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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Lions might have been innocentLions might have been innocent Ongandjera King Jafet Mupiya has called for a thorough investigation into the spate of lion killings in the Omusati Region, saying the government must determine whether the big cats were indeed killed for attacking livestock.

    Mupiya said farmers in the Ongandjera grazing area were left with no option but to kill the predators, which are causing havoc in the north.

    “If a lion was found killing cattle it must be killed, farmers have to protect their animals. However, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism must conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether the lions were really killed for killing cattle.

    “I am not instigating for people to go out and hunt for lions and claim they were found killing their livestock,” Mupiya said.

    It is believed that 21 head of cattle have been killed by lions in the last few weeks.

    Four lions have so far been killed by northern farmers, with the latest incident involving well-known businessman David Kambwa Sheehama, who killed one of the predators on Sunday.

    According to Sheehama, four lions entered his Okerina cattle post on Friday evening about 12km from Etosha National Park and killed two cows. Farmworkers at the cattle post notified him the following day after hearing lions roar.

    “There are enough guys at the cattle post who are busy establishing fire cutlines. They had to report these cats to me immediately because they knew their lives were in danger,” he told Namibian Sun.

    “I rushed there, but on Saturday we could not find them. We continued the search on Sunday and in the afternoon we found them.

    “Unfortunately I only managed to shoot and kill one because it was a dangerous battle.

    “I am still going back to hunt for the remaining three because I have to protect my animals and employees,” he said.

    It was reported that eight lions had escaped from Etosha National Park, but according to the ministry's spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda, the initial number reported to them was six.





    Muyunda condemned the killing of lions by the farmers, saying that the ministry understood their plight, but it was illegal to shoot an endangered animal.



    “We have officials out there who can assist the farmers. The killing of lions we are not tolerating,” Muyunda said.



    Mupiya said farmers must protect their property and employees from wild animals. He said cattle were being attacked by marauding lions while environment officials were taking their time to respond.



    Hilda Namwenyo Nathingo, coordinator of the Sheya Shuushona Conservancy, said the grazing area was within the conservancy and before any wild animal could be killed the hunt must be coordinated with their office and the Ongandjera palace.



    “If a lion was killed while killing livestock, the carcasses of both the lion and the livestock must be taken to the palace for proof. Our office together with MET officials will then launch an investigation to see if the animal was really found trespassing. If not, the law will take its course,” Nathingo said.



    Farmers are compensated N$1 500 per head of cattle killed by predators.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 05/22/17--16:00: Secrecy shrouds NCAA top job
  • Secrecy shrouds NCAA top jobSecrecy shrouds NCAA top jobSimana's permanent appointment in the spotlight Allegations are made that appointments at the newly formed parastatal are favoured towards foreigners. The former director of civil aviation, Angelina Simana, was reportedly appointed as the executive director of the newly formed Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on 9 May.

    It is alleged that her appointment was finalised despite the fact that the post had not been advertised and no other candidates had been considered.

    From an unsigned employment contract seen by this reporter, the NCAA board had resolved on 17 February to appoint Simana on a permanent basis at a yearly salary of more than N$1.1 million. Her benefits include medical and pension fund membership (N$252 000), a car allowance of N$108 770 and a housing allowance of N$81 558.

    She will be entitled to an incentive bonus equal to 35% of the gross annual total remuneration package. Upon the termination of the contract she will be paid a taxable end-of-contract gratuity at a rate of 10% of the total remuneration package.

    Questions sent to the chairperson of the NCAA, Kosmos Egumbo, regarding this matter remained unanswered yesterday.



    Other posts

    The NCAA, has, however, advertised a number of other positions under what is considered an ICAO [International Civil Aviation Authority] project run by ICAO consultants from within the NCAA.

    Most recently advertised positions were for four 12-month contracts for an assistant manager/supervisor aviation security at a yearly salary of N$702 530, a junior aviation security inspector (at N$601 227 a year), a library and document management officer (N$509 584), and an executive assistant for air navigation services (N$509 584).

    Industry players who prefer anonymity said the salary structures offered under the ICAO project for Namibia were “out of control”.



    More salaries, appointments questioned

    Simana is accused of recruiting ICAO consultants instead of ensuring that Namibians were trained to take over the positions.

    In late April an accusation was made that Simana had introduced her first batch of ICAO recruits, many from South Africa, purportedly scheduled to have arrived in the first week of May with tax-free salaries of just over US$130 000 per year.





    The packages for the ICAO recruits, it is alleged, include the use of government vehicles and fuel, which is allegedly not part of the ICAO contract and that while NCAA is a parastatal.



    It is further alleged that Simana had informed previous staff of the now defunct Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) that she would only employ a select few Namibians while employing more foreigners and contracting foreign companies.







    DISGRUNTLEMENT







    Industry players say the formation of the NCAA, which supplants the DCA, was an opportunity to “fix a broken civil aviation system” but that the opportunity was missed because “the wrong things are allowed to continue with the same wrong people” who had been part of the DCA.



    Allegations are made that the NCAA is to move into a disproportionally huge new building while the NCAA requires fewer than 220 employees, many of whom will be posted at airports for the provision of air navigation services as per the new Civil Aviation Act.



    There are also allegations of cronyism in the selection of new staff of the NCAA. It is further alleged that ex-DCA staff who had criticised the leadership of the defunct DCA were being ignored in the recruitment process.



    Willem Goeiemann, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, in July last year wrote to DCA staff requesting their agreement to be seconded to the NCAA for a six-month period with their current public service terms and conditions.



    He wrote that at the end of the secondment period the employees would be offered employment with the NCAA which would be “no less beneficial” than their jobs at the ministry.



    Tom Grant, an ICAO advisor, in the meantime wrote a notice to say that the NCAA board had extended the secondment of ex-DCA staff until at least October this year, after which the selection of staff to receive job offers at NCAA would begin.



    ICAO consultants were then to be appointed to provide advice on job valuations, Grant wrote. This process was to be completed “in time to give selected staff offers by the end of September”.







    SIMANA DISMISSES ALLEGATIONS







    Simana said at the end of March that she would not respond to a number of detailed questions “raised by unnamed sources”, who she suggested should “come out of hiding” instead of making “unsupported allegations”.



    She said many of the questions posed had been published previously and had been proven to be groundless.



    “Claims of this sort are made anonymously because they are intended to serve the self-interest of particular individuals who have no qualms about undermining the good work of their previous and current colleagues, particularly when they do not have to provide any proof,” said Simana.



    She said the NCAA was “always ready to address legitimate concerns based on evidence which can be thoroughly investigated”.



    To questions put to her about the alleged “recent ICAO recruits” Simana responded, among others, that it was not within her “domain to respond to staffing matters of a confidential nature”.



    “The NCAA, as a recently established entity, remains seized with priority issues on its organisational development that must ensure that it complies with its mandate so that civil aviation in Namibia can be conducted in the public interest with the highest possible safety and security standards in mind,” Simana said.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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     University students walk out of Pence speech University students walk out of Pence speech Dozens of students at Indiana's Notre Dame University protested White House policies on Sunday by walking out of a commencement speech by vice-president Mike Pence, who criticized political correctness at American colleges.

    The members of the graduating class - dressed in cap and gowns together with some two thousand classmates - stood up and quietly left the school's football stadium when Pence began delivering his speech, videos posted online showed.

    Others cheered and some booed.

    Notre Dame, in the city of South Bend, is one of the country's most prominent Catholic universities.

    Pence, who received an honorary degree from the university, said that "far too many campuses across America have become characterised by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness - all of which amounts to nothing less than suppression of the freedom of speech."

    "These all-too-common practices are destructive of learning and the pursuit of knowledge, and they are wholly outside the America tradition," he added.

    A religious social conservative, Pence is a former Indiana governor who was born in the state and also served as one of its representatives in Congress for 12 years.

    The protest comes amid a mounting controversy over what constitutes free speech at college campuses since the election of Donald Trump as president in November, with students objecting to appearances by divisive conservative figures.

    Some schools have cancelled events.

    In addition to Pence's record as governor, the protesters said they wanted to voice objections to Trump's threat to civil liberties and policies such as his attempts to ban travellers from some Muslim-majority countries.

    "The participation and degree-conferring of VP Pence stand as an endorsement of policies and actions which directly contradict Catholic social teachings and values and target vulnerable members of the university's community," Notre Dame student Xitlaly Estrada said in a statement by the student group WeStandForND, which organized the protest.

    More than 100 people walked out, organizers said. Many wore rainbow pins or flags, a symbol of gay pride.

    Pence delivered his speech while Trump was on the first day of his first trip abroad as president. In a speech in Saudi Arabia, he called on Middle Eastern leaders to help defeat Islamist extremism.

    NAMPA/AFP

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     Ohangwena accident claims three Ohangwena accident claims three Three people died and three others escaped with serious injuries when two pick-up bakkies collided head-on at Ondobe in Ohangwena Region on Monday afternoon.
    According to Ohangwena Region spokesperson, Sergeant Abner Itumba, the accident happened at around 13:00 when the two vehicles, a Nissan and a Tata bakkie collided in an alleged overtaking blunder.
    According to Itumba, the driver of the Nissan bakkie, Matheus Israel (56) who was alone in the vehicle is alleged to have attempted to overtake another vehicle and collided with the Tata bakkie, which was traveling from the opposite direction.
    Israel, as well as Mwaetako Tuhafeni (31) who was one of the passengers in the Tata died on the spot while the third deceased, a pensioner Abed Naholo (whose age was not provided), died at the Engela hospital.
    The other three, including the driver of the Tata bakkie were transported to the Engela hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

    KENYA KAMBOWE



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    Wellness Games encourage fitter workforceWellness Games encourage fitter workforce The second edition of the Wellness Games took place at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek at the weekend.

    Twenty-four teams consisting of employees of government ministries and departments were challenged to compete in seven-a-side football, volleyball, netball, relay running and tug of war.

    Gabriel Katuuo, a sport officer in the Ministry of Sport, said the aim of the event was to bring colleagues from the different governmental sectors together.

    The Namibia Correctional Services were the overall winners of the games as they won the relay, football, netball and tug of war.

    The runners-up were NamPower, and Team Shell took the third spot.

    Katuuo said this year's event was well attended and all the teams were punctual.

    “Participating departments suggested that we have the tournament twice a year. Everything ran as planned and the event was better in terms of competitiveness and turnout. Staff from the ministry of health was on site for any emergency,” he added.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 05/23/17--16:00: Warriors still alive
  • Warriors still aliveWarriors still alive The chairman of Warriors Boxing Promotions, Ludwig Haimbodi, insists that the academy is still up and running despite failing to stage a competition this year.

    Launched in 2009, the boxing stable has staged several tourneys, which included African and national title fights.

    The academy has not had much success in terms of hosting top boxing events in the past two years, though.

    About two years ago, Warriors Boxing Promotions announced plans of acquiring a piece of land from the City of Windhoek where they planned to build a gym.

    “It has been a difficult time for sport in the country because of the financial situation.

    “I can tell you that the lack of sponsorship has also affected our promotions in a way. What I can tell you at the moment is that the academy is still alive,” Haimbodi said.

    “As to the issue of the land, I will not be able to say much about that because we are still in the process.

    “We are still busy negotiating with the City of Windhoek about the deal,” he said.

    Haimbodi emphasised the importance of staging a few boxing tournaments before the end of the year.

    He acknowledged that time was running out for them to host their first tournament of the year.

    The promoters currently have more than 50 professional and amateur boxers at their disposal.

    “We do have many talented boxers here who are willing to give a great show to the public.

    “All we can hope for now is to stage at least two boxing tournaments before the end of the year.

    “All of this will be communicated to the public via the media once the time is right,” Haimbodi said.

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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  • 05/23/17--16:00: Developing the future
  • Developing the futureDeveloping the futureHuge cash injection for school rugby MMI Holdings Namibia has doubled its sponsorship of the schools' rugby tournament this year. The company, which has been supporting rugby for years, handed over a cheque of N$250 000 to the coordinators of the Momentum Rugby Boards Trophy League at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek, in order to help young rugby players develop their skills.

    Speaking at the sponsorship handover ceremony, Momentum's head of broker distribution, Frederik van Zyl, said in sponsoring the event the subliminal role of allowing youth to prosper is achieved.

    He said the sponsorship would motivate young Namibian players to make Namibia proud at all their games.

    The league, which was initiated in 1992, aims to create a platform for secondary school rugby teams to compete against each other.

    Yesterday marked 25 years of this event, which has grown to be the biggest schools' rugby tournament in the country.

    The league also focuses on showcasing rugby as a sport in Namibia and identifying talented young players as it provides them with an opportunity to be exposed to higher levels of coaching and refereeing.

    “An event of this magnitude prepares many rugby players who have aspirations to play rugby at a professional level. Not only is this the moment that schools look forward to claim the crown as the best school rugby team in the country, but also the school most committed to teamwork,” said Van Zyl.

    AP van Wyk, the coordinator of Namibia Schools Sports Rugby, said the league's popularity was growing every year and the intensity, excitement and packed stadiums during final matches were testimony of this fact.

    He added that the league had been changed to accommodate more schools. Schools can now enter for the countrywide national league which will include the under-14 A side, under-15 as well as an under-18 premier league side.

    Roberto Cooper, a prop from the //Karas Region, said the matches were tough but he had learned a lot from the other players. He said he was still very young and would still play in the league next year to improve his game.

    The league is expected to start when the schools reopen.

    In addition, the NSSR union recently held regional trials in Windhoek to select two squads for the under-16 and under-18 national teams. The names of players selected for these teams will be announced next week.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 05/23/17--16:00: 20 years of Cosafa
  • 20 years of Cosafa20 years of CosafaMemorable days Namibia is in the mix of teams that have engraved their names on the prestigious trophy over the past 20 years. This year we celebrate 20 years of the Cosafa Castle Cup, with the first tournament having been staged in 1997.

    Here is a brief trip down memory lane as we look at how the tournament has evolved.

    1997

    Zambia won the inaugural Cosafa Cup after they claimed the event with top spot in the tournament mini-league.

    1998

    The tournament saw the entry of South Africa and Angola for the first time.

    South Africa lost 3-2 in the first round to Namibia, a first-ever win for the Brave Warriors over their neighbours.

    Zambia again headed the table with eight points, followed by Zimbabwe (six), Angola (six), Namibia (five) and Mozambique (one).

    1999

    The third instalment of the competition was played for the first time as a knockout tournament from start to finish.

    Namibia won their place in the final after beating South Africa and Swaziland and took on Angola.

    The final was played over two legs, with the first in Luanda settled 1-0 in favour of Angola after a penalty from Betinho.

    Eliphas Shivute brought Namibia level in the second leg in Windhoek, sending the tie into extra-time.

    But a goal from Zico after 101 minutes handed Angola the first of their three titles to date.

    2000

    The fourth instalment of the cup saw Zimbabwe claim a first ever title, one of four they would go on to win to date.

    An Eric Makara own goal and further strikes from William Mugeyi and Luke Petros gave Zimbabwe a 3-0 win over Zambia in Maseru, before they won by the same margin in Harare in the second game.

    2001

    The fifth instalment of the competition featured 11 Southern African countries and would again end in an Angolan victory.

    2002

    South Africa won a maiden title in 2002, a tournament that also featured Madagascar for the first time.

    2003

    Zimbabwe would claim their second Cosafa title in 2003 with a success in another fine tournament.

    2004

    Angola won its fourth successive tournament, when they eventually defeated Zambia 5-4 in the final on penalties.

    2005

    The 2005 tournament saw a change in format, with a group phase that comprised of three pools, each containing four sides.

    The top teams in each section met in a semi-final, with the winner advancing to the final of the pool.

    The winners of the three groups then joined holders Angola in the semi-finals which, along with the final, were held in Mafikeng in South Africa.

    Zimbabwe claimed their third title in the final, with a Chandida goal late on handing them a 1-0 victory over the Zambians.

    2006

    Zambia eased to a 2-0 victory over Angola as Dube Phiri and Chaswe Nsofwa were on target for them in the final.

    2007

    South Africa won the first of two successive titles in 2007, ending up victorious on home soil when they defeated Zambia 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out in the final.

    2008

    In that year the tournament ended with hosts South Africa lifting the coveted trophy for the second time in succession, and third time overall.

    It was the first time the tournament had been played as a single event, in one country and over a period of weeks.

    The final at the Thulamahashe Stadium was won 2-1 by South Africa against Mozambique, with Marchelino Fransch getting a brace.

    Nito scored late on for the Mambas, but it was to be the home side's night.

    2009

    Zimbabwe claimed a record fourth title when they won on home soil in 2009.

    The Warriors were worthy winners of the event that was staged in Harare and Bulawayo over two weeks.

    Zimbabwe eventually triumphed Zambia 3-1 thanks to two goals from Nyasha Mushekwi and Cuthbert Malajila.

    2013

    Zambia emerged as winners in a tournament they hosted.

    2015

    The tournament was staged in South Africa's North West province and at long last produced a fifth different winner of the Cosafa Castle Cup as Namibia claimed a maiden triumph.

    Namibia edged Madagascar 3-2 in a thrilling semi-final in which Benson Shilongo had them 2-0 up, before Sarivahy Vombola scored twice in two minutes to level for the Malagasy. Peter Shalulile grabbed a winner seven minutes from time.

    Mozambique won the other semi-final 2-1 as Isac and Parkim scored for them against Botswana, for whom Omaatla Kebatho netted what proved to be a consolation.

    Deon Hotto bagged a brace of goals in the final against Mozambique as Namibia triumphed 2-0, to set off wild scenes of celebration.

    2016

    Following their win the previous year, there was another 'first' for Namibia as they hosted the tournament as champions.

    South Africa would join Zambia and Zimbabwe on four wins each as they defeated Botswana 3-2 in the final.

    COSAFA MEDIA

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    Geingob ina lilila omuleli gwaakwashigwana mOvitotoGeingob ina lilila omuleli gwaakwashigwana mOvitoto Oshilyo shaakwashigwana ya Ovitoto okwa ekelehi omapopyo kutya Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa lilile Elenga lya Ovitoto Vipuira Kapuuo opo ka kuningwe ehololomadhilaadhilo komeho yEgumbo lyEpangelo, mokunyenyeta omolwa egandjo lyofaalama ya Osema noGusende kehangano lyopaumwene lyOvitoto Game and Hunting Safaris.

    Sox Karamata okwa popi kutya omapopyo ngoka kage li mondjila.

    Okwa popi kutya Geingob okwa pula owala opo Kapuuo a tsakanene nOmuprima Minista Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila omanga inaku ningwa omatokolo gasha.

    Kapuuo pamwe nosheendo she mwakwatelwa Karamata, oya tsakanene naKuugongelwa-Amadhila momasiku 17 Mei.

    Karamata okwa popi kutya ita holola oshizemo shomutumba gwawo molwaashoka oshi li oshiholekwa.

    Okwa popi kutya aakwashigwa ya Ovitoto otaya ka ningwa nayo omutumba kaanambelewa yepangelo oshowo omahangano gaakwashigwana opo ku vule okuningwa etokolo ngele natango otaya ka pataneka egandjo lyoofaalama ndhoka momake gehangano lyopaumwene.

    Oshilyo shimwe shongundu yaKapuuo, Rirua Komeheke, osha li sha lombwele oNMH omasiku ga piti kutya omutse gwoshilongo ogwa lilile Kapuuo opo ka tsikile nokuninga ehololomadhilaadhilo pEgumbo lyEpangelo.

    Catherine Sasman

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    Oondoolopa yaTjiwarongo ya wapaleke ooplota dhi vulithe po-2000Oondoolopa yaTjiwarongo ya wapaleke ooplota dhi vulithe po-2000Ooplota ndhoka otadhi ka tungwa omagumbo gondando yopevi Ooplota dha thika po-2 300 dhomaagumb oshowo dhoongeshefa odha wapalekwa mondoolopa yaTjiwarongo uule woowedhi dha piti, nodhindji odha nuninwa aantu mboka haya mono iiyemo yili pevi. Elelo lyondoolopa yaTjiwarogo oliinekela nokutsikila okuyambulapo ondoolopa ndjoka pakuwapalekwa ooplota momvula yo2017/2018, uuna epangelo lya gandja omulilo omuzizi kondoolopa ndjoka opo yi tsikile nokuwapaleka omahala ngoka tayi pangele okuwapaleka nokugwedha po ooplota 800 dhomagumbo oshowo oongeshefa kooplota ndhoka tadhi wapalekwa nale mondoolopa ndjoka.

    Ewapaleko lyomahala ngoka ga thika po-10 otaku tengenekwa tali pula oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 360, omanga omahala ga thika pugatano ngoka taga ka wapalekwa uuna kwa gandjwa ezimino okuza kepangelo tali ka pula oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 240.

    Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwondoolopa ndjoka, Ismael /Howoseb okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya nonando onkalo yoshimaliwa ndjoka muna oshilongo ngashiingeyi otayi thiminike ondoolopa opo yi kaleke oopoloyeka dhimwe po dhomayambulepo, ondoolopa ndjoka otayi yambulapo oondjila dhawo odhowo okuwapaleka ooplota dhomagumbo noongeshefa muule woshikako tashi landula.

    /Howoseb okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun oshiwike sha piti kutya ondoolopa otayi yambulwapo pakutunga oostola oompe momudhingoloko gwaOrwetoweni, oshowo omahala goongeshefa ooshona naadhoka dhopokati.

    Okwa popi kutya elalakano enene lyondoolopa okunana aapunguli nokutotapo oompito dhiilonga, naashoka otashi ningwa owala ngele taya landitha evi kondando ndjoka tayi vulika.

    Okwa popi kutya oomina ndhoka tadhi adhika woo mondoolopa yawo, otadhi e ta eyambulepo ewanawa kondoolopa.

    “Otjiwarongo kayi na oongeshefa oonene ngaashi oondoolopa dhilwe, ihe otu li ngaa nawa,” //Howoseb a popi kutya omina yoB2Gold oya e ta omalunduluko omawanawa keliko lyondoolopa yawo oshowo ehangano lyokulonga oosamende lyoCheetah cement factory ndyoka kwa tegelelwa li ka patuluke mondoolopa ndjoka kuyele.

    Oostola mbali onene odha patulula omiyelo muule woomwedhi dha piti mOrwetoweni, momudhingoloko ngoka tamu tengenekwa mu na aakwashigwana ya thika po-35 000 yomaakwashigwana 50 000 mboka ya shangithwa mondoolopa ndjoka.

    /Howoseb okwa popi kutya omahangano omene otaga patulula oostola momudhingoloko ngoka, oshowo ostola yaPep ndjoka kwa tegelelwa yi patulule omiyelo momudhingoloko ngoka muule wethimbo efupi.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ehala moka mu na oostola otali adhika popepi nomagumbo gaakwashigwana mboka itaya pumbwa we okweenda iinano iile okuya kondoolopa nokukala moshiponga shokuyekwa iinima yawo.

    Omayambulepo galwe ngoka kwa tegelelwa ga ningwe momudhingoloko gwaOrwetoweni, etungo lyoshipangelo shepangelo oshinene oshowo oshiputudhilo shoInstitute of Pathology.

    Ondoolopa ndjoka otayi tungu woo omagumbo ga thika po460 goondunda ndatu momahala omape taga ithanwa Freedom noHeroes Park, nomahala ngoka otaga adhika moTsaraxa-Aibes nolukanda lwaDRC .

    Ewapaleko lyevi moFreedom Park olya manithwa nale omanga moHeroes Park li li pokumanithwa.

    //Howoseb okwa popi kutya omahangano omugoyi ngoka ga tothwamo okukatunga omagumbo ngoka otaga ka tsakanena muule wiiwike tayi landula opo gaka kundathane.

    Nonando inaku tothwamo kutya omagumbo ngoka otaga ka landithwa kwiikwangapi, omunambelewa omukuluntu gwondoolopa okwa holola kutya omagumbo gondunda yimwe yokulala otaga tengenekwa taga ka landithwa kooN$200 000 omanga ngoka goondunda ndatu taga landithwa koN$500 000 .

    MuFebruali omupopiliko gwondoolopa ndjoka, Adelheid Shilongo, okwa yelitha kutya omagumbo omape ngoka taga tungwa momudhingoloko gwaHeroes naFreedom Park ogeli oshitopolwa shopoloyeka yomass housing project.

    Ooplota dha thika po65 otadhi ka wapalekwa kehangano lyoShack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) mOtjiwarongo.

    Elelo lyondoolopa olya shaina woo ookondalaka ndatu dhopublic private partnerships (PPP) mewapaleko lyomahala gooplota gahamano. Ooplota ndhoka adhihe kumwe odha thika pe-1000 mwakwatelwa dhoongeshefa dhili 90.

    /Howoseb okwa holola kutya otaku ka wapalekwa woo ooplota dhomagumbo dha thika po-350 dhoka dha nuninwa unene naaniilonga yomina yoB2Gold.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Olugodhi lwoonkoshi naaniimuna mOmusatiOlugodhi lwoonkoshi naaniimuna mOmusatiAaniimuna taya futwa N$1 500 mongombe kehe ya dhipagwa kiiyamakuti Omukwaniilwa gwaNgandjera, Jafet Mupiya okwa pula opo ku ningwe omakonaakono omolwa omadhipago goonkoshi ngoka taga ningwa moshitopolwa shaMusati, ta popi kutya epangelo nali ninge omakonaakono ngele oonkoshi ndhoka dha dhipagwa odha li tuu shili tashi piyaganeke nokulya po iimuna yaakwashigwana. Mupiya okwa popi kutya aaniimuna momudhingoloko guulithilo gwaNgandjera oya thigwa kaye na we nkene ye na okuninga kakele okudhipaga oonkoshi ndhoka tadhi e ta epiyagano monooli.

    “Ngele onkoshi oya adhika tayi li iimuna nena nayi dhipagwe, iimuna oyi na okugamenwa, ihe Uuministeli wOmidhingolo nawu ninge omakonaakono okutala ngele oonkoshi ndhoka tadhi dhipagwa odhali tadhi yonagula tuu shili. Itandi hwahwameke aantu ya ye mokuti nokukakonga oonkoshi yedhidhipage nomaipopilo kutya otadha dhipaga iimuna yawo.”

    Otaku popiwa kutya oongombe dha thika po-21 odha dhipagwa koonkoshi muule wiiwike ya piti.

    Oonkoshi ne odha dhipagwa kaaniimuna monooli, nomoshiningwanima shoka oshitalala, omunangeshefa

    David Kambwa Sheehama, okwa dhipaga onkoshi yimwe mOsoondaha. Pahapu dhaSheehama, oonkoshi ne odha yi mohambo ye momudhingoloko gwaOkerina, onguloshi yEtitano konyala oshinano shiikilometa 12 okuza moshikunino shiinamwenyo shEtosha.

    Aaniilonga mohambo ye oye mu tseyithile esiku lya landula.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa yi meendelelo kohambo molwaashoka oomwenyo dhaaniilonga ye oshowo dhiimuna ye odhili moshiponga koonkoshi ndhoka.

    Okwa popi kutya oya yi molukongo lwoonkoshi ndhoka ne mOlyomakaya ihe oye ke dhimona owala mOsoondaha, na oye shi pondola owala okudhipaga po yimwe, na okwa popi kutya natango ota shuna opo a ka konge ko ndatu ndhoka inaya mona.

    “Otandi shuna natango opo ndi ka konge ko ndatu ndhoka dha hupako. Ondi na okugamena aaniilonga yandje oshowo iimuna yandje,” Sheehama ta ti.

    Okwa lopotwa kutya oonkoshi hetatu odhiiyaka mEtosha, ihe omupopiliko guuministeli, Romeo Muyunda ,okwa popi kutya oonkoshi owala 6 ya lopotelwa dhiiyaka mo moshikunino shoka shiinamwenyo.

    Muyunda okwa nyana omukalo gwokudhipaga iiyamakuti ngoka tagu ningwa kaaniimuna, ta popi kutya okuuvite omakemo gawo ihe kashi li paveta okudhipaga iiyamakuti mbyoka.

    Mupiya okwa popi kutya aaniimuna naya gamene aaniilonga yawo oshowo iimuna yawo. Okwa popi kutya iimuna otayi ponokela kiiyamakuti mbyoka omanga aanambelewa taya kutha ethimbo lyawo okuyamukula.

    Hilda Namwenyo Nathingo, ngoka e li omunambelewa omukwatakanithi gwoSheya Shuushona Conservancy, okwa popi kutya ehala ndyoka lyuulithilo oli li koyi yoshikandjo shawo onkene omanga inaku dhipagwa iiyamakuti mbyoka ombelewa yawo nayi tseyithilwe oshowo Ombala yaNgandjera.

    Ngele oshiyamakuti sha adhika sha dhipaga oshimuna nena uuna sha dhipagwa nashi falwe kombelewa yawo opamwe noshimuna shoka sha dhipagwa onga uumbangi.

    “Ombelewa yetu pamwe nUuministeli wOmidhingoloko nena otatu ka ninga omakonaakono ngele oshiyamakuti shoka osha adhika tuu tashi piyaganeke shili, ngele hasho nena oveta otayi ka longa iilonga yawo,” Nathingo ta ti.

    Aaniimuna otaya futwa oshimaliwa shooN$1 500 mongombe kehe tayi dhipagwa kiiyamakuti.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Openzela yeni inamu yi dhana po omashina- MatjilaOpenzela yeni inamu yi dhana po omashina- Matjila Omunashipundi gwoNational Pensioners Association of Namibia (NAPAN), Andrew Matjila okwa pula aakokele mboka taya yi miipundi yevululuko opo yiikaleke yiipyakidhila opo ya yande okudhana po iimaliwa yawo momashina.

    Matjila, okwa popi ngaaka pomutumba ngoka gwa ningwa koshiputudhilo shoGovernment Institutions Pension Fund's (GIPF).

    “Okuya moshipundi shevululuko itashi ti okuya kegumbo nokukala kuuna shoka to ningi,” Matjila a lombwele aakokele mboka ya gongala moshinyanga shiigongi shaRoman Catholic.

    “Nonando okuza miilonga oshidhigu noonkondo unene kwaamboka ya longa uule womimvo odhindji, ope na woo einyanyudho nokuninga omalunduluko omanene okuza mombelewa.” Matjila okwa pula aakokele mboka ya kale taya kutha ombinga miinyangadhalwa mokati koshigwana unene iinima mbyoka ye hole. Matjila omunamimvo 84 okwa gandja oshiholelwa kombinga ye, kutya okwa li omwiimbithi mongeleka yaCathedral Church mOvenduka, na okwe shi ningi omolwa ohokwe ye yokwiimba.

    Okwa pula woo aakokele ya talelepo omahala ga yooloka moshilongo ngoka inaya enda nale.



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  • 05/23/17--16:00: AlphaGo presents credentials
  • AlphaGo presents credentialsAlphaGo presents credentialsGoogle's AlphaGo takes on Chinese Go master in best of 3 matches AlphaGo is a narrow Artificial Intelligence computer program developed by Alphabet Inc.'s Google DeepMind in London to play the ancient Chinese board game Go. Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo took on the Chinese world number one of ancient board game Go on Tuesday, the second time it has gone head-to-head with a master Go player in a public showdown.

    In the first of three planned games at an event in the eastern Chinese water town of Wuzhen, AlphaGo, which is part of Google's DeepMind project, competed against Ke Jie, currently ranked as the top player in the world.

    Google and its parent Alphabet Inc's services are largely banned in China.

    AlphaGo, which made history when it beat a top South Korean professional player last year, will go up against Ke Jie in two more matches slated for Thursday and Saturday this week.

    Go, an ancient Chinese board game, is favoured by AI researchers because of the large number of outcomes compared to other games such as western chess. According to Google there are more potential positions in a Go game than atoms in the universe.

    The high-profile AlphaGo match comes amid a Chinese government push to compete internationally in artificial intelligence.

    Baidu Inc, China's leading search firm which is developing projects parallel to Google in search and autonomous driving, in March launched an AI lab in cooperation with China's National Development and Reform Commission.

    Google pulled its search engine from China seven years ago after it refused to self-censor internet searches, a requirement of the Chinese government. It has since been rendered inaccessible behind the country's firewall, maintaining only a limited presence through a joint venture in the country.

    It previously announced plans to bring some services back to the country, including its app store Google Play.

    In March Google announced Chinese users would be able to access the Translate mobile app, marking its most recent success launching a previously banned service. Like AlphaGo, Translate also uses DeepMind's artificial intelligence software.

    COMPETE: Chinese Go player Ke Jie puts a stone against google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo during their first match at the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China.

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  • 05/23/17--16:00: More cyberattacks expected
  • More cyberattacks expectedMore cyberattacks expected Governments are scrambling to catch the culprits behind the cyberattacks that are disrupting operations at large organisations across the globe.

    Cyber security experts say the spread of the worm dubbed WannaCry has locked up more than 200 000 computers in more than 150 countries.

    Analysts seem to confirm that the attack was launched using suspected NSA code leaked by a group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers. It uses a variant of the ShadowBrokers APT EternalBlue Exploit. It uses strong encryption on files such as documents, images, and videos.

    Local Acronis partner One Channel CEO Bernard Ford says the attack has slowed but warns that new versions of the worm will strike soon.

    “Ransomware is the most serious malware threat of the 21st century, with criminals projected to extort billions from their victims in 2017.”

    Thousands of computers worldwide, including British hospitals and the Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica, were taken over by a piece of ransomware known as Wanacrypt0r 2.0. The ransomware encrypts all of the computer's files and demands a ransom to decrypt the files.

    A Telefonica spokesman said a window appeared on screens of infected computers that demanded payment in the digital currency bitcoin in order to regain access to files.

    Ford says unlike many other malicious programs, this one has the ability to move around a network by itself.

    “Most other malware relies on humans to spread by tricking them into clicking on an attachment harbouring the attack code.

    “However, the WannaCry ransomware hunts down vulnerable machines and infects them too. This is one of the largest global ransomware attacks the cyber community has ever seen,” he explained.

    Although system protection via a good end-point protection product is important, backup still remains the most effective tool against data loss. Creating a backup before disaster strikes is much more efficient and cost effective than looking for a cure when data is lost.

    Affordable backup software is readily available, so there is no excuse for losing data or exposing it to cyber criminals and ransomware attacks.

    “Always have a backup of your important data and choose backup software with local storage, cloud storage and active protection against ransomware. Also, keep your operating system and software up to date, it will block cyber criminals from entering your system through any known security holes,” he said.

    However, malware attacks and defences against them are continually evolving, ransomware variants can find and attack backup files as well. Acronis has subsequently enhanced its backup solutions with innovative new anti-ransomware technology. Acronis Active Protection actively defends both user files and their backups by identifying and blocking ransomware attacks in real-time.

    “Don't become part of this statistic. With a few simple tricks and robust ransomware protection software from Acronis you can protect your valuable data in the most efficient and cost-effective way,” he concluded.

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    Paladin's TSX listing in jeopardyPaladin's TSX listing in jeopardy Embattled Australian miner Paladin's Namibia Stock Exchange (NSX) listing could be in jeopardy if it is forced to delist from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), according to local bourse chief Tiaan Bazuin.

    According to Mining Weekly, Paladin's financial woes have drawn the attention of the Canadian bourse and could lead to a delisting.

    Asked for comment, Bazuin said: “If they are forced to delist from the TSX, they would automatically delist from the NSX as well. A company cannot retain their secondary listing if their primary listing is cancelled.”

    The TSX has given Paladin Energy 90 days to comply with all the requirements for continued listing, including its financial solvency, Mining Weekly reported last week.

    If the company cannot demonstrate that it meets the bourse's requirements before August 14, the company's securities will be delisted 30 days later.

    Paladin told shareholders on Friday that the company would work with the TSX to demonstrate that it satisfied the requirements for continued listing, but warned that there was no assurance that it would be able to achieve compliance with the continued listing requirements within the required time frame.

    The company meanwhile also held a meeting with the holders of its US$274 million convertible bonds, due in April this year, with the bond holders agreeing to defer the final maturity date and interest payment due until the end of September this year.

    Market speculation pointed to uncertainty regarding Paladin's future at the beginning of the year.

    Analysts believed at the time Paladin could be a bankruptcy casualty of the uranium price downturn that has ravaged the industry for several years now.

    In 2016, spot prices fell 37% from US$34.70 per pound to US$18.50 per pound on November 14, according to independent market consultant UX Consulting, before turning somewhat positive again to trade at US$20.25 per pound as on January 2. This is still a far cry from the lofty all-time high of US$136 per pound hit in 2007.

    The difficult market has forced Paladin to put its Kayelekera mine, in Malawi, on care and maintenance, while forcing it find options to fund its upcoming debt repayments, which includes a US$212 million payment due at the end of April, after delays in the divestment of a 24% interest in the Langer Heinrich mine in Namibia.

    The stake selling, along with the sale of a 75% interest in the Manyingee project in Australia, is expected to net some US$205 million.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Maersk looks to African tradeMaersk looks to African tradeIntra-African trade picks up Container shipping line Maersk says a pick-up in intra-African trade will lead to better fortunes. Container shipping line Maersk said on Monday that the container sector was seeing an uptick in intra-African trade because most long-standing internal trade barriers were beginning to fall.

    David Williams, chief executive of Maersk Line Africa, said the most recent progression in this regard was the increasing implementation of the one-stop border post concept across the continent.

    In this concept, two countries jointly operate a border crossing to remove the usual two-step process, simplifying the procedural requirements for intra-African trade.

    Williams said in a statement that the steadfast progress in the container trade market over time across Africa was being recognised.

    “Intra-Africa trade, which acts as a catalyst for growth across the continent, has seen an uptick over the past year largely due to the recovery of the oil price. It is important to note how many African countries are still fundamentally oil dependent, like Nigeria and Angola,” Williams said.

    “A prime example of this is the trend among Chinese tile exporters in shipping out their machinery to establish manufacturing plants in West Africa,” he said. “

    “As construction continues to gain momentum as a result of these projects, the companies will be looking to export these tiles from one African country to another, further boosting intra-regional trade,” added Williams saying that the benefits which come with increased intra-Africa trade are vast and stretch far beyond just economic gain.

    “In addition to diversifying the African economy to a greater extent, increased intra-regional trade results in the creation of better-quality employment and increased foreign investment, along with better bilateral trade, all of which will ultimately benefit the overall health of the continent and its people.”

    Williams said that given the recent boost in intra-regional trade and the ripple effect of growth to be expected from this, the outlook for Africa remained optimistic.

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    Maritime museum for LüderitzMaritime museum for LüderitzLüderitz to house Africa's largest maritime museum The maritime museum will be housed in the Lüderitz Waterfront development, which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar upgrade. Lüderitz will be home to the biggest and most unique maritime museum in Africa, Lüderitz Waterfront Development Company (LWDC) chairperson Angel Tordesillas has said.

    The museum is expected to be completed in 2019.

    In a spirited and passionate presentation to former president Sam Nujoma and other stakeholders at the harbour town on Saturday, Tordesillas said the museum would attract thousands of visitors.

    It will also serve as a research base for academics from Namibia and South Africa and will complement the maritime work of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

    NUST and the museum will be in the same multi-purpose building, the old power station, currently being renovated at a cost of N$300 million under phase two of projects implemented by the LWDC.

    The building faces the sea and will have a jetty, theme park, indoor swimming pool, sports centre and restaurants.

    A smaller version of the museum is at the moment elsewhere at Lüderitz near the harbour.

    It was established about five years ago by Tordesillas and his family, who are passionate about the ocean.

    All collections so far are his own and include historic and modern made-to-scale ships, unique shells, maps, globes, books and navigation equipment used on ships long ago.

    He has one shell that weighs 75kg that will be displayed at the extended museum.

    Tordesillas, founder and retired head of the NovaNam fishing company, said the purpose of the museum was to promote the culture of the sea and to instil a sense of awe, passion and respect in children.

    “Most Namibians unfortunately live with their backs to the sea. We want youth to live in partnership with the sea,” he said.

    All economic activities along the Namibian coastline, including Oranjemund and Walvis Bay, will also be reflected.

    The pillars of the museum are ocean fishing, trading and mining.

    Other areas of display will be the history of guano and seaweed collection, whaling, deep-sea mining, animal life, the Skeleton Coast and the Benguela Current.

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  • 05/23/17--16:00: Service is key during expo
  • Service is key during expoService is key during expo While travel has become a key feature of the Namibia Tourism Expo, visitors can expect a difference when they make their way to the Windhoek showgrounds later this month.

    The first-ever service hub at the expo will bring under one roof the ministries of finance and home affairs as well as the Roads Authority and the City of Windhoek. This year's expo will adopt a customer-centric approach and visitors will have the benefit of applying for new passports, submitting tax returns, checking whether they have any outstanding taxes, paying for domestic road carrier permits, cross-border permits as well as transportation permits and utility bills.

    Speaking on the upcoming expo, Namibia Media Holdings CEO Albe Botha assured visitors that they would be placed on a pedestal when they visit the service hub, a first for any local trade and tourism expo.

    Said Botha: “We far too often stand in long queues to receive service. With the hub, we are taking services to the people. People will come to the expo but definitely not to go to the expo. By doing this, people will be able to sort out their tax affairs, apply for new passports and pay mass road distance charges. Hopefully this is a way of showing that we can work together.

    “The official opening will be on Wednesday and on Thursday there will be a motor show. There will be a lot of restaurants and wine and beer and everything that goes with that. Masterchef South Africa will also be back by popular demand.”

    NMH public relations officer Maggy Mbako echoed Botha's sentiments, saying: “The purpose is to take services to the people.”

    The expo will open its doors to the public on 31 May and run until Saturday, 3 June. Exhibition hours will be from 14:00 until 22:00.

    The expo again incorporates the popular motor show where petrolheads will have the opportunity to view a variety of vehicles, while foodies can look forward to demonstrations by a professional chef.

    As has been the case in the past, NMH, Old Mutual and Nedbank will support the expo once again. The theme of this year's expo is 'Safe Travels'.

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    Farmers learn at HelmeringhausenFarmers learn at Helmeringhausen The Helmeringhausen Farmers Association last week hosted a Winter School that was attended by more than 100 people.

    The theme for this year is “How do I start again after the drought?”

    The president of the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU), Ryno van der Merwe started the day by focussing on the recent successes of the NAU as well as a change in the financing mechanism of the union. He informed farmers that countries that have a successful agricultural sector are countries where producers have proper organised structures. The executive manager of the union, Sakkie Coetzee, gave an overview of the latest development with regard to land reform.

    Mecki Schneider gave a brief background in terms of the establishment of the National Rangeland Policy and the importance of rangeland as the foundation of profitable cattle production. He emphasised the actions of the commercial working group about rangeland management which is currently on-going and which includes addressing policy matters and practical actions such as training farmers and distribution of information, documenting best practices and applied research. Actions which should improve the financial position, such as the involvement in the total value chain in the restoration of rangeland and the most sustainable lamb production system, are critical to ensure growth and profitability.

    Two successful producers from the Helmeringhausen FA elaborated on the theme. Jörn Miller delivered a presentation on rainfall statistics of three farms in the area over the last 100 years for the wet and drought periods.

    For the past five years since 2013, the biggest part of the Helmeringhausen district received under-normal rainfall and producers are under enormous pressure to survive.

    Another producer, Joe Gaugler, shared information about his production system where more profit is generated by marketing lambs at a younger age and lighter weight. By marketing his lambs at 4 months at a carcass weight of 12 to 13kg, he makes more profit than marketing the lambs at the minimum weight of 16kg. On top of it, he saves about 6 months grazing which is of great value during drought times. His experience is that to farm with sheep which are adapted for this environment and to continuously focus on good rangeland management, he can still produce profitable stock in an arid climate.

    Helmeringhausen FA sees it as very important to involve emerging producers in the vicinity at information days.

    Aloys Boys, a representative from NECFU (Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmers Union), spoke about the activities of the emerging working group about rangeland management, while Johannes Motinga, a successful farmer and member of Helmeringhausen FA shared success stories of emerging farmers who took part in the mentorship programs. Both these speakers agreed that all farmers in the commercial area should cooperate in order to ensure success.

    Two rangeland experts, Leon Lubbe of the research department at the Ministry of Agriculture Bertus Kruger of Agra ProVision, gave information about the latest satellite technology which is currently being developed to estimate kilogrammes of grass produced, in order to assist producers to take marketing decisions timeously.

    Lubbe said the availability of a variety bush veld and grass in the south western part of the country, enables farmers to overcome droughts saying droughts are a general feature and farming systems make provision for them. The biggest veld conservation effect with the least negative effect on the reproduction potential is gained when the pressure on rangeland is decreased by a third before the drought.

    During the second day of the Winter School, a practical session of rangeland management took place on Joe Gaugler's farm. Participants were informed about methods on how to determine rangeland condition, important indicator grass- and bush species which must continuously be monitored to determine whether the veld improves or deteriorates. It is critically important that producers know the value of these species and spent time in the veld to be able to assess the veld condition.



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    Governors applaud food production facilityGovernors applaud food production facilityInmates feed trial-awaiting prisoners The Divundu Correctional Services inmates are producing wheat that will be used to feed trial awaiting prisoners in other regions. Special Advisor to the Governor of Kunene, Katuutire Kaura, has praised the Divundu Correctional Facility for producing and distributing 4 000 bags of wheat to other regions.

    The wheat, which was produced by inmates, has been supplied to police stations countrywide to feed trial-awaiting prisoners, thereby saving a substantial amount of government coffers.

    “It is wonderful that they are all pulling in the same direction. Even inmates are making a contribution to the wellbeing of the people of Namibia,” Kaura said.

    Kaura made the comments at the donation of the wheat by the correctional facility to the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare here on Friday.

    The 50 kilogramme bags of wheat were distributed to nine regions at the same occasion, which were received by the respective governors and their representatives.

    The Omaheke, Omusati, Oshikoto, Kunene, Oshana, Ohangwena, Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions benefited from the donation.

    Kaura said the 430 bags of wheat Kunene received will go a long way.

    “It has rained a little in the Kunene Region but nevertheless people lost livestock, thus poverty and hunger still continues. The donation will do a lot for the people as far as poverty eradication is concerned,” he stated.

    Kaura said the idea of producing food must be extended to all correctional facilities in Namibia.

    Echoing his sentiments, Governor of the Omaheke Region Festus Ueitele said he too is excited to see inmates hard at work and producing food for the nation.

    Oshikoto Governor Henock Kankoshi said he is impressed by what is happening at the Divundu Correctional Facility.

    “The same could be done in my region, but the challenge would be, we do not have enough water,” Kankoshi said.

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