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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Nakudhipaga a gandja ombili komutekuli gwanakusaNakudhipaga a gandja ombili komutekuli gwanakusa“A dhipaga okamwandje oko akeke nda li ndi na” Omunambelewa nale gwopolisi ngoka a monika ondjo moshipotha shedhipago lyomulumentu omugundjuka sha ningilwa pehala lyomanwino moKhomasdal, okwa gandja ombili kuyina yanakusa.

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    Justin Sunsu Simataa (31) okwa monika ondjo medhipago lyaFirmino Fabrice Mael (25) mOmpangu yoPombanda mOmaandaha.

    Okwa monika woo ondjo moshipotha shonkambadhala yedhipago, okukutha mo ondjembo mehala lyamuni eyonagulo lyomaliko.

    Okwa popi mompangulilo kutya okuuvite nayi omolwa oshiningwanima shoka.

    “Edhipago kali shi oshinima shoka nda pangele okuninga ihe olya holoka owala,” nakumonika ondjo ta popi, na okwa gwedha po kutya kashi shi oshipu okukala wu shi shi kutya owa kutha omuntu omwenyo.

    Momaandaha ompangu oya mono kutya Simataa kali ta kambadhala okwiigamena sho uumbu ondjembo nokudhipaga Mael oshowo okweehameka noonkondo Milikan Likando.

    Simataa okwa manako iikuti ye mombistoli ye sho uumbu Mael iikando ihetatu, nokweehameka Likando niikuti itano omanga ya li ya kuutumba mohauto yaMael. Ompangu oya popi kutya eumbo lyoludhi ndoka kali shi eipopilo.

    Omupanguli Nate Ndauendapo okwa popi kutya Simataa okwa kambadhala okufululukila nokwiikuthila ondjahi ye maagundjuka mbaka sho e ya umbu nonando oyali mehauto lya thikama.

    Okwa tsikile kutya nonando Simataa okwa li a ponokela muMael nookuume ke eponokelo ndyoka olya li lya hula.

    Nora Benneth, 68, omukiintu ngoka a tekula Mael sho a gandja uumbangi we mompangulilo pehala lyepangelo na okwa popi kutya omutamanekwa nenge ofamili ye inayi mu pa ombili omolwa edhipago lyaMael.



    “Ofamili yaSimataa oye ya kefumbiko ihe oyali ya mwena, naasho ya kala taya holoka koompangu oya kala taya ihumbata pwa fa kape na shoka sha ningwa po,” Benneth ta popi kutya momuthigululwakalo gwawo shoka ihashi idhidhimikilwa.

    Nonando ongaaka okwa popi kutya okwa taambako ombili yaSimataa ndjoka a gandja mompangu.

    “Onda kanitha okanona kandje oko akeke. Uululume uudhigu unene. Kanda li handi kotha moomvula mbali dhopetameko konima sho ka dhipagwa. Osha li oshidhigu noonkondo, ihe onda taambako ngashiingeyi kutya okanona kandje okadhipagwa.”

    Okwa popi kutya okatekulu ke oka valwa konima yeso lyaMael, na okwa li eshi nale kutya Mael okwa gandja etegelelo.



    “Onda yi mokandiileli keli momambo ge na okwa li a shanga mo kutya muSepetemba gwo-2012 okanona ke otaka valwa,”

    Okwa popi natango kutya yina yokatekulu ke okwe mu dhengele ongodhi omasiku omashona konima yefumbiko lyaMael nomukiintu ngoka okwe mu dhengele ta popi kutya oye na okanona naMael na okwa pumbwa omauthemba gahe yokanona opo a kaningile okanona onzapo yevalo.

    “Tango kanda li nda hala okwiitala, ihe sho twa yi nayina yaMael opo tu katale okanona okwa dhidhilike mbala kutya okanona okomona.”

    “Okanona oka fa omumwandje. Okanona oke na omeho omawanawa,” Nora ta ti.

    Oshipotha shika osha undulilwa komasiku 20 gaApilili opo ku ka gandjwe egeelo.

    FRED GOEIEMAN

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    Shaningwa a langeke Kudumo koshipundi kominute dhahuguninaShaningwa a langeke Kudumo koshipundi kominute dhahugunina Omupanguli gwopevi Hosea Angula mEtitatu okwa ekelehi eindilo lyElenga lyUukwangali, Eugene Kudumo opo ku kuthwe oonkondo etokolo lyompangu ndyoka lya li lya utha etulo lye koshipundi onga Elenga lyopamuthigululwakalo.

    Ominista yEyambulepo lyIitopolwa nOondoolopa, Sophia Shaningwa, okwa tokola oku yamo olunyala moshikumungu shika kominute dhahugunina lela.

    Momushangwa gwe gwopampangu ngoka a shanga mEtiyali, Shaningwa okwa popi kutya okwa ningi etokolo momasiku 15 gaFebruali opo a tule Kudumo koshipundi shuuleli onga Elenga lyElelo lyUukwangali nonando ope na etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kompangu.

    Omushanga ngoka okwe gu ningi, sha landula sho omukalelipo po gwe, Margaret Malambo mombelewa yahahende-ndjai gwepangelo, a lombwele ompangu momasiku 24 gaMalitsa kutya Shaningwa ina zimina opo Kudumo a ninge omuleli gUukwangali pethimbo lyomutumba ngoka gwa li gwa ningwa noombinga mbali tadhi dhana onkandangala moshikumungu shika muFebruali.

    Omalenga omanene oga pataneke oohapu dhaShaningwa kutya okwa ninga omutumba nokuya moonkundathana noongundu ndhoka mbali, na oya popi kutya elenga owala limwe Rudolph Ngondo, olyo lya hiwa komutumba ngoka gwa ningwa muFebruali na okwa yi pamwe nomukokele, Severinus Siteketa.

    Nonando ongaaka aantu yevulithe po 40 ya za kombinga yaKudumo oshowo iilyo yomutumba gwopashigwana, Hamunyera Hambyuka, Damien Nakombare naPetrina Haingura nayo oya kala momutumba ngoka.

    Omutumba ngoka aniwa inagu kaliwa kuKudumo.

    Shaningwa okwa popi kutya etokolo lye opo a tule Kudumo koshipundi, olya thiminikwa koshizemo shomakonaakono gokomitiye ndjoka ya ulikwa muMei gwo-2015.

    Okomitiye oya mono kutya Kudumo okwa gwanitha po iinakugwanithwa ayihe yopamuthigululwakalo gwawo na okwa li uulikwa nale ku Daniel Sitentu Mpasi nakusa ngaashingeyi ngoka ali Elenga lyelelo ndyoka.

    Okwa tsikileko kutya Kudumo okwa kala noku ulukilwa oshigwana pamuthigululwakalo gwawo na ota yambidhidhwa woo kuNgoloneya gwoShitopolwa shaKavango yOkuuninginino, Sirrka Ausiku.

    Shaningwa okwa popi kutya okomitiye oya popi kutya etokolo lyompangu inali ningwa kwa landulwa ompangu yomithigululwakalo.

    Okwa tsikile kutya Siteketa okwa li owala uulikwa onga omuleli kongundu yimwe po ihe ina ulikwa moshigwana naAusiku ina shaina Siteketa onga omuleli.

    Siteketa okwa pataneke omapopyo ngoka kutya ye okwa ziminwa onga omuleli molwaashoka okwa za mOmbala yaKapango.

    Siteketa okwa popi kutya Ausiku okwa tindi oku mu zimina onga omuleli sho a tindi okushaina eindilo lye.

    “Otandi ka pataneka etokolo lyaminista molwaashoka otali yi pambambo etokolo lyompangu, na kali li paundemokoli,” Siteketa ta ti.

    Omukalelipo gwopaveta gwomalenga omanene, Norman Tjombe, okwa popi kutya etokolo lyaShaningwa okutula koshipundi Kudumo otali ka ninga olugodhi olupe mompangu.



    Okwa popi kutya okwa nyolelele Shaningwa oombapila ne pokati komasiku 15 gaFebruali sigo 23 gaMalitsa ihe inadhi yamukulwa.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    Kaleni kokule noLPM, SPYL a londodhaKaleni kokule noLPM, SPYL a londodha Ewawa lyaanyasha mOngundu yoSwapo, olya popi kutya elelo lyongundu ndjoka olya gandja ehala lya gwana kiilyo opo yi vule okukundathana iipambele yoshigwana.

    Elelo lyaanyasha yoSwapo moshitopolwa shaKunene olya kunkilile iilyo yawo opo kayi kuthe ombinga momutumba gwoLandless People’s Movement (LPM) ngoka tagu ningilwa moKhorixas ongula.

    Amushanga gwewawa ndyoka moshitopolwa shoka, Ronnie Mutrifa okwa popi kutya ekotampango lyaSwapo lya gandja uuthemba kiilyo opo yi kuthe ombinga momitumba dha yooloka dhongundu yawo nokukundathana omaupyakadhi kehe.

    “Pehala lyelelo lyongundu yetu onda hala okutseyithilwa iilyo yetu opo kayi kuthe ombinga nokukala pomutumba ngoka tagu ningwa koLPM, molwaashoka ekotampango lyetu otali utha oompito odhindji ndhoka iilyo tayi vulu okulongitha mokukundathana iinina yonkalathano, eliko nopolotika mokati koshigwana shetu,” Mutrifa ta ti.

    Okwa popi kutya nonando omahwahwameko gamwe ngoka oge na iilyo yoSwapo, okwa popi kutya kape na limwe lyomohwahwameko ngoka ngaashi LPM nenge Affirmative Repositioning (AR) taga kwatakanithwa nongundu tayi pangele.

    Mutrifa okwa popi kutya aaleli yomahwahwameko ngaka mboka taya ipopi kutya oyeli iilyo yoSwapo oya pumbwa okwiikutha mo mongundu nenge ya tidhwemo molwaashoka itaya tsu kumwe nekotampango lyongundu.

    Okwa tsikile kutya epangelo lyoSwapo, oli na ontseyo kombinga yomukundu gwevi moshilongo na otali kondjo nuudhiginini okukandulapo omukundu nguka.

    Okwa gwedha po opo iilyo yoSwapo yiilongekidhile omutumba gwevi omutiyali ngoka tagu kaningwa moshilongo ihe inaya pukithwa kwaamboka taya kwatele komeho omahwahwameko ngaka.

    Mutrifa okwa pula woo iilyo yawo yi yambidhidhe omupresidende Hage Geingob.

    Paul Thomas gwoLPM okwa popi kutya omapopyo gaMutrifa otaga holola kutya LPM ongundu yopolotika ihe yo kaye shi ongundu yopolotika.

    “Tse ehwahwameko owala lya kwatelamo aantu ayehe mboka yahala okukondjitha onkalo yokwaahena evi moshilongo,” Thomas ta ti.

    Omuleli nale gwoUnited Democratic Front (UDF) Justus Garoëb oye ta ka kala omupopi a simana poshigongi shoLPM shoka tashi ningilwa ngula moKhorixas nomupevi minista nale gwOmavi, Bernadus Swartbooi, otaka popya poshigongi shoka.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    Former SA deputy finance minister resigns as MPFormer SA deputy finance minister resigns as MP“The office of the ANC Chief Whip confirms the resignation of former deputy finance minister and ANC MP Cde Mcebisi Jonas as a member of parliament effective 31 March 2017,” ANC chief whip media liaison Nonceba Mhlauli said in a statement yesterday morning.

    “Comrade Jonas has served both as deputy minister and MP with absolute distinction and dedication. He has also served the movement and the South African people in various capacities over the years. On behalf of the ANC in parliament we thank comrade Jonas for his selfless service to the movement as its public representative.

    “We are confident that he will continue serving the country and our movement in other capacities in future. We wish him well.”

    Jonas's move follows that of former transport minister Dipuo Peters, who resigned as an ANC MP on Wednesday.

    President Jacob Zuma sacked Peters, Jonas and finance minister Pravin Gordhan during his cabinet reshuffle on Thursday last week. Zuma appointed ten new ministers and ten new deputy ministers.

    ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said the only crime Gordhan and Jonas had committed was being incorruptible.

    They were set to return to parliament as ordinary MPs.



    NEWS24

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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Bright future for tourism
  • Bright future for tourismBright future for tourismOn the couch with Gondwana's Gys Joubert Newly appointed Gondwana Collection chief executive officer Gys Joubert is keen to grow the tourism group. The Gondwana Collection has grown from its humble beginnings with the establishment of its Canyon Lodge in 1996 to one of the biggest tourism groups in Namibia.

    This week, Namibian Sun sat down with its newly appointed chief executive officer, Gys Joubert, to talk about his new job, his expectations and his aspirations for the Gondwana Collection.

    Joubert recently took over from founding CEO Manni Goldbeck, who had led the tourism group for close to 21 years.

    Asked about his professional background, Joubert said he was an admitted lawyer and once earned a living as a legal advisor.

    “I have a legal background. I am admitted in the High Court of Namibia and hold two master's degrees in law. I practised law for a few years. I guess it was a means to an end.

    “After a few years of practice, I joined Bank Windhoek as a legal advisor. After five years I moved to the Capricorn Group. I worked as the assistant to the executive of Capricorn, including Koos Brandt, the chairman of Capricorn Group Holdings,” said Joubert.

    According to him, his banking career prepared him adequately for his new role.

    “Banking is an integral part of all industries. My past experience as a banker is invaluable. I will always be thankful to Capricorn. It gave me a fantastic foundation for my new role as CEO here at Gondwana.”

    Joubert described his new role as exciting but extremely busy. “I have found my new role to be extremely busy, it is also exciting. It is going very well but even a little intimidating sometimes.”

    Joubert said he would not change anything at Gondwana. “There will be no change in modus operandi. The Gondwana brand, culture, our views on sustainability, our bottom line down to managing the business, in my mind are sacred. It is who and what we are; there will be absolutely no change. My mandate is to grow the business, to grow the company.”

    Describing the current landscape as exciting, Joubert said the local tourism industry was enjoying good fortune.

    “Our outlook for growth is positive. We are blessed because we are looking at the best tourism season this country has ever experienced.”

    He warned that any intended policy changes by the government would need to be closely scrutinised.

    “Whatever we are doing nationally, we have to be very sensitive. The smallest change we make can have the biggest effect on our desirability.

    “Brand Namibia is a very positive brand but we must do whatever we can to increase our brand value, we must do anything that will not compromise our Brand Namibia.”

    Another area of concern for Joubert is a lack of sufficient establishments for tourists. “The high season is enormous, especially with the new flights that have been introduced.

    “It has had a major positive impact but the risk is that Namibia does not have enough inventory, bed nights, and that is not good. We need more investment in the tourism industry.

    “Tourism is probably the most sustainable form of export for Namibia. It earns us valuable foreign currency, but we are competing in a global market against other countries that are trying to attract the same tourists.

    “We must constantly try to improve what we offer to make Brand Namibia an even more desirable destination.”

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 04/06/17--16:00: NAMA entertainers announced
  • NAMA entertainers announcedNAMA entertainers announcedReunions, international and local fusions Damara Punch fans can look forward to a memorable and mind blowing performance when the electrifying Raphael & Pele reunites on the NAMA 2017 stage. The duo will perform their all-time hit song Xai //na gomasen that will take fans down memory lane. The trio went their separate ways after 10 years of making good vibes.

    They were best known for introducing a kudu dance when they released their second album Xai //na /gomasen. The trio last performed together was in 2012 at the NAMAs.

    Another first on the NAMA stage is when Namibian new gospel sensation Maranatha will share the stage with legendary Rebecca Malope at the 2017 Namibian Annual Music Awards. The two will perform a medley of their songs “In his Presence” and “Thula Africa” respectively.

    Maranatha released her first debut album entitled “Smile” in 2016 at the National Theatre of Namibia. Her album serves to encourage people to always have a positive outlook on life and to never give up. “Performing with Rebecca Malope is a dream comes true for me. It is something I have always been looking forward singing with a woman of her caliber”, said Maranatha. The 7th Namibian Annual Music awards will take place on 28 and 29 April.



    June Shimuoshili

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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Itching vagina
  • Itching vaginaItching vagina Dear Auntie Nangy, I am a young 17- year-old girl. I have a problem, my vagina itches a lot and sometimes I am so embarrassed because it happens in public. I feel so hopeless at times. What can I do aunty?

    There are a number of reasons why a vagina itches but usually it's nothing serious. However if it goes unchecked it can be a symptom of infections. Common problem can be vaginal yeast infection which can be treated with natural yoghurt, apple cider vinegar or salt bath. If it continues seek medical attention because it could be sexually transmitted diseases like genital herpes or genital warts and or gonorrhoea to mention a few.



    Can't say I love you

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am a 22-year-old boy. The problem is that I am not in love. There is one girl I have fallen for but I don't know how to tell her. I really don't know where to start to tell her that I love her. Please help.

    My dear, if your love was that intense, you would have found means and ways to tell her how you feel about her. You are 22 and this is your first love? From what I get from the tone of your letter, I think your love is so tense that you dread to get a no for an answer. But, you have to be bold enough to take the bull by the horns before someone else takes her. Have confidence when talk with her and look her in the eyes. In communication there are many ways to say something without opening your mouth and this is called non-verbal communication and when you smile at her and doing so you are saying nonverbally you like her. Next time you meet her and you shake her hand squeeze and search for her reaction by looking straight into her eyes. The long lingering stare and a gentle squeeze of her hands is magical and melts the heart of any romantic woman. Find out the things she likes and share her preferences. Doing so will make her feel that you are the ideal companion for her. Give her small gifts. There are so many ways to tell a girl you love her without saying the “three little words, I love you”.

    Looking for love

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am 23 years old and I am looking for a single guy to fall in love with. Anyone interested contact me at this number - 081 6322676.

    This is a 21st Century girl who does not wait for a guy to propose to her. Culture is dynamic and its dynamism is enshrined in this bold request. She gotta get you so single guys here is a chick looking for love.

    I still love him

    Dear Aunty Nangy, help me, I am 20 year-old-girl and I still love my ex-boyfriend although he doesn't want to come back to me. Please help me. I need him back.

    It is difficult for me to give you sound advice because you did not give me enough information. I don't know how long you were in love with your ex-boyfriend. It often happens that a guy breaks up with someone.While it may be painful for you because you were deeply in love with this guy I advise you not to despair. Nothing just happens and everything happens for a good reason. Look for the silver lining in your cloud. At 20, you are way too young to sound so hopeless. The sun always shines after a storm and soon Mr Right will come along and mend that broken heart.

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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Birthdays galore
  • Birthdays galoreBirthdays galoreCelebrating Namibian entertainers History was made in the entertainment industry as local celebrities came together with their fans for memorable birthday celebrations. It's a well-known fact that Namibian celebrities love to party and in style too. This past weekend had three major birthday bashes as musicians The Dogg, Oteya and choreographer Stanley Mareka choose to celebrate their birthdays with their fans. The beauty of all the birthday bashes was the other local heavy weights come out in support and celebration. Queen Oteya hosted a birthday count down at the Warehouse Theatre and had Lady May, Gazza, Dillish Mathews and Maria Nepembe, just to mention a few sing along to the birthday song.

    The German based choreographer Mareka flew in just to turn 30 in a crowd, on the Namibian soil at wthe Zoo Park Amphitheatre with a crazy line up of musicians and dancers. Stanley's birthday party saw an indication of arts appreciation as all those that performed that night did it for free. The crème de la crème of Namibian rap and RnB Berthold, Jericho and Dixon where amongst the performers that brought the roof down alongside new kid on the block Ona. To add a cherry on top, Ndawana composed and dedicated a song especially for him.

    The Mshasho army took its party to the coastal town of Swakop at Infinity Lounge. The Dogg described the party as lit and packed to capacity. Artist Sunny Boy graced the crowd with his hit tunes. This weekend, the Mshasho entourage will take the party to the northern towns of Ongwediva Club Level on Friday and Small Park on Saturday. N$50 is the entrance fee.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Company helping the East to meet the WestCompany helping the East to meet the West While Chinese businesses coming to Namibia are nothing new, Hunan Satellite TV, the second most-watched channel in China, second only to CCTV-1 owned by China Central Television, recently concluded filming parts of a reality television series in Namibia.

    The production, which first saw the team visit Namibia during a scouting trip for a few days in December of last year, and now locations such as Harnass Wildlife Foundation east of Gobabis and Deadvlei near Solitaire in the south of Namibia are part of the filming locations around the world. These include countries such as Brazil, South Africa and Australia Hunan Satellite TV wrapped filming locally in March.

    According to Mr Guy Nockels, Executive Producer of Namib Film, throughout the very challenging production, the visiting film crew had a chance to see the stunning scenery and travel on the incredible road network which makes Namibia a favourite film destination for European television stations and large Hollywood studios.

    Namib Film sees great potential in developing this new partnership with Hunan Satellite Television and believes that once other Chinese filmmakers see what Namibia and local film companies such as Namib Film and its sister company Magic Touch Films has to offer, and hears of the professional services offered, there would definitely be more productions moving in.

    Staff reporter

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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Silent Killers
  • Silent KillersSilent KillersTaking dance and comedy to the next level It started as a family thing that later turned into a money-making scheme. Meet a unique set of people in showbiz. The Silent Killers are Buchters through and through and proud residents of Lüderitz who want to ensure that their town has great entertainment provided all the time.

    The dancing crew, made up of comedian Tuta, MJ and Denzel, say that they don't want to be like the other entertainers who leave Lüderitz for the big city when they have made it as it does not show loyalty to their hood.

    In 2009 the dancers started dancing in a group called Manga Fam which means tiny family as they were all little kids who grew fond of each other.

    The group broke up as the majority of its members went to further their studies.

    “I was in primary school and my bras left for secondary school. We were initially eight, but because of other commitments we are only three today.

    “There are people who have tried to join our dance group but we refuse because we know that there is no money in it as a reward which could result in lack of commitment from them. I am proud of us because we have done so much to create a name for ourselves,” said Denzel.

    The trio admitted to the hardships of being entertainers in the region which include lack of success and lack of sponsorships. For them, one needs to have a back-up plan in case dancing doesn't work out. “I can't mention any name of someone that has made it through dancing from Lüderitz because it is that hard. The one person we look up to is Ella who currently dances for Exit who is from the region.

    “The majority of the Lüderitz dancers have all stopped because of lack of support,” said Tuta. The dancers say it's easier to get noticed in the city and be taken up by an artist as a backup dancer or by a choreographer, as opposed to their small hometown with close to no resident musicians.

    The Silent Killers regard themselves as a unique group because they dance to all kinds of music genres.

    They claim to be targeting audiences from all over the country instead of considering Namibia as their only market. “If you listen to our mix that we dance to you get music from East Africa, Europe, and America – everywhere.

    We have no boundaries. When you come to see us perform you are guaranteed to sing along to your favourite song and walk away with sweet dance moves too,” said Denzel.

    To date, the dancers have graced the Crayfish Festival, and the Diamond Festival in Oranjemund “The response that we got since our reunion has been overwhelming. People love us and what we do. This year we were asked to perform three times at the Crayfish Festival. That just shows how we love what we do. Getting gigs is hard because there are hardly big events so we mostly showcase at schools and bars and clubs,” said Tuta.

    The dancers get their songs from DJs, by watching music shows and by keeping a close eye on musicians' social media pages. They pride themselves in only dancing to the latest tracks even if it means rehearsing dance moves the afternoon of the event. “We love having the element of surprise in our dance sets just so we keep our audience on their feet.

    “We also like updating them on the latest music offered, especially that from local artists. Local is lekker and that is very true,” said Tuta. Silent Killers are motivated by some local cats including The Dogg, Tash, Chester and Gazza just to mention a few, and they enjoy dancing to their music.

    They say their aim is to inspire the many talented youth of Lüderitz for their town to have a vast entertainment industry where actors, musicians and visual artists can be groomed and appreciated.

    “Many times we have events here the hosts look out of Lüderitz for entertainment which shouldn't be the case.

    “We want to motivate the young ones so come ten years down the line, we don't have to be depending on other towns for arts,” said Tuta. The trio hope that the town council gives attention to arts as it is one thing that they appreciate especially those that are not book smart.

    “Little things like dance, acting or singing competitions where prizes could be won are ways to keep us busy and out of trouble. Many consider us talented people tsotsis, ghetto kids and irresponsible but that is not the case,” said Silent Killers.

    Group member Tuta has become an internet sensation with his comic skills when he started uploading videos of him making fun of current affairs. “When my friend Erastus and I started making the videos we didn't think they'd get the attention they have.

    One of the coolest videos we shot was when we transformed a beggar with a can of Doom spray. We have close to ten videos out and the fans keep requesting more,” said Tuta.

    He hopes that an investor sees their talent to sponsor them for a short comedy film.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Here for unity
  • Here for unityHere for unity TThis past weekend was a hype of activity in the entertainment and arts industry of Namibia. So much was going on and many people who attended different events this past weekend were treated to world-class entertainment and special performances from our Namibian celebrities. I doubt that if any of people who attended these events could say that they were disappointed… but that is not the focus for this column.

    What really inspired me, and something that I am really proud of, was the unity amongst our Namibian artists, musicians and actors. We have been preaching about unity for such a long time but this time around we saw a visual representation of that unity that we have been garnering support for. So many celebrities were supporting each other's events and every one of them should be praised for actually stepping out and assisting one another. Too many times we've been complaining that artists don't support each other but this time around the support was immense and many could see it as well. I can only appreciate and encourage our fellow celebrities to keep on supporting each other's brands because at the end of the day, it builds their brands too and makes our entertainment and arts industries stronger.

    We saw many celebrities flock to support each other at birthday bashes, film premières and many other events. It may seem like a small victory but it's a step in the right direction. Some of the events had a line-up of more than 10 entertainers who performed for crowds for free. Some of these entertainers who performed for free are huge artists who did not have to perform for free but for the betterment of our industries and for the sake of unity they chose to do so and I was really pleased to see our entertainers step up for each other.

    Maybe if your fans see that you are supporting another artist, performer, painter or actor they are more likely to attend their events or buy their stuff. This too can be said about the fans of the person you are supporting. I can only imagine the benefits of artists supporting each other… this means we get to see more local movies, get more great music, we get to attend more exhibitions and this in the near future can only grow our industries.

    I am looking forward to bigger and better collaborations and I want to see more Namibian brands join forces and contribute towards the industry. We should not shy away from giving our artists applause when they make us proud just as much as we run our mouths when they disappoint us. Let us celebrate each other's success stories and work hard at all times.

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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Namibia enters graphite fray
  • Namibia enters graphite frayNamibia enters graphite frayImerys and Gecko excited about new mine Imerys Graphite and Gecko have entered into a joint venture that will lead to the first production of graphite in Namibia in almost 40 years. Mining in Namibia has been on the up and up in recent times. The commissioning of three new mines and an acid smelter have added to the buoyancy of the local mining sector, which has attracted accolades from the Frasier Institute which at one point listed Namibia as an attractive destination.

    Now a new graphite mine is set to be inaugurated and once again proves that Namibia is a favourable mining destination.

    Benchmark Magazine recently sat down with Imerys's Hugnues Jacquemin to talk about his company's latest venture, the Okanjunde graphite mine, a joint venture between Imerys and Gecko Mining Namibia.

    “Imerys Graphite and Carbon's extensive expansion strategy includes several actions aligned with market evolution.

    “The fact that there is a growth trend in the demand for natural graphite, and that we want to increase our market share in this industry, led us to search for the best solution to complement our Canadian production. [in addition to its local project],” said Jacquemin.

    According to him, the Namibian operation is bound to increase its market share as a graphite player.

    “This industry is growing. We are already a well-established player and we are expanding quickly, organically and by acquisition.

    “This JV helps us better serve customers with the objective to increase our market share.

    “The JV has purchased a former Solvay Fluorspar processing plant on site, which has been retrofitted to process graphite.

    “This has brought advantages regarding investment, anticipation of production timings and important environmental benefits,” said Jacquemin.

    “The JV with Gecko Namibia allows us to achieve these objectives. Gecko has invested heavily in geological prospecting and modelling in order to consolidate the graphite mining potential in the region of Otjiwarongo.

    “Our goal is that of facing the industry growth with an adequate supply capacity. Namibia is an excellent opportunity to expand natural graphite distribution in the southern Africa territory and other geographical areas, thanks to the favourable logistics.”

    According to Jacquemin, at full capacity, measured and indicated ore reserves are enough for more than 20 years of plant operation.

    “We are currently developing additional geological work in order to increase the lifetime of the mine.

    “Our company is fully aware of the use of natural and synthetic graphite in the lithium-ion battery anodes.

    “We produce both of these. For this reason we are ready to follow market trends and to respond to the demand for both types of graphite.

    “We are active in many other segments and the new investment in the Okanjunde graphite mine is meant to serve them all, from polymers and friction to consumer electronics, automotive, refractors and the steel industry amongst others,” he said.

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    Do proposed tax reforms promote investment?Do proposed tax reforms promote investment? In his 2017 budget speech, the minister of finance, Calle Schlettwein, indicated a proposition of delving into certain tax exemptions and deductions, which will be curbed following a “stakeholder consultation” process.

    The reason for this being that these provisions granted decrease the effective tax rate significantly when utilised.

    “When one considers our deductions and exemptions in the tax legislation, it is evident that the specifically permitted deductions and exemptions prompt taxpayers to behave in a certain manner. As an example, dividends received, which are specifically exempt for income tax purposes, promote investment activity.

    “An excellent selling point for convincing investors to finance a business or project would be that a return on investment is not subject to tax. This is a win-win scenario for the investor and investee. It's important to bear in mind that this argument will not hold for certain foreign investors. However, all the more reason for potential Namibian investors to invest in our local businesses and our economy at large,” said Standard Bank's head of tax, Adeline Beukes.

    Sharing the same sentiment, Standard Bank's tax manager, Chanelle Isaaks, states that similarly for income tax deductions: “The deduction granted in respect of plant and machinery allowances, as an example, provides relief for the decreasing value of assets over time, where such assets are utilized for trading purposes. Capital allowances therefore provide relief for taxpayers investing in certain capital assets. Therefore, it could be viewed that certain deductions or capital allowances promote investment activity.”

    From a Value-Added Tax (VAT) perspective, specifically exempt from VAT are dividends and/or interest, being consideration for investments made (which is an exempt supply under Schedule IV of our VAT Act). This is another feature of attraction for current and potential investors, as the fruits of their investment are received without having to consider the VAT implications thereof.

    “The primary purpose of an investor is to make a significant return on their investments and at the same time minimise any associated costs or liabilities. If investors are given less perks relating to the investments they make, this would influence their decision-making around investments. Namibian business activity is vital in the growth of our economy and it is important that Namibian-owned enterprises are specifically nurtured,” said Isaaks.

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  • 04/06/17--16:00: EBank to continue as before
  • EBank to continue as beforeEBank to continue as beforeBank's model to remain unchanged FNB Namibia Holdings recently acquired private equity firm Pointbreak. As a result, it now holds shares in Namibia Media Holdings, Cymot and Plastic Packaging, to mention but a few. FNB Namibia Holdings recently strengthened its offerings to the banking public with the acquisition of branchless commercial bank EBank.

    FNB Namibia spokesperson Elzita Beukes says it will be business as usual at the branchless bank.

    “For now you can expect that EBank will continue to service its customers exactly as before. As the range of EBank products grows or improves, adding more benefits and features, any new details will be shared first with customers then with the public,” she says.

    “EBank's purpose aligns strongly with FNB's inclusive banking drive and FNB's digital strategy. EBank will continue as a separate channel within the bank, similar to our innovative and first-to-market EWallet channel, and all EBank customers can count on the same great service and support they have always received.”

    FNB did not respond to a question on the appointment of a new chief executive officer following the exit of former Bank of Namibia assistant governor Michael Mukete. Since Mukete, EBank has been without a CEO.

    FNB Namibia recently raised funding of more than N$1 billion. Commenting on the development without offering much detail, Beukes said it was standard practice for commercial banks to raise funding on the capital markets.

    “Banks routinely raise funding internally and externally; essentially to increase their ability to meet rising customer needs and also to fund their own growth plans,” she said.

    It is widely anticipated that FNB's acquisition of Pointbreak will open the door for Ashburton Asset Management, one of the FirstRand Group's subsidiaries.

    “FNB Namibia Holdings is buying Pointbreak's local expertise, and launching Ashburton Investments to enlarge the capability of the Pointbreak team. We will soon be sharing more details of the project with the media and we will be sure to keep you in the loop,” said Beukes.

    FNB Namibia had been courting Pointbreak since October 2016, but the acquisition was only recently approved by the South African Reserve Bank, the Bank of Namibia and Competition Commission of Namibia.

    FNB had said the acquisition of Pointbreak would enhance the investment know-how and local wealth management capability of FNB, while Pointbreak's longstanding client-focused approach aligns well to FNB's vision of playing a leading role in the premium banking space in Namibia.





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    Downgrade avoidable, says SchlettweinDowngrade avoidable, says Schlettwein Finance minister Calle Schlettwein is confident Namibia will not suffer the same fate as South Africa later this year when ratings agencies Moody's and Fitch release their country assessment.

    During a question-and-answer session on the recently tabled budget, he also explained the need for maintaining a one-to-one peg with the rand.

    Schlettwein said the government was heeding the call of both Moody's and Fitch, which had raised concerns about elevated debt, import cover and the growing public-sector wage bill, which is the fourth highest in the world according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) assessment.

    “Standard and Poor's was very quick to downgrade South Africa. If I look at the report, it is obvious that the decision to downgrade South Africa was political and the added uncertainty in policy approach has led to the downgrade. This is not the case for Namibia,” said Schlettwein.

    Explaining why Namibia could avoid a downgrade, he said the ratings were country specific and what had happened in South Africa was not the same as the situation in Namibia.

    “The ratings agencies were worried about our debt levels and our level of foreign reserves. We have not solved these aspects but we will remain within the thresholds. Our debt has been stabilised, the deficit has been brought down. We feel that from our own point of view, we have addressed these concerns,” said Schlettwein. He also dismissed the notion that it was necessary to drop the rand and float the Namibian dollar as a standalone currency because of the volatility of the rand.

    Referring to the dismissal of South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan, Schlettwein said: “The last time former South African minister of finance Nhlanhla Nene was removed, the rand shot up to about N$16. This time, however, there has been resilience. It was about N$13.78 to the US dollar or something.

    “The volatility will not be as severe. When the currency was at N$16 to the US dollar, we all [economists and the ministry of finance] agreed that it was the right decision to maintain the peg. We are far away from that volatility. If we drop the rand, we will have exposure to foreign currency volatility. The peg is good for Namibia and should be maintained.”

    In an effort to heed the call of the ratings agencies, Schlettwein presented a consolidated budget when he presented his medium-term statement in the National Assembly last year.

    In its assessment, Moody's had warned that a downgrade was a given if government had not roped in spending.

    “Moody's would likely downgrade Namibia's rating if the new fiscal consolidation plan were to prove ineffective in containing public-sector debt accumulation beyond the rating agency's baseline,” the ratings agency said.

    Namibia's self-imposed debt cap was set at 35% while Moody's placed it at 45%. Schlettwein revealed in his budget statement that the debt-to-GDP ratio had been kept below 45%.

    While both Moody's and Fitch have affirmed Namibia's creditworthiness at Baa3 and –BBB respectively, both also downgraded their outlooks, raising the possibility of a downgrade.

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    Syrian conflict changed foreverSyrian conflict changed foreverPressure mounts for UN action on Syria 'chemical attack' Following a vicious chemical attack in Syria, in which scores of children were injured and killed, the world’s engagement with the Syrian conflict seems changed forever. Western powers pushed ahead Thursday with efforts to take action over the suspected chemical attack in Syria after US President Donald Trump warned the "affront to humanity" would not go unanswered.

    France said it was determined to pursue a UN Security Council resolution to investigate dozens of civilian deaths in a north-western Syria town, which Turkey blamed Thursday on a "chemical attack" by the Damascus government.

    President Bashar al-Assad's army has categorically denied that it used chemical weapons on Khan Sheikhun, and its ally Russia said "toxic substances" may have been released when Syrian troops struck a "terrorist warehouse". His government has also condemned the use of chemical weapons.

    At least 86 people were killed early on Tuesday in the rebel-held town, and dozens more have received treatment for convulsions, breathing problems and foaming at the mouth.

    An AFP correspondent in Khan Sheikhun on Wednesday said the town was reeling, with dead animals lying in the streets and residents still shell-shocked after watching their entire families die.

    "Nineteen members of my family were killed," 28-year-old Abdulhamid said in the town, surrounded by mourning relatives.

    "We put some masks on but it didn't do anything... People just started falling to the ground," said Abdulhamid, who lost his twin children and wife in the attack.

    Ankara said autopsies of three people transferred to Turkish hospitals confirmed that chemical weapons had been used.

    "This scientific investigation also confirms that Assad used chemical weapons," Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told Turkish state media.

    After an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Western diplomats are expected to push for a vote as early as Thursday on a resolution demanding an investigation of the suspected attack.

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the resolution, presented by Britain, France and the United States, remained a priority.

    "These crimes must not go unpunished," Ayrault told CNEWS television.

    "It's difficult because up to now every time we have presented a resolution, there has been a veto by Russia and sometimes by China... but we must cooperate because we need to stop this massacre," he added.

    If confirmed as an attack, it would be among the worst incidents of chemical weapons use in Syria's civil war, which has killed more than 320 000 people since it began in March 2011.

    It has also prompted an about-face from Trump, who in 2013 urged then-president Barack Obama not to intervene against Assad after a major suspected chemical attack.

    Senior US officials had also recently suggested it was no longer a priority that Assad be removed from power.

    "I will tell you, it's already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much," Trump told reporters at a joint White House news conference with Jordan's King Abdullah.

    "It crossed a lot of lines for me," he said, alluding to Obama's failure to enforce his own 2013 "red line" on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

    Trump did not go into detail about what any US response would be, and he has previously opposed deeper US military involvement in Syria's civil war.

    As she held up pictures of lifeless children at the UN on Wednesday, US ambassador Nikki Haley warned of unilateral action if the UN failed "in its duty to act collectively."

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is due in Moscow next week, told reporters there was "no doubt" that Assad's government was responsible for the attack.

    "And we think it is time for the Russians to really think carefully about their continuing support for the Assad regime."

    The draft resolution backs a probe by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and demands Syria provide information on its operations.

    British ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft told reporters he hoped council members would agree on a draft resolution by Thursday, but vowed to press for a vote regardless.

    Failure to agree on a compromise text could prompt Russia to use its veto to block the draft resolution, which Moscow has done seven times to shield Syria.

    Russia turned up at negotiations with a rival draft resolution that made no reference to specific demands that Damascus cooperate with an inquiry, diplomats said.

    Syria officially relinquished its chemical arsenal and signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013 to avert military action after it was accused of an attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds.

    But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use since.

    Doctors said victims showed symptoms consistent with the use of a nerve agent such as sarin - suspected to have been used by government forces in the 2013 attacks.

    US officials have not said what kind of agent they think was used, but Trump said it was "a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was."

    In the meantime, the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday it was too early to accuse the Syrian government of being responsible for a deadly poison gas attack in Idlib Province and said a proper investigation was needed, the RIA news agency reported.

    The ministry also rejected U.S. assertions that the attack, which killed at least 70 people, meant a deal to rid the country of its chemical weapons stockpile had failed, saying that the process had in fact been "quite successful," RIA reported.

    U.S. President Donald Trump accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government of going "beyond a red line" with the attack on civilians and said his attitude toward Syria and Assad had changed, but gave no indication of how he would respond.

    Russia has suggested it will publicly stand by Assad however and says the chemical incident was likely caused by a leak from a depot controlled by Syrian rebels. –Additional reporting by Reuters



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    When you fail the love test…When you fail the love test… Ladies would complain that the men in their lives tend to withdraw emotionally from relationships and never discuss matters of the heart with them.

    Well, to start off – discussing matters of the heart with your woman is considered a sign of weakness to many men. Ja, someone told me it apparently exposes us to onslaughts of any kind, as we are more bound to drop our guard that way!

    So, accept it – most men will sadly never open up and reveal their inner soul to you. However, men do talk - occasionally. Yes, we do! The problem however, is understanding what we actually mean when we say the things we say.

    If, for instance, we are at a supermarket teller and my lady murmurs something and asks me “… what do you think, honey …”, I would do well to respond correctly. I mean, the conditioned response would be “Oh yeah, she is very hot love …” in reference to the cashier, but I am bound by our relationship to say something smarter like “Oh yes, honey. The cost of food is indeed high these days …”.

    Trust me, even if you think Halle Berry is hot in a cat woman suit, or you like Julia Roberts’ smile in Notting Hill, your relationship with the madam bounds you to glance – not stare – at them once and remark on their skinny bodies, fake eyelids, or something like that.

    When no skirt is in sight, you are allowed to eventually open up and discuss the gory details about what you saw on Cat Woman. You are even allowed to lie a little – you can tell those fools that you once kissed Halle Berry on the lips after a successful news interview in Washington D.C.

    Trust me; you wouldn’t want to endure the fury of a woman scorned, especially when she starts watching those Denzel Washington movies time and again and playing the scenes where the dude is dashing to save the day, gun in one hand and an unbuttoned shirt in slow motion!

    Seriously, and I am sure I am not the only one in this boat, but since when has Cosmopolitan magazine been the ideal relationship guide? Imagine coming home to find your partner in the doorway, tears rolling down her face and panting heavily.

    You immediately react. “Maria, what is wrong … what happened?”

    She just stares at you, motionless as if stuck by lightning.

    “Honey, what IS it?” you insist.

    Finally she looks up, into your eyes, holding back her tears and as her lips part you barely make out the words: “You lied to me … you LIED to me, Charlie.”

    You freeze, scanning your mind for all those dark, horrid lies you told her about you owning a farm and 50 shebeens in Kuisebmond.

    At one point, you even think of confessing about Petronella – the woman she knows as only being a ‘sister’ to you. But you hold back the confession and bravely ask;

    “What are you talking about, honey?”

    “You said you loved me … it is not true … you lied to me, Charlie.”

    At this moment your mind goes complete blank. Then thoughts of confessing about Petronella slowly come to the fore again.

    “I don’t know what you’re talking about, honey. Of course I love you!”

    “No … I took the test … I did a test on our love and it came out the wrong way. According to Cosmopolitan you are not in touch with the inner me and ought to do more with the time you have on your hands…”

    “Cosmopolitan, as in the French magazine, told you that?”

    “American … not French. Cosmopolitan is from the States. And it didn’t tell me, I did the calculations myself based on the ‘Yes’ factor.”

    “The ‘Yes’ factor?”

    “Yes. It’s all about calculating how many times you said yes to me during our conversation over the past few days, and how many times you disagreed with me. The rate is then determined based on how many times we had an argument won by you…”

    Eish, such is the new state of affairs nowadays. It’s a lose-lose situation for us dudes, but we should never give up. If you love her, fight like a lion for her!





    Until then…



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  • 04/06/17--16:00: We have no independence
  • We have no independenceWe have no independence Namibia is not truly independent. Political independence we have and we have had it for 27 years. In terms of our economy, we are not independent at all. A case in point is the chaos currently underway in the ANC government in South Africa. One man makes a decision, informed or not – that is not relevant… he makes it and in a matter of days, Namibia's public debt climbs by N$1.6 billion, in a country that is trying to work hard to alleviate poverty, provide land, find jobs and educate its children.

    We did not fire Pravin Gordhan. In fact, all we do is follow in his footsteps.

    The same goes for the current state of our economy, prior to the South African pandemonium. We are reliant on the decisions of people we do not know, people who live thousands of kilometres away from us. These people dictate and control commodity prices. And if these things do not work out, our miners lose their jobs and our economy takes a beating.

    We are reliant on rain. If it does not fall, the backbone of our economy weakens and if it does not fall for a few years, the back almost breaks.

    When will our dependence end? This reliance on external or even Godly forces, our inability to chart our own path, is costing us dearly. And it is a price we can nary afford to pay.

    We will not create jobs. We will not improve the basis of our education system. We will not improve our health service delivery. We will not alleviate poverty. We will not develop our social safety nets for the most vulnerable. We will not have a manufacturing sector. We will not export value added products. We will not pacify our youth.

    None of these things can happen if we are subject to the forces created by people we do not know, and personalities in other countries that make ad hoc decisions.

    We will get nowhere – no matter how much peace and stability we have.

    And that too will go if our dependence is not diminished.

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    Party school to promote free debate - HausikuParty school to promote free debate - Hausiku The Swapo Party School wants to promote free debate through interactive discussions, the school's interim rector and former deputy prime minister Marco Hausiku has said.

    Hausiku was addressing Swapo regional leaders from the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto at Oshakati on Wednesday.

    President Hage Geingob launched the school in May last year in Windhoek, and it has thus far organised two public lectures by Founding President Sam Nujoma and former President Hifikepunye Pohamba in the capital.

    Hausiku told his audience the school has developed 12 critical thoughts in order to ensure interactive debates and discussions among members of the party to improve for the better.

    These critical thoughts, according to Hausiku, include party members learning from each other through speaking to one another, sharing information and knowledge and getting to know each other.

    He indicated that party members will be provided with documents of the 12 critical thoughts to read analytically and form their own views.

    “We urge members to study and internalise the critical thoughts,” Hausiku stated, adding this will deepen the members' listening skills and appreciation of other people's views.

    He also called on party members to remain a united force and to refrain from rumour mongering.

    “Nobody can build a party by resorting to rumour mongering; it is a bad seed causing us just division and failure,” stated Hausiku.

    Besides the main school in Windhoek, Hausiku said various party school centres will be established in the other regions with the aim to introduce the Swapo political programme, code of conduct and the constitution to the masses.

    Each region is anticipated to identify three candidates for the first party school training which will be presented through a critical induction course in Windhoek on 19 April.



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    Efundja not a reliable sourceEfundja not a reliable sourceInflows are fickle and not sustainable in the long term The agriculture minister John Mutorwa has emphasised that the northern seasonal flood waters are not a reliable source in need of fixed infrastructure. Agriculture minister John Mutorwa has refuted claims that government is not doing anything to harvest floodwater in the north. In a ministerial statement, Mutorwa said that earthen dams have been excavated in floodplains to harvest the floodwater.

    He, however, warned that it was not a reliable long-term source of water.

    Last month DTA leader McHenry Venaani criticised government, saying it does not realise the opportunities associated with efundja and that no water harvesting was taking place.

    “In as much as efundja is a probable threat, it in equal measure also presents an opportunity.

    Structural interventions are needed to ensure that flood surface water is diverted to, and stored in, water reservoirs,” Venaani said.

    He said that floodwater needs to be kept in a re-usable form so that farmers are able to use flood surface water for irrigation and even explore alternative hydroponic farming methods.

    However, Mutorwa said that before and after independence, government excavated several earthen dams in efundja-prone oshanas to harvest water.

    “These earthen dams are open on one side so that the water in local oshanas or pans can fill the excavated area. Due to the ephemeral nature and irregularity of the efundja, as well as large variation in distribution of local rainfall, the water in oshanas cannot effectively be considered as a reliable long-term water source,” Mutorwa said.

    The minister added that many dams have increased levels of sediment.

    He said as rivers flow, they deposit particles of mud, silt, sand and gravel, at their mouths, because the flow of water slows as the river joins the larger body of water.

    Over time, these particles (called sediment or alluvium) build up at the mouth and can extend into the ocean or a lake.

    “It is good to remember that even the famous Etosha Pan was once a very huge lake many years ago, which has transformed into a pan due to desertification, a common characteristic of arid and semi-arid areas as Namibia,” he explained.

    Due to salinity the depth of the earthen dam excavations is limited to between two and five metres.

    Mutorwa said that priority should be given to the rehabilitation and excavation of smaller earthen dams, as opposed to large dams, especially in areas with no piped water supply.

    Several such dams have recently been excavated and rehabilitated through the SCORE project in which the agriculture and water ministry is an important partner.



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