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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 03/26/17--15:00: Germany mum on lawsuit
  • Germany mum on lawsuitGermany mum on lawsuit Germany has blamed its absence in New York on not being served papers, but the contrary is true with papers served at the Washington embassy. The German government said it was not served with court papers for the federal class action lawsuit in New York in the United States filed against them by the descendants of the OvaHerero and Nama people seeking restorative justice for the 1904-1908 genocide.

    Representatives of the German genocide victims from the Ovaherero and Nama communities appeared for a pre-trial conference on 16 March with their lawyer Kenneth McCallion, but Germany failed to send a lawyer to state its case.

    The case that was filed under the Alien Tort Statute was heard by Judge Laura Taylor Swain.

    In a statement last week, German ambassador to Namibia Christian Schlaga said “Germany´s knowledge about this court case is solely based on media reporting.”

    He further explained that as a standing rule, the German government does not comment on pending court cases.

    Documents however show that the German government was in fact served with summons on 5 January this year by order of the clerk of the court, K. Lopez.

    The summons was delivered to the German embassy in Washington DC.

    A statement issued by the OvaHerero Traditional Authority (OTA) communications officer, Bob Kandetu, stated that Germany only has one chance left to respond or participate, and that failure to do so would result in a default judgment being issued against the German government.

    “After these preliminary interactions, Judge Swain ordered that a second complaint be issued against Germany in terms of the Hague Convention, giving Germany until 21 July 2017 for the next pre-trial conference. Should Germany again ignore the proceedings, victims will be entitled to approach the court and apply for default judgement against Germany,” said Kandetu.

    Meanwhile, the chairperson of the Nama Genocide Technical Committee, Ida Hoffman said Germany's failure to appear in court is “a slap in the face,” and a manifestation of Germany's utter disdain for African people.

    She however noted that they have full confidence in Judge Swain.



    Jurisdiction

    According to local historian Festus Muundjua, the Alien Tort Claims Act that was founded in 1789, grants jurisdiction to any United States Federal Court to preside over human rights cases in other countries.

    “If those people have no other recourse they can appeal to a US court under this law, in other words, this law has universal jurisdiction over crimes against humanity,” he explained.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Missing Merc causes Hardap twistMissing Merc causes Hardap twistCouncillors seek proof of insurance on written-off vehicle A Mercedes-Benz sedan, driven by the chair of the Hardap Regional Council has been written off and there is no proof of insurance while councillors say they were unaware of the purchase. Emotions ran high on Friday when members of the Hardap Regional Council walked out of a full council meeting over the chairperson Edward Wambo's failure to explain how he had written off a brand new Mercedes-Benz sedan.

    Hardap Regional Councillor, Nico Mugenga, told Namibian Sun that by Friday some councillors were not even aware that the vehicle was bought, let alone in an accident.

    “When we asked him about the accident, he was so casual and acted as if we were unfair. According to him so many government cars are in accidents, what then is the fuss with this one? But he did not write an accident report, which is standard procedure and on top of that this vehicle is not in accordance with the motivation he gave,” said Mungenga.

    According to him, Wambo insisted that the vehicle is needed for official duties, but Mungenga argues that a Mercedes-Benz is a luxury vehicle and not appropriate for rainy conditions on gravel roads.

    “We do not need this vehicle in this financially trying time. He has got his own vehicle, imagine he even compared this Mercedes-Benz with a Toyota Corolla. Why then can he not make use of a Toyota Corolla?” asked Mungenga.

    Mungenga also took issue with Wambo's alleged explanation of the accident saying he had reportedly hit a warthog about 5km outside Rehoboth.

    “Since when do you encounter warthogs where people are living, unless someone is farming with warthogs along the road?”

    At this point it is also not clear whether the luxury vehicle worth N$615 520 was insured at all.

    According to Mungenga, administration staff told them on Friday that the vehicle was insured, but did not provide any material proof of the insurance.

    Meanwhile the CEO of the Hardap Regional Council Theresia Basson told Namibian Sun that “no accident” took place therefore the question of insurance is irrelevant.

    According to Mungenga, Basson's denial is a manifestation of how the council management committee members protect each other's “corrupt deeds”.

    “From now on we will sit and watch them plunder state resources from the periphery because nothing is done. This accident is just one of the many mishaps of the Hardap administration.

    “We have reported it to the Swapo party level as well as to the line ministry. I personally submitted a vote of no confidence against Wambo in the management meeting during 2016, but nothing is done,” Mungenga lamented.









    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Moussongela accused of incestMoussongela accused of incestOther charges include falsifying documents for fraudulent grants The plot continues to thicken in the Moussongela matter being heard in Ondangwa with allegations that he fathered a son with his own daughter. A man who used to date a daughter of the Congolese pastor Pedro Marcelino Moussongela, was shocked to find out that the child he used to claim as his own is also registered at home affairs as fathered by Moussongela himself.

    The man told Namibian Sun that when he found out, he confronted Moussongela.

    “At the time I worked for him and this ended badly for me.” This also formed part of the trial at the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court when Moussongela's bail hearing continued last week Friday. The court heard that Moussongela, accused of human trafficking, rape and assault by threat, is also facing charges of falsifying documents to obtain birth certificates for children not born in Namibia and also for falsifying documents of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) submitted to the education ministry for the purpose of getting grants for these children.

    The state continued cross examining Moussongela's Mennonite Brethren Community School acting school principal Ngoie-A-Ngoie.

    Ngoie told the court that Moussongela is his uncle and that he has been with his school for the past seven years.

    He told the court that he was not aware The Best Moussongela, a son of Moussongela's daughter Godlive was fathered by Moussongela himself, as alleged by prosecutor Dollen Gowases.

    “He is my uncle and I knew his daughter Godlive has a son by the name of The Best, but I do not know who the father is. If it is my uncle himself I will not know because it is his private life,” Ngoie testified.





    However, Gowases told the court that in 2010, Godlive's mother, who resides in the DRC, called Ngoie asking him about the matter.

    “Yes I can recall she called me, but that conversation did not take place. She only enquired how I was doing in Namibia,” Ngoie maintained.

    Godlive's former boyfriend, and also a former teacher at Moussongela's school in Omafo, told Namibian Sun that he was made to believe he fathered The Best. He said they lived together when she felt pregnant in 2011.

    “After Godlive gave birth he ordered us to come and work for him at his Omafo School but in June 2011 he (Moussongela) sent Godlive to the United Kingdom. I remained behind with our child but later he took the child from me and I never saw the child again,” he said.

    “It was only later that I found out my child has two birth certificates with two different surnames,” he said.

    “One certificate indicates that Moussongela is the child's father and that the child was born in Engela. The other indicates that I am the father and the child was born in Windhoek. When I contacted Godlive she told me it was her father's child,” he continued.

    He said he reported the issue to the Ohangwena police and an investigation was launched. He said that he wanted a DNA test be carried and if Moussongela is the father, he will demand compensation from him.

    Godlive and The Best are among five of Moussongela's own children allegedly trafficked to England. The Best and three others are under the age of 12.

    Moussongela is also accused of falsifying documents of children who were born outside Namibia. The court heard that he obtained Namibian birth certificates for these children by naming the late Iyambo Teresia Tangi as the mother.

    “We have it on record that Iyambo Tresia Tangi only had one child when she died in 2011 and is not among these children here,” Gowases told the court.

    The court also heard that Moussongela has allegedly been stealing money from government in the form of subsidy he receives for his OVCs, by submitting names of children that do not exist.

    “In the list there is Emilia Abraham registered as an orphan and being taken care by Pedro Ndamonongheda (Moussongela's wife), but home affairs has no record of such a person,” the prosecutor said.

    Ngoie testified that he had no knowledge of whether the child exists or not.

    However, Namibian Sun spoke to Abraham's grandmother Lavinia Kalisto who is also Moussongela's mother-in-law. She said that she is not happy that the police came to collect Abraham's birth certificate without her consent and she wants it back.

    “Abraham is not an orphan. Her mother Helina Vilho Absai is my child and is alive, while her father Abraham stays in Ondangwa. I want my grandchild's birth certificate back,” Kalisto said.

    Moussongela's bail hearing was postponed to 20 April and NamRights director Phil yaNangolo is expected to testify on that date. Moussongela remains in custody at Oluno prison.



    ILENI NANDJATO





    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Skorpion retrenchments inevitableSkorpion retrenchments inevitable Vedanta will implement its restructuring process which will ultimately result in the retrenchment of 278 workers at its Rosh Pinah mine in the south.

    This is according to Skorpion Zinc general manager Irvin Simataa who said that the restructuring was necessary to help sustain operations at its refinery and extend the life of the Skorpion mine.

    As part of the restructuring process, Simataa explained that Skorpion would have to mine a new ore body, which lies deeper than the current ore body that is being mined. The existing ore body and current mine, Pit 103 is due to be depleted by June and Skorpion would need to start stripping away as much as 72 million tonnes of waste to access Pit 112 as soon as possible to reach the new ore body.

    The other issue to the restructuring is that the new mine will fund the conversion of its current refinery when the Gamsberg mine, situated in South Africa's Northern Cape province starts mining operations.

    “Our fleet is inappropriate to access Pit 112. We approached a number of mining contractors and Basel Read Namibia was selected.

    “There is definitely a need to restructure; the business decision has been taken. The urgency of the restructuring cannot be overemphasised, if we do not start in the next three months, the validity of this project will be in jeopardy and 1 500 people will definitely be jobless and the port of Lüderitz will be affected.





    “We account for 60% of the traffic generated at the port. That is a significant impact. This mine consumes at least 17% of Namibia's electricity. That would be a major hit to NamPower, the situation will be dire,” Simataa said on Friday. According to Simataa, the start to the planned drilling activities is affecting the technical viability of the entire project. “This is a momentous project which is driven by time. To do this job, we will have to move 3.5 million tonnes of waste per month. We run the risk of putting the mine into care and maintenance. If the mine were to go into care and maintenance, it would cost up to US$1 million a month to keep the mine idle.

    “We have got to start the job now otherwise the mine will go into care and maintenance, the mine will shut down. This project is time-bound or else we don't have a project.”

    Commenting on labour issues Simataa said that the union had been engaged in November already. “We informed the labour commissioner, the union and the employees that we would have to outsource the mining process. This uncertainty has led to high staff turnovers.”

    According to him, three options were put on the table. “The first was to offer retrenchment packages to some workers, the second was that the employees would join the contractor [Basel Read], the third was that employees whose roles would become redundant can take suspension of two years, after two years, we shall also re-call and consider. We are committed to saving the jobs of all involved. Perhaps we can better the three years we will be mining.” Chamber of Mines of Namibia CEO Veston Malango said of Vedanta's possible closure:

    “This issue is of importance to the chamber. The implications of closure could be wide-ranging. We are hoping for an amicable solution. The first consequence is harm to the Rosh Pinah economy.”

    OGONE TLHAGE

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     Mother, three children die in B2 crash Mother, three children die in B2 crash
    A mother and her three children died instantly this morning at 04:30 when a red Nissan bakkie and a VW Polo collided roughly 5km east of the Arandis turn-off on the way to the coast. According to early reports, the driver of the Polo lost control resulting in the vehicle overturning and skidding into the oncoming bakkie. Bystanders were of the view that the Polo may have had a burst tyre.
    Emergency services were on the scene before 05:00 and witnesses described the scene as shocking as the ‘jaws-of-life’ had to be used to remove the dead and injured from the mangled and crushed metal. The mother and her three daughters, aged between three and nine years old and who died instantly, were removed along with others. Two adults and a two-month-old child sustained various degrees of injuries and were transported to Swakopmund for further care and management. The one survivor is said to be the father of the three deceased children and was married to their mother, who too perished.
    While there is scanty information regarding the injuries, the one adult is said to have a back injury and the baby, a head injury which caused severed swelling.
    The route was closed for roughly two hours while the scene was cleared of debris.

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Fredericks snubs IAAF meetingFredericks snubs IAAF meetingNamibian decides to step aside Frank Fredericks has taken the advice of European Athletics president Svein-Arne Hansen and will withdraw from his IAAF duties. Frank Fredericks will not attend the next meeting of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) next month.

    This decision comes after corruption allegations that have tainted the former Namibian sprinting hero.

    Last week, IAAF president Sebastian Coe announced that although Fredericks had withdrawn from his International Olympic Committee duties, he retained his active IAAF roles.

    However, several prominent members urged the Namibian to step aside from the athletics governing body's work.

    A report in SBS on Saturday maintained that Fredericks had withdrawn from his roles at the IAAF too.

    Fredericks, a longstanding IOC member, received a bank transfer of almost $300 000 through an offshore company on the day in October 2009 that Rio de Janeiro was elected to host the 2016 Olympics.

    The money originally came from a Brazilian businessman and was channelled via a sports marketing company created by the son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack, Le Monde reported.

    Papa Massata Diack was an IAAF marketing consultant and has since been banned for life by the governing body.

    Fredericks has denied wrongdoing, and said he had a contract in 2009 with the sports marketing company.

    He reported details of the case to ethics commissions at the IOC and IAAF.

    The news that Fredericks might be implicated in a corruption scandal has left many Namibians in shock. For Namibians, Fredericks has been a true hero.

    Scandals in the world of sport leadership have lately become a common problem.

    - Additional reporting by Nampa

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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  • 03/27/17--15:00: Youngsters win Harders Cup
  • Youngsters win Harders CupYoungsters win Harders Cup Youngsters Football Club (FC) were crowned champions of the inaugural Harders Cup football tournament after beating Novanam by five goals to three at the Lüderitz Sports Stadium on Sunday.

    The final was played in front of a capacity crowd.

    Former Brave Warriors, Civics, Ramblers and Orlando Pirates striker Eusebio Fredericks produced a man-of-the-match performance by scoring a hat-trick and providing an assist to lead his side to victory.

    Youngsters scored their first goal in the 18th minute through Romano Engelbrecht, who latched onto a long ball from Ozalio Fredericks from his own half to calmly pick his spot after beating the offside trap.

    Novanam equalised 15 minutes later through Adam Keister, who controlled a cross from right winger Kleopas Ileka to beat Riaan Kock in goal for Youngsters.

    Fredericks scored his first goal of the day from a set piece via a deflection which wrong-footed Novanam goalkeeper Joseph Fillemon.

    He then scored his second goal of the match after the defenders failed to clear their lines, taking the score line to three goals to one at halftime.

    The second half saw an improved performance from Novanam, who were rewarded with a penalty in the 40th minute after their captain Lentin Hamam was brought down in the box. He picked himself up to score the second goal for his team.

    With action swinging from one end to the other, Engelbrecht made it four goals to three when he scored with a looping header from a Eusebio cross.

    The former Namibia Premier League player then scored his side's fifth and final goal when he completed a beautiful move involving Ozalio, Bonifatius Blom and Ronaldo Kaupurura.

    Novanam did not throw in the towel and got a goal from Jorge Nieto, who quickly took a free-kick before Youngsters could organise themselves.

    Youngsters were presented with a floating trophy and N$100 000 in prize money, while Novanam received N$50 000 for their efforts.

    Third place went to Rush Ups FC, who earlier beat Atlanta Bucs by two goals to nil in the third-place playoff. They got N$20 000 for their efforts.

    All teams received N$5 000 for taking part in the tournament. They also received new playing kit and boots.

    NAMPA

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  • 03/27/17--15:00: Lingard loves Old Trafford
  • Lingard loves Old TraffordLingard loves Old Trafford Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard says his “heart is at Old Trafford” and negotiations are ongoing over a new deal with the club that will extend a contract that runs out at the end of next season.

    Despite enjoying a strong start to the season, Lingard has failed to cement a place in Jose Mourinho's starting line-up, starting only ten times in all competitions.

    Lingard, who has been at the club since he was seven, is well aware that there is healthy competition for first-team spots at the club but is hoping to make the most of his opportunities.

    “The contract is still ongoing with talks at the moment... and my heart is at Man United,” the 24-year-old England international told the British media.

    “There's a lot of competition for places but I think that's good for the group.

    “You have to battle for your place and it makes you more hungry on the training pitch and you know when you get your chance, you have to take it.”

    United, who are fifth in the Premier League, host eighth-placed West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and seventh-placed Everton three days later.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 03/27/17--15:00: Mercedes vows to strike back
  • Mercedes vows to strike backMercedes vows to strike backHamilton poised for China Sebastian Vettel's triumph has overturned early-season expectations and raised the prospect of a Ferrari-Mercedes battle for the world title in the remaining 19 races. Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team vowed to come back hard in China after being ambushed by resurgent Ferrari in the Formula One season-opener in Australia.

    The German outfit, who have ruled the sport for the last three years, got a rude awakening in the first race of the new season when Sebastian Vettel beat Hamilton by almost 10 seconds in Melbourne on Sunday.

    All eyes will now be on the next grand prix in Shanghai on 9 April to see if Ferrari can repeat their improved performance through Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

    “If it wasn't already clear after qualifying, then it's certainly clear now that this is going to be a season of very small margins,” Mercedes technical director James Allison said.

    “Credit to Ferrari, they had a very quick car and we just weren't quite good enough to stick with them. We won't panic, though.

    “It's race one of a long season and we scored some very good points with both cars in Melbourne. We'll be determined to come back stronger in China and make sure those small margins go our way next time.”

    While Vettel's first win for Ferrari since Singapore in 2015, and his 43rd victory overall, has supercharged the season, he said there was still a lot of work to do.

    “This is one of many steps and we have to enjoy what we do. It's great to see people smiling,” said Vettel. “Now we have to reset to go to China and try to do a good job.”

    Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne said the team returning to the top of the podium was long overdue, with the victory meaning a non-Mercedes driver leads the championship for the first time since 2013.

    “It was about time,” Marchionne said. “We've been waiting for this victory for almost a year-and-a-half. Hearing the Italian national anthem again was very moving.

    “Sebastian delivered a great race and I am sure Kimi will be soon up there battling alongside his team-mate.”

    But like Vettel, Marchionne is not getting carried away at the start of a globe-trotting season which will wrap up in Abu Dhabi in November.

    “It is absolutely essential to remember that this is not the destination but the first step on a long road that must see us all focused on improving each and every day,” he said.

    Shanghai will also be an opportunity for Australian Daniel Ricciardo to bounce back after his traumatic outing in Melbourne.

    The amiable Red Bull driver crashed in qualifying, was hit with a grid penalty and started Sunday's race from pit lane, before his car stopped on lap 29 of his 58-lap home GP.

    “Sure, I'm disappointed now but it is what it is. I've been here before so I'll wake up tomorrow and be motivated to get ready for China,” Ricciardo said after the race.

    “If any Aussies have a bit of energy left in a few weeks, then come out to China and you'll hopefully see a better race from me.”

    The weekend setback continues Ricciardo's run of terrible luck at his home grand prix, where he was disqualified from second place in 2014 for breaching fuel rules.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 03/27/17--15:00: Former players shine
  • Former players shineFormer players shine Gobabis produced some excitement over the weekend when Global United FC defeated Omaheke Legends on Saturday.

    The game, which was played in front of a capacity crowd, needed 5-1 in favour of Global United.

    However, the Global United players showed why they are stars after crushing their opponents.

    Although the Omaheke legends lost 5 -0 against the Global United players, Lutz Pfannenstiel said that the Omaheke team played well and were very competitive and a force to be reckoned with.

    Harald Hecht, chairman of Global United Namibia, said: “The event was well attended by the community.

    “The FNB Gobabis branch used the opportunity to engage with the team.

    “It was a great FNB Global United 2017 and we would like to thank the Gobabis community and municipality for all their assistance and eagerness to make this Climate Kick and the soccer game a great success for all parties involved.”

    Former football stars such as Delron Buckley and Congo Hindjou were part of the football match.

    SPORT REPORTER

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  • 03/27/17--15:00: Namibia ke na enyanyu
  • Namibia ke na enyanyuNamibia ke na enyanyu Olopota yoWorld Happiness Report ndjoka opo ya pitithwa oyuulike kutya Namibia okuli momusholondondo gwiilongo mbyoka yi na aakwashigwana ina ya nyanyukwa. Namibia okwa thikama ponomola 111 momusholondondo gwiilongo 155, molopota ndjoka ya pitithwa kIigwana yaHangana.

    Nonando ongaaka Namibia okwa londo kashona pombanda okuyeleka ponomola 113 mpoka a li momumvo gwa piti. Namibia okwa tulwa ponomola onti-12 miilongo yi na enyanyu muAfrika, palopota ndjoka.

    Iilongo mbyoka ya dhengemo Namibia muAfrika ongaashi Algeria, Mauritius, Morocco, Somalia, Nigeria naSouth Africa.

    Olopota yoWorld Happiness Report oya tamekelwe okuningwa momvula yo-2012, oya holola kutya enyanyu olya pumba unene miilongo yaAfrika okuyeleka niilongo yilwe muuyuni.

    Oya lopota kutya Afrika olimwe li na iilongo kayi na enyanyu, na oya tothamo yimwe yomiiyetithi yonkalo ndjoka.

    Yimwe yomiinima mbyoka tayi dhipaga enyanyu miilongo yaAfrika, moka mwa kwatelwa Namibia ongaashi onkalo yeliko lyankundipala, oshowo oondando tadhi londo pombanda noonkondo.

    Uupyakadhi wumwe tawu etitha onkalo yafa mpaka ongaashi, yamwe yo mAafrika mboka ya hala omalunduluko moonkalamwenyo dhawo oyeli taya nana nondatu omolwa kaaleli yalwe mboka taya lele uule woomvula odhindji nokutindila aanyasha ompito. Olopota oya holola kutya konyala aaleli oyendji oyeli kombanda yoomvula 70, na otaya lele aanyasha ye li meni lyoomvula 30.

    “Aaleli oyendji oya valwa omanga inaku longa ootiivi noongodhi dhopeke.”

    Olopota ya tsikile kutya oshikukuta nasho otashi dhana onkandangala mokuhwahwameka onkalo ndjika, sho Afrika e na ondjokonona yokudhengwa koshikukuta nomo-2016 iilongo oyindji yomUumbugantu waAfrika, mwa kwatelwa Namibia oyali ya dhengwa noonkondo koshikukuta shoka sha etitha woo eyo pombanda lyoondando dhiikulya.

    Palundji oshikukuta ohashi landulwa woo kefundja ndyoka hali dhenge iitopolwa mbyoka, pauyelele wa tulwa molopota ya pitithwa.

    Okutameka Februali nuumvo, Namibia ota dhengwa kefundja monooli ye.

    Palopota ndjoka, otashi ka kutha Afrika ethimbo ele opo aantu yamo ya wayimine iilongo mbyoka yi na aakwashigwana ye li melalangali lyenyanyu.

    Norway okuli ponomola yotango momusholondondo gwiilongo yi na aakwashigwana ye na enyanyu omanga iilongo yaAfrika ngaashi Rwanda, Tanzania naCentral African Republic yili pevi lyomusholondondo nguka.

    Omakonaakono ngoka oga ningwa koUN Sustainable Development Solutions Network na oga nuninwa okuulika onkalonawa nenyanyu lyaakwashigwana muuyuni, mbyoka yili omadhidhiliko gonkalo yomaliko nomayambulepo giigwana. Omakonaakono oga tala woo konkalo yongushu yeliko, emanguluko lyomahogololo, onkalamwenyo oshowo uulingilingi tawu longwa moongeshefa nomomapangelo.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Moussongela oye he yokatekulu keMoussongela oye he yokatekulu ke Iipotha yaMoussongela onkene tayilondo Omulumentu ngoka a holola kutya okwa li mekwatathano lyopahole nomonakadhona gwaPedro Marcelino Moussongela, okwa popi kutya okwa li a haluka noonkondo mokumona kutya okanona hoka a kala ta ti oke oka shangithwa kUuministeli wIikwameni onga okamona kaMoussongela.

    Omulumentu ngoka okwa popi kutya sho a nongele oshinima shoka okwa ka pula Moussongela.

    “Pethimbo mpoka onda li handi mu longele niinima inayi keendelandje we nawa.”

    Ngashiingeyi shoka osha ningi shimwe shomiipotha mbyoka tayi tamanekelwa omusita nguka mOmpangulilo yaNdangwa, pethimbo oshipotha she sha tsikile mompangulilo mEtitano lya piti. Moussongela ota tamanekelwa iipotha ngaashi okuyakela aantu miilongo, ekwatonkonga, eningilo lyaantu omatilitho, okukengelela momikanda dhe opo a ninge oonzapo dhomavalo dhaanona mboka inaya valelwa moshilongo, uukengeleledhi moonzapo dhaanona yoothigwa opo ya vule okumona omakwatho giiyemo okuza kepangelo.

    Epangelo olya tsikile nokupulaapula ngoka ta longo pehala lyomukuluntuskola gwoskola yaMoussongela, yedhina Mennonite Brethren Community School, Ngoie-A-Ngoie.

    Ngoie okwa lombwele ompangu kutya Moussongela ohekulu na okwa kala poskola ye ndjoka uule womimvo 7. Okwa popi kutya kali e shi shi ngele The Best Moussongela, omonamati gwomwanakadhona gwaMoussongela, Godlive he oMoussongela yemwene, ngaashi sha tothwamo komufali gwoshipotha shoka mompangu Dollen Gowases.

    “Otatekulu na ondi shi shi kutya omwanakadhona Godlive okuna okanona kokamati The Best, ihe kandi shi kutya olye he yokanona hoka. Ngele tatekulu oye he nena itandi shi tseya molwaashoka ndjoka onkalamwenyo ye yopaumwene,” Ngoie tati.Nonando ongaaka, Gowases okwa lombwele ompangu kutya mo-2010, yina yaGodlive ngoka ha kala koDRC okwa dhengele Ngoie ongodhi te mu pula kombinga yoshinima shoka.

    “Eeno otandi dhimbuluka kutya okwa dhengela ndje ongodhi ihe inatu popya kombinga yoshinima shi li ngaaka. Okwa pula owala kutya ondili po ngiini moNamibia.”

    Omumati nale gwaGodlive na okwa li omulongiskola poskola yaMoussongela mOmafo, okwa popi kutya okwa li a lombwelwa kutya oye he yaThe Best na oya kala pamwe nayina yokanona hoka konima nkene a ningi etegelelo mo-2011.

    “Konima sho Godlive a mono okanona he okwa pula po tuye tu kalonge poskola yekOmafo ihe muJuni gwo-2011, Moussongela okwa tumu Godlive koUnited Kingdom. Onda kala po nokanona ketu ihe konima okanona okwe ka ku thandje na inandi ka mona we.”

    “Konima opo owala nda ka mona kutya okanona oke na oonzapo dhomavalo mbali, dhina oofani dha yooloka.

    “Onzapo yimwe otayi holola kutya he yokanona hoka oMoussongela nokanona oka valelwa mEngela omanga onkwawo ya holola kutya ongame he yokanona na oka valelwa mOvenduka. Sho nda pula Godlive kombinga yoshinima shika okwa lombwelendje kutya okanona hoka oka he.” Okwa popi kutya okwa lopota oshinima shoka kopolisi yaHangwena, na okwa hala ku ningwe omakonaakono kumonike ngele okanona hoka oke nenge okaMoussongela. Ngele okanona hoka kake shi ke nena otaka pula a futwe kuMoussongela.

    Godlive na The Best oyeli momusholondondo gwaanona yatano yaMoussongela mboka a yakele koEnglanda. The Best nayakwawo yatatu oyeli kohi yoomvula 12.Moussongela natango otaku popiwa a kengelele mokuningila aanona yavalelwa pondje yoshilongo oonzapo tadhi ulike kutya oya valelwa moshilongo. Ompangu oya uvu kutya okwa ningile aanona mboka oonzapo sho a fundju kutya yina yaanona onakusa Iyambo Teresia Tangi.

    “Otu na uumbangi kutya Iyambo Tresia Tangi okuna owala okanona kamwe na kakeli momusholondondo gwaanona mboka,” Gowases a lombwele ompangu.

    Ompangu oya uvu kutya Moussongela okwa kala ta yaka iimaliwa kepangelo sho a gandja omadhina giifundja gaanona opo ya kale taya mono omakwatho okuza kepangelo.

    “Momusholondondo omuna Emilia Abraham a shangithwa onga othigwa na ota tekulwa komukulukadhi gwePedro Ndamonongheda ihe Uuministeli wiikwameni kawu na omuntu gwedhina ndyoka.”

    Ngoie okwa popi kutya ke na owino ngele okanona hoka okoshili nenge ahowe.

    Namibian Sun okwa popi nayinakulu yaAbraham, Lavinia Kalisto ngoka e li yinamweno yaMoussongela, ngoka popi kutya ina nyanyukwa sho opolisi yaka talako onzapo yevalo yaAbraham shaaheli pantseyo ye, na okwa popi kutya okwe yi hala. “Abraham keshi othigwa. Yina oHelina Vilho Absai omumwandje na okuli momwenyo omanga he oAbraham ha kala mOndangwa. Onda hala onzapo yokatekulu kandje.”

    Epulakeno lyoshipotha shaMoussongela olya undulilwa komasiku 20 gaApilili, nOmukuluntu gwoNamRights Phil yaNangolo okwa tegelelwa a ka gandje uumbangi esiku ndyoka.

    Moussongela okuli mondjeedhililo mOluno.



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  • 03/27/17--15:00: Ompumbwe yomiti
  • Ompumbwe yomitiOmpumbwe yomiti Aapangwa naavu pomandiki guundjolowele gepangelo ngaashi moshipangelo shaSt Mary's, Rehoboth nokaklinika ka Okombahe oya popi kutya oya shunithwa komagumbo inaya pewa omiti dhawo nenge ya pewa omiti inadhi gwanapo omolwa ompumbwe yomiti ndjoka inayi vula okuyelithwa.

    Pahapu dhaLourencia /Hoebes gwomOkombahe Oshitopolwa shErongo, okwa ti kutya omupangi okwa lombwele yina ngoka e li kepango lyombinzi ya londa kutya epangelo itali gandja we omiti dhomikithi nga ngoka e na.

    “Aapangwa/aavu oya pumbwa okugandja omakalata gawo noshimaliwa shooN$70 komupangi opo ya kalandelwe omiti koostola dhomiti dhopaumwene. Mboka katuna oshimaliwa shoka otatu si owala,” /Hoebes a popi.

    Omanga a ningile omapulo ondando yomiti ndhoka, /Hoebes okwa nyana omulandu ngoka ta popi kutya omuhingi gwoambulansa olundji oha dhimbwa omaiti ndhoka naashoka otashi tula moshiponga oomwenyo dhaapangwa.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ope na omathimbo ngoka omiti hadhi pumo moAputeka na ohashi etitha aapangwa ya tegelele uule wiiwike kaye na omiti.

    “Kandi shishi kutya omolwashike haya pula ooN$70 molwaashoka onda nongele kutya omiti ndhoka odhina owala ooN$10 dhili mo o-30. Shoka osha hala okutya ngele owuna ombinzi ya londa oshowo odiabete ano omukithi gwosuuka nena oto longitha oshimaliwa shooN$140 nenge oshindji kehe omwedhi.”

    Pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kostola yomiti mOmaruru, oopela dhombinzi ya londa ndhoka unene hadhi landwa kaapangwa yepangelo dho amiloretic ohadhi pula oshimaliwa shooN$20 moopela 30.

    Omukiintu gwomoRehoboth ngoka okanona ke kali ka taambelwa oshipangelo shaSt Mary omolwa pneumonia okwa popi kutya okwa lombwelwa a ka lande omuti gwomukolo kostola yomiti molwaashoka oshipangelo kashi na omiti dhomukithi ngoka.

    Omupangi ngoka a li miilonga ina yelithilandje kutya onda pumbwa okulanda omuti guni, okwa popi owala kutya nandi lande ngoka tagu opalele poomvula dhe.

    Omukuluntu guundjolowele moshipangelo shoka, Dr Daylight Manyare okwa tindi okupopya sha na okwa ukitha omapulo agehe koshikondo shomauyelele goshigwana muuministeli.

    Omanga a popi kutya okaklinika ka Okombahe oke na omiti adhihe, Ester Paulus omupopiliko guuministeli, okwa popi kutya otendela yokufala omiti dhoAmiloride ndhoka hadhi pewa aapangwa mboka ye na ombinzi ya londa kokaklinika hoka oyali ya kuthwa mo.

    Okwa popi kutya omuti ngoka ogwa pumba nuuministeli otawu kongo po omuti gumwe ngoka tagu vulu okutulwa pehala lyaangoka.

    Kombinga yehokololo lyomoshipangelo shaSt Mary moRehoboth, Paulus okwa popi kutya oya pumbwa okumona omuyakulwa tango opo ya kwashilipaleke ngele omiti ndhoka odha pwa mo moshipangelo.

    “Oshipangelo shepangelo moRehoboth oshinene na oshina omiti adhihe. Ngaashi nda pula nale otwa pumbwa edhina lyomupangwa opo tu vule okumona uuyelele wuli mondjila kombinga yepango lye.”



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    Ekutho miilonga lyaaniilonga komina yaSkorpion itali vulu okuyandwaEkutho miilonga lyaaniilonga komina yaSkorpion itali vulu okuyandwa Vedanta otaka tula miilonga omukalo gweningululo ngoka ta gu kakutha miilonga aaniilonga ya thika po-278 komina ye yaRosh Pinah mUumbugatu woshilongo.

    Uuyelele mboka owa gandjwa kOmukuluntu gwoSkorpion Zinc , Irvin Simataa ngoka mEtitano lya piti, a popi kutya shoka otashi etithwa komalunduluko ngoka taya ningi opo ya vule okulelepeka onkalamwenyo yiilonga yomina.

    Simataa okwa popi kutya omolwa oshilambo shomina shonomola 103 shoka shina okutamekwa okulongwa meendelelo ope na omalunduluko taga ningwa molwaashoka omina yawo ndjoka itayi vulu okulonga po iilonga mbyoka , na oya pula omahangano galwe gokumina ga kutheko oshinakugwanitha shoka na oya hogolola ehangano lyaBasel Read Namibia.

    “Ope na omalunduluko miilonga naandyoka etokolo lyopangeshefa. Iilonga mbyoka oya pumbwa okulongwa po meendelelo andola muule woomwedhi ndatu dhili komeho nangele hasho nena otashi ka etitha ekanitho lyiilonga lyomwaalu omunene gwa thika paaniilonga 1 500 nomatulilo gaLiindili otaga ka gumwa oshowo NamPower oshoka omina ndjoka ohayi longitha oopresenda 17 dholusheno moNamibia.”

    Simataa okwa yelitha kutya ngele iilonga mbyoka inayi tameka nena otaya ka kala moshiponga shokukanitha omwaalu gwoshimaliwa gwa thika pomiliyona yimwe komwedhi naashoka otashi ka etitha epato lyomina ayihe. Kombinga yehangano lyaaniilonga, Simataa okwa popi kutya oya ningi oonkundathana nehangano lyaaniilonga muNovemba nale na oya tseyithile woo Komufala gwAaniilonga oshowo ongundu yaaniilonga mboka ya gumwa ketokolo ndyoka.

    Okwa popi kutya oya ningi omatokolo pampito dhopatatu.

    “Ompito yotango okugandja iifuta yekutho miilonga kaaniilonga yamwepo, ontiyali aaniilonga otaya ka longela Basel Read ngoka taka kwatela komeho okondalaka ndjoka nontitatu aaniilonga ayehe mboka ya gumwa otaya tulwa pevi ule woomvula mbali, nokonima otatu keya talulula.”

    Omukomeho gwoChamber of Mines of Namibia , Veston Malango okwa popi kutya oshikumungu shompito onene yepato lyaVedanta osha simana noonkondo kuyo na oye na einekelo kutya otaku ka ningwa etokolo lyahugunina ndyoka tali ka kala ehwepo molwaashoka shoka otashi ka guma eliko lyondoolopa yaRosh Pinah.

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    Elon Musk's ambitious energy solutionElon Musk's ambitious energy solution Australia's prime minister held talks with Elon Musk on Sunday after the US innovator offered to solve the energy crisis plaguing a southern region in a hundred days, or install the technology free.

    Musk, the entrepreneur behind electric carmaker Tesla, made the pledge in response to power woes in South Australia, which was last year hit by a state-wide blackout after severe winds from an “unprecedented” storm tore transmission towers from the ground.

    In a Twitter exchange on Friday with Australian software start-up Atlassian's co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, Musk said he could solve the energy issue with a battery farm.

    “Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?” Musk wrote to Cannon-Brookes, who had earlier said he could get financing for the plan.

    The conversation piqued the interest of the Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull, who on Sunday said he had spoken to Musk and had “a great in-depth discussion about energy storage and its role in delivering affordable and reliable electricity”.

    It is understood their conversation lasted almost an hour and that the pair would continue their talks about energy storage over the next few months.

    Musk replied that it was “very exciting to discuss the future of electricity. Renewables plus storage arguably biggest disruption since DC to AC.”

    South African-born Musk was a founder of payments company PayPal, electric carmaker Tesla Motors and SpaceX, maker and launcher of rockets and spacecraft. He is also chairperson of SolarCity, a solar panel installer recently bought by Tesla.

    He has envisaged Tesla as a company that can help reduce emissions by not only selling people electric cars, but also generating and storing the solar energy that powers them.

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  • 03/27/17--15:00: IMF concludes Zambia visit
  • IMF concludes Zambia visitIMF concludes Zambia visitEconomic growth expected to improve slightly to 3.5% An IMF team has welcomed the Zambian government's fiscal consolidation plans, which aim at putting public finances on a sustainable path. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) consultative team recently visited Zambia to conduct the 2017 Article IV consultation and hold discussions on an economic programme that could be supported by an IMF financial arrangement.

    “We have had fruitful discussions with the Zambian authorities and made progress towards reaching understandings on an economic programme that could be supported by an IMF arrangement. There is broad agreement on key objectives, targets, and policies, most of which are drawn from the Government's Economic Programme.

    “However, further engagement is needed on details of measures and reforms to achieve fiscal consolidation targets while protecting social spending and clearing the large stock of arrears without accumulating new ones.

    “We have agreed to continue discussions at the forthcoming Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington DC next month,” said the IMF mission head to Zambia, Tsidi Tsikata. The mission held wide-ranging discussions with a broad range of stakeholders. Topics included Zambia's experience under past IMF-supported programmes, reforming the subsidies in the energy and agriculture sectors, and policies needed to diversify Zambia's exports, create jobs and make the economy more resilient to shocks, according to Tsikata.

    “The mission projects real GDP growth in Zambia to improve slightly from about 3% last year to 3.5% this year, reflecting good rains which are expected to boost agricultural output and domestic electricity generation. Over the medium term, realisation of Zambia's enormous potential for achieving and sustaining high inclusive growth will depend on the continuous implementation of sound economic policies, and on reforms to boost productivity across sectors and enhance Zambia's international competitiveness,” she said.

    The mission welcomed the fiscal consolidation plans outlined in the 2017 budget speech by the minister of finance, which aims at putting public finances on a sustainable path.

    However, in the first two months of the year, expenditures outpaced revenues substantially, with the deficit financed mostly by domestic borrowing. In contrast to most of last year when the government faced severe domestic and external financing constraints, so far this year government securities auctions have been consistently over-subscribed, with increased participation of foreign investors.

    The mission advised the government to steadfastly implement the measures needed to achieve the 2017 budget targets; this would reassure markets and reduce the risk of souring sentiments and associated outflow of funds, according to her.

    Said Tsikata: “The mission welcomed the recent easing of monetary conditions by the Bank of Zambia (BoZ). The BoZ's tight monetary stance since late-2015 succeeded in stabilising the exchange rate and lowering the annual rate of inflation from a peak of 22.9% in February 2016 to 6.8% in February 2017.

    “However, the ensuing very tight liquidity conditions contributed to elevated stress in the banking system. Monetary conditions remain tight; although interest rates in the interbank money market and the yields on government securities have started coming down, lending rates remain very high.”



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  • 03/27/17--15:00: War on poverty
  • War on povertyWar on povertyGini coefficient now 0.57% Strides have been made to improve wealth distribution, but poverty and unemployment remain a challenge for the government. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says Namibia's most testing challenge after 27 years of independence is a high rate of unemployment and poverty.

    Delivering a speech during Namibia's 27th Independence Day celebration in Vacoas-Phoenix, Mauritius, last week, the prime minister said it was because of these challenges that the government had decided to develop and harness the country's human resource capacity.

    She said employment creation through small and medium enterprises propelled by the youth was part of the government's plan to meet the two challenges.

    Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the government had introduced a number of initiatives to address the social and economic inequalities that resulted from racial discrimination under the apartheid regime.

    “The Gini coefficient now stands at 0.57% compared to 0.7% at independence, which proves that Namibia's redistributive policies are having some impact, although income inequality is still high.”

    She said even though the government had diversified the economy, more should be done to expand production and exports, adding that Mauritius served as an example to Namibia.

    “We are keen to learn from your successes to consolidate our achievements and take our country to a higher economic growth trajectory.”

    Mauritius, a former Dutch, French and British colony, has an economy that is mainly based on tourism, sugar, textiles and financial services. Sugar accounts for about 90% of the country's exports, while it attracts about one million tourists per year.

    The country's political stability has over the years enabled the government to expand its economy into textile production and in 2015 the World Economic Forum rated Mauritius as the most competitive economy in Africa.

    The island has a population of about 1.3 million, and its unemployment stood at about 7.4% in 2016. The World Bank has ranked Mauritius as the top country in Africa when it comes to the ease of doing business.

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  • 03/27/17--15:00: Swipe and win with FNB
  • Swipe and win with FNBSwipe and win with FNB In their latest promotion, FNB Namibia and Pick 'n Pay Namibia partner to educate Namibians about the advantages of using credit or debit cards for purchases, while at the same time creating a lot of fun with a N$5 000 Trolley Dash.

    “Swipe your FNB debit or credit card to stand a chance to win two trolley dashes worth N$5 000 monthly,” says the bank's spokesperson, Elzita Beukes.

    “Also up for grabs are four fuel vouchers worth N$500 every month.”

    Beukes says there are numerous advantages to using a debit card, such as the fact that it is easy to obtain, convenient and safe, as you do not have to carry cash and it is readily accepted everywhere. “When it comes to the credit card, this is also a fantastic way to pay and purchase goods and services. Using your credit card daily can be beneficial, but you need to exercise financial discipline and you can capitalise on the added perks that your credit card offers.”

    Beukes says if people pay off their full credit-card balance every month, they do not pay interest. This means that customers can use their credit cards to fund their monthly expenses.

    “Your credit card gives you up to 55 days interest free and paying it off monthly will ensure you don't incur interest. Credit cards are widely accepted and this means they can be swiped for even the smallest item.

    “All these transactions are recorded on one statement, which, from a budgeting point of view, is one of the best ways to manage finances.

    “The budget facility on the credit card is also a great tool that can be used when one needs extra funds to buy an item. This could be viewed as a short-term loan and once paid off, the facility remains.

    “We thank Pick n Pay Namibia for partnering with us again. N$5 000 is a lot of money and in today's tough times I am sure everyone wishes for this great opportunity. The fuel vouchers are also sure to come in handy and will be issued in the town where the winner lives. Customers can swipe anywhere, anytime and will be automatically entered into the draw.”

    She encourages customers to swipe to stand a chance to win.

    “At the same time we also wish to caution our customers again to guard their cards and keep them safe at all times. If you lose your debit card, notify your financial institution immediately. Choose a PIN number that only you know.

    “It is recommended that you don't use your phone number or birthday. Guard your PIN number. Memorise it and never write it on anything you keep with you. Keep receipts from all your card transactions for your records. Review your statements immediately and investigate any unknown transactions,” she advises.

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    Nedbank accelerates leadershipNedbank accelerates leadership Nedbank Namibia recently announced the establishment of its junior executive committee, called Exco Plus.

    The Exco Plus team, consisting of Nedbank employees in junior and middle-management positions, is meant to solicit creativity, engagement and conversation around the Nedbank Namibia strategy, working in a more integrated way with the goal to optimise, create efficiencies and lead.

    “Committed people who can think strategically and execute diligently are our priority and we're driving our employee engagement quite aggressive to meet the bank's ambitious goals,” says Silke van der Merwe, Nedbank's executive: strategy & human capital.

    “This is driven through our talent-management framework and our continued investment in leadership development. With the establishment of a Junior Exco, our concerted efforts will contribute towards positioning Nedbank Namibia as the most popular financial services provider in our country.”

    Christopher Chipeio from the bank's Retail Division was elected as chairperson of this forum.

    “We're steering Nedbank to becoming the employer and bank of choice as part of our overall strategic objectives. Exco Plus is a manifestation of that and our managing director, Lionel Matthews, is exceptionally excited about the prospects and the potential outcomes of this platform. Our members are committed to matching and exceeding expectations in terms of delivering on the goals we have set forth,” Chipeio says.

    The Nedbank Exco Plus members, who will serve a term of one year, have identified specific values to which they will align strategic initiatives such as integrity, accountability, execution, respect, focus and innovation, all of which allow this forum to create the ecosystem for debate, engagement, problem solving and conversation.

    “Individually our members will also use opportunities in a learning, peer-to-peer environment to grow. They have been tasked to identify a specific project, set down the ground principles as to how they will conduct themselves through regular meetings to discuss projects that will benefit us in fulfilling our overall strategy. It also affords a platform with consistent engagement with our Executive Committee members,” Van der Merwe adds.

    Exco Plus will be required to report on the progress of their projects at quarterly business review meetings. Monitoring components include benefits and impact analysis, as well as process efficiencies that will aid in gaining market share and revenue.

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    TransNamib CEO hunt gains tractionTransNamib CEO hunt gains traction The TransNamib board of directors plans to interview candidates for the parastatal's CEO position early next month.

    TransNamib board chairperson Paul Smit told Nampa that the board would receive the list of shortlisted candidates on 4 April and the interviews would be done the follow week.

    “Hopefully we will soon get the right person who understands rail transport,” he said.

    Smit said South African company Key Players Human Capital was appointed to assist in the selection, interviewing and appointment of the new CEO.

    He said the board had called for proposals from companies inside and outside Namibia and from these, the South African firm was selected to help with the recruitment.

    TransNamib's executive for strategy and stakeholder management, Hippy Tjivikua, has been acting as CEO since the suspension of Sara Naanda in October 2014.

    Naanda was charged with breach of confidentiality, breach of trust and conflict of interests. The two parties settled out of court in April 2016 after protracted negotiations.

    Earlier this month Smit told Nampa that the board, with the support of Tjivikua and consultant Johan Piek, would right-size the company to become market competitive from 1 April onwards.

    Smit said non-core property would be sold to generate funds for capital requirements and for the right-sizing exercise, while other properties would be leveraged to finance operations.

    “The newly appointed CEO and COO should, as a matter of urgency, identify additional market opportunities, implement cost-saving measures, identify and address operational inefficiencies, transfer lacking skills and transform the company,” Smit said earlier when he announced that the hunt for a new head had started.

    The new CEO should also finalise an integrated strategic business plan within three to six months after appointment.

    A financing plan for the 2017/18 financial year, based on the board-approved integrated strategic business plan and the critical needs listed by the executive, would be finalised within the next month to obtain government support and arrange bridging capital from the banks, according to Smit.



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