maintained that there were areas she had difficulty to understand with her subjects, but the tutorials helped her understand them better.

    She also mentioned that the centre was established at the right time when the country is striving to have more women playing football adding that it has taught her how to balance her academic work and play soccer.

    She said people have a misconception that when a person plays soccer, they do not concentrate on their school work, “and think the centre for girls idea was going to flop but we have just proved them wrong after the majority passed.

    “The centre is now like a place of refuge where everyone can go after what the girls' here have achieved,” Nanamus said.


    Nanamus is going to study a degree in Bio-medical science at the University of Science and Technology (NUST).

    She also had words of wisdom to share with her fellow footballers: “Don't let the exam stress bring you down and discourage you because the only person that can stop you from achieving your goals is yourself.

    “If you strongly believe that you are going to achieve what you want to achieve then you can do it. Nothing is impossible, it is all in the mind,” said Nanamus.

    She further advised that when one feels like they are not doing well they should keep pushing.

    “Life is about winning and losing and as a footballer even when you fail, accept that you have tried your best and not because you gave up.

    “But I know that no one at the centre will fail because we were taught how we should balance our sport and studies,” she stressed.

    She added that with all the help the girls at the centre receive, there is nothing that will stop them from achieving what they want to achieve.

    Nanamus is also determined and looking forward to work harder in her football and academic career.

    “I strongly believe that I have what it takes to make it to the Brave Gladiators but I am going to work equally hard in my school work just to go and help out my mother.”

    Nanamus who was born and bred in the Nama location of Katutura high density suburb was raised by a single mother who works at TransNamib.

    Despite her admission to NUST, she does not have a scholarship and her single mother will have to hassle to raise money to meet the needs of all four children.


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    Heese happy with junior's performanceHeese happy with junior's performanceNamibia to host more international events Namibia's tennis coordinator is pleased with the performance of the juniors and the hosting of the Southern Africa Championships. In the Southern African Junior Individual and Team's Championships

    Five junior players who made it into the top 16 of the Southern African Junior Individual and Team's Championships failed to advance in the competition.

    Despite this setback, tennis development coordinator Kallie Heese says he is proud of the players' performances.

    “We had five players making it into the best 16 and this is some of the best results that we have achieved with this championship and I am very proud of the players and the coaches,” he said. Heese said the experience gained by the junior players is “very valuable”.

    “As the tournament is progressing you can see how they are improving their level of play, as they are playing different kinds of styles and also learn form. It is also a high level tournament so they have to raise their own level,” he said, adding that with more opportunities for the players, they can improve and start being more competitive. He said the tournament also saw a development player making it to the top 16 and another highlight of the individual category.

    He mentioned that hosting the tournament is a positive sign for the country saying other countries will see how Namibia can put together a tournament of such magnitude.

    “If they think we are very successful in hosting international events I think we can even host more tournaments in future as they have already asked us to host other international events,” he said.

    Heese pointed out that so far the Tennis Association is running the tournament well and expressed gratitude to the sponsors.

    The tournament is organised by the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) in conjunction with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA), with the support of the Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF).

    Top U-14 and U-16 players from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are competing in the tournament.


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  • 01/15/17--14:00: What can we learn from 2016?
  • What can we learn from 2016?What can we learn from 2016? Before we all get comfortable in our offices and get the sports ball rolling this year, let us all look back and reflect on achievement attained in 2016.

    Last year might have been the worst for sport in the country but should also serve as a learning curve going forward.

    So many negative developments happened during the past year compared to what we could celebrate and blame was shifted yet we have found little or no solution to the problems we face.

    The infighting was of course one of the highlights from last year but the Olympics blunder was the worst embarrassment.

    Now that they are all gone though still in our memories, let us not take such blunders for granted and sweep them under the carpet but rather, we should learn from them.

    Namibian sport is far from being what we all dream to have, but with concerted effort I am confident that we can achieve a lot.

    Such aspirations would however not be a walk in the park because there are some people who will have to sweat more than others. This means that we must have dedicated leaders willing to invest all their efforts for the betterment of the industry.

    At the helm of everything, the sport fraternity needs to iron out the creases and speak to the corporate industry to come on board and help to rescue the demise of sport.

    By now, we are all aware of the funding crisis that has not only hit sport, but other sectors too. It is also vital to know that sport is not a priority in this country but with the right energy and attitude, those at the forefront can open the eyes of our leaders and make them realise the critical needs of the sports sector.

    Seeing so many of the country's sports talent on the street is sad and cannot be ignored.

    The uncertainty of the premier league should be one of the areas that have to be looked at and to get the country to join hands in fighting this battle.

    Blame shifting is not going to save the country from this sorry situation and neither will it rekindle the league. We have to seriously consider the tough situation the players find themselves in.

    Coming back to athletics, with the world championships taking place later in the year, we hope to see an increase in the number of Namibians going to compete at the event, with the same wishes for the Paralympic team.

    There are so many competitions that Namibian sports people will compete in, let us remain hopeful that the athletes will be able to take part. We hope we will not hear about the financial constraints affecting their participation and skills improvement.

    Let me not forget about boxing, a sport code that continues to shine year in and out.

    There is no doubt that we will see more world champions this year that will give boxers a chance to showcase their talent.

    With so much ahead of Namibian sports, all these planned events will not just happen, nor will the activities be executed by one person's hard work. It will require effort from many people all pulling in one direction, making sure all plans are implemented.

    Let 2017 be a year of change, a year of hard work and a year of team effort and hopefully, we will see our leaders rededicate their energy for the love of sports.

    I am sure no one wants to read about the ungraded grading for the sports ministry, so dear leaders at the sports ministry, pull together with the administrators and work equally hard to make sports a lucrative industry.


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  • 01/15/17--14:00: Trump attacks Lewis
  • Trump attacks LewisTrump attacks Lewis Donald Trump tore into civil rights legend John Lewis on Saturday for questioning the legitimacy of the Republican billionaire's White House victory, intensifying a feud with the black congressman days before the national holiday honouring Martin Luther King Jr.

    Trump tweeted that Lewis "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results."

    The incoming president added: "All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"

    Lewis, among the most revered leaders of the civil rights movement, suffered a skull fracture during the march in Selma, Alabama, more than a half-century ago and has devoted his life to promoting equal rights for African-Americans.

    The weekend clash highlighted the sharp contrast between how many African-Americans view Trump's inauguration compared with Barack Obama's eight years ago.

    It also demonstrated that no one is immune from scorn from a president-elect with little tolerance for public criticism. Trump has found political success even while attacking widely lauded figures before and after the campaign — a prisoner of war, parents of a slain US soldier, a beauty queen and now a civil rights icon.

    Lewis, a 16-term congressman for the Democrats, said on Friday that he would not attend Trump's swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol next Friday. It would mark the first time he had skipped an inauguration since joining Congress three decades ago.

    "You know, I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It's going to be very difficult. I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president," Lewis said.

    "I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton," Lewis said.

    Lewis' spokesperson Brenda Jones declined to respond to Trump and said the lawmaker's "opinion speaks for itself".

    "We as a nation do need to know whether a foreign government influenced our election," she said.


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  • 01/15/17--14:00: Jammeh must step down
  • Jammeh must step downJammeh must step downPolitical crisis in Gambia deepends Mali's president called for Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh to step down and avoid an unnecessary “bloodbath” by clinging to power and forcing a potential military intervention. The Gambia's political crisis dominated a summit co-organised by Mali and France as Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow made a surprise appearance to meet with west African leaders seeking their help to end the impasse.

    “On 19 January, I dare to hope that African wisdom will convince our brother (Jammeh) that the good Muslim that he claims to be understands the greater good for The Gambia, which does not need a bloodbath,” Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita told journalists.

    Barrow is expected to take power on 19 January when Jammeh's mandate runs out, but the strongman has refused to cede power after disputing the result of a 1 December election won by Barrow. “We have made a strong gesture. First, we have received the president,” said Keita, referring to Barrow.

    Barrow flew to Bamako unexpectedly on Friday after holding crisis talks in Banjul with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Ghana's John Mahama.

    Malian and Ghanaian sources confirmed to AFP heads of state had also received Barrow on the margins of the summit.

    The leaders of at least 30 nations had gathered in Bamako to discuss jihad on the continent and Africa's impact on the European migrant crisis - but the Gambian crisis ended up topping the agenda.

    Military option

    The Economic Community Of West African States (Ecowas), a 15-nation bloc, has repeatedly called on Jammeh to respect the result of the vote and leave after 22 years in power.

    The spectre of a military intervention rose after declarations by the United Nations and African Union in recent days that boots on the ground could get the green light without a rapid resolution of the crisis.

    Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, said on Friday that Ecowas would ask the Security Council to approve the deployment of troops to The Gambia if Jammeh continues to refuse to leave office.

    Ecowas has made clear in the past force will not be ruled out as a last resort.

    Meanwhile, west African defence chiefs met in Abuja to discuss the crisis, Nigeria's chief of defence staff said, “as part of efforts to mitigate the political impasse”, notably including neighbouring Senegal.

    In a sign of Barrow's growing international clout, French President Francois Hollande met the president-elect and was pictured shaking his hand. There are just four days left of Jammeh's five-year term, but he warned the international community on Tuesday that “undue external interference” was unnecessary.

    Jammeh has said he will not stand aside until the country's Supreme Court decides on his legal challenge seeking to annul the result of last month's polls, which he had initially conceded.

    The ruling however is unlikely to happen before May.

    Jihadist threat

    It was Hollande's last trip to Africa as president before his term ends, and Keita described him as the “most loyal” of French presidents to the continent. In a bid to help crush the jihadist threat, France has trained more than 20 000 African soldiers every year since 2013, according to a French diplomatic source. Hollande said French forces would stay in Mali “for as long as the African countries - and there's not just Mali - decide”.

    “Our goal is to train African armies... to secure the Sahel-Sahara zone,” Hollande said. “But it will be long, because we face terrorist groups that are particularly well-armed and determined to destabilise the entire region.”

    Another issue at the summit was the sensitive topic of migration to Europe. Underscoring this, Keita said his country would “never” sign any agreement that would allow Europe to deport Malian citizens living illegally back to his nation.

    The Dutch foreign ministry signed a joint declaration on the EU's behalf on 11 December which it said would “enable the return from Europe of Malian migrants,” an agreement Mali later said was misunderstood.

    Meanwhile overshadowing the summit was an admission by the French defence ministry on Friday that French soldiers deployed to northern Mali had killed a child during a counter-terror operation in November, and promised an inquiry into the 10-year-old boy's death.

    According to the French-language magazine Jeune Afrique, the victim was buried in secret by the soldiers.


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  • 01/15/17--14:00: Can we be Namibian first?
  • Can we be Namibian first?Can we be Namibian first? So Namibia has made it to the top 25 countries in the world that are the most tolerant. Quite a feat taking into account the study was conducted to find countries for liberal-minded Americans and Britons to immigrate to following Brexit and the Trump election.

    Also quite a feat if one considers how the LGBTI community is treated in Namibia, or the complete marginalisation of minority groups like the San for example.

    Even more of a feat when one takes into account how disconnected as a nation we are. Our levels of colour consciousness are higher than ever before. This country was far more united under one flag in 1990. We were considered the shining example of Africa and its steady march towards democracy.

    Our leaders are so quick to speak of threats to peace and stability and of these, colour consciousness must rank as one of the most dangerous festering wounds this country has seen. Racism and discrimination are expected around every turn. And social media is the predator that feeds on these fears and makes them real, tangible and in our faces every single day.

    One photograph, taken out of context, can unleash a storm. Anger screams and vulgar utterances are made in response to images such as these. Why are we not outraged at the real social evils, the real threats to the peace and stability of this country?

    We worry more about being politically correct than being kind, compassionate and just. We are more concerned with tribalism than the hungry children who need school feeding schemes just to get by during the school day.

    Things are not black and white issues. They should not be. We had not need for a truth and reconciliation commission. This country was mostly reconciled at independence.

    We are by no means saying that prejudice and racism do not exist. Both are still present in this country. What we are asking is for Namibians to be mindful of reducing issues to colour or race or even tribe. We are asking that a child is a child, a woman is a woman and a man is a man. Not a white or black person, but a Namibian person.

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  • 01/15/17--14:00: Remembering Mandume
  • Remembering MandumeRemembering Mandume The Oukwanyama Traditional Authority (OTA) is planning a centenary commemoration of the death of King Mandume ya Ndemufayo for next month.

    Ya Ndemufayo, recognised as a liberation hero in Namibia, Angola and the entire Africa, became the king of Ovakwanyama at the age of 17 and ruled between 1911 and 1917.

    He died at Oihole on 6 February 1917 at the age of 23 fighting against the colonial military forces of the Portuguese and the British Empire. He was attacked because he was not permitted into the part of his kingdom which had been apportioned to the Portuguese colonial power in Angola. However, there were challenges with corrupt headmen and as king, he considered the territory under his rule and entered it to sort out the challenges his people were facing. The South African forces eventually attacked him at Oihole.

    The commemoration event is planned for 3 to 6 February at the traditional authority's Omhedi Palace in the Ohangwena Region, the ohamba (queen) of Ovakwanyama, Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu said in a statement delivered on her behalf at Omhedi village on Wednesday.

    “This historic and memorable day in the annals of African history will be commemorated at Omhedi in Namibia and at Oihole in Angola from 3 to 6 February 2017,” she said.

    The main event takes place at Omhedi on 4 February when yaNelumbu will deliver a public address.

    Event coordinating secretary Josia Udjombala told journalists at the same media briefing that President Hage Geingob had been invited to address the about 5 000 people estimated to attend the commemoration.

    Founding president Sam Nujoma and former president Hifikepunye Pohamba have also been invited to the commemoration.

    In her statement, yaNelumbu urged all Ovakwanyama, their friends, fellow Namibians and all compatriots, in both Namibia and Angola, to prepare to join her and the national leadership during the envisaged commemoration.

    “All Ovakwanyama, here in Namibia or elsewhere, and all our friends are kindly encouraged to join hands and become a part of this commemoration, and ensure that it becomes a huge success,” she said.

    A gala dinner will be held at the palace on 3 February, while 5 February is dedicated to religious activities.

    YaNelumbu will lead a powerful traditional delegation, including several members of the Namibian Parliament, to Oihole in southern Angola where she will lay a wreath at a monument erected in yaNdemufayo's honour.


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    Conservation efforts under fireConservation efforts under fireNamibia ridiculed for MoU with hunters organisation A storm has erupted from the anti-hunting lobby after Namibia signed an agreement with American hunting organisation the Dallas Safari Club. Namibia is being ridiculed on social media following an agreement that was signed with Dallas Safari Club - an internationally renowned organisation for hunters.

    It began after Dallas Safari Club posted a photo of a memorandum of understanding being signed with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. The photo quickly circulated onto the Facebook pages of anti-hunting lobby groups which accused Namibia of being a murderous country.

    On one such group “Expose Trophy Hunting” the comments were flying around about how Namibia could negotiate with “a group of killers”.

    One post said that, “Has Namibia gone nuts? There is hardly any wildlife left in the country. Only in Etosha and on game farms. The communal lands are empty! The few cats which survive have nothing to eat, so what remains for them is livestock after which they are shot mercilessly in retaliation for a stupid goat.”

    Another post read, “I have never seen a minister who was more blasé on wildlife and conservation than him. He even dared to make a joke out of poaching and saying that there is no poaching in Namibia, he even insulted Prince Harry for his fight for elephants and rhinos.”

    A third person wrote, “What fascinates me is how a wrinkly little group of killers in Dallas has a mandate to negotiate 'working agreements' with a foreign power? Expose this fraud too, they are not early settlers operating in 1648. This is 2017. They have no mandate to negotiate the extermination of our wildlife with Namibia.”

    Meanwhile the spokesperson of the ministry, Romeo Muyunda explained that the purpose of this MoU is to enhance cooperation in the field of wildlife conservation within the framework of the existing legislation of the parties.

    The agreement was signed between Namibia represented by the ministry; the Dallas Safari Club and the Dallas Safari Club Foundation from the United States.

    According to him, the parties agreed to promote Namibia's conservation hunting programme. The agreement will also seek to promote anti-poaching activities in national parks and other state land in Namibia, including fundraising for anti-poaching activities. Furthermore, the agreement will encourage, assist and interchange for research and teaching purposes as well as assist in the exchange of non-proprietary information.

    It will also seek to promote collaboration with continuing education and other training programmes to promote conservation and wildlife.

    The Dallas Safari Club and the Dallas Safari Club Foundation will assist the ministry to raise funds for wildlife protection.

    The club made headlines in Namibia a few years ago when a black rhino hunt in Namibia was auctioned to a Texas hunter. When Corey Knowlton was revealed as the winner of the controversial auction, he received so many death threats that local law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had to step in to keep him safe. Knowlton's bid at that time was N$3.7 million (US$350 000) for the permit auctioned by the Dallas Safari Club.


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  • 01/15/17--14:00: SAA grounding lifted
  • SAA grounding liftedSAA grounding lifted The Namibian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), formerly known as the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) last Thursday lifted its grounding rights of a South African Airways (SAA) aircraft at the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) after it had denied the aircraft permission to depart because the airline's foreign air operator permit has expired.

    The NCAA said in a statement issued late on Thursday that it had issued a Foreign Operator Permit (FOP) to SAA. The FOP issued for a period of one year had expired and no renewal had been made on time to ensure that the SAA aircraft had a valid FOP into Namibia, an authority from NCAA said.

    NCAA said an application is now being processed along with safety inspections and audit that is being scheduled as part of the renewal process.

    Only one flight to Johannesburg was affected. The NCAA stressed the aircraft departure was delayed pending the initial resolution of the safety issue.

    There are three daily flights from Johannesburg to HKIA and back.

    The South African media last year reported that the airline was looking for a N$16 billion from financiers which it reportedly needed to meet its funding and working requirements, as well as to help mediate its mounting debt.

    It was then reported that the airline had less than N$100 million left of its N$6 billion guarantee extended in early 2005 but the national treasury had refused to bail it out until it could prove its financial independence. It was also expected that SAA would report heavy operating losses by the end of last year.

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  • 01/15/17--14:00: Land dispute turns ugly
  • Land dispute turns uglyLand dispute turns uglyTraditional authority accused of promoting personal interests A businessman in Otjinene, Ernst Merero has accused the Maherero Traditional Authority of looking after their own interests. An Otjinene businessman, Ernst Merero has accused the Maharero Traditional Authority of trying to stop him from successfully opening a service station in the Otjinene area with land ownership issues being at the centre of the dispute.

    Merero and the Maharero Traditional Authority are disputing the ownership of a piece of land where Merero has built a service station.

    He told Namibian Sun he acquired the land which he says belonged to the Roads Authority, with the intention of constructing a filling station. “The land belonged to the Roads Authority at the time and I approached the Roads Authority and they said they are not any longer using the piece of land so if I would like to put up something, I can make use of it,” shared Merero. Merero says after he acquired the land from the Roads Authority he contacted the Otjinene village council with a formal application to build the station in the Otjinene consituency. The then constituency councillor Adolfius Kangootui provided Merero with a recommendation letter in 2013 endorsing the filling station in Otjinene. However, it was later discovered that the piece of land where Merero wanted to build his station did not fall under the village council's town boundaries. Merero was advised to contact the Ovaherero Traditional Authority because the land where Merero wanted to build his station was under their jurisdiction. A letter seen by the Namibian Sun from the Ovaherero Traditonal Authority signed by Chief Ishmael Metirapi granted Merero the right to build his station on the land in question.

    Merero says in 2014 after he was given the green light by the Ovaherero Traditional Authority he applied for a retail licence which was approved and he also carried out an environmental impact assessment. “I thought everything was in place and then I applied for a retail licence and it was granted,” said Merero.

    Merero says when he started servicing the land the Maharero Traditional Authority fenced off the land claiming they owned it. Merero charges that the former chairman of the Maharero Traditional Authority Orpa Kenamuinjo, through Putwavanga Investment cc, has the same business interests and that Putwavanga Investment cc also wants to open a service station in Otjinene.

    Merero said that he had a meeting with the Maharereo Traditional Authority to find out why they fenced off his place and he also wanted to know whether they had any claims to the land. At one of the meetings he was provided a letter which has also been seen by Namibian Sun that grants the Maharero Traditional Authority with a right of leasehold for the same area he wanted to build his service station. Merero says he did not apply for leasehold because he already had an official response from the Ovaherero Traditional Authority to construct the service station. “I couldn't see the need of just going to apply for leasehold because of the indication from the village council that it was in order,” said Merero.

    He tried to appeal the decision to lease the land to the Maharero Traditional Authority but the window period had lapsed. He says he wrote a letter to the Communal Land Board over the leasehold being granted to the Maharero Traditional Authority who said the leasehold cannot be halted as it was at a too advanced stage. Merero says the Maharero Traditional Authority requested the office of attorney-general to evict him from the area where he built the service station and he received notice on 6 December thereof.

    Erven Ndjavera, a senior councillor in the Maharero Traditional Authority refuted the allegations made by Merero. Ndjavera claims that the Maharero Traditional Authority deals with land issues outside the boundaries of the Otjinene constituency in Omaheke. Ndjavera said that the Ovaherero Traditional Authority has no right to give out land to individuals in Otjinene because their jurisdiction is only within the Aminuis area. According to Ndjavera they spoke to Merero and informed him that there was another person who wanted to build a service station at the area Merero chose for the service station but he ignored their advice. “When Merero was busy with construction of the service station we informed him that the land was given to someone else. He himself had meeting with the person and he was told that if he was going to construct the service station it would be on their land,” said Ndjavera.

    “I spent over N$3 million on this building,” said Merero.

    Documents seen by Namibian Sun reveal that Merero received a N$3 million loan from the Development of Namibia (DBN) to construct the service station. Merero says the service station would have been opened in August 2016.

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    Attempt to defraud insurance failsAttempt to defraud insurance fails The police in Swakopmund are investigating a case of perjury against Sydney Taapopi Halupe, 24.

    He was arrested and appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court on Thursday. He was released on bail of N$1 500. The case was postponed to 17 January for further investigations. It is alleged that Halupe unlawfully and intentionally gave a false statement under oath with regard to a housebreaking and theft case on 10 January with the intention to defraud his insurance company. He alleged that the garage at his residence (house no 695) in Vrede Rede Street, Jabulani, Swakopmund was broken into between 25 December 2016 and 9 January while he was on holiday. Unknown persons apparently stole his property including beds, bedding, a lounge suite, fridges, flat screen TVs, microwave, coffee table set and other items with a combined value of N$241 926. “The investigating officer visited the crime scene on the 11 January between 10:00 and 12:00 and discovered the alleged stolen items hidden in the house that was allegedly broken into. Some missing items were found hidden at a family member's house in the Jabulani suburb” said Chief Inspector Ikuyu. He warned members of the public to refrain from making false statements to the police and stated that it is criminal offence punishable by law.

    “We will conduct thorough investigations in all matters reported to us and if we find that the case reported is a false case you will be dealt with accordingly.” The Erongo police have also reported a suicide. Tenants discovered the body of Leonard Nghilifavali Haimbodi, 28, hanging from a supporting beam in the roof in one of the rooms inside a house No 6 in Brandberg Street in Kuisebmond. Chief Inspector Erastus Ikuyu confirmed that the deceased used a rope to hang himself and committed suicide on Friday at about 17:40. He said that Hiambodi left a suicide note alleging that his family was not at peace with him.

    “We informed the next of kin. The deceased was last seen alive on Thursday at about 10:00 and the incident took place at his home. The owner of the house where the incident occurred was in the north when it happened.”


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    German tourist dies at HalaliGerman tourist dies at Halali The body of a German tourist was discovered at the Halali campsite in the Etosha National Park last week.

    According to the police's crime investigations coordinator for the Oshikoto Region, Deputy Commissioner Naomi Katjiua, Jörg Willi Hüllein arrived at the campsite on Wednesday last week. Katjiua said the man's body was discovered at around 10:00 on Thursday by Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) Halali area manager, Paulus Amukoto. The 49-year-old tourist died seated in his camping chair and officers who attended to the scene found an asthma inhaler in his bag. Hüllein was apparently traveling alone. NWR spokesperson Mufaro Nesongano also confirmed to Namibian Sun that a German client passed away on 12 January at the Halali campsite. Nesongano said the cause of his death is currently not known saying he just collapsed.

    According to Nesongano, the body was collected by the police and taken to the Tsumeb hospital. His car and all his belongings are also with the police. The German embassy in Namibia was informed about the death. The police said a post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of Hüllein's death.


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    Four perish in Trans-Caprivi crashFour perish in Trans-Caprivi crash Four people died and five were injured in an accident which involved a Toyota bakkie and a truck on Saturday on the Trans-Caprivi highway, roughly 15 km from Rundu.

    Only three of the deceased have been identified so far.

    The Kavango East regional crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton confirmed the incident, which took place around 17:00 near Wanangombe village in the Rundu district.

    Bampton said the accident occurred when the driver of the white Toyota Hilux bakkie, which was travelling from an easterly direction on the Trans-Caprivi highway with eight passengers on board, lost control over the vehicle and collided with a white Scania truck which was stationary alongside the road. The bakkie overturned.

    Four passengers died instantly while the five survivors who sustained serious injuries were transported to the Rundu State Hospital.

    Three of the four deceased were identified as 22-year-old Pauline Kandjimi, 31-year-old Manyima Dinyando and 24-year-old Tuhethe Festus who was the diver of the of the bakkie. The fourth male deceased is not yet identified.

    The seriously injured survivors were identified as 29-year-old Lucia Chata, John Tuhethe age not yet known, 29-year-old Nkuvi Leonard, Shihungu Andreas, 28, and 24-year-old, Nyumbu Elvis.

    All deceased and injured are said to be residents of Rundu.

    The driver of the truck, 46-year-old, Lourence Mate, a Zambian national, alone in the cab of his vehicle, sustained no injuries.

    A case of culpable homicide has been opened and police investigations continue.


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  • 01/15/17--14:00: Women still marginalised
  • Women still marginalisedWomen still marginalisedEmpowerment should not be lip service At the first central committee meeting of the Swapo Party Women's Council, secretary-general Eunice Iipinge urged members to work for their countrywomen. The unification of the membership of the Swapo Party Women's Council (SPWC) and that of the party itself is to take centre stage to find its rightful place in its contribution to the socioeconomic development of the country.

    The new secretary-general of SPWC, Eunice Iipinge, speaking at the opening session of the first central committee meeting on Saturday in Windhoek called on women leaders to be the catalysts of unity. The group was expected to elect the new NEC and Secretariat members during a closed session later in the morning.

    “We should not make unity lip service only – it should be tangible action,” she emphasised.

    Iipinge further called on the women's council to maintain their mandate to be the platform and transmission belt of Swapo Party policies, ideologies and political programmes. This she said should be done with the specific mission to mobilise Namibian women to fully and actively participate in the political, social, cultural and economic transformation of the country.

    “That means our work is towards the achievement of equality between men and women,” she explained.

    According to her in any society it is those that are most affected who must act to bring about change as those who are privileged are the ones to benefit from a system that marginalises others and thus, would not make any effort to change the system.

    “The privileged cannot be depended upon to make the changes that will remove their privileged status. It is up to us the women to make changes in our own status in society,” Iipinge said.

    However she cautioned against complacency and pointed out that though there is 50/50 representation in the party structures and women in the parliament, there are still institutions, which remain male bastions, especially in the private sector, the judiciary and so forth. This she said is due to the fact that gender equality has not been sufficiently mainstreamed.

    “It is therefore vital that in the implementation of the SPWC resolutions the gains and further development of the council's agenda are not ignored,” she emphasised.

    Iipinge stated that women have still a long way to go to achieve the total integration of women in politics, the economy and development.

    “They lag far behind in economic emancipation and empowerment and are still subjected to most horrific domestic violence and killings,” she said.

    She further stated that corruption is rampant, putting the economy, country and children at risk.

    She called on the SPWC members to elect to the NEC and Secretariat, women not on the basis of friendship or tribe or region, but to select comrades who can implement the the agenda and who will work in the interest of all Namibian women.


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  • 01/15/17--14:00: 'We must work together'
  • 'We must work together''We must work together'Rescuing the economy out of dire straits Banda Shilimela, at launch of his new consultancy firm in Ongwediva, told more than 100 business personalities in attendance to take hands and work together to rescue what is left of the country's economy. Well-known Namibian entrepreneur and businessman, Banda Shilimela, said if business people unite and work together they can rescue the situation the country's economy finds itself in.

    Shilimela said this during his public lecture on the state of the Namibian economy in Ongwediva on Saturday evening which was attended by more than 100 established businessmen and -women as well as aspiring business persons.

    “The country is still valuable as I see it, the Namibian economy has not totally collapsed,” he said.

    Shilimela said with the drop in prices of commodities such as uranium, copper and diamonds in recent years it has left the country to only cherish its peace and stability.

    At the event, Shilimela also launched his business consulting and mentorship firm, Dr Banda Shilimela Consulting and Mentorship, which is currently based in Ondangwa.

    Shilimela said people need to know what is happening in the country. He added that it is on this basis he decided to enlighten fellow Namibians about the events that led to the situation where the economy of the country declined and how the business community has been affected.

    “It is no secret that our economy is not performing very well… this has affected all of us especially the business community. Many businesses have collapsed,” Shilimela said.

    “In 2016 Moody's and Fitch both downgraded the outlook of our country which has resulted in the cutting of costs by government. This has negatively impacted the business community. Liquidity has become a problem and it is affecting businesses,” he added.

    Explaining where the country is headed to, Shilimela talked about how businesses have borrowed money from the banks for start-ups or upgrades, as well as people acquiring assets with the assistance of the banks. He added that looking at the current financial situation, even if people's assets such as houses are repossessed, it will still not to benefit the banks.

    “If the banks repossess people's properties, to whom are they going to sell those properties if people don't have money?” he questioned.

    However, Shilimela said if all stakeholders get together and work towards the common goal which is to rescue the Namibian economy, a lot can be achieved.

    “It is our responsibility to come together in unity to see what we can do for our country,” he urged.

    “It is time to do something about it, we cannot continue with business as usual - we have to find modalities to make the country flourish again,” Shilimela said.

    Shilimela throughout the session complimented Kenya saying that he is impressed with the way Kenyans run their country making reference to issues like the lack of parastatals and how important services such as banking institutions are owned by locals and are not foreign.

    He also spoke about other challenges that go hand in hand with a weak economy saying that crime within the workplace starts occurring as employees start stealing due to their salaries being delayed.

    He also mentioned issues such as retrenchments saying that in 2016 many people lost their jobs and in 2017 it is likely to happen if no new measures are taken to boost the economy and businesses.


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