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- 02/28/17--14:00: _Food prices soar
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- 03/01/17--14:00: _Locals back Tafel L...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Dybala puts Juve in...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Molangoane relishes...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Shikongo and Nambal...
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- 03/01/17--14:00: _Murray against wild...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Kickboxing celebrat...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _What a
- 03/01/17--14:00: _New records expected
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Crossover,
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Oondando dhiikulya ...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Ekandjo a tindi kut...
- 02/28/17--14:00: Swapo youth are 'unpatriotic'
- 02/28/17--14:00: Mouton matter postponed again
- 02/28/17--14:00: Govt shaken by San exposé
- 02/28/17--14:00: Food prices soar
- 02/28/17--14:00: Ekandjo denies interest in Swapo presidency
- 03/01/17--04:52: Happy birthday to the baby born in the tree
- 03/01/17--06:58: SME Bank board, CEO removed
- 03/01/17--14:00: Crown Build-it launches school tourney
- 03/01/17--14:00: Locals back Tafel Lager decision
- 03/01/17--14:00: Dybala puts Juve in control in Italian Cup
- 03/01/17--14:00: Molangoane relishes derby chance
- 03/01/17--14:00: Shikongo and Nambala hard at work
- 03/01/17--14:00: No state-sponsored doping programme, says Putin
- 03/01/17--14:00: Murray against wildcards
- 03/01/17--14:00: Kickboxing celebrates historic moment
- 03/01/17--14:00: What a
- 03/01/17--14:00: New records expected
- 03/01/17--14:00: Crossover,
- 03/01/17--14:00: Oondando dhiikulya onkene tadhi kala pombanda
- 03/01/17--14:00: Ekandjo a tindi kutya oku na ohokwe okuninga OmuPresidende gwOswapo
Kapolo says some SPYL members' loss of discipline and respect was a concern to the party and should be condemned by all loyal members.
He said this when he addressed members of the party's Ongwediva District on Sunday.
“They insult their comrades, especially calling leaders 'remote-controlled' by Politburo, even fighting among themselves for positions and referring to the land reform minister Utoni Nujoma as an idiot in parliament,” Kapolo said.
He claimed some SPYL members had lost respect for senior members and even used offensive language towards Geingob on social media platforms.
According to Kapolo, Geingob deserves respect for being the head of state, first prime minister of the country, chairperson of the Constituent Assembly, director of Swapo's election campaign in 1989, leader of the then United Nations Institute of Namibia in Zambia, and for sacrificing his entire youth for the liberation struggle.
He described the behaviour of the Swapo youth as “shocking, shameful, unconstitutional and unacceptable”.
Kapolo went on to express concern over a confrontation that occurred between Nama and Owambo residents of Keetmanshoop recently.
“Even civil servants use the social media platform to spread messages promoting tribalism and xenophobia against fellow citizens, foreigners and the government itself,” the Oshana Swapo coordinator charged.
He said name-calling towards fellow comrades must stop, adding that Namibians should understand that retrogressive tendencies such as tribalism had failed many countries in Africa and the world.
He wants the entire Swapo membership to oppose party factions and to refrain from belonging to associations such as the Landless People's Movement, Affirmative Repositioning Movement and Mozokumwe Volunteers.
Kapolo used the same meeting to introduce Magdalena Hango as the new Swapo regional mobiliser for the Oshana Region. She was elected last year to succeed Lotto Kuushomwa, who had become a member of the National Council.
Two years ago in July, Mouton was arrested for the death of Constable Manfred Gaoseb, 35, Werner Simon, 22 and Joshua Ngenokesho, age unknown, in Sam Nujoma Avenue in Hochland Park. It is also alleged that he was speeding.
Windhoek Magistrate Celma Amadhila on Monday had to postpone the matter again after she was informed that the police investigation was still incomplete.
The case was postponed to 20 April and Mouton's bail of N$6 000 was extended.
The deputy director of the Marginalised Community Division in the Office of the Vice-President, Gerson Kamatuka, has acknowledged that San communities in Ohangwena are suffering because the division does not have a regional development planner.
Kamatuka visited the Omundaungilo San community on Monday, after Namibian Sun reported on horrific living conditions there. Some of the 900 people at the settlement do not leave their makeshift rag tents, which they call home, for months due to old age, blindness or chronic illness. Many of the elders and children do not receive pensions or social grants from the government and the community lives in total isolation from the rest of the world.
Last Friday, Namibian Sun published another report on a failed government housing programme for San communities at two villages in the Okongo Constituency of the Ohangwena Region.
A local village headman was quoted in the article as saying the government had gone ahead with the housing project without taking into account the San’s customs or listening to the advice of traditional leaders. It is taboo for the San to continue living in a building where someone has died. That led to the community abandoning their houses as soon as people died there, leaving behind only those too helpless to move out.
After Monday’s visit, Kamatuka described the living conditions of about 900 San people at Omundaungilo as “unacceptable”.
Following the Namibian Sun article, vice-president Nickey Iyambo ordered Kamatuka and the deputy minister in the presidency responsible for marginalised people, Royal /Ui/o/oo, to go and assess the situation.
While on their way, /Ui/o/oo was called back to attend an urgent meeting in Windhoek. However, Kamatuka, Ohangwena governor Usko Nghaamwa, the regional councillor for Omundaungilo, Festus Ikanda and several regional council officials, accompanied by journalists, went ahead with the visit.
When Namibian Sun first visited the Omundaungilo settlement on 15 February there were ten destitute elderly people and 12 ailing young people living in the government houses abandoned by the rest of the community. By Monday, one of the elders had died.
“San communities in other regions have improved and that is why our office could not believe the newspaper article. That is why the vice-president sent us here to see for ourselves. However, we found everything as reported and it is a very sad situation. Their living conditions are unacceptable. We are thankful to Namibian Sun for introducing this community to the world,” Kamatuka said.
Kamatuka said since independence the government had made several efforts, including affirmative action and black empowerment, to uplift the San people but it was to no avail.
“We are going to do a proper consultation through the regional councillor’s office. Every time we are visiting the San people they tell us different ideas. They sometimes support what we intend to do for them, but later it will not work for them.
“For Omundaungilo we are going to conduct several follow-ups and we are going to take action slowly based on the outcome. I am promise you that the time will come when Omundaungilo will be a better place,” Kamatuka promised.
The Ekoka village headman, Fillemon Mwapangasha, had told Namibian Sun that there were no “caretakers” in the San villages to look after the people’s welfare.
Namibian Sun subsequently learned that there is no adviser on San affairs in the whole Ohangwena Region.
In other regions the Office of the Vice-President has regional development planners responsible for marginalised people. They integrate the needs of the marginalised people into the national development plan.
“It is true that we do not have a development planner responsible for San people’s needs in Ohangwena, but soon we will have one. We are only waiting for the Public Service Commission to approve our new structure. Only Ohangwena and Kavango East and West regions are without regional development planners to take care of marginalised people,” Kamatuka said.
Nghaamwa told Kamatuka that the San people, who still have a largely nomadic, hunter-gatherer lifestyle, needed to be educated in order to integrate them into modern society. He said they were being exploited by people who offered them employment.
“Their children need to be educated so that they can live a better future, while the elders need to be educated on their rights. They are being given ‘otombo’ [homebrew] as payment. We need community members around these people to respect the San people as they respect themselves,” Nghaamwa said.
Regional councillor Festus Ikanda reported to Kamatuka that the Omundaungilo San community leader, Casada Amupolo, was a member of the constituency development committee, which discussed development plans for the constituency.
During the officials’ visit it was decided that a kindergarten will be established at Omundaungilo this year still. Cecillia Fillemon, the only community member who has received training from the National Youth Service, was appointed as the kindergarten teacher.
The delegation took along food from the government’s special feeding programme for San people.
Namibian households will not see relief in the near future as they try to put food on the table.
This is according to research by First Capital showing that food inflation is set to remain above 10% in the first half of this year and will only reduce marginally below 10% by the end of the year.
According to the Food Price Index, food prices in the country surged by 12.7% in January this year compared to prices in January 2016.
As of January this year an average food basket needed to feed a Namibian family cost N$1 092.
This same basket of food cost N$969 in January last year and N$728 in December 2010.
This represents a 47.2% average increase in prices of an identical food basket from December 2010 to January 2017.
According to the report the N$123.07 increase in the cost of a food basket between January last year and January this year translates to a 12.7% rise of general food prices.
It says this means that the food purchasing power of the Namibian dollar has declined by nearly 13% in the last year.
“This increase in the food basket reflects the continued rise in the cost of living in Namibia, which has dire consequences for the poor who spend a sizeable share of their income on food.”
According to the report meat, poultry and fish products account for 35% of the cost of the food an average Namibian family consumes monthly, while 32% is spent on cereals such as maize meal, rice, macaroni and bread.
The drop in prices of domestically produced cereals by Namib Mills (and more recently Bokomo) will be insufficient to reduce food inflation to single digits given the limited weight of such goods in the shopping basket, and the increase in other products that could offset the price relief on domestic cereals.
Milk prices could also drop, as it is anticipated that production will increase on account of improving livestock conditions.
However, meat prices are expected to increase for at least another year due to limited supply as farmers restock their herds.
Windhoek is the cheapest place to buy food, with a cost of N$1 055 for a basket of food items which can cost N$1 260 in Katima Mulilo.
The report further says that the price of meat in Windhoek was recorded at N$68.10/kg while at Katima Mulilo, Rundu and Keetmanshoop it cost above N$70 per kg. On average chicken prices are 5% cheaper in Windhoek than at Rundu and Katima Mulilo.
It explains that since most food items are produced and packaged in the central area of the country, towns far from Windhoek have slightly higher prices.
The prices of meat and poultry products increased by nearly 8% in January 2017 compared to the same period last year, indicating the upward effect on price when supply falls short while demand remains strong.
As livestock farming recovers, weak supply will keep meat prices rising.
According to the report maize meal stands out as one of the food items which recorded the highest price increase between January 2017 and January 2016.
The price index for milk products recorded an increase of 12.2% from January 2016 to January 2017. Good rains are likely to improve grazing and have a positive effect.
The price of rice increased by 0.1% between December 2016 and January 2017, while an annual average price hike of 9.1% was recorded in January 2017. Unlike other cereals, rice is almost entirely imported.
Sugar prices increased by more than 14.2 % between January 2016 and January 2017. The price of sugar will remain volatile in the near future on account of weak supply from major sugar-producing countries.
According to the report price trends are influenced by demand and supply dynamics.
It explains that white maize accounts for half of the total demand for cereals, while wheat and mahangu account for 38% and 11% respectively.
Despite the high demand for white maize, more than half is imported. Namibia’s total wheat demand is almost 10 times more than what is produced locally. This makes the wheat industry highly dependent on supplies from other countries.
Namibia remains a net producer of mahangu. About 90% of mahangu consumed in the country is produced locally and only 10% is imported.
During 2014/15, Namibia produced 36% of the total demand for vegetables and fruit consumed in the country, and 64% was imported.
The highest demand is for potatoes, of Namibia produces only a quarter, while 75% is imported.
Very few bananas are produced in Namibia and nearly all bananas consumed are imported. Similarly Namibia imports 93% of the total demand for oranges.
The First Capital Food Price Monitor compiled data from different branches of six supermarket chains in six towns to determine the most common food items bought by Namibians. The six towns were Windhoek, Keetmanshoop, Swakopmund, Ondangwa, Rundu and Katima Mulilo.
Youth minister Jerry Ekandjo says reports linking him to the Swapo presidency are untrue.
Talk of an Ekandjo candidacy emerged yesterday, with some insiders claiming that he had made his intentions clear to challenge Swapo acting president Hage Geingob at this year’s elective congress.
The congress is scheduled for the end of the year. Approached for comment, Ekandjo said such talk should not be entertained at all.
“There is nothing. Why waste your time on street talk? Please dispel those rumours,” he said.
Ekandjo, who turns 70 on 17 March, is a Swapo stalwart and enjoys support from the party faithful.
He was particularly supported by the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) and Swapo women’s wing leadership when he challenged for the Swapo vice-president’s position at the ruling party’s congress in 2012.
At that congress Ekandjo ultimately lost out to Geingob who later became the party’s candidate in the 2014 presidential election.
The other candidate who stood for the vice-presidency was home affairs minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.
At the December 2012 congress, Geingob received an overwhelming vote of 312, while Ekandjo received 220 votes, with Iivula-Ithana getting 64 votes.
There appears to be unprecedented upheaval in the ruling party ahead of the congress. According to a party source, many aspiring candidates for the top four positions are still playing their cards close their chests.
However, there is intense lobbying going on behind the scenes, Namibian Sun understands.
In recent weeks, former prime minister Nahas Angula indicated that he would stand for the Swapo vice-president's position if nominated.
In an earlier interview with Namibian Sun, youthful politician Job Amupanda also set his sights on challenging for one of the top four positions.
Anyone remember the floods of 2000 when hundreds died in Mozambique and thousands were displaced? The time when the South African military dispatched helicopters to save people trapped by the floodwaters and they pulled 15 000 people to safety? Anyone remember the remarkable story of the baby born in a tree and subsequently rescued?
Well, her name is Rosita Mabuiango and she turns 17 today.
‘It’s just a different way of being born,’ says Rosita, whose dramatic rescue helped raise funds for thousands of people. The images of Rosita draped in dirty linen, moments after she and her mother were winched to safety by a helicopter, touched the world, helping raise funds for tens of thousands of flood survivors. “I think it’s God who chose that I be born that way,” Rosita said while sitting in her godmother’s house in the capital, Maputo.
Torrential floods had forced the heavily pregnant Carolina Chirindza and other family members into a tree with no food or water. While clinging to its branches, Chirindza went into labour. Her mother-in-law held a capulana (a long sarong) under her to catch the baby and prevent it from falling into the crocodile-infested waters. The baby was named Rosita after her grandmother.
Four and a half months after she was born, Rosita and her mother travelled to Washington to lobby the US Congress for expanded aid to help tens of thousands of Mozambicans affected by the catastrophe.
Rosita’s treetop birth helped cast the spotlight on an impoverished country overwhelmed by floods. Nearly 800 people died in the disaster.
She wants to study petrochemical engineering, a strategic career choice with the recent discovery of gas reserves off the coast of Mozambique.
The tournament will see 16 schools from Windhoek compete at the NFA Technical Centre on 18 March.
Speaking at the launch, Crown Build-it manager Riaan van Staden said the tournament would produce future football stars.
“The tournament is a world-class initiative which will enable us to see where the talent is.
“We have committed ourselves for three years to give us a much better platform to develop the youth.
“We therefore encourage the parents to come and support their children on 18 March,” Van Staden said.
He said the tournament would be expanded to other towns in the country where Build-it had shops.
He felt that it was important to expand to other towns in order to stimulate development in all regions of the country.
Schools participating in the tournament will not only win trophies and medals, but will get a chance to win an extreme makeover if they show commitment towards the tournament.
Points will be given to the schools with the most supporters and who are punctual during the duration of the competition.
The school that gets the most points will be the lucky winner of an extreme makeover courtesy of the sponsors.
The school teams will be divided into four groups and will battle for the trophy over one weekend.
NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro praised Crown Build-it for coming on board to assist Namibian football.
He felt that the initiative would give NFA the chance to identify talent from a young age.
Rukoro announced that the NFA would scout players at this tournament in order to create an under-13 national football team.
“Parents and teachers must own this event in order to justify the investment.
“The children must play beautiful football, so that they attract more supporters.
“The NFA is very pleased to have the support of Build-it as this will help us to reduce the age levels at which the national teams start,” Rukoro said.
It was also disclosed that Build-it will sponsor the renovation of an old dressing room close to the NFA centre.
Among the 16 schools in the competition will be Theo Katjimune, Namutoni and Namibia Primary School.
JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA
Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) announced yesterday that the Tafel Lager brand would be the new official sponsor of the Griquas rugby team.
The decision was not a popular one, with some Namibians feeling that the company should have considered sponsoring the local football premier league instead.
However, others felt that NBL made the right decision, which could benefit Namibia.
Tura Magic senior member Isaac Hamata said he saw nothing wrong with NBL's decision.
“I do believe that their decision is with the aim to make their brand bigger.
“I see people speaking with anger because football [Namibia Premier League] is still without a sponsorship for a year now.
“However, I do believe that the more Tafel Lager expands, the more jobs will be created to benefit Namibians,” Hamata said.
Former rugby player Uakazuvaka 'Wacca' Kazombiaze believes that people with a marketing background will understand NBL's decision.
Kazombiaze acknowledged that the decision would not be welcomed by the nation given the funding problems in Namibian sport.
“One will have to understand that NBL is a big company and it wants to expand its brand.
“Many companies in the world also sponsor teams outside their borders because they want to grow bigger,” Kazombiaze said.
He added that people must remember that Tafel Lager sponsors the Brave Warriors and that Windhoek Draught has been sponsoring the Namibian Currie Cup rugby team.
For these reasons, Kazombiaze advised Namibians to refrain from criticising NBL and its Tafel Lager brand.
NFA president Frans Mbidi also felt that there was nothing wrong with what NBL had done.
“To be honest, it was a business decision and a marketing strategy for them.
“I do believe that Castle Lager did the same thing in Namibia.
“This should serve as an example to companies in South Africa and in other countries to consider sponsoring Namibian teams because we are now doing the same for teams in their country,” Mbidi said.
NBL's global marketing manager, Rene Duffy, shared the same views as the sports personalities.
He said throughout the three-year contract, Tafel Lager would be promoted in Kimberley and the rest of South Africa.
“With Tafel Lager performing exceptionally well in the South African market, which is our biggest export destination, NBL identified the opportunity to bring the brand even closer to South Africa.
“This is by further strengthening its visibility, creating unique consumer experiences and associating the brand with a loved Northern Province rugby team.
“With the new packaging design of Tafel Lager introduced in June last year, the exciting fresh look of the brand calls for more exposure and presence not only in Namibia, but also in our neighbouring country,” Duffy said.
Duffy also predicted a stronger partnership between Namibian and South African rugby because of the initiative.
JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA
Paolo Dybala's second-half penalty double put holders Juventus in control with a 3-1 win over Napoli in the first leg of their Italian Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
Spaniard Jose Callejon had given the visitors the lead after 36 minutes as the hosts looked out of sorts at home in Turin.
But Dybala's double on 47 and 69 minutes, either side of fellow Argentine Gonzalo Higuain's goal on 64 minutes gave Juventus their tenth consecutive win in all competitions.
Juventus - bidding for a third consecutive league and Cup double and boasting a seven-point lead over Roma in Serie A - travel to the Stadio San Paolo in Naples on Wednesday, March 5.
Capital city rivals Lazio and AS Roma will play their semi-final, first-leg derby clash on Wednesday.
Napoli had controlled much of the first half with Callejon slotting in after good work by Lorenzo Insigne and the Arkadius Milik in breaking down the Juventus wall.
But the holders equalised two minutes after the break when Dybala was fouled by Kalidou Koulibaly in the box.
Higuain pulled Juve ahead as he scored from a narrow angle off a corner, with Dybala again called on for penalty duties after Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina brought down Juan Cuadrado.
The 28-year-old, who previously was involved in the derby while a Pirates player, but never saw playing time, is hopeful his side can collect all three points against the Sea Robbers.
He told the club's official website: “I can't wait for Saturday to arrive. I am really looking forward to Saturday's match and hopefully, I get the opportunity to play.
“We just want the maximum points. Every game I play for Chiefs is a great feeling. Soccer is a team sport. Of course, I want to contribute by scoring a goal or give an assist for a teammate to finish. However, in the end, it's not about me, I am just part of the collective, we win and lose as a team.”
Molangoane has played in eight matches for Chiefs since his debut last December against Chippa United. During that time, he has collected one goal and an assist for Steve Komphela's side.
Speaking to Namibian Sun yesterday, Shikongo said they were hard at work and were now intensifying their training to test their readiness for the competition.
“We have been training very hard and so far all is well, and we have also been testing our speed during competitions of able-bodied athletes,” he said.
Shikongo said they were getting good results at their testing events and were optimistic about winning medals in Dubai.
He said because only two of them will represent Namibia at the event, he was not sure if they would have a training camp but they were training twice a day.
“We make use of the Independence Stadium as well as the Katutura Youth complex,” he said.
Shikongo said the Grand Prix would serve as preparation for the World Para Athletics Championships in London.
“At least with this competition we will again meet our competitors so we will be able to test ourselves against them and see where we have improved, and what we need to work on,” he said.
The fifth annual Grand Prix season will begin in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 20 to 23 March.
There are nine Grand Prix events across four continents this year, but the Namibians will only participate in the Dubai competition.
“In Russia we never had, don't have, and I hope won't have a state-sponsored doping programme. On the contrary, there will only be a fight against doping,” said Putin, in televised remarks during a visit to the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
Putin said there had been individual instances of sports doping in Russia in the past, which he said showed the current system wasn't working. A new doping control system was being put together, he said.
The association of National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) in January called for a blanket ban on Russia from all international sport until the country could demonstrate it had installed and embraced a credible anti-doping system.
Maria Sharapova has been given wildcard slots for tournaments in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome despite falling down the rankings as she serves a 15-month doping ban for testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.
With Sharapova's ban ending in April, Wimbledon organisers are grappling with the potential dilemma of whether to hand the 2004 champion a place in this year's competition in July.
“I think you should really have to work your way back. However, the majority of tournaments are going to do what they think is best for their event,” Murray told the Times newspaper.
“If they think having big names there is going to sell more seats, then they're going to do that. She (Sharapova) has an opportunity to try to improve her ranking up until that point and potentially not need a wildcard.”
“But then if she doesn't, that becomes Wimbledon's decision and how they want to play that,” added the Briton.
“I'm sure they'll think long and hard about it and how they feel people will view it and then make the right decision for them.”
The move ensured that six Namibian fighters will compete as members of the first national kickboxing team at an international event.
Sensei Lesley Hoaeb, Dawn Spangenberg, Delano Muller, MJ van der Merwe, Mario Snyman and Michael Smit received their Namibian colours from NKF president Stephanus Schoonbee in Walvis Bay this week. Muller (12) is Namibia's youngest black belt kickboxer and the reigning junior sportsman of the year.
The fighters will represent the country at the Jungle War VIII on 4 March in Johannesburg, South Africa, where team selection will be done for the Battle of Atlanta to be held from 15 to 17 June and the US Open from 30 July to 1 July in the United States.
Schoonbee congratulated the athletes and instructed them to go and make the country proud at the competition.
“Our aim is to send a strong, well-prepared team to the World Championships in South Africa in 2018. NKF plans to present a number of training camps during the school holidays in order to develop kickboxing in Namibia and to open branches in possibly in Oshakati, Rundu and Khorixas.
“We will also conduct coaching clinics and grading sessions twice a year and will provide and promote self-defence training for women with self-defence and kickboxing demonstrations to be held at local schools,” he said.
After the Jungle War event in South Africa, the athletes will return home to prepare for an interclub competition on 15 March in Walvis Bay and the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic on 4 May in Johannesburg.
The Jungle War event consists of a series competition, weapon series competition, points fighting, continuous fighting, full-contact fighting and a fitness challenge to determine the fittest competitor.
The Jungle War VII competition held last year consisted of points and semi-contact fighting, traditional kata, musical forms, national and world title fight in Pretoria.
SA fought Namibia and won the team event. A team was subsequently selected to represent Ring Contact Fighting Arts International (RCFAI) at the Battle of Atlanta. Members of this team secured four first, five second and two third places.
The first RCFAI tournament lasted for two days with more than 1500 fighters competing in 1993. It was the biggest kickboxing tournament ever held in South Africa. The Jungle War consisted of sport karate, semi-contact fighting, musical forms and two RCFAI professional world title fights.
Enter the Suzuki GSX-S1000F, a fully-faired sports machine with a stonking engine, top-drawer cycle parts, current-generation electronics, and the seating position of a naked bike.
The engine is the justly revered GSX-R1000 K5 long-stroke superbike powerplant of a decade ago, reborn with milder cams, lighter pistons and stainless-steel valves in place of the Gixer's pricey titanium poppets.
It's fed by the same 44mm dual-valve throttle bodies, but with only one long-nose injector per cylinder rather than the previous two.
Peak power is 107kW at a readily accessible 10 000 revs and top torque, 106Nm at 9500rpm – but that doesn't tell the whole story.
A fat torque curve gives you big punch at anything above 5000rpm and short gearing gives this bike lots of street cred in the Stoplight Grand Prix.
The other side of the coin, however, is that the GSX-S1000F hits its rev-limiter at 10 500 rpm in top, less than a third of the way down our Six-Kay Straight, at an indicated 255km/h – and, unlike some Kawasakis we've ridden, it was the same with the traction control system on any of its three settings or, indeed, switched off.
True top speed turned out to be 241km/h, according to Mr Garmin and his friends in the sky, for a speedometer error of 5.8 percent, marginally outside the acceptable level of five percent, while fuel consumption over a week of mixed commuting and breakfast-run hooning, worked out to 6.59 litres per 100km.
But when I mentioned the short gearing to a racing friend, he pointed out that it was better for track days than ultra-long 'cruise missile' gearing, since the straights at race circuits are seldom more than 600 metres long. Score one for the GSX-S.
The simplified induction system, however, makes it less than ideal in heavy traffic, because throttle response is sharper and more sudden than the dual-injector superbike set-up.
I commuted on Big Blue for a week and, although I learned to deal with its snatchy throttle, it was never fun.
The brakes were also a little disappointing; the bike comes with radial-mount Brembo monobloc callipers, from which you'd expect initial bite akin to running into wet cement In reality, however, you need a decent squeeze before anything happens, and then the lack of feel inherent in antilock braking systems makes brake-force a little difficult to modulate near the limit.
Admittedly this is only likely to become an issue under racetrack conditions but frankly, we have come to expect better of the world leader in braking.
If the bike were ours, She Who Must Be Obeyed would demand an instant change to softer brake pads to get more Brick Wall Effect.
The seating position, in contrast, was brilliant - old school in the very best way, with the low-rise handlebars at elbow height for perfect control, footpegs exactly below the lowest point of the saddle, and the points of the shoulders just slightly ahead of the hip-joints.
The GSX-S is not only comfortable enough to contemplate doing some light touring on it, the perfectly balanced distribution of the rider's weight between bars, saddle and pegs makes it one of the most chuckable litre-class bikes of its generation and huge fun in the twisties.
The switchgear is logical in layout, firm and precise in operation, the compact all-LED instrument panel, in general, lucid and legible (the less said, however, about bar-graph rev counters in general and this one in particular, the better), while the mirrors actually mirror what is behind you rather than your own elbows, as is almost always the case with race-replica superbikes.
All of which underlines the GSX-S1000F's credentials as a real-world sports-bike, rather than a track-focused superbike. At R148 500 it's R24 500 cheaper than the state-of-the-art GSX-R1000 L5, way more comfortable and a lot easier to throw around.
It'll take you to work all week, once you've learned to finesse its snatchy twistgrip, and out for a long day's hooning On Any Sunday. Resistance is futile, as the man said, you will ride it until you run out of daylight.
The best pre-season time so far this year is Kimi Raikkonen's 1m20.960s, which is still slower than the cars were in the final years of V8 engines.
But F1 tyre supplier Pirelli is expecting much more performance to come over the remaining six days of testing, and that lap times will drop by another two seconds before running finishes.
When asked where he expected lap times to be by the end of the two tests, Pirelli F1 racing manager Mario Isola said: “In my opinion, we should be around 1m18s - so you will have to come back on the last day and see if I am right or wrong.”
Such times in pre-season testing would set up the prospect of even quicker pace by the Spanish Grand Prix in May because car development will have moved on so much by then.
Isola reckons the 1m18s range is a likely Barcelona race pace.
“The race is difficult [to predict] because Barcelona is the first race where a lot of teams introduce new parts and updates, so they will probably have a step,” he said.
“So if we have 1m18s in qualifying simulations at the end of the test, during the race we will be in that range.”
Pirelli's prediction of 1m18s is in line with what team sources have also suggested will be possible over the course of testing.
The fastest ever pole position on the current Barcelona circuit configuration was set by Mark Webber in 2010, with a lap time of 1m19.995s for Red Bull.
A year earlier Brawn's Rubens Barrichello had produced a lap of 1m19.954s in a Q2 session that did not count for the grid.
The ultimate fastest lap ever at Barcelona came back in 2008, during an in-season test when drivers were trying out experimental Bridgestone slick tyres that were being introduced for the following season.
Fernando Alonso, who was then driving for Renault, did a 1m18.483s midway through the test.
Pirelli added that early indications from the test confirmed its belief that 2017 tyres were meeting their targets for lower degradation and better thermal properties to allow drivers to push harder in races.
Isola also said that on-track data had suggested downforce levels were significantly higher than 12 months ago.
“We said that the downforce should be around 30% more than last year - and if it is not that much, it will be 25% or something like that,” he said.
“I heard some comments from drivers that they can brake later and go quicker in the corners.”
Examples of these quasi cross-hatches include the Toyota Etios Cross, VW's Polo Cross, Renault's Sandero Stepway and the Geely LC Cross. Driven by customer demand, this genre has now evolved from dressed-up variants of existing hatch models to specifically designed, purpose-built models in own right.
Further to buyer's preferences - customers wanting small, but spacious vehicles with trendy, yet rugged SUV-type design cues - this trend has been accelerated by other triggers....
These include the exponential growth of the Indian motor industry; major incentives for foreign manufacturers to produce vehicles on the subcontinent; tax incentives in India for building smaller cars with sub-4 metre models attracting half the excise duty of 12% for bigger vehicles; and the down-sizing trend worldwide.
The lines between segments in the entry-level category is becoming blurred, says Dr Pawan Goenka, executive director of Mahindra, and this has led to the rise of unconventionally designed small vehicles with a “dual personality” - micro-SUVs, if you will, or “urban crossovers”. Now the first wave of these new Indian built mini-crossover/SUV styled vehicles is set to hit our shores soon, with at least six new models from leading manufacturers confirmed for introduction to the local market in the final months of this year and early 2017.
The first, to be released in June, is the new Mahindra KUV100, followed by the Suzuki Ignis and Renault Kwid, as well as the bigger Mahindra TUV300 later in 2016, while the Datsun redi-Go and Tata Nexon are set for launch early 2017.
More models that may be considered for local induction, is the Chevy Beat Activ (or Spark, as it is called locally) and the Brazilian-built Fiat Mobi, while the Nexon-sized Nissan Kicks has been confirmed for local release in 2018.
The KUV100 (it apparently stands for Kool Utility Vehicle) will pioneer the micro-crossover segment locally when it's launched here on June the 1st.
Due to its tall stature the Chakan-built crossover's design lines are somewhat ambiguous, and while its aggressive grille and nose ensures good road presence, the tall greenhouse makes it appear unbalanced – further emphasised by its small wheels and tyres.
However, the neat layout of the instrument panel and simple, striking design of the centre console with integrated gear-lever is quite pleasing.
The quality of the interior trim and materials, particularly when compared to earlier Mahindra models, is impressive and the high roofline gives a sense of spaciousness in the cabin.
The KUV100 is the first Mahindra model equipped with the Indian manufacturer's own in-house developed petrol engine, and only the second (besides the XUV500) with unibody construction.
The small mFalcon G80 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo engine, co-developed with SsangYong, delivers a healthy 61kW at 5500rpm and 115Nm at 3600rpm.
While the petrol mill is quite lively, its performance is bested by that of the mFalcon D75 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel, pushing out 57.4kW at 3750rpm and a healthy 190Nm from as low as 1750rpm.
Locally the KUV100 will be available with three trim levels, and dual airbags, ABS and EBD will be standard from the entry-level K4+ upwards to the flagship K8 model.
In India the KUV100 is aimed at the Renault Kwid, Maruti-Suzuki Swift, Tata Tiago and Hyundai Eon while locally it will compete against the Toyota Etios, Ford Figo, Renault Sandero and Swift – until the arrival of the Ignis and Kwid….
The Suzuki Ignis sub-compact SUV is based on the i-M4 concept first shown in Geneva last year before also making an appearance at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
It made its Indian debut in February at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi and is set for launch in India in October this year.
A spokesperson for Suzuki Auto SA confirmed that the Ignis, built by Maruti-Suzuki in Manesar, close to Delhi, will be introduced locally after its introduction in India.
In terms of styling the Ignis represents a modern interpretation of the small Jimny, and its understated design lines and boxy silhouette should appeal to buyers not wanting excessive bling.
At 3 693mm it's about 20mm longer than the Mahindra KUV100, but not as tall. With a 2 435mm wheelbase it is quite roomy, while its ground clearance is measured at 180mm.
Some interesting segment-first features for the Ignis could include four-wheel drive with hill decent control, a lane management system, parking assist and
Indications are it will be powered by the Japanese automaker's tried and trusted 1.2-litre petrol engine (63kW at 6200rpm and 115Nm at 4000rpm) as used in the Swift, mated to a five-speed manual 'box and possibly a CVT as well.
The Ignis will be available in India with the Fiat-developed 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine (55kW/190Nm) as well, but this derivative will probably not be on the cards (at least initially) for South Africa.
Renault South Africa has until very recently indicated the small Indian-built Kwid with its puny 800cc power unit is not earmarked for local consumption.
However, news that the Kwid will soon be available with a 1-litre three-cylinder engine (good for 52kW and 91Nm of torque), plus the fact that it's now Renault India's best-seller, with more than 50 000 bookings garnered in a month and over 5000 sold per month, it seems they have changed their minds.
The funky-looking mini-crossover is now certainly being considered, they confirmed, for possible local introduction before the end of the year.
Based on Renault-Nissan's CMF-A platform and built in Chennai the Kwid will slot in just under the Sandero and Clio in Renault's local line-up. In India it's powered by Renault-Nissan's brand new, compact 779cc three-cylinder SCe (Smart Control efficiency) petrol motor delivering 40kW and 72Nm of torque mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
With a base weight of only 660kg its claimed fuel consumption is only 3.3 litres/100km, but with the bigger mill (similar to that used in the latest Twingo and the newly introduced smart fortwo and forfour) it will probably be in the region of 4 litres/100km.
According to Indian reports the Kwid will also receive an automatic transmission later this year, probably only available for the 1-litre model. It remains to be seen whether this derivative will be considered for South Africa.
A diesel derivative could also be on the cards, powered by a newly developed 1-litre three-cylinder diesel mill developed by Nissan with a power output of around 40kW and torque figure of 135Nm.
This junior oil-burner, the smallest in the global Renault-Nissan portfolio, is ostensibly also earmarked for other Nissan and Datsun products.
The design for its seven-seat TUV300 was inspired by a battle tank, according to Mahindra. And it shows....
In stark contrast with the KUV100 the bigger SUV's lines are basic and angular, and in real life the tall vehicle, while still less than 4m in length, is much bigger than expected – with 384 litres of luggage space that can be expanded to 720 litres by folding away the small inward-facing rear seats.
It will be available in India with the 59kW or 61.5kW derivatives of the 1.5-litre mHawk turbodiesel engine, but the model for South Africa will be powered by a new, more powerful 75kW version, with 230Nm.
The TUV300 will initially be available with T4, T6 or T8 trim levels and a five-speed manual transmission locally, but an auto model could follow later.
Like its KUV100 counterpart the build quality and interior appointments of the bigger and tall utility – squaring up against Ford's Ecosport, Renault's Duster and Suzuki's Vitara – are surprisingly good, and its handling is acceptable.
Datsun's latest small car, first shown in concept form at the 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi and to be launched in India next month, has also been confirmed for local release.
Sharing its Common Module Family (CMF-A) platform with the Kwid, it is Datsun's third model in the Indian market after the GO and GO+ multi-purpose vehicle.
The redi-GO, like the Kwid, will be powered by a compact 0.8-litre three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual 'box (apparently with a taller first and second gear than the transmission in the Kwid).
The redi-GO weighs the same as its French counterpart, but even with a longer wheelbase is slightly shorter and stands taller, with higher ground clearance (185mm).
Indications are that the redi-GO will reach local shores early in 2017, as it will then be available with the more powerful 1-litre engine, expected to be added to the range by end of this year.
The redi-GO is also expected to receive an auto transmission later, with a diesel derivative seemingly also under consideration.
The Nexon, scheduled for launch in India in November and mooted to be introduced in South Africa next year, is an interesting addition to the Tata line-up.
Based on a heavily revised X1 platform, a length of 3 995mm and ground clearance of 200mm, it rivals the Ford Ecosport, Mahindra TUV300, Suzuki Vitara, Honda BR-V and Hyundai Creta, but with no smaller Tata crossover available, also has the Kwid, redi-GO, Ignis and KUV100 in its sights.
Looks takes precedence with the Nexon as Tata aims to make a style statement to win over younger customers. It retains the manufacturer's latest design language, but is much more rounded, detailed and streamlined than most of its rivals.
The compact SUV will use the same drivetrains as in the Bolt – a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged Revotron petrol engine (66kW at 5000rpm and 140Nm at 1500-5000rpm) or the 1.3-litre Quadrajet turbo diesel (55kW at 4000rpm and 190Nm at 1750-3000rpm).
Transmission options will include a six-speed manual gearbox and AMT (automated manual transmission).
More possible contenders
Another possible addition to the growing number of micro-crossovers is the Chevy Beat Activ (called the Spark here).
Development of this more aggressive looking, high-riding model of the Spark, first shown in concept form at this year's Auto Expo in India, is currently underway in Korea, and a local version could be considered for introduction next year.
Brazil, besides India, is another country well-positioned in terms of suitable offerings for South Africa, and more models from that side of the Atlantic can be expected.
One such product is the Nissan Kicks, first unveiled as a concept at the 2014 Sao Paulo Auto Show, and recently launched in Rio de Janeiro.
The Kicks shares its underpinnings with the Micra and at 4.3m long and with a wheelbase of 2.62m it will compete against the Vitara, Ecosport and TUV300, Toyota's impending C-HR and the Nexon.
It has many Nissan's design traits, including the boomerang lights, floating roof and 'V-motion' grille, and the Brazilian version is powered by a 1.6-litre flex-fuel motor. Nissan SA has confirmed the Kicks are set for local release in 2018.
Another Brazilian-built minicar worthy of consideration for the local market is Fiat's new Mobi.
The Mobi fits into the Fiat range under the Panda and crossover versions, called the Way and Way On, will compete against the likes of the Kwid, redi-GO, Ignis and KUV100.
It is powered by a flex-fuel 1.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 54kW/93Nm on petrol, and 56kW/97Nm on ethanol, and with the Way and Way On measuring 3 596mm in length they are suitable for production in India as well.
While FCA South Africa declined to confirm anything, a spokesperson did indicate that “a few Fiat models are under consideration” for possible later introduction.
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Omapopyo okuza maantu yamwe kutya Ekandjo kutya okwa hala okukondjitha omupresidende Hage Geingob methigathno ndika, pethimbo lyomutumba gwomahogololo goSwapo ngoka tagu kala ko nuumvo.
Omutunga nguka okwathanekwa gu kaningwe kehululi lyomvula tuli. Mokupulwa a tyekosha Ekandjo okwa ti, omapopyo ngoka ina ga pumbwa okupulakenwa nokuli oshoka kagena oshili.
“Kapena oshinima shatya ngaaka. Omolwashike muna okumanapo ethimbo lyeni noohapu dhomepandaanda? Alikana etheni omitoto ndhoka nokuli,” Ekandjo a popi.
Ekandjo ngoka ta gwanithwa oomvula 70 momasiku 17 gaMaalitsa ogumwe gwomaakokele yongundu, mboka ye na aayambidhidhi oyendji.
Okwa li a yambidhidhwa kEwawa lyAakiintu mOngundu yoSwapo, pethimbo ali a kutha ombinga methigathano lyuupeha presidende wongundu momumvo 2012.
Ekandjo okwa li adhengwamo kuGeingob, ngoka a ningi omuhogololwa gongundu momahogololo ngoka ga ningwa mo 2014.
Aaulikwahogololwa yalwe mboka ya kuthile ombinga methigathano ndoka ongaashi, Ominista yiikwameni yoshilongo, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.
Pethimbo lyethigathano lyawo, Geingob okwa li a zimo nomawi 312, Ekandjo 220 omanga Ithana ayaukamo nomawi 64.
Iiwike ya piti, ngoka ali nale omuprima gwoshilongo, Nahas Angula okwa holola kutya ota vulu okukutha ombinga methigathano lyuupeha presidende ngele okwa hogololwa.
Moonkundathana pamwe naye, omugundjuka Job Amupanda natango onkene tuu a holola ohokwe nehalo lye okukutha ombinga methigathano olyo tuu ndika.