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- 03/28/17--15:00: _The perfect view
- 03/28/17--15:00: _LPM supports evicte...
- 03/28/17--15:00: _Another Chinese nab...
- 03/28/17--15:00: _Airport tender in l...
- 03/28/17--15:00: _Struggle icons reme...
- 03/28/17--15:00: _Job wants SSC contr...
- 03/28/17--15:00: _Rhino horns disguis...
- 03/28/17--15:00: _Poachers hit Indong...
- 03/28/17--15:00: _No decision on lowe...
- 03/28/17--15:00: _Donkey saga drags on
- 03/29/17--15:00: _Codes to drop from ...
- 03/29/17--15:00: _NPL leaders out of ...
- 03/29/17--15:00: _Möwes is king of ta...
- 03/29/17--15:00: _NSC resorts to loans
- 03/29/17--15:00: _South Africa clinch...
- 03/29/17--15:00: _Brazil march through
- 03/29/17--15:00: _Job a hala a shunit...
- 03/29/17--15:00: _Shifeta a zi mokalu...
- 03/29/17--15:00: _Oshikumungu shuutom...
- 03/29/17--15:00: _Indongo a talelwapo...
- 03/28/17--15:00: The perfect view
- 03/28/17--15:00: LPM supports evicted farmer
- 03/28/17--15:00: Another Chinese nabbed in N$3.5bn fraud
- 03/28/17--15:00: Airport tender in limbo
- 03/28/17--15:00: Struggle icons remember Kathrada
- 03/28/17--15:00: Job wants SSC contributions back
- 03/28/17--15:00: Rhino horns disguised as coffee
- 03/28/17--15:00: Poachers hit Indongo's farm again
- 03/28/17--15:00: No decision on lowering of retirement age
- 03/28/17--15:00: Donkey saga drags on
- 03/29/17--15:00: Codes to drop from 50 to 10
- 03/29/17--15:00: NPL leaders out of shell
- 03/29/17--15:00: Möwes is king of table tennis
- 03/29/17--15:00: NSC resorts to loans
- 03/29/17--15:00: South Africa clinch cricket series
- 03/29/17--15:00: Brazil march through
- 03/29/17--15:00: Job a hala a shunithilwe iifuta ye yoSSC
- 03/29/17--15:00: Shifeta a zi mokalungu kombinga yoshiningwanima shomObwabwata
- 03/29/17--15:00: Oshikumungu shuutomeno woondongi tashi tsikile
- 03/29/17--15:00: Indongo a talelwapo ishewe kAakongo yaali paveta
The Etosha Safari Lodge is one of the Gondwana Collection's finest, and is situated about 10 kilometres from Andersson Gate, the southern entrance to Etosha National Park.
Built on top of a hill, overlooking vast areas of African bush, Etosha Safari Lodge offers lavish views and is well known for its spectacular sunsets.
Built with a tinge of a colonial feel bringing back the days of Livingstone, the lodge is impressive. With its 60 double rooms, five family rooms, and six guide rooms, they seem to have endless space to accommodate people. The architecture seems to work itself into the surroundings, as if it has always been here.
Yet despite all this accommodation, it doesn't seem to ever feel busy, even when it is fully booked. The rooms are placed apart in such a way that you really do feel you have privacy.
The lodge has three different swimming areas, situated in such a way that they are within easy reach of any chalet.
What is really impressive about the lodge is the effort that has been placed on reducing the lodge's ecological footprint.
All waste is meticulously recycled. All grey water is used for their gardens (they even have a herb tunnel), and all their cleaning agents are eco-friendly. They regularly track their water and electricity to keep their usage down.
The lodge lives by the reduce, reuse, recycle principles, and it shows. They decrease energy usage by lighting the place up with yellow enviro-friendly bulbs (insect repellent) and make abundant use of solar consoles, which give the place a warm and magical atmosphere.
In addition to the lodge, Etosha Safari Camp, is situated two kilometres away, where guests can visit the very popular Oshebeena Bar and get an authentic Namibian experience.
The bar is set in a shebeen style, and can keep you busy for days just reading all the quirky signs and shebeen names across Namibia.
The other three finalists of the RTA are Ongava Tented Camp, Jackalberry Lodge, and Wilderness Safaris' Hoanib Skeleton Coast.
The winner will be announced at the official opening of the Namibia Tourism Expo on 31 May.
Skakana was evicted from State-owned farm Nukois in the Karasburg district on 23 March, after illegally settling there 13 days ago.
LPM spokesperson, Paul Thomas at a media conference on Monday, described Skakana’s action as “unlawful, but justified”.
He said the Tses area communal farmer decided to occupy the unallocated and unadvertised farm in desperation and frustration, as repeated applications for land proved unsuccessful.
Skakana, according to him, was a productive cattle farmer who has been applying for resettlement since 2003.
“Demonstrating his seriousness to farm in a commercially-viable manner, he also knocked on the doors of government representatives in the region, including the governor and the land reform ministry, but to no avail,” Thomas added.
He said the LPM regarded the eviction unlawful, as it was executed in the presence of Namibian police, who allegedly threatened to forcefully arrest the farm invader.
“It is reminiscent of the tactics deployed by the German and South African colonisers who used disproportionate force to subdue indigenous people’s resistance,” Thomas said.
Skakana said over twenty police officers, including members of the Special Reserve Force, were present during his eviction.
“The police were there with [//Karas regional chief of the land reform ministry] Albertus Engelbrecht. They threatened to forcefully arrest me and repeatedly referred to me as a ‘subject’,” he said.
Thomas questioned the eligibility of beneficiaries of State land in the country.
“We note that being a veteran of the struggle automatically qualifies a person to be given certain privileges, including resettlement; is that fair?” he asked.
Thomas further cautioned that unlawful farmland occupations may escalate if the State fails to “meaningfully respond to the demands of landless people in Namibia”.
He also alleged that farm Nukois, which measures nearly 10 000 hectares, was earmarked for a “politically-connected individual”.
Skakana meanwhile vacated the room he occupied in the farmhouse, though his animals are still there.
He said he was informed by Engelbrecht to remove his livestock by 30 April.
“But this time, I will not leave and they can arrest me,” Skakana said.
Engelbrecht however told Nampa on Monday that Skakana requested the extension.
The land reform official said he also laid a charge of trespassing against Skakana at the Karasburg police station.
NamPol regional police commander, Commissioner Rudolf Isaak the same day refuted allegations of force when approached by Nampa.
“That property is owned by the State and it is our duty to protect it. We accompanied the ministry officials as part of our duties,” he said.
Court documents show that Zhihua Gua was arrested on Monday upon his arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport.
Zhihua has been added as accused number six in this case alongside Chinese businessman Jack Huang, Tao Huizhong, Jinrong Huang, Zhu Honggang and Namibian businessman Julius Laurentius.
Zhihua appeared before the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Monday and was granted bail of N$1.5 million.
The case was postponed to 1 August.
The first five accused were arrested in December and January.
Huang is free on N$1 million bail and is allowed to leave the country to attend to his other businesses in Angola with the permission of the investigating officer.
Laurentius's stringent bail conditions were also relaxed on 16 February.
He is now allowed to leave the country to attend to his businesses elsewhere, but also with the permission of the investigating officer.
Tao, Jinrong and Laurentius are all free on N$1.5 million bail.
Zhu is free on bail of N$500 000, which was granted during his first appearance before the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court on 22 December.
Sisa Namandje represented the four Chinese nationals, while Dirk Conradie appeared for Laurentius.
Gilroy Casper represented Zhihua when he appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley on Monday. Prosecutor Joseph Andreas appeared for the State.
The arrests followed police investigations into the matter since 2013, targeting a string of companies owned primarily by Chinese businesspeople in Namibia.
The awarding of the tender was set aside and declared invalid. However, the Supreme Court upheld a High Court decision to set aside the transport minister's directive to cancel the tender in its entirety.
The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) awarded the N$6.2 billion tender in December 2015.
This decision was later revoked by President Hage Geingob, who ordered the Ministry of Works and Transport to discontinue all activities relating to the project.
This matter was later challenged in the High Court by the Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group.
Anhui succeeded in September last year when Judge Shafimana Ueitele ruled that the minister had not acted in accordance with the Namibia Airports Company Act when he cancelled the contract.
He also found that the minister did not exercise his own discretion when carrying out the presidential instruction to cancel the tender. Geingob, as well as the ministers of finance and transport, then appealed the High Court judgement of September 2016 which had set aside as invalid instructions directing the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) to halt tender processes for the upgrade of the Hosea Kutako International Airport.
“The valid procurement in capital projects involving government had not been followed, nor had treasury approval been granted,” a full bench of the Supreme Court comprised of Chief Justice Peter Shivute and appeal judges Dave Smuts and Sylvester Mainga ruled.
They emphasised that a defective directive had been made by the State and a state-owned enterprise involving public funds of more than N$6 billion.
“The primacy of public interest in procurement by means of public funds, particularly on the scale envisaged in the upgrade of the airport, requires that statutory provisions should be scrupulously and transparently complied with,” the judgment read.
It added that where there had been breaches, they should be corrected.
“If the NAC's procurement process has been mired in irregularity as would appear to be indicated in the president's media release and implied by the directive, then the government would have powers as shareholder to address and remedy those issues.”
The Supreme Court further stated that there was compelling public interest in vindicating the constitution and the rule of law by setting aside invalid administrative action.
According to the appeal judges, the High Court was correct in finding that the directive was invalid and in setting it aside.
“The appeal against that order must accordingly fail,” he said.
Kathrada died in a Johannesburg hospital yesterday after a short illness following brain surgery. He was 87. Ya Toivo said Kathrada had sacrificed his life for the freedom of all South Africans during the apartheid era. “I remember him because we were together in prison. He was against apartheid. It is just unfortunate that he passed on but he saw the independence of South Africa,” said Ya Toivo, who served 16 years on Robben Island in the same section as Nelson Mandela.
Although he did not remember much of the time he had spent with Kathrada decades ago, Ya Toivo stressed that Kathrada was loyal to the people of South Africa.
“You youngsters of today cannot be compared to the likes of him. Those were difficult times and now you are enjoying the independence and democracy and it's easy for you to talk as you like. That was not the case during the apartheid regime,” Ya Toivo said. Another former political prisoner on Robben Island, Helao Shituwete, said he met Kathrada in 1972 during a prison transfer. He said they spent a week exercising and eating together with other prisoners on Robben Island.
Shituwete recalled how Kathrada and Mandela had shown solidarity with Namibian prisoners who had been on hunger strike.
Youth minister Jerry Ekandjo, who was also incarcerated at Robben Island, said Kathrada was a dedicated revolutionary, honest and a man who never lacked confidence.
“He is an icon of the South African liberation struggle, a beacon of hope, a man who sacrificed his life to see the freedom of the South African people,” Ekandjo said.
Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba also paid tribute to Kathrada. “We always like to think that only certain people fought for the independence of southern Africa. He (Kathrada) was of Indian descent but he was very much involved in the deepest part of the struggle for South Africa,” Mbumba said.
In a letter to the chief executive officer of the SSC, Milka Mungunda, Amupanda says he is consulting a lawyer about how he can stop making the obligatory Social Security contributions.
Amupanda's letter is based on recent media reports of alleged tainted urban land deals. The SSC is accused of having bought two plots at inflated prices from Ministry of Works and Transport employee Ambrosius Tierspoor.
The letter also refers to the N$150 million that the SSC invested with the SME Bank, which has been placed under curatorship by the Bank of Namibia following a questionable investment of N$200 million in South Africa.
That amount included more than N$11 million paid into an executive account at the SME Bank at the end of last year at the behest of President Hage Geingob to make provision for training for the so-called struggle kids.
Amupanda compares the SSC to a tick that sticks to an animal and sucks it dry. He is also unhappy with the size of Social Security benefits payments.
!GAWAXAB 'sets record straight'
The SSC board chairperson, Johannes !Gawaxab, responded in a paid advertisement in several newspapers yesterday
He said the SSC had “significantly improved” its benefits since January 2016. Maternity benefits had increased from N$10 000 to N$13 000, death benefits from N$5 515 to N$8 475, and sick leave benefits by 24% to a maximum of N$9 750.
A recommendation to extend maternity leave from 12 to 14 weeks was also on the table.
As for the prices paid for the two Windhoek properties, !Gawaxab said the allegations were “deliberately inaccurate”, as the total planned property expenditure had been reduced by 50%.
He said the SSC had initially paid N$47 million for a plot on Independence Avenue in Windhoek where it could build its head office. The purchase and excavations cost the SSC N$85 million and the total estimated costs for this project would have been between N$800 million and N$1 billion, which !Gawaxab said was almost a third of the total assets of the SSC.
He said because it was becoming too costly, the SSC stopped the project and decided to dispose of this property entirely.
!Gawaxab added that the SSC had since received offers of more than it had paid for the plot.
The commission then opted to buy the properties on Hosea Kutako Avenue from Tierspoor at an average cost of N$11 000 per square metre. It intended to build its headquarters there at a cost of around N$420 million, he said.
At Okahandja the SSC intended to acquire three plots for offices and a shopping centre at an estimated cost of N$14 million instead of N$48 million as initially envisaged.
At Keetmanshoop, the initial budget for renovating the SSC office was reduced from N$50 million to N$13 million, !Gawaxab said.
SME Bank investment
As far as the N$150 million investment in the SME Bank is concerned, !Gawaxab said the SSC's investment committee had approved the investment and that Mungunda, a board member at the bank, had recused herself from that decision.
!Gawaxab said 75% of the SSC funds was managed by external managers; the remaining 25% was managed in-house for benefit payments and for working capital.
Twelve pieces of rhino horn mailed from Namibia were seized by Hong Kong customs officers last week.
The horns, weighing 6.6kg, were found in two express airmail parcels at Hong Kong International Airport on 22 March.
The shipping labels stated that the parcels contained coffee, a press release issued by the Hong Kong government stated.
“Suspicious images were found under X-ray inspection. After opening the consignment, customs officers found the suspected rhino horns.”
A 42-year-old man was arrested on 23 March and was released on bail pending further investigation.
In Hong Kong, a person found guilty of importing an endangered species without a licence can be fined up to US$5 million and jailed for two years.
Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said the government was trying to get more information on the incident through Interpol.
“All we know is that somebody sent a parcel from Namibia with rhino horns to Hong Kong. We will have to find out who sent it and what courier companies were used.”
He said the three Chinese nationals arrested at the Kapps Farm roadblock last year had hidden rhino horn in coffee tins and they could be part of the same syndicate.
The three were on their way to the airport when they were pulled over for a routine search.
“Now that the airport is busy, additional measures need to be put in place,” Shifeta said.
He said customs and police officers at Hosea Kutako were overworked because of the new international airlines landing at the airport.
“We need additional personnel,” he said.
The head of Interpol in Namibia, Chief Inspector Immanuel Sam, told Namibian Sun that they did not have much detail about the incident in Hong Kong, or about the suspect who was arrested, and were awaiting feedback.
“We are verifying with them and it needs to be clarified whether these are indeed Namibian rhino horns and what the itinerary of the suspect was,” he said.
Environment ministry spokesman Romeo Muyunda yesterday confirmed these figures to Namibian Sun and said two rhino carcasses were found on Okanenampanti on 17 March. In January, a white rhino carcass without horns was discovered at the farm near Otjiwarongo, which is the location of the Frans Indongo Lodge. One of the carcasses discovered this month was still fresh while the other carcass was old, said Muyunda. All the horns had been removed. The carcasses were of a black rhino and a white rhino. No arrests were made and investigations continue. Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said he suspected that it was an inside job, since it was difficult to gain access to the farm.
Another reason for the poaching on the farm could be poor management.
He pointed out that the old carcass discovered on 17 March was of a rhino killed last year already.
“This is poor management. You must count your animals weekly and make sure they are marked. If they do not appear at the waterhole you must attempt to search,” the minister said.
He said he suspected that someone working on the farm or living nearby was providing information to poachers.
The carcasses at Indongo's farm were discovered only days after the carcass of a black rhino calf was discovered at Kliprivier in the Grootberg area.
Rangers from the ?Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy who were patrolling the area found the carcass on 15 March. Its horns were missing.
The fifth poaching victim was a white rhino that died in February from wounds sustained in December last year in an attack by poachers on a Gobabis farm.
Shifeta said no rhinos had been killed in national parks so far this year and it seemed poachers had shifted their attention to private farms.
“Criminals are shifting because of the effectiveness of our security forces in the parks,” he said.
Therefore, the ministry had come up with a plan involving rhino owners.
Last year, poachers killed 59 rhinos in Namibia. In 2015 they killed 95, 56 in 2014 and nine in 2013.
Extinction is looming for Africa's rhinos. It is estimated that only 5 000 black rhinos are left, and about 20 000 white rhinos.
The proposal was part of an 11-point plan to reduce the government's ballooning wage bill that was announced by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila in February 2016.
But according to Office of the Prime Minister spokesperson Saima Shaanika, no decision on the retirement age has been made yet.
She said the suggestion was still being studied pending the conclusion of a feasibility study. She could not say when that would be.
At present, the mandatory retirement age for public servants is 60 years, while early retirement is possible at 55. Under the proposal, the early retirement age would drop to 50.
When finance minister Calle Schlettwein tabled the national budget earlier this month, it became apparent that about 49% of the Gross Domestic Product would be spent on the salaries of public servants. That makes Namibia one of the countries with the most expensive civil services in the world.
Shortly after the tabling of the budget, Finance Ministry permanent secretary Ericah Shafudah announced that civil servants would get a 9% salary increase in the new financial year.
In a memo to all government offices, ministries and agencies, Shafudah announced salary increases for pay grades 1A to 15. Staff below management level will receive a 7% increase in their transport allowance, while managers will receive a 7% increase in their car allowance.
The annual payroll of the more than 100 000 public servants is more than N$22 billion.
President Hage Geingob recently acknowledged that the civil service was bloated.
“This is mainly due to the historical reality that we inherited civil servants from the structures which existed during the apartheid era in the interest of reconciliation.
“If we were to downsize now, we would end up sending many people into the streets and add to the already high number of unemployed people,” Geingob said.
Sharing his thoughts on what can be done to streamline the civil service, former Namibia Employers Federation secretary-general Tim Parkhouse said: “It is quite easy to reduce the size of the civil force: you just freeze new appointments. In fact, we should never have allowed the civil service to become as large as it is.
“In the short term we can do very little to reduce the size. In the medium to long term, one method would be to freeze all vacant posts and allow natural attrition to reduce numbers. Increasing efficiency of individuals and systems would have to happen to ensure continuity of service delivery.
“Gradual reduction of the civil-service retirement age could be an alternative. Remember, however, that reducing retirement age places an extra burden on pension schemes, plus is the individual ready financially to retire early?”
He agreed with the president that unemployment figures could rise if the public service is reduced.
“Whatever step is taken, we should be aware of possibly increasing the unemployment figure.”
Outjo mayor Marius Sheya yesterday said that the matter had not been discussed at Monday's council meeting as planned.
Instead, councillors would tackle the subject next week, though Sheya could not confirm the date.
To date, nearly 1 900 signatures have been added to a petition opposing the donkey abattoir that was submitted to the municipality earlier this month.
The objections, summarised by the newly formed Outjo Community Committee, would be discussed at next week's special council meeting, Sheya said.
The council announced in February that it had decided in principle to sell a plot to the Chinese company Fu Hai Trading for setting up a donkey abattoir.
The announcement unleashed widespread dismay and raised several questions, many of which remain unanswered.
Fu Hai Trading is not registered with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and its local partners are not listed in a sketchy business plan submitted to the Outjo municipality.
Critics have pointed out that the business plan is deeply flawed, lacking basic contact details and information on the proposed business.
There also has been no application for the export of donkey meat, hides or other by-products.
Sheya said he could not comment further on the matter, but a media briefing would be held after next week's meeting.
In the meantime, petitioners say the Okahandja municipality should reconsider a donkey abattoir project that could cause environmental damage, unemployment and starvation.
At least 718 people from Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, European countries, the United Kingdom, South Korea, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Israel, Afghanistan, Thailand, Iraq, Brazil and Peru have signed an online petition protesting the proposed donkey abattoir at Okahandja. The majority of the signatories are Namibians.
While the town's mayor, Johannes Hindjou, welcomed the initiative by a Chinese company, Agri-nature Investment Trade, the petitioners say the municipality should reconsider the project.
“They [the Chinese] are taking our beautiful country Namibia and our town Okahandja by storm.
We must prevent them [from] ruining our wildlife and our town,” said Okahandja resident Muller Theron.
The petitioners want proof from the municipality that there was a notice of the sale of Erf 780 on West Street, which is the plot on which Agri-nature Investment Trade plans to put up the abattoir.
The petitioners say there was no public notice that the plot was to be sold to another Chinese company, Everlasting Iron Sheet Investment. In fact, the plot was sold to Stina Wu's company, First Wall Property. Wu had earlier said that she was leasing the building to Agri-nature Investment Trade but emphasised that she had nothing to do with the proposed donkey abattoir.
The petitioners want to see proof that an export abattoir application was approved by the Directorate of Veterinary Services.
The petitioners further want to know whether an environmental impact study was done and demand to see its results. Moreover, they want to know if Namibians are to be employed at the abattoir and if the Chinese company will comply with the Labour Act.
More importantly, the petitioners are concerned about the amount of water an abattoir would need. They say it would take about 2 500 litres to slaughter one donkey. That would translate to 30 000 litres of water a day if the Chinese company wants to slaughter 120 donkeys a day.
They further want to know how the intended project is going to dispose of wastewater, expressing concern over possible pollution of groundwater sources.
“Where will they get the donkeys from?” the petitioners want to know.
“No meat product, alive or dead, may enter Namibia's borders for health reasons. Most of the donkeys are in regions that are not allowed to export live animals beyond certain points. Can you imagine if farms must be closed due to sickness that is carried by the donkeys? Chaos, starvation and unemployment will be the results of this,” they say.
CATHERINE SASMAN & JANA-MARI SMITH
The committee had been assigned by the sport ministry to investigate and find solutions to the funding crisis in Namibian sport.
Former Namibia Sports Commission members Amos Shiyuka and Elize Peterson were appointed to the committee.
Giving feedback to the head of state yesterday, Shiyuka said: “One of the things we can look into is reducing the number of sport codes to ten.
“This is not because we do not see other codes as important, but it will be more important to focus on codes that are more familiar to our people.
“For example, codes that we know are practised at schools and add more value to Namibia.”
Shiyuka believes this will enable the ministry to allocate adequate funding to the remaining codes.
The committee assured the president that they would continue assessing more matters.
They promised to advise the new Namibia Premier League executive on finding sponsors.
More than 50 sport codes are affiliated to the Namibia Sports Commission.
The commission has channelled funds from the sport ministry to these codes based on the categories they fall in.
Many sport administrators have complained about unfair allocations and treatment by the NSC.
After last year's budget cutbacks by the government, the allocated amounts have reached new lows and this has threatened the continued existence of several sport codes.
JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA
This was revealed yesterday when the president met the football stakeholders at State House.
Former footballer Amos Shiyuka boldly stated that MTC had agreed to give the N$15 million to ensure that the leagues kick off on 12 May.
Shiyuka continued by saying that the O&L Group of Companies management had agreed to that too but had not confirmed the amount.
Shiyuka, appointed by the ministry of sport to look into sport matters, assured the public that the league would indeed start in May.
However, MTC spokesperson Tim Ekandjo appeared shell-shocked by Shiyuka's announcement. He said he would rather not comment on the matter at the moment.
MTC chairperson Elvis Nashilongo, however, assured the public that MTC would make a final decision if they saw a positive change in the new NPL management.
“To us ... the issue of football has been an issue of organisation and an issue of leadership,” Nashilongo said.
For the first time since being elected, the NPL interim management committee finally outlined some of its plans.
Apart from MTC and NPL, the committee announced that it had acquired sponsorships from Deloitte Namibia and PC Centre Namibia. The sponsorships will be in the form of free services throughout the season.
Interim management committee member Ranga Haikali also announced that the committee would meet the league's board of governors on 8 April.
“The meeting will be to help us get to agree on the starting date, which is 12 May.
“We are also planning to engage with more sponsors in order to get things running,” Haikali said.
He added that the proposition remained that the games would be played in a double-header format and would end in April.
Geingob not to blame
President Geingob reiterated that FIFA rules state that the government may not interfere in football matters.
He maintained that he was not to blame for the collapse of Namibian football.
“The football problem did not start last month, but it has been there for a very long time. It is unfair that people say I did not do anything.
“Well, the blame should be on football administrators and not me,” Geingob said.
According to the organisers there was no shortage of excitement at the first table-tennis event of the year.
“It was pleasing to see the high standard of table tennis so early in the year.
The number of very young players was probably one of the most important highlights of this event.
The absence of a number of players, especially those from the Hardap Region, was about the only lowlight of the tournament,” they said.
The senior men's event, in particular, produced table tennis of the highest standard.
Möwes caused the upset of the tournament when he first eliminated his nemesis, Heiko Fleidl, in the semi-final with three points to nil.
The final was a high-speed match in which Möwes won the senior title from last year's champion, Wayne Green, with a 3-1 victory.
The tournament also saw the introduction of a new under-13 category.
The inaugural singles winners were Raica Coelho and Fortune Hashoongo.
A number of top players were unavailable for the junior men's (under-18) category, but that did not detract from the excitement as Dietrich Möwes and Kean Tait contested the gold-medal position.
NSC chairman Joel Matheus said they were waiting for a response from the Ministry of Finance.
It was not clear how much the commission wanted to borrow, but Matheus said banks such as FNB had indicated willingness to lend it money.
“We discovered that one of our Acts allows us to borrow money from financial institutions.
“That is why we went to the minister of sports in order for him to write a letter requesting permission to borrow money from financial institutions.
“The Ministry of Finance is the only one that can permit us to borrow from financial institutions,” Matheus said.
The move raised eyebrows at State House. President Hage Geingob questioned the risk taken by the sports commission.
“If you don't have money now, with what are you going to pay back the loan from financial institutions?” the president asked.
There was no answer from the NSC.
JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA
Heavy rain fell throughout the night on Seddon Park, and when the players arrived for the scheduled start there were pools of water on the covers that sheltered the wicket block, with significant pooling adjacent to the square and in the outfield.
South Africa were to resume their second innings at 80-5, still 95 runs behind New Zealand, with captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock both 15 not out. New Zealand needed five wickets to seal a series-levelling win.
Conditions briefly brightened around the scheduled lunch break but when the rain returned, the umpires and ground staff agreed that there was little likelihood the sodden oval could be made ready for play.
The match was called off at 13:30 local time.
It was Brazil's eighth consecutive win in qualifying and, combined with Peru's 2-1 win over Uruguay in a later game, ensured they would finish the 10-nation group in the top four, guaranteeing them a berth at the Russia finals.
The top four teams qualify automatically and the fifth playoff against a team from another confederation. Paraguay are in eighth spot on 18 points, behind Peru on goal difference.
The early part of the match was marked by a string of fouls on Neymar but the first big chance was a breakaway by Paraguay Derlis Gonzalez, who hurried his shot and put the ball wide.
Midfielder Hernan Perez missed another chance for Paraguay before Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring for the hosts in the 34th minute at the Corinthians Arena.
The Liverpool playmaker played a neat one-two with Paulinho before curling a low, left-foot shot past goalkeeper Anthony Silva and inside the far corner.
Neymar was awarded a penalty after being brought down early in the second half but his stop-start run-up failed to deceive Silva and the keeper saved with a dive to his right then blocked his effort with the rebound.
Stung by the miss, Neymar made up for it 10 minutes later, scampering down the left wing from inside his own half, skipping tackles and driving into the box before beating a wrong-footed Silva with a shot that took a deflection off a defender.
Neymar, who thought he had a second goal when he picked up a rebound off a team mate in an offside position and put the ball in the net, came in for some more heavy treatment from Paraguay, who hardly troubled Brazil goalkeeper Alisson in the second half.
Left back Marcelo put the icing on the cake with another fine goal in the closing minutes for Brazil, who extended their South American qualifying record with the victory.
Peru's win pulled them within four points of Argentina and kept alive their own faint hopes of qualifying for a first World Cup since 1982.
Carlos Sanchez turned in Luis Suarez's pass to give Uruguay the lead after half an hour but Paolo Guerrero levelled four minutes later and Edison Flores gave Peru a deserved win with an emphatic finish just after the hour.
Uruguay's unhappy evening ended with a red card for substitute Jonathan Urretaviscaya in the 75th minute.
Ombaapila yaAmupanda oya hwahwamekwa koonkunda ndhoka dha pitithwa omasiku ga piti, moka okakomisi hoka taka fekelwa taka kutha ombinga momatsokumwe taga limbilike. Okakomisi hoka okwa lopotwa woo ka landa ooplota mbali kondando yopombanda noonkondo okuza komuniilonga gUuministeli wIilonga nOmalweendo, Ambrosius Tierspoor.
Ombaapila ndjoka oya popi woo kombinga yoshimaliwa shoomiliyona 150, shoka sha pungulwa mombaanga yoSME, ndjoka ya tulwa mekondololo lyOmbaanga Onene mOshilongo, omolwa epungulo lyoomiliyona 200, ndyoka tali limbilike lwa ningwa moSouth Afrika.
Oshimaliwa shoka osha kwatelamo oomiliyona 11 ndhoka dha tulwa momayalulo gombaanga yoSME pehulio lyomvula ya piti, kwa popiwa sha ziminwa kOmupresidende Hage Geingob opo shi vule oku ka gandja omadheulo kaanona yomiita.
Amupanda ina nyanyukilwa woo omwaalu gwiifuta hagu pewa mboka taya ningi omaindilo gawo giifuta okuza kokakomisi hoka.
!GAWAXAB a yamukula
Omunashipundi gwelelo lyoSSC, Johannes !Gawaxab, okwa yamukula momatseyitho ga futilwa miikundaneki yimwe po moshilongo.
Okwa popi kutya okakomisi oka yambulapo iifuta mbyoka haka gandja koonakuninga omaindilo okutameka omwedhi Januari gwomvula yo-2016.
Okwa popi kutya iifuta yaamboka taya yi momafudho gokupulumutha oya gwedhelwa okuza pooN$10 000, okuya pooN$13 000.
Iifuta yomaindilo gaamboka taya yi momafudho guuwehame, oya gwedhelewa noopresenda 24 nomonena omwaalu gwa hugunina ngoka hagu vulu okupewa nakuninga eindilo oguli pooN$9 750.
Omagwedhelepo gokulelepeka efudho lyokupulumutha okuza piiwike 12 okuya piiwike 14 nalyo olya tulwa poshitaaafula.
Kombinga yooplota ndhoka taku popiwa dha landwa, !Gawaxab okwa popi kutya olopota ndjoka kayi li mondjila, molwaashoka elongitho lyawo lyiimaliwa mokulanda omaliko goludhi ndoka, olya shunithwa pevi noopresenda 50.
Okwa gwedha po kutya okakomisi okali ka pangele okulanda ooplota yomiliyona 47, mpoka taka pangele okutunga oombelwa dhako oonene mOvenduka,na okali taka ka longitha oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 85 mokulanda ooplota nokulonga ehala ndyoka, ndhoka dha li dhali dhi na okukala dhongushu yoomiliyona 800 okuya pobiliyona 1.
Omolwa ondilo yopoloyeka ndjoka, okakomisi oka tokola okukaleka manga opoloyeka ndjoka.
!Gawaxab okwa popi kutya olwanima oya mono ooplota ndhoka tashi adhika mepandanda lya Hosea Kutako okuza ku Tierspoor kondando yoshimaliwa shooN$11 000 mosquare metre. Otaya longekidha okutunga oombonge dhawo pehala ndyoka, kongushu yoomiliyona 420.
Mokahandja, SSC ota pangele okumona ooplota ndatu moka taya ka tunga oombelewa dhawo oshowo ehala lyoongeshefa kondando yoomiliyona 14, pehala lyokulongitha oomiliyona 48, ngaashi sha li sha pangelwa.
Mokaiti, otaya pangele okulongulula oombelewa dhawo kondando yoomiliyona 13 na kadhi shi we 50, ngaashi sha li sha pangelwa.
Omapungulo mOmbaanga yaSME
!Gawaxab okwa popi kutya okomitiiye yomapungulo mokakomisi hoka oya zimine eningo lyomapungulo mombaanga ndjoka, Munguda e li oshilyo shelelo, na okwali iikutha mo moonkundathana dhokuninga etokolo lyepungulo ndyoka.
Shifeta okwa pula opo aatalelipo ayehe miikunino moka, yiiyuthe komalombwelo ngoka taya pewa kaanambelewa.
Minista okwa popi ngaaka mOmaandaha pethimbo a popi kombinga yoshiningwanima sheumbo lyaatalelipo mObwabwata National Park sho aanambelewa yegameno lyehala ndyoka, mbyoka taya longele oshikondo shokukondjitha uukongo waali paveta ya umbu ofamili yaantu yane, Harald Keil, 33, omukulukadhi gwe Teresa, 33, uunona wawo uwali wuukadhona, Alexia gwoomvula ndatu oshowo Caytlin gwoomvula mbali.
Alexia okwa yahwa momutse na okwa li a ningilwa etando lyomeendelelo, konima sho a lalekwamo moshipangelo, ofamili ndjoka oya tulamo oshipotha shonkambadhala yedhipago.
Shifeta okwa popi kutya okwa hala okuyelithila oshigwana kutya moonkalo moka aanambelewa mboka haya patulula omulilo, olundji aakongo oyo haya umbu tango aanambelewa.
“Oye na iilwitho iinene ngaashi oAK47, mbyoka iilwitho yomiita.”
Shifeta okwa popi kutya ethimbo limwe aanambelewa mboka ohaya kala ya homata iilwitho mbyoka ya kuthwa aakongo. Okwa tsikile kutya aakongo mboka haya yi miikunino mbyoka oya dheulwa nethimbo limwe otaya longitha omilandu dhuungwelila.
Shifeta okwa popi kutya kashi shi ehalo lyawo andola ya dhipage aakongo, ihe ohaya longitha omulandu gokwiigamena uuna aakongo yuumbu tango.
Okwa tsikile kutya aanambelewa mboka ohaya kala ya angala molwaashoka ope na aakongo mboka haya yi miikunino moka taya iningitha onga aatalelipo.
Minista okwa hokolola kutya Keil pamwe nofamili ye oya yi moshikunino shoka, momudhingoloko gwaBuffalo Core momasiku 12 gaMalitsa na oya li ya yelithilwa kombinga yomilandu moshikunino shoka pomayakulilo gaayenda.
Momasiku 15 gaMalitsa ofamili oyali ya hala natango okuya moshikunino, naasho aanambelewa ya kambadhala okuya pa omilandu okwa popi kutya oya pewa nale omilandu oshikando shotango.
Shifeta okwa tsikile kutya ongula yesiku ndyoka okuuvika omitopelo dhoondjembo moshikunino shoka, naanambelewa yegameno oya fekele kutya omuna aakongo momudhingoloko.
“Lwopotundi onti-15:00, aanambelewa ya zala omizalo dhawo dhiilonga oshowo ehauto lyepangelo, oya kankameke Keil pamwe nofamili ye.”
Oyiipopi kutya oyo oolye na oya pula opo ya hadhe mohauto yaatalelipo mboka. Keil okwa lopotwa owala a hingi ehauto lye nokuya ontuku naanambelewa mboka oya umbu ooholo dhekunkililo. Oya umbu woo kelola lyokonima , na oya umbu natango komalola gohauto ihe ohauto ndjoka inayi thikama.
“Aatalelipo mboka oya hingi ya pitilile woo pehala lyomathikilo mpoka yali ye na okulopota oshiningwanima shoka ihe shoka inaye shi ningwa,” Shifeta tati, kutya oya kankama owala peinda lyopolisi poDivundu.
Nonando ongaaka Shifeta okwa popi kutya omahokololo itaga tsu kumwe, ndyoka tali popiwa kofamili oshowo ndyoka tali popiwa kaanambelewa, onkene otaku ka ningwa omakonaakono.
Okwa tsikile kutya okomitiye yEgameno lyIiyamakuti oya gongala mOmaandaha opo yi kundathane oshiningwanima shoka nokukwashilipaleka kutya iiningwanima yoludhi ndyoka inayi holoka we monakuyiwa.
Mayola gwondoolopa yaOutjo, Marius Sheya, okwa popi kutya oshikumungu shoka inashi kundathanwa momutumba ngoka gwa ningwa kelelo lyondoolopa ndjoka mOmaandaha ngaashi sha li sha pangelwa okuningwa.
Pehala elelo lyondoolopa olya tokola okukundathana oshikumungu shoka momutumba gwowina ngoka tagu kalako moshiwike twa taalela nonando Sheya ina holola esiku ndyoka taku ningwa omutumba ngoka.
Monena aantu ya thika 1 900, oya shaina omukanda ngoka itagu popile eningo lyokatomeno hoka mondoolopa ndjoka, ngoka gwa pewa elelo lyamuni gwondoolopa ndjoka, kuyele omwedhi nguka.
Elelo lyondoolopa olya tseyitha momwedhi Februali kutya olya ninga etokolo opo li landithe oplota kehangano lyaChina lyoFu Hai Trading ndyoka lya hala okuninga okatomeno koondoongi.
Etseyitho ndyoka olya etitha omapulo ogendji okuza moshigwana, ngoka sigo onene inaga yamukulwa.
Ehangano lyoFu Hai Trading inali shangithwa nUuministeli wEmona, nookume kawo mongeshefa yomoshilongo kayeli momukunda gwoompangela dhongeshefa ngoka gwa pewa muni gwaOutjo.
Omukanda gwompangela yongeshefa ndjoka, kagu na omauyelele agehe taga pumbiwa unene tuu kombinga yongeshefa yawo ndjoka ya hala okutameka.
Sheya okwa popi kutya ita vulu okutya sha kombinga yehokololo ndyoka, ihe otaya ka gandja uuyelele moshigwana uuna ya ningi omutumba gwawo.
Aaningimanyenyeto oya pula elelo lyondoolopa yaKahandja opo li talulule okugandja omulilo omuzizi kopoloyeka ndjoka tayi ka e ta eyonagulo lyomudhingoloko, ondjala nokwaahena iilonga.
Konyala aantu ya thika po-718 aakwashigwana yaNamibia oshowo yiilongo ngaashi South Africa, Tanzania, United Kingdom, South Korea, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Dominican Republic, Israel, Afghanistan, Thailand, Iraq, Brazil naPeru oya shaina omukanda ngoka itagu popile etungo lyokatomeno koondongi mondoolopa yaKahandja.
Nonando mayola gwondoolopa yaKahandja Johannes Hindjou, okwa taambako oshiyetwapo shoka tashi kwatelwa komeho kehangano lyaChina lyedhina Agri-nature Investment Trade, omukandanyenyeto ngoka gwa shaninwa ogwa pula elelelo lyondoolopa ndjoka li talulule opoloyeka ndjoka.
“AaChina otaya kwatwako oshilongo shetu oshiwanawa nondoolopa yetu yaKahandja. Otu na okuya indika opo kaya hanagulepo oonzo dhetu, omukwashigwana gwomoKahandja,” Muller Theron a holola.
Aahololimadhilaadhilo mboka oya hala uumbangi mboka tawu ulike kutya okwa li kwa ningwa eindilo lyoplota yonomola 780, mpoka ehangano ndyoka lyoAgri-nature Investment Trade tali pangele okutunga okatomeno.
Aanyenyeti oya popi kutya kape na etseyitho lya li lya ningwa kutya oplota ndjoka oya landithwa po kehangano lyaChina lyedhina Everlasting Iron Sheet Investment. Nonando ongaaka oplota ndjoka oya landithwa po kehangano lyaChina lyaStina Wu, lyedhina First.
Wu okwa li a popi kutya ye ota hiilitha owala etungo ndyoka kehangano lyaAgri-nature Investment Trade na okwa tsu omuthindo kutya ye ke na mo olunyala mokatomeno hoka.
Oonakushaina omukandanyenyeto ngoka oya hala opo eindilo lyokutunga okatomeno hoka li ziminwe koshikondo shUundjolowele wIinamwenyo, onga uumbangi womapindikathano pokati kaChina naNamibia.
Oya popi kutya Dr Jesse Kamwi koshikondo shuundjolowele wiimuna okwa koleke kutya kape na eindilo lyoludhi ndoka lya ningwa.
Mboka natango oya hala okuuva ngele okwa ningwa tuu omakonaakono kutya okatomeno hoka otaka ka gumwa ngiini omudhingoloko, nongele okwa ningwa omakonaakono ngoka nena oya hala okumona oshizemo shomakonaakono ngoka.
Oya hala natango okuuva ngele AaNamibia otaya ka kutwa miilonga mokatomeno hoka nongele ehangano ndyoka otali kiiyutha tuu kOmpangu yAaniilonga yaNamibia.
Natango aanyenyeti oya holola omaiyuvo gawo kombinga yomeya ngoka taga ka longithwa komatomeno hoka. Oya popi kutya ohashi kutha oolita dhomeya dha thika po 2 500 okutoma ondoongi yimwe naashoka osha hala okutya otaku ka longitha oolita dhomeya dha thika po-30 000 mesiku ngele AaChina oya hala okutoma oondongi 120 mesiku.
Oya hala okuuva kutya iiyekelwahi mokatomeno hoka otayi ka tulwa peni.
“Otaya ka kutha oondongi peni? Kape na onyama nenge ondoongi yi na omwenyo tayi ka pitikwa okuya moNamibia molwaashoka menenevi otamu adhika oondoongi odhindji ihe ihadhi pitikwa okupita oongamba omolwa oonkalo dhuundjolowele dhontumba. Dhilaadhila ne andola ofaalama yontumba tayi patwa omolwa omikithi dhoka dha taandelithwa koondoongi. Omapiyagano, ondjala nokwaahena iilonga otayi ka kala oshizemo shaashoka.”
CATHERINE SASMAN & JANA-MARI SMITH
Omupopiliko gUuministeli wOmidhingoloko, Romeo Muyunda okwa koleke omiyalu ndhoka koshifokundaneki shika, na okwa popi kutya oompanda mbali odha adhika mOkanenampanti momasiku 17 gaMalitsa.
MuJanuari ompanda ontokele ya kuthwa ooniga oya adhika natango mofaalama popepi nOtjiwarongo, moka mu na oFrans Indongo Lodge.
Oompanda ndhoka dhiitsuwa omwedhi nguka, adhihe odha kuthwa ooniga, na okwa lopotwa kutya yimwe ompanda onduudhe omanga onkwawo ontokele, pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kuMuyunda.
Kape na omuntu a tulwa miipandeko.
Minista Pohamba Shifeta okwa popi kutya ota fekele kutya oompanda ndhoka odha dhipagwa kaantu ye na ekwatathano naamboka yomeni lyofaalama molwaashoka oshidhigu okuya mofaalama ndjoka, na otashi vulika woo natango uukongo mboka tawu etithwa kelelo lya nkundipala mofaalama.
Okwa popi kutya yimwe yomoompanda ndhoka mbali, oya dhipagwa omvula ya piti.
“Ndyoka elelo lya nkundipala. Owa pumbwa okuyalula iinamwenyo yoye kehe oshiwike, nokuyi tula omadhidhiliko, nuuna inayi holoka pomboola yomeya nena owa pumbwa okuyi konga.”
Okwa tsikile kutya ota fekele kutya omuniilonga mofaalama ndjoka, nenge ha zi popepi nofaalama ndjoka oye ta gandja uuyelele kaakongo.
Oompanda ndhoka dha dhipagwa mofaalama ya Indongo odha monika konima owala yomasiku sho kwiitsuwa natango ompanda ya dhipagwa momudhingoloko gwaKliprivier moGrootberg.
Aanambelewa yegameno lyiinamwenyo mboka ya za mo?Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy, ya li taya patolola ehala ndyoka oyiitsu mompanda ndjoka ya kuthwwa nale ooniga momasiku 15 gaMalitsa.
Ompanda ontitato, ondjoka ya si omolwa oshilalo shoka ya ningwa pethimbo lyoshiponokela sha ningwa muDecemba mofaalama yaGobabis.
Shifeta okwa popi kutya kape na oompanda dha dhipagwa miikunino yiinamwenyo, otashi ulike kutya aakongi ngashiingeyi otaya ponokele oofalama dhopaumwene.
“Aakongo otaya lundulula omolwa egameno lya kwata miiti ndyoka twa tula po miikunino yiinamwenyo.”
Omvula ya piti, oompanda 59 odha dhipagwa moNamibia. Mo-2015 95, 56 mo-2014 nomugoyi mo-2013.
Onkalo ndjoka otayi mana po iinamwenyo mbyoka muAfrika, na okwa hololwa kutya oompanda owala oonduudhe 5 000 dha hupu oshowo ndhoka oontokele 20 000.