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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Rundu inmates kill fellow inmateRundu inmates kill fellow inmate An inmate was allegedly attacked and killed by his fellow inmates at Rundu this weekend after they accused him of being a “witch”.

    According to the police, the 32-year-old, Lucas Mulyatwa, was assaulted by six other inmates on Friday in the Rundu police holding cells.

    The assault happened at 01:10 after his fellow inmates accused him of being a witch and he died at the scene.

    The suspects have been identified as Tambwe Paulus, 30, Shombe Timoteus, 17, Haurumbu Antonius, 30, Kayundu Paulus, 19, Ndjamba Salomon, 31, and Stephanus Ngesheya, 19. They have been charged with murder and investigations continue.

    Meanwhile in Swakopmund a police officer was arrested for drunk driving this weekend in his private vehicle.

    According to the police, a 34-year-old officer from the Mondesa police station, was driving his private vehicle when he collided with a Toyota bakkie on Saturday at 17:30.

    It was discovered that the officer was under the influence of alcohol. No injuries were reported, but damage occurred to both vehicles. The officer was arrested, but released on N$4 000 bail.

    In another incident a 48-year-old woman from Otjekwa village, Ruacana, drowned when she went to fetch water with her motor vehicle.

    The incident took place on Saturday at 18:00. It is alleged that Beatha Shivute reverse parked her vehicle at the dam while filling her containers. When she finished, she allegedly started the vehicle but it moved backwards into the dam, causing her to drown.

    The body of a 37-year-old mentally disabled man was found at the Calai floating bridge between the Namibian and Angolan border on Friday. He was identified as Tjimbinde Aluselisms Ndumba and is a resident of Sauyemwa location. It is alleged that he left home on 3 April at around 04:00 and never returned.


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    IPPR says water response lacklustreIPPR says water response lacklustreNo defined plan or communications message The authorities have come under fire for their response to the water crisis in the central regions last year. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has criticised the key water sector authorities for their lukewarm effort to raise public awareness prior and during Windhoek's water crisis.

    The IPPR's report on Windhoek's water crisis says poor public awareness by authorities during the crisis, a lack of communication, lack of concrete action taken by government officials and conflicting messages by the relevant authorities, are just some of the highlights of the report.

    According to the institute, the media throughout 2015 and even earlier, reported on the alarmingly low water levels in the three-dam system that supplies water to Windhoek and government's perceived inaction, while water experts repeatedly over the past years highlighted major deficiencies and underinvestment in bulk water supply systems.

    The report says key authorities tasked with managing the water crisis including the City of Windhoek, NamWater and the agricultural ministry, made various attempts to communicate the status of the water savings, water saving measures and restrictions on water use.

    “Hence, they relied almost exclusively on the media alone to inform and advise city residents. No cohesive and comprehensive communication strategy was ever put in place. Neither did authorities focus on the critical importance of raising awareness among city residents regarding the urgent need to conserve water.”

    The report further says that while the agricultural ministry announced in 2015 that the government would implement a large-scale awareness campaign to inform citizens about the water crisis and urge them to save water, the campaign was never realised.

    Instead, the report states, individual public institutions, at different stages of the crisis, conducted small-scale, uncoordinated and often poorly conceptualised awareness-raising efforts. The report says that while the city produced stickers and posters with water saving tips, it had no formal distribution channel for this material, while NamWater placed a few radio adverts urging citizens to conserve water.

    Eventually, the authorities concerned established the National Water Savings Campaign.

    “However, nothing tangible has taken place under this campaign to date apart from the Water Marshals' programme,” the report says.

    It says that poor communication between authorities with regard to public announcements led to mixed and conflicting messages and this sometimes had negative consequences for water saving efforts.

    For instance, during a press conference last year in September, agricultural minister John Mutorwa, stated that the Windhoek aquifer had enough water to supply the City for 10 to 13 years.

    However, the City of Windhoek in October issued a press statement which clearly rejected this.

    “… the Windhoek aquifer only holds sufficient water to sustain the city for between two to three years in the absence of the NamWater supply system and not 13 years as reported.”

    The statement further claimed that water savings fell and attributed this to Mutorwa's statement reported in the media.

    According to the report, the lack of a coherent, large-scale, well-resourced and professional water saving campaign will continue to hamper authorities' ability to communicate effectively with citizens and bring about the crucial attitude change to manage the country's water resources responsibly.

    It further says that public announcements with regard to policy formulations by senior national officials and politicians during the water crisis contributed very little in terms of genuine leadership and support to the management of the crisis.

    “The speech-making by senior government officials repeatedly acknowledged the gravity of the situation and concerns about the estimated high costs of addressing infrastructure shortages of the overall water sector.”

    The report also says concrete strategies and action plans were however very seldom publicly formulated.


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    VIP security soars to N$800 millionVIP security soars to N$800 million21st battalion, VIP protection budget questioned Eyebrows have been raised at certain budget allocations, including that of the protection of the head of state and senior government officials. DTA President McHenry Venaani says that the “gravy train is continuing all the way to the top levels of government with nearly a N$1 billion being paid to those protecting President Hage Geingob and other ministers, while the rest of the country has to tighten their belts.”

    More than N$400 million has been allocated for the salaries of the members of the 21st Guard Battalion for this financial year. This battalion, which falls under the defence ministry, is not tasked with the day-to-day protection of the president as the VIP Service Division of the Namibian police does that.

    The unit is responsible for the security of the president at ceremonial duties and their operations are determined by the defence minister. The unit currently consists of 1 156 members and the budget represents a N$65 million increase from the previous financial year.

    Also for this financial year, more than N$398 million has been allocated for the staff of the police's VIP Service Division which is responsible for the protection of the president and other senior government officials on a regular basis. The budget was increased by N$30 million from last year.

    This was revealed in a presentation at a budget review hosted by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in the capital on Thursday. Finance minister Calle Schlettwein was also in attendance.

    In response to these figures, Venaani said that this “demonstrates how the gravy train is continuing uninterrupted during the economic crunch the country is facing while the budget cuts have not been implemented on the same levels.”

    He said that this has already been seen in the defence ministry's budget.

    “We are spending money we do not have on warfare materials, while we should be spending the money on things that we need such as hospitals and toilets.”

    He stressed that government should also be cutting on expenses if the country is being told to tighten their belts.

    “Nobody is saying that the president should not have security, but at what costs?

    He pointed out that a motorcade of eight or ten cars is not essential and this as well as security personnel costs can be cut.

    The IPPR also highlighted figures that show that the voter education department of the Electoral Commission has been allocated a total of N$15.7 million for personnel expenditure. There are only five permanent employees budgeted for.

    The main objective is to “provide voter education to Namibians and particularly the electorate so that they are able to make informed decisions as well as encourage participation in electoral processes.”

    The analysis by Rowland Brown of Cirrus Capital for the IPPR, pointed out that a total of 12 500 Namibians could be housed for free at the cost of the 13 regional state houses that are being built for President Hage Geingob.

    Until the period 2025, a total of N$1.5 billion will be spent to construct the 13 residences across Namibia to house Geingob and his entourage when he travels to the particular region.

    According to Brown, calculating the cost of construction at N$600 000 for a five-member family home, the money could have been used for housing of 12 500 people.

    Under the defence ministry's budget an amount allocated for a programme that mainly deals with the upgrading of military bases could have provided housing to 280 000 Namibians at the same calculations.

    The programme that also deals with development and investment was allocated N$11.2 billion until 2020.

    Also under this programme falls research and development for the defence ministry which alone has been allocated N$6.6 billion until 2030 and could have provided housing for 55 000 people in Namibia, Brown said.

    The primary objective of this programme is to provide a well-researched and modern equipped defence force.


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  • 04/09/17--16:00: Damara join land fracas
  • Damara join land fracasDamara join land fracas The current laws on land reform are found wanting on the issue of ancestral land and need to be changed.

    The former deputy minister of land reform, Bernadus Clinton Swartbooi, is of the view that the current legal framework does not fully address the issue of ancestral land.

    He was speaking during the Landless People's Movement's (LPM) gathering at Khorixas over the weekend and emphasised that some Namibian laws, especially those that prohibit the “owners of stolen ancestral land to reclaim their land” need to be changed.

    “The law should be politically challenged if it is unjust and unfair,” he stressed.

    He further said there is growing concern from those groups who have had their ancestral land stolen, about how government through its Ministry of Land Reform was managing its resettlement programme.

    The LPM towards the end of last year came into being after Swartbooi was dismissed from Cabinet after openly criticising his senior, lands minister Utoni Nujoma and said he should be called to order for his handling of land reform.

    He accused Nujoma of resettling people from other regions in the south while ignoring the native residents of the region. When forced to apologise by President Hage Geingob, he refused and was subsequently dismissed.

    On Saturday he told the audience that the recently purchased government resettlement farm in the Kamanjab area is now home to people from the northern regions, leaving behind those from the area.

    “The government is continuing unabatedly with its skewed resettlement programme leaving landless local people landless,” Swartbooi alleged.

    The LPM despite calls by their adversaries, including the Swapo Youth League in the Kunene Region to boycott their gatherings, extended their influence to the region. Contrary to the boycott messages and speculation on social media, the LPM says they counted almost 1 000 people in attendance at their Khorixas meeting.

    Chief Justus //Garöeb seemingly reacted to President Hage Geingob's speech made during the independence celebrations in Rundu when he said, “Of course, one question I ask when addressing [ancestral] land is, who the owners of Windhoek and surroundings areas are?”

    Geingob maintained the San people always seem to be left out of the discussion on land even though they, more than any other group of Namibians, have more of a right to claim a large portion of this country's land.

    Chief Justus //Garöeb in reaction to this said on Saturday at the at Khorixas that the Damara and San are the original owners of land in Namibia.


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     Minister's driver killed in accident Minister's driver killed in accident Two persons died on the spot when an official vehicle of youth and sport minister Jerry Ekandjo collided head-on with a Golf 4 hatchback in the early morning hours of today north of Okahandja. In the accident, Ekandjo’s driver, who was behind the wheels of a Toyota Hilux double cab, was burnt to death after the vehicle caught fire. The driver of the Golf also died instantly. Ekandjo confirmed the accident to Namibian Sun this morning. The minister’s driver, who is also a police officer, was identified as Johny Lusiano, while the other motorist has been identified as 44-year-old Jafet Amukutsi. Ekandjo was not inside the vehicle at the time of the accident. Both drivers were alone in the cars.


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      Rape suspect lures teen with watermelon Rape suspect lures teen with watermelon
    A 28-year-old is expected to appear before the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court tomorrow for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl on Saturday. The incident took place at Onegandjo village in Oshikoto Region. The suspect apparently lured the teenager with a watermelon before allegedly proceeding to have sexual intercourse without her consent. Oshikoto police Deputy Commissioner Naomi Katjiua confirmed the incident. Katjiua said it is alleged that the suspect who is a neighbour of the victim, invited her to his room to get a watermelon but in the process forcefully pulled her inside the room and raped her. The suspect was arrested on Sunday after the girl reported the incident to her parents who alerted the police. Police investigations continue.


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    Oshakati race attracts veteransOshakati race attracts veterans Retired Namibian Defence Force Lieutenant-General Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah and the former police commissioner for northern Namibia, Nghiyalasha Haulyondjaba, on Saturday took part in the Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa regional road race challenge at Oshakati.

    The two veterans participated in the two-kilometre fun walk challenge, which also attracted town councillors from the Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto regions.

    Ruacana mayor Linea Shikale was the winner in the women's category, followed by Elizabeth Ashipala in second place and Johanna Ashipala in third place.

    Daniel Handuukeme, Pohamba Nghihalwa and Hendrik Shuudeni were first, second and third in the men's category.

    About 89 participants took part in the marathon.

    The event, organised by Shokonawa Training Academy, also offered 5km and 10km races for junior and senior women and men from the four regions.

    Ndaitwah, who was representing Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah in the race, applauded the participants, emphasising the importance of sport.

    “It is very important to promote sports and physical fitness among young and old, as this is another way of uniting people but most importantly, health is important,” he said.

    The winner of the 10km race for senior men was Paulus Vilho, followed by Toivo Festus and Johannes Kafidi.

    Letisia Stephanus was the only participant in the senior women's 10km race.

    Seventeen-year-old Tuuliki Angala from Omusati stole the show after running the 5km race with bare feet and winning.

    Benefactors came forward after the race to give her running shoes. She plans to take part in a national marathon in Windhoek on 26 April.

    Angala said she had a passion for running.

    “I am happy with my victory today and I am pleased to be participating at national level later this month seeing as I only started running this year,” she said.

    Anglican Church Reverend Festus Unoovene and Florian Shilongo came first and second in the veterans' 10 km category.


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    Portuguese scout eyes NamibiansPortuguese scout eyes NamibiansPlayers might get lucky Namibian football players are under the radar of a professional agent from Europe. A football agent who lives in Portugal, Mario Teixeira, says he hopes that Namibia will produce much stronger players in the future.

    Teixeira has been following some of the Namibian players in the South African premiership, as well as the games of the national team, on the internet.

    He feels there is talent in Namibia and he has been considering scouting a few players for big-money contracts abroad.

    Speaking in an exclusive interview, Teixeira said: “I have watched Namibians also in the South African league.

    “I think Namibians are technically good players, but aren't physically strong such as in other African countries.

    “They need to improve, but in general I think if they are well prepared they have the quality to play football at a higher level.

    “I hope I will be able to scout a few of them in the near future.”

    Teixeira never played football professionally but has been helping first-division sides scout for players across the world.

    The agent says his biggest wish has always been to see more African players get contracts abroad.

    “I have worked with Alvaro Recoba, Ariel Ortega, Joan Capedevilla, Julio Cruz, Ivan Cordoba and then others who are good level players but not known worldwide,” Teixeira said.

    The scout added that he was aware of Namibian clubs such as African Stars, Black Africa, Orlando Pirates and Chief Santos.

    Teixeira has 15 years' experience in the field and is licensed to represent players around the world.


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  • 04/10/17--16:00: Uniting in the name of sport
  • Uniting in the name of sportUniting in the name of sportSport and play are important to Unicef The NFA, Basketball Artists' School (BAS) and Special Olympics Namibia (SON) hosted an event last week to bring young sports fans together. The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) representative to Namibia, Micaela Marques de Sousa, says sport and play are important to Unicef because they are vital elements in fulfilling the rights to health, happiness and well-being of children and young people and in reducing their vulnerabilities.

    De Sousa was speaking on the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace in Windhoek on Thursday.

    De Sousa said sport was not just an end in itself, but also an effective tool to help improve the lives of children, families and communities.

    “Organised sport, whether played in schools or out on the streets, has the power of teaching important life skills such as self-esteem, respect, teamwork and fair play, just by virtue of getting children together in a protective environment, under the guidance of a positive role model,” she said.

    She said research showed that by the age of 14, girls dropped out of sport twice as often as boys.

    “Factors such as social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs and lack of positive role models can all contribute to the reasons why girls drop out of sport in their adolescent years. If these factors can be addressed, I believe that more girls will remain involved in sport and physical activity throughout their lives.”

    Mary-Ann Adams, a seventh grade learner at A Steenkamp Primary School, said she enjoyed taking part in sport as it kept her mind active and helped her focus on her schoolwork.

    “I want to achieve great things and to be a responsible adult whom everyone is proud of,” she said.


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    Ndeitunga a kunkilile omatanga geNdeitunga a kunkilile omatanga ge Ndeitunga okwa tsu woo omukumo aakwashigwana ya lopote iimbuluma Kakukutu kOpolisi, Sebastian Ndeitunga okwa kunkilile iilyo yetanga lyopolisi mEtitano kutya nayi longe nuudhiginini nokugandja ekwatho kAaNamibia.

    Ndeitunga ndhika okwe dhipopi n, pethimbo lyoshituthi sheyelo lyaanambelewa yopolisi o52 mboka ya pewa iinakugwanithwa iipe, na okwa popi woo kutya oonakuyelwa inaya kala owala ya kuutumba yamwena ihe naya gwanithe po iilonga yawo ngaashi ye yi nuninwa.

    “Kamu shi aahona noombelewa moka tamu longele kadhi shi dheni ihe odhoshigwana shoka osho hashi futu oondjambi dheni. Kakeni mu na ombili noshigwana nokushi kwatha mpoka tashi pumbwa omakwatho.'

    Mboka ya yelwa ongaashi Komanda nale gwOshitopolwa shaShikoto, Komufala Anne Marie Nainda ngoka a pewa ombandi yuuMayola-Ndjai. Nainda ngashiingeyi okuli omupeha omukonaakoni-ndjai gwoshikondo shiilonga mOpolisi. Mayola-Ndjai Nainda okwa wayimine Etanga lyOpolisi mo-1992 omanga owala e na oomvula 18. Okwa tamekela iilonga ye moKatututa nalwanima okwa tuminwa kosasiyona yaVenduka.

    Okwa longela woo oInterpol sigo osho a ningwa komanda gwoshitopolwa shaShikoto mo-2007. Nainda oye omukiintu gwotango ta yelwa nokuningwa omupeha gwaNdeitunga.

    Konima sho a yi moshipundi shevululuko lyaMayola-Ndjai, James Tjivikua, ngoka a li chief of operations, ngashiingeyi Mayola-Ndjai Desiderius Shilunga oye ta kutha po ehala lye.

    Ngoka a li nale omunambelewa omukwatakanithi nomukonaakoni gwiimbuluma Omupeha Komufala, Ottilie Kashuupulwa gwOshitopolwa shErongo, okwa lundululilwa mOshitopolwa shaShana onga omukomeho omupe gwiilonga metanga ndyoka moshitopolwa shaShana, omanga ngoka ta longo pehala lyakomanda gwoshitopolwa sha//Karas Region, Omupeha Komufala Julia Sakuwa, oye ngashiingeyi omukomeho gwiilonga moshitopolwa shaZambezi. Omayelo ngoka noompito ndhoka oompe odha yi miilonga mesiku lyotango lyaApilili.

    Ndeitunga okwa dhenge omuthindo kombinga yuuthikepamwe moompito dhiilonga metanga lyopolisi, pethimbo a popitha iilyo.

    “Taleni ongula yonena pokapale kondhelela inandi mona po nando oshipala shomutiligane. Andola ohatu kala nondhelela yetu ombwaanawa ngele otu na omalwaala ga yooloka.Otandi indile aavali aatiligane opo ya tse omukumo aanona yawo ya wayimine etanga lyopolisi. Oshikunino ohashi kala owala oshiwanawa ngele shi na oongala dhomaludhi ga yooloka. Inandi hala okukala we tandi mono okapale kondhelela ke na owala olwaala lumwe.” Okwa gunu woo iilyo opo yi longe nuudhiginini ta popi kutya otaku ka talika omeho mboka itaya longo neitulemo.

    “Otandi ka shuna ponkatu yopevi noombandi ndatu uuna nda mono kutya mboka opo owala mwa yelwa itamu gwanitha po iilonga yeni. Aanambelelewa mboka taya longo uulingiling na itaya gwanitha po iilonga yawo oye li esithahoni enene kungame noketanga lyopolisi alihe. Nonando otu na aanambelewa aashona mopolisi yetu, oshihwepo okukala tu na aanambelewa mboka itaye tu sitha ohoni oshowo aanambelewa mboka haya pitika omapeko ga kane.”

    Okwa pula aakwashigwana opo ya kale taya lopota iimbuluma ta ti, aashiinda oyo haya kala yeshi egumbo ndyoka hali landitha iingangamithi popepi nayo nenge kutya omushiinda shawo oha dhenge omukulukadhi gwe. Okwa indile aantu opo ya lopote iimbuluma mbyoka kopolisi meendelelo.

    Okwa holola woo omaiyuvo ge kombinga yeyiyako mondjeedhililo lyookwatwa mOshakati, omasiku ga piti, ta popi kutya otaka katuka yemwene oonkatu molwaashoka ka pwa li etonatelo okuza kaanambelewa yopevi.

    Sho a popi kombinga yonkalo yeliko, Ndeitunga okwa popi kutya oshidhigu okukandula po omukundu gwompumbwe yomagumbo oshowo aanambelewa pethimbo ndika. Okwa popi kutya omolwa omukundu gwiiyemo, osha etitha woo ya kaleke manga etungo lyoombonge dhoshikondo oompe oshowo oombelewa dhopaitopolwa.

    Ndeitunga okwa popi kutya oya shunitha pevi elongitho lyiimaliwa yomahooli okuza poomiliyona 110 okuya po-20, na okwa popi kutya oya pumbwa okulundulula melongitho lyawo lyiimaliwa nongele hasho iihauto otashi vulika yi ka kale itayi longithwa, ta pula woo ekwato nelongitho nawa lyiiyenditho.

    Tanja Bause

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    Aanafaalama yaMangetti ya nongekwaAanafaalama yaMangetti ya nongekwa Aapopi poshigongiiilonga sha ningilwa aanafaalama yaMangetti, oya pula ooyene yoofaalama opo ya kuthe po omukalo gomuthigululwakalo ngoka gwa tala owala kutya uunafaalama omukalo gwokumona omahini, omagadhi goongombe nokwiiyulika ihe naya longithe uunafaalama mokuninga aanangeshefa.

    Oshigongiilonga shoka sha ningwa mehuliloshiwike osha nuninwa okugandja elongo kaanafaalama yomomudhingoloko ngoka. Omudhingoloko gwaMangetti ogumwe tagu adhika nehala lyuulithilo na ogwa totwa po kanafaalama yomonooli yoshilongo mboka yeli kohi yomusinda omutiligane opo ya vule okulongitha ompito yuunafaalama yopamangeshefelo ihe okwa hololwa kutya aanafaalama itaya longitha ompito ndjoka opo ya lundulule oofaalama dhawo nokudhininga oongeshefa.

    Monena ehala ndyoka olya taalela omukundu gwendumbalo lyiimuna, naafaalama otaya kanitha woo omwaalu gwiimuna omunene omolwa oshikukuta.

    Konyala aanafaala ya thika po-200, mboka yeli iilyo yoMangetti Farmers' Association oya kala poshigongiilonga shoka. Aanafaalama mboka oya longwa nkene ye na okukaleka iimuna yawo muundjolowele , nkene ye na okulanditha po iimuna yawo oshowo omakwatho giiyemo ngoka taya vulu okumona.

    Simon Tuhafeni, omunafaalama gwopangeshefa popepi noGrootfontein na okuli woo omuunganeki gwoshigongiilonga shoka okwa lombwele aanafaalama mboka opo ya ethe po omukalo gomuthigululwakalo kutya uunafaalama woongombe owa nuninwa owala okumona omahini, omagadhi neitumbulo komwaalu gwoongombe ngoka omuntu e na. “Aluhe ohandi talele po oofaalama dheni na omuna oongombe dhongushu ombwaanawa ihe itamu dhi longitha onga omukalo gwokwiimonena iiyemo.

    Aalandithi yonyama ohaye ya kutse moGrootfontein opo ya lande oongombe ihe ne opo owala muli mpaka mu na oongombe odhindji molwaashoka omwa hala okukala nomwaalu omunene gwoongombe onga omukalo gwokwiiyulika. Natu hulithenipo omukalo ngoka na tatu tameke okwiimonena iimaliwa okuza moofaalama dhetu,” Tuhafeni a popi.

    Tuhafeni okwa pula aanafaalama ya tameke okulanditha po oongombe dhawo.

    “Otwa pumbwa okutameka okulanditha po oongombe dhetu opo twiimonene iiyemo. Yamwe ohamu popi kutya Meatco iha landa po oongombe dheni kongushu ndjoka mwa hala, ihe shoka otashi ningwa molwaashoka oongombe oonene ndhoka mu na odho hamu landitha po, kadhi na we ongushu na otadhi mu pula owala iimaliwa mokudhipalutha. Omwa pumbwa okumona iiyemo okuza moongombe ndhoka.”

    Mecki Schneider, omupresidende gwoNamibian Brahman Breeders Society okwa yambidhidha oohapu dhaTuhafeni na okwa pula aanafaalama opo ya tameke omahangano gaanafaalama nokukala taya paathana omayele.

    Omunashipundi gwoMangetti Farmers Association, Ismael Shailemo okwa popi kutya aanafaalama oya pumbwa okulongitha ompito ndjoka nokupula komeho.

    “Omukithi omunene okukala to dhilaadhila kutya owuna ontseyo oyindji omanga ku na shoka wushi. Onda nyanyukwa sho mwe ya momwaalu omunene opo mu pewe uunongo. Tu tamekeni okulongitha omukalo gwokutopolelathana omauyelele.”

    Oshigongiilonga shoka osha longekidhwa koFNB pamwe noNamibian Brahman Breeders Society melongelokumwe noMangetti Farmers' Association.


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    Egameno lyaanenentu tali pula aakwashigwana oomiliyona 800Egameno lyaanenentu tali pula aakwashigwana oomiliyona 800 Epangelo lya pulwa opo li kwate nawa iimaliwa Omupresidende gwoDTA McHenry Venaani okwa popi kutya natango onkene omwaalu omunene gwiiyemo tagu gandja omauwanawa kaanenentu mepangelo, sho konyala oshimaliwa sha thika pobiliyona 1 yimwe tashi futwa mboka haya gamene omupresidende gwoshilongo Hage Geingob oshowo oominista dhimwe po omanga aakwashigwana taya pulwa yiimange omapaya.

    Oomiyona 400 odhiikalekelwa opo dhi vule okufuta oondjambi dhiilyo yo-21st Guard Battalion nuumvo. Oshitopolwa shoka oshili kohi yUuministeli wEtanga lyEgameno na kashi na oshinakugwanithwa shegameno lyesiku lyomupresidende oshowo aanenenetu molwaashoka egameno ndyoka ohali gandja kOshikondo shOpolisi. Aanambelewa mboka oye na oshinakugwanithwa shokugamena omupresidende piituthi yontumba ya yooloka oshowo aanenentu niilonga yawo ohayi tothwamo kuuministeli wegameno. Oshikondo shoka ngashiinngeyi oshi na iilyo ya thika po-1 156, nelongitho lyoshimaliwa moondjambi dhawo olya yi pombanda noomiliyona 65 okuza momvula ya piti. Nuumvo oshikondo shegameno lyaanenentu mopolisi yaNamibia, osha pewa oomiliyona 398 niimaliwa mbyoka oga gwedhelwa noomiliyona 30 okuza momvula ya piti.

    Uuyelele mboka owa hololwa pethimbo lyomutumba lyenongonono lyomutengenekathaneko giiyemo nelongitho lyiimaliwa yepangelo, ndyoka lya ningwa koInstitute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) moshilandopangelo mEtine lyoshiwike sha piti. Ominista yEmona, Calle Schlettwein nayo oya kala pomutumba ngoka. Venaani okwa popi kutya omiyalu ndhoka otadhi holola nkene iimaliwa yoshigwana tayi tsikile nokulongithwa nayi pethimbo ndyoka oshilongo sha taalela uupyakadhi wiiyemo nonkalo yeliko lya nkundipala netetulo lyelongitho lyiiyemo inali ningwa poondondo adhihe.

    Okwa popi kombinga yoshikondo shegameno, ta ti kutya oshilongo otashi longitha iimaliwa mbyoka kashi na mokulanda iinima tayi pumbiwa pethimbo lyiita omanga iimaliwa mbyoka ya pumbwa okulongithwa miipangelo nokutunga uundjugo waakwashigwana. Okwa tsu omuthindo kutya epangelo nalyo olya pumbwa okutetula elongitho lyawo lyiimaliwa ngele oshilongo otashi lombwelwa shiimange omapaya.

    “Kape na ngoka ta ti omupresidende ina kala ina gamenwa, ihe omapulo ogeli mpaka kutya ota gamenwa kwiingapi? Okwa popi kutya iiyenditho yegameno lyomupresidende ya thika pu ihetatu nenge omulongo inayi pumbiwa. IPPR okwa popi woo kombinga yomuyalu ngoka tagu ulike kutya oshikondo shelongo lyaahogololi mokakomisi koElectoral Commission osha pewa oomiliyona 15.7, nonando oshi na owala aaniilonga taya kalelele yeli yatano. Omadhilongo ga ningwa kuRowland Brown gwoCirrus Capital koIPPR, oga totha mo kutya AaNamibia ya thika po-12 500 otaya vulu okupewa olukalwa oshali, momagumbo gepangelo geli 13 ngoka taga tungilwa Omupresidende Geingob miitopolwa. Sigo 2025, oobiliyona 1.5 otayi longithwa mokutunga omagumbo ngoka taga tungilwa omuleli uuna ta talele po iitopolwa. Brown, okwa yalula kutya etungo lyegumbo lyaanegumbo yatano koshimaliwa shoN$600 000, iimaliwa oya li ya pumbwa okugandja omalukalwa kaantu 12 500. Iimaliwa tayi longithwa mokutungulula ookamba dhaakwiita otayi vulu okutunga omagumbo gAaNamibia 280 000. Natango okwa popi kutya oshimaliwa shoobiliyona 6.6 shoka sha nuninwa omapekaapeko nomayambulepo goshikondo shegameno sigo omo -2030 otashi vulu okugandja omagumbo kAanamibia 55 000.


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  • 04/10/17--16:00: Pay for petrol with GoPay
  • Pay for petrol with GoPayPay for petrol with GoPayBank Windhoek introduces new e-payment solution Bank Windhoek's mobile payment solution makes fuel payments more convenient at more than 80 service stations. Bank Windhoek has introduced GoPay, a mobile payment solution for fuel purchases.

    “We have encapsulated innovation and customer centricity in our strategy to ensure we remain relevant and support our next level of growth in this competitive market. The GoPay product is an example of our passion and dedication to connect your customers to a positive experience,” said Baronice Hans, Bank Windhoek's managing director.

    With more than 80 service stations signed up countrywide, GoPay will allow Bank Windhoek customers to pay for fuel using their existing cellphone banking platform.

    “GoPay offers our customers a variety of benefits, which include allowing you to make cashless and cardless payments to fill up your tank. There's also no need to withdraw cash from an ATM, hence no ATM fees.

    “It is easy, quick and simple to use with any cellphone model and allows for remote payments to fuel merchants. This means that you can pay for someone else's fuel from the comfort of your home.

    “At Bank Windhoek, we believe in providing our customers with innovative, accessible and affordable financial solutions and we are proud to introduce our latest offering, the GoPay fuel payment solution,” Hans said.

    Currently service stations accept cash, credit- or debit-card transactions for fuel purchases, but with the Bank Windhoek GoPay service you don't need cash or cards.

    To use GoPay, dial *140*295* and then enter your Bank Windhoek cellphone banking PIN. Reply to confirm your payment to the correct merchant and then reply with the amount you want to pay. Reply with the pay point number and review the information on screen and confirm that it is correct. Lastly, make sure you receive a transaction receipt with a reference number to validate your payment.


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  • 04/10/17--16:00: Hobas facelift complete
  • Hobas facelift completeHobas facelift completeCamp ready for tourist arrivals Hobas Camp forms part of the /Ai-/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and was previously just a pure camping site. STAFF REPORTER

    After months of refurbishments, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) reopened the Hobas Camp on 7 April.

    NWR chairman Leonard Iipumbu thanked Zelna Hengari, NWR’s managing director, and the entire NWR team for making the Hobas project a success.

    “You have managed to pull off an amazing transformation. I know that this achievement has come with a lot of hard work and dedication. Hobas looks beautiful and I am sure that everybody cannot wait to enjoy the new additions,” said Iipumbu.

    He said apart from hiking in the canyon he was pleased with the cross-border activities that took place at Hobas between April and September every year.

    The main emphasis of the cross-border activity is a five-day cycling tour. Iipumbu encouraged people to take part in the cycling tour because it contributed towards unlocking the tourism potential of the /Ai-/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

    Previously Hobas was solely a campsite. With the addition of rooms, a restaurant and swimming pool there is now more to offer visitors who visit the area during the hiking season.

    Hengari said: “With this reintroduction, government’s efforts and commitment to developing and growing the tourism sector can be vividly seen. As the custodians of the establishments within Namibia’s national parks, NWR is pleased with these new additions. The amount of work that went into realising this product is testimony that when provided with the resources, NWR can deliver.”

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    Shell makes exploration comebackShell makes exploration comebackGini coefficient improves to 0.597 Shell currently holds a 90% interest in Petroleum Exploration Licence 39 and plans to drill two wells. Shell plans to start drilling for oil off the Namibian coast as early as next year, marking its second attempt at finding commercially viable oil reserves in Namibian territorial waters.

    Shell voiced its intention in an application for an environmental impact assessment prepared by SLR Consulting.

    It currently holds a 90% interest in Petroleum Exploration Licence 39 while the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia holds the remaining 10%.

    “Shell will drill one or two exploration wells in the northern portion of the licence area to determine whether identified geological prospects contain oil or gas in potentially commercial extractable amounts,” SLR said in its application.

    According to Shell, drilling will be contained in an area of up to 2 500 square kilometres and it plans to start as soon as possible. “A drilling date has not been fixed but the first well may be scheduled for drilling between late 2018 and 2020,” the EIA document said.

    “Once we receive the seismic data and get an understanding of the geological subsurface, we can interpret this data and make a decision on drilling an exploration well,” Alastair Milne, Shell's vice-president for Sub-Saharan Africa, said in 2014.

    Giving an update on offshore Namibia at the time, Milne said the Shell blocks had large potential for oil and gas prospects.

    “Shell is in the early stages of exploration in Namibia. Experience teaches that it can take a number of years to determine if there are sufficient reserves to progress to an oil and gas production stage,” he said.

    Shell previously held an interest in the Kudu gas field, the only commercially viable gas resource in Namibian territorial waters to date. It pulled out of Kudu in 2002 after poor drilling results. It had hoped to build the world's biggest floating liquefied natural gas barge for the offshore field.

    “We didn't find any gas in two recent drills,” said a Shell spokesperson, adding that estimated proven reserves of around one trillion cubic feet had not been considered sufficient.

    “This doesn't mean the region doesn't have gas potential,” Fin24 quoted a Shell spokesperson as saying, adding that information garnered by the company could be used by future prospectors.



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    Anglo sells Eskom-tied coal minesAnglo sells Eskom-tied coal mines Diversified mining company Anglo American yesterday announced the sale of its Eskom-tied domestic thermal coal operations in South Africa to a wholly owned subsidiary of Seriti Resources Holdings, a company majority owned by historically disadvantaged South Africans and led by a management team with extensive experience of operating and developing large coal mines in South Africa.

    The Eskom-tied domestic thermal coal operations consist of the New Vaal, New Denmark and Kriel collieries, as well as four closed collieries.

    The transaction will result in Seriti becoming the second largest provider of thermal coal to Eskom, supplying almost a quarter of Eskom's current annual coal requirements.

    The consideration payable for the operations as at 1 January 2017 is N$2.3 billion.

    Under the terms of the transaction, the amount payable will be adjusted for cash flows generated by the operations between 1 January and the date on which the deal is completed, which will determine the final payment to be made by Seriti on completion.

    Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani said the transaction formed part of Anglo's ongoing commitment to reshape and upgrade its global asset portfolio, and described it as one that realised appropriate value while demonstrating the company's “long-standing support for the development and sustainability of South Africa's mining industry”.

    Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima said the sale to Seriti supported transformation objectives for the industry as well as the country, while ensuring a sustainable, reliable and cost-efficient supply of coal to Eskom.

    Seriti CEO Mike Teke, who is also president of the Chamber of Mines, expressed excitement about the transaction, which he said represented a significant step forward in the company's vision to become a black-controlled, broad-based South African mining champion, and a coal player of significant size and scale.

    He added that it allowed Seriti to achieve its strategic objective of preserving and operating strategic energy assets for the benefit of South Africa and its people.

    “Our structure brings together an experienced team capable of operating and developing large-scale thermal coal assets and provides a unique mining opportunity for black women. The team looks forward to managing and growing the operations going forward, with a focus on ensuring their ongoing sustainability, given their strategic importance,” he added in a release to Creamer Media's Mining Weekly Online.

    Conditions precedent that must still be met include the customary South African regulatory approvals, as well as Eskom's consent for the transfer to Seriti of the coal supply agreements that govern the supply of coal to Eskom.

    The transaction with Seriti which is made up of Teke's Masimong, Thebe, Zungu, led by Sandile Zungu, and Community Investment Holdings Projects, is expected to be fully consummated by the end of 2017.


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    Shell makes exploration comebackShell makes exploration comebackShell is back to find oil Shell currently holds a 90% interest in Petroleum Exploration Licence 39 and plans to drill two wells. Shell plans to start drilling for oil off the Namibian coast as early as next year, marking its second attempt at finding commercially viable oil reserves in Namibian territorial waters.

    Shell voiced its intention in an application for an environmental impact assessment prepared by SLR Consulting.

    It currently holds a 90% interest in Petroleum Exploration Licence 39 while the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia holds the remaining 10%.

    “Shell will drill one or two exploration wells in the northern portion of the licence area to determine whether identified geological prospects contain oil or gas in potentially commercial extractable amounts,” SLR said in its application.

    According to Shell, drilling will be contained in an area of up to 2 500 square kilometres and it plans to start as soon as possible. “A drilling date has not been fixed but the first well may be scheduled for drilling between late 2018 and 2020,” the EIA document said.

    “Once we receive the seismic data and get an understanding of the geological subsurface, we can interpret this data and make a decision on drilling an exploration well,” Alastair Milne, Shell's vice-president for Sub-Saharan Africa, said in 2014.

    Giving an update on offshore Namibia at the time, Milne said the Shell blocks had large potential for oil and gas prospects.

    “Shell is in the early stages of exploration in Namibia. Experience teaches that it can take a number of years to determine if there are sufficient reserves to progress to an oil and gas production stage,” he said.

    Shell previously held an interest in the Kudu gas field, the only commercially viable gas resource in Namibian territorial waters to date. It pulled out of Kudu in 2002 after poor drilling results. It had hoped to build the world's biggest floating liquefied natural gas barge for the offshore field.

    “We didn't find any gas in two recent drills,” said a Shell spokesperson, adding that estimated proven reserves of around one trillion cubic feet had not been considered sufficient.

    “This doesn't mean the region doesn't have gas potential,” FIN24 quoted a Shell spokesperson as saying, adding that information garnered by the company could be used by future prospectors.


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  • 04/10/17--16:00: of the dump
  • of the dumpof the dumpSustaining the environment for Namibia Diverting waste for landfills and dumpsites is a global drive to minimise the impact of waste and maximise the re-use of usable rubbish. Rent-A-Drum is Namibia's leading waste management company located in the Otjomuise settlement in Windhoek and has been operating since 1989.

    Rent-A-Drum CEO, Gys Louw, says Rent-A-Drum was established to take over garden refuse removal after City of Windhoek announced it would no longer offer this service.

    The Zone caught up with Abraham Reinhardt, Rent-A-Drum's recycling manager to get an insight of what recycling is all about, how it works and why it is important. Reinhardt defines recycling as the process to change waste materials into new products to reduce the consumption of using raw or virgin material. Reinhardt explains that for the Windhoek households, Rent-A-Drum uses the clear bag system where the households throw all their mixed recyclables into one bag. “This is usually 60-90% of your household waste. The clear bag is then placed next to your municipality wheelie bin on the same day as your normal waste collection,” explained Reinhardt. He added that for every full clear bag you place outside you will receive a new clear bag for the next week's recyclables. These mixed recyclables are then sorted on a conveyer belt at Rent-A-Drum's Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

    Recycling occurs in three phases. Firstly, the waste is sorted on site and then recyclables are collected and transported to the MRF. The sorting of recyclables may be done at the source for instance within the MRF for selective collection by the recycling vendor and then it is packaged and transported to South Africa for remanufacturing.

    The MRF forms part of the waste management chain where the dry fraction of municipal solid waste (recyclables) is delivered to be separated, processed and temporarily stored for transport to recycling or remanufacturing.

    Rent-A-Drum's MRF is state-of-the-art and was the biggest in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region until the commissioning of a larger one in Kraaifontein, Western Cape in South Africa. Rent-A-Drum also has a weighbridge to record volumes of recyclables received, processed and dispatched from the MRF. “It enables the company to sort and bale mixed recyclables in huge volumes,” said Reinhardt.

    Reinhardt maintains that recycling is important because Namibia's singular landfill site in Windhoek and dump sites across the country are rapidly reaching their maximum capacity, adding that recycling is a responsibility that we all should share. “People living in Namibia, in towns create an average waste of 3kg per person. That totals to 3 000 tonnes of waste per day and Windhoek alone produces roughly 870 tonnes of waste per day,” said Reinhardt.

    Rent-A-Drum has a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) processing plant that was inaugurated by the environment minister Pohamba Shifeta in March this year. RDF is a fuel produced from various types of waste and by-products with recoverable calorific or energy values and can be used as alternative fuel source, replacing conventional fossil fuels, for example coal which has a high environmental impact. Rent-A-Drum's RDF is the first of its kind in Namibia and ensures that less waste is sent to landfills. The plant is expected to see about 12 000 tons of non-recyclable material collected by Rent-A-Drum annually. The waste will be converted to alternative fuel annually for use in the Namibian manufacturing sector. This waste will be used at Ohorongo Cement's plant, along with other alternative fuels to fire the cement kiln, which is one of the key processes during cement manufacturing.

    Rent-A-Drum delivers a recycling service to the citizens of Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Oshakati and Ondangwa. Rent-A-Drum has similarly worked closely with councils and municipalities as partners on various projects.

    Moreover Rent-A-Drum offers a wide variety of waste management processes which includes clean-ups at events, destructions, 210-litre metal bin removal used for garden refuse at households and Kleen Bin among other waste management processes.

    Rent-A-Drum does professional clean-up for events such as Hart van Windhoek, Jazz Festival, Colour Festival and Windhoek Showgrounds. “We have a professional clean-up team during the event and after to ensure the site is properly cleaned,” said Reinhardt. The clean-up team also sorts the recyclables separately from the general waste on site. Rent-A-Drum also does road side clean-ups regarding interlink truck accidents with cargo spills.

    In 2017 Rent-A-Drum plans to open a new plant that will divert an additional 1 000 tonnes of waste from landfill sites, and expanding the magnitude of recycling commodities that Rent-A-Drum currently collects.


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    Meet the secretary-general of the Unam SRCMeet the secretary-general of the Unam SRC I was elected mid-February when we had bi-elections for the vacant positions. One of the main reasons I contested was because I have a heart for student affairs and I felt 2017 was the year I was going to make myself available to serve the students of the university.

    My motto for my campaign was 'Together We Can', derived and inspired by the Democrat leadership of Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama whose mottos were, “Stronger Together” and “Yes We Can” respectively. In addition, I ended my manifesto by reminding the students that: “Their vote is their choice, their choice is their voice and I am their voice so they should go out there and let their voices be heard.

    'After being elected as the SG of Unam, I had to surrender my roles as the vice president of the Model United Nations Society which is a new society established on campus and the training officer for the University of Namibia Debating Society in accordance with requirement of being an ordinary member of the society if one is a member of the SRC and to avoid conflict of interest. Firstly, the theme for the 2017 SRC Council is: “Let the student voices be heard,” therefore, I am sure I am speaking for all my council members when I say that this is our motivation in decision-making and trendsetting, to let the student voices be heard.

    “My role is practically being the engine of the SRC, meaning, I keep up to date with the day-to-day tasks and portfolios of my team. In addition, I am in the chief administrator of the SRC. I chair our council meetings and take minutes of all meetings and events for record purposes and for reference in case we want to double check what we have agreed upon. In addition, I also help the vice president in terms of coordinating our team administration at Unam main campus. I recently successfully held the General Student Assembly which was held on 29 March. The General Student Assembly is the highest student making decision-making body where students come together to engage Unam management and this also a platform where student issues are raised and we, as a council collectively come up with amicable solutions to the pertinent issues raised. The SG is then the master of ceremonies at this event which is hosted twice a year.”

    Leadership experience

    -Uitani Childine radio presenter 2008-2012

    -Debating and Model United Nations chairperson in my matric year

    -University of Namibia Electoral Commission 2016

    -University Of Namibia student assistant 2017

    -LRC at Windhoek High School 2013

    -University of Namibia Debate President 2016

    -Model United Nations Vice President 2017

    -Mr Freshman Finalist 2014

    Mr Unam Finalist 2016 and

    -Currently Mr Photogenic of Unam main campus

    “How do I manage?

    “My support system has always been my source of strength. They do all the work behind the scenes, namely my mother, Menesia Muinjo, my father, Benedictus Muinjo and my brother, Kevin Kadhila and also my late sister Nancy Chi-Chi Muinjo who to this day, I look up to so much as the one who shaped my whole life. I come from a family where I am taught to always be humble, keep my feet on the ground and always give it nothing less than your best. All my achievement is all thanks to my Heavenly Father and my family.”

    *Clinton Fluksman Muinjo is a third-year law student at the University of Namibia.

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  • 04/10/17--16:00: Taking note, making music
  • Taking note, making musicTaking note, making musicMy passion drives my work Delving into notes from yesteryear to tomorrow with falsettos, base, trebles and flats and sharps, all rolled into one. It was not always my dream to study music, but I've always had a passion for it. That passion grew greater and I took a leap of faith and pursued my dream. I am very fortunate to be a student at Odeion Music School, the Juilliard of Africa, and my experience here thus far is definitely one for the books. Where I come from, it has never been “socially acceptable” to study music or any arts for that matter, but I wish to pave the way for many young people to do what they greatly desire, but can't, due to the pressures from society.

    It all started two years ago when one of the music professors, from the University of the Free State came to Namibia for a workshop with the (COTA) College of the Arts Youth Choir (I used to be a part of for four years) and also to basically recruit students to go and study music at their institution. Fannie Dorfling, the choir conductor of COTA, sent a message on the group asking if anyone was interested in studying music. Mind you, never had I imagined it was to study at a tertiary institution, nevertheless in another country. Knowing myself, and that I am a liker of things, I pitched up at the audition. After being informed that the studies were to be undertaken at a university, I knew I wasn't qualified as I had not done any music theory or whatever prior to my audition. Also, I was in the 11th grade. That is when it all happened, the seed was planted and I was actually considering this music thing, and from around that time, up to the end of my matric year, I had to do whatever I could to qualify for the music school. Hermien Coetzee and Betsie Barnard made that possible for me… I have so much love and appreciation for them!

    When I first arrived at the University of the Free State, I remember getting lost going to the residence. I finally settled in and had to really come to terms with what was lying ahead of me. Being an 18-year-old music student, in a different country, all on my own… that was a lot to take in. My first day at school at the Odeion was amazing. I knew immediately that I was going to feel right at home. I attended my first lecture, walked into the class thinking I was in the wrong one because we were only five! After my first day of lectures, us the first years, were provided with keys to our own practice rooms with pianos. When I went missing in action, look for me and that's where you would find me! Well, I underestimated how difficult being a music student was going to be. It requires patience… a lot of patience! I didn't think it was going to be unicorns and rainbows, but I definitely didn't expect it to consume my life. During the time that I have been there, I have learned so many things about music, when it all began, music in the Mediaeval Ages, Renaissance, learned about the greatest musicians and composers to have ever lived, so many styles and genres of music I never even knew existed. I am absolutely in love with the art of classical music. It has been about three months and I am not even a quarter or halfway knowing all I must know about music. I am stoked and I cannot wait to learn and experience more of it. I must say one of the best things about being a music student is being able to attend all the concerts, mostly for free, and to be surrounded by such talented and passion-driven people, I am inspired by them every day.

    So, why music? Well, why not? Why should I succumb to societal norms and values? Why should I study something I am not passionate about? Being constantly questioned and judged has given me more energy to move on. To those who didn't believe I would make it, look at where I am. “Where is music going to take you?” Well, all I can say is, watch this space. I am here solely because God put me here. Life lesson; you will never impress everyone, regardless of what you are doing, so focus on yourself, and do what makes you happy because life is short. To parents: Support your children, regardless of divergent views. To children: you can do whatever you set your mind on.

    *Natasha Ndjiharine is a first-year student studying music at the University of Free State.

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