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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Pilot did not follow proceduresPilot did not follow proceduresIrregularities identified in helicopter crash Several contraventions of aviation regulations were identified as the main cause of the Molteblick helicopter crash in April last year. Several irregularities with regards to aviation procedures were highlighted in the accident report regarding the helicopter crash in the Molteblick area in which the well-known pilot Lambert Roux was killed last year.

    These irregularities included that the Roux did not acquire a weather report or file a flight plan, he flew before the Eros airport was officially open, he also flew a different route as suggested by the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and flew into known instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) conditions without instrument flight rules

    (IFR).

    The helicopter was also not certified for IFR flight not equipped for these conditions.

    The report concluded that the probable cause of the crash was because Roux failed to comply with visual metrological flight conditions and the helicopter crashed in the mountains during flight.

    Roux was well-known as a businessman, professional hunter and game expert in Namibia.

    He was flying a Namibian privately registered helicopter with registration V5-HFW belonging to Jannie Swart from the Dordabis area on 8 April last year.

    The V5-HFW helicopter took off from Eros Airport at 05:50 to a farm in the Dordabis area on a private flight that Roux was hired to fly.

    However, when the helicopter did not reach its destination on time the owners of the farm became worried and called the ATC to report it.

    According to the report the helicopter R44 took off from Eros Airport in Windhoek for a repositioning flight to a farm near Dordabis in central Namibia.

    On-board was Roux who was offloaded at the helicopter earlier that morning by the owner of the helicopter.

    The owner then left by road for the farm where a game capturing operation should have taken place near Dordabis.

    The flying time for the helicopter to the farm was about 40 minutes. The report found that the fuel on board the helicopter was sufficient and was filled to capacity the previous day.

    According to the report no flight plan was filed by the pilot nor was a weather report obtained by Roux for the flight. He did mention the rainy conditions on his first call to the Eros ATC.

    Although the airport was still officially closed at the time, ATC responded to the call of Roux out of courtesy and advised him to fly the route to Hosea Kutako International Airport to avoid incoming traffic from the south-east.

    According to the report Roux confirmed he would comply and took off while it was still lowlight conditions. He then made a radio call at 05:00 and was given the instruction to make contact with Hosea Kutako International Airport tower to be routed through that airspace and keep clear from descending aircraft inbound the Eros airport.

    “Roux however did not comply with this instruction and was already heading towards the mountain range south of Windhoek,” says the report.

    According to the report GPS flight data recovered showed that he flew adjacent to the mountain in an easterly direction and then turned abruptly into a southerly direction while commencing to climb.

    During the climb the heading changed to a northerly direction and the speed increased to almost the VNE speed (or never exceed speed) in a level flight configuration before the helicopter was pulled into a steep climb again.

    The report says that when the speed dropped off to almost hovering, the helicopter turned again abruptly onto a southerly direction picking up speed while descending in a slow left turning manoeuvre reaching the VNE speed again before crashing into the mountain.

    The report recommended that pilots must adhere to the regulations laid down in documentation of their licences and that they must refrain from flying outside the scope of their licences. Also Eros airport must ensure non-IFR flights do not depart if the weather demands IFR.

    ATC management must also put in measures to ensure operating hours are complied with.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Last-ditch meeting halts power cutsLast-ditch meeting halts power cuts The NamPower board of directors yesterday resolved not to suspend power supply to a number of villages, towns and settlements in the south due to outstanding accounts.

    The power utility had planned to disconnect power supply to a number of towns by yesterday morning.

    The NamPower board decided not to suspend power supply to the affected villages, towns and regional councils after most of them responded positively by paying their accounts and making the necessary arrangements to settle them.

    The affected councils owed NamPower a combined amount of N$46.5 million, but following last-minute efforts to settle the accounts, the amount outstanding now stands at N$29.7 million. NamPower said in a statement that it will continue to engage the customers to settle their outstanding balances in due course or to make alternative payment arrangements. Initially, NamPower announced last week that it will cut the power supply to at least eight towns and villages, and a further 40 smaller settlements by yesterday.



    STAFF REPORTER

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  • 02/08/17--14:00: Upholding the rule of law
  • Upholding the rule of lawUpholding the rule of lawCitizens urged to embrace the constitution The Namibian constitution, adopted on independence in 1990, is still hailed as a model for many countries. Namibians have an obligation to protect and uphold the rule of law, Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi said yesterday.

    As Namibians mark Constitution Day, Katjavivi has implored citizens to cultivate a culture of understanding and respect for the country's rule of law.

    On 9 February 1990, the Namibian constitution was adopted in Windhoek and is regarded one of the finest and most modern piece of legislation on the continent. Katjavivi this week emphasised the need that the constitution be made accessible to the general public through translations and public outreaches in order to uplift the lives of Namibians.

    “We say the constitution is a living document, but you cannot defend something that you cannot understand. Let us make it our business to know what our constitution says on various aspects of life in Namibia,” he said. He added that there are still shortcomings despite the fact that independence brought about opportunities aimed at securing a decent live for all Namibians.

    “I am prepared to accept the fact that not everything is 100%. Rome was not built in one day. Life is a journey; nation-building is a journey. As long as we as citizens are able to recognise those shortcomings and address it as part of nation-building then there is hope,” he said. He also highlighted that while there are a number of citizens living under miserable conditions and poverty, government is doing its best to address these challenges.

    Meanwhile, Ombudsman John Walters feel there is a need for government to relook its priorities as it celebrates Constitution Day.

    According to him, the constitution is not self-executing and that it is government's responsibility to eradicate poverty and create jobs.

    “But you know governments cannot do that alone that is why it created institutions in order to assist government to take the appropriate action to realise these provision,” he said.

    While he commended Namibia for the upholding of human rights as stipulated by Chapter 3 in the constitution, he still advocates for compulsory human rights education in schools.

    “Children should be taught from a very tender age to embrace and appreciate difference. It may put a new mindset of children into the right direction for self-respect and to respect the rights of others,” he said.



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Erindi price shoots to N$2.2 billionErindi price shoots to N$2.2 billion The government and the owners of Erindi Private Game Reserve are still at loggerheads with regards to the value of the more than 70 000-hectare farm.

    If the comments of the two role players - government and Gert Joubert - are anything to go by, talks scheduled for later this month will be deadlocked. In an interview with Namibian Sun Rudolf !Nanuseb, valuer-general at the land reform ministry said that it will not be issuing a waiver and that government is offering N$265 million in total for Erindi.

    However, the owners of Erindi are asking a massive N$2.2 billion, which government is not willing to pay at this time. According to !Nanuseb, the ministry have prepared their valuation reports and provided these to the owners of Erindi.

    He said that since the owners have appointed their own valuation team from South Africa to do a full valuation they should provide the market evidence why Erindi is worth more.

    !Nanuseb said that the owners of Erindi want roughly N$26 000 per hectare just for the land, that is not even considering the game and the other infrastructure that is on the reserve. He went on to explain that farmland in the area of Erindi is worth about N$2 600 per hectare. !Nanuseb said that irrigation land can, however, sell for much more. But Erindi has challenges with water and that is why conventional farming such as livestock farming does not take place there and it was turned into a game farm, he explained. Agricultural experts and economists in this field also agree that farmland in the area can go for a price of about N$2 600 per hectare, but because Erindi is not fenced it can be somewhat less.

    Experts also point out that the price that government is willing to pay for a game farm the size of Erindi is more than fair as it amounts to roughly N$3 700 per hectare.

    “We have not started with negotiations, we are only engaging at this point because we are awaiting their report on the valuation,” !Nanuseb said. He added that a meeting is scheduled for 22 February between the ministry and the owners for consultation.

    However, the valuation report from the owners has to be with the ministry two weeks before the time for them to study.

    “At this point in time we have not received anything.”

    Asked whether government will consider offering a higher price for Erindi, !Nanuseb said that it all depends on the report provided by the owners of Erindi and what their valuation determines.

    “We have not seen the facts and the evidence they say they have and therefore they must convince government for a higher price.”

    He further pointed out that a waiver on Erindi will not be issued because government has expressed interest to buy the game farm. He said that if the two parties cannot agree on a price it will be referred to the Land Tribunal, which will determine a price.

    The Land Tribunal can call in additional valuation experts to determine this.



    No benchmark

    Meanwhile co-owner of Erindi, Gert Joubert yesterday told Namibian Sun that they and government are very far from each other when it comes to the price of Erindi.

    He said that there are various ways to determine values, but the major problem with Erindi is that “there is nothing to compare it with in Africa”.

    “How do you determine its value?” He said that his valuation team has not completed their report on Erindi because they are also having difficulty to determine the value. “The only person that really knows the value of Erindi is myself, because I built it from the ground up.”

    Joubert added that the only way he can think of determining its value is by taking into account what it will cost to put something like Erindi together today.

    “Will you be happy to expect a quarter of the worth for your house?” Joubert wanted to know about the low price government is offering.

    Furthermore Joubert said with regards to the waiver that the minister can at any time decide to issue a waiver at his own discretion. Joubert added that he does not know if the meeting later this month will go ahead and that it is up to his lawyers.

    “Maybe the valuation report will be done by that time.”



    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 02/08/17--14:00: Ondonga headmen clash
  • Ondonga headmen clashOndonga headmen clashTempers flare at land meeting as cracks show in traditional authority Tension boiled over during a meeting convened to discuss land issues within the Ondonga Traditional Authority. Tempers flared during Monday's public meeting at Onamungudo to discuss allegations of land grabbing against influential members of the Ondonga Traditional Authority.

    The discussion, chaired by Ondangwa traditional district senior headman John Walenga, got heated when members of the community accused children of the Ondonga King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, the king's wife Cecilia, as well as the prominent headman of the Ondonga village Oscar Sheehama of confiscating their land and allocating it to their rich friends.

    They are accused of using the king's name to confiscate land from poor villagers.

    The meeting got a little rowdy when Sheehama, who was also in attendance, threatened both the complainants and meeting chair Walenga, who is his immediate senior.

    The meeting ended in chaos as accusations flew left, right and centre against the four well-connected members of the Ondonga Traditional Authority.

    Community members from the Onethindi, Onamungudo and Ondonga villages wrote letters to the Ondonga Traditional Authority alleging that they were losing their land to a group of powerful people from the palace led by the king's wife Cecilia, her son Toteya Elifas, daughter Katrina Elifas, Sheehama as well as a certain Thomas Amuthenu.

    The traditional authority directed Walenga to host a meeting and hear from the community members what their complaints are.

    The members claimed that their land deeds are confiscated from them and that their land is sold without their consent.

    They say they are then put off their land. Joseph Nuukongo from Onamungudo told the meeting that in 2015 members of the Ondonga palace allocated several plots in his mahangu field without his consent before he was ordered to vacate it by force.

    “Those people who approached me told me that they were sent by King Elifas to get my land from me. I refused, but one day when I woke up there were already poles in my field. We are tired of this,” Nuukongo said.



    'Tribal'

    This version of events was also supported by Ester Kalangula who said she was ordered to vacate her land because she is Kwanyama-speaking.

    “They confiscated my deed and then they put up a fence.

    They told me that even if I go to the Ondonga Traditional Authority I will not get any help.”

    Another victim Gabriel Kanime complained that the same group of people got him arrested in 2014 and while in jail they sold his land. “I went all the way to the land board with my complaint, but I was not assisted. That is why I wrote to the authority to help me,” Kanime said.

    Walenga told Namibian Sun that he was just executing his traditional authority mandate when he called the meeting.

    “These people reported their matters to the authority bypassing their village headmen and district senior headman. That is why I was called to listen to them. I am going to submit their concerns to the council and hear what they are going to say,” he said. The meeting turned chaotic when Sheehama started attacking members of the community, while he also accused Walenga of having a problem with him. “I got the power from the king to always represent the Olukonda sub-senior headman. Everything I do, I do it with that power. I do not know why I was called to this meeting if land allocation problems are not at my village but at other villages,” Sheehama said. Sheehama's village falls under Walenga's jurisdiction, but he (Sheehama) threatened him saying “he will get what he is looking for”.



    'Walenga is lying'

    The king's daughter, Katrina, has denied allegations implicating her in the land grabbing scandal, saying people are just envious of the royal family and want to get rid of the queen. It was alleged in the meeting that Katrina confiscated land from one family and allocated it to her husband, businessman David 'Kambwa' Sheehama. “Kambwa does not have land where they are saying he does. I do not even stay there, how can I take their land? Walenga and his people must tell the truth,” Katrina said.

    Namibian Sun understands that the infighting within the Ondonga Traditional Authority is somewhat linked to the succession tug-of-war within the traditional authority to replace the ailing king.

    Sheehama has been linked to the throne and reportedly enjoys support of the Ondonga queen. When approached for comment the chairperson of the Ondonga Traditional Authority Peter Kauluma cancelled the call.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Special Olympics prepares for winter gamesSpecial Olympics prepares for winter games Special Olympics Namibia is preparing for the 2017 World Winter Games to be hosted in Austria next month.

    The games are slated for 14 to 25 March and Namibia will send 20 athletes to compete.

    Special Olympics Namibia's national executive director, Simon Muinjo, told Namibian Sun that Namibia will send a delegation of 26, consisting of 20 athletes, four coaches and two officials. Namibian men's and women's teams will participate in floorball.

    “During the events Special Olympics Namibia will enhance its reputation as a nation of champions by bringing home medals, including gold,” he said.

    He said despite the recent budget cutbacks, preparations were going well and with four weeks more to go, they were confident that all the athletes would be in top form ahead of their departure for Austria.

    The team will have its first training camp for the games next week Friday. On 24 February; Special Olympics Namibia will host athletics competitions in all the regions.

    The team for the World Winter Games will then go into camp from 5 to 11 March.

    Special Olympics Namibia has other local events planned for the year, including a football tournament in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day in April.



    KAINO NGHITONGO

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  • 02/09/17--14:00: APP blasts sports officials
  • APP blasts sports officialsAPP blasts sports officialsAdministrators asked to leave The All People's Party (APP) has expressed concern over the slow development of sport since independence. The All People's Party (APP) has accused the ministry of sport of not doing enough to develop sport.

    The criticism comes in the wake of many sports programmes having been placed on hold because of a financial crisis.

    The Namibia Premier League (NPL) failed to start because officials have not secured a sponsor since the end of the 2015/16 season.

    The party issued a press statement this week to voice its concern about the state of sport in Namibia.

    “We express our deep disappointment regarding the development of sport and youth in our country.

    “We are pleading to government (the ministry and indeed the presidency) to prioritise sport development as a development project countrywide.

    “We also appeal to the private sector to urgently come to the rescue of soccer, boxing, rugby and athletics countrywide.

    “We propose that the president compel all commercial SOEs to choose a team in the NPL to support,” the statement reads.

    The party also requested the government to come up with a law on corporate social responsibility that would force private companies to contribute a percentage of their annual profits to social causes such as sport.

    The APP feels that this would help alleviate unemployment and poverty and help empower the youth.

    “It also will keep our young people busy and away from the streets and far away from committing petty crimes.

    “As a country, we must build national and regional sport academies if we are to be competitive internationally.”

    The party said it was important to sack the current football administrators if things were to change for the better. The fact that some football administrators have been in their positions for so long is believed to have caused the collapse of football and many other codes in the country, it said. “Let us bring in new blood to take our football and other sports codes forward.

    “We strongly believe that our youth have a very great potential and talent to excel in all sports codes.

    “We challenge the private sector to support sport and sporting codes nationally.”





    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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  • 02/09/17--14:00: Fistball takes centre stage
  • Fistball takes centre stageFistball takes centre stageAction resumes this weekend The new fistball season starts in Swakopmund tomorrow. The Namibian fistball season starts this weekend, with Bank Windhoek Fistball League games taking place at the Swakopmund Football Club.

    In the National League Category A, the defending champions, Cohen Fistball Club 1 (CFC), will be the favourites for the prestigious title. Having won both cup tournaments and the league last year, the Blue-Whites would like to prove that this was not a one-off affair.

    Their opponents, SKW 1, will be eager to thwart such plans and could do so if they can keep last year's momentum going. CFC 2 will once again be the underdogs in this year's competition.

    In the National League Category B, SKW 2 are the ones to look out for as they won last year's opening tournament and the league. The Green-Whites will certainly be the favourites to win the trophy again. SFC won the national cup in November 2016.

    The category is completed by the usual teams from Windhoek, which consist of Cohen 3, DTS and Cohen 4. Cohen 4 will, as they did in the national cup, integrate some of their youth players aged between 10 and 14 years.

    SPORT REPORTER

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    I'll never feel great again, says WoodsI'll never feel great again, says WoodsGold legend hope to compete for titles The future does not look so bright for golf legend Tiger Woods who has gone through several operations, but he remains hopeful that he will still have good game time. Tiger Woods has admitted the combined toll of multiple operations on his battered body means he doesn't think he “will ever feel great” again.

    But the former world number one said he hoped to be able to compete for titles and majors in the future, in an interview for Dubai magazine Vision.

    “I feel good, but not great,” said Woods, 41. “Granted, I don't think I'll ever feel great because it's three back surgeries, four knee operations.”

    The 14-time major-winner returned from a 16-month injury lay-off in December and has slumped to 674 in the world rankings.

    “I am always going to be a little bit sore, it's just the way it is. But as long as I can function and function at a good enough level then I'm fine with that,” he said.

    Woods made an ill-fated attempt to play in the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic last week, pulling out with back spasms after a birdie-free first-round 77 left him 13 shots off the lead.

    Woods had missed the cut a week earlier at his first US PGA tour event of the year at Torrey Pines.

    He is entered for next week's tournament at Riviera as he tries to recover form and fitness before a tilt at the season's first major, the Masters in Augusta in early April.

    “The whole plan was to get my body, mind and spirit ready for that first full week in April,” said the 14-time major winner. “You know, I've done it (won at Augusta) four times and I'd love to do it a fifth time.”

    Woods said he would carry on as long as he felt capable of winning, after a painful rehabilitation.

    “There were a lot of times I didn't think I was going to make it back. It was tough, it was more than brutal,” he said.

    Woods, who has not won since 2013 and whose last major victory came in 2008, said golf was becoming a different game with the power of the “kids” dominating the world rankings, such as Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.

    “This is the changing of the guard. All these guys can move it,” he said. “It wasn't important to hit the ball hard, it was more important to hit the ball flush, but now these kids tee it up and just go after it.”

    But he still believes he can win again. “My generation is getting older, but if I'm teeing up the goal's to win it,” said Woods.

    “That doesn't change if I'm injured, coming off an injury, playing well or I'm playing poorly. If I'm in the event, it's to win the event.”



    NAMPA/AFP

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    NRU will fulfill obligations despite obstaclesNRU will fulfill obligations despite obstacles The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) says despite the current financial issues affecting sport in Namibia, it will honour all its international games this year.

    NRU acting CEO Elizma Theron said the union has found alternative ways to source funds.

    “We did not receive the total grant for last year, but we always make alternative plans to fund our activities,” Theron told Nampa in a telephonic interview.

    She said they rely mostly on sponsorship from various companies as well as grants from World Rugby, the world governing body for the sport of rugby.

    “In all honesty we have never fully depended on the government grant, it is always a bonus when we get it,” Theron said.

    She revealed that when this year's budget was drawn up, they did not prioritise the government grant as they are not expecting any improvement in the national financial situation.

    The senior national team are scheduled to play in the Currie Cup, the Africa Cup and the Nations Cup this year.

    The Under-20 team will compete in the Africa Cup at a venue still to be announced, and Junior World Trophy in Uruguay.

    All teams are busy preparing for their respective upcoming tournaments, proving that it is all-systems-go at the union.

    Theron further stated that the union is busy registering a commercial wing as they believe this will be a more attractive solution for sponsors, following several accusations of mishandling of finances by the union administration.

    When asked what sport federations should do to avoid being severely affected by the shortage of funds, Theron said the sport codes must come together and present their case to government as a

    unit.

    Meanwhile, the acting CEO said the rugby union will soon be inviting all clubs to an annual general meeting to discuss issues affecting the sport.

    Nine clubs recently resolved to sever all ties with the union until their grievances are addressed satisfactorily.

    The clubs have been questioning the handling of finances by the union. Other allegations range from maladministration to preferential treatment towards other clubs.

    NAMPA

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    I'll never feel great again, says WoodsI'll never feel great again, says WoodsGolf legend hopes to compete for titles The future does not look so bright for golf legend Tiger Woods, who has undergone several operations, but he remains hopeful that he will still have good game time. NAMPA/AFP



    Tiger Woods has admitted the combined toll of multiple operations on his battered body means he doesn't think he "will ever feel great" again.

    But the former world number one said he hoped to be able to compete for titles and majors in the future, in an interview for Dubai magazine Vision.

    "I feel good, but not great," said Woods, 41. "Granted, I don't think I'll ever feel great because it's three back surgeries, four knee operations."

    The 14-time major-winner returned from a 16-month injury layoff in December and has slumped to 674 in the world rankings.

    "I am always going to be a little bit sore, it's just the way it is. But as long as I can function and function at a good enough level then I'm fine with that," he said.

    Woods made an ill-fated attempt to play in the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic last week, pulling out with back spasms after a birdie-free first-round 77 left him 13 shots off the lead.

    Woods had missed the cut a week earlier at his first US PGA tour event of the year at Torrey Pines.

    He is entered for next week's tournament at Riviera as he tries to recover form and fitness before a tilt at the season's first major, the Masters in Augusta in early April.

    "The whole plan was to get my body, mind and spirit ready for that first full week in April," said the 14-time major winner. "You know, I've done it (won at Augusta) four times and I'd love to do it a fifth time."

    Woods said he would carry on as long as he felt capable of winning, after a painful rehabilitation.

    "There were a lot of times I didn't think I was going to make it back. It was tough, it was more than brutal," he said.

    Woods, who has not won since 2013 and whose last major victory came in 2008, said golf was becoming a different game with the power of the "kids" dominating the world rankings, such as Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.

    "This is the changing of the guard. All these guys can move it," he said. "It wasn't important to hit the ball hard, it was more important to hit the ball flush, but now these kids tee it up and just go after it."

    But he still believes he can win again. "My generation is getting older, but if I'm teeing up the goal's to win it," said Woods.

    "That doesn't change if I'm injured, coming off an injury, playing well or I'm playing poorly. If I'm in the event, it's to win the event."

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    Don’t mess with a man’s egoDon’t mess with a man’s ego I read with great interest some time ago of how a woman in Zimbabwe had to flee her matrimonial home to escape the fury of her husband, who was angered by his wife’s actions when she apparently “screamed in appreciation’ to a sexy video of US R&B star Usher.

    The husband, according to the article reasoned that his wife has not been showing him any affection, yet she went “mad at an image of someone she will never meet in real life”.

    Accusations and counter accusations from both parties follow as the story unfolded. However, dear friends, there is a common message in such story and other similar ones - don’t mess with a man’s ego.

    I personally think it is as silly as walking in front of a speeding train to expect a woman to bend over backwards (hope I said that right), just to accommodate your insecurity. But then again, who am I to judge?

    I bet every woman wakes up silently in the middle of the night, turn the lights on and looks at our sorry faces as we snore the night away! They would probably be staring at it for at least two full minutes, thinking “I must have been lonely as hell to hook up with this dude….”

    The sad part is - you were not forced, you chose independently. I mean, you could have gone for a six-pack chested dude, but you defied all odds and went for a beer belly like yours truly - you ought to be content with the product.

    If it was looks you were after, and yet you chose your next door neighbour’s nerdy son - how on earth do you expect a picture perfect man?

    Trust me, the bathroom picture already reminds us that we are the luckiest sons of a gun to have you as a partner – don’t rub it in by going crazy over some American in a movie, someone you would probably never get to meet.

    I personally would you rather go crazy about Idris Elba than the dude that lives across the street from us – at least that way I know ‘nothing will happen’.

    Come to think of it, why does this dude always work bare-chested in his so-called garden? What the hell does he know of plants anyway? I am just wondering; it is not like I am jealous of his six-pack at which my partner seems to stare every time she greets him!



    So, next time a sexy music star graces the screen, look away and pretend not to be interested - although your heart would be skipping a beat and screaming for more! Trust me, our eyes are always fixed on our women at such times - one cannot be too careful!

    Also, steer clear of all your sexy male workmates. In fact, if you can help it, make sure your boss books you with the nerdish and unlikely ‘contender’ on those extended business trips to the remotest area of the country. It might not make much sense to you, but a man would feel safer that way!

    Dear friends, just like a woman - a man smitten would fuss about any small thing from the way you greet him after work to your willingness to share intimacy with him. If he picks up a negative vibe, he would be fast to pin it on chick flicks or even better - the alleged bad influence from your best friend Maria, who according to him is a successful failure!

    Make sure you refer to us as “My Charlie“, “My Husband” or simply “My Love”. Nothing soothes our ego more! And do not forget that smile – it was after all the smile that brought us together.

    Most men would not admit it, but we all appreciate those occasional “I miss you” calls.

    My friend Elvira, from whom I draw most of the wisdom on the opposite sex felt that these are tall orders for a woman, and that women are not responsible for soothing the ego of men.

    Well, I agree with her, but I had to write a column and that is all the conventional wisdom I could come up with.

    Until then…

    Tjatindi@gmail.com

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  • 02/09/17--14:00: How do I propose?
  • How do I propose?How do I propose? Dear Aunty Nangy, I am a boy aged 22 and I do not know how tell a girl that I love her. Tell me how to propose. Some girls they tell me they love me.

    You must be a shy dude naturally or you don’t have self-confidence. At 22 you should have by now have cast away the shy jacket and be a raging bull. It will help to watch romance movies to see how other men express their feelings to win the love of the woman that sends hot blood racing throughout the body just by sight. These days with the social media platforms and SMSes and WhatsApp, it’s as easy as ABC to reach the one you love. Begin by softening her heart by telling her how beautiful she is and that you will move a mountain if she you asks to. Go get the girls and don’t be shy. The ones who say they love you say so because you are too slow.

    Used and dumped

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am 24 years old and was last used (hit and run) by a dude last year February, and from that time I don’t feel like dating, or falling in love. Is this normal? Will it not affect my health emotionally?

    Are you heart-broken? You sound like it. Please do not stress over that because there are other men out there dying for you. That feeling of dejection is normal especially when you had given the guy all your heart. Love hurts but you will get over it with time. If you think too much it will definitely affect your health and you don’t want to go that route do you? Always remember the sun always shines after a storm. I am confident a genuine man who appreciates you is round the corner and very soon you will be lying in the arms of Mr Right.

    I don’t trust her

    Dear Aunty Nangy, I am 24 and my girlfriend is 30 years old. We love each other but she always tries to cheat on me. Help me Aunty Nangy.

    I don’t know how long you have been in with this woman. If it is a young romance then I suggest that you leave her. Sometimes we see these early signs in our relationships and we choose to ignore them then we marry these unfaithful partners and the marriages never work and we suffer emotionally and physically. Is this what you want to happen to you? The wise say a stitch in time saves nine so leave this woman who forever wants to sneak and smooch with other men. Come on, you are only 24 and she is 30. Look around you there are other sincere women out there who deserve your love. Don’t be a desperado.

    She is a liar

    Dear Aunty Nangy, I am 23 years old and I am dating a girl who is 22 years old. We have been dating for three years now. I love her very much but she always lies to me. Help me Aunty, I really love her very much.

    I understand how you feel being in love yet your partner has traits like these. You did not tell me what she lies about and I am not able to give you the best advice. But all I can say is lying, regardless of what one is lying about is dishonest. Dishonesty breeds mistrust and once people in a relationship do not trust each other later on it becomes a big problem. Think about the consequences and see if it worthwhile to continue with her. Maybe she lies to impress you. Here is what Kristen Houghton wrote in article published by Huffington Post: “As we get older there are certain things we shouldn’t tolerate in a relationship. Our lives are complicated enough; filled with careers, family, friends, our plates are full to overflowing. Add a new relationship to the mix and you have one more issue with which you have to deal. If the relationship is a good, solid one and you can get through the minor problems that seem to affect all partnerships that make life easier. But what happens when you find out that this new partner has lied to you? Should you stay with someone who has been less than truthful? It all depends on you as a person. How much are you willing to put up with and how much time are you willing to spend with a liar? Lies about fidelity and money are the two most common ones that affect couples. They make it almost impossible to have real trust ever again in a relationship. If your partner has cheated or if you feel that he or she will cheat again you have a trust issue. In addition to lying to you, he or she is making you constantly wait for “the other shoe to drop.” You know the cheating is bound to occur again; you just don’t know when and the suspense is literally killing you. Staying together is not an option for you. Life is too stressful.”

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    Casting call – lights, camera, actionCasting call – lights, camera, action For all that Hollywood experience right in the heart of Windhoek and for everybody to feel like a star and be treated like one, the Warehouse is the right place to be.

    Are you ready to be part of the audience for the most spectacular technical show produced in Windhoek to date? Can you be seated by 20:00 sharp and simply be part of a feast for the senses? Then you do not want to miss this Friday’s “The Show”, where technical artists will showcase their talents to the audience with the best equipment available in the country.

    The Warehouse Theatre is filled to the brim with additional sound and lighting gear supplied by DB Audio Namibia, allowing their technicians to produce effects they’ve dreamed about, and now need to get perfect for Friday’s “The Show”.

    A whole month of designing, engineering, planning, collaborating and testing has gone into this event, and what makes it even more challenging, is that the production will be streamed live. This means that ‘The Show’ has to be coordinated and rehearsed down to the finest detail by each performer and technician. To this end, a host of collaborators are providing specialised input.

    Now the only thing missing is you in the audience! Join us for “The Show” this 10 February at 19:30 for 20:00 for a concert featuring all original material by performing artists The Fate of Miss H, Blend, First Rain Dance Theatre, Ndinomholo and Priscilla for only N$100. Tickets are available at the Warehouse Theatre or online at www.eventstoday.com.na

    Staff Reporter

    QUEEN: Join Priscilla and other talents at the Warehouse for massive fun.

    PHOTO: June Shimuoshili

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  • 02/09/17--14:00: Trouble in fashion paradise
  • Trouble in fashion paradiseTrouble in fashion paradiseUnpaid WFW models fed up of excuses There seems to be substantial misunderstandings between the Windhoek Fashion Week event organisers and the local models that graced the ramp with local and international designer brands last year November. Renowned models including Veraakuani Hambira and Georgina Kandjeke took to social media to vent about their late payment and their dissatisfaction towards the first-ever Namibian Windhoek Fashion Week (WFW) organisers. “WFW was the biggest event and the first fashion week in Namibia, but they have failed to pay their models to date. People are clearly not respecting one another even with contracts involved,” read Kandjeke's tweet. Miss Namibia 2016 second princess Hambira stressed on how the event organisers were allegedly defensive when asked for payments, amongst other problems. “The organisers had to pay the show producers extra to move the runway setup underground. I understand that the organisers are going through the most trying time to pay everyone, even using their own money maara chale that's not our problem,” read the tweets.

    The models signed a contract that stated that they will earn N$250 for every runway slot taken part in. The contract however did not give a date of when the payments will be done but they were informed by Luis Munana, the event host, that according to international modelling standard, payments will be in after 90 days. “The 90-day cycle was completed this month and yet most of us are not paid. The best thing Luis could have done was not delete the Whatsapp groups because they were the medium of communication. I hope this gets solved because we need each other for this industry work” said model Jean-Claude Tjitamunisa.

    WFW event organisers Munana and Da Trinidade have taken full blame of the late payments and are doing their level best to pay off their debts accordingly. “I am a model myself, I know how they feel. I also have maintained a good reputation, why would I want to ruin it now? It's not like we refused. We have exhausted personal loans trying to pay of everyone. Every month and day we pay off someone or a company,” said Munana.

    Fashion Council Namibia vice chairperson and WFW organiser Kalistu Da Trinidade responded to one of the tweets from the models who posed a question to the Fashion Council of Namibia about their role. “The Fashion Council isn't there to fight for anybody. We are there to facilitate the fashion industry by coming up with programmes that will benefit the industry. If we had to fight for people we wouldn't fight for the models because we only have ten members on board and none of them are models. Luis Munana is and was never part of the Fashion Council of Namibia,” said Da Trinidade. Da Trinidade further said that the WFW and Fashion Council of Namibia are two different entities which should not be connected in any manner.

    Da Trinidade said they incurred an extra N$50 000 which wasn't in the budget by relocating the venue due to the weather. “We took it from the money budgeted for models. We are not saying our people are of less value - we are simply prioritising our future international relationships.

    We tend to allow petty issues to divide us. These are things instigated by loud mouths on social media who want to prove that they can tackle everyone and it's unfortunate. We should learn dialogue,” said Da Trinidade.

    The WFW organisers said they will not go over the 90-day standard with more than 30 days. The organisers also said the 2017 WFW will be bigger and better and everyone should look forward to it.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 02/09/17--14:00: Housemate’s reunited
  • Housemate’s reunitedHousemate’s reunitedFrom the BBA Hotshots house to Namibia Zambian hit maker Macky 2 performed at the NAMAs in 2013 and now he’s back for future collabos with local musicians, and to tour Namibia. It is a norm that after the Big Brother Africa (BBA) show housemates visit each other’s countries to maintain their friendships, explore countries and look for business ventures. The 2014 Zambian housemate Macky 2 did just that and he’s in Namibia being hosted by his ex-housemate Luis Munana.

    International model and personality Luis said he is honoured and excited to catch up with his old housemate, introduce him to Namibian artists and show him how beautiful Namibia is. “I’ve been hosted by Idris in Tanzania and my visit landed me a modelling gig. It’s a matter of putting him in contact with our top artists. His visit is long overdue in fact,” said Munana. Macky 2’s business and pleasure trip aspires to closing the gap between African boarders in terms of music. Macky 2 said he’s a fan of Namibian music he’s excited to making music in Namibia with Namibians. “I’m looking at doing four major collaborations. It’s official with Oteya and Gazza at this time. It will be cool with The Dogg because I’ve been listening to his music since the last time I was here. He’s someone like me back home. I’m looking for diverse artists,” said Macky 2, and added he will be attending the NAMA awards this year and other events too.

    Macky 2 said he will be visiting some places during this stay and he can’t wait to try Kapana as it is a legendary tourist attraction. His housemate said he will take him to the coastal towns for the maximum experience of the country. Macky 2 said the Zambian music industry is developing at a steady rate although there are issues that will not change. “Upcoming artists don’t have to be with a label to do music because everyone has a studio in their bedroom and distribution of music is not as hard because of social media platforms. Today we play music of memory stick, our cell phones or other technologies so it’s only fair that we sell it online. Problems like piracy are a problem in every industry, it’s everyone’s struggle but we are fighting it,” Macky 2 said. He is happy to be with his friend after a long time and they have a lot to catch up on.

    Hip artist Macky 2 who was label as too quiet during his stay in the house survived until the last elimination round and came out in third place in the whole competition. He was been awarded many awards in his country including 2015 Song of the year Zambia Music Awards Mama Rebecca and 2016 Collabo of the year ZambiaMusic.Net Awards Lolo Lolo.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Valentine’s this and valentine’s thatValentine’s this and valentine’s that I was having a chat with someone the other day and of course we were keeping up with the programme and what's on it. We spoke about the so-called day of love, 14 February also known as Valentine's Day. We spoke about how this one day is supposed to be treated special compared to other days and the question popped up - can one really put love on a calendar? What then about other days?

    Market-wise it's the best idea because so many have gotten their riches from this day. Photographers, movie directors, artists and other creative persons have tons of money and no doubt they look forward to it year in, and year out.

    When it comes to matters of the heart, what does this really mean? Are we saying it's okay for our partners and lovers to slack any other day of the year and only have one day to make up for it? Not only that but most relationships are put to test on this one day; there’s a lot of comparison that goes around. There is such extreme pressure to be a passionate and charming someone rather than yourself on a normal day. Someone would say their friend received an expensive watch from their partner whilst they only got five roses and chocolate from their partner and arguments are brewed right there. I mean it’s not only lovers who can make your Valentine’s Day - family and friends play a part too. This is the one day that you can make someone angry and if you buy those roses or chocolate on that day, you’re forgiven… but let’s not be that petty.

    So what does one do on this day if they have no unique person to celebrate love with? Do they still get to wear all red and look like walking fire extinguishers? No need to be bitter - there’s so much to do than drown yourself in work or lock yourself in the house. Since the day is about love, appreciate yourself. Find out what you love and who you are by writing down your life goals or take online quizzes. Go for a nice treat at the spa and get pampered up. Many shops have massive sales this time so you might find that item you wanted badly on sale. Try something new that you may like, go carting, wine tasting or even challenge yourself and cook up a storm in your kitchen. You can also send special gifts to your friends and family because everybody needs some love, right? Lastly one can take out that book that has been collecting dust in your room for some time and really dig in. It has been proven that reading is therapy on its own.

    For those that have partners to enjoy on Valentine’s Day, there’s also a long list of activities to do to that are pocket-friendly and others no so much. However, we won’t go look at the price tag on this day because it only happens once a year! Whilst the weather may not agree for a romantic walk in town, I know that MK is selling hot lingerie for all body types and sizes that can set the mood just fine. While getting yourself the lingerie also keep in mind that you are supporting local. Rent a movie and have popcorn and just relax, enjoy the moments. Alternatively one can dress up and book a table for two at an exquisite restaurant and go all out after all, can one really put a price on love? It’s rather unfortunate that this year’s valentine’s falls in the middle of the week and one can’t really put in leave so why don’t you book into a lodge out of town for the weekend and have more time to enjoy and relax.

    All in all Valentine’s Day is just one of those days in the year. Whether you surprise your side chick by introducing her to your wife or switching off your phone and disappearing off the radar on the day it’s really up to you how you spend it. I’d say don’t do anything I wouldn’t do which is drinking and driving.

    Love and be loved.

    June Shimuoshili

    june@namibiansun.com

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  • 02/09/17--14:00: Valentine's
  • Valentine'sValentine's Here's how some Namibian entertainers feel about Valentine's Day and how they will spend it this year.



    RM

    Q: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Valentine's Day?

    A: Love, honesty, kindness and respect.

    Q: What celeb would you not mind having as your Valentine?

    A: Beyonce Knowles Carter

    Q: What would you do and wear on your perfect Valentine's date?

    A: I would one day want to have a candlelit dinner on a yacht in Bora Bora. I would of course want to wear a custom made Ralph & Russo Ready-to-Wear look.

    Q: Who is your valentine?

    A: I do not have a valentine at all.



    Doris

    Q: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Valentine's Day?

    A: First thing that pops up are those iconic red hearts hanging all over town and everywhere you look. But most importantly I think about love.

    Q: What is your favourite Valentine's Day memory?

    A: This has to be in 2011 when I was still at school. I had this huge crush on someone for about three years in secret, or at least that's what I thought. It turns out he felt the same way. He then came to surprise me at school with the help of my friend and a teacher with the best chocolate I ever had, flowers, the classic teddy bear and a card asking me to be his valentine. I honestly felt like he asked me to marry him!!! I was blown away.

    Q: What celeb would you not mind having as your Valentine?

    A: Okay this one I would like to keep a secret. If I have to say it, it would take the mystery out of it. I would like to stay his secret admirer for now. Who knows what will happen! For now I will let the energy flow and hopefully the universe will respond in my favour.

    Q: What would you do and wear on your perfect Valentine's date?

    A: I'm obsessed with black clothing so I'll definitely be wearing a black little number, figure-hugging while paying more attention to that Victoria's Secret. As for the perfect date, it wouldn't really matter what I do. For me, it's all about sharing the special day and special moment with the right person. Because it's more about the feeling and the person I'm with.

    Q: The prized possession you value above all others from a significant other?

    A: I value things that are very thoughtful and personalised. For example when I started studying medicine someone bought me a stethoscope and it was a very thoughtful and practical gift which I still cherish. So I think that anything with a little bit of thought put into it is a perfect gift for me.

    Q: As a public figure, do you feel that people want to be with you because of your reputation or because of your personality?

    A: I haven't encountered anyone who wanted to date me because I am a public figure. However, I would most definitely want someone to date me or like me because of my loveable personality.

    Q: Who is your valentine?

    A: Since this year is the year of being self-ish and showing myself some love, I am glad to say that I am my valentine this year! I already have some plans in place as to how I intend to spend the day, which definitely includes a nice spa day.



    Dillish

    Q: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Valentine's Day?

    A: Chocolates.

    Q: What is your favourite Valentine's Day memory?

    A: It's definitely the year 2015 when I was surprised by riddles and clues to a series of gifts.

    Q: What celeb would you not mind having as your valentine?

    A: Local Stefan Ludik and international Usher.

    Q: What would you do and wear on your perfect valentine's date?

    A: Plan a romantic date at home with my significant other, when he walks into the house, he'll find rose petals all over the floor with some Barry White playing in the background. We shall then indulge in a three-course meal prepared by me and then head over to a nice warm bubble bath, cuddle in front of the telly and call it a night.

    Q: What prized possession do you value above all others from a significant other?

    A: Honesty.

    Q: As a public figure, do you feel that people want to be with you because of your reputation or because of your personality?

    A: Yes, it does become tricky but I'm quite sharp and I'm able to pick bad vibes immediately.

    Q: Who is your valentine?

    A: *giggles*



    El-Shaddai

    Q: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Valentine's Day?

    A: The very first thing that pops into my head when I hear Valentine's Day is chocolate! Lots and lots of chocolate!

    Q: What is your favourite Valentine's Day memory?

    A: About two years ago I was treated to a lovely dinner at Am Weinberg. That was a very special v-day date.

    Q: What celeb would you not mind having as your valentine?

    A: I wouldn't mind if Idris Elba could rock up on my doorstep, flowers and chocolates in hand!

    Q: What would you do and wear on your perfect valentine's date?

    A: I'd love a destination v-day date, somewhere ridiculously romantic like Venice or Paris. This date will start off with a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates. Sightseeing and soaking up the city's culture during the day. And a romantic candlelit dinner at a very swanky restaurant with me rocking a sexy Ruberto Scholtz number.

    Q: The prized possession you value above all others from a significant other?

    A: A beautiful gold necklace my significant other got me for my birthday last year.

    Q: As a public figure, do you feel that people want to be with you because of your reputation or because of your personality?

    A: I believe that there will always be people who take more than they give and vice versa, irrespective of your social stature.

    Q: Who is your valentine?

    A: My significant other.



    Josy

    Q: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Valentine's Day?

    A: The first thing that comes to my mind is actually three specific things: Sensationalisation of love as an institution, an excuse to not wholeheartedly love and celebrate our significant others on the 364 other days of the year, and too many people walking around looking like red and white colour pencils.

    Q: What is your favourite Valentine's Day memory?

    A: It was last year. I went to watch movies with two of my friends and none of us wore red and white and none of us spoke about the specific day. It was really just great to have been able to not be alone like previous years. Fun actually. We mostly spoke about action movies and laughed at our native names.

    Q: What celeb would you not mind having as your valentine?

    A: Ricardo Goagoseb or even Mr Sam Shivute. It would make for such a meaningful dinner filled with exchanges of wisdom on not only love, but life and happiness in the greater scheme of things. Also, would be great to spend the day with a man who would not expect any hanky panky in the end. Lol.

    Q: What would you do and wear on your perfect valentine's date?

    A: Whatever is clean in my wardrobe and it would probably be purple.

    Q: The prized possession you value above all others from a significant other?

    A: I received a silver watch for my birthday last year. I will always treasure it as it is a constant reminder of the precious value of time and how one need to learn to bask in the present as opposed to always fretting about the past or the unknown or unchangeable.

    Q: As a public figure, do you feel that people want to be with you because of your reputation or because of your personality?

    A: In this day and age, I really don't trust men's intentions that easily. Obviously they are drawn to you or attracted to you because of what they know about you or what you have done, and then they get to know you and all of a sudden you become too much woman, too independent, too outspoken, to determined, too loud, as if your reputation was established by virtue of something else besides those very same qualities. In short, I would have to say yes.

    Q: Who is your valentine?

    A: My Valentine will be Vin Diesel as I watch him flex on my screen in his latest movie “XXX” that I will be watching that day. If that doesn't count then I guess I have a lover in a man named Jesus.



    Big Ben

    Q: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Valentine's Day?

    A: Oh God, here comes one of those days. Can't we just postpone it to 21 March and mix it with Independence Day? GRN is cutting budgets and you are here promoting this.

    Q: What is your favourite Valentine's Day memory?

    A: You are asking the wrong person. I normally forget my own birthday so how would I remember Valentine's Day? Let's hope this year I will experience something worth my memory banks.

    Q: What celeb would you not mind having as your valentine?

    A: Can I please have Martha Mukaiwa for breakfast at Capello so she can tell me all about her travels, a late lunch with Tjuna Kauapirura at Xwama Restaurant and a late night game of cards and wine with my mother's children at my cabin in the woods?

    Q: What would you do and wear on your perfect valentine's date?

    A: Anyone who talks to me about fashion this 2017 will be force fed 5-kgs of bubblegum, forced to swallow and hopefully die from gum oozing through their nose and all possible openings.

    Q: The prized possession you value above all others from a significant other?

    A: Viola gave me a ring many years ago. It was not Valentine's Day but I still value and remember that act.

    Q: As a public figure, do you feel that people want to be with you because of your reputation or because of your personality?

    A: Lol, these women are not always brave enough to say what brought them to you. Besides, I don't think it matters why a person is attracted to me unless their passions are fuelled by illusions, in which case I will show my true colours very fast. Dear readers, when you hear 'true colours' why do you assume it will be a person's bad self?

    Q: Who is your valentine?

    A: I am accepting applications.



    KP Illest

    Q: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Valentine's Day?

    A: I see a lot of happy cashiers, sad bank accounts and lonely people out there. I am nowhere in that equation.

    Q: What is your favourite Valentine's Day memory?

    A: In 2007 one guy gave a girl a gift basket and she gave it to me and asked me if I'd be her valentine. Now I don't condone taking other men's women but I also don't condone looking a gift horse in the mouth. Long story short, that year I had my first valentine. #BossThings

    Q: What celeb would you not mind having as your valentine?

    A: Maria Nepembe. She's beautiful, clever and shaped like my future wife (winking face).

    Q: What would you do and wear on your perfect valentine's date?

    A: I would wear some shorts and a vest with my Havaianas and do a long road trip with my girl while listening to Fresh FM all day or any other Planet Radio Station and when we finally arrive at our destination then things get really interesting. #TurnTheMusicWayUp

    Q: The prized possession you value above all others from a significant other?

    A: I never really treasured anything from a valentine of mine but that biltong that girl gave me back in '07 was pretty nice.

    Q: As a public figure, do you feel that people want to be with you because of your reputation or because of your personality?

    A: I try to keep my reputation as clean as possible but I guess there are those people that just want to be with someone who could possibly land them in the public eye.

    Q: Who is your valentine?

    A: Well I'll try and find one over the weekend but at the moment I haven't got one but hey that might change up soon.



    Luis Munana

    Q: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Valentine's Day?

    A: Over-commercialised holiday invented by the corporate world to make money.

    Q: What is your favourite Valentine's Day memory?

    A: I was in Grade 7; I had a huge crush on Janet. I took her out on a date and bought her chocolates and flowers. I will never forget that day!

    Q: What celeb would you not mind having as your valentine?

    A: Vanessa Mdee, she's just what I like.

    Q: What would you do and wear on your perfect valentine's date?

    A: Stay in bed all day, eat junk food, cook and watch TV with Teddy Bear (bae).

    Q: The prized possession you value above all others from a significant other?

    A: It's definitely an intangible one. I'd have to say: Loyalty above everything.

    Q: As a public figure, do you feel that people want to be with you because of your reputation or because of your personality?

    A: I actually posted a tweet about that. As a public figure the lines get blurred because one doesn't know if someone wants to be with them because of who they are (public image) vs who they really are (personality). It's very tricky!

    Q: Who is your valentine?

    A: As a public figure; the moment the public knows who you're dating the relationship no longer becomes yours. My valentine goes by the pet name of teddy bear, name starts with a 'D'.













    June Shimuoshili

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    Trump calls world leaders... but China's Xi gets a letterTrump calls world leaders... but China's Xi gets a letterFirst direct communication from Trump to Xi since inauguration The president of the world's second-biggest economy got just a letter. Vladimir Putin, Enrique Pena Nieto and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are among the leaders who have had phone conversations with Donald Trump since he took office.

    The US president sent a note to Xi Jinping in his first direct communication since he took office, saying he was seeking smoother ties. He thanked Xi for a congratulatory letter and wished the Chinese people a happy Year of the Rooster, according to White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

    “President Trump stated that he looks forward to working with President Xi to develop a constructive relationship that benefits both the United States and China,” Spicer said in a statement Wednesday night.

    Trump, who has spoken with more than a dozen heads of state since taking office, was scheduled to speak yesterday with the leaders of Afghanistan, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq.

    Trump faces pressure to fulfil campaign promises to get tough on China, which he accuses of syphoning off American manufacturing jobs. The billionaire property developer has promised to label China a currency manipulator, bring trade complaints against the nation and impose tariffs if it doesn't halt what he sees as unfair trading practices.

    Prior US leaders have not always rushed to chat on the phone with their Chinese counterparts, even though Jiang Zemin's visit to America in October 1997 led to an agreement on a hotline. Former President George W Bush waited until July of his first term to speak with Jiang. By contrast, Barack Obama called Hu Jintao 11 days after his inauguration in 2009.

    Xi has reached out to Trump three times since his election win, including two congratulatory messages. They had a phone conversation on 14 November in which Xi said cooperation was “the only correct choice” for ties. “It's better than nothing, but it's only a very small gesture,” said Shi Yinhong, a foreign affairs adviser to China's cabinet and director of the Centre on American Studies at Renmin University in Beijing, referring to Trump's note. “Trump's China policy hasn't taken a clear shape yet, although all the signs so far point to a combative approach.”

    In tweets since his win, Trump has questioned the One-China policy which acknowledges China and Taiwan are part of the one country - and is seen as a no-go area by Beijing. He's criticised China's leaders for failing to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

    Trump appointed noted China hawk Peter Navarro as a trade adviser, while secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said the US should deny China access to artificial reefs it built in the South China Sea.

    Beijing has sought both official and informal channels to boost communication with the new administration. Trump's daughter Ivanka was invited to a Chinese lunar new year event on Feb. 1 in the embassy in Washington, and a White House official said ambassador Cui Tiankai and Jared Kushner, Ivanka's husband and a presidential adviser, have an ongoing dialogue.

    “The most worrying aspect about the new presidency is his temperament, not his policy,” said Wang Fan, director of China Foreign Affairs University's Institute of International Relations. “We're worried he'd go to the extreme.”

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    New risk and compliance manager for FNBNew risk and compliance manager for FNB FNB Risk and Compliance recently welcomed Claude Mungunda as its new money laundering compliance manager.

    Mungunda graduated from the University of Namibia with a bachelor's degree in commerce, majoring in accounting and business management. He also holds a certificate in asset liability management from Pune, India.

    “I look forward to my new challenge to ensure that the group complies with all the relevant regulatory AML requirements both domestically and globally,” said Mungunda.

    Money laundering was brought into the spotlight at the end of last year, although it is not a new phenomenon in Namibia.

    Namibia was the first African country to undertake a National Money Laundering Assessment in 2012 that resulted in the development and implementation of laws and policies in line with international benchmarks.

    “As a responsible business with strong ethics and a zero tolerance for non-compliance of the laws and regulations of the country, we pledge our unwavering support to ensure that shady transactions are reported and halted,” Mungunda added.

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