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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Gymnasium all set for rugby festivalGymnasium all set for rugby festival Windhoek Gymnasium has everything in place for the Capricorn Group rugby sevens festival on Friday and Saturday.

    The tournament, which has attracted teams from other countries, will be played on the school's brand new rugby field.

    In the International Junior Division, six under-18 national teams from Germany, South Africa (the Junior Boks and SA All Stars), Zambia, Botswana and Namibia will compete.

    The Under-19 Schools division will be contested by four under-19 teams from local schools.

    The Under-15 Schools division will consist of four under-15 teams from local schools and two Namibian High Performance sevens teams who are preparing for the Hong Kong Sevens tournament later this year.

    Six Namibian and four South African referees will officiate, led by Jacky Husselman.

    Well-known crowd activator Gary Forwood will be in charge of announcements and entertainment.

    The tournament will be hosted on the brand new Rhino Turf rugby field at Windhoek Gymnasium in Kleine Kuppe, the first synthetic rugby field in Africa. The event will serve as the inauguration of the field.

    Games will be played from 14:00 to 21:30 on Friday, and from 07:30 to 16:00 on Saturday.

    The event promises to be a true rugby festival, displaying exhilarating sevens rugby talent.

    The organisers plan to host about 3 000 visitors and players and are planning to make it an annual event, to which most participants have already agreed.

    The two-day tournament is sponsored by Capricorn Group, Trustco and Kosmos Radio.


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  • 02/28/17--14:00: Moses closer to world title
  • Moses closer to world titleMoses closer to world titleNaidjala improves his ranking Nestor Tobias's boxers continue to improve their rankings as they strive for world title fights. Paulus 'The Hitman' Moses has improved his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) rating from ninth to sixth this month.

    This means that the boxer is now closer to getting another crack at a lightweight world title fight.

    The MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy believes that Moses remains one of Namibia's most experienced fighters.

    His camp says that he has showed consistency with his form in the past few years.

    Trainer and promoter Nestor Tobias says he still has high hopes for the former world champion.

    “The improved rating reflects his total commitment to the sports of boxing.

    “I am of course delighted that he is making strides and edging closer to the number one position where he naturally belongs,” Tobias said.

    Paulus Moses became Namibia's second world champion in 2009 when he defeated Yusuke Kibori from Japan for the WBA lightweight world title.

    He went on to successfully defend his world title against Takehiro Shimada from Japan in 2009.

    He then challenged for the WBO Africa world title against Ricky Burns in 2012 and narrowly lost on points.

    Moses is the current WBO Africa lightweight champion with an impressive record of 41 fights, 38 wins and three losses.

    “I still have a lot of good boxing in me and looking to become the best in the lightweight division again,” the boxer says.

    “I am happy with my current world rating and looking forward to more fights that hopefully get me another opportunity for a world title fight before the end of 2017.”

    Immanuel 'Prince' Naidjala also improved his rating this month.

    The boxer made one move from sixth to fifth place in the WBO rankings.

    Naidjala is the current WBO inter-continental champion and remains an exciting, talented fighter.

    Walter 'Executioner' Kautondokwa and Sakaria 'Desert Storm' Lukas both maintained their ratings at ninth in the middleweight and featherweight divisions.

    Former WBO world bantamweight and super bantamweight champion Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda maintained his WBO rating at 15th place, while improving his WBA rating to 11th and his WBC to 15th.

    Japhet 'The Lion' Uutoni maintained his top-15 rating despite his recent loss to Angel Acosta for the WBO junior flyweight world title eliminator.

    Nestor Tobias has confirmed that Uutoni will move down to the mini-flyweight division.

    “While we are comfortable keeping him at junior flyweight, we have realised that his opponents are usually much bigger than him.

    “We have therefore taken a strategic decision to move him to mini-flyweight so that he can compete comfortably and competitively,” Tobias said.


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    Bass angling tourney off to good startBass angling tourney off to good start The Namibia Bass Angling Association hosted the first Bank Windhoek National Tournament for 2017 at picturesque Lake Oanob at the weekend.

    The organisers expressed satisfaction with the turnout.

    Namibia was blessed with good rains at the beginning of February that raised the level of Lake Oanob from 25% to 80% within the space of three weeks.

    This inflow is said to be good for the future of bass angling in Namibia.

    However, it made the first tournament extremely difficult, with only six fish ending up on the scales.

    Jandré Engelbrecht caught the biggest fish of the tournament, weighing in at an impressive 3.676kg.

    Nic Kruger caught a giant too, weighing in at 3.02kg, which turned out to be the second biggest fish of the day.

    Alec Williams caught his fish, a respectable specimen of 2.051kg, just before the tag board closed, earning him valuable points in the always closely contested Angler of the Year race.

    The results of the tournament are as follows:

    Angler: Points:

    1st Jandre Engelbrecht 4.176

    2nd Nic Kruger 3.502

    3rd Alec Williams 2.551

    4th Jürgen Geiger 2.089

    5th Johan Coetzee 1.576

    6th Stefan De Wet 1.570


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    PTA players to compete at NTA tourneysPTA players to compete at NTA tourneys The Pro Tennis Academy (PTA) Tennis Series resumed at the weekend, with action at the Windhoek High School tennis courts.

    The academy will host nine tournaments this year. The PTA Tennis Series is the only one in Namibia in which participants compete based on their skill and not their age.

    The academy trains players between the ages of five and 18, as well as adults aged 19 years and older in different categories.

    There are five categories: the mini category for players aged six to nine; midi for players aged eight to nine; beginners; intermediate; and advanced.

    PAT head coach Romeo van Wyk told Nampa on Monday that more than 30 players were registered with the academy for the 2017 season and they would readjust their playing calendar to suit that of the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA).

    “This year, we want to move a step higher with our academy as we want our players to start competing with other players who are playing at the NTA tournaments.”

    He said the PTA would like to see how its players do at national competitions this year.

    In this year's PTA series, a new 'Green Dot' category was introduced which will see players using the full tennis court for their games.

    Below are some of the results from the different categories of the 2017 PTA Series.


    1. Godwin Husselmann

    2. Cleet Farmer

    3. Brandon Maasdorp

    Intermediate Women:

    1. Faith Kahuure

    2. Geneveve Erasmus

    3. Renate Hranova

    Green Dot:

    1. Samuel Mayinoti

    2. Elia Kambonde

    3. Arnaud Marais


    1. Veniah Mumba

    2. Jaedyn Mumba


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    Infantino rejects CAF influence claimsInfantino rejects CAF influence claimsInfantino visits Ghana Fifa president Gianni Infantino was in Ghana on Monday and rubbished claims that he is lobbying support against Issa Hayatou. The world football governing body head was in the West African nation as part of African tour which has also seen him make stops in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Uganda. However, the undercurrents of his visits have followed him wherever he has been.

    In Zimbabwe, the Swiss lawyer's presence at the birthday bash of Philip Chiyangwa raised eyebrows on the continental football politics front. The colourful businessman, who also used the party to celebrate his ascension to the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) throne, controversially included a gathering of several other football heads seen not to be loyal to Issa Hayatou.

    Hayatou, who stands in a CAF presidency election for the eighth time in March, is being contested by the Madagascar FA president, Ahmad Ahmad. Chiyangwa, it turns out, is the campaign manager of this endeavour.

    And that's why Infantino's African tour is being interpreted in some quarters as a tacit endorsement of the anti-Hayatou group.

    “I am going to every association that invites me and to those that didn't invite me because I am the president of 211 in the world including 54 in Africa,” Infantino said, while in Ghana.

    “It is not up to the Fifa president to decide anything when it comes to happen in the CAF congress and presidency. There are delegates entitled to vote and make up their minds and to vote freely according to what they want. The federations and their presidents are big enough to take their own decisions.”

    CAF has already suggested that the Fifa president is part of an elaborate scheme to destabilise the incumbent administration, especially as Infantino is not a known ally of Hayatou, who has been in power since 1988.


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    Illness caps Goetze's fall from hero to zeroIllness caps Goetze's fall from hero to zeroRough season for world cup hero Borussia Dortmund will be without one of their key players in their next big games. Mario Goetze had the nation at his feet when Germany's hero netted the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final.

    Fast-forward nearly three years and Monday's news that the Borussia Dortmund star was sidelined indefinitely by a metabolism disorder was the latest blow to affect the attacking midfielder since the Brazil triumph.

    Among the Dortmund games he will miss is the Champions League round-of-16, second-leg clash at home to Benfica on 8 March, having lost the first match 1-0 in Portugal.

    “I am in the process of getting treatment and I will do everything I can to get back into training as quickly as possible,” Goetze told the club website on Monday.

    But there has been an air of frustration around the 24-year-old for weeks. Goetze has scored just two goals in 16 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions after returning to his hometown club for this season.

    It has been a poor return on the 22 million euros it cost to buy him back from Bayern, who forced Dortmund to sell him for 37 million euros in 2013 when the Bavarians triggered a release clause in his contract.

    Goetze failed to hold down a first-team place at star-studded Bayern in three seasons under Pep Guardiola, who preferred the silky skills of Thiago Alcantara to Goetze's industry around the edge of the box.

    A telephone call with Guardiola's replacement Carlo Ancelotti towards the end of last season was enough to convince Goetze his future lay in Dortmund, but his return has not been a happy one.

    He has featured in only 11 Bundesliga matches this season, played the full 90 minutes just four times and spent six games entirely on the bench. Goetze has not played at all this month after picking up a leg injury. Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel dropped him for Dortmund's home Bundesliga win over second-placed RB Leipzig at the start of February because of poor form.

    There has been external criticism, most noticeably from Lothar Matthaeus, who captained Germany to the Italy 1990 title.

    The 55-year-old believes Goetze is running out of options and needs to adapt. “Quite honestly, even if it sounds a little nasty, if he does not sort it out at Dortmund, he has to go to China, because he certainly won't want to make less money,” Matthaeus told magazine Sport Bild last week.

    “He can't go to (Dortmund's arch rivals) Schalke, he wouldn't fit at Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach can't afford him.

    “Top clubs from abroad no longer have him on their list.

    “He has to change, that is clear. He doesn't have the speed, which is everything in football today.

    “Players like Xabi Alonso can perhaps compensate for that, but not an attacking player like Goetze.”

    Dortmund, who are third in Germany's top flight, have given no date for his return and are protective of Goetze, who came up through the junior ranks. “I am quite certain that some people still have to apologise to Goetze. Even if they are a big name,” said Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke in relation to Matthaeus' comments. There is some relief around the club that there is a medical reason to explain the Germany star's loss of form.

    “We are glad to know the reasons for Mario's complaints and we are convinced that after recovering he will give us extra quality with his exceptional abilities,” said Dortmund's director of sports Michael Zorc.

    “Mario gets the full backing and maximum support from all of us at Borussia Dortmund on his way back.”

    But Goetze is a long way from his dazzling form in 2011 and 2012 when he helped Dortmund win the German league titles at Bayern's expense.

    In a Dortmund midfield boasting talent like Germany's Marco Reus, teenager Ousmane Dembele and Raphael Guerreiro, who Tuchel has heaped praise on, Goetze faces an uphill battle to once again hold down a first-team place.


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  • 02/28/17--14:00: Kane feels among the best
  • Kane feels among the bestKane feels among the best Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane believes he is one of the best strikers in the world after his hat-trick in Sunday's 4-0 win over Stoke City took him past 20 goals in all competitions for a third successive season.

    Kane, who scored his second hat-trick in a week and third in nine games in Sunday's match, is level with Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku on 17 goals as the top flight's leading scorer this season as he seeks to retain the golden boot.

    “I feel that if you look at my stats, my goals, then I'm up there. If you guys want to print that (I'm one of the best in the world), I'm more than happy to have that,” Kane told British media.

    Kane missed seven weeks with an ankle injury earlier this term, but the England international believes the time on the sidelines has put him in his best possible shape.

    “Is this my best form ever? Yes I think so, I feel fresh, I feel sharp, I feel in good shape.

    “Of course that injury I had earlier in the season might have done me a bit of good, getting a bit more rest,” Kane said.

    “I've had a good couple of months now so it's important I continue that until the end of the season.”

    Tottenham, who are second in the table and 10 points behind Chelsea with 12 games remaining, host seventh-placed Everton on Sunday.


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    Ex-Test players to develop young Aussie talentEx-Test players to develop young Aussie talent Former Test stars Ryan Harris and Matthew Elliott have been appointed to nurture young Australian talent, with the pair's first assignment an under-19 series against Sri Lanka.

    Fast bowler Harris and batsman Elliott beat off competition from 38 other applicants to be picked as high performance coaches at the National Cricket Centre, entrusted with developing the country's future stars.

    “We have undertaken a thorough process to find the best coaches to mentor Australia's emerging talent and we are extremely excited to have both Matthew and Ryan joining,” said Cricket Australia executive general manager Pat Howard.

    “Both have come through the Cricket Australia coaching pathway ... and have a strong understanding of the challenges that lie ahead in developing Australian cricketers to be ready for first-class and international cricket.”

    Former high-performance coach Graeme Hick has since been appointed as the Australia team batting coach, while the second coaching role is newly created.

    The two will start work next week. Their first assignment will be leading Australia's under-19 side in a home series against Sri Lanka in April, with Elliott to coach the team and Harris his assistant.


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    Korbut sells Munich medal collectionKorbut sells Munich medal collection Legendary gymnast Olga Korbut has sold her collection of medals won at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games among a sale of memorabilia at an auction in the United States, auctioneers said on Monday.

    Korbut, 61, captured the imagination of the sporting world with her spellbinding displays in Munich before competing at the Montreal Games four years later.

    The Arizona-based former Soviet gymnast sold her medals through Heritage Auctions after falling on hard times, according to reports in Russia.

    The sale of seven lots - which included two gold medals and a silver from Munich - raised around $230 000, the auction house said.

    Her team gold raised $66 000. The other gold sold was her individual floor exercise medal.

    Korbut's other individual gold medal, for the balance beam in Munich, was not part of the sale because it was stolen previously.

    Korbut's ground-breaking displays in Munich were credited with widening the appeal of gymnastics around the world, with the diminutive Belarusian star known as the 'Sparrow of Minsk' also changing the way athletes from behind the Iron Curtain were viewed.


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    I'm ready for Leicester job - ShakespeareI'm ready for Leicester job - Shakespeare Leicester City caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare said he was ready to take on the role full-time after overseeing an impressive 3-1 win against Liverpool in his first game.

    Shakespeare was promoted from his role as assistant following Claudio Ranieri's sensational dismissal last Thursday, nine months on from Leicester's 5 000-1 Premier League title triumph.

    Leicester looked a team reborn in Monday's game, prevailing through Jamie Vardy's first-half double and a sweet Danny Drinkwater strike, and Shakespeare said the experience had whetted his appetite.

    “Do I think I'm capable of it? Yes. Does it faze me? No,” he told reporters at the King Power Stadium when asked if he wanted the job.

    “But it's the owners who decide and they'll do their diligence and look. I think it'll take its course.

    “They'll sit down and I'll try and prepare the team as rightly as I can for Hull unless told otherwise.”

    Ranieri may have gone, but Leicester's faithful showed the much-loved 65-year-old Italian he will not be forgotten.

    Several fans brandished banners thanking him and there was a coordinated smartphone light show in his honour in the 65th minute, accompanied by chants of his name. Asked what Ranieri would have made of Leicester's dramatic return to form, Shakespeare replied: “Knowing Claudio, he'll say, 'That's football'.

    “He said that to me on Thursday night and reminded me of that on Friday morning.

    “The performance you saw tonight, I saw it against Man City (who Leicester beat 4-2 in December). We have done it, but not often enough.” Leicester, who hosts second-bottom Hull City on Saturday, had lost their previous five league games and were the last team in Europe's five major leagues to find the net in 2017.

    Vardy broke an eight-game personal goal drought in the 29th minute, haring onto Marc Albrighton's through ball before tucking a shot past Simon Mignolet.

    Drinkwater slammed in Leicester's second with a searing 25-yard shot and Vardy headed in a third goal before Philippe Coutinho reduced the arrears with 21 minutes remaining.

    The weekend's results had seen Leicester slip into the bottom three, but they leapt up to 15th place, two points clear of the relegation zone.

    Liverpool would have gone third with victory, but they remain in fifth place and now trail leaders Chelsea by 14 points.

    Beaten manager Jurgen Klopp said his players had been told to expect an “emotional” display from Leicester and said there was no excuse for the passivity of their display.

    “We knew how Leicester would play: go back to their roots,” said the German, whose side welcome fourth-place Arsenal to Anfield on Saturday.

    “We could have done much better. We let them be the Leicester of last year - that's our fault.

    “We should get criticised. This inconsistency makes absolutely no sense.”

    Liverpool have won only two and lost six of their 12 games in 2017 and Klopp accepted both he and his players were now under heavy scrutiny.

    “We all play for our future, myself included,” he said.

    “We get judged every day, especially on match days and of course performances have influences on these things.

    “I don't think they (the players) are not as good as I thought they were, but I think they need my help more to show it every week.

    “When we lose, I feel maximum responsible because I am. I hope I use always the word 'we' and not 'they' or 'the players' because I'm involved in this.

    “It's not the moment to make assessments like this, especially not in public. But to say the truth and I try to say the truth as often as possible, bad performances don't help anybody, that's clear.”

    Liverpool were without captain Jordan Henderson due to a bruised foot and Klopp said the England midfielder was unlikely to be fit to face Arsenal at the weekend.


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  • 02/28/17--14:00: Warriors overpower 76ers
  • Warriors overpower 76ersWarriors overpower 76ersDurant back with more strength The Warriors' Kevin Durant came back to the court with more power to help his side beat the 76ers in an NBA basketball game. Kevin Durant returned from injury with a bang on Monday, scoring 27 points as the Golden State Warriors overpowered the Philadelphia 76ers 119-108.

    Durant, who missed the Warriors previous game with a bruised left hand, showed no sign of lingering after-effects to help power the Dubs to their fourth straight victory.

    The Warriors, who are already assured of a place in the playoffs, improved to a league best 50-9 after rattling up their seventh win in eight games.

    Klay Thompson added 21 points for Golden State while Zaza Pachulia scored a season best 16 points.

    Draymond Green chipped in with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.

    But it was a rare off-night for Stephen Curry. The Warriors star contributed a respectable 19 points but drew a blank from three-point range, missing all 11 of his attempts.

    It was only the third time in 211 games Curry has failed to connect with at least one three-pointer.

    “I forgot to adjust to the thickness of the air,” Curry joked. “It happens, but you have to find other ways to impact the game.”

    The Warriors eventually pulled clear against an under-powered Sixers team early in the fourth quarter, moving into a 99-87 lead.

    The Sixers fought back however when Golden State's David West was called for a flagrant after a clash with Dario Saric.

    Saric drained two free throws before Nik Stauskas scored to cut the Warriors lead to 99-91 with just under eight minutes left.

    But that was the cue for a sustained scoring run by the Warriors, with West making three assists in quick succession to help Golden State into a 106-92 lead with just under six minutes to go.

    “I thought we played a really good game,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “We just couldn't make a shot. But we made up for it by getting to the free-throw line.”

    Sixers coach Brett Brown said even despite Curry's off-night, the depth of the Warriors offense had been hard to counter.

    “At times, we got lucky with them as a team,” Brown said. “They didn't shoot it the way a team would normally shoot it.”

    “But when you take away something, something else gets exposed. It's hard to guard everything.”

    The defeat capped a day of disappointment for the Sixers who earlier revealed that rookie centre Joel Embiid - the team's top scorer and rebounder - faced an indefinite layoff due to a knee injury.


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    Omunangeshefa a gandja omayambidhidho koskolaOmunangeshefa a gandja omayambidhidho koskola Omagano ngoka ogongushu yooN$50 000 Okuyamukula kehokololo lyapitile miikundaneki kutya, aalongiskola moshitopolwa shaMusati otaya longitha iimaliwa yawo yene okulanda iikwathitholongo mooskola, shika osha thiminike omunangeshefa Maria Nakale a gandje omagano giikwathitholongo, gongushu yooN$ 50 000 kooskola dha thika lwopo-25 moshitopolwa.

    Ngoloneya gwOshitopolwa shaMusati, Erginus Endjala okwa tumbula tati Nakale, okuli omuniilonga gwehangano lyoFirst Capital Company, okwa gumwa komutima koshinyolwa shika sha pitithwa koNamibia Sun omasiku ga piti, no okwa tokola okugandja omagano giipumbiwa mbyoka, okupitila mombelewa yangoloneya. Ooskola 25 ndhoka dha mono omagano ngaka odha za miikandjo ngaashi Okahao, Otamanzi, Onesi, Tsandi noRuacana.

    Endjala okwa popi kutya okuuvitile etumba aandungiki moshitopolwa she molwaashoka okushi shi kutya ooskola odhindji odha taalela ompumbwe yiikwaniipangitho yesiku kehe, ihe shoka inashi ya moshipala aalongi ya tsikile no ku gandja elongo kaanaskola. Endjala okwa pandula Nakale, ngoka ina vula okukalapo pegandjo lyomagano ngoka a gandja. Endjala okwa popi kutya nonando omagano ngoka ga gandjwa itaga vulu okukandula po ompumbwe yiikwathitholongo mooskola adhihe moshitopolwa, okwa pandula noonkondo Nakale moonkambadhala dhe dhokuumba nokashona hoka ali ena. Ngoloneya okwa pula mboka ya mono omakwatho ye ga longithe mokuyambulapo elongo mooskola dhawo. Aakuluntu-skola ya za mooskola ndhoka dha mono omakwatho oya longitha ompito ndjoka okutseyithila Endjala kutya, ooskola dhawo odha taaalela omwaalu omunene gwaanaskola taya faula kootundi, omolwa oprograma yokugandja oondya mooskola ndjoka yiihulu mooskola dhawo mo-2014.

    “Onda haluka no kuuva nayi molwaashoka kape na ngoka a tseyithilandje oshinima shika okuza koshikondo shelongo moshitopolwa. Aluhe ohandi ningi iigongi naakuluntu yelongo ihe inaya thamuna uupyakadhi mbuka kungame. Otandi ka katuka onkatu meendelelo,” Endjala uuvaneke.


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    MoSwapo kamuna ehilathano-GeingobMoSwapo kamuna ehilathano-Geingob Omutse gwoshilongo ogwa ti wo kutya Namibia ina mbangolota Kamuna omakondjithathano noontamanana mOngundu yoSwapo, Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa popi ngaaka Omaandaha, pethimbo lyomutumba gwelelo lyoSwapo, ngoka ngwa ningilwa moshitopolwa shaKhomas.

    Geingob okwa popi woo kombinga yoshikumungu shevi lyuuthiga.

    Omupresidende okwa popi kutya mboka taya kongo uupyakadhi mongundu otaya ka sa uunye ngaashi shito.

    Omuleli okwa popi kutya Swapo ongundu yuudemokoli nakehe gumwe okuna uuthemba okupataneka kehe gumwe, ihe mboka ya sindika naya taambeko esindiko.

    Okwa tsikileko kutya aantu yamwe po oya hala okweeta etopoko mongundu, ihe otaya ka uva nayi mokumona kutya ongundu ndjika oya hangana.

    “Tangi unene Swapo, ke li muupyakadhi, onkene oshilongo kashi li muupyakadhi,” Geingob ta ti.

    Kombinga yoprograma yomatulululo, Geingob okwa popi kutya oshikumungu shevi oshili oshinima oshidhigu okuungaunga nasho.

    Okwa popi kutya omapopyo ngoka taga ningwa kutya epangelo itali longitha ethimbo lya gwana mokuuvako oshikumungu shevi, kage na uukwashili. “Inamu popya kutya inatu kundathana oshikumungu shevi lyuuthiga. Kadhi shi dhoshili,” Geingob ta ti, na okwa gwedha ko kutya , aakwashigwana yomuhoko gwAayelele ihaya tumbulwa nge taku popiwa oshikumungu shoka.

    Okwa tsikile nokupopya kutya omapopyo kutya epangelo lyaNamibia oli li ompinge naaluudhe taya mono evi kashi shi oshili, ta pula woo opo ku kale taku gandjwa uumbangi uuna taku ningwa omapopyo gatya ngaaka.

    Omuleli okwa pula elelo lyaSwapo, li yambidhidhe mokugandja ekandulepo lyomukundu kombinga yevi okuya muSeptemba.

    Pethimbo lyomutumba ngoka gwa kaliwa woo kominista yEmona, Calle Schlettwein, Geingob okwa lombwele engungo enene lyaamboka yali pomutumba kutya Namibia ina mbangolota. Okwa koleke kutya oshilongo osha taalela uupyakadhi wopaliko ihe oshi na ompito yokukonga ondjila ompe yuuhupilo.


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    Omukithi gwo 'Congo fever' otu guli nawaOmukithi gwo 'Congo fever' otu guli nawa Aavu yane oshowo aanambelewa yuukalinawa yatano mboka yali yiikalekelwa konima ye so lyomulumentu omunamimvo 26 ngoka a hulitha omolwa omukithi tagwiithanwa Congo fever oshiwike sha ziko, sigo opo mpaka kayena omandhindhiliko gomukithi nguka.

    Momukanda ngoka gwa pitithwa kOshikondo shUundjolowele ohela, ogwa ti ayehe mbaka otaya tsikile nokwiikalekelwa uule womasiku geli komeho, sigo kwa kolekwa lela kutya inaya kwatwa komukithi nguka.

    Iizemo yomakonaakono gombinzi ngoka ga ningwa, oya tegelelwa yizemo muule woshiwike shika.

    Lwopokati mpoka okwa tseyithwa wo kutya aanambelewa yuundjolowele yomoshilongo noyopashigwana, oya tumwa moshitopolwa shaMaheke opo ya tsikile nokuninga omakonaakono moshitopolwa shoka, pauyele wa gandjwa kuMinista Bernard Haufiku.

    Okwa tsu omukumo aantu mboka haya longo esiku kehe niinamwenyo opo yiiyuthe komisindalandu dhopombela ngaashi dha tulwa po kUuministeli wUunamapya, opo kuyandwe omikithi dholudhi nduka.

    Oondohotola mbali naapangi yane oshowo aahingi yaali okuza mOshipangelo shaKatutura oya tumwa mEtitano lya piti koGobabis.

    Haufiku okwa popi kutya aakuthimbinga ayehe mwakwatelwa Uuministeli wUunamapya, oya tseyithilwa na otaya longiwa pamwe nayo kUuministeli wUundjolowele .

    Aanambelewa mboka ya tumwa otaya konaakona woo aantu yomofaalama moka mwa zi nakusa.

    Oshigongi oshinene natango osha ningwa mOmaandaha, oshali sha kaliwa kungoloneya goshitopolwa, opolisi, aanambelewa yuundjolowele wiimuna noondokotola.

    Omukithi ngoka ogwa li gwa lopotwa lotango moshilongo mo-1986 na ogwa lopotwa unene moshitopolwa shUuzilo woshilongo. Okuza mpoka ogwa kala hagu lopotwa omalupita moshilongo aluhe konima yoomvula ntano.

    Iipotha iitatu oya lopotwa momvula yo 1986, shimwe mo-1998 niiyali mo-2001. Iipotha mbyoka oya lopotwa moGrootfontein, Ovenduka, Gobabis noKarasburg.

    Mo-2010, konima yoomvula hetatu okwa lopotwa iipotha yomukithi ngoka itatu moshitopolwa sha //Karas.


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    Cellphones reach five billionCellphones reach five billion The number of mobile phone users globally will surpass five billion by the middle of this year, according to a study released on Monday by GSMA, the association of mobile operators.

    With populations in Asia, and notably India, on the rise, the number, which stood at 4.8 billion a year ago, should mushroom to 5.7 billion, or three-quarters of the world's population, by 2020.

    Asia will account for around half total growth, according to GSMA's Mobile Economy report, with India alone adding some 310 million new subscribers in the coming three years.

    The study also showed a trend towards mobile broadband networks and smartphones, said the study, which highlighted the mobile industry's growing contribution to economic activity and social development.

    “Mobile is a global platform that today supports two-thirds of the world's population, delivering the connectivity and infrastructure that is powering new digital economies and addressing socio-economic challenges,” said Mats Granryd, GSMA director-general.

    “Our latest Mobile Economy report reveals how the near ubiquity of smartphones and high-speed connectivity is enabling innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence and driving the digital transformation,” added Granryd, citing trillion-dollar investment in global networks since 2010.

    That investment had seen the telecoms sector account for a 4.4% share of world GDP worth US$3.3 trillion dollars last year, rising to a 4.9% share by 2020, for economic value equivalent to US$4.2 trillion.

    The report said the mobile ecosystem last year employed 28.5 million people directly or indirectly, a figure it said would rise to 30.9 million by 2020.

    It added that the sector would contribute US$500 billion in tax receipts by 2020, up from US$450 billion last year, not including revenue from spectrum auctions, worth almost US$19 billion in 2016. Operators are forecast to invest a further US$700 billion by 2020 when 5G connectivity is set to bring ever faster data connection. Ahead of 5G forecast to enable subscribers to download a full HD film in less than one second, 4G has been steadily becoming the norm, rising from current market penetration of 21% to 41% by 2020.

    GSMA said 2016 saw 580 4G networks launched in 188 countries covering 60% of the world population.

    The organisation added that 55% of overall connections were now running on mobile broadband (3G/4G) networks, which are forecast to account for almost three-quarters of connections by 2020.


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    Mobile sector contributes to African economyMobile sector contributes to African economyUS$102 billion contributed to Sub-Saharan African economy Subscriber growth is expected to reach around 518 million, or half of Africa's population, by 2020. Mobile operators have made a significant contribution to the Sub-Saharan economy in the last year, an international organisation has found.

    According to the GSM Association (GSMA), the mobile industry contributed US$102 billion to the region's economy, while operators driving network expansion delivered US$31 billion directly.

    The GSMA delivered these findings in its Mobile Economy Report for Sub-Saharan Africa 2015 report released at the Mobile 360 conference underway in Cape Town.

    “The mobile industry remains a key driver of economic growth and employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, making a vital contribution given the population growth and high unemployment levels seen in many countries in the region,” said Alex Sinclair, acting director-general at the GSMA.

    The contribution of the mobile industry is indicative of 5.7% of the region's gross domestic product, with forecasts set for a US$166 billion contribution by 2020, or 8% of expected Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

    Subscriber growth

    Internet access is shifting to mobile as the expense of cable broadband makes it unattractive, particularly in lower income areas.

    “Despite revenue and margin pressures, local mobile operators continue to invest heavily to extend network coverage to serve unconnected communities and accelerate the migration to high-speed 3G/4G mobile broadband networks,” said Sinclair.

    The investment in mobile broadband services is expected to result in 41% or 386 million subscribers in the region by the end of the year, the report found, tying in with earlier GSMA predictions.

    Subscriber growth is expected to reach around 518 million or half of Africa's population by 2020.

    More people in the region are connecting to networks via smartphones which now have a 20% penetration in the region, about half the global penetration.The GSMA report shows that part of the reason for increasing smartphone growth lies in the declining price of devices in the region to below US$100.

    International Data Corporation (IDC) data shows that devices in this price bracket had growth of 45.1% in 2015.

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  • 02/28/17--14:00: Japan donates rice
  • Japan donates rice Japan donates rice Donation comes at a good time, says Ndaitwah Additional support for the government’s drought-relief programme came from the Japanese embassy this week. NAMPA

    Namibia and Japan on Monday signed an agreement on food aid worth N$4.7 million that will be used to combat the effects of climate change and assist drought-stricken areas in Namibia.

    Japan pledged to donate wheat and rice to be distributed through the Directorate of Disaster and Risk Management (DDRM) in the Office of the Prime Minister.

    The minister of international relations and cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, said it was too early to tell if the drought had been broken by recent rains.

    “It is still early to tell if we are out of the worst situation or are we still in, therefore I am not sure yet if our harvest will improve this year,” she said.

    She said the donation came at a good time, as Namibia was still recovering from a severe scarcity of water caused by low rainfall in recent years.

    Japanese ambassador Hideyuki Sakamoto said given the drought Namibia had been experiencing for the past three years and the armyworm outbreak in northern Namibia, the donation was an extension of their diplomatic relations.

    “This food aid is Japan’s additional support to the Namibian government’s efforts to fight against poverty,” he said.

    He said diplomatic relations between the two countries began in 1990 and since 2008, seven Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers had been deployed in the agricultural sector to work with Namibian people on the ground.

    “We are currently implementing a technical cooperation project in the north which aims to improve livelihood of small-scale farmers through diversification of agricultural and farm products and provision of skills training.”

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  • 02/28/17--14:00: Gold ETFs for Kenyan bourse
  • Gold ETFs for Kenyan bourseGold ETFs for Kenyan bourse MONEYWEB

    Barclays Africa Group is preparing to list its NewGold ETF on the Nairobi Securities Exchange after receiving regulatory approval to begin trading the securities.

    “We expect the listing to take place early this year,’’ Michael Mgwaba, head of exchange traded products at Johannesburg-based Barclays Africa’s Absa Capital unit, said in an e-mailed response to questions. Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority approved the listing last week.

    The ETF, which has a primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, already has secondary listings in Botswana, Nigeria, Mauritius, Namibia and Ghana. The Kenyan regulator approved the listing of 400 000 gold bullion debentures, each equivalent to 0.01 of an ounce of gold.

    The Nairobi Securities Exchange has been preparing to introduce new products including derivatives, ETFs and asset-backed securities since at least 2013 as it seeks to boost trading volumes. The volume of shares traded on the Nairobi Securities Exchange declined to 5.81 billion last year, compared with 8.11 billion in 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. At the same time, the exchange’s market capitalization shrank to $18.7 billion by the end of December, the lowest since 2012.

    “NewGold ETF fits the objective of what Kenyan markets seek to achieve, which is to boost liquidity and deepen the market,” Mgwaba said.

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    Capricorn embarks on digital driveCapricorn embarks on digital drive STAFF REPORTER

    With non-bank competitors aggressively encroaching on their space, retail banks are under pressure to adapt to an increasingly connected consumer base, or risk losing significant market share to disruptive banking alternatives.

    As a result, the Capricorn Group has established a digital division to shape and drive the group’s innovation and develop multichannel capabilities.

    The team, headed by chief digital officer Abri Nel, is tasked with transforming the Capricorn Group into a digitally enabled enterprise, by enhancing its existing capabilities and using technology to build new business models to improve performance.

    “The value proposition and customer experience is greatly impacted by the digital channels and capabilities that customers can use. We believe that to be competitive and efficient, and to provide true value to customers, we need to enhance our digital capability and delivery to customers. Customers need access to self-service, and the most efficient and practical mechanism is by digital,” said Capricorn Investment Group chief customer officer Ryan Geyser.

    With the focused investment in digital capability, the Capricorn Group says it is now gaining momentum and is rapidly catching up with competing banks, simultaneously complementing its products with unique and differentiating features that will position the Group to become the leader in the markets where it operates.

    “We need to increase awareness of what we’re doing, which is introducing competitive, leading-edge technologies that truly add value to customers” said Nel.

    “That means we cannot become followers of what other banks are doing. Rather, we continue to scan the worldwide market, focusing on specific opportunities that will allow us to leapfrog the status quo. We have a pipeline of ideas which we are developing through which we aim to change perceptions and transform the Capricorn Group as a digitally enabled organisation,” Nel said.

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    Trade ministry embraces 'single window'Trade ministry embraces 'single window' Public and private-sector stakeholders have moved Namibia closer to implementing a National Single Window, an online tool to ease cross-border trade that has been supported by technical assistance from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

    “The revenues from increased trade, the freer flow of more components and goods are what all stakeholders seek from the government, from the haulers, to the businesses, and down to the Namibian consumer. You are truly on the precipice of a win-win situation,” said John Kowalski, chargé d'affaires at the US Embassy in Windhoek.

    “We are proud to have worked closely with our partners in the Namibian government to advance the single window and look forward to the day that it is operational.”

    Kowalski was speaking at the opening of an inter-ministerial workshop on establishing an operating authority for Namibia's National Single Window for Trade.

    The event involved dozens of public and private-sector stakeholders who are determined to develop the operational structure of a body to implement the single window. It was also attended by Immanuel Ngatjizeko, the minister of trade, industry and SME development.

    The single-window technology facilitates the exchange of trade-relevant information between traders and government agencies, as well as among government agencies, for obtaining permits and licences, certificates and necessary approvals.

    It does so by allowing traders and agents to submit trade documents and data in electronic or paper form, through a single entry point. That reduces the time it takes to clear goods and reduces the costs of doing business.

    USAID has supported the implementation of Namibia's National Single Window for several years. Evidence supports the importance of trade as a key driver of growth and poverty reduction.

    USAID's evaluation of trade capacity-building programmes showed that US$1 of trade assistance was associated with an increase of US$53 in exports in two years and had significant employment and income impacts on individuals and families.

    The National Single Window is an idea that has already been successfully implemented in many other countries. When Ghana introduced a National Single Window, customs revenue increased by 50% in the first year while, simultaneously, the time and cost of exporting shrank by 65%.


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