Articles on this Page
- 05/04/17--16:00: _I'm so confused
- 05/04/17--16:00: _We are all Winners
- 05/04/17--16:00: _Artist empowerment
- 05/04/17--16:00: _SA takes biggest FD...
- 05/04/17--16:00: _'Improve the climate'
- 05/04/17--16:00: _Toll roads under study
- 05/04/17--16:00: _The wonders of Nami...
- 05/04/17--16:00: _HAS THE ANC LEARNT ...
- 05/04/17--16:00: _Walenga and cohorts...
- 05/04/17--16:00: _Ethical and free me...
- 05/04/17--16:00: _Vendors unhappy
- 05/04/17--16:00: _Struggle kids chang...
- 05/04/17--16:00: _Cuca-shop owner acc...
- 05/04/17--16:00: _No will in Amarika ...
- 05/04/17--16:00: _Kahimise rapped ove...
- 05/04/17--16:00: _Northern regions wi...
- 05/04/17--16:00: _Cuba's role in Cass...
- 05/05/17--16:00: _Shot of the day
- 05/05/17--16:00: _Get out patrolling,...
- 05/06/17--04:37: _Omungwelume crash k...
- 05/04/17--16:00: I'm so confused
- 05/04/17--16:00: We are all Winners
- 05/04/17--16:00: Artist empowerment
- 05/04/17--16:00: SA takes biggest FDI chunk
- 05/04/17--16:00: 'Improve the climate'
- 05/04/17--16:00: Toll roads under study
- 05/04/17--16:00: The wonders of Namibian English
- 05/04/17--16:00: HAS THE ANC LEARNT NOTHING FROM APARTHEID?
- 05/04/17--16:00: Walenga and cohorts fight for access to Elifas
- 05/04/17--16:00: Ethical and free media crucial
- 05/04/17--16:00: Vendors unhappy
- 05/04/17--16:00: Struggle kids change their minds
- 05/04/17--16:00: Cuca-shop owner accused of poisoning
- 05/04/17--16:00: No will in Amarika water crisis
- 05/04/17--16:00: Kahimise rapped over the knuckles
- 05/04/17--16:00: Northern regions without water
- 05/04/17--16:00: Cuba's role in Cassinga remembered
- 05/05/17--16:00: Shot of the day
- 05/05/17--16:00: Get out patrolling, please
- 05/06/17--04:37: Omungwelume crash kills five
When you touch me it feels like my body is melting in your hands, you are the fire my body needs to stay warm, at the same time I'm scared that this very fire can burn me out. My lips can't simply forget yours, the fire I felt when our lips met for the first time, felt like I was falling from a high building and you were right there to catch me, your kisses set my lips on fire and now you want to kill it. I was fine without you, why did you ask me about my feelings, knowing you can't keep the fire burning that you have started. Hating you has crossed my mind like the wind, blowing on a cold winter morning, but then my heart is heated up by your voice like the sun heats up the earth on a cold afternoon. If you can't be happy with me, I hope you will be happy with the person you with. Your happiness is my favourite season, seeing you laugh is my summer, seeing you smile is my spring. Could this be the end to my short-lived fairytale?
Johannes Joe Oor is a passionate writer and Base FM radio presenter.
Of course the event was not without its flaws and dramas, but for today only I will let it slide. I will rather focus on the award ceremony itself. Many people walked away with due accolades and trophies on those glorious nights. This had me wondering…have you made it in life when you have won an award? Does winning an award mean you are successful? I definitely do not think so! We are all winners!! We are all victorious and the award should merely be a token of appreciation.
Many artists have never won awards, but have gone on and won over the hearts of their fans and have influenced many lives. I am by no means downplaying the importance of award ceremonies, they are very vital for anyone’s confidence, but it does not have to end there. We all know of a few artists who have won awards and they were never heard of again after that. Nowadays we have people who win awards and think they are the best or the most successful people, but this is not the case. Awards do not define you, a surplus of awards or a lack of them does not mean you are successful or you are not, let me make this clear.
Any individual award won by a person should be beneficial to that person’s industry. So when an artist or a musician wins an award for being the best in a certain category, the award is not his, he deserves the award for all the hard work, but the credit should go to the whole industry he operates in, because one individual does not contribute to a whole industry alone, because there is a network of people who also need to be celebrated. They say it takes a whole village to raise a child and the same applies in the music industry. May we continue working together and striving for an industry that we can leave for the next generation to benefit from it too.
Let us all push for unity in our respective industries, because we are improving them.
The workshop which was held under the theme of empowering artists in the musical industry had a panelist from Botswana who encouraged veteran artists to be at the forefront of voicing the concerns of the industry, instead of letting new artists lead the fight. Rev Abe Sibiya also said it is about time that the governments played a leading role in spearheading the development of the industry instead of letting the corporate world lead. “You need to protect your industry. Local content should also receive prominence. You guys have to create a sort of protection for the industry,” he said. Sibiya also gave an example of how Botswana has a system whereby radio stations play 60% local music and 40% international music, which is a way of encouraging international artists to partner and feature with Tswana artists in order to get airplay. Sibiya further advised artists not to attack Nascam if their royalties are not paid, saying that they should rather unite and stand together to build a strong music industry.
Local music analyst Robert Shipanga touched on sales and how artists need to change the methods of selling their work. He said artists need to reduce their album costs as they are too high for them make sales and consequently profit. He compared our sales to neighboring country South Africa where artists sell their albums for N$ 36 to retailers, who then add a markup to sell to the public, whilst Namibian artists sell their albums to retailers for N$100 and by the time the retailer has added his markup, it is too expensive for the public. “We don’t have standardised pricing for our albums and that is where we go wrong. We need to agree on prices for our albums, because even if you were to take the albums to Musica, by the time they add their markup it will be too expensive,” he said.
Local producer Sula Kyababa spoke of other ventures artists can make money out of, as album sales are not profitable anymore. He spoke about branding as an easy way of making money in the digital era. “One needs to brand them properly and approach companies to be the brand ambassadors. I have done it and it is successful. One just needs a creative team that guides one to start making money,” he said. Kyababa concluded by saying the way forward in the industry is for unity, for future generations to benefit from.
The report analyses FDI in 46 African countries and considers factors such as job creation and FDI projects.
From a project point of view, South Africa maintained its position as the continent leader with a 6.9% increase in FDI projects from 2015.
“There was a strong pickup in FDI activity in the consumer products and retail (CPR) sector, where projects more than doubled from 19 in 2015 to 41 in 2016. Even as its economy remains under pressure, South Africa retains its appeal as a launch pad for growth across the continent.”
In addition to its Attractiveness Report, EY also developed further analysis, called the EY AAI 2017, based on African countries' resilience in the face of current macroeconomic pressures, as well as progress in the areas of governance, diversification, infrastructure, business enablement and human development.
EY AAI 2017 measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African countries on the basis of six broad pillars that act as key determinants for choosing a location to invest.
According to this measure, South Africa scored overall second place along with Kenya, with Morocco in the first position. In 2016, Morocco regained its place as Africa's second largest recipient of FDI, with projects and capital investment up 9.5% and 46.2%, respectively. “Investor confidence in Morocco is aided by a stable administration, even during the Arab Spring,” the report says. “Morocco has increasingly marketed itself as an export base for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The country's automotive sector has especially attracted investor interest, with FDI projects increasing from 5 in 2014 and 10 in 2015 to 14 in 2016.”
Heightened geopolitical uncertainty and multispeed growth across Africa presented a mixed FDI picture for the continent. Africa attracted 676 FDI projects, which was down 12.3% from the previous year. These FDI projects created 129 150 jobs across the continent, a decline of 13.1% from 2015. China emerged as the biggest job creator on the continent.
In terms of capital investments, the flow of FDI into Africa recovered in 2016 after a dip in 2015. During 2016, capital investment into Africa rose 31.9%. Capital intensive projects were especially significant in the real estate, hospitality and construction (RHC), and transport and logistics sectors. The continent's share of global FDI capital flows increased to 11.4%, up from 9.4% in 2015. That made Africa the second-fastest growing destination when measured by FDI capital. The report notes that companies already doing business in Africa will continue to invest, but will probably exercise a greater degree of caution and be more discerning.
EY said it is still of the view that any shorter-term shifts in FDI levels will be cyclical rather than structural.
“Over the longer term, as economic recovery slowly gathers pace and as many African economies continue to mature, we also anticipate that levels of FDI will remain robust and will continue to grow.”
According to the report, foreign investors tended to gravitate toward the larger, more diverse economies in Africa, such as South Africa in the south, Morocco and Egypt in the north, Nigeria in the west and Kenya in the east.
“Collectively, these markets attracted 58% of the continent's total FDI projects in 2016. Given that these markets are the dominant anchor economies in their respective regions, they provide investors with greater scale and relatively more mature markets.”
In a statement given to Nampa on Tuesday after it was delivered at the Nkurenkuru Expo 2017 fundraising dinner on Saturday, Shaanika said that the Kavango town has a lot of potential.
“The region of Kavango West, where Nkurenkuru is located, has enormous agricultural and timber potential, which is hugely untapped. These sectors can be the sound backbone for industrialisation,” he said.
The theme for the first-ever Nkurenkuru Expo is 'Transforming Nkurenkuru into an industrial and tourism hub'.
Shaanika said businesses should be invited to the expo in a large number for them to see what the region has to offer.
He noted the potential for an agricultural and timber industry, coupled with the human resources available in this region, saying industrialisation here could also include food processing, timber product manufacturing, leather products and many others.
“This town can indeed become an industrial hub and be one of the leading centres for industrialisation in Namibia.”
Shaanika said Namibia is however not competitive enough to attract investments in manufacturing and must work on creating a more attractive investment atmosphere by firstly reducing the cost of land significantly.
He said duties on imports that are components of manufacturing should also be significantly reduced, while the cost of capital must also be lowered to make Namibia more competitive with other countries.
The cost of manufacturing, he said, by nature requires heavy investment but the more Namibia examines and works towards reducing the cost of land, utilities, labour, financing and other inputs the more feasible manufacturing will become.
“We cannot dream of industrialising the economy without creating a compelling manufacturing environment where investors will feel that Namibia is a better place to manufacture products in comparison with other competing places.”
The Nkurenkuru Expo will take place from 28 June until 02 July 2017.
The fundraising dinner raised N$329 000.
Said Ipinge: “The topic of toll roads has been in the cards. A study was undertaken five years ago. At that point, the report was inconclusive with no specific decision being taken. We are going to conduct a new study.”
RFA chief engineer Rianus !Gonteb added: “It is quite a hot topic. We will look at case studies from across the region.”
!Gonteb indicated that although Namibia did not have the traffic volumes for toll roads, it was still keen to investigate the idea of toll roads. “We might not have the traffic volumes for toll fees, however the topic is on the desk.”
The study is expected to be concluded before the RFA's financial year concludes, Ipinge indicated.
“The study is for a business plan of which conclusion is planned for the end of the financial year. We are however aiming to conclude the study within the current financial year,” Ipinge said.
“Our act does allow us to do have a tolling system in the same manner that it is done in South Africa, however, it is not practical for us to have this because the principal around tolling is that you want to give a road user an alternative,” Ipinge was recently quoted as saying in local media on the issue of the introduction of a tolling system.
“If you say that you have refurbished a certain section of the road for example and this has set you back a lot of money and you now want to recoup this money, then you also have to give the road user an alternative route to use to get to the same destination even though it may take them longer to get there. In this country, the design of our roads does not give the road users options,” Ipinge said.
At present, only Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa have introduced toll roads on its public roads while the issue of toll roads has attracted interest in neighbouring Botswana.
That is the beauty of irony. In Namibia, irony is taken to a whole new level. For instance, if you witness a taxi driver running towards you, shouting “I shot one…I only shot one…this way please…seriously, I only shot one…”, then you do not live in Namibia.
The taxi driver is not informing you that he has gunned down a person, but merely telling you that he is one passenger short of filling up his taxi, and as such, is inviting you to ride with him to your preferred destination.
Ja, that is Namibia for you. Forget about Queen Elizabeth and her lingo, here we speak our own variation – NamLish. With NamLish, there is one basic rule – there are no grammar rules! NamLish has its own nouns, verbs, adjectives and even its own intonation and pronunciation.
This is the language that defies sentence construction logic and mixes past and present in one sentence. I mean, try correcting a Namibian by saying “I don’t think that is the correct adjective to go with the verb…”, and you will get an answer like “That one, the adjective, who is she?”
Don’t be surprised when you phone a government office and the person answer by saying “…Og, why now you take guarantee for me when I am tell you Mr. Shivute is not in? (Why do you take me for granted when I inform you that Mr. Shivute is not in?)
Or you could have your girlfriend telling you “My lover for you frows stronger then the liver Joldan” (My love for you flows stronger than the river Jordan)
The other day I phoned a guest house in Mariental to book for accommodation and received the following reply;
“Good morning, how I can help you, Meneer?
“Morning, I wanted to inquire if you would have a single room open for one night?”
“Nee wat, boeti, I am fully booked. Nothing place, niks nie my boeta. Miskien yours must try the Koring Boom langsaan.”
I couldn’t help laughing after I dropped the phone. Seriously, being Herero I thought it was only a Herero thing – you know the “Ndon’t ndo that to me bingos I ndon’t like it. (Don’t do that to me because I don’t like it)” style.
Although it is common knowledge that English is not our mother tongue and in most cases it is simply a language taught at school – I personally think we ought to try a bit harder when conversing in the queen’s language though.
I overheard a teacher instructing his leaner to "pick up the paper and fall in the dustbin!!!", while another one was heard saying "..Don’t try to talk in front of my back..."
It was very hot in the afternoon when a certain teacher entered the classroom, tried to switch the fan on, but there was some problem as it couldn’t switch on. She asked “Why is fan not oning?". While another one, in a bad mood shouted at her class "Shhh... quiet... the principal is revolving around school. Half of you go to the right, half of you go to the left and the remaining come behind me.”
Another teacher was also heard asking, "Both of you three come here. Why are you looking at the monkeys outside when I am in the class?”
A colleague of mine once asked me to "Hang that calendar or else I’ll HANG MYSELF"
I guess the above not only highlights the difficulties in teaching the queen’s lingo, but also the frustrations of teachers in trying to get through as much information as possible on a topic at hand – in a language foreign to them.
My suggestion when I meet a fellow Bantu speaker struggling to converse with me in English is always… “Dude, why not try Otjiherero, Shona or Setswana”
You see, at least in the above languages we do have eloquent speakers who would be able to help us along if we stumble. The same definitely can’t be said of English language – at least not in Namibia.
It was unprecedented, but definitely not unexpected.
I can’t help wondering which of President Zuma’s handlers honestly thought it was a good idea to insist that he speak at the Cosatu rally in Mangaung/Bloemfontein on Monday? It must be the same geniuses who insist on giving him huge numbers to read in important speeches even though he clearly finds it impossible.
The Hawks should perhaps forget about alleged coup plotter Elvis Ramosebudi and have a closer look at those closest to the president who seem intent on sabotaging or putting him in embarrassing situations.
Not that I really care about any presidential embarrassment at the moment. When Cosatu cancelled their national rally after a section of the crowd with their “Zuma-must-go” chanting and bring-on-a-substitute hand signals, made it impossible for anyone to speak, I did a little solitary toyi-toyi in front of the TV. I just wonder about the wisdom of these guys who control the most powerful man in our country.
Not that Zuma looked very powerful on Monday. The scene of his 14 car cavalcade departing without him having said anything was one of the most extraordinary images I have seen since 1994.
Before the decision was taken the president sat stone faced under a marquee flanked by Sdumo Dlamini and Ace Magashule. He forced a smile every now and then, but it was clear that he was furious. Organisers tried desperately with one “Amandla!” after another to regain control of the crowds. It turned out that no amount of slogan shouting or singing could placate their anger or drown out the “Zuma-must-go” chants.
The extraordinary thing is that this all happened despite a clearly orchestrated attempt to bring in a large crowd of Zuma supporters. The Free State Youth League, having declared that “the rally will prove that the workers love Zuma” (Eh ja, right!) were there in their usual yellow T-shirts.
But it seems it was the presence of a fairly large group of people dressed in red T-shirts with “100% Zuma” printed on the back that really got on the nerves of the majority of Cosatu members present. According to reports when the march leading the people to the rally arrived they found a crowd of these guys already in the stadium, sitting right in the front sections – no doubt for the benefit of the TV cameras and of course the sensitivities of the speakers.
Eish! How quickly the ANC learned some of the old apartheid tricks. In the late 1980’s a few left wing students and I attended a National Party event in Stellenbosch Town Hall intending to disrupt the speeches. Apparently the National Party had for years warned PW Botha that he shouldn’t speak at events in the town since he would always embarrass himself and the party by losing his cool when students heckled him.
But the Groot Krokodil insisted (sound familiar?). On the night we waited rather impatiently for the grand old doors to open, but when we were finally allowed inside we found that the hall was already nearly full. The tannies and omies with their huge NP rosettes had been snuck in earlier through a back door and the only space left was on the balcony.
Not that it bothered us – we interjected repeatedly. When a finger wagging PW announced that apartheid was dead, someone shouted: “So, let’s all swim together!” PW immediately lost his cool and asked who the heckler was. About 20 hands shot up. But the security, in a style that would impress the Free State Youth League (who said they would expose those who heckled Zuma), grabbed the actual shouter and frogged-marched him to the front. After a tongue lashing from PW he was removed from the meeting.
Even though the marshals at the Cosatu rally on Monday tried to shut the hecklers up, nobody was thrown out – well, no-one that is, except Zuma!
Of course the ANC was always going to try and spin what happened. Predictably, as was done a few weeks ago with the public marches, the comment straight afterwards was that it involved a very small group of people. Free State Youth League Chairperson, Makalo Mohale, insisted that there were no more than 20 “anarchists” (eh, look at the TV coverage, comrade). Ace Magashule insisted they were not even from the Free State (but it was a national rally, comrade). Again straight out of the apartheid handbook: “A small number of people influenced by those outside of these borders who are intend on creating anarchy” was the uncanny like response to the huge protest marches of the 1980’s.
Ace then also told journalists that “we have our own video footage (of those who protested) and will study that in detail.” Where did we experience that before?
I was also reminded of an event a few years ago where Helen Zille was booed by ANC supporters during the launch of the IDZ in Saldanha. I know most people are now “over Helen”, but bear with me.
Despite it being an official state function the ANC packed the event with party members and then Deputy Minister Marius Fransman (who also happened to be the ANC Western Cape chairperson in the pre-Louisa Wyngaard days) chaired the event. The president and a few other ministers were also present.
When Zille started to speak the ANC supporters booed so loudly that she eventually gave up and left. Zuma just looked on as it happened. Afterwards Gwede Mantashe said something to the effect that if Helen Zille was a true person of the people she would have continued or come back the next day.
Not so pleasant when the boot is on the other foot, right comrades?
I wonder how many “please-don’t-attend” events or public marches it will take before President Zuma and his cronies accept that huge parts of South Africa no longer want them. After Monday’s events no amount of spinning will persuade people that the unhappiness originates or is orchestrated by whites, big business or the opposition. It was Workers’ Day and it was at a Cosatu rally. It is really time for the controlling faction in the ANC to admit that the unhappiness is also, and perhaps even mainly within its own ranks and its extended alliance family.
The night we left the PW Botha meeting in Stellenbosch, some of us felt a bit despondent about what had happened. One of the students who had had many engagements with the ANC said: “Don’t worry! PW and the National Party will fall one day. One thing the ANC taught me is that one can never mess with democracy.”
How sad that the party who ultimately brought us democracy has so quickly forgotten its own lessons.
In their papers filed before the court, they also requested that two of the authority's councillors, Ondonga council chairperson Peter Shimweefeleni Kauluma and King Elifas's successor Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, be granted immediate access to the king without any interference from his wife, the queen.
The OTA further requested an order from the court that the king be examined by two independent physicians, as well as a psychological examination, to determine his physical, emotional and mental health condition. “Based on the results of these medical examinations, the traditional authority will also request from the court, an order that declares the king unfit to rule and to perform his daily duties, roles and functions as the Ondonga king.
In his founding affidavit, John Walenga, senior councillor at the OTA, told the court that the king's health status had deteriorated sharply and that the king can no longer look after himself. Walenga said that the king is losing his memory, is often deep in thought and cannot recognise familiar people.
He further alleged that the king no longer has the skill to separate the truth from fiction and that he is therefore, susceptible to manipulation.
He told the court that the queen is destroying the authority with her actions and furthermore, there are rumours in the community of missing livestock. He said nobody keeps any records of the livestock headcounts and thus, the wealth of the kingdom and the traditional authority is being
These allegations were denied by the queen, Sesilia Ndapandula Elifas, in her affidavit to the court. She admitted that her husband is in a weakened state, but denied that he is not able to perform his daily duties.
However, Walenga said that due to the lack of access to their king, they were not able to verify that recent decisions, allegedly made by the king, were in fact made by him. The decisions Walenga was referring to include the appointment of a new senior councillor at OTA Ester GwashambaNepando, the decision to fire eight councillors in April and the withdrawal of the recognition of FillemonShuumbwaNangolo as the king's successor.
The queen denied that Nangolo was appointed as successor to the king. She told the court that Walenga and the other traditional councillors who had been fired are merely serving their own interests and that they have brought a split in the Ondonga community. She added that since Walenga was fired, he had no authority to act on behalf of the OTA or to bring a court application on its behalf.
Judge Shafimana Ueitele reserved judgement and postponed the matter to 8 May when he said he will make his decision known.
Walenga and co-applicants are represented by George Coleman and Saima Nambinga while Elias Shikongo and Sandra Miller appeared for the queen.
Of late the OTA has seen much internal strife. Last month King Elifas suspended eight of his councillors, four seniors and four traditional councillors. They include the long-serving chairperson Peter Kauluma, OTA secretary Joseph Asino and senior councillor for Oniiwe District, Ondangwa District senior councillor John Walenga and former Oshikoto governor Vilho Kamanya for the Amuteya District.
All eight were suspended with immediate effect in a letter signed by Elifas on 13 April.
The letter also indicated that former President Sam Nujoma's bodyguard Nepando Amupanda had been appointed as OTA acting secretary.
In letters seen by Namibian Sun addressed to former minister of local government and housing Jerry Ekandjo as well as his predecessor, Joel Kaapanda, and signed by the king, he had nominated and reaffirmed his nomination of Shuumbwa Nangolo as his deputy and heir apparent in September 2004 and July 2012 respectively.
In another letter, also dated 13 April with Elifas's signature and fingerprint, he revoked his appointment of Nangolo as his successor and deputy.
Both letters are said to have been written in consultation with the royal family. However, the suspended traditional leaders are alleging that this was in fact driven by the king's wife and say that the royal family have no mandate to interfere in the affairs of the traditional authority - whether to advise or consult the king to take any action within the ambit of the functions of the authority.
However, local media experts this week said that while Namibia's latest annual Reporters without Borders world press freedom index score has plucked it out of the top 20 rankings for the first time in a number of years, the country's continued top ranking in Africa, as well as globally, should not be ignored.
“We do remain number one in Africa, and internationally, remain ahead of countries such as France (39), United Kingdom (40), and the United States of America (43),” Robin Tyson, media studies lecturer at the University of Namibia said.
Editors' Forum of Namibia (EFN) chairperson, Joseph Ailonga said that while the drop of seven points is “worrying, as it speaks to the protection of journalists in Africa” the total absence of any African country in the top 20 is “also worrying”.
Ailonga added that Namibia's lower score furthermore signals “that our continued back and forth between government and the media is not reflecting well in terms of media freedom indicators” globally.
The seven-point drop “signifies that Namibia needs to up its game again,” Wanja Njuguna, a senior media lecturer at the Namibia University of Science and Technology told Namibian Sun.
She added that nevertheless it is important to note that overall “Namibia remains a well-regarded nation in terms of press freedom and in the six years I have worked in this country, I have not had a reason to doubt that journalists in Namibia have much more freedom and little government interference compared to so many other countries on the continent to do their stuff, including online journalism, which many developing nations have curtailed in various ways.”
She said that while there have been “incidents of concern” on media freedom in the country, Namibian journalists should be cognisant of the freedom they do have.
In 2015 and 2016, Namibia scored a top 20 spot with a 17th place ranking over two consecutive years in the annual Reporters without Borders press freedom index.
Namibia, while not in the top 20 category this year, outranked a number of countries like Zambia (114), Mozambique (93), India (136), Spain (29) and Italy (52).
North Korea reached the bottom ranking while Scandinavian countries took the top spots, with Norway in first place, Sweden in second, Finland in third and Denmark in fourth place.
The Reporter's without Borders scorecard on Namibia, titled 'Relative calm', noted that Namibia's constitution guarantees free speech and protects journalists, but journalists are often the target of government threats.
The scorecard found that “critical journalists find a refuge on the internet, where they are not subject to control, but self-censorship is common in the state-owned media.”
The scorecard stated that “public order and security legislation is often used to restrict freedom of information.
Journalists are often the targets of attacks by political parties. This was the case during the 2014 elections, when both ruling party officials and members of the opposition attacked NBC journalists.”
Tyson highlighted the absence of the access to information legislation, a law that has long been touted by government as a priority, despite the slow pace at which it is being finalised.
He added that government must ensure that all media are treated equally and fairly, including in the provision to information and timely notification of events or press conferences.
“Preference should not be given to those media houses seen to be favourable to the government. A standardised mailing list, for example, for all ministries and the prime minister and president's office, constantly kept up to date, would assist in ensuring fair coverage of these events, along with a clear understanding of the deadlines faced by journalists.”
EFN's Ailonga and other media experts noted that the role of an ethical and trustworthy media remains critical, notably with the increasing trend of influential figures increasingly making allegations of misrepresentation of the facts by and in the media, a strategy that has cast the spotlight on media ethics and responsibility.
“The media is the voice of the voiceless and it assists governments in executing developmental programmes within the constitutional boundaries.”
He added that media must report based on strict ethical guidelines, which ensures that the medium can be trusted in a world in which misinformation thrives.
“People need information they can trust and only an ethical and credible media industry can help the audience receive credible information,” he said.
Njuguna, also a former journalist, said the watchdog role of the media is crucial in keeping the public informed on a wide range of issues, but that the media must responsibly shoulder their portion of the burden of ensuring that the news is accurate and factual.
“The critical thing is that journalists must use this freedom responsibly. Do not publish unless you have proof, do not use journalism to settle scores. Do not misquote people.”
She said that journalists must take responsibility for accurately portraying a balanced view, ensure that they provide right of reply and to be gender sensitive, providing women and men with equal voices, as well as the youth.
“This is the age of social media and it is very easy to be caught up in the buzz,” she cautioned.
She said journalists must remain vigilant in ensuring that they continue to adhere to media ethics, basing their decisions to use information and other material found on social media, including photos, responsibly and sensitively.
The entrepreneurs expected that the official opening which took place Tuesday would draw a large crowd for them to make sales but as the day progressed they were disappointed as customers did not visit their stalls as anticipated.
The vendors described this year's expo as boring and not worth their time as some were even spotted dozing when Namibian Sun visited their tents.
A disappointed vendor, Sarlote Sinime said that the possibility of her not hanging on to the last day of the expo is likely to happen as he is not making any sales, saying that at the open market is a much better option.
“We looked forward to this day hoping that the official opening would see us making money but this time around it was a disappointment. You can see (pointing in the direction of other vendors) people even want to sleep,” Sinime said.
Sinime said that she was also disappointed by the fact that after the governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa delivered the keynote address he and his delegation did not visit the tent selling traditional food and items.
Sinime made the statement referring to last year's official opening where President Hage Geingob visited their tent which saw some of his delegation making a purchase or two.
“This time around the official opening was not fair because we were expecting that the people, along with the governor, would come this way like the president did last year but they disappointed us,” she said.
Another disappointed vendor, Mweendo Nuujoma indicated that the situation was no better for him either.
“The official opening was not good for us as we did not benefit like we use to this time around. I have not made enough. I only made what I paid to council to be here,” Nuujoma said.
“I will see how it goes, if it remains like this then I do not know,” Nuujoma added.
Meanwhile Kashupuulwa read the minister of industrialisation, Immanuel Ngatjizeko's speech on his behalf. Ngatjizeko could not attend.
Ngatjizeko said the ministry supports trade fairs because they connect the business people with the community.
“We believe that trade fairs bring business representatives face-to-face with future buyers in a unique environment that allows them to introduce themselves, establish contacts, work on partnerships and gain crucial information,” Ngatjizeko said.
He also indicated that trade exhibitions contribute towards the achievement of broad national socio-economic development goals.
“In addition, the Ondangwa Town Council uses this platform to attract investors in order to boost economic activities,” Ngatjizeko said. The OTIE which is under the theme 'Empowering Businesses towards an Industrialised Nation' kicked off last week Friday and will conclude tomorrow.
About 350 struggle kids, who previously refused the training, demonstrated on Tuesday in front of the youth ministry building, demanding the acceptance of their application forms.
They did not submit the forms at the relevant authorities during the submission period early this year, as they felt they were too old for training and questioned why government would want to send them to a school.
The group leader, Jerry Hamukwaya told Nampa during the demonstration that the action comes after the ministry refused to accept their application forms for the training in June.
“They do not want to take our application forms but the training is initially meant for us, so why should they refuse now?” asked Hamukwaya.
The ministry's acting permanent secretary, Rosalia Tjaveondja said the ministry does not process the submission of application forms, which is done at the offices of the regional authorities.
She noted that the application forms of those who submitted them at the ministry will be scrutinised and sent to the offices of their regional authorities.
She further emphasised that the ministry does offer training but does not deal with placement.
More than 200 struggle kids graduated last Friday in various fields such as bricklaying, welding and carpentry, fashion design, hairdressing, hospitality and agriculture.
Hilma Sevelenus told Namibian Sun that her cuca shop was so dismantled and burnt by angry community members who accused her of poisoning people in the community.
She said it started on Saturday last week after the burial of a pensioner. A male relative of the deceased came to her cuca shop, where she sells tombo and other products, at around 15:00 and began to destroy her items.
“He just came to my cuca shop asking me whether he should kill me, I asked him what have I done and he said I know what I have done. He then started to destroy everything in my shop,” Sevelenus said.
She said she went to the Ondangwa police to report the incident but the officer in charge advised her to return home, which she did.
By Sunday morning 07:00, she said a group of people then approached her at home calling her to come out.
She said before complying to follow the group to the house of the dead pensioner, she asked why she was being summoned.
“They came to my house and took me to the house of where the pensioner lived. I kept asking them what the reason behind all of this was and they just said I am guilty of the death.”
She said when they arrived at the pensioner's house, she was chased back home by relatives of the deceased.
“I was about to leave the premises when I was kicked from behind by a man and as I stood up he grabbed and began to strangle me. They tied my hands behind my back with a rope and a wire was used to tie my legs.
“I was face-down on the ground. They threw sand in my eyes, hit me with a stone against my head and lashed me with branches while others kicked me.”
Hilma said while she was helpless, she kept her faith in God saying that only by his grace she will survive the torture.
She said when the police arrived, they loaded her onto the police van and took her to the Onandjokwe hospital where she received treatment. She only managed to make a statement to the police on Monday after which she was again attacked by community members at the Omulamba cuca shops.
She said the police had to come to her rescue again and after treatment, she laid an assault charge.
“I live in fear now and stay with relatives. I cannot go outside. If they think I poisoned someone they must come and prove it.”
Namibian Sun is informed that no post mortem was conducted.
“They should come to me with proof that it was my doing, but I know I did not do it.”
Community members however told Namibian Sun that this is not the first time someone dies after visiting her cuca shop.
“My friend, in this community no one will talk in favour of her. She is killing people,” a villager claimed.
On Wednesday the community members planned a demonstration but it did not materialise.
Contacted for comment, Oshana police's commander, Commissioner Rauha Amwele indicated that she was not informed about the incident said that the community members did not have the right to take the law into their own hands.
“The community cannot take the law into their own hands, if they know and have evidence they should go and lay a charge as they are defeating the course of justice,” Amwele said.
The governor for Omusati Region, Erginus Endjala, has confirmed that all efforts to address the water crisis at Amarika have failed. He described the situation as a disaster and said providing non-purified saline groundwater was the only solution.
It is reported that the Division of Rural Water Supply cannot afford to pump potable water to Amarika from Okeeholongo, about 25 kilometres away. Therefore, the only hope for Amarika is to use water meant for livestock, from boreholes drilled by the Ministry of Land Reform at Okatumba village about 55 kilometres away.
It is not yet known what the quality of this water is. The underground water at Amarika was declared unfit for animal and human consumption some years ago by the health ministry.
According to Endjala, last year the land reform ministry set up two boreholes at Okatumbe village in the Ongandjera West grazing area to supply to water to Amarika. He said he was informed that this water could be used by humans. However, the ministry says this water is not purified and not fit for human consumption, but for animal consumption only.
“It is of no use if we are supplying water for animals only, while there is no water for people. We will make sure that people also make use of this water. The ministry of lands informed me that the water can be used for humans also,” Endjala said.
He said the project was almost completed. “Once we are done there we will make a provision to supply water to for humans to Amarika and this will include the hostel and clinic.”
However, a source from the lands ministry told Namibian Sun that this water was not purified for human use.
The lands ministry earmarked the Amarika farming area as a block for small-scale farming, but there was no water for animals. They then decided to drill boreholes at Okatumbe village.
“This water is mainly for livestock and not for human consumption. The idea is to enhance the farmers of Amarika to start farming productively. Currently their animals are using water not healthy for their animals,” source said.
“This water is only going up to the farming area but not to Amarika village itself. Farmers are expected to farm healthy animals for market purposes.”
There is a desalination plant at Amarika that was donated by Germany, but it is not a reliable source of water because it keeps breaking down.
“According to the report I get from Rural Water Supply they do not have enough pressure to pump water to Amarika. Otherwise they may need an extra water booster for water to reach Amarika.
“Onghaangha has underground pipes connected to Otamanzi for many years, but due to low pressure they also have no water until now,” Endjala said.
Early this year Endjala confirmed that all efforts to address the water crisis at Amarika had failed. He described the situation as a disaster. He also confirmed that the N$200 million desalination plant donated by Germany was no longer a reliable source and that the region had no capacity to fix it.
According to Endjala, most of the communities in Omusati have potable water except the people of Amarika and surrounding areas. The village of Amarika is situated about 70km south of Okahao.
In 2006, the German/Namibia research project CuveWaters, through Integrated Water Resources Management and using funds from the German education and research ministry (BMBF), installed two solar-powered desalination plants at Amarika and Akutsima for N$200 million.
Amarika residents said the plant was broken for two years from 2013 until it was repaired in 2015 but the plant pumped water for just one month and broke down again.
Local people who were trained were only shown how to operate the system and maintain external components but they were not taught how to maintain the technical and electronic aspects of the water system.
Kahimise excused himself from the hearings in a letter submitted to the committee on Friday last week, informing the committee that he could not “account for issues raised in the report” as he had only been in the position for just over three months. Following brief deliberations, the National Council Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Economy suspended the public hearing, instructing Kahimise to be present at the next round.
The committee emphasised that as the current accounting officer of the City of Windhoek, it was Kahimise's responsibility to account for its financial affairs and it was mandatory for him to be present in person, despite his short tenure as CEO.
“To us as the committee, these are not sufficient reasons to believe that the CEO can be excused from these proceedings,” the chairperson of the committee, Phillip Shikongo said at the public hearing.
One of the key findings of the auditor-general's report for the financial year ending 30 June 2013, which Kahimise and his team would have been quizzed on, was the finding questioning the City's viability as a going concern and the threat of commercial insolvency.
“The City is currently commercially not viable and if allowed to continue unabated, the operating deficits will eventually erode the equity base which will result in the city being factually insolvent.”
Shikongo told the two City representatives sent by Kahimise to respond to queries on his behalf that according to the Act, the current accounting officer of the institution is charged with the responsibility of all the monies received and all payments made by the relevant local authority and is tasked to personally account for and respond to all queries levelled at the local authority by relevant bodies.
Shikongo said the council's decision to postpone the hearing was based on the assumption that “when an accounting officer has assumed duty, a proper handover has to be done. So I think he has inherited all the good and bad things of the institution and therefore, he was supposed to be here.”
He added that as the accounting officer, Kahimise was required to appear in person, and could not be represented, but could defer questions to accompanying staff members should the need arise during the next hearing.
At the meeting, the City's representatives were human resources officer Fillemon Hambuda and strategic executive for finance George Esterhuizen.
A number of questions had been slated for the meeting, with the CEO tasked to respond on key audit findings contained in the report of the auditor-general of the municipality's accounts for the financial year ended 30 June 2013.
The report notes that the provision for bad debts increased close to N$160 million in 2013, from N$150 million in 2012 and found that the council had adjusted provision for “doubtful debts with an amount of more than N$800 000”.
The key findings indicated an “unexplained difference of N$3 173 540” in the payroll reconciliation on which Kahimise and his team were expected to provide feedback.
The report found that the reconciliation of the VAT control account “revealed a material difference of N$2 162 175” for the financial year ending June 2013.
The report also drew attention to the statement of the municipality's financial position as from 30 June 2013 which indicated that as of that date, current liabilities exceeded current assets.
“These conditions indicate the existence of material uncertainties which may cast doubt on the City's ability to continue as a going concern. The condition is collaborated by the growing accumulated deficit of N$1.257 billion, indicating that the losses are accumulating over a period.”
The key findings in the auditor-general's report ending June 2013 also noted that the provision for staff leave was more than N$93 million for 2013 and 2012 “but no adjustments were made during the year” despite the policy for staff leave having been changed in 2012.
The auditor-general also noted that the financial statements were not submitted to the auditor-general within the stipulated three-month period after the end of the financial year.
Lack of supplemental documents also presented a problem for the auditing team.
Information could not be confirmed by the auditors for the motor vehicle schedule, list of vehicles, values and fuel consumption due to a lack of “relevant auxiliary records.”
Various “significant supporting documents on expenditure could not be traced” and compensation payments could not be confirmed due to a lack of supporting documents.
The report noted that the City of Windhoek should urgently address millions in recorded losses, primarily at the City Police department as well as losses of more than N$179 million at the transport department in order to avoid serious impact on the city's cash flow.
These and other issues will be addressed at the next meeting once the date has been finalised.
According to NamWater spokesman Johannes Shigwedha this year's flood is costing the water utility millions to clean and repair the affected facilities. About N$4 million has already been spent on the first phase of the work, and 1 000 casual workers have been employed.
Shigwedha said floodwater had filled the Calueque-Oshakati canal with sand, blocking the flow to the Oshakati treatment plant. He said this was a regular occurrence whenever there is efundja and this year the most damaged area was between Ogongo and Oshakati.
“Between Ogongo in Omusati Region and Oshakati in Oshana Region the canal is totally filled with sand. There are 22 siphons between Ogongo and Oshakati which are all blocked, meaning that water from Calueque cannot reach Oshakati. We are forced to outsource extra 1 000 employees to help us remove sand and repair the siphons,” Shigwedha said. Since there was no water getting to the plant in Oshakati NamWater had to clean the canal and get the water running first, before repairing the damage.
Shigwedha said the most seriously affected areas were Omuthiya, Omuntele, Eengodi and Okankolo, Omungwelume and other remote areas, where there was no water at all.
Areas such as Oshikuku, Oshakati, Ongwediva and Ondangwa are experiencing slow water flow, while in some areas water is only available at night. Eenhana, which gets water via the Oshakati-Omakango-Omafo line and also supplies water to people across the border in Angola, is not affected by this water crisis. According to Shigwedha, Eenhana was connected to boreholes recently.
Another supply line that is dry is the one that supplies water to the Eengodi and Okankolo constituencies through a rural water-supply network that stretches from Ondangwa to Iindangungu to Oshigambo, then Oshigambo to Onambutu, to Epembe and also includes Onambutu to Ondobe.
“We are expecting this work to be completed by tomorrow. As water reaches Oshakati we expect everything to go back to normal,” Shigwedha said.
She said Namibia was consoled by friendly help and assistance rendered during the difficult years of the liberation struggle and would never forget the efforts made by Cuban revolutionaries towards Namibia's national independence.
McLeod-Katjirua spoke to a crowd of about 300 who had gathered at the UN Plaza. She told them that Cassinga was an iron mine that Namibian refugees used as a reception centre for new arrivals who were preparing to leave Namibia to join the liberation struggle.
According to her the refugee settlement had a total number of 3 068 people, including 500 children under the age of 14 years, women and elderly people, when South African troops attacked it.
The South African regime claimed at the time that the refugee settlement was Swapo's military headquarters.
“They attacked innocent people early in the morning. The first bombs they dropped were filled with poisoned gas, biological weapons that destroyed oxygen in the air and made our people to collapse.
“They then sent jetfighters to set the camp ablaze. On that day they killed more than 900 and injured more,” McLeod-Katjirua said.
She added that the blood shed at Cassinga remained a stain on the hands and conscience of the perpetrators of that heinous crime as well as those who supplied them with arms, protected and condoned their aggression.
The governor stressed that the experience of Cassinga should serve as a lesson for the young generation to study, learn, work hard and ensure the economic freedom and prosperity of the country.
Rachel Jacob, chairperson of the Khomas regional council, said the Namibian people fought until the end to free the country from the yoke of colonialism and oppression.
“Our forefathers and -mothers took up arms to liberate the country so that we can have peace and freedom that we are all enjoying today.
“I request the people of this country to respect and preserve our history and the hard-won freedom. Many brave sons and daughters of this soil sacrificed their lives so that we can live in peace. Let us protect that peace and never take it for granted,” she said.
One of the Cassinga survivors, Ignatius Mwanyekange, said the survivors vividly recalled what had happened that morning. He said they were gathered at the morning assembly to receive information about their daily assignments when the South African troops attacked.
“They attacked us with Buccaneer jet fighters and helicopters, cold bloodedly killed and maimed our defenceless people, mostly children, women and elderly whose crime was to want freedom.”
He said after the bombing South African paratroopers stormed the camp to complete the massacre. “The wounded were finished off with bayonets and those who survived aircraft bombings and artillery fire were shot dead.”
Mwanyekange added that the act of barbarism committed by the apartheid troops against the Namibian people were one of the darkest days in the history of the country. “The survivors of the Cassinga massacre will not forget the atrocities committed by the South African regime against our people.”
At the end of these periods, the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund has to make payment upon payment.
In the news media, we know if we are bringing out a Monday paper at the end of a holiday or long-weekend period, we should save space for the car crash reports.
It has become as real as the cycle of drought in Namibia.
On Wednesday of last week, at the start of yet another long weekend, again, the Namibian police was all over the media warning drivers and telling everyone they are “out on patrol”.
At 15:30, the traffic between Windhoek and Okahandja was heavy, and as is always the case, chaotic. Roughly 25 police vehicles were parked at the roadblock. Yes – roughly 25 – and all the officers of those vehicles, seated at the roadblock.
While chaos reigned before and after on the B1 north.
May we make a humble suggestion? When you say patrol, do that. Get those vehicles on the roads, to drive at 120 or 100 kilometres per hour, up and down, with your lights on.
You see, the drivers have made it blatantly obvious that they are not going to change their attitudes. We can also suggest all kinds of alternatives like developing the railway line to the north and providing a decent service, we can talk about dual-carriageway highways until the cows, literally, come home, crossing that dual-carriageway highway – but there is no money for that.
If there is money to get to the roadblock, there is money to patrol the 60 kilometres between the two towns – and so it should be on every route.
We are tired of hearing how drivers should change their attitudes.
Make them change!
Pull them off, give them consequences.
As easy as that – make them...
A head-on collision on the Oshakati - Omungwelume road at around midnight claimed the lives of five while three others escaped with serious injuries.
According to the Omusati police's spokesperson, Sergeant Anna Kunga the accident happened at around 23:55 at Oshikwiyu village when one of the two vehicles, a Volkswagen Polo and a Toyota Sedan, was overtaking.
Kunga said both occupants in the the Polo (brothers) Herman Muhongo (adult no age given) Amadus Thomas (35) died immediately along with the three of the six occupants of the Toyota sedan. They were identified as Ruben Immanuel (35), Ottilie Mumbala (28) and Julia Amadhila (35). Police investigations continue.