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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: Wanderers predict tough game
  • Wanderers predict tough gameWanderers predict tough gameWalvis Bay rugby team comes to town This weekend will be filled with rugby entertainment as the big guns of the national rugby league battle for a place at the top of the league table. FNB Wanderers coach Charl du Toit says he expects a tough encounter when they meet the Walvis Bay Rugby Club in the Namibia Rugby Union's national league.

    The two teams will clash at the Wanderers stadium in Windhoek tomorrow at 15:15.

    Wanderers will go into the match bursting with confidence after their 34-13 victory over Trustco United last weekend.

    The Walvis Bay side, on the other hand, will come to Windhoek having suffered a 22-23 defeat against crosstown rivals Kudu.

    But Du Toit is not under-estimating them and says his team will have to be at their best in order to avoid an upset on home soil.

    “We are not taking this game lightly because we know that the Walvis Bay side will come with a plan to beat us.

    “We will try and strengthen our attacking strategy in order to exploit every chance we get.

    “I do believe that they will strengthen their defence in order to keep us at bay,” Du Toit says.

    The Windhoek-based club did not report any injury concerns yesterday, but they will miss six players who are preparing for national team duty.

    The coach was confident that his team would not be affected by the absent players, given the depth of the squad.

    On the other hand, underdogs Walvis Bay rugby team have the odds against them as they have to travel four hours and play a game the next day.

    The different climate in Windhoek is also likely to count against the coastal side.

    Walvis Bay coach Gawan Esterhuizen admits that his club will have to defy the odds in Windhoek.

    “We are taking it one game at a time because it is still early in the season and the boys still have to pick up steam.

    “However, we are coming to Windhoek in an attempt to get a result from Wanderers.

    “Yes, the trip is long, but that will not serve as an excuse for us in the match,” Esterhuizen said.

    In other league action, Reho Falcon will host Trusco United in Rehoboth at 15:15 on Saturday.

    League champions Unam also travel to Rehoboth for a match against Rehoboth Rugby Club.

    All the clubs' B teams will be in action before the main matches.



    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    Mbidi welcomes Ahmad's electionMbidi welcomes Ahmad's election Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi has welcomed the election of Ahmad Ahmad as president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

    CAF elected the Madagascar Football Association president Ahmad at their congress held in Addis Ababa,

    Ethiopia.

    Ahmad scored 34 votes while outgoing CAF president Issa Hayatou garnered 20 votes. The election ended Hayatou's 29-year reign.

    Speaking in a telephonic interview from Addis Ababa, Mbidi said Ahmad's victory would bring change to African football.

    “It is a good thing for Southern Africa because things can change for the better.

    “I told you last time that Ahmad stood a good chance and now this has happened. It is remarkable and historic.

    “We are very happy and confident that the new CAF leader will take African football to the next level,” Mbidi said.

    The Cameroonian Hayatou took charge in 1988 and was unopposed for nearly three decades. He started losing his grip on the seat after several negative reports about his type of leadership surfaced.

    “The change in leadership for African football has been a long time coming and it has finally arrived.

    “We are looking forward to a great new era on the continent and especially for Southern African football where Ahmad hails from.

    “As an association, we are going to fully support him and assist wherever we can,” Mbidi said.

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    NBF to host boxing championship at RunduNBF to host boxing championship at Rundu The Namibian Boxing Federation (NBF) will host its national championship at Rundu in the Kavango East Region from 20 to 25 March.

    The National Amateur Boxing Championship was slated for Opuwo in the Kunene Region last year but due to budget cuts by the government, the federation could not afford to host the event.

    Boxers from 12 affiliated regional boxing federations will participate.

    NBF spokesman Robert Haihambo said on Wednesday that the NBF and Kavango East Boxing Federation would co-host the event.

    He said the government supported most of the federation's programmes, but in an effort to avoid over-dependence on state funding the federation was calling on the corporate world to sponsor the championship.

    NAMPA

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    Coast set for volleyball festCoast set for volleyball festTop stars expected to shine Many volleyball fans will flock to Swakopmund this weekend to watch one of the most exciting beach volleyball tournaments of the year. This weekend the Mole Beach at Swakopmund will be a hive of volleyball activity when the Bank Windhoek Namibian Open Beach Volleyball Championship starts.

    The tournament will be held tomorrow and on Sunday.

    Teams will compete in six categories: two-a-side, four-a-side, social, men's, women's, youth and mixed teams.

    Bank Windhoek sponsors the event that forms part of the Independence Day celebrations.

    The tournament will feature some of the best Namibian volleyball players.

    Players who have already confirmed their participation include Julia Loggner, who plays semi-professional beach volleyball in Germany, and Kristin Schulz, who won the Namibian Open last year. Kim Seeboch and Rosi Hennes recently represented Namibia in the Senior Africa Cup in Mozambique.

    This tournament acts as a qualifier for the senior World Cup championship scheduled for later this year.

    The director of beach volleyball in Namibia, James Verrinder, says several regions have shown interest in introducing beach volleyball.

    “We are looking into hosting more beach volleyball tournaments around the country.

    “To enable other regions to play this game we offered a coaching clinic to volleyball coaches from all corners of the country. The idea was to exchange knowledge and skills to develop the sport,” Verrinder says.

    “We want to stage beach volleyball championships around the country and we have identified Rundu as the first destination to do this due to the growing popularity of the sport in that town.”

    SPORT REPORTER

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: Head injury scare for Remiro
  • Head injury scare for RemiroHead injury scare for Remiro Athletic Club Bilbao goalkeeper Alex Remiro had to be rushed to hospital on Wednesday after being knocked unconscious during the club's morning training session.

    Remiro, who has been the third-choice keeper after returning from a loan spell with second-division leaders Levante in January, was hit in the head by a close-range shot by striker Inaki Williams. After being treated at Athletic's Lezama training ground, he was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

    The Athletic Club website confirmed that Remiro suffered a head injury, but added that he was conscious and had been taken to a health centre where he would undergo the appropriate tests.

    The local press reported that Remiro was at first unable to remember anything about the incident.

    Midfielder Benat Etxebarria said: “It was a huge scare for us .It was a really hard blow to the head from the ball, but we think he's going to be OK.”

    The incident came less than a fortnight after Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres was knocked out in a Liga Santander game away to Deportivo la Coruna. He had to spend a night in hospital and missed his side's next two games.





    NAMPA / XINHUA

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: Lions face Ireland
  • Lions face IrelandLions face IrelandEngland have a point to prove Eddie Jones's men are willing to set a new record in a rugby match against Ireland on Saturday. If England beat Ireland in Dublin on Saturday, not only will they complete back-to-back Six Nations Grand Slams, they'll set a new record of 19 successive Test wins by a 'tier one' or leading rugby union nation.

    That would see Eddie Jones's men take sole possession of a record they currently share with New Zealand, whose run of 18 straight wins - including their 2015 World Cup triumph - ended with a first-ever defeat by Ireland when the men in green triumphed 40-29 in Chicago in November.

    So if England win at Lansdowne Road, will it make them better than the current All Blacks?

    The general answer from most rugby pundits appears to be “no”, or at least “not yet”, a view that has much to do with a quirk of the fixture schedule that means England have not played New Zealand during their current winning streak.

    “It is a great achievement and, like the All Blacks, England don't go away in games,” former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick told the London Evening Standard last week.

    “But it is very difficult to know how close England are to the All Blacks because they are not playing each other,” added the former World Cup-winning hooker.

    Meanwhile Will Carling, the last England captain to preside over back-to-back Grand Slams in 1992, said the All Blacks had the edge

    “They have got more world-class players and more intelligent players,” Carling told the BBC, having seen England widely criticised for the way they struggled initially to deal with Italy's 'no-ruck' ploy at Twickenham this season.

    Jones's team may still be some way off being the best England side there's ever been, never mind anything else.

    In an era where being crowned world champions rather than remorseless consistency has become the acid test, the 2003 England team coached by Clive Woodward and captained by Martin Johnson, who got their hands on the World Cup trophy after seeing off an Australia side under Jones's guidance in a thrilling Sydney final, has become the Red Rose outfit by which others are judged.

    It is this focus on the World Cup that means the fine South Africa side that won 17 Tests in a row from 1997 to 1998 is also often overlooked when the discussion about great teams takes place given that their run of success came between the Springboks' own World Cup triumph in 1995 and Australia being crowned world champions four years later.

    But considering they were amateurs in an era where no one had contemplated a rugby union World Cup, the celebrated New Zealand team of the mid to late 1960s that won 17 Tests in a row is also worth recalling.

    The fact it took them the best part of four years to compile that winning sequence is one indication of just how much has changed in the intervening decades.

    One thing the present-day England side do have going for them is relative youth, with former England flanker Peter Winterbottom telling the Guardian: “Given this side are so young... they could become the best England side ever.”

    Not that Australian coach Jones, who likened the praise he and his team received from New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen as akin to being a “bit like Red Riding Hood and the wolf when the wolf comes dressed up as the grandmother,” has been getting carried away.

    “We haven't got anything to celebrate yet. It is all ahead of us,” he said after England thrashed Scotland 61-21 at Twickenham last week - a match where their third of seven tries, a blisteringly precise move finished by wing Anthony Watson was labelled as “close as rugby gets to perfection” by former England fly-half Stuart Barnes in The Times.

    When Wales were enjoying their glory years in the 1970s, their stars often joked that if ever England, with all their wealth and playing numbers, got organised they would be dangerous.

    Under Jones, who took charge after England's first-round exit at their home World Cup in 2015, no one now disputes that they are indeed “dangerous”, even if the debate about just how good they are will carry on for a while yet.

    NAMPA / AFP

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: It's our own battle
  • It's our own battleIt's our own battleThumbs up for SADC HIV financing project As funding for national HIV/Aids responses becomes more unpredictable in the face of competing priorities, protectionism and growing nationalism in countries that host funding agencies, a SADC HIV Fund project being implemented by the SADC PF is prompting SADC member states to explore ways of raising domestic resources to respond... The permanent secretary in the Zambian health ministry, Dr Jabbin Mulwanda, has praised a two year-long SADC-initiated project meant to advocate for the use of domestic resources to respond to HIV and Aids.

    Zambia is among seven Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states that have been receiving funding over the past two years under a joint proposal titled ‘Strengthening the capacity of SADC Member States National Parliaments to facilitate the implementation of Regional, continental and international commitments on HIV and Aids sustainable financing’.

    The proposal, developed by the SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF), is one of 10 meant to reverse a situation in which many responses to the epidemic are locally owned but externally funded.

    Asked how successful and necessary the project has been for Zambia, the former director general of the National HIV/Aids/STI/TB Council of Zambia was effusive in his praise for the project.

    “To be honest with you - never mind the short time it has been in existence - it’s been very successful in that it achieved the main objectives: To create awareness among MPs and to get their buy-in on the various initiatives on sustainable financing of HIV.”

    Mulwanda said there were many positive ripple effects from the project.

    “Obviously we have parliaments coming and going; people being voted in and out which can be a challenge. We need a similar project to build the capacity of civil servants that work with parliamentarians to ensure they carry on the role of imparting knowledge to the new MPs that come to join parliament. Even when MPs leave, they go with the knowledge acquired and they can still influence opinions.”

    He cautioned that putting in place sustainable financing mechanisms takes time.

    “It is a process, not an event. The real benefits might take a long time to come. We have started and it’s a question of time. What we managed to achieve will remain.”

    “We have had engagements with MPs to orient them and discuss how the country could sustain financing of the HIV response given that external financing has declined and is now unpredictable,” he said.

    He said as proof that Zambian MPs were now engaged, they had begun to ask tough questions in parliament.

    “The Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Services took the issue of HIV sustainable financing and called upon various stakeholders to make submissions on the best way forward HIV sustainable financing mechanisms. As a result they produced a report and recommendations that are really positive for government to implement.”

    He added: “After a long time of back and forth, the social health insurance will be introduced in parliament during this sitting because parliamentarians and ministers have been sensitised about the importance of sustainable financial of not just HIV but health in general.”

    Zambian parliamentarians work with their local councils. Mulwanda said encouraging movement, albeit small-scale, had been noted at constituency level.

    “We have seen that some local councils have begun budgeting for HIV activities in their budgets. This never used to happen. We have also seen that because of the awareness created around sustainable financing, people have started to engage contractors of capital projects which have an allocation for HIV in the contracts given. Respective local councils are demanding from the contractors to carry out or implement the HIV component of their contracts where their projects are taking place.”

    Ellen Mubanga, the public-private sector coordinator at NAC Zambia, said that the awareness-raising among MPs under the project, enabled parliamentarians to understand the bills that were introduced to be passed into law so as to make the Zambia compliant to the TRIPS flexibilities

    “We have been able to work on those laws this year and Parliament has passed four of the five bills,” Ms Mubanga said.

    Going forward, the NAC in Zambia plans to intensify its engagement with MPs over the new targets around HIV to ensure that the MPs are brought up to speed.

    *Moses Magadza is communications and advocacy specialist at the SADC PF.



    Moses Magadza

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: Efundja lya shelelelwa
  • Efundja lya shelelelwaEfundja lya shelelelwa Omunambelewa gwetengeneko lyondjele yomeya, Leonard Hango, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun mEtiyali kutya efundja lyonuumvo itali kala enene, kakele ongele kwa lokwa ishewe monooli yaNamibia nenge muumbugantu waAngola.

    Hango okwa popi ngaaka sha landula sho ekuthikuthi lyefundja kwa lopotwa lya piti oongamba dhaShikango omutenya gwOmaandaha.

    Okwa ti ekuthikuthi ndyoka olya thiki moNamibia kwa lata omolwa omuloka ngoka gwa mwena po kashona, nonando okwa hololwa efundja ndyoka lya guma aakalimo yomolukanda Okwatwitwi mOshikango.

    Mboka ya gumwa unene aakwashigwana yaAngola aanangeshefa, mboka haya landithile momudhingoloko ngoka.

    Thikameni David, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya ehala ndyoka ka lya li li na omeya ihe ngashiingeyi omeya ogiihanena nomudhingoloko aguhe nokuthiga aanangeshefa kaye na mpoka taya landithile.

    Hango okwa popi kutya omeya ngoka oge ya moshilongo okuzilila koCuvelai ga pita nale oongamba ongulohi yEtitano nokuya moshana shaNalumono oshowo oshana shaKambembe. Okwa popi kutya ekuthikuthi ndyoka lya thiki mEtiyali olya thiki kwa lata omolwashoka oondjila dhokutondokela omeya ngoka kadha li dhi na omeya. Okwa tsikile kutya nonando omakuthikuthi gaali oga thiki mehuliloshiwike lya piti, inaku dhimbululwasha molwaashoka miishana moka ga thikile omwa li mu na nale omeya, nomeya ngoka ge ya nefundja kaga li ogendji unene.

    “Onkalo oya kala yi li ngaaka, nomvula itayi loko unene, nena onkalo yefundja lyonuumvo itayi ka yonagula oshindji. Iishana yetu oya adhika yi na nale omeya nondjele oya londo owala pombanda kashona sho kwa gwedhwa omeya ngoka gefundja,” Hango a yelitha.

    Hango okwa popi kutya iitopolwa yimwe moAngola oya mono omuloka omuwanawa omanga yimwe inayi mona nando osha, naashoka osho sha etitha efundja limwe lya thiki mehuliloshiwike lya piti, omanga ndika lya thiki mEtiyali molwaashoka iitopolwa yimwe oya kukuta.

    Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya ondjele yomeya moshana shaNalumono oya shuna nale pevi okuya mEtitatu nondjele moshana shoka okwa lopotwa yi li ngashiingeyi poometa 0.890.

    Hango okwa popi kutya omeya ngoka ga pitile mOshikango otashi vulika ondjele yi londe pombanda ihe omeya miishana mbika shaNalumono no shaKambembe ondjele yomeya otayi ka londa owala pombanda uuna kwa lokwa ishewe.

    Hango okwa popi kutya omeya agehe ngoka haga zilile momulonga gwaCuvelai ohage ya moNamibia noondjila dha yooloka ihe agehe ohaga ka tsakanena mOmpundja nokuya kUuvudhiya.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Oondjambi dhoosekuriti dhakatekwaOondjambi dhoosekuriti dhakatekwa Euvathano lyokuhwepopaleka oondjambi dhoosekuriti ndjoka lyali lyaningwa muDesemba omumvo gwayi ina li Gazetwa natango, naashika oshathigi Uuministeli waaniilonga oshowo ehangano lyoosekuriti moshilongo ta yuulikathana omolwa ekateko ndika.

    Uuministeli wAaniilonga owa gandja uusama komahangano gatatu omakalelipo goosekuriti oshowo ehangano lyoSecurity Association of Namibia (SAN) omolwa ekateko metulo momushangwa gwopapangelo omagwedhelo goondjambi dhaaniilonga yoosekuriti noopresenda 25%, ndhoka dha tulilwepo po muDesemba omvula ya piti.

    Nonando ongaaka SAN okwa yamukula kutya okwa kunkilile omahangano ngoka gaaniilonga oshowo uuministeli kutya omahangano omagandji giilonga otaga ka tinda okufuta aaniilonga ondjambi ndhoka oompe omanga inadhi tulwa momushangwa gwopapangelo, naashoka otashi ka etitha omathigathano inaga pumbiwa oshowo ekanitho lyiilonga.

    “SAN okwa pula opo amushanga ta kalele oshowo omahangano omakalelipo gaaaniionga, opo omahangao guusekuriti ga tameke okufuta oondjambi dhoka oompe uuna sha tulwa pamushangwa gwopapangelo, molwaashoka otushi shi kutya ngoka ogwo taga ka kala omaiyuvo gaagandji yiilonga, ihe omahangano omakalelipo gaaniilonga kaga li ga hala okuzimina,” Dries Kannemeyer, omupresidende gwoSAN ta ti.

    Okwa tsikile kutya oya li woo ya kunkilile kutya omagwedhelo ngoka taga pulwa ogeli pombanda unene nomahangano ogendji itaga ka vula okufuta aaniilonga omagwedhelo ngoka ihe uuministeli pamwe nomahangano omakalelipo gaaniilonga inaya pulakena komaiyuvo gawo.

    Kannemeyer okwa gwedha po kutya iilyo yawo yimwe ya ningi omatilitho gokuthigapo ongongahango ndjoka yomahangano gooyene yoosekuriti, molwaashoka iilyo yoSAN otayi thiminikwa opo yi tule miilonga omagwedhelo ngoka omanga omahangano ngoka kage shi iilyo itaga thiminikwa pampango opo ga tule miilonga iifuta mbyoka iipe.

    Oshiwike sha piti, amushanga mUuminsiteli wAaniilonga, Bro-Matthew Shinguadja okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya okwaahauvathana kombinga yoondjambi oompe dhaaniilonga yoosekurtiti otaku etithwa komahangano omakalelipo gaaniilonga gatatu oshowo oSAN.

    “Ope na omahangano omagandji giilonga ngoka kage shi iilyo yoSAN na itaga thiminikwa ketsokumwe opo ga tule miilonga oondjambi dhoka oompe kakele ongele sha gandjwa kuuministeli,” Shinguadja a yelitha.

    Shinguadja okwa popi kutya opo andola etsokumwe ndyoka li tulwe miilonga koNamibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau), Namibia Security Guards noWatchmen’s Union (NASGWU), Namibia Independent Security Union (Nisu) noSAN, oondjambi dhoka oompe odha li dha pumbwa okutulwa momushangwa gwepangelo, nomahangano ngoka oga li ga pumbwa okushininga mbala konima owala sho etsokumwe lya shainwa ihe shoka inashi ningwa.”

    Shinguadja okwa popi kutya uuministeli owa yakula omukanda gwa shangwa momasiku gaali gaMaalitsa moka omahangano omakalelipo gaaniilonga oshowo oSAN ya pula uuministeli opo wu tule miilonga etsokumwe lyo lyi vule okugwanithwa po komahangano agehe moshikondo shoka.

    Shinguadja okwa popi kutya ita vulu okuyelitha kutya omolwashike oombinga dhoka dhina okutegelela sigo omuMaalitsa opo etsokumwe ndyoka Ii tulwe miilonga omanga lya shainwa muDesemba.

    “Oya kala mo moshikondo shika. Oye shi kutya ohashi longo ngiini onkene uusama owuli kombinga yawo.”

    Kannemeyer, nonando ongaaka okwa popi kutya omapopyo gaShinguadja kaga li ga tegelelwa.

    “katu shi kutya shoka otashi zi peni. Omatsokumwe agehe ga ningwa pokati komahangano omakalelipo gaaniilonga naagandji yiilonga ngoka ga kalelwa po kuuministeli oga kala nokulongekidhwa kuyo.”

    Shinguadja okwa popi kutya oonkundathana dhaDesemba odha li dhopaumwene pokati komahangano omakalelipo gaaniilonga noSAN, sho oonkundathana dhoka dha kwatelwa komeho kuuministeli wawo dha adha okwe na kwa thita.

    Okwa popi kutya sho mboka yaadha etsokumwe oya li ye na okutumina ombaapila kuuministeli opo wu tule pamushangwa gwopapangelo etsokumwe ndyoka lya dhika. Amushanga okwa ti omukalo ngoka ohagu kutha oomwedhi molwaashoka ope na omilandu ndhoka dhi na okulandulwa.

    Okwa popi kutya omahangano ngoka oga ninga epuko molwaashoka ogali geshi uuna ga tsu kumwe nena uuministeli otawu tula owala miilonga etsokumwe ndyoka.

    Amushanga gwoNASGWU , Andreas Hausiku okwa kolele kutya omahangano ngoka gelile po aaniilonga oga ningi omutumba noSAn muMaalista opo etsokumwe ndyoka li tulwe woo miilonga nokomahangano ngoka kage shi iilyo yoSAN.

    Ina popya sha kombinga yekateko lyokutula pamushangwa gwepangelo oondjambi dhoka oompe dhaaniilonga yoosekuriti.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Uuministeli wamwena kombinga yoonzo dhomeya gomevi mOhangwenaUuministeli wamwena kombinga yoonzo dhomeya gomevi mOhangwenaAakwashigwana taya kugu enota Onkalo yompumbwe yomeya moshitopolwa shaHangwena, onkene tayi dhenge aakalimo moshitopolwa shoka, nonando omakonaaakono ngoka ga ningwa mo-2007 oga ulike kutya oshitopolwa shoka oshi na uuyamba woonzo dhomeya gokohi yevi.





    Nonando oshitopolwa shika okwa hololwa shi na omilonga dhomeya dhokohi yevi goocubic meta dha thika poobiliyona 20, aakwashigwana momudhingoloko gwaOmundaungilo, Oshikunde, Okongo nEpembe oye li monkugo yi na onkambe ngele tashiya komeya na otaya longitha omeya ga yogoka.

    Pauyelele wUuministeli wUunamapya nOmeya, oonzo ndhoka dhomeya otadhi vulu okukala tadhi gandja omeya kaakalimo yomonooli uule woomvula 400.

    Oshilyo shokomitiye yomeya momukunda, Elunda Londjamba, moshikandjohogololo shaShikunde, Paulus Nghilukilwa, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun that kutya aaantu oye na omukumo kutya limwe lyomomasiku epangelo otayi ke ya pa omeya gomoopomba, ngoka ga yogoka.

    Nghilukilwa okwa popi kutya oomboola dha yooloka dhoka dha li dha mboolwa momahala ga yooloka momidhongoloko dhawo, omeya oga ninga oshimongwa paife na itaga vulu okunuwa kaantu nokiinamwenyo.

    Okwa popi kutya ohaya longitha omeya gomvula, ihe uuna ga pwine nena aakwashigwana ohaya ende iinano ya thika pokilometa 40 oku ka konga omeya.



    Omukwashigwana nguka okwa popi kutya aakokele naamboka ihaya vulu okuthika komahala hoka haku ka kongwa omeya, otaya thiminikwa konkalo opo ya nwe omeya ngoka ge na oshimongwa. Ta gwedha po kutya, aantu ohaya longitha woo uutemba woondongi onga iiyenditho yawo mokukakonga omeya.



    “Aakwashigwana itaya longitha omeya okuza pomandiki gomeya molwaaashoka haantu ayehe taya vulu okufuta iifuta yomahooli.”

    Kansela gwoshikandjohogololo sha Omundaungilo, Festus Ikanda, okwa pula opo ku totwe oshiketha shomayambidhidho tashi ithanwa Constituency Development Fund, shoka tashi ka vulikitha ookansela yiitopolwa ya vule okugandja omayambidhidho giimaliwa koopoloyeka dhawo yene.

    “Otu na oprogramma yokutopolela aakwashigwana omeya notenga moshitopolwa na ohayi gandja omayambidhidho koshitopolwa oshinene. Nonando ongaaka uule wiiwike kape na omeya ga topololwa aakwashigwana miikandjohogololo. Omakonaaakono ngoka ga ningwa, opo ku tulwe po omakwatathano gominino dhomeya mOhandiba nokufala omeya mEenhana okuza mOndode.

    Omunino ngoka guule woshinano shookilometa 100 otagu ka kwatakanitha Epinga, Oshipala, Elundu, Onghwiyu moshikandjohgololo shaShikunde oshowo mEpembe,” Ikanda ta ti.



    Omukunda Omundaungilo ohagu mono omeya okuza momboola ya Omhalapapa yili oshinano shookilometa 20, okuza momudhingoloko ngoka.



    Omvula ya piti, oNamibian Sun oya li ya tseyithilwa kUuministeli wUunamapya kutya ongundu yaanongononi AaGermany oya tameke okuningila omalolelo oonzo dhomeya gomevi mOhangwena. Omupevi geohydrology, Bertram Swartz, oye omukwatakanithi gwopoloyeka ndjoka ina vula okumonika opo a tyekosha kombinga yolopoyeka ndjika a kwatela komeho.





    Opoloyeka oya tamekele mo-2007 na okwa tegelelwa yi ye sigo okomwedhi Mei momvula twa taalela.

    Opoloyeka ndjika otayi pewa omayambidhidho gopashimaliwa koGerman Development Fund, European Union (EU) oshowo NamWater na otayi pula oshiimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 25.

    Uuyelele wa pitithwa koEU owa holola kutya konima sho onzo yomeya ndjoka ya monika mOhangwena, okwa li kwa ningwa omakonaaono mo-2007 sigo 2008, pamwe notransient electromagnetic (TEM) field survey ndjoka ya holola kutya mOshitopolwa shaHangwena oshowo mOmusati omu na oonzo dhoothiithiya dhomeya kohi yevi.

    Omakonaakono goomboola oga ningwa mo2009 no 2010 na oga koleleke kutya oonzo ndhoka odhi li mUuzilo wOhangwena.

    Omakonaakono sho ga manithwa oga holola kutya oothiithiya ndhoka odhi na ondjele onene yomeya ndjoka tayi vulu okugandja omeya koshitopolwa ashihe.

    Kalo okwa popi kutya, othithiya ndjoka oyina uunene woshinano shookilometa 75 okuza mOshikandjohogololo shaNdobe okuza mUuninginino oshowo oshinano shookilometa 40 okuza koongamba dhaAngola okuya mUumbugantu. Oyi li oshitopolwa shoCuvelai-Etosha Basin (CEB) – ndjoka yi li onzo onene yomeya moKalahari Basin ya kwatako iitopolwa yaAngola , Namibia, Zambia, Botswana naSouth Africa.

    CEB oya topolwa miitoplwa ihamano yomeya gomevi kwiikolelelwa koontaula dhopamudhingoloko dhoDamara Sequence noKalahari Sequence.

    Yimwe yomiitopolwa mbyoka Ohangwena Aquifer (KOH I and KOH II), ndjoka yili mUuninginino wOhangwena oshowo mOnooli yOshitopolwa shaShikoto, yi na omeya taga tondokele mo mUumbugangu okuza moAngola.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Transforming call centres with social mediaTransforming call centres with social media Founded in June 2015 in Cape Town, BrandChat is a single platform for brands, and their agencies, to talk to customers in a highly personalised manner and across multiple messaging platforms.

    Brandchat enables sharing targeted content across multiple messaging apps and then managing the resulting individual engagements from a single platform. This ensures faster, relevant responses, better and more valuable customer relationships as well as consolidated reporting and measurement.

    Customers expect personalised brand experiences, and if they aren't delivered, brands will lose them. With BrandChat, community managers have more control, more visibility and more information to demonstrate the direct link between customer engagement and customer action.

    The multi-platform service allows you to create and manage bots on WeChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Kik. More messaging platforms will be added as they open up API access to commercial accounts.

    Apart from a feature-rich content management system, which offers out-of-the-box messaging widgets like quizzes and polls, BrandChat also offers an API to developers.

    Companies such as News 24, eNCA, Standard Bank, OrderIn and Telkom are now active on BrandChat with rapidly growing communities across chat platforms.

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: Downgrade risk remains
  • Downgrade risk remainsDowngrade risk remainsS&P could lower ratings South Africa's growth between 2000 and 2015 has been disappointing, according to S&P, but an acceleration is expected. South Africa is likely to experience moderate growth in 2017 but Standard & Poor (S&P) warns that the country is still vulnerable to a credit downgrade.

    S&P chief European economist Jean-Michel Six said South Africa's slower growth preceded the global downturn, and it had underperformed with comparable Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita ratios.

    “Growth performance between 2000 and 2015 has been disappointing in comparison. We are expecting an acceleration in this economy this year,” said Six.

    South Africa's first credit downgrade was in 2012 and the second was in 2014. The current negative outlook reflects weaker-than-expected real GDP growth, which was 0.3% in 2016, lower than the Treasury's forecast of 0.5%.

    The associate director of sovereign and international public finance ratings at S&P, Gardner Rusike, said: “To address inequality and unemployment, South Africa needs to grow at a much faster pace. South Africa has been running current account deficits on a more sustainable basis at 4% of GDP, but the debt of the government has been rising and that's still the case.”

    Rising contingent liabilities are a pressure point when combined with rising government debt. “Contingent liabilities need to be contained so they don't impact on the credit worthiness of the sovereign outlook,” said Rusike.

    Eskom stands out in its use of guarantees, which grew at a faster pace than the Treasury was expecting. “Much of those pressures will remain in the forecast period and will impact on Eskom's ability to raise revenue,” said Rusike.

    S&P could lower South Africa's ratings if GDP growth or fiscal consolidation does not improve in line with current expectations, political interference continues to weaken institutions, and net government debt and contingent liabilities exceed current expectations.

    “We could revise outlook to stable if there is policy implementation in sectors like mining and labour,” said Rusike.

    This would lead to an improvement in business confidence and an increase in private-sector investment, which would lead to higher GDP growth and improving fiscal dynamics.

    BUSINESS DAY

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: Auntie Nangy
  • Auntie NangyAuntie Nangy Not ready for sex



    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am a 16-year-old girl dating a 19-year-old dude. The problem is that he wants to have sex and I am not ready for it yet. I really love him but I am confused. Please help.



    I really understand how you feel. The problem in most relationships especially with guys is that when a woman falls in love, the next thing is they want to chop it. Auntie Nangy is an oldie coming from the olden days when sex was seen as a sacred act and a privilege. That culture has been overtaken by evolution and the global village. You are both very young and at that age there is no need to rush. You are a rare type in this era where girls have become sexually active as early as 10. If this dude really loves you he will understand why you are not ready to have sex. Explain your reasons and let him see things the way you see them and he will understand you. Falling in love is fun and the fun does not only come from sexual intercourse. Your delay shouldn't affect your relationship.



    Too much sex



    Dear Auntie Nangy, I'm a 19-years old lady in love with a 21-years-old guy. The problem is when we are together he just wants to have sex every time. We love each other so much. Help me Auntie Nangy. What can I do?



    Your man is a hungry man. At 21, the sex drive is in top gear and the blood is hot. I do not think there is anything unusual about his desire but maybe the jams drain every atom of energy from your body. You gave him permission to taste the sweet cookie and all he is doing is to ask for more. Just be careful that you don't allow yourself to be used lest he will dump you like a worn-out toy after he is done with you. Be a proud girl who values her body. Do not be used to satisfy a man's sexual appetite and not get the real value of being in love with him. Some men are exploitative and they will stay in a relationship to satisfy their sex appetite. I do not know what you are planning to do in your relationship but I think you need to convince this maniac that there is more in a relationship than just sex.



    Am I normal?



    Auntie Nangy, I am 13 years old and I will be turning 14 in October. I have not started having periods. Is this normal?



    You should not stress about your periods. According to experts, periods can start as early as at eight while they can start as late as 13 or 14 depending on each person's physiology and no one can say exactly when. Each girl's development takes place at its own pace and this is different from one girl to the next and as different as we all look. No two people are exactly the same. As we grow up to become adults we go through a stage called puberty when our bodies change from childhood to adulthood and girls will start their periods during this puberty stage. During this period there is a lot of growing inside and outside our bodies. Inside, our bodies change to start menstruation for girls and the ovaries get ready to release the eggs that will be fertilised by the sperm from men to make babies. Outside, the body of girls will grow pubic hair and breasts while boys will also grow pubic hair and beard to show that they are becoming adults.



    Always dumped



    Dear Auntie Nangy, I'm a 23 -year-old woman. I have a problem with guys. When I find a guy he will leave me without saying anything. Please help me.



    This sounds like a serious problem and I can imagine how you feel. Generally, a woman attracts the man and that is how God created us. Under normal situations or in general, a woman is the one to ditch a man but like your concern, it is not normal that every man you get into a relationship dumps. A lot of questions come into my mind and I hope you will not feel offended because you didn't give enough flesh for me to advise you properly. At 23, you are a grown up woman. In some cultures, when men dump you like that, they say you need some cleansing and this can be done by the sangomas. If you are a Christian then I suggest you pray and fast about your situation religiously. The spirit of the devil could be surrounding you and preventing you from being appreciated by men who date you. The same spirit could be around you and you may need to go for a traditional ritual to cleanse you and open the eyes of men to see you as desirable. Try the solution that suits you. God created a masterpiece when he created a woman strong enough to draw any man to her.

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: Blog it
  • Blog itBlog itHow to make money from your hobby tjil caught up with two ambitious bloggers who share the colourful stories of their journeys. Fashionista Leah Misika has been at it for almost 10 years now shares her experience of how she never backed down while food blogger Ashley Dube talks about the challenges of starting a blog from scratch. Blogging is one of the easiest and simplest ways of reaching out to your audience using social media. It has proved to be a very effective medium for building a reputation as well as building relationships for business purposes. Blogging comes in many forms such as posting videos on YouTube (vlogging), having a webpage that is updated regularly or using Facebook and Instagram. Some are more diverse, presenting links to all types of sites. And others are more like personal journals, presenting the author's daily life and thoughts.



    The freshman - Ashley Dube

    tjil (T): Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?

    Ashley (A): Well, my name is Ashley Dube and my blog, 1 Humble Palate, naturally came out of my love and passion for two things - food and writing, so it made sense to start a food-centered blog that focuses on contemporary, traditional and alternative cuisine, restaurant reviews, advice and my own cooking here and there, of course. Lol. It also came as a need to fill a void that does not have a lot of people focusing on at the moment. Not a lot of people are making noise about Namibian food and eateries like we should be.



    T: Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

    A: It started off as a hobby, something I did just for the love, but I see it developing into so much more; that's the vision.



    T: Did you have any professional help or did you create the blog yourself?

    A: Through the help of pre-set blog sites and platforms, I sort of got going on my own, learning what works and what doesn't. It is really simple to get a handle on as technology is advancing and making the creative space easier to access for more people.



    T: As a new blogger, what do you think is the best social media strategy for getting more visitors to a blog?

    A: For me it has been a lot of word of mouth and associating myself with different culinary institutions and eateries within the city. The more I write about different places and foods, the more the people themselves respond, create a chain reaction that leads people to reading more about what I have to write about. Getting your friends to share your work helps a lot. Of course they always want dinner at some restaurant in return. The biggest pull factor ultimately is the content and how you present it.



    T: How active are you on a weekly basis? How often do you communicate with your followers?

    A: I try to be as active as is humanly possible without suffocating my blog and choking the readership I am trying to grow. So, in essence I am online at least once every day to respond to questions queries and comments, but my postings, which vary, are, on average, once every other day, and every other time I am at a “food event”/restaurant.



    T: What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to readers?

    A: Accurate and consistent information. At least that's what I also look for when it comes to the people and blogs I follow. I want to be able to access a certain piece of “relevant” information at any moment. Don't get distracted and start talking about things not remotely linked to your subject matter if there is no connection. One thing I pride myself in doing is being able to give you advice and information on what best to eat and where within Windhoek and coastal areas, at a specific time and/or season. It takes work. Great content presented creatively always wins.



    The expert - Leah Misika

    tjil (T): Would you encourage other people to create blogs?

    Leah (L): Yes! Oh yes! There is always a story to tell about one thing or the other! If you have a story, it needs to be heard, and in so doing, you create a platform for people to relate to you and what you have to share. There is always going to be people interested in what you have to say and/or show. Creativity has no formula.



    T: When did you get into the blogging industry?

    L: I started blogging in 2008 after a few months in college. I realised very early while in college that I was behind and needed to chat up. I started a fashion blog and had no clue what I was actually doing.



    T: What are some of your strengths that helped you in blogging?

    L: It is definitely the fact that I loved to write and the fact that I love fashion; the industry, the clothes and my obsession with defining my own notions of beauty. My blog is literally powered by my obsession with fashion.



    T: As a renowned blogger, what type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog?

    L: The number one thing that has helped enhance my blog traffic is definitely consistency, that and social media really helps you to drive people to what you want them to see. In terms of networking for me personally it has been networking in the retail world. Retail can open up so many doors to the local blogger, but these doors are not easy to find.



    T: How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?

    L: It is because of the scheduling and a two-man team. Being a one-man show is exhausting especially when you have to constantly create content. I run my business full time and blogging is only a third of it so my photographer/videographer is the reason I have time for anything else.



    T: Many Namibians have attempted to run blogs but have failed, how do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?

    L: Well just like anything I do, I set goals. You can start a lot of things based on passion, but after a while you are going to need more. When you are working towards something it is easy to forget how hard you are working. Plus I have clients that pay for some of my blogging so I cannot let them down.



    June Shimuoshili

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: The storm is over
  • The storm is overThe storm is overModels are finally paid The Windhoek Fashion Week has been seen in a bad light on a couple of occasions but the payment of models isn't one of them anymore. The first Windhoek Fashion Week (WFW) models signed a contract that stated that they would earn N$250 for every runway slot they participated in for the first fashion week that took place in November of last year. The contract however did not stipulate when the payments would be made but, the models were informed by Luis Munana, event host, that according to international modeling standards, payments would be made after 90 days. The period lapsed, but many models - among them Miss Namibia 2016 and second princess Veraakuani Hambira - still did not get their payment. The unpaid models took to social media to vent their frustrations.

    This is now history. The organisers said at the beginning that due to circumstances, a decision was made to reallocate funds, saying they take full responsibility for the glitch. “Although it was a difficult journey, we need to make sure that one creates this industry for local and devoted models, because at the end, it wasn't about us, but the industry. Finally we can say that there is light at the end of the tunnel as the models have all been taken care of and other logistics too,” said Kalistu da Trinidade the organiser. Some models took to social medial to thank the organisers for sticking to their word earlier this week.

    The organisers' focus now goes to creating Windhoek Fashion Week 2017 and hopefully, with new partners, and new associates on board, they believe things will be great moving forward. Da Trinidade said they hope to have a good working relationship with everybody in the industry and continue to grow it. “It was dramatic, but we had to own up to it and make sure that we account for what we have caused,” he said.



    June Shimuoshili

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: Local is lekker!!!
  • Local is lekker!!!Local is lekker!!! Namibian audiences are picky about who they support. They all have their favourite musicians, actors, painters, designers and poets. The thing that makes me angry is, once they support their favourite person they do not support anyone else.

    Instead, what I have noticed is that Namibian audiences are very critical, judgmental and do not approve of other artists besides their favourite ones. You will see them complain about how this act is so lame compared to their favourite person. Have you seen how many flock to stadiums when there are foreign artists performing in Namibia? Have you seen how many Namibian audiences have shamed and ridiculed their own Namibian personalities in preference for foreign artists? Some of these people even have the nerve to tell you “I don't listen to Namibian music, it's boring” but are the first ones to lip sync when South African or other artists drop their songs. They complain that our artists sing in languages that they do not understand or that their movies are not of good quality but when a foreign artist drops music singing in his or her native languages they know every word lyric-to-lyric and when the same foreign directors release movies, our Namibian audience are on the bandwagon promoting their content without a conscience.

    It's such a shame! We have so many brilliant Namibian people and yet their events are empty, we have so many capable painters and yet their exhibitions are not attended. We have so many clever poets but they speak to walls and empty chairs. Where are the patriotic Namibians who should “Be Namibian and support Namibian”? Where are the audiences that flock to stadia and festivals when foreign artists come to Namibia? Be a bit more patriotic towards your own artists. You have no right to complain about Namibian artists if you do not attend a local show, buy a local CD or supported your local artists in any manner. We have too many artists who've proven that they are worthy of praise and support. Surely some of them have their flaws and some of them have to be excused… but at least, show some appreciation.

    Our Namibian artists too can fill stadia… only if you support them. Our Namibian artists too can host world-class events if you just but support them. Our people can sing, dance and paint but all they need is our backing. So, go out there and support Namibian artists – all of them. Attend events, buy their products or materials and be there for them when they really need you.

    There is a reason why foreign artists that we pamper with support are so popular and successful. It is because their own people care about the art they create and they help them out however they can. Maybe as Namibians, we can learn from other countries and support our own people.

    Let's all stand by our creative artists and show them we care for the work they put out there. Real recognises real. Be Namibian, buy Namibian and support Namibians. Local is lekker!



    June Shimuoshili







    june@namibiansun.com

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: MTC, RMB partner
  • MTC, RMB partnerMTC, RMB partnerReceipt-It online payment solution launched The solution will eliminate the need for subscribers to rush to an MTC branch to make urgent payments, or to send confirmation of payments made from any of the FNB payment channels. RMB Namibia and MTC this week announced the implementation of a unique Receipt-It solution.

    This allows all payments made to MTC via any of FNB's payment channels (FNB Online Banking, the FNB App, FNB ATMs and branches) to reflect in near real-time in the individual MTC subscriber's account.

    'This solution will eliminate the need for subscribers to rush to an MTC branch to make urgent payments, or to send confirmation of payments made from any of the FNB payment channels to the MTC Call Centre,' explains Malcolm Fraser, head of corporate banking at RMB Namibia.

    “The implementation of the RMB Receipt-It solution is targeted at all FNB clients who use the FNB channels for payment of their MTC accounts,” adds Reginald Obaking, relationship manager at RMB Corporate.

    “The RMB Receipt-It solution is an instant notification solution that the bank sends to a corporate client's line-of-business system for further processing.”

    Tim Ekandjo, MTC's chief human capital and corporate affairs officer, says convenience and customer-centric solutions have always formed part of the bedrock of MTC innovation, and that this partnership with FNB demonstrates the agility of corporate understanding in terms of placing the customer's needs first.

    “As the world evolves towards making payments securely, efficiently and cost effectively, a solution such as this has become a basic necessity in these technology-pressed times,” Ekandjo says.

    “With this solution, corporate subscribers to this innovation via FNB banking channels can rest assured that their accounts will be credited in near real-time, resulting in a practically instantaneous reflection on their credited account. This provides peace of mind and assurance that they can continue to make the connection without worry or the least disruption.”

    When making a payment to MTC using either FNB Online Banking or the FNB App, FNB account holders must select one of two options. The first is MTC Contract Invoice Payment: This account should be selected when making payment towards outstanding invoices. This is also the account to be used to reactivate suspended accounts.

    The second option is MTC Contract Prepayment: This account should be selected when a customer has reached their credit limit and wants to open up their service to further usage, or for when they're travelling abroad where roaming charges may apply.

    When entering their 'Reference', users must enter 0000, followed by the full 10-digit cellphone number to which they require the credit to be allocated. For direct payments made at any of the 54 FNB branches, these will also need to be identified by 0000 followed by a valid MTC cellphone number.

    In terms of company payments, if a company has more than one sub-account, one MTC cellphone number should be used on the invoice as a reference for payment to be allocated correctly on each sub-account.

    Once a payment has been successfully processed, FNB will send MTC a confirmation message, thus allowing MTC to immediately apply the credit to the MTC customer's account.

    “This is just one of the examples of how FNB continually strives to make use of technology to enhance the efficiencies of its clients, and we thank MTC for allowing us to implement this first-for-Namibia solution,” Fraser says.

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    Sanlam supports upcoming businessesSanlam supports upcoming businesses Sanlam Namibia has awarded five start-up businesses N$50 000 each to develop their businesses as part of the Sanlam Innovation Works competition.

    The initiative by Sanlam Namibia, the Namibia University of Science and Technology and Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) provides a platform for start-up businesses with viable business proposals to access funding for projects that address key issues in innovation.

    A joint statement issued by the three partners on Wednesday said the five finalists were selected from over 80 entries received.

    These start-ups are World Investments (Kaveto Tjaitjara), Forster Digital Education Group (Fimanekeni Mbodo and Abraham Ingo), Lomoshi Trading (Louis Eiman-Shipanga), Omuriro Firefighters (Peter Til), and Stec Leather (Nengo Angula).

    The winners were announced on Monday.

    The five finalists will receive mentorship and training from NBII and Sanlam Namibia in order to fast-track the establishment of their businesses.

    The final winner will be awarded an additional N$25 000 at the awards ceremony in November.

    Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Tjaitjara, co-founder of World Investments, said their business focuses on the manufacturing of toilets that are easy to install and dispose of human waste in an eco-friendly manner that conserves energy and water.

    He said they came up with the idea after visiting relatives in rural areas and finding out that they relieved themselves in the bush.

    “We have built a prototype, but at the moment we are building a big model that we will be able to showcase,” Tjaitjara said.

    He said with the funds they received, it will take them two weeks to complete.

    The Sanlam Innovation Works Competition started in 2015, when ten entrepreneurs received N$20 000 each.

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    Farm 37 dream close to realityFarm 37 dream close to reality65 000 to be resettled at Walvis Bay Addressing a Walvis Bay town council meeting on Tuesday, mayor Immanuel Wilfred said the Farm 37 residential development was now a mere formality. NAMPA



    The Walvis Bay municipality’s resubmission of an application for land to resettle the landless is expected to be approved.

    Farm 37, a piece of virgin land located five kilometres south of Walvis Bay, is expected to resolve the land scarcity at the harbour town.

    The municipality plans to relocate more than 65 000 residents currently renting backyard shacks.

    Last year, the Namibia Planning Advisory Board (Nampab) turned down the application but the local authority did not give up.

    Addressing a town council meeting on Tuesday, mayor Immanuel Wilfred said Farm 37 was now a mere formality.

    He said the council met with Nampab last month to address a number of issues that had hampered the application.

    “These issues were amicably resolved and official approval for the establishment of Farm 37 should therefore be a mere formality,” he said.

    The first application was turned down because the community had not been consulted on the matter and because the area is situated near a dusty quarry that could pose a health hazard. An environmental clearance certificate was pending.

    These issues were resolved and the council was waiting for final approval, the mayor said.

    “Only once we have received that first round of approval can we move forward to the series of requirements to satisfy the Townships Board, before we can plan for the provision of services.”

    He said by the next time they provided feedback to the public the local authority should have a better idea of how long it would take to develop the first phase.

    Wilfred emphasised that only the council had the mandate to make any official announcements regarding the project.

    The mayor said there were individuals and groups spreading incorrect information and collecting money to reserve plots.

    “We are appealing to residents not to fall into those traps because it is highly unlikely that they will see their money again and they will not be able to reserve any erven through these dubious means.”

    He said the allocation of plots would be done strictly according to the official waiting list.

    Wilfred said all residents have a duty to report dishonest people to the police.

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  • 03/16/17--15:00: Telecom's LTE goes coastal
  • Telecom's LTE goes coastalTelecom's LTE goes coastalStart of LTE rollout programme Telecom's LTE network set-up in Walvis Bay, Henties Bay and Swakopmund and Langstrand is done with its first phase. Telecom Namibia has announced the completion of the first phase of a time-division duplex long-term evolution (TD-LTE) high-speed wireless network rollout with Chinese provider, Huawei Technologies.

    Acting managing director Theo Klein said Huawei's end-to-end 4G solution has been deployed at the coast, where the rollout began, as part of the first phase.

    To meet growing business customers' demand for higher throughput, the company has committed to a fixed network technology upgrade that offers a transition path to LTE. This will modernise the enterprise network and enable data speeds that support media streaming and high-bandwidth business applications.

    More importantly, the new technology has a user self-provisioning, also known as self-service capability, to speed up service provisioning to customers and reduce the service backlog currently being experienced by Telecom Namibia.

    “Our strategy is to provide internet access to the whole country in keeping with the Harambee broadband access targets. Telecom Namibia is focused on expanding, upgrading and modernising its fixed wireless broadband network infrastructure throughout Namibia,” Klein said.

    The sites with active TD-LTE equipment at the coast are Henties Bay, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, including Langstrand.

    Klein said Telecom Namibia is working on launching similar networks in other areas throughout the country. “We plan to progressively roll out TD-LTE base stations to other areas in the near future. We believe that TD-LTE services will contribute to government's vision of broadband development and building Namibia's digital economy,” he said.

    “The TD-LTE network deployment is aimed at raising broadband in addition to offering advanced voice services,” the Telecom chief said.

    Huawei's 4G solution for a commercial broadband network enables Telecom Namibia to develop and provide new product offerings capacity for a growing base of small enterprises, small office/home office (SOHO) and residential users.

    Telecom Namibia plans to replace the existing WiMAX FDD base stations with TD-LTE base stations in high density urban areas to bring enhanced connectivity to customers. The recovered WiMAX FDD base stations will be redeployed in areas with no existing broadband access infrastructure.

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