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- 03/01/17--14:00: _BoN takes part in B...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Tsandi community re...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Women accused of ki...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _The baby born in a ...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Shot of the day
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Standing up to China
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Schlip residents pr...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Human-wildlife conf...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Amarika’s proud sch...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Chronic shortage ha...
- 03/01/17--14:00: _Omatando dust refus...
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- 03/01/17--14:00: Otendela yaZambezi otashi vulika yi ka konaakonwe - ACC
- 03/01/17--14:00: Aagundjuka yoSwapo oya kanitha esimaneko
- 03/01/17--14:00: JSE earnings mature
- 03/01/17--14:00: Drought affects Clover’s fortunes
- 03/01/17--14:00: FNB Insurance Brokers appoints advisory head
- 03/01/17--14:00: Drive to formalise informal settlements
- 03/01/17--14:00: Oil exploration in Kavango
- 03/01/17--14:00: Boeing opens new African offices
- 03/01/17--14:00: BoN takes part in Banknotes Summit
- 03/01/17--14:00: Tsandi community receives houses
- 03/01/17--14:00: Women accused of killing North Korean leader's half-brother
- 03/01/17--14:00: The baby born in a tree
- 03/01/17--14:00: Shot of the day
- 03/01/17--14:00: Standing up to China
- 03/01/17--14:00: Schlip residents protest gender violence
- 03/01/17--14:00: Human-wildlife conflict intensifies
- 03/01/17--14:00: Amarika’s proud scholars
- 03/01/17--14:00: Chronic shortage hampers nutrition
- 03/01/17--14:00: Omatando dust refuses to settle
- 03/01/17--14:00: Cable theft cripples Omusati
Okwa li kwa ningwa omanyenyeto kutya otendela ndjika oya pewa omahangano gaali gomadhina ngaka, MK Construction Investment oshowo Okatombo Investment nonando omahangano ngaka gaali kage li momusholondondo gwoongeshefa oonshona no dhopokati, shoka sha li shimwe shomiipumbiwa.
Poongeshefa adhihe mbali odha li dhandopa oku gandja onzapo ndjoka tayi ulike shili kutya odhili mongubndu yoongeshefa oonshona no dhopokati.
Nonando ongaaka shoNoa sho ningile oombaapila dhootendela omakonaakono, okwa mono kutya uunzapo mboka tawu ulike uukwatya woongeshefa ndhika ngele odhopetameko nopokati, okwa mono kutya shoka kasha li shimwe shomiipumbiwa.
Onkene osha etitha opo okakomisi haka ka kale noshinakugwanithwa shokuninga etokolo ngele otaya ka ninga omakonaakono nenge ahowe.
Otaku popiwa kutya omukalo ngoka gwa longithwa opo otendela ndjoka yi gandjwe komahangano ngaka gaali, ota gulimbilike.
Otendela oya tseyithwa pokati komvula ya piti noTender Bulletin oya mono kutya omahangano owala 14 gomomahangano 47 ngoka ga ningi omaindilo taga vulu okutalika. Shimwe shomiipumbiwa oya li kutya omahangano ngoka taga ningi omaindilo, na ga kale gAaNamibia noopresenda 51, omanga oopresenda 30 nadhi kale kutya omahangano ngoka ogaantu mboka ya kala inaya talika nale monakuziwa.
Natango okwa li woo kwa pulwa omahangano ngoka taga katendela ga gandje oondando dhili nawa okutala konkalo yeliko nondando okwa li kwatengenekwa andola yi kale pokati koomiliyona 4.8 nenge 441,7.
Iilonga yotendela ndjika, okukokola iihwa no ku opaleka epya lyopoloyeka yiikunwa.
Mathias Kanana Kamati naLeonard Nangolo Iipumbu oyo yeli iilyo nooyene yehangano lyoMK Construction oshowo Okatombo nelongelo kumwe lyawo otali utha opo oKK Target Trading, ndoka lya shangithwa onga ongeshefa onshona noyopokati lyi pewe mo oshilonga motendela ndjika.
Kakele muKotomba gwomvula ya piti konima sho iilonga ya tameke, ehangano lyoUundenge Investments CC lyaLaban Kandume okwa lopotwa lya tameke tali longo motendela oyo tuu ndjika.
Ehangano ndika Uundenge Investments inali ninga eindilo lyasha ihe muJanuari olya tameke tali longo onga omutse omunene melanditho lyomiti pamwe nehangano lyoChina lyoNew Force Logistics CC lyaHou Xue Cheng, ndoka ku wetike kutya otashi vulika olyo tali ka kokola omiti niihwa moKatima Farm nomopoloyeka yaLiselo.
Gumwe po gwomaatseyinawa momilandu dhegandjo lyootendela mepangelo, okwa popi kutya eholokepo lyehangano lyaUundenge, otali e ta omalimbililo no tashi ulike kutya ope na uulingilingi washa wa longwa.
Omutseyinawa nguka okwa gandja omayele opo ACC a ninge omakonaakono kutya ehangano lini po lya shaina otendela nuuministeli wUunamapya, oshowo kutya etsokumwe ndyoka lya holoka po ngashiingeyi pokati kUundenga noNew Force Logistics, olye ya po ngiini.
Kapolo okwa popi kutya iilyo yoSPYL oya kanitha uuteku nesimaneko naashika oshili omalimbililo omanene mongundu yoSwapo.
Ndhika Kapolo okwedhi popi pethimbo ali tapopitha aakwashigongi shongundu, shoka sha ningililwe mOngwediva Osoondaha yapiti.
“Oyeli taya tuku ookomarada yawo, nokuula aakuluntu kutya otaya kondololwa nuulimouta kelelo lyopombanda, yo ishewe ota yakondjiele oompito nokuula Ominista Utoni Nujoma kutya egoya, momutumba gwopashigwana,” Kapolo ta ti.
Okwa popi kutya iilyo yimwe oya kanitha esimaneko nokutuka Omupresidende komapandja gomakwatathano gopainternet.
Kapolo okwa popi kutya, Geingob okwa pumbwa esimaneko molwaashoka okuli omutse gwoshilongo, omuprima gwotango gwoshilongo, omunashipundi gwoConstituent Assembly, omukuluntuwiliki gwiikonga yomahogololo goSwapo ngoka ga ningilwe mo 1989, omuwiliki kwali gwoUnited Nations Institute of Namibia mo Zambia, oshowo mokuyambelela ethimbo lyuugundjukawe auhe mekondjelo manguluko.
Okwa popi kutya omaihumbato gaagundjuka yoSwapo, otaga halutha, no ku sitha ohoni, ka geli pakotampango ishewe itaga idhidhimikilwa.
Kapolo natango okwa popi kombinga yolugodhi ndwoka lwa holokele pokati kAaNama nAawambo moKaiti omasiku ga piti.
Okwa popi kutya okuulathana omalaka omawinayi nashimone ehulilo, nomahwahwameko guukwaamuhoko oga etitha iilongo oyindji muAfrika yi ndope.
Okwa pula opo AakwaSwapo ayehe yiikaleke kokule nomahwahwameko ngaashi Landless People's Movement, Affirmative Repositioning Movement noMozokumwe Volunteers.
Kapolo okwa li a longitha wo ompito yokuulika Magdalena Hango onga omuhwahwameki gwoSwapo, gwopashitopolwa shaShana.
Okwa hogololwa omvula ya ziko, a landula Lotto Kuushomwa, ngoka a ningi oshilyo shomutumba gwopashigwana.
For each of the three years from 2013 to 2015 the JSE performed strongly enough to declare a special dividend. Its latest results, however, show that while the year ended December 31 2016 still delivered growth, it did not quite achieve the same heights.
While operating revenue for the exchange was 10% higher at N$2.3 billion, group earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) dropped 5% to N$975 million. The JSE noted that this was a result of price reductions, forex movements that negatively impacted assets denominated in hard currency, and an increase in costs.
Due to higher finance income and a greater contribution from Strate, the JSE did however post a 2% growth in profit after tax, which rose to N$920 million.
“It’s not nearly more of the same, but we are actually quite pleased with the results if you look at the fact that operating revenue is up 10%, which is not too dissimilar to previous years,” the JSE’s CEO Nicky Newton-King told Moneyweb. “The reason that earnings after tax is only up by 2% is a direct consequence of our very heavy technology investments.”
She added that 2015 had been an exceptionally good year, which meant that the base for the 2016 results was very high.
“You have to look at both sides of the income statement,” Newton-King said. “When revenue is up so much but costs are up a little bit more, then you get the Ebit numbers that you do.”
The JSE grew headline earnings per share by 4% to 1 063.2 cents per share. It also announced an increase in its ordinary dividend of 8%, up to 560 cents per share from 520 cents per share last year. This puts the counter on a dividend yield of around 3.4%.
Newton-King noted that while increased operating costs had weighed on performance, the exchange is nearing the end of its major investment into the replacement of its trading and clearing technology for derivatives. The JSE’s technology costs were 20% higher year-on-year, at N$283 million. This accounts for 33.5% of operating expenditure other than personnel costs.
For shareholders, an important question is how much of that is once off costs, and how much is ongoing.
“There is quite a lot of business-as-usual spend in there,” Newton-King acknowledged. “But we are looking at how you reduce that over time by taking advantage of newer and more modern technologies.”
2017 also poses new challenges for the JSE with the introduction of competitors into the market. This will put further downward pressure on pricing, but Newton-King said that the company will be concentrating on its own business.
“We are focusing on making sure that our business is as compelling to our clients as it can be,” she said. “Part of that is about the technology we use, hence the replacement of our derivatives market technology, and part of that is regulatory schema that we use and making sure that that enables our clients to do what they want to do. We’re very proud of the regulatory reputation that we have for being a constructive, but world-class regulator.”
Dairy products group Clover complained that it was squeezed between rising raw-milk prices due to the drought and consumers unable to afford higher food prices during the first half of its financial year.
The group reported that overall revenue grew 2.1% to N$5.1 billion while after-tax profit declined 9.6% to N$198 million for the six months to end-December.
Clover offered its shareholders the choice of receiving a 24.21 cents cash dividend, maintained at the same level as in its 2015 interim results, or the equivalent in shares. Scrip dividend alternatives are likely to become more popular following the government’s move to raise dividend withholding tax from 15% to 20%.
Clover’s milk sales nearly halved to N$7.76 million from N$13.48 million in the matching period.
The drought caused a drop in milk production, but it had started to recover, Clover chief executive officer Johann Vorster said in the results statement.
Yesterday’s interim results statement said Clover had set a deadline of 1 July to create a new company, Dairy Farmers of SA (DFSA), aimed at addressing complaints from milk producers that they were receiving unfairly low prices.
DFSA will initially be a wholly owned subsidiary of Clover, but it intends to broaden its ownership in due course.
“Importantly, DFSA will be entitled to sell raw milk to parties other than Clover. This will result in the price of raw milk being unequivocally driven by market forces.
“Clover will purchase milk from DFSA at the average national milk price at which DFSA purchases the raw milk from producers. This should result in the unfounded speculation that Clover is favouring profitability over the interest of producers (and vice versa) being dispelled,” Clover said in January.
To reduce its dependence on dairy products, Clover acquired 51% of an olive oil and balsamic vinegar producer from AECI. Competition authorities had approved the deal, which was expected to be concluded on 1 April, Clover said yesterday.
Clover is also looking to expand geographically.
“The group will continue to expand its operations within the Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland region, and will continue to pursue export opportunities in Africa where the currency risks can be mitigated,” Vorster said.
Van der Walt has 17 years of experience in financial planning and is currently busy with a three-year postgraduate course from Milpark Business School towards becoming a certified financial planner.
As the channel head his main responsibilities will be to provide appropriate risk and investment advice for FNB clients.
His aspiration in this position is to start an insurance partnership programme with life insurance as one of FNB Holdings' pillars.
“I am driven by the fact that I can influence other people's futures and lives knowing that they are taken care of, long after I am gone,” he says.
Mentioning Agste Laan in his motion, Kauandenge asked: “how long will these people have to be made to wait before they can own the land? We must move to make sure they get the option to buy these erven.”
His request was supported by mayor Muesee Kazapua, who said the formalisation process was high on the council agenda.
“I think all of us agree that the formalisation process is important,” he said.
“It is critically important to initiate projects that will impact the social well-being of our citizens. A target has been set to formalise informal settlements. Affordable housing is [also] one of our priorities. These are some of the initiatives that need our serious intervention.”
Windhoek has six informal settlements, namely Agste Laan, Sewende Laan, Oshitenda, Havana, Okahandja Park and Babylon.
A World Bank report states that the informal settlements sprang up when the City Council established a reception area in 1991 to deal with an influx of rural people.
Kazapua also reported on the status of the council's strategic plan, which he said was almost complete. The strategic plan is expected to run from this year until 2022.
The objective of oil and gas exploration at Nkasima village in the Kavango West Region by Angolan oil company ACREP is to capture data and understand the physical structure of the underground geological features there.
The data will allow potential investors to analyse whether there is oil or gas there.
The minister of mines and energy, Obeth Kandjoze, clarified the matter during a field tour of blocks 1718 and 1818 in the Etosha Sedimentary Basin on Monday.
“Once all of this is put together, when filtered and cleaned, it is given to the experts in geology to start putting the facts together to have a tangible target that they can narrow in terms of characteristics of the petroleum system,” said Kandjoze.
The minister said the company had a long way to go before possibly moving into the next phase with a licence to continue drilling.
“That drilling is where the discussions are and that is where money is spent,” the minister said.
Kandjoze said the probability of risks related to the potential oil or gas deposits would be assessed from an economic perspective.
After all partners involved are satisfied, permission for a deeper exploration well may be given.
“In case they find something, the law allows for the company to declare the finds by way of a discovery, be it oil or gas or both.”
The minister said if oil or gas was found, the company would apply for a production licence, but only if it was economically viable.
The world's largest aerospace company said Africa would be in need of 1 150 new airplanes over the next 20 years as the most recent Current Market Outlook report predicted that air traffic to and from the continent is expected to grow by about 6.1% annually.
The Johannesburg office will be managed by Boeing International headed by J. Miguel Santos, managing director for Sub-Saharan Africa, and director for international sales, Africa, for Boeing commercial airplanes. Chamsou Andjorin, the director for government affairs and market development, will be located at the Nairobi office.
In a statement, Santos said taking the necessary steps to establish a firm presence on the continent was an obvious choice for Boeing.
“Africa is not new territory for Boeing. Since the introduction of the jet airplane, Boeing aircraft have formed the backbone of the continent's commercial fleet and Boeing continues to be one of the largest US-based companies doing business on the continent,” Santos said.
“The aerospace industry needs to start paying closer attention to Africa, because this continent is clearly on the move economically and all the trends are pointing in the right direction for the expansion of the sector. Our job is to be ahead in understanding these emerging trends and opportunities.”
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The Bank of Namibia (BoN) is taking part in the World Banknotes Summit 2017, where it will discuss how the technical specifications of the paper used in manufacturing new banknotes can be improved.
In an interview with Nampa on Saturday, BoN director of banking services Sam Shivute said he would do a presentation on the central bank’s experience.
The summit, taking place in Basel, Switzerland, focuses on banknotes and banknote-related topics and experts from central banks and printing works will deliver presentations.
Shivute said he was ready to share the BoN’s experience, specifically with the revamp of the N$10 and N$20 banknotes.
The BoN introduced a new family of banknotes in 2012, replacing the first banknote series in circulation since 1993. After the new notes were issued on 15 May 2012, technical challenges were experienced with some denominations.
“We carried out an investigation after it was observed that the diamond-shaped feature on some of the new banknotes was cracking after continuous folding and handling,” Shivute said.
He explained that the designs of these two denominations did not change. Instead, they moved the diamond shape outside the folding area to the right. The glossy print mark was moved to the left, next to the portrait of former President Sam Nujoma.
Shivute said he would also discuss the possibility of a paper testing requirement being adopted by the currency industry as a standard test for new banknotes.
“I am going to convince experts at the summit that Namibia discovered a new test that will not only be useful for Namibian banknotes, but should be adopted all over the world.”
Shivute said the strength of the paper used for the two denominations was not optimal, causing the banknotes to age too fast.
The BoN during its investigations with external experts discovered the possible new test requirement.
Shivute did not elaborate on what the test entails.
The World Banknotes Summit 2017 is organised by Lighthouse Communications, which promotes education and communication in the banknote industry.
Twelve houses built by the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia have been handed over to people at Tsandi village in the Omusati Region.
The houses were built in collaboration with Ohorongo Cement, the FNB Namibia Foundation and the Pupkewitz Foundation in support of poverty eradication and the provision of community-driven housing for low-income families.
The houses formed part of the 53 houses that were officially handed over to the Shack Dwellers Federation homeowners in Tsandi by First Lady Monica Geingos.
The handover came eleven months after the launch of the public-private-partnership initiative on 4 March last year. The three private companies joined hands to enable the federation to build 91 houses in one year, by pledging a total amount of N$3 million.
This partnership was further strengthened when Neo Paints joined the initiative by committing products and training to the value of N$350 000 over two years.
“We believe in Namibia and the vision of our leaders to create a society where everyone is afforded a respectable standard of living. The vision of NEO Paints is that we are not only in the business of physically protecting assets, but also improving the quality of life through creating value for our customers, while bringing joy through colour in their lives,” said Victor Boshoff, NEO Paints managing director.
At Otavi 70% of the planned houses have been completed. At Omaruru, brickmaking for 26 houses was put on hold because of a water shortage. At Tsumeb land clearing and planning are taking place for 33 houses while brickmaking is in progress.
“We believe that through efficient partnerships, and by combining our resources, the contribution made has a lot more value than trying to do everything on our own. In this case Ohorongo Cement, Pupkewitz Foundation, FNB Foundation and the Shack Dwellers Foundation of Namibia form a solid foundation of partners to make a true difference through effective execution,” said Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, managing director of Ohorongo Cement.
Meryl Barry, CEO of the Pupkewitz Foundation, said the foundation’s strategy was to form partnerships with government and reputable non-profit organisations whose development goals are aimed at viable, innovative and sustainable solutions in response to national and global priorities.
“At FNB Namibia we believe in effective partnerships for a sustainable future. We aim to not only partner with other corporates and NGOs, but with the government as well, to solve our nation’s pressing challenges. Affordable housing is one such challenge – and that is why we are proud to be part of this initiative and applaud the work done so far to build these houses”, said Koneka Iindji, area business manager at FNB Namibia.
The Shack Dwellers’ Federation creates an opportunity for Namibians to improve their standard of living. By taking personal responsibility, members are given the opportunity to build a personal asset, which not only improves their standard of living, but also creates personal wealth.
Siti Aishah, a 25-year-old mother of one from Jakarta, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from rural northern Vietnam, could be hanged if they are convicted for the killing of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.
Police brought the two women to court handcuffed. As they left, they were made to wear bullet-proof vests, reflecting Malaysian authorities' fears that others involved in the killing could want the women silenced.
No plea was recorded after the charges were read out against them.
But, Aishah and Huong have told diplomats who visited them in custody that they were unwitting pawns in an assassination that US officials and South Korean intelligence have said was organised by North Korean agents.
Huong's lawyer told reporters outside the court that his client had told him she was innocent.
“She denied. She denied. She said 'I'm innocent',” Selvam Shanmugam said.
“Of course, she's definitely distressed because she is facing death penalty,” he added.
The next court date will be on April 13, when prosecutors will apply for the accused to be tried jointly.
Kim Jong Nam, who had criticised the regime of his family and his half-brother Kim Jong Un, died after the two women allegedly smeared VX nerve agent, a chemical described by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, across his face.
He had been preparing to catch a flight to Macau, the Chinese territory where he had been living under Beijing's protection since going into exile several years ago.
According to the charges the women and four unnamed people, who are still at large, were in the airport departure area, with the intention to murder the North Korean citizen.
One North Korean man, identified by police as Ri Jong Chol, is still in police custody and has not been charged yet. Police have identified seven other North Koreans wanted in connection with the case, including an embassy official in Kuala Lumpur.
Security camera footage, which has been broadcast in the media, showed two women assaulting Kim Jong Nam at the airport around 20 minutes before he died.
Both women have told diplomats from their countries that they had believed they were carrying out a prank for a reality television show. Indonesian diplomats said Aishah told them she was paid around US$90 by whoever tricked her into taking part.
Malaysian police have said the suspects had washed their hands after the assault, and were aware that the liquid smeared on their victim's face was toxic.
Aishah's lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng was granted a gag order to restrain police and potential witnesses from making public statements that may incriminate his client.
Huong was detained 48 hours after the murder in the same airport terminal where Kim Jong Nam was killed.
She is believed to be the dark-haired woman wearing a white shirt emblazoned with the acronym “LOL”, whose image was caught on security cameras while waiting for a taxi after the attack.
Appearing in court on Wednesday, Huong wore a yellow shirt and blue jeans, and her wavy hair was dyed blonde.
Aishah was caught a day after Huong. Police said she suffered a bout of vomiting while in custody that they said was due to side-effects from exposure to the VX. Indonesian diplomats who visited her subsequently said she was in good health.
In court, Aishah indicated that she understood the charges against her. Wearing jeans and a t-shirt, her solemn face framed by long, dark hair, Aishah nodded to Indonesian embassy officials as she left the courtroom.
“We hope that she gets a fair trial, afforded all her legal rights and not tried by the public,” Indonesia's foreign ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir told Reuters in Jakarta.
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.
But these days, the teenager does not consider herself special. “I'm normal, it's just a different way of being born,” she said.
Rosita was born on 1 March 2000, four days after her marooned mother clambered into a tree to escape deadly floods ripping through southern Mozambique.
“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, previously named in the media as Sofia Pedro, 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.
“I was not prepared for this, but that's what God wanted,” Chirindza, 39, said while sitting outside her house in Chibuto, a city 175 miles north-east of Maputo.
A journalist witnessed her and the newly born baby being lifted away by a South African defence forces helicopter after the birth.
After landing on dry ground, the exhausted mother cradled her daughter in drenched linen.
As Rosita celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday, her mother said their survival was a “miracle for sure”.
“Yes it changed my life, because now I have a house, I also have a job,” said Chirindza, speaking outside a three-bedroom house donated to the family by the local municipality.
She was also given a job as cleaner by the district administrator, lifting her out of poverty.
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 became a rallying point for securing millions of dollars in international aid, to help those affected and to improve flood protection schemes that have prevented a repeat of the huge death toll.
A plaque has been erected on the mafureira (natal mahogany tree) where she was born.
But Rosita is relieved the public attention has faded and that she enjoys a normal life, focusing on her schoolwork.
She wants to study petrochemical engineering, a strategic career choice with the recent discovery of gas reserves off the coast of Mozambique.
When not studying, she plays football at her Catholic school and for local junior clubs.
Nearly 200 000 people were saved in a massive rescue effort, and countless lives were ruined by the devastating waters. But the image of Sofia Chubango giving birth in a tree is probably the only thing people will remember.
Altogether 14 931 people were saved by South African helicopters. SA Air Force helicopter pilot Chris Berlyn estimates that his crew alone rescued about 2 000 people.
The air force had already been deployed to assist with the massive rescue operation spearheaded by the Mozambican navy, which had already managed to evacuate more than 100 000 people from flood- affected areas.
The article was penned following a social media debate about the N$120 million Otjomuise Vision School whose construction was financed by the Chinese government.
The Asian giant had also announced that it was building an N$11 million school in Omaheke Region, among a host of other construction projects they have been handed by the Namibian government.
Many argued during the debate that China was in Namibia and the rest of Africa not for African interests, but for its own.
As one of the leading world economies, China clearly has a plan for both Namibia and Africa.
It has never shied away from investing billions in huge projects on the continent and still maintains cordial relations with liberation movements like Swapo.
However, despite the historical links, local commentators are of the opinion that countries such as Namibia are getting the wrong end of the stick from their Asian counterparts.
Despite building local infrastructure, the Chinese are often accused of not transferring skills to local communities.
They have also been awarded huge tenders by government, without really adding value to the local economy as they continue to import labour and equipment.
Some companies are also accused of having not signed any contract of employment with local workers.
It is also very certain that China will never abandon its national interest and promote the interest of a foreign country.
This will never happen and it is high time that we stand up to China to ensure that our national interest takes precedence over that of the Asian giant.
It should no longer be business as usual.
We are not saying government must dump its ties with China.
This is not a solution.
But there must be some clear policy in place to help us protect our own national interest instead of advancing the political and economic interests of the Chinese.
What we need is policies that ensure employment for Africans, our own people, and which amongst others, makes provision for skills transfer to our people.
The protest was organised by community activist, Loretta Smit.
Smit told Nampa that violence against women and children has reached alarming heights in the community, noting that no female is safe from becoming a victim of violence.
“The time has come for us Schlip residents to address this extreme form of abuse and find ways to stop it,” she said.
Smit said their region was last year labelled as “Namibia's rape and murder capital” in a report carried by a local newspaper.
She said statistics compiled by the Namibian police's crime investigations unit and presented to senior officers revealed that 66 murder cases have been reported in Hardap between 2013 and 2014.
Smit said it is disturbing for children to grow up in a violent community, because a community should be a safe place to live in.
“Children growing up in a violent community often experience emotional and behavioural problems even if they indirectly experience violence,” the activist said.
Protestors petitioned the regional police commander and Mariental Magistrate's Court.
Amongst their concerns were delays in finalising murder and rape cases, and the seriousness of crimes committed against women and children.
The community therefore called on the courts to speed up the process in accordance with national legislation and prosecute offenders within a reasonable time.
“These delays cause the community to lose confidence in the protection of women under the Namibian law,” Smit said.
The petition was signed by more than 120 people before it was handed over to the station commander of Schlip police station, Angela Bezuidenhoudt.
Bezuidenhoudt, who upon receiving the petition, said she will make sure it reaches the relevant authorities as soon as possible.
A massive 25 867 livestock which includes cattle, goats, sheep and donkeys have been killed by wild animals since 2013 while 1 524 hectares of crops have been destroyed.
These statistics include up-to-date data for this year which was made available by the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta at the National Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict Management.
The two-day conference will review the challenges, opportunities and problems experienced with wildlife conflict and what measures can be put in place to address the conflict.
This year seven people have already been killed by wild animals and 55 livestock have been killed while 57 hectares of crops were destroyed.
Shifeta said that these conflicts occurred because of competition between the growing human population and wildlife for the same space and resources, as well as drought, floods, movements of people for food security and also continued negative exposure to areas with wildlife. He said that many animals are destroyed in retaliation in incidents of human-wildlife conflict even when the identification of the real culprit is not possible, especially with predators.
“This may eliminate the species and affect the ecosystem and home ranges. This also has a broader environmental impact on ecosystem equilibrium and biodiversity conservation.”
According to Shifeta human-wildlife conflict therefore can have social and economic impacts. It reduces cash income and has repercussions impacting biodiversity conservation.
He said that addressing this conflict requires striking a balance between conservation priorities and the needs of people who live with wildlife. “We want to manage human-wildlife conflict in a way that recognises the rights and development needs of local communities and farmers and also recognises the need to promote biodiversity conservation, promotes self-reliance and ensures that decision-making is quick, efficient, and based on the best available information.”
According to him a variety of approaches can be implemented in order to manage the conflict efficiently in line with the strategies set out in the policy. These include prevention strategies which endeavour to avoid the conflict occurring in the first place and to take action in addressing its root causes. There are also protection strategies that are implemented when the conflict is certain to happen or has already occurred, as well as mitigation strategies that attempt to reduce the level of impact and lessen the problem.
Shifeta said that with the current challenges it has become imperative that the National Policy on Human-Wildlife Conflict Management should be reviewed.
The new policy should therefore be focused and specific on affected areas and the conflict should be addressed.
He said that the policy should furthermore have an implementation plan that outlines the required human and financial resources to deal with the problem.
Endjala said he was moved when he read that six women, some of them mothers, returned to school to continue primary education at Amarika.
“Mothers going to school is one of the saddest stories I have ever read in local newspapers. There is a possibility that these women will attend their primary school together with their children. This school was established many decades ago, but I do not know why it was never upgraded for all these years,” Endjala said last week during the handover of stationery donated by businesswoman Maria Nakale to 25 schools from his region.
It is reported that Amarika Primary School was established in the 1960s by ELCIN missionaries.
The school provided education from Grade 1 to Grade 4.
Following a visit by the deputy minister in the Office of the Vice-President responsible for marginalised people, Royal /Ui/o/oo in July 2015, the school was granted immediate curriculum extension approval up to Grade 8 effective 2016. Namibian Sun ran the story last year, which highlighted the plight of the six women, prompting officials to visit the school. A 24-year-old Saara Lukas, an orphan and single mother is currently in Grade 6 after completing Grade 5 last year. Lukas returned to school on her own accord after dropping out ten years ago, following a visit from Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila to Amarika in 2015.
Another learner who returned is Ottillie Johannes, 21, who said she left school in 2006, but she returned following advice from her parents. The others are Lydia Ipinge, 20, Josephina Gabriel and Ottillie Jonas, both 18 and Leena Kashenye, 17. Endjala told Namibian Sun that his office, together with that of the vice-president is going to monitor these women’s progress.
“These women are education ambassadors in their communities and I am going to help them. Since they are from a marginalised community, there are special programmes designed for them. For those who make it to Grade 10, we will ensure that they will go to university under the special programme, while for those who do not make it, we will ensure they receive vocational training,” Endjala said.
Following several media reports on the school, government responded to develop Amarika Primary School as a matter of urgency.
The construction of teachers’ accommodation has already been completed, while construction of an additional four classrooms, a hostel and ablution facilities is underway.
The Office of the Vice-President has also offered to financially assist these women placing them on a special grant scheme where they receive N$500 monthly.
Citing an assessment done in 2013, Haufiku said it was unacceptable that the country only had five qualified nutritionists in state hospitals.
“The assessment done by the ministry in 2013 on human resources shows that Namibia only has five qualified nutritionists serving all 14 regions. This is a drop in a vast ocean we call Namibia and is unacceptable,” said Haufiku.
The minister was speaking at the signing of an agreement between the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) and United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) on Tuesday.
Haufiku said the country needed to employ more nutritionists in order for the country to meet its nutrition objectives.
“The ministry of health alone requires 46 dieticians and 24 nutritionists according to a new proposed ministerial structure,” said Haufiku.
He added that the country has very good policies and strategies to address inequalities but lacked proper implementation at various levels as well as national coordination.
“We can only realise proper implementation of these policies if we have skilled power and capacity in the country and there is coordination,” said Haufiku.
Michaela Marques De Sousa, Unicef country representative, said nutrition was the foundation of sustainable development.
She also highlighted one of the main reasons why nutrition is such a challenge in Namibia was because there of a lack of nutritionists in the country.
“One of the key bottlenecks to scaling up nutrition in Namibia is absence of trained human resources in nutrition,” said De Sousa.
This derives from a text message circulating in the community of Omatando, sent by the Omatando Committee, which states that the residents should refrain from allowing council to register their properties until further notice.
The committee feels left out as it seeks to work together with the council regarding the formalisation of Omatando 1, 2 and 3 into a township of Ongwediva proper. However, according to the council there is no law that permits such a partnership.
“Dear Omatando team. The Omatando Committee met this afternoon. We therefore request the community members of Omatando 1, 2 and 3 to distance themselves or refuse the municipal registration until further notice. Send this SMS to friends and neighbours,” the text message read.
The committee confirmed to Namibian Sun that they were responsible for the circulation of the message.
Omatando Committee spokesperson Sam Shipiki said they were opposed to the registration process because the council was not using the normal procedures for formalising the settlement.
“Register for what, what are we registering for?” Shipiki asked, saying that the council itself knew that the procedure they were using was not the right one.
Referring to the outcome of a meeting between the Omatando community, the town council and the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority, Shipiki said they wrote a letter to the council requesting a partnership but the council declined.
Shipiki said the correct procedure was that the affected people should be compensated and relocated to areas designated for residential purposes. This means that cultivating and grazing should not take place.
He said at Omatando people were still growing crops and some had not been compensated.
Shipiki also said the council was planning on making people lease the land, which he said was not right.
Contacted for comment, Ongwediva spokesperson Jackson Muma said the issue of compensation would be discussed at a later stage and for now they only wanted to focus on the registration of property, which would be used by the council's planners for planning purposes.
“Who does not want their area planned?” Muma asked.
When asked about the partnership agreement, Muma said the council would never enter into such an agreement.
“The council does not enter into such agreements, it never did so and it will do so,” he said.
Muma added that they had so far registered over 300 households, with only two reportedly refusing but they were later convinced to allow the registration of their property.
The battle for the inclusion of the Omatando area as part of Ongwediva started around 2009, before it became part of the town land in terms of Government Gazette No. 5038 of September 2012.
Last year in October it was reported that the dispute over Omatando seemed to have come to an end when the issue was taken to the Oukwanyama Traditional
Authority. That was followed by a press briefing in December at which the council said it would start with the first part of the formalisation process, the registration of
Both substations were hit on Sunday evening. No arrest has been made yet.
NamPower said a 12-metre section of copper wire was stolen. It was replaced on Monday afternoon.
Nored could not indicate the value and quantity of copper wire stolen.
Nored spokesperson Herman Ngasia told Namibian Sun that the thieves apparently had knowledge of electricity, judging from the way they managed to enter the substation and steal the cables without getting electrocuted.
“They cut all the copper wires in our substation… it's very dangerous for one to enter that place, therefore only people who are experts could have carried out such an act,” Ngasia said.
He said Nored had replaced the stolen cables. The extent of the damage was being investigated.
He urged the public to be vigilant and report any information that may lead to the arrest of the culprits to the nearest police station.
“You won't be doing Nored a favour but the whole nation, as electricity is very important to the people and such actions cannot be tolerated,” Ngasia said.
“Those who stole the copper wires were not only doing damage to Nored but the ordinary citizens that make use of hospital services, for example,” he added.
Ngasia also called on the police to conduct more patrols around sensitive installations such as substations. In 2015, the Erongo police arrested five suspects in connection with the theft over 60 tons of copper cathodes valued at N$4 million. They were believed to be part of copper-theft syndicate.